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With each and every movie he releases, Brad Bird raises his own bar. He went from small amazing animation in The Iron Giant, to big amazing animation in The Incredibles. That was followed by transcendent animation in Ratatouille, then live action blockbuster in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. That resume puts a ton of pressure on the director not only for [...] »
- Germain Lussier
Brad Bird cut his teeth in film in the animation genre and was mentored by one of Disney's "Nine Old Men", Milt Kahl. Bird applied those skills he learned as an animator for Disney before going on to work on the screenplay for *batteries not included as well as consulting on The Simpsons. He got his first big break as a director on the animated classic The Iron Giant and then moved to Pixar where he helped usher in a new era of animated films with The Incredibles. In 2011, Bird made a foray into live-action with Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol which proved to be a commercial and critical success for Paramount Pictures. Currently, Bird is back at Disney working on Tomorrowland starring George Clooney. Below, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the director talks about a possible sequel to The Incredibles and reveals that »
Trevor Hogg chats with Stephan Franck about an original film idea which transformed into a debut graphic novel series and led to the formation of his own comic book publishing company...
“When I was a kid in France, my parents had a store, which sold a whole bunch of stuff including books, newspapers, comic books,” recalls Stephan Franck, a veteran writer/director/animator who has worked on such as films as Despicable Me (2010) and The Iron Giant (1999). “I loved hanging out there. Early on, I got into the European comics, Tintin, Lucky Luke, and a lot of more obscure but awesome detective series like Tif & Tondu. Then when I was around nine or ten, I discovered the American comics; that was in the late 1970s but there was no real rhyme or reason to how those comics were distributed in France, so you would have Bronze Age Jim Aparo Batman »
MGM is in negotiations with Adam Shankman to direct The Machine, the action comedy starring Vin Diesel. The film was scripted by Night at the Museum scribes Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant. Diesel is also producing the project.
It is a re-team for Shankman and Diesel, who previously worked together on The Pacifier.
In The Machine Diesel will star as a human-like machine created in secrecy by the Pentagon as the world’s first true ultimate weapon, before the project was decommissioned and buried. Two decades later, The Machine is discovered by a kid who befriends him. When the government discovers he has been reactivated, The Machine steps up to protect the family harboring him.
Do you think Vin Diesel and comedy are a good mix? »
- Lucas Lowman
It’s another year and so our lives have again been lit up the alluring presences of these enormously sexy actresses and models, who are not only obviously totally hot but have proven to be worthy role models for 1998′s new generation of young women. Blond, brunette, red-head, this list has got ‘em all, and these women manage to combine their hotness with extremely appealing personalities to boot – never a bad thing!
Here are the 10 sexiest women of 1998…
10. Jennifer Aniston
If Jennifer Aniston is by now a household name stemming from her role as Rachel Green on the hit show Friends – there’s even a haircut named after her character, for God’s sake! – last year saw the actress taking on impressive new challenges in the world of cinema, nabbing her first starring role in Picture Perfect.
For all of its flaws, the film certainly demonstrated Aniston’s acting credentials, »
- Shaun Munro
Here's an amazing piece of fan art for The Iron Giant created by Jordan Kotzebue for the classic animated film's 10-year anniversary. This shows us his vision for a sequel, and this is the idea behind it…
I wanted to do a piece of what I would have liked to see in a sequel. Ten years after the events of the first movie, the Giant finally puts himself back together again. When he goes searching for Hogarth, he finds out Hogarth is in Vietnam. All the while an invasion is approaching, with some familiar looking machines. It is discovered that the Giant was just a scout!
Iron Giant is one of my favorite animated films of all time, and I would love to see a sequel like this happen. I know it never will, but it's still a really good idea! »
- Joey Paur
Much as we all wanted him to hop on to Episode VII, Brad Bird doesn't have any current plans to direct a Star Wars film-- which, lets be honest, is our loss. Bird is the mastermind behind three great animated films (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Ratatouille) along with his insanely entertaining live-action debut Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol, which could very well be the best fourquel of all time. Bird has proven over and over that he's got amazing storytelling skills plus a knack for directing action. If at any point down the line he steps on to a Star Wars film, we could only be so lucky. And in the meantime, through the most circuitous means possible, we're getting a brief glimpse into how Bird thinks about the Star Wars films that already exist, and what he would change about them. In the middle of a lengthy »
Allison Abbate has produced some of Hollywood.s best-known animated features such as The Iron Giant, Corpse Bride, and Fantastic Mr Fox. Her latest film, Tim Burton.s Frankenweenie, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year. She also recently visited Australia where she is an executive producer on Animal Logic.s Lego: The Piece of Resistance. She tells Brendan Swift about the art of stop-motion and animation and working with Tim Burton.
