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A new 4K restoration of Luchino Visconti’s Rocco and His Brothers opens today. More goings on include a Robert Zemeckis retrospective in New York, Agnès Varda in Chicago, Seijun Suzuki in Austin, Pier Paolo Pasolini in Bologna, and the guest list for the 2015 edition of Festival Lumière includes Martin Scorsese, Nicolas Winding Refn, John Lasseter, Géraldine Chaplin, Sophia Loren, Alexandre Desplat, Mads Mikkelsen, Jacques Audiard, Costa-Gavras, Salma Hayek, Alice Rohrwacher, Michel Hazanavicius, Vincent Lindon, Dario Argento, Pablo Trapero, Rolf de Heer, Michel Franco and on and on. » - David Hudson »
Pixar is making a shift on a few upcoming movies and it looks like sequel fever is here to stay.
While sequels to Toy Story, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, and Cars had been announced in the past, it seems like a few of these titles would be getting new dates after an announcement by the studio on Thursday.
According to the release, Pixar would be shifting Toy Story 4 — which was to mark the release of director John Lasseter to the franchise — to June 15, 2018, pushing it a year back from its intended release. The old date was given to Cars 3, which will now come out on June 16, 2017.
Finding Dory, the Nemo sequel, is still set to be the studio’s solo 2016 release but it seems like we will be waiting even longer for The Incredibles 2, which is set to open on June 21, 2019. Writer/director Brad Bird has already »
- Zach Dennis
The biggest story from Pixar's wide-ranging announcement was that Toy Story 4 will be delayed for a year until 2018.
It's rare for movie news to unite all film fans, but it seems like everyone is in a strop about it.
A few people were miffed about the longer wait.
i'm okay with the perpetual fed rate hike delay but not thisssss"@TheIndyFilm: Toy Story 4 has been delayed for a year"
— Zatayumni (@yumni2zs) October 9, 2015
— Will Reid (@williamreid) October 9, 2015
— John (@NewJackWriter) October 9, 2015
Why on Earth Pixar had to delay Toy Story 4 till 2018? The next thing they'll »
Last November, Disney made the announcement Toy Story fans had been eagerly awaiting, that Toy Story 4 is finally happening. The studio initially had set a June 16, 2017 release date for the animated sequel, but now those plans have changed, with Disney shifting the release by almost exactly one year, to June 15, 2018. As of now, there are no other movies slated for release on that date, but it will be situated directly between two highly-anticipated sequels, Warner Bros.' Godzilla 2 (June 8, 2018) and Universal's Jurassic World 2 (June 22, 2018).
John Lasseter, director of the original Toy Story and Toy Story 2, will direct Toy Story 4, which opens a new chapter in the lives of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the Toy Story gang. The story was dreamt up by Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich, the storytellers who have been the driving force behind all three Toy Story films. Rashida Jones and »
Acting as part of a celebration for soaring past $4 billion at the global box office, Disney has flipped open its release calendar once more to pencil in due dates for a trio of Pixar sequels: Cars 3, The Incredibles 2 and Toy Story 4.
Now that Ant-Man 2 – officially titled Ant Man and the Wasp – is out in the open and pegged for 2018, the House of Mouse is casting the spotlight towards Pixar’s roster of animations. In order of release, it’s Cars 3 that toplines the starting grid, with the racing sequel now on course to hits theaters on June 16, 2017. It’ll occupy Toy Story 4‘s initial due date, meaning that John Lasseter’s vehicle has slipped to June 15, 2018 to accommodate.
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- Michael Briers
New York Comic Con is in full swing this week, and while there, Disney revealed a bunch of release dates for Pixar projects that are due out in the next few years.
"The Incredibles 2" is now expected to hit theaters on June 21, 2019, nearly 15 years after the first flick's release. Fans have been desperate for a sequel ever since "The Incredibles" debuted back in November 2004, and there has been plenty of talk from Pixar and director Brad Bird in the meantime (Disney also revealed at Nycc that most of the main characters, including Samuel L. Jackson's Frozone, are expected to return); now, at long last, moviegoers have a specific date they can circle on their calendars.
"Toy Story 4," meanwhile, has been pushed back from its previously-announced 2017 release date, and will instead debut the following summer. A release date of June 15, 2018 has now been slated, marking the longest drought »
- Katie Roberts
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the animated film that brought to life Andy.s room full of toys, and audiences' imaginations. Toy Story marks the first ever Pixar animated feature film, and the beginning of a now 20 years of iconic animated films that will forever hold the test of time. But, the initial versions of the Toy Story scripts featured many different character traits in some of our all-time favorites, particularly the good-hearted cowboy Woody. Apparently Woody was first created as the very detached, and not-very-nice toy of the bunch. In celebration of Toy Story.s anniversary John Lasseter and president of Pixar, Ed Catmull participated in a panel discussion sharing stories about the making of the first-ever fully computer animated film (via Variety). Within the panel, Lasseter discussed some of the difficulties he faced in bringing his story successfully to life. He touched upon the many changes »
At the Academy’s 20th anniversary celebration of “Toy Story” Thursday night at Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Disney/Pixar’s John Lasseter said the plan was to always portray the toys as adults.
