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So Jack and the Giant Haven’t Slayed ‘Em

Okay, I’m not here this week to heap any untoward abuse onto Warner Bros.’ CG/vfx extravaganza, Jack the Giant Slayer, whose beanstalk has so far failed to reach the heavens, financially. ... Continue Reading →
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‘Giant Slayer’ Shows Little Strength at the B.O.

Bryan Singer’s vfx-laden take on the fairy tale classic Jack the Giant Slayer failed to work its magic on the U.S. box office numbers and ended up making only $26 million over the ... Continue Reading →
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The Unkindest Oscar Cut of All

The Academy Awards are over for another year, and as often happens, some of the occurrences taking place behind the scenes were potentially more entertaining than the show itself (granted, ... Continue Reading →
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Casting a Visual Spell

The new adaptation of young adult best-seller Beautiful Creatures aims for magical effects that don’t remind viewers of other movies about teens with special powers. If you’re plugged ... Continue Reading →
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Imageworks Adds Dowdeswell, Nichols to Vancouver Studio

Sony Pictures Imageworks has further plumped up its Vancouver, Canada vfx and digital character animation studio (established in 2010) with the appointment of Jason Dowdeswell as VP, ... Continue Reading →
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Bardel Collaborating with Frank Saperstein

Canada’s award-winning animation and digital media studio Bardel Entertainment, Inc. has entered into a non-exclusive partnership with L.A.-based, Emmy-nominated toon vet Frank Saperstein ... Continue Reading →
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Aron Warner Hired as Reel FX’s President of Animation

Dallas-based animation and live-action studio Reel FX has announced that Aron Warner, the Oscar-winning producer the Shrek features has joined the company as president of animation. In ... Continue Reading →
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‘Hotel Transylvania’ Opens for DVD/Blu-ray Business

Genndy Tartakovsky’s blockbuster comedy Hotel Transylvania arrives on DVD and Blu-ray today, after making over $324 million worldwide. The Sony Animation feature, which began its ... Continue Reading →
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Nic Mathieu to Direct Warner’s ‘Robotech’ Movie

Warner Bros. has signed commercials director Nic Mathieu to direct its much-anticipated live-action movie of Robotech. The film will be produced by Akiva Goldsman and Tobey Maguire, ... Continue Reading →
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A Legendary ‘Calamity’

I am writing this week’s blog on the day that President Barack Obama is being sworn in for his second term. What has that to do with the Toon Trenches? Outwardly, nothing, except ... Continue Reading →