Sam Mercer to Head ILM

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Producer Sam Mercer will display his problem solving chops as the new head of Industrial Light & Magic, reporting in to Lucasfilm GM Lynwen Brennan.

Trailering The Jungle Book from Jon Favreau

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Watch The Jungle Book trailer, Disney’s new live-action/CG hybrid coming April 15, 2016 and revel in a nostalgic re-imagining.

Clipping Keane About VR at FoST

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In this new promo, Step into the Page, Glen Keane shares his views on animation and VR for Future of Storytelling (FoST) Summit in New York in October.

Howie Shia Talks TIFF-Bound BAM Short

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Toronto-based animator Howie Shia explores the nature of rage and violence in his latest NFB short, BAM, premiering at TIFF on Sept. 16th and 20th. Inspired in part by his grandfather, a high-ranking police official as well as a poet and calligrapher, the short riffs on Hercules: a young boxer struggles with his shy, bookish nature and a divinely violent temper.

Trailering Prologue Short from Richard Williams

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  Fresh from its acclaimed Telluride premiere, Richard Williams’ Prologue short starts its Oscar qualifying run on Friday at the Laemmle Royal in West  LA. Watch the trailer below.

Four Legendary Ladies to Enter ADG Hall of Fame

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Four legendary women will be inducted into the– Art Directors Guild (ADG) Hall of Fame at the 20th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards (Jan. 31, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel): production designer Carmen Dillon, production and costume designer Patricia Norris, art director and set designer Dorothea Holt Redmond, and illustrator Dianne Wager.

Dolby Sound Podcasts Docs with Coll Anderson

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In the third “Conversations with Sound Artists” Podcast series from the Dolby Institute and the Soundworks Collection, Coll Anderson discusses “telling human stories” in docs (listen below).

Clipping The Peanuts Movie with Dreaming Big

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The Art of Dreaming Big web series from Fox Family Entertainment touts The Peanuts Movie (Nov. 6).

What Daniel Craig Divulged About SPECTRE

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It was a busy week for Bond talk: Daniel Craig told Esquire that he might not return, yet he’s just been named co-producer of SPECTRE  (a first for a Bond actor) with the arrival of the new poster; author Anthony Horowitz called Idris Elba “too street” to play Bond and then apologized; and a UK bookie is placing his bet on Tom Hardy as the next 007.

Clipping Emmy-Nominated Daredevil VFX

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Watch this Daredevil making of video by Shade VFX, which is nominated for an Emmy.