Laika (“Coraline,” “ParaNorman,” “The Boxtrolls”) is back with “Kubo and the Two Strings.” Let’s travel to ancient Japan to learn the story of a boy, a talking monkey, and a giant beetle!
Here's the official film synopsis:
Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of "Game of Thrones") ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Akihiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen - a magical musical instrument - Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny.
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That's right folks, the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, given by the Broadcast Film Critics' Association (of which I'm a proud voting member!) is moving to an earlier date making it the first major award show of the season! Yay! Take that Golden Globes HA!
Also, actor/comedian T.J. Miller is returning to host! Take a look at the full press release below:
A&E Network, home of the Critics’ Choice Awards for the past two years, today announced a significant shift in the year-end awards season calendar. The 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards show will now be kicking off the season as the first major award show honoring the best in film and television when it airs live on Sunday, December 11th at8PM ET/5PM PT immediately following “Critics’ Choice Red Carpet Live” on A&E at 7PM ET/4PT.
Comedian T.J. Miller will return as host of the star-studded three-hour show celebrating the best in movies and television for the second consecutive year, it was announced today by Elaine Frontain Bryant, Executive Vice President of Programming for A&E, and Joey Berlin, President of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA). The show will broadcast live on A&E from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.
“T.J.’s tremendous presence and comedic humor complement our mission to make this show bigger and better year after year,” said Frontain Bryant. “We are honored to have him return as we lead the way into award season celebrating the best of television and film.”
“The BFCA and BTJA are very excited about moving the Critics’ Choice Awards from the traditional mid-January date to December 11th,” added Berlin. “This is the logical time for the Critics’ Choice Awards to be presented in the vanguard of the awards season. The role of critics is to assess new films and television shows and advise the public when they are initially released. So this new date is actually the most appropriate time for our annual year-end assessment of the finest achievements in both media. December 11th will be the first time all of the year’s major award contenders will be gathered together to celebrate the best of the best.”
T.J. Miller stars in HBO’s Emmy and Critics’ Choice Award-winning series “Silicon Valley,” which will begin shooting its fourth season this fall. The series took home the award for “Best Comedy Series” at last year’s Critics’ Choice Television Awards, and T.J. himself won “Best Supporting Actor.” T.J. starred opposite Ryan Reynolds in the hit Marvel feature “Deadpool” and his voice can be heard on the big screen in the Academy Award-winning “Big Hero 6” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” Prior to this, T.J. appeared in a number of major studio films including “Transformers 4,” “Cloverfield,” “She’s Out of My League,” “Extract,” “Seeking a Friend for End of the World,” “Our Idiot Brother,” “Yogi Bear 3D,” “Unstoppable,” and “Get Him to the Greek.” Among T.J.’s other projects are the recently wrapped “Office Christmas Party,” in which he stars opposite Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman; Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One,” which is currently filming; and “Gorburger,” a show so strange you have to google it to understand.
T.J. is a nationally touring stand-up comedian, with an hour-long Comedy Central stand-up special (that performed poorly) titled “T.J. Miller: No Real Reason.” He has released the hip-hop/pop/folk music album “The Extended Play E.P.” and hosts the weekly podcast “Cashing in with T.J. Miller” on nerdist.com. T.J. was also named one of Variety’s “Top 10 Comics to Watch,” and Entertainment Weekly’s “Next Big Things in Comedy.”
A&E Networks partnered with the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) to become the exclusive home to the 2015 “Critics’ Choice Movie Awards” and “Critics’ Choice Television Awards.” That partnership continues through 2017, with the newly formatted three-hour ceremony that brings together both sets of accolades, and for years to come.
“The Critics’ Choice Awards” are bestowed annually by the BFCA and BTJA to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement. The BFCA is the largest film critics’ organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 300 television, radio and online critics. BFCA members are the primary source of information for today’s film-going public. BTJA is the collective voice of almost 100 journalists who regularly cover television for TV viewers, radio listeners and online audiences. Historically, the “Critics’ Choice Awards” are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.
“The 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards” will be produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment. BFCA/BTJA are represented by WME and Dan Black of Greenberg Traurig.
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Thanks to Focus Features for giving me an opportunity to be in the movie…at least for this clip! I love “Kubo and the Two Strings” and in this scene, I channeled Matthew McConaughey’s Beetle! Fierce!
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Art Parkinson, who plays Rickon Stark in “Game of Thrones” is the voice of Kubo in Laika’s “Kubo and the Two Strings.” I sat down with the young actor to talk about his interest in the film, his character, working on the movie, and getting to know his story.
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Travis Knight, the CEO of Laika Entertainment, steps behind the camera as a director for the very first time. I met the down-to-earth CEO for “The Boxtrolls” before and he is just as excited about “Kubo and the Two Strings.” Let Mr. Knight take you behind-the-scenes for this interview for “Kubo and the Two Strings.” Oh, and by the way, he did a great job directing the film, I love it!
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