FEA­TURES LAIKA Sets Its Next Fea­ture: ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

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LAIKA and Fo­cus Fea­tures an­nounced Dec. 22 their fourth col­lab­o­ra­tion will be the stop-mo­tion an­i­mated fea­ture Kubo and the Two Strings, which will be di­rected by LAIKA pres­i­dent and CEO Travis Knight.

Based on an orig­i­nal screen­play by Marc Haimes and Chris But­ler ( ParaNor­man), Kubo and the Two Strings is a swash­buck­ling ad­ven­ture set in a myth­i­cal an­cient Ja­pan. It is be­ing brought to life at LAIKA’s Port­land, Ore., stu­dios via the company’s 3D stop-mo­tion and CG hy­brid tech­nique.

In ad­di­tion to di­rect­ing, Knight is pro­duc­ing Kubo and the Two Strings with Ari­anne Sut­ner ( ParaNor­man).

The all-star voice cast in­cludes Academy Award win­ners Matthew McConaughey and Char­l­ize Theron; Academy Award nom­i­nees Rooney Mara, Ralph Fi­ennes and Brenda Vac­caro; and Art Parkin­son, who plays Rickon Stark on Game of Thrones and who is pro­vid­ing the voice for the ti­tle character of Kubo.

In the epic fan­tasy, scruffy, kind­hearted Kubo ekes out a hum­ble liv­ing while de­vot­edly car­ing for his mother in their sleepy shore­side vil­lage. It is a quiet ex­is­tence – un­til a spirit from the past catches up with him to en­force an age-old ven­detta. Sud­denly on the run from gods and monsters, Kubo’s chance for sur­vival rests on find­ing the mag­i­cal suit of ar­mor once worn by his fallen fa­ther, the great­est sa­mu­rai the world has ever known. Sum­mon­ing courage, Kubo em­barks on a thrilling odyssey as he faces his fam­ily’s his­tory, nav­i­gates the el­e­ments, and bravely fights for the earth and the stars. The movie will open in the­aters na­tion­wide do­mes­ti­cally on Aug. 19, 2016. As with the three pre­vi­ous LAIKA movies, Fo­cus will re­lease Kubo and the Two Strings in the United States and Univer­sal Pic­tures In­ter­na­tional will re­lease the movie in­ter­na­tion­ally. It is the first movie in the new three-pic­ture part­ner­ship be­tween LAIKA and Fo­cus.



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Cano sub­mit­ted an amended fil­ing in fed­eral court, which in part reads:

“The con­spir­acy de­prived Plain­tiffs and other class mem­bers of mil­lions of dol­lars in com­pen­sa­tion while the films they pro­duced gen­er­ated bil­lions of dol­lars in rev­enues for De­fen­dants.”

It goes on to name DWA’s CEO Jef­frey Katzen­berg, Dis­ney-Pixar’s Ed Cat­mull and oth­ers as well as stat­ing that DreamWorks’ head of pro­duc­tion tech­nol­ogy reached out via email to hu­man-re­sources heads at ma­jor stu­dios to dis­cuss com­par­a­tive over­time pay­ment poli­cies — a sen­si­tive is­sue in an in­dus­try where pro­duc­tion sched­ules of­ten de­mand em­ploy­ees work many, many over­time hours.

The case has been as­signed to Judge Lucy Koh per plain­tiff Nitsch’s re­quest in Septem­ber, which ar­gued that his class-ac­tion com­plaint was “re­lated” to the high-tech em­ployee an­titrust lit­i­ga­tion Koh had been pre­sid­ing over for sev­eral years.

De­tails of the an­i­ma­tion stu­dios’ an­tipoach­ing agree­ments came to light dur­ing a Depart­ment of Jus­tice in­ves­ti­ga­tion per­tain­ing to the high-tech case. Seven Dwarfs as seen in the stu­dio’s Snow White film. The show cur­rently airs daily on Dis­ney XD in the U.S. and be­came part of Dis­ney Chan­nel’s Dis­ney Ju­nior block on week­ends start­ing Dec. 26. ... The Visual Ef­fects So­ci­ety has named multi-award win­ning di­rec­tor and pro­ducer Ri­d­ley Scott as its 2015 Lifetime Achieve­ment Award re­cip­i­ent, in recog­ni­tion of his enor­mous con­tri­bu­tions to the film world. The award will be pre­sented at the So­ci­ety’s 13th An­nual VES Awards on Feb. 4 at the Bev­erly Hil­ton Ho­tel. ... Iconic comic ac­tor Mel Brooks will play the voice of Drac­ula’s fa­ther, Vlad, in Sony Pic­tures An­i­ma­tion’s up­com­ing Ho­tel Tran­syl­va­nia 2. The film will see Adam San­dler reprise his role as Drac­ula, head of the mon­strous joint, whose world is thrown for a loop when Vlad ar­rives for an im­promptu fam­ily re­union. ... Dis­ney’s an­nounced the all new short Frozen Fever, which re­unites the CG stars and film­mak­ers of its Os­car win­ning fea­ture, will open in the­aters in front of the stu­dio’s live-ac­tion fairy-tale Cin­derella on March 13. ... Fox’s An­i­ma­tion Dom­i­na­tion High-Def block has a new home, de­but­ing Jan. 22 on FXX with new episodes of Lu­cas Bros. Mov­ing Co. and Stone Quack­ers. ... Luxo Jr., the 1986 com­puter-an­i­mated short film di­rected by John Las­seter, has been named to the Na­tional Film Reg­istry of the U.S. Li­brary of Congress. The reg­istry se­lects each year 25 films of cul­tural, his­toric or aes­thetic sig­nif­i­cance to add to the list and be pre­served. This year’s selections bring the num­ber of films in the reg­istry to 650.

22Find out which de­serv­ing an­i­mated fea­ture and short will take home cov­eted Academy Awards tonight. (os­car. go.com)

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