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Composer Hans Zimmer on exploring how we treat women (‘Widows’) and the Lgbtq community (‘Believer’) [Exclusive Video Interview]

Composer Hans Zimmer on exploring how we treat women (‘Widows’) and the Lgbtq community (‘Believer’) [Exclusive Video Interview]
Hans Zimmer has “a strange history” with “Widows.” Early in his career he worked for composer Stanley Myers, including on the 1983 BBC miniseries that would inspire the 2018 film. “I remember thinking at the time this was a revolutionary bit of storytelling,” he recalls. It concerned “the sort of casual brutality women have to endure on a daily basis.” He felt the series could “change the way we treat women,” so when Steve McQueen approached him about scoring this reimagining, he leapt at the opportunity because “things had not gotten better.” Watch our exclusive video interview above.

See Steve McQueen (‘Widows’ director) on using a heist movie to explore ‘politics, policing, religion’ and more [Exclusive Video Interview]

This 20th Century Fox release centers on a group of women forced to pull off a heist when their criminal husbands die in a botched robbery. It stars Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo, Jackie Weaver and Carrie Coon,
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Whose Film is It Anyway? Unpicking Movies with Multiple Directors

Mark Harrison Nov 1, 2018

Who directed Disney’s The Nutcracker And The Four Realms? Mark untangles the rules of crediting multiple directors on major movies

First and foremost, cinema is a collaborative medium. Whether you like a film or not, it exists because of the work of hundreds or even thousands of people, doing their best to make something work. While the accepted wisdom is that the director is in charge of the creative vision, those working at the top level of Hollywood tentpole filmmaking are increasingly answerable to a horde of producers, financiers, and studio bigwigs. While the director is undeniably crucial to the actual making of a film, it’s also increasingly true that major tentpole and franchise films are steered by producers. In certain highly publicized cases, this even extends to taking the director away from the helm.

Developing a film is tricky and it’s not unusual
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Antz vs. A Bug’s Life, 20 Years Later

Mark Harrison Nov 23, 2018

Pixar and DreamWorks released rival ant movies in the autumn of 1998, but which one holds up best?

Back in 1995, Disney released Pixar’s Toy Story, the first feature-length computer-generated film, and changed animation in Hollywood forever. At the time, nobody had seen anything like it before. But when former Disney head honcho Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DreamWorks Animation emerged a few years later, it seemed that the second and third CG-animated films were going to be very similar indeed.

Remarkably, DreamWorks’ Antz and Pixar’s A Bug’s Life were released within six weeks of each other in 1998. Both films have worker ants as heroes, saving their colony and falling for a princess in the process. In the run-up to release, the public feud between Katzenberg and Disney was one of the industry stories of the year.

In practical terms, bugs were the next characters to tackle in
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Antz vs. A Bug’s Life, 20 Years Later

Mark Harrison Oct 2, 2018

Pixar and DreamWorks released rival ant movies in the autumn of 1998, but which one holds up best?

Back in 1995, Disney released Pixar’s Toy Story, the first feature-length computer-generated film, and changed animation in Hollywood forever. At the time, nobody had seen anything like it before. But when former Disney head honcho Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DreamWorks Animation emerged a few years later, it seemed that the second and third CG-animated films were going to be very similar indeed.

Remarkably, DreamWorks’ Antz and Pixar’s A Bug’s Life were released within six weeks of each other in 1998. Both films have worker ants as heroes, saving their colony and falling for a princess in the process. In the run-up to release, the public feud between Katzenberg and Disney was one of the industry stories of the year.

In practical terms, bugs were the next characters to tackle in
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Animation Is Film Festival Announces Opening Night Movie, Competition Titles, Jury

  • Variety
Animation Is Film Festival Announces Opening Night Movie, Competition Titles, Jury
Mamoru Hosoda’s “Mirai” will open the second Animation Is Film Festival, slated for Oct. 19-21 at Hollywood’s Tcl Chinese Theatre. Hosoda will attend the screening, which will be the North American premiere of the film, which debuted in Cannes.

Mirai” is also among the initial films in competition announced by the festival, produced by independent animation distributor GKids in partnership with animation festival Annecy, Fathom Events and Variety.

