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If there are Oscars for superhero films, how about these unsung heroes? [Poll]

If there are Oscars for superhero films, how about these unsung heroes? [Poll]
Somehow, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences decided that a huge box-office wasn’t reward enough for blockbusters and created a Best Popular Film category, presumably to draw higher ratings and attract a younger demo to their telecast. Since the members seem to be in the mood to accept change, why stop there? Let’s add four more categories that will honor those behind-the-scenes talents who rarely get their due.

Here are my suggestions.

SEETom O’Neil on Oscars shame: Omg, who wants to win Best Unpopular Picture?

1. Best Motion-Capture Performance

Ever since Andy Serkis assumed the identity of that nasty ring-coveting gremlin known as Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, there’s been a push to recognize those who put dots all over their bodies so digital cameras can capture their movements while never being seen on the screen. Serkis is considered the master of the art,
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Film News Roundup: Pam Grier Selected for Ad Astra Honor by Tallgrass Festival

Film News Roundup: Pam Grier Selected for Ad Astra Honor by Tallgrass Festival
In today’s film news roundup, Pam Grier is honored by the Tallgrass Film Festival, Paramount hires Michelle Hagen, “Hallowed Ground” has launched production, and musician Glenn Danzig is making a movie.

Honor

Pam Grier has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Ad Astra Award for the 16th edition of the Tallgrass Film Festival, held Oct. 17-21 in Wichita, Ks.

Tallgrass Film Festival’s program director Nick Pope said, “Pam Grier is someone that Tallgrass has sought to bring to Wichita and honor for the longest time. She is the iconic feminine face of urban cinema in the ’70s. A prime inspiration both for an entire genre’s mainstream success, a muse for multiple filmmakers, and an inspiration and trend-setter for many actors and filmmakers that followed, it will be the biggest thrill to welcome her and celebrate her career.”

Grier broke into films with prison movies
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Film News Roundup: Pam Grier Selected for Ad Astra Honor by Tallgrass Festival

  • Variety
Film News Roundup: Pam Grier Selected for Ad Astra Honor by Tallgrass Festival
In today’s film news roundup, Pam Grier is honored by the Tallgrass Film Festival, Paramount hires Michelle Hagen, “Hallowed Ground” has launched production, and musician Glenn Danzig is making a movie.

Honor

Pam Grier has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Ad Astra Award for the 16th edition of the Tallgrass Film Festival, held Oct. 17-21 in Wichita, Ks.

Tallgrass Film Festival’s program director Nick Pope said, “Pam Grier is someone that Tallgrass has sought to bring to Wichita and honor for the longest time. She is the iconic feminine face of urban cinema in the ’70s. A prime inspiration both for an entire genre’s mainstream success, a muse for multiple filmmakers, and an inspiration and trend-setter for many actors and filmmakers that followed, it will be the biggest thrill to welcome her and celebrate her career.”

Grier broke into films with prison movies
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Paramount Hires Universal Veteran Michelle Hagen As Evp Worldwide Promotions

Paramount Pictures has hired Michelle Hagen as Evp Worldwide Promotions, a position within the movie studio’s recenlty revamped marketing division. She arrives from NBCUniversal, where she worked for more than a decade as a senior executive in retail development and global partnership marketing.

In her new role, which begins today, she will oversee the design and creation of global partnerships in support of Paramount’s worldwide theatrical releases, with a focus on

building brand marketing initiatives to drive box office, revenue and stakeholder objectives. She will report to David Sameth, Paramount’s president of Worldwide Marketing.

“We are thrilled to add Michelle to our team of accomplished and innovative marketing executives,” Sameth said today in a release announcing the hire. “Her strategic vision, track record of producing impressive, quantifiable results, and talent at building influence and engagement with audiences are among the many reasons that she will be a
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Paramount Names Michelle Hagen Exec VP Worldwide Promotions

Paramount has named Michelle Hagen executive vp worldwide promotions.

Reporting to worldwide marketing president David Sameth, Hagen will be responsible for the design and creation of global partnerships in support of Paramount's worldwide theatrical releases.

Prior to joining the studio, Hagen was at NBCUniversal, where she worked on global franchises including Despicable Me, Fast & Furious, Pitch Perfect and Jurassic World.

