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Each year, the Library of Congress selects 25 films to be named to the National Film Registry, a proclamation of commitment to preserving the chosen pictures for all time. They can be big studio pictures or experimental short films, goofball comedies or poetic meditations on life. The National Film Registery "showcases the extraordinary diversity of America’s film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant" and by preserving the films, the Library of Congress hopes to "a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history.” This year’s selections span the period 1913 to 2004 and include a number of films you’re familiar with. Unless you’ve never heard of "Saving Private Ryan," "The Big Lebowski," “Rosemary’s Baby” or "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Highlights from the list include the aforementioned film, Arthur Penn’s Western "Little Big Man," John Lasseter’s 1986 animated film, “Luxo Jr.," 1953’s “House of Wax, »
- Matt Patches
Spanning the years 1913-2004, the 25 films to be added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry for 2014 include Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby, Arthur Penn’s Little Big Man, John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the Coen brothers’ The Big Lebowski. The annual selection helps to ensure that the movies will be preserved for all time. This year’s list brings the number of films in the registry to 650.
Also on the list are John Lasseter’s 1986 animated film, Luxo Jr; the original Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder; and Howard Hawks’ classic 1959 Western Rio Bravo. Documentaries and silent films also make up part of the selection which represents titles that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant; they must also each be at least 10 years old. Check out the rundown of all 25 movies below:
2014 National Film Registry »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The organisation has chosen 25 more films to be included in its annual selection of notable works.
The practice takes place every year to help ensure the preservation of particular films. The registry now holds 650 chosen works, which include a mixture of Hollywood blockbusters, silent movies, indies, student films and documentaries.
"The National Film Registry showcases the extraordinary diversity of America's film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant," said the Librarian of Congress James H Billington. "By preserving these films, we protect a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history."
Each year, the Library names 25 films that are deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant, and they »
“The Big Lebowski,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Saving Private Ryan” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” are among the 25 films saluted by the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in the organization’s annual selection of notable works.
The org says selection will help ensure preservation of these films. This year’s choices bring the registry total to 650, a small fraction of the Library’s vast collection of 1.3 million items. As always, the choices are eclectic, including Hollywood films, indies, documentaries, silent movies and student films.
“The National Film Registry showcases the extraordinary diversity of America’s film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant,” said the Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. “By preserving these films, we protect a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history.”
Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Librarian »
- Tim Gray
Disney sent us several new posters and an iTunes trailer for their new Disney-Pixar film Inside Out.
The film is set to release June 19, 2015.
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 will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind.
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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Mike Petty)
Disney/Pixar has released a new trailer for the upcoming 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 will take us to the most extraordinary location of all – inside the mind.
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, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life.
As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, »
- Michelle McCue
Like mecca for animation buffs, the Ghibli Museum is reason enough to visit Japan.
As Variety’s resident toon aficionado, my pilgrimage began with an invitation to attend the Tokyo Intl. Film Festival (this year’s theme: animation). John Lasseter, who produced opening night film “Big Hero 6,” used his own trip to Japan as an excuse to check in with Hayao Miyazaki, master Japanese animator and head of the Studio Ghibli toon studio.
For those of us without a direct line to Miyazaki, however, the Ghibli Museum provides the next best thing.
