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I’ll Be Back: 10 movie sequels that were better than the original

25 October 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Thirty years ago today, James Cameron’s The Teminator dominated the box office on its opening day.

Though the Arnold Schwarzenegger action film is now considered a modern classic, it’s not exactly the best film in its franchise.

In the intervening nine years between The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) became a hard-willed warrior, determined to protect her son John Connor and the future of humanity. That’s one big step up from her colourless, sometimes hysterical demeanour in The Terminator. Already Terminator 2 is the better movie.

Terminator isn’t the only franchise that has a high-achieving younger sibling. Let’s go through some of our favourites.

 

Aliens

James Cameron makes a good sequel. Unfortunately, his follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi thriller Alien was postponed for years while Cameron wrote and directed The Terminator and Rambo: First Blood Part II. We’re very »

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Pixar Confirms Peter Sohn as The Good Dinosaur Director with Teaser Video

20 October 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The folks at Pixar are no stranger to significantly overhauling their films during production—Ratatouille and Toy Story 2 were both essentially started over from scratch when Brad Bird and John Lassetter replaced the previous directors, respectively—but The Good Dinosaur has been a curious case.  The film was initially planned as Up co-director Bob Peterson’s first Pixar film as principal director, but Peterson was removed from the project nine months before release.  Then, eight months before release, Pixar pushed The Good Dinosaur off its May 2014 release date all the way back to November 25, 2015.  When Peterson was taken off the project, Pixar neglected to name a replacement and simply stated that the Pixar Brain Trust was acting as interim director for the time being. The last official word we heard about the film was over a year ago, but now things appear to be back on track as Pixar »

- Adam Chitwood

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Check Out The First Trailer For Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out

2 October 2014 11:58 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Check out the new teaser trailer for Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out.

From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie “ Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind.

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, »

- Michelle McCue

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16 hidden treats found waiting for you in movie credits

11 September 2014 1:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Some films keep entertaining us even as the final credits roll. Here are some hidden treats at the end of 16 movies...

We've talked in the past about the current trend for stings at the end of movie credits - we once put together a list of 50 of our favourites. But that's not what this article is about. Instead, inspired by a quite wonderful scene midway through the credits of The Boxtrolls, we've been hunting around for extra goodies that you may have missed in other films. Some of these are just lines of text, others are far more substantial. But also, none of them are new or extended scenes - at least in the strictest sense.

There are inevitable spoilers for one or two things ahead, but we've tried to keep the headers as spoiler-free as possible so you can skip to the next entry if you want to. Let's start with The Boxtrolls, »

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Pixar Movie Supercut Explores the Use of Color

9 September 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

This is a one-minute movie supercut called "Roygbiv" that explores the use of color in the films of Pixar. Those movies include footage from Toy StoryA Bug's LifeToy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-e, Up, Toy Story 3Cars 2, Brave, and Monsters University. The video was created by Rishi Kaneria, and it's really interesting to see how the color design of these films work with each other. Also the title of the video corresponds with the colors presented, which of course are the colors of the rainbow. Thanks to /Film for the tip!

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Votd: The Colorful Worlds of Pixar

9 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Vimeo user Rishi Kaneria has created a supercut celebrating the colorful worlds seen in Pixar movies. The short one minute and a half video features scenes from Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-e, Up, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Brave and Monsters University. I […]

The post Votd: The Colorful Worlds of Pixar appeared first on /Film. »

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'Roygbiv' makes your favorite Pixar movies even prettier

8 September 2014 5:14 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Roygbiv (noun)

1) An acronym that stands for the color order of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.

2) A short video, edited by Rishi Kaneria with music by Moderat, that brings various Pixar clips together, demonstrating how the animation studio uses said color spectrum, visually and narratively.

For our purposes, we’ll be discussing the latter…Roygbiv, the video, begins strong with bold red and orange hues (i.e. Merida’s fiery red hair in Brave), mellows out a bit with relaxing yellows and greens (i.e. the pastel house from Up), and really cools off with blues, »

- C. Molly Smith

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John Lithgow Talks Pixar's The Good Dinosaur

20 August 2014 9:22 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

There was much consternation a little over a year ago when Pixar confirmed that director Bob Peterson had been removed from one of its upcoming projects, The Good Dinosaur, and the film was being retooled. According to John Lithgow, who plays one of the main characters, the team has been hard at work reconceiving the prehistoric adventure much in the same way they reworked Toy Story 2 and Ratatouille, among others.“I recorded the entire role in Good Dinosaur. They have now dismantled it and completely reimagined it, and it is a fantastic new story," Lithgow tells Collider. "So I’m gonna record again on it within the next month. Don’t worry. It’s coming and it’s gonna be better than I ever imagined.”Such a comprehensive overhaul points to possible re-casting, though Lithgow notes that he and Francis McDormand are still aboard as adult dinosaurs. Bill Hader, »

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11 Video Games That’ll Hit You Right In The Childhood

1 August 2014 11:59 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Marvel

These days you’d be hard pressed to find a list of must-have titles for the newer consoles, but back in the 90′s we had it all.

