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Film News Roundup: Seventh ‘Paranormal Activity’ Set for 2021 Release

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In today’s film news roundup, Paramount sets a 2021 release for the next “Paranormal Activity,” Roland Emmerich is honored and Vincent D’Onofrio has a new role as Jerry Falwell.

Release Dates

The seventh “Paranormal Activity” movie has been scheduled for release on March 19, 2021.

Paramount chief Jim Gianopulos announced the untitled project in June during the studio’s CineEurope presentation in Barcelona. Plot details are also under wraps.

The franchise was launched with 2007’s “Paranormal Activity,” a micro-budget film about a young couple who had who moved to a new house in San Diego and are terrorized by a demon. The movie went on to enormously profitable with $193 million in worldwide grosses.

Paramount also has set a Sept. 24, 2021, release date for its “My Little Pony” movie.

Honors

The Visual Effects Society has named Roland Emmerich as the next recipient of the Ves Visionary Award.

He will be honored at the
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Ves Visionary: Roland Emmerich To Get Visual Effects Society Award

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Ves Visionary: Roland Emmerich To Get Visual Effects Society Award
Roland Emmerich, the filmmaker behind Independence Day, Midway, 2012, White House Down, and Stargate, will be honored with the Ves Visionary Award by the Visual Effect Society.

The German-born director-producer-screenwriter will be feted on January 29 at the 18th Annual Ves Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Bestowed by the Ves Board of Directors, the Visionary Award recognizes individuals who have uniquely and consistently employed the art and science of on-screen visual effects in a captivating or groundbreaking manner.

“Roland Emmerich has been at the forefront of utilizing visual effects to tell remarkable stories that transfix audiences and create new worlds,” said Mike Chambers, Chair of the Ves Board. “Roland has a unique ability to harness emerging technology to bring his expansive visions to life and he has made an indelible mark in the world of filmed entertainment. For this and more, we are honored to award him with the prestigious Ves Visionary Award.
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Ves Awards Expands Animation Eligibility For 2020 & Adds New Special Effects Category

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The Visual Effects Society is gettin’ in toon for its 18th annual Ves Awards. The group said today that it has expanded the number of categories open to animation projects for its 2020 trophy show and also is launching a new category: Outstanding Special (Practical) Effects in a Photoreal Project.

Animation projects now can compete for Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a CG Project and in all three compositing categories: Outstanding Compositing in a Feature, Episode and Commercial. The 4,000-member group said the expanded eligibility reflects meaningful conversations with animation industry leaders and recognition of trends where live-action and toon production are blending and the legions of outstanding compositors working in animation.

The new Special Effects category was introduced after careful consideration by the Ves Awards Committee and collaborative discussion with prominent members of the Special Effects community, the Ves said.

“Special effects is not only a legacy craft, it is in
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Martin Scorsese Set For Visual Effects Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award

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Martin Scorsese Set For Visual Effects Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award
Martin Scorsese will need to clear a little more space in his crowded trophy case. The Oscar winner is set to receive the Visual Effect Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award during its 18th annual Ves Awards in January.

“Martin Scorsese is one of the most influential filmmakers in modern history and has made an indelible mark on filmed entertainment,” Ves Board Chair Mike Chambers said. “His work is a master class in storytelling, which has brought us some of the most memorable films of all time.”

A reminder about that singular filmography, in no particular order: Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, Casino, Cape Fear, The Wolf of Wall Street, Hugo, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, Kundun, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Color of Money, Silence, The King of Comedy, Mean Streets, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, The Last Waltz, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and Best Picture Oscar winner The Departed.
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Martin Scorsese to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award From Visual Effects Society

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Martin Scorsese to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award From Visual Effects Society
Martin Scorsese, whose highly anticipated mob drama “The Irishman” makes its world premiere at the New York Film Festival on Sept. 27, has been named recipient of the Ves Lifetime Achievement Award by the Visual Effects Society.

The award will be presented at the 18th Annual Ves Awards on Jan. 29, 2020 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

While the Ves Lifetime Achievement Award is presented for an entire body of work “that has significantly contributed to the art and/or science of the visual effects industry,” according to a Ves release, this presentation is timed to Netflix’s “The Irishman,” which uses visual effects technology to de-age its actors, including Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.

