Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 American romantic drama film directed by Ang Lee and produced by Diana Ossana and James Schamus. Adapted from the 1997 short story of the same name by Annie Proulx, the screenplay was written by Ossana and Larry McMurtry; the film stars Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams, depicts the complex emotional and sexual relationship between Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist in the American West from 1963 to 1983. The film received commercial success, it won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Best Picture and Best Director at the British Academy Film Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Producers Guild of America Awards, Critics' Choice Movie Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, among others. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, the most nominations at the 78th Academy Awards, where it won three—Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score—though it lost the Best Picture award to Crash in a controversial Oscars upset. In 2018, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally or aesthetically significant".
It is the most recent film chosen to be in the Registry. In 1963, Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist are hired by Joe Aguirre to herd his sheep through the summer in the Wyoming mountains. After a night of heavy drinking, Jack makes a pass at Ennis, hesitant but responds to Jack's advances. Despite Ennis' telling Jack that it was a one-time incident, they develop a passionate sexual and emotional relationship. After Jack and Ennis part ways, Ennis marries his longtime fiancée Alma Beers and has two daughters with her. Jack returns the next summer seeking work, but Aguirre, who had observed Jack and Ennis on the mountain, refuses to rehire him. Jack moves to Texas, where he meets and has a son with rodeo rider Lureen Newsome. After four years, Jack visits Ennis. Upon meeting, the two kiss passionately, Alma inadvertently observes this. Jack broaches the subject of creating a life with Ennis on a small ranch, but Ennis, haunted by a childhood memory of the torture and murder of two men suspected of homosexual behavior, refuses.
He is unwilling to abandon his family. Ennis and Jack continue to meet for infrequent fishing trips as their respective marriages deteriorate. Lureen abandons the rodeo, expecting Jack to work in sales. Alma and Ennis divorce in 1975. Upon hearing about Ennis' divorce, Jack drives to Wyoming, he suggests again that they live together. Jack finds solace with male prostitutes in Mexico. Ennis sees his family until Alma confronts him about her knowing the true nature of his relationship with Jack; this results in a violent argument. Ennis has a brief romantic relationship with Cassie Cartwright, a waitress. Jack and Lureen meet and befriend another couple and Lashawn Malone, it is implied that Jack begins an affair with Randall, as Randall tells Jack his boss has a remote cabin that he can use anytime he wants and suggests they use it together sometime. At the end of a regular fishing trip with Jack, Ennis tries to delay their next meeting. Jack's frustration erupts into argument, Ennis blames Jack for being the cause of his own conflicted actions.
Ennis begins to cry. Jack tries to hold him and he momentarily objects. Jack watches; some time Ennis receives a postcard he had sent to Jack, stamped "Deceased". He calls Lureen; as she is speaking, Ennis imagines that Jack was beaten to death by a gang of thugs, the fate that Ennis feared. Lureen tells Ennis that Jack wanted to have his ashes scattered on Brokeback Mountain, but she does not know where it is. Ennis offers to take Jack's ashes to the mountain; the father refuses. Permitted by Jack's mother to see Jack's childhood bedroom, Ennis finds the bloodstained shirt he thought he had lost on Brokeback Mountain, he discovers. Ennis holds both shirts up to his face. Jack's mother lets him keep the shirts. 19-year-old Alma Jr. arrives at Ennis' trailer to tell her father she is engaged. She invites him to the wedding. Ennis asks her if her fiancé loves her, she replies, "Yes". After Alma Jr. leaves, Ennis goes to his closet, where his and Jack's shirts hang together, with a postcard of Brokeback Mountain tacked above them.
