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‘Soul’ and ‘Wolfwalkers’ Take Top Honors at Annie Awards

Pixar’s “Soul” continued its awards season dominance on Friday by winning seven Annie Awards, including feature. The jazzy look at the before-life also won for music, writing (Pete Docter. Mike Jones and Kemp Powers), character animation (Michal Makarewicz), FX, storyboarding (Trevor Jimenez) and editorial.“Wolfwalkers,” from Irish studio Cartoon Saloon and Melusine Prods. for Apple and […]

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Sony Pictures Renews Deal With ‘Peter Rabbit’ Producer Will Gluck

Sony Pictures has renewed its first-look deal with “Peter Rabbit” producer Will Gluck through his Olive Bridge production company.Gluck’s history at Sony includes directing the Emma Stone comedy “Easy A” ($75 million worldwide), “Friends With Benefits” ($150 million worldwide), the 2014 musical “Annie” ($134 million worldwide) and “Peter Rabbit” ($351 million worldwide). Gluck is in […]

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For Santa Origin Story ‘Klaus,’ Production Designers Used Innovative 2D

With director Sergio Pablos’ “Klaus” (Netflix), the innovative 2D Santa origin story, Annie-nominated production designers Szymon Biernacki and Marcin Jakubowski achieved a unique retro look, channeling Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” but looking forward instead of back.“Our mission was to revive 2D animation and make it relevant again for audiences,” said Jakubowski, who filled in the gap […]

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Cameron Diaz Says She’s ‘Actually Retired’ From Acting

As one of the most in-demand actresses of the late 1990s and 2000s, Cameron Diaz starred in a number of hit films, from “There’s Something About Mary” to “Charlie’s Angels” to “My Sister’s Keeper” to “Shrek.” In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, though, Diaz says she has now retired from acting.Sitting down with “The […]

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‘Peter Rabbit’ Is A Wildly Weird Take On A Beloved Classic [Review]

It’s hard to make sense of “Peter Rabbit.” Based on Beatrix Potter‘s beloved, century-old British literary mainstay, this CG/live-action hybrid adaptation enlists Will Gluck, the American director/co-writer behind an inconsistent batch of studio comedies, including “Easy A,” “Friends With Benefits,” “Fired Up” and 2014’s “Annie” remake, to bring this early 20th century garden rabbit to […]

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