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China’s Animated Movie ‘Nezha’ Scored $674 Million, but Is It a Fluke?

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The tale of a young folk deity who flies around on wheels of fire has defied audience and industry expectations about the commercial potential of animation in China to become the country’s second-highest-grossing film of all time. “Nezha” has earned $674 million (Rmb 4.81 billion) since its July 26 release, putting it behind only 2017’s nationalist actioner “Wolf Warrior II” at the box office and making it the most successful animated title ever in the Middle Kingdom, far beyond the previous record-holder, Disney’s “Zootopia,” which reaped $236 million.

Its astonishing success has raised hopes for China’s growing but still immature animation sector. While animated titles consistently account for 10% to 15% of the box office in the U.S. and about 40% in Japan, the figure is estimated at only about 6% to 10% in China. “Nezha” has also set a welcome new standard for quality in local animation in a land where the genre is
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Sarah Paulson Appreciated ‘Abominable’s’ Feminine Mystique

Abominable, the latest animated film from DreamWorks, is the story of a young girl in Shanghai who unexpectedly comes face-to-face with a Yeti and embarks on a quest to get it back home to Mt. Everest. Written and directed by veteran animator Jill Culton, most of the movie’s crew was made up of women. For [...]

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IndieWire Celebrates Female Filmmakers at Tiff Dinner With Canada Goose

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IndieWire Celebrates Female Filmmakers at Tiff Dinner With Canada Goose
Everyone wanted to hug Marielle Heller and tell her how much her “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” made them cry. Sarah Gavron was eager to share the spotlight with her “Rocks” writer Theresa Ikoko, reminding everyone it was their film, not just Gavron’s.

American Woman” filmmaker Semi Chellas and “Abominable” director Jill Culton made fast friends, bonding during cocktail hour and happily moving their conversation to the dinner table. The same went for punctual arrivers Unjoo Moon (whose “I Am Woman” served as the opening night pick for the special presentations section) and “The Perfect Candidate” filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour, who started talking to each other upon arrival and didn’t stop until the night concluded.

After all that, time to toast the end to a whirlwind first weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival. But then there’s the next hot ticket to try to snag: Kasi Lemmons’ “Harriet,
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‘Abominable’ Review: An Adorable, If Familiar, Fairy Tale About a Girl and Her Magic Yeti

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‘Abominable’ Review: An Adorable, If Familiar, Fairy Tale About a Girl and Her Magic Yeti
“Abominable” may feel boilerplate: Plucky loner finds an unexpected friend, a wild journey ensues with the help of a motley crew, and it ends with a buffet of lessons about the power of friendship, family, and self-respect. Also included: one incredibly cute magical yeti, all the better to incite both warm and squishy sentiments and encourage the inevitable purchase of a wide range of branded merchandise.

However, director Jill Culton adds unique touches to the formula including frequently stunning animation and goofy diversions of all stripe, along with at least two worrying soundtrack choices (kids like Coldplay?). The winning, warm nature of this China-set family film can’t be denied, and for all its predictable elements, “Abominable” is still well worth the trip.

Resourceful teen Yi (Chloe Bennett) is deep in the “denial and isolation” stage of her grief over her beloved father’s recent death. Instead of turning to
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Abominable’

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Abominable’
After descending Mt. Everest in 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary received worldwide acclaim as the first westerner to reach the top — and also snickers for alleging to spot yeti footprints and hair in the snow. Seven years later, Hillary returned to the Himalayas to prove his claim. He saw nothing — but he’d see himself in writer-director Jill Culton’s “Abominable,” a serviceable cartoon about aged ice-pick-brandishing explorer Burnish (voiced by Eddie Izzard) determined to catch and display the mythical creature for no better reason than to silence the jeers.

The latest offering from DreamWorks Animation gently alights on the fragile male ego. Yet its main interests are twofold: flog a new beast to supplant the successful “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise and satisfy its Chinese financiers with

The adventure is all part of quest by three youngsters — Yi (Chloe Bennet of TV’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Peng (Albert Tsai) and
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'Abominable': Film Review | Tiff 2019

As big and fluffy and playfully unsophisticated as the monster at its core, DreamWorks Animation’s latest romp, Abominable, will no doubt amuse kids ages 10 and under who like their movies simple, sweet and filled with giant blueberries.

