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His Voice Will Be Heard! Headline News

John Boyega Calls Out Disney for Pushing Aside Characters of Color

The actor experienced extreme online racial abuse and bullying because of his lead role of Finn in the recent ‘Star Wars’ films and claims Disney should have done something about it.

Visualization Services Headline News

OPSIS Delivers Post Visualization and Final VFX for Michael Bay’s ‘Songbird’

Visualization services company brings innovative postvis and visual effects production pipeline support to Adam Mason’s new dystopian romance thriller, shot this past summer in Los Angeles during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Yo Ho Yo Ho! Headline News

Johnny Depp May Reprise Captain Jack Sparrow Role

Longtime Depp friend and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise producer Jerry Bruckheimer still stands behind the controversial actor, and is rumored to want him in the newest ‘Pirates’ film

Wear a Mask! Headline News

‘The Croods: A New Age’ Drive-In Screenings November 19-24

Enjoy Universal CityWalk Hollywood’s immersive drive-through experience - all from the safety of your car; tickets are required, proceeds go to Feeding America.

Events Headline News

Free PNYA ‘VFX for Post Supervisors’ Webinar November 12

The next edition of the Post New York Alliance’s free ‘Post Break’ webinar series will look at practical issues on how to produce and deliver VFX for film and TV; panelists include VFX producer Leslie Lerman and Powerhouse VFX executive producer Ryan Cunningham.

Festivals Headline News

Cartoons on the Bay Going Digital on Rai Play from December 18-20

First ever digital edition will include previews, retrospectives, roundtables, and masterclasses; the Pulcinella Awards Ceremony will be available on December 20.

Business Headline News

‘Umbrella Academy’ Renewed by Netflix for Season 3

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 1:00pm

The streaming giant's hit dysfunctional superhero family adventure series, based on Dark Horse Comics’ Eisner award-winning comics and graphic novels of the same name, gets picked up for another season.

Feature Film VFX Headline News

Framestore Breathes Life into StudioCanal’s ‘The Secret Garden’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 12:18pm

The Oscar-winning creative studio brings their renowned creativity to Misselthwaite Manor and its spellbinding grounds for new reimagining of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s famous novel, premiering now on Sky.

People Headline News

Neeraja Raj Signs with Nexus Studios

Animator’s diverse portfolio features a wide range of techniques including stop-motion, puppetry, and 2D and 3D animation; she is working with the studios’ original content team to adapt her BAFTA shortlisted ‘Meow or Never’ into an animated series.

Business Headline News

Award-Winning Blue Zoo Animation Studio Turns 20

Founded in 2000 by Tom Box, Oli Hyatt, and Adam Shaw, the animation studio is now 300+ strong; Hyatt was instrumental in helping create Animation UK in 2008, a collective that incentivizes and bolsters the fast-growing UK animation industry.

Make-A-Wish Foundation Headline News

Disney Teams with Make-A-Wish Foundation on ‘From Our Family to Yours’ Christmas Short

Animated by New Zealand studio Flux, the new short, about Christmas traditions shared by a grandmother and her granddaughter who have drifted apart, spearheads the non-profit organization’s holiday fund-raising drive.

In-Passing Headline News

‘Scooby-Doo’ Co-Creator Ken Spears Dies at 82

By Dan Sarto | Monday, November 9, 2020 at 4:55pm

Prolific writer and producer will be remembered, along with co-creator and production partner Joe Ruby, for their many Saturday morning animated series including ‘Dynomutt,’ ‘Dog Wonder,’ ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks,’ and ‘Superman.’

Everyone Loses! Headline News

‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ Gets New Release Date after Johnny Depp Firing

The notorious actor has been ‘asked’ to resign from his iconic role of Gellert Grindelwald after losing a libel case against British tabloid ‘The Sun,’ which labeled the actor a ‘wife beater.’

Books Headline News

‘The Art of WolfWalkers’ Behind-the-Scenes Book Available November 10

Showcasing the craft and skill behind the Apple Original Film, ‘WolfWalkers,’ Charles Solomon and James Baxter’s new book features an afterword by the movie’s director Tomm Moore and co-director Ross Stewart.

Commercials Headline News

MPC Brings Sporting Goods Items to Life in Dick’s Commercial

By Dan Sarto | Monday, November 9, 2020 at 2:07pm

Studio once again teams up with Anomaly and Pacific Rim Films’ Shawn Levy to bring back animated characters for a DICK’S Sporting Goods adventure.

The Hindu Festival of Lights! Headline News

A Special Diwali Greeting from ‘Mira Royal Detective’ Stars

By Dan Sarto | Monday, November 9, 2020 at 12:33pm

Interspersed with show clips, Kal Penn, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Aasif Mandvi, Karen David, Parvesh Cheena, Sonal Shah, and Leela Ladnier talk about the upcoming Diwali holiday and what it means to them.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP86: Blizzard Senior Character Animator Peter Starostin Shares How to Excel In CG

By Dan Sarto | Monday, November 9, 2020 at 11:54am

The senior character animator on cinematics for games like ‘Halo,’ ‘Warcraft,’ and ‘Diablo’ shares his top tips on how to excel in CG.

People Headline News

SpinVFX Welcomes VFX Supervisor Mo Sobhy

VFX house’s new addition brings passion and experience with intimate knowledge of the VFX pipeline; his credits include titles such as ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,’ ‘Suicide Squad,’ and more recently, ‘Mary Poppins Returns.’

Business Headline News

Harriet Donington Launches The VFX & Post Talent Agency

New company’s mission is to meet the growing demand for experienced VFX and post experts across film and TV with a commitment to discover and nurture emerging talent.

The Visual Effects Society Headline News

VES Now Accepting Submissions for 19th Annual VES Awards

Submission forms now available for entering VFX projects in Film, Television, Special Venue, Games, Animation, VR and New Media created between January 1 and December 31, 2020.

Anime Headline News

Kitaro Kosaka’s ‘Okko’s Inn’ Celebrates 2nd Anniversary with E-SAKUGA eBook.

Interactive format allows readers to flip through keyframes and access archives of popular Japanese animation with only a touch; available in Apple’s ‘Book Store.’

Holiday Cheer? Headline News

Disney Bumps Two Anticipated Holiday Releases to 2021

Cinema runs for 20th Century Studios’ ‘Free Guy’ and ‘Death on the Nile’ have been postponed until next year, leaving Warner Bros’ ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ as the last big studio film still scheduled to hit theatres in 2020.

Trolls! Headline News

Trolls Get LEGO Make-Over for All New ‘Trolls World Tour’ Music Video

Just in time for the holidays, LEGO building sets feature everyone’s favorite loveable Trolls’ minifigures including Poppy, Branch, Barb, Tiny Diamond, Cloud Guy and many more.

Turkey Day! Headline News

Celebrate Thanksgiving with ‘Pinkalicious & Peterrific’ and ‘Arthur’

Everyone is planning for the holidays, including PBS KIDS’ popular animated series; special Thanksgiving themed episodes premiere on November 16.

The Cat King of Rats! Headline News

Sir Terry Pratchett’s ‘The Amazing Maurice’ Adds to A-List Cast

Emilia Clarke and Hugh Laurie join the film’s star-studded cast; the story, adapted from the late author’s prolific ‘Discworld’ series, follows a cat con artist and his horde of rats.

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