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Today in Movie Culture: 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Lego Trailer, 'The Iron Giant' Lego Playset and More

28 November 2016 11:00 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Remade Trailer of the Day: The teaser for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has received its obligatory Lego-style trailer (via /Film):   Movie Toy of the Day: Speaking of Lego, here's a fan-made The Iron Giant playset submitted to Lego Ideas. See more photos and details at Geek Tyrant:   Re-dubbed Movie of the Day: Was Yoda really speaking wisely in The Empire Strikes Back? This video imagines that he was singing a song about seagulls instead (via io9):   Re-edited Movie of the Day: Quentin Tarantino is known as a dialogue-heavy filmmaker, so this version of Pulp Fiction with the dialogue removed is very strange (via Film...

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The 15 Greatest Robots In Movie History

28 November 2016 5:47 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

15 Greatest Robots In Movie History Gallery 1 of 16   

Click to skip R2-D2 - Star Wars

Who's the greatest movie robot of all-time? It's a tough call, but you would be hard-pressed to not choose Star Wars' most endearing creation - that bleeping, brave-hearted blue tin can that is R2-D2.

T-800 - The Terminator

He's either an emotionless assassin or a heroic bodyguard, but either way, Arnold Schwarzenegger is the coolest robot ever in the Terminator films (well, at least the first two).

He also launched a handful of catchphrases into popular culture, something that not many others on this list can claim to have done.

Iron Giant - The Iron Giant

Despite being designed as an alien war machine, the big-hearted Iron Giant really just wants to be a hero.

Brad Bird's animated classic will have you welling up over the fate of a hunk of metal, and you'll »

- Christian Bone

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Help make this Iron Giant Lego Ideas concept become a reality

25 November 2016 6:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Lego Ideas initiative has already brought us some rather fantastic official sets, and if Brett Cuviello gets his wish, we may soon be able to add another to the list with his concept pitch for a set based upon Brad Bird’s beloved 1999 animated film The Iron Giant.

“Within this project, there would be 5 main characters,” states Cuviello. “The Iron Giant with changeable eyes and weaponry to depict his evil state from the movie, Hogarth Hughes with the alien bolt he finds at the end of the film, Annie Hughes and a coffee pot, Kent Mansley and a fedora, and Dean McCoppin with a coffee cup. The entire build consists of approximately 2,023 pieces, including the Giant, minifigures, and accessories. The Giant’s head rotates and tilts, and his arms, legs, wrists, hips, and ankles are all articulated to both accommodate his size and weight, and allow him to replicate classic poses from the movie. »

- Gary Collinson

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Great Job, Internet!: Brad Bird offers a master class on what makes a great animated movie

4 November 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Writer-director Brad Bird has established himself as one of the biggest names in the world of animation, starting with his work on TV shows like The Simpsons and The Critic before moving on to a string of acclaimed feature films like Ratatouille and The Incredibles. Along the way, unsurprisingly, he’s developed some pretty strong ideas about his chosen medium, and he’s not at all timid about sharing them.

Kees Van Dijkhuizen Jr., a film editor from the Netherlands, has compiled some of Bird’s opinions into an instructive video called “Insight: Brad Bird On Animation.” Here, audio from various Bird interviews has been layered over clips from his work, including those aforementioned Pixar triumphs and 1999’s The Iron Giant. Think of this as a five-minute master class on what makes a great animated movie, taught by an instructor who could not be more pumped for this.

Insight ...


- Joe Blevins

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Must Watch: Video Examines Brad Bird's Style of Animated Storytelling

2 November 2016 11:14 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

"We want tons of good ideas! And we've got, you know, 80 minutes here to knock everybody out." This is a fantastic new video essay examining the animated movies and storytelling techniques of filmmaker Brad Bird, who is currently working on making The Incredibles 2 at Pixar. Created by veteran editor Kees van Dijkhuizen Jr. (who retired in 2012, but is seemingly back now with more work) the video features audio clips of Brad Bird discussing his ideas and mentality, spliced with clips from his movies showing exactly what he's talking about. The opening quote is from the documentary about the making of The Iron Giant, released on the new Blu-ray this year. I've watched this video at least 5 times already, it's that good. Enjoy. Description from Vimeo: "Brad Bird, writer and director of animated films The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Ratatouille, gives an insight into his writing process, how he »

- Alex Billington

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Votd: Brad Bird Explains The Thoughtful Process Behind His Animated Movies

2 November 2016 5:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Brad Bird is one of the best filmmakers working in animation today. He doesn’t have an endless list of films in his career, but quantity doesn’t necessarily equal quality, and when you know that the few films he has directed are The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Ratatouille, then you know why he’s such a […]

The post Votd: Brad Bird Explains The Thoughtful Process Behind His Animated Movies appeared first on /Film. »

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Space Jam Returns to Theaters This Fall for 20th Anniversary

18 October 2016 1:01 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Get ready for a serious nostalgia moment, 90s kids, because Space Jam is returning to the big screen. In honor of the 20th anniversary of the release of the Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny team-up, Fathom Events is bringing the movie back to theaters. If you want to see Space Jam in theaters again, you'll have a limited window to do so, because this is a two-night-only event.

