New “Early Man” Posters Released

By Creative Media Times  

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An exciting new set of posters has been released by Aardman Animations for it’s latest stop-motion animated adventure comedy from director Nick Park. See the images on the gallery below.

Released on the movie’s official facebook page, the brand new posters features some of the film’s stars.

The genius behind the film, Nick Park also created Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run and Shaun the Sheep. He also have four Oscar wins under his belt, one for 1989 animated short comedy mockumentary Creature Comforts, followed by Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers (1993), Wallace & Gromit: A Close Shave (1994), and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005).

A stellar voice talent is featured in the film, including Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Richard Ayoade and Timothy Spall. “Early Man” is set for release by Lionsgate on February 16, 2018 through its Summit Entertainment label.

Here’s a brief synopsis of “Early Man”:

Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home.

Orion Pictures Acquires North American And Latin American Rights To Blazing Griffin’s Zombie Musical “Anna And The Apocalypse”

Orion Pictures, recently relaunched by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) as a new, stand-alone U.S. theatrical marketing and distribution company, has acquired the North American and Latin American rights to John McPhail’s award-winning zombie holiday musical Anna and the Apocalypse. The announcement was made today by John Hegeman, President, Orion Pictures. Orion plans to release Anna and the Apocalypse in the 2018 holiday season.

The film stars Ella Hunt (Our Robot Overlords) as Anna, Mark Benton (The Halcyon), Paul Kaye (Game Of Thrones) and a breakout group of emerging talent including Malcom Cumming, Ben Wiggins, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux and Marli Siu. Embraced by fans and critics alike, the film’s world premiere at Fantastic Fest this year was met with critical acclaim. It also played at Sitges Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Midnight X-Treme Feature Length Film.

Anna and the Apocalypse is based on the 2010 BAFTA winning short film Zombie Musical; directed by John McPhail (Where Do We Go From Here); written by Alan McDonald and the late Ryan McHenry (Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal viral series); with original music by Roddy Hart and Tommy Reilly. The film was produced by Naysun Alae-Carew and Nicholas Crum of Blazing Griffin in association with Tracy Jarvis of Parkhouse Pictures and Creative Scotland.

Hegeman said, “The team at Orion can’t wait to work with Blazing Griffin in making Anna and the Apocalypse a holiday spectacular for the ages. Nothing gets the blood flowing like a good holiday musical.”
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Tina Turner, Queen & Neil Diamond To Receive Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award

By Armando

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Music legends Queen, Neil Diamond and Tina Turner are set to be the honored with the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. They will join Hal Blaine, Emmylou Harris, Louis Jordan and the Meters as recipients of the award which “celebrates performers who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording.”

“This year’s Special Merit Awards recipients are a prestigious group of diverse and influential creators who have crafted or contributed to some of the most distinctive recordings in music history. These exceptionally inspiring figures are being honored as legendary performers, creative architects and technical visionaries. Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their craft have created a timeless legacy,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy.

Other honorees include Bill Graham, Seymour Stein, and John Williams for the Trustees Award, while Tony Agnello and Richard Factor will be the Technical Grammy Award recipients.

A special award presentation ceremony and concert which will celebrate the Special Merit Awards honorees will be held this summer. The Grammy Awards will be held at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on January 28.

Queen, led by the late Freddie Mercury, is one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time, with estimated sales of 150 million to 300 million records, including classic rock hits “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions.” Often to as “The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Tina Turner’s hit-making career spans decades, once as a member of the Ike & Tina Turner husband-and-wife musical duo with then husband Ike Turner, leading up to global success as a solo artist. In 1983, Tina launched “What’s Love Got to Do with It” which would become her signature hit single.

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond scored numerous hits during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s including “Sweet Caroline,” “America” and “Heartlight.” He wrote for chart hits for the Monkees and later hit no.1 with his own single “Cracklin’ Rosie” (1970).

