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Animation was never the same after this unrivalled combination of comedy, adventure and computer wizardry. Tom Hanks voices Woody, the rag cowboy whose position as the best-loved plaything in the room comes under threat with the arrival of hi-tech space hero Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen). The fact that John Lasseter's creation was the first animated feature to be generated entirely in pixel form is by-the-by; what matters is that its tale of friendship and teamwork twangs every emotional chord on its mission to cartoon infinity - and beyond. »
Marvel knows how to throw audiences into a new world crammed with characters, deliver an origin myth (for those who haven't read the comics) and have a bit of fun. Watching a full house at L.A.'s Arclight removing their 3D glasses and emerge from the theater intently discussing "Guardians of the Galaxy," you could see that they liked it --a lot. Marvel has delivered another monster hit--proving that Marvel producer Kevin Feige --like sister Disney label Pixar's John Lasseter-- can land on a dime just about every time. And if I were Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy, who runs Disney's other label, I would be a tad worried about J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars" reboot, which has run through several writers, because "Guardians" cleverly builds on that DNA--set in a galaxy far far away, peopled by exotic aliens of varying shapes and sizes, focused on a romance between »
- Anne Thompson
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
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.
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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, »
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
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, »
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
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
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.
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.
Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter has previously described the film as "one of the most unique films" the studio has produced. »
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 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
They're talented, individual, but could, possibly, do with a bit of editorial guidance. Could these directors use a boss, we wonder?
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).
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
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
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
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
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:
Silver Medal: “Oscillate,” Daniel Sierra, School of Visual Arts, New York
Silver Medal: “White Earth, »
- Michelle McCue
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, »
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!
- Joey Paur
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
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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