Fathom Events will be bringing Space Jam to more than 450 theaters around the country for multiple showings on November 13 and November 16. Fathom has had success with similar showings in the past, like when they re-released Brad Bird's animated classic The Iron Giant last year. Here is what Fathom Events vice president of studio relations Tom Lucas had to say about the event.

"Space Jam has been a family favorite for the last 20 years and is sure to remain so for the next 20 and beyond. »

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Sideshow Collectibles unveils Iron Giant maquette

7 October 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sideshow Collectibles has revealed its Iron Giant maquette from Brad Bird’s 1999 animated classic The Iron Giant. Standing at an impressive 25.5 inches tall, it is available to pre-order now priced at $699.99; take a look below…

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Standing an impressive 25.5” tall and forged out of distilled memories and nostalgia, the Iron Giant Maquette features a head with slight articulation and light up eyes. The Sideshow Exclusive version will also feature a magnetic “S” that can be affixed to his chest. Welcome this piece into your collection and let him stand guard against fear and misunderstanding.  »

- Amie Cranswick

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Cool Stuff: Sideshow’s ‘The Iron Giant’ Maquette Is Exquisite

7 October 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

This year didn’t mark a special anniversary for The Iron Giant, the animated film from director Brad Bird which hit theaters in 1999, but the movie did finally hit Blu-ray for the first time, finally giving fans the HD version of the movie they’ve wanted for years. Now another treat for fans of The Iron […]

The post Cool Stuff: Sideshow’s ‘The Iron Giant’ Maquette Is Exquisite appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Pretty Packaging: The Iron Giant Gets A Giant Boxset

4 October 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

In 1999, Warner Brothers was regretting its investment in its own animation studio, and was already planning an exit strategy for it. One of the smaller titles still being released was Brad Bird's The Iron Giant, about a boy who, in the "commie-hunt-crazy" 1950s United States, befriends an alien war robot from space. Within the studio the film was seen as an oddity, merely charming at best, and given a small release to be done with it. But upon its premiere, its excellence surprised friends and foes. It also surprised Warners, who didn't have a clue on how to market it properly, even though reviews and audience ratings were ecstatic. It was an instant classic, but only for those few who saw it before it...

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Interview: Director Lee Ho-Jae at the Asian Pop-Up Cinema

27 September 2016 7:36 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – The 2016 Fall Season of the Asian Pop-Up Cinema of Chicago kicked off on September 17th, with the South Korean film “Sori: Voice of the Heart.” The director behind this purposeful man-and-machine relationship movie is Lee Ho-Jae. The unusual story combined our modern tech world with a satellite turned robot who is sick of it all.

“Sori: Voice of the Heart” is a science fiction film, as a grief stricken father (Lee Sung-Min) uses the help of an artificial intelligent-loaded communications satellite – he finds it washed up on the beach – to find his missing and presumedly dead daughter. The road picture also features Nasa and South Korean officials looking for the downed satellite, and a grieving father finding some closure through the journey. This is the second feature from director Lee Ho-Jae, who through this film has an amazing eye for how humanity lives, amidst our tech madness and destructive nature. »

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Great Job, Internet!: Walk into the sunset with the “21 Best Character Departures Of All Time”

27 September 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Saying goodbye is rarely easy, especially when you’re saying goodbye to someone you really care deeply about. In fact, having meaningful relationships with people in general isn’t very easy, but thankfully we can always count on movies to distract us from real life. Of course, watching someone say goodbye in a movie is often just as emotionally difficult, as anyone who has seen The Iron Giant can surely attest. Recognizing that there have been a whole bunch of powerful goodbyes in the history of film, CineFix has put together a list of the “21 Best Character Departures Of All Time.”

The video is more than just a rundown of the rankings, as it also offers quick explanations for why these departures are so impactful or memorable. The list includes the aforementioned Iron Giant (though it thankfully doesn’t show the “Superman” moment, as then we’d never stop ...


- Sam Barsanti

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The Weekend Warrior 9/23/16: The Magnificent Seven, Storks

21 September 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | | See recent LRM Online news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out. 

This Past Weekend:

 Yikes. What a terrible weekend we just had, not only for the new movies released but also for the Weekend Warrior’s predictions. Clint Eastwood and Tom HanksSully won its second weekend in a row with just under $22 million, but as far as the new movies, neither Lionsgate’s Blair Witch nor Universal’s Bridget Jones’s Baby did very well, putting the last nail in the coffin (hopefully) for sequels/remakes trying to play upon nostalgia that just isn’t there. (Good luck to the Rings movie opening next month!) Blair Witch ended up with $9.6 million to take second place and both Bridget Jones’s Baby and Oliver Stone’s Snowden ended up with around $8 million, so »

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‘The Jungle Book’ Notches Second Week Atop Disc Charts

14 September 2016 4:23 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Walt Disney Studios’ “The Jungle Book,” a live-action/CGI remake of Disney’s 1967 animated classic with a worldwide gross of nearly $965 million, topped the national home video sales charts for the second consecutive week.

