Trailering Peanuts from Blue Sky


Watch an army of Woodstocks getting into the holiday spirit by decorating Snoopy's doghouse in the first trailer for Blue Sky's Peanuts (Nov. 6, 2015). Fans of Charles Schultz have no fear: Charlie Brown and his Peanuts pals have made a terrific design  transition

Go Inside Out with Sadness and Disgust


Meet Sadness and Disgust from Pixar's Inside Out (June 19, 2015). Pete Docter goes inside the mind of Riley, who's been uprooted from Minnesota to San Francisco. The inventive and profound premise revolves around her emotions: Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and

Duet Launches Globally on Moto X


Acclaimed animator Glen Keane’s Duet --  shortlisted for Oscar consideration in the Best Animated Short category -- is now available globally to users of Motorola’s new line of Moto X mobile devices and a wider launch planned for early next year. Animated in

Trailering Peanuts from Blue Sky

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Watch an army of Woodstocks getting into the holiday spirit by decorating Snoopy’s doghouse in the first trailer for Blue Sky’s Peanuts (Nov. 6, 2015). Read more

Go Inside Out with Sadness and Disgust

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Meet Sadness and Disgust from Pixar’s Inside Out (June 19, 2015). Read more

Duet Launches Globally on Moto X

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Acclaimed animator Glen Keane’s Duet –  shortlisted for Oscar consideration in the Best Animated Short category – is now available globally to users of Motorola’s new line of Moto X mobile devices and a wider launch planned for early next year. Read more

Remembering Film Critic Charles Champlin

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The passing on Sunday of Los Angeles Times arts editor/film critic Charles Champlin, 88, is significant to me personally because he was my mentor and therefore had the greatest impact in nurturing my career as a film journalist. Read more

Christoph Waltz Bound for Bond 24

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The ever reliable Baz Bamigboye reports that two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (Big Eyes) has been cast in Bond 24, but it’s not clear whether he’s friend or foe or both. But it demonstrates the prestige factor that comes with having director Sam Mendes and star Daniel Craig. Read more

Franklin Talks Mind-Blowing Interstellar VFX

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SPOILER ALERT: The visual effects whiz behind Interstellar jumps into the making of the film’s trickiest, most mind-blowing sequences. Read more

Keach Talks Glen Campbell Doc

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James Keach’s Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me reveals the country music legend’s fight with Alzheimer’s disease during his “Goodbye Tour” in 2012 with his family. It’s about the power of music and struggling to hold onto precious memories: a testament of Campbell’s great spirit and wily humor, with music sustaining him when most memories faded away. The Oscar-contending doc is currently playing in theaters. Read more

Warsaw Uprising Documentary as ‘Found Footage’

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In honor of the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, in which the Polish city bravely fought off its German army occupiers in Aug./Sept. of 1944, director Jan Komasa (Suicide Room) has made a unique documentary utilizing six hours of footage from a Polish camera crew that has been secretly collected throughout Europe.  It’s been colorized and audio constructed to make it more relatable as a “found footage” narrative. The Oscar-contending Warsaw Uprising (Opus Films), produced by the Warsaw Uprising Museum, is currently playing in select theaters. Read more

Lucasfilm Gets Animated About Strange Magic

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Disney has added another animated feature to its slate next year: Lucasfilm’s Strange Magic, a madcap fairy tale musical directed by former Oscar-winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom (Lifted). It’s inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and will be released by Touchstone Pictures on Jan. 23, 2015. It’s a collaboration between Lucasfilm Animation Singapore (Star Wars Rebels, Clone Wars) and ILM (the Oscar-winning Rango). Read more

Trailering Battle of the Five Armies

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Peter Jackson closes his second Tolkien trilogy with an epic battle and a bridge to Lord of the Rings. Read more

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