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Muhammad Ali's Daughters Reveal Intimate Details About Their Dad

Posted by NicoleWoods | September 30, 2014

ET was with two of Muhammad Ali's daughters, Maryum and Hana, who shared personal stories and gave us an update on their dad's health. "My father has a lot of sides," said Maryum. "You hear about the fights. You don't hear about family that much and what that meant to him." Ali's daughters play a prominent role in the documentary I Am Ali, out October 10, which is told through Ali's personal audio journals as well as interviews and testimonials from the boxing le

Alan Rickman's A LITTLE CHAOS comes to Focus Features

Posted by Peter Bowen | September 29, 2014

Focus Features has acquired North American distribution rights to A LITTLE CHAOS, directed by Alan Rickman from a screenplay he wrote with Alison Deegan and Jeremy Brock. The film, which had its world premiere as the closing-night film at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, will be released by Focus in North America on March 27, 2015.  A LITTLE CHAOS follows Sabine (Kate Winslet), a strong-willed landscape designer who challenges sexual and class barriers when she is chosen to

The Art of THE BOXTROLLS Book Now Available

Posted by Peter Bowen | September 23, 2014

After you see THE BOXTROLLS, you can take home a memory of the experience with a copy of Philip Brotherton's The Art of the Boxtrolls, a handsome book filled with color illustrations that captures the art and heart of the lastest stop-motion animation adventure from LAIKA. Indeed LAIKA CEO Travis Knight lends his voice to the book's preface. The book's author Philip Brotherton is art director at LAIKA and has worked on all of the studio's films including the Oscar-nominated CORALINE and PARANORMAN as well as its newest offering, THE BOXTROLLS. In the book, THE BOXTROLL's artists and craftspeople offer insights into the creativity, ingenuity, and meticulous work that went into building and animating THE BOXTROLLS's world, and the book is illustrated with gorgeous concept art, puppets, props, and set photos. 


You can order the book directly from Chronicle Books here.


THE BOXTROLLS Soundtrack out September 23

Posted by Peter Bowen | September 19, 2014

On September 23, Back Lot Music will release THE BOXTROLLS soundtrack on CD and digitally, with an orignal score by Dario Marianelli and music from Eric Idle. Marianelli (who previously won an Oscar for his music for ATONEMENT) worked closely with the animators to create a wonderful synergy between action and music. "Dario started work when most of the movie was still in the storyboard phase," explains co-diector Graham Annable, "and he was able to ask for a few more seconds here and there to let his score breathe - and truly support key moments in the movie." And the composer went all out in Boxtrolls style to get the sound just right. "The orchestra made use, at one time or another, of a theremin, a saw, a music box, toy piano, dulcimer, accordion, rubbed glasses, washboards, broken light bulbs, forks and knives, and a typewriter," said Marianelli.

In addition, there is an orignal song, "The Boxtrolls Song," by Eric Idle (of Monty Python fame). Idle explained, "I do like telling a story in song. From the artwork that the production sent me, I saw that this movie would have fresh and original characters. In context, this would be a song that the people of Cheesebridge sort of knew. So the song had to have a catchy hook to anchor it as well as quite a strong chorus. I started writing, and playing on my guitar, and came up with something that aimed for a Kurt Weill feel."

Rounding out the album are three tracks - old and new - from the Portland-based band Loch Lomond. The co-ed sextet distinctly incorporates harmonic vocals, mandolin, theremin, bass clarinet, and all manner of exclamatory percussion minutia to play off the distinct, arresting voice of lead singer/multi-instrumentalist Ritchie Young. You can preview the music now at iTunes Music here


Essence & The Sweet Science show Two Sides in I AM ALI

Posted by Peter Bowen | September 18, 2014

News about the new doc I AM ALI is heating up. On September 6, Essence's Lauren Turner wrote about the emotional punch the film delivers in terms of the Ali family. As Ali's daughter Maryum said, "You don't hear about family that much, and what that meant to him."  Her sister, Hana, reveals how, "My father gave me some audio tapes that he made when we were young in the seventies," and how that new material formed an audio spine for the doc. On the sports side, the boxing site The Sweet Science is also pumped about I AM ALI. Michael Woods looks at what is special about this new film, and how it "just might do the trick on shedding some light on the most acclaimed athlete of any and all times." 


