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Review: Jonny Quest: The Complete Series

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On September 18, 1964, a serious animated adventure series, demonstrating cartoons didn’t have to always be comical such as The Flintstones (still airing then on ABC). Instead, Jonny Quest captured the sense of exploration Americans were longing for thanks to the Mercury astronauts and the rising tide of espionage films, headed by James Bond. However, Jonny was a young boy, making him an ideal feature for the Friday at 7:30 p.m. slot.

While the 26 episodes are all that were produced, the show’s overall quality proved influential to subsequent generations of animators, comic book storytellers, and audiences. It has pretty much remained in syndication for the last forty years. Jonny Quest remained the benchmark for dramatic animated fare for decades, enjoying brief runs as a comic book (notably Comico’s 1980s run).

The series has been collected and polished to a brilliant shine on a just-released Jonny Quest: The Complete Series Blu-ray from Warner Archives,
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On ‘Toy Story 4,’ Pixar Opened Its Brain Trust to More Women and It Paid Off

On ‘Toy Story 4,’ Pixar Opened Its Brain Trust to More Women and It Paid Off
The “Toy Story” universe has always been very male, ever since John Lasseter’s first “Pixar” release in 1995 introduced old-school Western sheriff pull-toy Woody (Tom Hanks) and snazzy electronic flyer Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen). The dynamic duo have stayed front and center through sequels “Toy Story 2” and “3.”

Pixar itself has been going through a sea change. Of the 21 films Pixar has released since 1995, just four have focused on a female lead. Over the years, Pixar has gradually increased the participation of women throughout the Bay Area company, from animators and designers to story artists.

The first woman to enter the Brain Trust was Pixar Senior Development Executive Mary Coleman. Later, Rita Hsaio shared screenplay credit on “Toy Story 2,” Meg LeFauve landed screenplay credits for “Inside Out” and “The Good Dinosaur,” and Victoria Strouse co-wrote “Finding Dory” with director Andrew Stanton.

When Brenda Chapman arrived at Pixar in 2003, there
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On ‘Toy Story 4,’ Pixar Opened Its Brain Trust to More Women and It Paid Off

On ‘Toy Story 4,’ Pixar Opened Its Brain Trust to More Women and It Paid Off
The “Toy Story” universe has always been very male, ever since John Lasseter’s first “Pixar” release in 1995 introduced old-school Western sheriff pull-toy Woody (Tom Hanks) and snazzy electronic flyer Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen). The dynamic duo have stayed front and center through sequels “Toy Story 2” and “3.”

Pixar itself has been going through a sea change. Of the 21 films Pixar has released since 1995, just four have focused on a female lead. Over the years, Pixar has gradually increased the participation of women throughout the Bay Area company, from animators and designers to story artists.

The first woman to enter the Brain Trust was Pixar Senior Development Executive Mary Coleman. Later, Rita Hsaio shared screenplay credit on “Toy Story 2,” Meg LeFauve landed screenplay credits for “Inside Out” and “The Good Dinosaur,” and Victoria Strouse co-wrote “Finding Dory” with director Andrew Stanton.

When Brenda Chapman arrived at Pixar in 2003, there
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‘Spider-Verse’ Co-Director Peter Ramsey to Speak at 2019 View Conference

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‘Spider-Verse’ Co-Director Peter Ramsey to Speak at 2019 View Conference
Peter Ramsey, who won an Oscar this year for co-directing the hit animated film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” has joined the long list of high-level speakers for the 2019 View Conference, which runs from Oct. 21-25 in Turin, Italy.

“I’m delighted to announce that Peter Ramsey, who is the first African American director to win an Academy Award for best animated feature, will speak at View 2019,” said conference director Maria Elena Gutierrez. “Also among our great speakers this year is Siobhan Reddy, a powerful woman in the games industry, and Sergio Pablos, who is creating a 2D animated feature in Madrid for Netflix. We’ll see Image Engine’s dragons in ‘Game of Thrones,’ Spencer Cook’s animation in ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters,’ Todd Sue’s art direction for ‘Apex Legends,’ and Sebastien Hue’s concept art. And we’re bringing back four of our most interesting speakers with new,
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Brad Bird and Michael Giacchino to Join Speakers at View Conference in Italy

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Brad Bird and Michael Giacchino to Join Speakers at View Conference in Italy
Writer-director-animator and voice actor Brad Bird, composer Michael Giacchino and Pixar filmmaker Ralph Eggleston have been added to the list of top showbiz industry pros giving keynote addresses at the 2019 View Conference in Turin, Italy in October.

It’s a reunion for the trio, who collaborated on Bird’s 2018 blockbuster “Incredibles 2,” with Giacchino writing the music and Eggleston handling production design.