He stares at the ensemble for a moment, tears in his eyes, murmurs, "Jack, I swear..." Gus Van Sant attempted to adapt Proulx's story as a film, hoping to cast Matt Damon as Ennis and Joaquin Phoenix as Jack. Damon, who worked with Van Sant on Good Will Hunting, told the director, "Gus, I did a gay movie a cowboy movie. I can't follow it up with a gay-cowboy movie!" Van Sant went on to make the biographical film Milk, based on the life of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk. Joel Schumacher was linked with the project prior to Lee's involvement; when Ang Lee first heard of the story and screenplay, he attempted to get the film made as an independent producer. However, this did not work out and before Lee would take a break after finishing Hulk he got into contact with co-screenwriter and CEO of Focus Features, James Schamus to ask if the film was made. Ang Lee was considering retireme
Icon Productions is an independent production company founded in August 1989 by actor/director Mel Gibson and Australian producing partner Bruce Davey, unlike most other independent production companies, funds most of its development and production costs, allowing it to retain creative control of its projects. Its headquarters are in Los Angeles. In 2008-2009, the company's UK operations were sold. After the acquisition of Dendy Cinemas, a separate company involved in film distribution only in Australia continued to operate as Icon Film Distribution, using the original logo and still owned by Gibson and Davey. Icon started. According to Davey: Unlike most other independents, Icon has always financed most of its development and packaging costs internally by Gibson, allowing it to retain creative control of projects through production. Felicia's Journey director Atom Egoyan praised the company's creative independence and risk-taking: Gibson has explained that the company's name was chosen because icon means "image" in Greek, that the inspiration came from a book on Russian icons in his den.
The logo's artwork features a small crop of the mother's left eye from the Theotokos of Vladimir icon, an Eastern Orthodox icon of Mary, mother of Jesus. The company produced films in the UK and Australia and distributed cinema films through its British subsidiary and its Australian subsidiary, it owned a library of over 250 film titles. After the financial success of The Passion of the Christ, there was frequent mention of the ability of Icon to function as a mini-studio. However, Bruce Davey downplayed those expectations, saying, "The last thing we want is to become a studio. We don't want to become that top heavy. We want to be passionate. We don't want to lose the magic"; the main executives at Icon were Bruce Davey and Mark Gooder. In early 2008, Icon entered the exhibition business for the first time by purchasing Dendy Cinemas, Australia's largest independent film distributor and art house cinema chain. In September 2008, Davey and Gibson started negotiations for the sale of the Icon international sales and film distribution arms along with the Majestic library.
UK operations were sold to US-based industrial group Access Industries, with former UK Film Council chairman Stewart Till as new CEO and equity holder in the business. The new company would continue to use the Icon name and would have a three-year first-look deal with Icon Productions to handle the international rights to its productions; the sale was completed in November 2009. The deal included Icon’s international sales company, the distribution operation based in the UK, the Majestic Films & Television library, but not the Los Angeles operation Icon Productions LLC, which Gibson still owned outright with Davey, who relocated to Australia, nor the Dendy Cinemas were part of the acquisition deal; as at June 2018, Gibson and Davey were still running Icon Productions LLC. The company had sued the producer of their film The Professor and the Madman for breach of contract, but on 19 June 2018, Judge Ruth Kwan of the Los Angeles County Superior Court did not allow this, saying that there was not enough evidence.
The 2008-2009 transaction did not include the Australian distribution company and cinemas, which remains as Icon Film Distribution as at February 2019. In November 2011, Icon announced it was closing its UK distribution wing, with Lionsgate said to be in talks to buy its back catalogue.. In late 2012, Icon Productions acquired the library of Producers Sales Organization from Lionsgate. In 2013, it was announced. Earlier, the unit hired Exclusive Media to represent its library, Lionsgate UK would distribute future Icon titles as a result of restructuring the company to finance and produce films and eliminate distribution. In September 2013, Icon Film Distribution UK and Icon Home Entertainment UK were purchased by investment company New Sparta. In September 2017, After a strings of box office bombs back in 2016, Icon UK was once again shut down for real. In March 2018, Icon UK was reformed to Kaleidoscope Film Distribution. Hamlet Forever Young Airborne The Man Without a Face Immortal Beloved Maverick Braveheart Dad and Dave: On Our Selection 187 Anna Karenina FairyTale: A True Story Felicia's Journey An Ideal Husband Payback Beyond Blunderdome Ordinary Decent Criminal Bless the Child Kevin & Perry Go Large The Magic Pudding The Million Dollar Hotel The Miracle Maker Thomas and the Magic Railroad What Women Want We Were Soldiers The Singing Detective Paparazzi The Passion of the Christ Romance & Cigarettes Apocalypto Black Sheep Butterfly on a Wheel Seraphim Falls The Black Balloon Dragon Hunters Hunger Infestation Mary and Max Nowhere Boy Push Triangle Buried Edge of Darkness The Way Coriolanus Get the Gringo Upside Down You're Next Postman Pat: The Movie Stonehearst Asylum Mr. Holmes The Neon Demon Th
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The Los Angeles Times is a daily newspaper, published in Los Angeles, since 1881. It has the fourth-largest circulation among United States newspapers, is the largest U. S. newspaper not headquartered on the East Coast. The paper is known for its coverage of issues salient to the U. S. West Coast, such as immigration trends and natural disasters, it has won more than 40 Pulitzer Prizes for its coverage of other issues. As of June 18, 2018, ownership of the paper is controlled by Patrick Soon-Shiong, the executive editor is Norman Pearlstine. In the nineteenth century, the paper was known for its civic boosterism and opposition to unions, the latter of which led to the bombing of its headquarters in 1910; the paper's profile grew in the 1960s under publisher Otis Chandler, who adopted a more national focus. In recent decades, the paper's readership has declined and it has been beset by a series of ownership changes, staff reductions, other controversies. In January 2018, the paper's staff voted to unionize, in July 2018 the paper moved out of its historic downtown headquarters to a facility near Los Angeles International Airport.