THE BOXTROLLS game Slide 'N' Sneak Ready to Play

Posted by Peter Bowen | September 18, 2014

Like to play? The official mobile game for THE BOXTROLLS is now available for iOS and coming to Android, announced LAIKA, Focus Features and RED Games.

The Boxtrolls: Slide 'n' Sneak shares the movie's spirit of innovation and visual integrity, and thereby achieves a level of quality that is unprecedented in mobile gaming. To emulate LAIKA's unique animation style in a touch screen experience, RED Games used traditional animation techniques to create interactive characters from images taken directly from the film, preserving all the details and textures in rich retina-quality graphics. The game utilizes the native gyroscope in many devices to provide a sense of depth - menu scenes twist and move as the user tilts the device, creating a parallax effect that is stunning.

To play, you journey through the world of Cheesebridge on a mission to rescue captured Boxtrolls from the devious Red Hats' factory lair! Run, jump, and slide to avoid unexpected Red Hat encounters and traps, and collect gears and cogs in over 30 increasingly difficult levels inspired by the movie's thrilling scenes. Receive a light bulb reward for completing a level successfully, or earn three for a perfect run. In order to progress to a new area of Cheesebridge, players need to collect a specific number of light bulbs and defeat the Red Hats.

To get started, download the game from iTunes now


'I Am Ali' Trailer Shows Muhammad Ali in a Whole New Light

Posted by NicoleWoods | September 11, 2014

'I Am Ali' Trailer Shows Muhammad Ali in a Whole New Light

By Dan Carson, Trending Lead Writer

The latest attempt to untangle this Gordian knot is I Am Ali—a documentary focusing on the boxer's inner circle of family, friends and former opponents.

An Focus World project, I Am Ali focuses on unreleased recordings of phone calls the former heavyweight title holder had with family members, friends and opponents during his boxing career.

A trailer for the movie has been released featuring bits and pieces of the exchanges. For a lack of a more eloquent endorsement, it's pretty damn cool.

Read the full article here.


Moviefone visits THE BOXTROLL set with Eggs

Posted by Peter Bowen | September 9, 2014

Isaac Hempstead-Wright (the voice of Eggs) talks to Moviefone's Drew Taylor on the set of THE BOXTROLL about the film and the amazing craft and love that went into creating the characters and their world. Watch. 



Posted by NicoleWoods | September 5, 2014

In Search of a Duck, and a Way Through That Awkward Age

‘A Birder’s Guide to Everything,’ Starring Ben Kingsley

“That’s the great thing about this field,” Lawrence Konrad (Ben Kingsley), a bird-watching fanatic, declares to a group of adolescent followers in “A Birder’s Guide to Everything.” “It doesn’t matter if you’re a high school kid on your bike, or if you’re an egghead like me with a boatload of degrees. Anybody can be a birder.”

Before the end of this smart, likable coming-of-age movie, the members of a high school’s Young Birder Society go on an expedition in search of the Labrador duck, a supposedly extinct species. The main character, 15-year-old David Portnoy (Kodi Smit-McPhee), snapped a blurry picture of the duck on the street where he lives in a New York suburb and showed it to Lawrence, who was intrigued. Once Lawrence joins them in the woods, David and his fellow birders, Timmy (Alex Wolff) and Peter (Michael Chen), worry that if they spot the duck, Lawrence will steal the credit.

Read the full New York Times review here

Birder's Guide to Everything


Posted by NicoleWoods | September 5, 2014

A well-matched quartet of teens, plus a scene-stealing Ben Kingsley and a befuddled James LeGros, keep the action rolling in this gentle coming-of-ager Ronnie Scheib Birding sustains a grieving 15-year-old’s memories of his dead mother while connecting him to fellow high-school enthusiasts in

HorrorNews.com Reviews Wer

Posted by NicoleWoods | September 4, 2014

Although this is subject to debate, there hasn’t been a good werewolf movie in decades in my slightly skewered opinion. There are those of you reading this who’ll immediately bring up the usual suspects, films like An American Werewolf In London & The Howling (Both 1981), some of you will bring up Wolfen (1981 again. A really good year for werewolves I guess…). Bu
Maps to the Stars Canes 2014


