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Rome Film Festival to Give 'Rise of the Guardians' Vanity Fair Award

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 2, 2012 at 7:51PM

The Rome Film Festival (November 9-17) will award the "Vanity Fair International Award for Cinematic Excellence" to Dreamworks' animated 3-D holiday-character adventure "Rise of the Guardians" (opening November 21) for the film's "innovative, artistic and strategic contribution" to contemporary cinema.
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"Rise of the Guardians"
"Rise of the Guardians"

The Rome Film Festival (November 9-17) will award the "Vanity Fair International Award for Cinematic Excellence" to Dreamworks' animated 3-D holiday-character adventure "Rise of the Guardians" (opening November 21) for the film's "innovative, artistic and strategic contribution" to contemporary cinema.

"Rise of the Guardians" centers on various Hallmark heroes (Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, a boomerang-wielding Easter Bunny -- the usual) whose universe is thrown in peril with the arrival of evil spirit and kiddie dream-infiltrator Pitch. Produced by Guillermo del Toro, it looks to be darker than standard holiday family fare, with Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher and Jude Law lending their voice talents. Trailer below.

This article is related to: Rome Film Festival, News, DreamWorks, Animation


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.