Those Xxl fruits are some of several eye-catching elements in writer-director Jill Culton’s China-set adventure, whose main star is a yeti so cute and cuddly, its child-sized plush version is probably rolling off the assembly line at this very moment. As for the movie, it’s a little too treacly and childish in places, with a storyline that goes exactly where ...
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Toronto: A Massive Lineup Of Oscar Contenders, But Is There Another ‘Green Book’ Waiting To Surprise?

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Toronto: A Massive Lineup Of Oscar Contenders, But Is There Another ‘Green Book’ Waiting To Surprise?
After Venice and Telluride, the Fall Festival Trifecta continues with the Toronto International Film Festival, where the world premieres just keep on coming. It opens tonight with several of them competing for attention. Most awaited probably is tonight’s debut of The Personal History of David Copperfield from Veep creator Armando Iannucci, which also will open the London Film Festival next month. But distributor Fox Searchlight is holding its U.S. release until next year, so it is one of the rare top titles here with an eye on Oscar in 2021, not this year.

In terms of other Tiff debuts that didn’t pop up first at the other two fests, or earlier at Sundance or Cannes, the odds of most of them going all the way to the Academy Awards are not all that clear. But compare that to a heady 2018, when Green Book showed up on the sixth
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Posterized September 2019: ‘Ad Astra,’ ‘It Chapter Two,’ ‘The Death of Dick Long,’ and More

“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” is a proverb whose simple existence proves the fact impressionable souls will do so without fail. This monthly column focuses on the film industry’s willingness to capitalize on this truth, releasing one-sheets to serve as not representations of what audiences are to expect, but as propaganda to fill seats. Oftentimes they fail miserably.

With four big festivals happening this month, it’s no surprise that the only true blockbusters hitting screens are the highly anticipated sequel to a Stephen King property and the inexplicable return of Downton Abbey (September 20). We could probably throw Rambo: Last Blood (September 20) into the mix too for the boomer crowd.

That’s not to say movies like Hustlers (September 13) and Abominable (September 27) won’t make money. They will. The distinction comes from those two titles making their debuts on that same festival circuit. Just because the
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‘It: Chapter Two’ Is Fandango’s Best-Selling Horror Movie & Most Anticipated Title Of Fall

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Updated tracking has New Line’s It: Chapter Two opening between $90 million-$100 million, just behind the previous chapter’s all-time horror and September debut record of $123.4M. However, Fandango reports that advance ticket sales for the Stephen King sequel are the online ticketer’s best ever for a horror pic, outstripping It, Jordan Peele’s Us, last year’s Halloween and The Nun.

Best demos for It: Chapter Two are younger males followed by younger females, similar to the 2017 pic, with solid interest across the board.

In addition, a recent Fandango survey of more than 1,000 chose It: Chapter Two as the top film they want to see for the September through end-of-November period, followed by Warner Bros’ Joker.

Below are the results of the survey in full:

Top Ten Most Anticipated Fall Movies

It: Chapter Two

Joker

Frozen II

Terminator: Dark Fate

Zombieland: Double Tap

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

A
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‘Abominable’ Director Jill Culton Added to Italy’s View Conference Lineup

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‘Abominable’ Director Jill Culton Added to Italy’s View Conference Lineup
Jill Culton, writer and director of “Abominable,” the upcoming animated feature from DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studios has been added to the roster of keynote speakers set for the 20th View Conference in Turin, Italy.

The film, about a yeti making his way home to Mount Everest, is set to open Sept. 27 after premiering at the Toronto Film Festival. “Abominable” will also screen at Viewfest, a film festival that precedes the conference.