But the film received a strong challenge by a new release, Lionsgate’s “Now You See Me 2,” which bowed at No. 2 on the two Npd VideoScan sales charts for the week ended Sept. 11, one reflecting total disc sales and the other exclusively Blu-ray Disc.

The action adventure sequel, with U.S. theatrical earnings of more than $65 million (to more than $117 million for the 2013 original), sold 93% as many copies its first week in stores as “The Jungle Book” did in its second week of availability, Npd VideoScan Numbers show.

The film generated 51% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray disc, Npd VideoScan data shows, compared to 54% for “The Jungle Book.”

Another new release, Sony Pictures’ “Money Monster, »

- Thomas K. Arnold

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The Must-See Movie That Had Everyone Sobbing at the Toronto Film Festival

13 September 2016 11:25 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

It doesn't take a lot for a movie to make people cry, but when a PG-13 fantasy film about a boy and a tree monster turns a theater of film critics into sniffling, weeping messes, well, that's saying something. A Monster Calls premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, treating audiences to an early peek at one of the most beautifully heartbreaking films of the year. The film was written by Patrick Ness, who also penned the novel of the same name, and directed by J.A. Bayona, who is best known for The Impossible. Newcomer Lewis MacDougall leads the film as Connor, a 12-year-old boy who is dealing with more than his fair share of issues both at home, where his mother (Felicity Jones) is dying of cancer, and at school, where he is being constantly bullied for being different. One night Connor is visited by a monster (voiced by »

- Becky Kirsch

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Toronto Film Review: ‘A Monster Calls’

11 September 2016 8:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In a year full of fantastic creatures and imaginary friends — in which orphan Pete adopted his own dragon and lonely Sophie found a Big Friendly Giant to keep her company — 12-year-old Conor O’Malley, the young hero of “A Monster Calls,” may as well have drawn the short end of the stick: His CG buddy is a tree.

While his mother (Felicity Jones) battles cancer and his dad (Toby Kebbell) gets ready to move across the ocean to America, the poor British kid (a lonely little-boy-lost played by relative newcomer Lewis MacDougall) is beset by problems too big to confront alone. His torment awakens the ancient yew tree (magnificently voiced by Liam Neeson) just beyond his bedroom window. When the tree unexpectedly uproots itself and stomps on enormous gnarled-root legs over to Conor’s house, it’s meant to be quite an intimidating encounter, but the boy isn’t scared »

- Peter Debruge

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Review: The Iron Giant

9 September 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

It used to be, movies surprised us when we took our seats. We didn’t have so many sources for news and trailers a decade or so back. On Tuesdays, Warner Bros screened new films after hours and one night, the DC Comics crew filed in to see an animated feature called The Iron Giant. We didn’t know much about it or Brad Bird, the man behind it.

We were utterly charmed. None of us knew Ted Hughes’ The Iron Man book it was based on but found the 1950s setting perfect, and the old style animation well-done. Best, it had heart and soul and humor and a robot who wants to be Superman. What’s not to love?

Warner moved the release date so late in the process that tie-ins missed the opening and the marketing wasn’t what it should have been. As a result, this modern day classic withered and vanished. »

- Robert Greenberger

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Off The Shelf – Episode 102 – New Blu-ray Releases for the Week of September 6th, 2016

7 September 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

In this episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the weeks of August 30th, 2016 and September 6th.

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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘The Iron Giant,’ ‘Love & Friendship,’ ‘A Bigger Splash,’ and More

6 September 2016 6:51 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

A Bigger Splash (Luca Guadagnino)

Despite a loose script that justifies little, Italian director Luca Guadagnino’s follow-up feature to his glorious melodrama I Am Love is a sweaty, kinetic, dangerously unpredictable ride of a film. One is frustrated by the final stroke of genius that never came, but boy was it fun to spend two hours inside such a whirlwind of desires, mind games, delirious sights and sounds. Based on the 1969 French drama La piscine (The Swimming Pool »

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Giveaway: Win The Iron Giant Signature Edition Blu-ray (3 Winners)

31 August 2016 8:21 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Brad Bird's timeless The Iron Giant featuring the voice talent of Vin Diesel, Jennifer Aniston and Harry Connick, Jr. is finally making its Blu-ray debut this month over a decade after the high definition format debuted. The official release date is September 6th for this newly remastered classic and also marks the debut of a new Signature Edition cut on Blu-ray and DVD.

Warner Bros. has offered us three copies of The Iron Giant Signature Edition Blu-ray that we will award to three winners of this contest. Take your shot at winning one of them by filling out and submitting the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.

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