"We are thrilled to add Michelle to our team of accomplished and innovative marketing executives," Sameth said Monday in a statement. "Her strategic vision, track record of producing impressive, quantifiable results and talent at building influence ...
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Final Smallfoot Trailer Proves Some Myths Are Very Real

Final Smallfoot Trailer Proves Some Myths Are Very Real
Channing Tatum's Migo character has to prove to the rest of the Yeti community that the mythical humans are real in the latest and final trailer for Smallfoot. The 3D computer-animated comedy-adventure movie from Warner Bros. Animation looks impressive and like a good fit with The Lego movies as far as tone is concerned. The story is based off of Sergio Pablos' Yeti Tracks and it turns the Bigfoot myth upside down, looking at humans through the eyes of the yeti in their own "Smallfoot" myth.

One of the more humorous revelations from the latest Smallfoot trailer is that humans and yetis cannot understand each other. The human voice sounds quiet and high-pitched like a mouse, while the yeti voice is a monstrous roar, even when they're being nice and trying to explain themselves. It looks like that premise will ultimately be the source of a lot of
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Chicago Critics Film Festival 2018 Review – Eighth Grade (2018)

Eighth Grade, 2018.

Written and Directed by Bo Burnham.

Starring Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Jake Ryan, Daniel Zolghadri, Fred Hechinger, Imani Lewis, Catherine Oliviere, Luke Prael, Nora Mullins, Missy Yager, Shacha Temirov, Greg Crowe, Thomas J O’Reilly, Frank Deal, Tiffany Grossfeld, Natalie Carter, Kevin R. Free, and Deborah Unger.

Synopsis:

A teenager tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth-grade year before leaving to start high school.

I may have never been a socially awkward eighth-grade girl, I may not know what the hell “Gucci” means, and I’m clearly not the target audience for comedian Bo Burnham’s writing and directorial debut Eighth Grade, but that didn’t stop its authenticity and charm from working wonders on me. As a quick warning, if the details appear fuzzy in this review, it is because I’m just now getting around to reviewing it the week before
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Festive New Trailer For The Grinch Stars Benedict Cumberbatch As The Grumpy Grouch

He’s the grumpiest grouch in all of Who-ville, but this festive season, The Grinch plans to steal Christmas and all of the joy it brings.

Benedict Cumberbatch calls upon his American accent for the animated role – more Doctor Strange, less Sherlock – which is coming by way of Illumination, the industry powerhouse responsible for Despicable Me, Sing, and the inescapable Minions movies. And to drum up excitement ahead of its release in November, the studio has summoned forth a new and suitably festive trailer for The Grinch.

Directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier, this is simply the latest spin on Dr. Seuss’ famous yarn from 1957, with previous adaptations including Ron Howard’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which featured Jim Carrey in the title role. Now, it’s Benedict Cumberbatch’s turn to curse Who-ville with his unbearable cynicism.

The Grinch Is (Still) Grouchy In New Poster For Animated
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‘Eighth Grade’: How a Twentysomething Dude Made the Year’s Best Film About Female Coming-of-Age

‘Eighth Grade’: How a Twentysomething Dude Made the Year’s Best Film About Female Coming-of-Age
Nearly six months after premiering his feature directorial debut at Sundance, Bo Burnham still remembers exactly how he felt before screening it for the first time: terrified. For the 27-year-old standup comedian and musician, that terror didn’t stem from the quality of the film, its writing, its performances; it came from being a dude telling a story that, on its surface, is very much about the coming-of-age of a young woman. Who was he to tell it?

“I was so terrified going there, specifically of being a guy,” he said. “I was so worried at the time, like ‘I am in trouble.'”

Read More: ‘Eighth Grade’ Review: Bo Burnham’s Directorial Debut Is An Achingly Real Modern Coming-of-Age Story — Sundance 2018

Burnham didn’t need to worry, because his film — a charming dramedy about the waning days of eighth grade, told from the perspective of shy 13-year-old Kayla (breakout
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‘Eighth Grade’ Review: Tender Take on Teen Angst Is Flat-Out Triumph

‘Eighth Grade’ Review: Tender Take on Teen Angst Is Flat-Out Triumph
I’ve been talking and thinking about this fun-to-decode, impossible-to-forget gift from the cinema gods since I saw it at Sundance in January. Now Eighth Grade is going into wide release – and no excuses will be accepted for you missing it. First-time filmmaker Bo Burnham – the 27-year-old, comedy-and-music dude from YouTube – has taken the tiniest details in the life of a 13-year-old girl moving through the digital age, filtered them through his own madly inventive headspace, and created the kind of movie that leaves you laughing hysterically or fighting back tears,
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‘Incredibles 2’ Sets Animation Box Office Record, Will Cross $500 Million Domestic

  • The Wrap
Superheroes from Disney could have a 1-2 finish at the box office this weekend, as “Ant-Man and the Wasp” takes No. 1 while “Incredibles 2” makes box office history by becoming the first animated film to cross $500 million in North America.

