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Winners of the 2020 ‘Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Fest’ Announced, Includes Shorts from U.S., India and Japan

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The 2020 ILICFF via Zoom.

*The 2020 “Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Fest” (ILICFF) recently announced the winners of  the “Best Films Made BY Kids” and “Best Film Made FOR Kids” Awards. The community screening event was opened to the world this year because it was held at the Euble Blake Center in Baltimore via Zoom video conferencing. Attendees from as far as Spain and Japan were able to join the event. The ILICFF event was co-hosted by founder Anthony Michael Hobbs (Anthony-Michael.com) and radio personality Doresa Harvey (Magic 95.9FM). Eubie Blake Director Derek Price opened the event.

Twenty-one short films were screened during ILICFF – 11 made by youth and 10 made for youth. During the intermission a trivia contest was held with winner Anne-Sophie receiving branded merchandise (cups, hoodies, tank tops and socks) from Imagination Lunchbox, LLC – producers of the “Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Fest”.

Attending the screening of the short films was free to the public thanks to the ILICFF partnership with Imagination Lunchbox, LLC, the Eubie Blake Center, and The Baltimore Times’ Foundation, Times Community Services. Four winners were selected in total, which includes also “Festival Choice Award” and the “Most Uplifting Film” Award – sponsored by the “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference.

Event host Anthony Michael Hobbs’ company, Imagination Lunchbox, LLC, has produced three award winning short films thus far – One Nation, Naga Pixie and Agent Hollywood. In 2019 his company partnered with the Eubie Blake Center to annually host the “ILICFF/Eubie Blake Filmmaking Workshops for Youth.” The short film from the 2019 workshop, The Case of the Stolen Instrument, was screened as part of the 21 shorts presented at the 2020 “Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Fest.”

Director Abner Sharma (India) won the “Best Film Made BY Kids” for the dramatic short “Don’t Kill for Fun,” that has a message about killing animals for sport; Director Nicola Rose (United States) won the “Best Film Made FOR Kids” for the emotional short “Gabrielle,” about a teen rejected by her dance teacher because of her weight; Director Ellis Clark (United States) won the “Film Fest Most Uplifting” for the philosophical short “The Truth of Beauty,” which explains that beauty is not any one type of look, and Director Satoshi Takahashi (Japan) won the “Film Festival Choice” for the funny short “The Peak,” about what goes through the mind of a child when they have to use the bathroom very badly

The 2021 “Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Fest” will be held Saturday August 7, 2021 at the Eubie Blake Center from 1-3pmET. Film submissions will be opening up soon for 2021’s ILICFF , so if you know a young filmmaker tell them to log onto www.ImaginationLunchbox.com for more information.

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Jaden Smith and Cara Delevingne Star in ‘Life in a Year’ for Amazon Prime [Trailer]

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*Jaden Smith and supermodel Cara Delevingne star in the romantic drama “Life in a Year,” for which the first official trailer just dropped. 

Smith, 22, stars as Daryn, a 17-year-old student who falls for Delevingne’s Isabel — who has a year to live.

Here’s the synopsis: “The movie follows 17-year-old Daryn who finds out that his girlfriend is dying. He sets out to give her an entire life in the last year she has left.”

“Once the script reading started, everyone started hiding that they’re going to cry, and then Will Smith didn’t care and just cried,” director Mitja Okorn told Entertainment Weekly. “I’m like, ‘Oh, great. I can work with this.’ And when we were shooting all these emotional scenes later, Will Smith is sitting behind me sobbing.”

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“It’s definitely not a pretty sobbing film,” Delevingne told EW. “It gets you right in the gut. Oh my gosh, I cried all the time [during filming].”

The 28-year-old model/actress also talked about playing a character battling terminal cancer.

“As an actor, to be a vessel to understand what it takes to have something like stage three ovarian cancer, it’s not a dream role obviously but in a way, it’s an incredible gift to be given, especially when you put in the work,” Delevingne said.

“[I worked with] this girl who survived stage three ovarian cancer … and to be able to meet these people and to show a story of strength and struggle and family, community, and support and what it takes, to dive into that it was really special to me.”

Will Smith’s production company Overbrook Entertainment is producing “Life in a Year” along with Sony Pictures, and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.

“Life in a Year” is expected to arrive on Amazon Prime Video on November 27. 

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The Pulse of Entertainment: DreamWorks Animation’s Joel Crawford Directs ‘The Croods: A New Age’ / VIDEO

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The DreamWorks Animation feature The Croods: A New Age is distributed by Universal Pictures.

*“Trolls (Holiday) did so well I didn’t want to mess it up,” said Joel Crawford about directing the DreamWorks Animation, The Croods: A New Age – distributed by Universal Pictures and in (opened) theatres November 25, 2020, and Video On Demand on December 25th. “Been here at DreamWorks since 2006 and worked on many projects as a storyboard artist. I’ve taken movies scene by scene…all these things that add up to me being a director.”

