Rango

(2011)

A sheltered chameleon, living as an ordinary family pet, faces a major identity crisis. After all, how high can you aim when your whole purpose in life is to blend in? When Rango accidentally winds up in the gritty, gun-slinging town of Dirt -- a lawless outpost populated by the desert's most wily and whimsical creatures -- the less-than-courageous lizard suddenly finds he stands out. Welcomed as the last hope the town has been waiting for, new Sheriff Rango is forced to play his new role to the hilt -- until, in a blaze of action-packed situations and encounters with outrageous characters, Rango starts to become the hero he once only pretended to be.

‘Rango’ and ‘Hugo’ Mondo Academy Award Posters

Mondo is releasing a new series of posters based on their favorite 2012 Academy Award nominated films. They plan to release four limited edition prints from four different categories, unveiling the first two (and a variant) from the Best Picture and Best Animated Film categories today. Check out these images below, which include a print for Rango and two for Hugo. All poster prints will go on sale during the airing of the upcoming 84th Annual Academy Awards telecast on February 26th.

Hugo was released November 23rd, 2011.

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2012 BAFTA Awards Winners

The Artist was named Best Film at tonight's Orange British Academy Film Awards hosted by Stephen Fry, held at London's Royal Opera House. The film also won six other awards: Director, Original Screenplay, Original Music, Cinematography, Costume Design as well as a performance award for Jean Dujardin who won the Leading Actor BAFTA.

Meryl Streep was awarded the BAFTA for Leading Actress for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady; the film was also honoured in the Make-Up & Hair category.

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‘Rango’ Wins Best Animated Feature at the 39th Annual Annie Awards

Paramount Pictures Rango took top honors as the Best Animated Feature at the 39th Annual Annie Awards, Saturday, February 4, at UCLA's Royce Hall. With the expanded list of categories from 25 to 28, and the addition of two new categories - Editing and Best Animated Special Production - this year's show honored more nominees than in the past. The newly created 'Member's Favorite' award voted on by the entire ASIFA-Hollywood community also went to Rango.

Newcomer Minkyu Lee's Adam and Dog won for Best Short Subject while Psyop's Twinings Sea was selected Best Television Commercial. The Simpsons took Best Animated TV Production and Shadow Planet Production's Insanely Twisted was selected as Best Video Game.

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2012 BAFTA Awards Nominations

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‘Rango’ Invades Industrial Light and Magic

Animators Hal Hickel and Kevin Martel discuss Rango There are certain places that you can never get sick of, no matter how many times you frequent them. For me, I would be perfectly happy if I visited the Arclight or Amoeba in L.A. every day, but that just couldn't happen on my schedule... and salary. I recently got to visit another place that I would be perfectly happy spending every day at: the hallowed grounds of Industrial Light and Magic i.e. ILM. It was my fourth time visiting this fascinating facility in the past four years, and even though the sights, sounds, and most of the people are the same, that doesn't make them any less awesome than they are.

Last week, I journeyed north to ILM to speak with two of the men responsible for the animated hit Rango, which hits the shelves on Blu-ray and DVD on July 15. The movie was quite a success, both critically and financially, and it also was a first for both Paramount Pictures and ILM. Rango is the first stand-alone animated feature which Paramount distributed themselves (the studio usually distributed DreamWorks Animation projects, with the most recent example being Kung Fu Panda 2). Rango also was the first movie which ILM fully animated, as opposed to being hired to work on bits and pieces of animation or animated special effects.

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Rango’ Special Feature Clip

We have an exclusive special feature clip from Rango, which hits the shelves on Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack and DVD on July 15. Click on the video player below to go behind-the-scenes and watch how composer Hans Zimmer crafted the score for this Paramount Pictures animated tale.

The incomparable Johnny Depp voices Rango, a chameleon living as an ordinary family pet who dreams of being a fearless hero and is challenged to become just that when he inadvertently becomes the sheriff of a lawless desert town called Dirt. Directed by Gore Verbinski, the visionary behind the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Rango delighted audiences of all ages, earning more than $230 million worldwide. The film also features the voices of Isla Fisher (Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who), Abigail Breslin (Kit Kittredge: An American Girl), Ned Beatty (Toy Story 3), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Bill Nighy (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1), Harry Dean Stanton, (Big Love), Ray Winstone (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) and Timothy Olyphant (Justified).

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‘Rango’ Blu-ray and DVD Arrive July 15th

"An animated comedy for smart moviegoers" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times) that is "like nothing you've ever seen" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone), the hilarious and imaginative Rango saddles up in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack with Digital Copy and on standard DVD on Friday, July 15, 2011 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The incomparable Johnny Depp voices Rango, a chameleon living as an ordinary family pet who dreams of being a fearless hero and is challenged to become just that when he inadvertently becomes the sheriff of a lawless desert town called Dirt. Directed by Gore Verbinski, the visionary behind the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Rango delighted audiences of all ages, earning more than $230 million worldwide. The film also features the voices of Isla Fisher (Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who), Abigail Breslin (Kit Kittredge: An American Girl), Ned Beatty (Toy Story 3), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Bill Nighy (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1), Harry Dean Stanton, (Big Love), Ray Winstone (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) and Timothy Olyphant (Justified).

The Rango Blu-ray/DVD Combo with Digital Copy features both the theatrical version of the film and an extended cut including a never-before-seen alternate ending, a two-part, in-depth exploration of the groundbreaking filmmaking process, deleted scenes, a look at the real creatures of Dirt, an interactive field trip to Dirt and more.

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BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS: Can ‘Hop’ Bounce to Victory This Weekend?

The family-friendly Easter movie faces competition from ‘Source Code’ and ‘Insidious’.