9 items from 2015
Pixar's new film Inside Out follows five anthropomorphized emotions as they vie for control of an 11-year-old girl's mind, and it seems apropos that the two emotions we get to know the best are Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler) and Sadness (played by The Office's Phyllis Smith). Certainly, the last two decades of Pixar movies have brought audiences and critics plenty of joy, and to judge from Inside Out's rapturously received Cannes Film Festival bow this morning — which led Variety's Peter Debruge to call Pixar's 15th film "one of those rare movies that transcends the medium" — there will be plenty of smiles this summer when Inside Out comes out Stateside.But sadness is an integral part of the Pixar formula, too. Think of Toy Story 3's tearful finale, or Toy Story 2's gut-punching Sarah MacLachlan number. Audiences famously wept during the first ten minutes of Up, »
- Kyle Buchanan
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century? Check here for a complete list of our essays. The end of the 1990s was the end of an era on the big screen. The independent filmmaking movement that started the decade had taken full bloom and infiltrated the business. Major studios had begun to jump headlong into the "dependent" game, amping up prestige product and utilizing the awards season as a marketing tool. The blockbuster landscape at the summer multiplex had been interesting, full of original concepts (good and bad), but something else was on the way — a new overlord in the business of film, and one that would more or less make the age of the movie star (at least as we had come to know it) a thing of the past. For those reasons and a slew of others, »
- Kristopher Tapley
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
He will join John Lasseter at the helm of the fourth film starring Woody, Buzz and the gang.
Games Radar reports Cooley has previously acted as Head of Story on Pixar's latest film Inside Out.
Toy Story 4 will not be a direct sequel to the previous films but will instead be a standalone movie.
Pixar President Jim Morris said it will be more like a "romantic comedy".
As chief creative officer of both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, John Lasseter oversees two of the most powerful entertainment brands on earth, and does so while striving to maintain a “non-hierarchical” creative structure. He’s mad about studio notes, requiring all Pixar filmmakers to screen works-in-progress internally every 12 weeks, and maintaining a comprehensive company app (dubbed “Notesar”) that automatically collects and collates volumes of suggestions — yet he insists that all notes, even his own, be considered non-mandatory.
“Artists always want to hold things close to their chests, by nature, and say ‘look, just give me a little more time, I can make it that much better,’ ” Lasseter acknowledges. “But the director who brings the movie in (to an internal screening) knows that everyone is there to help make it the best movie it can be. And there’s no desire to make things fit perfectly into any kind »
- Andrew Barker
Speaking to Buzzfeed, the filmmaking pair revealed that although the beloved fairytale stands as the most successful Disney film of all time, the company is hesitant about fast-tracking a return to the kingdom of Arendelle.
“It’s been in the press that we are doing it, and we would ask each other, ‘Are we?’” Buck said. “They’d have a date and they’d have a cast and it was like, Ok…”
“It all comes down to the story,” Lee added. “Like with the short, it was so daunting until we found the story. Then it was all of the things it usually is and we were thinking of every emotion and moment and feeling. I think that’s all we can do. »
- Michael Briers
When the announcement was made that there would soon be a Toy Story 4 in production, many fans of the franchise expressed deep dismay at the perceived unnecessary gamble with the legacy of what might just be one of the most perfect trilogies ever to grace a cinema screen. Vocal dissenters argued that Toy Story 3 was an enviable ending that simply could not be bettered. Regardless, Toy Story 4 has continued its way to realization. But now, Pixar President Jim Morris has given some broad details to Disney Latino (translated by /Film).
“The third movie ended in a beautiful way and completed a trilogy. I think this movie is not part of this trilogy. It is a separate story, which in turn, I do not know if [it] will be continued. Never begin a project with that in mind.
“It is not a continuation of the end of Toy Story 3. »
- Sarah Myles
Sequels. A few years back, Pixar found themselves heavily involved in the sequels game. Toy Story 2 wasn.t the exception anymore. Cars begat Cars 2. Monsters Inc. gave way to Monsters University. A third and fourth Toy Story became realities. And now, Finding Nemo is getting a sequel. or, at least, a spinoff. Pixar.s summer release in 2016 will take audiences back into the water with everyone.s favorite forgetful fish. Finding Dory will reach theaters 12 years (!!) after 2003.s Finding Nemo introduced us to a nervous clown fish, his suffocated son, and the amnesic blue tang fish that helped them on their rescue mission. But what has changed between now and then? A lot, both on the screen, and off. Let.s dive in to Pixar.s latest sequel with our What We Know So Far guide to Pixar.s Finding Dory. Ellen Degeneres When Pixar decided to go »
Grimm channels The Expendables in this week's entertaining rescue mission adventure, feat. a new and improved Juliette...
This review contains spoilers.
Okay, that might be taking it a bit far, but this week’s episode of Grimm was a lot of fun to watch, as the gang pooled their efforts to rescue Monroe from the clutches of a psychopathic cult.
Firstly, letting Wu into the secret is without doubt a crowd-pleaser. Nick and Hank attempt to ease him into the world of Grimm without freaking him out too much, bringing in the least terrifying of Wesen – Bud – to demonstrate woging. This just takes Wu’s already permanently shocked expression to new levels of disbelief.
They called it prepping »
9 items from 2015
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