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Four First-Graders at Small-Town Michigan School Survive Different Life-Threatening Conditions: 'They'll Be Friends Forever'

  • PEOPLE.com
In the one-stoplight rural town of Pewamo, Michigan (population 475), four 7-year-olds have formed an unusual bond that will likely stay with them for the rest of their lives. What are the odds, their first-grade teacher at Saint Joseph School wonders, that one-third of her 13 students fought incredible obstacles to live and thrive before they all ended up in the same classroom? "It really is a precious gift to witness each day when they walk into the classroom ready to learn and interact," Connie Warcinsky, who has taught for 16 years at the Catholic school, tells People. "They truly are 'miracle children.
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Four First-Graders at Small-Town Michigan School Survive Different Life-Threatening Conditions: 'They'll Be Friends Forever'

  • PEOPLE.com
In the one-stoplight rural town of Pewamo, Michigan (population 475), four 7-year-olds have formed an unusual bond that will likely stay with them for the rest of their lives. What are the odds, their first-grade teacher at Saint Joseph School wonders, that one-third of her 13 students fought incredible obstacles to live and thrive before they all ended up in the same classroom? "It really is a precious gift to witness each day when they walk into the classroom ready to learn and interact," Connie Warcinsky, who has taught for 16 years at the Catholic school, tells People. "They truly are 'miracle children.
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30-Year-Old Woman Races Time to Find Cure for Rare Form of Cystic Fibrosis: It's 'Just Outside of Our Grasp'

30-Year-Old Woman Races Time to Find Cure for Rare Form of Cystic Fibrosis: It's 'Just Outside of Our Grasp'
Know a hero? Send suggestions to heroesamongus@peoplemag.com. For more inspiring stories, read the latest issue of People magazineFor most, turning 17 proves an awakening of sorts. The occasion marks the final year of the carefree trappings of adolescence, placing one squarely on the precipice of adulthood and a world of exhilarating changes. But for Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania's Emily Kramer-Golinkoff, diagnosed with a rare form of cystic fibrosis at six weeks old, the day marked an ominous turning point. "At the time, life expectancy for Cf patients was around 34 or 35," she tells People. "It dawned on me that I
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30-Year-Old Woman Races Time to Find Cure for Rare Form of Cystic Fibrosis: It's 'Just Outside of Our Grasp'

30-Year-Old Woman Races Time to Find Cure for Rare Form of Cystic Fibrosis: It's 'Just Outside of Our Grasp'
Know a hero? Send suggestions to heroesamongus@peoplemag.com. For more inspiring stories, read the latest issue of People magazineFor most, turning 17 proves an awakening of sorts. The occasion marks the final year of the carefree trappings of adolescence, placing one squarely on the precipice of adulthood and a world of exhilarating changes. But for Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania's Emily Kramer-Golinkoff, diagnosed with a rare form of cystic fibrosis at six weeks old, the day marked an ominous turning point. "At the time, life expectancy for Cf patients was around 34 or 35," she tells People. "It dawned on me that I
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Cinema's Hidden Pearls -- Part I

Cinema’s Hidden Pearls – Part I

By Alex Simon

One of nature’s rarest items, a pearl is produced within the soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusk. Just like the shell of a clam, a pearl is composed of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers. Truly flawless pearls are infrequently produced in nature, and as a result, the pearl has become a metaphor for something rare, fine, admirable and valuable. Hidden pearls exist in the world of movies, as well: films that, in spite of being brilliantly crafted and executed, never got the audience they deserved beyond a cult following.

Here are a few of our favorite hidden pearls in the world of film:

1. Night Moves (1975)

Director Arthur Penn hit three home runs in a row with the trifecta of Bonnie & Clyde, Alice’s Restaurant and Little Big Man,
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How to Train Your Dragon 2, The Simpsons and Disney Mickey Mouse win big at the 42nd annual Annie Awards

The 42nd annual Annie Awards took place on Saturday night, with DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 bagging six honours including Best Animated Feature and Best Directing in an Animated Feature Production. The top TV honour – Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production – went to Fox’s The Simpsons, while Disney Micky Mouse picked up five awards.

Here’s the full list of nominations, with the winners highlighted in bold and red…

Animated feature

Big Hero 6″ – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Cheatin'” – Plymptoons Studio

How to Train Your Dragon 2″ – DreamWorks Animation

Song of the Sea” – Gkids/Cartoon Saloon

The Book of Life” – Reel FX

The Boxtrolls” – Focus Features/Laika

The Lego Movie” – Warner Bros. Pictures

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” – Gkids/Studio Ghibli

Animated special production

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” – Voyager Pictures LLC

“Dawn of the Dragon Racers” – DreamWorks Animation

How Murray Saved Christmas” – Universal Television
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

The Boxtrolls leads Annie Award nominations with 13 nods

The Annie Awards have announced their choices for the top 8 animated features of 2014 as well as nominations in over 20 other animation categories. The Hollywood Reporter reports that The Boxtrolls received the most nominations (13) of any film followed by How to Train Your Dragon 2 (10), Big Hero 6 (7), Song of the Sea (7), and The Lego Movie (6).

