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Fox to mount Oscar campaign for Andy Serkis. Are you ready for a motion-capture Oscar nominee?


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Last month, Andy Serkis' rep hinted to EW that
he expected a legitimate Best Supporting Actor Oscar campaign for his client, whose Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes was by far the most compelling and fully-formed character that motion-capture technology has yet produced. At Monday's Gotham Independent Awards, Fox CEO Tom Rothman seemed to confirm such an effort, telling the Hollywood Reporter that the studio planned to "push ... hard" for Serkis to become the first mo-cap performance to be recognized in the Academy's acting categories. "I think part of what we have to do is help educate people to understand that that is 100 percent his performance," Rothman said. "The emotionality -- what you see and what you feel -- [Serkis]

did it. I saw him. I watched him. Then they digitally overlaid — you can think of it as a costume — the skin and the hair of an ape. But I tell you the thing that people felt — and a lot of people were moved when they saw the movie — is because of his performance.”

By now, Serkis is the unquestioned gold standard of motion-capture acting, beginning with his heralded work as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings films and then as the giant ape in Peter Jackson’s King Kong. READ FULL STORY

Glenn Beck orders up cartoons for GBTV

Glenn Beck has long prided himself as a comedian, and his critics have often lampooned him as a cartoon. So I suppose it makes perfect sense that GBTV, his live streaming video network, is developing a new animated comedy series. GBTV and Icebox, which boasts writers who’ve worked on shows including The Simpsons, South Park, and King of the Hill, are currently discussing various concepts. “Many of our writers welcome the opportunity to create shows the whole family can watch,” Tal Vigderson, Icebox’s managing director, said in a statement. “This venture lets us take a little break from shocking and offending our audience.” READ FULL STORY

'Puss in Boots': a good kitty and one (deliciously) rotten egg

Puss in Boots was the creation of French author Charles Perrault (also responsible for Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella)  who in 1697 published Le Maistre Chat, ou Le Chat Botté, about a clever cat who helps his poor master win riches and a princess. But thanks to Dreamworks, isn’t it now impossible to imagine Puss without his smooth-talking, Latin-lover moves courtesy of a (fantastic) Antonio Banderas?

When we first met today’s Puss, it was as a scene-stealer in 2004’s Shrek 2  and — as some critics have pointed out — it’s hard to give a secondary character his own movie. But so far audiences are  flocking to the family-friendly flick – it was the top grossing film of Friday with 9.6 million dollars. The animation is vivid and terrific, and there’s plenty of good cat jokes that people who like cats will particularly enjoy. (Even Puss himself says cat people are crazy so….) I’m particularly taken with the idea of a dastardly Humpty Dumpty — voiced in the film by Zach Galifianakis, which, of course, helps. Whoever came up with the idea that Humpty is a lonely, misunderstood genius really deserves some credit. Humpty, while understandably hindered by the fact that he is, you know, an egg, plots and schemes and betrays, and yet is still weirdly quite lovable. And while I’m worried that kids will grow up thinking that all these different folklore characters were hanging out together (Puss also dips into Jack and the Beanstalk, The Golden Goose, and Jack and Jill), it certainly makes for some good adventure.

But I’m curious, have you guys seen Puss in Boots yet? Do you have a favorite fairy tale character you’d like to see get the star treatment next? Sound off below!

Google goes Gumby in honor of creator Art Clokey's 90th birthday

If you’re wondering why Google is featuring Gumby on its homepage today, look no further. Today would have been the 90th birthday of Gumby creator Art Clokey. The interactive stop motion homepage doodle features the best-known characters from Clokey’s creation, which has lived in pop culture for more than five decades. “Art Clokey was an innovator in the field of animation and also a compassionate, inspiring artist,” said Google doodler Sophia Foster-Dimino. “We were excited to work with the incredibly talented animator Anthony Scott to produce this doodle, and we hope that it brightens your day!”


Which 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Little Mermaid' scenes do you want to see in 3-D RIGHT NOW?