From orange marsupials to fireball-throwing combatants and fully polygonal plumbers – it was a pretty special decade. One that’s been referenced recently thanks to the HD remastering of ancient fart-happy classic Abe’s Odyssey – now named ‘New n’ Tasty’. The game itself has remained fairly similar mechanically, but has had a full redux in terms of graphics and animation, expertly bringing to life the core feel of the game for a new generation.

But what if you don’t want a shiny version of something that was just oh-so exquisitely perfect the first time round? Certain older titles are just as easily revisited in 2014 precisely because of their primitive sound effects, blocky-as-hell graphics and hilarious animation.

Back when we were all growing »

- Scott Tailford

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The House of Magic Review

21 July 2014 5:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Within the past few years a variety of hard-hitting, somewhat bleak dramas have hailed out of Belgium. From Our Children, to The Kid with a Bike, to the recently Academy Award nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown – it’s a nation currently going through something of a bright patch. However, sadly that doesn’t seem to extend to films made for a younger crowd, as filmmakers Jeremy Degruson and Ben Stassen present the underwhelming, albeit enchanting, children’s animation The House of Magic.

Murray Blue voices Thunder, an abandoned kitten who seeks shelter at the home of veteran magician Lawrence (Doug Stone), much to the displeasure of his other pets Maggie the Mouse (Shanelle Gray) and Jack the Rabbit (George Babbit), who are jealous of the affection shown towards him. Finally feeling settled and at home in this fantastical, outlandish new environment, living amongst a host of magical creations, it could be a short-lived stay, »

- Stefan Pape

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Pixar Reveals Lava Short Will Screen Before Inside Out

20 June 2014 7:35 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

In addition to teasing a small band of journalists Thursday with footage from the upcoming Inside Out, Pixar Animation Studios revealed that the short film programmed to play in front of Pete Docter.s feature next year will be titled Lava. and they shared that gorgeous poster above to help set the stage. James Ford Murphy, the head of animation of Pixar, helms this short after logging time as an animator on A Bug.s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Ratatouille and many more Pixar features. Murphy has been toiling in the Cars universe for Pixar as of late, serving as supervising animator on the spinoff short Mater and the Ghostlight. He also supervised the animation on this brilliant short, still one of Pixar.s best. What.s Lava about? According to a studio release, the movie will be "a musical love story that takes place over millions of »

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New Poster For Disney Pixar Short Lava; Inside Out Gets Official Synopsis

19 June 2014 10:22 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Pixar Animation Studios has a lot in store for movie goers and animation enthusiasts during the summer of 2015. The studio has released the official title treatment and synopsis for the upcoming animated feature Inside Out as well as the first poster for the new animated short film Lava.

Disney/Pixar gave La journalists an early sneak preview tonight and by all accounts, the footage shown was stunning.

Inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, Lava is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years.

From director James Ford Murphy and producer Andrea Warren, Lava opens in theaters in front of Inside Out.

From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places.

In Disney•Pixar’s original movie Inside Out, he »

- Michelle McCue

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The movie directors who could use a good boss

19 June 2014 7:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

They're talented, individual, but could, possibly, do with a bit of editorial guidance. Could these directors use a boss, we wonder?

Odd List

In truth, we're a bit frightened about this one. Several times in pub/coffee shop/cider drinking in the park conversations, we've chatted about film directors who perhaps have got too powerful, that they seem to be able to get their own way without having someone to call bullshit on them - be it a good boss, or a very good friend that they trust and listen to.

This can be a very good thing. After all, we want film directors to be free to tell their stories. We don't want studio suits calling the shots. And some directors use their independence wondefully well, without losing what bought it to them in the first place (so, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Robert Zemeckis and such like).

Still, »

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 – The Review

12 June 2014 6:36 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

DreamWorks Animation has made us wait four years for the sequel to their most beloved toon How To Train Your Dragon (Despicable Me, Rio and both of their sequels were released between the two Dragon films). They clearly wanted to get it right and they did. How To Train Your Dragon 2 does not disappoint. It’s darker and more ambitious than the original, perhaps less well structured, but combines gorgeous visuals with surprisingly deep emotions. It’s the best animated film I’ve seen this year.

How To Train Your Dragon 2 soars from the start with an opening dragon-racing competition, a sport that plays like Quidditch with sheep. Reintroduced are the main characters: our hero Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), now in a serious relationship with Astrid (America Ferrera), his wacky comrades Fishlegs (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), Snotlout (Jonah Hill), and twins Tuffnut and Ruffnut (T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig). Everything is idyllic in the village of Burk, »

- Tom Stockman

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Angus MacLane Co-Directing Finding Dory With Andrew Stanton

11 June 2014 10:13 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Though Cars 2 fizzled and Monsters University didn’t really offer much to Monsters Inc. fans, Pixar has proven with Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3 that it understands how to make great sequels. So we’re holding out hope for Finding Dory, a sequel to Oscar winner Finding Nemo, especially because the first film’s director Andrew Stanton is back on board. Unfortunately, we won’t get to see it until 2016 because of The Good Dinosaur getting delayed and moved to Dory‘s spot, but at least we’ve got some interesting news about the film to tide us over.

