9 items from 2008
Back in early 2006, a hot rumor was going around that Brad Bird was writing and directing a movie adaptation of Will Eisner's The Spirit, to be animated by Pixar. I was one of those people who got prematurely way too excited by this. It was put to rest that July, when Frank Miller was officially announced as the writer/director for the project. The rumor started because of a Time article that simply stated Bird's long-standing intention to do an adaptation of the comic. What was not mentioned is that Brad Bird already wrote a screenplay for a Spirit movie nearly 30 years ago.
- Arya Ponto
A critic at a performance is like a eunuch at a harem. He sees it done nightly, but is unable to perform it himself.
A lot of people don't know what "critic" means. They think it means, "a person who criticizes." They don't like people who do that. It seems an impotent profession. Critics are nasty, jealous, jaded and bitter. They think it's all about them. They're know-it-alls. They want to appear superior to everyone else. They're impossible to please. They don't understand the tastes of ordinary people. They love to tear down other people's hard work. Those who can do it, do it. Those who can't do it, criticize. What gives them the right to have an opinion? We'd be better off without them.
Criticism is a destructive activity. If I like something and the critics didn't, they can't see what's right there before their eyes »
- Roger Ebert
Whoever thought that lipstick would make major Silly Season news in the 21st century? Although I have to admit I’d rather hear about it being applied to pit bulls and pigs than human beings, but I’ve never had the best relationship with makeup, accessories and other fribbles, as this past week has reminded me.
Every September sees the re-emergence of Fashion Week here in New York City. In keeping with the acknowledgement that this Silly Season is in many ways sillier than most, this year Mercedes-Benz, the chief sponsor, has even decided to go with an election theme on the event’s home page. Maybe they want to emphasize how uselessly trivial it all is. Or, to be fair, how much “fun” people have ooh’ing and aah’ing at emaciated creatures who rarely resemble real people strutting the catwalks wearing creations that rarely resemble real clothing. And »
- Elayne Riggs
Oh, I can’t stand the suspense! This week, the 34th annual Saturn Awards handed out their usual fare of achievement recognizing statues.
In the event you aren’t aware of what they are, the Saturn Awards are the honors handed out by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. The Academy has been delivering their awards for over thirty years and they look to recognize cinematic achievement.
It’s a recognized validation of the genre we so fervently appreciate.
Some of the more noteworthy recipients of the awards:
Walt Disney Studios picked up three awards, ABC’s Lost snagged four awards, and 300 picked up 2 awards.
More specifically, some of the categories that caught my eye were:
Best Science Fiction Film: Cloverfield
Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film: 300
Best Network Television »
- Bruce Simmons
You know, we get so caught up here in the more “grown-up” movies that we really haven’t given Well-e its due. The latest (I’m betting) masterpiece from Pixar opens just a week from now and they’ve put out a new trailer for it.
I think that if you’re a big fan of late 70’s/early 80’s Sci Fi films you’re going to love this movie. Brad Bird from Pixar has stated that they set out to explicitly capture the cinematography and style of the movie of that era. The worst that Pixar has done to date is to make a movie that’s “just” good. Most of their stuff is excellent and I’m really looking forward to this one.
Check out the trailer below.
[See post to watch Flash video] Wall-e opens on June 27th
Source IGN via Fsr
- Vic Holtreman
Ratatouille writer/director Brad Bird is to be awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement prize by the Writer's Guild of America (Wga) for his contribution to animated film.
The Wga West's Animation Writers Caucus will honour the two-time Oscar winner at an awards luncheon in Los Angeles later this month.
Bird wrote and directed Disney/Pixar's hit movie The Incredibles in 2005 and 2007's critically acclaimed Ratatouille - and both films landed him the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
And now his achievements will be honoured by the Wga, reports industry publication Variety.
Wga West President Patric Verrone says, "Brad's work has put him in the pantheon of animation creators for whom the art and craft of animation writing are elegantly (and sometimes literally) drawn together."
Bird's credits also include Disney's 1981 animated adventure The Fox and the Hound, Steven Spielberg's 1987 live action picture Batteries Not Included, and TV series including The Simpsons and King of the Hill. »
Brad Bird has signed on to make his live-action feature directorial debut with 1906, a co-production between Warner Bros. and Disney/Pixar, with the historical San Francisco earthquake as its backdrop.
The story centers on a college student who begins to investigate the murder of his father, uncovering a web of deceit that has left the city vulnerable to the sort of fire that breaks out when the Great Earthquake of 1906 hits San Francisco.
Bird is rewriting the original John Logan script.
Paula Weinstein is producing the feature, while John Walker, Bird's producing partner, executive produces. Disney/Pixar will co-finance the movie.
Courtenay Valenti is overseeing for Warners.
1906 will mark a return for Bird to the studio that released his 1999 2-D-animated film The Iron Giant. The movie was critically acclaimed though failed to muster much muscle at the boxoffice, causing some to suggest that Warner Bros. had failed to market the film aggressively enough.
In the period since, animation -- especially the 3-D CGI variety -- has become big business, and Bird has become one of the biggest and most respected names in the medium. »
- My living room can only fit less than a baker’s dozen, so this year my Oscar party was upgraded to cinema-size status. Ioncinema.com teamed with Montreal premiere’s destination for repertoire and art-house cinema Cinema Du Parc for a huge Oscar party with accompanying prizes and animation (thanks to our sponsors for making this event into an Event). So while my Oscar blogging isn’t Live per se, I’m here soaking up the stars, the night’s festivities and sitting within one of the two almost packed screens of patrons. Below is my full transcript of the ceremonies, my usual quirks and comments on the winners and losers. 8:30: Animated sequence historical timeline. No goose bumps. Jon Stewart here to give us his politically correct banter with some obvious reference to the writer’s strike and politics. So far very harmless with only a little »
- Michael Clayton and Juno might not have 8 nominations like my favorite two pictures of the year each have (No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood) but Jason Reitman and Tony Gilroy are the true winners with today's announcements becoming the dark horse selections to beat out The Diving Bell and the Butterfly among others. Completing the fivesome is the depleted Atonement - a film that comes in with less clout than it had with the Golden Globes. Here is the complete list below.....: Best Picture: Best ACTRESSCate Blanchett, "Elizabeth: The Golden Age"Julie Christie, "Away From Her" Marion Cotillard, "La Vie en Rose" Laura Linney, "The Savages" Ellen Page, "Juno" Best ACTORGeorge Clooney, "Michael Clayton" Daniel Day-Lewis, "There Will Be Blood" Johnny Depp, "Sweeney Todd" Viggo Mortensen, "Eastern Promises" Tommy Lee Jones, "In the Valley of Elah" Best Supporting ACTRESSCate Blanchett, "I'm Not There" Ruby Dee, »
9 items from 2008
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