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Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana to Star in Laika’s New Animated Feature for Annapurna

Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana to Star in Laika’s New Animated Feature for Annapurna
Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana and Zach Galifianakis will star in an untitled new animated movie from stop-motion studio Laika for Annapurna Pictures, the companies announced Wednesday.

Chris Butler, who directed the studio’s Oscar-nominated 2012 movie “ParaNorman,” will direct the globe-trotting comedy-adventure.

The film will be the Oregon-based studio’s fifth feature, following successes like “Coraline,” “The Boxtrolls” and “Kubo and the Two Strings.”

“Our next film represents an evolutionary shift for Laika,” Laika president and CEO Travis Knight said in a statement. “It’s an exciting bridge to our future. Director Chris Butler and the wizards at Laika have crafted a moving work of art, layered with wit and imagination and soul. Plus it’s really, really funny. It’s a privilege to partner with Megan [Ellison] and her exceptional team at Annapurna to bring this beautiful original story to the world.”

Annapurna founder Megan Ellison added, “We’re excited for the opportunity to collaborate with Travis and the amazing team at Laika. We appreciate their trust and look forward to having some fun together.”

Read original story Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana to Star in Laika’s New Animated Feature for Annapurna At TheWrap
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2017 Overlook Film Festival Announces Inaugural Lineup, Including a Tribute to Roger Corman

2017 Overlook Film Festival Announces Inaugural Lineup, Including a Tribute to Roger Corman
The newly formed Overlook Film Festival has announced it inaugural year programming lineup, including 37 films (20 features and 17 short films from 16 countries), along with a bevy of location-appropriate genre-themed parties, interactive events, and live experiences. This year, the festival will also fete director Roger Corman with their Master of Horror Award. The award “was established to honor a living legend who has contributed lasting innovations to the genre throughout a long career, inspiring new filmmakers for years to come.”

The fest is styled a 4-day celebration of horror that runs from April 24 – 30 at the historic Timberline Lodge located in Mt. Hood, Oregon, featured in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” as the location of the infamous Overlook Hotel. The new festival comes from some of the same minds behind the now-defunct Stanley Film Festival, a similar horror-themed gathering based in a hotel in Estes Park, Colorado that inspired Stephen King to write his 1977 “Shining” novel.
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Why NuStar’s CEO Let an Employee Use the Corporate Jet — For His Dogs!

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Why NuStar’s CEO Let an Employee Use the Corporate Jet — For His Dogs!
When Chris Butler decided to accept his company’s offer to be general manager of a facility at a remote, undeveloped Caribbean island in the summer of 2013, he had a dilemma on his hands.

His wife, Erin, and kids Tatum and Coede were all for the move, but they wanted to make sure their dogs, Gretta, then 4, and Jo Boxer, could come too.

“Jo Boxer was about 14 years old,” Butler, now 51, tells People. “We’d had her since she was a puppy. She was my father’s and mother’s dog until they passed away, then she became our dog.
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Nick Viall Is Launching a Beauty Line (and Joining a Club that Includes Ryan Seacrest and Rob Lowe)

Nick Viall Is Launching a Beauty Line (and Joining a Club that Includes Ryan Seacrest and Rob Lowe)
The Bachelor star Nick Viall has even bigger plans for his post-Bachelor life than heading to the ballroom for season 24 of Dancing with the Stars. The 36-year-old reality star just revealed he’s embarking on a new business venture: men’s skincare!

Viall revealed during the Women Tell All taping that while his controversial season of The Bachelor‘s been airing, he’s been heading down the entrepreneurial road to create a men’s grooming line (appropriately) called The Polished Gent. And apparently, this dream’s been a long time coming for the former software sales executive.

