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ARThropomorphia: 20 Cartoon Animals Re-Imagined As People

A lot of animated movies and television series feature anthropomorphic animal characters. In cartoons such as Zootopia, the world is populated by all kinds of animals instead of us humans. On the other hand, in cartoons like Finding Nemo, the story is set in a world with people but in this world the animals are able to communicate between each other. However, in both cases these animals embody the personality traits that are otherwise associated with human characters. And some of these cartoons are parables and include a lot of symbolism and social commentary.

Taking into account that these cartoon animals already have personality traits of actual human beings and act pretty much the way us humans would act in a given situation, once the story starts to dwell into contemporary issues, it becomes very easy to re-imagine the animal characters as humans. And it should come as no surprise
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'Hit-Girl' Covers "Glamour"

Sneak Peek images of actress Chloë Grace Moretz aka 'Hit-Girl' from the "Kick-Ass" movie series, in "Glamour" magazine:

"The way I look at it is, I’m trying to start conversations," said Moretz. "You might not agree with my opinions, and that’s great—I would love to talk about it."

"With movies like 'Kick-Ass', 'Carrie' and 'Let Me In', I was able to push boundaries at a really young age. Now that I’m able to get projects funded, curate scripts, and make movies, it means a lot to me to go against gender norms. My biggest thing now is making gender-equalizing movies, where you can put a male actor or a female actor in that role, and it would work the same way.

"The word 'feminism' meant something very different when I was 13. I had four older brothers and a single mom,
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5 Surprising Things You Never Knew About Golden Globe Winner Allison Janney

5 Surprising Things You Never Knew About Golden Globe Winner Allison Janney
With over 100 acting credits to her name and nearly 60 major award show nominations, Allison Janney is one of the most beloved and acclaimed actresses working today.

She’s made memorable appearances in classic films like American Beauty and Finding Nemo, and became a household name starring press secretary C.J. Craig on The West Wing. She’s also won awards for her work on CBS’s Mom alongside Anna Faris.

Now, Janney, 58, is earning major Oscar buzz for her role as U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding’s abusive mother Lavona Golden in the upcoming film I, Tonya, which details
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Alice Ripley, Andy Kelso, Beth Malone and More to Declare 'All We Need is Love' for Broadway Cares

With scheduled featured performances by Beth Malone Fun Home, Andy Kelso Kinky Boots, Alice Ripley Next to Normal, Rachel deBenedet Addams Family, Elizabeth Welch Phantom of the Opera, Hillary Capps, Mayteana Morales and Dave Bailis of Walk Talk, Danielle Rhodes, Eugene Ebner, Emmy Award-winning composer Denise Gentilini, Kennedy Caughell The Great Comet, Wicked and Ryan Connelly Disney's Finding Nemo.
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How ‘Frozen’ Hitmakers Covered the Same Song Four Ways in ‘Coco’

They say repetition is key to retention and in Disney/Pixar’s animated feature “Coco,” the song “Remember Me” is the tie that binds multiple generations in the shared love of music. It is central to the story about a young boy named Miguel who is pulled by the song from the land of the living to the land of the dead, gradually discovering the origins of the composition and awakening his own inner showmanship. Also part of the plotline are recollections of the distant past – hence, the song’s title — and of beloved long gone family members.

But having “Remember Me” act as an emotional centerpiece of the film posed creative challenges right from the start of production. Namely: how to pivot a tune to take on different meanings depending on the story’s context, setting or otherworldliness?

One hurdle they were able to traverse was in recruiting Oscar-winning “Frozen” songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez to pen
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Wednesday’s best TV: Turtle, Eagle, Cheetah – A Slow Odyssey; Six Robots & Us

  • The Guardian - TV News
Three wild creatures are kitted out with cameras in one of the TV events of the year; robot helpers descend on ordinary families. Plus: Alan Partridge – Why, When, Where, How and Whom?

