John Lasseter is set to receive the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures from the Producers Guild of America!
Lasseter is the chief creative officer for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. He's also the principal creative adviser for Walt Disney Imagineering, and of course, the director of the fantastic Pixar films such as "Toy Story 1 and 2," and "Cars," among others.
The honor will be given to Lasseter during the PGA awards show on Jan. 24 at the Hollywood Palladium. Lasseter is the first producer of animated films to receive the award.
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Alright, confession time! I stopped watching "Saw" after the first film. I enjoyed the first one, but the remaining ones were just rehash. Plus, the studio stopped inviting critics to watch the film in advance
But after talking to Tobin Bell, I may just have to give the sixth installment a try! Who knew Mr. Bell would be a sweet man? I only knew him as the creepily preachy Jigsaw!
In this special one-on-one interview, we talked about:
*** WHY RETURN TO THE SAW FRANCHISE FOR THE SIXTH TIME?
*** HOW CAN HE MAKE JIGSAW INTERESTING EVERY TIME?
*** SAW VII RUMORS?
*** SAW VI'S TAGLINE SAYS EVIL COMES FULL CIRCLE, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
*** HOW IS JIGSAW INCORPORATED INTO THE NARRATIVE OF THE NEW FILM?
*** ANY TWISTS?
*** WHAT OTHER FILMS IS HE MAKING?
MORE INFO ABOUT THE FILM FROM YAHOO:
Suspense/Horror and Sequel
October 23rd, 2008
Rated R for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, and language.
Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Mark Rolston, Betsy Russell, Shawnee Smith and Peter Outerbridge
When the FBI draws closer to Det. Hoffman, he is forced to set a game into motion, and Jigsaw's grand scheme is finally understood.
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First, I enjoyed "Astro Boy." I wasn't a fan of the TV series, but the new animated adventure has made me a believer! (Read my "Astro Boy" movie review right here)
So I was so happy to be invited by Summit Entertainment for their press day for the film. I spoke with Freddie Highmore (he voices Toby and Astro Boy) and Eugene Levy (he lends his voice for Orrin, the robot servant).
Take a look at my fun interviews with the actors:
We talked about:
*** His involvement with the project
*** The issues that the film touched upon
*** What's coming up in his future
*** The moral of the story
We talked about:
*** Why he chose to work on ASTRO BOY
*** His character
*** Acting vs. Voice work
*** Moral of the story
More info about the film from Yahoo:
Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist named Dr. Tenma. Powered by positive "blue" energy, Astro Boy is endowed with super strength, x-ray vision, unbelievable speed and the ability to fly. Embarking on a journey in search of acceptance, Astro Boy encounters many other colorful characters along the way.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Kids/Family, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Animation and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 34 min.
Release Date: October 23rd, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for some action and peril, and brief mild language.
Sony Pictures Releasing, Summit Entertainment, LLC
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Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic are set to produce the 82nd Academy Awards! They replace last year's ringleaders, Bill Condon and Laurence Mark.
No, Condon and Mark weren't fired, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences' board of directors had asked the duo but the pair didn't commit.
Once upon a time, Shankman performed on one of the Oscar nights as a dancer, but now, the director of "Bedtime Stories" and "Hairspray" will return as a producer.
Shankman and Mechanic will be busy developing the Oscarcast. I wonder who they will pick as the host.
Shankman is one busy dude! Besides being one of the main judges on the TV show "So You Think You Can Dance," he is also getting ready to adapt the Broadway musical "Rock of Ages."
The film will begin production by next summer and be released by Warner Bros. in 2011. I wonder if "American Idol" alum, Constantin Maroulis, will be bringing his role to the big screen. The singer was nominated for a Tony for Leading Actor in a Musical for his role in "Rock of Ages."
Shankman is also developing a film version of "Bye Bye Birdie." I told 'ya, this Shankman is one busy dude!
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Angelina Jolie is in talks with Ridley Scott to star as Patrizia Gucci in the director's drama "Gucci" about murder and mayhem in the Gucci fashion dynasty.
Patrizia was sentenced to 29 years in jail for plotting the murder of her ex, Maurizio Gucci.
Fox 2000 is producing and the studio is planning a 2010 production date.
Variety tells us that Fox 2000 is "about to hire a scribe to rewrite the drama that recaptures the glamorous days of the Gucci family dynasty in the 1970s and 80s, when the family was selling $500 million in product annually. Squabbles hobbled the clan until Maurizio, the grandson of founder Guccio Gucci, came out on top of a power struggle to run the family business. Just when he was about to reestablish the brand name by debuting a line designed by newcomer--and now film director--Tom Ford, Maurizio was gunned down in front of his Milan apartment in 1995."
Right now, the script is being developed and Scott is still looking for an actor to play Maurizio. Leonardo DiCaprio has been approached but he's not attached with the project yet.
Fox 2000 is also developing another film for Jolie. The studio wants the actress to star as medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta based on the Patricia Cornwell novels.
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