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News Simon Brew 4 Dec 2013 - 07:10
The BBC's Christmas trailer teases Matt Smith's farewell in The Time Of The Doctor...
The BBC has released its first big promo for its Christmas range of television. And in amongst its plug for the Toy Story trilogy, Bruce Forsyth, Mrs Brown and a bit of EastEnders, there are a few Doctor Who clips to be found. We'd imagine a full Doctor Who trailer isn't too far behind this one.
Doctor Who: The Time Of The Doctor is set to go out on December 25th at 7.30pm. And the clips of Doctor Who interspersed in this promo reveal one or two returning foes that Matt Smith will face in his final adventure as a full-time Doctor...
We'll have more on The Time Of The Doctor in the weeks ahead.
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There’s no disputing that the Thanksgiving movie box office is huge for the movie industry, typically making up the second largest movie going weekend of the year (after Memorial Day). There’s also no question that it’s brought us some of the biggest hit movies of all time, along with some genuine movie classics (such as the first two Toy Story movies). For most people it’s one of the few weekends of the year where movie going is almost mandatory, adding to the fun of the holiday weekend. This, however, was not always the case, and the movie that turned the tide for Thanksgiving at the movies was that most unlikeliest of movie heroes… Supergirl. Don’t get us wrong, 1984’s fantasy flop ($14 million gross on a $50 million budget) is...
- Matthew Kiernan
Sixty lose jobs after release for latest animation is pushed back. Meanwhile, Dreamworks Animation's visual effects workers stage protest over outsourcing
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Pixar, the Us animation studio, has been forced to lay off 5% of its workforce because of delays on its current film The Good Dinosaur.
Around 60 members of staff at the Disney-owned studio's Emeryville, California base will lose their jobs, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Pixar revealed in September that The Good Dinosaur was being pushed back by 18 months, leaving the studio that produced Toy Story without an annual release in 2014 for the first time since 2005. The schedule shift has been blamed on the departure of director Bob Peterson in August.
"At Pixar, we are constantly re-evaluating the creative and business needs of our studio," said a spokesperson. "With the release date change of The Good Dinosaur, »
- Ben Child
It was recently announced that Mission: Impossible 5 will come out on Christmas Day 2015, and while we know that star Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie are attached, there's been no news on the supporting cast. Until now. Simon Pegg (The World's End, Star Trek Into Darkness) was asked about Mission: Impossible 5 during an interview with MTV, and came straight out with an answer and said he's certainly coming back.
Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol was a great movie and one of the reasons why was its ensemble cast. As The Lord of The Rings, The Avengers, Toy Story and several other movies have shown us, having a team is a great way to add a constant sense of fun and can make up for the rest of a movie's shortcomings. Anybody remember the villain in Ghost Protocol? Anyone roll their eyes when Ethan Hunt was betrayed by someone in the organization? »
- Gary Collinson
I saw the delightful Frozen yesterday and noticed something: Idina Menzel‘s singing voice stands out so much that you feel like you’ve been transported to the Hollywood Bowl midway through the movie. For me, this celebrity quotient adds to how great a Disney animated adventure can be. That brings us to today’s topic: the 10 best celebrity voiceovers in Disney films. Draw up your personal list beforehand; this one got hard for me and I needed to switch up my order several times. I only ended up including the bare necessities. Onward!
Dory is exactly who don’t want to meet when you lose track of your spawn. She’s flighty, annoying, chipper and not incredibly helpful thanks to her short-term memory loss. “It runs in my family. Well, at least I think it does.” But Ellen makes that character so lovable thanks to her droll, »
- Louis Virtel
Introducing Disney Infinity – a new video game where a spark of imagination unlocks the freedom to play with some of your favourite Disney and Disney/Pixar worlds like never before!
Play in their worlds. Place your Disney Infinity Figures onto the Disney Infinity Base to jump into a Disney Infinity Play set and experience original adventures in the worlds of Monsters University, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Incredibles.
Take on the role of Sulley, the naturally gifted ‘scarer’; become Captain Jack Sparrow, the sword-wielding pirate; or transform yourself into Mr. Incredible, one of the world’s greatest crime-fighters.
Battle enemies, solve puzzles, overcome obstacles and complete a variety of other unique quests, or create your own world! Unlock virtual toys from each Disney Infinity Play set – characters, buildings, weapons, gadgets and more – and bring them into the Disney Infinity Toy Box where you can mix them all up to »
- Simon Gallagher
Renowned artist Matt Busch has not only created artwork for bands like Black Sabbath, Motely Crue and Alice Cooper, but he also has a project called Hollywood Is Dead wherein he recreates classic movie posters zombie style.
Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, Hollywood Is Dead will soon be a coffee table book.
Busch doesn't just amend existing posters; he actually recreates the iconic artwork from scratch and adds a touch of the undead to each, coming up with such titles as Breakfast Is Tiffany, Alice from Underland, Beauty and the Feast and Cadavatar. Busch is obviously a massively talented dude with an awesome sense of humor. And now all his work will be collected in one spot as the Kickstarter campaign to create a book of Busch's work was successfully funded after just 12 days.
