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The "John Carter" That Might Have Been

10 hours ago | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

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

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Inside Pixar's 'Inside Out' and that Pesky Plot Hole with Director Pete Docter

23 June 2015 1:49 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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

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How One Character Saved Toy Story 2

19 June 2015 7:45 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

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, »

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Inside Out – The Review

19 June 2015 7:02 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

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

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139 movie sequels currently in the works

18 June 2015 3:33 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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, »

- simonbrew

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Ranking All of Pixar's Films: From 'Toy Story' to 'Inside Out'

17 June 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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

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"Honest Trailer" For Pixar's Toy Story Might Just Ruin Your Childhood

17 June 2015 9:16 AM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

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. »

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15 Pixar Movies Ranked From Best to Worst: ‘Toy Story 3’ to ‘Cars 2’

16 June 2015 11:42 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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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Annecy: Pixar Reveals Evolution of Troubled Toon ‘The Good Dinosaur’

16 June 2015 11:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“At Pixar, we ask a lot of ‘what ifs,’” the studio’s Pete Sohn told a crowd of cartoon devotees (a mix of animation students, professionals and fans) at France’s Annecy Intl. Animated Film Festival: “What if the toys come to life when we leave the room? What if the monsters really were real inside the closet? What if a rat became a world-famous French chef?”

So far, those hypotheticals have yielded “Toy Story,” “Monsters Inc.” and “Ratatouille,” respectively, but according to Sohn, “With (‘The Good Dinosaur’), we would ask the biggest ‘what if’ of all.” With that, he cued a clip in which a gigantic asteroid misses the Earth, narrowly averting a mass extinction event: What if instead of being wiped off the Earth, dinosaurs had continued to evolve?

That’s the hypothetical that audiences will see answered when the film opens later this year, just in time for Thanksgiving, »

- Peter Debruge

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Pixar Films Ranked from Worst to Best

15 June 2015 9:39 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The arrival of Toy Story—and by extension Pixar Animation Studios—in 1995 forever changed how we see movies. Not since Snow White and the Seven Dwarves has the medium of animation been so significantly rocked, as new technology brought colorful CG to audiences for the first time ever. In a decade, CG would replace hand-drawn 2D animation as the dominant medium at Walt Disney Animation Studios, and the animation world would remain forever transformed. But Pixar’s legacy doesn’t begin and end with technology. Sure, Toy Story ushered in a new visual medium, but it also shook up the animated feature film world in much more fundamental ways. Pixar eschewed the tradition of fairy tales, sing-a-longs, and overly kid-oriented storytelling in favor of a more bold and mature approach. The folks at Pixar—headed up by the future “brain trust” of John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, and the »

- Adam Chitwood

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First Look at Lego Wall-e Revealed

12 June 2015 11:24 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The folks at Lego are pretty great. They listen to fan responses regarding their toys, and sometimes the fervor is loud enough to actually push a design through. We learned in February that after receiving 10,000 votes on the Lego Ideas website, Lego was pushing forward with a Lego Wall-e, and now our first look at the little guy has arrived. Wall-e is, of course, the Pixar masterpiece directed by Andrew Stanton, and the titular character translates well to Lego form. The toy iteration comes complete with rotating wheels with tracks, an opening torso compartment, and even a toy plant. Frankly the whole thing is just adorable. Take a look at the images below, via Smyths Toys. The Wall-e Lego will be available to purchase sometime this year. [caption id="attachment_472365" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Lego[/caption] [caption id="attachment_472367" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Lego[/caption] [caption id="attachment_472369" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Lego[/caption]

The post First Look at Lego Wall-e Revealed appeared first on Collider. »

- Adam Chitwood

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‘Toy Story’ is a fun and memorable adaptation of one of Disney’s best

12 June 2015 5:37 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The 16-bit era was the golden years for licensed games especially games with the prestigious Disney logo slapped on them. Back in the early 90s, if you picked up the video game version of your favorite Disney movie, odds were that you got your hands on a quality title. Many words have been written about how great Aladdin, The Lion King and the Mickey Mouse series of games were, which proved how fun our favorite films could be when placed in the palms of our hands. In the midst of quality titles released in the 90s, Toy Story, seems to have been forgotten. Fear not, every toy will have its day, so let’s take the time to remember what made Toy Story such an interesting and creative title.

Before hitting it big with the Lego series in the late 2000s, Traveller’s Tales were tasked with working wonders for »

- Ryan Espinoza

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Video: 'Emotions of Pixar' Montage Shows Studio's Knack for Emotional Knockouts

11 June 2015 12:16 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Anyone who has ever watched a Pixar movie, at some point or another, has probably been forced to use their shirt sleeve to wipe away a few big tears during an emotional moment. Pixar's best movies are their most emotionally-draining, especially with classics like Toy Story 3, Up, Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc. being known for their ability to tap into your deepest feelings. That said, Lindsay McCutcheon has compiled a moving montage of moments from Pixar films that will hit your heart as hard as a punch from Mr. Incredible. McCutcheon manages to pack nearly 20 years of powerful moments into such a short time frame - it's both a credit to the editor and the way Pixar can jostle your emotions in such a small scene. Woody's face in Toy Story 3 whenever he's realizing that Andy is growing up never fails to crush my inner being, and the »

- Cory Woodroof

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36 major blockbusters and why they never got made

11 June 2015 6:53 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...

This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator

If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...

