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Nominations Announced for the 95th Academy Awards

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 7:01am

No real surprises, at least in the animation-related categories, with ‘Avatar: The Way of Water,’ ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio,’ ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,’ ‘The Sea Beast,’ and ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ among the best animated feature and best visual effects nominees for this year’s 95th Oscars, coming March 12.

Gimme More Clancy! Headline News

‘John Wick’ Director Chad Stahelski to Helm ‘Rainbow Six’

Michael B. Jordan reprises his role as Navy SEAL-turned-CIA operative John Clark from ‘Without Remorse in Paramount’s adaptation of the Tom Clancy novel, this time with a hoped-for theatrical release.  

D&D on the Big Screen Headline News

Paramount Drops ‘Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves’ Trailer, Pushes Release Date

Based on the genre-defining roleplaying game, the action-adventure film starring Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, and Hugh Grant now hits theaters March 31, 2023.

It’s Anime-zing! Headline News

Vote Now for the Seventh Annual Crunchyroll Anime Awards

Anime of the Year nominees include ‘Attack on Titan Final’ Season Part 2, ‘Cyberpunk: Edgerunners,’ ‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc,’ ‘Lycoris Recoil,’ ‘Ranking of Kings’ Cour 2, and ‘SPY x FAMILY;’ fans can vote every day, in every category, through January 25 – winners will be announced March 4.

Education Headline News

Stage 03 VFX Releases Online VFX101 Class Sampler

Featuring 6 hours of curated training material covering VFX filmmaking, Compositing, Modeling, and After Effects Animation, the VFX Sampler is a superb introduction to the global education program’s comprehensive, degreed, and accredited visual effects instruction.

People Headline News

Visual Effects Society Announces 2023 Board of Directors Officers

Newly appointed officers include Lisa Cooke as Chair; Susan O’Neal as First Vice Chair; David H. Tanaka as Second Vice Chair; Rita Cahill as VES Secretary; and Jeffrey A. Okun as VES Treasurer.

Survival Is the Only Law Headline News

Film Adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s ‘Hunter's Run’ in Development

Exile Content Studio secures film rights to the sci-fi novel, which follows Latino lead Ramón Espejo, a day laborer on a distant planet on the run for his survival.

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‘New Gods: Yang Jian’ Fuses Ancient Chinese Folklore with Steampunk CG

Light Chaser’s second animated feature in their ‘New Gods’ series, hitting U.S. theaters January 20, aims to make Chinese mythology more engaging for young audiences, humanizing and contemporizing deities that have dominated folklore for centuries.

The Boys are Back in Town Headline News

China Lifts Longstanding Ban on Marvel Films

While no specific reason for the official policy change was revealed, China’s ban is over, for the time being, allowing both ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ and ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania’ to premiere in February now they’ve been approved by the China Film Administration.

Technology Headline News

DNEG Releases Open-Source xSTUDIO Playback and Review Application

By Dan Sarto | Friday, January 20, 2023 at 11:40am

Now available on the Academy Software Foundation GitHub, the flexible, feature rich program is designed to meet the diverse needs of a broad range of review scenarios across teams of connected users, whether on set, in office, or remote.

We Want More De-Aged Jeff Bridges! Headline News

Jared Leto to Lead Disney’s ‘Tron: Ares’ Sequel

The upcoming film in the decades-spanning sci-fi franchise is being penned by Jesse Wigutow, with ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ director Joachim Rønning in talks to helm the project.

Awards Headline News

Nominations Announced for 2023 BAFTA Awards

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 9:57am

‘Guillermo deo Toro’s Pinocchio,’ ‘Marcel the Shell with Shoes On,’ ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,’ and ‘Turning Red’ get nods for Animated Film, while ‘All Quiet on the Western Front,’ ‘Avatar: The Way of Water,’ ‘The Batman,’ ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once,’ and ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ garner noms for Special Visual Effects.

Technology Headline News

Autodesk Releases RV Open Source Version

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 11:47am

Now available on the Academy Software Foundation GitHub, Open RV, the open source version of the tech giant’s Sci-Tech award-winning media review and playback software, will benefit from continued vendor development as well as community-driven updates.

Feature Film VFX Headline News

VFX Breakdown: BlueBolt Delivers 1950s Nostalgia to ‘The Policeman’

Challenged with creating accurate portrayals of Brighton Beach across 2 timelines, the studio’s team delivers 152 seamless VFX shots; breakdown reel highlights the studio’s visual effects work creating the backdrop for the romantic drama, which spans decades.

New Animation for 2023 Headline News

Netflix Reveals 2023 Kids & Family Slate

New animated movies include ‘Leo,’ ‘Nimona,’ ‘The Monkey King,’ and ‘The Magician’s Elephant,’ with new and returning series including ‘My Dad the Bounty Hunter,’ ‘Princess Power,’ and ‘Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight.’

The Annies are Coming! Headline News

50th Annual Annie Award Nominations Announced

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 9:45am

Best Animated Feature nominees ‘Turning Red,’ ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio,’ ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,’ ‘The Sea Beast,’ and ‘Wendell & Wild’ top the expansive list of category nominations; animation’s biggest awards ceremony is scheduled to return live on Saturday, February 25 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

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‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ and ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’ Lead VES Award Nominations

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 8:00am

‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ tops all TV contenders as nominees are announced in 25 categories across film, television, real-time, and special venue projects; ceremony set for February 15 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in LA.

Events Headline News

Virtual Production Event to Showcase Technology for New York Filmmakers

Hosted by Post New York Alliance (PNYA), the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA), and Fuse Technical Group, the January 26 event will explore how filmmakers can utilize Unreal Engine to enhance their projects, including presentation, speakers, and Q&A.

Awards Headline News

‘Wendell & Wild,’ ‘New Moon’ Take Animation Honors at 14th Annual AAFCA Awards

By Dan Sarto | Monday, January 16, 2023 at 10:52am

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ takes home two awards as well as two Special Achievement honors; winners will be celebrated at a March 1 ceremony.

The Best in Animation Headline News

All Oscar Shortlisted Animated Shorts Now Streaming on The Animation Showcase

The platform has just setup free viewing of 15 films vying for ‘Best Animation Short’ nominations through January 24, alongside A24’s ‘Marcel the Shell With Shoes On’ and bonus material for ‘Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio,’ ‘Wendell & Wild,’ ‘The Bad Guys,’ and ‘Turning Red.’

Awards Headline News

‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’ and ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Win at Critics’ Choice Awards

By Dan Sarto | Monday, January 16, 2023 at 9:16am

The two heavily favored features took home coveted Best Animated Feature and Best Visual Effects awards, respectively, while ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ was the big overall winner, at last night’ 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards.

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