As fans of animated movies and Ben Wyatt know all too well, there's a great deal of time and effort that goes into stop motion animation. However, since all audiences see in the theaters is the finished product, Laika, the studio behind ParaNorman and Coraline, released an amazing new trailer for their upcoming film The Boxtrolls highlights just how much work and attention to detail goes into every single frame of a stop-motion animated film.
Based on the children's book Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow, The Boxtrolls will tell the story of Eggs (Isaac Hempstead-Wright), who was found as a baby by a community of Boxtrolls — trash-collecting creatures who live underground and wear boxes for clothing — and is forced to try and save his friends when an evil exterminator (Ben Kingsley) attempts to wipe them out in order to improve the town standing. Assisting him is Winnie (Elle Fanning), a young, wealthy girl who helps Eggs find a place for the Boxtrolls on the surface. The dialogue-less trailer gives the audience a quick introduction to the characters, the Boxtrolls, and the intricate, painstakingly crafted worlds they live in.
The trailer gives as surprising and delightful look at the way that stop-motion animation comes together, from adjusting the tiny wire flowers in a crack in the sidewalk, to the drawers full of faces that need to be modeled and painted, to the metal bodies that give the figurines support and help them move. Whether or not you’re interested in seeing the process of making movies, the trailer for The Boxtrolls reveals some of the effort and work that does into the film, and then seamlessly blends it with footage from the finished film, giving audiences a chance to see both sides of the film.
To see the results of all of that hard work, and to find out why all of the characters are so obsessed with cheese, catch The Boxtrolls when it arrives in theaters September 26, 2014.
The teaser trailer for The Boxtrolls introduces us to an array of possible parenting pairs that come in all shape and sizes, which initially comes off as celebrating same sex-marriage victories in Cali.
But, the teaser soon veers off from discussing family structures... and right when we think an adorable adolescent, Eggs, is all alone in a creepy dark alley, we meet this spiky-haired little boy's oddly shaped and sized family as gremlins in boxes pop up for playtime! This adorable theatrical trailer incites giggles and cheer as we watch the cutie toddler and his boxy pals.
The Boxtrolls is a stop-motion flick based on the novel Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow. The adventure film is produced by Laika, the same animation studio that released Coraline and Paranorman. The Boxtrolls reels in an A-List cast to lend their voices to the film including Isaac Hempstead Wright of Game of Thrones fame, Ben Kingsley, Super 8's Elle Fannning, Simon Pegg, Tracy Morgan, and more!
The story follows orphaned toddler Eggs (Wright), who has to save his adopted-family of cave-inhabiting, trash-collecting box trolls after they are threatened to extinction by the malicious Archibald Snatcher. Gah!
Follow Eggs' adventure when The Boxtrolls bounces into theaters September 26, 2014.
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As CGI tightens its firm grasp on the animation industry, another style remains a consistent favorite for many: stop-motion.
Last year alone saw the format deliver greats like Frankenweenie, The Pirates: Band of Misfits, and the especially stellar ParaNorman. Now, the minds behind the engaging zombie movie are reteaming to deliver another fun, albeit monstrous, tale: The Boxtrolls. Focus Features and the Laika animation studio, also the forces who created 2009's Coraline, have announced inception on this new fantasy flick, with Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost set to star.
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The Boxtrolls will serve as an adaptation of Alan Snow's novel Here Be Monsters!, which tells the tale of a young orphan who teams up with a slew of fantastical creatures to overthrow the reign of the criminal who rules his fictional English town. Along with Kinglsey, Pegg, and Frost, The Boxtrolls' cast will include Tracy Morgan, Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Richard Ayoade, and Isaac Hempstead-Wright.
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All we want is a teeny tiny sneak peek at what’s coming on Season 3 of Game of Thrones. Is that too much? Okay, it is asking a lot.
As a consolation prize, HBO gathered the Stark kids ‘round a microphone once more to record a rap version of the series’ infectious theme song — a bit of a companion piece to last year’s giggle-fest and sing-a-long. Sophie Turner (Sansa), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran), and Maisie Williams (Arya) take their best shot at freestyling to the opening credits — and by best, we mean they “Uhh” and “Yeah” like champs. If anything, the rap is a true testament to their observational skills.
