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Tara Kemes named general manager of Cinesite Studios

Tara Kemes named general manager of Cinesite Studios
Hire comes as studio ramps up production on The Addams Family for MGM.

Tara Kemes

Cinesite Studios has announced the appointment of Tara Kemes as general manager of its feature animation studio in Vancouver.

Kemes, who takes over from Nicole Stinn, will be responsible for the overall management of the studio and will report directly to Cinesite Group CEO Antony Hunt.

Kemes takes over duties as general manager as the Vancouver facility is working on The Addams Family for MGM. Kemes will oversee the continued expansion of the independent studio and is tasked with strengthening Cinesite’s profile within British Columbia.

Kemes started her industry career at Mainframe. She previously served as recruitment manager in the video game industry for Canada’s Relic Entertainment and Nexon, among others. Kemes re-joined the new Rainmaker Entertainment in 2009 to build the team for its first animated feature film Escape From Planet Earth, rising to vice-president of culture and talent in 2017.

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The Weinstein Company Launches New Animation Division Called ‘Mizchief’

The Weinstein Company Launches New Animation Division Called ‘Mizchief’
The Weinstein Company is taking a flying leap into the world of animation, announcing today the formation of their brand new animation label “Mizchief,” which will roll out later this summer with the release of their film “Leap!” The company has also announced the second film set to bear the Mizchief label, the Gary Wang and Life Chaser Animation Studios’ feature “The Guardian Brothers.”

Of the news, TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein commented in an official statement, “I named the label Mizchief because that’s how my son pronounces mischief. Animation is a playful new direction for us and I’m thrilled to expand the TWC repertoire into a whole new category of films for our kids to enjoy and for us to enjoy with them. All of these films will share incredible stories that most importantly both inspire and entertain our kids.”

Read More:‘Leap!’ Trailer: Elle Fanning Voices Ballet-Obsessed
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Nut Job 2 Trailer Reunites Surly and the Gang

Nut Job 2 Trailer Reunites Surly and the Gang
Open Road Films has released the first trailer for The Nut Job 2, which is set for release on August 18. This animated sequel brings back Surly Squirrel, voiced by Will Arnett, alongside his animal friends Andie (Katherine Heigl), Precious (Maya Rudolph) and Buddy (Tom Kenny) as they fight to save their homeland. There will also be a number of new characters who join the fight in this follow-up to the 2014 surprise hit The Nut Job.

Surly Squirrel (Will Arnett) and the gang are back. We are once again in Oakton where the evil mayor (Bobby Moynihan) has decided to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place. Surly and his ragtag group of animal friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor, and take back the park. It's up to them and the rest of the park animals to stop the mayor, along with his
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Jeremy Renner Joins ‘Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad’ as Lead Character

Jeremy Renner Joins ‘Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad’ as Lead Character
Jeremy Renner has signed on to voice the lead character in 3D animated family film “Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad” from Ambi Group.

Renner joins previously announced Alec Baldwin, James Franco, Anjelica Huston and Omar Sy in a rag-tag group of inexperienced heroes combining to thwart the evil Doc Walrus, voiced by John Cleese, and save the Arctic. Renner will be voicing a fox named Swifty.

The movie is fully financed and produced by Ambi principals Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi, with animation work being done out of their Aic Toronto studio by Dimos Vrysellas (“Shark Tale”).

Cal Brunker and Bob Barlen (“Escape From Planet Earth”) co-wrote the screenplay. Ambi Distribution, the Ambi Group’s sales arm, will oversee worldwide distribution for “Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad.”

Ambi Distribution has already closed a deal with Disney for German Speaking Europe. Ambi is selling markets for “Arctic Justice” at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival.
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Brendan Fraser Signs With Gersh Agency

Gersh has signed actor Brendan Fraser. The Mummy star recently booked a recurring role on the upcoming season of Showtime’s The Affair. Fraser also recently wrapped indie The Field and was seen in the A&E miniseries Texas Rising alongside Bill Paxton and Ray Liotta. Previously, Fraser starred in the feature Gimme Shelter opposite Rosario Dawson and Vanessa Hudgens, and voiced characters in The Weinstein Company's Escape From Planet Earth and Open Road Films' The Nut Job. …
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The Nut Job 2 announced for May 2017

Open Road Films has announced that The Nut Job 2 is set for release in North America on May 19th 2017, having originally been eyed for release back in January of this year.

