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I’m not normally the type to voluntarily offer up my time to watch sports documentaries, but Winning:the Racing Life Of Paul Newman is one of those rare exceptions. Here’s the catch, it’s really not a sports film, but a look into another, lesser known side of the life of Paul Newman, one of the greatest American actors of all-time, and as it turns out, one of the greatest American men of all-time as well.
When you define what makes the perfect man, the perfect American citizen, or even the perfect human being, what comes to mind? The answer to that question will vary greatly, depending on who you ask, and the truth is, it’s a trick question. There is no perfection when it comes to humanity. However, what I discovered from watching this film, co-directed by Adam Carolla and Nate Adams, is that Paul Newman damn near comes close, »
- Travis Keune
Pixar premiered its new film Inside Out at Cannes, and along with that finished debut the studio showed off footage from two other upcoming films, The Good Dinosaur and Finding Dory. The former film, about a dinosaur who befriends a human boy, represents the culmination of a long and ultimately revamped story development cycle. The latter is […]
- Russ Fischer
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 »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
We all know the story. We learn as children how the dinosaurs roamed the planet until an asteroid hit the Earth, which eventually led to the global extinction of some of the most fascinating creatures that have ever lived. So... what if it never happened? That.s the question that Pixar will be asking with their next animated feature, The Good Dinosaur. Pixar.s latest feature, Inside Out, has just had its World Premiere at Cannes but that.s not slowing them down. 2015 will actually be the first year that we see two Pixar releases, after being left wanting in 2014. John Lasseter, Pixar.s Chief Creative Officer, hosted a presentation this week during the Film Festival where he presented Pixar's next feature, and posed a fascinating question: "I think our next movie asks the biggest what if of all. What if the asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs actually missed earth? »
Inside Out premiered at Cannes a couple of days ago, but John Lasseter hung around a bit longer to deliver a two-hour presentation on Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ line-up for the next two years. He showed off images and footage from The Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory, Toy Story 4, Zootopia and Moana, and Variety and THR were both on hand to check it all out. Here’s a brief recap of what the outlets saw and their assessment of the footage. The Good Dinosaur [caption id="attachment_372187" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Pixar[/caption] Variety described the clips shown as a cross between Tarzan and Lilo & Stitch. Director Peter Sohn said that the film is “striving for a very unique tone, unlike any animated film made.” He added, “I think our next movie asks the biggest what if of all. What if the asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs actually missed earth?” The main character »
- Perri Nemiroff
Pixar Cco John Lasseter made an appearance at the Cannes Film Festival this morning where he delivered a two-hour presentation about the upcoming slate of Disney/Pixar animated films following the gushingly positive reaction to the company's "Inside Out" which screened there few days ago.
Though it has been over a decade since "Finding Nemo," Lasseter confirms that the upcoming "Finding Dory" is a sequel which takes place six months later. Dory and Nemo re-team on an adventure to find Dory's parents who are played by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy.
Their encounters on this trip include a scary visit with a giant squid, a trip through a kelp forest off Northern California, and a place in the middle of the Pacific where shipping containers have fallen off boats. Other characters include octopus and a confused whale-shark named Destiny.
- Garth Franklin
The Cannes Film Festival is in full swing and among the various offerings afforded to press was a look at the upcoming Pixar and Walt Disney Animation slates. John Lasseter showed off new footage of upcoming films, like Moana and Zootropolis, and revealed new information. When it comes to Finding Dory, the Pixar chief creative officer confirmed that this film is not a prequel and will continue the story of the clown fish Marlin and the amnesiac Dory. According to a plot description referenced by The Hollywood Reporter, Finding Dory picks up six months after the events of the first film, which ended with Marlin, Dory and Nemo living joyously on the reef. In the sequel, Dory will learn about migration instincts and set off to find her family, with Nemo and Marlin in tow. Ellen DeGeneres will return to voice the lovable Dory, while Albert Brooks will reprise his »
John Lasseter talked about the upcoming slate of Disney/Pixar animated films during an extremely detailed two-hour presentation at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday morning.
