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Amir here, with this month’s edition of team top ten. As the art of acting and our interpretation of it evolve, definitions of what we consider a good performance change. It’s become an annual tradition to discuss whether a motion capture performance or some “alternative” form of acting deserves to be in the awards race. Last year’s topic of conversation was Scarlatt Johansson’s voice work in Her and that's the topic we’ve turned our attention to. (Thanks to Michael Cusumano for his suggestion!)
Voice acting has existed since cinema found sound and it has contributed to the medium in more memorable ways than a list of ten entries can represent. We were not limited in our option to animated films or any genre. So long as the voice performance was not accompanied by visual aids from the same performer (e.g. Andy Serkis’s work »
- Amir S.
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
A few weeks ago, we were whisked away to the magical land of Portland, Oregon, for the sole purpose of visiting Laika, the animation studio whose dazzling new stop motion confection "The Boxtrolls," opens later this month. As you can imagine, it was downright magical and while we were there, for a few short hours, we tried to soak up all we could from the place - the sets, the people, the vibe - so we relay that special feeling to you. It was certainly a once-in-a-lifetime treat, to the point that we had to actively wonder if we had come down with some incurable disease and they were whisking us there as a dying wish.
While we tried to cram as many anecdotes and notes as we could into our trip, but we were also working (see our adorable interview with Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who voices Eggs, a small child »
- Drew Taylor
Travis Knight is an unusual man. He has two jobs at stop motion animation studio Laika. Firstly, he runs the company. But secondly, he's part of the animation crew, taking direction from a film's directors.
I have an ongoing belief that it's important to talk to children about 'real' things, and that there are few better Trojan horses via which to do that than film. When you look at a project that's appropriate for your company, is there a resonance that you're looking for, and is that way Laika's films to date have been steeped in pre-established literature? »
The reason that modern Hollywood has become increasingly reliant on big-name franchises when it comes to making a profit is simple; they pretty much market themselves. If a brand has a built-in fanbase and wide appeal, audiences are going to flock to the theater on opening day to see it, regardless of what the critics are saying. A huge number of sequels have suffered from the law of diminishing returns when it comes to the quality of the final product, but still do huge business at the box office based solely on the popularity of the brand.
With that being said, plenty of the biggest and most popular franchises in history boast at least one entry that is regarded as a genuine classic, often more. Think along the lines of James Bond, Indiana Jones, Die Hard, Star Wars, Batman, Jurassic Park and Alien to name but a very small few. »
- Scott Campbell
This is a one-minute movie supercut called "Roygbiv" that explores the use of color in the films of Pixar. Those movies include footage from Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-e, Up, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Brave, and Monsters University. The video was created by Rishi Kaneria, and it's really interesting to see how the color design of these films work with each other. Also the title of the video corresponds with the colors presented, which of course are the colors of the rainbow. Thanks to /Film for the tip!
- Joey Paur
For those who don't know, part of the long process to make an animated film at Pixar Animation involves the use of color scripts? What is a color script? Well, like a normal script uses text to explain what happens on-screen in a motion picture, the color script is a visual companion showing the color palette, keys and tones that will be in each scene. And that's done for the entire film. Now a Pixar fan and Vimeo user Rishi Kaneria has decided to showcase just how precise and wonderful the use of color can be in Pixar's movies, from Toy Story all the way through Monsters University. It's short, sweet, and gorgeous. Here's Rishi Kaneria's Roygbiv: A Pixar Supercut from Vimeo (via SlashFilm): For an example of the color scripts Pixar uses, here's one for The Incredibles: If you're really interested in how Pixar puts their color scripts »
- Ethan Anderton
Vimeo user Rishi Kaneria has created a supercut celebrating the colorful worlds seen in Pixar movies. The short one minute and a half video features scenes from Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-e, Up, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Brave and Monsters University. I […]
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- Peter Sciretta
1) An acronym that stands for the color order of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.
2) A short video, edited by Rishi Kaneria with music by Moderat, that brings various Pixar clips together, demonstrating how the animation studio uses said color spectrum, visually and narratively.
For our purposes, we’ll be discussing the latter…Roygbiv, the video, begins strong with bold red and orange hues (i.e. Merida’s fiery red hair in Brave), mellows out a bit with relaxing yellows and greens (i.e. the pastel house from Up), and really cools off with blues, »
- C. Molly Smith
Licenses to “Star Wars,” “The Simpsons,” DC and Marvel’s superheroes, and its own films like “The Lego Movie” have helped make Lego the world’s largest toy company when it comes to revenue and profits, beating Mattel and Hasbro.
At least that’s for the first six months of the year.
Lego attributed much of this year’s success so far to “The Lego Movie,” which helped boost sales by 11% during the first six months of the year, the company said.
