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Exclusive Interview – How to Train Your Dragon 3 producer Brad Lewis talks about the “unusual” story of F. Murray Abraham’s casting, Gerard Butler and more

The following is a conversation that took place between Flickering Myth writer Justin Cook and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World producer Brad Lewis at New York Comic-Con…

If the New York Comic Con crowd’s reaction to the How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World footage screened during the film’s panel is any indication, Universal has another really special installment of the DreamWorks Animation franchise on its hands. After the panel, Flickering Myth talked to two men whose vision and creativity made the dynamic, adorable and visually arresting footage screened at the Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater a reality.

The first of which is producer Brad Lewis, who, although is a newcomer to the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, was well within his wheelhouse based on his prior work. Lewis worked at Pixar for about a decade, producing Brad Bird’s Ratatouille and
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Oscars: Why The Student Academy Award Winners Give Me Hope For The World – Hammond

Oscars:  Why The Student Academy Award Winners Give Me Hope For The World – Hammond
With the sorry state of things as the current generation seems to be running things into the ground around the world, I approached last night’s 45th Student Academy Awards presentation at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theatre with the dream that perhaps a new generation’s voices might be able to lead us out of the darkness into hope and enlightenment as only the best filmmakers can do.

I wasn’t disappointed. If this batch of movies and young filmmakers are any indication there may be reason for optimism in the future , at least as far as movies go.

In all my years covering the awards scene and the Oscars somehow I never managed to attend one of these ceremonies but I am so glad I finally did. The various 19 student winners have not only made pertinent and moving films (judging by the subject matters
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Student Academy Awards: USC Tops List Of 19 Winners; Medalists Announced – Update

Updated with medal winners, 9:19 Am: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its Student Academy Awards medalists Thursday night during a ceremony at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. See the list below.

Previously, September 12: Nineteen filmmakers have won this year’s Student Academy Awards, including four from USC. Past recipients of the annual honors include Spike Lee, Robert Zemeckis, John Lasseter and Trey Parker, and winners have gone on to receive 59 Oscar nominations and won or shared 11 awards.

The winners revealed Wednesday will participate in a week of industry activities culminating in the 45th Student Academy Awards ceremony October 11 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Medal placements — gold, silver and bronze — in seven categories will be unveiled at the event.

The winners announced today will also eligible to compete for this year’s Oscars in the Animated Short Film, Live Action Short
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5 Ways the Entertainment Industry Has Changed In the Wake of Harvey Weinstein, #MeToo, and Time’s Up

Looking back, the headline couldn’t do the story justice. On Thursday, October 5, 2017, the New York Times published what would become a Pulitzer Prize-winning expose from journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey: “Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades.” Scores of Weinstein’s misdeeds were recounted in just over 3,500 words, centered around decades of alleged sexual harassment and abuse. Fallout was swift: Within a week, Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Company, Ronan Farrow published his own expose in The New Yorker, scores of other victims came forward with their stories of alleged Weinstein sex crimes, and Weinstein became a Hollywood pariah.

A year after the Weinstein story broke, the conversation has extended well into Hollywood and beyond. Countless other powerful and famous men have been felled by accusations, victims and advocates have bonded together in hopes of evolution and healing, and the industry has attempted to keep up with seismic change.
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Toy Story 4 Is Such a Tearjerker, Tim Allen Couldn't Get Through the End

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Toy Story 4 Is Such a Tearjerker, Tim Allen Couldn't Get Through the End
Toy Story 4 is going to be one heck of an emotional ride if Tim Allen is to be believed. Allen has voiced the character of Buzz Lightyear ever since the first movie and he's returning to reprise his now iconic role in next year's highly-anticipated sequel. According to Allen, it's such a tearjerker, he could barely even get through it.

Tim Allen recently appeared as a guest on an episode of The Talk in order to promote the latest season of his series Last Man Standing, which was revived by Fox after being canceled by ABC. During the course of the interview, co-host Sarah Gilbert asked Allen about Toy Story 4 and, at this point, he couldn't, nor did he really want to, get into specifics. But he has only the nicest things to say and got noticeably emotional when talking about it. Here's what he had to say about it.
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Tim Allen Says Toy Story 4 Is 'So Emotional' He 'Couldn't Even Get Through the Last Scene'

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Tim Allen Says Toy Story 4 Is 'So Emotional' He 'Couldn't Even Get Through the Last Scene'
Tim Allen isn’t spilling the beans plot details for Toy Story 4 but he is giving fans a small taste of what they can expect.

