April 23, 2014

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“Paranorman” Winner of 15 Best Animated Feature Film awards

Winner of 15 Best Animated Feature Film awards, winner of two Annie Awards in the category of Character Animation & Design and now also nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a GLAAD Media Award, ParaNorman was made at the LAIKA Studios located in Oregon.
Over the two years of making the movie, a dedicated crew of over 320 talented animators, designers, artists, and technicians came together to hand-craft the year’s most original animated feature.
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We hope you enjoy your visit to Norman’s town of Blithe Hollow and the people who made it possible.
PARANORMAN
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Story: The new 3D stop-motion comedy thriller from animation company LAIKA, reteaming the company with Focus Features after the groundbreaking Academy Award-nominated “Coraline.” “ParaNorman” is, following “Coraline,” the company’s second stop-motion animated feature to be made in 3D. In “ParaNorman,” a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he’ll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst, of all, grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.
Directors:
Sam Fell and Chris Butler
Screenplay:
Chris Butler
Cast:
NORMAN BABCOCK Kodi Smit-McPhee
NEIL Tucker Albrizzi
MITCH Casey Affleck
COURTNEY Anna Kendrick
ALVIN [...]

Paranorman: A Solid Movie with Impressive Visuals

by Michael Ward
HollywoodNews.com: After dazzling us with Coraline, it should come as a surprise to no one that Laika Stuidos newest film, ParaNorman would be at least a solid movie with impressive visuals. But man did they take it to the next level with this film. With ParaNorman, directors Sam Fell and Chris Butler manage to not only deliver beautiful visuals, but 90 minutes of an incredibly rich story filled with solid themes and great characterizations.
An uproariously funny homage to zombie films and 80s films like The Goonies, ParaNorman tells the story a boy named Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) who has the ability to talk to ghosts. He’s picked on by a bully named Alvin and misunderstood by everyone, especially his parents. Already ostracized, he manages to make a friend named Neil, but at the same time come visions and a warning from his crazy uncle about a witch’s curse that will be enacted if he doesn’t read a story on the witch’s grave. Unfortunately for him hijinks ensue and the dead rise, leading Norman to team up with some unlikely people including his sister, his tormentor, his friend Neil and Neil’s brother Mitch to save the town from the zombies and the witch’s curse.
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This Week In Movies – ‘Social Network,’ ‘Case 39,’ ‘Let Me In’

By Pete Hammond
HollywoodNews.com: For the third weekend in a row, a major studio adult-oriented, dialogue-driven film with more on its mind that non-stop mayhem or mindless sight gags topped the boxoffice thus keeping the resurgence of thinking-person’s cinema on a thrilling roll. Surprise, surprise! The fact that The Town, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and now this week’s The Social Network are drawing crowds Hollywood had seemed to give up on (55% of Social Network’s audience was over the age of 25) with movies that can be described as that five letter word: “Drama” is heartening to this observer even if most of the business for ‘Social’ had to be drummed up from big cities and not the heartland. The Social Network directed by David Fincher and brilliantly written to an inch of its life by Aaron Sorkin harkens back to the kind of piercing dramas like “Network”, “All The President’s Men” and even the hallowed “Citizen Kane” (although let’s not get carried away) so the fact that it could more than DOUBLE the gross of two competing horror genre films, Let Me In and Case 39, opening against it is quite astonishing since we were led to believe studios were in the tentpole big event business these days and not interested in grown up ideas anymore. How wrong. Of course it really helped that Sony brilliantly marketed the movie, invited bloggers in early and got lots of laudatory ink from critics, another group whose influence was said to be going the way of the dinosaurs. If that New York Times two page ad opening day chock full of quotes is any indication then that may be another modern myth exploded. Of course this is the Fall, a time for studios to trot out the one or two more adult projects they may have in their hopper and its doubtful we would ever see any of the recent box office leaders dare to open in the more lucrative summer months for sure. At any rate with a B+ Cinemascore and an even better 97% fresh rating at the Rotten Tomatoes movie review site, Social Network should be able to make a good run of it and further depress its key subject, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who has disowned it as a piece of “fiction”. Of course when you’re only 26 years [...]

TIFF ’10: Five unforgettable moments from this year’s fest

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: This year’s Toronto International Film Festival surprised me on so many levels: quality of film; accessibility to events; friendliness of the TIFF volunteers and staff; even the weather, which gave attendees a taste of fall … even if we only experienced fresh air for a few minutes in between movie screenings.
I’m going to skip a traditional festival recap. Hopefully you enjoyed what you read over the last six days, and if you want to go back over my coverage of this year’s festival, just put TIFF in our search engine.
Also, I feel that no matter how much I managed to see and do at TIFF, I missed out on just as much. Toronto lives up to its nickname of “The People’s Festival” by offering such a full plate so as to satisfy all tastes. It’s overloaded with opportunities, which couldn’t be better for film junkies like myself.

