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‘Promare’ Blu-ray and DVD Coming with Exclusive Best Buy Steelbook

‘Promare’ Blu-ray and DVD Coming with Exclusive Best Buy Steelbook
Gkids and Shout! Factory have teamed up to bring 2019's top-grossing original anime feature, Promare, to North America later this spring.

Promare will first be available to view at home on May 5th with a Digital HD and On-Demand release. May 19th is when a Blu-ray and DVD combo pack will make its way into stores and e-tailers.

Pre-order Promare on Blu-ray and DVD combo at Amazon for a discounted price.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-miV2_QMvcU

As an added bonus, a Best Buy-exclusive version of Promare will be packed in a Steelbook case seen above. And pre-ordering at Shout! Factory will score you the original 18 x 24" lithograph art seen below.

Promare bonus features include the following:

Interview with Director Hiroyuki Imaishi

Studio Trigger Round Table

Side: Galo and Side: Lio Short Films with English Dub

Trailers
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Annie Awards Expand Reach in Evolving Animation World

  • Variety
The Annies, started by animation organization Asifa-Hollywood nearly 50 years ago as a dinner to honor toon veterans Max and Dave Fleischer, has today morphed into a major awards season event, honoring achievements in 32 categories as well as a number of juried kudos.

“We keep growing every year,” says Frank Gladstone, executive director of Asifa-Hollywood. This year it will be held on Jan. 25 at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus, its home for the past several years.

“Every year, for the last few years, we’ve had between 10% and 20% growth. Not only in how much it costs, because that’s true too, but in the amount of submissions. This year, we had almost 2,000 submissions. That’s a lot of submissions!”

More entries, more award categories, more impact, more cachet.

“We’re getting to be an award that people are paying attention to,” he says. “I saw a billboard the other day
See full article at Variety »

Film Review: The Rescue (2020) by Dante Lam

Hong Kong’s highest-grossing film director, Dante Lam, returns this 2020 Lunar New Year with Eddie Peng-starring action-thriller, “The Rescue.” With over 700 million Rmb (100million Usd) and film locations in both Xiamen and Mexico, “The Rescue” claims to be the biggest Chinese production set at sea. Despite the impressive titles however, what should be a two-hour-long, tightly-choreographed dance with death slips up at the seams.

The Rescue” follows the story of the captain of an Emergency Response Unit of the Chinese Coast Guard, Gao Qian (Eddie Peng). After years of peacefully leading his all-male troop, his team suddenly gets shaken up when individual members leave, one by one — allowing beautiful, but outspoken female pilot, Fang Yuling (Xin Zhilei), to substitute them instead. While Gao must balance this new voice on his team, the single father must also care for his shy, musically-gifted son CongCong (Zhang Jingyi). Though poop jokes, bubbling romantic tension,
See full article at AsianMoviePulse »

Studio-Driven Sequels Tangle With Upstart Originals In Crowded Oscar Animated Feature Race

  • Deadline
In the innovative Netflix animated film I Lost My Body, a severed hand skitters across the streets of Paris trying to reunite with its missing anatomical companion. Whether that hand winds up grasping an Oscar is up to Academy voters, in a year when a record 32 contenders qualified for the Best Animated Feature race.

I Lost My Body is an original film, but more than likely a sequel will come away with the Oscar: either Toy Story 4, Frozen 2 or How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third and final film in the Dragon series.

Walt Disney Studios once again finds itself in prime contention, with the fourth installment in the Pixar Toy Story franchise, which saw the addition of a new character, the spork Forky, voiced by Tony Hale, and an expanded role for Bo Peep (Annie Potts). Toy Story 3 (2010) remains the only sequel to win
See full article at Deadline »

Annie Awards Nominations Led by Disney’s ‘Frozen 2’ and Laika’s ‘Missing Link’

Annie Awards Nominations Led by Disney’s ‘Frozen 2’ and Laika’s ‘Missing Link’
The 47th Annual Annie Awards nominations were led by Disney blockbuster sequel “Frozen 2” and Laika’s Yeti adventure “Missing Link” with eight nominations apiece, followed by Netflix’s “Klaus” with seven and DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World” and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” with six, which all landed Best Feature nominations. Also racking up a surprising six nominations for Netflix was lauded indie nominee, French import “I Lost My Body.”

Not bad for animation awards newbie Netflix.

Scoring four nods were DreamWorks’ and Pearl Studios’ other Yeti entry, “Abominable,” and GKids’ Japanese Oscar entry “Weathering with You.” Landing two nominations each were Blue Sky’s “Spies in Disguise” (Fox), Illumination’s “The Secret Life of Pets 2” (from Universal), and “The Addams Family” (United Artists).