‘The Shape of Water’ Tops BAFTA Nominations

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The Shape of Water. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)


Guillermo del Toro’s dark fantasy drama film “The Shape of Water” might have lost the grand prize at the Golden Globe Awards this past weekend, but today it led the nominations for the British Academy Film Awards, the organization announced Tuesday.

The Shape of Water” received 12 nominations including best picture, best director for del Toro, and leading actress for the film’s star Sally Hawkins. Currently playing in theaters, the film has received near universal acclaim from critics.

Also doing well are “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and “Darkest Hour,” both receiving nine nominations a piece, followed by the sci-fi sequel “Blade Runner 2049” and World War II drama “Dunkirk,” with eight nominations each.

More commonly known as the BAFTAs, it is one of the strongest bellwether for the Oscars due mostly to an overlap between the voters on both organizations.

The BAFTAs will be held on February 18, two weeks before the Oscars, at the Royal Albert Hall in London and will be hosted by British actress and activist Joanna Lumley. She’s taking over actor Stephen Fry who stepped down after 12 years of hosting the BAFTA ceremonies.

Best film
Call Me by Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Outstanding British film
Darkest Hour
The Death of Stalin
God’s Own Country
Lady Macbeth
Paddington 2

For the full list of nominees for 2017 BAFTA Awards, go to: bafta.org

P!nk To Perform At Super Bowl

By Creative Media Times

P!nk is set to perform the national anthem at Super Bowl LII and get the party started at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on February 4, announced today by NFL and NBC.

“The Super Bowl is annually the most-watched television program. P!NK’s performance of the National Anthem in Minneapolis will be her first time appearing on the Super Bowl stage,” announced by NFL on their website.

With the scheduled performance, she joins the esteemed list of big name recording artists that performed the national anthem at the Super Bowl including Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Garth Brooks, Kelly Clarkson, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, Idina Menzel, Luke Bryan, Vanessa Williams, Faith Fill, the Dixie Chicks, Cher, Luther Vandross, Diana Ross and Neil Diamond.

Last October, it was revealed that Justin Timberlake will take the stage to perform the halftime show.

Last October, P!nk released “Beautiful Trauma,” her seventh studio album which topped the Billboard 200 charts. The album’s first single, “What About Us,” is up for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards this month. She is set to kick off her world tour on March 1 in Phoenix.

Producers Guild Awards Announced Nominees

By Creative Media Times

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The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has announced nominations for the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards on Friday.

This year, however, 11 films are vying for The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, which means there was a tie during the voting process.

Those in contention include The Big Sick,” “Call Me by Your Name,” “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “I, Tonya,” “Lady Bird,” “Molly’s Game,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and “Wonder Woman”.

Comprised of roughly 7,500 members, PGA is historically a good Oscar bellwether: in the last 10 years, the Zanuck award winner matched with that of the Academy Award best picture, disagreeing just the last two years when La La Land (2016) and The Big Short (2015) won the PGA while the Oscars went to Moonlight in 2016 and Spotlight the prior year.

This bodes well for “The Shape of Water,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and “The Post” which seem to emerged as front-runners during the awards season. But the list is not without any surprises as one of the year’s biggest boxoffice hits, “Wonder Woman” also made the cut.

The winner will be announced during the Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.

To see the full list of nominees, go to: producersguild.org

“IT” and “Conjuring” Producer Walter Hamada Named President of DC Films

By Creative Media Times

As part of the restructuring of DC Films operations at Warner Bros., production executive Walter Hamada is moving in to oversee DC Films, the studio reports.

Walter Hamada is not new to cinematic shared universes. He is one of the executive producers that spearheaded the highly successful ‘Conjuring’ franchise, the first installment of which was released in 2013 and was directed by “Aquaman” director James Wan. Aquaman is is the sixth installment in the DC Extended Universe and is set to be released later this year.