The Times was first published on December 4, 1881, as the Los Angeles Daily Times under the direction of Nathan Cole Jr. and Thomas Gardiner. It was first printed at the Mirror printing plant, owned by Jesse Yarnell and T. J. Caystile. Unable to pay the printing bill and Gardiner turned the paper over to the Mirror Company. In the meantime, S. J. Mathes had joined the firm, it was at his insistence that the Times continued publication. In July 1882, Harrison Gray Otis moved from Santa Barbara to become the paper's editor. Otis made the Times a financial success. Historian Kevin Starr wrote that Otis was a businessman "capable of manipulating the entire apparatus of politics and public opinion for his own enrichment". Otis's editorial policy was based on civic boosterism, extolling the virtues of Los Angeles and promoting its growth. Toward those ends, the paper supported efforts to expand the city's water supply by acquiring the rights to the water supply of the distant Owens Valley; the efforts of the Times to fight local unions led to the October 1, 1910 bombing of its headquarters, killing twenty-one people.
Two union leaders and Joseph McNamara, were charged. The American Federation of Labor hired noted trial attorney Clarence Darrow to represent the brothers, who pleaded guilty. Otis fastened a bronze eagle on top of a high frieze of the new Times headquarters building designed by Gordon Kaufmann, proclaiming anew the credo written by his wife, Eliza: "Stand Fast, Stand Firm, Stand Sure, Stand True." Upon Otis's death in 1917, his son-in-law, Harry Chandler, took control as publisher of the Times. Harry Chandler was succeeded in 1944 by his son, Norman Chandler, who ran the paper during the rapid growth of post-war Los Angeles. Norman's wife, Dorothy Buffum Chandler, became active in civic affairs and led the effort to build the Los Angeles Music Center, whose main concert hall was named the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in her honor. Family members are buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery near Paramount Studios; the site includes a memorial to the Times Building bombing victims. The fourth generation of family publishers, Otis Chandler, held that position from 1960 to 1980.
Otis Chandler sought legitimacy and recognition for his family's paper forgotten in the power centers of the Northeastern United States due to its geographic and cultural distance. He sought to remake the paper in the model of the nation's most respected newspapers, notably The New York Times and The Washington Post. Believing that the newsroom was "the heartbeat of the business", Otis Chandler increased the size and pay of the reporting staff and expanded its national and international reporting. In 1962, the paper joined with The Washington Post to form the Los Angeles Times–Washington Post News Service to syndicate articles from both papers for other news organizations, he toned down the unyielding conservatism that had characterized the paper over the years, adopting a much more centrist editorial stance. During the 1960s, the paper won four Pulitzer Prizes, more than its previous nine decades combined. Writing in 2013 about the pattern of newspaper ownership by founding families, Times reporter Michael Hiltzik said that: The first generations bought or founded their local paper for profits and social and political influence.
