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You probably know the name Dan Fogelman. He's the Hollywood screenwriter behind such animated movies as "Cars," "Bolt," and "Tangled," but also family comedies like "Fred Claus," "Crazy, Stupid, Love," and “The Guilt Trip.” Like many screenwriters before him, Fogelman has made the leap to filmmaking. Originally titled “Imagine,” now known as “Danny Collins,” Fogelman's directorial debut follows an aging rock star who decides to change his life when he discovers a 40-year-old letter written to him by John Lennon. Al Pacino plays the titular Danny Collins, and the movie also stars Jennifer Garner, Annette Bening, Bobby Cannavale, and Christopher Plummer. Here’s the official synopsis: Al Pacino stars as aging 1970s rocker Danny Collins, who can't give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager (Christopher Plummer) uncovers a 40 year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to change course and »
- Edward Davis
James Newton Howard is best known for his large, layered, cinematic scores for films like Maleficent, Snow White and the Huntsman, and The Hunger Games series. These orchestra driven scores are perfect for epic tales of good versus evil, intense battle scenes and journeys of self-discovery. But in Nightcrawler, Howard seems to have found his more edgy, electronic side, turning in a score that sounds more like something you would expect from a composer like Cliff Martinez – and that’s a good thing. Changing up your musical style not only helps push boundaries, it can also give us great music we may not have otherwise expected from certain composers. Danny Elfman created the quirky music for films like Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and Big Fish, but he also created the dramatic scores for Good Will Hunting and Silver Linings Playbook and action films like Mission Impossible and Planet of the Apes. Randy Newman »
- Allison Loring
Who's ready for more adventures with Woody and Buzz? Yeah, like we even have to ask... Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced that Toy Story 4 is coming in June of 2017. We don't know much about the movie at this point other than it will be directed by Pixar's own John Lasseter, whose directorial credits include Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Cars and Cars 2. Beyond that, it's anyone's guess as to how it'll fit into where the story was left off in...
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To infinity and beyond – or, at least, back to the big screen. Disney is reuniting Woody, Buzz Lightyear and company for Toy Story 4, which will hit theaters on June 16th, 2017. As Variety reports, the sequel will be directed by Pixar Animation Studios veteran John Lasseter – who helmed the series' first and second installments – while Tom Hanks (as Woody) and Tim Allen (as Buzz) will reprise their distinctive voice roles.
Most people assumed that Toy Story 3 would be the final instalment of that franchise, but Disney will once again return to their most successful franchise on June 16th, 2017. John Lasseter - who helmed the first two movies as well as A Bugs Life and both Cars movies - is directing, and he told The Los Angeles Times that this instalment will be a love story which picks up where the last one ended. "A lot of people in the industry view us doing sequels as being for the business of it, but for us it's pure passion," he told the site. "We only make sequels when we have a story that's as good as or better than the original. We don't just, because of the success of a film, automatically say we're going to do a sequel and then figure out what we're going to do." The Toy Story »
Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures have set a June 16th 2017 release date for a fourth film in the "Toy Story" franchise. Walt Disney Co. chief Bob Iger made the announcement to Wall Street analysts as he discussed the company's fourth quarter and fiscal year results on Thursday.
Pixar Cco and original "Toy Story" director John Lasseter is set to return to the helm, while Tom Hanks and Tim Allen will reprise their roles as Woody and Buzz Lightyear. Most surprising (and welcome) is that "Celeste and Jesse Forever" scribes Rashida Jones and Will McCormack are onboard as writers on the project.
Also onboard is Galyn Susman ("Toy Story of Terror," "Toy Story that Time Forgot") as producer in a film that is being described as more of a love story than the previous outings. In an official statement, Lasseter says:
"We love these characters so much; they are like family to us. »
- Garth Franklin
Disney CEO Bob Iger just announced that Toy Story 4 is coming in June of 2017. We don't know much about the movie at this point other than it will be directed by Pixar's own John Lasseter, whose directorial credits include Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Cars and Cars 2. Beyond that, it's anyone's guess as to how it'll fit into where the story was left off in 2010's Toy Story 3 and which characters will be returning. The story for Toy Story 4 was cooked up by Lasseter, Andrew Stanton (Wall-e), Pete Docter (Up), and Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3). It'll be written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (Celeste and Jesse Forever). Here's what Lasseter had to say about the project: “We love these characters so much; they...