There was a Cadillac commercial running before every TIFF screening that flashed images such as The Terminator robot, Sharon Stone in the interrogation chair for “Basic Instinct,” or Janet Leigh in the shower in “Psycho.” The message was that some things you see only once, but remember forever.
With that in mind, I wanted to list the five most memorable moments from my Toronto this year, both on screen and off. This isn’t my last TIFF piece. I still have a few unfinished articles and reviews to post, which I will later this week. But these five events are burned in my memory. They are spoiler-ish, to a certain extent. I’ll keep them vague, so as not to ruin any of the film’s mentioned. But when I look back on TIFF 2010, I’m always going to remember:
1. James Franco taking out his digital camera and snapping a photo after the fact in Danny Boyle’s empowering “127 Hours.”
2. Andrew Garfield of “Never Let Me Go” and “The Social Network” extending his arm and pointing his fingers to show me how he’s going to fire his webbing when he plays Spider-Man in Marc Webb’s sure-to-be blockbuster.
3. Natalie Portman spreading her wings, literally and metaphorically, in Darren Aronofsky’s harrowing “Black Swan.”
4. Kodi Smit-McPhee’s eyes welling with tears as the young boy asks his oblivious father if evil really exists in Matt Reeves’ “Let Me In.”
5. A defiant Rosamund Pike telling Paul Giamatti they “had” a life in Richard J. Lewis’ [...]

Exclusive “Let Me In” clip sinks its teeth into Internet

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We’re keeping a close eye on Matt Reeves’ “Let Me In,” a remake of Tomas Alfredson’s killer vampire flick that stars Kodi Smit-McPhee of “The Road” as a lonely young boy who befriends a young girl in his apartment complex (Chloe Moretz) and eventually learns her deadly secret.
The film will play Toronto next week before heading to Austin to hold court at Fantastic Fest. This morning, though, we have an exclusive clip from the film courtesy of the cleverly titled Web site Enter Under Penalty of Death.
Click here to view it.
Reeves certainly has his work cut out for him. The tremendous original, titled “Let the Right One In,” has a relatively strong cult audience. And it only came out in 2008, meaning it’s still very fresh in people’s mind, so comparisons – positive and negative – will be easy to make.
That being said, if Reeves can duplicate the mood of the first film, he has a chance to introduce a tender and terrifying story to a larger, American audience who don’t like reading subtitles.
“Let Me In” opens everywhere on Oct. 1.
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TIFF ’10: Matt Reeves’ bloodsucking “Let Me In”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We continue to preview anticipated titles screening at the 35th Toronto International Film Festival in our “Road to Toronto” feature.

The fest kicks off on Sept. 9, and HollywoodNews.com will be on the ground bringing you reviews, interviews, and a clearer glimpse at the ever-shifting Oscar race.
So far, we’ve discussed “I’m Still Here” and “Black Swan.” Today, it’s a remake of Tomas Alfredson’s killer vampire flick from the director of “Cloverfield” and the star of “Kick-Ass.”
Let Me In

The Plot: A shy boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) befriends a young girl in his apartment complex (Chloe Moretz) and eventually learns her deadly secret.
The Director: Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield”)
The Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Elias Koteas, Cara Buono
The Scoop: Reeves has his work cut out for him. The tremendous original, titled “Let the Right One In,” has a relatively strong cult audience. And it only came out in 2008, meaning it’s still very fresh in people’s mind, so comparisons – both positive and negative – will be easy to make.
That being said, if Reeves can duplicate the mood of the first film, he has a chance to introduce a tender and terrifying story to a larger, American audience who don’t like reading subtitles.
Awards Potential: Right now, it seems the two young stars have the best chance to win Oscar’s favor. Both have been good in previous films (“The Road” for Smit-McPhee and “Kick-Ass” for Moretz), and their “Let Me In” parts require serious emotional depth if the film’s going to work. Don’t discount Jenkins, who is terrific in just about everything, though he may want to throw his weight behind his “Eat, Pray, Love” role once the Oscar race starts heating up.
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“Let Me In” to open Fantastic Fest 2010

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Fantastic Fest scored a solid opener for its September event, announcing this afternoon that Matt Reeves’ remake, “Let Me In,” will launch the multi-day celebration on Thursday, Sept. 23. It will be the film’s U.S. premiere.
Chloe Moretz (“Kick Ass”) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (“The Road”) star in the modern-day vampire film about a young boy who befriends a special girl.
“We are truly honored that Fantastic Fest has chosen to open their festival with the U.S. premiere of ‘Let Me In.’ It is incredibly exciting to be able to present the film to an audience who I know are just as passionate about John Ajvide Linqvist’s story as I am,” said Reeves.
“Fantastic Fest has been following the development of this movie with rabid interest and we couldn’t be more excited to share what Matt Reeves has up his sleeve in adapting this incredible story. We anticipate that this will solidify his place as a visionary genre artist,” said Fantastic Fest co-founder Tim League.
For more information on Fantastic Fest, which takes over Austin, Texas from Sept. 23-30, visit www.fantasticfest.com.
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Daniel Radcliffe Confirms “Woman In Black” Casting