It’s probably a good thing their jobs are pretty secure at HBO, because not a single one of them has a shot at rivaling a successful rapper. I’m pretty sure they couldn’t even keep up with Mel C.’s “rap” section of “Wannabe.”
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The film and television nominations for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards have been released, recognizing achievements in both individual performances and the strengths of ensemble casts. This year's television award nominations are listed below, including many worthy recipients, but there are also a few surprising absences. Among the hard-hitters listed below are dramas like HBO's Mildred Pierce and Boardwalk Empire, AMC's Breaking Bad and comedies such as ABC's Modern Family (which swept the Emmys this year) and NBC's 30 Rock. However, some might be surprised not to find the new Showtime drama Homeland or NBC's secret weapon Parks and Recreation.
The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will air live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Jan. 29, 2012 on TNT and TBS.
Click here to read the list of this year's film nominees.
18th ANNUAL SAG AWARDS NOMINATIONS: PRIMETIME TELEVISION
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Laurence Fishburne - Thurgood (HBO)
Paul Giamatti - Too Big to Fail (HBO)
Greg Kinnear - The Kennedy (Reelz Channel)
Guy Pearce - Mildred Pierce (HBO)
James Woods - Too Big to Fail (HBO
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Diane Lane - Cinema Verite (HBO)
Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey (PBS)
Emily Watson - Appropriate Adult (Sundance Channel)
Betty White - Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Lost Valentine (CBS)
Kate Winslet - Mildred Pierce (HBO)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Patrick J. Adams - Suits (USA)
Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Kyle Chandler - Friday Night Lights (DirecTV)
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad (AMC)
Michael C. Hall - Dexter (Showtime)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Kathy Bates - Harry's Law (NBC)
Glenn Close - Damages (DirecTV)
Jessica Lange - American Horror Story (FX)
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife (CBS)
Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer (TNT)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock (NBC)
Ty Burrell - Modern Family (ABC)
Steve Carell - The Office (NBC)
Jon Cryer - Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Eric Stonestreet - Modern Family (ABC)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Julia Bowen - Modern Family (ABC)
Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Tina Fey - 30 Rock (NBC)
Sofia Vergara - Modern Family (ABC)
Betty White - Hot in Cleveland (TV Land)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire (HBO) - Steve Buscemi, Dominic Chianese, Robert Clohessy, Dabney Coleman, Charlie Cox, Jose & Lucy Gallina, Stephen Graham, Jack Huston, Anthony Laciura, Heather Lind, Kelly Macdonald, Rory & Declan McTigue, Gretchen Mol, Brady & Connor Noon, Kevin O'Rourke, Aleksa Palladino, Jacqueline Pennewill, Vincent Piazza, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon, Paul Sparks, Michael Stuhlbarg, Peter Van Wagner, Shea Whigham, Michael Kenneth Williams, Anatol Yusef
Breaking Bad (AMC) - Jonathan Banks, Betsy Brandt, Ray Campbell, Bryan Cranston, Giancarlo Esposito, Anna Gunn, RJ Mitte, Dean Norris, Bob Odenkirk, Aaron Paul
Dexter (Showtime) - Billy Brown, Jennifer Carpenter, Josh Cooke, Aimee Garcia, Michael C. Hall, Colin Hanks, Desmond Harrington, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Rya Kihlstedt, C.S. Lee, Edward James Olmos, James Remar, Lauren Velez, Peter Weller, David Zayas
Game of Thrones (HBO) - Amrita Acharia, Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Josef Altin, Sean Bean, Susan Brown, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Ron Donachie, Michelle Farley, Jerome Flynn, Elyes Gabel, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson Iain Glen, Julian Glover, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Conleth Hill, Richard Madden, Jason Mamoa, Rory McCann, Ian McElhinney, Luke McEwan, Roxanne McKee, Dar Salim, Mark Stanley, Donald Sumpter, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams
The Good Wife (CBS) - Christine Baranski, Josh Charles, Alan Cumming, Matt Czuchry, Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Archie Panjabi, Graham Phillips, Makenzie Vega
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
