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Murdoch, Dneg back UK animation studio

10 April 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Former Aardman Features exec Sarah Smith, has launched a UK animation studio with backing from Elisabeth Murdoch and Double Negative.

Sarah Smith, the award-winning producer, writer and director of Arthur Christmas and a former Creative Director at Aardman Features, has set up new animated film company Locksmith Animation in the UK.

It claims to be the first dedicated high-end feature animation studio ever created in the UK, and is focussed on creating a slate of CG animated films for the global marketplace.

Locksmith is backed as principle shareholder by Elisabeth Murdoch while leading UK visual effects house Double Negative are also investors. Double Negative will work closely with Locksmith as they build an animation pipeline in which Locksmith plans to make its films.

The company’s plans also feature an international creative board of animation writers, directors and digital experts, to be announced shortly.

Smith said:  “With animated films among the most beloved and successful movies in the »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Liz Murdoch, Double Negative back new UK animation studio

10 April 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Former Aardman Features exec Sarah Smith, has launched a UK animation studio with backing from Elisabeth Murdoch and Double Negative.

Sarah Smith, the award-winning producer, writer and director of Arthur Christmas and a former Creative Director at Aardman Features, has set up new animated film company Locksmith Animation in the UK.

It claims to be the first dedicated high-end feature animation studio ever created in the UK, and is focussed on creating a slate of CG animated films for the global marketplace.

Locksmith is backed as principle shareholder by Elisabeth Murdoch while leading UK visual effects house Double Negative are also investors. Double Negative will work closely with Locksmith as they build an animation pipeline in which Locksmith plans to make its films.

The company’s plans also feature an international creative board of animation writers, directors and digital experts, to be announced shortly.

Smith said:  “With animated films among the most beloved and successful movies in the »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Elisabeth Murdoch, Double Negative Back Sarah Smith’s New U.K. Animation House Locksmith (Exclusive)

10 April 2014 4:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Sarah Smith, former creative director at Aardman Features, and director and co-writer of “Arthur Christmas,” has set up a new animated film company, Locksmith Animation, in the U.K., with backing from Elisabeth Murdoch and top VFX house Double Negative (“Godzilla”).

Locksmith is the first dedicated high-end feature animation studio ever created in the U.K., and will focus on creating a long-term slate of CG animated films for the global marketplace.

Locksmith is backed as principal shareholder by Murdoch, who is investing in a personal capacity rather than as chairman of Shine Group. Double Negative, which is also investing in Locksmith, will work closely with the company as they build an animation pipeline in which Locksmith plans to make its films.

The company’s plans also feature an international creative board of animation writers, directors and digital experts, to be announced shortly.

Smith said: “With animated films among »

- Leo Barraclough

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Alan Partridge

3 April 2014 9:03 PM, PDT | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

Steve Coogan spent many years trying to shed his hilariously awful alter ego, radio personality Alan Partridge, which made him a star in the 1990s on British television but made it difficult for him to play different kinds of roles. (His closest equivalent in the U.S. is probably Larry David’s character in Curb Your Enthusiasm.) The series also gave a boost to his writing partners Armando Iannucci (creator of the scathing British comedy series The Thick of It and its U.S. offshoot, Veep) and Peter Baynham (whose credits range from Borat to Arthur Christmas). With the passage of time, they’ve relented, and following a 2012 television special, they have collaborated with Coogan and...

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Aardman Animation’s ‘Shaun the Sheep’ Gets a Trailer and Poster

3 April 2014 9:19 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Aardman Animation is beloved for its charming characters and imaginative world-building, be it the various hens and Great Escape-esque farm setting of Chicken Run or the home of Wallace the oddball inventor and his silent companion Gromit, featured in a number of award-winning shorts (as well as the Oscar-winning feature The Curse of the Were-Rabbit).

That much of their output – with exceptions like CGI Arthur Christmas - are brought to life through the tedious process of stop-motion animation, means that most Aardman’s projects end up being real labors of love – and, thankfully, that passion generally shines through in the final product. Hence, there’s good reason to be excited for their latest venture, with the upcoming Shaun the Sheep.

Shaun, for those unaware, is the sheep who was featured in the Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit short “A Close Shave”, who thereafter became the ...