“The fundamental thing that we did was we always viewed the toys as adults,” Lasseter said. “We viewed them that when Andy leaves the room it becomes a work place. What we wanted was for Woody to be the leader, he was Andy’s favorite toy but he made sure everybody got played with and they had staff meetings.”
The night opened with a showing of the original “Toy Story” trailer straight from the archives on 35mm film and continued to tell the story of Pixar’s founding until the making of “Toy Story.” They also screened the first Pixar animated short “Luxo Jr.,” which was the first appearance of the now-famous lamp that stars »
- Jacob Bryant
Studio Ghibli may celebrate its 40th anniversary this year by quietly ceasing feature filmmaking. But its place in animation history is secure. On its 20th anniversary, the Busan festival is recognizing the company as its Asian Film Maker of the Year.
Founded in 1985, Studio Ghibli is the most successful company in the history of the huge Japanese animation industry, if success is measured by box office numbers and international prizes. Most of those prizes and numbers belong to studio co-founder and mainstay Hayao Miyazaki, who also gave Studio Ghibli its name from a WWII Italian aircraft, with ‘Ghibli’ being an Arabic word for the hot desert winds of North Africa.
From the beginning, Ghibli aimed higher, with quality feature animation that »
- Mark Schilling
Read More: Review: Why 'Inside Out' is a Return to Form for Pixar The San Francisco Film Society has announced a special presentation of the beloved Pixar classic "Toy Story" in honor of its 20th anniversary. At the event, head creatives behind the making of the film, including John Lasseter, Ed Catmull, Andrew Stanton and Pete Docter, will speak about the early days of Pixar and the process behind developing the first fully computer-animated feature film. A screening of "Toy Story" will follow the presentation. According to the Film Society, the talk promises an "unprecedented look back at the earliest days of Pixar Animation Studios, including detailed accounts of the inspiration, technology and storytelling principles that fave birth to the groundbreaking animation powerhouse and its first feature film." You can purchase tickets for the event at the San Francisco Film Society website. Read More: Pixar President Says 'Toy Story 4' Will. »
- Aubrey Page
Friday night's State Dinner with President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the White House drew a who's who list of Hollywood and Silicon Valley execs -- after a day of private meetings between Obama and Xi where they discussed both industries' concerns regarding cyber attacks and piracy issues. Attendees included: Disney chief Bob Iger, DreamWorks Animation's Jeffrey Katzenberg, Legendary Pictures' Thomas Tull, Netflix’s Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos, Disney's John Lasseter, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg with his pregnant wife Priscilla Chan, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Narayana Nadella, Oracle's Larry Ellison, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, Salesforce.com founder Marc Benioff,
- Tina Daunt
Though the Academy Awards are still months away, the Samuel Goldwyn Theater was adorned with giant Oscar statuettes as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrated the winners of the 42nd Student Academy Awards on Thursday evening in Beverly Hills.
The Awards honored the 15 students whose films were voted on by Academy members from among the 33 finalists announced in August. After spending the week sharing their work with each other, meeting industry professionals and touring the Academy archives, the winners were joined by family and friends as the gold, silver and bronze medal placements in each category were revealed.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs kicked off the awards ceremony, noting the record number of entries received this year (1,686 films from 282 domestic and 93 international colleges and universities) as well as the fact that this was the first time that submissions were completed online.
The Academy’s Dawn Hudson and »
- Andrea Seikaly
On Thursday evening (Sept 17) at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored 15 student winners from colleges and universities around the world at the 42nd Student Academy Awards ceremony.
The Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards were announced and presented by actors Michelle Rodriguez and Jason Mitchell, Oscar-winning director John Lasseter, and the Oscar-winning team behind the animated feature “Big Hero 6,” Roy Conli, Don Hall and Chris Williams.
The 2015 Student Academy Award winners are:
Silver: “Zoe,” ChiHyun Lee, The School of Visual Arts, New York
Silver: “An Object at Rest,” Seth Boyden, California Institute of the Arts
Bronze: “Taking the Plunge,” Nicholas Manfredi and Elizabeth Ku-Herrero, The School of
Gold: “Looking at the Stars,” Alexandre Peralta, University of Southern »
- Michelle McCue
It’s been common knowledge for quite some time that Disney and Pixar would be continuing their biggest series with Toy Story 4 in 2017. Speculation began immediately as to just how the story would continue past what most people believed to be a near-perfect trilogy, but at the D23 expo in August of this year, eager audiences were granted their first preview of what to expect.
Pixar chief John Lasseter took to the stage to confirm some early story details, and he spoke with enough charm and passion about the new movie to reaffirm that the franchise is in as good hands as ever. Nostalgic pride aside, however, the question still loomed large among some more doubtful commentators as to whether or not this continuation was still a good idea. Everybody’s heard of having too much of a good thing, right?
