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J.K. Simmons joins Cinema Magagement Group Tiff animation sales title ‘Seal Team’ (exclusive)

J.K. Simmons joins Cinema Magagement Group Tiff animation sales title ‘Seal Team’ (exclusive)
New voice cast members include British musician Seal, John Kani (The Lion King).

J.K. Simmons has joined the voice cast of the animation Seal Team, which Cinema Management Group (Cmg) will continue to offer to worldwide buyers Toronto.

Simmons, who won the best supporting actor Oscar in 2015 for Whiplash, joins previously announced Jessie T. Usher (Independence Day: Resurgence) and Sharlto Copley (District 9).

British musician Seal and John Kani, who voices Rafiki in global smash The Lion King, have also joined the feature from South African studio Triggerfish Animation, which is currently in production under the direction of Greig Cameron
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Cmg adds 'Loving Vincent' sales in Cannes

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Cmg adds 'Loving Vincent' sales in Cannes
Exclusive: Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group has reported robust sales on the Croisette led by its hotly anticipated ‘painted animation’ starring Saoirse Ronan.

After closing a slew of deals on Loving Vincent in the run-up to Cannes, the upcoming film continues to entice buyers and the public alike, with Noeltner claiming that more than 110million people have watched the teaser.

Rights have gone in Japan (Parco), Scandinavia (Non-Stop), Italy (Adler), Colombia (CineColombia), and Israel (Shoval). Noeltner is in talks with interested parties for Us rights.

Loving Vincent chronicles the final days in the life of Vincent van Gogh and
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Cmg to sell ‘Loving Vincent’

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Cmg to sell ‘Loving Vincent’
Exclusive: Edward Noeltner is Cannes-bound with world sales rights to the prestige Vincent Van Gogh ‘painted animation’ starring Douglas Booth, Saoirse Ronan, Jerome Flynn and Chris O’Dowd.

Oscar-winning stables Breakthru Films and Trademark Films are behind Loving Vincent, which tells of the final months and mysterious death of the famously troubled 19th century Dutch post-Impressionist.

Production got underway last week at Three Mills Studio in London’s East End and principal animation will continue in Gdansk.

Eleanor Tomlinson, Helen McCrory, John Sessions and Aidan Turner round out the key cast on what the producers cite as the world’s first ‘painted animation’ feature.

They plan to bring Van Gogh’s masterpieces to life using the Painted Animation Workstation system patented by Breakthru Films, Hugh Welchman’s London and Poland-based company that won the best animation short Oscar for Peter & The Wolf in 2008.

The filmmakers will project live-action footage frame-by-frame onto canvas and deploy a team of
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Leonard Nimoy: 1931-2015

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Leonard Nimoy: 1931-2015
Leonard Nimoy, the eloquent, baritone-voiced actor and director who will forever be remembered as the Starship Enterprise's supremely logical half-human, half-Vulcan science officer Spock, died on Friday in Los Angeles. He was 83 years old.

Although his most recent major television role was on Fox's "Fringe," Nimoy's work on the television series "Star Trek" led to Spock becoming one of the most beloved sci-fi characters in the history of the genre. It also earned him three Emmy nominations for the role. Today Spock's V-shaped Vulcan hand salute, accompanied by the gentle benediction, "Live long and prosper," is recognized around the world. The "Star Trek" franchise may have defined the better part of Nimoy's career and made him a pop culture icon, but the man was as versatile as he was famous. He authored a number of books, recorded several albums, directed television episodes and theatrical releases (including the 1987 comedy blockbuster 3 Men and a Baby) and won critical notice as a respected photographer over the course of his lifetime.

Born in Boston on March 26, 1931, to Yiddish-speaking Orthodox Jewish immigrants from Ukraine, Nimoy began acting in community theater at the age of eight. His first major role came at age 17, when he played Ralphie in an amateur production of Clifford Odets's "Awake and Sing." After receiving career advice from an actor in another Odets play making its pre-Broadway debut in Boston, he submitted an application to California's Pasadena Playhouse. Nimoy would then relocate to the West Coast using his earnings from selling vacuum cleaners.

