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Working within the framework of family movies with budgets that run into the hundreds of millions, Pixar's animators manage to find room for the personal and the intimate. Indeed, mining the past for affecting, human experiences is at the heart of the studio's writing process, as The Good Dinosaur's story supervisor Kelsey Mann explained to us in September.
"[The story room] is the safest, sacred place where we talk about the movie and our feelings - the way we experience life," Mann said. "We want to capture something real we can put on the screen. Even though our characters are toys or cars or dinosaurs. I can’t stand it when you go to movies and you go, ‘they don’t mean that’. It’s fake, »
I like Vin Diesel. He is an enormously likable person when you meet him face-to-face, and much of what makes him so charismatic in person is communicated clearly through his on-screen presence in the 34 films he's made since he wrote and directed and starred in his short film "Multi-Facial" back in 1995. That short film eventually got him a lot of attention in Hollywood, but by far, the best reaction was the one that Steven Spielberg had. He was preparing to shoot his film "Saving Private Ryan," and he had screenwriter Frank Darabont create and incorporate a new character named Private Caparzo specifically so he could cast Diesel in the film and work with him. A year later, Brad Bird was the first to make use of Vin's most unusual pipes as the voice of the title character in "The Iron Giant," something James Gunn did to such effective purpose in »
- Drew McWeeny
Fast & Furious star Vin Diesel has been talking a lot about playing Black Bolt in Marvel’s Inhumans movie lately, but it now sounds as if he’s dialling back his expectations somewhat. After all, the actor has pretty much confirmed that he will star in the film, though those of you who assumed it was simple hyperbole may want to pat yourselves on the back!
In a recent interview, Diesel explained what Marvel will need to do to get him to say yes to playing Black Bolt in Inhumans, a role they obviously haven’t offered him as of yet.
“I don’t do too much ‘if it happens.’ Do you know what I mean?…I don’t do too much ‘if it happens,’ it’s more at what level it will happen…it’s not a matter of me wooing Marvel, it’s a matter of Marvel wooing me. »
- Josh Wilding
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
A Pigeon Say On A Branch Reflecting on Existence (Roy Andersson)
The third installment in Roy Andersson’s trilogy looks and operates quite a bit like the two that precede it, thus making A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence an easy sell to the already-converted. But rather than preach to his choir, the Swedish helmer makes enough approaches to constitute an evolution, most notably in its remarkably grim, »
- TFS Staff
I am not a gun. In 1999, we had fully embraced the future of animation. Toy Story and A Bug’s Life had already put Pixar on the map and Toy Story 2 was due out before y2k forced us to recreate all computer technology (or not). Because not only were fully computer-animated movies coming out (in addition to the Pixar collection, Antz was another fairly celebrated film and the first Shrek was just on the horizon), they had good stories. They had celebrity voices. They had the backing of major studios who were turning what was once known as kid’s movies into a behemoth the whole family could enjoy and pay full price admission for. This is why a brilliant film like Brad Bird’s The Iron Giant largely gets forgotten. A 2-D, low-budget, Warner Bros. animation feature film was never supposed to have an impact on the box office. Add »
- Josh Radde
Today Warner Bros. Home Entertainment released Brad Bird's heartfelt The Iron Giant: Signature Edition on Digital HD available now at online shops to stream immediately such as Amazon (right here), iTunes, PlayStation, Google Play, Xbox and others. The film just wrapped up a short theatrical Fathom Events screening this past week.
A Blu-ray edition of The Iron Giant: Signature Edition is currently being prepared for a 2016 release date. We will pass along additional updates including the precise release date when it's available.
The Iron Giant was the directorial debut for Brad Bird who went on to direct hits such as The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and soon The Incredibles 2. It stars the voice talent of Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., and a much younger and then-lesser known Vin Diesel.
