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Republicans Want Agrabah Bombed: What Has Aladdin Done to Deserve It?

Agrabah: 'Aladdin' city that Republicans want to bomb. Is Agrabah Burning? Nearly 1 in 3 Republican primary voters want to bomb 'Aladdin' city According to a new poll by Public Policy Polling, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, nearly one third of 532 Republican primary voters support bombing Agrabah. Agrabah? Is […]


'Hotel Transylvania 2' Box Office: Adam Sandler Biggest Opening Weekend Ever? Think Again

'Hotel Transylvania 2.' 'Hotel Transylvania 2' far surpasses expectations at domestic box office: Adam Sandler a hit when heard but not seen Adam Sandler has been having his share of domestic box office flops lately. Chris Columbus' Pixels, which opened in late July to scathing reviews and indifferent audiences, was […]


'The Thief and the Cobbler': Academy Premieres Original Version of Richard Williams Animated Film

'The Thief and the Cobbler': Original version of Richard William's animated film has first public screening at the Academy The first public screening of the original version of Richard William's The Thief and the Cobbler will be held at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater […]


'Pinocchio' Remake: Best Animated Movie Nominations for European Film Awards

'The Congress,' 'Jasmine,' 'Pinocchio': 2013 European Film Awards' Best Animated Feature Film nominations (Robin Wright in 'The Congress') The European Film Academy has announced the three nominees in the 2013 European Film Awards' Best Animated Feature Film category. They are the following: The Congress (Israel / Germany / Poland / […]


'Meatballs' Smash Chris Hemsworth & Joseph Gordon-Levitt 'Rush'

'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2' 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2' box office: Sequel easily tops North America's Friday chart Sept. 28, '13, update: By Sunday evening, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 will have provided further evidence that moviegoers are eager for new and original […]


'The Conjuring': Real Horror Movie Record? + 'Turbo' Disappoints

paranormal investigator Patrick Wilson in The Conjuring The Conjuring movie may have broken horror genre box office record - even considering inflation July 22, '13, update: James Wan's Warner Bros.-distributed horror movie The Conjuring, starring Patrick Wilson (Little Children, Watchmen) and 2009 Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (Up […]


'The Lone Ranger' 2013 One of Johnny Depp Biggest Bombs

'Despicable Me 2' Despicable Me 2 easily tops domestic box office as 'The Lone Ranger' 2013 bombs July 8, '13, update: Here's a quick rundown of the July 5-7, '13, top twelve movies at the North American box office, according to studio estimates found at Boxofficemojo.com. As expected, the $76 […]


Zombie World War & Studious Monsters Bring Down Superman

Monsters University and World War Z box office: Monsters hungry for knowledge and zombies hungry for humans bring down Man of Steel June 24, '13, update: Here's a quick rundown of this past weekend, June 21–23, '13, at the North American box office. If studio estimates found at Boxofficemojo.com are […]


'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' Turns 25: Robert Zemeckis to Attend Screening

'Who Framed Roger Rabbit.' 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit': Robert Zemeckis' classic mix of animation and live action to have special 25th anniversary screening at the Academy Who Framed Roger Rabbit was considered a landmark blend of animation and live action when it came out in 1988; it also signaled the […]


Jessica Chastain & Daniel Day-Lewis + Jennifer Lawrence: Awards Season Front-Runners

Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty. With ten wins – and three nominations – to date, relative film newcomer Jessica Chastain is the top Best Actress pick this awards season for her portrayal of a dogged CIA analyst in Kathryn Bigelow's political thriller Zero Dark Thirty. Initially a TV and […]


European Film Awards: Michael Haneke Sets Best Director Record + Annie Awards Bypass Blockbusters

Michael Haneke at the 2012 European Film Awards. The story of an elderly couple facing illness and death, Amour was the top winner at this year's European Film Awards, collecting trophies in the following categories: Best European Film, Best European Director, Best European Actor (Jean-Louis Trintignant), and Best European Actress (Emmanuelle […]


Oscar 2013: Best Animated Short Film Category Contenders

Oscar 2013: Best Animated Short Film category has ten films vying for a nomination The Fall of the House of Usher, Adam and Dog, and Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare” are three of the ten animated short films vying for a nomination for the 2013 Academy Awards, the Academy […]


'Wreck-It Ralph' Box Office: No. 1 Movie by Far?

