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‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ Premiere Pays ‘Loving Tribute’ to Firefighters, Says Dane Cook

16 July 2014 6:16 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney’s “Planes: Fire & Rescue” touched down on Hollywood Boulevard outside the El Capitan Theatre on July 15 for the animated film’s premiere, with Dane Cook returning to voice high-flying Dusty, the crop duster.

“It’s a loving tribute to firefighters and the men and women who do this day in and day out,” Cook said before joining the rest of the film’s cast, which includes “Modern Family’s” Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, Hal Holbrook, Fred Willard, Erik Estrada, Stacy Keach, Wes Studi and Brad Garrett to present a $25,000 grant to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Country singer Brad Paisley, who is featured in the film, presented the grant with Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios’ chief creative officer John Lasseter, who praised firefighters for being the individuals on the scene when everyone else has left.

Rescue vehicles lined the street outside the theater as guests, including Paisley »

- Marc Graser

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ABC Boss Talks About S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Slow Start, Once's Take on Frozen, Jilted Trophy Wife and More

15 July 2014 11:13 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee held court at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour on Monday morning, where he fielded questions about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s sophomore mission, Once Upon a Time‘s imminent riff on Frozen, the network’s treatment of Trophy Wife and the impressive diversity on tap for the 2014-15 TV season.

Related ABC’s Fall Premiere Plan: Get Return Dates for Grey’s, Scandal, Once, Revenge and More

Addressing the topic of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s freshman run — which tread a lot of water until the big Captain America 2 crossover took shape — Lee acknowledged, »

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The 'Big Hero 6' Directors Reveal the Story Behind the Wild New Trailer (Exclusive)

15 July 2014 3:47 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Think that Iron Man is getting a little paunchy for the robotic costume? Worried about the crows-feet peeking out from behind Captain America's mask? Well, get ready for some fresh blood, as the next generation of superhero is preparing to take to the big screen this fall.

That's when Walt Disney Animation Studios, coming off of the record-breaking success of "Frozen," unleashes "Big Hero 6," a film based on a cult Marvel property (by Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau). And we've got the brand new trailer, as well as an exclusive interview with filmmakers Chris Williams (who helmed "Bolt") and Don Hall (the filmmaker behind 2011's criminally underrated "Winnie the Pooh").

In the trailer, we get a glimpse of the relationship between Hiro (Ryan Potter), a teenage genius who, along with his inflatable robot Baymax (Scott Adsit from "30 Rock"), set out to create a new team of fresh-faced heroes. »

- Drew Taylor

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Bonnie Arnold interview: Dragon 2, Dances With Wolves, DreamWorks

8 July 2014 8:46 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Producer Bonnie Arnold on the challenges of the How To Train Your Dragon movies, and looking back at Kevin Costner's Dances With Wolves.

Interview

Bonnie Arnold has had some career. As the latest film she's produced, How To Train Your Dragon 2, arrives in UK cinemas, she chatted to us about the movie, about the big problems making the first, and her earlier days helping to bring Dances With Wolves to light. And she didn't touch a drop of her tea while telling us all of this...

Digging into your background, from what I can tell you started as a writer? Can you fill in some of the blanks there?

Well, it wasn't really a writer as such. I studied journalism, but I actually started in publicity. I did unit publicity writing, so that's how I started really. Really it was in film, film production stuff. But I was writing press releases, »

- sarahd

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Chicago wins bid for new George Lucas Museum

24 June 2014 9:34 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

George Lucas has been shopping for a home for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, and after beating out both Los Angeles and San Francisco, Lucas’ museum will drop roots in Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday.

The museum will feature Star Wars and Lucasfilm memorabilia, paintings from the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries, including a collection of Norman Rockwell works, cinematic fashion exhibits and numerous interactive displays demonstrating the capabilities of digital, cinematic storytelling through animation.

In renaming the museum to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Lucas said in a promotional video that the museum will be a family orientated opportunity for kids to engage and play with tools and discover how to tell stories and create art through using them. He adds that digital artists from Industrial Light and Magic (Ilm) and Pixar will be on hand to teach digital animation courses to kids.