Q: What is about animation which fires you up because you.ve been doing it for a long time and been involved in a huge number of very successful films.
A: I just feel like there.s a magic to the filmmaking process where you really are getting to »
- Brendan Swift
Self-sacrifice in film has forever been the trait of a character's stoicism, selflessness, and passion for the greater good. From "300" to "The Dark Knight Rises," watching a character give his (or her!) life for another is almost always a mark of bittersweet courage on the big screen, a plot twist that often leaves a lump in your throat.
Somebody out there in YouTubeland has made a mashup, serving up 43 moments of heroic sacrifice on screen, a video that reminds you when you fell in love with Jack in "Titanic" and why "The Iron Giant," of all things, left you teary-eyed. Personally, that modern classics is the one, in over three minutes of tear-stained benevolence, that always gets us choked up. But, believe us, if you haven't seen "The Iron Giant," get on it. Just don't get too attached the the robot, or at least bring a Kleenex or two. Or ten. »
- Eliot Glazer
The UK release date of highly anticipated indie-darling Robot & Frank is fast approaching, and to celebrate we’ve decided to put together a list inspired by the film. From distant space to the near future, here are our favourite human-humanoid pairings.
It’s not easy being a secluded scientist, especially when you’re stranded 16 lightyears from home. But, for Dr Morbius at least, the experience is made all-the-more bearable by Robby the Robot, his loyal and trusted companion on the Forbidden Planet.
John Connor and T-800 (Terminator 2: Judgment Day – 1991)
Though Arnie’s Terminator may be famous for throwing down against Kyle Reese and promising to return, the second incarnation of the saga features a far more subdued killing machine. Sent back in time to keep young John Connor alive to fight the machines in the future, we’ve never seen »
- Paul Heath
News Simon Brew 4 Mar 2013 - 06:22
With three terrific animated movies to his name (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille) and the most successful film in the Mission: Impossible franchise (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol), it's inevitable that whatever director Brad Bird is up to next, we'd be interested.
As it turns out, his next directorial project was revealed a little while back as Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie. Set up at Disney, and working from a screenplay by Damon Lindelof, Hitfix has now got its hands on what it reckons is the logline for the movie. It notes that this may not be what the film ends up being about, but reports that this is the line that's being used to put a cast together for Tomorrowland.
"A teenage girl, »
Chicago – There are still a stunning number of films from the ’90s and ’00s not on Blu-ray but Bvhe recently corrected one of those oversights by releasing the stellar “The Insider,” one of the best films of arguably the best year for cinema in the last two decades — 1999. In a year that included “Magnolia,” “American Beauty,” “The Matrix,” “Three Kings,” “Fight Club,” “Toy Story 2,” “The Iron Giant.” “All About My Mother,” “Princess Mononoke,” “Election,” “Being John Malkovich,” and many more, “The Insider” went overlooked by too many people and certainly by history. With perfect technical elements, stunning performances, and perfect direction by the great Michael Mann, this is a spectacular film.
The film has actually been digitally restored, not just transferred to the HD form, and it looks great. I forgot how detailed Dante Spinotti’s Oscar-nominated work was here or how tight William Goldenberg’s editing (he »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The Animated Feature Oscar race has been unusually competitive this year. In the final week of voting (ballots are due tomorrow) Fyc ads and toys were still showing up in the mail. Which to play with first: Brave bow and arrows, Frankenweenie stuffed animal, or Wreck-It Ralph hands? That is the question. When I spoke with Rich Moore, a long time animation force who made his theatrical directing debut with Wreck-It Ralph, a few weeks back he was very contemplative. Awards season has been a "surreal" experience especially nomination morning.
You hope that they will but when they really do... it was fantastic!"
