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How well do you know your "7th Voyage of Sinbad" trivia? Brush up on Ray Harryhausen with this quiz, from our friends at Trailers From Hell. The animation master died in 2013, at age 92. A pioneer of early stop-motion and visual effects, his acolytes include Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Peter Jackson, James Cameron, Tim Burton, Phil Tippett, Nick Park and John Lasseter. Take the quiz here. Read More: Obit: VFX Master Ray Harryhausen Dies at 92 »
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed its 2015 Student Academy Awards finalists Friday. The awards were established in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level. Past winners include John Lasseter, Pete Docter and Robert Zemeckis.
The Academy will announce the winners at a ceremony Sept. 17.
The finalists by category:
M. Louis Gordon, “Girl in the Chair,” Nyu Tisch School of the Arts
ChiHyun Lee, “Zoe,” School of Visual Arts
David Karp, “Disconnected,” Cornell University
Lynn Tomlinson, “The Ballad of Holland Island House,” Towson University
Nicholas Manfredi, Elizabeth Ku-Herrero, “Taking the Plunge,” The School of Visual Arts
Seth Boyden, “An Object At Rest,” California Institute of the Arts
Jenna Hamzawi, “Ram’s Horn,” Brigham Young University
Emily Kassie, »
- Reece Ristau
Now celebrating 42 years, the Student Academy Awards honor up-and-coming filmmakers who've submitted their projects earlier in the year to the Academy. Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 46 Oscar nominations and have won eight awards, including John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Robert Zemeckis, Trey Parker and Spike Lee. Read More: Oscar Predictions 2016 Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Awards — with cash grants of $5000, $3000 and $2000, respectively — plus a trip to Los Angeles are given by the Academy. If they satisfy the criteria for a given Oscar category, winners are eligible to enter the following year's Academy Awards competition. Alternative Daniel Drummond, “Chiaroscuro,” Chapman University M. Louis Gordon, “Girl in the Chair,” Nyu Tisch School of the Arts ChiHyun Lee, “Zoe,” School of Visual Arts Balbinka Korzeniowska, “Awaken,” UCLA David Karp, “Disconnected,” Cornell University Animation Jack Anderson, “Wire Cutters,” Chapman University Lynn »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Pixar's latest Inside Out is in cinemas now, and the film is positively jam-packed with Easter eggs for the eagle-eyed among you.
1. Pizza Planet Truck
The pizza delivery truck, a 1978 Gyoza with the licence plate RES1536, has made an appearance in every single Pixar movie with the exception of The Incredibles.
The vehicle apparently makes three different appearances, and seeing as lead character Riley and her mother visit a restaurant (getting served a broccoli pizza of all things!) then it's safe to say that's one moment to look out for.
A113 is the name of a first-year classroom at California Institute of the Arts that saw Pixar luminaries such as John Lasseter and Brad Bird pass through (Bird even dropped a reference into a Simpsons episode he directed).
In Inside Out, »
Pixar's definitely on a roll this year, and Sanjay's "Super Team" (playing in front of "The Good Dinosaur" on Nov. 25) ) is very special and particularly Oscar worthy. It's Pixar's first semi-autobiographical short in which board artist Sanjay Patel ("Toy Story 2," "Monsters, Inc.," "The Incredibles") comes to terms with his Hindu heritage, which he was ashamed of as a child growing up in San Bernardino. The little boy tries to watch his favorite superhero cartoon but his father insists that he mediate with him. Bored, he imagines summoning three Hindu deities to fight a three-headed demon in a thematic and stylistic assimilation of West and East (assisted by a lovely score by Mychael Danna, Oscar winner for "Life of Pi"). Read More: "Inside Out" Producer Jonas Rivera on Protecting Pixar's Vision Bill Desowitz: The project really took off when John Lasseter suggested making it a more personal story about your. »
- Bill Desowitz
Whether you’re still harboring a small feeling of dread after Pixar announced plans to continue its toys-to-life animated series with another installment, or you’re remaining optimistic, Toy Story 4 is happening. With Tom Hanks and Tim Allen already on board – reprising their roles as Woody and Buzz Lightyear, respectively – it’s now been confirmed that Don Rickles will return as the grouchy yet loveable Mr. Potato Head.
In an interview with Closer Weekly, the 89-year-old comedian confirmed that he will indeed return for the fourth entry in the beloved series, revealing that he was once skeptical about Pixar’s concept for Toy Story, and it took head honcho John Lasseter to convince him of the story’s innate charm before putting pen to paper almost two decades ago.