Nimoy made his film debut at age 20 in the 1951 film Queen for a Day, and won a small role as a ballplayer in the film Rhubarb, which was released in the same year. His first movie lead was the title role in the 1952 film Kid Monk Baroni. Nimoy then took drama classes at Boston College in 1953.

Following a stint in the Army between 1953 and 1955, Nimoy had guest starring roles in a number of television series. Starting in 1958, he appeared in "Sea Hunt," "Highway Patrol," "Bonanza," "The Untouchables," "Get Smart" and "The Virginian." He also guest starred in an episode of "The Twilight Zone" titled "A Quality of Mercy," and would work with his future co-star and friend William Shatner in the "The Project Strigas Affair" episode of "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."

But it was Nimoy's role in a 1964 episode of "The Lieutenant" that caught the eye of a producer and writer named Gene Roddenberry, who cast Nimoy in his new series "Star Trek." Nimoy is the only member of "Star Trek's" main cast to appear in every episode of the series, including the original unaired pilot. Of the famous Vulcan salute, Nimoy once explained that he based it on the way the rabbis in his childhood held their hands while giving blessings. (He also invented the Vulcan nerve pinch when he and the "Trek" writers needed a non-violent means for Spock to overpower an enemy.) The series only ran until 1969, but went on to inspire a movie franchise and four spinoffs. Nimoy co-starred with the rest of the original cast in the first six installments of the theatrical series, starting with "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" in 1979. He also directed the third and fourth "Trek" films, 1984's Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and 1986's Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Nimoy returned to play Spock Prime for J.J. Abrams' 2009 resurrection of the theatrical franchise and its sequel, Star Trek: Into Darkness.

After the original "Star Trek's" cancellation, Nimoy joined the cast of "Mission: Impossible" playing The Great Paris, a master of impersonation. The actor stayed with that series until 1971. He enjoyed roles in a number of television movies, eventually earning a best supporting actor Emmy nomination for "A Woman Called Golda" in 1982.

Nimoy did not limit his artistic exploration to stage and screen, however. He authored several books of poetry and two autobiographies, the first being the somewhat-controversial 1977 tome "I Am Not Spock," which examined his self-declared identity crisis brought on by being associated with the character. His second, 1995's "I Am Spock," revealed that he had reached a certain peace with the influence the role had on his life. He also recorded several albums, most of which are considered to be masterpieces of unintentional camp.

Nimoy was an avid photographer, having studied photography at the University of California, Los Angeles, in the 1970s. In 2002 he released a provocative collection of photographs titled "The Shekhina Project," which drew controversy for its depiction of Jewish female nudes. Five years after its publication, Nimoy examined the beauty in plus-sized women for 2007's "The Full Body Project."

Nimoy's final TV role was in "Fringe," in which he played genius scientist and Massive Dynamic CEO William Bell, and his final voice-acting role was for the animated film Zambezia.

The actor also was very active on social media, sharing affirmations and words of wisdom on Twitter accompanied by his sign-off, "LLAP," or "Live Long and Prosper." His final tweet, dated February 22, told his 1.13 million followers, "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. "

Nimoy is survived by his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, his two children, director Adam Nimoy and Julie Nimoy, from his previous marriage to Sandra Zober, as well as a stepson and several grandchildren.

Cinema Management Group launches European hub

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Cinema Management Group launches European hub
Efm: The Beverly Hills-based sales agency has launched a full-time office in Paris named Cmg Europe Sas.

The new venture will meet with producers at the Efm this week to discuss a number of projects as Cmg chief Edward Noeltner aims to expand his co-production business.

Cmg has been expanding its international portfolio and recently acquired the Argentina-Canada-Italy family film and recent Sundance selection The Games Maker.

