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‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ hopes to redeem egregious Oscar snub from 5 years ago

Warner Animation Group is on a quest for redemption. Back in 2014 they were delivered one of the biggest shocks in recent Oscar memory when “The Lego Movie” was left out of the category of Best Animated Feature. Now they’re looking to finally get this franchise in the race with the sequel, “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” directed by Mike Mitchell.

The film picks up where the first film left off, with Emmet (Chris Pratt) attempting to make peace with the Duplo aliens but a misunderstanding leads to a battle in Bricksburg. Five years later, Bricksburg is now an apocalyptic relic of what it used to be due to repeated attacks. Emmet tries to remain upbeat with Lucy (Elizabeth Banks) but she is much more worried about future attacks and tells Emmet he needs to be ready for them. Lucy and several friends of hers are kidnapped and
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China’s Joy Pictures Turn Towards Sale and Production of Animation

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China’s Joy Pictures — previously a buyer, marketer and distributor best known for bringing “La La Land” to China — is now turning towards the production and sale of animation, and is at Afm for the first time this year as a seller.

So far a hot title has been one of Joy’s few live-action films: “Libai: Fire in the Sky.” A fantasy martial arts pic jointly produced by Joy, Tencent Penguin Pictures and Ckf, it streamed exclusively on Tencent earlier this year. All rights have been sold to Korea, and discussions are under way for India and Europe.

Highlights from the rest of its almost exclusively animation slate include two titles co-financed by Joy: “The Legend of Hei,” which grossed $44.8 million in China in September and screened at Afm Saturday, and “Gg Bond,” an older IP targeting the 4-to-12-year-old demographic, produced by Winsing Animation.

Joy is also producing
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Oscars 2: Revenge of the Sequel? Best Animated Feature may have more franchise follow-ups than ever before

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Oscars 2: Revenge of the Sequel? Best Animated Feature may have more franchise follow-ups than ever before
Toy Story 4” currently leads our Oscar predictions for Best Animated Feature. That’s probably not too surprising since the film comes from Oscar juggernaut Pixar, earned great reviews, and grossed more than $1 billion worldwide. But Oscar voters have shown a bias against animated sequels for as long as the category has been around. That could change this year, however, and the fourth “Toy Story” is only the tip of the spear. There could be more animated sequels nominated this year than ever before.

There have never been more than two franchise follow-ups nominated in the same year. In 2011 the academy nominated “Kung Fu Panda 2” and “Puss in Boots”; the latter wasn’t a sequel, per se, but it was a spinoff of the “Shrek” movies, so it arguably counts. And just this past year both “Incredibles 2” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet” made the cut. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” ended up winning,
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‘I Lost My Body’ Wins Grand Prize at Animation Is Film Festival

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‘I Lost My Body’ Wins Grand Prize at Animation Is Film Festival
I Lost My Body,” the curious story of a disembodied hand searching to reunite with its body, won the grand prize at the Animation is Film Festival, held Oct. 18-20 in Los Angeles. The audience prize was split between two films, Makoto Shinkai’s “Weathering With You” and “The Swallows of Kabul” by Zabou Breitman and Elea Gobbe-Mevellec.

Netflix acquired the worldwide rights to “I Lost My Body,” directed by Jérémy Clapin, after the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May. The French film — which bested its live-action competition to win the top prize in Critics’ Week at Cannes — screened in its original language at Animation Is Film. Netflix has also prepared an English dub featuring the voices of Dev Patel, Alia Shawkat and George Wendt, which will be available to Netflix subscribers on Nov. 29, two weeks after the French version receives its Oscar-qualifying run on Nov. 15.

“The
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Win ‘Abominable’ Movie Merchandise

Released in cinemas from today is DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio’s co-production released through Universal Pictures.

Abominable takes audiences on an epic 2,000-mile adventure from the streets of Shanghai to the breathtaking Himalayan snowscapes.

When teenage Yi encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends, Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai), name him “Everest” and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth.

But the trio of friends will have to stay one-step ahead of Burnish (Eddie Izzard), a wealthy man intent on capturing a Yeti, and zoologist Dr. Zara (Sarah Paulson) to help Everest get home.