Also Read: Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman' Trailer: De Niro and Pacino Reunite as Much Younger Mobsters (Video)

The award was voted by the Ves board of directors. In a statement, Ves board chair
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Martin Scorsese Gets Visual Effects Society Lifetime Achievement Award

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Martin Scorsese Gets Visual Effects Society Lifetime Achievement Award
Director Martin Scorsese, whose gangster saga “The Irishman” boasts state of the art de-aging VFX from Industrial Light & Magic, is the latest recipient of the Visual Effects Society’s (Ves) Lifetime Achievement Award. (Netflix’s $175-million movie premieres at the New York Film Festival on September 27.) The award will be presented at the 18th Annual Ves Awards on January 29, 2020 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Martin Scorsese is one of the most influential filmmakers in modern history and has made an indelible mark on filmed entertainment,” said Mike Chambers, Ves Board Chair. “His work is a master class in storytelling, which has brought us some of the most memorable films of all time. His intuitive vision and fiercely innovative direction has given rise to a new era of storytelling and has made a profound impact on future generations of filmmakers. Martin has given us a rich body of groundbreaking work to aspire to,
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Visual Effects Society to Honor Martin Scorsese

Visual Effects Society to Honor Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese will receive the Visual Effects Society's Lifetime Achievement Award at the 18th annual Ves Awards on Jan. 29, 2020 at the Beverly Hilton.

"Martin Scorsese is one of the most influential filmmakers in modern history and has made an indelible mark on filmed entertainment," said Mike Chambers, Ves board chair. "His intuitive vision and fiercely innovative direction has given rise to a new era of storytelling and has made a profound impact on future generations of filmmakers. Martin has given us a rich body of groundbreaking work to aspire to."

Scorsese's credits ...
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Ves Awards: Walt Disney, Stanley Kubrick & Stan Lee Tapped For Visual Effects Society Hall Of Fame

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Ves Awards: Walt Disney, Stanley Kubrick & Stan Lee Tapped For Visual Effects Society Hall Of Fame
Walt Disney, Stanley Kubrick and Stan Lee are the 2019 inductees into the Visual Effects Society Hall of Fame for their towering contributions to screen spectacle and the pursuit of wondrous, effects-enhanced storytelling.

The Ves Hall of Fame recognizes the achievements of “a select group of professionals and pioneers who have played a significant role in advancing the field of visual effects by invention, science, contribution or avocation of the art, science, technology and/or communications.”

Few individuals qualify for induction as much as this year’s three inductees, who are led by Disney (1901-1966), the visionary entrepreneur and pioneering force in American entertainment and popular culture. The 26-time Oscar winner also gave the world Disneyland and launched one of television’s first great franchises, The Wonderful World of Disney, which aired weekly for more than four decades.

Kubrick (1928-1999) remains a revered figure of fascination two decades after his death,
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Film News Roundup: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Trailer Sets Sony Pictures Record

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Film News Roundup: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Trailer Sets Sony Pictures Record
In today’s film news roundup, “Spider-Man: Far From Home” sets a studio record, Chris Meledandri and Glenn Close are honored, an art-house streaming service is unveiled, and “Cliffs of Freedom” gets a release.

Trailer Stats

The first “Spider-Man: Far From Home” trailer has set a record as the biggest digital launch in Sony Pictures history after 24 hours.

The teaser trailer was unveiled Jan. 15 and generated 130 million views, topping the 116 million views for the first “Spider-Man: Homecoming” trailer. Sony said Friday the trailer was shared at twice the frequency of the first trailer for “Homecoming” and social conversation volume was also the highest in the studio’s history, topping 1.1 million posts in the first day. The studio reported that audiences were particularly excited to see Tom Holland’s return as Spider-Man and Jake Gyllenhaal’s debut as Mysterio.

The trailer began with Holland embarking on a European adventure that’s
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Ves to Honor Illumination’s Chris Meledandri with Lifetime Achievement Award

The Visual Effects Society (Ves) has tapped Illumination founder/producer Chris Meledandri with its Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented at the 17th Annual Ves Awards on February 5th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. It marks the first such honor for an accomplished filmmaker from animation.

“Chris Meledandri has greatly contributed to the advancement and ever-increasing success of mainstream animated entertainment over the last 20 years,” said Mike Chambers, Ves Board Chair. “His leadership in the industry is paving the way for future generations of artists and producers and he has helped redefine the profile of animation and visual effects on a global scale.”