“Since my mid-
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Sex Offender Arrested after Florida Boy, 8, Accidentally Shoots and Kills Little Sister: Reports

Sex Offender Arrested after Florida Boy, 8, Accidentally Shoots and Kills Little Sister: Reports
A Florida felon is behind bars after authorities allege his girlfriend’s 8-year-old son found his gun and accidentally fired it this weekend — killing the boy’s younger sister — according to multiple reports.

Maurice Mobley, 34, was arrested Sunday in Jacksonville, Florida, on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon, according to jail records.

According to First Coast News, Wjxt and Wokv, Mobley brought a handgun into his girlfriend’s Jacksonville apartment and her son got access to it on Saturday and unintentionally shot his sister and a 4-year-old neighbor boy.

The girl, identified in local reports as Serenity Allen,
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Free Scripts! Download Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence,’ Studio Ghibli’s ‘The Red Turtle’ and More

Last year IndieWire shared free scripts available to download from 2016 Oscar Contenders such as “Carol,” “Spotlight,” and “Room,” among others. Now, we have a new list full of screenplays that you can skim over, read how the writer envisioned the film, and then go see how the director interpreted it on the big screen. These scripts are also great for aspiring writers to get ideas for their own stories, as well as see how a Hollywood film screenplay really looks like.

Among the screenplays included in this year’s list include “Captain Fantastic” written by Matt Ross and starring Viggo Mortensen, “The Girl on the Train” penned by Erin Cressida Wilson” and “Hail, Caesar!” written by Joel and Ethan Coen.

Read More: Free Scripts! Download 2016 Oscar Contenders ‘Inside Out,’ ‘Carol,’ ‘Spotlight’ and More

We’ll continue to update this list throughout awards season, so keep checking back for more free scripts.
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Kubo and the Two Strings Blu-ray Preview Teases Epic Samurai Action | Exclusive

Kubo and the Two Strings Blu-ray Preview Teases Epic Samurai Action | Exclusive
Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey shares his thoughts about the critically-acclaimed Kubo and the Two Strings, the latest animated adventure from Laika, in our exclusive preview, with the movie debuting on Blu-ray and DVD today. The actor, who provides the voice of Beetle in the movie, reveals that the movie is about family, love and trust. We also hear from Laika co-founder Travis Knight, who makes his directorial debut with Kubo and the Two Strings.

This preview, which comes courtesy of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, showcases footage from the movie, along with interviews from some of the key players who helped bring this story to life. Travis Knight, who produced ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls before directing Kubo and the Two Strings, reveals that they always try to tell unique stories at Laika, which aren't typically told through stop motion animation. We also hear from writer/producer Chris Butler, who states that this
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‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Clip: Inside The Costume Design of Laika’s Stop-Motion Animated FIlm

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‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Clip: Inside The Costume Design of Laika’s Stop-Motion Animated FIlm
Since 2009, the stop-motion animation studio Laika has made a name for itself by producing some of the most acclaimed animated films of the last few years. Their films “Coraline,” “ParaNorman” and “The Boxtrolls” all garnered acclaim for their visual style and all have been nominated for Oscars. Their latest film “Kubo and the Two Strings” follows a one-eyed boy who must locate a magical suit of armor in order to defeat a vengeful spirit. Before its home video release, check out an exclusive behind the scenes clip that delves inside the film’s costume design with Laika designer Deborah Cook.

Read More: Review: ‘Kubo And The Two Strings’ Is A Stop-Motion Masterpiece

The film was the directorial debut by Travis Knight, who previously worked as an animator on the three previous Laika films. It was written by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler, with a story by Haimes and Shannon Tindle.
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Kubo and the Two Strings movie review: quest for family

MaryAnn’s quick take…

Magic, music, and monsters come together to create a marvelous fairy tale that’s scary, sweet, and full of tough emotions that kids’ movies often avoid. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Magic, music, and monsters come together to create a marvelous new fairy tale in stop-motion house Laika’s stunning Kubo and the Two Strings. In a fantasy ancient Japan, 11-year-old Kubo (the voice of Art Parkinson: San Andreas) earns a few coins to care for his ailing mother by telling epic tales in the village square: with the strum of his lute, he can send origami papers flying into the air and folding themselves to animate and illustrate his stories. But even more magic lurks inside Kubo, which his grandfather, the evil Moon King (the voice of Ralph Fiennes: Hail,
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Movie Review – Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Kubo and the Two Strings, 2016.