The 65-year-old actor, who has portrayed Buzz Lightyear throughout the films, appeared on The Talk on Wednesday in which he spoke about the highly anticipated animated film.

Asked by cohost Sara Gilbert whether he was hard at work on the beloved film, Allen said, “Yes, I gotta resist getting emotional. I don’t want to give it away, but this is an incredibly great story. It is so emotional, it’s so funny, it’s so big,
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USC Leads All Schools in 2018 Student Academy Award Winners

  • The Wrap
Students from the University of Southern California have been named recipients of four Student Academy Awards for 2018, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Wednesday.

The four USC wins make it the only school to take more than one award. The school was recognized by one nomination in the animation category, one in the documentary category and two in the narrative category.

The other American films schools that won awards were Florida State, CalArts, Ringling College of Art and Design, NYU, the University of California at Berkeley and Chapman University.

Also Read: 'The Driver Is Red,' 'Magic Alps' Take Top Prizes at TheWrap's ShortList Film Festival 2018

In the four international categories, the winners came from schools in the U.K., France, Hungary, Switzerland and Sweden.

While the Academy announced the winners on Wednesday, it will not reveal the medal that each film has won until
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Frozen 2 enlists Hidden Figures and Christopher Robin screenwriter

THR is reporting that Disney’s hotly-anticipated animated sequel Frozen 2 has enlisted Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures screenwriter Allison Schroeder.

Schroeder, who recently penned Disney’s Christopher Robin, will reportedly work alongside primary writer Jennifer Lee on the script for the sequel, given that Lee now has additional responsibilities after being named head of Walt Disney Animation Studios following John Lasseter’s departure due to “missteps” in the workplace.

Details on Frozen 2 are being kept under wraps, but we do know that it will see the return of Kristen Bell (Anna), Idina Menzel (Elsa) and Josh Gad (Olaf), while Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) and Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) are new additions to the cast.

Frozen 2 reunites directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck with songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, and is set for release on November 27th 2019.

The post Frozen 2 enlists Hidden Figures and Christopher Robin
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'Hidden Figures' Writer Allison Schroeder Joins 'Frozen 2' (Exclusive)

'Hidden Figures' Writer Allison Schroeder Joins 'Frozen 2' (Exclusive)
Allison Schroeder, the screenwriter behind 2017's Hidden Figures, is coming into the cold for Frozen 2.

While Jennifer Lee remains the primary writer, Schroeder, who worked with Disney on its recent release Christopher Robin, will assist with scripting duties on the Frozen sequel, given Lee's newfound responsibility at the animation studio.

In June, Lee was named head of Walt Disney Animation Studios, succeeding John Lasseter, who was forced to step down from his role as chief creative officer of both Wdas and Pixar Animation Studios after admitting to unspecified "missteps" in the workplace. Inside Out director Pete Docter took over ...
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“Imagineering” A Disney Takeover Of The Academy Museum

  • Deadline
Yesterday, I was daydreaming about something weirder than Dorothy’s trip to Oz. Why not turn the Academy of Motion Picture of Arts and Sciences movie museum over to Disney?

Not to own, of course. No sense losing the tax advantages of the Academy’s nonprofit status. But to manage, as an adjunct to those other theme parks, Disneyland and Disney World. Maybe they could do package pricing complete with annual hikes. One wristband gets you a weekend of fun in Anaheim and the Miracle Mile. In return, Disney could take a percentage of the gate and a possessory credit. Something snappy, like: The Walt Disney Company Proudly Presents the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

The idea isn’t entirely outlandish. After all, Disney’s ABC network has aired the Oscar broadcast for over 40 years and appears to have it locked up for another decade. For the last two years,
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Leslie Moonves, CBS, and How Toxic Corporate Cultures Poison the Stories Being Told (Column)

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Leslie Moonves, CBS, and How Toxic Corporate Cultures Poison the Stories Being Told (Column)
One of the most infuriating aspects of the many, many stories of ingrained Hollywood abuse that have come to light is how the alleged perpetrators have apparently gotten away with their wrongdoing for decades. From their positions of power, they’ve blocked deserving voices from flourishing to keep rebranding assault as “flirting,” and writing off victims as the “price of doing business.” Each and every tale is yet another piece of the puzzle of all the deeply ingrained patterns of abuse that some of the most dominant members of the entertainment industry have established and protected over decades.

