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Ah, the Western. The gift we love to pretend has stopped giving. Periodically, a movie set in the 1800s featuring cowboys and quick-fire gun action comes along and everyone makes big statements about how it used to be a cinematic cornerstone and now, well, isn’t (for an answer to why that happened, see Toy Story).
The thing is, while the Western did decrease in prominence and certainly went away from the mainstream, it is still fighting strong. How would the annual (or, for 2015 it seems, bi-monthly) tradition of commenting on the genre’s long-past heyday still exist otherwise?
What is worth remarking on in regards to the Western is how pretty much every noteworthy recent entry in the genre (even, to a degree, the dire Cowboys And Aliens) has been about the “End of an Era”; True Grit juxtaposed growing up with the death of the »
- Alex Leadbeater
They’re small, yellow, speak an indecipherable babble and lack the strong individual characters typically associated with hit movies, and yet Minions has just scored the biggest debut weekend in the UK for an animated feature. Most people would struggle to pick Stuart, Kevin and Bob out of a lineup, yet the trio has bested Toy Story, Shrek and all the other big guns from Disney, Pixar and DreamWorks.
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- Charles Gant
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
"Jimmy Kimmel Live" and "Conan" are the only late night talk shows to air new episodes this week -- besides Jon Stewart's countdown to the end of his run on "The Daily Show." Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers and James Corden are all on repeats. But never fear, 'cause the Khaleesi is here to entertain us!
British actress Emilia Clarke -- aka Sarah Connor in the new "Terminator Genisys" and Queen Dany Targaryen on "Game of Thrones" -- was on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Monday night, and discussed shooting the new "Terminator" movie in New Orleans. Apparently the house she was staying at -- rented from her GoT co-star Michiel Huisman »
- Gina Carbone
Pixar's newest movie Inside Out has surpassed even the most optimistic box office expectations by grossing over $120 million since it hit theaters last weekend. It also has an astonishing 98 percent rating at Rotten Tomatoes, making it Pixar's most acclaimed work since Toy Story 3 in 2010.
Now we have a question for you: What is the single best Pixar movie? They have made 15 since Toy Story came out 20 years ago. Feel free to vote for a beloved classic like Wall-e and Finding Nemo, a lesser-loved work like A Bug's Life or »
Sure, the Oscars love some Pixar movies as much as you. But do you know which were embraced by the academy and which were snubbed? Scroll through our new photo gallery below to find out how your favorites fared at the Academy Awards. -Break- Watch dozens of video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders Pixar has been a dominant force in Hollywood since the original "Toy Story" took its bow in 1995. Since then, the studio has released 14 more features, including the well-received "Inside Out" earlier this month. And be on the look-out for their next production, "The Good Dinosaur," this Thanksgiving. However, with the Best Animated Feature category at the Oscars not introduced until 2001, the first three Pixar flicks ("Toy Story," "A Bug's Life" and "Toy Story 2") didn't have the luxury of that "easy" bid in the bag. Even so, that trio netted a tota »
Pixar's Inside Out enjoyed the biggest opening weekend for an original, non-sequel film, and so naturally fans are already eagar to hear about a sequel. Will there be one? Considering Pixar has made sequels for the Toy Story, Cars and Monsters, Inc. franchises -- with sequels to Finding Nemo and The Incredibles in the works too -- it makes sense that Inside Out may schedule a part two on the docket following its sensational debut. So what's the latest on Inside Out 2? Speaking to EW, director Pete Docter readily admits that he's not very interested in continuing the story and would rather focus on more original material. "There's no sequel idea from me at this point," he tells them, later teasing... "Never say never." And that couldn't...
- Erik Davis
With the release of Inside Out over the weekend, and the collective agreement that Pixar “is back,” it’s easy to begin wondering where the studio’s newest animated flick sits amongst the rest of its pantheon of classics. We Got This Covered tasked me with updating its ranking of the now-15-film-strong studio to see where the movies of the legendary Disney-owned animation warehouse sit next to one another.