For the Signature Edition of the film, the audio and video elements were completely remastered and two additional scenes were added to the film. »
This past week, The Iron Giant returned to theaters with the Signature Edition, and the animated favorite from Warner Bros. is quite gorgeous on the big screen. If you missed it, you’ve got one more chance to see it in theaters this weekend on October 4th, so check your local theater listings to find out […]
- Ethan Anderton
While attending the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, I was contacted by Warner Bros with an interesting proposal. They wanted to know if JoBlo.com would be interested in a solid fifteen minute interview with director Brad Bird to celebrate the return of The Iron Giant to theaters (see my Tiff review here). Obviously the answer was a resounding yes. The Iron Giant, while a flop during it's summer 1999... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
Robots have long been a staple in film, from heroic ones like The Iron Giant, to less-than-friendly mechanical artificial agents (I'm looking at you, T-1000), and Christopher Chang rounded up some of his favorite 'bots, cyborgs and androids for this exclusive celebratory mashup video. Maybe a few of them don't technically fall under the definition of a robot, but it's still... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
The film features two new sequences that were storyboarded by Bird in the original version but weren’t used because of time and budget issues when the film was released. Warner Bros. and Bird turned to Duncan Studios to help finish the sequences for the reissue.
“When Warner Bros. approached us earlier this year about setting up a team to help bring Brad’s vision to fruition, we jumped at the chance,” said Duncan Studios chief Ken Duncan. “Coincidentally, we already had several key artists and animators who worked on the original film working at our studio, so it seemed a great fit.”
Bird was happy to have Duncan Studios on the project. “When the opportunity arose to produce new »
- Terry Flores
Wamg has your free tickets to see The Iron Giant on the big screen!
Warner Bros. Pictures and Fathom Events have announced that tickets are now on sale for the animated action adventure “The Iron Giant,” being re-released in theaters for a limited engagement this fall, remastered and enhanced with two all-new scenes as The Iron Giant: Signature Edition.
This special screening comes to U.S. movie theaters on Wednesday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m. local time, with an encore event in select markets on Sunday, October 4 at 12:00 p.m. local time.
When The Iron Giant arrived in theaters, it was hailed as an “instant classic” (Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal). “Imagine E.T. as a towering metal man, that’s the appeal of this enchanting animated feature” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times). And the world soon learned another “giant” had arrived as well: filmmaker Brad Bird, who made »
- Movie Geeks
Here's the first trailer for the animated feature based on the videogame Angry Birds...
The Angry Birds phenomenon may have peaked in videogame form (although it's still popular), but Sony will nonetheless hope there's enough enthusiasm for the property to make its Angry Birds movie a hit.
The animated venture is arriving in cinemas in May 2016, and directing this one are Clay Kaytis (who's worked on Disney films from Pocahontas through to Frozen) and Fergal Reilly (whose credits include storyboard work on Spider-Man 2, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and The Iron Giant). Both are making their directorial debuts with the feature.
The first trailer for the movie has now landed, and here's a flavour as to what treats await next spring...
Here's the poster for the film too. »
Brad Bird (The Incredibles) has said he would like to make another 2D animation using the hand-drawn style he used for 1999 classic The Iron Giant, which is about to return to Us cinemas in a remastered form.
See Also: Watch the trailer for The Iron Giant: Signature Edition
Speaking to Collider, Bird said that he believes hand-drawn animation is still “valid” and noted the potential to make films in another genres using the medium.
“I absolutely think that hand-drawn animation is valid and I actually hope to do one in the future with a large budget and a longer schedule than we had on The Iron Giant,” he said.
Bird also spoke about the potential for 2D hand-drawn animation as a vessel for horror cinema.
“There’s never been a horror movie in animation executed at Disney-level quality and hand-drawn, »
- Tom Beasley
Warner Bros. Pictures has debuted a rather lovely new poster for the upcoming ‘Signature Edition’ release of the animated classic The Iron Giant…
See Also: Watch the trailer for The Iron Giant: Signature Edition
The Iron Giant: Signature Edition arrives to theaters for a special event screening on Wednesday, September 30 at 7:00Pm local time, with an encore event in select markets on Sunday, October 4 at 12:00Pm local time.