They join the already announced writer, director and executive producer of “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” Dean DeBlois, and Changhan (Ch) Kim, CEO of Pubg Corporation, known for its online multiplayer game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, at the event.

“Year after year, View Conference has established its reputation as the event where the best and the brightest from the world’s digital industries convene to exchange experiences, discuss their work, and to enrich, teach and inspire us,” says conference director Dr. Maria Elena Gutierrez. “Increasingly, View
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Animation Director Jean-François Laguionie to Receive Honorary Cristal in Annecy

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Animation Director Jean-François Laguionie to Receive Honorary Cristal in Annecy
Following in the footsteps of previous honorees Brad Bird and Isao Takahata, French filmmaker Jean-François Laguionie will receive the 2019 Honorary Cristal at the Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival, which runs June 10-15.

The venerable filmmaker will also be on hand to present his latest offering, “Le Voyage du Prince (The Prince’s Journey),” in a special preview screening on June 11. The film finds him returning to the world he explored with his 1999 feature “A Monkey’s Tale,” this time joined by co-director Xavier Picard.

Taking the form of a travelogue, the sequel finds the previous film’s Prince shipwrecked in an unfamiliar land and wounded from the voyage; once rescued by the sympathetic young chimp Tom and tended back to health by the latter’s researcher parents, the grey Prince and his young friend set off to explore this strange new society.

A so-called “philosophical fable,” the film marries textured
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Don’t Look Now to receive new 4K restoration release in July

StudioCanal has announced that a brand new 4K restoration director Nicolas Roeg’s classic horror Don’t Look Now is coming to UK cinemas this July, followed by a 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD release later in the month.

On a cold, bright autumn day in Suffolk, England, a little

girl in a red mackintosh drowns in a pond – the daughter of John (Donald Sutherland) and Laura Baxter (Julie Christie). Trying to recover from the tragedy, the couple arrive in Venice, Italy, where John has been commissioned to restore a church. In the eerie atmosphere of the lagoon city in winter, they encounter two strange sisters. Laura is suddenly released from her grief when one of them, a blind psychic, tells her that she is in contact with her dead daughter. Angered and sceptical, John carries on with his work, but witnesses an unsettling vision of his own: a
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Horror Classic ‘Don’t Look Now’ Is Getting A 4K Re-Release

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One of the best horror movies of all time is getting a re-release later this year. I remember the first time I saw Don’t Look Now – it is genuinely upsetting, foreboding all the way through, and utterly brilliant. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on this.

The 4K restored version of Don’t Look Now will open in UK cinemas on July 5. This version of the film will also be released on DVD and Blu-Ray and in a new collector’s edition on July 29, which will include previously unseen extras material and newly commissioned artwork by illustrator Jeremy Enecio.

Related: Don’t Look Now is voted the number one British film of all time

On a cold, bright autumn day in Suffolk, England, a little girl in a red mackintosh drowns in a pond – the daughter of John (Donald Sutherland) and Laura Baxter (Julie Christie). Trying to recover from the tragedy,
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The Incredibles: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Frozone

In the era of superhero movie mania that we live in, The Incredibles and its sequel offered a heartwarming and satirical take on the reoccurring tropes found in superhero movies. To the delight of children and adults alike, the films by Brad Bird focused on all the behind-the-scenes details of not just superhero life, but the lives of their alter-egos. Over the course of the films, the superheroes go from having to live in hiding, their powers considered illegal to use, to being back to saving the world once new and dangerous supervillains force them out of retirement.

Though the main focus of the films is on Mr. Incredible and his super-powered family, a standout star remains his best friend and crime-fighting partner, Frozone. Voiced by Samuel L. Jackson, this frosty superhero has the ability to turn water from his body into various ice-based powers, just as long as he remains hydrated!
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Ascap Screen Awards Honor Pasek & Paul, Pinar Toprak and Michael Giacchino, Who Rallies Against Work Exodus

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Ascap Screen Awards Honor Pasek & Paul, Pinar Toprak and Michael Giacchino, Who Rallies Against Work Exodus
Richard Kind, the kindly goofball actor from “Spin City” and many Pixar films, opened the Ascap Screen Music Awards with a bondage joke.

“You wonder, why do I tell that to start off?” Kind said, responding to the roomful of titters at the Beverly Hilton. “Well, a joke about bondage and sexual deviation, amongst musicians — I know my audience.”

