19 items from 2017
The amateur talent competition premiered in 1976 with Barris emceeing, a role he performed for four years. Barris was also a prolific producer, and his credits included “The Newlywed Game” and “The Dating Game.”
Comedian Paul Reubens, aka Pee-wee Herman, appeared multiple times on the show. He tweeted a tribute to Barris late Wednesday morning.
Rip Chuck Barris… a wonderful, happy, funny guyhttps://t.co/FsWdf8gDs0#GongShow #Rip #ChuckBarris #DatingGame #NewlywedGame pic.twitter.com/KkdCG1BqxE
— Pee-wee Herman (@peeweeherman) March 22, 2017
Reubens wrote: “Rip Chuck Barris, creator of The Gong Show. I appeared three times in his show The Dating Game, and Fourteen times on The Gong Show, many times in complete disguise. He helped support many artists by having them on The Gong Show. He was a wonderful, happy, funny guy. Rest In Peace, Chuck.”
- Lawrence Yee
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- Derek Anderson
Get those animal-related Oscar puns for the sequel.
“Zootopia” took home the award for Best Animated Feature at Sunday night’s 89th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.
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This is the fifth straight year that a Disney-affiliated entity as won the award and the 11th time in the 16 years the award has existed. Co-directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore were both nominated previously for the award for their individual work on “Bolt” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” respectively.
“We are so grateful to the audiences all over the world who have embraced this film with this story of tolerance being more powerful than fear of the other,” Moore said, accepting the award.
The evening’s dark horse contender was “Kubo and the Two Strings,” the latest film from Portland-based animation house Laika. »
- Steve Greene
Disney’s Moana hit Digital HD this week and we have some special bonus clips to share with you.
Helmed by Clements and Musker, the directing team behind The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and The Princess and the Frog, and co-directed by Chris Williams & Don Hall (Oscar®-winning Big Hero 6 -Best Animated Feature Film in 2015), Moana” is produced by Osnat Shurer (Lifted, One Man Band), and executive produced by John Lasseter. Jared Bush (Zootopia) wrote the screenplay. Moana features original songs from a diverse and dynamic team that includes Tony®-, Emmy®- and Grammy®-winning lyricist/composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (Broadway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning and multiple Tony-winning Hamilton, Tony-winning In the Heights), Mark Mancina (Speed, Tarzan The Lion King) and Opetaia Foaʻi (founder and lead singer of the award-winning world music band Te Vaka). Mancina composed the original score.
Writing “We Know the Way”
Moana stars Auli‘i »
- ComicMix Staff
The Walt Disney Company and IMAX have announced today that they have extended their ongoing relationship with a new multi-picture deal for Disney, Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm features – including this year’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, with Rian Johnson having captured key sequences for Episode VIII using IMAX’s hi-resolution cameras.
Highlights of the agreement include IMAX’s involvement in the release of Lucasfilm’s untitled Indiana Jones film, untitled Han Solo Star Wars anthology film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: Episode IX, Marvel’s Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Infinity War and the untitled Avengers sequel (the latter two both being shot entirely in IMAX), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, A Wrinkle in Time and Mulan, Pixar’s The Incredibles 2 and Toy Story 4 and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Wreck-It Ralph sequel.
“The Walt Disney Studios strives to bring great stories »
- Gary Collinson
Disney and IMAX have released a joint statement this morning that the companies have extended their blockbuster deal through the year 2019. With this press release comes a new IMAX photo of their innovative new camera being used for key Luke Skywalker scenes on Ahch-To, which were shot in Ireland.
"Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Last Jedi to Feature Select Scenes Captured with IMAX Cameras. IMAX cameras were used to capture the stunning landscape of Ireland for Star Wars 8. This next chapter in the Star Wars saga, directed by Rian Johnson, is scheduled for release December 15, 2017."
Building on their existing long-standing relationship, IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) and The Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: Dis), announced today that both companies have extended their multi-faceted agreement with a new multi-picture deal, beginning this year and extending through 2019, that includes the much-anticipated live-action and animated tentpole releases from Disney, »
Following J.J. Abrams’ iconic use of IMAX® cameras in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, IMAX and Lucasfilm have announced that director Rian Johnson has captured key sequences of Star Wars: The Last Jedi using IMAX’s extremely high-resolution cameras, delivering IMAX audiences greater scope and increased image quality in IMAX’s exclusive aspect ratio for a uniquely immersive experience. More on the Star Wars The Last Jedi IMAX news below.