Left out of the fray were GKids’ Cambodian drama, “Funan,” and Disney’s “live-action” remake “The Lion King,” which did not land
See full article at Thompson on Hollywood »

Annie Awards Nominations Led by Disney’s ‘Frozen 2’ and Laika’s ‘Missing Link’

  • Indiewire
The 47th Annual Annie Awards nominations were led by Disney blockbuster sequel “Frozen 2” and Laika’s Yeti adventure “Missing Link” with eight nominations apiece, followed by Netflix’s “Klaus” with seven and DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World” and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” with six, which all landed Best Feature nominations. Also racking up a surprising six nominations for Netflix was lauded indie nominee, French import “I Lost My Body.”

Not bad for animation awards newbie Netflix.

Scoring four nods were DreamWorks’ and Pearl Studios’ other Yeti entry, “Abominable,” and GKids’ Japanese Oscar entry “Weathering with You.” Landing two nominations each were Blue Sky’s “Spies in Disguise” (Fox), Illumination’s “The Secret Life of Pets 2” (from Universal), and “The Addams Family” (United Artists).

Left out of the fray were GKids’ Cambodian drama, “Funan,” and Disney’s “live-action” remake “The Lion King,” which did not land
See full article at Indiewire »

Annie Awards: ‘Frozen 2’, ‘Missing Link’ And ‘Toy Story 4’ Among Top Nominees

  • Deadline
Disney’s uber-successful franchises are the ones to look out for at the 47th annual Annie Awards with Frozen 2 and Toy Story 4 earning eight and six nominations respectively. Laika’s stop-motion animated feature Missing Link nabbed eight nods, matching the aforementioned icy animated sequel, while DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World matched Toy Story 4 with six.

The aforementioned three animated features are vying for the top prize of Best Feature along with Netflix’s Klaus. In the live-action department, Alita: Battle Angel, Avengers: Endgame, Game of Thrones, Pokémon Detective Pikachu and Spider-Man: Far From Home are all looking to take home the trophy for Best Character Animation.

On the TV side, Big Mouth, BoJack Horseman, Harley Quinn and Undone are among the nominees for Best TV/Media – General Audience.

Last year’s winner, Sony Pictures Animation’s dazzling animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
See full article at Deadline »

‘Frozen II,’ ‘Missing Link’ Are the Top Toons in Annie Awards Nominations

  • The Wrap
The Disney sequel “Frozen II” and Laika’s stop-motion “Missing Link” led all films in nominations for the 47th Annual Annie Awards, the most comprehensive awards show devoted strictly to animation.

Those two films each received eight nominations in the 13 feature film categories. Netflix’s “Klaus” received seven nominations, while “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” “Toy Story 4” and the French indie “I Lost My Body” received six each.

In the Best Feature category, the nominees were “Frozen II,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Klaus,” “Missing Link” and “Toy Story.” In the Best Indie Feature category, which was created in 2015, the nominees were “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles,” “I Lost My Body,” “Okko’s Inn,” “Promare” and “Weathering With You.”

Also Read: 'I Lost My Body' Director Didn't Want Animated Story of a Living Severed Hand to Be Scary or Funny

Since the Annies split the two categories,
See full article at The Wrap »

UK box office preview: can ‘Knives Out’, ‘Charlie’s Angels’ handle ‘Blue Story’ bounce?

  • ScreenDaily
The Paramount film has received widespread publicity this week.

Rian Johnson’s ensemble whodunnit Knives Out and Elizabeth Banks’ action reboot Charlie’s Angels lead the openers at the UK box office this weekend, as Rapman’s Blue Story heads into its second weekend following a controversial week.

Entering cinemas as Lionsgate’s widest-ever UK release in 637 locations, Knives Out is Johnson’s fifth feature, and first since 2017 blockbuster Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi. It sees a detective investigate the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family. A stellar cast includes Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Chris Evans,
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Film Review: Promare (2019) by Imaishi Hiroyuki

The delicate dance between fire and ice spins out of control in highly-anticipated animated film “Promare” (2019). Director Imaishi Hiroyuki and well-beloved animation Studio Trigger (“Little Witch Academia”) have blessed the film with their characteristic low-frame, extravagant poses, sharply defined character designs, and of course — its self-indulgent giant mecha machines. While the film is sure to please loyal fans, “Promare” fails – at the same time – in truly creating something new, and instead falls back on a hackneyed script sadly telling of the film’s low budget.