But first, a note: as it is with any “definitive” or such ranking list – and especially with the childhood treasures these movies are – this list is entirely subjective. It’s also of note that, barring a few at the bottom of the barrel, the top-tier Pixar movies are so resoundingly exceptional, ranking one atop the other begins to feel humorously trivial. But, if you’re like me and have had family holidays superseded with arguments over the veracity of Cars »
- Mitchel Broussard
The Minions provided many of the laughs in the first two Despicable films and get their own hyperkinetic prequel charting their evolution through the ages
After two highly successful Despicable Me films (and a third one on the way), a spin-off/side project has arrived: a cheery little tale about the yellow, goggle-wearing blobs who unquestioningly serve Gru and enable all sorts of wickedness. They are the lineal descendants of Toy Story’s Pizza Planet Aliens, and first cousins to the Boov from Home.
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- Andrew Pulver
Songs On Screen: All week HitFix will be featuring tributes by writers to their favorite musical moments from TV and film. Check out all the entries in the series here. With its exotic setting, tortured emotion, and overbearing soundtrack, "Doctor Zhivago" is the perfect Bollywood movie, despite not technically being in Hindi. Its iconic refrain, “Lara’s Theme,” is as familiar and evocative a leitmotif to an entire generation of Indians as Darth Vader’s Imperial March is to Anglophones. To talk about the theme is to talk about the entire movie, as it appears at least 15 times, with additional versions on the official soundtrack. Composer Maurice Jarre famously protested its overuse when producer Carlo Ponti trimmed the rest of the score, but Ponti, still mainlining pleasure to the masses on his Hundred And Second Film, knew what he was doing. Jarre won an Academy Award. In the late 1960s, »
- Priyanka Mattoo
Britney Spears and Charlie Ebersol are having completely different reactions to their breakup. On Monday, Charlie took to Instagram with a selfie video that shows him snuggling and kissing his dog. Randy Newman's "You've Got a Friend in Me," which you may remember from Toy Story, plays in the background of the mini music video. A video posted by Charlie Ebersol (@charlieebersol) on Jun 22, 2015 at 11:27pm Pdt Perhaps the following caption Charlie included is even more telling: We are nothing if we are not a collection of the scars, tattoos, and smiles of a life well lived. I wish for you today, that you find great joy in the joy you spark in others. If nothing else, I hope you're happy just in knowing that you made me happy. It is never lost on me the love with which I have been blessed. For that, I aim to »
Everyone deals with breakups differently, for some it's a tub of ice cream and a rom-com, but for Charlie Ebersol it's all about puppies, prayer and Toy Story. E! News confirmed yesterday that the producer split with Britney Spears, his girlfriend of eight months, for unspecified reasons. However, just a few hours after their breakup went public, Ebersol hopped on Instagram to share with fans how he's managing to get through the heartbreak. Spears' former beau posted a video of an adorable pet pooch snuggling with him on a couch—with Toy Story playing in the background—and wrote a lengthy accompanying caption that gives some insight into how Ebersol's doing. "We »
Britney Spears’ ex-boyfriend Charlie Ebersol has turned to puppies, prayer, and Toy Story to mend his broken heart. On Monday, June 22, the producer posted a video of himself snuggling with a puppy to the tune of Randy Newman’s “You’ve Got a Friend In Me.” Spears’ ex captioned the video with a prayer. “We are nothing if we are not a collection of the scars, tattoos, and smiles of a life well lived. I wish for you today, that you find great joy in the joy you [...] »
Photo: Disney / Pixar Pixar's Inside Out enjoyed the largest opening weekend for an original property, animated, live-action or otherwise, this past weekend and before the film was ever released I had a chance to sit down with director and screenwriter Pete Docter and the film's producer Jonas Rivera to largely discuss the ins and outs of turning this movie from a seedling of an idea Docter had back in 2009 to the feature film audiences are eating up in theaters right now. How does a movie go from merely being a story about the emotions inside the head of an 11-year-old girl to being the complex, yet simply understood, logic machine Docter and his team of story writers, animators, artists and technical advisors conceivedc What was the thinking behind the fluffy skin of the animated emotionsc How did hand-drawn animation actually help the CG productionc And I have a question about »
- Brad Brevet
Sequels are never easy, especially in animation. Even with all the success Pixar has enjoyed with the “Toy Story” franchise there are few who felt the follow ups to “Cars” and “Monsters, Inc” lived up to even the conceptual charm of the originals. DreamWorks Animation pulled off rare successes with “Kung Fu Panda 2” and “How To Train Your Dragon 2,” but let’s avoid diving into the unnecessary chapters of the “Madagascar” universe, shall we? And as for 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky’s “Ice Age” series, those three sequels are almost the textbooks for fashioning strict consumer product just to sell tickets. The pitfalls of making a spin-off without creative justification is what Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment hoped to avoid with their new “Despicable Me” prequel, “Minions,” and they mostly succeeded. Yes, those adorable little yellow Minions who became the secret stars of both 2010’s “Despicable Me »
- Gregory Ellwood
Director: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin; Screenwriter: Brian Lynch; Starring: Pierre Coffin, Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Allison Janney, Jennifer Saunders, Steve Coogan, Geoffrey Rush; Running time: 91 mins; Certificate: U
As the icing on the cake of the hugely successful Despicable Me movies, the Minions were in many ways the real stars of the show, providing standout moments of ingenious slapstick and wonderfully endearing comedy.
