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Shakespeare is Julie Taymor's touchstone. She comes back to him not only in countless stage productions but on film as well, from the exhilarating visual and violent "Titus" with Jessica Lange and Anthony Hopkins to Helen Mirren's incomparable take on Prospero in "The Tempest." Taymor also loves the Beatles ("Across the Universe"), Frida Kahlo ("Frida"), "The Lion King" (the $1 billion-grossing Tony-winning musical), opera (Mozart's "The Magic Flute," life partner Elliot Goldenthal's "Grendel") and her swooping version of the Broadway hit "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark"--for which she successfully sued to get royalties. One of the high points of the recent Toronto International Film Festival was not only watching the world premiere of Taymor's latest Shakespeare film--shot by her "Frida" cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, combining her recent acclaimed Brooklyn live theater »
- Anne Thompson
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Producer Will Packer is having a great year. Four of his low-budget releases in 2014, all of which have a predominantly African-American featured cast, have opened to more than $20 million. His latest triumph is the home invasion thriller No Good Deed, which debuted to $24.5 million – almost twice its production cost of $13 million. (The other three titles are Ride Along, About Last Night… and Think Like a Man Too.) That opening was beyond industry expectations; however, with 60% of the crowd being females and few estrogen-leaning titles out in late summer, the big opening should not be much of a surprise.
No Good Deed marks a big opening for Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson, actors who have built a following from film and television but have never capably opened a film to a good-size gross on their own. With a per-theater average of more than $11,000, No Good Deed‘s debut was similar »
- Jordan Adler
In just over a week, it’ll be twenty years since the first episode of Friends aired on NBC, on Thursday September 22nd 1994. While we’re all reeling from that one: Bill Clinton was President of the United States; the most successful hand drawn animated movie in history, The Lion King was released that summer; and Justin Bieber, Harry Styles, Tom Daley and Dakota Fanning were all born.
Consistently one of the highest rated television shows of the time, the popularity and cultural impact of the series is astonishing, even a decade after the final episode aired. Jennifer Aniston’s hairstyle became a phenomenon all on its own, nicknamed ‘The Rachel’. The one minute version of ‘I’ll Be There For You’ recorded as the theme tune proved so popular that The Rembrandts were forced to record a longer version for release as a single, the song becoming a worldwide hit. »
- Ben Cooke
Jim Cummings, the American voice over actor, is the voice of more characters than you can remember. Most famous for his roles as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, he also has voiced roles in Aladdin, The Lion King and Antz. He speaks about the life of a voice over artist before his appearance at Oz Comic-Con in Sydney Continue reading »
- Guardian Staff
Tim here. Earlier today, we posted our Team Top 10 for the best voice performances in the movies, focusing on ten individual performances that impressed us the most. But as good as those vocal performances all are, I wanted to follow that post up by singing the praises of a different sort of voice acting. As great as any one performance in a single feature film can be, there’s also something truly exceptional about those people who have created entire careers out of voice acting without necessarily having the kind of showcase roles we were talking about today. With that in mind, I’d like to share this list of some of the most important contemporary voice actors that you should know about.
Why you know him: He’s the current voice of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger for Disney.
Where else you’ve heard him: An astonishingly prolific Disney workhorse, »
- Tim Brayton
Producer Don Hahn reveal’s a secret about Walt Disney’s past.
Ever notice how Disney characters—especially Disney princesses—rarely have moms? Their moms are either dead, have gone missing, or are otherwise unaccounted for? Ariel didn’t have one:
Cinderella didn’t either (fairy godmothers and evil step-mothers don’t count):
And while recent characters like Merida and Tiana did have moms, Frozen looped it back around, with not only Elsa and Anna’s mom dying at the beginning of the movie, but their dad too.
