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Last November, Disney made the announcement Toy Story fans had been eagerly awaiting, that Toy Story 4 is finally happening. The studio initially had set a June 16, 2017 release date for the animated sequel, but now those plans have changed, with Disney shifting the release by almost exactly one year, to June 15, 2018. As of now, there are no other movies slated for release on that date, but it will be situated directly between two highly-anticipated sequels, Warner Bros.' Godzilla 2 (June 8, 2018) and Universal's Jurassic World 2 (June 22, 2018).
John Lasseter, director of the original Toy Story and Toy Story 2, will direct Toy Story 4, which opens a new chapter in the lives of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the Toy Story gang. The story was dreamt up by Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich, the storytellers who have been the driving force behind all three Toy Story films. Rashida Jones and »
There’s plenty of Pixar to be had in 2015 — this year marks the first time that the animation studio is releasing two feature films in one calendar year. That’s in part because it’s been a long journey to the multiplex for “The Good Dinosaur,” Pixar’s film set for a November 25, 2015 release. Originally, the project was scheduled to open Thanksgiving 2013. The delay led to media labeling the film a “troubled toon.” But this isn’t the first time the studio found itself needing to take some unexpected extra time with a project. “Toy Story 2” and “Finding Nemo” both got pushed to later release dates, and delay gave Pixar time to work out the kinks in those films and deliver yet another fan- and critic-favorite. Director Peter Sohn — who originally was co-directing the film with “Up” director Bob Peterson before he departed the project — told HitFix he was »
- Emily Rome
New York Comic Con is in full swing this week, and while there, Disney revealed a bunch of release dates for Pixar projects that are due out in the next few years.
"The Incredibles 2" is now expected to hit theaters on June 21, 2019, nearly 15 years after the first flick's release. Fans have been desperate for a sequel ever since "The Incredibles" debuted back in November 2004, and there has been plenty of talk from Pixar and director Brad Bird in the meantime (Disney also revealed at Nycc that most of the main characters, including Samuel L. Jackson's Frozone, are expected to return); now, at long last, moviegoers have a specific date they can circle on their calendars.
"Toy Story 4," meanwhile, has been pushed back from its previously-announced 2017 release date, and will instead debut the following summer. A release date of June 15, 2018 has now been slated, marking the longest drought »
- Katie Roberts
I am not a gun. In 1999, we had fully embraced the future of animation. Toy Story and A Bug’s Life had already put Pixar on the map and Toy Story 2 was due out before y2k forced us to recreate all computer technology (or not). Because not only were fully computer-animated movies coming out (in addition to the Pixar collection, Antz was another fairly celebrated film and the first Shrek was just on the horizon), they had good stories. They had celebrity voices. They had the backing of major studios who were turning what was once known as kid’s movies into a behemoth the whole family could enjoy and pay full price admission for. This is why a brilliant film like Brad Bird’s The Iron Giant largely gets forgotten. A 2-D, low-budget, Warner Bros. animation feature film was never supposed to have an impact on the box office. Add »
- Josh Radde
Loved Inside Out? You may be one of the many people praying for a sequel to this year's animated hit. Pixar is certainly no stranger to creating franchises out of standalone films (see Toy Story 2 and 3, Cars 2, Monsters University, the upcoming Finding Dory, and more), but that doesn't necessarily mean Inside Out will automatically get the sequel treatment. The studio has yet to confirm anything, so we went straight to the cast! We caught up with some of them during a press day for the film, which is out on DVD on Oct. 13 (and Blu-ray on Nov. 3), and picked their brains about what they know. "I have not heard anything about a sequel, but I am hoping that there is one, for sure," said Kaitlyn Dias, who voices Riley. "I would love to be able to continue working on something as - 'awesome' isn't even a good enough »
- Maggie Pehanick
Actress Michelle Rodriguez, actor Jason Mitchell and Oscar-winning director John Lasseter, along with Roy Conli, Don Hall and Chris Williams, the producing and directing team behind the Animated Feature Film Oscar winner “Big Hero 6,” will be presenters at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 42nd Student Academy Awards on Thursday, September 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
The awards ceremony caps a week of industry activities for the 15 winning student filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad.
Rodriguez is a versatile actress whose breakout performance in “Girlfight” (2000) garnered her numerous awards, including an Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance as well as a National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance-Female. She went on to star in the multi-billion dollar “Fast and Furious” franchise. In addition, Rodriguez has starred in such film and television projects as “Avatar” for director James Cameron, »
- Michelle McCue
It's not that long ago that a sequel that did 65% of the original's business was deemed a success. Tell that to Spider-Man today...
When Tim Burton's Batman Returns was released in the summer of 1992, Warner Bros had high hopes. It was the follow-up to his 1989 Batman movie, which had shattered the record for a film's opening weekend at the Us box office (marking the first $40m+ opening on record in the States).
Batman went on to gross $251m at the American box office alone, and is credited as being a major stepping stone in the invention of the modern blockbuster (after the likes of Jaws and Star Wars). Hopes were not small for the sequel.
Even as late as the early 1990s, the main indicator of a film's commercial success lay in its American box office takings. By that kind of measure, this summer's Terminator: Genisys would have been »
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You may think that the key to making immortal cinematic greatness is total and complete originality, but in reality many of film’s most jaw-dropping moments are actually lifted directly from previous greats, sometimes so brazenly it’s a shock the director actually got away with it.
Of course, imitation, pastiche and homaging has been the bread and butter of filmmakers since the time when bread came unsliced and butter was stored in a pantry. Filmmakers are constantly learning from each other and perfecting cinematic style (obligatory Citizen Kane reference), and thus often find it apt to give a shoutout to cinema’s illustrious past; Tommy shoots at Henry Hill at the end of Goodfellas in a homage to The Great Train Robbery; everything from The Untouchables to Ghostbusters 2 has nodded towards Battleship Potemkin’s baby carriage; Zurg reveals he’s Buzz’s father in Toy Story 2 »
- Alex Leadbeater
Fan theories seem to be everywhere nowadays with something for everyone, including making The Joker a good guy in The Dark Knight, linking Andy’s mom to Jessie in Toy Story 2, and tying every Pixar movie together in one crazed timeline. But are those good for movie fans or bad? We bring on the Managing Editor of Movie Mezzanine, and host of the Mousterpiece Cinema podcast, Josh Spiegel to discuss his latest article on the dangers of fan theories and why they may be bad for film writing. We also discuss the latest news out of Telluride, trailers for upcoming Oscar contenders such as The Danish Girl, and say goodbye to horror legend, Wes Craven.
Horror legend Wes Craven dies at the age of 76 Telluride Film Festival includes Beasts of No Nation and Steve Jobs Telluride pulls Aretha Franklin documentary, Amazing Grace Cate Blanchett to portray Lucille Ball »
- Zach Dennis
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 »
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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 »
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