Deadline reports that the sequel to the 2014 independent animated hit will “return to Oakton, where the evil mayor decides to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place. Surly Squirrel and his ragtag group of animal friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor, and take back the park.”

Will Arnett is set to return as Surly Squirrel alongside original voice cast members Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Gabriel Iglesias and Jeff Dunham. The film is being directed by Cal Brunker (Escape From Planet Earth).
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Will Arnett’s ‘Nut Job 2’ Gets Release Date

Will Arnett’s ‘Nut Job 2’ Gets Release Date
Open Road Films has set May 19, 2017, as the U.S. release date for its animated comedy “The Nut Job 2.”

The studio noted that the 2014 original film achieved the biggest box office opening ever for an independent, animated film and surpassed $120 million at the global box office.

Returning voice cast includes Will Arnett (Surly), Katherine Heigl (Andy), Maya Rudolph (Precious the Dog), Gabriel Iglesias (Jimmy) and Jeff Dunham (Mole).

The sequel takes audiences back to the town of Oakton, where the evil mayor decides to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place. Surly Squirrel and his ragtag group of animal friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor and take back the park.

Open Road had announced in 2014 that it would open “The Nut Job 2” on Jan. 15, 2016, but pulled it off the schedule several months later.

The Nut Job 2” is currently
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Oscar Diversity: Producer Calls for an African-American Studio (Guest Column)

Marvin Peart, co-founder of Marro Media Co., is executive producer of the 2013 Weinstein Co. release “Escape from Planet Earth” and TV shows including “Mob Wives.” In a guest column for Variety, he calls for people of color in the entertainment business to join forces to create their own content and studios.

A color-free Academy Awards is indeed a strange anomaly, in an America more enriched every day by its people of color. But the problem is one that those less experienced in the art of filmmaking — and the art of the film business — might not recognize.

So I think we should put a magnifying glass on the larger problem — the offices of the studios where projects and budgets are approved.

Minority performers are being watched closely by fellow African-Americans and other communities of color for two reasons: first, they’re in a business they want to join; and second, they most resemble them physically.
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Home Review

Just as one one might wonder why it is that extraterrestrial life hasn’t been discovered yet, you’d think the existence of a solid 3D-animated film about a loveable alien is something we could confirm by the year 2015. From E.T. to Lilo & Stitch, the slam-dunk appeal of adorable interlopers from space has proven itself time and time again, but cracking this particular old chestnut in the age of 3D has only bred the likes of Planet 51 and Escape From Planet Earth. (Monsters vs. Aliens fails this test on account of siding squarely with the Monsters). Safely designed to minimize any potentially alienating elements, Home, the newest effort from DreamWorks Animation, does not mark an end to the search for a higher form of animated entertainment.

Adapted from Adam Rex’s 2007 children’s book The True Meaning of Smekday, Home follows the comfortable “mismatched buddies on a road trip” formula.
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'Angry Birds' Movie Needs Fans Help to Unlock a Surprise

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'Angry Birds' Movie Needs Fans Help to Unlock a Surprise
Are you or a loved one anxiously awaiting the animated Angry Birds movie that is landing in theaters from Sony and Rovio Mobile? Well, today, fans from around the world need your help in unlocking the first look at this anticipated release, which promises to be one of the biggest family films of summer 2016.

Sony has launched the new website Unlock the Flock in conjunction with the Angry Birds animated feature. clickHere to help the Angry Birds unlock this exclusive surprise by sharing #UnlockTheFlock on your Twitter page. Every share is being tracked globally, along with gameplay action that will launch one bird in your favor. When 1 billion birds are finally 'flung', we'll get our first look at this anticipated release based on the hit mobile app.

What sort of surprise can we expect? Anything from a teaser trailer, to a new poster to maybe even the first characters revealed in an exclusive image.
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Sarah Jessica Parker, 49, Rocks a One-Piece Swimsuit After Serving as Her Friend's Bridesmaid

Sarah Jessica Parker, 49, Rocks a One-Piece Swimsuit After Serving as Her Friend's Bridesmaid
Have you ever seen Sarah Jessica Parker so happy? The 49-year-old actress was photographed rocking a one-piece swimsuit in East Hampton, New York, Sunday. It appears she wore the same swimsuit from her summer 2013 vacation in the Greek islands. On Sunday, Parker and her husband, 52-year-old actor Matthew Broderick, were seen frolicking in the Atlantic Ocean. The spouses of 17 years also built sandcastles with their 5-year-old daughter, Marion. Parker looked phenomenal, but she's no gym rat. In fact, just two months ago, the Escape from Planet Earth voiceover actress said she can only "bear" to exercise "a sum total of 22 minutes" before quitting. The day before she hit the...
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'Ted 2' Lands William Shatner Cameo

'Ted 2' Lands William Shatner Cameo
One of the more memorable moments in the raucous 2012 comedy Ted is where Flash Gordon star Sam J. Jones appears in a cameo as himself. It seems the sequel Ted 2 will have a similar scene featuring William Shatner as himself.

