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The Scene at TheGrill 2017: TheWrap’s Media Leadership Conference (Updating Photos)

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The Scene at TheGrill 2017: TheWrap’s Media Leadership Conference (Updating Photos)
TheWrap’s annual TheGrill media conference took place at the Montage Beverly Hills on Oct. 2 and Oct. 3. TheWrap’s CEO and editor-in-chief Sharon Waxman greets attendees at the 8th annual TheGrill conference. Audience members listen to panels on the first day of TheGrill. Sky Moore, partner at Greenberg Glusker, Cindy Lin, CEO of Infotainment China, and President of Dmg Entertainment, Chris Fenton at TheWrap’s annual TheGrill conference. David Grinberg, partner at Sidley Austin Llp, speaks onstage at TheWrap’s 8th Annual TheGrill. Stanley Rosen, professor of political science at USC, speaks with Sharon Waxman on stage. Catherine Zhang of
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CAA and Youku Tudou Discuss What’s Next for Streaming in China

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TheWrap business reporter Matt Pressberg spoke with CAA’s Colin Brady and Youku Tudou’s Catherine Zhang at TheGrill to discuss what’s next for China’s entertainment industry as streaming services and interest in premium content expand. Zhang, who works as Director of International Content Cooperation at Youku Tudou, discussed the company’s recent acquisition by Alibaba and its plan to invest $1.5 billion in content creation, both for premium TV shows and for user-generated content. Also Read: At TheGrill 2017, A Tipping Point: Tech Platforms Have Arrived on the Shores of Content “For the top content, the budget per
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And the Winners of the 10th Visual Effects Society (Ves) Awards Are...

"The Adventures of Tintin" dominated the nominations but it was "Rango" that received the most trophies at the 10th Visual Effects Society (Ves) awards. Stan Lee received the the Lifetime Achievement Award and visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull received the George Melies Award. Patton Oswalt hosted the event held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Antonion Banderas, Lou Ferrigno, director Chris Miller, Marc Webb, and Jennifer Yuh Nelson presented awards. But the surprise appearance by Martin Scorsese was the highlight of the evening.

Here's the full list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 10th Annual Ves Awards, to visit our Awards Avenue coverage of other award-giving bodies, winners and nominees, click here:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture

Captain America: The First Avenger

Charlie Noble

Mark Soper

Christopher Townsend

Edson Williams

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Tim Burke

Emma Norton

John Richardson

David Vickery
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Winners, Losers and Nerds at the Visual Effects Society Awards

Winners, Losers and Nerds at the Visual Effects Society Awards
Getty Comic book writer Stan Lee on November 16, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

There was less nerd-oriented humor than one might have expected at the Beverly Hilton Tuesday night where the best of Hollywood’s below-the-line creative types assembled for the Visual Effects Society’s 10th annual awards ceremony. Host Patton Oswalt even managed to avoid a “basement-dwelling geek” joke (although he called the evening their “night out of solitary confinement”) as he shepherded attendees through a long but surprisingly engaging ceremony
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'Rango' reigns at Visual Effects Awards

'Rango' reigns at Visual Effects Awards
Rango, the animated film starring Johnny Depp as a fibbing lizard charged with saving a wild West town, won four trophies at the 10th annual Visual Effects Society Awards last night in Beverly Hills. The CG adventure won for Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature Motion Picture, Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture, Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture, and Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in an Animated Feature Motion Picture.

Hugo, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Transformers: Dark of the Moon all won two awards in the movies categories, while Boardwalk Empire
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‘Hugo,’ ‘Rango’ & ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Top 2012 Visual Effects Society Awards

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The 10th annual Visual Effects Society Awards were handed out last night, with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Hugo and Rango picking up the top awards in their respective feature categories. Unlike the broad award category at the Oscars, I always like how in-depth they are here. Below you will find awards for specific CG models, environments, compositing and more.

The biggest oversight comes with The Tree of Life, a film I thought blew away anything I’d seen all year in terms of cohesive, jaw-dropping effects. They did give Douglas Trumbull the Georges Méliès award, but Terrence Malick‘s film certainly deserved more. Nonetheless, if you are looking for the best in blockbusters, it is a good round-up. Check out all the winners below via THR.

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture

Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Dan Lemmon, Joe Letteri,
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Oscars: “Rango” cleans up at the Ves Awards – Awards Alley

By Sean O’Connell

hollywoodnews.com: The Ves announced the winners of the 10th Annual Ves Awards Tuesday evening at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Gore Verbinski’s Oscar-nominated “Rango” was the night’s biggest winner, collecting four awards including Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature Motion Picture, Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture, Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture, and Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in an Animated Feature Motion Picture.

Hugo,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” all took home two awards in the Feature Motion Picture categories. The annual event recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry in 23 categories of film, animation, television, commercials, special venues and video games.