Incredibles 2,” is expected to make $31 million in its fourth weekend, and on Saturday it will break the domestic animation record set by “Finding Dory” two years ago at $486 million. It will also become only the twelfth film to gross over $500 million domestically, and will pass “Rogue One” to join the top ten all-time domestic list in the coming week.

Also Read: 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Roars to $1 Billion at Global Box Office

Incredibles 2” has exploded beyond anyone’s expectations, starting with its animation record $182 million opening. If it were a Marvel film, “Incredibles 2” would have an opening weekend and domestic total higher than every Marvel Studios
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'Fallen Kingdom' hits $1bn global box office as 'Ant-Man And The Wasp' flies into action (update)

McU’s 20th release chases 2015 original’s $339.1m final international gross.

July 6: Universal Pictures on Friday confirmed that Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom crossed $1bn worldwide on Thursday as it became the studio’s seventh film to accomplish the feat.

As of Friday the tentpole stood at $700.7m at the international box office and $304.8m from North America. The Jurassic franchise has amassed $4.7bn, and is one of three Universal franchises including The Fast And The Furious and Despicable Me/Minions to have two films cross the $1bn threshold. Disney is the only other studio to have achieved this.

Top markets include China on $245.2m,
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Universal’s International Chief Duncan Clark on Bond, Grinch, Dolittle, Pokemon

Universal’s International Chief Duncan Clark on Bond, Grinch, Dolittle, Pokemon
Following the stellar overseas opening for “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” Universal’s international chief Duncan Clark is confident about an upcoming release slate that includes Bond 25, “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch,” “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle,” Pokemon movie “Detective Pikachu,” and potential awards contenders like “First Man.”

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” opened recently in international markets with a monster opening weekend of $150 million. Its release shortly before the start of the FIFA World Cup could have raised eyebrows, but Clark, president of distribution at Universal Pictures Intl., is confident that the movie will continue to thrive, despite the competition from soccer.

“In many parts of the world the timeline of the World Cup will not really interfere with [the film’s performance, such as] in Asia and Latin America,” he says. “In the first two weeks of the World Cup, there is less drama and less potent matches because they are in group matches. On days when the countries play,
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Universal’s International Chief Duncan Clark on Bond, Grinch, Dolittle, Pokemon

  • Variety
Following the stellar overseas opening for “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” Universal’s international chief Duncan Clark is confident about an upcoming release slate that includes Bond 25, “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch,” “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle,” Pokemon movie “Detective Pikachu,” and potential awards contenders like “First Man.”

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” opened recently in international markets with a monster opening weekend of $150 million. Its release shortly before the start of the FIFA World Cup could have raised eyebrows, but Clark, president of distribution at Universal Pictures Intl., is confident that the movie will continue to thrive, despite the competition from soccer.

“In many parts of the world the timeline of the World Cup will not really interfere with [the film’s performance, such as] in Asia and Latin America,” he says. “In the first two weeks of the World Cup, there is less drama and less potent matches because they are in group matches. On days when the countries play,
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The Grinch Trailer #2 Goes on a Mission to Steal Christmas

Following the second poster that debuted yesterday, Universal Pictures has unveiled the second trailer for The Grinch, slated to arrive in theaters November 9. Unlike the live-action adaptation entitled How the Grinch Stole Christmas in 2000, which starred Jim Carrey as the title character, Universal has teamed up with Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me franchise) to turn this classic story into a new animated movie, with Benedict Cumberbatch providing the voice of the title character. The first trailer and poster debuted back in March, but this second trailer features plenty of new footage.

