1-20 of 31 items from 2014 « Prev | Next »
I was fortunate enough to be on the set of Rise of the Planet of the Apes back when it was called Caesar and everyone seemed a little nervous to be following up the disastrous Tim Burton remake. Up until the lights went down at the screening of Rise, I thought it was going to be a slow-burn movie about James Franco’s character dealing with the reality of Alzheimer’s disease through a sci-fi conceit about a drug that made a baby monkey smarter. The only reason I thought that was the thrust of the movie for so long was because we were living in a pre-Caesar performance capture world. There was something about seeing Andy Serkis’ performance as Caesar come entirely from Andy Serkis that I challenge anyone to claim they expected. Gollum is a fantastic technical achievement, yes, but up until his appearance in The Hobbit, after »
Director Carlos Saldanha has been one of the principal creative forces at Blue Sky Studios since 1993. Saldanha was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and left his hometown in 1991 to follow his artistic instinct and passion for animation. With a background in computer science and a natural artistic sensibility, he found New York City the perfect locale to merge these skills and become an animator.
After the success of “Ice Age,” which got nominated for an Oscar in 2003, Saldanha took the directorial reins on “Ice Age: The Meltdown” (2006), the third computer-animated feature film from Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios, which was the most profitable animated movie of the year. Next came the even more successful “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” which became one of biggest grossing animated films of all time, grossing over $887 million worldwide.
In 2011, Saldanha created and directed “Rio”, a love letter to his hometown, »
- Kellvin Chavez
Pixar must have known what it was doing when it scheduled Toy Story 3 for Fathers’ Day weekend 2010, over a decade after the release of Toy Story 2. For as much as kids were eager to catch up with Woody and Buzz, it was the fathers who inevitably stayed in their seats during the film’s closing credits, trying to compose themselves before their children noticed dad’s cheeks were wet. Adult conversations about the film that summer often began with, “Sooo… Did you cry?” or rather, “How hard did you cry?”
Toy Story 3 cracked a lot of adults’ armor, »
- Jeff Labrecque
No Brandi Glanville In Gaga Video
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Lisa Vanderpump, Kyle Richards, Yolanda Foster, Kim Richards, and Bravo executive Andy Cohen all appear in the lengthy video, which pays homage to Michael Jackson. Kyle Richards, Foster and Cohen all took to Twitter to gush over the experience of working with Lady Gaga.
When @ladygaga says "kill" you say 'ok' ....#WatchGUYOnVevo #NewGagaSingleGUY http://t.co/MPKKBeki3k
— Kyle Richards (@KyleRichards18) March 23, 2014
♥ What a great experience to support this genius super woman @ladygaga: http://t.co/J4jzSjHDUZ pic.twitter.com/Fzsxy4VOQ5
— Yolanda (@YolandaHFoster) March 24, 2014
My Reaction to seeing the #Rhobh and me in @LadyGaga - G.U.Y. Music Video: http://t.co/V5EQW0hZyH via @YouTube
I must admit, I have a love/hate relationship with this column. Don’t get me wrong, nobody named Andy is holding a gun to my head telling me what to write about and when. I Love writing this column. However, I hate that every time I get around to telling you about my recent horrifying finds, my bank account gets a bit lower. And in the words of the mighty Kinks, I’m on a low budget. Lucky for you, pretty much everything I’m jawing about today shouldn’t make your wallet too much lighter. And you’ll be looking dressed to kill (zing!).
