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Chicago – Dan Fogelman is a familiar behind-the-scenes creator, having wrote scripts and screenplays for “Cars,” “Fred Claus,” “Tangled,” “The Guilt Trip” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” He takes on his first directorial effort, the story of “Danny Collins,” a faded rock star who finds redemption through a lost letter from John Lennon.
“Danny Collins” stars Al Pacino as the title character, who goes on a journey to find his estranged son, portrayed by Bobby Cannavale. The all-star cast includes Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner and Christopher Plummer, and highlights the process of re-engineering a life that has drifted the wrong way. Dan Fogelman wrote the screenplay inspired by a true story (the background of which is below), and got the opportunity to direct his script.
Photo credit: Bleecker Street Media
Fogelman grew up in New Jersey – where “Danny Collins »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Dan Fogelman had built a praiseworthy list of writing credits with such hits as “Cars,” “Tangled” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” But that didn’t bring the world clamoring to finance what he hoped would be his directorial debut — a dramedy about an over-the-hill rock star who rediscovers his soul.
The sound of doors slamming shut might have become deafening had his script not fallen into the hands of an ambitious recent film school graduate named Shivani Rawat.
With the financial backing of her godfather, 5-Hour Energy drink magnate Manoj Bhargava, Rawat turned Fogelman’s passion project, “Danny Collins,” from a might-have-been into a bigscreen reality. Starring Al Pacino, Annette Bening and Christopher Plummer, it debuts in New York and Los Angeles on March 20.
- James Rainey
“The following is kind of based on a true story, a little bit,” reads the epigraph from Danny Collins.
From the very beginning, Danny Collins nods to the kind of movie that it is while recognizing what it doesn’t want to be. Everything on the outside makes Dan Fogelman’s (writer of Cars, Crazy Stupid Love and Last Vegas) directorial debut seem like a Lifetime movie of the week: the queasy biopic elements, the TV movie aesthetic and the “inspirational” theme that “it’s never too late to turn your life around and find redemption.”
Yet, in the canon of sentimental schlock, Danny Collins is a quiet revelation, a film that subverts all expectations and becomes quietly sentimental and poignant without ever feeling manipulative or cheap. It’s a film that plans out all the beats it will hit and does indeed hit them, but maybe not in the way we first foresaw. »
- Josh Cabrita
Dan in Real Life: Fogelman’s Sugary Directorial Debut Hobbles its Own Charms
Screenwriter and producer Dan Fogelman makes a high profile directorial debut with Danny Collins, nabbing a handful of high profile names to lead his glossy family issue drama wrapped in melodramatic showbiz antics. When he’s not writing directly for children and family friendly audiences (Cars; Bolt; Tangled), Fogelman’s screenplays are often gilded with jejunish countenances (The Guilt Trip; Last Vegas), the types of outrageous yet uncomplicated cinematic fabrications that hail from some medicated hinterland beyond the realm of mere escapism. His first stint as a director finds him returning to this hypertrophic mode of drama wherein potentially insurmountable life tragedies get mushed together to equal one big positive, though kernels of authentic emotions sometimes shine through the contrivances.
Danny Collins (Al Pacino) is an aging rock star currently touring with another greatest hits album. »
- Nicholas Bell
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".
Joe Carnahan ("Stretch," "The Grey") is revving up the long dormant "Motorcade" for DreamWorks. At one time eyed by Tom Cruise, and a few years ago slated to star Ryan Reynolds, with a script from Billy Ray (indeed, his is the most recent draft), the thriller has a bunch of terrorists attacking the President's motorcade during a trip to Los Angeles. Four-wheel Drive Down! We'll see if Carnahan will finally be the guy to get this movie off the ground. [Variety] John Lasseter won't be going it alone with "Toy Story 4." Pixar veteran Josh Cooley, who has credits on "The Incredibles," "Cars," "Ratatouille," and "Up," has graduated to the co-director's chair on the sequel. There's no word yet on plot details, except that it will be a "romantic comedy" and not tied to the original trilogy. [via Empire] "Mama" director Andy Muschietti will be behind the the big screen adaptation of »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Fantastic Four: New images from Fantastic Four reveal extremely serious super-powered characters. We're not quite sure yet why Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, and Kate Mara have such determined looks in their eyes, but it's certainly a new approach for the team on the big screen. The movie smashes into theaters on August 7, 2015. [Total Film via Games Radar] Toy Story 4: Recently, we heard that Toy Story 4 would be a stand-alone romantic comedy. Now comes word that director John Lasseter will welcome a co-director, Josh Cooley. That's not unusual in the world of animation, in view of the tremendous workload involved in making an animated movie, and Pixar has certainly done that before. Cooley's credits stretch back to 2006's Cars and he...
