Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse dominates Annie animation awards

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swung to victory at the 2019 Annie Awards, picking up all seven of the prizes it was nominated for, including Best Animated Feature. The movie, which focuses on a new Spider-Man named Miles Morales, also claimed accol…

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swung to victory at the 2019 Annie Awards, picking up all seven of the prizes it was nominated for, including Best Animated Feature.

The movie, which focuses on a new Spider-Man named Miles Morales, also claimed accolades including Writing In An Animated Feature Production for Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman, Directing In An Animated Feature Production for Rothman, Bob Persichetti, and Peter Ramsey, and Character Design In An Animated Feature Production for Shiyoon Kim.

The film’s domination caused an upset for Disney projects Incredibles 2 and Ralph Breaks the Internet, which had led all nominees heading into the Los Angeles ceremony on Saturday (02Feb18), with 11 and 10 nods, respectively.

However, Incredibles 2 only managed to pick up Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production and Music in an Animated Feature Production, while Ralph Breaks the Internet had just the one win in Animated Effects in an Animated Feature Production.

Mary Poppins Returns landed Best Animated Special Production and Character Animation in a Live Action Production for the section where the characters enter a hand-drawn animated world, while Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production went to Bryan Cranston for Wes Anderson’s stop-motion film Isle of Dogs, and Best Animated Independent Feature went to Mirai.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s triumph at the Annie Awards is the latest success for the film this awards season. In January, it won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, beating Incredibles 2, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Isle of Dogs and Mirai. All five are also competing for the Academy Award, and the winner will be unveiled on 24 February. The first three titles are currently nominated for the BAFTA.

The Spider-Man outing, featuring the voices of Shameik Moore, Mahershala Ali and Jake Johnson, was released to glowing reviews in December and has so far grossed over $347 million (£266 million) worldwide against a $90 million (£69 million) budget.

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Scarlett Johansson to star in Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit

Scarlett Johansson is set to take a lead role in upcoming film Jojo Rabbit.Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is currently putting the cast together for his new World War II film, which will tell the story of a 10-year-old German boy who, ridiculed …

Scarlett Johansson is set to take a lead role in upcoming film Jojo Rabbit.

Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is currently putting the cast together for his new World War II film, which will tell the story of a 10-year-old German boy who, ridiculed by his peers and misunderstood by his mother, can’t quite figure out how to fit in.

As the naive young boy struggles to understand his place in an increasingly Fascist regime, he resorts to an imaginary friend who can offer advice and help him cope.

According to Variety, Johansson is in final talks to take on the role of the mother, who is struggling to understand her son and the challenges he is facing.

Waititi will play an imaginary Adolf Hitler in the film, who will be an invention of the boy, as he is missing his father and is also confused by Nazi propaganda.

Producers are currently conducting a search for a young child to play the boy. No other casting details have been announced but shooting on the film is set to kick off in the spring (18).

Jojo Rabbit will mark a change of direction for Johansson, who has appeared in numerous fantasy and superhero films recently. She played the lead role in 2017’s Ghost in the Shell and Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow in a string of Marvel movies, including the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.

The 33-year-old star has also voiced one of the characters in Wes Anderson’s latest film Isle of Dogs and is lined-up to headline a film about Zelda Fitzgerald.

While New Zealand-born director and screenwriter Waititi, who penned the script for Jojo Rabbit and will also produce the film, has recently wrapped on TV movie, What We Do in the Shadows – an adaptation of his 2014 film.

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Bryan Cranston instantly agreed to star in Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs

Bryan Cranston agreed to take a role in Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs before he’d even seen the script.The actor has lent his voice to a dog called Chief in Wes’ new animated feature, which also stars Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton. The fil…

Bryan Cranston agreed to take a role in Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs before he’d even seen the script.

The actor has lent his voice to a dog called Chief in Wes’ new animated feature, which also stars Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton.

The film follows a young boy who goes in search of his dog after the species is banished to an island in Japan, and Bryan has now explained that he had no reservations about getting involved in the project.

“My agent said the first three words, ‘Wes Anderson wants.’ And I said, ‘I’m in,'” he recalled in an interview on U.K. talk show Lorraine on Monday (26Mar18). “He’s such a great filmmaker and auteur and this story is so unique. It introduces you to a different culture, a different language, and it takes you on a journey you’re not expecting and you couldn’t anticipate.”

While voice actors usually record their parts individually, in this case, most of the cast worked together.

“It was great. The pack of dogs were all together in our own kennel,” the 62-year-old joked. “Wes Anderson was in the room and you could see his eyes closed and he was listening, just imagining how he’d take all the voices in and actually create the picture.”

Bryan’s canine character enjoys a romance with a dog called Nutmeg, voiced by Scarlett Johansson.

Though the Breaking Bad star admitted that this particular coupling would be unusual in other circumstances.

“It works in animation. No live-action film would ever couple me with Scarlett Johansson,” he smiled to The Guardian recently. “But here the plight of the characters and our vocal qualities seemed to be in line. Our exchanges were done remotely.”

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Bill Murray campaigns for Isle of Dogs pet screenings

Bill Murray wants more theatre bosses to allow fans to bring their canine companions to screenings of his new movie Isle of Dogs. Director Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animation is set in Japan in a dystopian future, where dogs have been exiled to an is…

Bill Murray wants more theatre bosses to allow fans to bring their canine companions to screenings of his new movie Isle of Dogs.