But unlike its Despicable predecessors - which took an immense $543m and then $970m at the global box office - this new prequel, in which the little yellow goofballs take centre stage, can feel sugary sweet but slightly hollow.
Adults hoping for an all-ages animation worthy of Toy Story or Up, or even just a continuation of the Minions adventures with the brilliantly-crafted Gru, may find it falls short. Which feels like a genuine shame, given their universal appeal. Is there anyone out there who doesn't love the courageous jellybeans? »
Amy Poehler and I sat there, stumped. In the middle of an interview about Inside Out, I'd mentioned that as far as I could remember, there had never before been an animated buddy movie starring two female characters. Both of us racked our brains. Could that really be true?"I guess there's Frozen, right?" she ventured. "Yeah, but the sisters aren't buddied up," I pointed out. "Anna's on an adventure with Kristoff for most of the movie, and Elsa's on her own.""Right, they're two separate characters," said Poehler. "The Hope/Crosby of the film."We thought about it some more. "Brave, maybe?" I said. "Except there, Merida is buddied up with a transformed bear …"" … who doesn't talk." We smiled ruefully.Countless cartoons have been built around male duos — Woody and Buzz Lightyear from the first Toy Story come to mind, as do Aladdin and Genie, Mike and Sulley from Monsters, »
- Kyle Buchanan
- Jazz Tangcay
While it was only a few years ago that The Avengers was smashing box office records left and right, the sequel has now been overshadowed by the juggernaut of Jurassic World. The fourth film of the Jurassic Park series landed in the top spot for a second week in a row with an estimated $102 million and is likely to be the fastest movie to make $400 million by this week, the highest grossing film of the year, and with its momentum potentially the highest grossing domestic film of all-time (though it does have tough competition from Avatar). However, praise has not exactly been lacking for Inside Out, the latest from Pixar, which only managed second place with an estimated $91.1 million, but became one of the mostly highly rated films from the studio since the Toy Story franchise. While neither has released their budget costs, it is unlikely that either will be »
- Seth Paul
Like the lab-engendered Indominus Rex and its insatiable appetite, Jurassic World continues to devour and destroy everything that gets in its way, chomping its way to number one at the box office for a second straight week. By pulling in $102 million this weekend, Jurassic World joins Joss Whedon’s The Avengers (2012) as the only two films to gross more than $100 million on two separate weekends. Given it already has $981.3 million, it’ll probably become the fastest film to break the $1 billion mark.Pixar’s Inside Out, which has been reportedly making grown-ups bawl like babies around the country, made $91 million, the second-best opening for a Pixar film behind Toy Story 3’s $110.3 million in 2010. It’s also the highest gross for an original property, meaning a film that isn’t a sequel, remake, reboot, retread, or non-sourced work, beating James Cameron's Avatar, though that film opened on 500 fewer »
- Greg Cwik
Anghus Houvouras on the cult of Pixar…
I can remember my first Pixar film like it was yesterday. I was in college looking for an excuse not to study. Like many film enthusiasts the idea of a computer generated animated film had stoked my interest. A friend wandered into the theater green room and said ‘you heard anything about this new Tom Hanks animated movie’. Twenty minutes later we were at an almost empty theater seeing a mid day show marveling at what was very clearly a defining moment in cinema and the future of animation.
Toy Story was an amazing experience. One of those instant classics featuring great characters, amazing visuals (for the time), and a lot of heart. Disney’s animated output had been waning. The 1980’s was difficult for the ‘House of the Mouse’ as their animated features were starting to feel antiquated. They made a massive »
- Anghus Houvouras
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