January 05, 2015
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“Toy Story 3″: The Top 25 (Best Animated Feature)

Onward we go folks with this weekly series of mine that I’m doing here at the site. Yes, we’re talking the top 25 Oscar winners in just about every single one of the Academy Award categories out there to be discussed. As you know, aside from the shorts and something like Best Sound Editing or Best Sound Mixing like I already mentioned previously, I’ll be hitting them all over the coming weeks and months. Of course, that includes the big eight categories, a few of which I’ve already knocked off. I’m also potentially going to do one that doesn’t exist (a fictitious Best Ensemble category), but that’s just an idea I currently am toying with. We’ll see about that one.
Today I’ll be tackling a category I teased you all about last week, with this one being the…Best Animated Feature field. As you all certainly know by this point, depending on the category in question, I may wind up discussing the individual winners I’m citing pretty specifically or just giving more of a broad overview of the winners. For now though, I’m still keeping it fairly simple and saving the more expansive installments for the biggest of the categories. Like I’ve said over the past month or so though, in all honesty, you all mostly just want to see the lists anyway, so I have no problem obliging you there in that particular regard. All you have to do is just be patient over the next couple of paragraphs once again. Also of note here, there won’t be 25 winners listed, since the category isn’t 25 years old yet (and in actuality is still just a teenager). In short, I’ll be ranking the entire history of the category.
This time around, I’m going to be taking the overview route again, since as mentioned above, it’s an abbreviated list. Still, there are a number of different types of animation on display below, from anime to hand drawn to computer animated, so it’s another week where the list contains something for everyone. As such, it’s again a matter of taste, at least to some degree. Are you a Pixar fan? A back of Hiyao Miyazaki? Either way, there’s a cartoon for you here.
I’ll basically just discuss my top ten a bit now, even if that’s a good portion of the entire category’s history. To me, the best winner of this category so far to […]

“Monsters University” and “Pacific Rim” take Hollywood Film Awards Honors

The 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards announced today that Disney/Pixar’s “Monsters University,” directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae, will be the recipient of the Hollywood Animation Award, and Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures “Pacific Rim” visual effects supervisor John Knoll will receive the “Hollywood Visual Effects Award” at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony.
The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the Hollywood Film Awards. He said: “John Knoll’s groundbreaking work on Pacific Rim sets a new standard in visual effects. The robots and monsters in the film truly come to life through the best visual effects of the year. Once again, the animation and storytelling of “Monsters University” reflects Pixar’s creativity and greatness.”

The award will be bestowed at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
The Hollywood Film Awards honors cherished stars, filmmakers and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance.
“We are very proud to be the first stop of the awards season. In the last ten years, a total of 96 Oscar® nominations and 34 Oscars® were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards,” said de Abreu.
Last year’s awards show received more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers’ impressions.
About Dan Scalon
Dan Scanlon made his animated feature directorial debut with Disney/Pixar’s 14th feature film, “Monsters University,” which has grossed over $700 million dollars worldwide since its June 2013 release. He also co-wrote the film’s story and screenplay. As a youngster in Clawson, Michigan, Scanlon possessed a love for Warner Bros. cartoons, animated Disney films and, as fate would have it, Pixar short films. His passion inspired him to study film and animation in high school and in college where he focused on illustration at Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD). Upon graduating from CCAD, Scanlon began working as an animator and story artist for Character Builders, a 2D animation company that produced feature and commercial work in Columbus, Ohio. Scanlon joined Pixar Animation Studios in September 2001 as a storyboard artist on Disney/Pixar’s award-winning features “Cars” and “Toy Story 3.” During the initial production stages for both films, he worked to translate the director’s story ideas into […]

The Dark Knight Rises topped the weekend box office again with $36 million.

HollywoodNews.com:In the face of two relatively non-mighty openers, The Dark Knight Rises (review/spoiler-review) topped the weekend box office again with $36 million. As has been the case throughout the film’s much-debated run (which is really only 17 days old), it’s doing pretty spectacular by any logical standard but must be defended from those who think it automatically should have topped The Dark Knight and/or challenged The Avengers.
The film has $354 million after three weekends, versus The Dark Knight ($393 million) and The Avengers ($457 million). It’s the third-biggest 17-day total of all-time, closely surpassing Avatar ($352 million) as the third-fastest film to reach $350 million. It will crack $400 million in two or three weekends (surely the fourth-fastest movie to do so if it can in less than Shrek 2’s 43 days) and anything after that is merely bragging rights. It may or may not crack $1 billion worldwide, with around $700 million so far and holding up relatively well. Despite my concerns following its Harry Potter/Twilight-esque opening weekend, it’s already having a leggier run than any recent Harry Potter or Twilight Saga sequel, as well as Spider-Man 3 (2.2x its weekend) or Iron Man 2 (2.4x times its weekend). It’ll out gross Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith ($380 million) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II ($381 million) around next weekend.
It will probably outgross Transformers 2 ($402 million), Spider-Man ($403 million), and The Hunger Games ($405 million) by the end of the month, with Toy Story 3 ($415 million), The Lion King ($422 million), and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest ($423 million) waiting on tap if it can keep those non-IMAX screens during the end-of-August deluge. So relax Bat-fans, it’s doing just fine.
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“Brave” Hits Bullseye With $66.7 Million