Denzel Washington in Flight. Denzel Washington Flight has strong, but hardly sensational debut Nov. 4 Denzel Washington's R-rated drama Flight, Robert Zemeckis' first live-action feature since 2000, way overperformed as the no. 2 movie on the North American box office chart this weekend, Nov. 2-4. With an estimated $25.1 million […]


'Taken 2' vs. 'Argo': Liam Neeson Battles Ben Affleck & 'Frankenweenie'

Ben Affleck Argo movie. Ben Affleck Argo movie weekend box office: Behind Taken 2 and Sinister? Oct. 13 afternoon update: Ben Affleck's Argo opened in third place on Friday, having grossed quite a bit less than (the lower end of) early estimates (see further below). Starring Bryan Cranston and Affleck, […]


'Hotel Transylvania' Not Exactly September Record & Sleeper Hit 'Looper' No Chinese Blockbuster

Looper 2012: Joseph Gordon-Levitt sci-fier tops North American box office two weekdays in a row Oct. 4, '12, update: Looper, the October 2012 sleeper hit starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, surpassed last weekend's top movie, Hotel Transylvania, two days in a row this week: on Tuesday, Oct. 2 ($2.36 […]


European Film Awards: Best Animated Feature Film Nominations

European Film Awards 2012: Best Animated Feature Film nominees announced The European Film Academy has announced the three nominees for the 2012 European Film Award for Best Animated Feature Film. They are Tomáš Lu?ák's Alois Nebel (Czech Republic / Germany / Slovakia), Ignacio Ferreras' Arrugas / Wrinkles (Spain), and Peter […]


'Prometheus' All-Star Cast Beaten by 'Most Wanted' Animals

Madagascar 3 movie: Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted June 10, '12, update: Weekend box office: The Prometheus movie monsters have been beaten by Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted's cuddly talking animals. And if studio estimates are accurate, Prometheus was – surprisingly – more than $10 million behind Madagascar 3. Assisted […]


'The Lorax' Hit + Jennifer Aniston-Paul Rudd Bomb

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax with Ted (Zac Efron), Audrey (Taylor Swift) March 4, '12, update: Partly thanks to 3D ticket surcharges – and the fact that five- and ten-year-olds can't go to the movies on their own – the Universal release Dr. Seuss' The Lorax collected $70.7 million in North […]


Film Critics Awards: Jessica Chastain & Korean Surprise + Michael Bay Bomb & Cosmic Consciousness

I Saw the Devil with Lee Byung-hun. Released in August 2010 in South Korea, Kim Jee-woon's psychological action thriller I Saw the Devil stars Blue Dragon Award nominee Lee Byung-hun as a National Intelligence Service agent out to avenge the gory death of his fiancée. Written by Kim and Park […]


Angelina Jolie Political Film Leads to Controversy & PGA Award + Best Animated Feature Oscar Contender Disqualified

Angelina Jolie In the Land of Blood and Honey director. Best known as Brad Pitt's costar in Mr. & Mrs. Smith and James McAvoy's costar in Wanted, Angelina Jolie has made her directorial feature film debut with the Bosnian War drama In the Land of Blood and Honey. A year-end […]


Best Animated Feature Oscar Entries: From 'Rango' to 'Rio'

Kung Fu Panda 2 Those who were wondering if Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin would be considered a full-fledged “animated feature,” now have their answer – sort of. Spielberg's film adaptation of Hergé's work is one of 18 features in consideration in the Best Animated Feature Film category for […]


Justin Bieber Going to Jail? + 'Harry Potter' DVDs to Be Removed from Stores

Justin Bieber, pop icon and the star of the documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (right), has come out against the Commercial Felony Streaming Act (S.978), which would make unauthorized online streaming of copyrighted material a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. Some have been (jokingly) concerned […]


'Paranormal Activity 3' Breaks Fall Box Office Record? Pamela Anderson Still Tops

Andy Serkis (Captain Haddock), Jamie Bell (Tintin), The Adventures of Tintin Oct 27, '11, update: Peter Jackson will direct the sequel to The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn. We'll see if Jackson gets to beat the solid (early) box office results of Steven Spielberg's first film in the […]


