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Filmmakers Tomm Moore And Ross Stewart Talk Finishing Animated Folklore Film ‘Wolfwalkers’ In Quarantine Ahead Of TIFF Premiere

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“Wolfwalkers” director Tomm Moore and co-director Ross Stewart joined Carlos Bustamante to talk about the making of their animated folklore film, which they finished off in quarantine to get it ready in time for its premiere at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival.

The Irish filmmakers joined the Zoom interview virtually from Cartoon Saloon studios in Kilkenny, Ireland, where they also created Oscar-nominated folklore gems, “The Secret Of Kells” in 2009 and “Song Of The Sea” in 2014.

The third in their folklore trilogy, “Wolfwalkers”, delves into “a time of superstition and magic, when wolves are seen as demonic and nature an evil to be tamed, a young apprentice hunter, Robyn, comes to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last pack. But when Robyn saves a wild native girl, Mebh, their friendship leads her to discover the world of the Wolfwalkers and transform her into the very thing her father is tasked to destroy.”

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And with the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, Moore and Stewart told Carlos how they lucky they were they got the bulk of “Wolfwalkers” done before the global health crisis hit.

“The lockdown in Ireland happened at a kind of a convenient time,” said Stewart. “We had just finished recording the music, which wouldn’t have been able to happen if it was two weeks later. So we managed to get all the sound engineers into one space, and then the lockdown happened only weeks later.”

He continued, “So we were very lucky in that way. And then a lot of the departments that counted on teams working together in one place had just finished, so we were left with some effects and compositing, which meant that people could work from home. And a lot of the post production allowed people to work remotely… even in the final editing stages.”

But, Moore did say “animation is uniquely capable of moving to a work from home situation. It’s nobody’s preference, but it can happen… which is great.”

Having brought Oscar-nominated “The Breadwinner” to TIFF previously, Moore said it’s surreal having a virtual festival premiere for “Wolfwalkers”.

But he revealed he’s been enjoying seeing all of the online reaction to the movie: “I’m sitting on my couch, watching live with people commenting on Twitter. So, I’m kind of enjoying it actually. I’m not as nervous as I usually am when I’m there in person.”

Stewart added, laughing, “No tuxedos, no red carpet. But, it just means you can run around in your dressing room instead.”

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Of course, TIFF 2017 welcomed Angelina Jolie and family to the festival to celebrate the debut of the film on which she was a producer.

“The Breadwinner” is about a young girl in 2001, Afghanistan, under the control of the Taliban. The girl disguises herself as a boy to help provide for her family after her father is captured.

 

Like “The Breadwinner” and their animated features beforehand, “Wolfwalkers” has an important message for young people today.

“This time we wanted to speak to really relevant themes, like species extinction and wolves were purposely wiped out of Ireland,” said Moore. “It was almost a symbolic move by the English to try and wipe out the wolves.”

He continued, “So I thought it had, sadly a lot of resonance to today. But also, we thought that the story of friendship between the two little girls, that they were from such different points of view, diametrically opposed points of view that they were able to become friends across that divide was something important to talk about.”

Meanwhile, Stewart talked about how they used 2D to illustrate this story in such a powerful way: “The resurgence of 2D animation… allows you so much more freedom to explore them than if we were to use CGI tools.”

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“I think you can see in our film, the way that maven wolves are drawn scratchy and alive and lots of energy in the lines,” he explained. “And then the townspeople who are trapped in Kilkenny, are very rigid blocky kind of lines. So it allows a real visual language to be explored.”

If the final film in Moore and Stewart’s folklore trilogy, “Wolfwalkers”, gets nominated for an Oscar like “Song Of The Sea” and “The Secret Of Kells” before it, Moore said he’s prepared if we’re still in a virtual setting.

“My wife has this red yoga mat,” he told Carlos. “So I’ve kind of already decided, I’ll wear an elastic waste-band for sure, but I’ll put out the red yoga mat and pretend it is a red carpet.”

“Wolfwalkers” is coming soon to Apple TV+.

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The Bachelor Season 25: Filming is Underway!

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The journey has begun for Matt James.


Or, to be more specific, the historic journey has begun for Matt James.


On Thursday, the first-ever The Bachelor lead announced via Twitter that followers won’t be hearing from him again for about 60 days. 


How come?


Because he’s off to film Season 25!


“See y’all in 2 months,” the 27-year-old wrote very simply on social media.

Matt James and Tyler


Prior to his departure, James gave a shoutout on his Instagram Story to his very close friend and roommate Tyler Cameron, who was also the runner-up of season 15 of The Bachelorette last year and who then dated star Hannah Brown for a bit.


“What a crazy 6 months, I love you brother, wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you an your mama… (Oh & I’ll be back, with a plus one),” he wrote alongside a picture of the pals.


In June, James was announced as The Bachelor, making him franchise’s first Black male lead.


He was originally cast to compete for Clare Crawley’s heart on her season of The Bachelorette.

Matt James and Tyler Cameron on Instagram


He also rose to a level of viral fame this spring when he quarantined for a few weeks with Cameron, Brown and others in Florida.


Photos of this group dancing, partying and just hanging out often went online in the early days of COVID-19 in America.


Ahead of Hannah’s 26th birthday this week, James closed out his Bachelor-related farewell with the following image and message:


“Last but CERTAINLY not least…happy (early) Birthday Breezy @hannahbrown.”

