Animated Film Trailer Makes Gay History 


A family is a family, that's the strong message featured in the new teaser trailer for "The Boxtrolls" from Laika (see trailer below). The company who brought us "Coraline" and the Oscar-nominated "Paranorman" is pushing boundaries once again by featuring two dads! Yes! And yay!

The narrator on the trailer says "Sometimes there is a mother, sometimes there is a father, sometimes there are two fathers," as we see a baby on a street with different parental figures go in and out mirroring the words.

Travis Knight, the president and CEO of Laika told THR via the Huffington Post that, "We’re not in any way trying to be activists. We’re just trying to be who we are."

Good for them!

Based on the novel "Here Be Monsters," Focus Features is releasing "The Boxtrolls" on Sept. 26th, 2014.

Teaser trailer below, and here's a short synopsis of the film:

Synopsis

The new 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid animated feature is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class, and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, foul monsters who crawl out of the sewers at night and steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least, that’s the legend residents have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are an underground cavern-dwelling community of quirky and lovable oddballs who wear recycled cardboard boxes the way turtles wear their shells. The Boxtrolls have raised an orphaned human boy, Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright), since infancy as one of their dumpster-diving and mechanical junk-collecting own. When the Boxtrolls are targeted by villainous pest exterminator Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), who is bent on eradicating them as his ticket to Cheesebridge society, the kindhearted band of tinkerers must turn to their adopted charge and adventurous rich girl Winnie (Elle Fanning) to bridge two worlds amidst the winds of change – and cheese.

Directors

ANTHONY STAACHI
GRAHAM ANNABLE

Cast

BEN KINGSLEY
ISAAC HEMPSTEAD-WRIGHT
ELLE FANNING
JARED HARRIS
TONI COLLETTE
NICK FROST
RICHARD AYOADE
TRACY MORGAN
SIMON PEGG



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Sandra Bullock Movie to Kick Off Oscar Season 


I can't believe that the Oscar season is almost here.

Last year, at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, "The Master" triumphed winning the Silver Lion (Best Director for Paul Thomas Anderson) and Best Actor (shared by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix) awards. The movie went on to receive Oscar nominations for acting for Hoffman (Best Actor), Phoenix (Best Supporting Actor), and Amy Adams (Best Supporting Actress).

This year, "Gravity" starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney will kick off the 2013 Venice Film Festival on August 28th. We'll find out if "Gravity" will have the same Oscar magic as "The Master" but it's from writer/director Alfonso Cuaron, the brilliant helmer of fantastic films such as "Children of Men" and "Y Tu Mamá También." So it may have a chance.

"Gravity" tells the story of two astronauts drifting in orbit after an accident. Yup, just two people in space. Intriguing!

Warner Bros. is unleashing "Gravity" on Oct. 4.

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Steven Spielberg Wants to Remake a Classic 


Yes folks, Steven Spielberg is setting his sights on John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" according to Deadline. Spielberg and DreamWorks are in talks with the Steinbeck estate to buy the film rights to the author's beloved 1939 novel. John Ford made a memorable 1940 adaptation of the novel starring Henry Fonda as Tom Joad. Ford won an Oscar for his work on the film.

Spielberg will not be winning a Best Director Oscar for his adaptation of the novel. He will act merely as a producer on the movie. But hey, if the movie is good, then Spielberg gets to take home a Best Picture Oscar.

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Sorry "50 Shades of Grey" Fans 


But...you won't be having your Christian Grey anytime soon.

Fans have been wanting to know who will play the film's leads -- Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.

And if you think you'll hear this news at Comic-Con (Which is odd right? A sex-infused novel cum movie inside the world's biggest comic book convention), think again! According to E L James, author of "50 Shades," you just have to keep on waiting. The author tweeted:

I dunno where this rumour started that the cast would be revealed at Comic Con...but it is just that - a rumour. (Sighs)


So there you go...it's just a rumor! Just keep on guessing for now. The film's director, Sam Taylor-Johnson ("Nowhere Boy"), was also mum about casting. But one thing we know for sure, "50 Shades of Grey" the movie will be released in theaters on August 1, 2014.

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More Trouble for "White House Down" 


So we all know that "White House Down" flopped on its debut, earning a disappointing $24.8 million on a reported $150 million budget! Yikes! But now, the action flick starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx is facing more drama.

This time it's from the conservative right.

"White House Down" just can't get a break.

According to THR, conservatives were celebrating the film's low debut.

In the movie, Foxx stars as our president who must take a stand after a group of old, white conservative politicians become unhappy with the POTUS decision to withdraw troops from the Middle East.

Everyone from ConservativeTimes.org to ChristianityToday.com called the movie liberal propaganda. Christian Toto, conservative reviewer for Brietbart accused director Roland Emmerich of "dumping ideological sludge atop his bloated disaster films."

Maybe Toto was talking about Emmerich's "2012?" Certainly not about "10,000 B.C." Or maybe the global warming cautionary fable "The Day After?"

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