- Peter Martin
“To be co-director on Toy Story 4 with John, who brought the Toy Story characters to the screen 20 years ago, is a dream come true,” Cooley told Variety. “When I first saw Toy Story I was amazed by the groundbreaking computer-generated animation. But it was the strong storytelling that kept me coming back. Toy Story 4 will continue that tradition and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it!”
- Scott J. Davis
We've still got a couple years before Toy Story 4 hits theaters on June 16th, 2017, but since animated movies require a lot of hard work over a long period of time, Pixar Animation is moving right along on crafting the feature film. When the project was announced last fall, the original film's director and Pixar COO John Lasseter was revealed to direct, but now the animation powerhouse has announced that Inside Out head of story Josh Cooley will join Lasseter as co-director on the sequel. Cooley started from the bottom as an intern in the story department on Cars, and look where he's at now. That's pretty amazing. Here's the announcement from Pixar Animation about the news on Twitter: Rootin', tootin' news from the playset: Josh Cooley (@CooleyUrFaceOff) will co-direct #ToyStory4, debuting in 2017. pic.twitter.com/tkcggO0zVT— Disney•Pixar (@DisneyPixar) March 11, 2015 You might remember Cooley because we highlighted children's »
- Ethan Anderton
Disney Pixar has announced that Josh Cooley, who served as head of story on this summer's Inside Out, will co-direct Toy Story 4, alongside John Lasseter. The sequel was first announced back in November, with the studio setting a June 4, 2017 release date and bringing on Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, who co-wrote Celeste and Jesse Forever, to write the screenplay. Here's what Josh Cooley had to say to Variety about Toy Story 4.
"To be co-director on Toy Story 4 with John, who brought the Toy Story characters to the screen 20 years ago, is a dream come true. When I first saw Toy Story I was amazed by the groundbreaking computer-generated animation. But it was the strong storytelling that kept me coming back. Toy Story 4 will continue that tradition and I couldn't be more excited to be a part of it!"
No voice actors have been confirmed, but Toy Story 4 »
The return of Woody, Buzz and their team of merry toybox chums is on the horizon. Set to dominate the box office in two years’ time, Toy Story 4 is positioned to land in theaters in summer 2017. John Lasseter, who ushered the first two entries to the big screen, was announced to direct last year and now, he’s looking to ease the load.
Story chief on the upcoming Inside Out, Josh Cooley, will now work alongside Lasseter as co-director on the animated caper. Disney took to Twitter to announce his involvement, which included the expected celebratory tone:
Rootin’, tootin’ news from the playset: Josh Cooley (@CooleyUrFaceOff) will co-direct #ToyStory4, debuting in 2017. pic.twitter.com/tkcggO0zVT
— Disney•Pixar (@DisneyPixar) March 11, 2015
Cooley, who started his Pixar journey as a story intern on Cars, went on to tell Variety (via /Film) about joining the studio’s biggest franchise:
To be co-director »
- Gem Seddon
We already know that John Lasseter will helm Toy Story 4, and now it's been announced long-time Pixar employee Josh Cooley will co-direct the film with Lasseter. Cooley first got his start with the company as an intern on Cars, and has worked on several other Pixar projects, including Ratatouille and Up. He was also the head of story on the upcoming Pixar film Inside Out, and directed a short that will be on the Blu-ray for the animated movie. Josh Cooley on being tapped to »
- Jesse Giroux
Disney and Pixar have announced Josh Cooley will join John Lasseter and co-direct the upcoming Toy Story 4, which the studio has already slated for a June 16, 2017 release. Cooley recently told Variety, "To be co-director on Toy Story 4 with John, who brought the Toy Story characters to the screen 20 years ago, is a dream come true. When I first saw Toy Story I was amazed by the groundbreaking computer-generated animation. But it was the strong storytelling that kept me coming back. Toy Story 4 will continue that tradition and I couldn't be more excited to be a part of it!" When it comes to the sequel, we recently learned from Pixar president Jim Morris, "Toy Story 4 is not a continuation of the end of the story of Toy Story 3. Temporarily it is, but it will be a love story. It will be a romantic comedy. It will »
- Brad Brevet
Though it floated in the rumoursphere in the years since Toy Story 3 effectively appeared to wrap up the story of Woody, Buzz and the rest of the playroom pals (aside from their appearances in shorts and TV specials), a fourth Toy Story film was officially announced last November. With a 2017 release date on the books, John Lasseter has picked Pixar veteran Josh Cooley as his co-director. Cooley has been with the company since legendary story man Joe Ranft hired him as an intern on Cars. Since then, he’s worked his way up through films such as Ratatouille, Brave and Up to become head of story on the company’s forthcoming release, Inside Out. And he’s also earned his director’s stripes making shorts, including one set within the world of Pete Docter’s film, which will be on the Inside Out Blu-ray. “To be co-director on Toy Story 4 with John, »
You gotta hand it to a company like Pixar. Sure, they’re developing sequels to “The Incredibles” and making a “Toy Story 4,” but the studio’s been very devoted to creating their own original stories. And when they do make sequels, “Monsters” and “Cars," they’re based on their very own unique concepts. In fact, in the upcoming few years, we’ll be treated to another slate of new original films like “The Good Dinosaur,” a film centered on the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, and their upcoming picture “Inside Out.” Directed by Pete Docter ("Up"), "Inside Out" has a pretty bold concept. It will be set in the mind of a young girl, where five emotions — Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear and Sadness — try to lead the girl through her life. The voice-cast includes Amy Poehler, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Phyllis Smith, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane, »
- Edward Davis
The online buying car service has hired the actor to voice a series of upcoming advertisements for TV, radio and the Internet as the company seeks to rev up its profile in the digital auto marketplace.
