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‘Come Away’ Fantasy Pic Starring Angelina Jolie And David Oyelowo Adds Cast, Begins Shoot

Exclusive: The Crown‘s Anna Chancellor and The Wire‘s Clarke Peters have joined the cast of Come Away, the fantasy drama starring Angelina Jolie and David Oyelowo that is serving as the live-action debut of Brave director Brenda Chapman. The pic has just started filming in the UK for seven weeks, followed by three weeks in Los Angeles.

As Deadline scooped in May, the pic, from UK-based Fred Films and Oyelowo’s Yoruba Saxon Productions, is imagined as a prequel to Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan and was scripted by Marissa Kate Goodhill.

The plot: Before Alice went to Wonderland, and before Peter became Pan, they were brother and sister who live an idyllic childhood with parents Jack and Rose (Oyelowo and Jolie) and older brother David. Fate turns their games of tea parties, pirates and lost boys upside down, setting the stage for their iconic journeys into Wonderland and Neverland.
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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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Women in Animation, USC, UCLA and CalArts Partner on Parity-Diversity Symposium

  • Variety
Women in Animation has joined forces with USC, UCLA and CalArts to present the symposium “Breaking the Glass Frame: Women and Animation, Past, Present, Future” Oct. 5-7 at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.

“This is the first collaborative event between three of the world’s most prestigious animation programs: USC’s John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts, the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television’s Animation Workshop, and CalArts’ Character and Experimental Animation Programs. We hope this gathering of incredible women will inspire the next generation to break through the glass frame,” said USC’s Lisa Mann, associate professor of practice of Cinematic Arts and an event organizer.

The symposium is designed to empower women and Lgbtq+ people by shining a light on the contributions women have made in the animation industry and by seeking solutions to such issues as sexual harassment, bias and lack of
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Brenda Chapman Launches Production Company, Signs First-Look Deal at Fox

Not only has Brenda Chapman lined up her next gig, she’s started her own production company. According to Deadline, the “Brave” co-director has launched ‘Twas Entertainment alongside her husband, Kevin Lima (“Enchanted”). The pair also inked a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox to produce live-action, hybrid, and animated movies. Chapman and Lima’s first project under the deal...
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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

‘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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‘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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'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' makes a splash with £9.7m UK box office debut

Musical surpasses original’s opening by £3.1m

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Rank Film / Distributor Three-day gross (July 21-23) Running gross Week 1 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Universal) £9.7m £9.7m 1 2 Incredibles 2 (Disney) £6.8m £22.4m 2 3 Skyscraper (Universal) £892,723 £3.8m 2 4 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal) £611,362 £39.7m 7 5 The First Purge (Universal) £506,578 £4.5m 3 Universal

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again landed in the UK with a superb £9.7m debut, eclipsing the opening of its predecessor by 47% (£3.1m). The film played in 706 cinemas, making for a site average of £4,391.

The original film took a massive £68.6m from its UK run in 2008 (still
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Chicago P.D. Enlists Anne Heche to Play Key Recurring Role in Season 6

Chicago P.D. Enlists Anne Heche to Play Key Recurring Role in Season 6
Is Anne Heche the newest thorn in Voight’s side?

Chicago P.D. has tapped the Brave star for a recurring role in Season 6 as Dep. Superintendent Katherine Brennan, our sister site Deadline reports.

Katherine is described as smart, to the point and political. While those may sound like good attributes, she is also self-serving, as well as a cunning and formidable opponent. Sounds like another potential foe for Voight, yes? Season 5 of the police drama concluded with the sergeant being questioned by higher-ups about a shooting he was involved in following Olinsky’s death. (Read our full finale recap here.
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Former Pixar Employee Exposes Studio's Vulgar and Sexist Workplace

Even though Disney is removing John Lasseter from Pixar it appears as though the problem runs much, much deeper than just one man's sexual misconduct, harassment and inappropriate behavior. Former Pixar graphic designer Cassandra Smolcic recently penned a lengthy, revealing and distressing personal essay about her time spent with the animation studio. She later adapted the essay into a shorter column for Variety. The #MeToo and Time's Up movements that came in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal have done a lot to spread awareness and make change, but this essay makes it clear the industry has a long way to go. Smolcic paints a picture of Pixar that is systematically a sexist environment that doesn't value the work of women nearly as highly as it does the work of men.

