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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 […]
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- 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!
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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
Marvel have received a lot of hype surrounding their upcoming new venture Guardians Of The Galaxy, thanks to a wonderfully comedic trailer. With Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age Of Ultron also on their way, it’s time to seriously consider what Phase 3 will have to offer. We know that Edgar Wright’s Ant-man will arrive in 2015, but Marvel have also announced dates for untitled films through to 2017. One rumoured film is Doctor Strange, the tale of a surgeon who loses the use of his hands, only to be given even more incredible powers.
4 directors have met or are scheduled to meet the folks at Marvel to discuss the potential project and they are a very varied bunch. First up is Brave’s Mark Andrews, which has been his only feature film to date. Obviously directors of animation have had mixed success with Brad Bird doing an excellent »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
It has been more than a full year since Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige promised comic book fans that Doctor Strange would be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase Three, but only now is the studio starting to make some major headway on the project. While Edgar Wright's Ant-Man is deep into the casting phase and getting ready to start production in a few months, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that executives from the studio has begun meeting with potential filmmakers to helm the movie. According to the trade's sources, the four filmmakers currently being "vetted" for the job of Doctor Strange director are: Mark Andrews Much like Andrew Stanton and Brad Bird before him, Andrews may be the next filmmaker to move from Pixar to the world of live-action filmmaking. Andrews has been working in the industry since the mid-90s and first got serious attention »
What makes a brilliant script? Is it quotable lines? Is it nuanced dialogue? Or is it just the ability to move the story along and not get in the way? When looking back through the history of screenwriting, there are plenty of iconic films based on previous work; the Writer’s Guild of America voted Casablanca the greatest screenplay of all time, but it’s adapted. So, what is the most important piece of film writing ever written directly for the screen? This list will shift from American to international, conventional to unconventional. Most importantly, these are the scripts that demonstrate how “screenwriting from scratch” is done.
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50. Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
Written by Alain Robbe-Grillet
Empty salons. Corridors. Salons. Doors. Doors. Salons. Empty chairs, deep armchairs, thick carpets. Heavy hangings. Stairs, steps. Steps, one after the other. Glass objects, objects still intact, empty glasses. A glass that falls, »
- Joshua Gaul
Good things might happen to those who wait, but the Disney/Pixar masterpiece Ratatouille tells us great things only happen to those who act fearlessly.
“Anyone can cook,” is the quote most viewers leave the film with, and director Brad Bird lets the themes represented by this philosophy—nothing is impossible, anyone and everyone is capable of reinvention—run wild throughout the picture. But there’s another quote, one that comes very early in Ratatouille, that sums up both what the film is about and the true breadth of Bird’s accomplishment. After all, this is a film about a rat who tries and sort of succeeds in becoming a gourmet Parisian chef, and his journey is completely, objectively believable.
Here are the words of our hero’s idol, the late chef Auguste Gusteau: “You must be imaginative, strong-hearted. You must try things that may not work, and you must »
- John Gilpatrick
The opening moments of Pixar’s last great film to date, Toy Story 3, depict an intentionally, increasingly goofy and outlandish fantasy scenario in which all of the toys in Andy’s bedroom play a part. There are the heroic Sheriff Woody and his cowgirl friend Jessie, both riding to the rescue of some helpless critters being held by the nefarious Mr. Potato Head, his wife, and his cronies, the little green men. There’s also Buzz Lightyear, saving the good guys from a train bridge explosion. And there’s Hamm (known here as Evil Dr. Porkchop), his barrel of monkeys, and his spaceship. The payoff to this gag, of course, is that Andy’s essentially playing God with these toys, letting logic vanish in the wind like a trail of dust. It’s not wrong that »
- Josh Spiegel
The opening and closing images in the Toy Story trilogy are one and the same: a picture-perfect blue sky with a couple of carefully placed, nonthreatening fluffy clouds in the middle. While both are computer-generated facsimiles, the former is a facsimile of a facsimile: the comforting wallpaper in the bedroom of a little boy named Andy Davis. The latter is closer to the real thing, greeting the teenage Andy as he drives off to college and out of the lives of the toys with whom he populated his imagination for over a decade. As the series opens, the 6-year old Andy, a suburban Christopher Robin of sorts, proves in the confines of his tiny room, overstuffed with plush animals, board games, action figures, and other toys, that his world of make-believe is limitless. As the series closes, Andy ventures into the known unknown of the real world, secretly wished an »
- Josh Spiegel
Most Academy Awards hand out five nominations apiece. Some awards only hand out three; a few years ago, the Academy opened up the Best Picture race to like a million nominees. But the specific number doesn’t really matter. Most races inevitably come down to some kind of face-off between two nominees: Frontrunner vs. Dark Horse, Beloved Veteran vs. Dynamic Newcomer, Megahit vs. Beloved Smaller Film, Dark Tale Of The Modern World vs. Sentimental Nostalgia Bait.
Each year, though there are races that defy any easy binary rendering. These are the categories that stacked almost too high with talent. Sometimes that’s clear right away, »
- Darren Franich
I have already discussed seven new releases and one compilation in my article on the Jazz Artist of the Year, Matthew Shipp. Here are my other favorite new albums from the jazz world in 2013. Most surprising for me is the number of vocal albums, because I'm very particular about jazz singers and dislike most of them. So coming from me, the praise for the jazz singers listed here is really saying something.
Andy Bey is my favorite living jazz singer, and he's not recorded nearly as often as his talents deserve. Now 74 years old, he has only recorded 11 albums in the course of a 50-year career (one a concert album I've never actually seen). In comparison, Kurt Elling, 46 and active for 18 years, has already made 10. It had been six years since Bey's previous album, and he's been living HIV-positive since 1994, so I was worried. »
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