Glamour recently had a chance to sit down with legendary producer Don Hahn, who worked on The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, as well as executive produced the Angelina Jolie version Maleficent and ask. Here’s why:
“I’ll give you two stories that are the reasons. I never talk about this, but I will. One reason is practical because the movies are 80 or 90 minutes long, and »
As this year’s Toronto Film Festival hits its midpoint, the headlines are that sales have been slow and that Oscar prognosticators are still looking for The One — that mythical, anointed cinematic being that will appear before them (like Neo in “The Matrix” or the giant mechanical claw in “Toy Story”) and reveal itself to be this year’s odds-on best picture favorite. Meanwhile, for those of us who care more about the art of movies than the hype and the business, this over-programmed, over-scheduled but nonetheless essential festival of festivals has (as usual) been an embarrassment of riches. Of course, those who stick to Toronto’s starry, red-carpeted world premieres (here, as at most North American fests, milquetoast sops to the deep-pocketed donor-sponsor crowd) are bound to go home disappointed, though at least one of those much-buzzed titles, Chris Rock’s outrageously funny “Top Five,” was »
- Scott Foundas, Justin Chang and Peter Debruge
Today marks Jonathan Taylor Thomas's 33rd birthday! Jtt first hit the Hollywood scene in the early '90s, and he quickly became the king of pinups as one of the most popular teen heartthrobs. He famously voiced young Simba in The Lion King, and in Disney movies like Man of the House and Tom and Huck, Jtt showed off his sweet charm. Along with his popular role on Home Improvement, he later had fans swooning with appearances on other TV shows like Smallville and 8 Simple Rules. To celebrate Jtt fandom in all its pinup glory, take a look at reasons why he was - and always will be - the best of the best teen heartthrobs! »
In the real-life tabloids, second-eldest royal siblings are often portrayed as the more “out of control” children, with less royal responsibility. But TV and movies are just as fascinated (if not more so) with noble siblings, and according to pop culture, being second in the royal bloodline could mean any number of other things, too. Here are a few more specific lessons that Prince George’s future sibling might want to take into account. »
- Samantha Highfill
Movie music maestro Hans Zimmer is to take part in the Zff Masters series at the 10th Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 – Oct 5).
The composer of scores for films including Rain Man, The Lion King, Gladiator and Inception will offer insight into his creative process in the chaired discussion that will include a public Q&A at the Filmpodium.
Others signed up for the Zff Masters include documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman and Danish screenwriter and director Susanne Bier, who won the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film in 2010 with In A Better World and is currently touring festivals with A Second Chance and Serena.
Zurich audiences will also be invited to attend masterclasses with veteran cinematographer Michael Ballhaus (The Departed, Goodfellas) and Ulrich Seidl, the Austrian filmmaker behind the recent Paradise trilogy and documentary »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Big Hero 6, Disney’s all new animated film based off of the comic book series published by Marvel Comics, is set to release on November 7, 2014 but Wamg was lucky enough to get a sneak peek. A few weeks ago, I attended an early press day for the film where a small group of journalists were shown scenes from the film. While there, we also talked with Chris Williams (Director), Don Hall (Director), Jin Kim (Character Design Supervisor), Kyle Odermatt (Visual Effects Supervisor), Lorelay Bove (Visual Development Artist), Mark Henn (Lead 2D Animator), Michael Franceschi (Animation Supervisor), Michael Kaschalk (Head of Effects), Nathan Curtis (Effects Production Supervisor), Nathan Engelhardt (Animation Supervisor), Paul Briggs (Head of Story), Paul Felix (Production Designer), Robert L Baird (Screenplay By), Roy Conli (Producer), Shiyoon Kim (Lead Character Designer) and Zach Parrish (Head of Animation) about their role in bringing the story, characters and world of Big Hero 6 to life. »
- Melissa Howland
When Salma Hayek-Pinault is passionate about something, you know it. The actress and activist has produced an animated project called “Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet,” which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this weekend. The film, directed by Roger Allers (“The Lion King”) brings a message of inspiration, humanity and peace from the Lebanese poet whose book has sold millions of copies since its publication in 1923. Hayek spoke to TheWrap‘s Sharon Waxman about producing and how to point the world in a more peaceful direction. TheWrap: It's a time when the world seems so unpredictable and dangerous, why did you want. »
- Sharon Waxman
Your Top Three is a series here at Movies.com where we choose a topic and you give us your top three picks. This weekend, the 20-year-old Forrest Gump received a special rerelease in IMAX theaters. That is a good indication that it remains one of the most popular movies of 1994. After all, how many get this sort of treatment? The Lion King is the only other I can think of. But does this also indicate a belief that Gump is the best movie of its year? The Academy thought so at the time, bestowing the effects-heavy period drama with its Oscar for Best Picture. Yet more than any other year in history, 1994 has been the focus of much debate among movie fans. The Shawshank Redemption, which was nominated for Best Picture, has been a longtime champ for best movie of all time...
