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Annecy: Director Gustavo Steinberg on Brazil’s ‘Tito and the Birds’

Annecy, France — Brazilian animated feature “Tito and the Birds” has recently reached its initial financing goal after winning one of two prizes for animation from the Brazilian National Bank of Development (Bndes), with the other going to Oscar-nominated director of “Boy and the World,” Ale Abreu, and Luiz Bolognesi, co-director on “Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury.”

Featuring at this year’s Annecy Works in Progress after a productive campaign last month at Cannes, where it was showcased in Annecy Goes to Cannes, the film’s creators, Bits Productions, will look to keep the Brazilian cartoon mojo going, following in the footsteps of their fellow prize winners.

For Bits, it will be its first animated project, making the move from live-action TV and cinema. Organizers of Brazil’s Big Festival, the largest indie gaming fest in Latin America, there are also plans for a “Tito and the Birds” video game.
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Annecy Goes to Cannes Highlights ‘Nimuendajú,‘ ‘Pajamas,’ ‘Mice’

Barcelona– The Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival will bring five features in production, pre-production or development stage under the “Goes to Cannes” umbrella, a selection of works-in-progress movies targeting features looking for sales agents, distributors or festivals pick-ups.

Productions’ producers will have the chance to report on their progress and will offer exclusive sneaks previews, trailers or concept art.

Sourced from Annecy’s International Animation Film Market (Mifa). the five productions are: “Even Mice Belong in Heaven,” “Nuna: The Last Myth of the Wamani,” “Nimuendajú,” “Tito and the Birds” and “Memoirs of a Man in Pajamas.” Two are Brazilian, one from Spain, Peru and Czech Republic, the last in co-production with France and Germany.

Directed by Carlos Fernández de Vigo, “Pajamas” is an awaited romantic comedy based on comic-books and a screenplay from Spain’s Paco Roca. Based out of Moonbite Games, Fernández produces with Jordi Mendieta and Ángel de la Cruz
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Top Five Films That Influenced Change

I Daniel Blake

Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake (releasing on DVD and Blu-ray 27th February) lays bare the cruel realities for those who fall through the cracks of society. With the film resulting in much topical debate, we take a look at five films that have influenced change following its release to screen:

Alfie

In the 1966 original (not the remake), Julia Foster’s character Gilda undergoes a harrowing abortion – carried out in a back room in Alfie’s (Michael Caine) flat. At the time, abortion was illegal in the UK, and the procedure is seen to be carried out by a “back-street” abortionist.

“Backstreet abortions” were outlawed in the UK with the introduction of the 1967 Abortion Act. Although not openly stated, Alfie’s conscience when he saw the results of a botched operation is arguably a contributor to this, as – coincidentally – the film released months before the law began to change.
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‘The Atom: A Love Affair’ Examines the Global Push Behind Nuclear Power

Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress — at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

The Atom: A Love Affair

Logline: A feature documentary revealing the tragicomic true story of our relationship with that most controversial energy source, nuclear power – as told by those who were there. After 7 turbulent decades, is the atomic love affair coming to an end?

Elevator Pitch:

Nuclear power is one of those divisive, “hot button” topics people can never agree about. But how did we get here? “The Atom: A Love Affair” reveals an oft-forgotten history through frank testimony from major players on both sides of the Atlantic – including politicians, scientists, engineers and campaigners. Their dramatic recollections are brought to
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Annecy: Europa Filmes Nabs Brazilian Rights to ‘Tito’ (Exclusive)

Europa Filmes, one of Brazil’s top indie distributors, has taken local distribution rights to Gustavo Steinberg and Gabriel Bitar’s Brazilian animated film “Tito and the Birds,” set up at Sao Paulo-Based production company Bits Filmes.

One of the five feature film projects chosen to be pitched at Annecy 2016 Mifa market, action drama, “Tito” targets 6-10 year olds, young adults and family audiences.

Produced by Gustavo Steinberg (“The End of the Line”), co-author of the script alongside Ataliba Benaim (“What Is It Worth?”), the film project follows Tito, a 10-year-old boy that takes off on a journey to save the world from a frightful epidemic: People are falling ill whenever they get suddenly scared.

Tito will find out that the cure is somehow related to the research of his father, an inventor who had to leave home when he was 6 years old. Tito’s search for the antidote indirectly becomes a search for his missing father and for his own identity.

“The film has a very powerful and universal subject: Fear seen from the point of view of a kid in a big city. It is a visually sophisticated project, but at the same time a very fun and engaging adventure,” Steinberg told Variety.