Promare” is distributed by Gkids in the United States, and Anime Limited in the UK. “Promare” opens in UK cinemas on 26th November (dubbed) with subbed screenings from 29th November

Promare” begins with the Burnish, a mysterious race of people with a mutation to manipulate fire. Thirty years after they destroyed half of the world, the fictional city Promepolis buckles down on rounding up each
See full article at AsianMoviePulse »

Anime Promare opens in UK cinemas on 26th November

From the moment Studio Trigger first unleashed “Kill la Kill” on the world, we’ve been enthralled by their unique mix of intense, flamboyant action and well-developed characters that have made it and the likes of “Ssss.Gridman” such celebrated fan favourites. Anyone already familiar with their work may have had an idea of the undiluted joy that awaits them, yet Studio Trigger’s first feature film exceeds expectations as a culmination of Imaishi’s work that needs to be experienced sprawling across the big screen.

Burning bright at the core of “Promare” are its two central characters, the self-proclaimed moron Galo, and the terrorist leader Lio. Fuelled by passion and a tendency to act without thinking, Galo’s mix of charm and macho charisma makes him the perfect pilot for this adrenaline rush of a film, and a compelling contrast to Lio’s cool, androgynous persona. When their fates
See full article at AsianMoviePulse »

Record 32 Animated Feature Films Submitted for Oscars

  • Variety
Record 32 Animated Feature Films Submitted for Oscars
The Addams Family,” “Frozen II,” “Toy Story 4,” “Abominable” and “The Secret Life of Pets 2” are among the record 32 movies submitted for the animated feature film category at the 2020 Oscars.

Last year’s Academy Awards race boasted 25 entries, while 2017 had 26 and 2016 had 27 (a then-record).

The list of contenders makes for an interesting race leading up to the awards show on Feb. 9, 2020. Featuring an ensemble that includes Charlize Theron, Allison Janney and Bette Midler, “Addams Family” has raked in $35 million at the domestic box office since its release on Friday. While it brought in half the earnings of its predecessor, Universal and Illumination’s “Secret Life of Pets 2” had a decent showing, grossing $46.7 million in its opening weekend. Moviegoers are still anxiously awaiting the release of “Frozen II,” which hits theaters on Nov. 22.

Here’s the complete list of qualifying movies:

Abominable

The Addams Family

The Angry Birds Movie 2
See full article at Variety »

Oscar Voters Could Pick from a Record Number of Animated Feature Contenders

Oscar Voters Could Pick from a Record Number of Animated Feature Contenders
Now that five nomination slots are guaranteed for the burgeoning animated feature Oscar category, it doesn’t matter that as many as 32 films have been submitted. Assuming they are eligible (several films have not yet had their required Los Angeles seven-day qualifying run), they will contend for the Oscar won last year by “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”

Read: Oscars 2020: Best Animated Feature Predictions

Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch are automatically eligible to vote for the final five nominees in the category, while other Academy members are invited to opt-in and must watch a minimum number of films to be eligible to vote for the animated final five.

Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category also qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture.

Frontrunners in the animation race include PIxar’s “Toy Story 4,” DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
See full article at Thompson on Hollywood »

Oscar Voters Could Pick from a Record Number of Animated Feature Contenders

Oscar Voters Could Pick from a Record Number of Animated Feature Contenders
Now that five nomination slots are guaranteed for the burgeoning animated feature Oscar category, it doesn’t matter that as many as 32 films have been submitted. Assuming they are eligible (several films have not yet had their required Los Angeles seven-day qualifying run), they will contend for the Oscar won last year by “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”

Read: Oscars 2020: Best Animated Feature Predictions

Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch are automatically eligible to vote for the final five nominees in the category, while other Academy members are invited to opt-in and must watch a minimum number of films to be eligible to vote for the animated final five.

Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category also qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture.

Frontrunners in the animation race include PIxar’s “Toy Story 4,” DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
See full article at Indiewire »

‘Judy’ Debuts To Pitch Perfect $3 Million, ‘Peanut Butter Falcon’ Flies High As #1 Indie Platform Release of 2019 – Specialty Box Office

  • Deadline
‘Judy’ Debuts To Pitch Perfect $3 Million, ‘Peanut Butter Falcon’ Flies High As #1 Indie Platform Release of 2019 – Specialty Box Office
Clang, clang, clang went the box office! The Roadside Attractions’ musical biopic Judy starring Renee Zellweger had an over-the-rainbow debut this weekend to the tune of an estimated $3,091,417. Even more good news — the stellar opening landed Judy in the #7 spot in the top 10 movies for the weekend.

The Rupert Goold-directed film based on the life of the legendary Judy Garland premiered on 461 screens and had an estimated per-screen average of $6,705 in North America. Of those screens, 376 were in the Us, and they netted a higher estimate, with a per-screen average of $7,334. We are hearing the film brought in solid numbers in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, DC, Atlanta, Phoenix, Miami and San Diego, making it a strong start for the film.

Roadside Attractions co-founder Howard Cohen told Deadline that you never know how films in the specialty box office space will perform, even if they have strong buzz.
See full article at Deadline »

Link Tank: Untitled Goose Game Is the Video Game of the Year

Spencer Mullen Sep 25, 2019

Untitled Goose Game, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, Microsoft's xCloud and more in today's daily Link Tank!

