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Whether you’re still harboring a small feeling of dread after Pixar announced plans to continue its toys-to-life animated series with another installment, or you’re remaining optimistic, Toy Story 4 is happening. With Tom Hanks and Tim Allen already on board – reprising their roles as Woody and Buzz Lightyear, respectively – it’s now been confirmed that Don Rickles will return as the grouchy yet loveable Mr. Potato Head.
In an interview with Closer Weekly, the 89-year-old comedian confirmed that he will indeed return for the fourth entry in the beloved series, revealing that he was once skeptical about Pixar’s concept for Toy Story, and it took head honcho John Lasseter to convince him of the story’s innate charm before putting pen to paper almost two decades ago.
“They just signed me to do the fourth Toy Story. We start [work on it] in September, and I’m very delighted with that. »
- Michael Briers
Toy Story 3 had long been called the final film in the franchise by Disney and Pixar. It didn't look like another feature film would happen, with Woody, Buzz and the rest of the toy box characters shuffled off to the land of Pixar shorts. But Pixar surprised everyone in November of last year when the animated sequel Toy Story 4 was officially announced. Tom Hanks and Tim Allen have been attached to the follow-up as far back as 2010, when there wasn't supposed to be another movie. None of the other voice cast members have ever been confirmed. But that changes today. Yes, everyone's favorite grump Mr. Potato Head will return. And legendary comedian Don Rickles will be back to provide his voice. The 89-year-old actor had this to say about his return.
"They just signed me to do the fourth Toy Story. We start [work on it] in September, and I'm very delighted with that. »
I really, really cannot wait for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Is anyone with me? Oh, all of you. We’re edging closer and closer to that December 18th release, and we’re hoping that Disney and Lucasfilm are going to show us more online in the coming weeks. It looks like the company have something up their sleeves for the middle of August though, as a press release reveals that Disney plan to show off footage from Star Wars as well as their other upcoming properties including Captain America: Civil War and the upcoming Pixar slate at their huge fan event, D23 Expo 2015.
Marvel didn’t pack for San Diego this year, and we not present at Comic-Con to present anything from their upcoming slate, or make any kind of announcements – so are they holding out for their parent company’s Expo? We certainly hope so.
- Paul Heath
Just a heads up -- in case you can't get to Walt Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA from August 14-16 -- heaps of new Lucasfilm, Pixar, Marvel and Disney movie intel will be coming out of the event, so put yourself on standby for cool previews.
Disney just shared a press release with the 2015 schedule. You'll see it's noted that "a bevy of special guests will be on hand to offer a look at an unparalleled slate that includes Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Jungle Book, Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, Star Wars: The Force Awakens-and much, much more." Also, "Filmmakers will unveil never-before-seen footage from Pixar's upcoming The Good Dinosaur and Finding Dory and Disney Animation's Zootopia and Moana." So if those movies, and all Disney/Pixar projects, are of interest to you, just know some good teases should be coming out of this.
Here's the »
- Gina Carbone
Walt Disney Studios offers an exclusive look at its upcoming projects from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm at D23 Expo 2015, taking place August 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Studio will unveil its animation and live-action film slates via two huge Hall D23 presentations featuring surprise guests and many unforgettable moments. Other not-to-be-missed events include a Frozen FANdemonium musical celebration with Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and the 20th anniversary celebration of Disney Pixar's Toy Story with John Lasseter and the original Pixar crew.
Hall D23 Presentations:
After meeting the Emotions inside the mind of an 11-year-old, taking a trip to San Fransokyo, where a boy genius and his robot save the world, and falling in love with a queen with icy powers who wants to "let it go, »
Disney has announced its full schedule for the D23 Expo, which is set to take place next month at the Anaheim Convention Center in California and will feature big upcoming releases such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Captain America: Civil War, Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory, Zootopia and Moana, along with much, much more.