Up first is this movie slasher charm necklace (above), with creepy cameo’s of your favorite slashers, complete with their own dangling weapon of choice like Pinheads meat hook and Leatherface’s chainsaw. You can get your very own, each one made-to-order over at Mirrored Opposites Etsy shop. »
- Cherry Bombed
Fan theories are a dime a dozen on the Internet. Most we don't care about (oh, Jessie from Toy Story may have been Andy's mom's toy? Ok?), but this one, which connects Frozen, Tangled and The Little Mermaid, will blow your mind. Credit where credit is due: Buzzfeed resurfaced this theory from a fan on Tumblr. But it's too interesting (and crazy) not to share. Fair warning: It's very depressing. Now, if you're ready to feel all the feels, let's dive deep... We start with Frozen. Remember early on in the film, during "For the First Time in Forever," when the castle doors open for Elsa's coronation and Anna finally gets to step outside and meet other people? Watch »
For a while it seemed only the inhabitants of Andy's toy chest would be the only Pixar characters to have their story continued in a sequel, but Cars 2, Monsters University, and the upcoming Finding Dory have changed all that. Now, word has come that The Incredibles 2 is now a go, which will no doubt delight the legion of fans of Pixar's superhero family. I absolutely love The Incredibles, and I can't wait for this, especially since the original's director Brad Bird will be involved in the writing. The news was announced at the recent Disney Investor's Meeting along with the totally unsurprising news that Pixar are also working on Cars 3. via /Film »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Say what you will about some of the studio’s recent output, but Pixar's operating process has remained steadfastly left-of-center since it broke out big with Toy Story in 1995. Many expected the studio to move to Los Angeles or take on a more traditional method of production following its immense success, but Pixar maintains its central headquarters in Emeryville, California and sticks to its central, creativity-inspiring work philosophies. One of the most curious aspects of the studio is the Pixar Braintrust, a group of Pixar creatives that weighs in on all of the studio’s features on a regular basis with a brutal honesty. In an excerpt from his upcoming book Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, Pixar President Ed Catmull offers a detailed, behind-the-scenes look at the Braintrust process, offering extensive examples from Toy Story 3 and director Pete Docter’s new film Inside Out. »
- Adam Chitwood
The Google Oscar commercial was one of the highlights of Sunday’s Academy Awards broadcast. The one-minute clip featured young filmmakers learning about movies and storytelling, accompanied by audio from Oscar-winning director of Wall-e, Finding Nemo and John Carter Andrew Stanton speaking at the Ted conference. It’s a beautiful, inspiring piece of work. Check it out below. Here’s the Google […]
The post Google Oscar Commercial: “We’re All Storytellers” Featuring Pixar’s Andrew Stanton appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
"That's what's so special about stories - they're not predictable." During the Oscars show on ABC, Google aired a commercial they call "We're All Storytellers", a wonderful 60-second spot build mainly around a part of the speech Pixar filmmaker Andrew Stanton (who won Oscars for Wall-e and Finding Nemo) gave in a Ted Talk in 2012. I will fully admit that the TV spot made me tear up, just because it's so beautifully put together, and I don't care that it's a bit cheesy or a bit prophetic, I love it, and I admire what it's saying. Google knows how to make stellar ads built around stories, and here they show they know the dynamics of great storytelling. A perfect ad for the Oscars, and worth a highlight of its own. See the full Google ad below. "We all love stories. We're born for them," says filmmaker Andrew Stanton (of Finding Nemo, »
- Alex Billington
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find everything wrong with The Grey in 6 minutes or less; a theory on who Andy’s Mom from Toy Story really is; Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart Take Over Late Night With Seth Meyers; the top 10 Dreamcast games; and 50 movies from 2013 spoiled for you. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
If you have any Geek Picks of your own, please send them to srgeekpicks(at)gmail(dot)com and you could be featured in a future post!
The Best Pictures
- Justin Vactor
Costume’s big week.
Every dress worn by Best Actress Academy Award Winners
We featured this lovely infographic by Mediarun on our Facebook page. Roll on Sunday!
Good article on the classic film by Pamela Hutchinson, including a telling quote summing up just how little Audrey Hepburn really understood about costume design: “His (Givenchy) are the only clothes on which I am myself.”
Bobi Garland is Director of the Research Library and Costume Archive at Western Costume. You are about to find out why she is indispensible to the industry.
Costume Designers Guild Awards
Ladies and gentlemen, the winners.
An enthralling theory on the true identity of Andy’s Mum. It involves hats…
Screening Style: Costume, Cinema and Performance
A ‘Symposium on approaches to the study of costume design, Lancaster University, 15 March 2014’. Sounds good. Would like to have been involved in this.
- Lord Christopher Laverty
The idea of a movie crossover is not exactly groundbreaking anymore, thanks to a widespread understanding that any big franchise can simply go nuts with the amount of sequels they can give to the characters in each movie. For example, the Marvel Universe has more or less free license to use hundreds of different comic book characters in the Avengers series, with the only notable exceptions being Spider-Man and the X-Men, so none of us should be surprised to see even the most obscure of Marvel creations turn up in the next Avengers movie.
However, what does stand out as being a little more intriguing is when movies that you did not expect to have any obvious connection are bridged by a common link… or at least a linking conspiracy theory. For example, writer Jon Negroni has received a lot of attention recently thanks to his Pixar Universe Theory, wherein »
- Stephen Kennedy
Gavin Logan on the Oscar race for Best Original Song...