30 Rock (NBC) - Scott Adsit, Alec Baldwin, Katrina Bowden, Kevin Brown, Grizz Chapman, Tina Fey, Judah Friedlander, Jane Krakowski, John Lutz, Jack McBrayer, Tracy Morgan, Maulik Pancholy, Keith Powell
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - Mayim Bialik, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch
Glee (Fox) - Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Ashley Fink, Dot Marie Jones, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Mike O'Malley, Chord Overstreet, Lauren Potter, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Iqbal Theba, Jenna Ushkowitz
Modern Family (ABC) - Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Julia Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nolan Gould, Sarah Hyland, Ed O'Neill, Rico Rodriguez, Eric Stonestreet, Sofia Vergara, Ariel Winter
The Office (NBC) - Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Creed Bratton, Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, Kate Flannery, Ed Helms, Mindy Kaling, Ellie Kemper, Angela Kinsey, John Krasinski, Paul Lieberstein, B.J. Novak, Oscar Nunez, Craig Robinson, James Spader, Phyllis Smith, Rainn Wilson, Zach Woods
S01E10 I think it’s safe to say that Game of Thrones had the better season finale last night than its competition, but then again GoT had its source material laid out before hand so it might have had the strategical advantage. Either way, it still kicked all kinds of ass, effectively wrapping up many story lines, setting them in motion for the second season and pulling off one of the funniest scenes ever put on film. Not a bad way to go out.
Let’s start at Winterfell, since the episode started off there and that’s about all the justification I need. Bran is dreaming again and demands to go down into the crypt because he dreamt he saw his father there. He shames Osha into taking him down there (“I’m a cripple” BOOM roasted) and Rickon is already down there. Turns out he had the same dream. Shared dreams mean something deeper is going on. It’s a subtle but effective way of setting up what will happen with him in the upcoming season. Meanwhile all of Robb’s men get fed up dealing with Joffrey this, Renly that, Stannis blah, so they go and pronounce Robb King of the North. A really powerful scene anchored by Richard Madden’s regal stare. He managed to mix humbleness and strength all into one look and it contrasted an earlier scene in the woods when Catelynn and Robb let out their grief over Ned’s death (letting out grief = beating a tree with a sword). Very emotional scene and a good source of inspiration for his actions next season.
"We will kill them all." - Cat
Ep.10 - Inside the Episode
One odd thing was Cat’s interrogation of Jaime. I’m not exactly sure why this was included, seeing as this scene in the books happens pretty far along in the second installment and goes very differently. It makes sense, from a narrative standpoint, that she would accuse him and what not but in the book they get out a lot of information from the captive warrior. The only thing she gets out of him here is that he did in fact try to kill Bran but he wont tell her why (we already know ourselves). Are they just splitting this confession up because Cat doesn’t know about Cersei’s incest yet or was just an excuse to have Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in the episode since he won’t be seen for a while? Methinks the latter.
I was really concerned with how they would end the season at the Wall. Jon’s honor would be tested, as was set up last episode, but I prayed they wouldn’t end on a cliffhanger of him just deserting the wall. Thankfully they didn’t and the final call to battle of the Rangers heading beyond the wall was amazing. Things got a little corny with Jon’s friends all reciting the pledge of the Wall but Commander Mormont’s talking down and rebuttal the next morning made up for it. “I wasn’t talking about your honor,” indeed. And holy hell, I know Sam is supposed to be a craven coward but the way he whined “no” as Jon left? That was just pathetic.
Meanwhile with the Lannisters, Tywin is pissed that Jaime was captured and intends to do something about it. He manages to show a bit of pride in Tyrion when he sends him off to rule the Kingdom through the post of the Hand of the King. For once, Tyrion is speechless. But being the dick he is, Tywin forbids Tyrion from bringing Shae to court. She is of course a little offended but Tyrion has a golden tongue and has her in bed after two lines. He’s a pimp! Also - fun fact, Shae used to be a German porn star before becoming an award winning actress! That’s Europe for you!