“Tito’s” key craft features significant names in Brazil’s currently booming animation industry, such as Annie Award-nominated composers Gustavo Kurlat and Binho Feffer, creators of the score of Oscar-nominee and Annecy 2014 Cristal winner, the Ale Abreu-directed “The Boy and The World,” and Daniel Greco, the production supervisor on Luiz Bolognesi’s “Rio 2096 A Story of Love and Fury,” Crystal Award winner in 2013.

Top Brazilian film and TV actors Matheus Nachtergaele (“The Dead Girl’s Feast ”), Mateus Solano (“Trail of Lies”), Denise Fraga (“The Best Things in the World”) and Otavio Augusto (“Brazil Avenue”) have recorded “Tito’s” original voices.

Using a technique of cut-outs combined with 2D computer work, production is scheduled to kick-off in October 2017, while post-pro will finish by March 2018.

After raising half of the $2.2 million budget in Brazil, mostly through public funds and investors, at Annecy the producers are looking for international production and distribution partners to help close the gap financing, set in $1.1 million, Steinberg said.

Operating from 1990, Wilson Feitosa’s Europa Filmes, also an international sales company, has distributed or co-distributed in Brazil well-known local titles such as “Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury,” “Lula, the Son of Brazil,” “Big Family” and “The Regulars.”
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First Look: Deadpool Number 250 (Deadpool #45)

Add up all the Deadpool series (creatively), and April’s Deadpool #45 marks Wade Wilson’s landmark 250th issue! How is he celebrating? He’s dying! The end of the line comes for all, even one such as Deadpool, but he’s not gone yet! Say your condolences with this new look at the colossal-sized series finale.

First, Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn and Mike Hawthorne serve up a 30-page main story, as the villainous Ultimatum finally makes their move. They’re coming for Deadpool – every last one of them! It’s going to be a bloodbath, but Wade’s going to go down swinging.

Then – Gerry, Brian and Scott Koblish bring you a long lost, full length Deadpool tale. Remember when Wade got a hold of the Infinity Gauntlet? No? Don’t worry – that’s what the story is for. And yes, you should be worried Wade Wilson is in possession of nigh-infinite cosmic power.
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Lauren Cohan Faces The Walking Dead at Halloween Horror Nights

So this is not really news, but it’s still kind of cool. Universal sent over an image of “The Walking Dead’s” Lauren Cohan (“Maggie”) at the Halloween Horror Nights maze “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line.” If we… Continue Reading →

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Photo of Lauren Cohan at The Walking Dead Maze at Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood

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The team at Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights shared this photo with us of Lauren Cohan at The Walking Dead Maze and we thought it would help tide fans over until next weekend’s Season 5 premiere.

Heather Wixson recently had the opportunity to attend Halloween Horror Nights and shared her impressions: “Hands down, 2014 may be one of the finest years in the history of Hhn- the mazes and scare zones this year were all incredibly ambitious across the board and there were far more hits than misses in regards to the quality of Horror Nights’ haunted attractions. I personally loved the Alien vs. Predator and An American Werewolf in London mazes and even had the opportunity to tour both of them twice, which gave me a chance to soak in all the details that Murdy and his crew peppered throughout their work in each maze. I also had a
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Lauren Cohan Stuns at the The Walking Dead Season 5 Premiere at Halloween Horror Nights

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Lauren Cohan Stuns at the The Walking Dead Season 5 Premiere at Halloween Horror Nights
Lauren Cohan stepped out in style for the fifth season premiere of her hit horror television series, ‘The Walking Dead,’ on Thursday night at Universal Studios Hollywood. The actress also attended the drama show’s after-party at the theme park’s Halloween Horror nights maze, “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line,” where walkers await all those who dare to enter. Cohan was just one of the stars of the acclaimed thriller’s cast who attended the red carpet and after party in Universal City, which was sponsored by Dos Equis and Jose Cuervo Cinge. Other actors who attended the fifth season premiere celebration for ‘The Walking Dead’ included Andrew Lincoln, Norman [ Read More ]

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The Walking Dead Maze Preview: 32 Images from Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights Attraction

Bringing together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror, Halloween Horror Nights, held at Universal Studios Hollywood on select nights from September 19th through November 2nd, has become one of the most popular ways to celebrate Halloween and all things scary. Featuring an all-new slate of seven film production quality mazes (The Walking Dead, Alien vs. Predator, From Dusk Till Dawn, An American Werewolf in London, Syfy’s Face Off, Dracula Untold and Clowns 3D with music by Slash), five frightful scare zones (The Purge: Anarchy, The Walking Dead, Mask-a-Raid, Dark Christmas and Skullz) and the fully re-imagined Terror Tram: Invaded by The Walking Dead experience, it will be more chilling, more terrorizing and more extreme than ever. Collider was recently given the opportunity to tour The Walking Dead: The End of the Line maze, which brings many of the
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Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood - Eyegore Awards Announced! Get Your Tickets While You Can!

