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Hollywood, this is a public service announcement: Please stop making movies about absolutely nothing. We can get on board with the toy-themed flicks. After all, Toy Story is a damn classic and The Lego Movie was nothing less than Oscar-worthy. But then you got cocky, Hollywood. You thought that the people of America were so stupid that they would pay money to see, well, anything. Because seriously, Pixels? Come on. Then came news of a forthcoming Emoji movie. And now this...this is the last straw. According to The Hollywood Reporter, there is a Pez candy animated movie in development. That's right: Pez. As in that chalky crap masquerading as a treat, that was basically only good for the collectible »
Sweet! As some wise Legos once sang, "Everything is awesome," so that has to include a Pez movie. Right?
According to Entertainment Weekly, Envision Media Arts is developing an animated movie based on the Pez candy dispensers. Cameron Fay, who wrote the comedy "Brother in Laws," is writing the script. Ema CEO and founder Lee Nelson said, in a statement via TheWrap, "Pez candy is beloved by children and adults alike. With Cameron Fay we've created a world unique to Pez and a story that will touch the hearts of many."
No word yet on the movie's plot, but if you've ever seen those rows of Pez candies you can imagine they have a ton of characters to work with. I mean, Star Wars Pez could take on the Smurfs or form an alliance with the X-Men Pez to conquer the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or Bugs Bunny could fall »
- Gina Carbone
Ever since the first Toy Story in 1995, Pixar has been responsible for creating some of the most popular, acclaimed, beloved animated features in recent memory. But as adored as they are, that doesn.t mean people don.t find fault with them, and the latest "Everything Wrong With" video takes 2004.s family superhero adventure The Incredibles to task in this vicious new installment. As is usually the case with these videos from Cinema Sins, what you get here is a mixed bag. Some of the points they make funny and legit, like how they argue that the family in The Incredibles have essentially the same powers as the characters in the Fantastic Four, with a miniature Flash hanging around for good measure. They also point out that the two of the heroes rescuing people from a burning building use the victims as shields, with doesn.t seem particularly heroic. And »
We are Huge fans of Hot Toys at The Movie Bit. We've parted with way too much money for the phenomenally detailed and highly prized collectibles. But as many mothers would say "Sure, you could spend it on worse" The President of production of Hot Toys in South Korea, Jc Hong did a recent video interview with Toy Story Plus (you'll have to enable subtitles) which gives a brief but impressive glimpse behind the scenes at Hot Toys. The level of detail in the Hot Toys figures has always being phenomenal, but to see the work that goes into it is absolutely jaw dropping. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Does Hollywood try to remake/sequelize/franchise-extend every single one of its successful movies? Sometimes it feels that way, but there’s a little more nuance to studio practices than that. If you’re looking for meaning in this summer’s blockbuster season – not always easy – you could call it Dr. JurassicMax or How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Reboot. Rebooting franchises isn’t as common, well-received, or lucrative as you might think. Today let’s look briefly at the history of the reboot – and how this summer changed it.
First, what technically counts as a reboot? One school would say that anytime the cast shuffles, it’s a reboot, meaning we’re now on the second reboot (and third iteration) of Spider-Man films. That’s pretty rare; far more often, duration between films is the deciding factor, and it just doesn’t feel right to slap »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
Pixar's latest Inside Out is in cinemas now, and the film is positively jam-packed with Easter eggs for the eagle-eyed among you.
1. Pizza Planet Truck
The pizza delivery truck, a 1978 Gyoza with the licence plate RES1536, has made an appearance in every single Pixar movie with the exception of The Incredibles.
The vehicle apparently makes three different appearances, and seeing as lead character Riley and her mother visit a restaurant (getting served a broccoli pizza of all things!) then it's safe to say that's one moment to look out for.
A113 is the name of a first-year classroom at California Institute of the Arts that saw Pixar luminaries such as John Lasseter and Brad Bird pass through (Bird even dropped a reference into a Simpsons episode he directed).
In Inside Out, »
Whether you’re still harboring a small feeling of dread after Pixar announced plans to continue its toys-to-life animated series with another installment, or you’re remaining optimistic, Toy Story 4 is happening. With Tom Hanks and Tim Allen already on board – reprising their roles as Woody and Buzz Lightyear, respectively – it’s now been confirmed that Don Rickles will return as the grouchy yet loveable Mr. Potato Head.
In an interview with Closer Weekly, the 89-year-old comedian confirmed that he will indeed return for the fourth entry in the beloved series, revealing that he was once skeptical about Pixar’s concept for Toy Story, and it took head honcho John Lasseter to convince him of the story’s innate charm before putting pen to paper almost two decades ago.