The chief creative officer unveiled new clips and plot lines of such titles as Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” the sequel to “Finding Nemo,” and Disney’s “Moana” about a Polynesian princess. Lasseter noted how Pixar will release two movies in the same year for the very first time: “Inside Out,” which premiered at Cannes earlier this week out-of-competition, and “The Good Dinosaur,” which has a Thanksgiving release date.
He also declared that Disney Animation had bounced back, thanks to the success of the juggernaut “Frozen” and the Oscar-winning “Big Hero 6,” saying that the studio had previously suffered from low morale. “It was quite broken when they came in,” Lasseter said about the business 10 years ago. He told his staff: “What would heal them »
- Ramin Setoodeh
For some time, Disney animation has come under fire as being the complete opposite of diverse with their animated characters. While films like Pocahontas and The Princess And The Frog have helped add some much needed weight on the other side of the scales, the canon of Disney characters have been, for the most part, white protagonists. Among those critics is none other than John Lasseter, famed animation director and chief creative officer of the Disney/Pixar family, and he's vowed that now more than ever the company is working to become more diverse in creating characters. Variety saw Lasseter speak at a press conference during the Cannes Film Festival recently as he promoted Pixar's latest film, Inside Out. In the midst of that conference, the attention of the room was turned towards the issue of diversity in Disney/Pixar's films. Specifically, a reporter had asked Lasseter if a black »
Chief Creative Officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios John Lasseter, director Pete Doctor, producer Jonas Rivera, co-director Ronnie Del Carmen and Us voice cast Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith and Lewis Black delighted attendees at today’s press conference for Inside Out during the 68th annual annual Cannes Film Festival. They were then joined by the French voice cast for the world premiere! Based in Headquarters, the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Fear (voice of Bill Hader) heads up safety, Anger (voice of Lewis Black) ensures all is fair and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) prevents Riley from getting poisoned—both physically and socially. Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith) isn’t exactly sure what her role is, and frankly, neither is anyone else. »
Cannes -- If the thought of broccoli pizza turns your stomach, or you still cringe recalling when you broke down in tears in front of your classmates, you’re bound to have something in common with Riley, the emotionally volatile protagonist of “Inside Out." The Disney/Pixar film, which was directed by Pete Docter ("Up"), offers a peek inside the flashy, colorful mind of an 11-year-old. "We did a tremendous amount of research to get the details right and understand »
- Lanie Goodman
“Pixar’s 15th feature proves to be the greatest idea the toon studio has ever had: a stunningly original concept that will not only delight and entertain the company’s massive worldwide audience, but also promises to forever change the way people think about the way people think, delivering creative fireworks grounded by a wonderfully relatable family story.” - Peter Debruge (Variety), Cannes Film Review.
The cast and filmmakers of Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out had an emotional day in Cannes with stops at a press conference, photo call and world premiere.
Chief Creative Officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios John Lasseter, director Pete Doctor, producer Jonas Rivera, co-director Ronnie Del Carmen and Us voice cast Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith and Lewis Black delighted attendees at today’s press conference for Inside Out during the 68th annual annual Cannes Film Festival.