'Persepolis' Tunisia Broadcast Furor + Iranian Actress Freed

Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's Persepolis 'Persepolis' Broadcast: Tunisian Television Station President Apologizes to Offended Muslims Three days ago a group of 200 Fundamentalist Muslims protested outside the headquarters of a television station in Tunis for showing Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi's Academy Award-nominated animated feature Persepolis. What irked the […]


Three-Time Oscar-Winning Animator John Hubley Academy Celebration

Carl Reiner, John Hubley, Hope Lange, Oscar 1959 John Hubley, considered one of animation's most innovative and influential designer-directors, will have his life and art celebrated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Monday Nights with Oscar screening series. A special evening featuring rarely seen John Hubley movies […]


Steve Jobs Dead at 56: Apple CEO, Pixar Technology

Apple honcho Steve Jobs died today after a long battle with cancer. He was 56. While Apple was credited for revolutionizing personal computers and mobile devices, Jobs – and/or his subordinates – had a hand in the development of technology used in the Pixar movies. He is thanked in the […]


Disney to Release 'Beauty and the Beast' & 'Finding Nemo' in 3D

Beast (Robby Benson), Belle (Paige O'Hara), Beauty and the Beast The Lion King 3D, a movie originally released in standard format back in 1994, has become the sleeper hit this early fall in North America. Whereas most new releases are bombing right and left, The Lion King 3D has brought […]


'Abduction' Movie: Taylor Lautner Bombs? Jason Statham Definitely Bombs

Taylor Lautner, Abduction Sept. 26, '11, late afternoon update: Trailing The Lion King 3D, Brad Pitt's Moneyball, and Dolphin Tale, Taylor Lautner's first solo starring vehicle, Abduction, grossed $10.92 million at 3,118 North American locations this past weekend (Sept. 23-25) according to box office actuals found at Boxofficemojo.com. The John Singleton-directed […]


'Cars 2' Animated Movie Box Office: Internationalized Sequel Strong Overseas

Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Justin Timberlake, Bad Teacher Starring Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel, and Lucy Punch, Jake Kasdan's R-rated Bad Teacher landed on the no. 2 spot at the North American box office this weekend (June 24-26) according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo.  A Sony release, Bad Teacher […]


'Rio' Has Biggest Hollywood Opening Ever in Brazil

Limitless with Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper: $100 million worldwide? April 18, '11, update: Despite yesterday's estimates, Carlos Saldanha's animated 3D feature Rio failed to reach the $40 million mark at the North American box office this past weekend, April 15-17. According to actuals found at Box Office Mojo, […]


'Hop' vs. 'Insidious': Rocker Bunny Beats Evil Spirits

Your Highness: Box office bomb with James Franco and Danny McBride. April 15 update: Hop, featuring James Marsden and the voice of Russell Brand, remained at the top of the North American box office chart on Thursday, April 14, earning $831k according to Box Office Mojo. Since Rio is opening […]


'Battle Los Angeles' Tops & 'Mars Needs Moms' Bombs Phenomally

Max Irons, Shiloh Fernandez, Red Riding Hood March 18, '11, update: If the North American box office was sleepy on Wednesday, it was snoring on Thursday, March 17. Perhaps the blame should be placed on St. Patrick's Day, as most people surely chose partying over moviegoing. Every single movie was […]


'Rango' Tops: Animated Chameleon Beats Matt Damon & Alex Pettyfer

Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, The Adjustment Bureau March 7 Directed by Gore Verbinski, and featuring the voices of Johnny Depp, Isla Fischer, Abigail Breslin, Ned Beatty, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Harry Dean Stanton, Timothy Olyphant, and Ray Winstone, the Paramount/DreamWorks animated feature Rango topped the North American box office this […]


'How to Train Your Dragon' Review: DreamWorks Hits Stride That Works

Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), How to Train Your Dragon (top); Jay Baruchel performing Hiccup (bottom) I have to commend DreamWorks. With movies like Kung Fu Panda and now How to Train Your Dragon, they really seem to have hit a stride that works. It goes without saying that they're still no […]


Annie Awards: DreamWorks Animation vs. Pixar-Disney. Unfair Edge?