Here’s the main presentations…
Friday, August 14, 3 p.m.—Hall D23
After meeting the Emotions inside the mind of an 11-year-old, taking a trip to San Fransokyo, where a boy genius and his robot save the world, and falling in love with a queen with icy powers who wants to “let it go,” come see where Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios plan to take you next. In what has become a D23 Expo must-see, »
- Gary Collinson
Read More: Watch: Here's How to Incorporate 'Serial'-Style Story Telling into Film Andrew Stanton, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Wall-e," "Toy Story" and other hit films has said that "the audience actually wants to work for their meal. They just don't want to know that they’re doing that." Mystery is what drives new romances, leads us to discover new worlds and compels us to tell stories. It's the insatiable-sapien quest to know and find meaning. This is where radio trumps visual storytelling; because it allows the listener to craft their own world. Radio producer and filmmaker Andrew Norton says visual storytellers walk a thin line; they could potentially produce something "...worse than [the audience] is imagining." The key to great visual storytelling is subtlety - inject mystery into what the audience sees. Don't whack your audience on the nose with your story; make them work for it. In Episode 2 bonus episode »
- Dale Sood
Pixar have ruined Woody. One of the greatest animated characters of all time, and they’ve just destroyed his legacy.
In the original version of Toy Story, the cowboy doll wasn’t the intelligent, well-meaning – if flawed – leader of a gang of children’s toys, with all the likeability Tom Hanks’ voice provides, but a maniacal dictator who would do anything to maintain his position. So when Buzz Lightyear shows up, he goes psycho – instead of struggling to adjust to change and reacting in an immediately regrettable fashion as in the finished film, he actively tries to make the spaceman’s life a misery, attempting to maliciously orchestrate the demise of Andy’s new favourite.
If hearing that isn’t bad enough, you can actually view the footage for yourself, although I wouldn’t recommend it if you don’t want your impression of the iconic character to be forever tainted. »
- Alex Leadbeater
Detective Provenza is ready to take a big step tonight on Major Crimes (TNT, 9/8c). Or, at least mostly ready.
In the episode “Personal Effects,” Provenza’s lady friend Patrice (guest star Dawnn Lewis) moves in with him, resulting in a “redecorating” of his place. In the exclusive sneak peek above, Provenza hires Rusty to help get rid of the stuff of his that has been designated for charity — the operative words being “designated for.”
Elsewhere in the episode: When the squad comes across a pile of bones, they fall into a web of connections as they find their victim has an unnerving past, »
Rookie Blue went all Litchfield on Thursday’s episode as Andy, Juliet, Nick and Gail were tasked with transporting two female inmates. But before they could complete their job, the action turned riotous.
Andy and Juliet are assigned an unpredictable prisoner named Kenzie (12 Monkeys‘ Romina D’Ugo), but it’s Pretty Young White Thing Rochelle (Lyndsy Fonseca look-alike Holly Deveaux) who turns out be the real handful. Although she looks sweet, she’s actually a sociopath who distracts Nick with some babble about how more »
Before Disney and director Andrew Stanton ventured to Barsoom for 2012’s Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation John Carter, the project spent many a year in development, passing through the hands of a host of studios and filmmakers.
In the early 2004, John Carter was at Paramount, with the studio enlisting Kerry Conran (Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow) to direct as a replacement for Robert Rodriguez, who was forced to abandon the project after resigning from the Directors Guild of America. Conran would leave the project himself the following year (with Jon Favreau then taking a failed crack at the material), but not before he put together a rather impressive presentation reel, which has made its way online in high-res courtesy of AICN’s Harry Knowles, who was also attached as a producer on the failed adaptation. Check it out here…
What do you make of the presentation reel? Are you »
- Gary Collinson
It’s been a surprisingly interesting month of moving and shaking in terms of doc development. Just a month after making his first public funding pitch at Toronto’s Hot Docs Forum, legendary doc filmmaker Frederick Wiseman took to Kickstarter to help cover the remaining expenses for his 40th feature film In Jackson Heights (see the film’s first trailer below). Unrelentingly rigorous in his determination to capture the American institutional landscape on film, his latest continues down this thematic rabbit hole, taking on the immensely diverse New York City neighborhood of Jackson Heights as his latest subject. According to the Kickstarter page, Wiseman is currently editing the 120 hours of rushes he shot with hopes of having the film ready for a fall festival premiere (my guess would be Tiff, where both National Gallery and At Berkeley made their North American debut), though he’s currently quite a ways away from his $75,000 goal. »
- Jordan M. Smith
Several years before the film began production, "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" creator and director Kerry Conran was attached to take the helm of a film adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough's beloved science fiction series "John Carter of Mars" at Paramount Pictures.
Conrad's version didn't come together and the film ended up at Disney where Andrew Stanton took the helm and delivered the Taylor Kitsch-led version which sadly became one Hollywood's most famous big budget bombs of modern times.