Their children enjoyed both profits and influence, but as the families grew larger, the generations found that only one or two branches got the power, everyone else got a share of the money. The coupon-clipping branches realized that they could make more money investing in something other than newspapers. Under their pressure the companies split apart, or disappeared. That's the pattern followed over more than a century by the Los Angeles Times under the Chandler family; the paper's early history and subsequent transformation was chronicled in an unauthorized history Thinking Big, was one of four organizations profiled by David Halberstam in The Powers That Be. It has been the whole or partial subject of nearly thirty dissertations in communications or social science in the past four decades; the Los Angeles Times began a decline with Los Angeles itself with the decline in military production at the end of the Cold War. It faced hiring freezes in 1991-1992. Another major decision at the same time was to cut the range of circulation.
They cut circulation in California's Central Valley, Nevada and the San Diego ed
Alliance Films was a Canadian motion picture distribution and production company, which had served Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain. Because Entertainment One acquired Alliance Films in early 2013, it was dissolved into that company, it was one of the major motion picture companies to distribute independent films outside the United States and other countries. The company was formed in 1984 by Stephen Roth, Denis Héroux, John Kemeny, Robert Lantos, Andras Hamori and Susan Cavan as Alliance Entertainment, it acquired a Montreal-based Francophone distribution company, Vivafilm, in 1990. In 1998, it merged with Atlantis Communications. Formally known as Motion Picture Distribution LP, it was re branded and relaunched in 2007 due to the collapse of its preceding company, Alliance Atlantis, sold off piece by piece to CanWest Global, GS Capital Partners, along with several other smaller companies. Société générale de financement du Québec, an investment agency of the provincial government, owns 51% of the voting shares of the company and 38.5% of the equity.
GS Capital owns the remainder of the company. Alliance Films was headquartered in Quebec, in the Quartier International. In the mid-2000s, Alliance Films began to produce films in moderation. In addition to producing films as The Rocket with Cinémaginaire, National Lampoon's Senior Trip with New Line Cinema and Munich with Universal Pictures, DreamWorks SKG and Amblin Entertainment of and before the days of Alliance Atlantis they were responsible for co-producing the 2008 teen slasher Prom Night with Screen Gems and Original Film, they produced and distributed the war drama Passchendaele, co-produced the comedy Stone of Destiny with Infinity Features Entertainment and The Mob Film Company. They are responsible for co-producing the 2011 horror film Insidious with FilmDistrict and Wanderlust with Universal Pictures and Apatow Productions. In 2010, Alliance Films expanded its home video operations with an aggressive push into the TV-on-DVD market, it began releasing various television series on DVD, the majority are Canadian productions or Canadian co-productions.
To date they continue to release more. On June 24, 2011, Alliance Films bought Maple Pictures from Lionsgate for a sum of 38.5 million dollars before Alliance was folded into Entertainment One in early 2013. In partnership with Cineplex Entertainment, Alliance Films operates Alliance Cinemas, owner of two Toronto-area theatres. During the MPD era, all materials relating to Alliance Atlantis–distributed films contained a disclaimer stating that Alliance Atlantis was "an indirect limited partner of Motion Picture Distribution LP, not a general partner". However, in fact, the company controlled the general partner of the partnership, hence controlled the distribution unit itself. Since early 2010 Alliance Films has been partnering with Jason Blum and his BlumHouse Productions to produce low budget horror films; this began with Insidious, released in 2011. The next to be released was Sinister in 2012 and Dark Skies in 2013. Since the 2013 acquisition and absorption, it is unclear if eOne will be a partner on subsequent BlumHouse films and their sequels.
On January 3, 2012, it was announced that Goldman Sachs Group is looking to sell its majority stake in Alliance Films. On May 28, 2012, Entertainment One confirmed their bid to purchase Alliance Films from Goldman Sachs Group, similar to the purchase of Maple Pictures a year prior; the acquisition was completed on January 9, 2013. EOne announced that it would phase out the Alliance brand in favor of operating under the eOne banner. Alliance Films has distributed all or some of the following companies' films before the eOne acquisition. All listings are from the start of their deal with Alliance up to their current state with eOne: Apparition Artisan Entertainment CBS Films FilmDistrict Focus Features Freestyle Releasing Lionsgate Films Open Road Films Miramax New Line Cinema Orion Pictures Overture Films Relativity Media Rogue Pictures The Weinstein Company Dimension Films For more, see Entertainment One, and Alliance Films' video releases from 2007–2013 were distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, until the acquisition by Entertainment One.