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The big blockbusters of summer 2015

28 March 2014 4:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Simon Brew 31 Mar 2014 - 05:42

Blockbuster season is almost upon us, but what will next summer's big hitters be? Here's a roundup

Once upon a time, summer blockbuster season 2015 was set to be packed with the biggest collision of big franchises we'd ever seen together. However, one by one, lots of these films moved away to other dates. As such, you won't be seeing Star Wars: Episode VII, Pirates Of The Caribbean 5, Independence Day 2, Batman Vs Superman or Finding Dory in a cinema next summer.

But even with those films gone, there's still no shortage of huge movies battling for your cash in a year's time. And as is traditional for us at the start of summer blockbuster season, we've taken a look at what's coming up in 12 months' time.

We kick off at the start of April (although note that March has Kenneth Branagh’s live action Cinderella movie, »

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Grand Budapest Hotel overtakes Need for Speed

26 March 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Wes Anderson enjoys first UK No 1 as takings look set to eclipse his Fantastic Mr Fox

The winner

When it debuted in third place with £1.53m from 284 cinemas, Grand Budapest Hotel always looked on course to become Wes Anderson's biggest live-action film at UK cinemas, displacing The Royal Tenenbaums (£3.33m lifetime). A week later, with an expansion to 372 venues, the film found itself in second place in the UK box office chart. And now, in its third week of release, the Middle European caper grabs the top spot, dethroning video-game adaptation Need for Speed. With third-weekend takings of £1.27m from 458 sites, Grand Budapest Hotel has earned £6.31m in just 17 days. The film has a real shot at overtaking Anderson's animated family flick Fantastic Mr Fox (£9.19m) to become his biggest-ever UK hit.

It's not unprecedented for a film to rise slowly to the top of the box office chart, »

- Charles Gant

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Why modern kids films have ditched the chosen one

27 February 2014 12:21 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Louisa Mellor 28 Feb 2014 - 06:15

How films like The Lego Movie are replacing destiny narratives with messages of scepticism and adaptability…

Warning: contains spoilers for The Lego Movie and Kung Fu Panda.

2013 saw the release of a film that sold a message antithetical to the upbeat ‘you can do it if you really try!’ cheerleading prevalent in kids’ movies. ‘Sometimes you can’t do it’, said this film, ‘even if you really, really, really try’.

It’s not as bleak a caution as it might seem. An imaginative scenario in which the hero fails but adapts teaches a useful lesson about flexibility (a skill parents might agree can be a tricky one for kids to take on). Wishing upon a star, working your socks off, thinking you can… in real life none of that guarantees a result. Isn’t it about time kids’ movies became comfortable with that idea? »

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Sacha Baron Cohen's Grimsby set for a 2015 release

16 February 2014 10:11 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

News Glen Chapman 17 Feb 2014 - 07:07

Sacha Baron Cohen's next comedy, Grimsby, has a release date in the middle of one of the busiest blockbuster seasons in history.

A date has been set for Sacha Baron Cohen's next comedy, it's been revealed. Enitled Grimsby, the film will be directed by Louis Leterrier (of The Incredible Hulk and Now You See Me fame) and will follow a British black-ops operative who finds himself on the run and reunites with his estranged brother who happens to be a football hooligan.

Cohen will play both parts and co-wrote the script with Peter Baynham, who worked on Borat (and co-wrote Arthur Christmas). The movie will shoot this summer with a release date of July 31st 2015 in America.

In other Cohen news he has renewed his first look deal with Paramount. The deal will last three years and Cohen seems happy about it. »

- glenchapman

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Walking with Dinosaurs Release on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD March 25th

13 February 2014 6:55 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and BBC Earth Films invite you to bring home Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie, an awe-inspiring adventure 70 million years in the making, now stomping in just in time for Easter.

Dino fans of all ages will be 'herding" to get their own copy of Walking With Dinosaurs The Movie, releasing on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD March 25. Hailed by viewers for its explosive visual achievements, Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie is "Jurassic Park meets The Lion King" (The Today Show) and "...too good a visual treat to miss" (Philadelphia Inquirer).

Experience the spectacular story that brings dinosaurs to life and the viewer back in time. Directed by Barry Cook (Mulan, Arthur Christmas) and Neil Nightingale (The Meerkats) and the writer behind the hit film Happy Feet, Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie features heart-warming performances from an incredible ensemble of Hollywood's biggest stars including: John Leguizamo (Ice Age, »

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