How They Did It: Meet Sentient Ava from Ex Machina


Artificial intelligence has certainly become a hot genre, as dystopia was, yet Alex Garland (Sunshine, 28 Days Later) has no idea why besides our own paranoia with privacy. However, he's made one of the smartest and most compelling sci-fi movies in years with his

Going Inside Out with Pete Docter


Pixar is back at the top of its game with Inside Out, taking us inside the mind of 11-year-old Riley (Kaitlin Dias), where we explore her five very animated emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Fear

Clipping More Tomorrowland from Brad Bird


In the latest Tomorrowland featurette, George Clooney tells us it's a place for dreamers and Britt Robertson discusses the strange pin phenomenon. As we get closer to the May 22nd release, Tomorrowland comes into clearer focus:  it's an anti-dystopian fantasy where

Animation

Reel FX/Gutierrez to Make Kung Fu Space Western

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The Book of Life was such a good partnership for Reel FX Animation Studios and Jorge Gutierrez that they’ve signed a multi-picture deal. The first will be the Untitled Kung Fu Space Western, which Gutierrez will direct from a script he is writing with Douglas Langdale. Reel FX’s Brad Booker will produce the film. Gutierrez and Chatrone LLC will also produce alongside Booker. Sandra Equihua will oversee the character design. Gutierrez has moved to Dallas to work on the project out of Reel FX’s studio. Read more

Watch Exclusive Dragon 2 Cast Featurette

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We’re coming down to the wire with Tuesday’s Oscar voting deadline, and DreamWorks Animation has given us an exclusive featurette touting the impressive voice cast of How to Train Your Dragon 2  (watch below): Read more

Meet the Oscar-Nommed Animation Directors

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I played Inside the Animation Studio with Don Hall and Chris Williams of Big Hero 6, Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable of The Boxtrolls, Dean DeBlois of How to Train Your Dragon 2, Tomm Moore of Song of the Sea, and Isao Takahata of The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. The questions were simple and more personal and the responses were engaging and insightful. Read more

The Secret of GKIDS for Oscar Noms

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GKIDS scored two more animated Oscar noms with Song of the Sea and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. Will the indie finally get its first win? Read more

Art of Laika Auction Generates More Than $1 Million

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Laika should raise its brand recognition as a result of its breakout auction this week of masterfully engineered puppets, props, and other artwork with Heritage Auctions. Read more

Dawn of the Apes, Big Hero 6 Dominate VES Awards

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The top VFX prize for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and a Big Hero 6 sweep provide Oscar boosts at 13th annual Visual Effects Society confab.  And J.J. Abrams talked Star Wars: The Force Awakens backstage. Read more

Daisy Jacobs Talks The Bigger Picture Short

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Daisy Jacobs, 26, learned how to paint watching her late grandmother, Eileen, and her Oscar-nominated short, The Bigger Picture, is a funny and poignant tribute to her gran. Estranged brothers have a hard time coping with their aging mom in this hand-drawn/stop-motion hybrid, in which objects transform into dark emotions: tea becomes anger and keeps on pouring and fills the room; a Hoover sucks up everything in the room. Jacobs made the short as her final MA project while attending the National Film and Television School in London and is working on her first professional short, raising money and doing prep. Read more

Tibbitt Talks Sponge Out of Water

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been 11 years since the first SpongeBob Movie, but it’s been worth the wait as creator Stephen Hillenburg and show writer/exec producer Paul Tibbitt have come up with a fresh and funny mixed-media extravaganza as well as a timely superhero parody. Tibbitt, who directs the sequel, tells us about his experiences, including transforming the beloved 2D characters into CG. Read more

First Look at Frozen Fever Short

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Here’s a first look at Disney’s Frozen Fever short, which will play in front of Cinderella on March 13. Read more

Dragon 2 Grabs 6 Annies

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How to Train Your Dragon 2  followed up its Golden Globe win with ASIFA Hollywood’s top prize at the 42nd annual Annie Awards Saturday night at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The Oscar contender from beleaguered DreamWorks Animation won six Annies (also for director Dean DeBlois, character animation, editing, storyboarding and music by John Powell and Jonsi). Read more