Check out the successfully funded Hollywood Is Dead Kickstarter page for more info. There are »
- Scott Hallam
This is the Mousterpiece Cinema schedule for the end of 2013 and the first six months of 2014:
November 23, 2013: The Jungle Book 2 (2003)
November 30, 2013: Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
December 7, 2013: Frozen (2013)
December 14, 2013: The Santa Clause 3 (2006)
December 21, 2013: Babes in Toyland (1961)
December 28, 2013: Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
January 4, 2014: Toy Story (1995)
January 11, 2014: Sleeping Beauty (1959)
January 18, 2014: The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
January 25, 2014: Snow Dogs (2002)
February 1, 2014: Toy Story 2 (1999)
February 8, 2014: Howl’s Moving Castle (2005)
February 15, 2014: Return to Never Land (2002)
February 22, 2014: The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)
March 1, 2014: The Wind Rises (2013)
March 8, 2014: Toy Story 3 (2010)
March 15, 2014: George of the Jungle (1997)
March 22, 2014: Need for Speed (2014)
March 29, 2014: Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
April 5, 2014: Mulan (1998)
April 12, 2014: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
April 19, 2014: Son of Flubber (1963)
April 26, 2014: Bears (2014)
May 3, 2014: A Goofy Movie (1995)
May 10, 2014: Robin Hood (1973)
May 17, 2014: Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959)
May 24, 2014: »
- Josh Spiegel
Star Wars fans will be excited to see this! While we all anxiously wait for Star Wars: Episode VII to hit theaters (Dec. 18, 2015, in case you forgot), director J.J. Abrams' production company behind the film Bad Robot helped ease the waiting process by sharing an awesome photo of Abrams with none other than R2D2. "Hi from the workshop! #StarWarsVII," the tweet with the photo read, which, as you may have already realized, is the first glimpse of anything that has to do with the new flick. Eeek! It was recently revealed that Toy Story scribe Michael Arndt had exited the project and was handing screenwriting duties to Lawrence Kasdan, who was responsible for co-writing two films in the original »
Odd List Simon Brew 15 Nov 2013 - 07:08
Lots of films are dedicated to, or in memory of someone. But it's not always clear why. We've been finding out...
Back when Breaking Bad returned for its final batch of episodes in August 2013, it had a dedication at the end of it. The card read 'Dedicated to our friend Kevin Cordasco'. As it turned out, Kevin Cordasco was a 16-year old who had been battling cancer for seven years, who had met both Bryan Cranston and Vince Gilligan. Cordasco died before he could ever get to see the episode dedicated to him.
I found this such a moving story, that it got me wondering about the dedications that appear on films, and what the story behind them was. After all, the dedications are there for a reason. What I uncovered was some funny stories, mainly extremely sad ones, and some extremely moving dedications. »
The United States Postal Service took a major financial hit when it released a series of commemorative postage stamps celebrating the 20th anniversary of “The Simpsons” four years ago.
But the Usps isn’t giving up on offering up fan-friendly characters as stamps alongside its usual assortment of flowers, landmarks and the American flag.
The Usps will release 20 Forever stamps featuring characters and scenes from the “Harry Potter” films, produced by Warner Bros., on Nov. 19.
It’s a potentially risky move after the Usps lost $1.2 million when it sold just 318 million of the 1 billion “Simpsons” stamps it printed in 2009.
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But the Usps shows that it has learned from “The Simpsons,” printing just five million of the limited-edition Potter postage.
The five-page stamp booklets will feature Harry Potter playing Quidditch on the front cover, with the young »
- Marc Graser
There are plenty of amazing mustaches in movie history, and in honor of Movember, we thought we'd list our ten all-time favorites. From the thin hipster ‘stache, to the handlebar, to the walrus, take a look at the best soup strainers to ever grace the silver screen.
10. Kip’s pencil ‘stache in Napoleon Dynamite
Why does Lafawnduh love Aaron Ruell's Kip always and forever? It's true that he has mad skills when it comes to chatting with babes online, but far more importantly, he has some truly incredible face lace. That has to be the reason he got the girl in the end. Kip proves that the shortest route to a happily ever after is a straight line — right above your upper lip.
9. Mr. Potato Head's nose neighbor in Toy Story
Mr. Potato Head certainly has the mustache that is most likely to go missing, but it always keeps »
- Mandy McAdoo
Has there ever been a studio with such a high hit rate as Pixar? From Toy Story to latest offering Monsters University, the benchmark for quality was set very high very early on, and – with only a few limp films such as the Cars duology – that benchmark has been mostly maintained over the years.
The Pixar magic was never just saved for the feature films, however. The studio released a short to be played before each theatrical release, and were of such a high quality that several of them were nominated for major awards themselves. I’ve listed them all here from worst to best, and noted the extensive Easter Eggs and references to the Pixar universe contained within. There are also instances of an early character or story being a clear inspiration for a later one.
