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Now playing in theaters is Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland. The film stars George Clooney as Frank, a disillusioned boy-genius who teams up with the optimistic and scientifically-inclined Casey (Britt Robertson) to discover the secrets of the enigmatic place known as “Tomorrowland”. The film also stars Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key, and Thomas Robinson, and was written by Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen. At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Brad Bird. He talked about his first cut of the film, test screenings, deleted scenes, how they landed Clooney, why he made Tomorrowland over helming Star Wars, the status of The Incredibles 2, the possibility of The Iron Giant returning to theaters (I’ve heard it’s happening), and a lot more. If you’re a fan of this gifted director »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The secret to "Tomorrowland" for Brad Bird is that it's more about the journey than the destination, which explains why it's such a subversive Disney fantasy/adventure, despite the pedigree and star power of George Clooney. Because once we get there, it's not at all what it seems and there are no simple answers. Yet Bird and producer/co-writer Damon Lindelof still consider it more of a fun popcorn movie than a preachy, good-for-the-soul tonic. "We also hope that if our popcorn sticks to the ribs, that's a good thing," Bird said. "Underneath it all, we want to be heading toward a positive place. And we were trying to make a fable about just that." But getting there is nerve-racking for Casey (Britt Robertson), which is why her so-called "Pin Experience" is so brilliantly executed. The eternally optimistic teen is like Dorothy in search of Oz, and with the touch »
- Bill Desowitz
Review by Dana Jung
Of all the “lands” at Disneyland/Disney World (the others are Frontierland, Adventureland, and Fantasyland in case you’ve forgotten), Tomorrowland holds the most promise to an impressionable youth. With visions of Buck Rogers rayguns and Jetsons flying machines, the park promises more than it delivers, with its slow “people-movers” and static displays of smart homes and fashions of the future. Except for Space Mountain—a truly incredible roller coaster ride—this park is at once the most visually stimulating, and the most unexciting. The new film Tomorrowland shares some of these qualities, but is the end result a wild coaster ride of a popcorn movie, or a rehash of stale ideas about a utopian future?
Britt Robertson (Under The Dome, The Longest Ride) plays Casey, a smart and capable teenager living in a single-parent household consisting of her caring father (Tim McGraw) and not-so-annoying little brother (Pierce Gagnon, »
- Movie Geeks
With Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof both serving as the masterminds behind Tomorrowland, it was inevitable that the final cut of the film would wind up being jam packed with Easter Eggs. After all, both of the filmmaker.s resumes are filled with titles that feature tiny little references to either their own past or things that they are fans of. With the film hitting theaters this weekend, I can now tell you that the movie does indeed have a number of fun little goodies specially planted for eagle eyed fans. Collecting both my own observations, as well as fantastic details revealed to me in one-on-one interviews I did with both Bird and Lindlof, below you.ll find a list of five Easter Eggs to be on to be on the look-out for in Tomorrowland. And be sure to hit the last page as well to learn about the Easter »
Chicago – For a movie all about the awesome power of inspiration, innovation and wonder, “Tomorrowland” has precious little of its own. “Tomorrowland” the title promises a kind of retro futuristic world where anything is possible, but “Tomorrowland” the movie rarely delivers anything approximating joy.
So what exactly is “Tomorrowland”? The answer is more than a little convoluted and confusing. It involves essentially an interdimensional gated community where the best and the brightest of the scientific cognoscenti have been allowed to let their inspirations and dreams run wild and create a better world. There are flying cars, jetpacks, giant swimming pools in the sky and the usual suspects, but there’s also something a little off. It’s less a recognizable, or even an inspiring future, than yet another blur of hyperkinetic CGI that’s shiny, slick and completely devoid of anything distinctive. But I guess you run the risk »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Directed by Brad Bird
Unlike its Disneyland namesake, Tomorrowland is not a film for children of all ages. In fact, it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly who the target audience is for this disjointed sci-fi adventure. Too solemn for Tweens, too violent for youngsters, and too goofy for adults, Brad Bird’s film about hope and change is betrayed by a subpar script and questionable casting choices. Tomorrowland has fleeting moments of imagination and fun, but it’s hard to imagine anyone being inspired by this disappointing clunker.
