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Film Review: ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’

4 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After making a tin-eared debut with last year’s “Planes,” an earthbound pileup of lame jokes and ethnic caricatures, Disney’s “Cars” spinoff franchise gets a bit higher off the ground with “Planes: Fire & Rescue.” Largely ditching the funny accents in favor of an earnest but emotionally effective salute to the everyday heroism of America’s firefighters, this formulaic small-fry entertainment still doesn’t possess the story smarts to justify a bigscreen upgrade for a property that was conceived with home formats in mind. Nonetheless, there are honestly stirring moments to be found in the movie’s heartfelt tribute to the virtues of teamwork, courage and sacrifice, and in its soaring 3D visuals. Box office returns should land in the vicinity of the first pic’s $219 million worldwide haul; merchandising revenue and other ancillary streams look as unstoppable as ever.

Having realized his dreams of stardom on the international »

- Justin Chang

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Film Review: ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’

4 July 2014 3:14 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After making a tin-eared debut with last year’s “Planes,” an earthbound pileup of lame jokes and ethnic caricatures, Disney’s “Cars” spinoff franchise gets a bit higher off the ground with “Planes: Fire & Rescue.” Largely ditching the funny accents in favor of an earnest but emotionally effective salute to the everyday heroism of America’s firefighters, this formulaic small-fry entertainment still doesn’t possess the story smarts to justify a bigscreen upgrade for a property that was conceived with home formats in mind. Nonetheless, there are honestly stirring moments to be found in the movie’s heartfelt tribute to the virtues of teamwork, courage and sacrifice, and in its soaring 3D visuals. Box office returns should land in the vicinity of the first pic’s $219 million worldwide haul; merchandising revenue and other ancillary streams look as unstoppable as ever.

Having realized his dreams of stardom on the international »

- Justin Chang

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The Academy Invites 271 New Members for 2014

26 June 2014 12:44 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »

- Brad Brevet

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271 Invited To Join The Academy

26 June 2014 12:13 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.

“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”

The 2014 invitees are:

Actors

Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips

Clancy Brown – “The Hurricane,” “The Shawshank Redeption”

Paul Dano – “12 Years a Slave,” “Prisoners

Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave,” “Shame

Ben Foster – “Lone Survivor,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”

Beth Grant – “The Artist,” “No Country for Old Men

Clark Gregg – “Much Ado about Nothing,” “Marvel’s The Avengers

Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine, »

- Michelle McCue

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Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees

26 June 2014 12:04 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy

26 June 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »

- Guy Lodge

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Academy Invites 271 New Members

26 June 2014 11:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.

Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »

- Tim Gray

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Rock & Shock Gives Early Preview of 2014 Line-up

26 June 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Yes, Rock & Shock, the legendary Worcester, Mass., horror and metal festival, is still four months away, but organizers have released a tiny taste of what festival-goers can expect this October 17-19. Read on to learn what celebrity guests and musical acts are already lined up for the show.

Rock and Shock is not only Doctor Gash's favorite weekend of the year, but it's one of the coolest and most intimate festivals one can attend. And the first wave of celebrities should have everyone marking their calendars and making plans to head to Worcester this October.

Brad Dourif, who's done everything from voicing Chucky in the Child's Play series to Lord of the Rings, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and "Deadwood" just to name a few, will be making a rare festival appearance. Additionally , Dourif's daughter, Fiona Dourif (Curse of Chucky, "True Blood") will be appearing as well.

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- Scott Hallam

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Pixar Reveals Lava Short Will Screen Before Inside Out

20 June 2014 7:35 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

In addition to teasing a small band of journalists Thursday with footage from the upcoming Inside Out, Pixar Animation Studios revealed that the short film programmed to play in front of Pete Docter.s feature next year will be titled Lava. and they shared that gorgeous poster above to help set the stage. James Ford Murphy, the head of animation of Pixar, helms this short after logging time as an animator on A Bug.s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Ratatouille and many more Pixar features. Murphy has been toiling in the Cars universe for Pixar as of late, serving as supervising animator on the spinoff short Mater and the Ghostlight. He also supervised the animation on this brilliant short, still one of Pixar.s best. What.s Lava about? According to a studio release, the movie will be "a musical love story that takes place over millions of »

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New Poster For Disney Pixar Short Lava; Inside Out Gets Official Synopsis

19 June 2014 10:22 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Pixar Animation Studios has a lot in store for movie goers and animation enthusiasts during the summer of 2015. The studio has released the official title treatment and synopsis for the upcoming animated feature Inside Out as well as the first poster for the new animated short film Lava.

