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‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’: DreamWorks’ Gorgeous Dragon Romance Is a Gamechanger

‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’: DreamWorks’ Gorgeous Dragon Romance Is a Gamechanger
Toothless finds true love when he encounters the albino Light Fury in “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” and that’s when everything changes between dragons and humans in DreamWorks’ final installment of the trilogy directed by Dean DeBlois.

The courtship ritual scene between the two dragons debuted at Annecy on Thursday. It’s enchanting, funny, and gorgeous thanks to a new pipeline at DreamWorks.

“It’s meant to be a companion piece to the ‘Forbidden Friendship’ in the first movie [when Hiccup and Toothless first bonded as Viking and dragon],” said DeBlois. “It tests Hiccup [Jay Baruchel] in the role of rookie chief, while at the same time complicating his self worth by having Toothless being called to the wild by his discovery of the Light Fury, a close variation of his species.”

Light Fury uses her special cloaking ability to sneak into camp on an island where Hiccup and Toothless have stopped on a journey to find The Hidden World,
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10 Spirited Away Facts You Never Knew

10 Spirited Away Facts You Never Knew
Visionary legend Hayao Miyazaki was said to be retiring, but instead, he blessed the world with the Oscar winning Spirited Away, Japan's highest-grossing movie of all time. The smart and evocative children's story was the first animated feature to win the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, the first movie in history to make $200 million before its North American release, and it even beat Titanic in Japan. Here we'll take a look at 10 things you never knew about Spirited Away.

A Kid Brought Miyazaki Out Of Retirement

The ten-year-old daughter of one of Miyazaki's associate producers inspired Spirited Away after the filmmaker met her during his annual sabbatical at a mountain cabin, where he often spends time with friends and family. Though he'd announced his retirement from filmmaking in 1997, he felt compelled to make something of worth and substance for kids her age. He wanted to give kids an
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10 Disney Princess Fan Theories That Change Everything

It’s easy to get lost in the world of Disney. There are so many characters and storylines that it’s like its own little universe. But what if some of those stories were more connected than we ever thought? Here are 10 Disney Princess Fan Theories That Change Everything!

For instance, did you ever think that Moana could be in the same universe as Lilo from “Lilo & Stitch?
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M*A*S*H Actor and musician David Ogden Stiers dies, aged 75

Tony Sokol Mar 5, 2018

David Ogden Stiers played Major Winchester on M*A*S*H, and made a real contribution to the classical music his character loved.

David Ogden Stiers, best known for playing Major Charles Emerson Winchester III in M*A*S*H and Cogsworth in Disney's Beauty & The Beast, died, according to Variety. The actor’s agent Mitchell Stubbs tweeted that Stiers died after a battle with bladder cancer at his home in Newport, Oregon, on Saturday. He was 75.

Stiers joined the Korean War comedy M*A*S*H in 1977, replacing Larry Linville’s officious Major Frank Burns with aristocratic arrogance and a Harvard accent. Stiers was nominated for two Emmy Awards for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy or variety or music series, in 1981 and 1982, for the role of Major Winchester. He was nominated for a third Emmy for his role as William Milligan Sloane, founder of the U.
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David Ogden Stiers, Major Winchester on ‘Mash,’ Dies at 75

David Ogden Stiers, Major Winchester on ‘Mash,’ Dies at 75
David Ogden Stiers, best known for his role as the arrogant surgeon Major Charles Emerson Winchester III on “Mash,” died Saturday. He was 75.

His agent, Mitchell K. Stubbs, tweeted that he died of bladder cancer at his home in Newport, Ore.

For his work on “Mash,” Stiers was twice Emmy nominated for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy or variety or music series, in 1981 and 1982, and he earned a third Emmy nomination for his performance in NBC miniseries “The First Olympics: Athens 1896” as William Milligan Sloane, the founder of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

The actor, with his educated, resonant
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David Ogden Stiers, Emmy Nominee From M*A*S*H, Dead at 75

David Ogden Stiers, Emmy Nominee From M*A*S*H, Dead at 75
David Ogden Stiers, best known for his role as Major Charles Winchester on the classic TV show M*A*S*H, has died at the age of 75, The Oregonian reports. According to his agent, Mitchell Stubbs, the actor died peacefully in his Newport, Ore., home after a battle with bladder cancer.

Stiers first joined M*A*S*H in its sixth season, filling the void left by Larry Linville’s Major Frank Burns, who departed the series at the end of Season 5. Stiers received back-to-back Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1981 and 1982.

