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Legend of the Guardians – Trailer for Zack Snyder’s fighting owl film

Posted by LiveFor on March 4, 2010

Acclaimed filmmaker Zack Snyder makes his animation debut with the fantasy family adventure “Guardians of Ga’Hoole,” based on the beloved books by Kathryn Lasky. The film follows Soren, a young owl enthralled by his father’s epic stories of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole, a mythic band of winged warriors who had fought a great battle to save all of owlkind from the evil Pure Ones. While Soren dreams of someday joining his heroes, his older brother, Kludd, scoffs at the notion, and yearns to hunt, fly and steal his father’s favor from his younger sibling. But Kludd’s jealousy has terrible consequences–causing both owlets to fall from their treetop home and right into the talons of the Pure Ones. Now it is up to Soren to make a daring escape with the help of other brave young owls. Together they soar across the sea and through the mist to find the Great Tree, home of the legendary Guardians of Ga’Hoole–Soren’s only hope of defeating the Pure Ones and saving the owl kingdoms.

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Gorillaz are back with Stylo, a Mad Max style video and Bruce Willis – 2D is now 3D

Posted by LiveFor on March 2, 2010

A very cool video for a very cool band. I didn’t think much of the song at first but it is a grower.

Saw the band a few years ago on the Demon Days tour at the Manchester Opera house and it is just stunning.

Q have an interview with the band and they explain some things:

-about Noodle, after the El Manana vid ‘there was no sign of her at the video site’ so he collected some of her DNA from the wreckage
– Murdoc learnt that Noodle was in hell and he did go there to try and rescue her. But he did not find her in hell and had to come back.
– the Noodle we see now is an android replica built using her DNA
– Kong was officially burnt down by Murdoc in an insurance scam in July 2009. But he had some of it shipped to Plastic Beach
– Murdoc got involved in a pyramid scheme and gun running and lost a lot of money, so needed to make a new album
– he chose Point Nemo in the Pacific ocean as a good spot to hide out
– the article says all of The Horrors are Murdoc’s children, by different mothers
– Murdoc says he stole Damon’s work-in-progress for Damon’s project Carousel and used it to help write Plastic Beach
– the article says Noodle had an “accident” at the NYC shows when a lighting rig fell on her, they are not sure if Paula Cracker did it or if Jacob (Niccals) did it
– Murdoc does NOT say Russel died, HOWEVER, Russel is not mentioned in the article apart from going missing after the NYC shows and it specifically says 2D, android Noodle and Murdoc are on Plastic Beach, giving descriptions of them. The article says ‘Russel is missing in action, Murdoc had to program the drums himself’

I love the whole blurring of reality with the Gorillaz. Everything bleeds into everything else.

The new album is called Plastic Beach and is out on 8th March.

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The Croods – Nic Cage and Ryan Reynolds to voice Cavemen

Posted by LiveFor on February 25, 2010

Nicolas Cage and Ryan Reynolds will play CG cavemen in DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods, a comedy that pits a prehistoric patriarch (Cage) against a forward-thinking outsider (Reynolds) according to Variety.

Cage stars as Crug, who cautiously leads his family beyond his comfort zone after an earthquake destroys their home. They end up meeting Reynolds’ nomad, who charms them all apart from Crug who isn’t happy with Reynolds’ intentions to his daughter.

Kirk DeMicco (Space Chimps) will co-write and direct with Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch, How to Train Your Dragon)

It is due for a release on 30th March 2012 in 3D.

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Batman: Under the Hood – First look at DC’s new animated film

Posted by LiveFor on February 24, 2010

This is from the Crisis on Two Earths DVD

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Tintin – Spielberg talks about why he went motion-capture

Posted by LiveFor on February 22, 2010

There is a great interview with Steven Spielberg over at the LA Times about his work on the Tintin adaption – The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.

It stars stars Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot, King Kong) as Tintin, Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings, King Kong) as Captain Haddock, Daniel Craig (Casino Royale) as Red Rackham and Nick Frost and Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul) as the Thompson Twins. Peter Jackson is producing it with the animation done by Jackson’s Weta Workshop.

