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Paranorman’s LAIKA begins production on The Boxtrolls

Marking their third project together, LAIKA and Focus Features, the two companies behind the current Academy Award-nominated animated feature ParaNorman, announced today that LAIKA has begun production on The Boxtrolls. The new movie will be released nationwide by Focus on October 17th, 2014. Focus CEO James Schamus and LAIKA President & CEO Travis Knight made the announcement today.
As on the previous animation collaborations ParaNorman and Coraline, Focus will hold worldwide distribution rights to The Boxtrolls, and Universal Pictures International will release the movie overseas (with eOne Distribution handling Canada). Coraline (2009) earned Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics? Choice, and Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Feature Film; and was named one of the year?s 10 Best Films by the American Film Institute (AFI). In addition to its Academy Award nomination, ParaNorman (2012) is in the running for the BAFTA Awards? animated feature prize. ParaNorman has won two Annie Awards (the animation community?s Oscars equivalent) and been cited as best animated feature film by 14 critics? groups, more than any other 2012 animated feature.
The Boxtrolls is a 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid animated feature based on Alan Snow?s bestselling fantasy adventure novel Here Be Monsters. The Boxtrolls is being directed by Anthony Stacchi (co-director of the hit animated feature Open Season) and Graham Annable (story artist on Coraline and ParaNorman), and produced by David Ichioka and Mr. Knight. The voice cast includes Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley, Academy Award nominee Toni Collette, Elle Fanning (marking her fourth movie with Focus), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Game of Thrones), Emmy Award nominee Jared Harris (Mad Men), Simon Pegg (Star Trek), Nick Frost (of Focus? upcoming The World?s End), Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd), and Tracy Morgan (30 Rock).
The Boxtrolls is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class, and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, foul monsters who crawl out of the sewers at night and steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least, that?s the legend residents have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are an underground cavern-dwelling community of quirky and lovable oddballs who wear recycled cardboard boxes the way turtles wear their shells. The Boxtrolls have raised an orphaned human boy, Eggs (voiced by Mr.
Hempstead-Wright), since infancy as one of their dumpster-diving and mechanical junk-collecting own. When the Boxtrolls are targeted by […]

Academy to celebrate Oscars in New York

The iconic landmark restaurant Daniel will be rolling out the red carpet for New York-based members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, entertainment industry executives, and several hometown luminaries to celebrate the 85th Oscars with an exclusive viewing party, the only East Coast event officially hosted by the Academy. This year’s show is of special significance to New Yorkers, as its producers are the Gotham-based motion picture, television and theater producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who have executive produced such acclaimed feature films as “Chicago” and “Hairspray,” as well as the current NBC musical series “Smash.”
World-renowned chef Daniel Boulud is preparing a special menu of cocktails and canapés with a nod to this year’s nominated films, to be served along with his seasonally inspired, award-winning contemporary French cuisine. Now celebrating its 20th year, Daniel is one of the very few restaurants to have received the New York Times four-star rating as well as three Michelin stars. Chef Boulud, who hails from Lyon, France, is considered one of America’s leading culinary authorities and one of the most revered chefs in New York City, which he has called home since 1982.
“Oscar® Sunday is a day to celebrate the best in film with family and friends,” notes Patrick Harrison, the Academy’s New York program director. “We are thrilled that Daniel Boulud has opened his doors to welcome Academy members and the New York film community on the occasion of the Oscars.”
“New York has been my home for over 30 years, and to be able to host the esteemed Academy’s official East Coast event is a huge honor,” said Boulud. “I hope this fete will mark the beginning of a long-running tradition.”
Three 7.5-foot versions of the 13.5-inch, 8.5-pound Oscar statuette, one of world’s most recognized symbols, will greet the New York partygoers as they enter the restaurant on Oscar Night. These golden sentinels are identical to the larger-than-life Oscars that will greet the ceremony’s attendees on the Hollywood red carpet. Numerous large screens will ensure that guests don’t miss a moment of the show’s excitement.
Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane. The Oscar presentation will be televised live on the ABC Television Network and in more than 225 […]