The Boston Herald reports that the actor will be appearing at a superhero convention, where he is taking questions from fans about his cop series T.J. Hooker. The actor gets annoyed when attendees keep asking him Star Trek questions. It's stated that there was also a recent Boston casting call for the sequel, with the production seeking a number of extras wearing superhero costumes.

Ted stars Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis are reprising their roles as John Bennett and his girlfriend Lori Collins, although Mila Kunis is said to have a smaller role in the sequel. We reported in February that Amanda Seyfried signed on to play the female lead,
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Animation 2014: While The Mouse’s Away, The Rest Will Play

For the first time in almost two decades, Luxor Jr., the beloved hopping desk lamp that announces the beginning of a new Pixar adventure, will not see the light. This year the Emeryville-based studio will not delight their devoted audiences with a new, moneymaking feature film. Surely the outrageously successful team of animators will have great years to come with the recent announcements of sequels for "Cars" and "The Incredibles," as well as "Finding Dori," "The Good Dinosaur," and "Inside Out," all of which are already in the making. But this year, 2014, seems like an open field for everyone else to play without the menacing thought of a surely successful Pixar movie in the horizon, which are usually hard to beat both financially and critically.

Another promising omen for smaller or often-dismissed studios is the fact that Disney Animation itself only has one relevant offer this time around. The November release of "Big Hero 6" is the perfect opportunity for Mickey Mouse’s owners to bank on their Marvel investment. Still, it is almost impossible to think a flick about a group of quirky action characters could defeat or even fathom the thought of getting close to the mindboggling numbers, and the wave of awards, "Frozen" brought in.

With the two animation titans quietly on the sidelines for the most part, a dream-like scenario for other films to shine has been created. During the first half of the year several animated titles have hit theaters already all with varying degrees of success. Clearly the conditions are prime for some great and unique animated features to emerge. However, despite the many promising options, there will also be plenty of disappointments.

Already Gone For Better Or Worse

The Nut Job

January witnessed the atrocious arrival of this generic Open Road Films production about a squirrel planning a heist to get nuts. Easily one of the worse reviewed films of the year so far, it is evident why an early release date was chosen. Even the fact that it was voiced by the likes of Liam Neeson, Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl and Brendan Fraser couldn’t rescue it from its simplistic premise. Sadly, the fact that it didn’t offer anything but cheap and formulaic laughs didn’t stop it from being a mild financial success. Beware, it has been granted a sequel out in 2016.

The Lego Movie

Now here is a showstopper that stacked up the cash and endless praise by building an incredible homage to pop culture. Warner Bros. Pictures hit an unprecedented milestone with this visually innovative and witty piece of animation, which took the beloved construction toys and infused them with an intelligent story. Following Emmet, an ordinary guy who wants to feel special, "The Lego Movie" takes advantage of its charming concept and the infinite amount of hilarious cameos possible. Almost universally acclaimed, boasting a flawless voice cast, and grossing over $400 million worldwide, directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have scored the one animated film to beat this year. Deservingly so, a sequel will follow.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman

Based on the 1960’s animated characters, this DreamWorks film is one of those that produced a lukewarm reaction. Although didactic in the positive sense of the word, it is missing a certain spark to upgrade it into the realm of memorable filmmaking. Teaching kids about ancient civilizations while also trying to deliver on the emotional connection between parents and children is always commendable, but is it enough? Directed by Rob Minkoff ("The Lion King") this story about a smarty-pants dog and his adopted human son received a moderately positive response from audiences and critics. It is hard to know if it will stand the test of time.