"I know people are saying that the climate there wasn't 'that bad.' I'm here to tell you that it was,
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Kelly Macdonald Finally Gets Her Own Star Vehicle, Two Decades After Breaking Out in ‘Trainspotting’

Kelly Macdonald Finally Gets Her Own Star Vehicle, Two Decades After Breaking Out in ‘Trainspotting’
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Kelly Macdonald has an enviable list of co-stars she’s shared the screen with during her two-decade-long career. There was Ewan McGregor in her first film, “Trainspotting” (the Scottish actress was working as a barmaid when decided to hit up an open casting call for the part of Diane), then Bill Nighy in “The Girl in the Cafe,” Josh Brolin in “No Country for Old Men,” Sam Rockwell in “Choke,” Steve Buscemi in “Boardwalk Empire,” and those are just the men she’s worked alongside. On “Black Mirror,” she was memorably paired up with Faye Marsay in the episode “Hated in the Nation,” and in the Pixar adventure film “Brave,” Emma Thompson voiced her character’s mother, both a friend and a foe to Macdonald’s plucky young princess.

In just over twenty years, Macdonald has done plenty,
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How Pixar’s Open Sexism Ruined My Dream Job (Guest Column)

After years of exploiting his position of power at Pixar and Disney, pressure from the Me Too movement recently ousted John Lasseter from his post as chief creative officer. But Pixar has yet to address how John’s sexist attitudes permeated its culture for decades, giving men license to mistreat women and sideline their careers.

I was a graphic designer at Pixar during the second half of my 20s. I know people are saying that the climate there wasn’t “that bad.” I’m here to tell you that it was, and more than likely still is.

At Pixar, my female-ness was an undeniable impediment to my value, professional mobility, and sense of security within the company. The stress of working amidst such a blatantly sexist atmosphere took its toll, and was a major factor in forcing me out of the industry.

When I started at Pixar as an intern,
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How Pixar’s Open Sexism Ruined My Dream Job (Guest Column)

  • Variety
After years of exploiting his position of power at Pixar and Disney, pressure from the Me Too movement recently ousted John Lasseter from his post as chief creative officer. But Pixar has yet to address how John’s sexist attitudes permeated its culture for decades, giving men license to mistreat women and sideline their careers.

I was a graphic designer at Pixar during the second half of my 20s. I know people are saying that the climate there wasn’t “that bad.” I’m here to tell you that it was, and more than likely still is.

At Pixar, my female-ness was an undeniable impediment to my value, professional mobility, and sense of security within the company. The stress of working amidst such a blatantly sexist atmosphere took its toll, and was a major factor in forcing me out of the industry.

When I started at Pixar as an intern,
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Richard "Old Man" Harrison From 'Pawn Stars' Has Died at Age 77

Richard Harrison, who starred on the hit show Pawn Stars, has died. He was 77. His son, Rick Harrison, revealed the heartbreaking news on Monday, June 25 on Instagram. "Richard Benjamin 'The Old Man' Harrison passed away this morning surrounded by those he loved," Rick wrote in the caption. "He will be tremendously missed by our family, the team at Gold & Silver Pawn, and his many fans the world over. He was my hero and I was fortunate to get a very cool 'Old Man' as my dad. That I got to share him with so many others and they got to see what a great family man he was is something I am grateful to have experienced with him." A post shared by Rick Harrison (@rick_harrison) on Jun 25, 2018 at 6:57am Pdt He added, "He lived a very full life and through the History television show Pawn Stars
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Pixar/Disney Will Be in Good Hands as Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee Replace John Lasseter

Pixar/Disney Will Be in Good Hands as Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee Replace John Lasseter
The John Lasseter era is really over at Pixar and Disney with Tuesday’s promotions of Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee as chief creative officers of the respective animation studios. They’ve been the frontrunners all along to succeed Lasseter (set to leave Disney and Pixar at year’s end after allegations of workplace sexual harassment), and they are great choices. We can expect smooth transitions and likely success at Pixar and Disney along with better morale, improved workplace conditions, and, hopefully, greater advancement opportunities for women.

