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    Tom And Jerry Music—Performed Live!

    Many symphony orchestras now play music from Hollywood’s golden age, but none that I’m aware of has attempted to perform Scott Bradley’s breakneck-paced scores for Tom and Jerry cartoons—until now.

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    New And Notable Film Books

    Roman Polanski once said, “You have to show violence the way it is. If you don’t show it realistically, that’s immoral and harmful."

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    Simone Massi Designs Venice Biennale Poster, Inspired by Fellini and Angelopoulos (VIDEO)

    Animator/illustrator Simone Massi's poster for the 70th Venice International Film Festival, which is held at the Lido from August 28 to September 7, is inspired by the cinema of Theo Angelopoulos and Federico Fellini. The festival is directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by the Biennale di Venez...

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    'Despicable Me 2' Retains Original's Charm--and Minions

    A half hour into “Despicable Me 2,” I had no idea what the story was. I didn’t care very much – directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud obviously knew that regular doses of Minion magic would mollify even the most nettlesome demand for a storyline– but the prospect of having to write a plot summary...

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    Monsters University

    When my daughter was young, I found myself watching movies through her eyes. I came to appreciate films that delivered a positive message even if I felt they had shortcomings.

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    TOH! Ranks the Top Ten Studio Ghibli Films, 'My Neighbor Totoro' and 'Howl's Moving Castle' Come to Blu-Ray UPDATE

    Hayao Miyazaki's masterpieces "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Howl's Moving Castle" are now available on Blu-ray for the first time. Below, our TOH! ranking of the Top Ten Studio Ghibli films (hint: "Totoro" and "Howl's" make the list).

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    Trailer Watch: Booty-Shakin' Birdies in 'Rio 2,' Disney's Majestic 'Planes'

    Two new trailers have landed in the world of animation: The saucy teaser for Fox's "Rio 2," which features some raucously rump-shaking birdies, and the wordless trailer for Disney's "Planes" (a takeoff from the "Cars" franchise), which highlights the contraptions of the title flying through all mann...

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    On an Animation of a Sentence by Nathan Englander

    It seems to me there are several different things going on in Drew Christie's animation of a sentence from the Nathan Englander story “The Reader.”

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    StudioCanal and Aardman to Sell Animated Feature 'Shaun the Sheep' at Cannes Market

    Europe's largest production company StudioCanal is teaming with UK-based Aardman Animations to develop the British animated kids' series "Shaun the Sheep," about an unusually intelligent farm animal, for the big screen. They plan to sell the film to buyers at the Cannes market this year.

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    Proposed "Space-Missionaries" Puts Its Pitch Online

    Space-Missionaries is proposed animated series created by Solis Animation Inc., a Toronto based animation house. The studio is best known for working on funny, edgier content (Wondershowzen, Motorcity, SNL, Ugly Americans), and this is their first home-grown IP. It looks hilarious to me.

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