Rio 2

Banking on the World Cup craze that has recently made Brazilian culture a commodity, this colorful sequel will perhaps go down as having one of the most convoluted storylines in recent memory. Endless amounts of characters and subplots get drown under the enchanting musical numbers, which become the film’s saving grace. Like its predecessor, this Amazon set animated feature has proven to be highly profitable at the box-office, but in terms of love from the press, this installment has not amused many. Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway, the Blue Sky production has been plucked of the originality of its predecessor and flies clumsily between an environmentally friendly story and the typical find-yourself narrative.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

These days if an idea sort of works then the creators will try to milk it until there is nothing left. This might not be exactly the case with DreamWorks big summer bet, a sequel to their fantastic 2010 film "How to Train Your Dragon." Nominated for two Academy Awards, including Best Animated Feature, the first chapter not only performed outstandingly moneywise, but was also adored by the vast majority of critics, who praised its poignant story and gorgeous imagery. It appears like this follow-up lives up to those standards. For the second part in what is to become a trilogy, Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, and Craig Ferguson are back in their roles. Five years after the ending of the first installment, the Viking heroes are now teenagers and still riding their ferocious creatures into the sunset. The third chapter will be released in 2016.

Children Of A Lesser Disney

Planes: Fire and Rescue

Why? That is the only question audiences should be asking the studio about the baffling decision to make a sequel to the mediocre spin-off. The answer? Well with a budget of a little over $50 million "Planes" managed to quadruple that number despite being panned by critics. Dane Cook returns to voice the protagonist, Dusty, and he will more than likely add another terrible title to his shaky filmography. It is important to point out this film was produced by Disney Toon Studios, which handles their direct-to-video releases and those theatrical ones for which they have lesser hopes: "Planes"

Pirate Fairy

For some absurd reason the studio created a marketing campaign for this film comparable to that of an actually meaningful theatrical release. This was probably due to Tom Hiddleston’s involvement, but is that enough to warrant the fifth installment of this by-the-numbers franchise? Apparently they thought so. As a home-entertainment product this may suffice and keep schoolgirls captivated, but how many more sequels until its young audience gets bored or Thinker Bell becomes obsolete. You guessed it, this is also a Disney Toon Studios work, the place where good generic ideas go to die and resurrect as bargain products. However, as bizarre as it might seem, some critics actually enjoyed it and were fairly positive towards it. Could this be because their expectations of a non-theatrical film are lower? We probably should be worried that such support might encourage the studio to open the next chapter in every multiplex that allows children in - all of them.

The Rest Of The Mainstream

The Book of Life

This is the one mainstream release that could end up being a pleasant surprise. Produced by monster-enthusiast Guillermo del Toro and directed by Mexican animator Jorge R. Gutierrez, the film centers on a romance bathed in Mexican mysticism and strikingly beautiful design. The world is inspired by the Mexican Day of the Death celebration and will hopefully depict the peculiar holiday with much needed authenticity. Based on Del Toro’s track record, having high hopes for this one is not unrealistic. And judging from the luscious trailer this visual feast should certainly be an edgy and innovative work. Among the talent involved are Diego Luna, Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, and Christina Applegate.

The Penguins of Madagascar

After three feature films and a several TV series, the black & white clumsy and flightless birds from the “Madagascar” franchise return with their own full-length adventure for the big screen. This spinoff follows Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private as they work with the North Wind, a special animal task force, to prevent a villain from taking over the world – the usual. From the financial standpoint this is an easy paycheck for DreamWorks. A new iteration of the already beloved characters results in secure ticket sales and lots of plush toys flying off the shelves. DreamWorks already released its strong card this year (“How to Train Your Dragon 2”), this is really just o pay the bills.


Aliens and 3D animation have not been very good friends in past attempts made to unite them. "Mars Needs Mom" (2011), "Escape from Planet Earth" (2013), and even the moderately engaging "Monsters vs. Aliens" (2009) have proven this is a hard concept to nail. Regardless of this doomed landscape, DreamWorks had slated "Home" for a November release. The film has been pushed back to March 2015 and replaced by the aforementioned "Penguins," but we decided to included it since it was scheduled for this year until recently and there is enough information out there already. In the film, purple, tiny, outer-space creatures named Boov have come to Earth to make it their humble abode and relocate humans. Nothing extraordinarily original about the idea or the character design, but what could elevate this film to re-watchable terrain is the all-star cast. Throw in Jim Parsons acid wit, Steve Martin’s classic humor, and some pop divas like Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez, and you have yourself something that will bring people to the theaters. Whether is bad or out of this world great, that’s an entirely different subject.

Is Smaller Better?