“They just signed me to do the fourth Toy Story. We start [work on it] in September, and I’m very delighted with that. »
- Michael Briers
The director, producer and star literally play with our emotions in Pixar’s latest adventure, Inside Out.
Pixar Animations Studio has introduced audiences to a number of cinematic treasures over the years including Wall-e (2008), Finding Nemo (2003) and the beloved Toy Story Trilogy (1995-2010). It is safe to say that their latest creation, Inside Out from director Pete Docter, is an impressive addition to the Pixar canon.
Inside the mind of 11-year-old Riley live five emotions: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear. All emotions work together to make sure that Riley is feeling the right sentiments, reactions, and feelings. However, Joy works the hardest to make sure that Riley is happy as much as possible, keeping Sadness away from the controls. Joy’s task becomes harder when Riley’s parents decide to move from Minnesota to San Francisco turning Riley’s life upside down.
- Paul Heath
Broad Green Pictures has set a March 4th release date for the U.S. release of Terrence Malick's new film "Knight of Cups" starring Christian Bale. The movie, which premiered at Berlin, stars Bale as a bewildered man in a life of Hollywood excess. Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Antonio Banderas and Brian Dennehy also star. [Source: Variety]
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Square Enix has confirmed that the Xbox's exclusivity window for the upcoming "Rise of the Tomb Raider" game, the sequel to the acclaimed reboot of the game franchise, will run for one year with the title then coming to PlayStation 4 at the end of 2016.
The game will first launch on Xbox 360 and Xbox One on November 10th this year, before Windows and Steam releases due in early 2016 and then the PS4 release in Holiday 2016. [Source: Wired]
Legendary comedian Don Rickles has confirmed he'll be reprising his role of Mr. »
- Garth Franklin
Take a look through the end credits for Pixar's stunning new film, Inside Out, and a pair of familiar names appear. For voicing the roles of Subconscious Guard Dave and Subconscious Guard Frank are Frank Oz and Dave Goelz.
Oz lent his voice to a character in co-director Pete Docter's first Pixar feature, Monsters Inc. He's also, of course, famous for lending his vocal tones to Yoda in Star Wars, and for directing a host of hit movies.
But for us, Oz was one of the creative forces behind The Muppets, along with Jim Henson and Dave Goelz. Furthermore, Oz was the human behind Fozzie, Miss Piggy, Animal and more. As for Goelz? He gave life to Gonzo, Waldorf and Dr Bunsen Honeydew, amongst many others.
And to see (or at least hear »
Toy Story 3 had long been called the final film in the franchise by Disney and Pixar. It didn't look like another feature film would happen, with Woody, Buzz and the rest of the toy box characters shuffled off to the land of Pixar shorts. But Pixar surprised everyone in November of last year when the animated sequel Toy Story 4 was officially announced. Tom Hanks and Tim Allen have been attached to the follow-up as far back as 2010, when there wasn't supposed to be another movie. None of the other voice cast members have ever been confirmed. But that changes today. Yes, everyone's favorite grump Mr. Potato Head will return. And legendary comedian Don Rickles will be back to provide his voice. The 89-year-old actor had this to say about his return.
"They just signed me to do the fourth Toy Story. We start [work on it] in September, and I'm very delighted with that. »
Tim Allen and Tom Hanks have already confirmed they are returning for Toy Story 4, but what about the rest of the toy box gang? Well we now know comedian Don Rickles will officially reprise his role as Mr. Potato Head in the fourth installment of the Pixar animated film series. Read the Don Rickles Toy […]
- Peter Sciretta
Could all the Pixar movies from Toy Story to The Good Dinosaur take place in the same universe?
Writer Jon Negroni came up with one of the most detailed (and convincing) fan theories of all time a few years ago, which explains how each film takes place at a certain point in the same timeline, and that there is an overall story involving humans, machines, animals and emotions.
It would take far too long to explain every single connection, but the timeline begins with Brave in the 14th century, and ends with Monsters Inc around the year 5000. In a (relatively complicated) nutshell:
14th-15th Century: The magic used in Brave is what makes animals and inanimate objects behave like humans, and leads to the creation of superheroes.
