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The Visual Effects Society Headline News

Visual Effects Society Names Special 2020 Honorees

Newest Lifetime members and this year’s VES Founders Award recipient, along with yet to be announced VES Fellows, Honorary members and Hall of Fame inductees, to be recognized this fall.

Awards Headline News

‘Calamity, a Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary,’ ‘The Physics of Sorrow’ Win Cristal Awards at Annecy 2020

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 10:01am

Films by Rémi Chayé and Theodor Ushev among 21 winning projects awarded at the 44th festival edition, held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

gender diversity Headline News

Did SpongeBob SquarePants Comes out as LGBTQIA+?

For Pride Month, Nickelodeon tweeted a picture featuring SpongeBob SquarePants, leading to speculation about the hit animated sea-dweller’s long-rumored sexuality.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

WATCH: Exclusive Clip from ‘StarDog and TurboCat’

Launching today in selected drive-ins and on Digital HD / On Demand, Ben Smith’s animated feature pairs a genius cat, Felix, and his loyal canine, Buddy, on a madcap quest to find the dog’s owner.

Awards Headline News

‘Empty Places,’ ‘Catgot,’ and ‘To: Gerard’ Lead Group of Annecy 2020 Special Award Winners

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 19, 2020 at 11:28am

Festival announces 13 films receiving special recognition, partner awards, or additional honors bestowed outside the Official competition.

Community Outreach Headline News

BAAA Art Auction for Racial Justice Expands for New 3-Day Event

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 19, 2020 at 10:05am

Running June 19-22, auction adds original artwork from numerous noteworthy artists; all proceeds to benefit Equal Justice Initiative.

SVOD Headline News

HBO Max Reveals Never Before Seen Clip from Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’

Streamer shares snippet featuring Wonder Woman cut from 2017 film version that the director is restoring in updated ‘Snyder Cut,’ debuting on HBO Max in 2021

People Headline News

Weta Digital Launches Weta Animated Original Content Business

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 2:55pm

Fulfilling Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh’s long-time dream, leading VFX studio will for the first begin producing original animated feature and episodic content.

Business Headline News

John Landis to Direct Arnold Schwarzenegger on ‘Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten’

Famed director joins Genius Brands’ new animated kid’s series, also being developed into live-action series and feature film spin-off.

TV Animation Headline News

FOX Entertainment and Dan Harmon Sign Series Deal, with Bento Box Producing

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 11:39am

Emmy Award-winning ‘Rick and Morty’ and ‘Community’ co-creator signs broadcast network-only exclusive direct deal for comedy series to premiere Spring 2022.

Festivals Headline News

44th Ottawa International Animation Festival Moving Online

Scheduled for September 23 – October 4, the event will feature screenings, virtual artist talks, workshops, and meetings with schools and recruiters.

Annecy 2020 Headline News

Tony Bancroft and Scott Christian Sava’s Live ‘Animal Crackers’ Annecy Q&A Set for June 17

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 10:39am

Live-streamed director’s panel will discuss their animated feature, which competed at Annecy 2017 and will be released worldwide on Netflix July 24.  

Annecy 2020 Headline News

Ron Clements and John Musker’s Annecy 2020 Masterclass Set for June 19

Live-streamed presentation by famed directors of ‘The Little Mermaid,’ ‘Aladdin,’ and ‘Moana’ will feature their Disney history and views on animation, past, present and future; event presented by ASIFA-Hollywood.

Events Headline News

WB’s 24-Hour Mega DC FanDome Free Virtual Event Set for August 22

Global DC Multiverse immersive gathering will highlight WB games, film, TV and comic announcements, cast and creator presentations and exclusive preview footage.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Headline News

Oscars Pushed to April 25, 2021

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 15, 2020 at 12:46pm

Film eligibility window extended for 93rd Academy Award consideration; museum opening postponed to coincide with new awards telecast date. 

Festivals Headline News

Masaaki Yuasa’s ‘INU-OH’ Just Added to Annecy 2020 Work in Progress Presentations

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 15, 2020 at 11:39am

Award-winning director discusses his latest film, an animated musical about a 14 century Japanese Sarugaku Noh performer, set for a 2021 release. 

You Know You Want It Dept. Headline News

Free DreamWorks’ ‘Trolls Pop’ Bubble Shooter Mobile Game Now Available

Inspired by ‘Trolls’ and ‘Trolls World Tour,’ Huuuge Games and Universal Games and Digital Platforms’ new game features Poppy, Branch, and many other colorful characters from the hit animated feature film franchise. 

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