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2014 is quickly approaching, and as always that means a brand new installment of the Eyegore Awards. Uni just released the details, and we have 'em for you right here. Scare it up!

From the Press Release

Universal Studios Hollywood sets the stage for the eagerly-awaited arrival of “Halloween Horror Nights” on Friday, September 19, with the annual “Eyegore Awards,” honoring influential entertainment professionals for bringing the horror genre to life within the movie, television and music industries.

For the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood is offering 500 “Halloween Horror Nights” fans a chance to attend the coveted “Eyegore Awards,” which will feature a roster of today’s leading Hollywood horror icons.

The 2014 “Eyegore Award” recipients include multiple Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker and Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor Greg Nicotero (“The Walking Dead,” Galyntine, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, “Breaking Bad,” Pain & Gain, Django Unchained, Predators, The Chronicles of Narnia,
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Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights Begins Friday, Sept. 19

Tickets are now on sale for “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood as Southern California’s leading Halloween event becomes “More Dead Than Ever,” expanding to 22 select nights with more mazes than ever, from Friday, September 19 through Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Tickets to this year’s event are available for purchase at www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/hollywood, including a Front of Line ticket option that enables guests to enjoy priority access at each “Halloween Horror Nights” maze, Terror Tram and theme park attraction. Advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out.

“As the movie studio that invented the horror film genre, we hold ourselves to a very high standard in producing the best and most terrifying Halloween experience,” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights.” “Our ongoing collaboration with today’s most influential filmmakers and musicians, and movie and television horror properties,
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Avengers #29-34 Brings High Concepts Full Circle

Avengers #29-34

Written by Jonathan Hickman

Pencils by Leinil Francis Yu

Inks by Gerry Alanguilan

Colors by Sunny Gho & Matt Milla

Published by Marvel

Jonathan Hickman started writing Marvel Comics’ flagship team back in 2012. Marvel was implementing their “Marvel Now!” imprint across the board, repackaging The Avengers as a shiny new number one. (Which – if you look at the numbers – it’s hard not to call this a strategy to temporarily boost units shipped.) He stated in an interview leading up to the book’s release that Marvel outright handed him the keys to the sandbox, giving him all kinds of room to stretch his legs. After his long-form runs on S.H.I.E.L.D. and Fantastic Four/Ff it seemed like a natural progression.

He went on to pen two side-by-side Avengers titles: Avengers and New Avengers. Avengers expanded the very idea of the squad, who it is and what it does.
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Halloween Horror Nights 2014 - Hollywood Tickets On Sale Now!

Just a quick reminder that tickets are Now Available for Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2014! Don't wait! Be ahead of the curve! Make sure your throat is amongst the first to be placed lovingly on the chopping block.

From the Press Release

Tickets are now on sale for “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood as Southern California’s leading Halloween event becomes “More Dead Than Ever,” expanding to 22 select nights with more mazes than ever, from Friday, September 19 through Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Tickets to this year’s event are available for purchase at Halloween Horror Nights.com, including a Front of Line ticket option that enables guests to enjoy priority access at each “Halloween Horror Nights” maze, Terror Tram and theme park attraction. Advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out.

“As the movie studio that invented the horror film genre, we hold ourselves to a very high standard
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Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Adds Two New Scare Zones: Dark Christmas and Skullz

John Murdy, Creative Director of Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood, tweeted up a storm last night, revealing two new Scare Zones heading to the popular haunted attraction: "Dark Christmas" (complete with Krampus) and the Wendigo-based "Skullz."

Here's Murdy's running commentary:

In case you didn't hear...we announced 2 New Scare Zones today...so lets start off with the "Baker Street" scare zone..."Dark Christmas."

"For most of the world, Christmas is a time for holiday cheer but in certain parts of the world, it is a time of fear and dread..."

"That's because they celebrate the Dark side of Christmas with terrifying tales of demonic creatures that hunt down disobedient children..."

"The most famous of these creatures is Krampus, The Christmas Devil…the evil version of good ol’ Saint Nick..."

Now that Krampus and his mythological companions have been unleashed on the streets of Universal Studios, It’s going to be a Scary Christmas!
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Slash Brings Original Score To Halloween Horror Nights’ Clowns 3D Maze!!

