Frances Adair Mckenzie’s VR work The Orchid and the Bee selected for the Annecy International Animation Film Festival
The #Montreal; #NationalFilmBoard; #AnnecyInternationalAnimationFilmFestival
Montreal, May 20 (Canadian-Media): An immersive Virtual Reality (VR) work by interdisciplinary artist Frances Adair Mckenzie, 'The Orchid and the Bee', produced at the National Film Board (NFB), will have its world premiere at the eminent Annecy International Animation Film Festival, where it will screen in competition as part of the official VR selection, media reports said.
Annecy International Animation Film Festival. Image credit: Official site
The project was selected from among 80 submissions.
Some of the seven works in competition will be accessible on the Viveport platform, in collaboration with HTC Vive and with the support of creators and producers. More details will be provided by the festival in the coming weeks.
Inspired by Darwin’s theory of evolution, 'The Orchid and the Bee' unfolding in three acts, is an ode to nature’s struggle for existence, blending VR technology with the tactile materiality of stop-motion animation.
The survivors in 'The Orchid and the Bee' are neither the strongest nor most intelligent, but are most adaptable to change.
Mckenzie's mischievous sense of play is brought to the realm of virtual reality as her story unfolds in three acts.
Plasteline-moulded puppets integrated into VR to place the spectator inside a rotating spiral of evolutionary events.
The NFB is a leader in developing new approaches to stereoscopic 3D animation and animated content for new platforms.
Groundbreaking animation are produced by the NFB at its studios in Montreal and at NFB centres across Canada, as well as with many of the world’s leading auteur animators via international co-productions.
Three NFB productions or co-productions have been selected for the short film competition at Annecy, which will take place this year online from June 15 to 30: Theodore Ushev’s The Physics of Sorrow, Andreas Hykade’s Altötting and Jean-François Lévesque’s I, Barnabé
#JerryStillerDies; #ComedyVeteran; #Seinfield; #performer
New York, May 11 (Canadian-Media): Comedy veteran Jerry Stiller, a multi-talented performer in movies, television shows and radio series, died of natural causes at the age of 92 announced his son, Ben Stiller, on Twitter on Monday, media reports said.
Jerry Stiller. Image credit: Twitter handle
Most recently, Jerry Stiller played Arthur, a high-strung character on the hit sitcom "King of Queens."
He appeared in his movies playing several roles such Walter Matthau's police sidekick in the thriller "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" and Divine's husband, Wilbur Turnblad in John Waters' twisted comedy "Hairspray."
In his autobiography, "Married to Laughter," Jerry recounted about his 50-plus year marriage to comedic cohort Meara, who died in 2015.
His television shows included everything from "Murder She Wrote" to "Law and Order" - along with 36 appearances alongside Meara on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
As a supporting player on "Seinfeld,", Stiller created many of the memorable moments for the the Emmy-winning show and in 1997 was nominated for the Emmy award for his "Seinfeld" performance.
In a 2005 close to 70 years old, Stiller was out of work and after several failures and struggles he was offered a spot playing Vince Lombardi in a Nike commercial and the role of another over-the-top dad on the long-running "King of Queens."
Stiller and wife Meara raised two children in their longtime home on Manhattan's Upper West Side: daughter Amy, who became an actress, and son Ben, who became a writer, director and actor.
His performance with his son Ben in "Shoeshine," was nominated for a 1988 Academy Award in the short subject category.
The son of a bus driver and a housewife, Stiller grew up in Depression-era Brooklyn and was inspired from the early age of 8 to enter show business.
After earning a drama degree at Syracuse University and serving in World War II, Stiller headed to New York City to launch his career.
His life and career took off after his marriage with Meara in 1953. They were soon appearing on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and working nightclubs nationwide.
The pair also wrote and performed radio commercials and appeared as a team in dozens of film, stage and television productions. One was "After-Play," a 1995 off-Broadway show written by Meara.
In 1993 Stiller joined "Seinfeld" and moved on to "King of Queens" when the other Jerry & co. went off the air in 1998.
The following year, he appeared in Ben Stiller's spoof on modeling, "Zoolander."
#FilmIndustry; #FilmIndustrySchedule; #GlobalCoronavirusOutbreak
New York, Mar 12 (Canadian-Media): Multiple cancellations, postponements and changes to film industry schedules had been caused due to spread of new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) around the globe, media reports said.
