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The Jungle is Jumpin'! Earlier in the week we posted a batch of artwork from Mondo's spectacular Disney show currently open at their gallery during the ongoing SXSW Film Festival down in Austin, TX. Thanks to art lovers at SlashFilm we now have a look at even more art that debuted at the show, which had a huge line to get in, and if you're a Disney fan, or had a childhood (that means everyone) you have to see these. The show is called Nothing's Impossible - info. There's some art for Pixar's Ratatouille and Finding Nemo, as well as classics like Disney's The Jungle Book, Little Mermaid, The Black Cauldron, and Snow White, plus The Skeleton Dance. Many of these pieces exceed expectations, so take a quick look below. For the full gallery of prints, head to SlashFilm or MondoTees or follow @MondoNews or visit in Austin, TX. The Black Cauldron »
- Alex Billington
The Google Oscar commercial was one of the highlights of Sunday’s Academy Awards broadcast. The one-minute clip featured young filmmakers learning about movies and storytelling, accompanied by audio from Oscar-winning director of Wall-e, Finding Nemo and John Carter Andrew Stanton speaking at the Ted conference. It’s a beautiful, inspiring piece of work. Check it out below. Here’s the Google […]
The post Google Oscar Commercial: “We’re All Storytellers” Featuring Pixar’s Andrew Stanton appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Whether or not you liked Ellen DeGeneres' second hosting of the 2014 Academy Awards, she had some great moments. Here are 20 of her best Oscar jokes, ranging from costume choices to pizza.
Note: These moments are listed in chronological order, because ranking them would be far too difficult.
1. On Los Angeles' weather over the weekend: "It has been a tough couple of days for us here: It has been raining. We're fine. Thank you for your prayers."
3. "If people don't have those things, well then, people usually get into show business. One big, frightened family is what we have here."
4. On Meryl Streep's record-setting 18th nomination: "Simply put, Meryl cannot afford to be nominated again."
5. "Who are we kidding, it's the Hunger Games. »
"That's what's so special about stories - they're not predictable." During the Oscars show on ABC, Google aired a commercial they call "We're All Storytellers", a wonderful 60-second spot build mainly around a part of the speech Pixar filmmaker Andrew Stanton (who won Oscars for Wall-e and Finding Nemo) gave in a Ted Talk in 2012. I will fully admit that the TV spot made me tear up, just because it's so beautifully put together, and I don't care that it's a bit cheesy or a bit prophetic, I love it, and I admire what it's saying. Google knows how to make stellar ads built around stories, and here they show they know the dynamics of great storytelling. A perfect ad for the Oscars, and worth a highlight of its own. See the full Google ad below. "We all love stories. We're born for them," says filmmaker Andrew Stanton (of Finding Nemo, »
- Alex Billington
I will be doing a full fun recap but during the show mostly just minor notes. I'm gonna enjoy the show this year!
Very bold for Ellen DeGeneres actually!
Best Supporting Actor
Presented by: Anne Hathaway
This is for the 36 million people who have lost the battle to AIDS.
Animated "Hero" Montage
Presented by Jim Carrey
- NATHANIEL R
Here we are again after the Golden Globes, Mike Fleming and Anita Busch taking on the task of play by play during the most wide-open Oscar race we can remember. Even on the party circuit, industry insiders who usually have a grasp of who’ll walk away with Oscars were evenly torn between Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D masterpiece Gravity and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave. Then again, there were so many terrific films that got Best Picture nominations, and all of them have at least a puncher’s chance at an upset. Related: Oscars: Pete Hammond’s Absolute Final Predictions That includes American Hustle, where David O Russell co-wrote the Best Original Script nominee with Eric Warren Singer and got tour de force performances and nominations for Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Perfs so strong there was no room on the nomination roster for perennial Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Many of the races at Sunday (March 2) night's Academy Awards seem pre-determined as the ceremony is about to begin. Those guys from "My So-Called Life" and "True Detective" seem like locks. Etc. However, Best Picture is wide open. So let's hope that adds drama, while Ellen DeGeneres adds comedy. Click through and join my 2014 Oscars Live-Blogging. And comment below! 8:25 p.m. Et. So how many times do we figure Jennifer Lawrence is going fall down on tonight's Oscars telecast. Five? 10? Twice that many if she wins? Actually, if she wins, Lupita Nyong'o fans are going to be tripping her. Not Lupita, though. She's too classy for that. 8:27 p.m. There are dozens of people in the HitFix office right now, but I'm hiding out in my office, because I'm dedicated to you, the readers. Because I'd just keep eating lasagna if I were with the main group. Also, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Last year's Oscar telecast set the bar pretty low. Seth MacFarlane's turn as an emcee was a horrible miscalculation. The energy and occasional charm that be brought to his cartoons and his unfathomably popular film "Ted" seemed to curdle while on stage, and the night dragged on in a series of unfunny songs and jokes that were tired, sexist, and bigoted. So all that Ellen DeGeneres had to do was not shove a wheelchair-bound kid down a flight of stairs, "Friday the 13th: Part 2"-style, and she would have pretty much aced the night.