Matt James, Hannah Brown and Tyler Cameron in Florida


Appearing opposite Chris Harrison in July on The Bachelor: Greatest Seasons—Ever!, James said of his selection by ABC:


“I’ve heard from a lot of my Black friends that aren’t Bachelor Nation faithful that are excited about me and honored by the position I’m in.


That same month, James opened up about being the first Black star and how he responded to the news.


“My first reaction was, does this mean I don’t get to meet Clare? Because I was looking forward to meeting her,” he explained on Good Morning America.


“I had set aside all this time, we had gone out to California and then called back with quarantine. So, I’m super excited for her and her season, but I’m looking forward to meeting her eventually.”

Matt James on Zoom


Crawley, of course, debuts as The Bachelorette on October 13.


No premiere date has yet been set for The Bachelor Season 25, although it usually premieres in January and it appears here as if the network is planning to kick off James’ run some time in early 2021.


We’ve been scouring the Internet for The Bachelor spoilers in the wake of this pandemic, trying to learn how shooting will differ compared to past seasons due to the coronavirus.


But there isn’t a ton of information out there yet.

Matt James as The Bachelor


Upon confirming James as The Bachelor this summer, Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment, said the following:


“Matt has been on our radar since February, when producers first approached him to join Bachelor Nation, as part of Clare’s season.


“When filming couldn’t move forward as planned, we were given the benefit of time to get to know Matt and all agreed he would make a perfect Bachelor.”

Matt James, Tyler Cameron Shirtless


She concluded at the time:


We know we have a responsibility to make sure the love stories we’re seeing onscreen are representative of the world we live in, and we are proudly in service to our audience.


This is just the beginning, and we will continue to take action with regard to diversity issues on this franchise.


We feel so privileged to have Matt as our first Black Bachelor and we cannot wait to embark on this journey with him.

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Lana Del Rey & Matt Maeson – “Hallucinogenics”

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In the theoretical near-future, Lana Del Rey is releasing a new album called Chemtrails Over The Country Club, as has been promised now for almost a year. But before that happens she has lent her voice to a new version of “Hallucinogenics,” a song by the Virginia-bred musician Matt Maeson, who released his debut album Bank On The Funeral last year.

Maeson notched two #1 singles over on the Billboard Alternative chart, one of them being “Hallucinogenics,” and Lana Del Rey’s involvement, presumably, is a bid to get that track charting in more Top 40-friendly circles. Last year, the two of them performed the track live together at a show in Oklahoma City.

Hear it below.

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‘Brahms: The Boy 2’: Release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything else about the sequel to the 2016 horror

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If you’re a fan of the 2016 unnerving horror movie ‘The Boy’, then the time is ripe to prepare yourself for a fresh dose of the heebie-jeebies. The film about a life-sized eerie doll is soon to have a sequel titled ‘Brahms: The Boy 2’ and it looks every bit as uncomfortable as the first part.

Release date:

The film will open in theaters across the U.S. on February 21, 2020.

Plot:

In ‘The Boy’, an American nanny named Greta is hired by an eccentric rich family called the Heelshires to care for a porcelain doll named Brahms. They provide Greta with a very specific set of rules by which to care for the doll.

If things weren’t already creepy, it gets darker when one realizes that the real Brahms, the son of the Heelshires, was killed in a house fire 20 years ago on his eighth birthday.

Of course, true to any horror trope, Greta ignores the rules at first. But she starts to take them seriously when the doll begins to come alive. At the end of the film, Greta discovers that the real Brahms was, in fact, alive and was living in the walls of the house.

In a tussle between Greta and the grown Brahms, the former stabs him with a screwdriver and flees. But there is a twist. We see that Brahms has survived, and was last seen repairing his shattered doll. This is where the second film takes its cue

As per IMDb, the sequel revolves around a new family that moves into the Heelshire Mansion. Soon, however, their young son makes friends with the life-like doll Brahms. And that is where things start getting creepy. 

Cast:

Katie Holmes as Liza

Katie Holmes. (Getty Images)

The 41-year-old American actress, producer, and director is perhaps best known for her role in the iconic television series, ‘Dawson’s Creek’. The former wife of Tom Crise has received much praise for her roles in films like ‘Phone Booth’, ‘The Singing Detective’, ‘Pieces of April’, ‘Batman Begins’, ‘Thank You for Smoking’, ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’, and ‘Logan Lucky’. 

Owain Yeoman as Sean

Owain Yeoman. (Getty Images)

The Welsh television actor has done a variety of both film and TV roles in the last decade and a half. From films like ‘Troy’ and ‘American Sniper’ to TV shows like ‘The Mentalist’, ‘Turn: Washington Spies’, and ‘Emergence’, Yeoman’s performances have received much praise.

Trailer:

The trailer for ‘Brahms: The Boy 2’ dropped on Wednesday and it is a very uncomfortable watch. Jude is a disturbed child who likes scares and exhibits violent tendencies. On the advice of Jude’s therapist, the family moves into their new home, far from the city.



 

There Jude discovers the life-like doll buried in the yard. As Jude gets closer to the doll, his mother Liza begins to express concern. Her initial skepticism on her son having conversations with Brahms soon turns into fear.

Try as she might, however, she can’t seem to separate them. All throughout, she is creeped out by the doll. The trailer ends with Liza examining Brahms in the dead of the night.

She switches on a flashlight on its face and sees the doll’s eyes roll to the back of its head. And without any warning, black insects fly out of its mouth in the wake of a guttural scream.

If you like ‘Brahms: The Boy 2’, you will also like

‘Annabelle’, ‘Child’s Play’, ‘The Conjuring’, ‘The Boy’, and ‘Poltergeist’.

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