Directed by Jill Culton (Open Season) and produced by Suzanne Buirgy, Abominable is executive produced by Tim Johnson and is co-directed by Todd Wilderman.

To celebrate the release, we
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Guillermo Del Toro Gets His Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame This August

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Guillermo Del Toro Gets His Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame This August
Sometimes an Oscar for Best Picture just isn't enough to solidify one's place in the entertainment industry. Perhaps one of the most coveted honors to achieve is a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Now, acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro can count himself among the 2,669 people to have earned such an honor.

Today, The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce proudly announced that film director Guillermo del Toro will be honored with the 2,669th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. Pst. The star will be dedicated in the category of Motion Pictures at 6918 Hollywood Boulevard in front of The Line Store. Said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

"Guillermo del Toro is a director with one of the most creative and vivid imaginations. He has his pulse on a realm of fantasy that has captivated and astounded audiences! The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
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Guillermo del Toro to be Celebrated with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

As a director, screenwriter, author, and artist, renaissance man Guillermo del Toro has created magical works of art both on and off the screen that will endure and inspire future generations. It's more than fitting, then, that the passionate Oscar-winning filmmaker is being presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 6th.

J.J. Abrams and Lana Del Rey will join President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Rana Ghadban, at the unveiling of del Toro's star, and fans will be able to watch the ceremony at www.walkoffame.com on August 6th at 11:30am Pst, just a couple of days before del Toro's latest project, Scary Stores to Tell in the Dark (directed by André Øvredal), haunts theaters. For more details, we have the official press release from the Hollywood Walk of Fame:

"The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that film
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Can ‘Toy Story 4’ break the animated sequel Oscar barrier? Or will ‘Frozen 2’ melt the blockade? [Poll]

Can ‘Toy Story 4’ break the animated sequel Oscar barrier? Or will ‘Frozen 2’ melt the blockade? [Poll]
Given that critics were rather rhapsodic for “Toy Story 4,” as reflected by the 98% fresh ranking on Rotten Tomatoes, there might be a chance that it follow the path of its 2010 Pixar predecessor, “Toy Story 3,” and win Best Animated Feature — thus making history as just the second cartoon sequel to do so. But it could face stiff competition from another likely monster sequel, Disney ‘s “Frozen 2,” opening Nov. 27. Its 2013 forerunner not only won the animated feature category, the original “Frozen” still reigns as the No. 1 grossing animated film worldwide with $1.3 billion in ticket sales.

You would think, considering the current epidemic of Hollywood sequelitis, that Oscar voters would warm up to the idea of giving another trophy to a franchise film in the category. Then again, part of the reason “Toy Story 3” is the first and only follow-up movie to take the prize in the 18 years that the
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Movie Academy Board Of Governors Elections: Dody Dorn Wins Runoff For Film Editors Branch Seat – Update

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Updated, 10:08 a.m.: Dody Dorn has won the runoff election for the open Film Editors Branch seat on the 2019–20 Board of Governors. She and Mark Goldblatt had tied for the seat in the board election last week, just the fifth tie in Academy history.

Previously, June 11: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced its newly elected 2019–20 Board of Governors. They will assume their posts July 1.

Among the newly elected governors are 2019 Oscarcast producer Donna Gigliotti from the Executives Branch, screenwriter Eric Roth and filmmaker Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2 & 3).

Steven Spielberg was among those re-elected to the board — after his bid to revise Academy rules regarding streaming services — along with Laura Dern, Mark Johnson, Nancy Utley and others.

Balloting in the Academy’s Film Editors Branch produced a tie between candidates Dody Dorn and Mark Goldblatt,
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‘Love, Death and Robots’ Renewed for a Second Season at Netflix

‘Love, Death and Robots’ Renewed for a Second Season at Netflix
Tim Miller and David Fincher‘s offbeat animated anthology series Love, Death and Robots has been renewed for another season at Netflix. The experimental anthology series will be telling more violent and sexy sci-fi tales for a second season, this time with Kung Fu Panda 2 and 3 director Jennifer Yuh Nelson working as the supervising director. Read more about […]

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Netflix’s ‘Love, Death & Robots’ Gets Second Season Helmed By Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Netflix has brought on a female director for the newly-announced second season of its animated anthology series Love, Death & Robots.

