‘Up’ triumphs at Annie Awards

Posted by · 5:42 am · February 7th, 2010

Last year, the industry-voted Annie Awards appeared to have entered a peculiar grudge match with Pixar Studios, as eventual Oscar-winner “WALL-E” came away empty-handed, while “Kung Fu Panda” swept the board. Whether that curious outcome was the result of peer envy or professional preference, the Annies appear to be back on board with Pixar, as […]

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5/14 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:52 am · May 14th, 2009

• A little news from my homeland: Michael Cieply reports on Durham, North Carolina finally getting its Hollywood day in the sun. [The Carpetbagger] • Revisiting Stephen Frears’s “The Queen” on the basis of entertainment and history. [The Guardian] • Rachel Abramowitz profiles new “Angels & Demons” starlet Ayelet Zurer. [Los Angeles Times] • Director […]

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What the techies think

Posted by · 5:22 pm · February 11th, 2009

There’s an interesting article in Popular Mechanics, in which several industry experts offer their own predictions in a number of technical categories. Like Kris’ earlier post about the DPs’ thumbs-up to “Slumdog Millionaire,” it offers a perspective on the race that can widely differ from that of critics, audiences and even the Academy itself. I’ve […]

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BAFTA admits it needs mending

Posted by · 5:22 pm · January 31st, 2009

Interesting. Variety reports that BAFTA is to re-evaluate its voting process — and it appears to be a direct response to the widespread criticism that greeted this year’s nominations, which baffled pundits and industry folk alike with some questionable inclusions (Tilda Swinton, Freida Pinto, a whopping eight nods for “Changeling”) and equally baffling snubs (most […]

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‘WALL-E’ shut out of the Annie Awards?

Posted by · 1:02 am · January 31st, 2009

Wow.  “Kung Fu Panda” pretty much cleaned the floor with all comers.  Did anyone see that coming?

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Slumdog’ surges, ‘River’ emerges

Posted by · 8:00 pm · December 6th, 2008

Sorry it’s a day late, but here’s the week that was. Awards and nominations left, right and centre — the season is officially under way, folks: • “Slumdog Millionaire” emerged as a bona fide frontrunner, taking Best Picture at the season kickoff, the National Board of Review awards … • … only days after taking […]

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‘Kung Fu Panda’ leads the way at the Annies with 17 noms

Posted by · 11:00 am · December 1st, 2008

DreamWorks Animation has to be happy this morning.  The studio pulled in 27 total nominations with the International Animated Film Society’s annual Annie Awards, including 17 for “Kung Fu Panda,” which led with the most nominations and nearly double the next film on the list.  Walt Disney’s “Bolt” took down 9 nods while Pixar’s “WALL-E” […]

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Random

Posted by · 3:21 pm · November 16th, 2008

I always love the artwork they plaser on the front and back facades of the Hotel Figueroa in downtown L.A.  This shot was taken maybe a month ago; I just found it in my iPhone.  There is a “Kung Fu Panda” DVD promotional job up there now, but on the backside, recently enough, there was […]

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Chalk one up for ‘WALL-E’

Posted by · 6:12 am · November 11th, 2008

The Academy has revealed the 14-strong shortlist of films competing in the Best Animated Feature category, and, well, it doesn’t make for very inspiring reading. What’s most significant about the news is that it means the nominees will, as usual, be limited to three films; to accommodate five, more than 15 shortlisted titles are required. […]

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Behind the scenes of Henry Selick’s ‘Coraline’

Posted by · 10:19 am · August 12th, 2008

Every time I walk into the comic book store lately I feel the urge to pick up Neil Gaiman’s “Coraline.” I haven’t done so yet (mainly because I’m buried in so many other books at the moment), but it’s an interesting tale that could make a fabulous feature film. Henry Selick is, of course, doing […]

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