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Lauren Bacall, Actor, 1924 - 2014

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The iconic actor Lauren Bacall passed away on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at the age of 89. Born Betty Joan Perske in New York City, becoming Betty Bacal after her parents’ divorce and her mother’s adoption of the second half of her maiden name (though she added the second “L” to her name because the […]

Review: "Ernest and Celestine" - An Animated Bon-Bon of Charm and Delight

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Ernest and Celestine is a lovely animated film whose effortless charm, whimsical and gentle sensibilities, quirky pacing, and beautiful visual style combine to make a vivaciously entertaining and wonderfully distinctive piece of art. Based on the series of children’s books by Gabrielle Vincent, Ernest and Celestine is a delight from start to finish. There is […]

Hollywood Reporter on Developing the Cast of Oscar-Nominated Animated Films

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The Hollywood Reporter has spoken to different crew members of the five films nominated for this year’s Best Animated Feature Film Academy Awards, digging into ideas that defined characters in the films, or were changed or deleted during development. Included are tidbits like a different background for Grug in DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods; some ideas […]

PR: NYICFF Announces Complete 2014 Slate

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NEW YORK INT’L CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES COMPLETE 2014 SLATE **** TICKETS ON SALE STARTING, FEBRUARY 3 EVENT RUNS MARCH 7-30 OSCAR®-QUALIFYING FEST FOR BEST ANIMATED & LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM 30,000 EXPECTED FOR 100+ SHORT AND FEATURE FILMS **** NYICFF 2014 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: AMAZONIA – OPENING NIGHT, US PREMIERE MUPPETS SING-A-LONG – LIVE EVENT […]

PR: NY Int'l Children's Film Festival Announces 2014 Jury & Slate Preview; "Muppets Most Wanted" & "Rio 2" Special Previews

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NEW YORK INT’L CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2014 JURY AND SLATE PREVIEW **** FULL SLATE ANNOUNCED AND TICKETS ON SALE FEB 3 EVENT RUNS MARCH 7-30 OSCAR®-QUALIFYING FEST FOR SHORT ANIMATION & LIVE ACTION OVER 30,000 EXPECTED FOR 100+ FILMS **** SLATE PREVIEW: AMAZONIA – US PREMIERE OPENING NIGHT MUPPETS MOST WANTED – SPECIAL PREVIEW […]

2014 Academy Award Nominees Announced (UPDATED with Reaction Statements)

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the nominees for a 2014 Academy Award. Categories with an animated film in contention are: BEST ANIMATED FEATURE The Croods (DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc) Despicable Me 2 (Universal/Illumination Entertainment) Ernest & Celestine (GKIDS/La Parti Productions/Les Armateurs) Frozen (Walt Disney Animation Studios) The Wind Rises (Kaze […]

PR: "Ernest & Celestine" to Premiere January 18, 2014 at Sundance Film Festival

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE VERSION OF ERNEST & CELESTINE TO PREMIERE JANUARY 18, 2014 AT THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ***** AWARD-WINNING FILM FEATURES THE VOICES OF FOREST WHITAKER, MACKENZIE FOY, LAUREN BACALL, PAUL GIAMATTI, WILLIAM H. MACY, MEGAN MULLALLY, NICK OFFERMAN, JEFFREY WRIGHT “E&C” IS COMPETING FOR OSCARS, ANNIES AND GOLDEN GLOBES IN ORIGINAL FRENCH VERSION New […]

41st Annual Annie Award Nominees Announced

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ASIFA-Hollywood has announced the nominees for the 41st annual Annie Awards, marking the best achievements in animation for 2013. The full list of nominees is at the Annie Awards website; nominees in major categories includes: Best Animated Feature A Letter to Momo – 
GKIDS Despicable Me 2 – 
Illumination Entertainment/Universal Pictures Ernest & Celestine
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PR: GKIDS Sets Release Date for "Ernest & Celestine" of March 14, 2014

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GKIDS SETS RELEASE DATE FOR ERNEST & CELESTINE OPENS MARCH 14 IN NYC AND LA FOLLOWED BY NATIONAL EXPANSION TO ALL MAJOR US MARKETS ***** AWARD-WINNING FILM FEATURES THE VOICES OF FOREST WHITAKER, MACKENZIE FOY, LAUREN BACALL, PAUL GIAMATTI, WILLIAM H. MACY, MEGAN MULLALLY, NICK OFFERMAN, JEFFREY WRIGHT “E&C” IS COMPETING FOR OSCARS, ANNIES AND […]

PR: GKIDS Announces English Language Voice Cast for "Ernest & Celestine"

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GKIDS ANNOUNCES THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE VOICE CAST FOR “ERNEST & CELESTINE” VOICE CAST INCLUDES: FOREST WHITAKER – as “Ernest” MACKENZIE FOY – as “Celestine” LAUREN BACALL PAUL GIAMATTI WILLIAM H. MACY MEGAN MULLALLY NICK OFFERMAN JEFFREY WRIGHT AWARD-WINNING FILM COMPETING FOR OSCARS, ANNIES, GOLDEN GLOBES New York, New York – November 8, 2013 – GKIDS, […]

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