The season will be helmed by animation veteran Jennifer Yuh Nelson, who, with her work on DreamWorksKung Fu Panda 2, became the first woman to direct an animated film for a major Hollywood studio. Nelson also directed Kung Fu Panda 3 and recently made her live-action directorial debut with young adult thriller The Darkest Minds. Before she became a director, she worked as head of story on Kung Fu Panda, and as a story artist on Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and Madagascar.

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‘Love, Death & Robots’ Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix

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Netflix is bringing back adult-skewed animated anthology series Love, Death & Robots for another go-round. In addition, Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda) has joined as supervising director for the second season and will oversee all episodes. Netflix announced the news on Twitter.

Tim Miller created the series and executive produces with David Fincher, Jennifer Miller and Josh Donen. Love, Death & Robots showcases five- to 15-minute episodes created by different animation teams from around the world. The series features a wide breadth of genres — science fiction, fantasy, horror and comedy — that house the stories told through animation styles from traditional 2D to photo-real 3D CGI.

Nelson has directed multiple episodes of Spawn. She directed the dream sequence in Kung Fu Panda and went on to direct Kung Fu Panda 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3, as well as live-action feature The Darkest Minds. She also worked as a story artist on the 2005 animated film Madagascar.
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Love, Death and Robots Season 2 Confirmed By Netflix

Chris Longo Jun 10, 2019

The technology-driven animated series Love, Death and Robots will return for season 2 on Netflix.

The anthology boom is alive and well on Netflix: The streamer announced Love, Death and Robots Season 2 is officially confirmed. The series comes from executive producers Tim Miller (Deadpool) and David Fincher (Gone Girl) and released its 18-episode first season in March. With technology at the heart of the show, it used varying animation styles to tell a variety of stories - among them sci-fi, action, comedy, thrillers, and love stories.

Taking over the creative reins for season 2 is Jennifer Yuh Nelson, who directed Kung Fu Panda 2 and 3. Nelson will serve as supervising director. Miller was the driving force behind season one. He’s currently working post-production on the next installment of the Terminator franchise, which he directed.

It’s unknown for many new installments will be including in Love, Death
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‘Love, Death, and Robots’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

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Netflix has ordered a second season of “Love, Death, and Robots.”

The announcement was made on Twitter Monday morning. Jennifer Yuh Nelson has joined the series as supervising director, overseeing all episodes. She previously directed multiple episodes of “Spawn,” “Kung Fu Panda 2” and “Kung Fu Panda 3, and the live-action feature “The Darkest Minds.” She also worked as a story artist on the 2005 animated film “Madagascar.”

The first season of the series consisted of 18 episodes and was released on March 15. Each episode is a standalone animated short story. The stories covered a range of genres, from sci-fi, to fantasy, horror, and comedy. Each episode ran from 6-17 minutes in length and hailed from different writers, directors, and animation studios. “Love, Death, and Robots” is executive produced by David Fincher, Tim Miller, Jennifer Miller and Josh Donen.

"Love, Death and Robots" will be back! Jennifer Yuh Nelson has joined as
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Tim Miller and David Fincher’s ‘Love, Death and Robots’ Renewed for Season 2 by Netflix

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Tim Miller and David Fincher’s ‘Love, Death and Robots’ Renewed for Season 2 by Netflix
Tim Miller and David Fincher’s adult, animated anthology series, “Love, Death & Robots,” has been renewed for a second season by Netflix, the streaming service said Monday.

Kung Fu Panda 2” and “The Darkest Minds” filmmaker Jennifer Yuh Nelson has joined as supervising director for Season 2 — er, Volume 2, as Netflix puts it, and will oversee all new episodes. No release date or episode count has been set yet for the second volume in the series.