This year’s Universal Halloween Horror Nights is already sounding like tons of fun, with new mazes/attractions such as “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line“, “From Dusk Till Dawn“, “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood“, “Avp: Aliens Vs. Predator“, “An American Werewolf In London“, and “The Purge: Anarchy“, as well as others horrific areas, and it’s about to get even scarier. Adding a whole new maze to the mix, this year’s Clowns 3D maze features a completely original score, composed by guitar legend Slash, and is guaranteed to scare the living hell out horror fans according to the press release/video we were sent. What do you fright fanatics think? Looks like some scary stuff to me. Check out the rundown on the maze below and be sure to check out Universal Halloween Horror Nights beginning September 19th!

“The psychedelic 3D maze will horrify guests,
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Slash Sends in the Clowns at Halloween Horror Nights

The official word is here from Universal regarding yet another haunted attraction they plan to be featuring at this year's Halloween Horror Nights. We mentioned earlier that clowns would be coming, but we didn't know Slash would be the one driving the fabled clown car!

From the Press Release

Celebrated Grammy® Award-winning musician Slash, hailed as one of the 10 best electric guitar players of all time by Time magazine, is joining forces with Universal Studios Hollywood to compose an original score for the theme park’s hypnotizing new 3D maze “Clowns 3D Music by Slash” at Halloween Horror Nights, beginning Friday, September 19, 2014.

While partnering with top recording artists has become a signature of Halloween Horror Nights, this collaboration with prolific guitarist Slash marks the first time a musician has created an original maze score for the popular event. This inspired effort comes at a demanding time for Slash, whose new album,
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'Clowns 3D Music by Slash' Maze Hits Halloween Horror Nights

'Clowns 3D Music by Slash' Maze Hits Halloween Horror Nights
Celebrated Grammy&#174 Award-winning musician, Slash, hailed as one of the 10 best electric guitar players of all time by Time magazine, is joining forces with Universal Studios Hollywood to compose an original score for the theme park's hypnotizing new 3D maze, Clowns 3D Music by Slash at Halloween Horror Nights beginning Friday, September 19, 2014.

While partnering with top recording artists has become a signature of Halloween Horror Nights, this collaboration with prolific guitarist, Slash, marks the first time a musician has created an original maze score for the popular event. This inspired effort comes at a demanding time for Slash, whose new album "World on Fire" debuts on September 16, 2014, on the heels of his "Let Rock Rule" World Tour performing with Aerosmith.

Infused with the rocker's hell-raising electric guitar riffs, the ominous new Clowns 3D Music by Slash haunted attraction is no laughing matter as it unmasks the psychological disorder known as Coulrophobia,
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An American Werewolf in London is Coming to Universal Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights

“Stay on the road. Keep clear of the Moors.” A patron at The Slaughtered Lamb pub in Yorkshire gave this advice to two backpacking Americans in John LandisAn American Werewolf in London, and the same could be said this fall to attendees of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood if they want to survive the new maze based on the 1981 horror comedy classic.

Universal Studios Hollywood will host the maze based on An American Werewolf in London beginning September 19th. The maze will explore the spooky environments of the film, such as The Slaughtered Lamb and the Yorkshire Moors, and it will feature makeup effects based on Rick Baker’s incredible work on the movie. Last year there was An American Werewolf in London attraction at the Universal Orlando Resort, so it looks like the fanged fever has spread from coast to coast. We have the official press
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'American Werewolf in London' Maze Will Debut at Halloween Horror Nights

'American Werewolf in London' Maze Will Debut at Halloween Horror Nights
Universal Pictures' Academy Award-winning and genre-defining film, An American Werewolf in London, written and directed by John Landis, will be unleashed upon guests at Universal Studios Hollywood in an all-new Halloween Horror Nights maze beginning Friday, September 19, 2014. The experience will recreate legendary scenes from the cult favorite using gruesomely convincing props, chillingly authentic music and mind-blowing special effects that will re-awaken the terrorizing shape shifting creature with superhuman strength: the Werewolf.

Guests will begin their horrifying journey as they enter "The Slaughtered Lamb," the English countryside pub movie fans will instantly recognize, and experience first-hand what the tavern patrons in the film meant when they cautioned, "Stay on the road, keep clear of the Moors and beware the moon." After stumbling upon the overgrown wasteland known as the "Moors," maze-goers will be forced to traverse through dense fog amidst sounds of savage growls and unknown peril ahead.

John Murdy,
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