Alliance Vivafilm: Francophone film business that produces and distributes feature films in Quebec Alliance Home Entertainment: Home entertainment division that releases feature films & TV series on DVDAlliance Films operates the following international subsidiaries: Momentum Pictures in UK Aurum Producciones in Spain The following is a list of TV series that have been released on DVD by Alliance Films: Adventure Inc. Amazon Andromeda The Adventures of Sinbad Beast Wars: Transformers ReBoot Adventures of the Black Stallion BeastMaster Bordertown The Crow: Stairway to Heaven Dead Man's Gun Degrassi: The Next Generation Earth: Final Conflict Emily of New Moon First Wave F/X: The Series Les Invincibles The Hitchhiker The Hunger Lexx Mutant X Mysterious Island Maurice Sendak's Little Bear NightMan Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide Once a Thief The Outer Limits Psi
Edward W. "Ted" Harbert III is an American broadcasting and television executive. He was the Chairman of NBC Broadcasting, the President and CEO of the Comcast Entertainment Group, Chairman of ABC Entertainment. Born in 1955 in New York, Harbert is the son of Marna and Edward W. Harbert II, a pioneering television and publishing executive. One of six children, Harbert grew up immersed in television, aspired to a career in the industry while still a child. In a 2005 article in Advertising Age, Harbert wrote, “I started poring over the ratings in Nielsen'Pocket Pieces' when I was 9 years old. Two years I learned there were jobs at networks that picked shows and decided where they went on the schedule. From that moment, I wanted one of those jobs.” Harbert began his broadcasting career while a student at Boston University’s college radio station, WTBU, where he worked alongside his friend, Howard Stern. After graduating magna cum laude with a degree in Broadcasting and Film from the Boston University School of Communications, Harbert returned to New York, where he worked at ABC.
He relocated to Los Angeles in 1981 and spent 20 years at ABC, rising from a feature film coordinator to president of ABC Entertainment. At ABC, Harbert was associated with groundbreaking programs such as The Wonder Years,NYPD Blue,The Practice, My So Called Life, among many others, during his tenure, ABC moved to the top in primetime programs in 1995 for the first time in 17 years, led all the networks in profits for several years. In 1999, after a two-year post as a producer for Dreamworks TV, Harbert was named president of NBC Studios, overseeing primetime, day time, late night programs. In 2004, Harbert was appointed to the position of president, E! Networks. In 2006, he was promoted to the newly created position of president and CEO at the Comcast Entertainment Group, overseeing E!, Style Network, G4, Comcast International Media Group, Comcast Entertainment Productions. When Harbert extended his contract with Comcast in 2010, it was noted that E!, in particular, had been a "big success" under his auspices, achieving six straight years of record ratings.
Harbert was appointed to his current position in 2011, following Comcast's acquisition of NBC Universal. He is responsible for NBC Advertising Sales, the NBC Owned Television Stations, Affiliate Relations, Network Research, Domestic Television Distribution, NBCUniversal Digital Entertainment and Special Events. In 2013, it was announced, he left the company in October 2016. Harbert, who appeared as himself in an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, is referenced on the Howard Stern Show. Additionally, Harbert has been described as a "bold-faced name," due in part to a four-year relationship with comedian Chelsea Handler. Harbert was linked romantically with Chelsea Handler starting in 2005, they broke up in 2010 according to Handler because the two couldn't separate pleasure. Harbert and Lisa Medrano, a former human resources executive, were married on June 11, 2011. Harbert has two children and Will, from a previous marriage, he serves on the boards of Urban Arts Partnership, the Friends of the Saban Free Clinic, City Year LA, Paley Center for Media, Hollywood Radio and Television Society, the Executive Committee of Boston University’s School of Communications.
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World cinema is not the sum-total of all films made around the world. Its use is analogous to the use of the term "world literature". Goethe used the concept of Weltliteratur in several of his essays in the early decades of the nineteenth century to describe the international circulation and reception of literary works in Europe, including works of non-Western origin. An interest in "world cinema" suggests an awareness of high-quality films made outside the Hollywood studio system which dominates international viewership. However, some people use the term to refer to the film and film industries of non-English-speaking countries in English-speaking countries. Equating the dominant form of cinema with the dominant language can be inherently problematic. There are many countries such as Canada, South Africa and Asian countries like India, where films are made in English but they are part of "world cinema" due to their marginal status in terms of access or viewership, it can be argued that an understanding of "world cinema" centering around Hollywood cinema suggests a Eurocentric view.