But DeGeneres went above and beyond, liberally mixing sugar and spice for a dynamic, lively performance that set the bar fairly high for whoever takes over the job next year (can we start a petition to get her pre-approved?) Ellen unified the entire experience of Oscar night under one exuberant umbrella. It didn't feel »
- Drew Taylor
The big night has finally arrived. It's the 86th Academy Awards and all of Hollywood is turning out the celebrate. Join us the the speeches, the surprises and what are sure to be some very memorable moments.
Ellen DeGeneres hosts this year's Oscars, and in addition to the biggest movie stars on the planet presenting awards, several musical acts are slated to perform their Academy Award nominated hit songs, including U2 and Idina Menzel.
What tricks will DeGeneres have up her sleeve? It's safe to say she probably won't sing a song about the boobs of those in the audience, as Seth MacFarlane did last year.
The 86th Academy Awards kick off at 7 p.m. Et on ABC with red-carpet coverage -- the show starts at 8:30 p.m. -- and you can follow along with Zap2it every single step of the way on our live blog. All times are Eastern. »
Finding Nemo encompasses a tremendous amount of positive imagery that makes up Disney and Pixar’s populous appeal. From learning how to trust family and friends, to overcoming biggest fears and obstacles, Finding Nemo understands how to tap into the audience’s heartstrings and neatly ties in a meaningful message for the viewer to take home. Yet with every good side, there is a dark presence that even Disney can’t back away from. Like many Disney films, from Bambi to Frozen, Finding Nemo deals with a story whose basis stems from a broken household struggling with a great deal of separation. Why does Disney cling onto threads of such despair and heartache? Perhaps it’s a factor many can relate to. Or perhaps it’s a working formula that sweetens the arc of a happy ending. Either way, separation is a tapped fountain of which Hollywood has dipped into time after time again. »
- Christopher Clemente
The Us talkshow host and comedian has overcome adversity to become a bona fide American superstar and a household name
In September, Ellen DeGeneres told the audience of her talkshow about the pros and cons of hosting the Academy Awards: "Pro: a lot of fancy designers will want to approach me and want me to wear a beautiful, expensive gown. Con: ain't no way in hell I'm wearing a gown." The audience erupted in cheers.
Such vocal approval is an indication of how far both DeGeneres's fortunes and Us public attitudes towards sexuality and gender have shifted. At the turn of the century, you could have been excused for thinking DeGeneres was down and out.
After spending two decades establishing herself as one of the most popular comedians in the Us, in 1997 she gambled everything on coming out as a lesbian, both in real life and in character on the »
- Ben Walters
In 2004 the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature was in it’s fourth year. Three very different films were nominated (“The Triplets of Belleville,” “Brother Bear,” and “Finding Nemo”), with ‘Nemo’ taking home the award. Since then demand for high-performing animated films has skyrocketed. In 2013, three animated features made it into the top 10 grossing movies of the year (“Despicable Me 2,” “Frozen,” and “Monsters University”), bringing in over $600 million combined. Needless to say, Hollywood plans on riding this wave for the foreseeable future, and The Hollywood Reporter recently held a roundtable discussion with some of this year’s Best Animated Feature nominees. THR film editor Gregg Kilday and technology writer Carolyn Giardina brought together Chris Buck (co-director of “Frozen”), Dan Scanlon (director of “Monsters University”), Chris Wedge (director of “Epic”), Kristine Belson (producer of “The Croods”), and Chris Meledandri (Illumination CEO and a producer of »
- Joshua Encinias
With more than 80 years of history under its belt, it's becoming much easier to pinpoint exactly the type of movies that'll win favour at the Oscars. Big-scale period epics, war films and musicals always tend to find favour with Academy voters, while on the acting front playing a President or a known historical figure is a sure-fire way to get attention.
But what about the movies that never get a look in? There are certain types of films - no matter how successful or how beloved by audiences - that simply never win big at the Oscars. Perhaps it's down to a lack of campaign push from the studio, the perception that they're not "Oscar movies", or Academy snobbery? Digital Spy takes a look at the films that are perennially ignored in the Best Picture race below...