The New Yorker’s report on allegations against CBS CEO Les Moonves is arguably the most significant yet, and not just because Moonves is one of the most influential people in Hollywood, period. In addition to laying out six separate accounts of Moonves’ alleged misconduct, the report details the stark reality that
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What’s in Store for the Future of Leslie Moonves — and CBS?

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What’s in Store for the Future of Leslie Moonves — and CBS?
Having Leslie Moonves at the head of CBS Corp. was once a sign of stability and great promise. But now, the chairman and chief executive is sitting atop a faltering media company that faces an uncertain future due to sexual assault and harassment allegations leveled against him less than a week ago.

It is unclear what fate Moonves will ultimately meet once CBS concludes an independent investigation into the accusations raised by several women in a shocking New Yorker article. In a surprise move on July 30, after a three-hour conference call, CBS’ board of directors chose not to vote on whether Moonves should be suspended. The executive was said to have taken part in certain parts of the discussion from his office in Los Angeles.

The directors simply discussed the parameters of the investigation, and opted for a second time to postpone the company’s annual meeting, which had been slated to take place Aug.
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CBS Board to Investigate Allegations of Sexual Misconduct Against CEO Leslie Moonves

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CBS Board to Investigate Allegations of Sexual Misconduct Against CEO Leslie Moonves
The CBS Corp. board of directors will investigate allegations of sexual misconduct that are to be raised against CEO Leslie Moonves in a report in the New Yorker expected to be published today. Moonves status as CEO is unchanged and independent members of CBS’ board voiced their “full support” at present for Moonves and the rest of his management team.

“All allegations of personal misconduct are to be taken seriously. The Independent Directors of CBS have committed to investigating claims that violate the Company’s clear policies in that regard,” the board said in a statement. Upon the conclusion of that investigation, which involves recently reported allegations that go back several decades, the Board will promptly review the findings and take appropriate action.

“The timing of this report comes in the midst of the company’s very public legal dispute. While that litigation process continues, the CBS management team has
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Beyond Chris Hardwick and James Franco: 12 More Men Back at Work Following Their #MeToo Accusations

Beyond Chris Hardwick and James Franco: 12 More Men Back at Work Following Their #MeToo Accusations
After Chris Hardwick and James Franco faced accusations of sexual improprieties, they each contended with a raft of dismayed think pieces, social-media brickbats, and a backlash of public opinion; anyone who suggested the possibility of a comeback was immediately upbraided. Some months later, it’s clear that just not the case.

AMC announced the end of Chris Hardwick’s suspension after investigating an abuse claim from his former girlfriend. Collider reported that James Franco is circling his first directing project since five women accused him of sexual harassment. (Franco had already been granted reentry to HBO’s second season of “The Deuce”). Meanwhile, Johnny Depp — accused of physically and verbally abusing ex-wife Amber Heard — was the biggest attraction at last week’s Comic-Con.

As the movement continues, different post-scandal fates have started to emerge. As a Vox headline noted this week, “Mel Gibson has set the blueprint for a #MeToo comeback.
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Women in Animation, USC, UCLA, CalArts Launch Women's Symposium

USC, UCLA, CalArts and nonprofit Women In Animation (Wia) have partnered in "Breaking the Glass Frame: Women and Animation, Past, Present, Future," an Oct. 5-7 symposium designed for women and Lgbtq+ people by spotlighting female contributions to the field of animation and exploring solutions to sexual harassment, bias and lack of diversity that challenges working women within the industry and academia.

This has been a particular focus in the animation world since John Lasseter, who is leaving Pixar and Disney, admitted to unspecified "missteps" amid allegations of misconduct.