“The Lego Movie,” which was produced for $60 million, went on to earn more than $468 million worldwide, and was backed by 17 playsets, minifigures, a videogame, theme park attraction, and slew of branded merchandise. The film is also available on homevideo platforms.
See Also: Will Summer Releases Get Blocked By ‘The Lego Movie’?
- Marc Graser
While computer animation continues to flourish with Pixar Animation films like Toy Story and Finding Nemo and The House of Mouse's own Walt Disney Animation with Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen, the old school hand drawn, 2D animation is starting to fall to the wayside. But some Disney veterans are getting together to create a new steampunk-themed adventure called Hullabaloo, which will be a short hand drawn animation film which they hope to turn into a web series, TV show or even better, a feature-length film. And what's even more exciting, is the two heroes are a pair of brilliant, female engineers. Look below! Here's the pitch from the Hullabaloo Indiegogo campaign, which you can still contribute to right now: Here's the official synopsis of the film itself (via The Independent): 'Hullabaloo' is the story of Veronica Daring, a brilliant young scientist who returns home from an elite finishing »
- Ethan Anderton
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find Everything Wrong With Toy Story In 10 Minutes Or Less; Aaron Paul’s Breaking Bad Scavenger Hunt; the Top 10 Video Games of All Time; and Anime Things That Would Get You In Trouble In Real Life. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
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Aaron talks about giving away a bunch of Breaking Bad memorabilia through a Twitter scavenger hunt.
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- Justin Vactor
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
Just when you thought it was safe to travel to New England, Rock and Shock announces Tara Reid is among the newest crop of guests attending the 11th annual event. We all know wherever Tara goes, a sharknado can't be far behind.
In anticipation for the October 17-19 event in Worcester, Ma, Rock and Shock organizers have been busy over the past couple of weeks announcing the guest list a few names at a time in true cliffhanger fashion, keeping fans of the event glued to social media to catch the next name.
In addition to Reid, Rock and Shock has announced a slew of other guests, including festival favorites Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, and William Forsythe. Also, Andrew Divoff, Tom Savini, Lynn Lowry, John Russo, Kristina Klebe, Justin Beahm, and Jack Bennett have been added as well.
Saturday's headline musical act was also revealed. Gwar will be »
- Scott Hallam
An early pioneer in stop-motion animation, Ladislas Starevich's strange, touching films work still entertain today, Aliya writes...
Even in this age of digital manipulation, stop-motion animation holds a fascination for movie audiences, and there have been some brilliant examples through cinema’s history. From the year 2000 alone we’ve had Wallace And Gromit’s The Curse Of The Were Rabbit, Corpse Bride, Mary And Max, A Town Called Panic, and Fantastic Mr Fox, to name but a few, and The Boxtrolls is not far away. Not bad, for an animation technique that hasn’t changed much such it was first used in 1897.
Perhaps it has retained its popularity because it requires so much skill. Making a stop-motion movie has always taken months of precise, painstaking work. That’s not to say that modern filmmaking is a walk in the park, but I think we have a clear, romantic view of »
Following the successful Toy Story of Terror! special that aired last year during Halloween, ABC is giving fans another dose of the hit franchise with Toy Story That Time Forgot. The first footage has been released through a promo for the U.K. broadband company Sky, which shows the Toy Story gang meeting the Battlesaurs. Take a look at this 51-second promo, featuring Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen), Rex (Wallace Shawn) and Trixie (Kristen Schaal) then read on for more information.
The commercial was directed by Pixar veteran Mark Walsh (Toy Story: Partysaurus Rex), which gives us our first look at the Battlesaurs as they try to figure out what's wrong with their wi-fi.
The short itself was directed by Steve Purcell, and will debut on ABC December 2.
During a post-Christmas play date, the Toy Story gang find themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures »
Bill Hader has come a long way since his stint on Saturday Night Live, creating many popular characters and impersonations such as Stefon, Vincent Price and CNN’s Jack Cafferty. He is one of the highlights in such films as Adventureland, Knocked Up, Superbad and Pineapple Express, and so it is easy to see why author Mike Sacks interviewed him for his new book Poking A Dead Frog. In it, Hader talks about his career and he also lists 200 essential movies every comedy writer should see. Xo Jane recently published the list for those of us who haven’t had a chance to read the book yet. There are a ton of great recommendations and plenty I haven’t yet seen, but sadly my favourite comedy of all time isn’t mentioned. That would be Some Like It Hot. Still, it really is a great list with a mix of old and new. »
"Toy Story" is no stranger to criticism and/or obsessive attempts to parse exactly what Andy's home life is like. Maybe Andy's parents are going through a divorce. Or maybe it's really just a kid friendly "Walking Dead." But while fans were trying to piece together the unwritten history of Andy's family, they were overlooking some pretty obvious Cinema Sins. »
- Donna Dickens
Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. Header Photo: Off Duty: E.T.: “Headin’ […]
- Peter Sciretta
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