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Annie Award 2017: Zootopia, Kubo and the Two Strings lead nominations

Nominations for the 44th Annie Awards – recognizing the best in animated filmmaking in television and movies across 36 categories – were announced by the International Animated Film Association on Monday morning, cementing the Oscar-bound trajectories of titles like Zootopia, Kubo and the Two Strings, and Finding Dory. Disney’s $1 billion worldwide-grosser Zootopia, which features the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman, leads the feature film nominees with 11 total nods, while Laika’s critically-lauded Kubo and the Two Strings follows close behind with 10. Kubo and Fox’s Kung Fu Panda 3 are the only non-Disney title to appear in the Annie Awards’ Best Animated Feature category, as

The Alliance for Women Film Composers (“The AWFC”) have announced a new board and President

The Alliance for Women Film Composers (“The AWFC”) have announced a new board and President as Laura Karpman steps down as the organization’s President to focus on her new role as Governor of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences. Emmy-winning composer Lolita Ritmanis will assume the Presidency of the AWFC to help steer its next course of action for the upcoming 2017 year. In addition, new board members Germaine Franco (“Dope”), George S. Clinton (“Austin Powers”) and Penka Kouneva (“Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands”) join the Board of Directors, while Catherine Grealish becomes the organization’s Executive Director. “The Alliance: We are colleagues, competitors, friends, and fan

Lolita Ritmane: Latvija ir atplaukusi un eksplodējusi

Latvija ir atplaukusi un eksplodējusi, daloties savās emocijās par dzimtenes apciemojumu un tās kultūras dzīvi, intervijā telekanālam LNT teica ASV dzīvojošā latviešu komponiste un «Emmy» balvas ieguvēja Lolita Ritmane. Komponiste uzteica Latvijas dinamisko kultūras dzīvi un lieliskos māksliniekus. «Dažreiz šķiet, ka neesam vajadzīgi, jo te ir tik daudz lielisku mākslinieku. Bet es gribu komponēt kora mūziku atskaņošanai Latvijā. Esmu latviete un gribu būt daļa no tās, pat ja šeit nedzīvoju,» teica Ritmane. Komponiste atcerējās braucienu uz Latviju brīdī, kad ««Galerija Centrs» vēl bija Universālveikals». «Mūs toreiz rūpīgi pārbaudīja, vai nevedam kontrabandu,» stāstīja Ritmane. Tagad viņai

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