John Leguizamo’s “Fugly” nabbed by 108 Media

Further flexing the muscles of its worldwide sales and distribution operation at this year’s European Film Market, 108 Media has just sealed a deal on FUGLY!, an autobiographical comedy written by and starring John Leguizamo, it was announced by 108 CEO Abhi Rastogi. With foreign sales commencing immediately in Berlin, the film will also see a theatrical release in North America via 108 Media and it’s distribution partner, Paladin. FUGLY! Is slated to open in the third quarter of this year.
A fictionalized rendering of his acclaimed one-man show, “Ghetto Klown,” (which played on Broadway prior to an extensive international tour), FUGLY! casts Leguizamo as Jesse Sanchez, a Latino comic who has a near-death experience that forces him to revisit his personal and professional highs and lows. Told in a style that befits the envelope-pushing Jesse–and Leguizamo–the film blends past, present, fantasy, and reality to tell of one man’s hilarious quest for fame, fortune, and fulfillment. Directed by Alfredo De Villa, whose previous work includes the award-winning drama “Washington Heights,” and the Hispanic holiday hit, “Nothing Like The Holidays,” (which also toplined Leguizamo), FUGLY! boasts an ensemble cast headed by Oscar-nominee Rosie Perez, Radha Mitchell, Griffin Dunne, Yul Vasquez,Tomas Milian, and Ally Sheedy.
About the deal Leguizamo says, “I’m very honored to be working with 108 Media’s honcho Mark Urman, who I have always looked up to in the independent scene. This is my first foray into screenwriting and in trying to up-end a format by making an ‘anti~romantic comedy.’ We went very sexual, very aggressive, and exposed some of my life through the character of Jesse. ‘Fugly’ was a term we used and invented in New York when i was a kid for anything truly abhorrent. It was used on me many a time in my hood. This time I’m appropriating it. This is my revenge through art!”
Rastogi says, “we are honored that John chose to entrust this passion project to us, and we are looking forward to bringing it to audiences around the world.” 108 Media COO Nathaniel Warsh adds, “one thing that sets us apart from other companies is that, through our partnership with Mark Urman and Paladin, we aren’t merely selling FUGLY!, we are committing to it fully. By overseeing the worldwide marketing, working closely with the talent and, most importantly, funding the North American P&A ourselves, we prove we really believe in this film. Frankly, there’s no […]

The Hunger Games Adventures now for iPad (2+) and iPhone (4+)

Lionsgate and Funtactix, a worldwide developer and publisher of mobile and social games, today announced the launch of a major update to their hit mobile game The Hunger Games Adventures. The game is available now for iPad (2+) and iPhone (4+) on the App Store at http://bit.ly/THG-Adventures.
The Hunger Games Adventures version 2.0 is a major update to all aspects of the mobile version of the game and marks the first availability of the game for iPhone. The Hunger Games Adventures was rebuilt from the ground up to take advantage of the latest Apple devices including stunning Retina graphics, Game Center support with achievements and improved touch controls. In addition to these major feature updates, the new version gives players hours of new official Hunger Games story-based content as a lead in to the release of the second film in the series, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, in theaters November 22, 2013.
‘Since the initial launch of The Hunger Games Adventures on Facebook in March we’ve made it our mission to give fans of The Hunger Games the ultimate fan experience.’ said Sam Glassenberg, CEO of Funtactix. ‘This update will allow a new set of fans to step into a beautifully rendered version of the game and dive deeper into the world of Panem.’
‘This is going to be a tremendous year for The Hunger Games fans.’ said Danielle De Palma, SVP Digital Marketing at Lionsgate. ‘The Hunger Games Adventures is a great way for fans to interact with new elements of the Hunger Games universe building up to the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in November.’
Over 100 new quests have been added to the game, including an exclusive new storyline that gives players a sneak peek at District 1. For the first time, the official map of Panem is revealed. Unlock the secrets of The Hunger Games universe and explore areas never before revealed.
For more information about The Hunger Games Adventures, please visit www.TheHungerGamesAdventures.com.
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Andy Samberg hosts the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards

The Exclusive Canadian Broadcast of the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 23 rd at 10pm ET, will take place on Sony Movie Channel.
All of the action unfolds a day before the Academy Awards® from a beachside tent in Santa Monica, California with comedian and SNL alumni Andy Samberg hosting the 28th annual awards. The Spirit Awards celebrate artist-driven filmmaking and recognize the finest achievements of today’s independent filmmakers and is the premier awards event for the independent film community.
The Spirit Awards ceremony brings together top talent from independent film and Hollywood. 2013 nominees include Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom for Best Feature, Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom) and David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) for Best Director. Nominees in the acting categories include Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Matthew McConaughey (Killer Joe), Helen Hunt (The Sessions) and Bruce Willis (Moonrise Kingdom). Additionally, War Witch from Canada’s Kim Nguyen has been nominated for Best International Feature. Visit www.spiritawards.com for a full list of nominations.
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Production Designer Mimi Gramatky elected President of the 2,000-member Art Directors Guild

