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First, let's state the obvious and get it out of the way. This is a crass piece of corporate product, an animation studio working more as an IP farm than as a storytelling unit, and it exists so that Dreamworks Animation can continue to wring money out of the "Madagascar" franchise. It is a perfect example of marketing driving the machine. It's also a profoundly silly movie that really isn't even trying to play by the conventional rules of family animation. They nod to creating a sentimental arc between Private (Christopher Knights) and Skipper (Tom McGrath), but they don't dwell on it, and they handle it with a fairly deft touch. The main goal of the movie is just to be ridiculous, and it does that in spades. The film starts with the penguins in their natural habitat, being filmed by a documentary film crew complete with the actual Werner Herzog narrating. »
- Drew McWeeny
Who's ready for more adventures with Woody and Buzz? Yeah, like we even have to ask... Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced that Toy Story 4 is coming in June of 2017. We don't know much about the movie at this point other than it will be directed by Pixar's own John Lasseter, whose directorial credits include Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Cars and Cars 2. Beyond that, it's anyone's guess as to how it'll fit into where the story was left off in...
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Disney CEO Bob Iger just announced that Toy Story 4 is coming in June of 2017. We don't know much about the movie at this point other than it will be directed by Pixar's own John Lasseter, whose directorial credits include Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Cars and Cars 2. Beyond that, it's anyone's guess as to how it'll fit into where the story was left off in 2010's Toy Story 3 and which characters will be returning. The story for Toy Story 4 was cooked up by Lasseter, Andrew Stanton (Wall-e), Pete Docter (Up), and Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3). It'll be written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (Celeste and Jesse Forever). Here's what Lasseter had to say about the project: “We love these characters so much; they...
- Peter Hall
We thought the story of Toy Story had been told. The trilogy of Pixar films concluded in 2010 with the brilliant, entertaining and ultimately tear-jerking Toy Story 3. And here we are today, processing the news that Pixar is doing Toy Story 4. It already has writers, a director and a release date. Here's what we know about Toy Story 4 based on Disney's official announcement. 1. It's hitting theaters more than 2 years from now - The release date is June 16, 2017. 2. John Lasseter is directing: John Lasseter directed the first two Toy Story films, as well as Cars and Cars 2 and A Bug's Life. 3. Woody and Buzz will be back - Disney's announcement says it will "open a new chapter in the lives of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the "Toy Story" gang." That's not a ton to go one, but it does vaguely confirm that Buzz and Woody will be at the center »
Hold onto your plastic cowboy boots because a new Toy Story movie is on the way! John Lasseter, who directed the original 1995 film, will return to direct the upcoming sequel. There aren't a lot of details yet, but we do know the movie will hit theaters June 16, 2017, and Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, who wrote Celeste & Jesse Forever, are on board. "We love these characters so much; they are like family to us," said Lasseter. "We don't want to do anything with them unless it lives up to or surpasses what's gone before. Toy Story 3 ended Woody and Buzz's story with Andy so perfectly that for a long time, we never even talked about doing another Toy Story movie. But when Andrew [Stanton], Pete [Docter], Lee [Unkrich], and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it. It was so exciting to me, I knew we »
Why isn't Julia Louis-Dreyfus in more movies? Yes, there are likely personal and professional reasons that keep one of the funniest ladies in Hollywood away from the big screen, but allow us to throw up our arms and demand more. Louis-Dreyfus has dominated television since the '80s (revisit her "Saturday Night Live" work and prepare to go bananas), "Seinfeld" making her a household name and providing a curse that only she could break. The success of "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "Veep" rests entirely on Louis-Dreyfus shoulders. Maybe the weekly format provides a comfort, maybe Hollywood just isn't writing roles for funny women (that's not really a maybe, but let's not digress), but we're tired of the small screen having all the Julia Louis-Dreyfus fun. Her latest accolade only rubs it in. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles announced Monday that Louis-Dreyfus would »
Q. What do Lincoln, E.T., The Color Purple, War of the Worlds, Jurassic Park, 12 Years a Slave, Eat Pray Love, A Mighty Heart, World War Z, Jane Eyre, Saving Mr. Banks, Proof, Elizabeth, The Master, American Hustle, Zero Dark Thirty, Her, The Dark Knight, Man of Steel, Inception, Hustle & Flow, The Hunger Games, Monsters, Inc., A Bug's Life, and Toy Story 3 have in common? A. They were all produced by women. Look around. Female producers are everywhere: Shepherding the new Star Wars trilogy. Bringing the latest Hunger Games to theaters. And in February, when Oscar night rolls around, 11 women »
- Nicole Sperling
The pair will star in DreamWorks Animation's family comedy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film will centre around a fast-talking, briefcase-carrying baby (Baldwin) and his jealous older brother.
In a bid to win his parents' respect, the brother stumbles upon a villainous plot by the CEO of Puppy Co (Spacey).
The story centers on a seven-year-old boy who becomes jealous of his infant brother, a fast-talking, briefcase-carrying baby (voiced by Alec Baldwin). The brother embarks on a mission to win back the love of his parents, when he discovers a secret plot hatched by the CEO of PuppyCo (voiced by Kevin Spacey), which centers on "this brash baby executive masquerading as his new brother." They must come together as true brothers and stop this evil plot to save their parents and the entire world.
