March 8, 2013 |
On his first trip to Los Angeles in February, Japanese director Goro Miyazaki found a native custom perplexing. "I've never been to any other place in the world where you see so few pedestrians," Miyazaki said, speaking through a translator in a rare interview at his Beverly Hills hotel. "Normally I go for a walk every morning, but I was told that if I'm just walking around, people will see me as somebody strange. " Miyazaki is accustomed to moving to a different tempo. He's the son of Hayao Miyazaki, the so-called Walt Disney of Japan, whose fantastical, hand-drawn animated films such as "Spirited Away," "Howl's Moving Castle," "Ponyo" and "Princess Mononoke" have made him his country's most successful filmmaker and a defiantly old-school hero in a global boom era for computer animation.
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February 8, 2013 |
Universal Pictures is getting back into the toy business - led by a swarm of small, yellow creatures with a penchant for mischief. The Hollywood studio plans to unveil an array of new toys and games for its upcoming 3-D computer-animated sequel "Despicable Me 2" at this weekend's Toy Fair trade show in New York, signaling a willingness to reenter the competitive consumer products market with some of its bigger movie franchises. Much of the product line, to be launched ahead of "Despicable Me 2's" theatrical release July 3, focuses on the signature pill-shaped, jabbering creatures called minions that were featured prominently in the original 2010 film.
November 4, 2012 |
When Ang Lee first read Yann Martel's "Life of Pi" soon after its 2001 publication, the "Brokeback Mountain" filmmaker came to the same conclusion as any number of reasonable people in Hollywood would: There's no way this novel can be made into a movie. Lee's concern was tied less to staging the bestseller's central conceit - how could you stick a human actor and a tiger on a lifeboat without the loss of life? - than whether show business economics would transform the book's metaphysical narrative into something less than thought-provoking.
September 10, 2012 |
Legend 3D, the 3-D conversion company based in San Diego, says it wants to hire some of the 300 workers recently laid off at Digital Domain's studio in Florida. Legend 3D founder and chief creative officer Barry Sandrew said his company would hire up to 200 workers in the next three months to work on several projects, and that he hopes many of the new hires will come from Florida. Digital Domain Media Group, owner of the Venice-based visual effects house, last week announced it was closing its new computer animation facility in Port St. Lucie and laying off most of its 320 employees.
August 10, 2012 |
Smokey Bear, the mascot of the U.S. Forest Service, is planning to tour NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston on Friday to celebrate his 68th birthday. The bear, tasked with warning all Americans about the dangers of forest fires, will record a new public service announcement at NASA to air on NASA Television later this month. Smokey is the longest-running public service announcement campaign from the Advertising Council Inc., which also did the crash test dummies and United Negro College Fund PSAs.
October 6, 2011 |
Steven P. Jobs, the charismatic technology pioneer who co-founded Apple Inc. and transformed one industry after another, from computers and smartphones to music and movies, has died. He was 56. Apple announced the death of Jobs - whose legacy included the Apple II, Macintosh, iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad. "We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today," Apple said. "Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives.