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Comic-Con Interviews: The Cast & Creators of The Boxtrolls “Couldn’t Make Film Another Way”

At San Diego Comic-Con, we caught up with LAIKA CEO Travis Knight, as well as directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable, and stars Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, and Sir Ben Kingsley to talk about the surprising and inventive process behind The Boxtrolls and LAIKA's LGBTQ representation.

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Comic-Con Interviews: Game of Thrones’ Isaac Hempstead-Wright Talks to Us About The Boxtrolls

Isaac Hempstead-Wright has a lot to say about the wonders of animation, especially when it comes to his latest project, LAIKA’s The Boxtrolls. Best known for playing Bran Stark on HBO’s megahit Game of Thrones, the young actor is now lending his vocal talents to the characters Eggs, a boy raised by the benign trash-collecting troll clan that live under the fictional Victorian town of Cheesebridge. We spoke to him about all that and more at SDCC!

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Comic-Con Interviews: The Book of Life Will Bring Mexican Folklore to the Big Screen in a Unique Way

“As a lover of animated films, I kept going, ‘When is the Mexican story going to happen? When is the Mexican princess going to show up?’” queried director Jorge R. Gutierrez before a packed crowd at the San Diego Comic-Con press conference for his new animated feature, The Book of Life. He’s not the only one who’s been wondering when the rich folkloric traditions of Mexico, especially given their relevancy to America’s growing Hispanic population, might be mined by a Hollywood.

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5 Modern Movie Trends That Were Started By Peter Jackson

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In honor of The Hobbit's wrapping, I took a little personal trip down memory lane to the last time I was this excited about the holiday movie offerings. LOTR -- as it is commonly thought of by our lot -- fulfilled plenty of our lofty expectations, and then some. It launched, and re-launched, careers, earned its place in cinematic history, and set off more than a few trends that we're still seeing the effects of today.

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Remembering Where You Came From, and Other PR Nightmares: Colombiana

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An action movie with a strong, proven female protagonist is just the sort of fare The Mary Sue keeps an eagle eye out for. So, it's no surprise we've been quietly buzzing in our cyberhive about the trailer for Colombiana. The forthcoming Zoë Saldana vehicle looks like fairly familiar and compelling territory; a wronged child of war-torn streets grows up to seek revenge from the other side of a sniper scope. At least, Colombiana's trailer seems to be selling it as a light-fingered, race-shifted lift of La Femme Nikita, an unsurprising turn, since it's being produced by Luc Besson himself. The film could very well turn out to be a thrilling, action-filled ride, or it could be a sad, deflated pass at the same old genre elements. Only time, and actual viewing, will tell, so wait with us as we trim the hedges on our bets, and watch this space for our thoughts further down the pipeline. What's concerning this reviewer, as I drive around encountering billboard after billboard sprung up like mushrooms in the night, is the marketing campaign.

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10 of Our Childhood’s Animated Films That Could Really Bear Closer Inspection

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Hollywood has historically had difficulty navigating the choppy waters of how to produce and market animation that is not sunshine, rainbows, and Aesop lessons; and the past twenty or thirty years have been no exception. On the flip side, plenty of video store employees have fallen on their own swords when deciding where to shelve the latest animation. Remember when explicit hentai like La Blue Girl (don't look it up if you don’t know; it's no-holds-barred tentacle porn) was put right next to volumes of Rainbow Brite? We do. Mostly, though, the animation in our Power Grid was actually intended for kids. The directors of these films simply had a more…expansive view of what children could handle, which sometimes landed them in hot water with critics and outraged parents. Come walk down memory lane as we recount some of the strangest, most innovative, and (occasionally) most unfortunately categorized animated works that hit the screen and VCR during our young years.

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This Girl is Different: A Review of Hanna

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A super-soldiered little girl, raised in isolation, and trained to kill, is hardly a new trope. However, given the casting, the director, and the interesting font choices made by the PR team, I was game to see whether Hanna could pull some new tricks out of the clandestine conspiracy bag.

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Exploitation POW! : Why I Won’t See Sucker Punch, and You Shouldn’t Either

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Editor's Note: If I had the time to wrestle with the outrage that Sucker Punch engenders in me, I wouldn't have any time left over to run a blog. Fortunately for me, Zoe Chevat did all the wrestling I could have asked for. Don't get me wrong; I love an excuse to slaughter allegorical giant samurai as much as the next Terry Gilliam fan. I like a good mecha fight, I don't mind trading in my gothic fishnets for a bronze raygun every now and then, and I am certain that Jon Hamm's chin remains as chiseled as ever, no matter what size screen it's on. But I remain, knowing very few details beyond what I've seen in the trailer, disinclined to fork over a wad of sweaty single bills to see Sucker Punch.

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