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Win Swallows and Amazons on Blu-ray

5 December 2016 8:15 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of Swallows and amazons on 12th December, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray. Adapted from the classic children’s tale by Arthur Ransome, Swallows And Amazons tells the story of the Walker children, along with their mother (Kelly MacdonaldBrave, Anna Karenina), who embark on a summer […]

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Disney’s Pixar Acquisition: Bob Iger’s Bold Move That Reanimated a Studio

22 November 2016 7:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It has been just over a decade since Bob Iger engineered the deal that brought Steve JobsPixar Animation Studios to Disney, negotiating a $7.4 billion stock purchase that raised eyebrows at the time. But it swiftly proved to be the smartest move of Iger’s career, restoring his company to the height of the Disney Renaissance — that period from 1989 to 1999 that resulted in classic cartoons such as “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” and “The Lion King.”

Pixar’s “Finding Dory” and Disney’s “Zootopia” are this year’s second- and third-highest-grossing films, and Disney’s “Frozen,” from 2013, holds the all-time record, with $1.3 billion in global receipts.

The Pixar deal went a long way toward appeasing Walt Disney’s nephew, Roy E. Disney, whose concern that the company had de-emphasized animation helped lead to Michael Eisner’s 2004 ouster. And by putting Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter and »

- Peter Debruge

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Revisiting Maid Marian And Her Merry Men

21 November 2016 10:51 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Nov 22, 2016

Tony Robinson’s revisionist Robin Hood children’s comedy series, out now on limited edition DVD, was a hoot…

In the mid-eighties, my teenage sister amused herself by teaching me to say “a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle”. Not being a six-year-old well-versed in the rhetorical techniques of social emancipation, I didn’t get it. (I’d seen a flea circus; why mightn’t fish find a use for bikes?) My feminist awakening was obviously going to have to wait.

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But not long, it turned out. One copy of Babette Cole’s Princess Smartypants picked from the Year Three reading table later and I was feeling pretty woke. »

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Holmes & Watson adds Rebecca Hall, Kelly Macdonald and more to cast

18 November 2016 10:40 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It’s been known for a few months now that Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly will appear onscreen together in starring roles for the first time since 2008’s Step Brothers for 2018’s comedic Sherlock Holmes adaptation, Holmes & Watson, but now, according to Deadline, Sony and the creative team behind the picture are beginning to round up the film’s supporting cast.

Reportedly, Rebecca Hall (Christine), Rob Brydon (The Huntsman: Winter’s War), Kelly Macdonald (Brave) and Lauren Lapkus (Jurassic World) are all set to star in the upcoming comedy, which sees Get Hard director Etan Cohen on both scripting and directing duties.

Macdonald and Brydon’s characters are straight out of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories, just as Ferrell will be playing Holmes and Reilly is Watson, but Lapkus and Hall’s roles, presumably, have been made up for the movie. Macdonald has signed on to the role of Mrs. »

- Justin Cook

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‘Half the Picture’ Exclusive Clips: New Documentary Examines Hollywood’s Discriminatory Hiring Practices

17 November 2016 12:07 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The new feature documentary “Half the Picture” explores gender equality, discriminatory hiring practices and the struggle for female creatives in Hollywood through conversations with dozens of top female film and TV directors. The film has spent over nine months in production and features over 40 interviews, and now director Amy Adrion and the rest of her team have turned to the Seed&Spark crowdfunding community to raise $30,000 to complete the principal photography. Watch a series of brief clips from the film below.

Read More: Female Directors in Hollywood Share Their Stories in ‘Half the Picture

“‘Half the Picture’ is the culmination of my lifetime as a film lover,” says director Amy Adrion, “and is a tribute to the women who inspired me to make films. Also, it was important to me that we ‘be the change’ women filmmakers and film lovers want to see in the world. On the production, I »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘Borrowed Time’: How Two Pixar Animators Made a Daring, Off-Brand Western Short

24 October 2016 1:45 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Two of Pixar’s animators, Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj (“Inside Out,” “Brave”), have made the first off-the-shelf CG short at the studio. After winning a slew of film festival awards (including Siggraph’s prestigious Best in Show), the adult Western “Borrowed Time,” produced at Pixar University’s Co-op program, recently went viral on Vimeo. (Watch it below.)