Joel’s natural progression led to directing the Troll’s Holiday short animated film to directing this feature animated film The Croods: A New Age. The project stars the voices of Academy Award winning Nicolas Cage (The Guardian) as Grug Crood; Catherine Keener (Into the Wild) as Ugga Crood – Grug’s wife; eight-time Primetime Emmy winning Cloris Leachman (“Raising Hope”) as Gran; Academy Award winning Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man) as Eep Crood – the eldest daughter; Randy Thom (Skywalker Sound) as Sandy Crood – daughter, and Clark Duke (“The Office”) as Thunk Crood – the son, and they are The Croods.

The Croods’ characters were developed by Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch), Kirk DeMicco (The Croods), and John Cleese (Shrek the Third). In the first installment of The Croods, they survive an end-of-the-world earthquake. In The Croods: A New Age, the family along with Guy, Eep’s boyfriend that is voiced by Ryan Reynolds (“Two Guys and a Girl”), and two pet sloth – Sash voiced by Tara Strong (Teen Titans) and Belt voiced by Chris Sanders – discover they are not the only survivors when they meet the Betterman family. They don’t get along because the Bettermans believes they are more evolved than the Croods. However, the families are forced to work together when their children become missing. The hunt is on to find the missing kids and save their lives.

The Betterman family consists of Phil Betterman – the father voiced by Primetime Emmy Award winning Peter Dinklage (Game of Thornes), Hope Betterman – the wife voiced by Leslie Mann (17 Again), and Dawn Betterman – the daughter voiced by Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi).

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“Chris Adams gave me notes,” Joel said about the storyline. “We were trying to see what the sequel will be for a long time…I came in later. Meeting another family was already in there…but who they are…developed when I came in.”

Rated PG, The Croods: A New Age was produced by Mark Swift and is a DreamWorks Animation production. Crawford’s credits, as Art Director in the animation’s department of DreamWorks, also includes Rise of the Guardians, both Kung Fu Panda as Art Director, and Lego Movie 2 as Art Director.

“It’s the same characters with a different journey,” Joel Crawford concluded. www.UniversalPictures.com/movies/the-croods-2

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, MS, MBA, MPhil has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENTS: “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference (ULMII), founded by Eunice in 1999, is into its 21st year. Next events are coming Baltimore Saturday April 17, 2021 at Security Square Mall and Los Angeles Saturday November 6, 2021 at (TBD). The ULMII event is a free conference offering an Entertainment Business Panel Q&A Session, a Talent Showcase and Talent Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) where aspiring artists have a chance to receive over $15,000 valued in prizes/product/services.  Log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com for more information or email [email protected]

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Filming on ‘Black Panther’ Sequel to Start in Summer 2021, Letitia Wright Could Takeover Role

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*Marvel Studios has confirmed that production on “Black Panther 2” will begin sometime in July 2021. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, production was initially scheduled to begin in March 2021, but that was scrapped upon news of Chadwick Boseman’s death. The titular star died on Aug. 28 following his years-long private battle with cancer. 

We previously reported, while details of the “Black Panther” sequel remain on the low, executive producer Victoria Alonso said the follow-up to the blockbuster action film will not use a digital double for the late actor.

“No. There’s only one Chadwick, and he’s no longer with us. Sadly, our king has died in real life, not only in fiction, and we’re taking a little time to see how we continue the story and how to honor this chapter of what has unexpectedly happened to us, so painful and terrible to be honest,” Alonso said in an interview with Argentine newspaper Clarín. “Chadwick wasn’t only a wonderful human being, every day of the 5 years we spent together, but also, I believe, that what he did as a character elevated us as a company, and has left his moment on history.”

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(L-R) Lupita Nyongo and Letitia Wright in “Black Panther.”

Producers behind Disney/Marvel’s “Black Panther” are said to be unsure on how to move forward with the sequel following the death of Boseman, who played the title role in the first film.

Disney is faced with two options on how to proceed with the “Black Panther” franchise without Boseman. Hire a new actor and risk pissing off the fandom or allow Letitia Wright, who plays Black Panther’s sister Shuri, to take over the role (which actually occurs in one of the comic series).

The actress is expected to return with a more prominent role in BP2.

Alonso confirmed that Marvel hopes to pay tribute to Boseman’s legacy.

“Because Chadwick was not only a wonder of a human being every day for the five years that we spent together, but it also seems to me that as a character what he did elevated us as a company and has left his moment in history. I know that sometimes two months go by or three months go by in production and you say, ‘Well, it was a long time.’ But it is not a long time. We have to think carefully about what we are going to do and how and think about how we are going to honor the franchise.”

Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Angela Bassett are among the actors who are expected to reprise their roles.

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