Update: Alan Alda paid tribute to
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'M*A*S*H' Star David Ogden Stiers Dead at 75

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'M*A*S*H' Star David Ogden Stiers Dead at 75
David Odgen Stiers -- best known for playing Major Charles Winchester on "M*A*S*H" -- has died after a battle with bladder cancer ... according to his agent. The actor joined the cast of "M*A*S*H" in 1977, playing an arrogant aristocrat and talented surgeon who filled the void left by the departure of the show's Frank Burns character. Stiers did it splendidly too ... earning himself 2 Emmy nominations. Stiers went on to have
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Sterling K. Brown's Family Vacation Photos Will Slap a Huge Smile on Your Face

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Sterling K. Brown's Family Vacation Photos Will Slap a Huge Smile on Your Face
The holidays are all about spending quality time with your loved ones, and nobody seems to be having more fun than Sterling K. Brown. The This Is Us actor is currently enjoying a family vacation in Hawaii with his wife, Ryan Michelle Bathe, and their two sons, Andrew and Amaré, and on Wednesday, the brood was photographed having a blast with Lilo & Stitch's very own Stitch at Disney's Aulani resort. Sterling and his family posed for some cute photos with the blue koala, and Sterling was even able to get a selfie with him. Hopefully he'll post it on Instagram soon! RelatedSterling K. Brown and Sarah Paulson's Friendship Is So Beautiful, It Should Be a Crime
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Artist Does Her Own Take on Various Animated Female Characters and They Look Amazing

I love cartoons. Disney movies? Yup. Disney shows? Sometimes. Cartoon Network? Yes. You get the point. The amazingly talented Isabelle Staub has uploaded a series of pictures on her Instagram that showcase her take on various Disney Princesses and other animated girls (and It!) such as the Powerpuff Girls and Kim Possible. They look amazing! I love the little details, especially in the hair of the characters that add a sense of realism to them. Which of these pictures is your favorite?

Nani from Lilo & Stitch
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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Five

Hippie Hippie Shake

Opens: 2010

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Sienna Miller, Max Minghella, Emma Booth, Lee Ingleby

Director: Beeban Kidron

Summary: Follows the love story of Oz editor Richard Neville and Louise Ferrier. Neville and his cohorts launch the London edition of Oz amidst the 1960s counterculture and are subsequently put on trial for distributing a sexually explicit issue.

Analysis: One of the most troubled productions in Working Title's history, 'Hippie' began development back in 1998 but failed to get beyond script stage both in 1999 and in 2002 when "Elizabeth" helmer Shekhar Kapur was attached to direct. Filming finally got underway late 2007 with director Beeban Kidron in charge and shooting seemed to proceed without issue aside from feminist author Germaine Greer being vehemently unhappy about being depicted on film.

Actually the film scored quite a bit of free press for a skinny dipping scene where full-frontal shots of actress Sienna Miller shooting the sequence
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Sanders gets 'Crood' for DWA

Embarking on his first outing with DreamWorks Animation, Chris Sanders is set to helm the upcoming CG-animated feature Crood Awakening.

The screenplay, described as a comedy set in the stone age, was written by John Cleese and Kirk De Micco.

DreamWorks plans to release Crood in stereoscopic 3-D, as well as 2-D. This reflects DWA's intention to produce all of its films in stereoscopic 3-D technology starting in 2009, which was announced this month.

"Chris is one of the most inventive and imaginative filmmakers I've ever worked with," DWA CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said. "His unique storytelling style and sensibility are perfectly suited for 'Crood Awakening.' It is such a pleasure to collaborate with him once again on another exciting project. We are so happy to have him on board at DreamWorks."

"I look forward to working with Jeffrey and the other filmmakers at DreamWorks Animation," Sanders said. "They have dedicated themselves to a complex and classic craft, but have also proven that they are driven to take it to new places."

Sanders joins the studio with a list of family film and television credits, most recently as a writer-director of the Walt Disney Co.'s Lilo & Stitch. He served as a story writer on Disney's Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, and as a writer on Mulan. De Micco's credits include Racing Stripes.

DreamWorks' original announcement of plans to produce Crood was made in 2005 with Aardman Animations, which at the time had a five-picture deal with the studio.

'Lighthouse' turns on Touchstone

'Lighthouse' turns on Touchstone
Touchstone Pictures has acquired The Lighthouse, a claustrophobic thriller by Dean DeBlois that will be produced by Andrew Gunn and his Gunn Films banner. The story is set off the coast of Brittany in the English Channel, where lighthouses perch on solitary pieces of rock and lighthouse keepers live in isolation for two months at a time. When a man arrives to one lighthouse to install automated equipment, he meets two brothers who have been living there for years and begins to unravel their dark secrets. The WMA-repped DeBlois was the co-head writer on Mulan and co-wrote and co-directed Lilo & Stitch from the Walt Disney Co.

Dis' ghost writer: Jacobs pens 'Fin'

Dis' ghost writer: Jacobs pens 'Fin'
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Robert Nelson Jacobs has been tapped to rewrite The Banshee and Fin Magee for Walt Disney Pictures. The original Fin Magee script was written by Dean DeBlois, who is working with Jacobs on the rewrite. DeBlois is attached to produce and direct the ghost tale as his live-action feature debut. DeBlois wrote and directed Disney's 2-D animated hit film Lilo & Stitch. The supernatural mystery centers on a little boy who is ignored by the world and pretends to be a ghost until he comes into contact with a real spirit. Jacobs, who was nominated for an Academy Award for adapting 2000's Chocolat, also wrote 2001's The Shipping News and 2000's Dinosaur. He is repped by the Gersh Agency and attorney Carlos Goodman.