Tomorrowland is the kid who was promised a future of rocket cars and jetpacks and all he got was this lousy t-shirt. Things start promisingly enough, as a bright-eyed boy named Frank drags his makeshift jetpack to the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Though his invention is ultimately rejected by a skeptical Mr. »
- J.R. Kinnard
Brad Bird is an amazing storyteller. He has a terrific understanding of not only action, but also character, emotion, themes, and structure. So I’m amazed that his latest film, Tomorrowland, is an absolute disaster that’s horribly paced, bloated on runtime but short on story, and crams its cloying message down the audience’s throat. It’s the kind of screenplay I would expect from co-writer Damon Lindelof (who has good ideas but has difficultly constructing them into fulfilling story arcs), but not the guy behind The Iron Giant and The Incredibles. And yet for all of its celebration of Imagination!™, Tomorrowland is a bland, empty spectacle save for its lead actors and the energy they bring to a film that is shallow at best and philosophically despicable at worst. In 1964, young Frank Walker (Thomas Robinson), a brilliant inventor who’s unhappy with his unsupportive father, finds his way »
- Matt Goldberg
At the recent Tomorrowland press day I landed an exclusive video interview with screenwriter Damon Lindelof. As most of you know. the film stars George Clooney as Frank, a disillusioned boy-genius who teams up with Casey (Britt Robertson), a curious and optimistic scientifically-inclined teenager, to discover the secrets of the enigmatic place known as “Tomorrowland”. The film also stars Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key, and Thomas Robinson and was written by Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen. While I’ll be posting what Lindelof had to say about the making of Tomorrowland on Friday, today I wanted to let you watch him play “Save or Kill.” If you haven’t seen it yet, the game reveals which franchises, characters or bands someone would choose when pitted against another of equal value. Han Solo or Indiana Jones – If you were »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The series, based loosely on a series of books by Max Allen Collins, centers on the titular Marine marksman (played by Prometheus‘ Logan Marshall-Green) who returns home from Vietnam in 1972 only to find himself shunned and demonized. Disillusioned, the vet is quickly recruited into a network of contract killers and corruption along the Mississippi River.
Dowd will play loving, accepting southern momma Naomi — a big-hearted »
Steven Williams (The X-Files) has joined the upcoming second season of HBO drama series The Leftovers in a recurring role opposite Justin Theroux. Created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, Leftovers was based on Perrotta's book about the aftermath of a Rapture-type event that causes the sudden disappearance of 2% of the world's population. Williams will play Virgil, an outcast who proves to be an unlikely confidant to Kevin Garvey (Theroux). The series is undergoing a… »
Does the future look bright for Tomorrowland? In the movie, an unlikely duo—jaded inventor Frank Walker (George Clooney) and optimistic teen Casey Newton (Britt Robertson)—work together to unearth the secrets of a mysterious place somewhere in time and space. Despite what little they've seen, Tomorrowland may not really as utopic as it seems. The PG-rated sci-fi adventure mystery movie also stars Raffey Cassidy as Athena, Kathryn Hahn as Ursula, Keegan-Michael Key as Hugo, Hugh Laurie as David Nix, Tim McGraw as Eddie Newton and Thomas Robinson as young Frank Walker. Brad Bird directed the film, and he co-wrote the screenplay with Damon Lindelof. "I think that it's an »
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- Scott Beggs
Disney's action adventure Tomorrowland is hitting our screens this week with a radical idea - that there's more to life (and cinema) than doom and gloom.
Watch the video now for our favourite bits, including:
- 0m15s: How Tomorrowland differs from 'dark 'n' gritty' blockbusters
- 1m29s: Just how hard it was to get George Clooney on board
- 2m05s: The future technology that is missing from Britt Robertson's life
- 2m22s: Uncovering the many Easter eggs of Tomorrowland
- 3m03s: The possibility of a sequel (we like The Day After Tomorrowland)
Tomorrowland: A World Beyond will open in cinemas on May 22. »
In that time, we've seen a revolution in superhero movies, with the Dark Knight trilogy and the rise of Marvel Studios.
