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Animation Studio Laika Takes On 'Wildwood' From Decemberists' Frontman Colin Meloy

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 3:32 AM
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The heat behind Laika, the Portland, Oregon-based stop motion animation studio (owned by Nike bigwig Phil Knight) that unleashed 2009's outstanding fantasy film "Coraline," has cooled somewhat since that release. The reason, of course, is that "Coraline" director (and Laika creative head) Henry Selick left the company shortly after "Coraline" was released – after unsuccessfully attempting to renegotiate his contract, he bolted for Pixar, setting up that studio's first stop-motion division (about which we have heard precious few details, besides an October 4th, 2013 release date for its first film).

In Theaters: 'Shark Night 3D,' or 'A Good Old Fashioned Orgy'?

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • September 2, 2011 7:21 AM
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Feel that morning chill? That's right, it's undoubtedly September, and film fans should be rejoicing. Goodbye and good riddance, August 2011, you were not one of those Augusts that defied the stereotype as the summer dumping ground. In the past few years, auteurs like Edgar Wright ("Scott Pilgrim vs. the World") and Quentin Tarantino ("Inglorious Basterds") boldly ventured into the month of August with varying degrees of success, and many hailed these maneuvers as groundbreaking for August's status. Well... August 2011 promptly set all right again with the dismal releases we've experienced.

Angus MacLane To Direct New 'Toy Story' Short 'Small Fry'; Clip From 'Air Mater' Debuts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2011 6:54 AM
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Well, D23 has come and gone, and with Disney's insistence on controlling the message suffocating any spontaneity and excitement -- coupled by a distinct lack of any real news other than some details about the new Pixar films -- the event was a bit of let down. However, Disney/Pixar did let a couple more morsels spill regarding the previously announced "Toy Story" short that will precede "The Muppets."

D23: ‘John Carter,’ ‘Timothy Green’ Receive Lukewarm Responses

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • August 21, 2011 6:51 AM
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'Oz' & 'Frankenweenie' Presentations Are BriefAt this weekend’s D23 convention, Disney hopes to capitalize on the excitement around must-see projects like “The Avengers,” Pixar’s “Brave” and “The Muppets” by presenting a look at their entire slate of releases across all divisions. They opened with a lengthy animation presentation from John Lasseter that was heavy on Pixar (“Planes,” “Brave,” “Monsters University” and two new project announcements) and concluded with a Marvel presentation that, while brief, still managed to set fanboys hearts aflutter with a first extended look at “The Avengers.” In-between Disney faced their greatest challenge in holding audience attention for looks at some lesser known projects.

D23: Dave Foley Joins 'Monsters University' Voice Cast, 'Brave' & 'Wreck-it-Ralph' Footage Impresses

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • August 21, 2011 3:11 AM
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Disney’s D23 Showing Strong On The Animation SideThis morning Disney rolled out a large slate of announcements as part of its D23 Fan Expo, which the mouse house hopes will develop into their answer to Comic-Con. And considering the Saturday sellout at the Anaheim Convention Center, they might really be onto something. The nearly three-hour presentation was heavy on animation and the presence of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios head John Lasseter.

Empire Big Screen '11: 'Tintin' & 'Puss In Boots' Impress At Paramount Panel

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 14, 2011 1:16 AM
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Plus Footage From 'Footloose' And 'The Devil Inside'Day Three of Empire Big Screen, and things kicked off with a showcase from Paramount. The studio have had the best year of anyone, taking $2 billion worldwide so far, but there's a sea change coming: the "Transformers" franchise is losing its director and star, and the Marvel movies will be distributed by Disney starting with next summer's "The Avengers."

Empire Big Screen '11: Sony Reveals Footage From 'The Amazing Spider-Man,' 'Anonymous' & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 13, 2011 9:23 AM
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Footage Reports On 'Kill List,' 'The Pirates,' 'Arthur Christmas' & 'Total Recall'After our report from the Warner Bros. and eOne panels earlier this morning at Empire Big Screen, things moved swiftly along with Optimum bringing along some homegrown hits and Sony a few hopeful blockbusters, including the weekend's lone glimpse of a superhero...

Eddie Murphy Still Making Crap, Will Voice Title Character In 'Hong Kong Phooey'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 11, 2011 1:26 AM
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We can't help but feel that, decades from now, the early career of Eddie Murphy will be a trivia question. "Which star of terrible children's movies was once was an edgy, ground-breaking stand-up comedian, and star of comedy classics like '48 Hours' and 'Trading Places'?" Since the mid 1980s or so, Murphy has seemingly gone out of his way to make absolute shit, with only the occasional glimmer of hope -- "Bowfinger" was pretty good, "Life" is underrated, and we suppose he was fun in the original "Shrek," although subsequent sequels have run that one into the ground by now.

Nicki Minaj Will Terrify Your Children By Voicing A Character In 'Ice Age: Continental Drift'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2011 2:48 AM
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Nick Frost, JB Smoove, Joy Behar, Heather Morris, Josh Gad, Alan Tudyk, Kunal Nayyar & Alain Chabat Also Join The CastHere's the deal with Nicki Minaj. We don't get it. Her whole cartoony/sexpot image combined with tepid musical output makes us wonder why she's as popular as is. The other side of the coin is that she absolutely kills it on Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy with her memorable intro on "Dark Fantasy" and arguably one of the best verses on the whole album in "Monster" (next to Pusha T's turn on "Runaway). Regardless, Minaj voicing a character in an animated film? Yeah, it sort of makes sense even if her delivery may give your children nightmares.

Watch: Trailer For 'New Year's Eve' Movie Somehow Worse Than Actual New Year's Eve

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 27, 2011 2:20 AM
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Plus A New Teaser For 'Happy Feet Two' We're not really fans of December 31st. We've had a couple of good ones, but for the most part, if you go out, it's expensive, crowded and generally underwhelming, if you go to a party everyone's in a reflective, borderline-depressive mood, and if you stay in, you wish you go out. But this year, it appears there'll be an even worse way to spend New Year's Eve: seeing the motion picture "New Year's Eve." A not-quite-sequel to last year's surprise hit "Valentine's Day" which sees director Garry Marshall, writer Katherine Fugate and stars Jessica Biel and Ashton Kutcher (albeit as different characters) all come back for another ensemble romantic comedy set over a single day.

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