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Laika’s Next Film ‘Kubo & The Two Strings’ Set In Ancient Japan; Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron Among Voice Cast

kubo and the two strings concept art1 Laika’s Next Film Kubo & The Two Strings Set In Ancient Japan; Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron Among Voice Cast

LAIKA and Focus Features, the two companies behind the Academy Award-nominated ‘Coraline’ and ‘ParaNorman’ and the current Critics’ Choice and Golden Globe Award-nominated release ‘The Boxtrolls,’ today announced production on their fourth collaboration, ‘Kubo and the Two Strings.’ LAIKA President and CEO Travis Knight and Focus CEO Peter Schlessel made the announcement today. Knight, an Annie Award-winning animator, is making his directorial debut on ‘Kubo and the Two Strings.’

The new movie, from an original screenplay by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler (ParaNorman) is a sweeping, swashbuckling adventure set in a mythical ancient Japan. It is being brought to life at LAIKA’s Oregon studios via the company’s innovative 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid technique. In addition to directing, Knight is producing ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ with Arianne Sutner (ParaNorman). The all-star voice cast includes Academy Award winners Matthew McConaughey and Charlize Theron; Academy Award nominees Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, and Brenda Vaccaro; and Art Parkinson, who plays Rickon Stark on ‘Game of Thrones’ and who is providing the voice for the title character of Kubo.

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“Home” TV Spot For Ava DuVernay’s Fantastic ‘Selma’

10 11 Home TV Spot For Ava DuVernay’s Fantastic ‘Selma’

Note: I’m posting a great, in-depth interview with David Oyelowo for ‘Selma’ later tonight (December 22th) – stay tuned for that (more interviews for the film will be posted this week).

This latest TV spots has arrived online for Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma,’ my favorite film of 2014. ‘Selma’ will have a limited release in the US on Christmas day before opening wide on January 9th, 2015 – setting up a major Awards season push. The film is the story of the historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. ‘Selma’ opens on February 6th, 2015 in the UK.

The film stars David Oyelowo as Dr Martin Luther King Jr., Tom Wilkinson as Lyndon Baines Johnson, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Andre Holland as Andrew Young, Omar J. Dorsey as James Orange, Alessandro Nivola as John Doar, Dylan Baker as J. Edgar Hoover, Giovanni Ribisi as Lee White, Tessa Thompson as Diane Nash, Colman Domingo as Ralph Abernathy, Stephen Root as Al Lingo, Jeremy Strong as James Reeb, Keith Stanfield as Jimmie Lee Jackson, Wendell Pierce as Hosea Williams, Tim Roth as George Wallace, Ledisi as Mahalia Jackson, Nigel Thatch as Malcolm X, Niecy Nash as Richie Jean Jackson, and Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper. Award-winning cinematographer Bradford Young shot the film.

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