Hamada also executive produced this year’s supernatural horror film ‘It’ from Warner Bros.’ New Line division. He will be reporting to Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

“Walter is creative, resourceful, and committed to excellence, and will bring those qualities to his oversight of our superhero films,” said Emmerich. “He’s a terrific production executive and served as an executive producer on two of the summer’s most popular films, New Line’s ‘IT’ and ‘Annabelle: Creation.’ I’m confident Walter and Geoff, working with our filmmaking partners, will deliver films that will resonate with both broad global audiences as well as DC fanboys and fangirls. Walter’s a great addition to the Warner Bros. Pictures team, and I look forward to working with him in his new post.”

At New Line Cinema, Hamada worked on the production of 2009’s Friday the 13th, The Final Destination, 2010’s Nightmare on Elm Street, Final Destination 5, The Gallows and Lights Out.

DC Extended Universe films collectively grossed over $3.7 billion at the global box office, including last year’s Wonder Woman and Justice League.

DOMINO Takes The Spotlight with a New Series by Gail Simone

Marvel’s coolest mercenary arrives this spring

Get ready for risqué, hardcore action — the femme fatale of the Marvel Universe is BACK, and she’s ready to kick butt and take names! After bringing everyone’s favorite Merc With A Mouth to life with her legendary Deadpool run, acclaimed writer Gail Simone returns to Marvel ready to unleash her trademark storytelling in DOMINO, an all-new series debuting this spring.

Marvel’s soldier of fortune has found herself on the wrong side of the Marvel Universe merc community. Hunted by enemies, a danger to her friends, and chased by the one man who hates her more than anything in the world, Domino must fight for her life against her biggest threat – herself.

“My favorite characters are always the unpredictable ones, and with Domino, you literally never know which way the dice are going to roll,” says series writer Gail Simone. “I love her, and I can’t wait to show her best bad side!”

“Domino will continue to be one of the breakout stars of WEAPON X, but fans have been clamoring to see her get the spotlight for some time now…well, your wish has been granted!” says series editor Chris Robinson.

Album Review: Paloma Faith: The Architect

By Niy Birden

RCA – Epic


Let it be known: Paloma Faith is ready to make her mark as an R&B popstar. Maybe not quite like Bruno Mars aesthetically, but with the same musical foundation and performance attitude.

And this time, it is imperative for our best interests that we pay complete attention.

With 4 albums in the game and more than 20 years as a performer, it is really quite a surprise that she hasn’t gotten up to the ranks such as her other fellow female British performers, like Adele and other singer songwriters. Even though her sound and imagery were quite literally similar to a circus act (which makes sense considering that she was a magician’s assistant), she had the full package: chops, dance skills, and the looks. But somehow, she was heavily overlooked.

Not anymore.

Debuting at number one on the UK Albums Chart and selling over 40,000 copies, this is her first UK charting album.

The Architect, Paloma’s newest album, is a statement that is finding a unique spot amongst the 2017 album releases in the mainstream R&B and pop world.

It is a joyful surprise in many ways. With the album title being released in 2016 after a statement about her hiatus following her childbirth, many people did not expect to hear from our friendly singer from across the pond for quite some time.
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One Final Mutant Prepares For Battle In X-MEN: RED

When Jean Grey leads her new team in the all-new series from Tom Taylor and Mahmud Asrar, she’ll be joined by a uniquely qualified strikeforce that includes heroes such as Namor, Nightcrawler, All-New Wolverine, her sister Gabby (Honey Badger), the Wakanda mutant Gentle, and a mysterious new character named Trinary.

And now, one more hero will join the fight.

Marvel is excited to reveal the cover to X-MEN: RED #3 featuring fan-favorite Gambit, who will team up with Jean to help battle against mankind and mutantkind’s most dangerous evil.

“Things have heated up with attacks on mutants across the globe,” says series editor Mark Paniccia. “We know that one of the X-Men’s most powerful villains is behind the chaos, but will Jean, Nightcrawler, All-New Wolverine and Honey Badger have a chance to stop the next deadly wave? A favorite Cajun mutant might be able to tip the scales in their favor… but at what cost?”

The adventure begins this February, and Gambit officially joins X-MEN: RED this April

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