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Check Out Mondo's Posters For Oscar Nominees 'Paranorman,' 'Les Miserables' & 'The Master'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2013 4:31 PM
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Even though we're just a few short days from the Oscar hardware finally being handed out and everyone getting wasted at the Vanity Fair party (hey guys, where's our invite?), that doesn't mean there still isn't time to honor the nominess. And Mondo has provided a little preview of what they have in store.

'Brave,' 'Rise Of The Guardians,' 'Wreck-It Ralph' Lead Annie Awards Nominations

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 4, 2012 2:16 PM
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While not as hotly contested as many of the major awards this holiday season, the International Animation Film Society announced the nominees for its 40th Annual Annie Awards yesterday, and offer, at the very least, a peak at what the Best Animated Feature Oscar race will look like in the next couple of months. Pixar's Scottish fairy tale "Brave," Disney's retro video game adventure "Wreck-It Ralph" and DreamWorks Animation's mythological team-up film "Rise of the Guardians" led the nominations with ten nominations a piece.

Weekend Box Office: 'Expendables 2' Opens At #1, But Can't Match First Film's Numbers

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 19, 2012 11:44 AM
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The release of "The Expendables 2" felt like a celebration. Not only were the trailers boasting the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis in legit action roles, but it was also promising the addition of Jean Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris to the franchise. Along with the release and buzz over two new trailers featuring Schwarzenegger ("The Last Stand") and Sylvester Stallone ("Bullet to the Head"), most saw this as a sign that b-movie action was back to the big time at the box office. Of course, the question as to whether this is star power or "star" power (with an ironic eyebrow raised) may have been answered, with the highly touted actioner finishing at $28.8 million, 17% below the first film's $35 million opening.

In Theaters: Find Yourself 'Beloved' Of 'Cosmopolis' & 'ParaNorman' Or Get An 'Awakening' With 'The Expendables 2'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • August 17, 2012 4:37 PM
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Hi there! It’s a regular Halloween in August as this weekend’s new releases do much to call back the spirits of the past. These films continue franchises, hearken familiar genre themes, adapt previously published material, or just feature ghosts in plain sight. Less spooky than mirthful, these movies are more about paying due (or getting paid) than paying off a debt with blood and gore. Still, a scare or two may not be far away. Get ready…

'ParaNorman' Directors Chris Butler & Sam Fell Talk '80s Horror, The Creepiness Of Stop Motion & Working With Jon Brion

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 14, 2012 9:59 AM
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This Friday, "ParaNorman," the new stop-motion marvel from Laika Studios -- the same animation house that brought us the similarly enchanting "Coraline" -- haunts theaters nationwide (and, yes, the 3D is well worth the extra charge). The tale of a young boy who is gifted with the ability to see ghosts, "ParaNorman" a surprisingly heartfelt and wondrously animated delight, and anyone who loves zombies, animation, or really good movies is advised to check it out. We got a chance to chat with the film's directors, Sam Fell and Chris Butler, about the inspirations behind the film, working with composer Jon Brion, and why stop motion is inherently creepy.

Review: Brilliant Animated Movie 'ParaNorman' Is One Of The Summer's Biggest (And Best) Surprises

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 4, 2012 10:44 AM
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This summer has been full of big, glitzy animated movies from most of the major studios that have made tons of money but left audiences cold. None of them were particularly imaginative, entertaining or emotionally involving, instead choosing to coast on a steady stream of solid (if not exactly dazzling) images and a host of comfortingly familiar celebrity voices. And yet, at the tail end of the summer, along comes a movie proudly told in an old school animation style, from a tiny animation house and distributed by a studio known mostly for distributing arty fare like "Brokeback Mountain," that blows away all the slick studio confections both in terms of sheer visual wonder and (more surprisingly) emotional heft. Laika's stop-motion wonder "ParaNorman" isn't just the best animated movie of the summer, it's one of the best movies of the year. Period.

Watch: 'ParaNorman' Goes To The Olympics With 2 TV Spots

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 2, 2012 4:13 PM
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As if the promise of a spooky stop-motion film that looks to be equal parts “The Sixth Sense” and “Coraline” (from the creators of the latter film no less) wasn’t enough – the marketing machine has gone into overdrive for Laika animation's upcoming “ParaNorman.” In this case that doesn’t mean just hitting us with a barrage of pictures clipped from trailers and variations of one poster, as the film’s marketing department has instead created faux newspapers for the fictional town of Blithe Hollow, sent zombie slippers to members of the press and even taken over the international stage known as the Olympic Games.
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The Top 10 Films To See In August

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 1, 2012 11:04 AM
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There are people, we're told, who just rock up to the theater on Friday night and see whatever is coming on next. We have never been those people. We scan the release calendar weeks, even months in advance, in order to check out what's coming to theaters, so we know what we're queueing up for, and when we'll be seeing it.

Soundtrack Details For Jon Brion's Score For Ghoulish Animated Film 'ParaNorman'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 24, 2012 10:17 AM
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If we were allowed to talk about these things (which, of course, we're not), we would say that "ParaNorman," the new stop-motion animated film from Laika opening August 17th in 3D and regular cinemas, isn't just the best animated movie released so far this year (not to mention one of the biggest surprises this summer's dreary movie landscape has to offer) – but that it's one of the best movies of the year, period. And a big part of "ParaNorman" casting its ghoulish spell on you is the perfectly calibrated score by Jon Brion, a witches brew that is equal parts orchestral bombast and '80s slasher movie cheese. Thankfully, we won't have long to wait for the album, as Pitchfork reports that it will be released (via Relativity Music Group) on August 14th, just a few days before the movie comes out.

The Best & Worst At Comic-Con: Which Films & Studios Had Good, Bad Or Middling Reactions

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 16, 2012 3:34 PM
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Well, Comic-Con is done for another year. The San Diego Conference Center is currently getting a thorough hosing down, hungover cos-players have done their awkward walks of shame, and film press are returning to their various corners of the world longing, like ourselves, to watch and write about something difficult, European and subtitled.

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