While tweeting about an amusing Lego creation, Stanton let slip that Pixar veteran Angus MacLane is co-directing Finding Dory with him:

From my co-director’s clever Lego “couch” series: “@AngusMacLane: Tony Stark having a drink on a couch, in Lego. http://t.co/uw6oyALe36”

— andrew stanton (@andrewstanton) June 5, 2014

Yes, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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15 Laziest Movie Sequels Of All Time

9 June 2014 10:11 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Unless your name is James Cameron, sequels seem to have been the easiest way to generate big box office for the last couple of decades. With brand recognition and franchise appeal becoming increasingly important to the studios in regards to their big-budget output, high-profile sequels now tend to have release dates before the first movie even hits theaters.

Based on this blockbuster template of turning every successful movie into a franchise, it should come as no surprise that 37 of the 50 highest-grossing movies in history are sequels of some sort. Unsurprisingly for something that is designed to generate maximum profits, sequels have a reputation for being commercial exercises over creative ones. For every great sequel like The Godfather Part II, Dark Knight or Toy Story 2, there are plenty of terrible ones such as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Men in Black II or Blair Witch: Book of Shadows.

With that in mind, »

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'Toy Story of Terror' Comes to Blu-ray and DVD August 19th

21 May 2014 8:34 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Everyone's favorite Toys are back in Disney&#8226Pixar's frightfully fun adventure Toy Story of Terror!, available for the first time ever on Blu-ray + Digital Copy, DVD, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere August 19th. Reuniting after the events of the blockbuster smash Toy Story 3, Buzz, Woody and the gang join new friend Combat Carl for a spooky tale full of mystery and humor that's a must-own for Toy Story and Disney&#8226Pixar fans this summer!

Toy Story of Terror! makes its in-home debut loaded with never-before-seen bonus features, including three Vintage Toy Commercials, which can be viewed as act breaks during the film or separately with Director Introductions. Additional all-new bonus features include Audio Commentary, Deleted Scenes with Editor Introductions and "Team of Specialists," in which director Angus MacLane goes deep behind the scenes to introduce the team of specialists required to make this fun-filled Toy Story adventure!

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Channing Tatum And Steve Carell Hash It Out In First Clip From Foxcatcher

16 May 2014 8:51 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The first clip from true story crime biopic, Foxcatcher, has arrived online – quite a while after the teaser trailer debuted.

When the release date of a much-anticipated film is pushed back (ahem, we’re looking at you Batman vs. Superman) a number of reasons are often cited as to why. More space is required for creativity to flourish, a conflicting schedule, a large wodge of the finished product has been lost (ahem, Toy Story 2.) For director Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball) though, it was all down to the editing process.

Sony Pictures Classics announced a while back that the flick’s original fall 2013 release was to be delayed roughly 12 months, immediately after dropping the first trailer. Scheduled to premiere in competition at Cannes next week, Foxcatcher is now on the slate for a wide North American release later this year.

Turns out Miller’s unique approach to the cut job was responsible, »

- Gem Seddon

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Review: David Newman Conducts The New York Philharmonic's Tribute To The Pixar Films

2 May 2014 10:33 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

There are precious few things in life that reach the status of absolute perfection. Off-hand I can think of three:

1. A top notch Cuban cigar.

2. A wee-small hours meal in a New Jersey White Castle.

3. Any performance by the New York Philharmonic.

Last night, I had the opportunity to cover the latter for Cinema Retro, as the Philharmonic, under the direction of the esteemed conductor David Newman, presented a magnificent tribute to the music of the Pixar animated film classics. The event took place at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City and was the latest production in the legendary orchestra's tie-ins to major motion pictures. Last year, I reported on the Philharmonic's similar celebration of the films of Alfred Hitchcock. (Click here for coverage)  However, the Pixar event was even more impressive. My one gripe with the Hitchcock event was that the film »

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Barbie live-action comedy movie in the works from Sony, Mattel

24 April 2014 1:48 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A Barbie live-action comedy movie is in the works with Sony Pictures and Mattel.

The project will be produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald with Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City, The Big C) writing the script.

Sony's production president Hannah Minghella said: "We've always thought that the Barbie story had great potential, but a universe of possibilities opened up when Jenny, Walter and Laurie brought us their unexpected, clever, and truly funny concept.

"It captures everything that has made Barbie a classic for generation after generation while also standing on its own, establishing Barbie as a truly original screen character."

The Barbie movie marks the second collaboration between Sony and Mattel, who are working on a Masters of the Universe project together.

According to Deadline, the Barbie storyline will see the character utilise "her personal and professional skills to step into the lives of others and improve them, »

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