Other competition titles hail from all over the world and include “Another Day of Life,” “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles,” “Funan,” “I Want to Eat Your Pancreas,” “Okko’s Inn,” “Pachamama,” “Penguin Highway,” “Ruben Brandt, Collector,” “Seder-Masochism,” and “Tito and the Birds.”

The Animation Is Film jury will once again be presided over by Variety chief film critic Peter Debruge, who will be joined by Warner Animation Group Evp Allison Abbate, NBA star and now Oscar winner Kobe Bryant,
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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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Three-Day Symposium Set For Women In The Animation Industry

A three-day symposium spotlighting female contributions in the field of animation and exploring solutions to sexual harassment, bias and the lack of diversity in the industry will be held Oct. 5-7 at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. The event – called “Breaking the Glass Frame: Women and Animation, Past, Present, Future” – is being organized by Women in Animation, USC, UCLA and CalArts. Organizers say it’s designed “to empower women and Lgbtq+ people.”

Oscar-winner Brenda Chapman will be one of the keynote speakers. In 1998, she became the first woman to direct an animated feature (The Prince of Egypt) for a major studio and went on to win an Academy Award for co-directing Brave. She also wrote the story for Beauty and the Beast and was story supervisor for The Lion King.

Brown Johnson, executive vice president and creative director at Sesame Workshop, will also give a keynote address. “We’re at
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Brenda Chapman & Kevin Lima Team To Set Fox First-Look Deal; First Project ‘The Cartoon Touch’

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Brenda Chapman & Kevin Lima Team To Set Fox First-Look Deal; First Project ‘The Cartoon Touch’
Brave director Brenda Chapman and Enchanted helmer Kevin Lima have launched ‘Twas Entertainment, setting a first-look deal at 20th Century Fox to produce live-action, hybrid and animated films.

Along with the news comes word of their first project: The Cartoon Touch, which the pair wrote, is now set up at Fox Family. Plot details are under wraps.

“For years, we have worked parallel paths creating films we’re each extremely proud of,” the pair said in announcing the deal. “Now, by combining our talents in ‘Twas Entertainment, we’re stepping into a new and thrilling phase of our careers and are looking forward to gathering old and new collaborators who share our goal: family films with big heart, infectious humor and genuine intelligence.”

Chapman wrote and directed Disney/Pixar’s Oscar-winning Brave, becoming first female director of a feature animated film at a major studio. Her credits include The Prince of Egypt,
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‘Brave’ Director Brenda Chapman, Kevin Lima Sign First-Look Deal With Fox

  • Variety
‘Brave’ Director Brenda Chapman, Kevin Lima Sign First-Look Deal With Fox
Brave” director Brenda Chapman and Kevin Lima have closed a first-look deal with Twentieth Century Fox to produce live action, hybrid and animated films through Chapman and Lima’s ‘Twas Entertainment.

“For years, we have worked parallel paths creating films we’re each extremely proud of,” the duo said. “Now, by combining our talents in ‘Twas Entertainment, we’re stepping into a new and thrilling phase of our careers and are looking forward to gathering old and new collaborators who share our goal: family films with big heart, infectious humor and genuine intelligence.”

The deal was announced Monday. The first title that comes on the heels of the pact will be the Fox Family project “The Cartoon Touch,” which Chapman and Lima co-wrote. Plot details are being kept under wraps.

Chapman, the first female director of a feature animated film at a major studio, wrote and co-directed 2012’s “Brave” for Disney-Pixar,
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Animation Vets Brenda Chapman, Kevin Lima Ink First-Look Deal With Twentieth Century Fox

Animation Vets Brenda Chapman, Kevin Lima Ink First-Look Deal With Twentieth Century Fox
Oscar-winning animation director Brenda Chapman and Kevin Lima of 'Twas Entertainment have signed a first-look deal with Twentieth Century Fox to produce live-action, hybrid and animated films.

Chapman was the first female director of a feature animated film at a major studio, having written and directed Pixar's Brave, winner of the best animated feature Oscar in 2013. Her other credits include The Prince of Egypt, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King.