Shuttering of Dis ani facility 'loss' to art

MIAMI -- Animators familiar with Walt Disney Feature Animation-Florida in Orlando say the studio's impending closure, officially acknowledged Monday, is "a loss for the art of traditional animation" that won't soon be replaced. "There was such tremendous attention to detail at this studio," said Eddie Pittman, who worked on the Disney feature Mulan and now heads Legacy Animation in nearby Winter Garden, Fla. "Artistically everything they did there -- every line -- was just beautifully crafted." The studio, which concentrated on traditionally drawn animation, producing such films as Lilo & Stitch and Brother Bear, currently employs more than 250 people. It is set to close shortly, though no specific date was given when Disney officially announced Monday that it is pulling the plug. Some of the animators' contracts reportedly run through March. Layoffs and salary cuts have been coming in waves, and in November production was suddenly halted on the animated feature A Few Good Ghosts.

Shuttering of Dis ani facility 'loss' to art

MIAMI -- Animators familiar with Walt Disney Feature Animation-Florida in Orlando say the studio's impending closure, officially acknowledged Monday, is "a loss for the art of traditional animation" that won't soon be replaced. "There was such tremendous attention to detail at this studio," said Eddie Pittman, who worked on the Disney feature Mulan and now heads Legacy Animation in nearby Winter Garden, Fla. "Artistically everything they did there -- every line -- was just beautifully crafted." The studio, which concentrated on traditionally drawn animation, producing such films as Lilo & Stitch and Brother Bear, currently employs more than 250 people. It is set to close shortly, though no specific date was given when Disney officially announced Monday that it is pulling the plug. Some of the animators' contracts reportedly run through March. Layoffs and salary cuts have been coming in waves, and in November production was suddenly halted on the animated feature A Few Good Ghosts.

Dis has 'Day' for new ani feature

Dis has 'Day' for new ani feature
Walt Disney Feature Animation, which is expected to reveal plans to close down its Orlando animation facility today, has announced a new animated film that will be produced at the company's Burbank studios. The computer-animated A Day With Wilbur Robinson is an adaptation of William Joyce's 1990 book, a comedy-adventure about a boy genius who creates a time machine. The Florida animation unit has produced three features -- Mulan, Lilo & Stitch and Brother Bear. Its closure has been expected ever since the studio shut down its most recent production, A Few Good Ghosts, in November. At the time, Disney denied speculation that it was shuttering its Orlando operations, saying it had not decided on future layoffs (HR 11/17). However, the Orlando Sentinel and the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that approximately 260 Orlando staffers will learn their fate today. Disney had no comment Sunday. A Day With Wilbur Robinson will be executive produced by Clark Spencer, whose credits include Lilo & Stitch, and will be produced by Disney animation veteran Dorothy McKim. Steve Anderson, who served as head of story on The Emperor's New Groove and Brother Bear, will direct. Animation will begin in June with a targeted 2006 release date. Joyce has previously been associated with Disney on the Emmy-winning Disney Channel series Rolie Polie Olie.

'Bear' team stays in Dis den

'Bear' team stays in Dis den
Fresh off the release of animated feature Brother Bear, the Walt Disney Co. has signed an exclusive deal with the creative team behind the film to partner on their next animated film. Bear directors Aaron Blaise and Robert Walker, along with producer Chuck Williams, signed the deal assuring that their next project -- which has yet to be determined -- will roll out under the Disney banner. "Chuck, Aaron and Bob have done a remarkable job with Brother Bear and have created an exceptional and richly rewarding motion picture experience for moviegoers of all ages," Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group chairman Richard Cook said. "With their combined knowledge and experience in animation, they have brought a unique vision and perspective to the art and storytelling process. Brother Bear has a spirit and excitement that reflects the sensibilities of these three talented filmmakers. We are looking forward to working with them on their next film." While Brother Bear marks the directorial debut for Blaise and Walker and the producing bow for Williams, all three have been key contributors to Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida since its first day of operation in 1989. Blaise has worked as a supervising animator on characters in such films as Aladdin, The Lion King and Mulan, while Walker supervised the layout department on Mulan and Lilo & Stitch. Williams previously worked in Disney's Feature Animation Special Projects unit and in 1998 took on the role of developing feature projects for Disney's Florida Animation studio.

U.K. vid sales robust in first half of '03

LONDON -- British sell-through video and DVD sales in the first half of 2003 grew 33% to 77.7 million units, according to figures from the British Video Assn. obtained Monday. In its monthly research summary, the BVA said that the top title for the year-to-date is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which shifted 3 million units in the period, dwarfing the next two titles in the chart, Lilo & Stitch (930,000) and Die Another Day (880,000). Warner Home Video, whose two-tier pricing structure and simultaneous rental and sell-through release strategy has been adopted by all the major video distributors, except for Buena Vista and Entertainment in Video, was the No. 1 distributor overall in June and in the year to date. For the year as a whole, DVD now represents 66% of the video market in terms of volume sales, compared with 47% last year.
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