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Animated features contending for an Academy Award

This year we have seen a number of animated features being released and most of them will be making an appearance on the list of the contenders for Best Animated Feature at the 2013 Academy Awards.

Just think about it: we have had Pirates! Band of Misfits, Brave, Hotel Transylvania, ParaNorman, Frankenweenie, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.  Rise of the Guardians has just been released and we are still waiting for Dorothy of Oz. Allegedly, 21 animated features have been submitted for consideration by the Academy, including the afore-mentioned but also Wreck-It Ralph, The Rabbi’s Cat, From Up on Poppy Hill and Dr Seuss’ The Lorax.

 

Tim Burton eyes Pinocchio

After this years’ Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie, director Tim Burton has been approached for the adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s fairy tale. Although the project was announced in 2011 the project has been delayed due to issues with the script, developed by Bryan Fuller.

However, now with Robert Downey Jr as Geppetto and Jane Goldman, who has previously worked on Stardust, Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class and The Woman in Black, the project is back in development. The film will focus not on the wooden boy, however, but on Geppetto’s search for him after he goes missing.

 

Aaron Sorkin on Steve Jobs’ biopic

Although there are two films about the Apple genious in the making, there is a certain amount of pressure on the script, developed by writer Aaron Sorkin. Although there is another film in the making entitled Jobs: Get Inspired with Ashton Kutcher as Jobs and directed by Joshua Michael Stern, there is unspoken anticipation surrounding Sorkin’s script.

In a recent interview he has revealed that the script he is working on will consist of only three 30-minute scenes. These will be showing three significant launches throughout his career, including the original Macintosh computer of 1984, the launch of the NeXT cube after he left Apple and the first iPod launch in 2001.

 

Sam Mendes after Bond 23

Naturally, after the success of Skyfall, Sam Mendes and writer John Logan have teamed up on a TV series project about vampire hunters. Stories will probably include popular characters from literature like Doctor Frankenstein and probably Van Helsing. Mendes will produce and possibly direct. Several networks like HBO and Showcase have already been approached about the series, which hopefully we’ll see on screen.

The Dark Knight shooter hearing postponed

After allegedly ramming his head into a wall, the hearing of James Holmes, charged with starting open fire, killing 12 people and injuring 58 more at a screening of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Returns this July, has been postponed.

Since the attack in Aurora, Colorado on July 20, he has been held in Arapahoe County jail. His hearing has been delayed to 10 December because he rammed his head into a wall in prison and was then sent to a hospital. His lawyers succeeded in getting a postponement, arguing that he is entitled to be present at all of his court hearings.

 

 

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