Read More: Avengers: Infinity War’ Leads Ves Awards with Six VFX Nominations, with Surprising Shutouts

Previous winners of the Ves Lifetime Achievement Award have included James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Ray Harryhausen, George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis, John Dykstra, Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy, Sir Ridley Scott, and Ken Ralston.
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Illumination’s Chris Meledandri To Get Visual Effects Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award

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The Visual Effects Society has chosen Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri to receive the group’s Ves Lifetime Achievement Award for 2019. It will be presented as part of the 17th annual Ves Awards on February 5 at the Beverly Hilton.

The honor, bestowed by the Ves board of directors, “recognizes an outstanding body of work that has significantly contributed to the art and/or science of the visual effects industry.”

Meledandri’s run at Illumination which he launched in 2008 with the start of the Despicable Me franchise includes The Secret Life of Pets and Sing and most recently Dr. SeussThe Grinch. The Despicable Me movies are the highest-grossing animated franchise in movie history. In all, Illumination pics have grossed more than $6 billion worldwide, with its brand becoming a merchandising, mobile game and theme park staple.

Meledandri was also the founding president of 20th Century Fox Animation, where he created the Ice Age franchise.
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Illumination's Chris Meledandri to Be Honored by Visual Effects Society

Chris Meledandri — the CEO of Illumination Entertainment, the studio behind the pill-shaped Minions — will receive the Visual Effects Society's lifetime achievement award during the 17th Ves Awards on Feb. 5 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

"Chris Meledandri has greatly contributed to the advancement and ever-increasing success of mainstream animated entertainment over the last 20 years," Ves board chair Mike Chambers said in a statement on Friday. "He is an amazing creative force and powerhouse producer, whose unique vision has delivered some of the most popular movie franchises of all time. His leadership in the ...
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'Infinity War', 'Christopher Robin', 'Ready Player One' earn Ves effects nominations

'Infinity War', 'Christopher Robin', 'Ready Player One' earn Ves effects nominations
17th Annual Ves Awards to take place on February 5.

Avengers: Infinity War, Christopher Robin, Ready Player One, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and Welcome To Marwen have earned nominations in the Visual Effects Society’s (Ves) outstanding effects in a photoreal feature category;

Infinity War earned the most feature nods on Tuesday morning (15) with six, while Incredibles 2 is the lead animated film contender on five, and Lost In Space leads the broadcast field on six.

The 17th Annual Ves Awards will take place on February 5 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. As previously announced, the Ves Visionary
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‘Game Of Thrones’ Creators David Benioff & D.B. Weiss Set For Career Honor At Ves Awards

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Winter is coming — tomorrow, in fact — and the duo behind HBO’s Game of Thrones is getting their due from the Visual Effects Society. The VFX group said today that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will receive its Ves Award for Creative Excellence at its 2019 trophy show.

Ves says the honor “recognizes individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to the art and science of the visual effects industry by uniquely and consistently creating compelling and creative imagery in service to story.” The GoT creators, writers, directors and executive producers will pick up their hardware during the 17th annual Ves Awards on February 5 at the Beverly Hilton.

“David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are groundbreaking storytellers who have redefined the relationship between the viewer and the story,” Ves Board Chair Mike Chambers said. “You can easily see this from the epic following of Game of Thrones, a pop culture phenomenon,
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Film News Roundup: Reese Witherspoon to Team With MGM on ‘Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine’

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Film News Roundup: Reese Witherspoon to Team With MGM on ‘Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine’
In today’s film news roundup, Reese Witherspoon is collaborating with MGM, Jonathan Nolan gets an honor for visual effects, canine comedy “Patrick” finds a home and Forrest Films launches as a distributor.

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Reese Witherspoon is teaming with MGM to produce a movie version of Gail Honeyman’s bestselling novel “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.”

Witherspoon and Lauren Levy Neustadter will produce for their Hello Sunshine production company, which picked up the rights last year. The book is the winner of the 2018 Costa Debut Novel Award and is told from the point of the protagonist, a socially awkward 29-year-old in Glasgow, Scotland, with suppressed memories of a brutal childhood. The adaptation is being written by Liz Hannah, who wrote Steven Spielberg’s “The Post.”

“Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” is a potential star vehicle for Witherspoon but no deal has been signed and no director is attached. Witherspoon
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Jonathan Nolan gets Visual Effects Society honour

Jonathan Nolan gets Visual Effects Society honour
The co-creator of Westworld and co-writer of The Dark Knight will receive the Ves Visionay Award.

