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Jeremy Irons to Receive San Francisco Film Fest's 2014 Excellence in Acting Award

22 April 2014 11:58 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Jeremy Irons will be the recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting at the upcoming 57th San Francisco International Film Festival, kicking off this week and running April 24 through May 8. The award will be presented on May 1. The Sf Film Society and its year-round programming will be the beneficiary of the star-studded fundraiser honoring Oscar winner Irons (“Reversal of Fortune”), who will be filling the shoes of Bruce Wayne's trusty butler Alfred in the upcoming "Batman vs. Superman" mashup from Zack Snyder.Meanwhile, Richard Linkater is the recipient of the Founder’s Directing Award; Stephen Gaghan the recipient of the Kanbar Screenwriting Award; and John Lasseter the recipient of the George Gund III Craft of Cinema Award. Previous recipients over the past decade of the Owens Award are Harrison Ford (2013), Judy Davis (2012), Terence Stamp (2011), Robert Duvall (2010), Robert Redford (2009), Maria Bello (2008), Robin Williams (2007), Ed Harris »

- Beth Hanna

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Ed Catmull Pixar Interview

22 April 2014 5:33 AM, PDT | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

This afternoon I was truly honoured to chat with Ed Catmull. Along with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter, he co-founded Pixar and helped turn them into the award winning movie studio that it is today. He is the current president of not only Pixar, but Walt Disney Animation studios as well. We spoke about his new book Creativity Inc.. In this 18 minute interview we cover alot of ground, from his phenomenal take on management to evolving Pixar, Inside Out and lots, lots more. Ed was absolutely fascinating to interview! A sample of the interview is below, and further down get all the links to download the full interview via iTunes or TuneIn TuneIn App Users Click here (and don’t forget to click the heart button to subscribe) Stitcher Users Click here Subscribe on iTunes – Click here (Click view in iTunes and the click Subscribe) If you’re already a subscriber, »

- (Vic Barry)

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Join Pixar's Easter Egg Hunt!

15 April 2014 1:19 PM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

If you're as dedicated of a Pixar fan as we are, then you've been on the Easter Egg hunt they've sent us on for years now! If not, welcome to the search!

Not sure what we're talking about?

What if we told you that every Pixar movie is connected in both the tiniest yet biggest ways possible? Maybe you've noticed a character in one movie making an appearance in another? Or you've seen one item that looked so familiar, but you just couldn't think of where you saw it before!

Who better to explain what's going on than Toy Story 3 director and Pixar co-founder, John Lasseter. Watch as he explains all of the hidden Easter Eggs that have been spread throughout the Pixar Universe.

We know for a fact, however, that these aren't the only ones. There are still tons to be found, while others that haven't been mentioned. »

- (Dave B.)

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'Planes: Fire and Rescue' Trailer: Meet a New Crop of Heroes (Video)

8 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

If you're of a certain generation, just the word "Planes" in a movie title makes you think of a certain John Candy and Steve Martin '80s comedy. It's a Pavlovian response that's a mixture of excitement, nostalgia, and sadness that a great comic talent passed so soon.

But that's not what this "Planes" is about.

"Planes: Fire and Rescue" is Disney's latest entry in the animated aviation genre, following hot on the heels of last summer's fairly successful "Cars" spin-off. This time around, Dusty (Dane Cook) finds a new calling as a member of an airborne fire rescue team.

There will be plenty of opportunities for toy tie-ins here, as Dusty's new crew includes a "super scooper" named Dipper (Julie Bowen), helicopters Blade Ranger and Windlifter (Ed Harris and Wes Studi), and the goofy ATVs that make up The Smokejumpers.

Pixar's Bmoc John Lasseter is exec producing this sequel, »

- Jenni Miller

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Exclusive: New Poster for Disney’s Planes: Fire and Rescue

7 April 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Even before Planes hit the big screen last year, Disney were ready to announce that it would be followed this summer by Planes: Fire and Rescue, the second instalment in the spin-off to Pixar’s Cars franchise.