- Christopher Campbell
Although the Toronto Intl. Film Festival gets most of its attention from award-contender premieres and headlining bidding wars, live action isn’t the only format looking to make a splash this year. Both traditional and computer-generated animated features, which have often been cost-prohibitive for independent producers, are screening at this year’s festival and looking for distribution.
Through a combination of better technology and creative financing, the price point for making high-quality animated features has come down significantly in the past decade, enabling independent producers to carve out a new niche. And Blockade Entertainment’s Brad Foxhoven says this means more independently-financed animation hitting the market.
“Now you don’t need that half a billion dollars at the box office to show that it’s a good business,” says Foxhoven, who has produced three recent animated features, including Sony PlayStation’s “Ratchet & Clank.” The story about two unlikely friends who »
- Christy Grosz
Traditional 2D animation is virtually dead for film. The only place we see it now is on TV and in online web series. It's kind of sad because traditional animation is such a great and beautiful art form. I studied traditional animation in college, and watching its demise has been heartbreaking.
There's a team of Disney veteran animators though who have joined forces to try and breathe new life into the dying art form. They are looking to create an animated steampunk adventure called Hullabaloo. It will be a hand drawn animated short that they hope will turn into a web or TV series or a feature length animated movie, which would be amazing!
The story revolves around two incredibly smart female inventorsFrom what they show in the campaign video it looks like it has a lot of potential. Here's the synopsis:
Hullabaloo is the story of Veronica Daring, a »
- Joey Paur
Twenty years ago, Tom Hanks inspired movie audiences around the world to reflect on the parallels between life and chocolate in the Oscar-winning Forrest Gump. In honor of its anniversary, the film is screening in IMAX theaters for one week, starting Sept. 5. For Gump superfans out there, it's a chance to relive some movie magic - just think how intense that floating feather will look on an IMAX screen! To some observers, since its 1994 theatrical run, Forrest Gump has permeated pop culture, leaving a legacy that has inspired further creative efforts and manages to still make news today. 1. Tom Hanks »
- Drew Mackie
The weekend after Labor Day is notoriously one of the slowest of the year, which led the major studios to completely avoid the date this year. As a result, the only new nationwide release is The Identical, a faith-based movie from indie distributor Freestyle Releasing.Eli Roth's The Green Inferno was also supposed to open nationwide this weekend, but was pulled from the calendar last month due to a dispute between the financier and the distributor (Open Road Films). A new release date hasn't been set yet.Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy should wind up take first place on what will almost certainly be the lowest-grossing weekend of the year at the box office. The lowest-grossing weekend of the past decade occurred at this same time in 2008, when the Top 12 earned a combined $50.3 million; it's possible that this weekend's crop of movies fails to match that number.Opening at 1,956 theaters, »
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Hand-drawn animation needs a hero, and the latest project to champion the technique is an upstart steampunk adventure overseen by a group of veteran Disney and DreamWorks artists.
Hullabaloo is the Victorian era sci-fi story of Veronica Daring, a young scientist who goes on a quest to find her kidnapped inventor father. The title refers not just to the ruckus she causes, but is the codename for her secret, crime-fighting identity.
To complete her mission, Hullabaloo’s going to need friends, cunning, intelligence, and — in the real world, at least — some money. That’s where Indiegogo comes in with a »
- Anthony Breznican
It was a rough summer at the box office, with the industry trailing 2013’s record-breaking season by nearly 15 percent and selling the fewest tickets in more than 20 years. There were winners and losers, pleasant surprises and stinkers, but as the analysts push films in one column or the other, what to make of How to Train Your Dragon 2? It’s the year’s second-biggest animated hit (behind The Lego Movie) and a likely Oscar nominee for Best Animated Film. And yet DreamWorks Animation sequel, distributed by 20th Century Fox, is the rare critical success to gross $172 million and feel like a disappointment. »
- Jeff Labrecque
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