“One of the great »

- Brian Welk

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The 55 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience (Before They Turn 13)

23 June 2014 11:39 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

There are people out there who have never seen The Princess Bride. They walk among us, holding down jobs, contributing to society, and generally living happy, semi-fulfilled lives. But whisper a perfectly-timed “mawage” in their direction during a wedding, and the resulting blank stare or awkward chuckle will expose an inconceivable pop-cultural blind spot. Someone failed them when they were growing up.

In many ways it’s too late for them, but we can still save the next generation. The 55 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience (Before They Turn 13) is a starting point. This isn’t a list of the 55 “best” kids movies, »

- EW staff

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Pixar announces new short film Lava for Inside Out release

20 June 2014 1:18 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Pixar has announced details of its new short film Lava.

The musical love story will play to audiences before the studio's next feature-length film Inside Out in June 2015.

Lava is directed by James Ford Murphy, who has previously worked on numerous Pixar projects, and Andrea Warren serves as producer.

The official synopsis for Lava reads: "Inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, Lava is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years."

The film reportedly focuses on two volcanoes who are in love with each other.

Last month, new Inside Out plot details were revealed by Pixar. The film features the voices of Parks and Recreation actress Amy Poehler, The Mindy Project's Mindy Kaling and Bill Hader.

Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter has previously described the film as "one of the most unique films" the studio has produced. »

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New Poster For Disney Pixar Short Lava; Inside Out Gets Official Synopsis

19 June 2014 10:22 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Pixar Animation Studios has a lot in store for movie goers and animation enthusiasts during the summer of 2015. The studio has released the official title treatment and synopsis for the upcoming animated feature Inside Out as well as the first poster for the new animated short film Lava.

Disney/Pixar gave La journalists an early sneak preview tonight and by all accounts, the footage shown was stunning.

Inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, Lava is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years.

From director James Ford Murphy and producer Andrea Warren, Lava opens in theaters in front of Inside Out.

From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places.

In Disney•Pixar’s original movie Inside Out, he »

- Michelle McCue

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The movie directors who could use a good boss

19 June 2014 7:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

They're talented, individual, but could, possibly, do with a bit of editorial guidance. Could these directors use a boss, we wonder?

Odd List

In truth, we're a bit frightened about this one. Several times in pub/coffee shop/cider drinking in the park conversations, we've chatted about film directors who perhaps have got too powerful, that they seem to be able to get their own way without having someone to call bullshit on them - be it a good boss, or a very good friend that they trust and listen to.

This can be a very good thing. After all, we want film directors to be free to tell their stories. We don't want studio suits calling the shots. And some directors use their independence wondefully well, without losing what bought it to them in the first place (so, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Robert Zemeckis and such like).

Still, »

- ryanlambie

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Disney Brands Generate Record $40.9 Billion from Licensed Merchandise in 2013

17 June 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Merchandise featuring Marvel’s superheroes, Disney’s princesses, Pixar’s toons and Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars” helped the Mouse House ring up a record $40.9 billion in global retail sales in 2013.

The sales topped 2012′s $39.4 billion, $37.5 billion, in 2011, and $28.6 billion in 2010, according to Disney Consumer Products. Those kinds of numbers have long made the company the world’s top licensor.

Disney isn’t likely to give up that title anytime soon.

It’s ramping up several major product pushes around “Cinderella,” the animated films “Inside Out” and “Big Hero 6,” Marvel’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Star Wars: Rebels” and “Star Wars: Episode VII” coming out through the end of 2015.

With those brands in hand, Disney will be one of the largest exhibitors at the Licensing Expo, which kicks off today from the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

See Also: ‘Star Wars’ Lightsabers Now a Lucrative Business »

- Marc Graser

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Disney’s Food-Focused ‘Feast’ Short Gets Stomping Ovation at Annecy

10 June 2014 10:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Five years ago, “Up” raised audiences’ expectations of what could be possible in animation. Over the course of a short montage, director Pete Docter spanned the decades of a lifelong love story.