The studio launched the first full-length trailer for the sequel earlier this year, and with its summer release now on the horizon, we’ve got a new UK poster to share this evening, giving us a look at Dusty’s return alongside new characters Lil’ Dipper and Cabbie.

When world-famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his team, a bunch of all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire, and Dusty learns »

- Kenji Lloyd

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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: 'Toy Story 3'

2 April 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Pixar must have known what it was doing when it scheduled Toy Story 3 for Fathers’ Day weekend 2010, over a decade after the release of Toy Story 2. For as much as kids were eager to catch up with Woody and Buzz, it was the fathers who inevitably stayed in their seats during the film’s closing credits, trying to compose themselves before their children noticed dad’s cheeks were wet. Adult conversations about the film that summer often began with, “Sooo… Did you cry?” or rather, “How hard did you cry?”

Toy Story 3 cracked a lot of adults’ armor, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Palo Alto named Sfiff centerpiece

1 April 2014 5:01 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Gia Coppola’s directorial debut based on James Franco’s collection of short stories has been named the centerpiece screening at the upcoming 57th San Francisco International Film Festival.

Pixar’s John Lasseter will receive the George Gund III Craft Of Cinema Award, while Stephen Gaghan will collect the Kanbar screenwriting award and film historian David Thomson receives the Mel Novikoff Award.

Festival top brass have unveiled the line-up of 168 films. As previously announced, The Two Faces Of January (pictured) and Alex Of Venice bookend the event.

The festival runs from April 24–May 8. For full details of the programme click here. »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Here's the Lineup for the 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival

1 April 2014 10:58 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The 57th San Francisco International Film Festival has revealed its lineup for the 2014 fest, set to kick off April 24 and run through May 8. Along with unveiling its various premieres, the festival will be handing out a few key awards. The 2014 George Gund Craft of Cinema Award will go to Pixar chief John Lasseter on May 1; the Mel Novikoff Award will go to film historian David Thomson on May 4; and the Founders Directing Award will go to Richard Linklater ("Boyhood"). Gia Coppola's "Palo Alto," which arrives in theaters May 9, is the fest's centerpiece gala. At a glance, this year's edition of the fest will host 168 films (74 of which are narrative features, 29 documentaries and 65 shorts), with 56 countries represented and 40 different languages; 3 World Premieres, 5 North American Premieres and 5 U.S. Premieres; with 200 filmmakers and industry guests expected to attend. The full schedule is available on Sfiff's website. List of »

- Beth Hanna

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CinemaCon: Disney Skirts Around ‘Star Wars,’ Spotlights Marvel, Pixar

26 March 2014 11:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While Disney chose not to reveal any new details or footage from Lucas Films’ upcoming “Star Wars,” the studio shined the spotlight on its other franchises during its CinemaCon presentation Wednesday, including Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” as well as Pixar’s 2015 release “Inside Out.”

In addition to the “Inside Out” sneak peek, Horn and Dave Hollis, exec VP of worldwide distribution for Disney, showed roughly five minutes from another 2015 release, the live-action version of “Cinderella,” which stars Cate Blanchett, Lily James and Helena Bonham Carter.

Pixar’s “Inside Out,” which has been slotted for release next summer, drew enthusiastic responses from the crowd, screening an extended clip from the film, which is set in the mind of a young girl whose emotions — Joy, Fear, Sadness and Anger — are the main characters.

Disney chairman Alan Horn referenced the fact that Pixar will not »

- Andrew Stewart

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'The Pirate Fairy' Review: This Is Disney's Best Direct-to-Video Sequel Yet

24 March 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

You have every right to be skeptical.

Starting in 1994, with the release of "The Return of Jafar" -- a direct-to-video sequel to "Aladdin" that auspiciously did not feature the vocal talents of Robin Williams -- Disney, under the increasingly pushy leadership of Michael Eisner, put out a steady stream of direct-to-video sequels, spin-offs, and alternate versions that did nothing to actually strengthen their respective brands. Instead, the endless sequels wore down consumers who were used to quality productions from Disney and not, say, "Cinderella III: A Stitch in Time." Because, of course, the one thing missing from the original "Cinderella" was "Back to the Future II"-style time travel.