The news of Johnson leveraging IMAX cameras for key sequences of Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes as part of an extended slate deal announcement between IMAX and The Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company. Building on their existing long-standing relationship, the two companies announced today that they have extended their multi-faceted agreement with a new multi-picture deal »
- Paul Heath
Marvel films, Pixar sequels will also get the IMAX treatment.
These will include this year’s Star Wars instalment, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which will have some sequences shot with IMAX cameras, and Avengers: Infinity War, which is being shot entirely with IMAX cameras.
Titles covered by the updated agreement include Lucasfilm’s untitled Indiana Jones film, the untitled Han Solo Star Wars film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: Episode IX; Marvel’s Black Panther and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Infinity War and the untitled Avengers sequel; Disney’s [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Grater)
Zootopia gets a lot of its pizazz from the clash of its odd couple leads but behind the scenes things are much more sympatico. When I sat down to interview the director Rich Moore (Wreck-it Ralph) and producer Clark Spencer (Wreck-it Ralph, Bolt, Lilo & Stitch) they weren't so much finishing each other's sentences as they were most definitely reciting from the same page. Rich calls Clark the 'best producer he's ever worked with' and credits him for creating a structure so that the creatives didn't have to worry about the minutae but were kept aware of it to keep them on track.
Unfortunately the third key member of their team Byron Howard, who the project originated with had bronchitis on the day we met. He'll be long since recovered by Oscar night which will likely be a happy one for the team.
Zootopia is the second project Moore and Clark »
- NATHANIEL R
Patrick Osborne is no stranger to the Academy Awards: The animator-cum-helmer made his directorial debut with animated short Feast, a charming tale told from the point of view of an adorable dog, which earned him a Best Short Oscar in 2015. This year Osborne, who has worked as an animator on a host of Oscar-nominated titles such a Wreck-It Ralph and Tangled, is back in the director's chair and the awards race for the second time with his Best Short-nominated title <a href="http://deadline.com/tag/pearl/" id="auto-tag_pearl"… »
Author: Zehra Phelan
Another year and yet another all-new take on an animation, this time in the form of those adorable blue creatures. The Smurfs are taking us on another adventure, leaving their ‘magic mushroom’ houses behind to venture into the ‘wilderness’, riding on bunnies with a whole host of risqué jokes that are thrown in for the poor parents who will be made to take their offspring.
Related: Smurfs: The Lost Village Trailer
On board for the Sony Pictures Animation adventure caper is singer Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson voicing Gargamel (The American, The Office), Joe Manganiello voicing Hefty (Magic Mike, Spiderman), Jack McBrayer voicing Clumsy (Wreck-It Ralph), Danny Pudi voicing Brainy (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) with Mandy Patinkin (Homeland) voicing Papa Smurf.
If you know nothing of the Smurfs, have you been living under a rock? Those who grew up in the 80’s would spend their Saturday mornings »
- Zehra Phelan
‘Pearl’ (Courtesy: Google Spotlight Stories)
By: Carson Blackwelder
Those of you who haven’t been taking virtual reality seriously should start doing so right now. For the first time ever, the Oscars have nominated a Vr film, which means the filmmaking style is officially taking hold and is undoubtedly here to stay — at least for the time being. Pearl has snagged a nomination in the best animated short category and stands a chance at winning big. Let’s take a look at what this moment means for the future of Vr and how it stands against the competition.
Pearl — a 2016 film by Google Spotlight Story and Evil Eye Pictures — tells the story of a girl and her dad chasing their dreams as they cross the United States in an old hatchback, their makeshift home, named Pearl. Music, created by both the father and daughter, is at the center »
- Carson Blackwelder
Burbank, Calif., Jan. 13, 2017 — Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Moana, the sweeping story of a spirited teenager who sets sail on a daring adventure to save her people, starring newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho as the voice of brave and tenacious Moana and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (HBO’s Ballers, Central Intelligence) as the larger-than-life demigod Maui, has dazzled both critics and audiences. The film earned a 95% critics’ consensus on Rotten Tomatoes and the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office opening weekend. Now, Moana sets a new course, arriving to homes on Digital HD/3D and Disney Movies Anywhere (Dma) on Feb. 21, and on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on March 7.