Director Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animation is set in Japan in a dystopian future, where dogs have been exiled to an island to avoid the spread of canine flu.

The fantasy drama features the voice talents of an all-star cast, including Murray, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Bryan Cranston, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson, and Greta Gerwig, and Bill insists it’s the perfect picture for cinema-goers to attend with their furry friends.

A handful of dog-friendly screenings have already been organised in the U.S. and U.K., but Murray is urging more theatre owners to seize the opportunity to cash in on the novel idea.

“Isle of Dogs is really good, I gotta tell ya,” he said on breakfast show Today. “What I want to happen is I want movie theatres to allow people to bring their dogs into the movie, ’cause they do it (special screenings) in baseball parks and minor leagues (in America) and it’s really a lot of fun. I think if people brought their dogs, they’d have a huge audience.”

Instead of recording their parts separately, as is common for animated films, the Isle of Dogs cast members holed up in a cabin to work together, and Murray found it fascinating to watch everyone’s behaviour gradually evolve as they started to act more and more like their canine characters.

Describing the experience as “a lot of fun”, he explained, “We were all in a little cabin, kind of a recording studio, barking at each other. It was fun to watch people deteriorate and become more canine every hour, even though they were drinking coffee and eating donuts, they were becoming more dog-like every few minutes!”

Isle of Dogs, which also features Oscar winner Frances McDormand, Courtney B. Vance, Harvey Keitel, Liev Schreiber, and Ken Watanabe, opens in theatres this week (23Mar18).

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Elle Fanning wows in couture at Berlin International Film Festival

Elle Fanning pulled out all the stops for the Berlin International Film Festival on Thursday night (15Feb18).The actress walked the red carpet at the Potsdamer Platz square prior to the opening ceremony of the event and premiere of movie Isle of Dogs. …

Elle Fanning pulled out all the stops for the Berlin International Film Festival on Thursday night (15Feb18).

The actress walked the red carpet at the Potsdamer Platz square prior to the opening ceremony of the event and premiere of movie Isle of Dogs.

Once again proving her flair for fashion, Elle posed up a storm in a dramatic Valentino gown that featured a white satin skirt and flowing orange top which was pulled together with a pale blue bow at the centre.

The 19-year-old, who is at the festival to promote her crime drama Galveston, matched her look with natural make-up as well as a swipe of black eyeliner, and had her signature blonde hair pulled back into a high bun.

Among the other celebrities to make a sartorial statement was Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig, who voices a character in Isle of Dogs. The star sported a sheer black gown covered in sequin appliques from Valentino, which she accessorised with black heels and jewellery from Ara Vartanian.

Greta posed for photographers with her Isle of Dogs co-star Tilda Swinton, who opted for a monochromatic suit from Chanel that featured wide-leg trousers and a high-neck white shirt.

Other cast members from the movie in attendance included Bryan Cranston, Liev Schreiber and Jeff Goldblum, who all suited up for the night.

Meanwhile, Helen Mirren looked elegant in a grey off-the-shoulder Rami Al Ali tea-length gown which she complemented with a silver Jimmy Choo clutch, while Patricia Clarkson wore a Christian Siriano outfit comprised of a black top and long silver skirt.

Model Toni Garrn also turned heads at the event, donning a minimalist white dress with thin straps made for her by departing Hugo Boss womenswear designer Jason Wu.

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Wes Anderson transports audience to Isle of Dogs at Berlin Film Festival

Director Wes Anderson returned to the Berlin Film Festival in Germany on Thursday (15Feb18) to open the event with his new movie Isle of Dogs.The filmmaker headlined the gathering back in 2014 with The Grand Budapest Hotel and he reappeared in Germany …

Director Wes Anderson returned to the Berlin Film Festival in Germany on Thursday (15Feb18) to open the event with his new movie Isle of Dogs.

The filmmaker headlined the gathering back in 2014 with The Grand Budapest Hotel and he reappeared in Germany with a bang as he made an appearance on the red carpet with the cast of his new animated film, about a gang of exiled mutts living on an abandoned trash island.

Cast members were on hand to celebrate Anderson’s latest venture, and the director couldn’t help but gush about his ensemble, which features the voice talents of Tilda Swinton, Greta Gerwig, Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum, and Bill Murray.

“Most of the actors here are people who I have either worked with before or have loved for years,” Wes said during a panel chat at the festival. “One thing about an animated movie is (talent) can’t really say ‘not available’.”

Bill Murray, who has teamed up with Anderson on several films, absolutely loved reuniting with the director for Isle of Dogs, and he was so elated to be at Berlinale, he led the cast into song on the red carpet.

“With this movie it is a little bit like in the We Are the World (USA for Africa charity) video,” Murray explained to Variety. “These are some of the great voices of cinema and I’m very happy to be singing even if I only get one verse.”

Although the Isle of Dog stars had a blast making the movie, Wes admits the subject matter is really dark, and ended up unwittingly reflecting the social problems many countries are facing today.

“We knew there was something happening politically (in the film). It’s where the story came from, and what happens in the movie, it’s our fantasy of the politics in this made-up place,” he noted. “But then, because we have been working on this movie for a long time, the world began to change in the movie and we all said it feels right for the moment, so maybe there were tiny places along the way, where we were getting new inspiration from real life.”

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