The 18-episode first season of “Love, Death & Robots,” with installments ranging from six to 17 minutes, launched in March to mostly positive reviews from critics. However, the show drew some backlash on social media when Netflix was accused of presenting users with episodes in a specific order based on their sexual identity — an accusation the streaming service firmly denied.

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Per Netflix,
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Women Directed Just 3% of Animated Movies (Study)

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Women Directed Just 3% of Animated Movies (Study)
Animation companies are moving haltingly to promote women to key roles producing and directing the films and shows they make, according to a new study by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.

In the past 12 years, 3% of the directors of animated movies were women, and just one, “Kung Fu Panda 2’s” Jennifer Yuh Nelson, was a woman of color. On the small screen, 13% of episodes from popular animated TV programs from 2018 had female directors, three of whom were women from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds.

That lack of diversity was reflected in the stories unfolding across movie theaters, television, and mobile devices. Movies such as “Moana” and television shows such as “Dora the Explorer” have made headlines by focusing on female characters, but they remain the exception to the rule. Only 17% of the 120 top-grossing animated films from 2007 to 2018 had a female lead or co-lead, and just three of those movies
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'Love, Death and Robots' Renewed at Netflix, Adds 'Kung Fu Panda 3' Director

Netflix has picked up its series Love, Death and Robots for a second run, and the anthology is bringing aboard an animation veteran to help bring the show to life.

Jennifer Yuh Nelson, the director of Kung Fu Panda 2 and 3, will join the series as supervising director for the second season — or "volume," as the show's producers call it. A release date and episode count for the new run has yet to be determined.

Love, Death and Robots premiered in March on the streaming giant. The series comes from Deadpool director Tim Miller and David Fincher; the first season ...
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'Pets 2' and 'Dark Phoenix' Top Weekend Box Office, Though Both Underperform

'Pets 2' and 'Dark Phoenix' Top Weekend Box Office, Though Both Underperform
The weekend's top twelve combined to outperform the same weekend last year by more than 43%, which means the year-to-year gap continues to close, but the weekend's new releases both struggled mightily. Universal and Illumination's The Secret Life of Pets 2 was unable to even deliver half of the opening the first film delivered just a few years ago, while Fox's Dark Phoenix entered the weekend as the worst reviewed film in the X-Men franchise ever and, predictably, delivered the lowest opening weekend of the franchise. At the top of the box office is Universal and Illumination's The Secret Life of Pets 2 with an estimated $47.1 million from 4,561 locations (the second widest opening ever only to Avengers: Endgame). The performance is less than half of the original, 2016 film's $104.3 million, which remains a record opening for an original, animated feature. Heading into the weekend expectations weren't exactly meteoric, with the studio
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Take an advanture of a lifetime in trailer for ‘Abominable’

Universal Pictures has released a trailer for the DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio’s co-production ‘Abominable’.

Directed by Jill Culton (Open Season) and produced by Suzanne Buirgy, the voice cast consists of Chloe Bennet, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Albert Tsai, Eddie Izzard, Sarah Paulson, Tsai Chin and Michelle Wong.

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The animation hits cinemas October 11th

Abominable Synopsis

When teenage Yi encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends, Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai), name him “Everest” and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth.

But the trio of friends will have to stay one-step ahead of Burnish (Eddie Izzard), a wealthy man intent on capturing a Yeti, and zoologist Dr.
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New Trailer For DreamWorks Animation ‘Abominable’

The brand new trailer for the upcoming feature animation Abominable has just dropped online.

The DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio’s co-production Abominable takes audiences on an epic 2,000-mile adventure from the streets of Shanghai to the breathtaking Himalayan snowscapes.

When teenage Yi encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends, Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai), name him “Everest” and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth.

But the trio of friends will have to stay one-step ahead of Burnish (Eddie Izzard), a wealthy man intent on capturing a Yeti, and zoologist Dr. Zara (Sarah Paulson) to help Everest get home.

Directed by Jill Culton (Open Season) and produced by Suzanne Buirgy, Abominable is executive produced by Tim Johnson and is co-directed by Todd Wilderman.
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