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Bao Headlines Pixar Short Films Collection, Vol. 3

Alec Bojalad Nov 14, 2018

Pixar has released a third collection of its acclaimed short films that features Bao, Sanjay’s Super Team, and more.

My bao is a disaster.

Pixar is hosting a group of journalists at its Emeryville, California campus to celebrate the release of Pixar Short Films Collection, Vol. 3. The volume of short films that precede Pixar main features includes the ode to family and Chinese culinary tradition, Bao, from director Domee Shi. That’s why we’re all currently trying our hand at making the classic Shanghai bao dumpling.

Creating bao requires extreme digital dexterity, as the corners of the dough must be pinched into a star pattern and then twisted to protect the yummy filling inside. My sausage fingers have a hard time with the pinching process so I just elect to begin twisting as much as I can. The final product, or what I believe to
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Best Animated Feature predictions: ‘Isle of Dogs’ hoping to steal Oscar bone from ‘Incredibles 2’

In the 17 years that the Best Animated Feature category has existed at the Academy Awards, Pixar films have claimed the Oscar nine times. Will Pixar’s latest animated movie “Incredibles 2” become their 10th champion, or might Wes Anderson‘s stop-motion film “Isle of Dogs” steal its Oscar bone?

According to Gold Derby’s racetrack odds, which are derived from the predictions made by expert journalists, staff editors and users like you, “Incredibles 2” has a heroic lead to win Best Animated Feature with 16/5 odds. “Isle of Dogs” sits in second place with 37/10 odds, followed by “Ralph Breaks the Internet” (5/1 odds), “Mirai” (11/2 odds), “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (8/1 odds), “Smallfoot” (28/1 odds) and “Early Man” (35/1 odds).

SEEWill Brad Bird fly as the first animated feature director to win an Oscar three times with ‘Incredibles 2’?

Isle of Dogs” focuses on a group of canines who’ve been banished to Trash Island after
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Photo Flash: First Look at the International Premiere of Waitress

The hit musical Waitress opened on November 9, 2018, at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, Rcbc Plaza, Makati City, Manila, Philippines. Based on the beloved film by Adrienne Shelly, Waitress features music and lyrics from six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles 'Love Song,' 'Brave' and book by Jessie Nelson. Waitress tells the story of a pie maker named Jenna who, despite the mundanity of her life, finds comfort and reckoning in the simple magic of baking. With the help of her two friends, Dawn and Becky, she dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage and musters the courage to change her life for the better.
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Paramount Taps Trailer Park Exec Des Esposito As Evp Creative Advertising

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Former Trailer Park Evp and Creative Director Des Esposito is heading to Paramount Pictures where she will serve as Evp, Creative Advertising.

She begins on Nov. 5 and will lead the A/V, print, and digital campaigns for Paramount’s slate, reporting to the studio’s Co-President of Domestic Marketing Peter Giannascoli.

At Trailer Park, where Esposito worked for the last eight years, she created advertising materials for such event titles as Frozen, Coco, Moana, Zootopia, Inside Out, Big Hero 6, Brave, Incredibles 2, The Lego Movie, Paddington, Finding Dory and Monsters University.

Says Giannascoli in a statement, “Creative excellence is at the heart of every successful film campaign, and Destiny brings the talent, experience, and savvy to turn movies into must-see theatrical events. I have admired her work for many years and couldn’t be more excited to welcome her to our team.”

Prior to Trailer Park, Esposito was a producer
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Whose Film is It Anyway? Unpicking Movies with Multiple Directors

Mark Harrison Nov 1, 2018

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

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

Developing a film is tricky and it’s not unusual
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Oscar Flashback: ‘Black Swan,’ ‘Get Out’ among the nominated horror films of the 2000s and 2010s

Oscar Flashback: ‘Black Swan,’ ‘Get Out’ among the nominated horror films of the 2000s and 2010s
This article marks Part 4, the final entry in the Gold Derby series reflecting on Horror Films at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at the spine-tingling movies that earned Academy Awards nominations, including the following films from the 2000s and 2010s.

At the start of the new millennium, voters did not embrace Christian Bale‘s chilling turn in “American Psycho” (2000). They did, however, on the heels of pictures like “Ed Wood” (1994) and “Gods and Monsters” (1998), recognize another film about the men who made horror cinema.

Shadow of the Vampire” earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Willem Dafoe, portraying the elusive Max Schreck, who gave life to vampire Graf Orlok in F.W. Murnau‘s legendary horror film “Nosferatu” (1922). The picture also scored a nomination in Best Makeup. Also up for a nomination that year was Paul Verhoeven‘s “Hollow Man,” a contender in Best Visual Effects.

The
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2019 Oscars: Best Animated Feature race at 91st Academy Awards has 25 entries

2019 Oscars: Best Animated Feature race at 91st Academy Awards has 25 entries
On Wednesday (October 24), the academy announced that 25 films qualified for consideration in this year’s Oscar race for Best Animated Feature. That is one shy of last year and two off the record number of entries in 2017, which in turn had eclipsed the 2014 record of 20 features. There could be up to five nominees depending on how they score with the screening committee. All of the major players in the animation field have at least one film in the running. (See the full list at the bottom of this post.)

