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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.”
“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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Disney has announced the schedule for its main presentations at the upcoming D23 Expo 2015. The convention is essentially Disney’s version of Comic-Con, and in years past has offered looks at films like The Avengers as Disney has acquired more and more high-profile properties under its banner. This year looks to be no different, as the official D23 2015 schedule touts sneak peeks at “films from Marvel and Lucasfilm” aka Captain America: Civil War and Star Wars. We’ve been hearing recently that Marvel plans on skipping a Hall H presentation Comic-Con this year, just as they did in 2011 when they instead unveiled a look at The Avengers at D23 and New York Comic-Con. That looks likely to be the case this year, so fans attending D23 2015 can expect to get a preview of some upcoming Marvel films that Sdcc fans will miss out on. As for confirmed movies, though, the »
- Adam Chitwood
Ever since the cruel people at Disney and Pixar screened 56 minutes of footage from Inside Out and then cut it off right before rolling into the third act, the only thing that’s been keeping me from going crazy while waiting to see the rest is preparing the interviews I got to do with a few of the folks behind the film. I posted a roundtable interview with director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera a few weeks back, but now I’ve got an exclusive one-on-one with Rivera to share that’s got loads more information on the challenges of making the film. Check out what Rivera had to say about Pixar’s producer-director mix-and-match process, what visual elements are priorities when budgeting an animated film, the new name Andrew Stanton gave Bing Bong and more. You can read about all of that and find out where to catch »
- Perri Nemiroff
It should come as no surprise that Cannes Film Festival will play host to Kent Jones’s doc on the touchstone of filmmaking interview tomes, Hitchcock/Truffaut (see photo above). The film has been floating near the top of this list since it was announced last year as in development, while Jones himself has a history with the festival, having co-written both Arnaud Desplechin’s Jimmy P. and Martin Scorsese’s My Voyage To Italy, both of which premiered in Cannes. The film is scheduled to screen as part of the Cannes Classics sidebar alongside the likes of Stig Björkman’s Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words, which will play as part of the festival’s tribute to the late starlet, and Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna’s Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (see trailer below). As someone who grew up watching road races with my dad in Watkins Glen, »
- Jordan M. Smith
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century? Check here for a complete list of our essays. The end of the 1990s was the end of an era on the big screen. The independent filmmaking movement that started the decade had taken full bloom and infiltrated the business. Major studios had begun to jump headlong into the "dependent" game, amping up prestige product and utilizing the awards season as a marketing tool. The blockbuster landscape at the summer multiplex had been interesting, full of original concepts (good and bad), but something else was on the way — a new overlord in the business of film, and one that would more or less make the age of the movie star (at least as we had come to know it) a thing of the past. For those reasons and a slew of others, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Reboots, videogame adaptations, and a few long awaited sequels are all due for release next year
Now that Fast & Furious 7 has formally opened summer blockbuster season 2015 up, it's time for us to take our traditional look at the big movies gracing multiplexes this time next year.
2016 is set to be a pivotal summer, too. There are big movies in both the DC and Marvel cinematic universes. Warner Bros is looking to launch the first of six King Arthur movies, whilst Universal may get cracking with its classic monster cinematic universe. And - yep - we may even get the world's first great film based on a videogame.
Summer blockbuster season 2016 stretches from March through to August, and here's what treats are lined up. Please note, we've gone with Us release dates, for the purposes of this feature, as that's where most of the films will debut first.
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Pretty Little Liars cordially invited fans to “A”‘s house on Tuesday’s season finale for a long-awaited — and, let’s be honest, long-overdue — reveal. But did the end result live up to the hype?
As teased in the final moments of last week’s episode, “A” redirected the girls’ police van to its/their freaky, life-sized dollhouse, including replicas of their own bedrooms, where it/they made the girls act out all kinds of bizarre scenarios — like sipping »
This Wednesday on Arrow (The CW, 8/7c), John Diggle and Lyla Michaels are heading for a wedding… followed by one hell of a honeymoon, when A.R.G.U.S. business requires the newlyweds to accompany the Suicide Squad on a deadly, not-so-romantic op.