Wia has been vocal about addressing harassment and bias,...
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‘Breaking the Glass Frame’: Women’s Animation Symposium Slated for October at USC

Women In Animation (Wia) has partnered with USC, UCLA, and CalArts to create “Breaking the Glass Frame: Women and Animation, Past, Present, Future,” a symposium designed to empower women and Lgbtq+ people by spotlighting female contributions to animation and exploring solutions to sexual harassment, bias, and lack of diversity within the industry and academia. The symposium will take place October 5 – 7 at USC.

The symposium seizes momentum after the John Lasseter debacle (he will leave Disney and Pixar at year’s end after allegations of workplace sexual harassment), and the promotion of Jennifer Lee as chief creative officer at Disney.

The symposium also follows on the heels of Wia’s “Women in Animation World Summit” at the Annecy Animation Festival in June, and Wia’s announcement of a “Women in Animation Vancouver Summit,” ahead of Siggraph 2018 on August 11.

“We believe strongly in the next generation of artists and filmmakers and are
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Opinionated: Guardians of the Guy Who Hired Vin Diesel to Play a Talking Tree

A few days ago, James Gunn, the director of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, was fired from directing the third film in the series when a man named Mike Cernovich found old tweets of Gunn’s from around the 2008-2011 range that made risqué jokes about rape and pedophilia. One such joke was, to paraphrase, “The best part about being raped is when the raping stops” and other quips of that nature. Gunn has claimed he made these jokes when he considered himself a provocateur of sorts. Gunn had apologized for these comments at the time he said them. The exhumation of Gunn’s comments in a time of #MeToo and #TimesUp has caused Disney, who employed the sexual deviant John Lasseter and had to fire him, as well as having to fire Roseanne for her abrupt, crass Twitter remarks over the past decade, caused Gunn to be the
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9 to 5 Sequel Is Definitely Happening with Original Cast

9 to 5 Sequel Is Definitely Happening with Original Cast
It was reported in February of this year that a 9 to 5 Reboot was being planned. Now, original star Jane Fonda has confirmed that it's coming, only it won't be a reboot. It's a sequel. And Fonda is ready to reprise her role alongside Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin, who are all returning for more work shenanigans. Fonda says this.

"Right now, Dolly, Lily and I are all intending to be in it."

Jane Fonda is quite optimistic about this sequel, which will arrive amidst the #MeToo movement. The original comedy came along in 1980, and showed how important women are in the workplace, a message which is really being driven home in the media at this very moment in time. Fonda continued to offer new insight into the sequel.

"My role is as an executive producer, and I'm working with the writers, with Lily, and talking to the writers."

Jane Fonda

9 to 5 Sequel Is Definitely Happening with Original Cast

9 to 5 Sequel Is Definitely Happening with Original Cast
It was reported in February of this year that a 9 to 5 Reboot was being planned. Now, original star Jane Fonda has confirmed that it's coming, only it won't be a reboot. It's a sequel. And Fonda is ready to reprise her role alongside Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin, who are all returning for more work shenanigans. Fonda says this.

"Right now, Dolly, Lily and I are all intending to be in it."

Jane Fonda is quite optimistic about this sequel, which will arrive amidst the #MeToo movement. The original comedy came along in 1980, and showed how important women are in the workplace, a message which is really being driven home in the media at this very moment in time. Fonda continued to offer new insight into the sequel.

"My role is as an executive producer, and I'm working with the writers, with Lily, and talking to the writers."

Jane Fonda
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Evan Rachel Wood And Sterling K. Brown In Talks To Join Frozen 2

Frozen 2 was a dead cert the moment the original opened to rave reviews and an obscenely large haul at the box office, followed by an even more ridiculous merchandising feeding frenzy.

The Disney animated film became an instant classic, delighting children worldwide and tormenting their parents with endless repetitions of “Let It Go.” Now, we’re hearing the first glimmers of who’s to join the cast of what’s sure to be one of the biggest films of 2019, and it’s very exciting indeed.

Deadline reports that Evan Rachel Wood, the Emmy nominated star of Westworld and Sterling K. Brown, also Emmy nominated for his role in This Is Us, have boarded the pic. You’ll probably be familiar with Brown from his appearance in Black Panther, too, where he played the doomed father of Killmonger, assassinated by the previous Black Panther in the opening scene of the movie.
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