Lima directed the live-action/animation hybrid Enchanted, starring Amy Adams, as well as A Goofy Movie and Tarzan for Disney. Lima’s other credits include 102 Dalmatians, The ...
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Did Tonya Harding redeem herself with her foxtrot in ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’ season premiere? [Watch]

Did Tonya Harding redeem herself with her foxtrot in ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’ season premiere? [Watch]
Did Tonya Harding redeem herself on “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes”? She’s the most controversial contestant of the season as the result of the 1994 attack on her figure skating rival (and season 24 “DWTS” contestant) Nancy Kerrigan, in which she was implicated. Harding was banned from the Us Figure Skating Association as a result, but the 2017 film “I, Tonya” cast her in a more sympathetic light, and now she’s continuing her image rehabilitation on the ABC dance series. Though many fans may have mixed feelings about her presence in the competition, she impressed the judges with her foxtrot in the season premiere episode. Watch her routine with pro partner Sasha Farber above.

Allison Janney, who won an Oscar for playing Harding’s abusive mom in “I, Tonya,” was in the crowd to watch Harding’s performance to the Oscar winning song “When You Believe” from “The Prince of Egypt.
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DreamWorks to Preview ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Footage at Annecy Animation Festival

Even without a feature release this year, DreamWorks Animation (led by President Chris deFaria) will be very active at the 42nd Annecy International Animation Film Festival (June 11-16). Director Dean DeBlois will present work-in-progress footage on June 14 from the final chapter in the “How to Train Your Dragon” trilogy, now titled “The Hidden World.” The first DreamWorks feature to be distributed by Universal Pictures, “The Hidden World” (produced by Brad Lewis and Bonnie Arnold) opens March 1, 2019.

DreamWorks will additionally open and close the festival with the first two shorts from its new animated shorts program: “Bird Karma” (a Family Film winner at the San Francisco Film Festival) and “Bilby.” Directed by William Salazar and produced by Jeff Hermann, the 2D “Bird Karma” chronicles a long-legged bird’s journey. “Bilby,” directed by Liron Topaz, Pierre Perifel, and Jp Sans, and produced by Hermann and Kelly Cooney Cilella, offers an unlikely friendship
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‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Title Revealed (Exclusive)

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‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Title Revealed (Exclusive)
The third film in the “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise has been christened.

In advance of a special sneak peek of the film at this year’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival, DreamWorks Animation has announced that part three will be entitled “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.” The film is billed as the series’ culmination and will hit theaters in 2019. The voice cast includes Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, and Craig Ferguson.

Attendees to the festival will learn more about the making of the film as part of an extended presentation on DreamWorks Animation’s films and the work of “How to Train Your Dragon” director Dean DeBlois. The presentation will take place on June 14 in the festival’s main venue, the Bonlieu Theater.

“As well as being a major artist, Dean DeBlois is a longtime friend of Annecy,” Marcel Jean, artistic director of the Annecy Film Festival,
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Whitney Houston documentary is early frontrunner for Oscars 2019

Whitney Houston documentary is early frontrunner for Oscars 2019
The estate of Whitney Houston has officially announced that “Whitney,” an “intimate, definitive account of the superstar’s life and career,” will be released July 6. A powerhouse team of Oscar winners is at the helm of this documentary. Leading the charge is director, Kevin Macdonald, who won an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2000 (“One Day in September”). He earned further acclaim for his 2006 biopic on Ugandan President Idi Amin, “The Last King of Scotland,” for which Forest Whitaker took home the Oscar for Best Actor and his 2012 feature about reggae legend Bob Marley (“Marley”).

For “Whitney,” Macdonald was granted exclusive rights to a vault of unheard music and never-before-seen video footage spanning the entirety of the late singer’s legendary career. Co-producing the film is Simon Chinn, a creative force who has won Best Documentary at the Academy Awards twice. In 2008 he took home the golden statue for “Man on Wire,
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‘Coco’ looking to be just the third film to win Best Animated Feature and Original Song Oscars

‘Coco’ looking to be just the third film to win Best Animated Feature and Original Song Oscars
The jury’s still out on whether being a Best Picture nominee gives you an advantage in Best Original Song, but surely being a Best Animated Feature nominee is a huge plus, right? Technically yes, but it’s definitely not a sure thing to win both. “Coco” sits atop our latest predictions in both Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song for “Remember Me,” and if the Disney/Pixar film indeed goes two-for-two, it would only be the third time that the two categories went to the same film.