Boasting a beautiful Monument Valley landscape right out of John Ford and Sergio Leone, it’s a sensitive and exquisitely rendered story about a mournful sheriff who returns to the scene of a tragic accident he can no longer escape, as painful memories keep flooding back.

“They have a brand at Pixar and what we did was completely off-brand and they appreciated it, but it was not something that Pixar would literally would ever make,” Hamou-Lhadj told IndieWire. “There’s themes in it that they could address, but it wouldn’t be done in the same way. »

- Bill Desowitz

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‘Through Her Lens’ 2016: Tribeca and Chanel Announce Participants in Second Annual Women’s Filmmaker Program

20 October 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Tribeca Enterprises and Chanel have announced today the second annual Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program, which brings together industry support, artistic development and funding to assist and help new and emerging U.S.-based female writers and directors of short-form narrative films.

The program has selected five emerging female filmmakers to receive project support, and take part in master classes, one-on-one mentorship and peer-to-peer sessions during a three-day session at the end of this month. At the end of the program, each of the filmmakers will pitch her project to a jury of industry experts, and one filmmaker will be awarded full financing to produce her short film. The four other projects will each be awarded grant funds to continue the development of their films.

Read More: Filmmaker Anna Martemucci Wins First-Ever Female-Focused ‘Through Her Lens’ Grant

“We share with Chanel the goal to bring »

- Kate Erbland

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Watch: If Pixar Made a Movie for Adults, It'd Look Like This

17 October 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Pixar movies aren't necessarily kids' movies, but they do all cater to audiences of all ages, so they have to be appropriate for children in particular. Animated films that are just for grown ups are rare, though not impossible to find (see this year's hit Sausage Party). If only the animation for adults looked and felt like Pixar, though, right? Well, now one does. Borrowed Time is a six-minute gem from co-directors Andrew Coats, who worked as an animator on Inside OutBrave and Cars 2 (as well as Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs), and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, a "character modeler and articulation artist" for BraveWall-eToy Story 3 and The Good Dinosaur. It's a Western and a bit too bloody and...

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- Christopher Campbell

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‘Borrowed Time’ Short Film: Two Pixar Animators Made a Gorgeous Western for Adults — Watch

15 October 2016 7:06 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Pixar has built a legacy of smart movies that both parents and children can love. But two of the company’s animators have collaborated to share a much darker vision in the wonderful short film “Borrowed Time.” After winning several festival awards, the short is now available to watch for free via Vimeo.

The film, set in a beautifully animated Old West, deals with facing grief after a horrible accident. Co-directors Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj took five years to develop this short, while keeping up demanding schedules working on films such as “Inside Out” and “Brave.” But for the artists it was a creative itch they felt had to be scratched.

Read More: Review: Finding Dory Is The Best Pixar Movie Since Up

“In America, animation has largely become synonymous with kids’ films, whereas elsewhere around the world it’s celebrated as a medium that can be used to tell any story, »

- William Earl

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Animated Short ‘Borrowed Time’ Makes Online Debut

14 October 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Animated short “Borrowed Time,” the poignant tale of a sheriff haunted by memories of a tragic accident, is making its online debut on Vimeo today and will play for free on the streaming site for a limited time as one of Vimeo’s Staff Picks.

It’s won several awards, including Best Animated Short at the St. Louis Film Festival, the Grand Jury Prize at the Nashville Film Festival and Best in Show at Siggraph, all Academy Award qualifying events. Additionally, it’s just been named the Best Short Film for “its beautiful visuals in the service of telling an emotional story” by the Spark Animation Festival, set for Oct. 21-23 in Vancouver, Canada.

Co-directors Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj have been working on the short on their own time for the last five years, while working at Pixar on such features as “Brave,” “Inside Out” and “The Good Dinosaur. »

- Terry Flores

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Major Crimes Season 5 Episode 13 Review: White Lies Part 3

19 September 2016 9:03 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

How heartbreaking was Julio's goodbye to little Mark?

The kid was originally obnoxious, parroting racist comments he'd heard from his family and hating Julio because he was Hispanic. 

But in the little time he was on, Julio became so protective of him that losing Mark hurt viewers as much as it hurt him.

Major Crimes Season 5 Episode 13 wrapped up a number of emotional storylines before heading into a cliffhanger. Who else can't wait until 2017 for its return?

Much of the hour was dedicated to finally figuring out exactly who ordered the hits in the courtroom.

