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Frozen takes top honors at Annie Awards, Oscar seems next

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

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Another weekend, another round of awards.
 
“Frozen” emerged as the top winner at the 41st annual Annie Awards which are dedicated to animation and were held at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Actor Patrick Warburton hosted the ceremony. 
 
It was competing against “A Letter to Momo,” “Despicable Me 2,” “Ernest & Celestine,” “Monsters University,” “The Croods” and “The Wind Rises” for best animated feature. 
 
getahorse“Get a Horse!” (left)  — which appears before “Frozen” — won for animated short subject. 
 
Other honors: 
 
Best Animated Special Production: “Chipotle Scarecrow” (Chipotle Creative Department, Moonbot Studios).
 
Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial:  “Despicable Me 2” (Cinemark-Illumination  Entertainment/Universal).
 
Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children:  “Disney Sofia the First” (Disney Television Animation).
 
Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Children’s Audience:  “Adventure Time” (Cartoon Network Studios).
 
Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production:  “Futurama” (20th Century Fox Television).
 
Best Animated Video Game: “The Last of Us” (Naughty Dog).
 
Best Student Film:  “Wedding Cake’ (Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, Viola Baier, Iris Frisch). 
 
The Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as individual achievement in a total of 30 categories ranging from best feature, production design, character animation, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music, editing and voice acting. 
 
Elsewhere on Saturday night, Emmanuel Lubezki won top honors at the American Society of Cinematographers for “Gravity.” 
 
He joined Jeremy Benning, Jonathan Freeman and Blake McClure in picking up prizes at the 28th annual ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement. The ceremony was held at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood. 
 
Benning won the TV movie/miniseries award for “Killing Lincoln.” Freeman took home top honors in the one-hour episodic television category for “Game of Thrones,” and McClure was the recipient of the half-hour episodic series award for “Drunk History.”
 
For other awards given out Saturday night, see 
http://www.theasc.com.
 

 

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Ride Along still riding high

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

ride-along-one-sheet rgb“Ride Along” and “Frozen” are clinging to the top spots at the box office while “That Awkward Moment” opened in third place and “Labor Day” in seventh. 
 
They likely will be bounced out of those slots this weekend when "The Lego Movie" and "The Monuments Men" open.
 
Expect big things from "Lego," especially since it will be out in 3-D in select theaters. Also headed our way: "Vampire Academy." 
 
Here are the early estimates from Rentrak: 
 
1. “Ride Along” — $12,313,765, bringing its total to $92,976,515 since release. 
2. “Frozen” — $9,310,000, for $360,013,000 so far. 
3. “That Awkward Moment” — $9,010,000.
4. “The Nut Job” — $7,613,155, for $50,246,150 to date. 
5. “Lone Survivor” — $7,161,300, bumping it past the $100 million mark to $104,854,856.
6. “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” — $5,400,000, or $38,967,970 since release. 
7. “Labor Day” — $5,300,000.
8. “American Hustle” — $4,300,000, for $133,621,179 to date. 
9. “The Wolf of Wall Street” — $3,550,000, or 104,076,761 so far. 
10. “I, Frankenstein” — $3,520,000, for $14,490,070 so far. 
 

 

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Garden superstars come to Pittsburgh, register now for discount

Written by Doug Oster on .

 

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It just doesn't get any bigger than Dr. Michael Dirr when it comes to plant experts. He's written the Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, the definitive title on the subject, and many other great books.

He's just one of the great speakers at the 19th annual Garden & Landscape Symposium of Western Pennsylvania, presented by Penn State

Extension and Shady Side Academy. It's happening on Saturday, April 12, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hillman Center for the Performing

Arts in Fox Chapel. Discounted registration is available until March 1.

Horticultural experts will share their knowledge on a wide variety of topics, including Sinclair Adam, Penn State Extension

 

 

 

educator speaking on New Perennials for 2014: Plants of Promise for American Growers and Gardens; Michael Dirr, retired

professor of horticulture, University of Georgia will speak In Praise of Noble Trees and also New Flowering and Evergreen

Shrubs; Maryann Frazier, Penn State Entomology Expert will address declining pollinator populations and how gardeners

and landscapers can improve habitats and reduce risks with ~ Will There Still Be Honey for Your Tea?; and Jeff Gillman,

Horticulture Instructor at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina will present-The Truth About

Organic Gardening: Benefits, Drawbacks, and the Bottom Line. The Symposium includes breakfast and lunch and plenty of

time to shop at the Garden Marketplace.

The Garden Marketplace is free and open to the public as well as those registered for the Symposium from 8 a.m. to 3

p.m. The Marketplace features unusual, hard-to-find perennials, annuals, shrubs, natives, lettuce bowls, terrariums, garden

accessories and botanical artwork. The Garden Marketplace is entirely indoors, located in the Ice Rink Arena on the Shady

Side Senior School campus. A new attraction this year is the annual Daffodil Show, hosted by the Daffodil and Hosta Society

of Western Pennsylvania. Parking is convenient, ample and free.

Register for the Symposium by visiting http://extension.psu.edu/garden-landscape-symposium. The fee is $105 before

March 1st and $120 after March 1st. Or call (412)473–2540 with questions.

 

 

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Empty Netter Assists - 02-02-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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-Shelly Anderson's recap from last night's game. “We didn’t make it tough enough on them. We didn’t do a good enough job of creating. We could have done more there.” - Sidney Crosby on the Coyotes.

-The Arizona Republic' recap. “It definitely felt good, and hopefully I don’t have to wait that long for the next goal." - Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek on getting a goal against his former team. He scored his first goal since March 5, 2012, as a member of the Penguins against the Coyotes. Fire Ray Shero.

-The Associated Press' recap. "Tonight was a tough-fought game. There wasn't a lot out there. That's the kind of games we expect. We have to be able to play a patient game, not be taking chances with the way we play or the way we play with the puck." - Dan Bylsma.

-Highlights:

-Phoenix captain Shane Doan tried to wrap up Jussi Jokinen:

-Crosby speaks:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Matt Niskanen speaks:

-How will the health of Beau Bennett and Pascal Dupuis impact how the Penguins approach the trade deadline?

-Olli Maatta is racking up the points.

-The Los Angeles Times had a thoroughly sourced piece on professional athletes who have filed workers compensation claims in California against teams in all four of the major North American sports league. Since 1990, 16 NHLers have filed claims against the Penguins.

-Eric Hartzell stopped only three out of the five shots he faced and was credited with a loss for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins who fell at to the Rochester Americans, 4-0.

-Highlights (so to speak):

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin is considered week-to-week due to a leg injury.

-Peter Mannino made 28 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 3-1 loss to the Kalamazoo Wings.

-After the Jump: The Kings keep losing.

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Written by Rob Rogers on .

Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman was animated and excited during his interview minutes after making the play of his career two weeks ago. But that is no reason for people to make racial slurs, as some did on social media. Sherman has handled himself with intelligence and grace in the midst of the attention. I wish I could say the same for his critics. Meanwhile, over on the Hill, they have their own brand of racism. 

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