There are several other shorts that Pixar specially made for home releases, but »
- Barry Marshall
Disney has a history with snowmen, but most of the time they're really scary. Take, for instance, the Abominable Snowman from the Matterhorn Bobsleds attraction at Disneyland (originally opened in 1959) or the even more ferocious Yeti from Expedition Everest -- Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, a roller coaster at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida. (More than a half-decade before Pixar unleashed "Toy Story" with Disney, they made a 3D short film called "Knick Knack" about a cuddly, sexually frustrated snowman trapped in a snow globe.) Now, in the upcoming "Frozen," Disney is about to bring a snowman to life that every little kid will want to pick up and hug, and his name is Olaf.
Voiced by Josh Gad, Olaf is a snowman who was created by sisters Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell) as children. Later, when Elsa's magical snow powers enchant the entire kingdom, Olaf springs to life, »
- Drew Taylor
A movie to restore your faith in special effects, 3D and cinema in general, Cuarón's space movie arrives here already heaped with well-earned adulation. Like, say, Avatar or Toy Story, it really does expand the frontiers of what cinema can do; unlike them, Gravity is set in, or at least around, the real world. The story is admirably minimalist: two astronauts get stranded in space and try to get home. The visuals are out of this world but there's much more: riveting tension, sympathetic performances, and a spiritual undertone that only adds to the movie's transcendent nature.
(David France, 2012, Us) 110 mins
A true story with all the elements of a mythic struggle, this bracing documentary recounts how Aids activists – many potential »
- Steve Rose
'The intention here then is dual-level advertising: cartoons for the kids, seaside-postcard humour for the adults'
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It must be difficult to advertise margarine, mainly because it's just so boring. Like washing-up liquid or Alan Hansen. Recognising the limitations of its product is Flora, which has boldly gone where plenty of companies have gone before, and sexed things up. We begin by meeting our child hero Josh and his younger brother. These anaemic-looking cartoon boys are making their parents an anniversary breakfast. They totter around looking earnest, their forms strangely resembling old-money politicians, with wide eyes that could only be caused by thyroid problems. After putting together a messy spread of toast and juice they head upstairs to give Mum and Dad the big surprise. Josh and bro burst into the bedroom, only to be met with what they presume is wrestling. You »
You just don’t see much of those games you grew up with, do you? That is unless of course you still play your PS1, in which case I envy you.
As the gaming world evolves, so do the franchises, with games such as Grand Theft Auto, Call Of Duty and Assassin’s Creed firmly taking over from Crash Bandicoot and Spyro The Dragon, and bringing in a definite shift in tone. Gaming has become a lot more serious, for the most part, but we all reach that point where you’ve played endless hours of maudlin shooter content, and you just yearn for the frivolous, undemanding fun of Toy Story Racer.
If you’re hoping for an updated version of the games that defined your formative gaming years, you’re probably out of luck, (unless of course we’re talking about Tekken, since that’s like the little franchise »
- James Brown
Gravity is a game-changer that makes a swath of films seem redundant. Here are seven earlier movies that broke the mould – and one that didn't
Every now and then a film comes along that totally changes everything: whether it is expensive new technology or a cute talking pig, nothing can be the same again. Gravity is the latest film that makes a whole swath of cinema look and feel redundant: its hard-won sense of documentary realism means everyone attempting to film a spacewalk or satellite explosion will have to raise their game massively. This is by no means a definitive, historical list – you would have to go back to the Lumière brothers for that – but we have narrowed it down to the seven films that have made the biggest impact on movies in their current form and obsessions.
The game: Superhero films were traditionally camp, trashy affairs – even Superman: The Movie, »
- Andrew Pulver
Mark your calendars, fanboys and fangirls! It was just announced on StarWars.com that the highly anticipated next installment in the Stars Wars film franchise will hit theaters on Dec. 18, 2015. Repeat. Dec. 18, 2015. "We're very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture," said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, in a statement. Word of the release date comes on the heels of the news last month that Toy Story scribe Michael Arndt had exited the project and was handing »
Known best, perhaps, for playing down down-to-earth, regular Joes in the majority of his films, Tom Hanks is – unequivocally – an actor who knows how to pick his roles. Children know him as “that guy who voices Woody in Toy Story,” while Dan Brown enthusiasts can only picture Robert Langdon walking down the Louvre as Tom Hanks. And for those of us who have grown up with Mr. Hanks – whether in his rom-com days acting alongside Meg Ryan, or trying to turn a mischievous Dogue de Bordeaux into a live-action Scooby-Doo to hunt down his master’s killer – we’ve learnt to cherish the silly, bubblegum moments with the beautifully serious.
Hanks may not always wind up in the best movies, but what actor does? Even so, there are times when his acting abilities are capable of flooring us completely. In these particular moments, he may move us to tears, or stun us into such silence. »
- Colette Stirling
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