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Is The Simpsons relying too heavily on gimmicks?

1 hour ago | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The Simpsons' media gimmicks, crossovers and auteur couch gags have become a bigger story than the show itself over the last few years...

Warning: contains spoilers for this week's episodes of The Simpsons and Family Guy.

“It's not selling out, it's co-branding. Co-branding!”

So says Homer Simpson in the throes of a feverish nightmare at the beginning of Brick Like Me, the 550th episode of The Simpsons, which then unfolds mostly in a Lego version of Springfield.

It's a cute way to start an episode that uses an exercise in product placement to tell a story about parenting and creativity, which is mirrored at the end of that story when the episode acknowledges how The Lego Movie did the exact same thing a few months earlier.

Such meta-textual hat-tipping may be appreciated by more pernickety fans of The Simpsons, (it's also telling that the antagonist of Brick Like Me »

- louisamellor

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Lineup for the 11th Annual Rock and Shock Horror Convention Includes Tom Savini & Brad Dourif

9 hours ago | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The people who brought to life memorable horror movie characters like Friday the 13th’s Jason Voorhees, Child’s Play’s Chucky, The Howling’s Karen White, Dawn of the Dead’s Blades, and many more are gathering in Massachusetts with a heavy metal backdrop this October. Celebrating scares and guitar shredding, the lineup for the 11th Annual Rock and Shock horror convention has been unveiled.

Worcester, Ma (October 1, 2014)- “The air is getting crisp. Stores are pushing Pumpkin Spice everything. It’s time to gear up for the biggest horror convention on the East Coast for the Halloween season! October 17th through 19th (with a pre-show concert starring King Diamond on the 16th), Rock and Shock will celebrate their 11th year bringing the creeps and the metal (which are often the same thing) to Worcester, Ma. We’ll be packing the show with excellent guests, killer bands, awesome vendors, »

- Derek Anderson

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What happened to the stars of Big? Elizabeth Perkins, more then & now

14 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Big remains one of our favourite Tom Hanks childhood movies (perhaps losing out to Turner and Hooch, boy did that make us blub, we barely held it together) so we're slightly unnerved by reports that a TV series based on the film has been commissioned.

Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce are now said to have received a script plus penalty commitment from broadcaster Fox for the half-hour comedy series, which will explore what it means to be both an adult and child in today's world.

The 1988 Oscar-nominated movie, written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg, sees a boy's simple wish to be big come true as a 13-year-old is transformed into a 30-year-old overnight.

We take a nostalgic look at the cast of the huge hit - including Tom Hanks and John Heard - and what came next below:

Tom Hanks

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What happened to the stars of Big? Elizabeth Perkins, more then & now

14 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Big remains one of our favourite Tom Hanks childhood movies (perhaps losing out to Turner and Hooch, boy did that make us blub, we barely held it together) so we're slightly unnerved by reports that a TV series based on the film has been commissioned.

Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce are now said to have received a script plus penalty commitment from broadcaster Fox for the half-hour comedy series, which will explore what it means to be both an adult and child in today's world.

The 1988 Oscar-nominated movie, written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg, sees a boy's simple wish to be big come true as a 13-year-old is transformed into a 30-year-old overnight.

We take a nostalgic look at the cast of the huge hit - including Tom Hanks and John Heard - and what came next below:

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks was robbed when he missed out on »

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Watch: Ingenious Interconnected Pixar Theory Explained in Video

29 September 2014 2:16 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

If you're a big fan of Pixar Animation, then you likely stumbled upon The Pixar Theory last year, an ingenious idea fleshed out by Jon Negroni and was spread around like crazy thanks to sites like BuzzFeed. The theory figured out a way to tie all the narratives of each and every Pixar Animation story into the same universe from Toy Story to Brave and everything in between. While this undoubtedly wasn't the intention of the filmmakers, the fact that someone took the time to figure out a way to connect these films, and it all eerily makes perfect sense, is pretty cool. Previously, this theory was only explained in a lengthy, text timeline. But for the lazier folks out there, a video is now available explaining everything visually. Watch! Here's Jon Negroni's The Pixar Theory in video form thanks to Bloop Animation (via SlashFilm): As you can see, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Interview: Directors of ‘The Boxtrolls’ on Their Animated Life

25 September 2014 6:07 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – How do you interpret an odd British storybook called “Here Be Monsters!” into a mainstream animated film? By taking the main characters – called ‘The Boxtrolls’ – and putting them up front. Animation veterans and co-directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi got the assignment, and deliver the goods.

