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Immersed in Movies: Talking with the Best Animated Feature Oscar Nominees

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 27, 2014 3:19 PM
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I recently chatted with the Oscar nominees for The Croods (directors Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco), Despicable Me 2 (Chris Renaud), Ernest & Celestine (Benjamin Renner), Frozen (Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee), and The Wind Rises (producer Toshio Suzuki). We discussed what makes their work personal, challenging, and relatable.

Immersed in Movies: Going Deeper into 'Despicable Me 2' with Chris Meledandri

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 9, 2013 1:03 PM
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With tomorrow's Blu-ray/DVD release of the blockbuster and Oscar-contending Despicable Me 2 from Universal, it's a great time to catch up once again with Illumination's Chris Meledandri, who made the Vanity Fair list of top media disruptors for the second consecutive year.

REVIEW: "Despicable Me 2"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • July 3, 2013 9:00 AM
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Will Gru foil his plot to turn the Minions into a murderous mini-army that will enable him to rule the world? Do Gru and Lucy end up together? Anyone who doesn't know the answers to these questions 20 minutes into the film hasn’t been inside a movie theater in the last several years.

Immersed in Movies: Producing/Writing 'Despicable Me 2'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 26, 2013 12:01 AM
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In this season of sequels, nothing has been more eagerly awaited than the return of Gru and the Minions in Despicable Me 2. But where to go next with a domesticated super villain and his childish yellow henchmen? I asked writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio and producer Chris Meledandri what it was like softening Gru around the edges while still staying true to Gru (we'll hear from director Chris Renaud next week).

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