"World cinema" is used interchangeably with the term foreign film. "Foreign" is a relative term, suggesting a Western viewpoint. One person's national cinema can be another person's foreign film. In fact, American independent cinema may be considered part of "world cinema" as it does not have adequate access. Technically, foreign film does not mean the same as foreign language film, but the inference is that a foreign film is not only foreign in terms of the country of production, but in terms of the language used; as such, the use of the term foreign film for films produced in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada or other English-speaking countries would be uncommon within other English-speaking countries. World cinema has an unofficial implication of films with "artistic value" as opposed to "Hollywood commercialism." Foreign language films are grouped with "art house films" and other independent films in DVD stores, cinema listings etc. Unless dubbed into one's native language, foreign language films played in English-speaking regions have English subtitles.
Few films of this kind receive more than a limited release and many are never played in major cinemas. As such the marketing and gross takings for these films are markedly less than for typical Hollywood blockbusters; the combination of subtitles and minimal exposure adds to the notion that "World Cinema" has an inferred artistic prestige or intelligence, which may discourage less sophisticated viewers. Additionally, differences in cultural style and tone between foreign and domestic films affects attendance at cinemas and DVD sales. Foreign language films can be B-movies. Furthermore, foreign language films can cross cultural boundaries when the visual spectacle and style is sufficient to overcome people's misgivings. Films of this type became more common in the early 2000s, as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Amélie, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Y Tu Mama Tambien and Talk to Her enjoyed great successes in United States cinemas and home video sales; the first foreign and foreign language film to top the North American box office was Hero in August 2004.
"The rule for foreign-language films is that if you've done $5 million or better, you've had a nice success. On the other hand, English-dubbed foreign films did well in United States box office; the 1982 United States theatrical release of Wolfgang Peterson's Das Boot was the last major release to go out in both original and English-dubbed versions, the film's original version grossed much higher than the English-dubbed version. On, English-dubbed versions of international hits like Un indien dans la ville, Godzilla 2000, Anatomy and High Tension flopped at United States box office; when Miramax planned to release the English-dubbed versions of Shaolin Soccer and Hero in the United States cinemas, their English-dubbed versions scored badly in test screenings in the United States, so Miramax released the films in United States cinemas with their original language. Foreign language films that are successful in international markets may be taken on by the large film distribution companies for DVD releases.
At the other end of the scale, many foreign language films are never given a DVD release outside of their home markets. The majority of those DVDs that are given an international release, come out on specialist labels; these labels include: Arrow Films - Label specialising in foreign language and cult English language films Artificial Eye Axiom Films British Film Institute Contender Entertainment Group - Label distributing East Asian films. They bought out Medusa Communications in 2005, own the sub-labels Hong Kong Legends and Premier Asia. CEG bought out the label; the Criterion Collection Dragon Dynasty - Label specialising in films from East Asia. Eastern Eye Facets Multimedia Film Movement Fortissimo Films ImaginAsian Pictures Janus Films Kino International - Label distributing foreign language and silent films. Manga Entertainment - Label specialising in anime. Masters of Cinema Mongrel Media Optimum Releasing - Distributor of foreign and English language films in the UK. East Asian films released through their Optimu
Coraline is a 2009 American 3D stop-motion animated dark fantasy comedy horror film directed by Henry Selick and based on Neil Gaiman's 2002 novel of the same name. Produced by Laika as its first feature film, Coraline depicts an adventurous girl named Coraline finding an idealized parallel world behind a secret door in her new home, unaware that the alternative world contains a dark and sinister secret; the film was released in United States theaters on February 6, 2009 by Focus Features after a world premiere at the Portland International Film Festival, received critical acclaim. The film made $16.85 million during opening weekend, ranking third at the box office, by the end of its run had grossed over $124 million worldwide. Coraline won Annie Awards for Best Music in an Animated Feature Production, Best Character Design in an Animated Feature Production and Best Production Design in an Animated Feature Production, received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Animated Feature.
