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November 22, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
The clumsy son of a washed-up Santa and his curmudgeonly grandfather embark on an audacious mission to deliver a Christmas present to a little girl in Cornwall, England. Also embarking on a daring mission are the new studio partners behind the unconventional Santa tale, "Arthur Christmas," which marks the first collaboration between Sony Pictures Animation and British animation house Aardman Animations. Both companies have a lot riding on the success of the 3-D CG animated movie, which debuts in U.S. theaters Wednesday.
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September 30, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
"Hotel Transylvania" sank its teeth into the competition this weekend, as the animated film easily ruled the box office. The 3-D monster flick, which features classic characters such as Dracula and the Mummy, had the biggest September opening ever with its robust debut of $43 million, according to an estimate from distributor Sony Pictures. It was a strong weekend at the multiplex for Sony, as the sci-fi thriller "Looper"from the studio's TriStar label claimed the runner-up position with a solid $21.2 million in ticket sales.  The only new wide release to be greeted with poor response this weekend was "Won't Back Down," the education drama starring Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal that tanked with $2.7 million.
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February 10, 2003 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Decorating the desk of Tim Sarnoff, president of Sony Pictures Imageworks, the visual effects and animation studio operating under the Sony Pictures Digital umbrella, are several of the international awards won by "The ChubbChubbs." That's the company's charming six-minute, computer-animated short that screened last summer in theaters with "Men in Black II" and "Stuart Little 2."
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April 26, 2012 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
The Pirate Captain, the lead swashbuckler voiced by Hugh Grant in the new stop-motion animated film"The Pirates! Band of Misfits," possesses an overweening sense of optimism and some spectacular facial hair. It was the latter - a dense nest of curlicues that the character repeatedly refers to as his "luxuriant beard" - that kept the filmmakers up at night. Model makers labored for months to find a natural way to animate the rubber whiskers, eventually fashioning a mechanism out of the tuning head of a guitar to make the beard spring to life.
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September 11, 2006 | Richard Verrier and Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writers
After a decade of creating digital characters for such live-action movies as "Spider-Man" and "Stuart Little," Sony Pictures Entertainment is drawing on a new electronic canvas. On Sept. 29, the company will formally plunge into the crowded world of computer-animated features when it premieres the first of four movies, "Open Season." The comedy, featuring the voices of actors Martin Lawrence and Ashton Kutcher, chronicles a ragtag pack of animals turning the tables on a group of hunters.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2012 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
The Pirate Captain, the lead swashbuckler voiced by Hugh Grant in the new stop-motion animated film"The Pirates! Band of Misfits," possesses an overweening sense of optimism and some spectacular facial hair. It was the latter - a dense nest of curlicues that the character repeatedly refers to as his "luxuriant beard" - that kept the filmmakers up at night. Model makers labored for months to find a natural way to animate the rubber whiskers, eventually fashioning a mechanism out of the tuning head of a guitar to make the beard spring to life.
BUSINESS
November 23, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Multiplexes will be stuffed with new family releases over the Thanksgiving holiday, but the latest installment in the "Twilight" franchise is likely to feast on the most ticket sales yet again. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1" opened to an impressive $138 million last weekend, and the fourth film in the vampire series could rake in an additional $60 million from Wednesday through Sunday, according to those who have seen prerelease audience surveys. Meanwhile, three new PG-rated films, all of which have earned exceedingly positive reviews, hit theaters Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
"Hotel Transylvania" sank its teeth into the competition this weekend, as the animated film easily ruled the box office. The 3-D monster flick, which features classic characters such as Dracula and the Mummy, had the biggest September opening ever with its robust debut of $43 million, according to an estimate from distributor Sony Pictures. It was a strong weekend at the multiplex for Sony, as the sci-fi thriller "Looper"from the studio's TriStar label claimed the runner-up position with a solid $21.2 million in ticket sales.  The only new wide release to be greeted with poor response this weekend was "Won't Back Down," the education drama starring Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal that tanked with $2.7 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2009
The 2009 Fall Movie Sneaks is a broad snapshot of films opening through Oct. 31. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Liesl Bradner, are subject to change. Friday American Casino Documentary looks at how the greed of Wall Street led to the mortgage crisis and the effect it had on working-class Americans. Directed by Leslie Cockburn. Argot Pictures Bright Star The love story between the 19th century Romantic poet John Keats and his 18-year-old muse-next-door, Fanny Brawne.