Both creators have been around the animation block, but this is Annable’s first major animation directorial effort. He cut his teeth as a comic book artist and video game director, and was a story artist on the recent “ParaNorman.” Stacchi was previously a co-director on “Open Season” (2006), and started his animation career as a story artist on the classic “Antz” (1998). He also worked on visual effects for the classics “Back to the Future” (1985), “Ghost” (1990) and “Hook” (1991). The animation of ‘The Boxtrolls’ was produced by Laika Entertainment, who also produced the stop motion films “Coraline’” and the aforementioned “ParaNorman.”

Characters Looks in ‘The Boxtrolls, »

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You Probably Missed These Mistakes in Your Favorite Animated Movies

25 September 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Think animated movies are error-free? Think again.

Most live-action films are littered with little mistakes here and there, while animated films are produced in a painstakingly slow, one frame at a time. So, naturally, it would make sense for them to be completely polished, right? Nope.

Not even these classic animated movies are exempt. From "Toy Story" to "The Lion King," here are some of the biggest "oops" moments from animated films. We're only human.

As usual, all photos are courtesy of MovieMistakes.com. »

- Jonny Black

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Tin Toy

23 September 2014 5:07 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

A wind-up, one-man band toy finds himself cowering under the sofa when he attracts the attention of a boisterous baby. But when the anklebiter falls over and gets hurt, the mechanical trooper must decide what he's going to do. An early precursor to Toy Story, this enchanting short - written and directed by John Lasseter - was Pixar's first attempt at creating a human form with the computer. »

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'Disney Infinity 2.0': Anything your heart, or imagination, desires

18 September 2014 12:26 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Disney Infinity 2.0 made me feel eight years old. And I mean that in the best way possible.

There’s a certain magic to playing with toys when you’re young. Action figures spring to life in your imagination, and pieces of furniture transform into the sites of epic battles. A hallway can become a racetrack, a chair a mountaintop, and all it takes is a couple plastic figures to create a spark of inspiration.

Infinity 2.0 lets players create whatever they can imagine, and the spark this time around is bringing together the Mouse House’s vast catalogue of franchises and »

- Jonathon Dornbush

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Team Top Ten: All Time Greatest Voice Performances

11 September 2014 4:13 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

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.

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Toronto Film Festival: Too Many Gems, No Sole Standout

10 September 2014 3:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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The 10 Most Amazing Things About Laika, the Studio Behind 'The Boxtrolls'

10 September 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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

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Travis Knight interview: Laika, Boxtrolls, Gilliam, future

10 September 2014 8:07 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The man who runs Laika, Travis Knight, chats to us about his plans, hating sequels, more Laika movies, Terry Gilliam and The Boxtrolls.

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.

With The Boxtrolls heading to cinemas this week, he sat down to chat to us about plans for more Laika movies, his hatred of sequels, and a possible Terry Gilliam project....

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? »

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10 Huge Movie Franchises That Don’t Have A 5 Star Entry

10 September 2014 4:21 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Warner Bros.

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

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Pixar Movie Supercut Explores the Use of Color

9 September 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

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 StoryA Bug's LifeToy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-e, Up, Toy Story 3Cars 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!

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Pixar's Precise Color Palettes Shine in 'Roygbiv: A Pixar Supercut'

9 September 2014 12:25 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

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

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Votd: The Colorful Worlds of Pixar

9 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

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 […]

The post Votd: The Colorful Worlds of Pixar appeared first on /Film. »

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'Roygbiv' makes your favorite Pixar movies even prettier

8 September 2014 5:14 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Roygbiv (noun)

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

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Movies Help Make Lego the World’s Largest Toymaker

4 September 2014 4:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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’?

“We are thrilled by the reception of ‘The Lego Movie’ products,” said Lego Group chief financial officer John Goodwin, »

- Marc Graser

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Can Disney Veterans' Steampunk 'Hullabaloo' Film Save 2D Animation?

4 September 2014 2:21 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

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

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