Changes in international film schedules due to coronavirus outbreak. Image credit: Twitter
The changes are as follows:
Thursday March 12
CinemaCon cancelled as Trump imposes Euro travel ban to US
Denmark’s CPH:DOX cancels physical event, plans virtual stand-in (update)
Wednesday March 11
Verdict on Thessaloniki’s virtual pitch forum: Cheaper, more intimate but nothing can replace face-to-face
Series Mania TV festival and industry event cancelled due to coronavirus
Cannes president Pierre Lescure “optimistic”, debunks insurance company claims
Austria’s Diagonale film festival cancelled as coronavirus spreads
All Italian cinemas closed and film production halted until April 3
Korea’s Jeonju International Film Festival postponed due to coronavirus
Tuesday March 10
UK sales outfit first to confirm it will not attend Cannes due to coronavirus concerns (exclusive)
Sony moves Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway from Easter to August due to coronavirus concerns
Studiocanal UK moves The Secret Garden forward to fill No Time To Die, Peter Rabbit 2 slot
Lithuania’s Meeting Point Vilnius, Croatia’s Zagrebdox latest coronavirus casualties
French culture minister Franck Riester tests positive for coronavirus
Malaga Film Festival postponed over coronavirus fears
Monday March 9
France tightens coronavirus restrictions as Cannes speculation intensifies
US industry explores virtual solutions to coronavirus outbreak
Quibi cancels April US launch party
Bulgaria’s Sofia Film Festival and Sofia Meetings “postponed” over coronavirus concerns
Denmark’s CPH:DOX cancels opening gala due to coronavirus; festival going ahead as it stands
Sunday March 8
Onward rules global box office as coronavirus takes toll (update)Friday March 6SXSW cancelled due to coronavirus concerns
Italian cinemas look to stay open with audiences required to sit three seats apart
Cannes confirms Official Selection announcement date
Series Mania pushes on with 2020 edition, mulls virtual solutions
Thursday March 5
Studios ponder next moves after coronavirus James Bond delay (update)
CinemaCon organisers bullish about show despite cancellations from China, Japan, South Korea, Italy
Cannes Film Festival and Marché du Film both “confident” they will take place
Wednesday March 4
Bond movie No Time To Die postponed due to coronavirus concerns
MIPTV cancelled due to coronavirus; Canneseries postponed
Sony closes European offices due to coronavirus fears
Miami Film Market to go ahead despite Unifrance, EFP withdrawal over coronavirus concerns (exclusive)
Tuesday March 3
Doha Film Institute cancels Qumra over coronavirus concerns
Red Sea International Film Festival postponed over coronavirus fears
Italian box office falls 75% year-on-year following coronavirus outbreak
Hollywood monitoring coronavirus as industry speculates on global cost
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival postponed due to coronavirus
Sunday March 1
Coronavirus fears hit box office as Sonic The Hedgehog rules international (update)
Friday February 28
Cannes Film Festival, MipTV working with authorities following city’s first coronavirus case
Thursday February 27
Far East Film Festival in Udine, northern Italy delayed until June due to coronavirus
Korean box office hit by coronavirus fears with declining admissions, Parasite (B&W Version) postponed
Chinese companies pull out of CinemaCon over coronavirus travel ban
Monday February 24
Coronavirus fears hit the Italian box office as admissions fall, cinemas close and releases are postponed
Thursday February 20
China’s film industry counts the cost of coronavirus outbreak
Tuesday February 18
Asterix & Obelix, The Silk Road producers deny coronavirus cancellation rumours
Thursday February 13
Hong Kong Filmart to be postponed to August due to coronavirus outbreak
Hong Kong International Film Festival and HAF to be postponed to summer
Wednesday February 12
Hong Kong Film Awards unveils nominations, but mulls new format due to coronavirus fears
Tuesday February 4
Filmart 2020 in the balance as coronavirus fears hit plans for Hong Kong event
Thursday January 30
Chinese streaming platforms flourish during virus outbreak
Friday January 24
How the Chinese film industry is responding to the coronavirus crisis
Thursday January 23
Chinese New Year film releases pulled due to coronavirus outbreak
#Australia; #TomHanks; #RitaWilson; #Coronavirus
Australia, Mar 11 (Canadian-Media): It was stated by Tom Hanks, an American actor and filmmaker, Wednesday that he and his actress-singer wife Rita Wilson had tested positive for the coronavirus in Australia, where Tom was working on a film, media reports said.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. Image credit: Twitter
Tom and his wife are the first major U.S. celebrities to have contracted COVID-19, which has infected more than 1,000 people in the United States.
The film scheduled to be released in October 2021, has suspended production, Warner Bros. said.
The 63-year-old Oscar-winner Hanks and his wife were isolated for as long as public health and safety required.
“Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We’ll keep the world posted and updated,” Hanks said in the twitter post.
#Pixar, #PixarOnward; #Magic; #Elf #animation; #Disney; #pixaronward
New York, Mar 09 (Canadian-Media): The latest animated feature from Pixar “Onward” opened to an estimated $40 million in North America's domestic ticket sales Friday through Sunday, media reports said.
The movie 'Onward'. Image credit: Twitter
But it’s relatively weak for a Pixar movie, as compared to Pixar’s “Inside Out” which opened to roughly $98 million in domestic sales in June 2015, adjusting for inflation.
At the box office this weekend, the movie was met with similarly mixed success.
The plot of “Onward” revolves around the two elf brothers’ grief over the loss of their father. With an element of magic set in the story and a belief that lead an elf Ian, just turned 16, and his goofball older brother Barley on a quest to bring their dad back, if only for a day so that they could bid proper farewell to him. They did succeed in bringing back their dad to life only for 24 hours, but only from the waist down.
The siblings are voiced by Tom Holland and Chris Pratt.
