17 items from 2015
Winners of animated edition of Viewster Online Film Fest (#Voff) revealed.
Online video series Viewster has announced the winners of the animation edition of its Viewster Online Film Fest, titled #VOFF5: Animated Worlds.
First place and the top prize of $30,000 was awarded to Ira Elshansky of Israel for Warm Snow, a surrealist claymation short about a father and daughter’s relationship, set in a domestic setting.
Ira said about making her film: “I’ve been working with clay since I was a child and for me it is the material where I can express myself the best. It is a very honest material and people have been using it for centuries. Warm Snow is a very personal movie; I’m sure many of us have this feeling of being not fair to our parents, and this was my way to apologise and to show them my love.“
Second place and $15,000 was awarded to Mehdi Alibeygi of Iran »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Kids and parents across North America will soon be enamored by the world famous little bee named Maya and her insect friends when the international smash hit Maya The Bee Movie makes its buzz-worthy debut on DVD and on two-disc Blu-Ray 3D Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D and 2D, DVD and digital) from Shout! Factory Kids on May 19, 2015.
Already a great box office success in much of the world, Maya The Bee Movie, based on the well-known children’s novel and popular animated series in Europe, Australia and Asia, offers an immersive cinematic adventure into a spectacular macroscopic world. This highly anticipated animated feature brings to life an enchanting story of »
- Michelle McCue
Welcome to another horror/sci-fi round-up! We have news on who will play the marvelous mutant Nightcrawler in X-Men: Apocalypse, a look at four new fright-styled T-shirts from Fright Rags (including an ’80's-esque Freddy Krueger), and home media release details for 20th Century Fox's The Pyramid.
Nightcrawler: He can teleport with his unique dimension-hopping ability, he's extremely agile, he knows how to handle a saber with expert ease, and he at times has a gleeful sense of humor. The X-Men mutant Nightcrawler has many admirable traits and was memorably portrayed by Alan Cumming in Bryan Singer's X2. With Singer back behind the camera for X-Men: Apocalypse, a film that will introduce more mutants to the growing ranks of the X-Mansion, it's been revealed by the director on his Instagram page that Kodi Smit-McPhee will play a young Nightcrawler.
- Derek Anderson
What's the best way to up your follower count on Instagram? If you're Bryan Singer, you use your account to tease your upcoming movie. Yesterday he dropped some concept art for "X-Men: Apocalypse," and late last night, Singer revealed his new Nightcrawler. Singer posted a professional-looking headshot of Kodi Smit-McPhee, with the caption, " Excited to welcome @kodismitmcphee to the cast of #XmenApocalypse as young #Nightcrawler." Smit-McPhee doubled up on the message by posting a similar Instagram announcement.
Kodi Smit-McPhee first snagged our attention as the nameless young boy in "The Road," followed by roles in "Let Me In," "ParaNorman," and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." However, the character of Nightcrawler, a fuzzy blue mutant with a prehensile tail, is probably the weirdest of them all. Alan Cumming transmogrified into a super creepy Nightcrawler in "X-Men 2," complete with yellow eyes, two-fingered hands, and scarred blue skin.
Smit-McPhee is joining »
- Jenni Miller
“Excited to welcome @kodismitmcphee to the cast of #XmenApocalypse as young #Nightcrawler,” Singer said in a posting to his Instagram account on Tuesday night.
Smit-McPhee’s credits include “The Road,” the lead voice in the animated “ParaNorman” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” In the X-Men universe, Nightcrawler is a mutant with adhesive hands and feet and the ability to teleport.
Alan Cumming played the role in 2003’s “X-Men 2.”
Patrick Stewart has confirmed that he and fellow first generation mutant Ian McKellen will not appear in the upcoming film because it is set in the 1980s and explores the earlier lives of the characters.
Fox has dated “X-Men: Apocalpyse” for May 27, 2016.
- Dave McNary
Once again, director Bryan Singer has utilised his social media tentacles to release a fresh piece of casting news for his next film, X-Men: Apocalypse. And in this instance, it's the role of Nightcrawler that's been revealed.