Culton joins long list of showbiz and gaming heavyweights speaking at the event this year, including Brad Bird, director of last year’s “Incredibles 2”; Peter Ramsey, co-director of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”; “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” director Dean DeBlois; composer Michael Giacchino; Pixar filmmaker Ralph Eggleston; “The Lion KingVFX supervisor Rob Legato; “The Addams Family” co-director Conrad Vernon; Industrial Light & Magic’s Rob Bredow; Pubg CEO Ch Kim; Baobab Studios’s Eric Darnell
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'Abominable' Helmer Jill Culton Joins Italy's View VFX and Animation Confab Lineup

'Abominable' Helmer Jill Culton Joins Italy's View VFX and Animation Confab Lineup
Jill Culton, writer and director on Dreamworks Animation and Pearl Studio's upcoming animated feature Abominable, has joined a lineup of high-profile speakers for this year's View Conference, the VFX and animation confab slated for Oct. 21-25 in Turin, Italy.

Previously announced speakers include directors Brad Bird (Incredibles 2), Peter Ramsey (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), Dean DeBlois (How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World) and Conrad Vernon (The Addams Family), as well as composer Michael Giacchino (Up).

The Yeti-themed Abominable is scheduled to premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival and opens Sept. 27. Culton was previously ...
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'Abominable' gets India release date

"Abominable", a heart-warming film about love, trust and friendship, from the makers of "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Kung Fu Panda" -- DreamWorks Animation -- is set to release in India in 3D and 2D on September 27.

Co-produced by Pearl Studios, "Abominable" narrates the tale of a wide-eyed, mystical creature, a Yeti named Everest and his newly found friend, Yi and their 2,000-mile adventure from the streets of China to Himalayan snowscapes, all the way to Mount Everest.

Also Read:?Why Jessica Chastain said yes to 'It Chapter Two'

With DreamWorks' animation, it has Jill Culton's direction and storytelling. It is also a directorial debut for Culton who in the past was an animator and storyboard artist on "Toy Story", "A Bug's Life" and "Toy Story 2".

"Abominable" will be distributed by Universal Pictures in India.
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63rd BFI London Film Festival announcement 2019 line-up

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This morning, the BFI London Film Festival announced its full line-up for this years programme including 229 feature films from some of the world’s greatest filmmakers and emerging talent.

Running between the 2nd until the 13th of October 2019, Odeon’s iconic flagship cinema will once again open it’s redesigned Odeon Luxe Leicester Square to participant as the main venue. The festival will open with Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ (which will also serve as it’s European Premiere) and close with Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishmen’ which, alone, should get fans of the festival salivating.

Headline Gala’s

The American Express Gala is the European Premiere of Rian Johnson’s ‘Knives Out’ which features a stellar cast of Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Colette, Katherine Langford and Christopher Plummer.

The Mayor of London’s Gala is Tom Harper’s
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‘Jojo Rabbit,’ ‘The Aeronauts,’ Netflix Titles Feature in London Film Festival Lineup

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‘Jojo Rabbit,’ ‘The Aeronauts,’ Netflix Titles Feature in London Film Festival Lineup
Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit,” Marielle Heller’s “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and Tom Harper’s “The Aeronauts” will receive gala presentations at the 63rd BFI London Film Festival. Announcing the full program lineup Thursday, festival director Tricia Tuttle also revealed that new films from veteran filmmaker Michael Caton-Jones and “Still Alice” director Wash Westmoreland will world-premiere at the festival.

Westmoreland’s noir thriller “Earthquake Bird,” starring Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander, will make its debut in London, one of several Netflix titles at the festival. As well as Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” which had previously been announced as the closing film, David Michod’s Shakespearean adaptation “The King” with Timothee Chalamet, Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” with Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, and Fernando Meirelles’ “The Two Popes” with Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce, will all receive gala screenings in the lineup.

Netflix’s presence at other festivals has caused controversy,
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New Photos Released For Terminator: Dark Fate, Zombieland 2: Double Tap, Doctor Sleep, and More

November 1st

Thanks to Fandango we have a lot of new photos to share with you today for several upcoming films that fans are excited about. These photos are from films such as Terminator: Dark Fate featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton locked and loaded, and Zombieland 2: Double Tap, offering our first look at Rosario Dawson. There are also images for Doctor Sleep, Gemini Man, Rambo: Last Blood, Knives Out, Abominable, Ad Astra, The Addams Family, It: Chapter 2, Jojo Rabbit, Luck In The Sky, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Charlie’s Angels, Frozen II, Downton Abbey, and Joker.