Well, given what we know about this future »
- Gareth Cartwright
Actress Michelle Rodriguez, actor Jason Mitchell and Oscar-winning director John Lasseter, along with Roy Conli, Don Hall and Chris Williams, the producing and directing team behind the Animated Feature Film Oscar winner “Big Hero 6,” will be presenters at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 42nd Student Academy Awards on Thursday, September 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
The awards ceremony caps a week of industry activities for the 15 winning student filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad.
Rodriguez is a versatile actress whose breakout performance in “Girlfight” (2000) garnered her numerous awards, including an Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance as well as a National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance-Female. She went on to star in the multi-billion dollar “Fast and Furious” franchise. In addition, Rodriguez has starred in such film and television projects as “Avatar” for director James Cameron, »
- Michelle McCue
Kevin Feige's success at Marvel appears to have been rewarded by Disney...
Having overseen a slate of films that has grossed over $7bn for Marvel Studios over the past six years, it's pretty understandable that Disney would want Kevin Feige to be happy in his job. Yet since Disney bought Marvel, Feige has been reporting into Marvel Entertainment's boss Isaac 'Ike' Perlmutter, rather than Disney studio's Alan Horn.
Given that each of Disney's key acquired film subsidiaries - Pixar and Lucasfilm - allow their key creative leads (John Lasseter, Ed Catmull, Kathleen Kennedy) direct relationships with Horn, Feige's position has been notably different.
Perlmutter too is described by The Hollywood Reporter as "not only controlling, but obsessed with thrift", citing the example of him wanting to limit the number of drinks journalists were allowed at a press junket from two to one. Naturally, many journalists wrote that story up suitably impartially. »
The move in oversight of Feige to the Walt Disney Studios chairman and away from Marvel Entertainment CEO Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter is one that a company spokesman described as “the logical next step.” There have been reports that Feige clashed with Perlmutter.
The studio positioned the move similar to the ones undertaken by two other Tiffany brands in Disney’s stable — Pixar and Lucasfilm. Both of these enterprises exist within the Walt Disney Studios ecosystem, with Pixar overseen by John Lasseter and Ed Catmull and Lucasfilm guided by Kathleen Kennedy.
Going forward, Marvel Studios will centralize many of its film-related functions in Burbank, a spokesman said. Marvel’s TV group, publishing and other activities will continue to report to Perlmutter.
Along with Feige, »
- Brent Lang
41st Student Academy Awards/©A.M.P.A.S.
The Academy has voted fifteen students as winners of the 42nd Student Academy Awards competition. The Academy received a record number of entries this year — 1,686 films from 282 domestic and 93 international colleges and universities — which were voted upon by a record number of Academy members.
Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 47 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards. Previous winners include Pete Docter, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker and Robert Zemeckis.
The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title):
“Zoe,” ChiHyun Lee, The School of Visual Arts, New York
“An Object at Rest,” Seth Boyden, California Institute of the Arts
“Soar,” Alyce Tzue, Academy of Art University, San Francisco
“Taking the Plunge,” Nicholas Manfredi and Elizabeth Ku-Herrero, The School of Visual Arts
- Michelle McCue
This year, the Academy received a record number of entries — 1,686 films from 282 domestic and 93 international colleges and universities — which were voted upon by a record number of Academy members. Past winners of this honor include Pete Docter, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker and Robert Zemeckis. The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title): Alternative “Chiaroscuro,” Daniel Drummond, Chapman University, California “Zoe,” ChiHyun Lee, The School of Visual Arts, New York Animation “An Object at Rest,” Seth Boyden, California Institute of the Arts “Soar,” Alyce Tzue, Academy of Art University, San Francisco “Taking the Plunge,” Nicholas Manfredi and Elizabeth Ku-Herrero, The School of Visual Arts Documentary “Boxeadora,” Meg Smaker, Stanford University “I Married My Family’s Killer,” Emily Kassie, Brown University “Looking at the Stars,” Alexandre Peralta, University of Southern California Narrative “Day One,” Henry Hughes, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Now that musical producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have signed off running the Oscar telecast after a three-year stint that peaked with selfie-taking Ellen DeGeneres in 2014 and descended from there, Hollywood is waiting to find out who their replacements will be for the Oscar show on February 28, 2016. The vote takes place at the August 24 meeting of the Academy Board of Governors, where the likes of Tom Hanks, Annette Bening, John Lasseter, Amy Pascal, Kathleen Kennedy, Alex Gibney and Mark Johnson will vote for the next Oscar producers. With that choice comes a possible change in direction: the Academy is under some pressure from ABC to improve their declining ratings. (The 2015 show hosted by Neil Patrick Harris was down from 2014's 43 million by almost 15 percent, or 36.6 million viewers.) Some ludicrous proposals have been made over the years to turn the Oscars into something more resembling the Grammies, MTV Movie. »
- Anne Thompson
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