Production Designer Mimi Gramatky has been elected President of the 2,000-member Art Directors Guild (ADG/IATSE, Local 800), for a three-year term, succeeding Thomas A. Walsh, it was announced today. Also elected for three-year terms are Art Director Jim Wallis as Vice President; Production Designer Cate Bangs as Treasurer; and Art Director Judy Cosgrove as Secretary. Scott Roth continues as ADG’s Executive Director.
Gramatky’s skills reach beyond Production Design into interior and landscape architecture, theatre design, visual FX and animation, documentary filmmaking, and teaching. She has been a member of the ADG Board of Directors and a past member of its Council. Gramatky is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University. She has been married for 27 years to Composer/Arranger/Orchestrator Geoff Stradling.
About the Art Directors Guild:
The Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) represents nearly 2,000 members who work throughout the United States, Canada and the rest of the world in film, television and theater as Production Designers, Art Directors, and Assistant Art Directors; Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists; Illustrators and Matte Artists; and Set Designers and Model Makers. Established in 1937, ADG’s ongoing activities include a Film Society; an annual Awards Banquet, a creative/technology community (5D | The Future of Immersive Design) and Membership Directory; a bimonthly craft magazine (Perspective); and extensive technology-training programs, creative workshops and craft and art exhibitions. The Guild’s Online Directory/Website Resource is at www.adg.org. Follow ADG on Twitter: @ADG800

Jennifer Lawrence Great New Photos

Oscar nominee, Jennifer Lawrence, great new photos taken at multiple award events. From People’s Choice awards, Critics Choice Movie awards, Golden Globe awards, to Screen Actors Guild awards.
Jennifer, as always, did a great job in her new film “Silver Linings Playbook,” directed by David O. Russell and starring Braley Cooper. As you know, this year she was nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best Actress. We are keeping our fingers crossed. Below a photo gallery of Jennifer Lawrence. Enjoy it.

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IRON MAN 3 – New Images Now Available!

Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible.
This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man.

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Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of “Tales of Suspense” (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with “The Invincible Iron Man” (#1) in May of 1968.
“Iron Man 3” is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures and DMG Entertainment. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing and Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Charles Newirth, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard, Alan Fine, Stan Lee and Dan Mintz are executive producers. The film releases May 3, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
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IRON MAN 3 releases in theaters on May 3, 2013!
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“THE MONK” with Vincent Cassel – Official Trailer and Poster

Watch the corruption of a 16th Century, pious Capuchin Monk as he is led down a dangerous path of sin in THE MONK, the supernatural thriller adapted from Matthew G. Lewis’ classic cult novel.
Raised in a monastery, Brother Ambrosio (Vincent Cassel) grows up into a preacher admired for his fervor and feared for his righteousness, until arrival of a mysterious apprentice undermines his convictions with dark consequences. Get a look at the film by checking out the official trailer and poster now:
POSTER: https://www.yousendit.com/download/UW16TGsrZDU1bmpMYnRVag
TRAILER: https://www.yousendit.com/download/UW14VWRuQVM3N0RtcXRVag
Starring Vincent Cassel (BLACK SWAN, MESRIN: KILLER INSTINCT), and directed by Dominik Moll, THE MONK will be in select theaters, On Demand, and available for download starting Friday, March 8th.

“STATE 194″ a documentary about Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad

See the trailer for STATE 194, a documentary from director Dan Setton chronicling Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s campaign for Palestine to become the 194th state recognized by the United Nations.
The story has continued to develop after the UN General Assembly voted by an overwhelming majority to recognize Palestine as a non-Member Observer State on Nov. 29, 2012.
The vote came exactly 65 years after the UN passed a resolution to partition Palestine, allowing for the formation of the state of Israel on November 29, 1947.
STATE 194, produced by Participant Media (An Inconvenient Truth, Food, Inc.), will be making its European Premiere at the Berlinale on 8 February in the Panorama section.
TRAILER
Trailer: http://www.takepart.com/state194
SYNOPSIS:
If you build the foundations of peace . . . will it come?
This fascinating question lies at the heart of STATE 194, a vital and revealing look deep inside Israel and Palestine at the men and women trying to seize an historic opportunity to end the conflict and make implementing the two-state solution a reality right now. From the halls of power, across youthful social networks and on the streets, it is a remarkable story of those who are attempting to transform an endangered thread of hope into something tangible.
This journey-still-in-progress begins with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, who in 2009 launched a daring campaign to change his people’s destiny. For decades, acts of war and terror, political wrangling and diplomacy have failed to solve the territorial disputes of the region; settle the questions of Palestinian independence and Israeli security; or halt ongoing violence. But Fayyad envisioned a different approach. Taking his surprising inspiration from the Israeli battle for U.N. recognition in 1948 – which centered on building the bedrock of civil society to demonstrate their readiness to be a nation — he forged an ambitious 2-year plan to pave roads, raise schools and fast-track creating the core institutions of governance across the West Bank. Fayyad decided even if statehood was stalled, progress didn’t have to be. The plan achieved rapid and dramatic improvements in key development areas, leading President Mahmoud Abbas to take a different risk: presenting the case to the United Nations that Palestine was ready to become the 194th member nation.
Participant Media presents STATE 194 directed by Dan Setton and produced by Setton and Elise Pearlstein. The executive producers are Jeff Skoll and Diane […]

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