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10 Films Directed by Women to Check Out This Fall, From ‘Frozen 2’ to ‘Little Women’ (Photos)

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10 Films Directed by Women to Check Out This Fall, From ‘Frozen 2’ to ‘Little Women’ (Photos)
Change might at last be coming. After years of demands from women in Hollywood for diversity in the director’s chair, studios are starting to give women more opportunities in filmmaking. 2019 is the first year that all major studios are releasing at least one film by a woman, and this fall’s slate has plenty of women contributing movies from animated blockbusters to potential Oscar contenders. Here are ten of those films to look out for.

Lorene Scafaria, “Hustlers” (Sept. 13)

The writer of “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” will direct this crime dramedy for Stx based on Jessica Pressler’s New York Magazine article “The Hustlers at Scores.” The film features a cast led by Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez in a true story about a team of strippers who seduced and stole from Wall Street’s elite after the 2008 recession.

Jill Culton, “Abominable” (Sept. 29)

September usually has an
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Oscars 2020: Best Animated Feature Predictions

Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” leads a field of sequel-heavy studio contenders for Best Animated Feature, along with rival Disney’s “Frozen 2” (November 22) and DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.” But indies are well represented, too, with GKids’ Cambodian drama, “Funan,” and Netflix’s creepy mystery, “I Lost My Body,” as the most acclaimed contenders. “The Lion King,” though, is an unlikely player with its breakthrough photo-realistic animation because of its live-action Disney’s marketing focus. They’re aiming for a VFX nod.

Yet “Toy Story 4” has set the bar this season. It exceeded expectations and broke the franchise box office record as well. Pixar proved there was definitely one more story to tell with Woody’s (Tom Hanks) existential journey with Bo Peep (Annie Potts) about change, growth, and happiness. The studio upped its animation (from the porcelain shepherdess to the complex antique shop), and
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The Fall Film Festival Slates Suggest A Loaded Academy Award Race To Come

Over the last few days, many of the upcoming film festivals in the fall have announced which titles will be playing within their respective showcases. Two in question have specifically revealed what they’re packing. The first is the Toronto International Film Festival, while the other is the Venice Film Festival. Interestingly, these revelations actually inform which movies are likely to play at the Telluride Film Festival, and in turn, that helps fill in some possible blanks for the New York Film Festival. Suffice it to say, there are a lot of moving parts right now. Moves are being made, that’s for sure. The highlights of the recent announcements include a number of crossovers, as well as some exclusives. You can see which are which below, but just a sampling of the films include Ad Astra, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Dolemite Is My Name, Ford v Ferrari,
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Joker, Hustlers, Knives Out & More Will Premiere at Tiff 2019

The first round of movies for this year's Toronto International Film Festival have been announced and there are some major surprises, as well as some potential Oscar hopefuls.

The batch includes more than 50 movies. Joker, the upcoming R-rated DC Comics adaptation starring Joaquin Phoenix as the famed Batman villain, is indeed playing at the prestigious festival, as had been previously reported.

Other surprises include the Jennifer Lopez stripper movie Hustlers, Rian Johnson's ensemble murder mystery Knives Out and Taika Waitit's "anti-hate satire" Jojo Rabbit, in which, Waititi plays an imaginary version of Adolf Hiter.

Tiff 2019 also includes a ton of possible awards season favorites. Several of the heavy-hitters are biopics. These include Judy, the upcoming Judy Garland biopic starring Renee Zellweger, as well as Harriet, the Harriet Tubman biopic and Won't You Be My Neighbor? which stars Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers. Other possible Oscar contenders include James Mangold's Ford V Ferrari,
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‘Abominable’: 20 Things You Need to Know About the China-Set Dreamworks/Pearl Studio Film

Later this year, Dreamworks Animation follows up the incredible How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World with the first female-led animated film to be also written and directed by a female director, Abominable. The film—co-produced by Pearl Studio—is set in a modern Chinese city and centers on the teenage Yi (voiced by Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Chloe Bennet) who discovers a runaway Yeti on her roof one night while playing her father's violin. After taking care of the Yeti’s wounds, she decides to help him find his way …
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