The cinematic adaptation of Markus Zusak’s best-selling novel The Book Thief is out in UK cinemas today, check out our review here. To celebrate the transition of this moving tale from page to screen we’ve taken a look at the much celebrated career of the film’s leading man, Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush.
With a screen career spanning over thirty years, Rush has become recognised as one of the finest actors of his generation, winning a host of top awards and starring in some of the stand-out films of the last few decades. It would take a substantial amount of time to document all of his finest achievements in film, but here are a few of our favourites.
Arguably the performance that put the Australian actor on the world map, Rush was awarded the much coveted gold statue for Best Actor at the »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Well, so far we know that Pharrell Williams (hopefully rocking a different, but equally silly hat than the one he wore at the Grammys), Idina Menzel, U2 and Karen O will be performing their nominated songs at Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony, as well as Pink, although we're not sure what she's up to besides probably hanging down from the ceiling, and Bette Midler (again: no clue). But who will actually be presenting the awards? What starry talent have the Oscars lined up for the show? Well, read on to see the full list!
So here's the official list of who will be handing out tiny naked men to other beautiful, talented millionaires:
- Drew Taylor
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find Chris O’Donnell still has his Robin costume; the unseen, censored version of Finding Nemo; some Captain Phillips piracy parodies; a Doctor Who Tardis mini fridge; and the most breathtaking Game of Thrones art you’ll see this week. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
If you have any Geek Picks of your own, please send them to srgeekpicks(at)gmail(dot)com and you could be featured in a future post!
I found the rare, unseen version of Finding Nemo (F***ing Nemo)
Doctor Who Tardis Mini Fridge
- Justin Vactor
The UK premiere of Pixar in Concert will take place this weekend at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
The show will present footage from all 13 Pixar films with live music from the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra on Saturday (February 22).
Tickets are priced between £15 and £55 plus booking fees, and are available from royalalberthall.com. The show starts at 2pm and finishes at 7pm.
Meanwhile, 2014 will be the first year without a new Pixar movie since 2005.
Disney recently decided to delay the release of Pixar's upcoming films Finding Dory and The Good Dinosaur.
The Good Dinosaur - originally scheduled for release on May 30, 2014 - will now reach cinemas on November 25, 2015.
Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory has been delayed until summer 2016.
Watch Pixar present Finding Dory at the Disney D23 Expo below: »
The British Academy Awards are a lot like the American Academy Awards. Except when people give acceptance speeches, it’s obvious that they have rehearsed the speech at least a couple times. Also, they tend to quote Shakespeare — instead of, like, Bruce Springsteen, or whoever us Americans quote. Double also: Everyone is charmingly self-deprecating. (Basically, everything Love Actually taught you was the truth.)
These and other revelations came to you if you watched this year’s BAFTAs, hosted yet again by the irrepressible Stephen Fry. If you’re wondering how the Brit awards impacted the Academy Awards race, go check »
- Darren Franich
Its main characters were barely known in the UK, but that hasn't stopped this spin-off from the 1960s Us cartoon Rocky & Bullwinkle rocketing to the top spot
• More on the UK box office
Despite competition from paid previews on The Lego Movie, DreamWorks Animation's Mr Peabody & Sherman posted a decent debut of £3.92m. Mind you, it's worth noting that Mr Peabody & Sherman likewise pursued a previews strategy – likely a knock-on effect of the Lego tactic – and these contributed a considerable £1.39m of the total. The figure compares favourably with previous DreamWorks Animation release Turbo, which landed with £3.89m, including £1.77m in previews, last October.
While Turbo, the story of a motor-racing snail, was one of DreamWorks Animation's lesser appealing titles, Mr Peabody & Sherman might still have struggled to match it. Conceptually, it's not an obvious easy sell – the story of an erudite beagle who adopts a »
- Charles Gant
The official split between King and Headington, who was co-owner of Gk Films since they formed the company in 2007, came after the billionaire Texas oilman incurred tens of millions of dollars in losses, including $80 million alone on Martin Scorsese’s 2011 3D family adventure-drama “Hugo.”
King, 52, who counts among his screen credits the Oscar-winning pictures “The Departed” and “Argo” (the latter of which he executive produced), is one of several high-profile Hollywood figures, including former Warner Bros. film chief Jeff Robinov and Walt Disney Studios ex-chairman Dick Cook, who are pounding the pavement in search of potential investors. All three declined to comment for this story.
King, for one, is not seeking another financial partner to replace Headington, but rather is approaching independent »
- Alexandra Cheney
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