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What makes a Pixar movie a Pixar movie? Besides sharing some general rules of storytelling, the studio's 15 films often share similar themes of maturity, acceptance, and community, and now Vox has come up with a chart illustrating just how much each film adheres to Pixar's thematic template. (The Good Dinosaur, which comes out Wednesday, is not included.) As you might expect, recent cry-fest Inside Out hits the majority of Pixar's favorite notes — it's the most Pixar-y movie since 1999's Toy Story 2. (By this count, A Bug's Life, Ratatouille, and Brave are the least Pixar-y Pixar movies, though of course it would be possible to come up with a different set of standard that puts those movies near the top.) The only Pixar thing Inside Out and Toy Story are missing? We'll give you one hint: It rhymes with "Walking Tars."See the full-size chart here. »
- Nate Jones
Inside Out is the third biggest movie of 2015. And this week, it finally comes home on Bu-ray and DVD. To celebrate the release, we caught up with the voice behind one of this animated adventure's biggest surprises. Yes, we got to talk to Riley's imaginary friend, Bing Bong. Ok, actually, we talked to the man responsible for bringing Bing Bong to life, Mr. Richard Kind.
Inside Out is set in Headquarters, the control center inside 11-year-old Riley's mind, where five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Fear (voice of Bill Hader) heads up safety, Anger (voice of Lewis Black) ensures all is fair and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) prevents Riley from getting poisoned-both physically and socially. Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith) isn't exactly sure what her role is, and frankly, neither is anyone else. »
We recently journeyed to Pixar to take a look behind the scenes of The Good Dinosaur. Ryan goes behind the scenes of Pixar's latest.
Over 20 years of feature filmmaking, Pixar has specialised in making us care about the unlikeliest of characters: toys, cars, fish, insects, the emotions rattling around inside the head of an ordinary school girl. It all began, of course, with Toy Story, the 1995 film which transformed the face of animated movies. Its humour, pathos and technical ingenuity were all so natural, so effortless, that it’s easy to forget just how ground-breaking John Lasseter’s film really was.
With each subsequent film, Pixar has explored different themes and set itself new challenges; it’s worth noting that, of the 15 feature-length movies Pixar has released so far, only four are sequels. Pixar’s most recent film, Inside Out, is the latest example of how adept »
Usually, a competing project is poison for a studio. Especially in the era now where a blockbuster costs the national budget of a small country to get out into the world, you don't want to be up against a film with similar subject matter.
Yet this keeps happening, time and time again. Even now, there are two live action Jungle Book movies in various stages of production, for example. And let us not forget when K-9 and Turner And Hooch once did battle...
But how have the movie showdowns of old turned out? And are there any instances where everyone's a winner?
Er, not many as it happens...
Let's start with two reasonably budgeted horror films, that both got wide releases. Jan De Bont »
When Pixar fans head to theaters to watch The Good Dinosaur next month, they will also be treated to the new animated short Sanjay's Super Team. Back in April, we showed you the first look photo from the short, and today we have the first clip, featuring a young Indian boy named Sanjay who is engrossed in a superhero cartoon dubbed Super Team, while his father meditates. A playful battle emerges when Sanjay's father rings a bell, asking the young lad to join him in meditation, but Sanjay has other plans.
The animated short marks the directorial debut of Sanjay Patel, who has worked as an animator and story artist for Pixar since 1998's A Bug's Life. The Sanjay's Super Team plot is loosely based on his own upbringing in San Bernadino, California, where young Sanjay idolized animated superhero shows such as SuperFriends, which served as the inspiration for the fictional SuperTeam. »
Couldn't get enough of Inside Out in the theater? Great news! Pixar's hit is out on DVD on Oct. 13 (plus Blu-ray on Nov. 3), and we got the chance to sit down with the people behind the main characters: Kyle MacLachlan (aka Dad) and Kaitlyn Dias (aka Riley). Of course, we had to ask about Riley's First Date, the short movie debuting on the DVD, as well as what they know about a sequel. Turns out, the Portlandia star and his animated daughter are quite the Disney buffs! Image Source: Getty / Jamie McCarthy, David Livingston Popsugar: What can you tell fans about what to expect and what you're most excited for them to see in Riley's First Date? Kaitlyn Dias: Dad gets a little bit protective in it. Riley brings home a male friend to just go out on a playdate with and Dad is like, "I've got my eye on you, »
- Maggie Pehanick
Forget banana pancakes with Jack Johnson—it's Disney-Pixar pancakes with Dancakes that we want! Dancakes, whose real name is Daniel Drake, describes himself as "the world's first professional pancake artist," and based on this incredible YouTube video he posted of his culinary creations, we'd say he's earned that title and then some! In the clip above, Dancakes transforms characters from Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-e, Up, Brave and Inside Out into incredible, totally edible pancakes! Each and every one looks pretty close to perfect, but how do these things taste? Dancakes told one commenter that he »
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
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 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 »
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. »
Just a heads up -- in case you can't get to Walt Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA from August 14-16 -- heaps of new Lucasfilm, Pixar, Marvel and Disney movie intel will be coming out of the event, so put yourself on standby for cool previews.