Annie Awards winner 'How to Train Your Dragon,' directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders. Annie Awards and DreamWorks Animation 'marriage' A commenter took me to task for stating in a post written last night (Feb. 5, '11) that the “marriage” between the International Animated Film Association and DreamWorks Animation […]


DreamWorks Animation 'How to Train Your Dragon' Sweeps Controversial Annie Awards

DreamWorks Animation 'How to Train Your Dragon' with Chief Stoick (Gerard Butler): Annie Awards controversy. DreamWorks Animation feature 'How to Train Your Dragon' sweeps controversial Annie Awards The Annie Awards-DreamWorks Animation marriage has been unofficially consummated. Directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, the DreamWorks / Paramount animated feature How […]


Geoffrey Rush Career Award + Jennifer Lawrence & Colin Firth Critics' Winners

Geoffrey Rush in The King's Speech. The Santa Barbara Film Festival's Montecito Award will go to Best Actor Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush (Shine, 1996) – a likely Best Supporting Actor Oscar contender next year for his role as Lionel Logue, the Australian speech therapist for the stuttering British King […]


Robert Zemeckis Out of 'The Wizard of Oz' Remake + Best Animated Feature Oscar Contenders

Judy Garland as Dorothy in Victor Fleming's The Wizard of Oz So, Robert Zemeckis, the guy who brought you Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Death Becomes Her, Forrest Gump, What Lies Beneath, The Polar Express, and Beowulf, will not direct a remake of the 1939 classic The […]


'Unstoppable' Forced to Stop: 'Megamind' Takes Over

Eric Balfour in Greg Strause and Colin Strause's Skyline Nov. 18, '10, update: The North American box office was down across the board on Wednesday, Nov. 17. The top ten movies were down nearly 21 percent from (a healthy) Tuesday and 37.6 percent from the previous week according to Box […]


Harrison Ford & Kristen Stewart Movies Flop Badly

Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford in Roger Michell's Morning Glory Nov. 12, '10, update: Following a fantastic up 230 percent jump from the day before, Dreamworks' Megamind, featuring the voices of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, and Brad Pitt, topped the North American box office for the first time since Sunday, collecting […]


'The Expendables' vs. 'Eat Pray Love': Bombastic Sylvester Stallone Actioner Beats Inspirational Julia Roberts Travelogue

Eat Pray Love with Julia Roberts Aug. 16 update: Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables grossed slightly less than estimated at the North American box office this weekend (Aug. 13-15, '10), collecting $34.82 million at 3,270 locations. Its per-theater average was $10,650, according to box office actuals found at Box Office Mojo. […]


Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Pele le Pew, Wile E. Coyote: Chuck Jones Exhibition

Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Pepe Le Pew, Wile E. Coyote, the Road Runner, and numerous other characters created or developed by Oscar-winning animator and humorist Chuck Jones (1912 - 2002) will be showcased in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' summer exhibition “Chuck Jones: An Animator's […]


'Rob' Pattinson Drama Finally Surpasses Budget' & 'Alice' Passes $300 Million

How to Train Your Dragon with Ruffnut (top); Miley Cyrus The Last Song (middle); Helena Bonham Carter's Red Queen in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (bottom) April 2, '10, update: Featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, and America Ferrera, How to Train Your Dragon was back […]


Critics' Favorite Films: Kathryn Bigelow + U.S.-Mexican Drama Ineligible for Oscars

Critics' favorite films: Kathryn Bigelow, seen here with cinematographer Barry Ackroyd while shooting The Hurt Locker, is this awards season top Best Director choice. The clear Academy Award front-runner, Bigelow will likely make Oscar history in (at least) two ways: a) first woman to win Best Director b) first person […]


'Avatar' Reviews & Budget: James Cameron Fantasy to Become Next 'Titanic' or Next 'Cleopatra'?

Avatar war: Titanic or Cleopatra? Not taking inflation into account, James Cameron's futuristic 3D action fantasy is the most expensive 20th Century Fox production ever. Once inflation is factored in, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's CGI-less Cleopatra remains not only Fox's costliest production but also the second most expensive movie ever made, […]


British Independent Film Awards: Moon Mystery Tops + Andrzej Wajda Passion & Death Tale Is FIPRESCI Winner

Moon with Sam Rockwell. This year's British Independent Film Awards Best Picture winner, Duncan Jones' Moon has elements in common with, among other sci-fi/mystery thrillers, Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and Basil Dearden's The Man Who Haunted Himself. Astronaut Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) and supercomputer GERTY (which sounds kinda […]