Docter was one of Pixar’s first employees, joining the studio in 1990 during the production of “Toy Story,” and the director of “Monsters, Inc.,” and the Oscar-winning “Up” and “Inside Out.” He’s a consummate animator and storyteller: warm, sensitive, funny, and a risk taker. He’s beloved at Pixar (a valued member of the Brain Trust), and has learned well from both
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Pete Docter To Lead Pixar, Jennifer Lee To Head Walt Disney Animation In Wake Of John Lasseter’s Scheduled Exit

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Pete Docter To Lead Pixar, Jennifer Lee To Head Walt Disney Animation In Wake Of John Lasseter’s Scheduled Exit
In the wake of Disney’s announcement that its animation chief John Lasseter would be exiting by year-end after a number of misconduct accusations, the studio has named Frozen Oscar-winner Jennifer Lee as chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios, and two-time Oscar winner of Up and Inside Out Pete Docter as chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios.

Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn announced the appointments, which had been anticipated since Disney announced Lasseter’s departure. The news ends a period of uncertainty at the two animation studios, as questions loomed about whether Lasseter would return following his six-month leave of absence.

“Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter are two of the most gifted filmmakers and storytellers I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with,” Horn said in a statement. “Pete, the genius creative force behind Up, Inside Out, and Monsters, Inc., has been an integral part
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‘Incredibles 2’: Will Pixar sequel win Oscar bookend to ‘The Incredibles’?

‘Incredibles 2’: Will Pixar sequel win Oscar bookend to ‘The Incredibles’?
Incredibles 2” opened this weekend to a record haul for an animated feature, taking in a whopping $180 million. That easily eclipsed the benchmark of $135 million set by “Finding Dory” in 2016. Executives at Pixar are probably wishing they hadn’t taken 14 years to produce a sequel to “The Incredibles,” which won the 2014 Oscar as Best Animated Feature.

The category was only four years old then, and “The Incredibles” was the second Pixar picture in a row to win following “Finding Nemo” in 2003. Since those back-to-back victories, this animation powerhouse has claimed this Academy Award another seven times: “Ratatouille” (2007); “Wall-e” (2008); “Up” (2009); Toy Story 3″ (2010); “Brave” (2012); “Inside Out” (2015); and “Coco” (2017).

Watch Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson (‘Coco’) on ’emotional’ and ‘gorgeous’ Day of the Dead animated feature

Do you think that “Incredibles 2” will move the record number of Oscars for Pixar into the double digits? After all, this film by Brad Bird
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Anthony Bourdain's Series 'Parts Unknown' Is Staying on Netflix for "Months to Come"

News broke on June 12 that celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain tragically took his own life in Paris, but Netflix quickly jumped in to make sure his legacy lives on. Anthony was the star of the CNN series, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, that premiered on the streaming service in 2013, and explored different parts of the world using the local cuisine as a focal point. However, back in May, Netflix announced which movies and shows were going to end in June, and Parts Unknown had made the list — it was scheduled leave on June 16. But, after Anthony's death, fans became incredibly interested in not only his life, but also the shows he created. A petition was started on Change.org to keep Parts Unknown on Netflix, and it garnered almost 7,000 signatures. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) So, just hours after the world found out about Anthony's passing and fans created this petition, Netflix changed their tune.
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Every Pixar Character Voiced by John Ratzenberger, from ‘Toy Story’ to ‘Incredibles 2’ (Photos)

He’s been called Pixar’s “good-luck charm,” and that’s because to date, John Ratzenberger has done voice work for every Pixar film. The 71-year-old actor might forever be known to audiences as Cliff Clavin on “Cheers,” but to audiences who have grown up with these movies, he’s been a consistent voice for over 20 years. Ratzenberger returned to voice the villain The Underminer in the latest Pixar joint, “The Incredibles 2,” opening this Friday. And whether it’s a supporting part or a quick, Easter Egg cameo, Ratzenberger has always been there. Here’s a chronological list of each of those characters:

Hamm – “Toy Story,” “Toy Story 2,” “Toy Story 3

By far Ratzenberger’s most well-known Pixar character, this porking piggy bank is chock-full of great one-liners and quips across the “Toy Story” trilogy, whether it’s trading jokes with Mr. Potato Head or making snide put downs about Andy’s neighbor Sid.
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