Arya gets carted off with a brother of the Night's Watch and he turns her into a boy so she won't rouse any suspicion. I was all sad to see this happen to poor Arya but then she meets Chris from Skins! Since I wasn't around to recap when we first met him can I just say how awesome that is? And if you were wondering if Joffrey is still a dick then you will be pleased to know that he is still, in fact, a huge tool. He starts off ripping the tongue out of a singer's mouth who performs a song about his family and then takes Sansa up to see her father’s head on a spike. He’s a charmer, that one. Sansa almost pushes him off the bridge they were standing on, but the Hound stops her. It shows that Sansa still has some fight in her so there may be some hope for her yet and it sets up her and the Hound's relationship. Good stuff.
More good stuff? How about the scene between Varys and Littlefinger? These two men are the ultimate tricksters. No one quite knows what side they’re on and they both respect the manipulative power of the other so they basically had a verbal sword fight unlike anything we’ve seen. It was a great reminder that we can never really trust either of these men but their slimy ways are just so fun to watch. When Joffrey returned and they turned on those smiles? Brilliant work.
"I warned you that only death can pay for life." - Mirri
Ep.10 - Recap
Then we head out East to Daenerys and Drogo. Daenerys wakes up to pretty much the worst news possible: her son died in birth and was horribly disfigured, Drogo is basically a vegetable, and her clan has dispersed due to being leaderless. She tries to figure out why the magic woman would lie to her after she saved the magic woman’s life but the gypsy had to open up her eyes. She didn’t really save her from anything. Aw hell nah, Daeynerys won’t stand for that so after a quick mercy killing of Drogo (the greatest warrior finally brought down by a pillow), she ties the magic woman to the pyre. Daenerys lays her dragon eggs around Drogo’s body and sets the thing on fire. Jorah tries to stop her but dragon’s aren’t afraid of fire. He wakes up next morning and we end on one of the most powerful visual scene’s ever. Her clothes have burnt off but she sits there suckling three baby dragons. DRAGONS! And then that’s the end of the season! BOOM! AWESOME SAUCE!
This first season of Game of Thrones has been incredible, effectively setting up this complicated realm and how high the stakes were. Then it pretty much just raised them even higher. And the second season will only be crazier because we have less to establish (I imagine we’ll only have a handful of new characters to acquaint ourselves with) and more time to just get into the drama. Jon is heading off beyond the wall. Arya has joined a group of scavengers heading to the wall with Yoren. Robb has claimed himself king and marches to war. Tyrion is sent off to test his golden tongues strength at King’s Landing against Varys and Littlefinger. Cersei is pretty much a hard core bitch and Joffrey rules with a hot head with poor Sansa caught in the middle. And did I mention Daenerys now has DRAGONS? Yeah, the second season is going to be awesome.
Let’s talk about the cast for a second, because as awesome as the story is, it is the cast that brings it to life and this show has one of the strongest ensembles assembled, especially the kids. Maisie Williams and Isaac Hempstead-Wright, as Arya and Bran respectively, carry huge weight on their shoulders but it doesn’t burden them. Jack Gleeson just oozes the slime out of Joffrey and revels in the bitchiness of the character. Richard Madden, as I said above, truly shines as Robb and is thrust into the crown when a few months ago he was all but considered a boy. Michelle Fairley and Lena Headey, as Cat and Cersei respectively, play two incredibly strong female characters with very opposing strengths and for a show to have two female characters like that is amazing. As Daenerys, Emilia Clark had one of the greatest character arcs on television this season and the level of intensity and compassion she brought to the role is rather remarkable considering it's her first major gig. And Peter Dinklage? That son of a bitch deserves an Emmy.
But I want to leave Game of Thrones remembering perhaps the greatest scene ever. We had our weekly gratuitous boob shot of Roz getting dressed as Julian Glover rambled off some monologue about Kings. He’s old and feeble and can’t remember what he meant to say even after he said it. As the Grand Maester Pycelle, he tried to be polite and walk her out the door but she jets. He looks around and then pops up like he was 20 years younger, does a few squats, crackes a few joints, gets dressed and heads out the door. But not before returning to his normal bent over stoop. It was completely unexpected and hilarious. Definitely one to leave the season on and with that, we’ll see you next season.