Singer has used Nightcrawler in one of his X-Men films before, with Alan Cumming playing the character in X-Men 2. However, the role is now being taken on by Kodi Smih-McPhee. His highest profile role to date has been Alexander in Dawn Of the Planet Of The Apes, and the young actor has also lent his voice to ParaNorman, and appeared in Let Me In too.
Smit-McPhee, a name that's harder to type than it looks, joins a cast that includes James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Oscar Isaac and Tye Sheridan. »
The “X-Men: Apocalypse” universe just got a bit bigger, as director Bryan Singer announced Kodi Smit-McPhee will join the all-star cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender. “Excited to welcome @kodismitmcphee to the cast of #XmenApocalypse as young #Nightcrawler,” Singer posted to his Instagram account on Tuesday evening. Also Read: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Adding Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp Smit-McPhee is best known for another apocalyptic film, an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road,” as well as the lead voice in the animated “ParaNorman” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” Also Read: Rose Byrne Returning for ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Nightcrawler, »
- Matt Donnelly
Director Bryan Singer revealed the casting on Instagram early this morning (February 18).
Excited to welcome @kodismitmcphee to the cast of #XmenApocalypse as young #Nightcrawler. @alexvaughanphoto
A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on Feb 17, 2015 at 8:21pm Pst
Oscar Isaac will play the film's main villain Apocalypse - a mutant who is both ancient and immortal.
The movie will reportedly focus on the romance between Mystique and Magneto.
X-Men: Apocalypse will be released in »
Laika, the Portland-based animation studio behind Oscar-nominated films like "Coraline," "ParaNorman" and "The Boxtrolls," has opened its archives for the first time ever for a limited auction of over 250 puppets, models, props and art. "The Art of Laika" will be held by Heritage Auctions on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 in Beverly Hills. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to The Art of Elysium, a non-profit arts organization that works to make art a catalyst for social change. "In eight years of doing this, I've never seen such enthusiasm among the bidder and fan bases," Heritage Auctions Public Relations Director Noah Fleischer said. "Every lot has a bid in. Laika's crafts are drawing a non-traditional audience for us: 25-35-year-olds." "The Boxtrolls," of course, finds itself in a Best Animated Feature Film race that has been dominated by the likes of "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and »
- Kristopher Tapley
If BAFTA could hand out an award for oddest movie, it would surely be won by The Boxtrolls, which is the latest animated offering from Laika, producers of Coraline and Paranorman. This tale of a society dictated by cheese and overrun by cardboard-wearing creatures was in the running for Best Animated Film.
We spoke to directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable to chew the fat, or at least the rind, over what went into the making of this eccentric chapter in the history of stop motion animation. I’m a huge fan of the medium – my Dad used to be such an animator back in the day – and I was interested to hear what the pair had to say about the project, which appears defiantly old-fashioned in this age of CGI…
Thn: There’s a British flavour to the film, coming from the source novel (Here Be Monsters by Alan »
- Steve Palace
Stars: Isaac Hempstead Wright, Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, Dee Bradley Baker, Steve Blum, Nika Futterman, Maurice Lamarche | Written by Irena Brignull, Adam Pava | Directed by Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi
Below the streets of Cheesebridge live the Boxtrolls, a community of cave-dwelling and cardboard box-wearing creatures, who are believed to pose a threat to the citizens of the town and their children. However, in truth, they really pose no such threat and have even raised an orphaned boy, Eggs (voice of Isaac Hempstead Wright), as one of their own. Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley), a local pest exterminator, hatches a plan to get rid of the Boxtrolls for good as a means of securing his place within the town’s cheese-loving elite. When the Boxtrolls hear of Archibald’s plan it then falls to Eggs to save the day, since he is the only »
- Phil Wheat
Stop-motion wunderstudio Laika‘s latest film, The Boxtrolls, hits the DVD/Blu-Ray market today. You should see The Boxtrolls (if you haven’t already, that is). It’s sweet, it’s extremely strange and its tremendous stop-motion visuals are more than worth whatever viewing fees might be required up front. But if there’s been one complaint I found in this tale of boy, girl, cheese and an army of cardboard-clad trolls, it’d be this: the film suffers from story issues. Well, story “issue,” in the singular. That issue being: The Boxtrolls is the exact same movie as ParaNorman. Before you say anything- yes, there are obvious differences between the two films. ParaNorman is set in the world you and I inhabit, while The Boxtrolls takes place in the fictional quasi-victorian isle of Cheesebridge. ParaNorman deals with witches, ghosts and zombies, while The Boxtrolls‘ one supernatural element hews to the titular trolls. Also »
- Adam Bellotto
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Laika's latest stop-motion film is about a kiddo named Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright) who is raised by a gaggle of trolls under the streets of Cheesebridge. It got pretty good reviews, as well as an Oscar nomination, and while it hasn't snatched up as many eyes and hearts as "Coraline" or "ParaNorman," it's still a solid kid's movie. The Blu-ray includes audio commentary from directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi, as well as a few other extra goodies.