They were then joined by »
- Michelle McCue
John Lasseter has done it again. Inside Out, Pixar’s highly anticipated and candy-colored animated “emotion picture,” was presented off-competition in Cannes this morning to an enthusiastic press. Witty and smart, this is one heck of a mood swing from director Pete Docter, who has once again joined forces with Up co-writer Michael Arndt. We first meet Riley as a newborn, her five emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Fear (Bill Hader) -- already at work, especially when her parents try to feed her broccoli. This Fab Five operate in her Head Quarters to avert her moods via their control board. Joy is the captain of this ship though for this is a happy little girl. [caption id="attachment_438893" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Disney[/caption] Riley (voiced by Kaitlin Dyas and inspired by Docter’s own daughter) is an 11-year-old girl hockey enthusiast leading a carefree life »
- Talia Soghomonian
In a Cannes market packed with holocaust dramas and repressed lesbian love, Pixar brought a few smiles to the Croisette on Day 6 of the film festival. Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black and Phyllis Smith turned up to support “Inside Out,” the latest from the animated hit machine about a tween girl’s emotions personified (played by Poehler and the lot) and running things inside her head. “Pixar’s most ambitious, imaginative and adult film to date,” wrote Twitter user @trueportraits. Also Read: Cannes So Far: Stars Bomb But Movies Deliver at 2015 Festival Director John Lasseter photobombed his stars Kaling and Poehler, »
- Matt Donnelly
Cannes — "Inside Out" made a splash at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival on Monday morning earning thunderous applause after its first press screening and rave reviews including one from this particular pundit. Pixar's first original movie since 2012, "Inside Out" introduces us to five key emotions living in the mind of Riley, an 11-year-old girl who has just moved to San Francisco with her parents. When two of the emotions, Joy and Sadness, are lost in the long term memory portion of her brain, Riley is thrown for a dramatic loop. The two lost emotions find themselves racing against the clock to get back to headquarters before it's too late. Director Pete Docter, Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter, producer John Rivera and vocal talent Amy Poehler (who plays Joy), Mindy Kaling (who plays Disgust) and Phyllis Smith (who plays Sadness) were just some of the participants during the film's official festival press conference. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Mindy Kaling has made her Cannes debut with the Pixar film Inside Out, a sweet look at the emotions at battle inside an 11-year-old girl's head. The movie also features costars Amy Poehler and Mindy's The Office castmate Phyllis Smith. The trio assembled at the film festival Monday morning for a photocall and a press conference along with Pixar head honcho John Lasseter and director Pete Docter. It turns out that being part of a big ensemble film like Inside Out is a rare experience for Mindy, who is more used to generating her own material. Mindy, of course, created, writes, and stars in her own series, The Mindy Project, which just moved from Fox to Hulu. At today's press conference, she got candid about the state of her career. "I'm not asked to do that many things," she said. "I think I'm very specific - the way that I look, »
“It’s very important to us... to have female and ethnic characters... It’s grown in importance over time. As you’ll see in future films, we’re really paying attention to that.... We have been seeing more and more women, and more and more people from all over the world starting to work with it... That’s exciting. I think it will get reflected in the characters.” The above quote is from John Lasseter, the Disney Animation Studios/Pixar chief, addressing the press at Cannes today, where the latest Pixar feature film, "Inside Out," is screening. Lasseter was asked by a member of the attending press to address diversity within Pixar's ranks and offerings. Specifically, the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
“It’s very important to us … to have female and ethnic characters,” said Lasseter, the Disney Animation Studios/Pixar chief. “It’s grown in importance over time. As you’ll see in future films, we’re really paying attention to that.”
Lasseter revealed that when he started in animation, it was an industry that mostly employed men behind the camera. “We have been seeing more and more women, and more and more people from all over the world starting to work with it,” Lasseter said. “That’s exciting. I think it will get reflected in the characters.”
- Ramin Setoodeh
Disney isn't known for tremendous diversity, but apparently that's about to change. John Lasseter, the legendary Disney Animation/Pixar boss, said Pixar and Disney are making efforts to expand story horizons to represent more of how our world actually looks.
"It's very important to us ... to have female and ethnic characters," Lasseter said today at a press conference (via Variety) "It's grown in importance over time. As you'll see in future films, we're really paying attention to that." Lasseter mentioned "Moana," which is coming out in November 2016, following a Polynesian navigator on an epic adventure. "It's pretty spectacular," Lasseter said. "I guess most people think of fairy tales as European fairy tales. We're trying to reach out and find origins of legends all over the world." The changes in what's on screen are directly related to who is behind the scenes. Lasseter said when he started in animation it was »
- Gina Carbone
The Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees will be presented at AFI’s commencement ceremonies at the Tcl Chinese Theatre.
Previous recipients include Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Kathryn Bigelow, Mel Brooks, Anne V. Coates, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, Nora Ephron, James Earl Jones, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Helen Mirren, Robert Towne, Cicely Tyson, Haskell Wexler and John Williams.
Lansbury began her career at the age of 17, earning her first Academy Award nomination for 1944’s “Gaslight” and her second a year later for “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” She earned a third nomination in 1962 for “The Manchurian Candidate.”
- Dave McNary
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