Spirit Awards: Where's Oscar Season Favorite & How American Is Tolstoy? + Split Annies

Precious with Gabourey Sidibe and Paula Patton. The Spirit Awards' eventual big winner – topping all of its five nominations – was Lee Daniels' dysfunctional family drama Precious, adapted by Geoffrey Fletcher from the novel Push by Sapphire. Gabourey Sidibe plays the illiterate Harlem adolescent Claireece “Precious” Jones, a rape […]


'Everybody's Fine' Is Anything But + '2012' Is the Feel-Good Cataclysm Movie of the Year

Everybody's Fine with Robert De Niro. An American remake of Giuseppe Tornatore's 1990 Italian melodrama Stanno tutti bene, Kirk Jones' sentimental family drama Everybody's Fine has turned out to be a major box office disappointment. Starring Robert De Niro in the old Marcello Mastroianni role, the film follows a widower […]


'A Town Called Panic' Images

Via Zeitgeist Films, Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar's stop-motion animated feature A Town Called Panic will open in New York City on Dec. 16 (at Film Forum) and in Los Angeles (at the Nuart in West LA) on Jan. 29. Other US markets will follow. (The film will have a […]


Oscar Documentary Feature Semi-Finalists: From Brutal Dolphin Slaughter to Lighthearted Agnès Varda

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 15 semi-finalists in the 2010 Academy Awards' Documentary Feature category. Eighty-nine films had been in the running. The 15 documentary feature semi-finalists are: The Beaches of Agnes, Agnès Varda, director (Cine-Tamaris) Burma VJ, Anders Østergaard, director (Magic Hour Films) […]


Warren Beatty & Martin Scorsese with Career Awards + Animation Oscar Semifinalists

Warren Beatty will receive the Art Directors Guild's Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award, “given to an individual whose body of work in the film industry has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the movie-going experience,” at the ADG Awards ceremony on February 13, 2010, at the International Ballroom of […]


Irish Fairy Tale in Contention: European Film Awards & Prix Eurimages + Gotham Nominations

The Secret of Kells (bottom) The European Film Academy has announced the three nominees for the new European Film Award category “Best Animated Feature Film.” They are: Mia and the Migoo (Mia et le Migou) (France 2008) by Jacques-Rémy Girerd A young girl sets out looking for her father, a […]


Oscar Early Predictions Best Picture: From Iraq War Drama to '8½' Musical Remake

An Education, d: Lone Scherfig; scr: Nick Hornby In Swinging (suburban) London, a teenager decides to have her first sexual experience with a man in his thirties. The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow; scr: Mark Boal An elite unit of the US Army must disarm bombs during combat in an “enemy” […]


Best Film Editing: The Art of Anne V. Coates & Walter Murch

“Perspectives on Editing”: Animation Sept. 23:The art and craft of editing animated films will be explored in the second installment of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' four-part seminar series “Perspectives on Editing” on Tuesday, September 29, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Academy's Linwood Dunn Theater […]


Sun Xun: The Dark Magician of New Chinese Animation

Requiem (top); Shock of Time (bottom) The REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles will give a rare U.S. presentation of Chinese artist and filmmaker Sun Xun's animation works on Mon., Oct 19, at 8:30 p.m. Sun Xun will be present at the screening. According to the REDCAT's press release, “Sun Xun: […]


Jared Leto & Riccardo Scamarcio + Mussolini 'Whore' Controversy & Venice Film Festival Winners

Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh Dan Pham and director Jaco van Dormael: The curious case of 'Mr. Nobody' talent. 'Mr Nobody' director Jaco van Dormael and actors Jared Leto, Diane Kruger and Sarah Polley: Venice Film Festival Mr. Nobody director Jaco van Dormael along with actors Jared Leto, […]


Hayao Miyazaki Art Tribute: Veteran Voice Actress June Foray & John Lasseter

Hayao Miyazaki art honored in Academy tribute attended by Pixar's John Lasseter and 'The Simpsons' animator Matt Groening. Academy pays tribute to Hayao Miyazaki art The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences paid tribute to the art of Hayao Miyazaki with the presentation of “The 13th Marc Davis Celebration […]


Hayao Miyazaki Tribute

As part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' three-month celebration of anime, a screening of Hayao Miyazaki's 2002 Oscar-winning animated feature Spirited Away will take place on Friday, July 17, at 7:30 p.m., at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Then, on Tuesday, July 28, at […]