Directed by Travis Knight.

Featuring the voice talents of Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Rooney Mara, George Takei and Ralph Fiennes.

Synopsis:

Living with his mother in peace, Kubo’s life is changed when he is tasked with finding the sword unbreakable, armor and helmet to defeat his sinister aunts and destructive grandfather. To assist, a monkey and beetle are on hand to help him.

There is something deeply poetic at the heart of Kubo and the Two Strings. Expertly, the themes of family, creativity and grief fold neatly together, akin to the origami creations that our hero, Kubo, is an expert in. Kubo and the Two Strings holds the intimacy of a Ghibli movie combined with the mesmerising textured Laika Studio stop-motion technique. Made by the creators of Coraline and The Boxtrolls, this is another hit for a studio that is forging a new path in animation.
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Film Review: Fulfilling Emotion & Sumptuous Animation Awaits in ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

Chicago – In our short lives, what do we most need? It’s a hard question to answer sometimes, but the new animated film “Kubo and the Two Strings” does a memorable job of answering the query. The journey of Kubo, like Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” leads to a place where he needs to go.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

I don’t want to compare “Kubo” to anything else, although it was done by the same animation house (Laika Entertainment) that gave us “Coraline,” “ParaNorman” and “The Boxtrolls,” and succeeds by having a simple story akin to “Finding Dory.” But where it excels beyond all those examples is in a cumulative glory – it uses the simplicity of origami, Kabuki theater, the Samurai tradition and Japanese prints to establish a atmosphere that is sometimes stunning in its grace. While the character Kubo does have a typical good versus evil conundrum, the use of
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Review: 'Kubo and the Two Strings' is a gorgeous and somber stop-motion fantasy

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Review: 'Kubo and the Two Strings' is a gorgeous and somber stop-motion fantasy
While I think all animation is a magic trick that remains just as impressive now as the first time I saw it as a child, there are certainly levels of difficulty, and stop-motion animation is a special kind of lunacy. I’ve visited enough stop-motion sets to be awed by the skill set it requires for someone to effectively bring a character to life using such a difficult and painstaking method. It is sincerely meant then as praise when I say that I can’t imagine the single-minded pursuit of vision it took to bring Kubo and the Two Strings to life, and Travis Knight is, indeed, a madman. Travis Knight is, like Megan Ellison, a rich kid doing something profoundly interesting with the position of privilege they found themselves in. Ellison has fascinating taste as a producer, and she’s become a sort of life raft for filmmakers who
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Interview: Director Travis Knight Strums ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

Chicago – One of the great benefits of the new Golden Age of Animation has been the emergence of other studios…like Laika Entertainment, which has released “Coraline,” “ParaNorman” and “The Boxtrolls,” all nominated for Oscars. Travis Knight directs their latest stop-motion style animated film, “Kubo and the Two Strings.”

“Kubo” is rooted in Japanese samurai myth, but is a wholly new story. A baby loses an eye in a great battle, but his mother manages to save him. In exile, the two live near the ocean, and the baby grows to the boy Kubo, who supports his mother by going into the village with a magical string instrument. With it, he is able to conjure stories that use the style and look of paper folding origami. His magic is drawing attention, from both good and evil sorcery. Kubo ends up in a journey with a Monkey (voiced by Charlize Theron
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Review: ‘Kubo And The Two Strings’ Is A Stop-Motion Masterpiece

Review: ‘Kubo And The Two Strings’ Is A Stop-Motion Masterpiece
Staggeringly beautiful and immensely true, the best animated film of 2016 — one of the year’s best films of any kind, really — is a stop-motion fable about a one-eyed boy in mythical Japan that was made by a team of gifted visionaries in an Oregon warehouse. Laika, the independent studio behind morbid enchantments like “Coraline” and “ParaNorman,” has already established itself as a formidable bulwark against the ever-accelerating onslaught of computer-generated 3D cartoons, but “Kubo and the Two Strings” makes even the most painstaking of their previous movies feel like a trial run.

