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Watch Pes's New Stop Motion Animated Short Film 'Submarine Sandwich'

In 2013, stop motion animator Adam Pesapane, who goes by the creative name Pes, was nominated for an Oscar for his stop-motion animated short film Fresh Guacamole, a follow up to the similarly themed Spaghetti Western (2008) in which random objects are used to make guacamole and spaghetti respectively. Now he's back with a new installment, this one titled Submarine Sandwich and the rules remain the same. To be honest, I don't entirely "get" these shorts, but they are still somewhat fascinating. Watch all three below. Submarine Sandwich yt id="EWEl8-PHhMI" width="500" Fresh Guacamole yt id="dNJdJIwCF_Y" width="500" Western Spaghetti yt id="qBjLW5_dGAM" width="500" Behind the Scenes of "Submarine Sandwich" yt id="v83rUnXMaJo" width="500"
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Fund This: Stop-Motion Animator Pes Serves Up ‘Submarine Sandwich’

Project Name: Submarine Sandwich Asking For: $30,000 on Kickstarter Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $34,739 (a new stretch goal looks to extend the campaign's total to $70,000.) Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 21 Description: Submarine Sandwich is the latest short film from stop-motion animator Pes. The Santa Monica-based artist, whose real name is Adam Pesapane, has carved out a niche for himself thanks to his expertly-crafted animations that use household objects to represent food, and Submarine Sandwich will be the latest entry in that series. The most-viewed videos on Pes' YouTube channel utilize this random-stuff-as-food approach. In 2008, he crafted Western Spaghetti, which Time Magazine would eventually call the second-best video of the year. Five years after that, he turned hand grenades into avocados with Fresh Guacamole. That creation ended up with an Academy Award nomination in the Animated Short Film category, becoming the shortest film ever nominated for an Oscar.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jennifer Lopez Among 276 New Academy Members for 2013

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its 276-member-strong class of 2013.

The list, published by The Hollywood Reporter, includes actors, cinematographers, designers, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, makeup artists and hairstylists, "members-at-large," musicians, producers, PR folks, short filmmakers and animators, sound technicians, visual effects artists, and writers.

Jason Bateman, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Mortimer, Sandra Oh, Jason Schwartzman, and Michael Peña are among the roster of actors, while "The Heat" and "Bridesmaids" helmer Paul Feig made the directors' cut.

"We did not change our criteria at all," says Academy president Hawk Koch of this year's larger-than-usual class. "Yes, this year there is a tremendous amount of women, a tremendous amount of people of color, people from all walks of life. This year, we asked the branches to look at everybody who wasn't in the Academy but who deserved to be.
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Class of 2013: 276 New Members Invited to Join the Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the 276 members of the entertainment industry invited to join organization. The list includes actors, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, producers and more. Of those listed below, those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2013. "These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today," said Academy President Hawk Koch in a press release. "Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy." Koch also told Variety, "In the past eight or nine years, each branch could only bring in X amount of members. There were people each branch would have liked to get in but couldn't. We asked them to be more inclusive of the best of the best, and each branch was excited, because they got
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Academy adds record number of new members

Academy adds record number of new members
The Academy just added 276 Oscar voters.

That’s 100 more than last year, and part of an easing of a longstanding cap on the number of new members allowed to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences each year.

AMPAS usually adds between 130 and 180 new members, replacing those who have quit or passed away. The membership now stands around 6,000.

Jason Bateman, Jennifer Lopez, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emmanuelle Riva, and Chris Tucker are among the actors who have been invited to join, the organization announced today.

Other interesting additions: the musician Prince, Girls and Tiny Furniture writer/director/actress Lena Dunham,
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276 Receive Membership Invites From The Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 276 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2013.

“These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Hawk Koch. “Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy.”

The 2013 invitees are:


Jason Bateman – “Up in the Air,” “Juno

Miriam Colon – “City of Hope,” “Scarface

Rosario Dawson – “Rent,” “Frank Miller’s Sin City

Kimberly Elise – “For Colored Girls,” “Beloved

Joseph Gordon-Levitt – “Lincoln,” “The Dark Knight Rises

Charles Grodin – “Midnight Run,” “The Heartbreak Kid

Rebecca Hall – “Iron Man 3,” “The Town

Lance Henriksen – “Aliens,” “The Terminator

Jack Huston – “Not Fade Away,” “Factory Girl

Milla Jovovich – “Resident Evil,
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21 Days 'til Oscar: The Animated Shorts

Amir here. Every year I promise myself to try harder to keep in the loop with short films. Then, on this weekend I realize just how badly I've failed and console myself by watching the few that are Oscar-nominated. In an incomprehensible feat of planning, Tiff cancelled its screening of the documentary shorts for the second year running (presumably for copyright reasons?) so I’ll stick to the other two categories. Let’s start with the animated ones.

