August 16, 2012
Five Favorite Films with ParaNorman Directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell
Following the success of Henry Selick's wondrous Coraline in 2009, the team at Laika studios are back this week with their second animated feature, ParaNorman, another stop-motion marvel concerning the misadventure of a young outsider and his spooky connection to the land of the dead. Pitched as "John Hughes meets John Carpenter," it's written by Coraline and Corpse Bride animation artist Chris Butler and co-directed by Butler and Aardman alum Sam Fell, with voices by Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick and John Goodman, and music by Jon Brion. We had a chance to chat with Fell and Butler this week ahead of the movie's release, where they talked about five of their favorite movies -- and how they influenced the creation and execution of ParaNorman.
July 22, 2011
Neil Gaiman to Produce Roman Dirge's Lenore Movie
Friday morning, Roman Dirge announced at his spotlight panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego that writer Neil Gaiman would be serving as the executive producer on a film adaptation of the comic series Lenore. "One day, I cold-wrote Neil Gaiman out of the blue," Dirge told the assembled audience. "I apparently had drunkenly sent him a script of my version of Lenore. Some people drunk tweet or drunk call, I drunk script," Dirge laughed. Gaiman read the script and liked it enough to attach himself as executive producer.
April 1, 2010
Disney Signs Henry Selick
Henry Selick, director of "Coraline" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas," has signed a long-term deal to bring his stop-motion genius to Disney.
December 10, 2009
Henry Selick Discusses Life After Coraline
He's had a busy 2009, but Henry Selick isn't resting on his laurels -- and as he recently told HitFix, one of the three projects he's working on is a reunion with Neil Gaiman.
November 13, 2009
James Schamus talks Taking Woodstock - RT Interview
James Schamus might be a workaholic. If it's not enough that he's the head of Focus Features -- the independent imprint of Universal -- he's also an established producer and screenwriter best known for his collaborations with Ang Lee. This week sees the release of the pair's latest, Taking Woodstock, a comedy about a family integral to the birth of the infamous Woodstock concert of 1969. And if that isn't enough, he's an associate professor of film at Columbia University and just delivered a politically-charged lecture to a rapt London Film Festival audience. While in town, he sat down with RT to talk about the release of Taking Woodstock, his work at Focus and his thoughts on the Tomatometer...
October 21, 2009
Wes Anderson Talks Fantastic Mr. Fox - RT Interview
Wes Anderson, arguably the godfather of the quirky American indie thanks to the likes of Bottle Rocket and Rushmore, takes his first steps into the world of stop-motion animation this week with the release of Fantastic Mr. Fox. Based on Roald Dahl's classic children's book, it's the tale of a wily fox and his adventures thieving food from three of the meanest farmers around; Boggis, Bunce and Bean. With a stellar voice cast including George Clooney, Bill Murray and Meryl Streep, the film received its world premiere last week at the London Film Festival. On the eve of its global rollout, RT sat down with Anderson to learn more about his passion for Dahl and making the switch to stop-motion.
July 20, 2009
RT on DVD: Watchmen Director's Cut, Coraline, Animated GI Joe
As the entire combined forces of North American geek culture descend on San Diego's Comic-Con this week, fear not; geekiness galore is to be found in this week's new releases! First up, pick up the eagerly anticipated extended version of a superhero fan favorite (Watchmen: Director's Cut), and watch as Henry Selick brings a Neil Gaiman fairytale to life -- in three dimensions (Coraline)! Sci-fi nerds should like the recut, feature-length pilot of a long-running series (Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods), while French New Wave enthusiasts have a Jean-Luc Godard double feature, courtesy of Criterion (Made in USA, Two or Three Things I Know About Her). Finally, hearken back to the '80s with a hearty, "Yo, Joe!" (GI Joe: Season 1.1).
