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Ask Pixar fans which movie they'd like to see a sequel to and most of them will tell you The Incredibles. With Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc. releasing sequels over the next few years, The Incredibles remains one of the few movies in Pixar's library that hasn't gotten a second installment. Wall-e, Up, Ratatouille, Brave and A Bug's Life remain the other Pixar features that haven't had a prequel/sequel… yet. The Incredibles director Brad Bird recently spoke with THR about the prospects of a sequel. "I have been thinking about it. People thing that I have not been, but I have. Because I love those character and love that world. I am stroking my chin and scratching my head. I have many, many elements that I think would work really well in another...
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Hollywood often produces two films on one subject, but the six movies based on the Battle of Çanakkale are a sign of a healthy domestic market for Turkish products
Maybe one sign of a fully matured film industry is when it's capable of spewing out an Olympus Has Fallen and a White House Down at the same time – coinciding films with identical subjects. One of those little zeitgeist clots that suggest creative minds running in parallel, in a highly evolved community driven by the relentless background hum of close competition – and also, all those scripts passing between studios, with ample opportunities for intellectual-property theft. Mostly, these weird convergences seem to come in pairs: Deep Impact and Armageddon, A Bug's Life and Antz, and so on.
So what does it say about the emerging Turkish industry that it has six movies on the same subject either recently on release or imminent? »
- Phil Hoad
Monsters University is the origin story of how Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) met and became best friends and the best scaring team at Monsters, Inc. Since it takes place before the duo work at Monsters, Inc., it's a mostly new voice cast. Here are the voices you'll hear:
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When Pixar announced they would be doing a prequel to the beloved 2001 hit "Monsters, Inc.," fans were stoked at the chance to see everyone's favorite group of lovably terrifying creatures again. Or more precisely, hear them, as stars John Goodman, Billy Crystal and Steve Buscemi all quickly signed up to reprise their roles form the original.
So that was sweet. But according to Entertainment Weekly, "Monsters University" is actually going to be even sweeter, as a bunch of fan favorites have just signed on to round out the voice cast.
Are you ready for the animated version of Captain Tightpants?
Well, we sure hope so, because "Firefly" and "Castle" star Nathan Fillion is among those who have inked a deal to help tell the story of how Sully and Mike Wazowski first met and overcame their differences to become best buddies. And Fillion isn't alone: "The Office" star John Krasinski is also on board, »
- Scott Harris
The Castle and Office actors provide voices for the upcoming Pixar prequel, reveals Entertainment Weekly.
It has yet to be disclosed what characters the three newly-confirmed additions will play.
Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Sean Hayes (Will & Grace), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Charlie Day (Horrible Bosses) and Dame Helen Mirren have already been announced as voice actors for the film.
Monsters University follows Mike (Crystal) and Sulley (Goodman) when they first meet at college and become friends.
The film will debut in the Us on June 21, 2013 and in the UK on July »
Even though Monsters University is only a few months away, Pixar has been keeping the voice cast under wraps. Today, EW is reporting that Nathan Fillion, John Krasinski, and Bonnie Hunt will be voicing new monsters in the upcoming prequel. Fillion and Krasinski are newcomers to the Pixar world, but Hunt has been a longtime collaborator with the studio having voiced characters in A Bug's Life, Cars, Toy Story 3, and Monsters, Inc. (although she'll be voicing a new character). Hit the jump for descriptions of Fillion, Krasinski, and Hunt's characters, along with some new images. The film also features the voices of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Dave Foley, Sean Hayes, Joel Murray, Peter Sohn, Aubrey Plaza, Tyler Labine, Bobby Moynihan, Julie Sweeney, Alfred Molina, Beth Behrs, and of course, John Ratzenberger. Monsters University opens in 3D on June 21st. Images and descriptions via EW. Fillion voices Johnny Worthington, »
- Matt Goldberg
Today's podcast is a bit all over when it comes to topics, covering a wide range of movie topics including some of our favorite directors, our perception of movies based solely on the studio, expectations for The Great Gatsby, expectations for movies based on books we've read and new DVDs and Blu-rays. Of course we get to your questions and voicemail and our regular allotment of games in a brisk and efficient 86 minute episode. I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option is a new way of leaving us a voicemail directly from your computer. »
- Brad Brevet
Turns out Eli Roth, the director of "Hostel," was not a fan of "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace." At least he wasn't back in 1999, when he wrote this scathing takedown -- which, since it was published before the movie even opened, stands as one of the first reviews of the prequel ever written.
