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September sees loads of new films – and a few telly shows – joining Amazon Prime Instant Video in the UK. Here's our low-down...
As streaming services go, Amazon Prime Instant Video is one of the youngest names around.
There’s a decent library of entertainment behind the relative-newbie moniker, though. That’s partly due to the fact that the website used to be LoveFilm, before Amazon bought them out.
In September 2015, some big films and telly shows are coming to stream on Amazon Prime Instant Video. Here’s our list, to keep you primed and ready (arf)…
Criminal Minds (seasons 1 to 9)
The Following (season 2)
Awkward (season 4)
Superman – Unbound (2013)
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 (2013)
Hand Of God (season 1)
The Asylum (2014)
Green Lantern (2011)
We’re The Millers (2013)
Dark City (1998)
Toy Story (1995)
Monsters University (2013)
No one thought it was going to happen. Most expected that the Toy Story gang were going to be relegated to Pixar shorts for the rest of eternity. Toy Story 3 was said to be the end of a trilogy, and the end of the big screen movie series as well. But nothing this great ever stays dormant for long. The team at Disney Pixar devised a new story they felt was worthy of the big screen, and thus Toy Story 4 was born. At this weekend's D23 presentation, director of the movie John Lasseter arrived to talk about the sequel and its love story. We have that presentation, along with an interview featuring the man himself.
Disney's D23 Expo kicked off Friday with a massive three-hour panel that showcased the 20th Anniversary of Toy Story, while looking forward to Toy Story 4, arriving in theaters June 16, 2017. Pixar Animation Studios' John Lasseter, »
Disney's big D23 Expo is underway and last night the House of Mouse started things off with a look at the upcoming films on their animation slate. This included new looks and information on Finding Dory, Toy Story 4, Moana, and a few more. Come inside to check it all out in one spot.
We already reported on one of the new animated films that was announced last night, Gigantic, but there was so much more Disney had in store for attendees at D23. While the majority of information came from previously annnounced films, there was another new animation project revealed in the form of Coco:
“Coco” – Director Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”) and producer Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”) revealed the title of their upcoming film today at D23 Expo 2015. Disney·Pixar’s “Coco” is the celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Disney's D23 Expo kicked off today with a massive three-hour panel that showcased the 20th Anniversary of Toy Story, while looking forward to Toy Story 4, arriving in theaters June 16, 2017. Pixar Animation Studios' John Lasseter, who's one of Pixar's three founders, celebrated 20 years since Toy Story transformed the animation industry and the art of storytelling. Lasseter welcomed to the stage iconic two-time Oscar-winning songwriter and longtime Pixar collaborator Randy Newman, whose Pixar credits include Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc. and Cars.
Also joining in the celebration were Toy Story 4 co-director Josh Cooley (Cars 2, Ratatouille) and producer Galyn Susman (Toy Story of Terror!). Screenwriters Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (Celeste and Jesse Forever) joined Buzz, Woody and Bo Peep in the Toy Story 4 celebration. Directed by Lasseter, the movie is slated for release on June 16, 2017. John Lasseter revealed earlier today that the »
(Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
Filmmakers from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios introduced D23 Expo 2015 fans to an array of new stories and characters—from a lost dinosaur to a master wayfinder, a scheming fox to a forgetful fish.
The audience of 7,500 was treated to sneak peeks, musical performances and appearances from stars like Ellen DeGeneres, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dwayne Johnson, Randy Newman and Ty Burrell, among others.
John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, led the presentations, calling on a host of filmmakers from both studios to introduce the upcoming slate of films. “We really have an unbelievable range of movies in production at our studios right now,” said Lasseter. “The stories are dynamic, fresh and so much fun; the characters new and old are so appealing. I’m excited to share some of our long-held »
- Michelle McCue
Disney's biennial D23 Expo is currently under way at the Anaheim Convention Center, with the big event running throughout the weekend. Once the exhibition hall was open to the public, fans noticed a number of new posters for Disney and Pixar animated movies, such as Cars 3, Toy Story 4 and The Incredibles 2. We also have photos from exhibition hall displays for Moana and Finding Dory. Many of these animated movies, along with The Good Dinosaur and Disney Animation's Zootopia, will be presented during Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios' panel today at 3 Pm in Hall D23, hosted by John Lasseter, so stay tuned for more details about these upcoming projects.
Both Cars 3 and Incredibles 2 were announced last year by Pixar, and while we don't know who is writing or directing Cars 3 yet, The Incredibles director Brad Bird is coming back to write and direct The Incredibles 2. »
The ending to Toy Story 3 seemed pretty final when it closed with a sense of nostalgia and love on its vision of Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the Andy toy gang. In fact, it felt like it had to be the end since Woody and the whole collection were 'set free' by Andy to be the playthings of another child altogether. So where do you go with Toy Story 4?
Apparently in the direction of a love story.