1. Airframe

The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.

So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »

- simonbrew

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Inside Out- New Film Clip

7 June 2015 10:53 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Do you ever look at someone and wonder what is going on inside their head? Disney•Pixar’s original new film “Inside Out” ventures inside the mind to find out. Based in Headquarters, the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Fear (voice of Bill Hader) heads up safety, Anger (voice of Lewis Black) ensures all is fair and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) prevents Riley from getting poisoned—both physically and socially. Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith) isn’t exactly sure what her role is, and frankly, neither is anyone else. When Riley’s family relocates to a scary new city, the Emotions are on the job, eager to help guide her through the difficult transition. But when Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into »


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Emotions of Pixar: Watch this amazing Disney Pixar film mashup

6 June 2015 9:23 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

This amazing Disney Pixar mashup will melt the coldest of hearts.

The fan-made video goes through all the emotions that you experience watching a Disney film - sadness, fear and anger to excitement, romance and wonder, using iconic scenes from films such as The Incredibles, A Bugs Life and Brave.

Emotions Of Pixar from Lindsay McCutcheon on Vimeo.

It shows sad scenes such as Woody being left behind by Andy in Toy Story 3 and the devastating start to Up as well as the characters having fun in Finding Nemo, Cars and Wall-e.

The famous romances between Woody and Little Bo Peep and Barbie and Ken, amongst others, also feature.

Pixar fan Lindsay McCutcheon made the video in anticipation of the studio's latest release, Inside Out, which focuses on a girl who uses emotions joy, anger, disgust, fear and sadness to get through life.

It is due to be released »

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What’s Up Doc?: Sheffield & AFI Docs Signal the Summer Fest Drought

1 June 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Well folks, after a rather long and brutal winter (at least for me here in Buffalo), we are finally heading into the wonderful warmth of summer, but with that blast of sunshine and steamy humidity comes the mid-year drought of major film fests. After the Sheffield Doc/Fest concludes on June 10th and AFI Docs wraps on June 21st, we likely won’t see any major influx in our charts until Locarno, Venice, Telluride and Tiff announce their line-ups in rapid succession. In the meantime, we can look forward to the intriguing onslaught of films making their debut in Sheffield, including Brian Hill’s intriguing examination of Sweden’s most notorious serial killer, The Confessions of Thomas Quick, and Sean McAllister’s film for which he himself was jailed in the process of making, A Syrian Love Story, the only two films world premiering in the festival’s main competition. »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Twin Peaks, Ep. 2.12, “The Black Widow”: Searching for the bright spots

30 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Twin Peaks, Season 2, Episode 12, “The Black Widow

Written by Harley Peyton & Robert Engels

Directed by Caleb Deschanel

Originally aired January 12, 1991 on ABC

“Wine comes in at the mouth, love comes in at the eye;

I hold my glass to my lips, I look at you and sigh …”

Twin Peaks without David Lynch is certainly not the same, but it’s impossible to completely lose the magic. Watching these season two episodes can sometimes feel like one is consistently making excuses, forgiving this scene and that scene and placing them within the proper context for it to go down a little easier. The truth is that so much of the series still works, even as it tries to work against all that it has built by, say, giving James his own storyline.

There’s an intensification of some of the things introduced in the last couple of episodes, as the James »

- Jake Pitre

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First Look: Rookie Blue's Original Cast Takes Center Stage in Season 6

29 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

As Rookie Blue heads into its sixth — and possibly last — season, the focus is back on the Original Five, a point driven home in the ABC drama’s new key art.

Related Rookie Blue Season 6 Spoilers: Andy and Sam’s Baby Mama Drama, Nick’s Mysterious Love and More

Featuring the core group of Chris, Traci, Andy, Gail and Dov — sorry, Chloe and Nick fans, they’re Mia — the poster portrays the no-longer-naive cops in a confident, edgy light. After all, “they have all grown and are more resilient than ever,” per the official logline for Season 6 (debuting Stateside June »

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Lasseter wows Cannes with Pixar, Disney footage

20 May 2015 1:28 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

John Lasseter, animation guru and Chief Creative Officer at both Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios, gave a special presentation of the companies’ upcoming slate in Cannes today.

The advancements in animation he showed during the session earned some roars of approval from the assembled press and industry guests. 

“These two studios are filmmaker-driven studios,” Lasseter said. “Our focus is on telling great stories and we celebrate the heritage of each studio. It’s exciting to be constantly breaking new ground.”

Pixar slate

Pixar’s slate of course includes Pete Docter’s Inside Out, which premiered to rave reviews in Cannes earlier this week.

“It’s a very special movie for us,” Lasseter said. “When you look at all the films Pixar has made this could be the most important, It makes you think about your own thoughts, emotions, memories in a different way.” The film opens in France on June 17 (under the title [link=tt »

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