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return

Stubbornly reluctant to let the story of The Wizard of Oz behind, the film industry keeps on developing projects based upon it. Last year it was Disney’s live action/CG extravaganza "Oz The Great and Powerful," this year, as if needed, a 3D-animated version by Summertime Entertainment revisits the tale once again. This derivative adventure follows Dorothy after the end of the well-known source tale. For starters the animation looks rather flat and lacks the texture and depth that more experienced studios can deliver. This leaves it relying solely on the power of the screenplay, which, as expected, doesn’t seem to offer much. Extremely efficient sorcery will be required to lure the public into watching it. Their safest bet is to hope for positive reviews and breaking even on their investment.

Postman Pat: The Movie

A famously cherished character across the Atlantic, it is possible Postman Pat will not connect with American audiences or generate the same love the British have for him. Not because he is not a great guy, but because the movie in his honor seems completely incoherent. Based upon the stop-motion animation series that ran on the BBC from the early 1980’s, this reinvention discards the beauty of the medium that made the character iconic and turns it into a bland computerized puppet. As if this wasn’t enough, the guys at DreamWorks Classics came to the conclusion that including a singing contest (on the vein of Britain’s Got Talent), robots, and warfare machinery would be amazing components to include. Really? Some things are better left untouched; you guys could have called Aardman Animations. They would’ve gotten it right.

The Boxtrolls

Craft and boundary-pushing creativity have collided gracefully in Laika's past two projects ("Coraline," "ParaNorman") both of which have garnered Oscar nominations and been fairly well-received by audiences. Fearless towards the excruciating labor that stop-motion requires, the Oregon-based production company not only excels in the artistry displayed on screen, but also in making stories with a specific tone and unique voice. Ghostly adventures whose physicality and attention to detail raises the bar far above their competitors. Their latest enterprise is a mesmerizing period piece that deals with a young boy and his goofy-looking, box-inhabiting, monstrous friends. Undoubtedly there is no one out there making films like this, the team at Laika knows how to match their darkly comedic worlds with a technique that still has something to offer in the tiresome age of 3D animation. Judging by the trailers and behind the scenes videos, "The Boxtrolls" will complete a near-perfect inaugural trifecta of sophisticated animated gems.

Underdogs (Foosball)

Argentina’s religious devotion to soccer or “futbol” has finally infiltrated the animated realm via the mind of Academy Award winning director Juan José Campanella (“The Secret in Their Eyes”). This locally produced 3D flick had a budget of $21 million making it the most expensive animated project ever made in Latin America. Telling the fantastical story of a foosball team in a quest to regroup after being pulled apart, the film’s quality rivals any American studio’s production. Surely noticing the great potential, The Weinstein Company acquired distribution rights for North American, France, Australia, and New Zealand. By Pixar’s or DreamWorks’ standards this is a tiny film, but with Harvey’s infrastructure behind it, this Argentine success could score big away from home.

Some Artful Dark Horses

Song of the Sea

Allowing us to take a breather from the homogenous shapes of the virtually-rendered reigning style of animation, Irish filmmaker Tomm Moore returns with his second feature. In 2009 he delighted critics and fans alike with the miraculously flawless "The Secret of Kells." The gorgeous hand-drawn characters and exquisite backgrounds depict a sort of magic rarely seen in toon flicks these days. His follow-up, "Song of the Sea" aims to bring similarly beautiful images to the screen. Gkids, who also distributed Moore’s first picture, has the North American rights for the film and plans to release it later this year. If this new Celtic beauty is any close to "Kells," we are all in for a wonderful treat.

The Tale of Princess Kaguya

As terrible as Miyazaki’s retirement is for the world of animation, there is still hope in the other Ghibli master Isao Takahata. Returning with his first film in over a decade, it appears that the ingenious artist that brought us "Grave of the Fireflies," is back in full form. Poetic and drawn with an entrancing fluidity, this new fantasy is almost certain to be named a masterpiece. Unsurprisingly, Gkids strikes again and will release the film in the Fall with high hopes for award season. Disney banished the hopes of "The Wind Rises" walking away a winner, but next time around the battle might be less set in ice.

Other Global Options

There is also a number of other more obscure foreign animated films that look incredibly compelling but which might not reach American shores anytime soon. Among them are Aunt Hilda (France), The 7th Dwarf (Germany), Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (France), Little from the Fish Shop (Check Republic), El Americano: The Movie (Mexico).