While chatting at Disney’s D23 celebrations, John Lasseter, director of Toy Story and Toy Story 2, as well as chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, revealed where they’re taking the fourth film. By commanding the directorial reins again, Toy Story 4 will be Lasseter’s first personally helmed film since Cars 2, »
Last November, Pixar made the announcement fans had been waiting four years for, that Toy Story 4 is finally happening. The studio often said that 2010's Toy Story 3 would be the franchise's last theatrical sequel, but the Toy Story gang has returned for a number of short films throughout the years, such as Toy Story: Hawaiian Vacation, Toy Story: Small Fry, Toy Story: Partysaurus Rex, Toy Story of Terror! and last year's Toy Story That Time Forgot. Before the D23 Convention got started today, director John Lasseter finally revealed new story details for the animated sequel, in an interview with CNBC.
"It's something we've never done before with Toy Story. It's a love story with Woody and - and this is news - Bo Peep. At Pixar and at Disney, we only make sequels if we come up with a story that's as good or better than the original. »
Pixar's definitely on a roll this year, and Sanjay's "Super Team" (playing in front of "The Good Dinosaur" on Nov. 25) ) is very special and particularly Oscar worthy. It's Pixar's first semi-autobiographical short in which board artist Sanjay Patel ("Toy Story 2," "Monsters, Inc.," "The Incredibles") comes to terms with his Hindu heritage, which he was ashamed of as a child growing up in San Bernardino. The little boy tries to watch his favorite superhero cartoon but his father insists that he mediate with him. Bored, he imagines summoning three Hindu deities to fight a three-headed demon in a thematic and stylistic assimilation of West and East (assisted by a lovely score by Mychael Danna, Oscar winner for "Life of Pi"). Read More: "Inside Out" Producer Jonas Rivera on Protecting Pixar's Vision Bill Desowitz: The project really took off when John Lasseter suggested making it a more personal story about your. »
- Bill Desowitz
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. »
But we would argue that Marvel should be pleased with the performance of its latest film and be prepared for more relatively modest successes further down the line.
The trouble with Ant-Man
It's small wonder that there has been some surprise over Ant-Man's opening weekend Us gross of $57,225,526 (£36,807,903). The Edward Norton-starring, largely forgotten 2008 film Incredible Hulk (which took $55,414,050 / £35,645,019) was Marvel Studios' first official release, and since then their profile and success has been consistently on the rise.
Ant-Man was a challenge for Marvel, and the company didn't make it easy on itself. It wasn't the first release on the more obscure end of its catalogue, but 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy overcame scepticism with what was probably »
We're holding a special Inside Out screening in London this Sunday - with some very special Q&A guests...
Update: We're already oversubscribed. We are keeping a reserve list, but in the interests of playing fair with people, we'd rather let you know that every seat is currently taken.
Now, you're going to have to bear with us, as we're really rather excited about this.
For our latest special reader screening preview event is Pixar's brand new film, Inside Out. The same Inside Out that's earned rave reviews in the Us, and has already been a major box office hit over there. It comes to UK cinemas on Friday 24th July - but a bunch of lucky readers are going to get to see it early this coming weekend in London, in a private screening room.
And it gets better.
Joining us after the film will be the Academy Award-winning director of Inside Out, »
Because we’re in the doldrums of the summer blockbuster season, our minds have been preoccupied with the state of studio filmmaking. Following the tepid domestic response to “Terminator: Genisys” and “Magic Mike Xxl” over the weekend, we wondered aloud on Monday if sequels might need the same level of scrutiny that failures of “original films” like “Tomorrowland” garner. There must be something going on in the internet psychosphere because a video is making the rounds that attempts to break down what exactly makes or breaks a sequel. Bluntly titled “What Makes A Sequel Good?,” the new video from Now You See It attempts to answer the titular question. In five minutes, examples of both good and bad sequels – specifically part 2s – are compared to each other to find distinct differences. The good examples include both Terminator 2: Judgment Day and “Toy Story 2,” with the bad featuring “Speed 2: Cruise Control »
- Cain Rodriguez
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
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 is at it again, ladies and gentleman. They’ve created another endearingly emotional CGI-animated extravaganza, and this time it’s very self-aware. By “self-aware” I mean that it is an endearingly emotional movie about endearing emotions. “Inside Out” is a movie about actual emotions who have been re-interpreted as human beings. I haven’t seen “Inside Out” yet, and here’s why: Pixar movies make me cry my eyes out. I’m sure that soon I will cave and decide to go watch it, but for now I’m still just trying to recover from the last few times Pixar made me cry: •Wall-e Wall-e was a tragically sad movie. Mankind has abandoned earth because it is covered in trash, and Wall-e is a garbage-collecting robot who has been left to clean up the mess. He lives a very lonely life. Then he meets Eve, a sleek girl-robot and he falls in love. »
- Zara Lisbon
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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