A Kurosawa-inspired epic about the supreme power of storytelling, Laika’s largest movie to date is also their most emotionally acute. It may not be as grim as “Coraline” (though some of its villains are the stuff of nightmares), or as pungent as “The Boxtrolls” (though a sequence involving freshly diced fish will make you crave a post-screening
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[Review] Kubo and the Two Strings

While there’s a distinct novelty to all of their work — whether it’s based on books by Neil Gaiman or Alan Snow — Laika have returned to genuinely original material with their fourth animation. This time around, the company’s CEO and lead animator on their first trio of films, Travis Knight, makes his directorial debut with Kubo and the Two Strings. Steeped in the mythology and fables of Japanese history, it’s another fantastical adventure from the studio with innovation and awe at every turn, despite a story that could benefit from having more specificity and focus.

The tale centers on Kubo (Art Parkinson), a young boy tending to his ailing mother and living near an ancient Japanese village. As the opening scene shows us, she wields magical powers that depleted in a fight and were partially transferred to her son. Years later, he spends his days earning attention
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Explore the Myth of Kubo & Creatures of Darkness with New Featurettes

The epic action-adventure, Kubo and the Two Strings, set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio Laika. The film is directed by Travis Knight and was written by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler from a story by Shannon Tindle and Marc Haimes. Now you can explore the lineage of the film’s villain as they come to life in the all-new featurette found below. You can also discover the myth of Kubo with a second featurette featuring commentary from director Travis Knight, actors Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey, and more!

The story follows clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of Game of Thrones) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Hashi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which
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Kubo And The Two Strings: All-New Motion Poster

Prepare for Kubo’s epic quest with an all-new motion poster.

Take a sneak peek at the magical adventure by watching a recently released clip that showcases the bravery of Beetle, voiced by Matthew McConaughey.

Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio Laika. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of “Game of Thrones”) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Hashi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save
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Trailer Trashin’: Stop-Motion Magic in the New Kubo and the Two Strings Trailer

Long time, no see, dear readers. But I’m back, and just in time for the release of the new Ghostbusters. This week’s Trailer Trashin’ column takes a look at the new trailer for Laika’s upcoming animated film Kubo and the Two Strings.

Premise: Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voice of Art Parkinson) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town. But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (voice of Charlize Theron) and Beetle (voice of Matthew McConaughey) and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his late father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical
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Kubo And The Two Strings Latest Trailer Showcases The Wonder Of A Child’s Imagination Gone Wild

Though animated (and more generally, children’s) films now get into theaters with great regularity, few of them manage the kind of pure wonder headed your way on August 19th.

Kubo and the Two Strings has already shown us several trailers, and while this one is something of a “teaser summary commercial” as opposed to something that shows off a lot that is actually new, I can’t get enough of this film, so I’ll take it.

Though, as I said, this one doesn’t give you a lot that you didn’t catch in the previous trailers, it does wrap up the combination of styles and thematic points.

It’s a story that finds nothing too bizarre, or downright nonsensical, with a hero who is a little bit of everything, and, in a world of immense dangers… rather wee.

Though there is much that makes this film worthy of recommendation (the voice cast,
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Kubo and the Two Strings final poster revealed

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Check out the final poster for Laika Studios' Kubo and the Two Strings, in theaters this August!

Focus Features has released the final poster for Laika Studios' Kubo and the Two Strings, an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan. In the film, clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of “Game of Thrones”) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Akihiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta.

Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the
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