All Their Eggs In One Basket

Big Hero 6

Tonally, “Big Hero 6” feels closer to “Wreck-it Ralph” than the princess tale of “Frozen,” which is trying to marry the success of Marvel’s super hero films with Walt Disney Pictures’ family-friendly magic. The field is bit crowded with new installments of live action franchises like Captain America, Spider-Man, and X-Men, released earlier this year. Yet, in all honesty it is hard to think a film like this will be a failure. It has a preexisting following from the comic book world, and it is the fall's biggest animation release. That’s enough to lure in millions of people into theaters worldwide. Opening November 7th, the story revolves around a group of young crime-fighters and their adorable robot as they fight evil in a fictional futuristic city inspired by both San Francisco and Tokyo. Let’s hope it is edgier than it sounds on paper.

Digitally Animated Dollar Signs

When it comes to a loyal fan-base Disney will always outweigh the competition, this evidently translates into great business. Surely “ Big Hero 6” will be a profitable venture for the studio. How big will it be depends on how willing audiences are to see an animated superhero story in a year with comic book films galore. As of now “The Lego Movie” has conquered and prevailed with astonishing numbers domestically and abroad (over $467 million worldwide). Its closer rival is the musical sequel “Rio 2” (over $352 million worldwide), and then the striking “How To Train Your Dragon 2” (over $292 million worldwide), which has just recently opened and could climb higher up the ladder. In any case the possibilities are bright enough for all to share the wealth. They must enjoy it while it lasts because in 2015 Pixar’s voracious brand will put out not one, but a couple of new moneymaking offers.

Golden Statues Prospects

Here is where Pixar’s absence will be most appreciated. The 3D animation giant has won more Oscars for Best Animated Feature than anyone else. In many occasions they were the only real choice, others - like with “Brave” - it appeared as if they were just winning by default despite the existence of more innovative and daring competitors. Their last offer “Monsters University,” a prequel, failed to garner much love during awards season. This time around they are not even part of the festivities at all. Assuming that the Academy often recognizes the combination of craft and storytelling, then the ideal nominees would be as follows come January

1. The Boxtrolls

2. Song of the Sea

3. The Tale of Princess Kaguya

4. The Book of Life

5. How to Train Your Dragon 2

Of course one of these could easily be replaced by “Big Hero 6” or “The Lego Movie,” but then again, it is only July and this is just educated speculation. The former of these two is a Disney film, and we all know what that means. Without Pixar’s magic to do the heavy lifting, all of the studio’s efforts will go to pushing their new Marvel-inspired crowd-pleaser. As for WB’s massive witty hit, it has a great chance of sneaking if it manages to connect with voters despite its remix culture undertones. Having said this, I think it is time for Gkids or Laika to come out on top and defy the absurd notion that homogenous 3D fare is the only viable technique in the 21st century.
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Ratchet & Clank Feature Film And HD Remake Coming In 2015

Originally announced back in 2013, Sony has revealed that the Ratchet & Clank animated feature will be released in the first half of 2015. Featuring heavy input from series developer Insomniac Games, the film will focus on the gun-toting Ratchet’s quest to become the next big galactic hero, much like his hero, Captain Qwark. It will come to us courtesy of Rainmaker Entertainment, who’s only theatrically released film to date has been the 2013 animated feature Escape from Planet Earth.

In addition to the news about the film, Sony also announced that an HD remake of the original Ratchet & Clank will release alongside the film for the PlayStation 4. Originally released in 2002, the 3D platformer provided gamers with an assortment of creative weapons and unique planets to explore on the titular pair’s quest to save the galaxy.

We will have more information on both the film Ratchet & Clank and the HD re-release in the coming months.
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Briefs: A College Football Player Comes Out, The “Drag Race” Controversy Grows, And Why Are There No Gay Men On “The Walking Dead?”

Birthday shoutouts go to Ewan McGregor (above), who is 43, Richard Chamberlain is 80, Shirley Jones is 80, and Christopher Walken is 71.

This Movie Is Rated PG-13 for Tasteless Gay Jokes. The movie in question is Escape From Planet Earth. Has anyone seen it, and what did you think?

Congrats to Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry, who got married over the weekend.

The Drag Race Fiasco: A Battle For GLAAD’s Soul?

Why are there no gay men on The Walking Dead?

What moms say to gay sons.

Idina Menzel and Darren Criss attend the opening night party for If/Then on Broadway.