Despite its solemn-sounding name, the Ghibli Museum is neither a stuffy, hands-off exhibition space nor a full-blown amusement park, but an enchanting cross between the two. Conceived by Miyazaki as a place where fans of his films (which include “The Wind Rises” and Oscar winner “Spirited Away”) could discover the craft that goes into making them, the »
- Peter Debruge
If Christopher Nolan’s emotional plots don’t strike you, his elaborate design choices will on some level. He’s a guy who decided he needed to build all of Gotham City’s "The Narrows" on a stage, thought to put a ornate hotel hallway on a gimbal, and built a full-scale spaceship with windows displaying actual scenic black hole shots. He’s a crazyman when it comes to realizing his vision, and for that, the Art Directors Guild is praising him this awards season. The Art Directors Guild (Adg) announced late Wednesday that Christopher Nolan will receive the prestigious Cinematic Imagery Award from the at its 19th Annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards. Comedian Owen Benjamin will host the ceremony, set for January 31, 2015. According to the Adg’s, the Cinematic Imagery Award is "given to those whose body of work in the film industry has »
- Matt Patches
Christopher Nolan will receive the Cinematic Imagery Award at the Adg's 19th annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards. Comedian Owen Benjamin will host the starry black-tie ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 31, 2015. The Cinematic Imagery Award honors a filmmaker whose body of work has enhanced the visuality of moviegoing. Martin Scorsese, Warren Beatty, Clint Eastwood, Norman Jewison, John Lasseter, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg are among past honorees. Before he was a blockbuster filmmaker, the British-American Nolan burst onto the indie scene in 1998 with his black-and-white first feature "Following," followed by his brain-boggling sophomore thriller "Memento." And now, well, the rest is history. "Interstellar" has already grossed over $540 million worldwide since opening November 5. The Adg honor should boost the film's award season profile, which has been fairly low-key so far. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Christopher Nolan will receive the Art Directors Guild’s Cinematic Imagery Award at the guild’s 19th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards, to be held January 31 at the Beverly Hilton. The honor is given to those whose body of work has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the moviegoing experience.
Nolan has emerged as the creative force behind a series of blockbusters, writing, producing and directing Interstellar, Inception and The Dark Knight trilogy. He joins previous recipients Martin Scorsese, Warren Beatty, Clint Eastwood, Norman Jewison, John Lasseter, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Blake Edwards.
“Christopher Nolan’s body of work reflects a clear appreciation for the contribution production design brings to the stories he brings to life,” the guild said. “His creative legacy is quite remarkable and it demonstrates a great love and respect for our visual medium. The teams of designers and craftspeople that he continues to bring »
- David Robb
Christopher Nolan will receive the Art Directors Guild's Cinematic Imagery Award at the 19th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards, set to be held Jan. 31 at the Beverly Hilton. The award is "given to those whose body of work in the film industry has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the moviegoing experience." Past recipients include Martin Scorsese, Warren Beatty, Clint Eastwood, Norman Jewison, John Lasseter, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Blake Edwards. Watch more Watch The Hollywood Reporter's Full 'Interstellar' Discussion With Christopher Nolan, Stars Adg Council chairman John Shaffner and awards producers Dave Blass and James
- Kimberly Nordyke
Nolan will be presented the award at the organization’s 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 31.
The award is given to those whose body of work has “richly enhanced the visual aspects of the movie-going experience.” Previous recipients include Martin Scorsese, Warren Beatty, Clint Eastwood, Norman Jewison, John Lasseter, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Blake Edwards.
“Christopher Nolan.’s body of work reflects a clear appreciation for the contribution Production Design brings to the stories he brings to life,” said Adg Council Chairman John Shaffner and Awards Producers Dave Blass and James Pearse Connelly.
“His creative legacy is quite remarkable and it demonstrates a great love and respect for our visual medium. The teams of designers and craftspeople that he continues to bring »
- Dave McNary
The Interstellar director will receive the Cinematic Imagery Award at the 19th Annual Art Directors Guild?s Excellence In Production Design Awards, on January 21.
Nolan becomes the latest filmmaker to collect the honour given to those “whose body of work in the film industry has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the movie-going experience.”