When Disney absorbed Pixar and put Pixar executive John Lasseter and Ed Catmull in charge of the creative side of the company, that meant that the company's approach to the direct-to-home video product also changed. Planned sequels to "The Aristocats" and »

- Drew Taylor

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Kelsey Mann Talks Party Central, the Monsters University Short Film Playing in Theaters in Front of Muppets Most Wanted

20 March 2014 1:29 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Directed by Kelsey Mann, the Monsters University short Party Central (showing in theaters with Muppets Most Wanted), sees Mike and Sully back at Monsters University for a fun-filled weekend with their fraternity brothers.  The Oozma Kappa gang is throwing their first party, but when no one shows up, Mike and Sully come up with a plan to make sure their party becomes the most epic party the school has ever seen. During the Muppets Most Wanted press day, Kelsey Mann demonstrated the process for pitching this short, and then talked about how the idea for Party Central came about, how the people that worked on the short had also worked on the feature, what a smooth transition it was to go from being story supervisor to director, choosing your battles when you’re doing animation, how hands-on John Lasseter was with the short, and that he’d love to do more Monsters shorts. »

- Christina Radish

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Disney Plans Third ‘Cars,’ ‘The Incredibles 2′

18 March 2014 10:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Walt Disney Company chief Bob Iger said Tuesday that Pixar plans to produce a third installment of its “Cars” franchise, and a sequel for “The Incredibles.”

The executive made the announcement during the company’s shareholders meeting in Portland, Ore., providing few other details.

Cars 2,” Pixar’s 12th film, earned nearly $560 million worldwide in 2011; $191 million in the U.S. While somewhat of a critical disappointment, the film, directed by John Lasseter, still minted millions for Disney from consumer products like toys, apparel and other merchandise, a series of “Cars Toons” shorts, and helped spin off the company’s newest franchise, “Planes,” a film that was originally developed as a direct-to-homevideo title but went on to launch its own toy line and earn around $220 million worldwide when it was released theatrically in 2013. A sequel, “Planes: Fire and Rescue” bows July 18.

Cars Land also has been a major draw for »

- Marc Graser

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'Frozen' on DVD and 5 More Disney Movies With Great Messages

18 March 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"Frozen" comes out on DVD this week, and we can't think of a better month for the film to be released. Not only did the $1-billion-grossing phenomenon just win two memorable Academy Awards on March 2nd, but let's face it, for a bulk of the country, it's been a frozen state of mind this winter -- even as we supposedly approach Spring on the calendar. March is also Women's History Month, and "Frozen" is one of Disney's most girl-empowering Princess films. But of course, the movie's inspiring messages about conquering your fears and letting love guide you are universal, so we're celebrating "Frozen's" DVD release with a tribute to it and five other Disney films with exemplary messages for viewers of all ages.

Since "Frozen" was loosely inspired by "The Snow Queen" (by Hans Christian Andersen), Elsa was originally going to be a villain. But the filmmakers believed that »

- Sandie Angulo Chen

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Walt Disney Pictures Announces Cars 3 and The Incredibles 2

18 March 2014 | | See recent news »

Disney Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger today announced that Pixar Animation Studios is developing a third big screen Cars adventure as well as a sequel to Brad Bird's 2004 superhero adventure The Incredibles . The announcement was made during a meeting of shareholders and D23 Members during the company's annual meeting today in Portland, Oregon. Directed by John Lasseter, the original Cars was released in 2006 and featured the voice talents of OWen Wilson, Larry the Cable the Guy, Bonnie Hunt, Paul Newman and many more. A sequel, Cars 2 , was released in 2011 with Disneytoon Studios taking over the property for a spinoff feature, Planes , that was released to the big screen last year. A sequel to that film, Planes: Fire & Rescue is set for release on July 18, also »

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Stars reveal their criminally underrated entertainment picks

14 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Everyone — stars included — has that one show or movie they believe hasn’t received the attention it deserves. EW asked some celebrities, ranging from director John Waters to actress Allison Janney, what shows or movies they think are criminally underrated. Here’s what they said:

John Waters, director Hairspray, Serial Mom

Bruno Dumont’s movies, which are all long, depressing, French art movies about farmers and the earth and misery [such as Humanité]. I love a feel-bad movie. I hate to feel good at a theater. There is such honesty in the pain he puts on screen.”

