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In typical Disney-Pixar fashion, “The Good Dinosaur” will definitely tug on audiences’ heart strings. A new trailer for the Nov. 25 release focuses on the despair a young Apatosaurus named Arlo feels when he gets separated from his father. Luckily, a young human boy — who appears to have more in common with a dog — comes to the rescue, and helps him on his journey. Actors providing their voices for what could easily be another animated hit for the studio behind “Up” and “Toy Story” include Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Anna Paquin, Sam Elliot and Steve Zahn. Also Read: Pixar's 'Inside Out' Crosses. »
- Greg Gilman
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
While more and more blockbusters are being released in 3D, the medium has not necessarily translated into Oscar night success stories. While the glasses may sometimes be uncomfortable for theater-goers, the immersive quality that 3D provides makes it a big money maker for CGI-heavy films and big summer releases.
Oscar, on the other hand, has historically preferred more traditional visuals, i.e. the 2D variety. Only six films that have received wide releases in 3D have been nominated for best picture in Academy history, and none have won. Director Robert Zemeckis is hoping that his latest film, The Walk, which was released this Wednesday, will become the seventh 3D film to earn a nomination and finally take home the big prize.
Here’s a look at the last six films widely released in 3D that were nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards:
- Patrick Shanley
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
Rome – The Rome Film Festival has unveiled the lineup of its 10th edition comprising a rich mix of crowdpleasing and more esoteric fare, including local launches of James Ponsoldt’s “The End of the Tour,” Michael Almereyda’s “The Experimenter,” Peter Sollett’s “Freehold,” Lenny Abrahamsson’s “Room,” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s docu “Junun” (pictured) about Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood’s travels to India.
Under new direction by New York-based Italian journalist and academic Antonio Monda, the Rome fest has been renamed Festa del Cinema – which translates literally as “Film Party” rather than festival. The only award is given by the audience.
Monda said he decided to do away with the competition, the juries, and the opening and closing ceremonies “all rituals that I view as too stuffy and conventional, inappropriate to what I had in mind.” He instead kept the audience nod “to underscore the idea of a »
- Nick Vivarelli
The Walk, the true story adaption of high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) 1974 walk across the World Trade Center from director Robert Zemeckis, premiered this Saturday at the 53rd New York Film Festival. The film has been receiving major Oscar buzz for Gordon-Levitt and Zemeckis, and hopes to garner a best picture nomination.
However, the film’s rating, PG, makes it a bit of a rarity in relation to recent Oscar success. Though it is not considered a children’s film by any means, with moments of extreme tension and drama, The Walk is nonetheless a family-friendly picture and its Npaa rating reflects that.
Since the turn of the new millennium, the majority of best pictures noms and winners have been rated PG-13 or R, a trend Zemeckis is hoping to buck this season.
Here’s a look back on recent films that were »
- Patrick Shanley
Disney movies captured our hearts and imaginations when we were kids, and it turns out that they can accurately describe the dilemmas and situations we encounter as adults. Don't believe us? We've gathered 20 GIFs from the Disney films of our childhood, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves to the Toy Story movies, to help illustrate how we feel about the situations that pop up in our postkid years. Keep scrolling to see all the Disney moments, and prepare to get a big urge to watch your favorite animated films again. »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
The season finale of the eighth season of The Big Bang Theory came with a doozy of a cliffhanger. Leonard revealed to Penny that he had kissed another woman whilst they were together and Amy said that she needed time to reconsider her relationship with Sheldon, who unbeknownst to her had been preparing to propose. It was a big narrative kick up the rear end for a show that can often be accused of treading water in its central storylines.
That’s not something that ‘The Matrimonial Momentum’ could be accused of, though, as we were thrown right into Leonard and Penny’s wedding in Las Vegas. The pair selected a wedding package that allowed their friends back in Pasadena the ability to watch the ceremony live on the internet. »
- Tom Beasley
Today audiences know Pixar Animation for delivering stunning feature length computer animated movies. But before they were able to complete the incredible feat that was Toy Story, they created computer animated shorts in the late 1980s. One of their earliest shorts was Tin Toy, a predecessor to Toy Story in more ways than one, and […]
The post Cool Stuff: Custom Lego Version of Pixar’s ‘Tin Toy’ Short appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
The Big Bang Theory's first episode of season 9, Matrimonial Momentum, leaves viewers on a peculiarly sour note...
This review contains spoilers.
