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Locksmith Animation attaches director to ‘That Christmas’ based on Richard Curtis book series

Simon Otto to direct ‘Love Actually’ writer-director Richard Curtis children’s book adaptation ‘That Christmas’.Simon Otto, best known for his animation work on the How To Train Your Dragon franchise, is to make his feature directorial debut on Locksmith Animation’s That Christmas.The film, previously known as The Empty Stocking, is based on a trio of children’s […]

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Dragon Rider review – starry family animation seeks fire

Patrick Jones voices a baddie trying to obliterate lovable dragons in this bland but entertaining family filmNot to be mistaken for the Dreamworks film How to Train Your Dragon franchise, here is a reasonably entertaining German family animation based on the 1997 bestseller by children’s author Cornelia Funke. It’s a great-looking film, energetically voiced in […]

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Jay Baruchel’s fantasy festival: deep-diving into The Crow with Ian Curtis and Oreos

The How to Train Your Dragon star, whose Random Acts of Violence is out next month, brings Brandon Lee and Edgar Allan Poe back to life in a homage to his favourite movieSometimes Just Sometimes Fest is a multimedia fortnight built around one of my favourite movies, The Crow. The spectre of tragedy looms over […]

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Annecy: ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ Director Dean DeBlois on ‘Lazy’ Studio Live-Action Remakes, Quarantine Writing

“How to Train Your Dragon” writer-director and Annecy favorite Dean DeBlois took part in a Q&a style virtual masterclass on Thursday evening as part of the Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival’s online edition.A main talking point came just around the one hour mark, when Peter Debruge, Variety’s chief film critic and moderator for the conversation, […]

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Annecy 2020 Online’s Masterclasses and Previews, from ‘Spider-Verse’ Follow-Up to ‘Frozen 2’ Doc

Annecy 2020 Online’s second wave of special programming for its world-class French animation festival (June 15-30) will include a preview from the highly anticipated “Connected”, the latest feature from “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and a Masterclass from stop-motion director Henry Selick and composer Bruno Coulais, who collaborated on Netflix’s […]

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Lockdown watch: Nick Broomfield on The Grinch, Pets and Pink Panther

The documentary-maker is locked down with a seven-year-old which means that family films edge out Citizen KaneRead all the other Lockdown watch choicesThe best arts and entertainment during self-isolationI wish I could send over a list of all the great films I am catching up with during the lockdown: Citizen Kane, Nanook of the North, […]

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Mourn the End of the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ Trilogy With an Art Exhibit in L.A.

Don’t let anyone tell you that animated films aren’t art. Dean DeBlois‘ beautiful How to Train Your Dragon trilogy is getting the art museum treatment with an exhibit coming this month to Los Angeles, featuring more than 200 works of art including sketches, digital renderings, and video installations. Hopefully the exhibit is the kind that […]

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‘Treasure Island’: Dean DeBlois Set To Direct Take On Classic Novel For Universal & Mandeville Films

Exclusive: Deadline has learned that Universal Pictures and Mandeville Films are bringing a new feature adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1883 novel Treasure Island to the big screen with two-time Oscar nominated How to Train Your Dragon filmmaker Dean DeBlois directing.Beauty and the Beast scribe Evan Spiliotopoulos will write the script, collaborating with DeBlois on […]

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‘How to Train Your Dragon’ Director Signs on to Write, Helm ‘Micronauts’ Movie

“How to Train Your Dragon” director Dean DeBlois has come on board to direct and write “Micronauts” for Paramount Pictures and Hasbro.DeBlois’ hiring is a major step forward for the project, which has been in the works at Paramount for a decade. The film will be based on the eponymous intergalactic explorer action figures made […]

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