As Provenza and Sharon quickly realized, this shooting wasn't really in the Z-Brotherhood's interest. All it did was bring unwanted police attention to the group's illegal activities.

The solution to the mystery was convoluted and I have to admit I'm still a bit confused. Martin Borjas was Dwight Darnell's father. He also ordered all the hits. »

- Jack Ori

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The Disney Renaissance’s Little Woman: Katharine Hepburn’s Imprint on Belle

15 September 2016 4:36 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Few questions feel as stale as the following: Is the Disney Princess feminist? It's become profoundly boring to scavenge for an answer, so common is this refrain that arises each holiday season since Peggy Orenstein’s barnstorm of an essay. It will no doubt be a talking point upon the release of Moana later this year. The "Disney Princess" has congealed into a homogenous, lumpen unit of capitalist excess, so much that each character’s particular idiosyncrasies often become obscured in such discussions.Belle, the heroine of Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale’s Beauty and the Beast (1991), is a headstrong bibliophile with a peripatetic mind; she spends the beginning of the film longing to be elsewhere. “There must be more than this provincial life,” she screams in the film’s opening number, which economically introduces us to the townspeople who fawn over her. Belle, voiced by Paige O’Hara, occupies »

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Swallows and Amazons movie review: a free-range kiddie adventure

18 August 2016 8:36 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Behold a time before helicopter parenting, when children roamed free, ate cake for dinner, and played with fire. A delightfully old-fashioned treat. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Gather round, kiddies, and behold a time before videogames — before television, even — when children roamed free and were forced to relieve their boredom with nothing more than a couple of sticks and their imaginations… and they relished it. Gather round, parents, and marvel as a mother grants permission for her four children to go sailing and camping on their own recognizance, with no adult supervision at all, for days. Because, as that mother says, “I don’t want them frightened of the world,” so they have to learn how to deal with it on their own. Imagine that!

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- MaryAnn Johanson

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Movie Review – Finding Dory (2016)

27 July 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Finding Dory, 2016.

Directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane.

Featuring the voice talents of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olsen, Ty Burrell, Hayden Rolence, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Dominic West, Bob Peterson, Kate McKinnon, Sloane Murray, Bill Hader, Sigourney Weaver, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney, Vicki Lewis, Austin Pendleton, Stephen Root, and Willem Dafoe.

Synopsis:

Dory is on a desperate mission to find her family. With the help of Marlon and Nemo, they end up at a Marina that introduces our friends to new animals and clues to a past Dory never knew she had…

When Finding Dory was announced, many were sceptical. Two years prior, the dreadful Cars 2 marked a low-point for Pixar while Monsters University was due for release. Between 2010 and 2013 only the lacklustre Brave was an original. Finding Nemo was always a complete film, famous for a heart-wrenching opening and a dark »

- Simon Columb

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Amazon Prime Day Deals: 18 Great Films And Television Shows To Buy Right Now

12 July 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Amazon Prime Day is here, and with it, a bevy of deals for your entertainment-loving heart. In order to plow through the massive list of deals being offered to Amazon Prime members — it is called Amazon Prime Day for a reason — we’ve narrowed down some of the many offerings for 18 tried and tested IndieWire favorites, spanning both film and television, available with some very special streaming deals today only. Take a look, and start saving now.

Edge of Tomorrow” ($0.99, 80% off)

In a summer full of lousy Hollywood fare, go back to 2014 and re-experience Doug Liman’s brilliant sci-fi romp. Written by master screenwriter Chris McQuarrie, “Edge of Tomorrow” pushes Tom Cruise to rock bottom and kills him off in the first 10 minutes. And then does it again, and again and a few dozen more times. Consider it a video game movie that doesn’t need video game source material to make it work, »

- Russell Goldman and Sarah Colvin

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How ‘Finding Dory’ Pre-Show Short ‘Piper’ Bypassed the Pixar Pipeline

1 July 2016 6:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If you want to make a short at Pixar, the studio offers a special program where resident artists — those who work anywhere in the company — have the chance to pitch three ideas to a panel of directors. But “Piper” skipped that step entirely, in part because it grew out of an experiment Alan Barillaro was conducting in his spare time.