Posted by NicoleWoods | September 4, 2014

After winning the best actress award in Cannes for “Maps to the Stars,” Julianne Moore was considered a strong bet in this year’s Oscar race for her turn as a washed-up star in the David Cronenberg drama. But the overdue actress, who has been nominated for four Academy Awards without winning, could b

THE BOXTROLLS Launch Cardboard Challenge

Posted by Peter Bowen | September 4, 2014

Have some cardboard boxes laying about the house? Then you and the kids can use that refuse to create their wondrous entries for the THE BOXTROLLS Cardboard Challenge in partnership with the Imagination Foundation. The contest takes place from Monday, August 25 to Monday, September 29, and winners will receive special "What's in the Box?"-themed packages at hosted events.  Complete Contest rules, as well as submission instructions, can be found that Contest's website at Focus Features.com.  And THE BOXTROLLS Los Angeles premiere on Sunday, September 21 at AMC CityWalk Theater will be benefit to support the Imagination Foundation. For more info, see the Imagination Foundation page


Stephen Hawking takes up ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Posted by Peter Bowen | August 29, 2014

Truly heroic. Stephen Hawking, the subject of our upcoming film THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) shortly after his 21st birthday. Some 50 years later the brilliant man remains an inspiring example of a man living with the disease. But he also is a reason to find a cure. Hawking who had pneumonia last year was advised against taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge himself, but to stress the importance of joining together for a cure, his three children -- Robert, Lucy and Tim -- sat and received the baptism of freezing water for him. Great video. 


THE BOXTROLLS Help a Little Boy Get his Dream Tree House

Posted by Peter Bowen | August 19, 2014

The Arizona Daily Sun reports on a very special story about how THE BOXTROLLS and Animal Planet helped a little boy in Arizona get his fantasy tree house as part of the Make-A-Wish Arizona program.  Wheelchair-bound 8-year-old AJ Johnson wanted a tree house, just like he'd seen on the Animal Planet show Treehouse Masters, and since his dream home so resembled the world of THE BOXTROLLS, those busy fellows came to the rescue to help out. Once constructed, AJ states, "It's the coolest treehouse I've ever seen." See the full Arizona Daily Sun article here and a video report from AZ Central here


Isaac Hempstead Wright on THE BOXTROLLS at Comic-Con

Posted by Peter Bowen | August 1, 2014

Fandango Movie Clips theaters caught up with Isaac Hempstead Wright (who voices the young hero Eggs) at this year's Comic-Con to talk to him about THE BOXTROLLS and what was so amazing for him seeing how stop-motion adventure was all put together.


IGN Explores the Magic of THE BOXTROLLS at Comic-Con

Posted by Peter Bowen | July 29, 2014

Isaac Hempstead Wright ("Eggs") and Elle Fanning ("Winnie") talk to IGN's Greg Miller and Roth Cornet in special IGN LIVE video about making THE BOXTROLLS and the magic of Laika while at Comic-Con this year. Fascinating. 


INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 3 Begins Production with a Social Media Sweepstakes

Posted by Peter Bowen | July 22, 2014

And so it starts. INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 3 begins production this week with Leigh Whannell, the franchise's co-creator, doing triple duty as screenwriter, director and actor. To commemorate the start of shooting, Focus is launching a sweepstake on the official INSIDIOUS Facebookand Twitter pages. INSIDIOUS buffs and fans will have the chance to win a trip for two to Los Angeles to visit the set of INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 3. And maybe learn some of the secrets to be revealed in INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 3. This new tale, that predates the haunting of the Lambert family, stars the Dermot Mulroney and Stefanie Scott, alongside he returning cast Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, and Mr. Whannell. 


Zach Braff Stays Up Late with Seth Meyers

Posted by Peter Bowen | July 22, 2014

On Late Night with Seth Meyers, Zach Braff talked about financing, writing, and finally making WISH I WAS HERE. Great segment about the lengths Braff went to get his vision on screen. Very Funny. 


Zach Braff & Kate Hudson tell MTV their Fave Soundtracks

Posted by Peter Bowen | July 18, 2014

In a MTV News video piece, Zach Braff and Kate Hudson talk to MTV about putting together the fine-tuned soundtrack for WISH I WAS HER. And also have some fun coming up with their favorite film soundtracks. In a nod to the WISH I WERE HERE soundtrack, we also came up with a list of "10 Soundtracks That Moved The World."