HollywoodNews.com: Another year, another $60-$70 million Pixar opening weekend. Brave (review) is their thirteenth release, as well as their thirteenth number-one debut and their eighth film to open between $60 and $70 million since 2001. Brave, which attracted headlines due to the fact that it was Pixar’s first film with a female lead (and a female director until Brenda Chapman was replaced by Mark Andrews), opened with an estimated $66.7 million this weekend, putting it (for now) just above Cars 2’s $66.1 million debut and a bit below Up’s $68.1 million opening as the fifth-best debut in Pixar history.
Brave pulled in $24.5 million on Friday, which gives the film a 2.71x weekend multiplier, which is actually pretty low by Pixar standards. Still, it’s close enough to the 2.73x multiplier for Wall-E ($23m/$63m), the 2.68x weekend multiplier for Toy Story 3 ($41m/$110m), and the 2.64x weekend multiplier for Cars 2 ($25m/$66m) to avoid any alarm. Movies, even most animated ones, are just a bit more front-loaded these days and Pixar films tend to play like sequels in a popular franchise than stand-alone entries. In terms of total box office, there is always the chance that Brave could play like Cars 2, which (comparatively) flamed out with just 2.8x weekend-to-total multiplier ($191 million domestic) and end up below $200 million.
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Weekend Box Office: The Lion King 3D

HollywoodNews.com: In a slightly shocking result that has several notable meanings, Disney’s 3D-converted re-release of The Lion King (essay) cruised into the number one spot over the weekend with a mighty $30.1 million. Acting as both a two-week advertisement for the October 4th Blu Ray release and a test run for possibly reviving the old ‘out of the vault and back into theaters’ strategy of old, the film didn’t just top the box office but very nearly set a record for the Mouse House.
In the realm of Disney cartoons that are NOT Pixar releases, The Lion King 3D is actually fifth on the opening weekend list, behind Tarzan ($34 million), Chicken Little ($40 million), The Lion King ($40.8 million), and Tangled ($48 million). It is the fifth-biggest September opening in history and came within $600,000 of besting the $30.7 million domestic gross of Disney’s Toy Story/Toy Story 2 double-feature 3D re-release October, 2009. That re-release, which was both an advertisement for the Toy Story/Toy Story 2 Blu Ray releases as well as the upcoming Toy Story 3, opened with $12.4 million despite Disney offering two shows for the price of one (IE – half the show times in a given day). So simply taking the Toy Story 3D opening weekend and doubling it gives you around $25 million, meaning that this weekend’s result was not quite as unexpected as its being reported.
If The Lion King 3D matches the 2.4x weekend-to-total multiplier of the Toy Story double-feature, then we’re looking at $71 million. That accomplishes three goals. First of all, it’s already surpassed the $339 million domestic gross of Finding Nemo, which means that The Lion King is now the biggest-grossing non-sequel cartoon of all-time. Second of all, a $73 million total will be JUST enough to get The Lion King over the $400 million mark, which just looks prettier. And finally, with $12 million in overseas added to the new domestic total of $357 million, the worldwide gross for The Lion King now sits at $825 million (Up yours, Shrek the Third!).
If this re-release does $73 million in America and $32 million overseas (a reasonable guess), then ends with $890 million and leapfrogs over Finding Nemo ($867 million) and most importantly Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ($886 million). The $919 million worldwide total of Shrek […]

Starz Unwraps “Toy Story” Gift in Unprecedented Television Marathon

HollywoodNews.com: It’s three times the Pixar magic of Buzz Lightyear, Woody for the first time ever, Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and the Starz Saturday Night Premiere of Toy Story 3. This is the first time that all three films will be shown together on television, an incredible evening for the entire family.
It will take place on Saturday, April 16th, beginning at 6:05 p.m. (ET/PT). Marathon continues Sunday, April 17 at 9:00 a.m. and at 5:15 p.m.
The Toy Story Story
The franchise began in 1995 with Tom Hanks and Tim Allen lending their voices as cowboy Woody and astronaut Buzz Lightyear. The first film won a Special Achievement Oscar® for director John Lasseter, culminating in 2010 with a Best Animated Feature statuette for Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich and Best Song for composer Randy Newman. Throughout the storied franchise, Toy Story has garnered 10 Academy Award® nominations and the three films have grossed over $1 Billion at the boxoffice.
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Oscars: “The King’s Speech,” Colin Firth and Tom Hooper are Crowned