“It was based on my respect for the art of Hergé and wanting to get as close to that art as I could, Hergé wrote about fictional people in a real world, not in a fantasy universe,” Spielberg said. “It was the real universe he was working with, and he used National Geographic to research his adventure stories. It just seemed that live action would be too stylized for an audience to relate to. You’d have to have costumes that are a little outrageous when you see actors wearing them. The costumes seem to fit better when the medium chosen is a digital one.”

They are using the technology from James Cameron’s Avatar so it means that it should look spot on and Spielberg could also watch the action on the digital sets as the actors went through the motions.

“I just adored it,“ he says. “It made me more like a painter than ever before. I got a chance to do so many jobs that I don’t often do as a director. You get to paint with this device that puts you into a virtual world, and allows you to make your shots and block all the actors with a small hand-held device only three times as large as an Xbox game controller.”

“When Captain Haddock runs across the volume, the cameras capture all the information of his physical and emotional moves,” the director said. “So as Andy Serkis runs across the stage, there’s Captain Haddock on the monitor, in full anime, running along the streets of Belgium. Not only are the actors represented in real time, they enter into a three-dimensional world.”

Fingers crossed that they get it spot on as I have fond memories of reading the Tintin books when I was a kid. The film is due out in 2011.

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Omega – German stop motion sci-fi trailer

Posted by LiveFor on February 21, 2010

The nameless planet. A never-ending wasteland dominated by bizarre trash formations, dust and rock. But this desert of junk and toxic waste is not lifeless at all. Out of the scattered remains of a long forgotten culture crawl the most curious metallic creatures.

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Ghost in the Sealab

Posted by LiveFor on February 9, 2010

Very cool and very funny mashup of Ghost in the Shell and Sealab 2021.

Thanks to the always excellent Topless Robot. Without them there would be so much sadness in the World.

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The Secret of Kells – Poster for the Oscar nominated animated film you’ve never heard of

Posted by LiveFor on February 3, 2010

The Oscar nominations where announced yesterday and in the ones for Best Animated Feature was a film called The Secret of Kells. I had not heard of it and that was my bad as it looks excellent. Check out the trailer below.

In the movie “The Secret Of Kells,” young Brendan lives in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids. But a new life of adventure beckons when a celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands carrying an ancient but unfinished book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest where mythical creatures hide. It is here that he meets the fairy Aisling, a mysterious young wolf-girl, who helps him along the way. But with the barbarians closing in, will Brendan’s determination and artistic vision illuminate the darkness and show that enlightenment is the best fortification against evil?

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Young Justice League – New DC cartoon in the works

Posted by LiveFor on February 2, 2010

Great news – another DC Comics based cartoon appears to be in the works. Called Young Justice League, Bleeding Cool came across the news on Stephanie Lemelin’s blog. She said she was doing the voice of Arrowette so looks as if it will be the kids and sidekicks of the DCU.

WOW. Ok… I am beyond thrilled to announce that I was recently cast in the new animated series, YOUNG JUSTICE LEAGUE, based on the famous (and awesome!?) DC Comics. I seriously could not be more excited about being welcomed into this amazing family… what a fantastic way to start the new year! I will be voicing the character of Arrowette (see ridiculously hot avatar below!!! um, could I love her anymore?) as well as several supporting cast members… Due to the extreme popularity of this series, however, that’s about all I can say… for now. So excited, this is really a dream come true for me, I have ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A SATURDAY MORNING CARTOOON!!! Woohoo!

That’s all I know about it at the moment, but I’ll see what else I can find out.

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Ponyo – Liam Neeson and Noah Cyrus talk about the new Studio Ghibli film

Posted by LiveFor on January 27, 2010

Ponyo is the new Studio Ghibli film. It has been out in the US for a while, but it is due out on the 12th February in the UK.

Academy Award winning director Hayao Miyazaki (“Spirited Away”) takes more moviegoers on a magical new adventure that celebrates the power of innocent love and the beauty of the natural world in his latest animated triumph, “PONYO”. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Little Mermaid”, “PONYO” tells the story of a young and overeager goldfish named PONYO and her quest to become human. An enchanting and visually stunning blend of imagination, humour, action, mystery and romance.

It features the voice cast of Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Liam Neeson and Noah Cyrus as Ponyo. Yes Noah is Miley Cyrus’ sister.

