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The Academy Announces Eligibility For 114 Scores, 79 Songs And 323 Feature Films In 87th Oscar Race

12 December 2014 5:37 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Three hundred twenty-three feature films are eligible for the 2014 Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

To be eligible for 87th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.

Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.

Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category. The “Reminder List of Productions Eligible for the 87th Academy Awards” is available at http://www.oscars.org/oscars/rules-eligibility.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also announced that 114 scores »

- Michelle McCue

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Watch: New, Full Trailer for Pixar's 'Inside Out'

10 December 2014 8:51 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

People, Pixar is returning to completely original material! They have been on a sequel/prequel kick lately (Toy Story 3, Monsters University, Cars 2), and even when they make an original film (Brave), it draws heavily on stuff we have seen before. Inside Out is their latest film, and it sounds like something that could be very inventive and entertaining. You know, the kind of stuff Pixar was built on. A new trailer for the film is available for you all to watch. Inside Out comes courtesy of director Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc., Up) and screenwriter Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3). The film concerns with the various emotions and thoughts occurring in our heads and how they interact with one another. That sounds like a very interesting world to explore, and in a Pixar created world, even more interesting. Docter has been a major component to Pixar »

- Mike Shutt

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Toy Story That Time Forgot Review

9 December 2014 12:47 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director/Writer: Steve Purcell

Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Kristen Schaal, Wallace Shawn, Kevin McKidd, Emily Hahn, Emma Hudak, Timothy Dalton, Jonathan Kydd, R.C. Cope

Running Time: 22 Minutes

When Toy Story 3 concluded the trilogy, and let’s not even mention the emotional impact, I don’t think any of us anticipated the return of those hugely loved characters but they turned up Toy Story Of Terror during Halloween of last year. Sure, there’s also been some Toy Story Toons but until Toy Story 4 was officially announced, these short animations never logically held any precursor to other feature-length possibilities.

Written and directed by Brave’s scribe Steve Purcell, it’s easy for me to say that Toy Story That Time Forgot is easily one of my favourites of the Toy Story short folk tales, as it’s got everything that makes the first three unique and inventive. Maybe it’s just me, »

- Dan Bullock

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TV Review: ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’

1 December 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Effortlessly picking up where “Toy Story of Terror” left off, Pixar has delivered a second splendid ABC holiday special plucked from one of its signature franchises, “Toy Story That Time Forgot,” again moving a peripheral character into the equivalent of a starring role. Funny, warm and not afraid to include gags clearly intended more for parents than their kids, it’s the kind of production that keeps the franchise fresh (and crassly, merchandise flying off shelves) while waiting for yet another sequel.

The conceit could hardly be simpler: Little Bonnie has a play date with a friend, and takes a bag of her toys along. But once she gets there, the boy has a topnotch game console, and the more tangible diversions are quickly abandoned.

Left alone, the toys encounter a group of dinosaur-like playthings (a cross-pollination, essentially, of the “Transformers” and “He-Man” strains) that appear to be somewhat unclear on the whole “toy” concept. »

- Brian Lowry

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10 Reasons Why 'Toy Story That Time Forgot' Is the Must-Watch Christmas Special of the Season

1 December 2014 5:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Just because "Toy Story 4" isn't coming out until the summer of 2017, that doesn't mean that your favorite childhood playthings are going to be absent until then. Just this week ABC will premiere "Toy Story That Time Forgot," a new half-hour Christmas special that features the toys in a brand new adventure. When you think of a Christmas special built around the "Toy Story" characters, you probably think that it's going to be something centered around the holiday and the introduction of new toys that come along with it...

But you'd be wrong.

"Toy Story That Time Forgot" is a distinct, wholly original half-hour film, written and directed by animation and comic book vet Steve Purcell that contributes wonderfully to the mythology while taking it in a wholly new direction. It throws preexisting "Toy Story" characters up against a bunch of new toys called the Battlesaurs, an eighties-style brand of gladiatorial combatants. »

- Drew Taylor

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NBC Hopes ‘Peter Pan Live’ Can Fly to New Heights

26 November 2014 10:30 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s a beautiful, busy afternoon in Neverland. The emerald-green fiberglass lagoon is glistening. The synthetic rosebush trees are in full bloom, and the scent of freshly cut lumber wafts through Stage 1 at Grumman Studios on Long Island.

It’s only been a day since the company mounting NBC’s “Peter Pan Live” musical moved onto the stages in Bethpage, N.Y., where the live telecast will originate on Dec. 4. With three weeks until showtime for this one-night-only affair, crew members are swarming the elaborate sets, pounding nails into the Jolly -Roger, re-arranging the furniture in the Darlings’ London house and adding decorative touches to the Lost Boys’ hideout.

Even in this nascent state, there’s an air of audacity to the undertaking that is energizing to all involved. On a site where Grumman Corp. once built airplanes and fighter jets, Peter Pan is poised to take flight in a »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Paddington movie review: please look in on this movie, thank you

26 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Adorable. So witty and compassionate and bittersweet and just the right little bit of snarky that you will cry tears of joy from the perfection of it. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): was worried about CGI creepiness

I have read the source material (and I am indifferent about it)

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

So, a small brown illegal immigrant — he doesn’t even have a passport — sneaks over the border into the United Kingdom… and is instantly welcomed into the home of a quintessentially English family in London, complete with a kooky elderly kinswoman of unspecified relation and a house that is the epitome of storybook chic.