“In computer animation, the tools aren’t done yet. At Pixar, we’re constantly asking, ‘What’s the best way an artist can express themselves?’ and I take that pretty seriously, so there’s this whole laundry list I have in my head of how can this tool be more visual,” says Barillaro, who used his free time following “Brave” to see whether he could “sculpt” one of Pixar’s existing bird models into a sandpiper.

“I wasn’t planning on making a short,” says Barillaro, who repurposed a crow »

- Peter Debruge

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‘Finding Dory’: 5 Reasons the Pixar Sequel Smashed Records

19 June 2016 12:53 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Finding Dory” shattered box office records this weekend, setting a new high-water mark for an animated film debut with its $136.2 million opening.

The sequel to 2003’s “Finding Nemo” succeeded where many followups this summer have failed, nearly doubling the original film’s $70.2 million launch. Its impressive results come amidst fears that the movie business is suffering from “sequelitis,” as one by one spinoffs and fresh installments such as “Alice Through the Looking Glass” and “X-Men: Apocalypse” sputter at the box office.

Here are five reasons that Disney and Pixar were able to make a big splash with “Finding Dory.”

1.) Pixar is the Movie Business’ Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval

Over the course of 17 films, Pixar has established a reputation for excellence that is nearly unparalleled. Perhaps only Miramax during its ’90s heyday rivals the Pixar association with quality films, and its run of “Pulp Fiction,” “The English Patient” and “The Crying Game »

- Brent Lang

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First trailer for Noel Clarke’s Brotherhood

17 June 2016 4:57 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its release in August, Lionsgate has debuted the first trailer for Noel Clarke’s Brotherhood, which you can check out below…

BrOTHERHOOD follows Sam as he faces up to the new world after Adulthood and realizes it also comes with new problems and new challenges. Sam knows that to survive he must face his issues head on, and knows he will require old friends to help him survive new dangers. Noel Clarke (Star Trek into darkness, Doctor Who, Adulthood.) reprises the role of Sam Peel with breakthrough Grime artist Stormzy appearing alongside him as Yardz. The film is written and directed by Noel Clarke who also produced alongside Jason Maza, Maggie Monteith and Gina Powell.

BrOTHERHOOD showcases a supporting cast that includes Steven Cree (Brave, 300: Rise of an Empire, Maleficent), Olivia Chenery (Penny Dreadful, The Anomaly), Tonia Sotiropoulou (Skyfall), Jason Maza (Hooligan Factory, Welcome to the Punch »

- Gary Collinson

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Two new trailers land for the upcoming ‘Brotherhood’

17 June 2016 2:18 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It’S Time For #TheEnd

Two new trailers for the upcoming instalment in the ‘Hood’ series, Brotherhood, have just landed ahead of its big release in August.

BAFTA award – winning actor, writer and director Noel Clarke returns to direct the film and also stars alongside grime artist, Stormzy, Arnold Oceng (Adulthood), Jason Maza (Fishtank) and Olivia Chenery (Penny Dreadful).

Here’s the official synopsis:

BrOTHERHOOD follows Sam as he faces up to the new world after Adulthood and realises it also comes with new problems and new challenges. Sam knows that to survive he must face his issues head on, and knows he will require old friends to help him survive new dangers.Noel Clarke (Star Trek Into Darkness, Doctor Who, Adulthood.) reprises the role of Sam Peel with breakthrough Grime artist Stormzy appearing alongside him as Yardz. The film is written and directed by Noel Clarke who also produced alongside Jason Maza, »

- Paul Heath

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Brotherhood: first trailer for Noel Clarke’s trilogy closer

17 June 2016 2:01 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Noel Clarke writes, directs and stars in Brotherhood. Here's the trailer for the Kidulthood and Adulthood follow-up...

This August, Noel Clarke completes the trilogy that he started with Kidulthood and continued with Adulthood.

The new film is Brotherhood, that Clarke is directing from his own screenplay. And we have both a 12A rated trailer, and a more explicit promo for the movie. Do not go watching the latter if you’re young and impressionable.

Finally, here’s the synopsis…

BrOTHERHOOD follows Sam as he faces up to the new world after Adulthood and realises it also comes with new problems and new challenges. Sam knows that to survive he must face his issues head on, and knows he will require old friends to help him survive new dangers. Noel Clarke (Star Trek Into darkness, Doctor Who, Adulthood) reprises the role of Sam Peel with breakthrough Grime artist »

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