The complete list of winners of the 10th Annual Ves Awards is as follows:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
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2012 Visual Effects Society Awards: Paramount and 'Rango' Clean Up

The Visual Effects Society (Ves) has weighed in with their 2012 awards and Paramount cleaned house beginning with their animated feature Rango which took home four awards followed by Hugo and Transformers: Dark of the Moon with two each. 20th Century Fox and their Oscar-frontrunner for the Visual Effects Award, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, also took home two. This is a nice bit of notoriety for Rango, which is largely considered the best seen animated movie from 2011, though not many have seen fellow animated Oscar nominees A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita, the latter of which I will actually be seeing this Friday. Rango, however, was not nominated for Best Visual Effects at the Oscars while the other three films I mentioned above are along with fellow nominees Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and Real Steel. Those two, however, can probably consider themselves on
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‘Rango’ Wins 4 Visual Effects Awards; ‘Hugo’, ‘Apes’, ‘Transformers’, Take 2 Each

Paramount’s Rango dominated this evening’s 10th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards with four wins in animated feature categories — Visual Effects, Animated Character, Created Environment and Virtual Cinematography. Hugo, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and Transformers: Dark Of The Moon took a pair of awards each in the feature categories. Boardwalk Empire and Game Of Thrones won two apiece in the TV categories. Stan Lee was honored with the Ves Lifetime Achievement Award and visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull received the Georges Méliès Award. Ceremonies recognizing visual effects wizardry in 23 categories took place at the Beverly Hilton. The awards presentation will air at 7Pm Pacific/10Pm Eastern on ReelzChannel Sunday, February 19th. Complete list of winners follows: Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Dan Lemmon, Joe Letteri, Cyndi Ochs, Kurt Williams Supporting Visual Effects in a
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Transformers 3, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows 2: Visual Effects Society Nominations

Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture Captain America: The First Avenger Charlie Noble Mark Soper Christopher Townsend Edson Williams Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Tim Burke Emma Norton John Richardson David Vickery Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Gary Brozenich David Conley Charlie Gibson Ben Snow Rise of the Planet of the Apes Dan Lemmon Joe Letteri Cyndi Ochs Kurt Williams Transformers: Dark of the Moon Scott Benza Wayne Billheimer Matthew Butler Scott Farrar Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture Anonymous Andre Cantarel Volker Engel Rony Soussan Marc Weigert Hugo Ben Grossmann Alex Henning Rob Legato Karen Murphy Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Laya Armian Chas Jarrett Seth Maury Sirio Quintavalle Source Code Annie Godin Louis Morin War Horse Duncan Burbidge Ben Morris Mike Mulholland Chris Zeh Outstanding Visual
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Visual Effects Society Announces Nominees for 10th Annual Ves Awards

The visual effects that we are seeing in movies these days are absolutely mind blowing. At this point it doesn't seem like there's any excuse for a film to have bad visual effects unless the people hired lack talent, or the studio is keeping the cash in their pockets.

There's a lot of good nomination this year such as Captain America, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Out of all of these I think that Planet of the Apes might take home the top prize, those apes were incredibly freaky looking. Weta did an amazing job with this movie, and out of all the other nominations this was the movie I was most impressed by. What are your thoughts? What movie did you think have the best visual effect in 2011?

Here's the full press release with all of the nominations:

Los Angeles,
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10th Annual Ves Awards Nominations Announced

10th Annual Ves Awards Nominations Announced
The Visual Effects Society (Ves) today announced the nominees for its 10th Annual Ves Awards ceremony recognizing outstanding visual effects artistry in 23 categories of film, animation, television, commercials, special venues and video games. Nominees were chosen Saturday, January 7 by distinguished panels of Ves members who viewed submissions at the FotoKem screening facilities in Burbank and New York, FotoKem's Spy in San Francisco, and other facilities in London, Sydney, Vancouver and Wellington, Nz.

"The standard of the creative work that is being considered this year is unbelievably high across all categories," said Jeffrey A. Okun, Chair of the Visual Effects Society. "The judges faced a huge challenge because all of the work was so far above the norm. We're honored to have the opportunity to focus the spotlight on the outstanding work that has contributed to some of the highest grossing films and broadcast projects of all time."

As previously announced,
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Visual Effects Society nominates “Harry Potter,” “Hugo” and more – Awards Alley

By Sean O’Connell

hollywoodnews.com: Over the weekend, the Visual Effects Society announced the nominees for its 10th Annual Ves Awards ceremony, recognizing summer tentpoles (“Harry Potter,” “Captain America”) and surprise hits (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Hugo”) for their outstanding visual effects artistry in 23 categories of film, animation, television, commercials, special venues and video games.