The slate includes Venezuelan production Liz In September from Camera d’Or winner Fina Torres, while Bruno Barreto is in pre-production with another Latin American title.

“We were extremely pleased with our collaboration with Bruno on Reaching For The Moon and his new project, written by Bruno and Matthew Chapman has got huge international appeal,” said Noeltner.

Cmg will also present in Berlin The Messenger, its latest UK title after Saving Santa 3D and Plastic.

David Blair directs Robert Sheehan, Lily Cole and Joely Richardson in supernatural tale The Messenger from producer
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'Born To Dance' Begins Principal Photography

Leading sales agent Cinema Management Group (Cmg) has announced that "Born To Dance," a fresh take on the hip hop dance genre, began shooting on Monday in Auckland, New Zealand.

The feature is choreographed by eight-time World Hip Hop Championships winner Parris Goebel, a faculty member of Monsters of Hip Hop, and recent star in her own right of "Step Up All In."

U.S. bombshell Kherington Payne plays Sasha, the female lead in the multi-million dollar feature. Kherington was propelled to fame with her top ten placing in the hit Us reality show So You Think You Can Dance, which led to a principal role as Alice in the 2009 remake of feature film "Fame." She was also the lead in E! Networks docu-drama The Dance Scene, and was a principal dancer for Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream tour.

"Born To Dance" is a coming of age tale told through the eyes of ‘Tu’, an ambitious young man from Auckland who dreams of being a professional hip hop dancer. When he is invited to audition for the best crew in the country, and meets their leading lady Sasha, his dreams begin to turn to reality.

Australasian superstar Stan Walker will play the role of Benjy, Tu’s best friend. Walker shot to fame when he won the first season of Australian Idol and has since cemented his stardom with multiple platinum albums, appearing as a judge on The X Factor New Zealand, and a leading role in the 2013 feature film "Mt Zion."

Tammy Davis will direct, following from his award-winning shorts "Ebony Society" and "Sonny, My Older Brother." New discovery Tia Maipi, a member of world championship hip hop crew The Royal Family, will take on his first major acting role playing Tu.

Peter Jackson’s Park Road Post are the post-production partner, while Vendetta Films will distribute in Aus/Nz. Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group begin world sales at the upcoming Afm. Noeltner says:

“We are very excited to be selling this high energy, exotic and incredibly choreographed film to the buyers at Afm. We are confident this will pick up where the Step Up franchise left off, and we see this as the next international music and dance sensation with terrific worldwide box office potential.”

About Cmg

Cmg, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, has firmly established itself as one of the leading international sales companies. Recent successes include the 3D animated feature "Zambezia,"which saw its international box office climb to over Usd $37million. Other properties handled by Cmg which have had #1 openings internationally include "Khumba" and this holiday season’s 3D animated feature "Saving Santa." For more information, visit
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Aardman's Arthur Sheriff joins Triggerfish

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Sheriff leaves Aardman Animations after 25 years.

Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation has appointed Arthur Sheriff as an advisor to the company.

London-based Sheriff has been Aardman’s Head of Communications for the past 25 years and will now step down from that post.

Sheriff said: “While I’m sad to be moving on from Aardman, I see in Triggerfish an exciting young company bursting with creative ideas. They remind me very much of Aardman before their huge worldwide success.

“I’ve had the pleasure of advising their management team in a ‘non-official’ capacity for the last few years, and now that I spend a considerable portion of the year in Cape Town, I’m looking forward to contributing in a more active role.”

Triggerfish has worked on Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba and is currently in production (with Magic Light) on Stick Man; more features are in development.

“Our first two feature films took us through the whole process
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Arthur Sherrif joins Triggerfish as advisor

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Sheriff leaves Aardman after 25 years.

Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation has appointed Arthur Sheriff as an advisor to the company.

London-based Sheriff has been Aardman’s Head of Communications for the past 25 years and will now step down from that post.