-Rich Moore on the surreal joy of Nomination Morning
Moore never quite equated his own story with that of Wreck-It Ralph's but I couldn't help projecting and connecting the dots when he told his story. There was a sturdy sweetness to it, not unlike Ralph's own, »
- NATHANIEL R
The secretive live-action project from Walt Disney Studios, which was previously titled 1952, is scheduled to be released in theaters in December 2014. Tomorrowland is written by Damon Lindelof (Prometheus, Lost) and Brad Bird (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol from a concept by Lindelof and Jeff Jensen. Lindelof will produce while Bird will produce and also direct. Hugh Laurie, star of Fox's hit TV series House M.D., has now been revealed as the second cast member on the project. No details about his role have been released though it's confirmed he will play the villain to George Clooney's character. Story details have also been kept very secretive. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the only information about the film's story is that it is »
- Pietro Filipponi
After The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, I’m up for whatever Bird wants to make next. The under-wraps screenplay could be a science fiction and historical fiction mashup, about Walt Disney founding the Imagineers in 1952 (that year was the project’s original working title).
As if that fire needed more fuel: we have an update that Hugh Laurie is negotiating to play the villain (or, at the least, ‘antagonist’), opposite George Clooney as the yet-to-be-revealed hero. Heat Vision is reporting on the situation, affirming those rumors about the plot involving a mission to learn about the unknown – in the vein of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Hugh Laurie is reportedly in discussions per THR to co-star in the upcoming Brad Bird film Tomorrowland as the film's antagonist alongside the film's already cast protagonist, George Clooney. If the villain requires a limp then Laurie has plenty of experience to offer (re: House M.D.).
Tomorrowland is the new name for the Damon Lindeof and Entertainment Weekly writer and Lost theorist Jeff Jensen story that was formerly known as 1952. The new name offers a direct connection to the Tomorrowland attraction at Disneyland and Disney World, amongst other Disney parks. The first Tomorrowland themed land opened on July 17, 1955, only three years after the original film's title.
The only rumored plot detail from Tomorrowland suggests the story revolves around a man (Clooney) searching for extraterrestrial life on earth. It was compared to being in the vein of Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Like Lindelof's Prometheus before it, Tomorrowland is gaining »
Hugh Laurie ("House M.D.") is in talks to play the villain in director Brad Bird and co-writer Damon Lindelof's Tomorrowland (previously 1952 ), says The Hollywood Reporter . He would be joining George Clooney in the secretive project at Disney. The plot of the movie has been kept under wraps but is described "as being in the vein of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Steven Spielberg.s 1978 movie about a man searching for extra-terrestrials on Earth." Tomorrowland is scheduled for a December 19, 2014 release. Lindelof ( Prometheus , "Lost") wrote the script with Jeff Jensen. Bird's directing credits include Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol , Ratatouille , The Incredibles and The Iron Giant . (Photo Credit: C.Smith/WENN.com) »
The working title has been 1952, but the top secret film being developed by Disney is now unveiling its official moniker …
The movie will star George Clooney, and it is being developed by director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, The Iron Giant) and writers Damon Lindelof and Entertainment Weekly’s own Jeff “Doc” Jensen (who has been unable to breathe a word to his colleagues. Damn him).
Last week, Lindelof and Bird began teasing a a revelation, posting images of an archive materials box labeled “1952″ on Twitter. Inside the box, which supposedly provided inspiration for the story, is a copy of »
- Anthony Breznican
The teasing has begun. There are not nearly enough Brad Bird films in the world. I just went and counted, and it's still way less than 1000, a situation I find completely unacceptable. As long as I've been writing about movies online, I've been writing about Brad Bird movies. I would still call the coverage I did on "The Iron Giant" some of the best stuff I've ever published, and it's been a real pleasure catching up with him on "The Incredibles," "Ratatouille," and "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol." In addition to have a remarkable story sense and a great knack »
- Drew McWeeny
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web for you. Today you’ll find the largest collection of video game memorabilia on the planet; some sexy Velma cosplay; a sneak peak of the 18 installments of The Hobbit; and see what Superman and The Iron Giant’s meet ups look like. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
To kick things off today, TheFW shows you what all the kids from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory look like today.
Slate tells us why the Skyfall deserves the Oscar for Best Score.
If I Am Your Mirror
In a post-Civil War jail, a psychologically scarred veteran (Larry Holden of Batman Begins, Memento), awaits his death by hanging at dawn. Mourning the death of his wife and struggling with post-traumatic nightmares, »
- Justin Vactor
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