By Hanako M. Ricks
HollywoodNews.com: Daniel Radcliffe, star of the Harry Potter films, has confirmed in a press release that he will indeed star in the latest adaptation of Susan Hill’s novel “The Woman In Black”. The novel, which has been successfully adapted on both the small screen and the stage, will receive the 3D treatment in this latest version, which tells the story of a young solicitor who encounters a mysterious woman in black. The full press release is below:
London, England (19.07.10) – Daniel Radcliffe will take the lead in The Woman in Black, Hammer Films and Alliance Films hotly anticipated adaptation of Susan Hill’s best-selling novel, it was announced today by Simon Oakes, and Nigel Sinclair of Exclusive and Hammer.
To be directed by James Watkins (Eden Lake) and written by Jane Goldman (Kick Ass, The Debt) The Woman in Black follows a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe), who is ordered to travel to a remote corner of the UK and sort out a recently deceased client’s papers. As he works alone in an old and isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover its tragic secrets, and his unease grows when he discovers that the local village is held hostage by the ghost of a scorned woman set on vengeance. Production is expected to begin in the Fall of 2010.
Exclusive and Alliance Films will co-finance the film. Alliance Films will also distribute the film in the United Kingdom (Momentum), Spain (Aurum) and Canada (Alliance Films). Exclusive Films International, headed by Chairman Guy East and President of International Sales and Distribution Alex Walton, is handling worldwide sales.
Daniel Radcliffe is of course, best known for his portrayal of the bespectacled wizard Harry Potter, in the hugely successful series of feature films based on J. K. Rowling’s publishing phenomenon. He has starred in all eight films and collaborated with respected directors Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell and David Yates. He also starred in Brian Kirk’s My Boy Jack (written by and also co-starring David Haig), playing the role of Rudyard Kipling’s tragic 17 year old son who went off to fight in the First World War. Most recently Radcliffe has proved him self an accomplished stage actor, receiving tremendous reviews and acclaim for his portrayal of Alan Strang in Peter Shaffer’s Equus in the West End and on Broadway. Radcliffe will return to Broadway next Spring to star in the musical [...]

“Let Me In” international trailer sinks its teeth into the Web

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: As many of you may know, I am opposed to remakes, in general, and vehemently opposed to remakes of films that already were good in their initial existence. So the idea that “Cloverfield” director Matt Reeves is remaking Tomas Alfredson’s chilling vampire thriller “Let the Right One In” so soon after its release (we saw it in 2008) has me shaking my head in frustration.
Still, the casting of Reeves’ “Let Me In” is accurate. Chloe Moretz, the controversial Hit Girl from this spring’s “Kick-Ass,” will play undead Abby, who forges a relationship with Owen, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee of “The Road.” Both child actors have given strong performances in other films, and I hope Reeves gets a lot from them.
And now, we’re starting to see footage. An international trailer released to Deadline has made its way to YouTube. Click here to check it out.
It looks ominous, with certain images mirroring the original. Ny blood rushed when I saw Smit-McPhee plunge into a swimming pool. You’ll find out why soon enough.
But it’s also cut a bit like a “Final Destination” sequel, with an alt-rock temp track backing the action. Alfredson’s film had mood, not action. It’s possible Reeves maintains that mood, though it’s hard to tell from this first clip.
“Let Me In” opens Oct. 1, 2010.
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Producer Simon Oakes explains what’s right about ‘Let Me In’

When Let The Right One In was screened at film festivals in early 2008, it quickly built a reputation as a scary, satisfying vampire story that had a major advantage over its bloodsucking competition – namely, that it had substance, too. Upon its theatrical release, it continued to gain attention from genre fans and casual viewers alike, eventually becoming one of the few modern horror films that earned a spot among the classics, or at the very least was good enough to love unconditionally. All of which is why people were perhaps understandably suspicious, if not outraged, when Hammer Films announced that Cloverfield director Matt Reeves would be mounting a remake, to be entitled Let Me In.
On Friday, producer and Hammer Films executive Simon Oakes met in Beverly Hills with a small group of journalists to reassure fans that the ’08 original would not be impugned by Reeves’ 2010 reimagining. Speaking to reporters over a modest spread of bagels and coffee, Oakes revealed a few details about Let Me In, talked about what made Reeves right to direct it, and explained why and how they chose what elements from the first film (and its source material) would make it to the screen in theirs.
Hollywood News: Was there a sense that the public at large is not familiar with Let the Right One In, and that’s why it needed to be remade in an English-language version?
Simon Oakes: That’s a very good question, and the right one to ask. We saw [Let the Right One In] very early; I’m English, I’m European, and I see a lot of pictures coming out of Scandinavia, France and Germany as you can imagine. So we saw it very, very early on and we thought it was astonishing because it was a love story – Stand By Me meets The Exorcist – and we thought it was just special and wonderful. We never in a million years could have guessed it would get the critical acclaim that it did, particularly in the United Kingdom, where it was actually a hit movie. It did great grosses. But at the same time, the reality is 22-23 percent of its entire box office in the U.S. came from one theater. I was always of the view that this was a beautiful story, I knew the original book, which was a lot harder as you guys would know – a [...]

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