The Visual Effects Society (Ves) is giving its Visionary Award to writer-director-producer and Westworld co-creator Jonathan Nolan.

The award - which the Ves said honours Nolan’s “inspired vision and distinctive ability to harness craft and technology in creating mysterious new worlds that transport and transfix audiences” - will be presented at the seventeenth annual Ves Awards ceremony on February 5 in Los Angeles.

Previous winners of the award from the effects industry’s professional global honorary society include Marvel Studios executive Victoria Alonso, J J Abrams,
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Jonathan Nolan To Receive Visual Effects Society’s Ves Visionary Award

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The Visual Effects Society has selected writer-producer-director and Westworld co-creator Jonathan Nolan with its Ves Visionary Award, to be bestowed at the 17th annual Ves Awards on February 5 at the Beverly Hilton.

Nolan joins his brother and oft-collaborator Christopher Nolan, who was honored with the same award in 211. The Nolans teamed on 2000’s Memento, 2006’s The Prestige, two Dark Knight films and 2014’s Interstellar.

The Ves Visionary Award recognizes “an individual who has uniquely and consistently employed the art and science of visual effects to foster imagination and ignite future discoveries by way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work,” according to the group. Victoria Alonso, Syd Mead, J.J. Abrams, Alfonso Cuarón and Ang Lee are also previous recipients.

“Jonathan Nolan has been at the forefront in utilizing visual effects to tell remarkable, highly nuanced stories that change the way we think about what is possible to achieve,” said Mike Chambers,
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Visual Effects Society Names Its 2018 Hall Of Famers & Other Career Honorees

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Visual Effects Society Names Its 2018 Hall Of Famers & Other Career Honorees
Star Trek patriarch Gene Roddenberry, Dynamation VFX pioneer Ray Harryhausen and film poster/title sequence legend Saul Bass are among the Visual Effect Society’s 2018 Hall of Fame class, the guild said today. It also named its other career honorees, including Gene Kozicki (Founders Award) and Jonathan Erland (Lifetime Membership).

“Our Ves honorees represent a group of exceptional artists, innovators and professionals who have had a profound impact on the field of visual effects,” Ves Board Chair Mike Chambers said. “We are proud to recognize those who helped shape our shared legacy and continue to inspire future generations of VFX practitioners.”

Here is the full list of this year’s Ves honorees, with bios provided by the guild. This year’s Ves Fellows will be announced later.

Founders Award Recipient

Gene Kozicki for his sustained contributions to the art, science or business of visual effects and meritorious service to the Society.
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Visual Effects Society Adopts Anti-Harassment Code of Conduct

The Visual Effects Society has adopted a code of conduct aimed at “ensuring that all members are treated with respect, dignity and inclusion.”

The 3,800-member honor society’s board of directors unanimously ratified the new code (read it here), which underscores its “categorical opposition to all forms of discrimination, harassment, workplace harassment and sexual harassment and delineates the values, standards and expectations of personal and professional conduct for its membership.” Violation of the code, the Society said, “Could lead to consequences including loss of membership in the Society.”

The new code states that “Members are expected to act with the highest integrity and refrain from committing any act that will degrade themselves or the Ves, or prejudice, damage or harm the standing, reputation, welfare and/or best interests of the Ves and its members.”

Members also are expected to:

Behave in a professionally appropriate and courteous manner toward other members and the Society’s personnel,
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Ves Awards 2018: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ ‘Coco’ Win Top VFX Prizes

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Ves Awards 2018: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ ‘Coco’ Win Top VFX Prizes
War for the Planet of the Apes” from Weta Digital could well be on its way to the elusive VFX Oscar after winning four Ves trophies Tuesday night at the Beverly Hilton (including the top feature prize). Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” won for supporting VFX, Pixar’s “Coco” earned four awards (including VFX for animation), and “Game of Thrones” took home five awards (including VFX for TV).

The “Apes” finale, directed by Matt Reeves, benefited from a Shakespearean performance from Andy Serkis as Caesar, with Weta working its wizardry in much harsher conditions for the performance-captured animation. Not surprisingly, “Apes” additionally won for Caesar, the effects simulations for the thrilling avalanche, and compositing. However, although both “Rise” and “Dawn” captured Ves prizes, neither won the Oscar, so “War” is not a certainty in its race with “Blade Runner 2049.”

Speaking of which, Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner” sequel won two
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