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Four sequels of Avatar coming; release dates finalised

Four sequels of Avatar coming; release dates finalised

Animation, Headlines
Who can forget James Cameron’s epic animation drama Avatar? Seeing the film, viewers raved about it and thus gave it a long run. Released in 2009, the film still tops the chart in the list of highest grossing movies worldwide with a box office collection of $2.78 billion. Now, the film is returning with four sequels, the dates of which have been revealed.The first sequel, Avatar 2 will open after three years on 18 December, 2020 followed by Avatar 3 on 17 December, 2021. Then, after a three year break, Avatar 4 will come out on 20 December, 2024 while the last part will release on 19 December, 2025. The announcement was made on Avatar’s official page on Facebook with a picture of Cameron and his team. “Great to be working with the best team in the business! Avatar takes flight as we be
Disney XD acquires US broadcast rights of DQE’s  The Jungle Book

Disney XD acquires US broadcast rights of DQE’s The Jungle Book

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Disney XD has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights of DQ Entertainment (DQE)’s 3D animated series The Jungle Book. The around half an hour series will debut June 11 on the channel. It has more than 78 million households as subscribers. Based on the stories by English author Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book series, aimed at children between 6 to 9, follows man-cub Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera and Kaa as they take on the evil Shere Khan. Earlier Disney adapted Kipling’s material into a 1967 animated feature. Based on an earlier agreement with India-based DQE, SMC Entertainment, a division of Sun-Mate, has the television, home video, licensing and merchandising rights in North America for The Jungle Book. “Mowgli and his friends have found their rightful home and we are confident that they wi
Draw Me Close set to create a vivid memoir

Draw Me Close set to create a vivid memoir

VR
Making a bow  at the Tribeca Film Festival’s Storyscape's on 21 April , Draw Me Close goes on to blur the world of live performance, virtual reality and animation to create a vivid memoir about the relationship between a mother and her son in the wake of her terminal-cancer diagnosis. The experience is unlike anything the form has seen before, integrating live performance and VR into one seamless narrative, with the audience member as performer, an actor in the immersive world. This unique collaboration between the NT and the NFB began as a Research and Development Lab, spearheaded by the NT’s head of digital development, Toby Coffey and the NFB’s producer, David Oppenheim to advance the language of creative non-fiction VR. Weaving theatrical storytelling with cutting-edge technology,
Facebook puts its virtual reality (VR)  technology Oculus in operation

Facebook puts its virtual reality (VR) technology Oculus in operation

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A few years ago, Facebook had acquired Oculus, one of the premier virtual reality (VR) technologies, but people were  unsure how the company would implement it. Now, to put all the speculations to rest, the social media giant has revealed its first VR integration into the platform. Dubbed as Spaces, Facebook’s new feature will allow one to interact with their friends in a virtual chat room. You can customise how your character looks, to bring it closer to how you actually look. You can invite other friends on Facebook who are using Spaces to come and hang out with you in a virtual chat room. You can also use the messenger to invite friends to a VR chat. Together, a group can experience virtual reality videos, draw and hold objects and much more. For now, the maximum number of users t
Mathew Rankin’s The Tesla World to premiere during the 56th International Critics’ Week

Mathew Rankin’s The Tesla World to premiere during the 56th International Critics’ Week

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Julie Roy’s animated film The Tesla World Light made under the banner of the National Film Board (NFB) of Canada and directed by Matthew Rankin will have its world premiere during the 56th International Critics’ Week that would go side by side of the Cannes Film Festival organised by the French Syndicate of Film Critics. Throwing light on the making of The Tesla World, Roy said, “Producing Matthew Rankin’s film was an extremely enriching experience! Matthew is talented, versatile, creative, cultivated, and a team player, and I was greatly impressed with his approach to Nikola Tesla, an important historical figure. He casts the scientist in a whole new light by shooting in 16 mm and employing a range of hand-crafted animation techniques, from pixilation to puppet animation to ink on fil
Ana Boden to helm Captain Marvel with Ryan Fleck

Ana Boden to helm Captain Marvel with Ryan Fleck

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Last year, Marvel announced that Oscar-winning Brie Larson  would play the leading man in their upcoming superhero film Captain Marvel. Ever since the studio has been searching for the person to direct the film. Just yesterday, the studio announced that they had found not one but two to direct the film- Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Most recently the duo had written and directed Mississippi Grind that starred Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn. The two also directed and wrote It’s Kind of a Funny Story that starred Emma Roberts and Zach Galifianakis and worked together on the critically-acclaimed Half Nelson that had Ryan Gosling. Since the film was announced, Marvel was looking for a woman to direct it. It had already roped in Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman and Inside Ou
Spider-Man to be part of two new Avenger movies

Spider-Man to be part of two new Avenger movies

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In a deal with Sony, it has been decided that Spider-Man will be a part of the next two Avengers movies, according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. Spider-Man will appear in the Avengers: Infinity War that is slated for 4 May, next year and an untitled Avengers movie in  2019. The deal with Sony will allowed the wall-crawler to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe with his debut in Captain America: Civil War and his stanalone film Spider-Man: Homecoming that is set to release this year. After his appearance in the second Avengers movie, Spider-Man will be seen again in the Homecoming sequel, also set for 2019 release. Meanwhile, Sony is going ahead with the bug-boy’s spinoffs like Venom and a Silver Sable/Black Cat team up movie, but in that Marvel is not involved. Sony’s anim
Goldfish Tales Animation Xperience awards on April 21

Goldfish Tales Animation Xperience awards on April 21

Animation
The Goldfish Tales Animation Xperience contest from Pepperidge Farms and the New York International Children’s Film Festival is moving towards an exciting end. On April 21, Goldfish Colors will present an online awards show streaming live at goldfishsmiles.com to announce the winners. The awards show, that was announced last November, will see the winners make acceptance speeches and showcase their films. The four Grand Prize winners will each receive $5,000, and all nominees will receive an Animation Xperience gift bag of prizes. Following the ceremony, viewers can stick around for Family Viewing Night featuring a collection of shorts from award-winning directors involved with NYICFF including Oscar-nominated director PES.  
Throwback Thursday: Six best animated war movies

Throwback Thursday: Six best animated war movies

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One must have noticed with awe that not a lot of animated war movies have been made as yet.  The simple reason for this, we feel, is that cartoons are meant to be for children while war movies are supposed to be for adults. But it’s not that there have been no animated war movies made. There have been a few over the years but all with very adult content. Each of which have been near exceptional films. The choice to animate these movies, as opposed to film with live actors is a peculiar one but one that is also effective.  Something about the illustration of combat makes these films seem all the more surreal and nightmarish. Find below the best six animated war movies: Victory Through Air Power (1943)   In 1943, Walt Disney released Victory Through Air Power, a full-on propagan
Amazon Prime Video to show animated version of Bahubali

Amazon Prime Video to show animated version of Bahubali

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Amazon Prime Video has entered into partnership with filmmaker SS Rajamouli, Graphic India and Arka Mediaworks to extend the magnum opus Bahubali by streaming the animated version of the film. “S.S. Rajamouli is one of the most visionary movie minds in current times and we are thrilled to have him launch this exclusive series, Bahubali: The Lost Legends,” said Nitesh Kripalani, Director and Country Head, Prime Video India. “The animation series will allow our customers to discover hidden stories and legends from the Baahubali world. And now for the first time, customers can watch the exclusive trailer first on www.Amazon.in,” he added. Expressing his happiness, Rajamouli said, “From the minute I started working on this story, I knew the world of Bahubali can’t be encompassed into a fi