Best Animated Feature Nominated Films:

Big Hero 6 – Walt Disney Animation Studios Cheatin’ – Plymptoons Studio How to Train Your Dragon 2 – DreamWorks Animation Song of the Sea – Gkids/Cartoon Saloon The Book of Life – Reel FX The BoxtrollsFocus Features/Laika The Lego Movie – Warner Bros. Pictures The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – Gkids/Studio Ghibli

Notably absent from the best feature list is a Pixar entry. However this wasn’t a snub from the Annie nominators as Pixar has not released a feature since 2013’s Monsters University. Pixar has two films scheduled to release
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"The Boxtrolls" Dominates Annie Awards Animations!

Yay! One of my favorite animated films of 2014 topped the recently announced 2014 Annie Awards honoring excellence in the field of animation. Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi's "The Boxtrolls" received 12 nominations including Best Animated Feature. The winners will be announced at a black tie ceremony on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at UCLA.s Royce Hall. For more information on the Annie Awards, click here.

Here's the full list of nominees for the 2015 Annie Awards

Production Categories

Best Animated Feature

Big Hero 6 - Walt Disney Animation Studios

Cheatin' - Plymptoons Studio

How to Train Your Dragon 2 - DreamWorks Animation

Song of the Sea - Gkids/Cartoon Saloon

The Book of Life - Reel FX

The Boxtrolls - Focus Features/Laika

The Lego Movie -Warner Bros. Pictures

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya - Gkids/Studio Ghibli

Best Animated Special Production

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - Voyager Pictures LLC

Dawn of the
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'Boxtrolls,' 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' lead Annie Awards Nominations

  • Hitfix
'Boxtrolls,' 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' lead Annie Awards Nominations
Monday morning, the International Animated Film Society, Asifa-Hollywood, announced nominations today for its 42nd Annual Annie Awards, recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. Leading the pack with 13 nominations, including a nod for Best Animated Feature, is Laika Animation's "The Boxtrolls." Dreamworks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon 2" followed with 10 nominations, joining "Boxtrolls" in the Character Animation, Animation Effects, and Best Feature categories. Rounding out the organization's big prize are "Big Hero 6" (seven nominations), "Cheatin'" (three), "Song of the Sea" (seven), "The Book of Life" (five), "The Lego Movie" (six), and "The Tale of Kaguya" (three). The Annie Awards also announced nominations in TV, video game and short subject categories. “We had a steady increase in submissions this year and I am excited to say it’s going to be a great awards ceremony,” remarked Asifa-Hollywood Executive Director, Frank Gladstone. “We added a new category
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Annie Awards Nominations Unveiled

Annie Awards Nominations Unveiled
Big Hero 6, Cheatin’, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Song Of The Sea, The Book Of Life, The Boxtrolls, The Lego Movie and The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya have been nominated in the top category for the International Animated Film Society, Asifa-Hollywood’s 42nd annual Annie Awards. The Annies cover 36 categories and include Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Special Production, Commercials, Short Subjects and Outstanding Individual Achievements. The winners will be announced January 31 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Here’s the full list of noms:

Best Animated Feature

Big Hero 6

Walt Disney Animation Studios

Cheatin’

Plymptoons Studio

How to Train Your Dragon 2

DreamWorks Animation

Song of the Sea

Gkids/Cartoon Saloon

The Book of Life

Reel FX

The Boxtrolls

Focus Features/Laika

The Lego Movie

Warner Bros. Pictures

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya

Gkids/Studio Ghibli

Best Animated Special Production

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Voyager
See full article at Deadline Movie News »

Clothes Maker Kellwood In Danger Of Bankruptcy

Apparel manufacturer Kellwood Co. may file for bankruptcy this week. According to reports, if the St. Louis-based clothes maker can't come up with payment by Wednesday, it may be forced to file for Chapter 11.

Kellwood, whose brands include Baby Phat, Fabulosity, Vince, Xoxo, and Phat Farm among others, has a 0 million bond issue that is due next week, according to inside sources. If it can't defer payment or pay by Wednesday, it may file for bankruptcy, New York Post said.

The company was taken private in February last year by Sun Capital Partners for 2 million.

According to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the issue, Kellwood CEO Mike Kramer blamed Deutsche Bank for changing its mind after first agreeing to an exchange of their bonds for issues with later maturity.
See full article at iCelebz »

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