Bird recently revealed that the follow-up to the fan-favourite Pixar movie would be his next project.
Brad Bird has given us the coolest movie of the year—if you share his youthful belief that the future was always supposed to be cool. That’s what I was taught to believe by such visionaries as Walt Disney, whose optimistic outlook is keenly felt in Tomorrowland. To be clear, director Bird and his co-writers, Jeff Jensen and Damon Lindelof, aren’t blind to the realities of modern life. They introduce cynicism and realism into their narrative in a way that Disney might have dodged. But ultimately they convey a message of hope that’s rare in contemporary cinema, where dystopian visions prevail. I think Walt would have approved of Bird’s alternate view. And I suspect he would have...
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- Leonard Maltin
Director: Brad Bird
Running time: 130 minutes
Synopsis: Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory.
What if the world’s best scientists, inventors, artists and craftsmen were gathered up and taken to another world, free to create sensational new ideas away from distractions, politics and greed. Those are the ideologies that seduce young child genius Frank Walker (Thomas Robinson), fresh from inventing an almost-working jet pack in 1946, as he discovers this hidden world, dubbed Tomorrowland, thanks to an invitation from Athena (Raffey Cassidy) who sees Frank’s inventing potential. Fast forward to the present day and an older, wiser, and much grumpier Frank (George Clooney) is living »
- Victoria Bull
Opening this weekend is Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland. The film stars George Clooney as Frank, a disillusioned boy-genius who teams up with Casey (Britt Robertson), a curious and optimistic scientifically-inclined teenager, to discover the secrets of the enigmatic place known as “Tomorrowland”. The film also stars Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key, and Thomas Robinson and was written by Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen. At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Britt Robertson, the young star of the film. She talked about what she learned from the experience of working with Clooney, her most memorable day from production, getting to play a powerful and intelligent female protagonist, the security surrounding the script, how the finished film compares to what she thought going in, what it was like working with Eddie Murphy on Cook, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
With the current expansion of the Star Wars universe, there are a lot of movies in need of people to work on them. Given how beloved the franchise is, there are a ton of people willing to pitch in however they can. But then there are those who want nothing to do with it, and count among those ranks writer Damon Lindelof. Lindelof is doing the press rounds at the moment for Disney.s Tomorrowland, which he co-wrote with director Brad Bird. Talking to Screen Crush, the subject of another Disney-owned property came up, Star Wars. When asked if he has any interest in taking a turn around that far, far away galaxy, he replied: I.m committed to a space of trying to make something more original. That doesn't come with the intense focus of "Jesus, Lindelof, don't fuck this up too." If it.s an original piece, I »
Simon Pegg is still a nerd and proud of it.
This week however the nerd community was ready to cast him out on account of some comments he made to the Radio Times. Pegg, who despite writing Star Trek 3 and leading the Cornetto Trilogy and likely cameoing in Star Wars VII, felt that he might one day “retire from geekdom” and pursue “serious acting” because of the “dumbing down” of our culture due to these movies.
“Part of me looks at society as it is now and just thinks we’ve been infantilised by our own taste,” Pegg said. “Now we’re essentially all consuming very childish things – comic books, superheroes… Adults are watching this stuff, and taking it seriously…It is a kind of dumbing down in a way, because it’s taking our focus away from real-world issues. Films used to be about challenging, emotional journeys or »
- Brian Welk
In recent times, few original IPs in Hollywood can hold a candle to the pizzazz and visual flair on display in Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland. It’s a film that we ourselves found overly enjoyable, even if the storytelling risks collapsing in on itself at times. However, according to writer and producer Damon Lindelof, fanboys will enter the film with an innate sense of cynicism as this is coming from the House of Mouse.
Speaking during an extensive interview with Vulture, Lindelof spoke candidly about how he feels Disney’s new movie will be perceived by the moviegoing masses, and why he feels the term ‘original movie’ is somewhat of a moot point. Here’s what the scribe had to say on the matter at hand.
“There’s this great thing in all of us where we want to hope, we want to believe. But then what happens? We saw »
- Michael Briers
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