Check out the trailer below and interviews with Liam Neeson and Noah Cyrus courtesy of Optimum Releasing.

Here is what Liam had to say about the film.

What do you make of Miyazaki films in general?
He seems to dip into various cultures from around the world. Dips into the myths and fantasies of different countries and then adds something else himself. Some phantasmagorical element that’s purely him, you know.

What is your character like in Ponyo?
I play this character Fujimoto who I guess is the regulator of the oceans. He lives under water but he is capable of coming up on dry land as long as he remains wet. He can’t dry out. And he’s kind of a Merlin type figure. Capable of making magic potions and he kind of addresses and keeps in balance, tries to keep in balance the whole eco system of the ocean. I guess that’s his job. He’s quite a colourful strange character.

What were the rest of the Ponyo cast like?
Noah and Frankie were wonderful as their characters, as Ponyo and the little boy. Cate Blanchett again delivers a lovely, magical, soft soothing voice that’s pretty special.

In your opinion what can the audience of Ponyo expect?
Just to enjoy the story which is quite wonderful and magical. There’s lessons there, there’s something there for everyone. On just an aspect of how to live one’s life and to live each moment and to be curious about life and celebrate it.

Now onto Noah.

So Noah tell us a little bit about Ponyo…
Ponyo is a little fish who has become human after she meets a little boy called Sosuke and Ponyo, well, she thinks about others before she thinks about herself.

Why does Ponyo want to be human?
Well she wants to be just like him, she wants to have feet and she wants to have hands.

What is the story of Ponyo about?
The story is all about saving the world. In the very beginning Ponyo gets stuck in a net when a fishing boat cleans the bottom of the ocean. She’s swimming around and she’s trying to get away from it. And then her heads gets stuck into a bottle and then she finally gets out of that little net thing. She floats to the shore in the bottle and then stops and Sosuke goes to the shallow part and gets her.

Why are Ponyo and Sosuke so close?
It’s really close because they kind of just met each other and then it grows stronger because Ponyo helps him find his mother in the story.

How did you get involved with the film?
I got involved with the film when my mum came in my room and she was just like “you got a part for this little fish named Ponyo and you will also be doing the movie with Frankie Jonas” So I was really excited that I was going to do it with my best friend.

So you knew Frankie before you started working on the film then?
We have known Frankie and his brothers for about three years now and they’re a lot of fun to hang out with.

How did you get involved with the Jonas Brothers in the first place? Were you a fan of their music or did you get to know them through your sister?
We were just friends. We met their mum and we really started to hang out because we were helping them find a place in LA. And they got one like right down the street from us and so we hung out almost every day. We would ride bikes together and it was just a lot of fun.

And what about the rest of the cast on the film, who were you excited about working with?
I was excited working with Frankie Jonas; I was excited to work with Cate Blanchett and Liam Neeson and Matt Damon and Tina Fey and everybody.

It’s a great cast isn’t it?
It was amazing that I got to have such good actors and actresses by me.

And in terms of the actual role itself was it easy or difficult for you to do the acting without being on screen?
Doing Ponyo was kinda hard because I heard Japanese in my headphones and so it was really hard to speak the lines in English. I had to learn, and it was a lot of fun though.

And what about other Studio Ghibli films, have you seen any of them?
I have and Mr Hayao Miyazaki makes amazing films.

What’s your favourite?
I think my favourite movie is Spirited Away.

Are you keen to do more of this sort of thing or are you keen to do more acting where you’re actually on screen? What’s your favourite way of working?
I wanna do acting and singing and I wanna horseback ride as well.

And how about singing, are you going to follow your sister in her footsteps?
Yeah I wanna sing, I wanna sing country, I wanna sing pop and I wanna do both just like my Dad and Miley and brothers and sister.

And does your sister give you a lot of advice?
My sister and my Dad give me lots of advice. My Dad says about acting “if you’re not having fun with it, then it isn’t working out for you”.

But you had fun with Ponyo though yeah?
I had a lot of fun doing Ponyo. It was my first movie and it was a blast!

When you went on tour with your sister, where was your favourite place that you visited?
I liked London a lot and I loved Miami. Miami was a lot of fun, we were right up the beach and my mum and I on the last day we were there went down to the beach and we swam and it was a lot of fun.

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