Coraline Jones and her parents move from Pontiac, Michigan, to their new home in Ashland, Oregon, at the dilapidated Pink Palace Apartments. Her eccentric new neighbors include Miss Spink and Miss Forcible. Due to her parents working, Coraline explores the area. Whilst exploring, she meets a black cat and Wyborne "Wybie" Lovat, the grandson of the landlady, whose twin sister mysteriously disappeared years ago. Wybie gives Coraline a button-eyed ragdoll; the doll lures her to a small door in the living room, bricked up and can only be unlocked by a button key. That night, a mouse guides her through the door, where the bricks have been replaced by a corridor to the Other World, inhabited by button-eyed doppelgängers of people from her world. Coraline meets the Other Mother and Other Father, who are much more attentive and entertaining than her real parents. After dinner, she awakes in her real bedroom. Despite cryptic warnings from her neighbors, Coraline visits the Other World three times, where she meets the Other Mr. Bobinsky, who performs a mice circus, the Other Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, who perform a never-ending burlesque act and the Other Wybie, mute.
Despite having no Other World counterpart, the black cat is able to speak in the Other World. The Other Mother invites Coraline to stay forever, under the condition that a pair of buttons will be sewn over her eyes. Terrified, Coraline attempts to flee, but the Other Mother sees through her plan and blocks all the exits to the real world; the cat reveals to her the sinister truth about the Other World and the Other Mother. The Other Mother, appearing taller and more grotesque "disciplines" Coraline by imprisoning her behind a mirror. There, Coraline meets the ghosts of previous victims, including the missing twin sister of Wybie's grandmother, they reveal that the Other Mother, whom they refer to as the Beldam and sent button-eyed rag dolls that resembled them in order to spy on their lives. With the promise of a better life, she lured them into the Other World, where she sewed buttons over their eyes and consumed their lives. To free their souls, their real eyes need to be found. Coraline promises to help.
Coraline is rescued from the mirror by the Other Wybie, whose mouth has been stitched by the Beldam. He helps her escape back to the real world, she deduces that they have been kidnapped by the Beldam and returns to the Other World, but not before Spink and Forcible grant her a stone with a hole in it. The cat advises Coraline to propose a "game". Coraline proposes a game to the Beldam: if Coraline cannot find her parents and the ghosts' eyes, she will let buttons be sewn over her eyes, but if she can, they will all be set free; the Beldam reluctantly agrees. Using the stone, Coraline finds the ghosts' eyes in the Other World, now turned into nightmarish, from its monstrous, deranged inhabitants; as she does, the Other Pink Palace Apartments' surroundings disintegrate until only the living room is left. Inside, Coraline sees the Beldam in her skeletal-arachnoid form. Warned that the Beldam will never accept Coraline's victory, she tricks her into unlocking the door. While the Beldam is distracted, Coraline finds her parents trapped in a snow globe, grabs it, throws the cat at the Beldam's face, ripping her button eyes out.
The Beldam furiously converts the floor into a spiderweb but Coraline and the cat manage to climb out of it, slam and lock the door shut on the Beldam's hand, severing it. Her parents reappear with no memory of what happened; that night, the ghosts warn her to get rid of the button key to prevent the Beldam from accessing the real world. As Coraline prepares to drop it down the well, the severed hand attacks her and tries to drag her back to the Other World. Wybie smashes it with a rock throws the remains and the key into the well and seals it shut to prevent anyone else from entering the Other World; the next day and her parents, who have finished their work, host a garden party for the neighbors. Coraline prepares to tell Mrs. Lovat the truth about her twin sister whilst the cat disappears behind the pink palace welcome sign. Dakota Fanning as Coraline Jones, a curious 11-year-old girl with blue hair Teri Hatcher as Mel Jones, Coraline's mother, the Beldam / Other Mother, the ruler of the Other World Jennifer Saunders as April Spink, a retired burlesque actress Dawn French as Miriam Forcible, a retired burlesque actress Ian McShane as Sergei Alexander Bobinsky, a former Chernobyl liquidator and one of Coraline's neighbors, who owns a jumping mice circus, whose nickname is "Mr B."
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