I loved "How to Train Your Dragon!" It was a fun and entertaining animated wonder from DreamWorks Animation that also possessed a really big heart.
So my heart went aflutter to note that the sequel to "How to Train Your Dragon" is shaping up! Dean DeBlois, one of the film's directors, told Empire Online:
"What I presented to them was the second act of a much larger story," says DeBlois. "So the film takes on much more breadth, it's really quite epic. We leave the first film with these Vikings on the backs of dragons, so the world just opens up and expands exponentially."
The main voice cast are scheduled to return such as Jay Baruchel (Hiccup), Craig Ferguson (Belch), America Ferrera (Astrid), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fishlegs), Jonah Hill (Snotlout), TJ Miller (Ruffnut) and Kristen Wiig (Tuffnut). Yes, even Gerald Butler has signed back on, and cinematographer Roger Deakins ("True Grit"). (Check out my fun one-on-one interviews with the "How to Train Your Dragon" cast by clicking here)
Check out Empire's interview with DeBlois below:
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"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" is finally seeing the light at the end of its bleak journey.
Produced by Guillermo del Toro and starring Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes gets a new distributor according to the LA Times. Once upon a time, the film was set to open Jan. 21 until Disney sold Miramax to Colony Capital in a $660-million deal.
Now, FilmDistrict swooped in and acquired all U.S. rights to the film and has set the date for the movie's release. We'll all see Holmes' terrified heroine on Aug. 12. It will be released with its original R rating.
For now, let's check out the trailer which actually makes the film look interesting!
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Wally Pfister, the brilliant cinematographer of Christopher Nolan's "Inception" won big at the 25th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Award in the feature film competition.
Pfister, receiving his first ASC Award, beat Matthew Libatique ("Black Swan"), Danny Cohen ("The King's Speech"), Jeff Cronenweth ("The Social Network"), and Roger Deakins ("True Grit"). All of the nominees are also Oscar-nominated this year.
Jonathan Freeman took home the Outstanding Achievement Award in the Television Episodic Series/Pilot Category for his work on the "Boardwalk Empire" episode entitled "Home."
Steven Windon claimed the top honor in the Television Movie/Miniseries for the "Okinawa" episode of "The Pacific."
Here's the rest of the press release from the ASC:
Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks presented the Board of Governors Award to the Julia Roberts in recognition of her tremendous body of work and contributions to the art of filmmaking. Roberts earned an Academy Award® in 2001 for her powerful role in ERIN BROCKOVICH, and Oscar® nominations for her heartfelt character portrayals in STEEL MAGNOLIAS and PRETTY WOMAN. Her films have grossed more than $2.5 billion worldwide. Hanks and Roberts star together in CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR and the upcoming LARRY CROWNE.
The presentation of the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award to 10-time ASC Award nominee Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC by Joel Coen was a highlight of the memorable evening. Deakins has also earned nine Oscar® nominations. Five of those films were written and directed by Joel and his brother Ethan Coen (TRUE GRIT; NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN; THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE; O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?; FARGO). He won ASC Awards for THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE in 2002 and THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION in 1995.
The ASC International Award was presented to John Seale, ASC, ACS by acclaimed director Michael Apted. They collaborated on the Oscar®-nominated film GORILLAS IN THE MIST. Seale’s credits include THE ENGLISH PATIENT, for which he won an Oscar®, as well as COLD MOUNTAIN, RAIN MAN, and WITNESS, among others.
The Career Achievement in Television Award was presented to Emmy®-winner Michael O’Shea, ASC (CSI: MIAMI) by John C. Flinn III, ASC. The ASC Presidents Award was given to renowned photographer Douglas Kirkland by Ellen Kuras, ASC.
ASC also recognized the next generation of cinematographers with the presentation of the ASC William. A. Fraker Student Heritage Award to undergraduate student Boyd Hobbs of Full Sail University and graduate student Dagmar Weaver-Madsen of UCLA.
“The 25th anniversary of the ASC Awards is a celebration of the best that we can be, and an inspiration for those who will tell memorable visual stories in the future,” said ASC President Michael Goi. “It is a milestone in our ongoing celebration of the power an indelible photographic image has to move an audience, influence social change, and communicate who we are within a snapshot in time.”
Last year, Christian Berger, AAC won the ASC feature award for THE WHITE RIBBON.
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"THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN!"
We'll see if the reboot is truly amazing when Sony unspools the Marc Webb film on July 3, 2012. Andrew Garfield stars as Peter Parker, an ordinary youth who gains extraordinary powers after being bitten by a mutant spider.
Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen and Sally Field co-star.
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As expected, Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" dominated the Orange British Film Awards winning seven BAFTAs including Best Film, Leading Actor for Colin Firth, Supporting Actor for Geoffrey Rush and Supporting Actress for Helena Bonham Carter.
Natalie Portman took home the Leading Actress trophy for "Black Swan." Early awards season favorite, "The Social Network" won three BAFTAs including Best Director for David Finchers, Best Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin, and Best Editing for Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter.
"Inception" also took home three trophies including Best Production Design, Sound, and Visual Effects.
Christopher Lee received the ighest accolade which the Academy can bestow, the Fellowship, while the award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema was given to JK Rowling and David Heyman for the "Harry Potter" films.
Here's the complete list of the winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 2011 Orange British Film Awards. Check out Awards Avenue for winners of all film award-giving bodies leading to the Oscars. It's nifty!