1950s-1960s: The Incredibles' Buddy creates AI bots and the Zero Point Energy, leading to the eradication of heroes and to sentient objects. »
I really, really cannot wait for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Is anyone with me? Oh, all of you. We’re edging closer and closer to that December 18th release, and we’re hoping that Disney and Lucasfilm are going to show us more online in the coming weeks. It looks like the company have something up their sleeves for the middle of August though, as a press release reveals that Disney plan to show off footage from Star Wars as well as their other upcoming properties including Captain America: Civil War and the upcoming Pixar slate at their huge fan event, D23 Expo 2015.
Marvel didn’t pack for San Diego this year, and we not present at Comic-Con to present anything from their upcoming slate, or make any kind of announcements – so are they holding out for their parent company’s Expo? We certainly hope so.
- Paul Heath
Just a heads up -- in case you can't get to Walt Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA from August 14-16 -- heaps of new Lucasfilm, Pixar, Marvel and Disney movie intel will be coming out of the event, so put yourself on standby for cool previews.
Disney just shared a press release with the 2015 schedule. You'll see it's noted that "a bevy of special guests will be on hand to offer a look at an unparalleled slate that includes Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Jungle Book, Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, Star Wars: The Force Awakens-and much, much more." Also, "Filmmakers will unveil never-before-seen footage from Pixar's upcoming The Good Dinosaur and Finding Dory and Disney Animation's Zootopia and Moana." So if those movies, and all Disney/Pixar projects, are of interest to you, just know some good teases should be coming out of this.
Here's the »
- Gina Carbone
Pixar has long had a reputation as being a company that makes animated movies that can be enjoyed just as much by adults as they can kids. It started with Toy Story and has continued ever since, even if a Cars does sneak in there every now and then. This dual nature of their movies is basically what separated a Pixar movie from all of the other animation studios out there. Or, at least that used to be the case, but lately we've been getting remarkable animated movies from a bunch of non-Pixar studios. The new trailer for The Good Dinosaur, however, looks like it's aiming squarely at the kiddos for now. That may not be the case when it roars to theaters on November 25, 2015, but between this and the teaser trailer, there's nearly zero story unveiled and really just a...
- Peter Hall
Walt Disney Studios offers an exclusive look at its upcoming projects from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm at D23 Expo 2015, taking place August 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Studio will unveil its animation and live-action film slates via two huge Hall D23 presentations featuring surprise guests and many unforgettable moments. Other not-to-be-missed events include a Frozen FANdemonium musical celebration with Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and the 20th anniversary celebration of Disney Pixar's Toy Story with John Lasseter and the original Pixar crew.
Hall D23 Presentations:
After meeting the Emotions inside the mind of an 11-year-old, taking a trip to San Fransokyo, where a boy genius and his robot save the world, and falling in love with a queen with icy powers who wants to "let it go, »
First off, let's make one thing clear. We're not scratching our heads at Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" making the BBC's 100 greatest American films. That movie, of which an image accompanies this post, not only made the list, but ranked appropriately at no. 25. It's the rest of the selections that have us scratching and, yes, shaking our heads in disbelief. A wonderful page view driver, these sorts of lists make great fodder for passionate movie fans no matter what their age or part of the world they hail from. There is nothing more entertaining than watching two critics from opposite ends of the globe try to debate whether "The Dark Knight" should have been nominated for best picture or make a list like this. Even in this age of short form content where Vines, Shapchats and Instagram videos have captured viewers attention, movies will continue to inspire because »
- Gregory Ellwood
Disney has announced its full schedule for the D23 Expo, which is set to take place next month at the Anaheim Convention Center in California and will feature big upcoming releases such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Captain America: Civil War, Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory, Zootopia and Moana, along with much, much more.
Here’s the main presentations…
Friday, August 14, 3 p.m.—Hall D23
After meeting the Emotions inside the mind of an 11-year-old, taking a trip to San Fransokyo, where a boy genius and his robot save the world, and falling in love with a queen with icy powers who wants to “let it go,” come see where Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios plan to take you next. In what has become a D23 Expo must-see, »
- Gary Collinson
Disney's big D23 Expo is less than a month away, and todya they've revealed that their upcoming slate of films will be showcased at the event, including the live-action Jungle Book, their animated films, and of course The Force Awakens and Captain America: Civil War. Come inside to learn more!
The D23 Expo this year is sure to be a massive one, with a new Star Wars film on the horizon (plus one beginning filming just before the event starts), and the next Marvel adventure on the way. But that's not all they have coming up either. Zootopia is on the way, along with a live-action Jungle Book, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Pixar's upcoming slate. All of these films, plus surprises are going to be on hand during the Expo, as Disney has revealed today:
The Walt Disney Studios offers an exclusive look at its upcoming projects from Disney, »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
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