Sheriff said: “While I’m sad to be moving on from Aardman, I see in Triggerfish an exciting young company bursting with creative ideas. They remind me very much of Aardman before their huge worldwide success. I’ve had the pleasure of advising their management team in a ‘non-official’ capacity for the last few years, and now that I spend a considerable portion of the year in Cape Town, I’m looking forward to contributing in a more active role.”

Triggerfish has worked on Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba and is currently in production (with Magic Light) on Stick Man; more features are in development.

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Isa of the Day: Edward Noeltner - International Sales Agent and Founder / Head of Cinema Management Group of Beverly Hills (Cmg)

Edward Noeltner has been a friend of ours in and out of 'the business' (as those of us who work in it tend to call it) for many years now. Our families know each other and we have been on many nice social occasions to each other's homes.

Thus we have a lovely personal connection to this great film guy.

So it is with impressed awe that we have watched his company expand and continue to represent great and important films.

Edward was born in New Jersey and moved at one year of age to Munich, Germany. His dad was Head of Radio Liberty, a Us government sponsored radio station that beamed Us government propaganda (let's call it that) to the countries of the (then large and active and now gone) Soviet Union.

He lived in Munich West Germany, and on September 4, 1972 attended the Olympic Games there. He describes it like this. 'The atmosphere that day was very free spirited and lively in the Olympic Village. Then the next day - massacre.' On September 5, 1972 disaster struck the Olympics. The sporting nature of which was largely overshadowed by the Munich massacre in which eleven Israeli athletes and coaches, a West German police officer, and five Palestinian Black September militants were killed.

He left Germany in 1973. But he had grown up at his father's workplace, and knew radio production and and often hung out at the Munich station. From Germany he moved to Arizona where he attended high school in Tucson. He worked there at radio and TV stations in the newsroom of the local CBS affiliate. 'I fell naturally into this as I had developed such a love of radio and news as a boy'.

He remembers the great Fellini film 8 1/2 particularly arousing his interest in film and especially European cinema.

In Tucson he began to habituate their great (and still thriving) arthouse cinema The Loft.

He entered the University of Arizona / Tucson to get a degree from theDepartment handling Radio TV Film Drama. 'I was very close to getting my Master's there when I left'.

He decided then to move to USC instead to get a Masters Degree and was there from 1980-84.

It was there he met his wife who also studied there, the French national Marie Christine. In 1984 they moved to Paris.

He first worked for Europe Export Films and stayed with them for 7 years. In 1994 he started Senator International in Berlin and stayed until 1996.

He then moved on to Pandora Cinema of Paris where we first met him when he worked there with Ernst Goldschmidt and Sudy Coy.

In 1998 Pandora was sold to Gaylord Entertainment (which Edward describes as 'a mainstream company').

In 1999 Svensk of Copenhagen offered him a good job opportunity. They had a nice library of 40 plus film titles.

He came as they had just gotten Faithless, based on an Ingmar Bergmann script and directed by the great Bergman actress Liv Ulman. Edward says, 'Big success. It sold everywhere and was in the Cannes Film Festival Official Selection'.

Edward also had an Oscar Nomination there with Under the Sun by Colin Nutley.

In 2001 he accepted a Miramax offer to become Head of Sales for the Weinstein brothers in New York. Chicago was just one of their great titles which had a very good run.

In 2003 he decided to move to La and start his own sales company, Cinema Management Group / Cmg. Off to a good start one of his first films, the animation Hoodwinked grossed $110 million worldwide.

Since 2003, Cmg has added over 100 titles to its line-up which includes quality feature films of all genres, 3-D animated features and series as well as award winning feature length documentaries and series.

Over the past 25 years, Edward Noeltner has licensed some 16 Oscar nominated features (many of them Oscar winners) and has worked with some of the most creative individuals in the industry. Films like Scott Hick’s Shine, Carlos Saura’s Tango, Liv Ullmann’s Faithless, or Rob Marshall’s Chicago are just some of the many memorable feature films Noeltner has been associated with in terms of int’l sales.