- Gary Collinson
Sometimes Slimer can be useful. The Slimer pizza cutter from Diamond Select Toys is available now. Also in this round-up: an exclusive excerpt from Carter Sloan's Gestapo Mars and details on Funko's Sci-fi Mystery Minis Series 2.
Slimer Pizza Cutter: From Diamond Select Toys: “Pizza need cutting? Who you gonna call? How about the Ghostbusters’ resident foodie, Slimer?
As a focused, non-terminal repeating phantasm, Slimer tends to eat his food by the handful, with no cutting required, but the overall shape of this Class 5 full roaming vapor is perfect for housing a pizza wheel! A three-dimensional sculpt of Slimer stuffing his face with a whole pizza acts as the handle for a palm-sized blade, perfect for carving out a New York slice. The blade is easily removable for cleaning. Packaged in a full-color window box.
Estimated availability: Summer 2015.”
Gestapo Mars: "Carter Sloan is a trained assassin—the best there is, »
- Tamika Jones
With The Iron Giant: Signature Edition returning to theaters soon, director Brad Bird has been making the rounds talking about the 1999 animated favorite that found a much bigger audience in the years since the film hit theaters the first time. And he has some hopeful, good news for fans of hand-drawn animation. While the […]
The post Brad Bird May Make Another Hand-Drawn Animated Movie, Would Love to See Horror That Way appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
It took a long time for Pixar to reveal they were at work on a sequel to 2004's "The Incredibles," the animated feature from director Brad Bird ("Tomorrowland," "Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol") that some still consider the company's best to date.
Talking about the Signature Edition re-release of his early work "The Iron Giant" with Collider, Bird confirmed that he's at work on "The Incredibles 2" script, and the team in place is already making progress:
"I have the story arc. I'm probably three-quarters through the script, first pass through the script, but we're already boarding parts of it. I've got a lot of people that worked on the first one working on it, so we're all having a good time with it."
He says the second film's plot will be adjusted to reflect how the superhero genre has changed over the past decade or so:
"What's changed is »
- Garth Franklin
In a world where the worst Fantastic Movie could conceivably get a sequel, lets talk about the sequel to the best Fantastic Four that isn’t actually a Fantastic Four movie. Yes, I’m talking about The Incredibles 2. I think we were all beyond excited when Pixar announced that their superhero epic would finally be getting a sequel, with writer/director Brad Bird returning to tell further adventure of our favourite crime superhero family. Speaking to Collider at the launch of The Iron Giant: Signature Edition, Bird revealed the progress made on the long awaited sequel, saying, “I have the story arc. I’m probably three-quarters through the script, first pass through the script, but we’re already boarding parts of it. I’ve got a lot of people that worked on the first one working on it, so we’re all having a good time with it. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Writer/director Brad Bird's got two films in cinemas this year. Tomorrowland arrived in early summer, and will be making its disc debut next month. And in the Us, his flat-out classic The Iron Giant is getting a re-release for a couple of days, with new material and a fresh high definition transfer.
In the midst of all of that, he's working on the eagerly-awaited The Incredibles 2, which is currently on the stove at Pixar. And he's given an update on the project to Collider.
He revealed that "I have the story arc, I'm probably three-quarters through the script, first pass through the script, but we're already boarding parts of it".
"What’s changed is there were only two other superhero franchises »
Collider recently caught up with the acclaimed director Brad Bird to discuss the release of The Iron Giant: Signature Edition, and in the process learned a few interesting details about his next project: the hotly anticipated The Incredibles 2. He began by giving an update on the sequel's script. "I have the story arc. I’m probably three-quarters through the script, first pass through the script, but we’re already boarding parts of it. I’ve got a lot of people that worked on the first one working on it, so we’re all having a good time with it." While The Incredibles 2 doesn't have an official release date yet, Bird revealed that it has (thankfully) been bumped ahead of fellow sequel, Cars 3 in the Pixar pecking order: "In terms of the release date, we were originally—Incredibles  was supposed to happen after Cars , and our wheels just »
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