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The Annies are Coming! Headline News

51st Annual Annie Award Nominations Announced

Best Animated Feature nominees ‘Nimona,’ ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,’ ‘Suzume,’ ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem,’ and ‘The Boy and the Heron’ top the expansive list of category nominations; animation’s biggest awards ceremony is scheduled to return live on Saturday, February 17 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

Facing Your Fears Headline News

Netflix Drops Trailer for DreamWorks’ ‘Orion and the Dark’

Streamer also shares images and a casting announcement for the Charlie Kaufman-penned animated film, which tells the story of an average kid and his not-so-average all-consuming fears; starring Jacob Tremblay, Paul Walter, Angela Bassett, Colin Hanks and Natasia Demetriou, the film debuts February 2, 2024. 

Unhappy New Year Headline News

‘Several Hundred’ Employees to be Laid Off at Prime Video and Amazon MGM Studios

The sad news was announced Wednesday in a company memo from entertainment chief Mike Hopkins, who cited the need to reduce costs ‘to deliver even more breakthrough movies, TV shows, and live sports’ as the reason for the workforce cuts; 500 workers will also be cut at Amazon’s Twitch live streaming platform.

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Letting Turtle Kids Be Kids in ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at 2:43pm

With a heap of festival wins, a BAFTA longlist spot, and a Critics Choice nomination, the hit animated film its director Jeff Rowe calls ‘punk rock anarchy hanging together by duct tape’ tells the funny, colorful, and unique origin story of how four brothers become humanoid turtle mutants, get taken in by a mutant rat karate master, and become New York City’s unorthodox crime-fighting heroes.

Sunny Days Return to Hala Headline News

RSP Reignites the Sun in Marvel Studios' ‘The Marvels’

The VFX studio tackled numerous large digital assets, creating the planet Hala and its vast city, taking it from brilliance to ruins, with the Sun’s initial luminous implosion and, ultimately, its miraculous rebirth.

Awards Headline News

Joyce Cox to Receive VES Lifetime Achievement Award

The Visual Effects Society honors the producer/VFX producer for contributions in visual arts, filmed entertainment, and the advancement of storytelling through cutting-edge visual effects; the award will be presented at the 22nd Annual VES Awards next month.

Heading to Stuttgart Headline News

FMX Drops 2024 Trailer

Originating from the ‘World of Gra’ universe created by graduates of the Animationsinstitut, the trailer illustrates this year’s event theme, ‘Connecting Ideas;’ the 28th edition of FMX – Film & Media Exchange returns to Stuttgart April 23 to 26. 

Grrrrrrrr! Headline News

Jacob Elordi, Christoph Waltz Join Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Frankenstein’

Felix Kammerer, Lars Mikkelsen, David Bradley, and Christian Convery are also added, joining Oscar Isaac and Mia Goth on the live-action Netflix flick based on Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel.

This is the Way… to Theaters Headline News

‘The Mandalorian & Grogu’ Headed to the Big Screen

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at 9:35am

Jon Favreau will direct Lucasfilm’s first cinematic offering based on the hit Disney+ series 'The Mandalorian;' scheduled to enter production later this year, the film is being produced by Favreau, Kathleen Kennedy, and Dave Filoni.

Awards Headline News

Miyazaki’s ‘The Boy and the Heron’ Wins at Golden Globes

The latest from Studio Ghibli scores for Best Motion Picture – Animated, while director Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ garners 5 awards and 'The Last of Us' wins for Best Television Series – Drama; the ceremony is now streaming on Paramount+.

Business Headline News

Animal Logic Integrating into Netflix Animation, Karen Toliver to Lead

The streamer's VP of Animation Film will head the completely integrated global studio; former Animal Logic CEO Sharon Taylor has resigned.

Awards Headline News

2024 BAFTA Longlists Revealed

Aardman’s ‘Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget’ makes the cut in 2 categories - Outstanding British Film and Animated Film - while ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ is selected in Animated Film and Special Visual Effects. 

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The ‘Explosive’ VFX of ‘The Equalizer 3’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, January 5, 2024 at 2:00pm

VFX supervisor and producer James McQuaide, working with 7 different vendors, delivered nearly 600 visual effects shots, including an incredibly realistic car bomb sequence, in the third film of Antoine Fuqua and Columbia Pictures’ ‘The Equalizer’ franchise.

Free For All Headline News

Multiple ‘Mickey Mouse’ Horror Films in the Works

Just hours after the earliest version of the beloved Disney character entered the public domain, a first trailer dropped for ‘Mickey’s Mouse Trap,’ featuring a predatory Steamboat Willie who hunts young adults in an arcade, while an untitled second film follows a sadistic mouse hunting unsuspecting ferry passengers.

Do Robots Dream of Electric Dogs? Headline News

Neon Drops First Teaser Trailer for ‘Robot Dreams’

The animated Oscar hopeful, which premiered at last summer’s Cannes Film Festival, follows a lonely dog who buys a robot companion, based on the graphic novel by Sarah Varon. 

Another Bolt Bites the Dust Headline News

Steven Yeun Drops Out of Marvel’s ‘Thunderbolts’

Citing last year’s strikes and scheduling conflicts as the main reasons for the departure, ‘The Walking Dead’ actor says he still wants to ‘do a Marvel movie’ in the future; ‘Thunderbolts’ hits theaters July 25, 2025.

Rome + Church + Evil Incarnate = Terror Headline News

20th Century Studios Teases ‘The First Omen’

A prequel to the classic horror film franchise, the psychological thriller follows a young American woman sent to Rome to serve the church, and of course, creepy darkness ensues; based on characters from David Seltzer’s ‘The Omen,’ the film hits theaters April 2024.

One Block at a Time Headline News

Jack Black Boards ‘Minecraft’ Live-Action Feature

The famed actor, comedian, and musician boards the upcoming adaptation of Mojang’s best-selling video game, which has yet to secure a title, but is set to hit theaters April 4, 2025; production began in New Zealand late last year.

Keeping it in the Family Headline News

Blumhouse and Atomic Monster Merger a Done Deal

Horror giants Jason Blum and James Wan have officially joined their creative houses, choosing a three-way ownership structure between majority owner Blum, Wan, and Comcast; both companies maintain brand identity and autonomy.

In Passing Headline News

‘Coco’ Voice Actress Ana Ofelia Murguía Passes at 90

The illustrious Mexican actress, who lent her voice to Mamá Coco in the Oscar-winning 2017 Pixar musical comedy, appeared in more than 100 projects, most notably ‘The Queen of the Night’ (1995), ‘Mi Querido Tom Mix’ (1992), and ‘Life Sentence’ (1979), and was awarded the Golden Ariel special lifetime achievement award in 2011.

Heading to Stuttgart Events

FMX: Film & Media Exchange 2024

Begins: April 23, 2024

The 4-day event returns to Stuttgart, kicking off April 23; on-demand presentations are available April 27 - May 31.

New Year New Fear Headline News

Universal Pictures Drops ‘Night Swim – Pool Party Possession’ Featurette

Frolic in the deep end if you dare… Atomic Monster and Blumhouse’s new supernatural thriller starring Wyatt Russell dives into theaters January 5.

The Best of French Animation Headline News

FIAF’s Animation First Festival Announces Program Lineup

The event celebrates the legacy and innovation of Francophone animation with U.S. and NYC feature film premieres, ‘First Look’ presentations, filmmaker talks and a Student Short Film competition; event runs January 23-28 in NYC.