Disney/Pixar gave La journalists an early sneak preview tonight and by all accounts, the footage shown was stunning.

Inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, Lava is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years.

From director James Ford Murphy and producer Andrea Warren, Lava opens in theaters in front of 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 »

- Michelle McCue

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The movie directors who could use a good boss

19 June 2014 7:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

They're talented, individual, but could, possibly, do with a bit of editorial guidance. Could these directors use a boss, we wonder?

Odd List

In truth, we're a bit frightened about this one. Several times in pub/coffee shop/cider drinking in the park conversations, we've chatted about film directors who perhaps have got too powerful, that they seem to be able to get their own way without having someone to call bullshit on them - be it a good boss, or a very good friend that they trust and listen to.

This can be a very good thing. After all, we want film directors to be free to tell their stories. We don't want studio suits calling the shots. And some directors use their independence wondefully well, without losing what bought it to them in the first place (so, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Robert Zemeckis and such like).

Still, »

- ryanlambie

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When did big budget star vehicles become the underdogs?

8 June 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

After the curious case of Edge Of Tomorrow’s surprise critical popularity, Rob investigates a strange Hollywood happening…

Feature

The release of Edge Of Tomorrow - which opened in the Us this past weekend, following its bow in the UK a week earlier - has brought, not for the first time, a strange Hollywood trend to light. And it's this: do we trust big stars to make decent movies anymore?

Many people, this writer included, took a lot of convincing to venture out and see Tom Cruise in a hugely expensive sci-fi spectacular (notwithstanding the fact that Cruise has fine form in science fiction). The film in question, Edge Of Tomorrow, is directed by Doug Liman of The Bourne Identity, and based on a graphic novel with a cool title. So surely this should have been a movie which audiences were enthusiastically anticipating? Yet It didn’t seem that way, »

- rleane

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Did the Wachowskis peak with 'The Matrix'?

4 June 2014 1:54 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

This summer’s Jupiter Ascending was supposed to mark the return of Andy and Lana Wachowski to blockbuster science-fiction, a genre they briefly defined in 1999 with The Matrix before a decade that saw the successful-yet-disappointing Matrix sequels and the somewhat calamitous Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas. On Tuesday, everything changed. Below, two EW writers with profound opinions debate what this means for the siblings. Warning: Certain infamous megaflops will be flagrantly defended.

Jeff Labrecque: Warner Bros. announced Tuesday that Jupiter Ascending, the Wachowskis’ science-fiction action movie with Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, was bumped from July — the heart of summer blockbuster season — to February 2015, a. »

- EW staff

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Lb Comic Con Draws Geeks, Freaks, Fans

1 June 2014 12:12 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Darth Vader mingled. Spider Man posed. Batman signed autographs. Comic books came to life this weekend at the bi-annual Long BeachComic Con, located in the seaside Convention Center in the heart of the city. A scaled down version of San Diego’s uber fest, it still drew crowds of geeks, freaks and fans looking to see stars, buy memorabilia, andogle some really crazy costumes. When asked what the hot cosplay of today is, the answer people atthe convention was nearly unanimous: Mystique, Jennifer Lawrence;s blue alterego in ‘X-Men.’ But few in attendance were willing to pull off thenaked-looking outfit. One woman said, ‘I’m on a diet for San Diego’ (to wear that costume). Richard Hatch of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ fame signed autographswhile the 501st (Vader’s Fist the world’s leading Star Wars organization) puton realistic battle scenes in full armor and artillery. When asked about thenew Star Wars, »

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New Inside Out Synopsis Offers Further Plot Details for Pixar’s Next Film

26 May 2014 7:33 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

For the first time since the 2005 gap between The Incredibles and Cars, 2014 will not see the release of a new Pixar film.  This month was originally supposed to see the debut of the studio’s The Good Dinosaur, but production troubles arose last year and after removing director Bob Peterson from the project in August, its release was pushed to November 2015 and a replacement film for 2014 was never announced.  Pixar’s follow-up to Monsters University will finally arrive in June 2015, and it’s an incredibly promising project.  From Up and Monsters Inc. director Pete Docter, Inside Out takes place inside the mind of a young girl, and the protagonists are anthropomorphized versions of the young girl’s emotions. Though we’re still over a year out from the pic’s release, a new Inside Out synopsis has arrived that sheds more light on the film.  The animated pic features the voices of Amy Poehler, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Director Rob Gibbs on the New Pixar Short Radiator Springs 500 ½, Choosing the New Cars, New Aspects of Radiator Springs, and the Next Cars Short