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March 15, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wires
Sony Pictures Entertainment has tapped Bob Osher to head its digital production division, which oversees the studio's animation business and visual effects company Imageworks. Osher, who has been a chief operating officer at Columbia Pictures Motion Picture Group, succeeds Yair Landau, who announced this week that he was leaving to launch a games and animation venture. Hannah Minghella, a creative affairs executive at Sony Pictures, will head production for Sony Pictures Animation, which produced the 2007 film "Surf's Up."
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November 23, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Multiplexes will be stuffed with new family releases over the Thanksgiving holiday, but the latest installment in the "Twilight" franchise is likely to feast on the most ticket sales yet again. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1" opened to an impressive $138 million last weekend, and the fourth film in the vampire series could rake in an additional $60 million from Wednesday through Sunday, according to those who have seen prerelease audience surveys. Meanwhile, three new PG-rated films, all of which have earned exceedingly positive reviews, hit theaters Wednesday.
BUSINESS
November 22, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
The clumsy son of a washed-up Santa and his curmudgeonly grandfather embark on an audacious mission to deliver a Christmas present to a little girl in Cornwall, England. Also embarking on a daring mission are the new studio partners behind the unconventional Santa tale, "Arthur Christmas," which marks the first collaboration between Sony Pictures Animation and British animation house Aardman Animations. Both companies have a lot riding on the success of the 3-D CG animated movie, which debuts in U.S. theaters Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2009
The 2009 Fall Movie Sneaks is a broad snapshot of films opening through Oct. 31. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Liesl Bradner, are subject to change. Friday American Casino Documentary looks at how the greed of Wall Street led to the mortgage crisis and the effect it had on working-class Americans. Directed by Leslie Cockburn. Argot Pictures Bright Star The love story between the 19th century Romantic poet John Keats and his 18-year-old muse-next-door, Fanny Brawne.
BUSINESS
September 11, 2006 | Richard Verrier and Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writers
After a decade of creating digital characters for such live-action movies as "Spider-Man" and "Stuart Little," Sony Pictures Entertainment is drawing on a new electronic canvas. On Sept. 29, the company will formally plunge into the crowded world of computer-animated features when it premieres the first of four movies, "Open Season." The comedy, featuring the voices of actors Martin Lawrence and Ashton Kutcher, chronicles a ragtag pack of animals turning the tables on a group of hunters.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2003 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Decorating the desk of Tim Sarnoff, president of Sony Pictures Imageworks, the visual effects and animation studio operating under the Sony Pictures Digital umbrella, are several of the international awards won by "The ChubbChubbs." That's the company's charming six-minute, computer-animated short that screened last summer in theaters with "Men in Black II" and "Stuart Little 2."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2013
Disney's "Wreck-It Ralph" was named best animated film of 2012 at the 40th Annie Awards on Saturday evening at UCLA's Royce Hall. Rich Moore also was named best director for the animated comedy about a video game villain who dreams of being a hero, and Alan Tudyk won the Annie for voice acting as King Candy in the box-office hit. Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee won for their screenplay and Henry Jackman, Skrillex, Adam Young, Matthew Thiessen,...
BUSINESS
August 3, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
In the new West Los Angeles corporate offices of Atari Inc., the desks are mostly empty and the walls are mostly bare, but there's a red neon logo in the lobby that almost anyone would recognize. It's the perfect home for the once-leading video game company, which carries a name known around the world. The company is trying to rebuild itself after years of chaos, false starts and financial losses. Most people remember Atari for helping to create the video game business in the 1970s with titles such as Pong and Asteroids, as well as the first popular game consoles that let people play at home.
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