Scarlett Johansson's actioner has been available digitally, but now you can snag it on Blu-ray.
Guy Maddin's wonderfully weird ode to his hometown is finally on Criterion. In addition to your typical Criterion updates -- a high-def digital video transfer, »
- Jenni Miller
Although there were more than the usual number of snubs and surprises in this morning’s Oscar nominations, easily the most animated cries of shock came in, well, the Animated Feature category.
If ever there was a sure thing going into today’s nominations, it was that Warner Bros’ blockbuster toon The Lego Movie not only would be nominated but was the presumed front -runner for the win. It’s a real shame for talented director-writers Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, who also got screwed by the Academy animation voters when they were overlooked for 2009’s Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. But this snub was bigger, Huge.
This is not a tragedy. Congrats to incredible crew and cast of The Lego Movie, who made a classic.
— philip lord (@philiplord) January 15, 2015
Shockwaves not only hit the room but among those working on rival films — the ones that did get nominated. »
- Pete Hammond
It may be too soon to say, but I believe 2015 to be the year of Anna Kendrick. Having established herself as a great support actress in the Twilight Saga, she’s gone on to steal the show in numerous films, including Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Paranorman and End Of Watch, managing to the pull the limelight away from her more central co-stars.
This year sees the release of six new titles starring Kendrick, the first being the live-action Disney musical Into The Woods, and to celebrate we are looking back at five of Anna’s greatest career choices.
(Dir: Joe Swanberg, 2013)
Drinking Buddies saw Anna star alongside Olivia Wilde, Ron Livingston, and New Girl favourite Jake Johnson, in an almost fly-on-the-wall look at how friendships play out between men and women – particularly when they are best friends and co-workers – and their respective partners. Anna features as Jill, »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
“It won’t change who you are. Cheese, hats, boxes-they don’t make you who you are. You make you!”
Get ready to enjoy a masterfully crafted Dickensian world with stunningly well animated-characters and witty dialog. If you’re familiar with Coraline and Paranorman, Laika Animation Studio’s previous works, The Boxtrolls will come as no surprise. As before, the visuals are worth the price of admission and as before, I was left hungry for more.
The Boxtrolls itself is a well-told fantasy full of silliness and whimsy, but there’s depth and meaning as well. It could be argued that this is a kids film about ethnic cleansing and genocide(!), but it’s all handled in the best possible taste. Somehow they managed to pull this off without ever being too heavy-handed, scary, or inappropriate. An example of this would be the villain’s henchmen, who spend much of »
- Tom Stockman
They took us to Neil Gaiman’s haunting “Other World” of button-eyed residents in Coraline, traveled to a town besieged by zombies and ghosts in ParaNorman, and most recently introduced a world where underground and humans struggle to co-exist in The Boxtrolls. Fans of Laika’s stop-motion animated features can partake in an upcoming auction in Beverly Hills of over 250 items from the studio’s films.
Press Release – “[Portland, Or and Beverly Hills, CA; January 6, 2015] – Laika, the visionary animation studio behind the Golden Globe and Annie Award-nominated The Boxtrolls and the BAFTA and Academy Award-nominated Coraline and ParaNorman, will open its archives for the first time for a limited auction of over 250 puppets, models, props and art in The Art of Laika, to be held by Heritage Auctions on Thursday, February 12, 2015, in Beverly Hills.
A portion of the proceeds of the auction will be donated to The Art of Elysium, a non-profit arts organization that works to »
- Derek Anderson
17 items from 2015
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