Writing for LeisureSuit.net, a website that no longer exists (though an archived version of the review can be found here), Roth declared, "So here's the kicker: It Sucks." Yes, we all kind of know that now (though some people took longer than others to figure that out) but it's still remarkable to read such early vitriol.
The review was brought to my attention by Jordan Hoffman, who currently writes for Film.com and the New York Daily News. Back in 1999, Hoffman was an editor at LeisureSuit.net (along with screenwriter Kerry Douglas Dye »
- Mike Ryan
Teri Hatcher (the voice of the terrifying Other Mother in Coraline), Cedric the Entertainer (the voice of Maurice in the Madagascar movies) and football play-by-play announcer Brent Musburger are some of the voices boarding Planes, the Disney Animation spinoff to Cars.
Here is the entire cast joining Dane Cook, who provides the voice of lead plane, Dusty, who is pursuing his dream of competing as a high-flying air racer despite his fear of heights.
· Brad Garrett (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, and he's contributed his voice in lots of movies like the Night at the Museum movies where he's the Easter Island head and Bloat in Finding Nemo) lends his voice to fuel truck Chug, Dusty's buddy, coach and biggest fan. »
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★★★★☆ What's made Pixar such a successful animation studio over the last 18 years is the level of collaboration which goes into every film. The Toy Story cycle brought digitextual animation to mainstream cinemas as scientists, architects and designers worked together to invent new ways of implementing their product for the screen. A Bug's Life (1998) made staggering advances in crowd sequence animation, while Toy Story 2 (1999) rolled on from the glistening accomplishment of the first instalment. Monsters, Inc. (2001), meanwhile, took its inspiration from the same childhood fantasies we all share - of the evil creature lurking under the bed.
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Sky is to launch a brand new, dedicated satellite television channel that will become the pay-tv home of Disney Studios movies in the UK and Ireland.
Sky Movies Disney will go live on the Sky platform in late March. It is part of a wide-ranging partnership deal between Sky and Disney, that follows similar collaboration agreements between the part-Rupert Murdoch media giant and Warner Brothers, Universal Pictures and Sony.
Sky Movies Disney marks the first time that The Walt Disney Channel has been involved in a co-branded linear movies channel anywhere in the world.
The channel's launch is also the latest initiative in Sky's strategy of dedicating entire channels to a certain genre or brand, following the debut of Formula One network Sky Sports F1, and Bond films channel Sky Movies 007 last year.
New Disney movies will be available on Sky Movies Disney around six months after they have ended their cinema run, »
Back in July, Pixar announced that Andrew Stanton (John Carter, Finding Nemo, A Bug's Life) signed on to direct a sequel to "Finding Nemo." A month later, we learned that Ellen DeGeneres entered negotiations to reprise her role as Dory, a blue tang fish who suffers from short-term memory loss. Now comes word that Albert Brooks (This Is 40, Drive) is also expected to return to voice Marlin, who is Nemo's father. Deadline says that Brooks received a hefty paycheck to return, which means that his character will be a major part of the sequel. DeGeneres has also been officially confirmed to be part of the cast. "Finding Nemo 2" is written by Victoria Strouse, who wrote the 2008 Black list script "The Apostles of Infinite Love." The plan is to release the film sometime in 2016. »
"While he is super flattered because he is a huge fan, Zack is not involved in any way with the new 'Star Wars,'" the rep confirmed. "He is currently in post on his two films, 'Man of Steel' and '300: Battle of Artemisia.'"
This might be a false denial, mind you. But either way, this is all getting a little tiresome. Is it too much to ask for something tangible regarding Disney's plans for "Star Wars"?
Scruffy-lookin' nerf herders, all of 'em!
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All we can say about Zack Snyder is this: Liar, liar, pants on fire.
You may recall that back in November, Snyder told the »
- Scott Harris
Back in November, we reported that Zack Snyder wouldn't be directing Star Wars: Episode VII. This remains true, but Vulture is now reporting the surprising news that Snyder will be involved in the upcoming Star Wars universe with a spin-off feature. As we previously reported, screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg were working on scripts that could be part of the upcoming sequel trilogy or they could be spin-off features. Episode VII is due out in 2015, and Disney CEO Bob Iger has said he wants a new Star Wars movie ever 2-3 years. Hit the jump for more on Zack Snyder's upcoming Star Wars film. [Update: Snyder's reps have released a statement denying this story. Read the statement after the jump] According to Vulture, Snyder is developing a Star Wars film that will take place after Episode VI and run parallel to the upcoming trilogy, so it doesn't seem like it will be a "bridge" movie, although it could provide material for other Star Wars chapters. »
- Matt Goldberg
14 items from 2013
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