News Bits: Inside, Conquest, Dunkirk, Clapper

43rd Annie Awards
Pixar’s “Inside Out” took the top honor of Best Animated Feature at 43rd Annie Awards on Saturday night, taking ten trophies in all including nods for the director, writers and actress Phyllis Smith.

“Boy and the World” took Best Independent Animated Feature, while “He Named Me Malala” scored a Best Animated Special Production and “World of Tomorrow” won Best Animated Short Subject. Other awards went to titles like “Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas,” “The Good Dinosaur” and the game “Evolve”. [Source: Variety]

Paramount has acquired the rights to the Leonardo DiCaprio-led “Conquest” with Davis Entertainment producing. Plot details are under wraps. “The Revenant” co-writer Mark. L. Smith penned the script and John Davis will produce. [Source: The Wrap]

“Interstellar” cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema will reunite with Christopher Nolan for the latter’s World War II action thriller “Dunkirk”. Production is slated to begin in May and will use a combination of IMAX 65mm and 65mm large format film.

Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance and Kenneth Branagh are slated to star and Hans Zimmer will compose the score for the project which deals with Operation Dynamo in which Allied troops evacuated from the French seaport in 1940. [Source: The Film Stage]

The Clapper
Ed Helms and Amanda Seyfried are set to star in Dito Montiel’s new dark comedy/drama “The Clapper”. Said to have a tone akin to “The King of Comedy,” the story follows a professional clapper for infomercials who gets plucked by a late night talk show host to be on his TV show.

The notoriety that his fifteen minutes of fame brings ends up costing him his job as well as a budding relationship with a girl who works at a gas station. Helms, Robin Schorr and Mike Falbo are producing. [Source: Deadline]