May 9, 2009
Exclusive: The Art of Coraline with Henry Selick
Henry Selick, the animation mastermind behind such Certified Fresh classics as The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach adds another gong to his cabinet with Coraline, based on the novella by Neil Gaiman. Its dark tale of a young girl who finds a portal into an alternate reality will please adults and children alike and it's both visually stunning and wondrously entertaining. Now, set against a gallery of stills from the production, Selick takes RT on an exclusive journey into the art of Coraline... "Coraline is kind-of relentless, like animators like me. She's going to get there one way or another and she's not going to be tied in place because her parents won't allow her to do something. She's going to find a way to get to what she wants."
February 5, 2009
Critics Consensus: Coraline Is Certified Fresh
This week at the movies, we've got dark whimsy (Coraline, with voice work by Dakota Fanning and Teri Hatcher); love mishaps (He's Just Not That Into You, starring Jennifer Aniston and Scarlett Johansson); a bumbling detective (The Pink Panther 2, starring The Pink Panther 2 and Aishwarya Rai) and some paranormal antagonists (Push, starring Chris Evans and Djimon Hounsou). What do the critics have to say?
February 5, 2009
Box Office Guru Preview: Celeb Clan Takes on Pink Panther
Four new releases hit North American multiplexes on Friday setting up a pair of cinematic fights. The main event sees rival franchise comedies go at it for the number one spot with He's Just Not That Into You targeting the date crowd and The Pink Panther 2 reaching out to kids and families. The second battle is between two short-titled films starring young superstar Dakota Fanning who voices the title character in the girly animated fantasy Coraline and co-stars as a teen bad-ass in the sci-fi actioner Push.
February 1, 2009
Selick Uses 3-D -- But Avoids Gimmicks -- With Coraline
When it reaches theaters on Friday, "Coraline" will become the first stop-motion feature to be filmed entirely in 3-D feature -- and director Henry Selick made it his mission to make the technology a seamless part of the story.
January 27, 2009
Neil Gaiman Talks Coraline, Batman, and More
With the film adaptation of his book "Coraline" reaching theaters, a Batman arc in comic shops, and his ongoing work for the movie version of "Black Hole," 2009 is looking like another very busy year for Neil Gaiman. He discussed his upcoming projects in a recent interview with Omelete.
January 16, 2009
High Res Coraline A-Z Character Posters
Excited for Henry Selick's 3D stop motion animation adaptation of Neil Gaiman's kid tale, Coraline? Check out the complete A-Z collection of promotional character posters here!
December 16, 2008
"R" is for RT in Our Exclusive Coraline Poster!
Exploring the upcoming Coraline's literary origin, Focus Features has whipped up some gorgeous posters, each featuring a letter of the alphabet that highlights something Coraline and the worlds she inhabits. 26 websites got a unique poster, with Rotten Tomatoes getting the letter "R" poster. Check it out!
November 26, 2008
Henry Selick Talks Coraline
In a new interview with Collider, director Henry Selick took a few minutes to discuss his upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman's "Coraline," including its pioneering use of stereoscopic 3-D.
November 20, 2008
Trailer Bulletin: Coraline
Yes, you read that right -- today's your day for watching two and a half minutes of stop-motion goodness from Henry Selick's Coraline.
November 4, 2008
A Poster for Coraline
Henry Selick's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's "Coraline" is still a few months away -- but to make your wait a little more comfortable, Focus Features has just released a poster.
October 31, 2008
A Sneak Peek at Coraline
IGN was recently invited to screen 30 minutes of footage from "Coraline," and you weren't -- but they were nice enough to post some detailed information and video.
September 16, 2008
A Peek Behind the Scenes of Coraline
Looking for loads of pre-release info about the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman's "Coraline"? ShockTillYouDrop's Silas Lesnick was lucky enough to score a set visit, and he's delivered an impressively in-depth report.
August 15, 2008
Exclusive: Sneak Peek at Coraline! (Video #5)
Selick's return to the movie fold is Coraline, a marriage of his knack for dark whimsy and novelist Neil Gaiman's gently twisted sense of humor. The plot details a young girl named Coraline (voiced by Dakota Fanning) and her descent into a fantastical alternate reality that will require all her brains and resources to escape out of and back into our world.