“They just signed me to do the fourth Toy Story. We start [work on it] in September, and I’m very delighted with that. »
- Michael Briers
Broad Green Pictures has set a March 4th release date for the U.S. release of Terrence Malick's new film "Knight of Cups" starring Christian Bale. The movie, which premiered at Berlin, stars Bale as a bewildered man in a life of Hollywood excess. Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Antonio Banderas and Brian Dennehy also star. [Source: Variety]
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Square Enix has confirmed that the Xbox's exclusivity window for the upcoming "Rise of the Tomb Raider" game, the sequel to the acclaimed reboot of the game franchise, will run for one year with the title then coming to PlayStation 4 at the end of 2016.
The game will first launch on Xbox 360 and Xbox One on November 10th this year, before Windows and Steam releases due in early 2016 and then the PS4 release in Holiday 2016. [Source: Wired]
Legendary comedian Don Rickles has confirmed he'll be reprising his role of Mr. »
- Garth Franklin
Toy Story 3 had long been called the final film in the franchise by Disney and Pixar. It didn't look like another feature film would happen, with Woody, Buzz and the rest of the toy box characters shuffled off to the land of Pixar shorts. But Pixar surprised everyone in November of last year when the animated sequel Toy Story 4 was officially announced. Tom Hanks and Tim Allen have been attached to the follow-up as far back as 2010, when there wasn't supposed to be another movie. None of the other voice cast members have ever been confirmed. But that changes today. Yes, everyone's favorite grump Mr. Potato Head will return. And legendary comedian Don Rickles will be back to provide his voice. The 89-year-old actor had this to say about his return.
"They just signed me to do the fourth Toy Story. We start [work on it] in September, and I'm very delighted with that. »
I really, really cannot wait for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Is anyone with me? Oh, all of you. We’re edging closer and closer to that December 18th release, and we’re hoping that Disney and Lucasfilm are going to show us more online in the coming weeks. It looks like the company have something up their sleeves for the middle of August though, as a press release reveals that Disney plan to show off footage from Star Wars as well as their other upcoming properties including Captain America: Civil War and the upcoming Pixar slate at their huge fan event, D23 Expo 2015.
Marvel didn’t pack for San Diego this year, and we not present at Comic-Con to present anything from their upcoming slate, or make any kind of announcements – so are they holding out for their parent company’s Expo? We certainly hope so.
- Paul Heath
Just a heads up -- in case you can't get to Walt Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA from August 14-16 -- heaps of new Lucasfilm, Pixar, Marvel and Disney movie intel will be coming out of the event, so put yourself on standby for cool previews.
Disney just shared a press release with the 2015 schedule. You'll see it's noted that "a bevy of special guests will be on hand to offer a look at an unparalleled slate that includes Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Jungle Book, Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, Star Wars: The Force Awakens-and much, much more." Also, "Filmmakers will unveil never-before-seen footage from Pixar's upcoming The Good Dinosaur and Finding Dory and Disney Animation's Zootopia and Moana." So if those movies, and all Disney/Pixar projects, are of interest to you, just know some good teases should be coming out of this.
Here's the »
- Gina Carbone
Walt Disney Studios offers an exclusive look at its upcoming projects from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm at D23 Expo 2015, taking place August 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Studio will unveil its animation and live-action film slates via two huge Hall D23 presentations featuring surprise guests and many unforgettable moments. Other not-to-be-missed events include a Frozen FANdemonium musical celebration with Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and the 20th anniversary celebration of Disney Pixar's Toy Story with John Lasseter and the original Pixar crew.
Hall D23 Presentations:
After meeting the Emotions inside the mind of an 11-year-old, taking a trip to San Fransokyo, where a boy genius and his robot save the world, and falling in love with a queen with icy powers who wants to "let it go, »
Disney has announced its full schedule for the D23 Expo, which is set to take place next month at the Anaheim Convention Center in California and will feature big upcoming releases such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Captain America: Civil War, Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory, Zootopia and Moana, along with much, much more.
Here’s the main presentations…
Friday, August 14, 3 p.m.—Hall D23
After meeting the Emotions inside the mind of an 11-year-old, taking a trip to San Fransokyo, where a boy genius and his robot save the world, and falling in love with a queen with icy powers who wants to “let it go,” come see where Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios plan to take you next. In what has become a D23 Expo must-see, »
- Gary Collinson
Walt Disney Studios has released a list of their presentation and show floor line-up, which will include exclusive looks at its upcoming projects from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm at D23 Expo 2015, which will take place August 14th-16th 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The highlights include a Friday presentation hosted by John Lasseter on the upcoming films from Pixar […]
The post Disney To Preview “Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes” At D23 Expo 2015 appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
Disney's big D23 Expo is less than a month away, and todya they've revealed that their upcoming slate of films will be showcased at the event, including the live-action Jungle Book, their animated films, and of course The Force Awakens and Captain America: Civil War. Come inside to learn more!