OUTSTANDING BRITISH CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA
THE HARRY POTTER FILMS
BLACK SWAN Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin
INCEPTION Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan
*** THE KING’S SPEECH Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
THE SOCIAL NETWORK Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Céan Chaffin
TRUE GRIT Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
127 HOURS Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, Christian Colson, John Smithson
ANOTHER YEAR Mike Leigh, Georgina Lowe
FOUR LIONS Chris Morris, Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Mark Herbert, Derrin Schlesinger
*** THE KING’S SPEECH Tom Hooper, David Seidler, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
MADE IN DAGENHAM Nigel Cole, William Ivory, Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
THE ARBOR Clio Barnard (Director), Tracy O’Riordan (Producer)
EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP Banksy (Director), Jaimie D’Cruz (Producer)
*** FOUR LIONS Chris Morris (Director/Writer)
MONSTERS Gareth Edwards (Director/Writer)
SKELETONS Nick Whitfield (Director/Writer)
127 HOURS Danny Boyle
BLACK SWAN Darren Aronofsky
INCEPTION Christopher Nolan
*** THE KING’S SPEECH Tom Hooper
THE SOCIAL NETWORK David Fincher
BLACK SWAN Mark Heyman, Andrés Heinz, John McLaughlin
THE FIGHTER Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson
INCEPTION Christopher Nolan
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg
*** THE KING’S SPEECH David Seidler
127 HOURS Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Rasmus Heisterberg, Nikolaj Arcel
*** THE SOCIAL NETWORK Aaron Sorkin
TOY STORY 3 Michael Arndt
TRUE GRIT Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
BIUTIFUL Alejandro González Iñárritu, Jon Kilik, Fernando Bovaira
*** THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Søren Stærmose, Niels Arden Oplev
I AM LOVE Luca Guadagnino, Francesco Melzi D’Eril, Marco Morabito, Massimiliano Violante
OF GODS AND MEN Xavier Beauvois, Pascal Caucheteux, Etienne Comar
THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES Mariela Besuievsky, Juan José Campanella
DESPICABLE ME Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
*** TOY STORY 3 Lee Unkrich
JAVIER BARDEM Biutiful
JEFF BRIDGES True Grit
JESSE EISENBERG The Social Network
*** COLIN FIRTH The King’s Speech
JAMES FRANCO 127 Hours
ANNETTE BENING The Kids Are All Right
JULIANNE MOORE The Kids Are All Right
*** NATALIE PORTMAN Black Swan
NOOMI RAPACE The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
HAILEE STEINFELD True Grit
CHRISTIAN BALE The Fighter
ANDREW GARFIELD The Social Network
PETE POSTLETHWAITE The Town
MARK RUFFALO The Kids Are All Right
*** GEOFFREY RUSH The King’s Speech
AMY ADAMS The Fighter
*** HELENA BONHAM CARTER The King’s Speech
BARBARA HERSHEY Black Swan
LESLEY MANVILLE Another Year
MIRANDA RICHARDSON Made in Dagenham
127 HOURS AR Rahman
ALICE IN WONDERLAND Danny Elfman
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON John Powell
INCEPTION Hans Zimmer
*** THE KING’S SPEECH Alexandre Desplat
127 HOURS Anthony Dod Mantle, Enrique Chediak
BLACK SWAN Matthew Libatique
INCEPTION Wally Pfister
THE KING’S SPEECH Danny Cohen
*** TRUE GRIT Roger Deakins
127 HOURS Jon Harris
BLACK SWAN Andrew Weisblum
INCEPTION Lee Smith
THE KING’S SPEECH Tariq Anwar
*** THE SOCIAL NETWORK Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter
ALICE IN WONDERLAND Robert Stromberg, Karen O’Hara
BLACK SWAN Thérèse DePrez, Tora Peterson
*** INCEPTION Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Doug Mowat
THE KING’S SPEECH Eve Stewart, Judy Farr
TRUE GRIT Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh
*** ALICE IN WONDERLAND Colleen Atwood
BLACK SWAN Amy Westcott
THE KING’S SPEECH Jenny Beavan
MADE IN DAGENHAM Louise Stjernsward
TRUE GRIT Mary Zophres
127 HOURS Glenn Freemantle, Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke, Steven C Laneri, Douglas Cameron
BLACK SWAN Ken Ishii, Craig Henighan, Dominick Tavella
*** INCEPTION Richard King, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A Rizzo, Ed Novick
THE KING’S SPEECH John Midgley, Lee Walpole, Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen
TRUE GRIT Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff, Peter F Kurland, Douglas Axtell
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
ALICE IN WONDERLAND Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Sean Phillips, Carey Villegas
BLACK SWAN Dan Schrecker, Henrik Fett, Michael Capton, William ‘Brad’ Kalinoski
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1 Tim Burke, John Richardson, Nicolas Aithadi, Christian Manz
*** INCEPTION Chris Corbould, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Peter Bebb
TOY STORY 3 Guido Quaroni, Michael Fong, David Ryu
MAKE UP & HAIR
*** ALICE IN WONDERLAND Valli O’Reilly, Paul Gooch
BLACK SWAN Judy Chin, Geordie Sheffer
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1 Amanda Knight, Lisa Tomblin, Nick Dudman
THE KING’S SPEECH Frances Hannon
MADE IN DAGENHAM Lizzie Yianni Georgiou
*** THE EAGLEMAN STAG Michael Please
MATTER FISHER David Prosser
THURSDAY Matthias Hoegg
CONNECT Samuel Abrahams, Beau Gordon
LIN Piers Thompson, Simon Hessel
RITE Michael Pearce, Ross McKenzie, Paul Welsh
TURNING Karni Arieli, Saul Freed, Alison Sterling, Kat Armour-Brown
*** UNTIL THE RIVER RUNS RED Paul Wright, Poss Kondeatis
THE ORANGE WEDNESDAYS RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)
*** TOM HARDY
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