Imagine soaring above the west coast of Scotland, as if in a dream; chasing prey through the Bushveld of southern Africa; or riding on the back of a green turtle, Finding Nemo-fashion, as it navigates the coral reefs of Indonesia. Now you (virtually) can. In one of the TV events of the year, saved till last as a Christmas treat, the three titular creatures have been kitted out with animal-cams, offering viewers an intimate, spellbinding ride. Ali Catterall

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Home Entertainment Mantra in 2017: ‘Just Keep Swimming’

At this year’s Video Hall of Fame ceremony in Beverly Hills in December, Janice Marinelli, president, Disney/ABC Home Entertainment & Television Distribution, for The Walt Disney Studios, drew solid applause when she advised her fellow home entertainment executives to “just keep swimming.”

The line, from the hit Disney film “Finding Nemo,” seemed to resonate with the several hundred execs in the room, many of whom have been contending with increasingly choppy seas for the better part of a decade.

In fact, 2017 marked the 10th anniversary of Netflix’s decision to transition its subscription approach from disc rentals by mail to digitally delivering content over the Internet – a truly disruptive moment that shattered the traditional home video model. Year after year, disc sales plummeted as consumers planted themselves on their sofas for a nightly steam of at first studio discards and then an increasingly compelling menu of original programming.

In the first nine months of this year
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10 Hidden Details In Pixar’s Coco You Totally Missed

<p>Disney and Pixar have a smash on their hands with the new animated film Coco. The film may be one of the more unique stories Pixar has ever featured, but it also includes a number of Easter Eggs and references fans have come to know and love. There are so many details in the Disney movie, it may be hard to spot, but we gathered them all here for you!</p> <p>Early in the film, you can see the streets of Mexico lined with all types of decorations in anticipation for Dia de los Muertos. Look closely to the right and you will spot a group of pinatas containing some of Disney’s most popular characters. Finding Nemo makes it mark during two points in the film. The first in a small home and the second is a part of table decorations known as Alebrije. One of Mexico’s legendary celebrities
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‘I’ve Cried A Lot Over My Broken Heart’: Bob Harper Battles Depression After His Heart Attack

‘I’ve Cried A Lot Over My Broken Heart’: Bob Harper Battles Depression After His Heart Attack
The Biggest Loser‘s Bob Harper seemed to be the epitome of fitness, so he was shocked to wake up in a hospital bed this spring and learn he had suffered a near-fatal heart attack. Now the celebrity trainer, 52, details that ordeal — and his subsequent depression in his new book The Super Carb Diet, excerpted exclusively below:

February 12, 2017, is a day I don’t remember, at all, and a day I won’t ever forget. I died that day, a Sunday, in a gym in my Chelsea, New York, neighborhood. Sounds dramatic, but it’s very much a true story.
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Should cinema audiences stay put for the credits?

Juliette Harrisson Dec 11, 2017

Getting up to leave as soon as the end credits start: is that a bad thing?

The recent piece on this site about 'credit offset' brings up an important issue that has been the cause of some heated debate among my friends and dearly beloved recently: should cinema audiences stay put for the end credits of a movie? Should people stay in their seats while anything up to 10 minutes of credits sweep by, or should people get themselves up and vacate the cinema so that the hard-working cinema employees can sweep up their rubbish in time for the next showing?

Now, being a Wittertainee and a cinephile, I am anticipating a stream of irate responses along the lines of “Of Course cinema audiences should stay put for the credits! How is this even a question?!”

There are two main reasons for cinema fans’ passionate advocacy for staying in your seats.
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Second Opinion – Ferdinand (2017)

Ferdinand, 2017.

Directed by Carlos Saldanha.

Featuring the voice talents of John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Cannavale, David Tennant, Sally Phillips, Peyton Manning, and Daveed Diggs.