23 May 2014 10:12 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The new Pixar short Radiator Springs 500 ½, available for free in the “Discover” section of the Disney Movies Anywhere digital movie service (www.DisneyMoviesAnywhere.com), is about a leisurely drive that’s planned in honor of Radiator Springs’ town founder, Stanley.  When Baja racing pros descend on the town and challenge Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson), they head out on a treacherously wild course that they hope they can survive.  Directed by Rob Gibbs and Scott Morse, the approximately six-minute short also features the voices of Larry the Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt, Cheech Marin, Steve Purcell, John Cygan and Jess Harnell. During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, director Rob Gibbs talked about how the idea for this short came about, how they decide on the type and look of any new car they bring into the Cars universe, why this story centers around Lightning McQueen, exploring new aspects of Radiator Springs, »

- Christina Radish

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Pixar Debuts New 'Cars' Toon on Disney Movies Anywhere

22 May 2014 8:27 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Disney/Pixar has released its latest short, a new installment of its Tales from Radiator Springs series based on the Cars franchise, which is now available on digital movie service Disney Movies Anywhere. In the six-minute Radiator Springs 500 ½, a “leisurely drive” planned in honor of Radiator Springs’ town founder, Stanley, turns precarious as Baja pros descend on the town and challenge Lightning McQueen to an off-road race. Meanwhile, the townsfolk, lead by Mater, enjoy the planned drive to retrace Stanley’s original frontier route. Story: THR's Summer Box-Office Forecast For this latest short, Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter "wanted

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- Carolyn Giardina

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Disney's Cars Race to Your Mobile Devices this Summer

20 May 2014 1:27 PM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

Disney and Pixar might be taking 2014 from any new adventures on the big screen, but that doesn't mean they'll be totally out of our lives this summer!

The high-octane stories from the Cars universe continues with a brand new series, Tales from Radiator Springs, on your iPhone and iPad this year. Right now, you can download the first episode Radiator Springs 500½ for Free with the Disney Movies Anywhere App.

Down below, you can catch a snippet of the brand new short, featuring the voice talents of Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, and all of your favorites from the Cars movies.

Then, get ready for even more adventures, because Disney has a lot planned for the Tales from Radiator Springs series later this year. We cannot wait to be a part of it!

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- dbethke@fanlala.com (Dave B.)

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Stream A New Pixar 'Cars' Short Today, For Free

20 May 2014 9:06 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Pixar has stayed remarkably consistent since releasing the first Cars back in 2006. The animation giant has released a feature film every year since, in fact, making 2014 the first year since then to not have a Pixar movie on the release schedule. But that doesn.t mean Pixar is shortchanging its fans completely. Yahoo Movies reports that a new six-minute short titled Radiator Springs 500 ½ can be streamed by fans for free starting today using the Disney Movies Anywhere app for the iPhone and iPad. The clip returns us to the world of Cars, where Lightning McQueen (voiced again by Owen Wilson) is challenged by a band of off-road racers. Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) tries to map out a course for this new race. But as is the case with everything that Mater tries, things go awry. The site shared a brief tease of the Radiator Springs short, which you can »

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Download A New Pixar 'Cars' Short Today, For Free

20 May 2014 9:06 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Pixar has stayed remarkably consistent since releasing the first Cars back in 2006. The animation giant has released a feature film every year since, in fact, making 2014 the first year since then to not have a Pixar movie on the release schedule. But that doesn.t mean Pixar is shortchanging its fans completely. Yahoo Movies reports that a new six-minute short titled Radiator Springs 500 ½ can be downloaded by fans for free starting today using the Disney Movies Anywhere app for the iPhone and iPad. The clip returns us to the world of Cars, where Lightning McQueen (voiced again by Owen Wilson) is challenged by a band of off-road racers. Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) tries to map out a course for this new race. But as is the case with everything that Mater tries, things go awry. The site shared a brief tease of the Radiator Springs short, which you can »

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