The shortest film in the crop is Fresh Guacamole – you can watch it here - a stop-motion recipe for making guacamole with light bulbs, baseballs and dice. Though it had the theatre laughing throughout its short runtime, I think its similarities with Western Spaghetti will keep voters from going for it. It’s an innovative film that takes the audience by surprise if they’re unfamiliar with its predecessor. It’s also
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Immersed in Movies: Assessing the Animated Shorts Oscar Race (Trailers)

Animated shorts have never been bigger. Starting today, ShortsHD and Magnolia Pictures are screening the five nominees theatrically in North America and Europe for the eighth consecutive year along with the live-action and doc short nominees; they continue to sell briskly on iTunes; and, for the first time, the Academy has opened up the voting to all members, and will be sending out DVD screeners, which will offer greater exposure. And this year's crop is the most compelling in years: "Adam and Dog": a gorgeous hand-drawn reworking of the Genesis story from Disney animator Minkyu Lee ("Wreck-It Ralph"), who made it independent of the studio without a producer or a budget. "Fresh Guacamole":  a culinary stop-motion delight by Pes ("Western Spaghetti") and the shortest short ever nominated in Oscar history at a minute and forty-five seconds. "Head over Heels": a poignant stop-mo student work by Timothy...
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"Garbage Pail Kids" Cards Become Film

The Tornante Company is set to finance and produce a feature film adaptation of the Topps trading cards series "Garbage Pail Kids" reports Deadline.

The card series began in 1985 as a parody of the Cabbage Patch Kids and became popular enough to be banned in a lot of schools. Acclaimed short film helmet 'Pes' ("Fresh Guacamole," "Western Spaghetti) will direct from a script by Michael Vukadinovich.

The film's producer, Michael Eisner, bought Topps in 2007 and this marks his first feature spinoff project with the company. Toby Ascher is also producing.
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'Garbage Pail Kids' movie in development

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While most everyone else in the U.S. sprang forward over the weekend, this piece of news accidentally turned its clocks back -- to 1987: There's another "Garbage Pail Kids" movie in development reports Vulture.

You say you missed the first one? Check out the trailer:

The new film based on the gross-out trading card series, which depicted parodies of Cabbage Patch dolls with punny names like Adam Bomb, Half-Nelson and Alice Island, will be directed by Pes (New York-based animator Adam Pesapane), who has actually created some cool stop-motion videos like 2009 Sundance winner, "Western Spaghetti":

No word on a potential plot for the movie, but perhaps with Pes' skills, something as trivial as plot isn't actually required.
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Garbage Pail Kids to become a movie... again

Topps’ Garbage Pail Kids—the Art Spiegelman-created trading card series that gave an entire generation of children nicknames they then funneled into still-simmering, scattershot rage—will get another chance at a movie adaptation, because you have heard of it. Deadline reports that Michael Eisner’s Tornante Company will produce a film to be written by Michael Vukadinovich (of the recently acquired Three Misfortunes Of Geppetto) and directed by the enigmatically named Pes, whose short films like Western Spaghetti, Game Over, and Fresh Guacamole have all become web hits. While that’s certainly some unique talent to put behind a film ...
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Garbage Pail Kids Movie in Development!

Former Disney chief Michael Eisner is teaming with short film director Pes for a new feature revolving around the Garbage Pail Kids.

Michael Eisner will produce through his The Tornante Company, which purchased the trading card company Topps back in 2007. Topps first put out the Garbage Pail Kids trading card stickers in 1985, which spoofed the popular Cabbage Patch Kids dolls. The cards spawned the 1987 live-action feature The Garbage Pail Kids Movie.

Pes will direct from a screenplay by Michael Vukadinovich. Both Pes and Michael Vukadinovich hatched the original story together. No production schedule was given.

Pes has directed short films such as Western Spaghetti, Roof Sex, and The Animation Show 4. You can take a look at his latest short, Fresh Guacamole below, which was featured on Showtime's Short Stories.
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Garbage Pail Kids Headed Back to the Big Screen!

One thing I never thought I'd see back up on the big screen was a movie based on the awesomely disgusting 1980's Garbage Pail Kids trading cards. I loved collection these cards/stickers while growing up. I thought they were hilarious. Hell, I still do! I have to say that even though I liked the cards, the first movie made back in '87 was a real piece crap. Even as a kid I hated that movie.

Today Deadline is reporting that the Garbage Pail kids will be making a big comeback, and that Michael Eisner’s The Tornante Company will finance, produce and develop the feature film. It will be directed by a guy named Pes. Yeah, that is the name that he goes by. I don't know much about this guy, but according to Wiki he uses everyday objects and stop-motion animation to create his films. Some of the
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‘Garbage Pail Kids’ Movie Now in Development

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There's a "Garbage Pail Kids" movie in the works, which kind of sounds like a terrible idea except that it will be directed by Pes, the creator of such compelling stop-motion visual works as Western Spaghetti, Game Over, and the recently posted Fresh Guacamole. Hm...Cool, right? It's not clear what the story line would be, which seems to be the more pressing issue. Art Spiegleman's original aesthetic is ostensibly preservable — though you wouldn't know it based on the 1987 live-action flop — but what the heck are the Garbage Pail Kids going to do?
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Get Your Barf Bags Ready: A Garbage Pail Kids Flick Is Coming

Those of us who lived through the '80s thought we'd left those stomach-turning collectibles far behind, but alas, the Garbage Pail Kids are back ... and they're coming to the big screen.