Since its inception, Cmg has been known for offering original, commercial properties. Cmg co-executive producing the cult animated series "Happy Tree Friends" and licensed both DVD and Television rights to the series in over 40 int’l territories including the Us and Canada. Today, Cmg offers an array of exciting new 3-D Digital CGI animated features, all independently produced with amazing voice talents such as Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson, Abigail Breslin, Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne and Liam Neeson along with some of the finest animators working in the business. Cmg’s collaboration with Triggerfish Animation – Adventures In Zambezia– garnered over Us$ 26million in its theatrical run with a number of major territories still to be released.

This Afm Edward and Cmg are launching a mixed agenda of films and he is especially high on the thriller


This following company promo makes me want to see it:

High octane from start to finish, Plastic is based on the incredible true story of a heist of one of Beverly Hills’ top jewelry merchants. Brilliant college student Sam has the perfect credit card scam…until his crew robs the wrong man. Now they have two weeks to repay ruthless gangster Marcel Us$2 million or they will be dead. Sam and his team devise a scheme to clear their debt by heading to Miami to poach enough cash and merchandise. But they come up short. So Sam and his gang set their sights on a daring jewelry heist that could make them hugely wealthy for life. Their plan turns sour, however, when the team members start turning on each other. Now it’s up to Sam to finish the brazen heist and turn the tables on Marcel before they all go down.

Cmg at Afm will also have the supernatural horror feature

The Hunted : In an attempt to land their own TV show, Jake (Josh Stewart) and Stevie (Ronnie Gene Blevins) head to the dense, secluded mountains of West Virginia. Equipped with only their bow and cameras, they have three days to kill a monster buck big enough to grab the attention of a TV network. Once they find the massive animal, they look to strike fast. But as the sun sets, they realize they're not alone. A supernatural force appears to be lurking in the vacant woods... and now they're the ones being hunted.

Always good on animation for the kiddies this coming holiday season Edward is selling

Saving Santa 3D : At the top of the North Pole, Bernard is an elf in Santa’s workshop who’s always messing up. One morning, after sleeping in late, Santa kindly shows Bernard the oh-so-secret time machine on his sleigh, which almost no one knows about. Suddenly, Bernard finds army commandos raiding the North Pole, demanding to know the location of his coveted time machine. If the world were to discover the exact location and existence of the North Pole, it would ruin Christmas for everyone! Bernard runs to the time machine and activates the device, going back in time to that same morning. Now it’s a race against time to forge a plot with any elf that will believe his tale, and save Santa before the world finds out the secret of Christmas.


The Santa Story: Inspired by Frank L. Baum’s timeless classic, take a magical 3D animated journey to uncover the true origins of the little boy named Nick who grew up to become Santa Claus. Set in his childhood village, join in Little Nick’s first real life adventures which teach him the gift of giving and the powerful spirit of community. As Nick grows up, he must confront his own self-doubts and bring everyone together to keep his old foe Rolf from taking over his village. With the help of two amazingly crafty elves, a majestic reindeer and a group of lovable orphans, Nick rebuilds his hometown and finally becomes the man we all know and love – Santa Claus.

Another kiddie animation film that looks great, about a half-striped zebra proving himself on the African plains

Khumba : When Khumba, a half-striped zebra is blamed for the lack of rain by the rest of his insular, superstitious herd, he embarks on a daring quest to earn his stripes. In his search for the legendary waterhole in which the first zebras got their stripes, Khumba meets a quirky range of characters, and teams up with an unlikely duo: an overprotective wildebeest, Mama V, and Bradley, a self-obsessed ostrich. But before he can reunite with his herd, Khumba will have to come face to face with Phango, a scary leopard who controls the waterholes and terrorizes all the animals in the Great Karoo.

It's not all black and white in this colorful adventure with a difference!