A study on ancient mummy hearts may hold the secret to understanding a 21st century killer.

"Heart disease is a present-day killer, accounting for one in four deaths in the United States. However, recent research suggests that modern factors can’t fully explain its prevalence. After all, people who lived thousands of years ago perished with sick hearts too."

Read more at Inverse.

Here's why Untitled Goose Game is the video game that we need right now in 2019.

"Untitled Goose Game has a deceptive sort of simplicity. The game, which originated as an office joke and finally hit Mac, PC, and the Nintendo Switch last week, has simplistic but gorgeous animations and a straightforward plot. You are the goose in this untitled goose game, which means your
See full article at Den of Geek »

'Downton Abbey' Serves Up Record, $31 Million Opening for Focus Features

It was a record weekend for Focus Features that saw Downton Abbey not only top the weekend box office, but it became the studio's largest opener ever, topping $30 million. The weekend's fellow new releases — Ad Astra and Rambo: Last Blood — delivered on expectations and are in a neck-and-neck battle for runner-up position and we'll have to wait for actuals to tell the full story on Monday afternoon.

With an estimated $31 million, Focus Features's Downton Abbey topped the weekend box office, giving the studio their largest opening weekend ever. Previously, Insidious Chapter 3 was the studio's record opener with $22.7 million followed by London Has Fallen, also making this their first release to ever top $30 million in nearly 20 years of film distribution. The film played to a crowd that was 74% female and of the total audience, 60% were aged 35 or older. Working in the film's favor was a positive, "A" CinemaScore from opening day
See full article at Box Office Mojo »

‘Where’s My Roy Cohn?’ Has Respectable Debut, ‘Loro’ Opens Quietly – Specialty Box Office

  • Deadline
‘Where’s My Roy Cohn?’ Has Respectable Debut, ‘Loro’ Opens Quietly – Specialty Box Office
All was fairly quiet on the specialty box office front this week, with the debut of just a handful of films. The most notable of the bunch was Matt Tyrnauer’s riveting Where’s My Roy Cohn? Other openers this weekend included a Loro, as well as Gunpowder & Sky’s horror-comedy Villains, starring It Chapter Two‘s Bill Skarsgård and Kyra Sedgwick, which had openings that were decent, but nothing earth-shattering.

Sony Pictures Classics feature documentary Where’s My Roy Cohn? opened exclusively in New York and Los Angeles on four screens, and is estimated to rake in $42,364. Deadline learned that it performed better in New York than it did in Los Angeles — which is probably because the ruthless Donald Trump mentor was more of a New York figure. Nonetheless, Spc hopes to add to its box office stack once Roy Cohn continues to expand next week.

Meanwhile, IFC Films
See full article at Deadline »

Film Review: ‘Promare’

  • Variety
Anime maniacs have been waiting for this day: Eight years ago, Hiroyuki Imaishi co-founded Studio Trigger with the goal of one day hatching a feature as wild and innovative as his TV series “Gurren Lagann” and “Kill la Kill.” Now he has. Every bit as loud and ambitious as one might expect from a visual artist with such a hyperactive imagination, .

With “Promare,” which has already earned $10 million in its native Japan, the payoff is the seamless mix of 2D elements in 3D environments with a rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack that seeps in at the right times. Best seen with a rowdy audience — like those who came out for dubbed and subtitled versions shown via nationwide Fathom Events screenings on Sept. 17 and 19 — this cult-ready Gkids release will get a more traditional rollout in larger U.S. markets starting Sept. 20.

“Promare” opens as the people of Promepolis are taken over by
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‘Promare’ Review: Hiroyuki Imaishi Delivers Another Dizzying Sci-Fi Action Spectacle

Hiroyuki Imaishi is–in the very best way–one of animation’s finest ambassadors of Adhd. His 2004 directorial debut, Dead Leaves, is a masterpiece of sci-fi action insanity: 50 minutes of delirious stylized motion, featuring ultra-angular “superflat” designs combining the most expressive deformities of Eastern and Western comics and cartoons; a psychedelic adrenaline rush that diffuses the full density of a pulpy jailbreak action flick into half the running time and several times the visual scope. It is the pure cinematic embodiment of a film viewer, and filmmaker, whose bountiful imagination strikes dynamite creative synthesis with a short-fuse attention span. Dead Leaves was a minor event at the time, consigned to direct-to-dvd release overseas and ultimately, perhaps, too aggressively weird and explicit to capture the fancy of either mainstream critics or otaku. But 15 years later, Imaishi–who found breakout success in TV anime and co-founded his own studio, Trigger–has become
See full article at The Film Stage »
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