Like baseball cards with a significant ick factor, the Garbage Pail Kids were both highly collectible and awesome ways to gross out the boy or girl you had a crush on in third grade. Is it possible that a wildly creative writer/director team could make this idea fresh for the multiplex?

Short film director Pes and screenwriter Michael Vukadinovich are taking on the task of making the Kids a viable feature film. Pes (a.k.a. Adam Pesapane) has a pretty cool pedigree when it comes to making stop-motion short films like "Fresh Guacamole," "Roof Sex," "Game Over" and "Western Spaghetti," as well as commercials for companies like Sprint and Bacardi. One of his most famous fans
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Michael Eisner’s Tornante Company Behind Feature Adaptation Of ‘Garbage Pail Kids’

Exclusive: Michael Eisner’s The Tornante Company will finance and produce the development of a feature film based on Garbage Pail Kids, the trading card line published by Topps. Eisner bought the card company in 2007 and this is his first feature spinoff project. Toby Ascher is producing. Pes (that is what he goes by) will direct the film, which will be scripted by Michael Vukadinovich, who most recently set his Black List script The Three Misfortunes Of Geppetto at Fox and Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps. Pes, an award winning creator of shorts, developed the story with Vukadinovich. His latest film is Fresh Guacamole, and his other shorts include Roof Sex and Western Spaghetti. All of them have been wildly popular viral videos. Hatched in 1985, the Garbage Pail Kids launched as an irreverent parody of the Cabbage Patch Kids (Topps eventually settled a lawsuit brought by Cabbage Patch-maker Coleco). Hatched by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman,
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This Is By Far The Most Amazing Guacamole Recipe You’ll Ever See

Tired of the same old boring guacamole recipe that’s just avocado and lime and salt and also it completely obeys the laws of physical reality? Director Pes – the same guy who did Western Spaghetti – brings us this fresh new take on the classic guacamole recipe that is guaranteed to literally blow the minds of the guests at your next party! And it’s only slightly more physically-impossible than Michael Voltaggio’s wings! The only thing that could make this more perfect is if it were served inside Teeny Little Super Guy… (via The High Definite)
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The best short films on the web

From attention-grabbing promos to thoughtful documentaries, a new crop of directors is creating innovative and daring pictures that are cheap to make, easy to share, and finding an audience as never before. Here, we speak to those responsible for some of the best

Are we in the middle of a short‑film revolution? Not long ago, if you wanted to catch short work by exciting new film-makers, you had to travel to a festival, hunt down a compilation on DVD, catch a charitable showing on TV or, if you were uncommonly lucky, before the main feature at the cinema. Now all you have to do, assuming you have internet access and a passing familiarity with video-hosting websites, is switch on your computer.

The curious thing about short films is that, regardless of audience and financial incentive, people have continued to make them with great enthusiasm. This is in part because
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Weekend Meme: The Diary of St. Kurt, Pee-wee Herman Explains Thanksgiving, and Cyndi Lauper Helps Mac Write a Big Check

First off, I’d like to thank snicks for keeping the Memes up while I was slaving away in retail over the Black Friday holiday. I’m completely exhausted, but I’m going to try to dazzle you!

Also, so many of you have emailed, Facebooked, Pm’d and tweeted me birthday wishes, I couldn’t possibly thank you all individually, but please know I do appreciate it.

On to the news, such that it is on a holiday weekend. I’m not really sure that I appreciate the tone over at TV Guide where they are wondering why Glee has become “the St. Kurt show.” Seriously, we all endured a full season of that Puck/Finn/Quinn/Terri baby drama that had nothing to do with the glee club, and you want to whine about three Kurt episodes that are literally “ripped from the headlines?”

Speaking of Glee, they
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Stop! Motion Time: Pes's Washington State Lottery Commercial

The new, animated ad is the only lottery commercial we can bear to watch.

The lottery is one of the stubborn bastions of horrible design in the U.S. The tickets break every good design rule: they're cluttered and noisy and covered in foil. Jessica Helfand took tickets to task on Design Observer last year, putting them at the top of her list of Ten Things that Need to be Redesigned:

I suppose if you win it doesn't matter a hoot how garish those color and font choices are, but given the odds stacked against you, the greater likelihood is that you will simply spend an inordinate amount of time looking at them. Ergo: shouldn't they look better?

Lottery ads aren't much better. The latest batch run from juvenile (Fat Wallet) to creepy (Take Five). New York Lottery Black tried to sleek it up with faux-"classy" ads, and a ticket to match,
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