LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- DreamWorks Animation's "How To Train Your Dragon" won top honors as the Best Animated Feature at the 38th Annual Annie Awards on Saturday, February 5 at UCLA's Royce Hall. Best Animated Short Subject was presented to Pixar's ‘Day & Night'; Best Animated Television Commercial to Duck Studios ‘Children's Medical Center'; Nickelodeon's ‘SpongeBob SquarePants' was honored as Best Animated Television Production for Children and Playdead's ‘Limbo' won Best Animated Video Game. A new category, Character Animation in a Live Action Production was presented to Sony Pictures' ‘Alice in Wonderland.' A complete list of the 38th Annual Annie Award winners can be viewed at www.annieawards.org. The Annie Awards ceremony will also be web cast on the Annies website later this month.

Host Tom Kenny was joined on stage by a lively mix of animation luminaries, celebrity presenters and comedic talent including animation legend June Foray, Matt Groening, James Hong, Danica McKellar, Kevin Michael Richardson, Mike Henry, Candi Milo, Bob Bergen, Jay Baruchel, Guillermo Del Toro, Bill Plympton, Billy West, Nika Futterman, Brian Regan, Corey Burton, Jeremy Shada, Olivia Olson, Jim Cummings, John DiMaggio and Eric Goldberg. The Winsor McCay award was presented to three animation industry leaders - Brad Bird, Eric Goldberg and Matt Groening. Brad Bird is currently filming in Vancouver and accepted his Winsor via a videotaped message.

"ASIFA-Hollywood congratulates all of its Annie Award winners, " said ASIFA-Hollywood President Antran Manoogian. "The recognition that each award recipient received was certainly well-deserved."

Often a predictor of the annual Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, the Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as individual achievement in a total of 25 categories ranging from best feature, production design, character animation, and effects animation to storyboarding, video games, writing, music and voice acting. Entries submitted for consideration were from productions that originally aired, were exhibited in an animation festival or commercially released between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010.

Founded in 1972 by ASIFA member and veteran voice talent June Foray, the Annie Awards have grown in scope and stature for the past three decades. Today, ASIFA-Hollywood is the largest of an international network of chapters and supports a range of animation initiatives through its membership. Current projects include an animation archive, library and museum, classes and screenings, and animated film preservation efforts.



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christophernolannews2.pngInception's Christopher Nolan won the Best Original Screenplay Award from the Writers Guild of America this evening. The win marks an upset over The Kid Are All Right, which was considered by many to be the heavy favorite. The King's Speech was not eligible to win the WGA award, but it remains the leading contender for the Oscar.

Aaron Sorkin won Best Adapted Screenplay for The Social Network. Nothing can stop Sorkin from also taking home the Oscar at this point.

The other major film win went to Inside Job's Charles Ferguson for Best Documentary screenplay.

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Source: Daily Mail UK

Ralph Fiennes is the latest actor to take part in discussions for a role in Sam Mendes' upcoming film, which is yet unnamed but it's the 23rd film in the James Bond franchise. Fiennes is reportedly not in the running for the same role that it was announced earlier this week that Javier Bardem was in talks to play, but a role that was described by an executive close to the production as "darkly complex."

According to the unnamed executive, "it's the first of a new generation of Bond films, and the ideas Mendes has push the film into darker territory where the characters are modern, mature and challenging." While this direction certainly sounds intriguing, it will be interesting to see how far Mendes can and will actually go, for two reasons: in both of the last two installments, Casino Royale and A Quantum of Solace, Bond was already portrayed as a much more sophisticated and complex character than in many earlier films, offering almost precisely the kind of "darker territory" Mendes film promises; and the last time the franchise veered into that sort of material, during the Timothy Dalton era, the choice almost killed the franchise.

However, if both Fiennes and Bardem end up joining the production, it will certainly rank among the most star-studded of the Bond films, and that can't hurt its commercial prospects. Thankfully, Daniel Craig will play Bond himself regardless, at the very least ensuring that Bond will return once again in a familiar form.


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Beverly Hills, CA -- Eighty-third Academy Awards telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer today announced the artists who will perform the nominated songs on the Kodak Theatre stage on Oscar Night®.

Gwyneth Paltrow will perform "Coming Home" from the film "Country Strong."

Original Song nominee A.R. Rahman and Florence Welch, of Florence + the Machine, will perform "If I Rise" from the film "127 Hours." Rahman is nominated for writing the music (Dido and Rollo Armstrong are also nominated for the song's lyric).

Alan Menken, who is nominated for writing the music for "I See the Light" from the animated film "Tangled," will accompany singers Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi on the piano (Glenn Slater is also nominated for the song's lyric).

Randy Newman will perform his nominated song "We Belong Together" from the animated film "Toy Story 3."

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.


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Washington D.C. -- CinemaCon 2011, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), proudly announces that Coca-Cola will serve as the "Official Presenting Sponsor" for its inaugural convention, set to take place from March
28 - 31, 2011 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

When it debuts in 2011, CinemaCon will be the largest and most important annual gathering of cinema owners and operators from around the world. CinemaCon will attract upwards of 5,000 motion picture professionals from all facets of the industry -- from exhibition and distribution, to the equipment and concession areas -- all on hand to celebrate the cinema industry, the moviegoing experience and the cinema industry. From exclusive Hollywood product presentations highlighting a slate of upcoming films, to must-see premiere feature screenings, to the biggest stars, producers and directors, CinemaCon will help jumpstart the excitement and buzz that surrounds the summer season at the box office.

"CinemaCon is simply thrilled to be partnering with Coca-Cola," noted Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon. "When it comes to the motion picture theater industry, no single company exemplifies partnership more than our friends at Coca-Cola. Dedicated to promoting the theatrical experience worldwide, Coca-Cola is innovative, on the cutting edge and highly regarded when it comes to their incredible promotional efforts and campaigns from both the exhibition and distribution sides of the business."

"Since Coca-Cola was first served in movie theaters in the early 1920s, our brands have been a refreshing part of the movie-going experience for almost 90 years," said Stefanie Miller, Group Vice President, Strategic Partnership Marketing, Coca-Cola Refreshments. "Through our association with CinemaCon, we're able to connect and collaborate with our valued theater industry partners and create moviegoing experiences that bring moments of happiness to people every day in theaters around the world."

The CinemaCon schedule will be broad, diverse and educational, and will feature a trade show and demonstration suite area, located on three levels of the Caesars Palace Conference Center. Coordinated and run in association with its trade show partners, ICTA (International Cinema Technology Association) and NAC (National Association of Concessionaires), the CinemaCon trade show will be largest of its kind, presented solely for the cinema industry. CinemaCon is delighted to call Caesars Palace its home. As one of Las Vegas' leading casino hotels, the upscale surroundings will offer all delegates the very best with its beautiful new conference center, finest hotel accommodations and world-class restaurants. In addition, a magnificent state-of-the-art theatre, The Colosseum, will accommodate all delegates under the same roof at once.


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