Tvline | What does a wedding look like on the intense, gray, brooding superhero show known as Arrow? »
The Car and Christine may come to mind while reading our exclusive excerpt from Jonathan Wood's Anti-Hero, as seemingly possessed vehicles aim their hoods at Arthur Wallace and friends in the follow-up to 2011's No Hero from Titan Books. In our latest round-up we also take a look at who will be joining Lady Gaga in American Horror Story: Hotel, as well as release details for this month's Horror Block, which includes two The Walking Dead items and artwork by Lee Howard.
American Horror Story: Hotel: Deadline reports that at PaleyFest this weekend, it was revealed Matt Bomer will star in Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story: Hotel. Also in attendance at PaleyFest, Jessica Lange confirmed what many expected when she announced that she will not be returning to play a role in the fifth season of the anthology horror series.
Like Lady Gaga's character, Bomer's role is not yet known, »
- Derek Anderson
Joe Carnahan ("Stretch," "The Grey") is revving up the long dormant "Motorcade" for DreamWorks. At one time eyed by Tom Cruise, and a few years ago slated to star Ryan Reynolds, with a script from Billy Ray (indeed, his is the most recent draft), the thriller has a bunch of terrorists attacking the President's motorcade during a trip to Los Angeles. Four-wheel Drive Down! We'll see if Carnahan will finally be the guy to get this movie off the ground. [Variety] John Lasseter won't be going it alone with "Toy Story 4." Pixar veteran Josh Cooley, who has credits on "The Incredibles," "Cars," "Ratatouille," and "Up," has graduated to the co-director's chair on the sequel. There's no word yet on plot details, except that it will be a "romantic comedy" and not tied to the original trilogy. [via Empire] "Mama" director Andy Muschietti will be behind the the big screen adaptation of »
- Kevin Jagernauth
“To be co-director on Toy Story 4 with John, who brought the Toy Story characters to the screen 20 years ago, is a dream come true,” Cooley told Variety. “When I first saw Toy Story I was amazed by the groundbreaking computer-generated animation. But it was the strong storytelling that kept me coming back. Toy Story 4 will continue that tradition and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it!”
- Scott J. Davis
Disney and Pixar have announced Josh Cooley will join John Lasseter and co-direct the upcoming Toy Story 4, which the studio has already slated for a June 16, 2017 release. Cooley recently told Variety, "To be co-director on Toy Story 4 with John, who brought the Toy Story characters to the screen 20 years ago, is a dream come true. When I first saw Toy Story I was amazed by the groundbreaking computer-generated animation. But it was the strong storytelling that kept me coming back. Toy Story 4 will continue that tradition and I couldn't be more excited to be a part of it!" When it comes to the sequel, we recently learned from Pixar president Jim Morris, "Toy Story 4 is not a continuation of the end of the story of Toy Story 3. Temporarily it is, but it will be a love story. It will be a romantic comedy. It will »
- Brad Brevet
VH1’s Hindsight, the best show you're not watching, ends its ‘90s journey – and we’ve got scoop on the life-altering season ender!
“The finale finds a lot of the characters at a crossroads,” creator Emily Fox tells ETonline. “It doesn’t wrap it all up and tie it in a bow. A lot of new questions are asked – some are answered, but not all.”
Watch: 'Hindsight' Recreates John Cusack's Iconic 'Say Anything' Scene!
Let’s recap the season in a nutshell, shall we? After Becca (Laura Ramsey) found herself back in 1995, rocking plaid button-ups and denim cut-offs like nobody’s business, she vowed to correct her past mistakes -- none as big as mending her fractured friendship with Lolly (Sarah Goldberg). But she as we approach the finale, their bond is tested when Kevin (Steve Talley) -- Lolly’s unrequited love -- makes a move for Becca, threatening their friendship »
As chief creative officer of both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, John Lasseter oversees two of the most powerful entertainment brands on earth, and does so while striving to maintain a “non-hierarchical” creative structure. He’s mad about studio notes, requiring all Pixar filmmakers to screen works-in-progress internally every 12 weeks, and maintaining a comprehensive company app (dubbed “Notesar”) that automatically collects and collates volumes of suggestions — yet he insists that all notes, even his own, be considered non-mandatory.
