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Zootopia Blu Ray and DVD Release Date and Details!!!

Zootopia

Even though it’s still raking in money at the box office (Zootopia is 2016’s highest grossing US film at this writing), Disney is already announced the film’s Blu Ray/DVD release date – June 7th – and special features.  I remember when we had to wait a year to get films on demand.  When I came home from seeing The Jungle Book, Amazon had already sent me an email asking me if I wanted to pre-order it (which I found both creepy and helpful).  See the details below as well as a synopsis of the film and the sloth trailer, because that is still the best scene of the year. Continue reading Zootopia Blu Ray and DVD Release Date and Details!!!

Movie Review: Zootopia (2016) *Disney Animation Keeps Making the Magic*

Zootopia

It’s great to have Disney Animation back as a reliable source of excellence.  Over the last five years, the studio has passed Pixar in terms of the consistency of the quality of their releases, and the House of the Mouse  is looking to have a fantastic year.  Zootopia won the last 3 weeks of the box office, The Jungle Book looks to dominate April, May brings Captain America: Civil War, June Pixar’s Finding Dory, November Dr. Strange and December Star Wars: Rogue One.  Disney is going to have a very VERY good year, and if all those films are as good as Zootopia, so are we.
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Trailer Time: Zootopia Trailer #1 (2016) *Can Disney Animation Keep the Streak Alive?*

Can Walt Disney Animation continue its renaissance?  So dismally outshone by Pixar that it might as well have been dead, it looked like things were over for the House That Walt Built.  But after Tangled, Frozen and Big Hero 6, you could argue they’re operating on just as high a level (if not higher) than their Pixar brethren.  Either way, it’s great for Disney fans.

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when rookie Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery.Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,”

Zootopia

The comedy-adventure is being directed by Byron Howard (Tangled, Bolt) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph, The Simpsons) and co-directed by Jared Bush (Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero). The voice cast also includes Shakira, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Nate Torrence, Jenny Slate, Tommy Chong, Octavia Spencer, Bonnie Hunt, Don Lake, Alan Tudyk, Tommy “Tiny” Lister, Raymond Persi, Katie Lowes, Jesse Corti, and John DiMaggio.

Zootopia opens in theaters on March 4th, 2016.
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2015 Renaissance Film Awards (Killing Time’s Oscars)

Welcome to the tenth annual KT Renaissance Film Awards! Created by myself years ago to ward off the amply demonstrated madness that claws at my soul each year when the Oscars get things so very wrong in their awarding. The categories (with the exception of an added ensemble award that I cribbed from the SAG awards) are the same, and unlike the Oscars these awards are fluid. I may well change my mind. I might see something that I haven’t, and the awards will be updated to reflect my mercurial mood swings. (And just for the record, I did these on paper before Sunday’s awards, so if I happen to agree with the Academy, be assured it is a freak occurrence.) Continue reading 2015 Renaissance Film Awards (Killing Time’s Oscars)

Complete List of Winners from the 2015 Oscars

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The annual Hollywood Mutual Admiration Society Extravaganza known as the Oscars was typical of the year it was rewarding: nothing dominated.  In a year with no clear cut Best Picture, the wealth was spread with Birdman winning Best Picture – overtaking early favorite Boyhood which won just one award- and leading the way with five Oscars (including three for Best Director Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu) and Whiplash and The Grand Budapest Hotel each taking three awards. In fact, each of the eight pictures nominated for Best Picture each one at least one Oscar.  In the absence of The Lego Movie, Big Hero 6 (which any other year would be a fantastic choice) took Best Animated Feature.  JK Simmons and Patricia Arquette finished their year-long awards sweep in the supporting categories for Whiplash and Boyhood, respectively.  In the top acting categories Eddie Redmayne won for his portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything and Julianne Moore for playing an Alzheimer’s victim in Still Alice.

And the Oscar went to…

BEST PICTURE

Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance

ACTOR

Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything

ACTRESS

Julianne Moore, “Still Alice

SUPPORTING ACTOR

J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood

DIRECTOR

Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, “Birdman”

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Citizenfour

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FEATURE

Ida” (Poland)

ANIMATED FEATURE

Big Hero 6

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”

COSTUME DESIGN

“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Milena Canonero

FILM EDITING

“Whiplash,” Tom Cross

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier

ORIGINAL SCORE

“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Alexandre Desplat

ORIGINAL SONG

“Glory” from “Selma,” music and lyrics by Common and John Legend

PRODUCTION DESIGN

“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Adam Stockhausen (production design), Anna Pinnock (set decoration)

SOUND EDITING

American Sniper,” Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

SOUND MIXING

“Whiplash,” Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley

VISUAL EFFECTS

Interstellar,” Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

“Feast”

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM

“The Phone Call”