Continuing the fun-filled adventure, families can continue their journey filled with hours of extensive and entertaining bonus offerings including: a new, hilarious mini-movie featuring Moana and Maui; an in-depth look at how the people, cultures and heritage of »
- ComicMix Staff
Disney has its fair share of detractors, but few of them would point to the animation studio’s craft when criticizing the occasional sameness of its fairy tales and princess stories. Video essayist Jorge Luengo Ruiz has put together a six-minute video highlighting some of the best shots from more than 40 animated Disney offerings, from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” all the way to last year’s “Moana.” Both the video and a list of the featured movies are below. (via Film School Rejects)
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“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937)
“Alice in Wonderland” (1951)
“Peter Pan” (1953)
“Lady and the Tramp” (1955)
“Sleeping Beauty” (1959)
“One Hundred and One Dalmatians” (1961)
“The Sword in the Stone” (1963)
“The Jungle Book” (1967)
“The Aristocats” (1970)
“Robin Hood »
- Michael Nordine
Disney’s whimsical animated short, “Inner Workings” (playing in front of “Moana”), works like a quirkier “Inside Out” — a tug of war between logic and passion. It marks yet another innovative blend of CG and 2D, following the Oscar-winning “Feast” and “Paperman.” (Watch the exclusive clip below.)
Director Leo Matsuda takes us inside the cartoony body of a hapless clerk named Paul, whose brain nearly squashes his heart because of a neurotic fear of death.
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“I’m a Japanese Brazilian, so I’m very disciplined, but I also like to party,” Matsuda told IndieWire.
At first, Matsuda toyed with the idea of using Disney’s Meander drawing program (introduced on “Paperman,” and the recipient of an Academy Sci-Tech award this year), but realized the paper texture look wasn’t appropriate. So he decided on CG »
- Bill Desowitz
“Zootopia” took home the award for Best Animated Film on Sunday night at the 74th annual Golden Globes, hosted by Jimmy Fallon. The film, which has a pointed message about the importance of diversity, was seen as the heavy favorite.
“We wanted ‘Zootopia’ to be a film that not only entertained kids, but also spoke to adults about embracing diversity even when there are people who want to divide us by using fear,” said Bryon Howard, one the film’s three directors, in his acceptance speech.
Read More: 2017 Oscar Predictions for Best Animated Feature
The film has a strong message about stereotypes and the danger of fearing others, which has been reported to be resonating in Hollywood following the victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election.
- Chris O'Falt
Simon Brew Jan 5, 2017
As is now always the case, Disney layered in a few special Easter eggs and callbacks to its earlier movies in its latest delightful movie, Moana. Furthermore, it’s now released a collection of images just in case you missed what they were first time around.
Firstly, then, if you look carefully at the following image, one of the Kakamora has the look of Baymax, familiar of course to fans of Big Hero 6…
Then, if you look closely at this tapa cloth from the movie, you’ll see the character of Flounder. Flounder appeared in The Little Mermaid, that was also helmed by Moana »
Oscar nominated, respectively, for their work on Bolt and Wreck-It Ralph, directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore have triumphantly returned to the forefront of the awards conversation this year with Zootopia. Taking the Best Animated Feature prize at the Critics' Choice Awards and a Golden Globe nomination the following morning, the celebrated, inclusive picture from Walt Disney Studios tells the story of Judy Hopps, an inspirational young bunny who boldly confronts… »
Author: David Sztypuljak
Disney movies are famed for their cross-referencing nods which have over the years become known as ‘easter eggs’. With so many (Many!) films under the Disney umbrella, it’s no wonder than that the filmmakers like to pay homage to other creations they’ve worked on throughout their time at the famous studio.
Whether it’s a live action movie or animation, there’s no stopping the creators and it becomes an awful lot of fun for us, the viewers to try and spot the references whenever they may appear.
We saw this recently in our 20 Star Wars Rogue One easter eggs (linked above) although all those references were linked to previous Star Wars movies, when it comes to Disney animation, it’s much more common for the animators to link hark back to previous movies and even future ones »
- David Sztypuljak
19 items from 2017
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