Today, AICN's Harry Knowles has posted a high-res version of the presentation reel for Conran's original vision of the story. The clip, which has previously only been available in blurry low-res, shows off some stunning artwork along with test footage of some fighting.
- Garth Franklin
Photo: Disney / Pixar Pixar's Inside Out enjoyed the largest opening weekend for an original property, animated, live-action or otherwise, this past weekend and before the film was ever released I had a chance to sit down with director and screenwriter Pete Docter and the film's producer Jonas Rivera to largely discuss the ins and outs of turning this movie from a seedling of an idea Docter had back in 2009 to the feature film audiences are eating up in theaters right now. How does a movie go from merely being a story about the emotions inside the head of an 11-year-old girl to being the complex, yet simply understood, logic machine Docter and his team of story writers, animators, artists and technical advisors conceivedc What was the thinking behind the fluffy skin of the animated emotionsc How did hand-drawn animation actually help the CG productionc And I have a question about »
- Brad Brevet
How do you follow up one of the most beloved animated features of the modern age? That was a problem faced by the crew at Pixar Animation Studios in 1995 after their Toy Story thrilled and delighted audiences of all ages. While developing Toy Story 2, they ran into issues with the story becoming too predictable. It was a problem they circled around, but ultimately it was one new character, Jessie, who saved the day. Talking to the Harvard Business Review, Pixar President Ed Catmull discussed the problems they had. Part of the story revolves around the heroic cowboy toy Woody (Tom Hanks) being shipped to collectors in Japan. Ultimately he has to decide whether to continue on or escape and return to Andy, the boy who owns him. The obvious choice is for him to go home, but as Catmull says, that cuts out all the drama. By adding Jessie, »
Pixar has taken viewers on an array of journeys since 1995. They have introduced us to fantastical worlds where toys can talk, robots fall in love, and a mouse can be the most talented chef in Paris. Their knack for creating heartfelt and creative animated films that appeal to kids and adults alike seems to know no bounds. And yet it quickly becomes apparent in the opening minutes of Inside Out that Pixar has reached new imaginative heights.
Talking animals or fairy tale princesses are constantly shown in animated films. So the idea alone of your internal feelings existing as characters in your head makes Inside Out worth applauding. Add the fact that directors Pete Docter and Ronaldo del Carmen take the idea of these characters and have them explore the depths of a child’s mind setups a film that is filled with an endless array of opportunities. Most importantly, »
- Michael Haffner
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
Twenty years ago Pixar Animation Studios released their first feature-length film: Toy Story. It was the first completely computer generated film out there and changed everything. Every other studio making animated films has been trying to catch up to them, not only in terms of technological achievements but in crafting stories that make everyone old and young laugh, cry, and thrilled. Not every single film they've made has been a home run, but their track record thus far has been pretty impressive. This year's release Inside Out is no exception, arriving as the fifteenth feature in the animation house's stable. Given the occasion, I've taken it upon myself to rank Pixar's first fifteen features to settle once and for all what is the best and worst from the studio. I contemplated bringing in the short films that precede each of their features, as many are just exquisite if not better than the films they accompany, »
- Mike Shutt
Toy Story was the first movie I saw in the big screen as a 5 year old way back in 1995, but this "Honest Trailer" has completely changed (ruined?) my perspective on the movie. It also features a pretty hilarious guest appearance by Will Sasso as Randy Newman, and once again - respectfully - picks out the movie's flaws. Where is Andy's dad anyway? Check it out below... Woody (Tom Hanks), a good-hearted cowboy doll who belongs to a young boy named Andy (John Morris), sees his position as Andy's favorite toy jeopardized when his parents buy him a Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) action figure. Even worse, the arrogant Buzz thinks he's a real spaceman on a mission to return to his home planet. When Andy's family moves to a new house, Woody and Buzz must escape the clutches of maladjusted neighbor Sid Phillips (Erik von Detten) and reunite with their boy. »
Ranking Pixar movies is like picking your favorite Beatles song or Godiva chocolate flavor. One person prefers “Help!” to “A Day in the Life,” or a dark chocolate truffle to a raspberry nougat, and who’s to say who’s right? With the studio’s 15th feature, “Inside Out,” opening in theaters this week, TheWrap’s film critic Alonso Duralde stacks Pixar’s offerings from favorite to least. 1. Toy Story 3 (2010) Andy goes off to college and must leave childhood, and its playthings, behind. An exciting and funny meditation on death and growing up and I’m going to need a handkerchief now. »
- Alonso Duralde
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