“Artists always want to hold things close to their chests, by nature, and say ‘look, just give me a little more time, I can make it that much better,’ ” Lasseter acknowledges. “But the director who brings the movie in (to an internal screening) knows that everyone is there to help make it the best movie it can be. And there’s no desire to make things fit perfectly into any kind »
- Andrew Barker
Toy Story 4 might not continue the storyline of Toy Story 3, according to Pixar president Jim Morris. Toy Story 4: A Romantic Comedy In an interview with Disney Latino, Morris reportedly revealed that the highly anticipated continuation of the Toy Story franchise wouldn’t necessarily revolve around Andy’s old toys going on another wild adventure. […]
- Olivia Truffaut
While many people still think it is a money grab, Pixar seems adamant that their next Toy Story movie will be different from the others, and that means changing up the story a little bit.
Speaking with Disney Latino earlier this week, Pixar president Jim Morris revealed that Toy Story 4 will break from the original trilogy of films and be a brand-new story within the universe (with all of the same characters).
“I think this movie is not part of this trilogy. It is a separate story, which in turn I do not know if it will be continued […] It is not a continuation of the end of the story of ‘Toy Story 3,” Morris said.
He added that the focus of the story will shift from the relationship between the toys and their owner and will instead be a love story amongst the toy characters. This is a »
- Zach Dennis
Work is well underway on Toy Story 4, a movie that Pixar surprisingly announced earlier this year. The movie is set to arrive in the summer of 2017, and it's going to be directed by John Lasseter who, of course, helmed the first and second Toy Story films.
Details on Toy Story 4 has thus far been in short supply, but in a chat with Disney Latino (picked up by Slashfilm), Pixar Animation Studios president Jim Morris has revealed that the new film will stand alone from the Toy Story trilogy. Appreciating that his comments have been translated from Spanish, Morris said that "I think this movie in not part of this trilogy. It is a separate story. It is not a continuation of the end of the story of Toy Story 3".
When the announcement was made that there would soon be a Toy Story 4 in production, many fans of the franchise expressed deep dismay at the perceived unnecessary gamble with the legacy of what might just be one of the most perfect trilogies ever to grace a cinema screen. Vocal dissenters argued that Toy Story 3 was an enviable ending that simply could not be bettered. Regardless, Toy Story 4 has continued its way to realization. But now, Pixar President Jim Morris has given some broad details to Disney Latino (translated by /Film).
“The third movie ended in a beautiful way and completed a trilogy. I think this movie is not part of this trilogy. It is a separate story, which in turn, I do not know if [it] will be continued. Never begin a project with that in mind.
“It is not a continuation of the end of Toy Story 3. »
- Sarah Myles
As much as I don't think we particularly need a new installment in Disney-Pixar's Toy Story franchise -- Toy Story 3 was honestly perfect, you guys, really -- come June 16, 2017 there will be one in theaters for all to see. And from the sounds of it, the story we see in Toy Story 4 won't simply be a continuation of the previous trilogy. The obvious way to extend the series, as many assumed -- and spoiler alert in case you haven't seen Toy Story 3 -- would have been to catch up with Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang some time after Andy drops them off with their new owner Bonnie when he leaves for college. However, this time around, it seems the focus of the film won't be the interactions and relationships between the toy characters and their human counterparts. Rather, Pixar president Jim Morris tells Disney »
- Jordan Benesh
Do toys fall in love? That sounds like the most important question at the heart of Toy Story 4. Pixar studio president Jim Morris recently held a conference with Disney Latino, where he revealed some new information about the latest entry in the Toy Story Franchise. And he says that it won't be a continuation of Toy Story 3 and is not part of the original trilogy which kicked off in 1995 with Toy Story.
Toy Story 3 served as a great climax for the story of Woody and Buzz and their journey as toys. It sounds like Pixar doesn't want to tread on old territory with their new animated adventure Toy Story 4. While he doesn't go into too many specifics about the storyline or which characters will be at the center of it, Jim Morris does go onto call it a 'romantic comedy'. He explains:
"The third movie ended »
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