Anime Pictures: High Art & Pop Culture + Academy Documentaries

Wedding Peach. ANIME! High Art - Pop Culture “ANIME! High Art - Pop Culture,” a multimedia exhibition spotlighting the art of Japanese animation, will have its American premiere at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday, May 15, in the Grand Lobby and Fourth Floor galleries in […]


Joanna Priestley & Zoe Beloff Movies: REDCAT Screenings

PRESS RELEASE FILM AT REDCAT PRESENTS Joanna Priestley: Fighting Gravity Mon Apr 20 | 8:30 pm Jack H. Skirball Series $9 [students $7, CalArts $5] Los Angeles premiere Dubbed “the queen of independent animation” by Bill Plympton, Joanna Priestley unveils her new short Missed Aches, a humorous rant about the […]


Milt Kahl Centennial: The Animation Michelangelo + Joan Harrison & Alfred Hitchcock

Milt Kahl: The Animation Michelangelo, A Centennial Celebration “Milt Kahl: The Animation Michelangelo, A Centennial Celebration,” an homage to Disney animator Milt Kahl (right), will be presented on Monday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Animator Andreas Deja […]


Jessica Biel & Ari Folman + Laurent Cantet & Andrew Stanton: Oscar Season Images

Jessica Biel. Actress Jessica Biel at Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards Pictured above is Jessica Biel, host of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards ceremony, which was held on Feb. 7 in Beverly Hills. Past Scientific and Technical Awards presenters include the following: […]


Animated & Live Action Oscar Shorts + Gen-Art Film Festival

“Shorts!,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences program featuring the 2009 Oscar nominees in the Animated and Live Action Short Film categories, will be presented in New York City on Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International (111 East 59th Street). There will be two […]


Oscar Luncheon: Amy Adams & Marisa Tomei + Kate Winslet Lead or Supporting + Did Bette Davis Name the Oscars?

Oscar Luncheon: Amy Adams signs autographs. In movies since 1999, Oscar Luncheon attendee Amy Adams has to date been nominated for two Best Supporting Actress Academy Awards: for Phil Morrison's Junebug (2005) and, this year, for John Patrick Shanley's psychological drama Doubt, in which she plays a Catholic nun opposite Meryl […]


Ed Catmull Getting Academy's Special Award + Bollywood-ish Hit Wins Best Cinematography

Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, and president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, has been chosen by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive the Gordon E. Sawyer Award “for his lifetime of technical contributions and leadership in the […]


Critics Poll: Why So Few Favorites Winning Critics Groups Awards?

Flight of the Red Balloon with Juliette Binoche. Directed by Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-Hsien, who also co-wrote the screenplay with François Margolin, Flight of the Red Balloon / Le voyage du ballon rouge stars Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Juliette Binoche (The English Patient, 1996) as the puppeteer mother of […]


Academy Award Predictions: Cinderella Tale + Slain Gay Politician & Veteran Jan Troell Returns

Slumdog Millionaire with Freida Pinto. Academy Award Predictions: The cinematic Cinderella story of 2008, Danny Boyle's Bollywood-inspired entry is the odds-on favorite for the Best Picture Academy Award. In the cast: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, and Irrfan Khan. Academy Award Predictions: Best Picture shortlist includes sleeper hits, studio […]


Kate Winslet Double Golden Globe Nominee & Santa Barbara Honoree + Meryl Streep Breaks Record

Kate Winslet: Potential Academy Award double nominee for Sam Mendes' Revolutionary Road (as Best Actress) and Stephen Daldry's The Reader (as Best Supporting Actress) will be receiving the Santa Barbara Film Festival's Montecito Award for her “series of classic and standout performances.” Well-received Kate Winslet portrayals include those in Ang […]


National Film Board of Canada Salute

'Ryan' National Film Board of Canada. National Film Board of Canada Academy salute at the National Archives “A Salute to the National Film Board of Canada” will be presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – in partnership with the Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film […]


Disney's Rights to Mickey Mouse Questioned

Mickey Mouse in the public domain? Disney's rights to the 1928 Mickey questioned (Image: Mickey Mouse in Steamboat Willie) Mickey Mouse belongs to Walt Disney Enterprises. Back in the late '90s, when Bill Clinton was president of the United States, they made sure that the U.S. congress extended copyright protections […]