- Peter Hall
There are few things in pop culture that have a softer spot in ’90s kids hearts than Toy Story and its subsequent sequels. And after the reaction to the two-Oscar winning, Best Picture nominated Toy Story 3 was essentially, “Oh my God, that was a million times better than I would’ve ever expected and now I’m super sad, I mean didn’t you think the toys were going to get incinerated? How effed up would that have been?!?”, you can bet the Internet would just about explode if a fourth Toy Story were to be announced.
Well according to Deadline, Toy Story 4 is officially in the works at Disney and Pixar, with John Lasseter (director of Toy Story 1 and 2, but not 3) set to direct. The film is set for a June 16, 2017 release date, and Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (Jones of Parks and Recreation, and the writing pair »
- Brian Welk
We thought the story of Toy Story had been told. The trilogy of Pixar films concluded in 2010 with the brilliant, entertaining and ultimately tear-jerking Toy Story 3. And here we are today, processing the news that Pixar is doing Toy Story 4. It already has writers, a director and a release date. Here's what we know about Toy Story 4 based on Disney's official announcement. 1. It's hitting theaters more than 2 years from now - The release date is June 16, 2017. 2. John Lasseter is directing: John Lasseter directed the first two Toy Story films, as well as Cars and Cars 2 and A Bug's Life. 3. Woody and Buzz will be back - Disney's announcement says it will "open a new chapter in the lives of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the "Toy Story" gang." That's not a ton to go one, but it does vaguely confirm that Buzz and Woody will be at the center »
Hold onto your plastic cowboy boots because a new Toy Story movie is on the way! John Lasseter, who directed the original 1995 film, will return to direct the upcoming sequel. There aren't a lot of details yet, but we do know the movie will hit theaters June 16, 2017, and Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, who wrote Celeste & Jesse Forever, are on board. "We love these characters so much; they are like family to us," said Lasseter. "We don't want to do anything with them unless it lives up to or surpasses what's gone before. Toy Story 3 ended Woody and Buzz's story with Andy so perfectly that for a long time, we never even talked about doing another Toy Story movie. But when Andrew [Stanton], Pete [Docter], Lee [Unkrich], and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it. It was so exciting to me, I knew we »
TV Picks: Crackle is our pick for excellence in web series content.Make sure to catch the new season of ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ which was renewed for four more seasons back in April.Previous episodes of “Comedians in Cars” have featured Seinfeld’s conversations with a long list of comedy greats, including Jason Alexander, Alec Baldwin, Todd Barry, Mel Brooks, Louis Ck, Larry David, Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Wayne Knight, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Seth Meyers, Patton Oswalt, Carl Reiner, Michael Richards, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman and Howard Stern, among others. We are waiting on his ride with Monique Marvez, the […] »
- April Neale
Earlier this year, WWE Studios and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment announced that they were developing "Jingle All the Way 2," the sequel to Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1996 comedy. And now we have a trailer for the new film. Check it out below. "Jingle All the Way 2" stars Larry the Cable Guy (Tooth Fairy 2, Cars) and WWE Superstar Santino Marella. It's directed by Alex Zamm (Tooth Fairy 2, Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts) and will be released on DVD/Blu-ray during the 2014 holiday season. Plot: Two desperate dads compete in a battle to be the best father and make this the best Christmas ever! Fun-loving, laid-back dad Larry (Larry The Cable Guy) is having a tough time finding the perfect Christmas gift for his 8-year-old daughter, Noel. The season's hottest toy, The Harrison Bear, is all sold out, and Noel's new stepfather wants to keep it that way . so he »
Walt Disney chief creative officer (Cco) John Lasseter talked about the influences of Japan, its art and Hayao Miyazaki’s animation in particular on his work, Pixar and even in winning his wife’s hand at a talk on “Cool Japan” held by the Tokyo International Film Festival on Friday.
Asked to hold the talk by his friend Toshio Suzuki of Studio Ghibli, Lasseter said, “I started looking through the old photographs of my trips to Japan. I’m very emotional about this talk about what a huge influence the country of Japan its people and my friend Hayao Miyazaki had on me.”
He described how his earliest exposure to Japan was with cartoons that he didn’t even know were from the country at first, and how his frustration later on in life as a Disney animator in a Hollywood where animation was just seen as “for kids” was solved when he first met with Miyazaki »
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Tokyo — Invited to speak in Tokyo as part of the ‘Cool Japan’ cultural promotion drive, animator John Lasseter delivered a heart-felt and deeply personal tribute to Japan, Japanese film culture, and fellow animation icon Hayao Miyazaki.