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
When Disney announced last month that John Lasseter would direct a fourth "Toy Story" film, there was inevitable fan concern: But "Toy Story 3" ended so perfectly! Why do we need any more? But Pixar has always done right by its signature franchise, never pushing Woody, Buzz and the gang past a point of diminishing returns. There was plenty of trepidation about "Toy Story 2" and "Toy Story 3," and both times the consensus was that the new film was better than the last. And though the toys' tale could have easily ended with Andy saying goodbye to Woody (while the adults in the audience turned into weeping wrecks), the saga has continued with a handful of "Toy Story Toons" shorts, plus last year's "Toy Story of Terror!" Halloween special, all of them depicting the toys' lives with Bonnie, and they've all been charming, funny and very much worthy, if brief, »
- Alan Sepinwall
It’s the sort of news that might make you bellow “well, of course it is!”, but given that Disney has yet to make any sort of official announcement about a sequel to Frozen, we suppose the word of the woman who voiced Elsa is something. According to Idina Menzel, the Mouse House really does have a sequel to the mammoth hit in development.So far, the company has largely used the property to spin off lines of merchandise, is bringing out a short film based on the characters, has a musical stage version in the works and loaned Elsa, Anna and some of the others to Us TV drama Once Upon A Time, which uses Disney fairy-tale characters for modern-day drama.But with the movie making more than $1.27 billion worldwide, there has still been no real word on a sequel, with John Lasseter and Ed Catmull’s team and »
Almost every winter my family and I travel up to a cabin in Wisconsin Dells, and it serves as a great middle ground for our cousins who live in Iowa. The task predictably falls to me to bring some movies for the weekend. One of the films I wanted to introduce to my extended family was Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away.
Within about 15 minutes of the movie beginning, my uncle was out. “That movie’s just a bit too weird for me.”
As a newly minted teenager, it’s safe to say I probably didn’t even understand the concept. Too weird? If a movie told a story and was interesting, could it also be weird? Nerdy kids at school were weird. Bugs and vegetables looked weird. And anything weird was not typically a good thing.
In fact, I had already seen many classically weird movies. The bitingly sarcastic Wicked »
- Brian Welk
Though it was announced shortly after the release of Pixar’s 2010 masterpiece Toy Story 3 that Tim Allen was contracted for a fourth movie, nobody really took this news seriously: after all, Pixar gave Woody, Buzz and co. the perfect send-off, so why would they dare return to it, right?
Well, hearts broke the world over two weeks ago when it was officially announced that Toy Story 4 was actually moving ahead for a June 2017 release, with John Lasseter returning to the director’s chair, while Rashida Jones and Will McCormack will write the script. Tom Hanks and Allen are, of course, absolutely certain to return.
Despite fans the world over insisting that there was enormous potential to ruin the near-perfect consistency of the original trilogy, Lasseter stood defiant, saying of the new movie, “When Andrew, Pete, Lee and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it. »
- Jack Pooley
The Walt Disney Co. and Shanghai Media Group said Friday that they have agreed to expand their existing partnership to include the co-production of films and the development of TV shows. The companies earlier this year extended their long-running strategic partnership. The expanded deal also covers content distribution and cooperation on marketing. Read more John Lasseter: Disney-Pixar Has No Plans to Localize in Asia Just Yet "Disney is committed to providing high-quality entertainment experiences to audiences worldwide," said Disney chairman and CEO Robert Iger. "Smg's spirit of innovation, diverse platforms, digital destinations and assets provide
- Georg Szalai
A month ago, almost exactly to the day, we learned that Peter Sohn had been named the new director of The Good Dinosaur after being part of the brain trust (along with John Lasseter, Lee Unnkrich and Mark Andrews) taking over direction of the film from Up helmer Bob Peterson. We've heard some overhauling and reimagining was taking place behind the scenes, and that explains why the film was pushed back to November 2015. Now a report from La Times has Sohn discussing some of the changes being made, in addition to how difficult it was for Pixar to make the choice to push the movie in order to make it better. But first, here's a new piece of concept are from Pixar Animation's The Good Dinosaur: The good news is it sounds like that the changes to the film haven't resulted in a completely different movie, merely a better one. »
- Ethan Anderton
With the recent announcement that John Lasseter and his Pixar team are officially working on Toy Story 4, we don’t have quite as much of a pressing need for stop-gap visits with Woody, Buzz and the rest. But the shorts and last year’s spooky TV special have been so much fun that we’re happy to have all we can get with the gang. This year’s special is dino-themed and has two new teasers online. The new 30-minute short finds Tom Hanks' Woody and Tim Allen's Buzz facing a new problem thanks to Reptillus Maximus (Kevin McKidd). He's the leader of a group of dino-toys our heroes meet and who turn out to be suffering a similar delusion that once afflicted Buzz: they think they’re real. And when you have dinosaurs believing they exist, you know there will be trouble, especially for poor triceratops »
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