And it is adorable.

Adorable.

Paddington is, in fact, so cute and witty and compassionate and bittersweet and just the right little bit of snarky and positively downright altruistic that »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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George Lucas's Strange Magic: First full trailer shows magical conflict

23 November 2014 6:37 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A full trailer for Disney and Lucasfilm's Strange Magic has been released.

The clip was published by Yahoo Movies and offers the first real look at the long-anticipated animation.

The "madcap fairy tale musical" sees magical creatures including goblins, elves and fairies embarking on an epic battle over a powerful enchanted potion against a soundtrack of popular songs from the last 60 years.

The Gary Rydstrom-directed film is inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream and written by Rydstrom, Elf's David Berenbaum and Brave's Irene Mecchi.

The voice cast includes Alan Cumming, Maya Rudolph and Evan Rachel Wood, as well as Kristin Chenoweth, Alfred Molina, Sam Palladio and Elijah Kelley.

Strange Magic is released on January 23, 2015 in the Us and on February 11 in the UK. »

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‘Strange Magic’ Trailer: George Lucas’ Animated Fairy Tale

21 November 2014 11:23 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The first trailer has dropped for Lucasfilm’s next project, animated fairy tale Strange Magic. Goblins, elves, fairies and imps collide, sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph and Sam Palladio provide the voices and Gary Rydstrom directs and co-wrote the screenplay with David Berenbaum (Elf),and Irene Mecchi (Brave) based on a story by George Lucas. Strange Magic will be released January 23 via Touchstone Pictures.

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- The Deadline Team

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Lucasfilm's Animated 'Strange Magic' Trailer is Silliness & Pop Tunes

21 November 2014 9:42 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Just over a week ago, we were all surprised to learn of the existence of a new animated movie from Lucasfilm called Strange Magic that Disney was going to release through their Touchstone Pictures banner in January. Now the first trailer has arrived to show us why this film is getting a hasty, last minute promotional push and release. If "from the mind of George Lucas" isn't enough to turn you off in this day and age, the trailer should do it. This looks like a comedic version of Epic (which already wasn't a good animated movie) chock full of pop song covers. This just looks terrible and devoid of any charm. Watch? Here's the first trailer for Gary Rydstrom's Strange Magic, originally from Yahoo: Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (of the Pixar shorts Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation and Lifted) from a screenplay he wrote with »

- Ethan Anderton

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Emma Thompson To Receive The Richard Harris Award At 2014 ‘BIFAs’

19 November 2014 2:48 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We’ve just received word that Britain’s own national treasure Emma Thompson is to receive the prestigious Richard Harris Award at this year’s Moet British Independent Film Awards. The top gong recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor, and has previously been won by the likes of John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon and Julie Walters just last year.

The awards are dished out on Sunday 7th December at a ceremony in central London. You can see the full list of nominees for this year’s awards here.

Here’s the full release.

London, Wednesday 19th November – The recipient of The Richard Harris Award was announced today by Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, joint Directors, The Moët British Independent Film Awards.

Emma Thompson will receive The Richard Harris Award at the ceremony on Sunday 7th December at Old Billingsgate. »

- Paul Heath

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First Look At George Lucas' 'Strange Magic'

12 November 2014 1:20 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

George Lucas' Strange Magic will be released by Touchstone Pictures next January. The animated comedy is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The film feature popular songs from the past six decades. This will be the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.

With a story by George Lucas, Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation, Lifted), produced by Mark S. Miller (associate producer Mars Attacks!) and executive produced by Lucas, with a screenplay by David Berenbaum (Elf), Irene Mecchi (Brave, The Lion King) and Rydstrom. 

Strange Magic will be voiced by Alan Cumming (CBS’ “The Good Wife,” Broadway’s “Cabaret”), Evan Rachel Wood (“The Ides of March”), Kristin Chenoweth (Broadway’s “Wicked”), Maya Rudolph (“Big Hero 6,” “Bridesmaids”), Sam Palladio (ABC »

- Laura Frances

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New George Lucas movie gets January 2015 release

11 November 2014 11:10 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Strange Magic, an animated film conceived by George Lucas, is set for release in two months' time...

Now here's a surprise. It's been known for a while that Lucasfilm had been working on an animated movie, but little had been heard from it for some time. As it turns out though, said movie is done, and Disney has earmarked it for release - under its Touchstone Pictures banner - on January 23rd 2015.

The film is called Strange Magic, and the story for it has come directly from George Lucas. He also serves as executive producer on the film. It's directed by Gary Rydstrom, who's worked on the sound of several Lucas productions in the past, and more recently has been at Pixar. Whilst at Pixar, Rydstrom directed the short film Lifted, and also Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation. He was set to direct a full length feature, Newt, but Pixar »

- simonbrew

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Disney and Lucasfilm Team Up Brings You Strange Magic

11 November 2014 5:48 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Disney and Lucasfilms are teaming up to bring us a new film called Strange Magic.  Check out the details.