Afm will also see Cmg's quality drama, the Barreto family Produced/ Directed

Reaching for the Moon : Frustrated poet Elizabeth Bishop travels to Brazil and encounters the beguiling architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Initial hostilities make way for a complicated yet long-lasting love affair that dramatically alters Bishop’s relationship to the world around her. Anchored by magnificent lead performances from Miranda Otto and Gloria Pires, Reaching for the Moon is an intimate snapshot of the search for inspiration, wherever and however you find it

Cmg also has quality documentaries like Rob Stewart's ambitious feature that tours the planet with an inspiring and beautiful ecological message about saving our world.

Revolution : Continuing his adventurous journey around the world, filmmaker Rob Stewart brings us Revolution, a full length feature film that is inspiring humans to change the world and save our planet. Along with world renowned experts, he learns that past evolutions can help solve some of our current and future environmental problems. Startling, beautiful, and provocative, Revolution has already won awards at international film festivals and shows us that we can make a difference.

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Fandry, Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya to compete at International Children’s Film Festival of India

Fandry, Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya to compete at International Children’s Film Festival of India
The 18th International Children’s Film Festival of India has announced the competition lineup for 2013. Some of the well-known Indian films in competition are Nagraj Manjule’s Fandry [Read interview], Shilpa Ranade’s Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya [Read interview] and Batul Mukhtiar’s Kaphal.

Organized by the Children’s Film Society of India, the biennial festival also known as The Golden Elephant will be held from November 14-20, 2013 in Hyderabad.

Competition Live Action

A Horse on the Balcony

Dir.: Hüseyin Tabak (Austria)

Tainá – an Amazon Legend

Dir.: Rosanne Svartman (Brazil)


Dir.: Ian Padrón (Cuba)

The Great Bird Chase

Dir.: Christian Dyekjær (Denmark)

Horizon Beautiful

Dir.: Stefan Jäger (Ethiopia, Switzerland)



Igor and the Cranes’ Journey

Dir.: Evgeny Ruman (Germany, Israel, Poland)


Dir.: Nagraj Manjule (India)


Dir.: Batul Mukhtiar (India)

Good Fellows


7 Days of Himmawari and her Puppies

Dir.: Emiko Hiramatsu (Japan)

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Cmg closes Khumba sales

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Cmg closes Khumba sales
Exclusive: Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group has licensed rights on the animation and Toronto selection to Transmission in Australia, Kaleidoscope in the UK and Eagle for Italy.

Kaleidoscope is eying a first quarter 2014 release for the story about a half-striped zebra who embarks on a quest for his origins, accompanied by an overprotective wildebeest, narcissistic ostrich and plucky young zebra.

Khumba follows hot on the heels of Zambezia, which became the biggest hit at the South African box office in 30 years.

The film gets its first theatrical release when it opens in South Africa on October 25.

Jake T Austin, Steve Buscemi, Loretta Devine, Laurence Fishburne, Richard E Grant, AnnaSophia Robb, Catherine Tate and Liam Neeson comprise the key voice cast.

“We’re delighted to be in business with these three powerhouse independent distributors” said Noeltner.

Triggerfish writers Raffaella Delle Donne and Anthony Silverston wrote the original screenplay in consultation with Jonathan Roberts, co-writer of [link
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Watch The New Khumba Trailer; Features Voices Of Liam Neeson, Laurence Fishburne, Steve Buscemi & Set For North American Premiere At Tiff

Check out this adorable new trailer for director Anthony Silverston’s Khumba.

After screening at the Annecy and Durban film festivals, it was announced yesterday Khumba will have its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Khumba tells the story of a half-striped zebra who is blamed for the drought by his superstitious herd. He leaves his home in search of the magic waterhole where legend has it, the first zebras got their stripes. Teaming up with an overprotective, sassy wildebeest and a self-obsessed ostrich, this plucky young zebra meets an array of wacky characters in an unforgettable adventure through the Great Karoo desert to earn his stripes.

The cast includes Liam Neeson, Laurence Fishburne and Steve Buscemi.