Disney just shared a press release with the 2015 schedule. You'll see it's noted that "a bevy of special guests will be on hand to offer a look at an unparalleled slate that includes Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Jungle Book, Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, Star Wars: The Force Awakens-and much, much more." Also, "Filmmakers will unveil never-before-seen footage from Pixar's upcoming The Good Dinosaur and Finding Dory and Disney Animation's Zootopia and Moana." So if those movies, and all Disney/Pixar projects, are of interest to you, just know some good teases should be coming out of this.
Here's the »
- Gina Carbone
Walt Disney Studios offers an exclusive look at its upcoming projects from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm at D23 Expo 2015, taking place August 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Studio will unveil its animation and live-action film slates via two huge Hall D23 presentations featuring surprise guests and many unforgettable moments. Other not-to-be-missed events include a Frozen FANdemonium musical celebration with Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and the 20th anniversary celebration of Disney Pixar's Toy Story with John Lasseter and the original Pixar crew.
Hall D23 Presentations:
After meeting the Emotions inside the mind of an 11-year-old, taking a trip to San Fransokyo, where a boy genius and his robot save the world, and falling in love with a queen with icy powers who wants to "let it go, »
We're all familiar with the stories of a boy and his dog and their fun adventures. But what if, millions and millions of years ago, a huge asteroid had missed Earth - and dinosaurs had never become extinct?
Well, those adventures might've been had by a boy and his dinosaur, just like in the new trailer for Pixar's "Good Dinosaur." The first teaser trailer introduced us to Arlo, the youngest of his Apatosaurus family, but we only got a brief glimpse at his new friend, Jack, a 7-year-old human caveman.
The new trailer shows us a lot more of Jack, who befriends Arlo by helping him retrieve a particularly high leafy treat. The two then embark on an adventure together, filled with beautiful vistas, difficult terrain, and dangerous foes, like a poisonous snake.
"The Good Dinosaur" has been in the works at Pixar for years, and appeared to be in some trouble. »
- Kelly Woo
Alex Rocco, a character actor who has acted for fifty years and is most famous for starring in "The Godfather," has died after long battle with cancer. He was 79 years old. In "The Godfather," Rocco played casino owner Moe Green. In a 2012 interview, the actor said that the role was "without a doubt, my biggest ticket anywhere. I mean that literally." Rocco has appeared in "Magic City," "Episodes," "The Simpsons," "The Facts of Life," "Batman," "Get Shorty," "A Bug's Life," "The Wedding Planner," "Smokin' Aces" and countless other projects. He won an Emmy in 1990 for best supporting actor in a comedy series for "The Famous Teddy Z." »
Rocco's daughter, Jennifer Rocco, revealed the actor's passing in a series of Facebook posts, writing that her father passed away on July 18 after a long, private battle with cancer. Jennifer Rocco thanked his fans for their support, writing, "I know he is watching over us."
Alex Rocco's prolific career spanned decades, but the actor became synonymous with "The Godfather," the 1972 Oscar-winning film in which he played casino owner Moe Greene. In a 2012 interview with The A.V. Club, Rocco said that that role was "without a doubt, my biggest ticket anywhere. I mean that literally."
Rocco parlayed that fame into a lengthy, eclectic resume in both film and television. He starred most recently on Starz series "Magic City," "Episodes," and "Maron," and also appeared on shows including "The Simpsons," "The Facts of Life, »
- Katie Roberts
Character actor Alex Rocco has died at the age of 79.
His daughter Jennifer Rocco announced his passing on Facebook. No other details of his death have been announced at this time.
Born Alexander Federico Petricone in 1936, Rocco made his film debut in 1965's Motorpsycho but became known for his appearance as mobster and Las Vegas casino owner Moe Greene in 1972's The Godfather.
The actor took home an Emmy Award in 1990 for his role as a Hollywood agent in The Famous Teddy Z.
Rocco is survived by his wife, actress Shannon Wilcox, his daughter Jennifer and his son Lucien. »
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this terrific Tuesday? Learn new, little-known facts about Superman in a handy infographic, check out all of the Inside Out Pixar Easter Eggs and watch an alternate version of the brutal Game of Thrones finale. We also have a very 'drunk' look at the Terminator Genisys trailer. So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Terminator Genisys Drunk Robots Trailer
On last night's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, a "never before seen" trailer debuted for Terminator Genisys, which adds a new wrinkle to the franchise: What if these Terminators were drunk? Jimmy Kimmel explains that these machines are "more human than ever before," cutting together actual footage from the movie, with scenes of »
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 »
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