Directed by Dan Scanlon (“Monsters University”), “Onward,” holds an 86 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which falls short of Pixar's past three movies (“Toy Story 4,” “Incredibles 2” and “Coco”) had scores of 94 or above on Rotten Tomatoes.
Co-written and directed by Dan Scanlon (who has cited losing his father at a young age as inspiration), "Onward"is emotional and imaginative and is full of ambition.
"Onward" premiered March 6 in the United States.
#U.S.; #DonaldTrump; #FilmParasite; #OscarAwards; #AcademyAwards; #Hollywood; #GoneWithTheWind
Washington, Feb 21 (Canadian-Media): The historic best-picture Oscar win for South Korean film Parasite was ridiculed by the United States (U.S.) President Donald Trump on Thursday telling a Colorado campaign rally he desired the return of Hollywood classics like 1939's Gone with the Wind, media reports said.
Donald Trump mocks the best-picture Oscar win for Parasite. Courtesy: Twitter
"How bad were the Academy Awards this year?" Trump said at the rally in Colorado Springs on Thursday.
"And the winner is a movie from South Korea," he went on, imitating an Academy Awards
Parasite became the first non-English-language film, earlier this month, to be awarded Hollywood's top prize.
Three other oscars were also won by Parasite: best director for Bong Joon Ho, original screenplay (shared between Bong and co-writer Han Jin Won) and best international feature film.
Trump also dismissed actor Brad Pitt, who won an Oscar for best supporting actor for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Trump is set to return to Washington after speaking at a rally in Las Vegas on Friday.
In less than a month after Parasite began showing in South Korea, North Korean propaganda website DPRK Today had said that the movie was "making people realize again that the capitalist system is a rotten, sick society with a malignant tumour of rich-becoming-richer and poor-becoming-poorer, a society with no hope or future."
#BradPitt, #BradPittOscar, #Oscars2020, #Oscars
Los Angeles, Feb 10 (Canadian-Media): The Best Supporting Actor Oscar award was won by Brad Pitt for his role as Cliff Booth in the film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" at the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles last night, media reports said.
Brad Pitt. Image credit: Twitter
Brad was able to win a strong competition from Al Pacino and Joe Pesci for The Irishman, Tom Hanks for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and Anthony Hopkins for The Two Popes.
#JoaquinPhoenix; #AcademyAwards; #Oscars; #Oscar; #Joker
Los Angeles, Feb 10 (Canadian-Media): The Oscars Best Actor in a Leading Role award was won by the actor Joaquin Rafael Phoenix for his memorable performance in the movie 'Joker', media reports said.
Joker movie. Image credit: Twitter
Directed and produced by Todd Phillips, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Silver, the film Joker is a 2019 American psychological thriller film.
Based on DC Comics characters, the film stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker and provides a possible origin story for the character.
Earlier the film Joker had won the Golden Lion when it was premiered at the 76th Venice International Film Festival on August 31, 2019 and was released in the United States on October 4, 2019.
In the Academy Awards, the film Joker was nominated for a leading 11 awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for Phoenix.
The film Joker had been garnished with Best Original Score for Hildur Guðnadóttir and Best Actor – Drama for Phoenix at the 77th Golden Globe Awards.
It also earned a leading 11 nominations at the 73rd British Academy Film Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actor for Phoenix. It won the Best Original Score.
#Hollywood; #California; #92ndAcademyAwards; #ParasiteBestPicture
Hollywood (California), Feb 10 (Canadian-Media): An Oscar history was made for the social satiric film "Parasite" from South Korea Sunday night at the 92nd Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood by becoming the first foreign language film to win best picture, media reports said.
Oscars (top) and film Parasite( bottom) Image credit: Twitter
The film is about a poor family of corn artists' gradual access to the household of a wealthy clan in order to acquire secret information.
After winning the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival last May, the popularity of the film "Parasite" had been growing with word-of-mouth audience favor.
#KirkDouglasDies; #103YearOldHollywoodStarPassesAway; #Hollywood
New York, Feb 6 (Canadian-Media): Kirk Douglas, Hollywood movie star who directed directors, best known for starring roles in Spartacus and The Vikings, died on Wednesday at the age of 103, his son Michael Douglas said, media reports said.
Kirk Douglas. Image credit: Twitter
Born to illiterate Russian immigrants, Douglas graduated from New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1941 and joined the Navy following two small Broadway roles. While in the navy he married British actress Diana Dill and they had two sons, Michael and Joel.
More than 90 movies including Spartacus and The Vikings were made by Douglas in a career that stretched across seven decades and made him one of the biggest box-office stars of the 1950s and '60s.
Douglas said more than any film he made, he was more proud of his major role in breaking the Hollywood blacklist -- actors, directors and writers who, because of links to the communist movement in the 1950s, suffered professional unrecognition.
As a founder of Douglas Foundation, he made charitable donations and in 2015 donated his $80 million US fortune to a variety of causes including a shelter for homeless women named after Anne, the Los Angeles public school district, St. Lawrence University and hospitals.
Donation of $15 million to the Motion Picture and Television Fund were made by Douglas in 2015 on his 99th birthday to help build a facility for entertainment industry figures with Alzheimer's disease.