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  • Animation: Five awards-contending directors take us behind the lines

    Animation: Five awards-contending directors take us behind the lines
    Part Pablo Picasso, part George Patton, animated filmmakers must possess an unusual mix of artistic vision and managerial savvy. Five directors who recently came together for the Envelope Animation Roundtable discussed the unique demands of the medium. In a conversation at the Los Angeles Times, Graham Annable (“The Boxtrolls,” with Anthony Stacchi), Dean DeBlois (“How to Train Your Dragon 2”), Don Hall (“Big Hero 6,” with Chris Williams), Jorge Gutierrez (“The Book of Life”) and Christopher Miller (“The Lego Movie,” with Phil Lord), tackled such topics as the pitch that goes wrong, the virtue of studio negligence and solutions for decision fatigue.
  • Complete list of Annie Award 2014 nominees

    The 42nd Annie Award nominations, presented by the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, cover film, TV production, commercials, short subjects, video games, student films and honorary and achievement awards. The newest category --...

    Belafonte Electrifies Governors Awards, Issues Challenge to Hollywood

    Harry Belafonte gave one of the all-time great acceptance speeches at Saturday night's Governors Awards, citing Hollywood's often-shameful power to influence attitudes, and challenging the heavy-hitters in the room to instead create works that allow...

    Contender Conversations, Animation: 'Boxtrolls,' 'Dragon 2′ and 'Lego Movie'

    BOXTROLLS Oregon-based Laika is heading into awards season with the stop-motion "The Boxtrolls." Having earned Oscar nominations for its first two efforts, "Coraline" (2009) and "ParaNorman" (2012), the studio is aiming to remain on a roll. Producer (and...

    Variety Critics Pick the Best Films of 2014 (So Far)

    To say that our top three critics don't always see eye-to-eye would be an understatement, but they can all agree on at least one thing: "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is one of Wes Anderson's best movies, and one of the strongest entries in a year that has so...