Big congrats to college football defensive end Mitch Eby, who has come out to his teammates and to Outsports.

Here he is reporting on a basketball game.

And here’s The Weekly ShoutOUT™. Each week we’re going to focus on one out athlete/performer and feature a daily pic and career timeline.
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Need for Speed takes pole position at the UK box office

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 14th - Sunday 16th March 2014....

The Aaron Paul-headlined video game adaptation Need for Speed has taken first place at the UK box office, dethroning 300: Rise of an Empire with an opening weekend haul of £2,011,249, while Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel climbed one place to second, giving Anderson his best UK return with a total of £4.1 million to date.

Elsewhere, the only other newcomer to manage to crack the top ten was Under the Skin, which stars Scarlett Johansson as an alien seductress looking for men in the Scottish highlands. The film pulled in £238,694 to claim tenth place. 

Number one this time last year: Oz the Great and Powerful

1. Need for Speed, £2,011,249 weekend (New)

2. The Grand Budapest Hotel, £1,309,103 weekend; £4,115,618 total (2 weeks)

3. 300: Rise of an Empire, £1,223,370 weekend; £5,351,262 total (2 weeks)

4. The Lego Movie, £998,176 weekend; £30,063,416 total (5 weeks)

5. Non-Stop,
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Need for Speed in pole position at UK box office but Under the Skin infectious

Video game adaptation takes top spot, Grand Budapest Hotel gives Wes Anderson his best live-action gross ever and Jonathan Glazer's sci-fi horror vindicates slow roll-out

• Full week-by-week UK box office analysis

The winner

Arriving with £2.01m including previews of £469,000, Need for Speed dethrones 300: Rise of an Empire to occupy the chart summit, in the process becoming the lowest-grossing chart-topper of 2014. In fact, Need for Speed has delivered the lowest weekend takings for a top title since last October. Sunny skies at the weekend are likely to have reduced box-office, although with temperatures cooling just in time for the crucial evening showtimes, warm spring weather is usually less detrimental to a film's success than hot sunshine at the start of the summer.

Need for Speed is the first lead role in a wide release for Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul. The 34-year-old was last seen on the big screen in Smashed,
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Need for Speed claims pole position at UK box office - top 10 in full

Need for Speed claims pole position at UK box office - top 10 in full
Need for Speed has topped the UK box office on its first weekend on release.

The Aaron Paul-led action film, based on the long-running EA video game franchise, earned north of £2 million to see off competition from The Grand Budapest Hotel and secure the top spot.

Need for Speed fared better with UK audiences than it did in the Us, where it charted at number three over the weekend.

Back in this weekend's UK chart, 300: Rise of an Empire fell down to number three, while The Lego Movie and Liam Neeson's Non-Stop round out the top five.

Elsewhere, the only other new release to make it into the top ten is Scarlett Johansson's Under the Skin. The Jonathan Glazer-directed drama earned £238,694 to land at number ten.

The UK box office figures in full from Friday, March 14-Sunday, March 16:

1. (-) Need for Speed - £2,011,249

2. (3) The Grand Budapest Hotel
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William Shatner | My family values

The actor who made his mark as Star Trek's Captain James T Kirk talks about growing up in Montreal and his belief that what's on the mantelpiece reveals a lot about a marriage

My father, Joseph, had a small company making men's clothing in Montreal, where I grew up. He was lower-middle class. He struggled and worked very hard. He was gone a lot of the time and when he came home he was tired, so he would read the paper and on the weekends he'd rest. My mother, Anne, kept the house, but she was interested in doing more and always had a higher ambition than just being in the house. But there was no way for her to make that work. She would try to do small things – work as an actress, and she gave elocution lessons.

Neither of my parents really influenced me, although I suppose
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William Shatner | My family values

The actor who made his mark as Star Trek's Captain James T Kirk talks about growing up in Montreal and his belief that what's on the mantelpiece reveals a lot about a marriage

My father, Joseph, had a small company making men's clothing in Montreal, where I grew up. He was lower-middle class. He struggled and worked very hard. He was gone a lot of the time and when he came home he was tired, so he would read the paper and on the weekends he'd rest. My mother, Anne, kept the house, but she was interested in doing more and always had a higher ambition than just being in the house. But there was no way for her to make that work. She would try to do small things – work as an actress, and she gave elocution lessons.

Neither of my parents really influenced me, although I suppose
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »
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