Ever since, animation fans have been searching for anything that can come close to approximating the sublime emotional experience of that sequence from “Up,” which condensed so much feeling into 4½ dialogue-free minutes. Now Disney has done it with a 6-minute short with the understated titled of “Feast,” which made its world premiere at the Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival on Tuesday.

To call “Feast” a hit with that crowd would be an understatement: Erupting with laughter early on, then moved to the brink of tears in almost record time, the audience erupted into applause when the credits rolled, and then, realizing that clapping wasn’t enough to convey their enthusiasm, began stomping loudly on the bleacher seating while »

- Peter Debruge

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‘Frozen’s’ Jennifer Lee Melts Glass Ceilings

10 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Exceptional is the theme of this year’s Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, and exceptional is the kind of year that Dorothy Arzner Directors Award recipient Jennifer Lee has been having. Disney’s “Frozen,” which she wrote and co-directed with Chris Buck, is the highest-grossing animated film ever and has won just about every award it’s been nominated for (including the Oscar).

“It’s such an honor. I’m overwhelmed,” she says of this latest accolade, which will be presented to her on June 11 by Kristen Bell, who voiced Anna in the film.

While Lee is the first female director of a Disney animated feature, she sees a shift coming for women in the field. “I think animation is almost ahead of the curve. I’ve seen it because there is just so much up-and-coming talent here.”

For women looking to break into directing, Lee advises having a well-rounded background. »

- Terry Flores

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Two New Posters Showcase Big Hero 6 Imagery

9 June 2014 9:31 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Having introduced the world to young robotics genius, Hiro, and his cute, oversized invention, Baymax, in a trailer last month, Disney and Marvel have raised the curtain on 2 new, iconic posters for their first animated collaboration – Big Hero 6.

Featuring the voice talents of T.J Miller, Maya Rudolph, and Jamie Chung, the film is based on the comic of the same name, by Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle. With Don Hall and Chris Williams as co-directors, the script comes from Jordan Roberts and Hall, with the legendary John Lasseter on board as executive producer.

This loose adaptation presents a somewhat unusual take on the superhero genre, with the young Hiro joining a reluctant team of fledgling crimefighters, in order to save their city of San Fransokyo from a terrible threat. It’s also important to note that though this is a Marvel production, based on a Marvel comic, »

- Sarah Myles

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The Academy Presents The 41st Annual Student Academy Awards

7 June 2014 8:14 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight honored fifteen student winners from colleges and universities around the world at the 41st Student Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Directors Guild of America Theater in Hollywood.

The gold, silver and bronze medals were announced and presented by actors Adrian Grenier, Nate Parker and Oscar nominee Demian Bichir, and the Oscar-winning directing/producing team from the animated feature FrozenJennifer Lee, Chris Buck and Peter Del Vecho.

The 2014 Student Academy Award® winners are:

Alternative

Gold Medal: “Person,” Drew Brown, The Art Institute of Jacksonville, Florida

Silver Medal: “Oscillate,” Daniel Sierra, School of Visual Arts, New York

Animation

Gold Medal: “Owned,” Daniel Clark and Wesley Tippetts, Brigham Young University, Utah

Silver Medal: “Higher Sky,” Teng Cheng, University of Southern California

Bronze Medal: “Yamashita,” Hayley Foster, Loyola Marymount University, California

Documentary

Gold Medal: “The Apothecary,” Helen Hood Scheer, Stanford University

Silver Medal: “White Earth, »

- Michelle McCue

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Academy Reveals Medal Placements at 2014 Student Academy Awards®

7 June 2014 7:39 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight honored fifteen student winners from colleges and universities around the world at the 41st Student Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Directors Guild of America Theater in Hollywood. The gold, silver and bronze medals were announced and presented by actors Adrian Grenier, Nate Parker and Oscar® nominee Demian Bichir, and the Oscar-winning directing/producing team from the animated feature “Frozen,” Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck and Peter Del Vecho. The 2014 Student Academy Award® winners are: Alternative Gold Medal: “Person,” Drew Brown, The Art Institute of Jacksonville, Florida Silver Medal: “Oscillate,” Daniel Sierra, School of Visual Arts, New York Animation Gold Medal: “Owned,” Daniel Clark and Wesley Tippetts, Brigham Young University, Utah Silver Medal: “Higher Sky,” Teng Cheng, University of Southern California Bronze Medal: “Yamashita,” Hayley Foster, Loyola Marymount University, California Documentary Gold Medal: “The Apothecary,” Helen Hood Scheer, Stanford University Silver Medal: “White Earth, »