The D23 Expo this year is sure to be a massive one, with a new Star Wars film on the horizon (plus one beginning filming just before the event starts), and the next Marvel adventure on the way. But that's not all they have coming up either. Zootopia is on the way, along with a live-action Jungle Book, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Pixar's upcoming slate. All of these films, plus surprises are going to be on hand during the Expo, as Disney has revealed today:
The Walt Disney Studios offers an exclusive look at its upcoming projects from Disney, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Disney has unveiled the lineup of projects it will bring to D23 Expo 2015, including an exclusive look new movies from Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Disney Animation. D23 will take place Aug. 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Disney will unveil its animation and live-action film slates via two huge Hall D23 presentations featuring surprise guests. There will also be a “Frozen” FANdemonium musical celebration with Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and the 20th anniversary celebration of Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story” with John Lasseter and the original Pixar crew. The force is strong with D23, as evidenced below by the full schedule and. »
- Jeff Sneider
An unusual, not-yet-perfected style of rotoscope animation allows two Japanese actresses to play younger, line-drawn versions of the live-action characters that made them both stars in “The Case of Hana and Alice,” a gently comedic and all-around upbeat prequel to indie helmer Shunji Iwai’s 2004 hit “Hana and Alice.” Whereas the teenage title characters competed for the same guy’s affections in the earlier film, here we discover how they first met, once again united over a boy — only this time, it’s the spirit of a classmate who went missing a year earlier, believed to be haunting the middle school they both attend. Mixing elements of mystery and ghost story alongside its charmingly detailed account of the two girls’ blossoming friendship, the unconventional film won’t have an easy path outside Japan (limited to toon and genre fests so far), but should find some traction by virtue of being animated. »
- Peter Debruge
We saw an extended look at this new Pixar film in Cannes with an event hosted by John Lasseter. Needless to say it looks more than up to Pixar’s »
- Sasha Stone
Every great animation director, from Miyazaki to John Lasseter and Pete Docter, to Phil Lord and Chris Miller, owes a little something to Chuck Jones. If the name isn’t familiar — and it should be — Jones was an animator, writer, producer and director who won three Oscars (plus an honorary one) and picked up a further five nominations for his work, who made his name working on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series for Warner Bros, creating characters like Marvin The Martian, Pepe LePew, Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner, and making some of the finest hours of characters like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. Jones was fired from Warner Bros in the early 1960s, and continued to do some fine work, including on Tom & Jerry and the famous “Grinch Who Stole Christmas” TV special, before returning to Warner Bros and Looney Tunes near the end of his life - for example, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
“Once you do something, you never forget. Even if you can’t remember.“
A beloved film from the brilliant Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki delivers truly amazing video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release.
People call Hiyao Miyazaki the Japanese Disney and Spirited Away from 2001 is considered one of his very best, if not his masterpiece. The film starts like a fairly typical take on Alice in Wonderland or Narnia. A girl is bought into a fantasy world and has to find her way back. But Miyazaki takes it even further. His heroine, ten year old Chihiro is a typically modern girl, upset about moving into a new home and afraid of new changes in her life. But after her parents take a detour into a strange tunnel she finds herself trapped and worst of all, her parents have been turned into pigs.
Miyazaki’s fantasy vision is quite simply jaw dropping. »
- Tom Stockman
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.
Vanity Fair has an oral history celebrating the 20th anniversary of one of the 1990s best films, Clueless.The line-up for the 2015 Locarno Film Festival has yet to be revealed, but the fest has just announced the news that new films by Hong Sang-soo (Right Now, Wrong Then) and Andrej Zulawski (Cosmos) will be shown.Ace electronica musician Nicolas Jaar has released a free download of his re-scoring of Sergei Parajanov's The Color of Pomegranates.One of our very favorite filmmakers, Claire Denis, is set to make her English-language feature debut, collaborating with writer Zadie Smith and artist Olafur Eliasson. Denis and Eliasson previously collaborated on the above short film.The A.V. Club has an essential interview exploring a side of filmmaking rarely talked about in public, asking »
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