You heard right, Disney is working with Lucasfilm and George Lucas himself for the animated film Strange Magic.

Set to hit theaters on January 23, 2015 Lucas has writen the film and Gary Rydstrom will direct.

Check out the details from the Press Release:

“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., will be released by Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015.  “Strange Magic” is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night's Dream.”

Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.

Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011’s Academy Award®-winning film “Rango,” bring to life the fanciful forest »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Mike Petty)

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Lucasfilm Announces Animation Strange Magic For This January

11 November 2014 3:10 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Well, that was unexpected. Today, Lucasfilm announced that it will be bringing us an animated film titled Strange Magic in just three short months. Touchstone Pictures will be releasing the project, inspired by William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” into theaters on January 23rd, 2015.

Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Alfred Molina, Peter Stormare and Elijah Kelley all lend their voices to the film, playing magical creatures such as goblins, elves, fairies and imps who come to blows over a magic potion. Musical interludes help to tell the story, with Strange Magic incorporating “popular songs from the past six decades.”

Gary Rydstrom, a seven-time Oscar winner for his work as a sound designer on films as diverse as Saving Private Ryan, Titanic and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, will direct from an original idea by George Lucas. Rydstrom’s experience isn’t limited to sound work – he also helmed Oscar-nominated, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 Digital Release Review

11 November 2014 2:59 PM, PST | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Digital Release Review

The How to Train Your Dragon franchise put together a fair stock of extended content before it even got to the sequel, and the second film, while not quite as solid as the first, avoids the usual pitfalls of sequels, and delivers all the fun and adventure viewers are after.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens with an introduction to the new world Hiccup’s village has become, what with dragons now a part of daily life. Before long, Hiccup gets a surprise he never would have thought possible, he meets an unknown dragon rider. This leads to some wondrous encounters, and some unnerving ones, but ultimately Hiccup learns that the mystery rider is his mother. Of course, this sets the stage for the film to follow in the footsteps of the first, shifting the undercurrent of emotional play from »

- Marc Eastman

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Lucasfilm Ltd.’s Strange Magic Gets A January 23, 2015 Release Date

11 November 2014 12:08 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Strange Magic © & Tm 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Here’s your first look at the new animated film Strange Magic.

Walt Disney Studios announced today that the movie, from Lucasfilm Ltd., will be released by Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015.

The film is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011’s Academy Award-winning film Rango, bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects.

With a story by George Lucas, Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”), produced by Mark S . Miller (associate producer “Mars Attacks!”) and executive produced by George Lucas, »

- Michelle McCue

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Strange Magic: First look at George Lucas, Disney animated adventure

11 November 2014 11:45 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Disney and Lucasfilm have released the first image from upcoming animated movie Strange Magic.

Executive produced by George Lucas, the film was in production when Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012.

Inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream, Strange Magic has been described as a "madcap fairy tale musical" which will feature popular songs from the last 60 years, as goblins, elves, fairies and imps embark on a great battle for a powerful potion.

Directed by Gary Rydstrom, the picture offers a first look at the Bog King, Griselda and Marianne, voiced by Alan Cumming, Maya Rudolph and Evan Rachel Wood respectively.

The voice cast also includes Kristin Chenoweth, Alfred Molina, Sam Palladio, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein, Peter Stormare and newcomer Meredith Anne Bull.

Rydstrom co-wrote the film's script alongside Elf's David Berenbaum and Brave's Irene Mecchi.

Released through Touchstone Pictures, Strange Magic will hit cinemas on January 23, 2015. »

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Disney, Lucasfilm announce 'Strange Magic,' an animated musical from 'Star Wars 7' sound mixer

11 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A year after the industry-rattling announcement that Walt Disney Pictures had acquired LucasFilm and planned on moving forward with hew "Star Wars" movies, there were vague reports that George Lucas and prequel trilogy sound mixer Gary Rydstrom were collaborating on an untitled animated film. Further digging revealed that the project may have been in the works since 2010. Without Disney or LucasFilm confirmations, the project was filed under rumors and left alone. Now, the joint companies have unearthed the long-gestating project on their own. "Strange Magic" will suddenly arrive in January 2015. In an official press release, Disney describes the feature cartoon as "a madcap fairy tale musical" inspired by William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Pop songs plucked from "the last six decades" will tell the tale of "a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion." Which »

- Matt Patches

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Disney Announces George Lucas Animated Musical 'Strange Magic'

11 November 2014 9:58 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney announced today that George Lucas has secretly been working on an animated musical for release early next year. Strange Magic is a new film from Lucasfilm Ltd. that will be released by Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015.&#160

Strange Magic is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.&#160

Lucasfilm Animation Singapore&#160and&#160Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011's Academy Award&#174-winning film Rango, bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects.

With a story by George Lucas, Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom ("Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation," "Lifted"), produced by Mark S. Miller&#160(associate producer "Mars Attacks!")&#160and executive produced by George Lucas, »

- MovieWeb

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