A Walk in the Woods with Ken Kwapis

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With the “Odd Couple” pairing of Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, director Ken Kwapis (Big Miracle, He’s Just Not That Into You) has made an unmistakable buddy road picture in A Walk in the Woods. It’s certainly laconic vs. loquacious on the Appalachian Trail: one part existential journey and another part environmental reverie, as told by sardonic travel writer Bill Bryson (Redford) in his memoir, adapted for the screen by Redford’s producing partner, Bill Holderman.

The NFB Comes to LA Shorts Fest

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The NFB has three shorts at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, including the North American premiere of If I Was God (screening Sept. 9 at 3:15 pm) by two-time Oscar nominee Cordell Barker.

Kickstarting Abo & Karo: The Mini-Movie!

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Hayk Manukan & Moolt Films (The Ricky Gervais Show, Monster High, Teen Titans Go,  UMIGO) has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $75,000 for its 11-minute short, Abo & Karo: The Mini-Movie!  The deadline is Sept. 20th.

Animation Show of Shows Goes Theatrical

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After a successful crowdsourcing campaign, Acme Filmworks’ 17th Annual Animation Show Of Shows will have its first theatrical distribution, beginning Sept. 24th at the ArchLight Hollywood (full playdates here).

Trailering Taking Flight Short from Moonbot

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Moonbot Studios (The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore) has another Oscar-contending short with Taking Flight, inspired by Radio Flyer wagon inventor Antonio Pasin.

VIEW Announces Keynote, Guest Speakers

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Keynoters Mark Osborne (The Little Prince), Randy Thom (The Peanuts Movie), Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life) and Shannon Tindle (On Ice) join guest speakers Scott Carroll (The Peanuts Movie), Michael Kurinsky (Hotel Transylvania 2), Kim White (Inside Out), and Richard Starzak and Paul Kewley (Shaun the Sheep Movie) at the upcoming the VIEW conference in Turin, Italy, Oct. 19-23.

Dolby Sound Podcasts Gaming with Naughty Dog

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In the second “Conversations with Sound Artists” podcast from the Dolby Institute and the Soundworks Collection, Rob Krekel & Phillip Kovats of Naughty Dog Studios discuss the challenges of the upcoming Uncharted 4 (listen to a clip below).

Richardson Talks Ultra Panavision 70 for The Hateful Eight

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The comeback of motion picture film will literally get its biggest boost yet with the Ultra Panavision 70 release of celluloid defender Quentin Tarantino’s post-Civil War Western The Hateful Eight.

Trailering The Iron Giant: Signature Edition

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Watch the new trailer for the signature edition of Brad Bird’s The Iron Giant, celebrating its 16th anniversary, premiering in the TIFF’s kid section and coming to select theaters Sept. 30 with two deleted scenes (most likely including “Robot Dreams”).

Khan Academy Launches Pixar in a Box

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Pixar in a Box, a free online resource that explores the academic concepts behind Pixar Animation Studios’ creative process, goes live on KhanAcademy.org. The first year will focus on math, to be followed by science, computer science, arts, and humanities.