By Sean O’Connell
HollywoodNews.com: The 83rd Annual Academy Awards.
“The King’s Speech,” Colin Firth and Tom Hooper are crowned.
Congratulations to all involved!!
11:31 p.m. ET – (Almost) right on time, it’s Spielberg to announce Best Picture! #oscars
11:25 p.m. ET – Colin Firth wins! #oscars
11:21 p.m. ET – Sandra Bullock just called Jeff Bridges “dude” … and made it sound adorable. #oscars
11:20 p.m. ET – Here comes Best Actor! #oscars
11:16 p.m. ET – And it goes to Natalie Portman! #oscars
11:11 p.m. ET – The Dude abides … and presents Best Actress. #oscars
11:02 p.m. ET – Best Director goes to Tom Hooper!! #oscars
11:01 p.m. ET – And now, the meat of the ceremony! #oscars
10:59 p.m. ET – Of course. I’ve already forgotten David Seidler’s tender speech. Thanks @Danitalicious, for reminding me.
10:52 p.m. ET – Has “The King’s Speech” won anything yet? By my count, it’s oh-fer. Right? #oscars
10:46 p.m. ET – After the live performances, Original Song goes to Randy Newman for “We Belong Together,” from “Toy Story 3.” #oscars
10:37 p.m. ET – Great Tweet from InContention’s Kris Tapley, who writes, “How cruel to keep building the hopes for the Socialites.” He’s probably right, but I’m beginning to believe Social Network has a pretty good shot at Picture. We’ll know soon enough. #oscars
10:35 p.m. ET – Man, #Inception is cleaning up in the technical categories … #oscars
10:27 p.m. ET – Is Billy Crystal taking over? There might be a God. #oscars
10:21 p.m. ET – Yawn. Inside Job. Solid flick, but … the financial meltdown? Okay. I guess. #oscars
10:20 p.m. ET – BANKSY. BANKSY. BANKSY. Please? #oscars
10:19 p.m. ET – Wait, Oprah’s big Oscar thing isn’t supposed to be until tomorrow! #oscars
10:18 p.m. ET – Auto tune the Oscars? Pretty funny. #oscars
10:15 p.m. ET – Live Action Short goes to God of Love! #oscars
10:13 p.m. ET – Documentary Short Film winner is Strangers No More! #oscars
10:11 p.m. ET – By my count, we’ve got 10 Oscars left to hand out.
10:02 p.m. ET – Here come the songs! Randy Newman doing “We Belong Together.” Slow start but sounding good now.
9:59 p.m. ET – Costume Design goes to “Alice In Wonderland” … its second #oscars win tonight.
9:57 p.m. ET – Kudos to the Academy for remembering February’s “The Wolfman” for makeup. #oscars
9:55 p.m. ET – “Congratulations, nerds?” Oh, Franco. Unfunny and mean-spirited are not a good combination at the #oscars
9:54 p.m. ET – […]

Snippets from 10th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
HollywoodNews.com: Lori Loughlin says she has no regrets about departing “90210″ and is leaving the CW show “on the very best of terms.” Lori, who’s been playing mom to Shenae Grimes and Tristan Wilds on the series since 2008, departs at season’s end as the show’s young cast of characters graduates from high school and heads off into college life.
“The CW has a demographic and they need to write to that demographic and I think the CW does that really well, you know?” she says.
“I think, for me, it’s time to creatively move on, because there’s not that much for me to do, and again, I understand and I have no hard feelings.”
Not that Loughlin’s character has lacked for drama through the years, with her own hot romances and a rivalry with Jennie Garth that heated up in Season 2. Garth told us recently that she disliked the direction “90210″ has been taking. Loughlin says, “You know, I think it’s fine. Jennie had a different attachment to the show. ‘Beverly Hills, 90210′ was her show for so many years, and she felt protective, almost motherly toward it. Along comes the new incarnation, and I don’t think she was happy with what they were doing. But for me, I had no attachment to the old version, so I was completely fine with it. I also thought it was a whole different show. Also, I think she had some issues with what they wanted to do with her character, and I understand that, because nobody knows that character better than Jennie. So at times I think she felt like they were misrepresenting Kelly.”
As for what Loughlin will do next, the mother of 11 and 12-year-old daughters, and wife of designer Mossimo Giannulli says, “I’m going to take a moment and breathe before I jump back into anything. I love television, but a series is a grind and so I just want to take a moment before I make any decisions.”
MEANWHILE: We caught up with Loughlin at this week’s 10th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards, the elegant event honoring the best of 2010 films appealing to mature moviegoers, put on by AARP at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Sally Field, Tony Bennett, Angela Lansbury, Larry Hagman, Jacqueline Bisset, Mickey Rooney and dozens of other names […]