Synopsis:

Raised as a fighting bull, destined for the stadiums of Spain, Ferdinand (John Cena) is a pacifistic beast that wants to do anything but square up to the country’s El Primero matador. He runs away to a small provincial farm, where he lives an idyllic life and befriends a young girl, but finds it harder to escape his ultimate fate in the ring.

Ferdinand is a strange beast indeed. Based on the 1936 novel The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, it takes some time adjusting to the fact you’re watching a kids movie in which a brutal blood sport is the backdrop to the story. Ferdinand should be lauded for the anti-bullfighting stance it takes throughout the film, even if it feels a bit too self-contained.
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‘I, Tonya’: Allison Janney on the Frightening Injury That Turned Her from Iceskating to Acting

  • Indiewire
‘I, Tonya’: Allison Janney on the Frightening Injury That Turned Her from Iceskating to Acting
When Allison Janney watched Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan compete in the 1994 Olympics — along with 126 million others — she had no idea that she’d eventually earn her first Oscar buzz for playing Harding’s mother. Most of those viewers tuned in because weeks prior, Harding’s ex-husband and bodyguard arranged for an attacker to club Kerrigan’s knee with a police baton. But for Janney, it was personal: few know that she was once a serious figure skater herself, sidelined from the sport by a freak accident that occurred when her parents hosted a party.

“There was a game where couples had balloons tied around their ankles and you tried to pop the other couples’ balloons,” said Janney, who portrays Lavona Golden in Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya.” “I was cheating, and had my balloon tied around my knee, because I had a strapless long dress on. Cheaters never prosper!
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Film Review: John Cena in ‘Ferdinand’

Film Review: John Cena in ‘Ferdinand’
Children’s picture-book classic “The Story of Ferdinand” may not be quite the literary phenomenon it was 79 years ago, when Walt Disney adapted Munro Leaf’s pacifist parable into an Oscar-winning animated short, but that doesn’t make the character — a Spanish bull who simply refuses to fight in the ring — any less relevant or endearing today. In fact, while the news cycle may have momentarily shifted away from the serious issue of bullying, what better way to address it with kids than via the story of an actual bull who’s picked on by his peers?

Of course, there’s a world of difference between a seven-minute short and a 108-minute feature, and Fox’s “Ferdinand” — which has been vibrantly brought to life by director Carlos Sandanha (“Rio”) and the team at Blue Sky, the company behind “Ice Age,” “Robots” and the recent Peanuts feature — strains at times, but in what’s been an underwhelming year for
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5 Surprising Things You Never Knew About Allison Janney (She Wanted to Be a Figure Skater!)

5 Surprising Things You Never Knew About Allison Janney (She Wanted to Be a Figure Skater!)
With over 100 acting credits to her name and nearly 60 major award show nominations, Allison Janney is one of the most beloved and acclaimed actresses working today.

She’s made memorable appearances in classic films like American Beauty and Finding Nemo, and became a household name starring press secretary C.J. Craig on The West Wing. She’s also won awards for her work on CBS’s Mom alongside Anna Faris.

Now, Janney, 58, is earning major Oscar buzz for her role as U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding’s abusive mother Lavona Golden in the upcoming film I, Tonya, which details
See full article at PEOPLE.com »

John Lasseter’s Legacy: Why the Tarnished CG Animation Pioneer May Be Irreplaceable For Disney and Pixar

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John Lasseter’s Legacy: Why the Tarnished CG Animation Pioneer May Be Irreplaceable For Disney and Pixar
At last week’s “Coco” premiere at the El Capitan in Hollywood, John Lasseter had a look of sadness in his eyes. The usual gregarious charm didn’t come as easily. Maybe he was tired: he’d been running both Pixar and Disney Animation as chief creative officer for the last 11 years.

That was the explanation when Lasseter first stepped down as director of “Toy Story 4” earlier this year. Then came Tuesday’s shocking revelation of alleged unwanted advances, forcing the animation mogul — who was known for his warm hugs — to take a six-month leave of absence from the studios, apologizing for “missteps” in a memo to his Disney/Pixar staff.