Animation Events: Now Hear This!, Frederic Back, Normand Roger

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a weekend of public events and exhibitions focusing on the art and science of animation: “The Sound behind the Image II: Now Hear This!,” “Normand Roger on The Animation Soundtrack,” and “Frederic Back: A Life's Drawings.” The events will be […]


'Batman: Gotham Knight' Review

Batman: Gotham Knight is a direct-to-DVD animated film in six segments, each directed by a different East Asian filmmaker. The animation quality, both in terms of character and environment detail, exceeds that of the animation found in all the Batman: The Animated Series, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, and all […]


Pixar Tops & Angelina Jolie Wanted

'WALL-E' movie: Pixar release enjoys impressive box office debut. 'WALL-E' tops U.S. and Canada box office, Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy 'inspirational' thriller 'Wanted' a strong runner-up June 30, '08: Directed by Andrew Stanton, Pixar Animation's WALL-E was catapulted to the top of the North American box office this weekend […]


'Sleeping Beauty' Academy Screening

As part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Gold Standard series, the premiere screening of a newly restored digital version of the Walt Disney Studios' 1959 animated feature Sleeping Beauty will be presented on Friday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly […]


Ink Painting & Hand-Drawn Animation Celebration + Science & Psychology of Production Design

Ink & Paint Department, 1957. Photo courtesy of Ann Guenther. Ink & Paint: The Art of Hand-Drawn Animation The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' new exhibition “Ink & Paint: The Art of Hand-Drawn Animation” will showcase more than 125 hand-drawn artwork pieces from such classics as Alice in […]


Tex Avery and Michael Maltese: Monday Nights with Oscar

One dozen cartoons, including Porky's Duck Hunt (1937), Heckling Hare (1941), and What's Opera, Doc? (1957), will be screened at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Monday Nights with Oscar” presentation of “Putting Looney in the Toons,” on Monday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy Theater […]


Disney Animator Ollie Johnston Jr.

'Ollie' Johnston Jr., the last of Disney's “Nine Old Men” – veteran animators of the old school nicknamed after Franklin D. Roosevelt's description of the US Supreme Court – died of natural causes at a long-term care facility in Sequim, Wash., on April 14. He was 95. Among Johnston's most […]


Tex Avery and Michael Maltese Centennial Tribute

Looney Tunes collaborators Tex Avery and Michael Maltese will be honored in a double centennial tribute by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy's Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study in Hollywood. “Putting Looney […]


Daniel Day-Lewis Tops British Critics Awards + Joel & Ethan Coen Thriller Producers Guild Winner

2008 Evening Standard (British film/talent) award winners: Feb. 4. Note: The Best Comedy category was replaced this year by Best Score, as the jury found that British film music fared better than British film humor in 2007. ("*" denotes the winner in each category) Atonement led the Evening Standard Awards […]


'Falling Slowly' Oscar Controversy Ends + Meet Academy Awards' Film Editors & Art Directors

“Falling Slowly” composers. Following an investigation, “written assurances,” and “detailed chronologies” (see further below), Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová's ballad “Falling Slowly,” from John Carney's Irish romantic musical Once, remains in contention for the 2008 Academy Awards. Winner of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival's Audience Award, Once ran the risk of ending up Oscar nomination-less, […]


Animation Illustrator Academy 'Tutorial' + 'Karl Hess' & 'From Mao to Mozart'

“The Art of the Motion Picture Illustrator: William B. Major, Harold Michelson and Tyrus Wong,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' latest exhibition, opens on Friday, Sept. 28, in the Academy's Grand Lobby Gallery in Beverly Hills. Admission is free. Featuring more than 110 color and black-and-white storyboards, […]


'Buddha' Quotes + 'Funny Games' Remake & Animated Iranian Revolution Is Oscar Submission

'Buddha' quotes: Adolescent filmmaker Hana Makhmalbaf discusses 'Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame' at 2007 San Sebastian Film Festival “As an 18-year-old girl who lives in Iran today and who faces very specific ideological, political and social pressures, I have a lot to say,” explains Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame Teheran-born […]


'Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist' & 'Best Boy': Oscar Documentaries + Canadian Women in Animation

Next in “Oscar's Docs, Part Three: Academy Award-Winning Documentaries 1977–1988,” The Flight of the Gossamer Condor, Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist, and Best Boy will be screened on Monday, September 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. The […]


When Homer Beat Adam

July 30 update: The Simpsons Movie rose to the top of the North American box office this weekend with an estimated US$71.9 million. David Silverman's big-screen adaptation of the famed TV series proved that after 18 years and more than 397 episodes, the Simpsons are as popular as ever. Opening […]


Roman Polanski Blames Computers for Journalists' Idiocy + Iranian Revolution Animated Film for the Palme d'Or?