Tom McGrath (Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Penguins of Madagascar) is directing from a screenplay by Michael McCullers (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me), based on the award-winning picture book by Maria Frazee. Ramsey Ann Naito (The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie »
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, »
Every now and then, we talk about a job as a directorial poisoned chalice. Perhaps this project here is the best example that we've found thus far. The Weinstein Company is pressing ahead with plans for a remake of Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai. And whilst this is a project that's been in development since 2006, it finally looks to be pressing forward.
So who have The Weinstein Company appointed to direct the new film? That'd be Rob Letterman. His CV includes films such as the really rather good Monsters Vs Aliens, Shark Tale, the live action take on Gulliver's Travels and the upcoming Goosebumps movie.
The Tracking Board reports that it may be the project goes down the animated route (something that's far from definite), although effectively, Pixar's A Bug's Life »
Pixar has revealed the lead character of its next short Lava. Meet Uku, the volcano. He's crusty and known to erupt in bursts of anger at any minute without warning, but he also has a very warm center in this 7 minute musical love story between two mountains. Take a look.
Uku and Lele are two mountains in love in the Pixar animated short Lava, which will have its premiere at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival in Japan in August, before being attached to prints of Pixar's next full-length feature Inside Out, in theaters June 2015.
Lava is directed James Ford Murphy, an animator who started working with Pixar on 1998's A Bug's Life. He came up with the idea for Lava more than twenty years ago, visiting Hawaii's Big Island while on his Honeymoon. He explains,
"I thought it would be so cool to fall in love with a place who's also a character. »
We've been talking about the upcoming Sasquatchploitation film Love in the Time of Monsters for some time now, and the good news is the film has found distro so we'll actually be able to see it, too! Oh, happy day!
From the Press Release
After a successful premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival and a recent screening at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood (through Dances with Films), Indican Pictures is proud to announce that they’ve secured the domestic distribution rights to horror comedy Love in the Time of Monsters.
- Steve Barton
Pixar's next film is Inside Out, directed by Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc., Up) and hitting theaters on June 19, 2015 and with it will come a new short film, this one titled Lava and the studio just sent over the first teaser poster for the film tonight. Lava is directed by James Ford Murphy, animator on films from A Bug's Life to Ratatouille, and was inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes. The short is described as a musical love story that takes place over millions of years. Here's the poster and for more on Inside Out, click here. »
- Brad Brevet
They're talented, individual, but could, possibly, do with a bit of editorial guidance. Could these directors use a boss, we wonder?
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).
Sadly, due to the delay of The Good Dinosaur, we won't be seeing Pixar Animation's sequel Finding Dory until the summer of 2016. The original film's director Andrew Stanton will get some help this time though. Pixar Planet (via SlashFilm) noticed a Twitter update from Stanton which named Angus MacLane as his co-director whilst posting an amusing Lego creation commemorating Iron Man. MacLane isn't new Pixar blood as he was at the helm of the Halloween animated short "Toy Story of Terror." Stanton doesn't specifically mention Finding Dory, but it's the only film he's working on at this time, so it just makes sense. MacLane hasn't just directed the aforementioned Pixar shorts though as he's been involved in some capacity on all of their films since A Bug's Life, right up through Toy Story 3. And yes, that includes Stanton's turns as director on Finding Nemo and Wall-e. Other shorts that »
- Ethan Anderton
Denzel Washington may be going from vigilante to gunslinger. The Oscar winner is circling a role in MGM's upcoming remake of "The Magnificent Seven," which would reunite him with "Training Day" director Antoine Fuqua. Both have received offers to join the film, according to Variety. The 1960 original starred Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner, Charles Bronson and James Coburn as the titular gunslingers who unite to protect a small Mexican village from recurring outlaw attacks. It was based on Akira Kurosawa's 1954 film "7 Samurai," and the formula has also been adapted to fit films based in outer space ("Battle Beyond the Stars") and the insect world (Pixar's "A Bug's Life"). It's unknown if the new version will take place in the Old West, or be transferred to the modern day. Tom Cruise was attached to the film at once point, but exited late last year. The remake script was written by "True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto, »
- Dave Lewis
After watching this video, we want to go re-watch A Bug's Life, because by the look on little Luca Comrie's face, it's apparently the best movie, well, ever. Hilary Duff posted a video of her son watching the popular Pixar Animation flick and it's safe to say the 2-year-old is killing us with cuteness in the Instagram clip, which is the most ridiculously adorable thing we've seen all week. "Baby giggle are the best.... This guys realllly into A Bugs Life," she captioned the video in which little Luca cannot his laughter. The clip shows Luca bursting in a fit of giggles as Hilary sits beside her son, asking him "What's going to happen?" before he erupts into glee. »
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 »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Odd List Ryan Lambie 28 Apr 2014 - 06:21
From Japanese anime to Disney via stop-motion, here are 18 animated films that are mystifyingly unavailable on Blu-ray...
Not all movies need to be seen in HD, but if there's one type of filmmaking that regularly benefits from the Blu-ray format, it's animation. Let us cite one example at random: My Neighbour Totoro. Until fairly recently, the only copy we had on the shelf was an early, imported version on DVD, which was grainy and a little washed-out.
When Studio Canal issued Totoro on Blu-ray in 2012, the difference in image quality was little short of a revelation: Hayao Miyazaki's colours and fluid lines positively shimmered. In short, it was like seeing this fresh, sun-drenched film again for the first time.
The same could be said for so many other animated films, no matter what country they come from: in high-definition, we can truly »
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