ADG Awards: Art Directors To Induct Ken Adam & Tyrus Wong Into Hall Of Fame
The Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 is set. Sir Ken Adam, the Oscar-winning production designer behind Dr. Strangelove and the James Bond franchise, and Bambi illustrator and longtime Warner Bros veteran Tyrus Wong will be inducted during the 22nd annual ADG Awards on January 27 at¬†the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.
¬"There are few exceptionally gifted artists who are capable of inspiring all of us through their command of imagination,… Read
‘The Ark And The Aardvark’ Animated Feature’s Voice Cast Comes Together
Aubrey Plaza (Ingrid Goes West, Legion), Jenny Slate (Zootopia), Craig Robinson (Ghosted), Rob Riggle, and Stephen Merchant have joined the previously announced Miles Teller to lead the voice cast in the animated feature The Ark and the Aardvark. The film is currently in production being directed by Kung Fu Panda‘s ¬†John Stevenson.
Teller will portray Gilbert the Aardvark;¬†Plaza as the ever-smart Brain the Spider, Slate¬†as Mitzi the narcoleptic Ostrich, Robinson as the… Read
‘South Park’ Grows Up At 21 With Subtle (!) Swipe At White Supremacists
SPOILER ALERT: This review contains details about the season premiere.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s season 21 of South Park started up tonight on Comedy Central with what, in relative terms, might be described as a subtle takedown of white supremacists. When a screaming crowd of disenfranchised, Confederate flag-waving townsfolk holler, in the manner of the Charlottesville rioters, “We will not be replaced!” their anger wasn’t directed at African-Americans, Jews, Muslims… Read
‘Despicable Me 3’ Grooves Past $1 Billion At Worldwide Box Office
Illumination/Universal's Despicable Me 3 has made the Gru-vy leap past the $1B worldwide box office mark. With Thursday's grosses, the Kyle Balda/Pierre Coffin-helmed pic has taken $741.4M at the international box office and $259.05M domestically. This is the second Universal title to cross the threshold this year after The Fate of the Furious, and the third of 2017, which is led by Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
What's more, DM3 is the only movie released during this… Read
Emmys: TV Academy Unveils Juried Winners For Animation, Motion Design & Interactive Programming
Cartoon Network’s Samurai Jack is a big winner in the juried awards for the 69th Emmy Awards, announced today by the Television Academy. The awards, in the¬†categories of Animation, Motion Design and Interactive Programming, will be presented at the Creative Arts Awards ceremony this Saturday.
Juried categories require all entrants to be screened by a panel of professionals in the appropriate peer group with the possibility of one, more than one or no entry being awarded… Read
Inaugural Animation Is Film Festival Sets Competition Lineup & Jury
The new Animation Is Film festival has unveiled its preliminary competition lineup and jury for its first edition, which runs October 20-22 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters in Hollywood. The fest will present a selection of new animated feature films from Asia, Europe, South America and North America along with filmmaker Q&As, special events and both juried and audience prizes.
Variety chief film critic Peter Debruge will chair the 2017 jury, which includes Allison Abbate… Read
‘Neo Yokio’ Trailer: Jaden Smith, Susan Sarandon & Jude Law Star In Netflix Anime Series
“Neo Yokio is the greatest city in the world. It is a diverse labyrinth of cultural and architectural innovation. Of course, whenever a city becomes the envy of the world, problems are bound to arise.”
We’re getting the first look at Neo Yokio, Netflix’s new six-episode anime series from¬†creator, writer and executive producer Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), writer/executive producer Nick Weidenfeld and his Friends Night banner.
Jaden Smith stars as lovesick Kaz Kaan, the… Read
Amazon Prime Unveils Kids Fall Slate: ‘Sigmund & The Sea Monsters’ Lives
UPDATE, with video Amazon unveiled Prime Video’s exclusive fall slate for kids originals today, including the returns of¬†Wishenpoof¬†and¬†The Stinky & Dirty Show, and the premieres of new series¬†Sigmund and the Sea Monsters and¬†If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
All series will premiere on the announced dates in the US and¬†UK, and made available worldwide at a later date.
“We’re honored to reintroduce¬†If You Give a Mouse a Cookie¬†and Sigmund’s iconic character to a new… Read
Kate Winslet, Jim Broadbent & More Wing To ‘Mary And The Witch’s Flower’
Studio Ponoc has set the English-language cast for its inaugural feature¬†Mary And The Witch’s Flower. Ruby Barnhill, the girl discovered by Steven Spielberg for his The BFG, will lead as Mary with Kate Winslet, Jim Broadbent, Ewen Bremner and Louis Ashbourne Serkis also in the main cast.
The story is a blend of magic and fantasy from the Japanese animation house founded by former Studio Ghibli producer Yoshiaki Nishimura and in collaboration with director Hiromasa 'Maro'… Read
‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 4 Trailer: Where’s BoJack? And Who Are Those Creepy Clown Dentists?
Oh the unbearable ludicrousness of it all. Here's a trailer for Season 4 of BoJack Horseman, Netflix's animated comedy that puts humans and animals on the same footing – despite all the paws and hooves. The season begins with BoJack (Will Arnett) gone AWOL, but that doesn't keep Hollywoo from swingin.'
The trailer is narrated by Diane (Alison Brie) in the form of a voicemail she's leaving for the sweater-clad titular equine lamenting his absence. "It's funny,” she says… Read
Robert Rodriguez & go90 Ink Programming Deal; Unveil New Series With Michael Madsen, Danny Trejo, More
Verizon’s go90 is partnering with the studio division of Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network on a programming deal that includes a new animated short series and an independent filmmaking event inspired by Rodriguez’s career.
Animated short series Explosion Jones, starring Michael Madsen, Jaylen Barron, Carl Weathers, James Hong, Danny Trejo and Vivica A. Fox, will debut¬†September 5¬†on go90. Rebel Without a Crew, an independent filmmaking event to commemorate the 25th… Read
Weinstein Company Launches Mizchief Animated Film Label
The Weinstein Company will put a new film logo, Mizchief, on the August 25 release of Leap!, and will use it to make more animated films, TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein announced. Pic features the voices of Elle Fanning, Nat Wolff, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kate McKinnon and Mel Brooks. It is about an orphan who dreams of going to Paris to be a dancer, teaming with a youth who wants to be a famous inventor.
The second release under the label is The Guardian Brothers, TWC's… Read