Alain Delon, Bianca di Sofia at 'To Each His Own Cinema' Cannes screening At Cannes Film Festival, Roman Polanski blames computers for journalists' idiocy “I believe this is a unique, a truly rare occasion, to have such a group of important film directors seated [together] … and to have such […]


'Meet the Robinsons' Review: Eccentric Characters in 'Enthralling Adventure'

'Meet the Robinsons': Characters remind you to 'keep moving forward.' 'Visually enthralling' adventure 'Meet the Robinsons' features cast of eccentric characters The second 3D animated feature released by the non-Pixar unit of Walt Disney Pictures – the first was Chicken Run – Meet the Robinsons combines humor with inventive storytelling […]


Katharine Hepburn Oscars Exhibition + Crowd-Pleasing Indie Tops Producers Guild Awards

Katharine Hepburn Oscars: Morning Glory with Adolphe Menjou. An RKO star in the 1930s and an MGM star in the 1940s, Katharine Hepburn won a record-setting four Best Actress Oscars. These will be on display at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' upcoming exhibition “Meet the Oscars, Los […]


'Cars': Pixar Movie Tops Annie Awards But DreamWorks Animation Release Wins Most Awards

Cars with Lightning McQueen: Featuring the voices of Owen Wilson (as McQueen) and veteran Paul Newman (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Hud), the Pixar blockbuster directed by John Lasseter and co-directed by Joe Ranft was the 2006 Annie Awards' Best Animated Feature. However, DreamWorks Animation's Flushed Away was the […]


'A Century Ago: The Films of 1906'

A Century Ago: The Films of 1906 is a special screening of short films from 1906, including Dream of a Rarebit Fiend, Voyage autour d'une etoile / Voyage Around a Star, In the Haunts of Rip Van Winkle, The Impossible Convicts, Humorous Phases of Funny Faces, and others. Organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Best Animation Oscar Contenders + Emilio Estevez Political Drama & More AFI FEST Movies

Press Release: Beverly Hills, CA – With 16 animated features submitted for consideration in 2006, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences anticipates that its Animated Feature Film category, for the first time since 2002, may include a full slate of five nominees. The 16 features expected to compete […]


'Wallace & Gromit' Tops Annie Awards: DreamWorks Animation

The 33th International Animated Film Society's Annie Award winners were announced on Feb. 4, '06. (”*” denotes the winner in each category) PRODUCTION CATEGORIES Best Animated Feature Chicken Little – Walt Disney Feature Animation Corpse Bride – Warner Bros. Presents A Tim Burton/Laika Entertainment Production Hauru no ugoku shiro / […]


Hayao Miyazaki & Gay Cowpokes: Oscar & European Film Award Contenders

Hayao Miyazaki's 'Howl's Moving Castle' 'Howl's Moving Castle,' 'Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit' among ten animated features in contention for the 2005 Oscar The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the ten films eligible to compete in the 2005 Academy Awards' Best Animated Feature […]


'The Triplets of Belleville' Wins Top Genie Award (and Nothing Else)

'The Triplets of Belleville.' 'The Triplets of Belleville' tops Canadian Oscars: Genie Awards 2005 One more example of Quebec's vibrant film industry, Sylvain Chomet's French-Canadian co-production The Triplets of Belleville, an animated feature reminiscent of Jacques Tati's (live-action) comedies, won the 2005 Best Film Genie Award. (See below the full […]


'Weeping Camel' & 'The Incredibles': Rejected Mongolian Calf & Suburban Superheroes Among Oscar Contenders

The Story of the Weeping Camel with the baby camel Botok. In Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni's German-Mongolian documentary The Story of the Weeping Camel, a family of Gobi Desert nomadic shepherds struggle to save the life of a rare white camel calf after it is rejected by its mother. […]