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September 9, 2009 | Michael Phillips
The new animated feature "9" delivers audiences into a blasted, desolate landscape reminiscent of Warsaw or Dresden after World War II. We're thrown headlong into a post-apocalyptic universe. Humanity is no more. Life, or something like it, has come down to the vicious combat between two species: machines resembling metallic dinosaurs, voracious and relentless, and a tiny band of brothers and sisters akin to burlap-sack hand puppets, with big goggle eyes and an instinct for survival.
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December 9, 2009
When it came time for Shane Acker to expand his award-winning short "9" into a feature-length film, he had no problem inventing a rich back story for the characters who inhabit his darkly imagined post-apocalyptic landscape. "I just vomited all these ideas out," Acker said of his first meeting with screenwriter Pamela Pettler, whose credits include the animated outings "Corpse Bride" and "Monster House." "I'd never done long form before, I didn't really know narrative structure. She was great at figuring out how we could start to put these different narrative threads through the whole."
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September 7, 2009 | Gina McIntyre
Shane Acker's dark fantasy film "9" is not your average animated movie. In the PG-13 release, opening Wednesday, the world is a cruel and frightening place that looks a little like war-torn 1940s Europe as rendered by German director Fritz Lang. Its sole inhabitants are nine rag-doll creatures who have numbers instead of names and who are repeatedly victimized by vicious, robotic monstrosities. Expecting cheery musical numbers and winking pop-culture references? Think again.
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September 17, 2009 | Patrick Kevin Day
Director Shane Acker always wanted to do the film "9" using stop-motion animation, but the camera limitations imposed by the physical sets drove him to computer-generated animation instead. But that didn't stop his obsession with the look and feel of stop-motion. "The way I achieved that look was to make a lot of the objects physically, or I found them, then scanned them into the computer to capture the texture," Acker says. For example, he stitched the burlap quilt of the villainous Beast's skin together himself, and used a set of gardening gloves to create the characters 3 and 4. And the old soul of No. 2 was indeed an old sole -- created from a patchwork of old leather soles.
NEWS
December 9, 2009
When it came time for Shane Acker to expand his award-winning short "9" into a feature-length film, he had no problem inventing a rich back story for the characters who inhabit his darkly imagined post-apocalyptic landscape. "I just vomited all these ideas out," Acker said of his first meeting with screenwriter Pamela Pettler, whose credits include the animated outings "Corpse Bride" and "Monster House." "I'd never done long form before, I didn't really know narrative structure. She was great at figuring out how we could start to put these different narrative threads through the whole."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2009 | Patrick Kevin Day
Director Shane Acker always wanted to do the film "9" using stop-motion animation, but the camera limitations imposed by the physical sets drove him to computer-generated animation instead. But that didn't stop his obsession with the look and feel of stop-motion. "The way I achieved that look was to make a lot of the objects physically, or I found them, then scanned them into the computer to capture the texture," Acker says. For example, he stitched the burlap quilt of the villainous Beast's skin together himself, and used a set of gardening gloves to create the characters 3 and 4. And the old soul of No. 2 was indeed an old sole -- created from a patchwork of old leather soles.
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July 31, 2010
SERIES Being Human: In this new episode, Annie (Lenora Crichlow) is thrilled as she thinks she has found the perfect man, but Saul (Alex Lanipekun) has become obsessed with death and believes TV personalities are sending him private messages (6 and 9 p.m. BBC America). Persons Unknown: Joe (Jason Wiles) endures a series of flashbacks, dreams and hallucinations during a "re-education" session designed to steer him back to the program and away from Janet (Daisy Betts) in this new episode (8 p.m. NBC)
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December 27, 2009 | By Noel Murray
Jennifer's Body 20th Century Fox, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99 "Juno" screenwriter Diablo Cody seems like the perfect person to tackle teen horror, since she's pop-culture-savvy enough to be aware of all the genre's clich├ęs. But from the moment in "Jennifer's Body" when dweeby high school student Needy (Amanda Seyfried) says that she and her cheerleader BFF Jennifer (Megan Fox) are "our yearbook pictures, no more, no less," it's clear that Cody and director Karyn Kusama are more interested in surfaces than depth.
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August 22, 2009 | Ari Karpel
Is the number nine having a Hollywood moment? August has brought the release of "District 9," a sci-fi film about aliens landing in South Africa, and "Cloud 9," a German film about sex and infidelity among the elderly, both on the heels of June's stop-motion animated Israeli film "$9.99." Sept. 9 -- yes, that's 09/09/09 -- will see the release of "9," an animated apocalyptic thriller from producer Tim Burton. And on Nov. 25, Rob Marshall's screen adaptation of the Broadway musical "Nine" will arrive in theaters.
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February 24, 2006 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
Victorian airships, a burning hotel, a grumpy badger, scavenging rag dolls and a showdown of multi-instrumental musicians populate the films nominated for the best animated short Oscar. Beginning today at the Fairfax Cinemas, the five films screen as part of a program that also includes, as a bonus, a film by animation dean Bill Plympton. A fantastical Jules Verne-like adventure, "The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello" is set in an industrial world ravaged by plague.
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September 9, 2009 | Michael Phillips
The new animated feature "9" delivers audiences into a blasted, desolate landscape reminiscent of Warsaw or Dresden after World War II. We're thrown headlong into a post-apocalyptic universe. Humanity is no more. Life, or something like it, has come down to the vicious combat between two species: machines resembling metallic dinosaurs, voracious and relentless, and a tiny band of brothers and sisters akin to burlap-sack hand puppets, with big goggle eyes and an instinct for survival.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 7, 2009 | Gina McIntyre
Shane Acker's dark fantasy film "9" is not your average animated movie. In the PG-13 release, opening Wednesday, the world is a cruel and frightening place that looks a little like war-torn 1940s Europe as rendered by German director Fritz Lang. Its sole inhabitants are nine rag-doll creatures who have numbers instead of names and who are repeatedly victimized by vicious, robotic monstrosities. Expecting cheery musical numbers and winking pop-culture references? Think again.
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August 1, 2009 | Gina McIntyre
When Tim Burton, one of Hollywood's most distinctive directors, came to Comic-Con International last week with never-before-seen footage from his upcoming adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland," the audience at the San Diego Convention Center went wild at the sight of Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and other beloved characters from Lewis Carroll's surreal storybook classic. The rapturous applause, however, did little to assuage Burton's anxiety.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 2009
Passes to Comic-Con sold out months ago, but for those making the trip to San Diego, here's a guide to some must-see panels and programming that will make the lines worth the wait. -- The One: James Cameron and 'Avatar' Thursday, 3 p.m., Hall H "The game-changer." That's the nickname in some Hollywood circles for "Avatar," the December alien-planet saga by James Cameron. Cameron is beloved in the fanboy sector for the first two films in the "Terminator" franchise, "Aliens" and the underwater (and underrated)
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