John Lasseter, director Toy Story, Cars »

- EW staff

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Pixar President Ed Catmull Details the Braintrust Process with Examples from Inside Out and Toy Story 3

12 March 2014 4:32 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Say what you will about some of the studio’s recent output, but Pixar's operating process has remained steadfastly left-of-center since it broke out big with Toy Story in 1995.  Many expected the studio to move to Los Angeles or take on a more traditional method of production following its immense success, but Pixar maintains its central headquarters in Emeryville, California and sticks to its central, creativity-inspiring work philosophies.  One of the most curious aspects of the studio is the Pixar Braintrust, a group of Pixar creatives that weighs in on all of the studio’s features on a regular basis with a brutal honesty. In an excerpt from his upcoming book Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, Pixar President Ed Catmull offers a detailed, behind-the-scenes look at the Braintrust process, offering extensive examples from Toy Story 3 and director Pete Docter’s new film Inside Out. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Fascinating Disney animated films that never were

3 March 2014 9:44 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Mark Harrison 5 Mar 2014 - 06:39

For every animated movie that gets made, there are dozens more that never make it. Mark looks at some failed Disney projects...

In the age of the internet, Hollywood studios are much quicker to announce the projects they have in development than they used to be. Now that the demand is there, there's a huge turnover of movie-related news every day, and if you follow it in any significant way, there are probably a whole bunch of projects that you've heard about, maybe even gotten excited about, that never came to fruition.

Still, it's not only via the easier availability of such information that we know about projects that never came to be. At a studio like Disney, projects will get as far as being fully developed in animatic form before falling apart, and the artefacts left behind from such abridged projects have made for some fascinating reading. »

- sarahd

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Oscar parties: Inside the Governors Ball!

2 March 2014 10:36 PM, PST | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

EW is inside the Academy’s official Oscar after-party, the Governors Ball. Keep checking back here for updates on all the A-list celebrating and schmoozing.

++ Bellying up to the bar to get a drink, 12 Years a Slave Best Supporting Actor nominee Michael Fassbender says he wasn’t surprised by the evening’s outcome. “In fact, tonight went exactly as I thought it would,” he says. “I should have been a bookie. I could have won some money. I haven’t congratulated Lupita yet. I was out taking a pee break so I missed her acceptance speech. But she doesn’t need me. »

- Josh Rottenberg

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Oscars 2014: all the speeches

2 March 2014 9:20 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Oscars speech of the night goes to newcomer Lupita Nyong’o, who won best supporting actress for her role as Patsey in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave.

Transcripts of all Academy Awards winners’ onstage speeches…

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

Yes! Thank you to the Academy for this incredible recognition. It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s. And so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey for her guidance. And for Solomon, thank you for telling her story and your own. Steve McQueen, you charge everything you fashion with a breath of your own spirit. Thank you so much for putting me in this position. This has been the joy of my life. I’m certain that the dead are standing about you and watching and they »

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‘Finding Nemo’ and cinema’s affection for separation

1 March 2014 5:37 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Finding Nemo encompasses a tremendous amount of positive imagery that makes up Disney and Pixar’s populous appeal. From learning how to trust family and friends, to overcoming biggest fears and obstacles, Finding Nemo understands how to tap into the audience’s heartstrings and neatly ties in a meaningful message for the viewer to take home. Yet with every good side, there is a dark presence that even Disney can’t back away from. Like many Disney films, from Bambi to Frozen, Finding Nemo deals with a story whose basis stems from a broken household struggling with a great deal of separation. Why does Disney cling onto threads of such despair and heartache? Perhaps it’s a factor many can relate to. Or perhaps it’s a working formula that sweetens the arc of a happy ending. Either way, separation is a tapped fountain of which Hollywood has dipped into time after time again. »

- Christopher Clemente

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