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Michaela Pavlátová Talks ‘My Sunny Maad’

The legendary award-winning director discusses her jump from animated shorts into feature films with the poignant tale of a Czech woman who marries an Afghan man with no idea what her life will be in post-Taliban Afghanistan.

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Seven-Time Emmy Award-Winning Actor Ed Asner Dies at 91

The prolific actor, best known for his role as Lou Grant in ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show,’ also voiced scores of animated characters including the beloved, curmudgeonly Carl Fredricksen in Pixar’s Oscar-winning feature, ‘Up.’

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Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ Arrives August 31 on Digital

This summer’s hit comedy adventure stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt in a thrilling journey through the Amazon to find an ancient tree said to cure illness and injury; based on Disneyland’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ ride, the film hits 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on November 16.

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ILM’s VFX Help Marvel Studios ‘Wing It’ in ‘Black Widow’

The storied visual effects studio delivers 800 shots, tackling the high-octane opening small plane escape scenes, a Budapest shoot-out and car chase across the city, and the widows fight in villain Dreykov’s flying HQ, in Marvel Studios’ most recent MCU action-thriller.

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VIEW Conference 2021 Welcomes Aardman’s ‘Robin Robin’ Creative Team

Special panel guests, writers/directors Dan Ojari and Mikey Please, executive producer Sarah Cox, and studio co-founder and creative director Peter Lord, will discuss their upcoming Netflix stop-motion musical special, starring Gillian Anderson, Richard E Grant, Bronte Carmichael and Adeel Akhtar, debuting November 24.

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‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Arrives on Digital September 3

The animated/live-action hybrid comedy stars basketball legend LeBron James in an epic adventure to save his kid; 4K, Blu-ray and DVD releasing October 5.

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Beau DeMayo Talks Blood, Guts and Honor in ‘The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf’

For the writer and producer of Netflix’s new anime feature about the life of Geralt’s grizzled mentor, Vesemir, viewers hopefully grapple with the moral dilemma of whether sometimes dark and horrible ends justify the means.

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‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Teaser Breaks Viewer Record

The highly anticipated upcoming Sony superhero adventure has fans itching for more, as the film’s August 23 trailer launch broke the all-time 24-hour internet record for most global views; the sequel to box office hit ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ hits theaters December 17.

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Bigger Can be Better: The Titanic Conclusion to Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Trollhunters' Franchise

Chad Hammes, Linda Chen, and Alfonso Blaas talk about scaling heights and finding balance in the production of DreamWorks Animation and Netflix’s 'Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans.'

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VFXRIO Live Presents Industrial Light & Magic's Hal Hickel

Renown animation and VFX specialist whose career includes work on iconic movie franchises like ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ will share insights from the visual effects on ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2; free live online event coming September 4.

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Paramount+ Celebrates ‘Star Trek Day’

Beam me up, Scotty! to the virtual event, hosted by Wil Wheaton and Mica Burton, celebrating 55 years of ‘Star Trek’ featuring ‘legacy moments’ with iconic cast members, surprise appearances, and a tribute to Gene Roddenberry, streaming live on September 8.

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13 Animated Films Screening at NYC’s Winter Film Awards 2021

The 10th annual event, running September 23 – October 2, celebrates emerging filmmakers from around the world; animated screenings will be featured throughout the event will an all-animation matinee on September 27.

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SpinVFX Adds VFX Supervisor Edward Taylor

The industry veteran brings over 20 years of technical expertise and leadership experience to his new role; credits for digital modeling and look development on projects include ‘Tron: Legacy,’ ‘The Three Musketeers,’ ‘Resident Evil: Retribution,’ and ‘Penny Dreadful.’

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‘TUDUM: A Netflix Global Fan Event’ Coming September 25

The streamer's inaugural virtual event devoted entirely to fans features first looks and exclusives from everyone's favorite programming; check out the clip to see what's in store.

We Want More Marvel! Headline News

Marvel Drops ‘Shang Chi’s ‘Next Level Action’ Featurette

Catch a behind-the-scenes look at the martial arts action in ‘Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings,’ Marvel Studios’ highly anticipated new MCU outing heading to theaters September 3.

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DNEG Announces Global Expansion Plans Including New Toronto Studio

Up to 200 new jobs to be created as part of opening fourth North American facility; 300 additional staff are being recruited for new jobs in Vancouver and Montreal offices, including 100 in new feature animation division.

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‘The Addams Family 2’ Releasing in Theaters and VOD Simultaneously

MGM’s highly anticipated ‘The Addams Family’ sequel reportedly will hit both cinemas and VOD rental channels this coming October 1.

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‘Cryptozoo’ Review: Bakus & Gorgons & Satyrs – Oh My!

AWN’s Miscweant examines Dash Shaw’s new animated feature film, set in ‘surreal’ 1967, about an activist group trying to protect supernatural cryptids from amoral government agents.

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Before Us’ Music Video from Upcoming ‘Barbie: Big City, Big Dreams’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, August 23, 2021 at 10:07am

Hitting Netflix September 1, the next chapter in Mattel’s storied franchise finds Barbie embarking on a musical summer adventure in the Big Apple, where she meets her new best friend, Barbie!

Technology Headline News

Weta Digital and SideFX Bringing Houdini to the Cloud

By Dan Sarto | Monday, August 23, 2021 at 9:03am

New WetaH collaboration marks leading VFX company’s second move to integrate top commercial and proprietary applications in a single cloud-based service.

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DC’s ‘Catwoman: Hunted’ Anime Feature Snags Badass Female Voice Cast

The latex-infused heist adventure officialy begins pre-production, adding Elizabeth Gillies as Catwoman, Stephanie Beatriz as Batwoman, and Lauren Cohan as Julia Pennyworth; release planned in early 2022.

Festivals Headline News

Manchester Animation Festival Going Hybrid, Shares Festival Poster

The online event will run November 1-30 with live events and screenings running November 14-19; 2021 poster artwork was designed by award-winning animator Matthew Lee.

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Jeff Danna Talks ‘Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans’ Music

The composer follows-up his work scoring Guillermo del Toro’s ‘3Below’ and ‘Wizards’ series by creating music for the CG animated feature finale of DreamWorks Animation and Netflix’s epic fantasy franchise.

Out From the Shadows Headline News

Marvel Studios Shares ‘Eternals’ Final Trailer and Poster

The MCU’s immortal superheroes come out from the shadows after thousands of years to battle mankind’s oldest enemy; written and helmed by Oscar-winning ‘Nomadland’ director Chloé Zhao, the film opens November 5, 2021.

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