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Animation Magazine - - Frame- By- Frame - By Haruji Mori [UDON En­ter­tain­ment, $39.99 each]

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Ÿ Widest De­cem­ber Open­ing: the­aters

Ÿ De­cem­ber end: $120.5 mil­lion

Ÿ Fastest to $100 Mil­lion: 1 Day

The Grand­fa­ther Drum, Canada (Di­rec­tor and screen­writer: Michelle Derosier)

Ÿ The Itch­ing, U.S.A. (Di­rec­tor and screen­writer: Dianne Bellino)

Ÿ Life Smart­phone, China (Di­rec­tor and screen­writer: Chenglin Xie)

Ÿ Limbo Limbo Travel, France, Hun­gary (Direc­tors and screen­writ­ers: Zsuzsanna Kreif, Bor­bála Zétényi)

Ÿ Pombo Loves You, United King­dom (Di­rec­tor: Steve Warne, Screen­writer: Josh Blaaberg)

Ÿ Shiny, U.S.A. (Direc­tors: Spencer Susser, Daniel Cloud Cam­pos)

Ÿ Waves ‘98, Le­banon (Di­rec­tor and screen­writer: Ely Dagher)

The fes­ti­val is set for Jan. 21-31 in the Utah cities of Park City, Salt Lake City, Sun­dance and Og­den.

Ten films have ad­vanced to the bake­off in the Out­stand­ing Vis­ual Ef­fects cat­e­gory for the 88th Acad­emy Awards. De­ter­mined by the Vis­ual Ef­fects Branch Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee, the films are: • Ant-Man • Avengers: Age of Ul­tron • Ex Machina • Juras­sic World • Mad Max: Fury Road • The Mar­tian • The Revenant • Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens • To­mor­row­land • The Walk All mem­bers of the VFX Branch will be in­vited to view 10-minute ex­cerpts of each film on Jan. 9, af­ter which the mem­bers will vote for the five Os­car nom­i­nees, which will be an­nounced Jan. 14. The Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press As­so­ci­a­tion nom­i­nated five films for the Best Mo­tion Pic­ture — An­i­mated cat­e­gory in the 73rd an­nual Golden Globe Awards:

• Ano­ma­l­isa — Star­burns In­dus­tries; Para­mount Pic­tures

• The Good Di­nosaur — Pixar An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios; Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios Mo­tion Pic­tures

• In­side Out — Pixar An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios; Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios Mo­tion Pic­tures

• The Peanuts Movie — Blue Sky Stu­dios; Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Fox

• Shaun the Sheep Movie Lionsgate, Stu­dio­canal The win­ners will be an­nounced Jan. 10. Six episodes of an­i­mated se­ries were nom­i­nated for the 2016 Writ­ers Guild Awards:

• “Gayle Makin’ Bob Sled” ( Bob’s Burg­ers), Writ­ten by Lizzie Molyneux & Wendy Molyneux; Fox•

• “Hal­loween of Hor­ror” ( The Simp­sons), Writ­ten by Carolyn Omine; Fox

• “Hank Af­ter Dark” ( BoJack Horse­man), Writ­ten by Kelly Galuska; Net­flix

• “House­trap” ( Bob’s Burg­ers), Dan Fy­bel; Fox

• “Sky Po­lice” ( The Simp­sons), Matt Sel­man; Fox

• “Walk­ing Big & Tall” ( The Simp­sons), by Michael Price; Fox The win­ners will be an­nounced Feb. 13 at si­mul­ta­ne­ous cer­e­monies in Los An­ge­les at the Hy­att Re­gency Cen­tury Plaza and in New York at the Edi­son Ball­room. On the movie side, Pixar’s In­side Out was the top an­i­mated fea­ture with a nom­i­na­tion for Best Orig­i­nal Screen­play as well as for Best An­i­mated Fea­ture and Best Com­edy at the 21st Crit­ics’ Choice Awards. VFX heavy Mad Max: Fury Road led the en­tire awards with 13 nom­i­na­tions, in­clud­ing Best Pic­ture, Best Vis­ual Ef­fects, Best Ac­tion Movie and Best Sci-Fi Hor­ror movie. Rel­e­vant cat­e­gories in­clude: Best Orig­i­nal Screen­play • Matt Char­man and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen – Bridge of Spies • Alex Gar­land – Ex Machina • Quentin Tarantino – The Hate­ful Eight • Pete Doc­ter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Coo­ley – In­side Out • Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy – Best Vis­ual Ef­fects • Ex Machina • Juras­sic World • Mad Max: Fury Road • The Mar­tian • The Revenant • The Walk Best An­i­mated Fea­ture • Ano­ma­l­isa • The Good Di­nosaur • In­side Out • The Peanuts Movie • Shaun the Sheep Movie Best Sci-Fi/ Hor­ror Movie • Ex Machina • It Fol­lows • Juras­sic World • Mad Max: Fury Road • The Mar­tian Best An­i­ma­tion Tele­vi­sion Se­ries • Bob’s Burg­ers - Fox • BoJack Horse­man - Net­flix • South Park - Com­edy Cen­tral • Star Wars Rebels - Dis­ney XD • The Simp­sons - Fox The win­ners will be an­nounced Jan. 17. The Los An­ge­les Film Crit­ics As­so­ci­a­tion gave Ano­ma­l­isa its best an­i­ma­tion award. The film’s score also was hon­ored as one of two the org men­tioned in giv­ing Carter Bur­well its best mu­sic score honor. The Bos­ton So­ci­ety of Film Crit­ics de­clared a tie in its best an­i­mated film cat­e­gory, honor­ing both Ano­ma­l­isa and Pixar’s In­side Out. The Na­tional Board of Re­view and the New York Film Crit­ics Cir­cle named In­side Out its Best An­i­mated Fea­ture. The New York group also listed In­side Out on its list of the year’s 10 best films. [

12Ryan Reynolds stars as the wry an­ti­hero in Dead­pool, di­rected by Tim Miller.

The lat­est Pixar an­i­mated short set the stu­dio’s glob­ally ac­claimed cre­atives on a new path in terms of story and tech­nique, and now read­ers can truly soak up the rich meld­ing of cul­tures and tech­nolo­gies that lead to artist San­jay Pa­tel’s smash­ing di­rec­to­rial de­but. Based on Pa­tel’s own child­hood ex­pe­ri­ences, the film is an ac­tion-packed flight of a young, first gen­er­a­tion In­dian-Amer­i­can boy who learns to see his fa­ther’s na­tive tra­di­tions in the light of the Western pop cul­ture he loves. The color­ful hard­cover book is packed with art­work that shows how Pa­tel il­lus­trated San­jay’s per­sonal cul­tural melt­ing pot. It would look nice on the shelf next to Pa­tel’s beau­ti­fully il­lus­trated Ra­mayana: Divine Loop­hole (Chron­i­cle) or The Lit­tle Book of Hindu Deities (Plume).

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