- HollywoodNews.com

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CalArts Graduation Speech by Disney and Pixar Cco John Lasseter

3 June 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

CalArts recently gave Pixar and Disney chief creative officer John Lasseter an honorary degree, and he delivered the commencement speech at this year's graduation ceremony. His address is incredibly entertaining and worth watching. He's a very energetic person, and the crowd goes nuts for him. There's lots of cheering, laughing, and people just yelling things out in the crowd. Lasseter was like a rockstar at this thing. The speech he gave was also inspirational, and who couldn't use a little more inspiration in their lives? Enjoy the video!

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- Joey Paur

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Frozen Filmmakers Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck and Peter Del Vecho To Present At 41st Student Academy Awards

2 June 2014 10:45 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Actors Demian Bichir, Adrian Grenier and Nate Parker, along with the writing/directing/producing team of Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck and Peter Del Vecho, who earned Oscars for Frozen, will present at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 41st Student Academy Awards on Saturday, June 7, at 6 p.m. at the DGA Theater in Hollywood. The awards ceremony caps a week of industry activities for the 15 student filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad who were selected as winners this year.

Lee, Buck and Del Vecho took home Oscars earlier this year for the Animated Feature Film winner Frozen, the highest-grossing animated film of all time. Along with becoming the first female feature director in the history of the Walt Disney Animation Studios, Lee also wrote the screenplay for Frozen and co-wrote the 2012 Oscar nominee Wreck-it Ralph. Co-director Buck’s other animated feature credits include Pocahontas and Tarzan, and »

- Michelle McCue

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New Planes 2 Posters Hit The Web

30 May 2014 2:34 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Appreciated by wee’uns but widely disliked by adults with reviews to write, Planes seemed like a rare creative misfire for Lasseter-era Disney. But there were enough tinies in the former camp - $220m worth – to warrant a trilogy, and sure enough, part two, Planes 2: Fire & Rescue arrives this summer. If it’s anything like as easy on the eye as these new concept posters, that critical animus might just soften. The story this time has a crew of firefighting aircraft defending Piston Peak National Park from the ravages of bush fire. Signing up on scorch prevention duty is Dusty (Dane Cook), hero of Planes, who is resigned to his retirement from racing with a dicky engine and looking for a new outlet for his talents.Also on deck are wizened fire-and-rescue chopper Blade Ranger (Ed Harris), tanker Dipper (Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter (Wes Studi), ex-military »

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Pixar reveals new Inside Out plot details with synopsis

26 May 2014 1:09 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Pixar has released the first synopsis for forthcoming film Inside Out.

It features new details about the animated film, which will feature the voices of Parks and Recreation actress Amy Poehler, The Mindy Project's Mindy Kaling and Bill Hader.

The synopsis for Inside Out reads: "From the tepuis of South America to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award-winning director Pete Docter has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In 2015, he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all - inside the mind of an 11-year-old named Riley.

"Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith).

"The emotions live in Headquarters, »

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New Inside Out Synopsis Gives Us A Sneak Peek At Pixar’s Latest

26 May 2014 10:04 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Though the mixed success of its three most recent releases, Cars 2Brave and Monsters University, have caused some to wonder whether Pixar’s golden age has drawn to a close, there’s no denying that the animation giant has turned out some of the greatest family films of all time in its 28 years of existence. And with next summer’s Inside Out, many are hoping that Pixar is gearing up for a creative resurgence. Now, an updated plot synopsis for the film has hit the web, and it sounds pretty exciting.

The film, from Up director Pete Docter, was hailed by Pixar’s chief creative officer John Lasseter last August as, “one of the most unique films I’ve ever been associated with – a magical, wonderful, original film.” It’s based on an original idea by Docter and boasts a screenplay by Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Arndt. Check out the synopsis below, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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