Kind hosted the 34th annual awards dinner at the request of Michael Giacchino, the Oscar-winning composer of “Up,” “Star Trek” and “Inside Out” (which featured Kind as the beloved Bing Bong). Giacchino received the Henry Mancini Award, Ascap’s top honor, which gave Kind an opportunity to lovingly razz the composer (“The only reason he grew a beard is so that people would think he was an adult”) and pour love on a man he called “the greatest spirit that you want to have around you.”

Introduced in person by Brad Bird and,
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Oak Cliff Film Festival Drops 2019 Lineup Including Greener Grass, Satanic Panic, Knives And Skin And More

The Oak Cliff Film Festival, the southwest's most indiosyncratic smorgasbord of arthouse mania, is back in 2019 with another killer lineup of the best off-kilter films of the year. In this, it's eighth year, Ocff continues to brings big festival hits, indie gems, and classic repertory cinema to an exciting Dallas event based in the historic Texas Theatre in the historic Oak Cliff neighborhood.  Festival-goers will not only get to see festival favorites like Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe's Greener Grass and Rick Alverson's The Mountain, but also rep screenings like a 35mm screening of Ozu Yasujiro's silent film, Dragnet Girl, an outdoor screening of Brad Bird's The Iron Giant, and many, many more.  Screen Anarchy readers might be most interested to check out Texas premieres of...

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Peter Mayhew Remembered: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Bob Iger & Others Mourn Chewbacca Actor As “Big Man With Even Bigger Heart”

Peter Mayhew Remembered: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Bob Iger & Others Mourn Chewbacca Actor As “Big Man With Even Bigger Heart”
Refresh for updates… Hollywood and the rest of the galaxy are remembering Peter Mayhew, the original Chewbacca actor who died Tuesday at 74. He was best known for playing iconic hairy Wookiee in the 1977-83 Star Wars trilogy, and two other films in the historic franchise.

Here is a sampling of tributes to the man behind the “walking carpet”:

Harrison Ford weighed in with a statement issued by his representatives:

“Peter Mayhew was a kind and gentle man, possessed of great dignity and noble character.

These aspects of his own personality, plus his wit and grace, he brought to Chewbacca. We were partners in film and friends in life for over 30 years and I loved him. He invested his soul in the character and brought great pleasure to the Star Wars audience.

Chewbacca was an important part of the success of the films we made together. He knew how important
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Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Zero,’ Chinese Propaganda Titles Set as Beijing Festival Highlights

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Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Zero,’ Chinese Propaganda Titles Set as Beijing Festival Highlights
Shah Rukh Khan-starring romance “Zero” has been set as the closing film of the Beijing International Film Festival. The sprawling festival will open with “The Composer,” a forthcoming Chinese-Kazakh co-production, as its opening title.

The festival, which runs April 13 to 20, 2019, has revealed its full selection of 261 titles. The decision to program “Zero” in such a prominent slot underlines the growing success which Indian films are enjoying with Chinese audiences. Directed by Aanand L. Rai and released in December, the Hindi-language “Zero” is Khan’s most expensive film yet. It features the star as a person with dwarfism in a love triangle with a scientist with cerebral palsy (Anushka Sharma) and a famous actress (Katrina Kaif).

“The Composer” is the first movie to emerge from a cooperation agreement between China and Kazakhstan under Chinese president Xi Jinping’s infrastructure-building project, the Belt and Road Initiative. Directed by Kazakhstan’s Xirzat Yahup,
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‘Incredibles 2’ Soars: No. 3 In 2018 Most Valuable Blockbuster Tournament

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When it comes to evaluating the financial performance of top movies, it isn’t about what a film grosses at the box office. The true tale is told when production budgets, P&A, talent participations and other costs collide with box office grosses and ancillary revenues from VOD to DVD and TV. To get close to that mysterious end of the equation, Deadline is repeating our Most Valuable Blockbuster tournament for 2018, using data culled by seasoned and trusted sources.

The Film

Moviegoers waited 14 years for a sequel to Disney/Pixar’s two-time Oscar-winning superhero family feature The Incredibles, but filmmaker Brad Bird already knew what the story would be when he was doing the press tour on the first movie. The pitch: a reversal on the original pic’s storyline. Instead of the father of the family, Bob Parr, being called out of retirement for a career in tights, this
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Duncan Animation Studio Moves Into Original Content With Duncan Originals, Unveils Inaugural Development Slate

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Exclusive: Pasadena, California-based Duncan Studio, the animation studio behind the 2D animation sequences for Disney’s Annie Award-winning Mary Poppins Returns, is making its first foray into original production with the launch of Duncan Originals, its new in-house development and production division.

Headed by Ken Duncan, the group has been developing a slate of animated features, broadcast series and short-form content aimed at the global animation audience. The move into original content has long been the vision of Canadian-born Duncan, who worked as an animator at Disney for many years before starting his own Pasadena-based studio in 2007.