Will Disney continue its Oscar winning streak and claim Best Animated Feature for the seventh year running? The mouse house has two films in the competition this year: “Incredibles 2” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” The studio’s most recent Oscar winners are “Brave” (2012), “Frozen” (2013), “Big Hero 6” (2014), “Inside Out” (2015), “Zootopia” (2016) and “Coco” (2017).

This marks the second year that the entire
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Lucasfilm Didn’t Want ‘Wreck-It Ralph 2’ Making Fun of Kylo Ren, So the Directors Had to Cut the Joke

Lucasfilm Didn’t Want ‘Wreck-It Ralph 2’ Making Fun of Kylo Ren, So the Directors Had to Cut the Joke
Ralph Breaks the Internet,” the sequel to Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph,” has already made headlines for a scene featuring dozens of Disney princesses, but it turns out that was hardly going to be the only scene involving some of Disney’s most iconic characters. “Wreck-It Ralph 2” directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston recently revealed to IGN they planned to include a Kylo Ren gag in the sequel, but it was Lucasfilm that turned the moment down.

“At one point we had a joke about Kylo Ren being kind of a spoiled child,” Moore said. “We went to Lucasfilm and said, here’s what we’re doing. And they said, well, we’d prefer that you don’t show him as a spoiled child. You know, he is our villain, and we’d prefer you don’t do that. So we were respectful of that.”

While the directors were more than willing to listen to Lucasfilm,
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‘Incredibles 2’ could be part of new Pixar winning streak at Oscars

In the course of its 30-year history, Pixar have done exceptionally well at the Academy Awards. The animation powerhouse has won 14 Oscars for their full-length films, including a record nine in Best Animated Feature, and a further four for their shorts. That’s 18 in total – and counting. At the most recent Oscars, “Coco” won both Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (“Remember Me”).

Now with “Incredibles 2,” Pixar will be looking for its first consecutive Best Animated Feature wins since they took home four in a row for “Ratatouille” (2007), “Wall-e” (2008), “Up” (2009), and “Toy Story 3” (2010). By consecutive, we don’t mean consecutive years, but rather consecutive films released.

Pixar’s first win for Best Animated Feature came when the category was only three years old and “Finding Nemo” took the trophy in 2003. “The Incredibles” won the following year. “Ratatouille” kicked off that four-film winning streak. Since then, Pixar claimed
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#AfterMeToo: 12 Accusers Share What Happened Next, From Firing to More Trauma

  • The Wrap
#AfterMeToo: 12 Accusers Share What Happened Next, From Firing to More Trauma
Since last October, dozens of Hollywood and media’s most visible, powerful players have fallen from their positions, publicly disgraced in the wake of #MeToo accusations.

At least 556 high-profile people have been accused of sexual misconduct since the start of October 2017, when explosive reports first broke of decades of sexual misconduct by Hollywood powerhouse Harvey Weinstein, according to data compiled by the New York-based crisis consulting firm Temin & Co. That’s a 10-fold increase over the previous 12 months.

But what has happened to the women and men who unearthed their own deepest and most painful secrets? Where are the accusers now?

Almost a year after the Weinstein scandal blew up, TheWrap spoke to a dozen women and men who have come forward with their own harrowing stories of sexual abuse and harassment by some of the biggest names in media, politics and entertainment.

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Rose McGowan Slams Media for Reducing Her ‘Life’s Work to a Hotel Room Rape’

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Rose McGowan Slams Media for Reducing Her ‘Life’s Work to a Hotel Room Rape’
Rose McGowan, the star of “Scream” and “Charmed,” says she refuses to let the media reduce her “life’s work to a hotel room rape” despite the spotlight placed on her harrowing accusations against disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein.

The actress, who has become a leading figure in the #MeToo movement since she accused Weinstein of raping her at a Sundance Film Festival hotel in the late ’90s, told TheWrap that the last year had been marked by extreme highs and lows.

“I had not anticipated the American — and I stress American — press tour being as salacious and triggering as it was,” she said.

Also Read: #AfterMeToo: 12 Accusers Share What Happened Next, From Firing to More Trauma

Since coming forward with her story last fall, she has starred in “Citizen Rose,” a four-part docu-series on E!, become the first woman to win the Inspiration prize at the GQ Men Of The Year awards,
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James Corden Praises "Brave" Olivia Munn Over 'Predator' Controversy

James Corden Praises
Olivia Munn's widely publicized success in getting a scene featuring a registered sex offender deleted from her latest movie The Predator earned the actress an impromptu thanks from James Corden and an ovation on The Late Late Show on Thursday.

Munn was on the show to talk about her role in Shane Black's film as well as revealing that her own dog got to star in the movie, but before Corden introduced a clip from The Predator, he praised Munn for taking the stand that somewhat clouded the premiere of the movie.  