This story dates back to 1957, when Theodor Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, published it as a book through the publishing company Random House, and it was also published as an issue of Redbook as well, shortly thereafter. The 69-page book, which follows The Grinch as he tries to sabotage the annual Whoville Christmas celebration below him, so he can
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Benedict Cumberbatch Takes On Dr. Seuss In New Grinch Trailer

Following a few promo posters and that first trailer, fans have been eager to see more of The Grinch – starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the green meanie – and today, they’ve got their wish, as a brand new preview has debuted.

A co-production between Universal and Illumination Entertainment, most well known for creating the Despicable Me franchise, this animated effort is a far cry from 2000’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, instead choosing to make the titular character oddly relatable. Which is something we saw both in the first trailer and this one.

Not only that, but his motivations for stealing everyone’s favorite holiday are also a bit different here than they’ve been in the past, with the Grinch not being fueled just by spite. Rather, he takes issue with all the noise the folks of Who-ville make during the holiday season. All the guy wants is some peace and quiet,
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New The Grinch Poster Revealed, Trailer #2 Arrives Tomorrow

Universal Pictures has released a new poster for The Grinch, while revealing that the second trailer will be released tomorrow. The poster introduces fans to the concept of the "Resting Grinch Face," while the studio has also released a brief new video on The Grinch Twitter. The video encourages fans to tag their friends who often put their resting grinch face (#Rgf) on display. The video also features a few bits of new footage, including a tiny scene where The Grinch seemingly reacts to people tagging their friends with #Rgf, stating, "That's hurtful."

The first trailer was released back in March, and if Universal and Illumination keep following the same pattern of releasing a trailer every three months, we could get a third and/or final trailer in September, to get fans ready for the November 8 release. The first trailer offered a glimpse at The Grinch's (Benedict Cumberbatch) solitary life,
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What’s Next for Disney as John Lasseter’s Exit Looms?

On June 5, Disney hosted a lavish premiere bash for “Incredibles 2” at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. There were jugglers and acrobats, balloon-making stations, performers on stilts and waiters circulating with snow cones and candy apples. Disney chief Bob Iger was there, as were director Brad Bird and voice stars Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter. But one powerhouse figure was conspicuously missing in action — John Lasseter, the creative guru credited with making Pixar a household name and reinvigorating Disney’s animation division.

Three days later, in a classic Friday-afternoon news dump, Disney announced that Lasseter would be leaving the company at the end of the year. He had been exiled for months in the wake of complaints of sexual harassment, including claims of kissing female employees on the lips and drunkenly pursuing them at wrap parties.

Lasseter’s forced departure had a feeling of inevitability. In the #MeToo/Time’s Up era,
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What’s Next for Disney as John Lasseter’s Exit Looms?

  • Variety
On June 5, Disney hosted a lavish premiere bash for “Incredibles 2” at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. There were jugglers and acrobats, balloon-making stations, performers on stilts and waiters circulating with snow cones and candy apples. Disney chief Bob Iger was there, as were director Brad Bird and voice stars Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter. But one powerhouse figure was conspicuously missing in action — John Lasseter, the creative guru credited with making Pixar a household name and reinvigorating Disney’s animation division.

Three days later, in a classic Friday-afternoon news dump, Disney announced that Lasseter would be leaving the company at the end of the year. He had been exiled for months in the wake of complaints of sexual harassment, including claims of kissing female employees on the lips and drunkenly pursuing them at wrap parties.

Lasseter’s forced departure had a feeling of inevitability. In the #MeToo/Time’s Up era,
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French Animation Industry Gets Big Boost From International Tax Rebate (Exclusive)

France’s thriving animation industry has been getting the biggest boost from the international tax rebate since 2013.

Each year on average, animated films and series represent a third of the productions accessing the international tax rebate and 50% of the expenditure of foreign productions in France, according to Xavier Lardoux, head of films at the Cnc National Film Board.

Since the international tax rebate was revamped in 2016, allowing for a rate increase which grew from 20% to 30%, several French studios such as Mikros Animation, Dwarf Labs or Fortiche Production have followed the footsteps of Illuminated MacGuff and have started working on American projects that have brought nearly 30 million euros ($35 million) in expendirure in France, according to the Cnc.

Dwarf Labs, for instance, began working for Cirrina Studios on William Joyce’s animated feature “The Extincts” (pictured), an adaptation of British writer Veronica Cossanteli’s popular children novel.

France’s technical industries, which include animation services,
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