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    Short Film Uses Beautiful Cinematography to Capture... Office Procrastination

    Johan Rijpma, a Dutch artist, spent half a year making the two-minute live-action short Tape Generations. The visuals show an almost Rube Goldberg-like obsession that controls movement and lets things fall into place, but with a Pixar-like animation of the inanimate. Also, the soundtrack is quietly...

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    Weekend Box Office: Disney's Lion King 3D Pops, Drive Starts Solid

    Surprisingly, Disney's 3-D retooling of The Lion King held off all newcomers, from smart-house actioner Drive, which got a decent start, to the remake of Straw Dogs. It even bested strong holdover Contagion, in second place. Anthony D'Alessandro reports:Walt Disney's 3-D re-release of 1994's hand-dr...

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    Puppet Watch: The Girl with the Muppet Tattoo; Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Jim Henson

    The Muppets, an upcoming revamp of the puppet ensemble starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Neil Patrick Harris, Rashida Jones, and Mila Kunis, has re-spliced their trailer into a parody of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trailer. Some may find it aggressively adorable, if not a little misguided. Both t...

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    Fall/Holiday Preview: Five Glorious VFX Films to Watch, None Set in Present

    Bill Desowitz lists five VFX films to watch this fall and winter season, and the reasons why:With all due respect to the highly-anticipated The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-- Part 1 and Mission: Impossible-- Ghost Protocol, in which Edward and Bella and Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt spiritually go to hell...

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    3-D Fit for The Lion King: Retrofitting a Classic, Filmmakers Look Back

    The Lion King has been converted to 3-D. Bill Desowitz talks to the folks who did it, and the original filmmakers, who look back on what it took to make the groundbreaking animated juggernaut in the first place. There's been plenty of revisionist outrage about George Lucas digitally tweaking Star Wa...

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    Oscar Watch: Rango Honored by Hollywood Film Festival

    In a shrewd bit of Oscar positioning, Rango is the first non-Pixar film to receive The Hollywood Film Festival's animation award, which will be presented by Starz Entertainment at the 15th annual ceremony on Oct. 24 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The festival is deployed by many Oscar campaigners as ...

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    Oscar Watch: Mid-Year Top Animation Contenders in the Year of the Sequel

    As we head into the fall awards season, Bill Desowitz looks at where the animation Oscar race is heading: it's so far a weak field The good news is that the Oscar race for best animated feature is wide open -- the widest, in fact, since Happy Feet beat Cars in 2006 (the last time Pixa...

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    Pixar Geek Out: New Films, Up House Built in Utah, Alternate Titles for Toy Story

    After announcing two upcoming original projects—one envisioning a world with dinosaurs and one occurring entirely inside the human mind—Pixar’s creativity appears to be back on track, after sequels Toy Story 3, Cars 2 and the upcoming Planes and Monsters University.

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