“Thank you, Japan for making me who I am,” he said by way of conclusion in front of a packed theatre at the Tokyo International Film Festival on Friday.
The speech was carefully written and enthusiastically presented by a Lasseter who clearly intended to educate as much as he was there to promote. Lasseter is chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studio, and DisneyToon Studios.
He included early photographs of himself and fellow student animators at California Institute of the Arts, showed a clip of Miyazaki’s “Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro,” which he described as “clever and economical” animation, but with depth. And then described how »
- Patrick Frater
"It sucked... It just was -- awful," Michael Keaton says of Batman Forever in the following "CBS Sunday Morning" interview piece, which largely asks "Where has Michael Keaton beenc" It's a good little piece as we learn Keaton turned down a reported $15 million to play Batman a third time. The role would eventually go to Val Kilmer and while the question of where has Keaton been floats in the air... Well, since Batman Returns he's made The Paper, Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown, starred in White Noise, voiced characters in Pixar's Cars and Toy Story 3 and was an excellent contribution to The Other Guys. Granted, none of those roles stacks up to his new film, Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), which I had the pleasure of seeing just this morning and while I'll have my review for you on Monday, let me just say the hype around this one is for real, »
- Brad Brevet
Inside Out is Pixar’s next highly anticipated release, but it’s also paired with a brand new Pixar short film that’s a must see, James Ford Murphy’s directorial debut, Lava. The piece focuses on a lonely volcano out in the middle of the sea who’s just looking for someone to love, or rather, lava. And it’s no wonder John Lasseter went with the idea when Murphy pitched him three options; for a mere seven-minute piece, Lava is extremely moving and the song is quite catchy, too. While talking to Murphy about Lava, he broke down the process of how to pitch ideas at Pixar, what it’s like bringing an immobile volcano to life, his thoughts on screening before Inside Out and loads more. Catch it all in the video interview after the jump. Lava will hit theaters with Insider Out on June 19, 2015. James Ford Murphy »
- Perri Nemiroff
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) starring Michael Keaton looks inside the mind of an actor trying to make a comeback after an iconic superhero role changed the trajectory of his career. It's crazy how much this parallels Keaton's real life. Since Batman Returns in 1992, Keaton has yet to shake off the shadow of a role he last played twenty-two years ago.
He's been able to do notable voice work in Toy Story 3 as Ken, Call of Duty: Black Ops II as Jason Hudson, and Cars as Chick Hicks. Most recently he's returned to action films in Need for Speed and RoboCop. The last piece he needs now is a critically acclaimed film, and Birdman might just fit the bill.
I've called the trailer a mind trip and the movie looks even more so. I can't wait to see if Keaton has made a triumphant return as a comedic and dramatic actor. »
- Free Reyes
Q. What do Lincoln, E.T., The Color Purple, War of the Worlds, Jurassic Park, 12 Years a Slave, Eat Pray Love, A Mighty Heart, World War Z, Jane Eyre, Saving Mr. Banks, Proof, Elizabeth, The Master, American Hustle, Zero Dark Thirty, Her, The Dark Knight, Man of Steel, Inception, Hustle & Flow, The Hunger Games, Monsters, Inc., A Bug's Life, and Toy Story 3 have in common? A. They were all produced by women. Look around. Female producers are everywhere: Shepherding the new Star Wars trilogy. Bringing the latest Hunger Games to theaters. And in February, when Oscar night rolls around, 11 women »
- Nicole Sperling
Check out the new teaser trailer for Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out.
From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie “ Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind.
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, »
- Michelle McCue
Lionsgate has hired Kerry Phelan, former head of consumer products and licensing for DreamWorks Animation, to the newly-created position of exec VP of global franchise management and strategic partnerships.
The hire comes as the studio focuses on exploiting its key franchises — “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent.”
Phelan has been involved with the “Star Wars,” “Shrek” and Lego brands. Lionsgate noted that while at DreamWorks Animation, she significantly increased that studio’s consumer products revenue and expanded DreamWorks’ location-based entertainment operations into Singapore, Brazil, Australia and other international markets.
“With her track record of cultivating some of the biggest brands in motion picture history, Kerry is ideally qualified to develop and execute retail, merchandising and location-based entertainment initiatives for Lionsgate’s growing portfolio of franchises,” said Palen. “From Lego to ‘Star Wars’ and Pixar to DreamWorks, she has established herself as »
- Dave McNary
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