The news that Disney will re-release Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid (along with Pixar’s Finding Nemo and Monsters Inc.) in 3-D over the next two years has me so giddy and excited that I’ve almost yanked out all my sadly not flaming red Disney hair with my dinglehopper in anticipation of what an extra dimension can do for those Disney classics. So I think I’ll TAKE FIVE from the self-torture and present to you…

Five Beauty and the Beast and Little Mermaid scenes I want to see in 3-D RIGHT NOW: READ FULL STORY

'Hey girl!' Watch this hilarious, super gay reimagining of the opening song from 'Beauty and the Beast'

Like you really need an excuse to watch our beloved Belle adopt a Honey Badger-esque attitude and saunter around her “little town full of queens and homos” this morning. Do yourself a favor and press play on the brilliantly NSFW “Bonjour” spoof below. As soon as Belle encounters that rude bitch who wanted Marie to hurry up with the baguettes, you’ll be glad you did. But probably sooner, girl. READ FULL STORY

The sounds of '90's nostalgia: 'Doug' never made me feel 'Beeeyouuuuuu'

Like Charlie Brown, Beaver Cleaver, and even Tom Sawyer before him, the most extraordinary thing about Doug Funnie was the fact that he wasn’t extraordinary at all. During his three years on Nickelodeon (and another three on Disney), Doug never got bitten by a radioactive spider or found an all-powerful amulet. He never stopped a speeding missile or solved a grisly murder — or even managed to grow a full head of hair. He was just a gawky 11-year-old boy growing up in the city of Bluffington (the Bumper Sticker Capital of the World!), playing with his dog Porkchop, eating Honker Burgers with his best pal Skeeter, and pining after the dreamy Patti Mayonnaise. READ FULL STORY

'Captain Planet' to be made into a live-action movie: 'The power is yours' (to remember '90s cartoon catchphrases)!

Earth! Wind! Fire! Heart! No, PopWatchers, I am not just shouting the names of bands from the ’70s (sorry, Water, you didn’t fit in the theme of my joke). Rather, I am calling for all the forces that combined to make the super awesome ’90s animated superhero, the one and only Captain Planet, to team up once again.

That’s because Cartoon Network has signed a deal with producers Susan Montford and Don Murphy (Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Real Steel) and their company Angry Filmworks, to make a live-action movie out of the beloved animated series Captain Planet and the Planeteers, which ran from 1990 to 1996. Said Stuart Snyder, the president and COO of Turner Broadcasting System Inc.’s Animation, Young Adults, and Kids Media division in a statement, “We are extremely excited about bringing the good Captain back to life. His adventures are known worldwide and he is recognized across generations. We expect to make a spectacular series of films with the amazing team at Cartoon Network.”

Yes, fellow ’90s nostalgia geeks, the series that taught us the importance of saving the Earth (and that if you live a green, albeit crime-fighting, lifestyle, your hair will also be green) is going to be made into a film. READ FULL STORY

Care Bears to return as computer-generated autobots in animated TV series

Bad news for nostalgic 20- and 30-somethings whose childhoods were marked by love and adoration for a group of fuzzy, chubby-faced bears with tummy symbols: The bears are coming back to TV in 2012… as computer-generated images, according to reports. Sigh.

Normally, I’d applaud the efforts of studios to bring back beloved franchises in order to expose them to a new generation. But why mess with their look? READ FULL STORY

Who is the coolest Smurf?

Choosing the coolest Smurf is much like a mother being asked to pick their favorite child. It’s tempting to claim you don’t have one, but deep in your heart, you know there’s a standout — one that makes you smile, and, frankly, reminds you a little bit of yourself.

Initially, the idea of picking the “coolest” tiny blue person, well, made me blue. But after extensive research and thought — and weeding out some more obscure Smurfs — I’ve narrowed my personal search for the coolest down to two: Papa and Vanity. Papa, for his ability to bring his community together in the face of adversity to fight evil sorcerers (and rock a cool beard in the process); and Vanity, because I think his little flower is cute. The battle is much more difficult than it sounds, I swear. READ FULL STORY

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