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Focus Features Headline News

WATCH: New Trailer Arrives for LAIKA’s ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

First full trailer for stop-motion/CG-animated hybrid action-adventure set in mythic Japan sees Kubo join forces with friendly faces like Monkey and Beetle as he battles with threats such as the Moon King and the twin Sisters.

Splash Entertainment Headline News

Splash Entertainment’s ‘Norm of the North’ Headed to China

Following the recent U.S. release of Splash Entertainment’s ‘Norm of the North,’ the animated family feature film heads to China for theatrical release with new deals signed with Yang Yang Pictures and Chinawood Media Corp.

GKIDS Headline News

GKIDS to Present ‘Animated 8’ Retrospective Series

‘Boy and the World,’ ‘When Marnie Was There,’ ‘Song of the Sea,’ ‘The Tale of the Princess Kaguya,’ ‘Ernest & Celestine,’ ‘A Cat in Paris,’ ‘Chico & Rita’ and ‘The Secret of Kells’ begin screening at the Laemmle Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills on Friday, Feb 12.

Awards Headline News

Presenters Announced for 43rd Annie Awards

Comedy-folk duo Garfunkel & Oates return for a second year alongside Edward James Olmos, Rita Moreno, Tom Kenny, Laraine Newman, Alexander Garfin, Hadley Belle Miller, Kristen Schaal, Phyllis Smith, Kevin Michael Richardson and Christophe Beck.

Films Headline News

Sony Names Randy Lake President, Studio Operations and Imageworks

Former Sony Pictures Imageworks EVP will continue to report jointly to Sony Pictures Television chairman Steve Mosko and Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman.

Awards Headline News

PGA Announces 2016 Producers Guild Award Winners

Jonas Rivera receives the award for outstanding producer of animated theatrical motion pictures for Pixar Animation Studio’s ‘Inside Out’; ‘Game of Thrones’ wins the Norman Felton Award for outstanding producer of episodic television, drama.

Disney Headline News

Disney Unveils New Music Video for Shakira's ‘Try Everything’ from ‘Zootopia’

International superstar Shakira lends her Grammy-winning voice to Gazelle, the biggest pop star in ‘Zootopia,’ in a brand-new music video.

NYICFF Headline News

New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival Announces Complete 2016 Slate

2016 NYICFF program highlights include opening night film ‘Boy and the Beast,’ centerpiece screening of ‘The Little Prince,’ and closing day film ‘The Idol.’

Anime ANIMATIONWorld

Who Are We Kidding: Subliminal Child-Porn Images in Japanese Manga and Anime

By Kumi Kaoru | Monday, January 25, 2016 at 11:17am

Anime historian Kumi Kaoru’s unpopular position brings much-needed attention to the wink-wink-nudge-nudge world of subliminal child-porn imagery in Japanese manga and anime.

Home Entertainment Headline News

Pixar’s ‘The Good Dinosaur’ Heads Home February 23

Extensive bonus features include the Academy Award-Nominated theatrical short, ‘Sanjay’s Super Team,’ making-of featurettes, deleted scenes and more.

Shout! Factory Headline News

Shout! Factory Premiering ‘Snowtime!’ Feature at Sundance

CarpeDiem feature is directed by Jean-François Pouliot and co-director François Brisson and produced by Marie-Claude Beauchamp; Ross Lynch, Sandra Oh, Angela Galuppo, Lucinda Davis, Sonja Ball, Don Shepherd, Jenna Wheeler, Heidi Lynne Weeks, Elisabeth MacRae and Holly Gauthier lead all-star voice cast.

Funimation Entertainment Headline News

Funmation Sets Theatrical Run for ‘The Boy and The Beast’

The latest masterpiece from acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda opens in U.S. theaters nationwide on March 4; advance tickets for the original Japanese-language version & the new English dub version available starting February 5.

Disney Headline News

Disney Sets New Dates for ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’

Originally scheduled for release on May 26, 2017, ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ will now debut on December 15, 2017; ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ will set sail on May 26, 2017.

Films Headline News

Animation Breakdown to Host Exclusive ‘Moomins on the Riviera’ Screening

Selections from the myriad Moomins TV adaptations, documentary clips of Moomins creator Tove Jansson, and an exclusive screening of ‘Moomins on the Riviera’ in Finish with English subtitles set for Sunday, January 24th at The Cinemfamily in Los Angeles.

NYICFF Headline News

New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival Previews 2016 Feature Slate

Running Feb. 26-March 20, animated feature slate includes special preview screenings of Funimation’s ‘The Boy and The Beast’ and Mark Osborne’s ‘The Little Prince.’

Films Headline News

Augenblick Studios Starts Production for ‘Adventures of Drunky’ Feature

Sam Rockwell, Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Coogan, Nina Arianda, Dave Attell and Tyler the Creator star in R-rated animated feature directed by Aaron Augenblick and produced at Cartuna.

Luma Pictures Headline News

Luma Pictures Unveils New VFX Show Reel

With more than 80 feature films spanning over a decade, Luma Pictures has made its mark with CG characters, simulations, and environments that have hit the big screen on tentpoles such as ‘Ant-Man,’ ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and Pharrell William’s ‘Freedom’ music video.

MPC Headline News

MPC Creates Seamless Effects for ‘Spectre’

Led by MPC VFX Supervisor Mark Curtis and Producer Laura Schultz, MPC’s global team worked closely with director Sam Mendes and Production VFX Supervisor Steve Begg, covering three key sequences in the snowy Austrian Alps and the deserts of Morocco.

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