“The standard of the creative work that is being considered this year is unbelievably high across all categories,” said Jeffrey A. Okun, Chair of the Visual Effects Society. “The judges faced a huge challenge because all of the work was so far above the norm. We’re honored to have the opportunity to focus the spotlight on the outstanding work that has contributed to some of the highest grossing films and broadcast projects of all time.”

As previously announced, Stan Lee will be honored with the Ves 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award and
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Gosnell to Direct 'Smurfs'

It's been a while since Papa Smurf, Smurfette, or Gargamel have acted in front of a camera. Luckily, Columbia Pictures and Sony Animation have chosen a veteran live action/animation director for their big comeback.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Raja Gosnell, best known for directing Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, has signed on to direct the upcoming Smurfs movie. Like the 'Scooby-Doo' franchise, as well as Gosnell's recent Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Smurfs will feature live actors interacting with photorealistic, talking creatures (in this case, little blue men and women).

Given his pedigree, Gosnell seems like a natural fit to go with screenwriters J. David Stern and David N. Weiss (Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third), and Audrey Wells (whose screenplay for George of the Jungle, coincidentally, featured a talking ape named Ape). Previous reports linked special effects specialist Colin Brady to the film.

Producer Jordan Kerner spoke enthusiastically about Gosnell,
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New Smurfs Movie Director Not a Surprising Choice

Looks like that Smurfs movie is finally going to see the light of day after all. There has been concept art [1] and a logo [2] floating around for a while now, but what the project didn't have was an actual director. At one point, Colin Brady (Everyone's Hero) was attached, but he later parted ways in favour of some movie called The Legend of Santa Claus. (Strange, considering he was also supposed to direct Astro Boy and left that for The Smurfs.) At any rate, it appears that Columbia has now finally found the appropriate helmsman in Raja Gosnell. Who is Raja Gosnell? Why, only the visionary director responsible for such films as Scooby-Doo, Big Momma's House and Beverly Hills Chihuahua! Hey, at least they're not misleading us with regards to the kind of movie we can expect from The Smurfs. It's going to be a combination of CG and live-action,
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Smurfs Movie Has A Director, Feel Free To Shrug

There are a lot of things to be excited about today. The Michael Jackson media circus is winding down. A party at Comic Con will feature hilarious/awesome metal bands Gwar and 3 Inches of Blood. I'm eating some delicious homemade salsa. Oh, and the Smurfs movie has a director. Yeah, the last item doesn't really fit. According to THR, the lucky chap is Raja Gosnell, who previously helmed all of your favorites: Scooby Doo and its sequel, and more recently Beverly Hills Chihuahua. I guess there's more after the jump, if you care. Colin Brady had once been attached to direct, but that evidently fell by the wayside a couple months ago. Producer Jordan Kerner has been developing this project for seven years, which means he's had seven years to get the following statement ready to copy/paste a director's name in: With Raja coming aboard, we now have a
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The ‘Smurfs’ Are Coming in 2010

Some months ago I wrote about the up coming Smurf movie. At the time I felt the concept of a live action CGI enhanced movie based on some of the weirdest characters in Toonland was frightening. Apparently it’s scarier than I thought. As you may know, the Columbia pictures Smurf movie isn’t merely a live action CGI hybrid, but it’s Smurfs in all their 3D glory. Titled Smurfs 3D, those funky blue Smurfs will be right in your face should you choose to venture into a theater near you when the film opens December 17, 2010. The opening date does leave time to mark your calendar in one of two ways. If you’re a Smurf fan you can mark down the days until opening day. Maybe there will be a midnight show to accommodate the huge crowds of Smurf fans. If you’re not a fan and I count myself in that group, you
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The Smurfs Movie Going 3D

The live-action/CGI Smurfs movie is going to follow the path blazed by G-Force and be made in 3D. ComingSoon.net reports Columbia Pictures has made the decision and will roll out the film currently in pre-production on December 17, 2010. Though The Smurfs movie is well over a year away and the cartoon a distant memory, Smurfs merchandise continues to be sold in stores. While perusing one of the young kids' toy aisles with my daughter recently I spotted several Smurfs figures, playsets and whatnot. She had no interest in them and I could not have been more proud of her. The Smurfs film is being directed by Colin Brady based on a script by the writing duo David Stem and David Weiss who collaborated on Shrek 2 and Daddy Day Camp.
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The Smurfs Will be Coming at You in 3D

ComingSoon.net has received word that Columbia Pictures' CG/live-action hybrid film based on "The Smurfs" will hit theaters in 3D. Smurfs 3D is scheduled for a December 17, 2010 release. The film will be based on the characters created in 1958 by Belgian cartoonist Pierre Culliford, known throughout the world as Peyo. "The Smurfs" were created for a Belgian series of comic books, first as minor characters. The villagers, known for their blue skin and small statures, spawned a line of statuettes, games, toys, theme parks and a hit TV series. The Colin Brady-directed film was written by David Stem and David Weiss.
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