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Legendary, Troubled Animated Film Nearly Three Decades in the Making Gets Academy Premiere

‘The Thief and the Cobbler’: Original version of Richard Williams’ animated film has first public screening at the Academy The first public screening of the original version of Richard Williams’ The Thief and the Cobbler will be held at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. Williams will be in attendance to introduce the recently reconstructed original workprint from 1992. The Thief and the Cobbler will be accompanied by Richard Williams’s 1972 Oscar-winning animated short A Christmas Carol, adapted from Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella. Featuring animation by Ken Harris and Abe Levitow, among others, A Christmas Carol has, according to the Academy’s website, "a distinctive and dark tone" inspired by John Leech’s engraved illustrations of the Dickens’ tale. In conjunction with the screenings, the Academy’s public exhibition “Richard Williams: Master of Animation,” featuring film clips,
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The Academy Presents Rare Screening Of Richard Williams’s The Thief And The Cobbler December 10

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences celebrates animator Richard Williams with the first public screening of the original version of his film “The Thief and the Cobbler” on Tuesday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Williams, who has worked on the now legendary feature throughout the past 25 years, will be on hand to introduce the newly reconstructed original work print from 1992.

Loosely influenced by Persian miniatures, the film has become a legend in the animation industry. Williams began this ambitious film in 1968, and over the next 25 years, collaborated on it with such animators as Ken Harris and Emery Hawkins from Warner Bros., as well as Art Babbitt from Disney and Grim Natwick, the creator of Betty Boop.

The film was originally self-financed by Williams, but after he received two Academy Awards® in 1988 for “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” Williams was
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Richard Williams: the master animator

Richard Williams was a pioneer of hand-drawn animation, working on films such as The Pink Panther and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. But perhaps his most enduring work is his masterclass, The Animator's Survival Kit

When the animator Richard Williams celebrated his 80th birthday last month he was the subject of widespread and heartfelt acclaim as one of the most important and influential figures in his industry. His career has ranged from tiny TV commercials to the biggest budget Hollywood features, including the 1988 homage to the golden age of animation, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, a film widely credited with single-handedly reinvigorating an art form that had fallen badly out of fashion.

Looking back over his many triumphs – as well as some notable disasters – Williams himself ascribes much of his success to a decision he made in the late 1960s, when he effectively demoted himself within his own, highly profitable and multi-award-winning,
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Richard Williams: the master animator

Richard Williams was a pioneer of hand-drawn animation, working on films such as The Pink Panther and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. But perhaps his most enduring work is his masterclass, The Animator's Survival Kit

When the animator Richard Williams celebrated his 80th birthday last month he was the subject of widespread and heartfelt acclaim as one of the most important and influential figures in his industry. His career has ranged from tiny TV commercials to the biggest budget Hollywood features, including the 1988 homage to the golden age of animation, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, a film widely credited with single-handedly reinvigorating an art form that had fallen badly out of fashion.

Looking back over his many triumphs – as well as some notable disasters – Williams himself ascribes much of his success to a decision he made in the late 1960s, when he effectively demoted himself within his own, highly profitable and multi-award-winning,
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Richard Williams: Cartoon king

Richard Williams was a pioneer of hand-drawn animation, working on films such as The Pink Panther and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. But perhaps his most enduring work is his masterclass, The Animator's Survival Kit

In the late 1960s the animator Richard Williams was established as one of the leading figures in the industry. He had won a Bafta for his debut film, The Little Island; his London based company had developed a lucrative portfolio of commercial television work and he was providing the animated sequences for classic 60s feature films such as the Woody Allen-scripted What's New Pussycat and Tony Richardson's antiwar epic The Charge of the Light Brigade. So, he acknowledges, it was a strange time for him to engineer a demotion for himself.

"In fact I was still the primary director of the work," he explains today "but I also became an assistant to other animators, and
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Video: 'Saturday Night Live' Mocks Kim Kardashian Wedding!

Saturday Night Live pulled off one of the most hilarious videos this past weekend. The SNL actors taped a video mocking Kim Kardashian's wedding and divorce to Kris Humphries.

Nasim Pedrad impersonated Kim as she's done in the past while Bridesmaids' Kristen Wiig played Kris Jenner and Andy Samberg took on the role of the ex groom. The short was entitled as the E! "Fairytale Divorce Special."

Some of the highlights include Wigg as Kris stating, "I know a lot of people say Kim got married just to make over $17 million from the wedding. But that's not true--she also got married for attention." She also goes on to mention how no one would ever think she would be old enough to have a daughter getting married because her surgeries worked. 

Cracks at Bruce Jenner's face, a yawning Kris Humphries and a joke on anal bleaching was also mocked.
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An Angry Conservative Dad Tries Not to Swear on 'Wife Swap' (Video)

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An Angry Conservative Dad Tries Not to Swear on 'Wife Swap' (Video)
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We're getting into some trouble on 'Wife Swap' (Fri., 8Pm on ABC). The Harris family is from Tennessee, and abide by strict conservative values. Meanwhile, the Weasel family is all about non-conformity and living each day to the fullest. Of course, this will inevitably lead the two families into conflict.

When new "mom" Shanna Weasel takes over the household, she tries to get uptight dad Ken Harris to loosen up a little. The Harris kids have never been allowed to spend their own savings. By way of teaching their kids responsibility, the Harris family has their children run their own mini-businesses. But the kids aren't allowed to use any of their money. Instead, it is all funnelled into their future college fund.

But now, temporary mom Shanna decides to change the rules a little bit. She wants to let the kids spend some money,
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