15 items from 2015
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.
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- 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 »
Twenty years ago Pixar Animation Studios released their first feature-length film: Toy Story. It was the first completely computer generated film out there and changed everything. Every other studio making animated films has been trying to catch up to them, not only in terms of technological achievements but in crafting stories that make everyone old and young laugh, cry, and thrilled. Not every single film they've made has been a home run, but their track record thus far has been pretty impressive. This year's release Inside Out is no exception, arriving as the fifteenth feature in the animation house's stable. Given the occasion, I've taken it upon myself to rank Pixar's first fifteen features to settle once and for all what is the best and worst from the studio. I contemplated bringing in the short films that precede each of their features, as many are just exquisite if not better than the films they accompany, »
- Mike Shutt
We all enjoyed watching Disney films as a child. But did we really watch them closely enough?
Surprising new videos have revealed how Disney movies recycled animation loops, meaning that sequences in the films follow the same patterns.
Snow White and Maid Marian dance in precisely the same way, while Mowgli and Christopher Robin climb in exactly the same manner.
It seems... if you've seen one Disney film, you've seen them all!
Meanwhile, a new video was recently unveiled that shows all the Disney Pixar Easter Eggs you might have missed.
Many Pixar movies contain Easter eggs - hidden nods to other films from the Pixar universe - and now a new video has been unveiled that reveals all the ones you might have missed.
It was also previously revealed that a fifth Indiana Jones movie will be made. Disney bought the rights to future sequels in 2012.
Disney's Lucasfilm is to release Star Wars: The Force Awakens this December. Watch »
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".
15 items from 2015
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