Khumba is the second animated feature to be produced by Cape Town-based, Triggerfish Animation Studios, which has seen a successful global release of Adventures In Zambezia. The original
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New DVD Blu-ray: 'The Place Beyond the Pines,' 'Oblivion,' 'Mud'

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"The Place Beyond the Pines"

What's It About? In "A Place Beyond the Pines" Derek Cianfrance ("Blue Valentine") weaves together three vignettes starring Ryan Gosling as a bleach blonde, motorcycle-riding bank robber, Eva Mendes as a tough single mother, and Bradley Cooper as a conflicted cop. The first part of the film follows Luke (Gosling) as he robs banks to support his unexpected child and to win back the mother Romina (Mendes). Halfway through "Pines" breaks off to tell the story of Avery (Cooper), a wounded cop who discovers corruption in his department.

Why We're In: While "Pines" breaks off suddenly in various directions, the film's audacious screenplay and structure are what make it so powerful and compelling. Cianfrance's drama is one of novelistic proportions and definitely worth its long running time.

Rt & Follow to win @FocusFeatures' Place Beyond The Pines Combo Pack! #BeyondThePines
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'Zambezia' refreshingly delightful (Ians Movie Review)

'Zambezia' refreshingly delightful (Ians Movie Review)
Film: "Zambezia"; Voiceovers: Jeremy Suarez, Samuel J. Jackson, Jennifer Lewis, Abigail Breslin, Leonard Nimoy, Jeff Goldblum, Richard E. Grant, Jamal Mixon, Jim Cummings; Director: Wayne Thornley; Rating: ** and 1/2

This animated film in 2D and 3D versions from South Africa is at par with any other such from Hollywood. It is innocently and delightfully mesmerising. It is also colourful and lively with a birdy - entertainment.

The film begins with Kai (Jeremy Suarez) a young, enthusiastic and lonely falcon living in the barren Katungu desert of Africa questioning his reclusive father, Tendai (Samuel J. Jackson), "Is living all about surviving?" when his father was training him to be the fastest lizard grabber.

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Casting: Sturgess, Bentley, Fishburne, Arnett

Eliza Graves

Jim Sturgess has joined the cast of Brad Anderson's horror thriller "Eliza Graves" alongside Kate Beckinsale. The story is a loose adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe's short story "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether."

Sturgess plays a med school graduate who takes a job at an insane asylum. He is unaware of the fact that it has been taken over by its occupants who are posing as the staff. Shooting begins in June. [Source: THR]

Things People Do

Wes Bentley, Haley Bennett, Jason Isaacs and Vinessa Shaw have all joined the cast of Saar Klein's "Things People Do". Shooting has just begun in New Mexico.

Bentley and Shaw will play a married couple with the husband's life thrown into chaos after losing his job and meeting a stranger (Bennett). Isaacs is a detective he befriends. [Source: Deadline]


Laurence Fishburne will join Liam Neeson, AnnaSophia Robb, Jake T Austin,
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Exclusive: Two Adventures in Zambezia Clips

Exclusive: Two Adventures in Zambezia Clips
Our two exclusive clips from Adventures in Zambezia, currently available on Blu-ray and DVD only at Wal-Mart, highlight the star-studded voice cast in this animated adventure. The first clip features Kai (Jeremy Suarez), a young falcon who meets Easy (Jamal Mixon) after escaping from home. The second clip features Kai meeting Sekhuru (Leonard Nimoy), and learns that he was actually born in Zambezia.

Zambezia - Exclusive "Kai Meets Easy"

Zambezia - Exclusive "They Founded the Hurricanes Together"

When a spirited young falcon named Kai (Jeremy Suarez, TV's The Bernie Mac Show) learns of Zambezia, the fabulous city of birds, he leaves his remote country home against the wishes of his father (Samuel L. Jackson). But when his dad is captured by an evil lizard who plans to attack the city, Kai must learn the importance of teamwork if he's to rescue his father, save his new friends and help keep Zambezia lizard free.
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Adventures In Zambezia DVD Review

Director: Wayne Thornley

Starring: Jeremy Suarez, Abigail Breslin, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson, Leonard Nimoy and Richard E. Grant.