9.1 The Matrimonial Momentum
When we were last with The Big Bang Theory gang, they left us with some pretty big cliffhangers - Leonard and Penny off to Vegas for a quickie wedding and Sheldon possibly, maybe, perhaps considering popping the question to Amy following her request for time to figure out their relationship. Now, while this premiere was always going to resolve both of those will they/won’t they questions, it’s been unclear exactly how.
For one would be an inevitability that would subsequently pose the question – what now? – and the other had the potential to upend the entire series. The progression of both relationships has been deliberately slow, with Sheldon and Amy in particular coming off for the most part well-paced, so what happens when »
At the close of The Big Bang Theory‘s Season 9 premiere, Leonard and Penny, as well as Sheldon and Amy, were on uncertain terms.
In “The Matrimonial Momentum,” Leonard and Penny’s wedded bliss was quickly halted once Penny learned her husband worked alongside the woman with whom he once “cheated.” Meanwhile, Amy officially called it quits with Shelly after one too many insensitive comments, forcing him to phone his devout Christian mother (returning guest star Laurie Metcalf) and ask that she remove Amy from her prayers!
Let’s break down the big moments from Monday’s opener:
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The Toy Story trilogy is generally considered to be some of the greatest animated movies of all time. Not only did it begin the Pixar Age back in 1995, but it is one of the few film trilogies where each movie is just as good as the last one (and arguably even better). The movies are fun, funny, and heart-warming, and are just as enjoyable for adults as they are for kids.
However, no fictional movie universe is rock-solid, and there are always either major holes in the logic of the world, or many questions that are left unaddressed. The Toy Story universe is no exception to this rule. When you stop to over-analyze the details of the universe, there are more questions than answers, and there are some pretty scary implications for the characters in that world.
Sure, these movies were meant to be an entertaining series with some deeper messages. »
- Ezra Schwartz
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
In the August edition of The Flickering Myth Movie Show, as well as playing the blame game with Fantastic Four and discussing all the announcements from D23 (Toy Story 108 looks great!), we also ran a little share competition. Not ‘share’ as in ‘shares in a company’. That’s too volatile a prize.
Instead, we mean ‘share’ as in: Force This Video Upon All The People You Know by tweeting the video with #Fmtv. Only then could you win one of three The Blacklist Season 2 boxsets!
“No, you post the prize. I’m too busy sounding like velvet ice.”
You’ve been to the dentist, you know the drill. Do the stuff in bolded red below. UK readers only. The competition closes at midnight on 3rd October. By entering this competition you agree to our terms and conditions, which you can read here.
—Tweet This Video Using #Fmtv To Be Entered Into Blacklist Season Giveaway—
- Oli Davis
Preview of a new Netflix documentary that looks at the progress of the recent civil rights movement in Ukraine.
The documentary follows events in Ukraine as they unfolded over 93 days in 2013 and 2014, as student demonstrations grew into a revolution calling for the president to resign. Directed by Evgeny Afineevsky, Winter On Fire premiered at the Venice Film Festival.
It’s the latest in a documentary catalogue on Netflix that includes The Square, a film about Egypt’s Tahrir Square uprising; Nina Simone biopic What Happened, Miss Simone?; food doc The Search for General Tso; Time Is Illmatic about rapper Nas; and a forthcoming film about the Rolling Stones’ iconic guitar player, Keith Richards: Under The Influence.
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- Richard Vine
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this Force Friday? A fan creates an entertaining Boba Fett fan trailer, Key & Peele shows you how to storm off of a live interview and an intriguing video shows you various movie characters in the same dance club. But first, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice gets mashed up with Toy Story. Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Batman v Superman Meets Toy Story
The fine folks at CineMash have put together an amusing video that mashes up Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice with Pixar's beloved Toy Story. The video takes footage from Toy Story, largely focusing on the friendly rivalry between Woody and Buzz, and splices in audio from »
The star of Hellboy takes a leap of faith with his new drama, in which a deeply troubled small-town judge turns to a particularly unhinged form of spirituality
The guy who played Hellboy, going through hell. That could be the one-line pitch for Hand of God, Amazon’s latest self-funded foray into original drama. After last year’s bleak pilot, the full 10-episode first season is available to righteously binge on from today. It stars deeply furrowed character actor Ron Perlman as a notorious hanging judge in San Vicente, the (fictional) Californian town his ancestors helped establish. But the big man with the gavel has unravelled – his son has been in a coma for seven months and counting, the result of a »
- Graeme Virtue
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