“Placing such a distinct and trusted voice behind the TrueCar brand puts automakers in great company and in a position to win with modern car-buyers,” said Scott Painter, TrueCar’s chief executive officer.
Wilson, who has also done commercial work for Hertz, will be featured in several spots later this year.
- Variety Staff
Film scores are pretty ephemeral to a large chunk of the movie-going populace, where music isn’t noticeable unless a triumphant fanfare or sweeping ballad draws enough attention to itself. So if scoring is already the film industry’s unappreciated middle child, how silly is a list about ones that haven’t been released yet? Very silly. Oftentimes, composers don’t even sign with a project until well into production, so speculating on the best film music of 2015, like any year, forces one to work with what’s known. Sound on Sight will offer more in-depth analysis on the most buzzed about music as the year rolls on but for now, here are the ten movie scores I’m most excited to hear in 2015.
Alan Silvestri’s last great score was for a TV show, and his last great film score was for one of the more forgettable Marvel entries. »
- David Klein
Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in TrainwreckPhoto: Universal Pictures With Sundance just wrapping up and Berlin starting up in a few days, we are now immersed in the year-long barrage of film festivals. One such festival in South By Southwest. A few weeks back they announced the first seven films of their program, including the opening night film Brand: A Second Coming. Today, they have revealed the rest of the features to be shown in March (except for the midnight program), and some of it has me very excited. The bigger titles announced do not do much for me. Paul Feig's Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy, and the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart starrer Get Hard leave a lot to be desired in terms of anticipation, as does a work in progress cut of Judd Apatow's latest film Trainwreck. I'm guessing an Apatow work in progress is probably around three and a half hours. »
- Mike Shutt
South by Southwest, the multi-faceted film, music and technology festival held annually in Austin, TX will feature such upcoming films as Paul Feig’s Spy, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, and Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand profile Brand: A Second Coming as headliners in this year’s film festival lineup.
SXSW runs from March 13 to 21 in Austin and is now in its 22nd year. Variety has details of the 145 films and 100 world premieres bowing at this year’s festival. Brand, as previously reported, will be the festival’s opening night film.
Other notable titles on the list are the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, a rough cut of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, the directorial debut of 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, Ex Machina, and a new comedy by Michael Showalter, Hello, My Name is Doris.
On the small screen, »
- Brian Welk
It may be hard to believe but, we here at BollySpice, do watch other shows created outside of our beloved Bollywood and we recently came across a fabulous show on ABC. For the last 4 weeks, audiences have been treated to the madcap, medieval, magical, musical comedy adventure Galavant. The hysterically funny, fall off your chair show was a big hit! Created by Dan Fogelman, the series featured music and lyrics by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. The incredible eclectic cast included Joshua Sasse as Galavant, Karen David as Princess Isabella Maria Lucia Elizabetta of Valencia, Luke Youngblood as Sid, Vinnie Jones as Gareth, Mallory Jansen as Madalena and Timothy Omundson as King Richard. The show also boasted guest spots by stars like John Stamos, Hugh Bonneville, ”Weird Al” Yankovic, Ricky Gervais, and Rutger Hauer.
To truly give you the feel and flavor of Galavant you can check out videos and watch episodes here. »
- Stacey Yount
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