That might sound startling because so many catchy movie anthems have hailed from animated films, specifically Disney films. But the Best Animated Feature category was only added in 2001, right after Disney ruled Best Original Song in the ‘90s — five of the decade’s song winners were from animated Disney films; a sixth, “When You Believe,” was from DreamWorks’ “The Prince of Egypt
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Chicken Run: a culture clash of two companies

Simon Brew Feb 21, 2018

The production of Chicken Run brought together two companies with very different styles...

It had been quite a journey from just off the M5 in Bristol, to Los Angeles and the Academy Awards. But for British animation company Aardman, it was a journey that was taken reasonably regularly. Nick Park, for his Creature Comforts and Wallace & Gromit short films, was collecting regular statuettes, and at the of writing, he has four on his mantelpiece.

The frequent awards attentions required equally frequent journeys to the States. And on one such visit, Park – along with Aardman co-founder Peter Lord, amongst others – found themselves in the company of both Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg.

It was the right coincidence at the right time. At this stage, Spielberg and Katzenberg had just set up their hugely ambitious new studio, DreamWorks Skg (along with David Geffen). Katzenberg was to head up the animation division,
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Good news for ‘This Is Me’: The Globes and Oscars have sung the same tune more often than you might think

Good news for ‘This Is Me’: The Globes and Oscars have sung the same tune more often than you might think
“Remember Me” from “Coco” is the favorite to win the Best Original Song Oscar, but it needs to watch out for “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman” — not just because it’s a huge hit and NBC is using it as its Winter Olympics soundtrack, but because it’s the Golden Globe champ. Before you scream “The Globes and Oscars never pick the same song winner!”, know that they have agreed the past three years and their split choices are a relatively new phenomenon.

The Globes gave out its first song award to the title track from “Town Without Pity” (1961) — the Oscars went with “Moon River” from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” — but didn’t start handing out the prize annually until three years later. The Globes and Oscars matched only once that decade, for “The Windmills of Your Mind” from “The Thomas Crown Affair” (1968).

See Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez
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New Gerry Anderson-inspired sci-fi film launches crowdfund campaign

Nov 23, 2017

Inspired by Gerry Anderson, Derek Meddings and Irwin Allen comes Ultraquest. And here's how you can help get it going...

Now this looks really interesting. Matthew Teevan is a filmmaker who’s worked primarily in animation for the bulk of his career, working on films such as The Prince Of Egypt, The Book Of Life, Gnomeo & Juliet and more. But he’s now turning his attention to a project of his own, one inspired by the likes of Gerry Anderson and Derek Meddings.

He’s crowdfunding Ultraquest, a 30 minute mix of live action and visual effects. It’s an ambitious project he’s put together, and some of the pre-production artwork gives an idea of the detail he’s gone to. But he needs your help and support.

Teevan is trying to raise the £25,000 he needs to realise the film, and he’s around 10% of the way there, with a fortnight to go.
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Stephen Schwartz Will Join Jason Robert Brown for Two Shows at SubCulture!

He wrote Wicked, he wrote Pippin, he wrote Godspell, he wrote Children of Eden, he wrote The Baker's Wife, he wrote Pocahontasand Enchanted and The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Prince of Egypt, he wrote Rags and The Magic Show and Working, and now he's joining Jason Robert Brown for a night of piano mashing, tandem balladeering and Jewish Christmas cheer. Oscar, Grammy and Tony Award winner Stephen Schwartz is coming to SubCulture.
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La Pfeiffer and the Original Song Oscar Race

by Nathaniel R

Here's some rather surprising news: Michelle Pfeiffer sings the closing credits song of Murder on the Orient Express. The song is called "Never Forget" which we never in danger of doing for anything Pfeiffer. Though opinions vary about how well the goddess sings, we personally love it when she croons. Case in point: Grease 2 (1982), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), The Prince of Egypt (1998), and Hairspray (2007). Listen it's not her fault that her character in Up Close and Personal (1996) was supposed to be a bad singer or that "Miss Baltimore Crabs" is Hairspray's worst song!

"Never Forget" is written by two-time Oscar nominee Patrick Doyle, a regular on Kenneth Branagh films, who also composes the score. La Pfeiffer is, of course, not the sort who would deign to sing in front of the whole world on Oscar night so they will reassign the vocals if the song is nominated.
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