Disney Celebrates 12 Oscar® Nominations for ‘Toy Story 3,’ ‘Alice In Wonderland’ and more

HollywoodNews.com: The Walt Disney Studios is proud to announce its 2010 films have earned 12 Oscar® nominations. Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced five nominations for Disney•Pixar’s ‘Toy Story 3,’ including for the coveted title of Best Picture; three for ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ and one each for ‘Day & Night,’ ‘Tangled,’ ‘The Tempest’ and ‘TRON: Legacy.’
“2010 was a banner year for The Walt Disney Studios, and we are thrilled that the Academy has chosen to recognize both our animated blockbusters Toy Story 3 and Tangled and our live-action hits Alice in Wonderland and TRON: Legacy for their artistry, technical achievements and storytelling,” said Rich Ross, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.
Toy Story 3 marks only the third time in history that Academy members have honored an animated film in the Best Picture category. It also earned a nomination for Adapted Screenplay – making it the fourth consecutive screenplay nomination for a Disney•Pixar film. The Toy Story trilogy’s tally of Oscar nominations now stands at nine.
Commenting on the announcement, John Lasseter, chief creative officer for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, said, “To have Toy Story 3 represented in the Best Picture category is a great honor, and a fitting tribute to director Lee Unkrich, producer Darla Anderson, screenwriter Michael Arndt, and all of the talented people at Pixar, who worked so hard to live up to and exceed the standards and expectations of Toy Story fans and moviegoers all over the world.”
A summary of nominations for The Walt Disney Studios is as follows:
Toy Story 3
Best Motion Picture of the Year – Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney) A Pixar Production
Darla K. Anderson, Producer
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year – Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney) Lee Unkrich
Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song) – “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney) Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
Achievement in Sound Editing – Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney) Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
Adapted Screenplay – Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney), Screenplay by Michael Arndt. Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
Alice in Wonderland
Art Direction – Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney), Robert Stromberg (Production Design), Karen O’Hara (Set Decoration)
Achievement in Costume Design – Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney) Colleen Atwood
Achievement in Visual Effects – Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney) Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
Day & Night
Best Animated Short […]

Oscars: “The King’s Speech” gets loud, vocal support from Academy members

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech” leads this year’s pack of Oscar contenders with 12 nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, and three acting nominations for Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter.
“True Grit” came in second place in the nominations race, earning 10 nods includi9ng a surprise nomination for Joel and Ethan Coen in the Best Director category (where many pundits had penciled in Christopher Nolan for “Inception”).
The remaining Best Picture slots are occupied by “Black Swan,” “The Fighter,” “Inception,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “127 Hours,” “The Social Network,” “Toy Story 3,”and “Winter’s Bone.”
A list of this year’s Academy Award nominees in the major categories:
Best Picture
‘Black Swan’
‘The Fighter’
‘Inception’
‘The Kids Are All Right’
‘The King’s Speech’
‘127 Hours’
‘The Social Network’
‘Toy Story 3′
‘True Grit’
‘Winter’s Bone’
Best Director
Darren Aronofsky, ‘Black Swan’
David O’Russell, ‘The Fighter’
Tom Hooper, ‘The King’s Speech’
David Fincher, ‘The Social Network’
Joel and Ethan Coen, ‘True Grit’
Best Actor
Javier Bardem, ‘Biutiful’
Jeff Bridges, ‘True Grit’
Jesse Eisenberg, ‘The Social Network’
Colin Firth, ‘The King’s Speech’
James Franco, ‘127 Hours’
Best Actress
Annette Bening, ‘The Kids Are All Right’
Nicole Kidman, ‘Rabbit Hole’
Jennifer Lawrence, ‘Winter’s Bone’
Natalie Portman, ‘Black Swan’
Michelle Williams, ‘Blue Valentine’
Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, ‘The Fighter’
John Hawkes, ‘Winter’s Bone’
Jeremy Renner, ‘The Town’
Mark Ruffalo, ‘The Kids Are All Right’
Geoffrey Rush, ‘The King’s Speech’
Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, ‘The Fighter’
Helena Bonham Carter, ‘The King’s Speech’
Melissa Leo, ‘The Fighter’
Hailee Steinfeld, ‘True Grit’
Jacki Weaver, ‘Animal Kingdom’
Best Animated Feature Film
‘How to Train Your Dragon’
‘Illusionist’
‘Toy Story 3′
Best Foreign Film
Mexico – ‘Biutiful’
Greece – ‘Dogtooth’
Denmark – ‘In a Better World’
Canada – ‘Incendies’
Algeria – ‘Outside the law’
Best Original Screenplay
‘Another Year’
‘The Fighter’
‘Inception’
‘The Kids Are All Right’
‘The King’s Speech’
Best Adapted Screenplay
‘127 Hours’
‘The Social Network’
‘Toy Story 3′
‘True Grit’
‘Winter’s Bone’
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