Lasseter, by far the most powerful and influential figure in contemporary animation, joins a growing list of big-name players in Hollywood, the media, and politics accused of sexual misconduct (including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Charlie Rose). This
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The Preview Reel: Coco and Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Welcome to this week’s “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the upcoming wide-release movies. Last weekend saw Justice League pull in $94 million, which might seem like a lot of money to you and me, but it was a bit of a disappointment given the film’s $300 million production budget. Poor reviews will not help its legs, and neither will the opening of a new Pixar movie, Coco. By the way, Roman J. Israel Esq., starring Denzel Washington will also be opening on Wednesday. So, let’s take a look at what you should see over the holiday weekend.

Coco

What we are excited about: It’s new Pixar, and even better, it’s original Pixar. Cars 3 came and went without making much noise, but we fully expect Coco to be a family hit over the Thanksgiving weekend. Pixar is arguably the best studio in creating original concepts
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'Coco' Stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Edward James Olmos Say Pixar Movie Counters Negative View of Mexicans

  • CineMovie
Disney*Pixar pay homage to the Mexican tradition of the Dia de los Muertos aka Day of the Dead in Coco. Coco director and Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3, Finding Nemo), and co-director Adrian Molina went to great lengths to research the holiday. The result is a beautiful and colorful story about the importance of family and a wonderful reflection of Mexican culture. Gael Garcia Bernal and Edward James Olmos voice characters in Coco, and the actors are overwhelmed by the positive message it sends at a time when it’s most needed.

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‘Coco’ Will Beat ‘Justice League’ Over Thanksgiving, but That’s Not Great Box-Office News

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‘Coco’ Will Beat ‘Justice League’ Over Thanksgiving, but That’s Not Great Box-Office News
Good news: Pre-opening estimates suggest Pixar’s “Coco,” opening Wednesday, will best “Justice League” for the five-day Thanksgiving weekend.

Bad News: “Coco” will likely gross around $60 million-$65 million, which would rank as one of least-impressive Thanksgiving box office returns in years. To be a blockbuster, “Coco” would need a very strong multiple and an international performance better than most Pixar films.

At $65 million for five days, it would be the lowest (in adjusted numbers) top grosser for the holiday weekend since the barely remembered “Four Christmases” in 2008. It also would fall short of the top 25 for the date; top animated titles on that list include Disney’s non-Pixar “Frozen,” (over $100 million), “Moana” ($83 million), and the original “Toy Story” and “A Bug’s Life,” both of which opened to over $80 million.

Read More:‘Coco’ Review: Pixar’s Latest Proves That the Studio Still Has Some Life in its Bones

However,
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The 7 Best Pixar Movies — IndieWire Critics Survey

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The 7 Best Pixar Movies — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: “Coco” arrives in theaters on November 22nd. With that in mind, we asked our panel of critics to name their favorite Pixar movie. In a testament to the studio’s work, all seven of the critics who participated in this survey highlighted different films.

Read More:‘Coco’ Review: Pixar’s Latest Proves That the Studio Still Has Some Life in its Bones Christy Lemire, @christylemire, RogerEbert.com/What the Flick?!

For a long time I would have said “Wall-e,” just because it’s so audacious: It’s about a lonely garbage collector in space, and the first 15 minutes of it are wordless. The fact that
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New ‘Coco’ Clip Features ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Finding Nemo’ Easter Eggs

New ‘Coco’ Clip Features ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Finding Nemo’ Easter Eggs
It was only a couple of days ago that we posted a new jaw-dropping clip from Disney/Pixar’s Coco, but the studio has released yet another new look at their latest animated feature in an attempt to drum up some excitement. And this time, they’ve included a couple of brief glimpses at connections to other Pixar movies […]

The post New ‘Coco’ Clip Features ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Finding NemoEaster Eggs appeared first on /Film.
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