"I just want to say,...
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The Emmys Make One of Anthony Bourdain's Dreams Come True Three Months After His Death

In the three months since his death back in June, the conversation about Anthony Bourdain has never stopped, and, if anything, the celebration of his memory as a chef and the host of shows such as CNN's Parts Unknown just keeps on going. Proof of that are the posthmous awards that were just given to him during the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 9. During the event, Anthony was the recipient of the award for Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program for Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, which also took home the prize in the technical categories of picture editing, sound editing, and sound mixing, while the webisodes from the show were awarded Oustanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series. When his name was announced for the writing award, his producer, Lydia Tenaglia, accepted in his place, commenting, "Tony was nominiated for this Emmy many times, but it had
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Rose McGowan Opens Up About Being “Betrayed” By Asia Argento & Calls Harvey Weinstein The “Cult Leader” Of Hollywood

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Rose McGowan Opens Up About Being “Betrayed” By Asia Argento & Calls Harvey Weinstein The “Cult Leader” Of Hollywood
Rose McGowan has opened up about being “betrayed” by fellow MeToo movement campaigner Asia Argento and referred to Harvey Weinstein as the “cult leader” of Hollywood.

McGowan was in London doing the rounds of breakfast television series including Piers Morgan-fronted Good Morning Britain and Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine show ahead of picking up the GQ Men of the Year Inspiration Award, becoming the first woman to receive the honor.

The Brave author said that she believed Argento was “lying” to her with regards to the actress’ relationship with Jimmy Bennett, the 17 year old she slept with when she was 37.

Speaking on Gmb, McGowan said that “if we’re going to look for beauty in this really horrible situation” it shows that “boys have voices too”. She said that it was a “horrible situation” but that her own feelings are “very insignificant” and she expected there to be “due process
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Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Caine Join David Oyelowo-Angelina Jolie Film ‘Come Away’ (Exclusive)

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Caine Join David Oyelowo-Angelina Jolie Film ‘Come Away’ (Exclusive)
Michael Caine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and British actor David Gyasi have joined the cast of the drama “Come Away” starring Angelina Jolie and David Oyelowo.

Brenda Chapman, director and co-writer of Pixar’s “Brave,” is helming from a script by Marissa Kate Goodhill. Fred Films and Yoruba Saxon Productions are the production companies. Producers are Leesa Kahn, James Spring, Andrea Keir, and Oyelowo through Yoruba Saxon. Michelle Manning will be an executive producer.

Producers plan to shoot “Come Away” initially in the U.K. and then in Los Angeles in the fall. Jolie is currently shooting “Maleficent 2” for Disney. Oyelowo will be seen next in the horror film “Only You” and in the sci-fi drama “Chaos Walking.”

Jolie and Oyelowo will play the parents of the brother and sister who became the protagonists of “Alice in Wonderland” and “Peter Pan.” When their older brother dies in a tragic accident, they
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Oscars flashback: ‘The Incredibles’ edged out ‘Shrek 2’ for Best Animated Feature

Oscars flashback: ‘The Incredibles’ edged out ‘Shrek 2’ for Best Animated Feature
It took 14 years after the smash success of “The Incredibles” for the sequel to appear but the wait was worth it. This continuation of the story was well-received by both critics (93 at Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences ($1.1 billion and counting). Can it parlay this success into an Oscar for Best Animated Feature?

The original film did just that, winning a tight race against “Shrek 2,” the sequel to the film that had won this award in its inaugural year (2001), and the box office smash “Shark Tale.” The latter was a surprise nominee, given that it merited a mere 35 score at Rotten Tomatoes. But it boasted an all-star voice cast including Oscar winners Robert De Niro, Angelina Jolie, Renee Zellweger and Martin Scorsese. And it’s jukebox musical style made it one of the catchiest flicks of the year.

Shrek 2” hit theaters just two years after the original film won the
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New music on the way from Sara Bareilles? The Tony, Grammy and Emmy nominee is working on a new album

New music on the way from Sara Bareilles? The Tony, Grammy and Emmy nominee is working on a new album
This summer has been good to singer-songwriter-actress Sara Bareilles, who hosted the Tony Awards with Josh Groban in June and then earned an Emmy nomination for “Jesus Christ Superstar” in July. But as she sang at the Tonys with Groban, she has never actually won a major industry award. It’s been a while since her last new album, but on August 22 she revealed on Twitter that she’s working on a new album (see the tweet at the bottom of this post), so maybe her absence will have made Grammy hearts grow fonder.

Bareilles’s breakthrough was as a recording artist. Her single “Love Song” earned her a pair of Grammy noms in 2009: Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal. Then in 2011 she returned to the Female Pop Vocal race with her song “King of Anything.” In 2014 she earned yet another bid for Best Pop Solo Performance for “Brave,
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‘Come Away’ Fantasy Pic Starring Angelina Jolie And David Oyelowo Adds Cast, Begins Shoot

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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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