New projects in development include Nature’s End, a fantasy/science fiction adventure with an ecological ticking clock and starring a female hero who transforms her world without using violence or imitating her male counterparts. The film will combine live-action, animation and gaming.

Also in development is R.E.D., a six-part sci-fi
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Gkids, Beijing Film Panorama launch Animation Is Film Beijing

Gkids, Beijing Film Panorama launch Animation Is Film Beijing
Roster includes retrospective of Japan’s Mamoru Hosoda.

Gkids and Beijing Film Panorama will present an animation section within the upcoming Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff) called Animation Is Film Beijing, featuring selections such as anime hit Dragon Ball Super: Broly and Buñuel In The Labyrinth Of The Turtles.

The roster of 15 non-Chinese animated features from Asia, Europe, North America, and South America is modelled on Gkids’ La-based Animation Is Film festival and includes many of the films appearing in that showcase’s 2018 line-up.

Among the titles are Oscar-nominated Mirai (pictured), European Film Award-winner Another Day Of Life, and This Magnificent Cake.
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91st Academy Awards Spread The Wealth As “Green Book” takes Best Picture

Wow. After all that, the Oscars managed to still surprise us. Last night, the Academy Awards were held for the 91st time, with the telecast actually running rather smoothly. The winners included some shocks, a host was not missed, and Green Book pulled past Roma in Best Picture to take the top prize. Personally, I went 17 for 24 with my picks, managing to actually do better prediction wise than I had expected, so that was nice. Overall though, we clearly saw the influence of the new Academy members, at least below the line. The years to come will be fascinating to watch, as there’s definitely a change brewing within the ranks of Oscar voters. Leading the way in terms of wins was Bohemian Rhapsody, which scored four wins, followed by Black Panther, Green Book, and Roma, each with three Oscar victors. Nothing else managed to win more than one Academy Award last night.
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Green Book surprises with Best Picture win at the 91st Academy Awards

The Academy voters delivered a surprise at last night’s 91st Academy Awards as Green Book was named Best Picture, leaving hot favourite Roma to settle for Best Foreign Language Film.

Green Book picked up three Oscars in total, adding Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali) and Best Original Screenplay, while there were also big wins for Rami Malek (Best Actor – Bohemian Rhapsody), Olivia Colman (Best Actress – The Favourite), Regina King (Best Supporting Actress – If Beale Street Could Talk), Alfonso Cuaron (Best Director – Roma), and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Best Animated Feature).

Bohemian Rhapsody picked up the most awards on the night with four, followed by Black Panther, Green Book and Roma with three apiece. Check out the full list of winners here…

Best Picture:

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Green Book

Roma

A Star Is Born

Vice

Best Actor:

Christian Bale, “Vice

Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born

Willem Dafoe,
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91st Oscar Winners – Green Book Wins Best Picture; Lady Gaga Wins Best Song For A Star Is Born

Backstage during the live ABC telecast of the 91st Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 24, 2019.

The 91st Oscars were awarded at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 24. Green Book took home the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Below is the list of winners.

Performance by an actor in a leading role nominees:

Christian Bale in Vice

Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born

Willem Dafoe in At Eternity’S Gate

Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody – Winner!!

Viggo Mortensen in Green Book

Performance by an actor in a supporting role nominees:

Mahershala Ali in Green Book – Winner!!

Adam Driver in BLACKkKLANSMAN

Sam Elliott in A Star Is Born

Richard E. Grant in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Sam Rockwell in Vice

Performance by an actress in a leading role nominees:

Yalitza Aparicio in Roma

Glenn Close in The Wife

Olivia Colman in The Favourite – Winner!
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Oscars 2019: Full List Of Winners and Nominees

The 91st annual Academy Awards (Oscars) was a night of incredibly well-deserved wins, first time wins, and shocking wins. See the full list of nominees and winners below.

Performance by an actress in a supporting role Regina King in “If Beale Street Could Talk” (Winner) Amy Adams in “ViceMarina de Tavira in “RomaEmma Stone in “The FavouriteRachel Weisz in “The Favourite” Best documentary feature “Free SoloElizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes and Shannon Dill (Winner) “Hale County This Morning, This EveningRaMell Ross, Joslyn Barnes and Su Kim “Minding the GapBing Liu and Diane Quon “Of Fathers and SonsTalal Derki, Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme and Tobias N. Siebert “RbgBetsy West and Julie Cohen Achievement in makeup and hairstyling “ViceGreg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia DeHaney (Winner) “Border” Goran Lundstrom and Pamela Goldammer “Mary Queen of Scots” Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and
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