Certificate: U

Running Time: 79 minutes

DVD Extras: “Come Fly With Me” music video by Jewels Jaselle and Benj Heard and four featurettes.

Any animated effort made outside the realms of Disney-Pixar is always going to struggle to make an impression with critics. The beauty in their storytelling, along with their glorious and faultless computer animation, show the studio team-up with the House Of Mouse has the smarts to appeal to both children and adults. Consistently churning out genuine masterpieces. Few others have made an indelible mark but Dreamworks’ first two Shrek movies, How To Train Your Dragon and Despicable Me mark highlights in the (Pixar-less) genre, while Anime house, Studio Ghibli’s hand-drawn efforts continue to impress away from Hollywood. Not forgetting the charm of the UK’s very own Aardman Animation.
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'Wreck-It Ralph' Tops the 2013 Annie Awards

I really don't put much stock in the International Animated Film Society's 2013 Annie Awards, which is why I didn't rush to report on their results on Saturday. One year Disney and Pixar boycott the event, feeling there was an unfair advantage paid to larger contributing sponsors, DreamWorks being the primary example. So with such a nasty stench over the event what good does it do to pay it much mind? That said, I'll be brief in mentioning Wreck-It Ralph topped Saturday night's winners with five awards, including Best Animated Picture. The awards have something like a 75% streak when it comes to helping predict the eventual Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature and as the days have gone on, it's looking more and more like Ralph will be this year's winner (see my predictions here). Pixar's Brave, Laika's ParaNorman and DreamWorks' Rise of the Guardians each took home two awards in lesser,
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"Wreck-It-Ralph" Dominates Annie Awards!

Disney's "Wreck-It-Ralph" was the big winner at the 40th Annie Awards held Saturday taking home the Best Animated Feature award. It is now officially the Oscar frontrunner in the Best Animated Film category.

Here's the complete list of winners/nominees; for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies this season, click here:

Animated Feature

"Brave" . Pixar Animation Studios

"Frankenweenie" . Walt Disney Studios

"Hotel Transylvania" . Sony Pictures Animation

"ParaNorman" . Focus Features

"Rise of the Guardians" . DreamWorks Animation

"The Pirates! Band of Misfits" . Aardman Animations

"The Rabbi.s Cat ". Gkids

Winner "Wreck-It Ralph" . Walt Disney Animation Studios

Animated Special Production

"Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1" . Warner Bros. Animation

"Before Orel" . Trust . Starburns Industries, Inc.

Winner "Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem" . Illumination Entertainment

"Disney Tron: Uprising . Beck.s Beginning" . Disney TV Animation

"Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury" . DreamWorks Animation

"Justice League: Doom" . Warner Bros. Animation

Animated Short Subject

"Brad and Gary" . Illumination
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Triggerfish’s Debut ‘Zambezia’ Nominated In Coveted Animation Awards

We’re excited to report that Triggerfish Animation’s debut feature ‘Adventures In Zambezia’ has been nominated for two coveted ‘Annie’ awards - it’s the animation industry’s version of the Oscars and the team are, quite rightfully, thrilled to be up against the likes of Wreck-it Ralph, Brave, Frankenweenie and more!

It’s the first time a studio in Africa has made the prestigious shortlist – and follows the earlier accolade of ‘Zambezia’ making it onto the official Oscar nomination shortlist, for the animation that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Abigail Breslin and Leonard Nimoy all voicing characters. Executive Producer and head of the South African-based studio, Stuart Forrest, is particularly proud to be nominated in both categories alongside animation giants like Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, Sony, Blue Sky and Illumination and had this to say:

”It’s a huge honour for Triggerfish to be nominated alongside the greatest
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