With all the intense, anxious debate surrounding predictions, snubs, and "who are you wearing?" (like any of us really care) people could be forgiven for forgetting that the Oscars is supposed to fun. One of my favourite categories, and one that tends to get overlooked, is Original Song. We all know just how important music is in helping to capture a tone for a movie but maybe even more important is a particular song that can sometimes sum a movie up and make it easily recognisable. If I throw out 'Misirlou', you automatically think of Pulp Fiction. If I mention 'Unchained Melody', it's impossible not to think of that racy pottery scene from Ghost. Although not original compositions specifically written for those movies, the songs will nevertheless be forever linked to them. In terms of original songs, think back to »
- Gary Collinson
In 1995, Toy Story became a real game-changer. For one thing, it launched Pixar, an animation studio that has since established a reputation for being among the best in the world. For another, it raised the bar for computer animation, and for what audiences could expect from cartoons. Toy Story is a movie that still appeals to children and adults, and through its sequels it wove a story so complex and beautiful that fans are still mining it for Easter eggs and hidden gems. Well, a tip of the cowboy hat is owed to Jon Negroni, who composed the unifying Pixar theory. This time he thinks he has uncovered a curious subplot threaded through the Toy Story movies. And it all has to do with Andy's mother. Voiced by Laurie Metcalf, Andy's Mom (or Mrs. Davis as she is credited in the film) gets little screen time over the »
For a little background, Emily was Jessie’s previous owner that we only briefly saw in flashbacks. When she grew up, Emily gave the toy away, which is when Jessie went to storage. But thanks to a few specific clues, it seems highly possible that Jessie magically found her way into the hands of Emily’s son years later.
The first clue is Andy’s hat. It doesn’t quite match Woody’s, and when you watch the flashback with Jessie and Emily, »
- Samantha Highfill
The cinematic adaptation of Markus Zusak’s best-selling novel The Book Thief is out in UK cinemas today, check out our review here. To celebrate the transition of this moving tale from page to screen we’ve taken a look at the much celebrated career of the film’s leading man, Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush.
With a screen career spanning over thirty years, Rush has become recognised as one of the finest actors of his generation, winning a host of top awards and starring in some of the stand-out films of the last few decades. It would take a substantial amount of time to document all of his finest achievements in film, but here are a few of our favourites.
Arguably the performance that put the Australian actor on the world map, Rush was awarded the much coveted gold statue for Best Actor at the »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
We love Pixar movies around here, not only because they’re charming, adorable and as entertaining for adults as they are for kids, but also because Pixar loves to hide Easter eggs and other nifty little things inside its films. Some of these things are only discovered after multiple viewings and lots of theorizing – like today’s revelation involving Andy’s mom from the Toy Story movies. "Pixar Theory" writer Jon Negroni has penned a really interesting piece tying together Andy’s cowboy hat, the Jessie doll and Andy’s mother that builds and expands on an earlier observation. In that theory, a viewer notes that Andy’s cowboy hat matches the one worn by Jessie in the movies, save for the white-lace band. The author then makes...
- Mike Bracken
Image: The Empire cover for Godzilla
“Andy’s mom has always been a bit of an enigma. In the first Toy Story, we barely even saw her face. That’s all fine because throughout the movies, the real focus has been on Andy and the love he has for those toys.”
Alec Baldwin: Good-bye, Public Life:
“Am I bitter about some of the things that have happened to me in the past year? Yes, I’m a human being. I always had big ambitions. I had dreams of running for office at some point in the next five years. In the pyramid of decision-making in New York City politics, rich people come first, unions second, and rank-and-file New Yorkers come dead last. I wanted to change that. I wanted to find a way to lower the »
Remember last summer, when Pixar superfan Negroni wrote up his incredibly comprehensive report linking all of the studio's movies into one giant, linear universe? It was an ambitious undertaking that resulted in something obsessively researched and remarkably well-reasoned. In short, it blew our minds. And now, he's reemerged with a new theory, this one revealing the secret identity of Andy's mom, pointing to the many clues served up in "Toy Story 2."
Now, remember that heartbreaking sequence in which we learn how cowgirl Jessie (voiced by Joan Cusack) was abandoned at the side of road by the girl who once loved her? You know, the one in which Sarah McLachlan's "When She Loved Me" kicks your emotions »
- Tim Hayne
1-20 of 31 items from 2014 « Prev | Next »
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners