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Dan Fogelman’s Romance ‘Life Itself’ Movie in the Works

16 August 2016 2:57 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

FilmNation Entertainment has tapped “Cars” scribe Dan Fogelman to direct his romance screenplay “Life Itself” with shooting starting in March in New York and Spain.

FilmNation will fully finance, produce and handle international sales for the film while Wme handles U.S. rights. Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, whose credits include “The Fault in Our Stars” and the Maze Runner franchise, will produce with FilmNation.

The story is a multi-generational love story, weaving together a number of characters whose lives intersect over the course of decades from the streets of New York to the Spanish countryside and back. Producers are currently casting but no actors have been attached.

Fogelman’s writing credits include the three “Cars” movies, “Tangled,” “Bolt,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “Last Vegas,” “The Guilt Trip” and “Danny Collins,” which he also directed.

Dan Fogelman has one of the most original voices in cinema today,” said FilmNation Entertainment CEO Glen Basner. »

- Dave McNary

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Interview: Actor Paul Dooley on Getting to Portray Dad

26 July 2016 7:37 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – After he reigned as the father in the classic 1979 film “Breaking Away,” actor Paul Dooley suddenly became everyone’s Dad – and by everyone that meant Molly Ringwald (“Sixteen Candles”), Julia Roberts (“Runaway Bride”) and Helen Hunt (“Mad About You”). He tells all in Part Two of a comprehensive interview.

The former “Paul Brown’ was born in West Virginia, and studied acting at West Virginia University, before heading to New York City and a new career as Paul Dooley. He did stage work, stand-up comedy and the New York City version of The Second City. He got his big break in the original stage version of “The Odd Couple” in 1965, directed by the legendary Mike Nichols. While working the stage, he appeared in a number of commercials, eventually moving to Los Angeles to “be where the action is.”

Paul Dooley (right) Being Dad with Justin Henry and Carlin Glynn in »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Interview: Actor Paul Dooley of ‘Breaking Away,’ ‘Sixteen Candles’

21 July 2016 10:25 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – If there ever was a quintessential “Dad” in movies of the last generation, it would have to be Paul Dooley. The comedian and character actor is best known for portraying the patriarch in “Breaking Away” (1979) and “Sixteen Candles” (1984), but was also in director’s Robert Altman’s ‘ensemble’ and has had a stellar career.

The former “Paul Brown” was born in West Virginia, and studied acting at West Virginia University, before heading to New York City and a new career as Paul Dooley. He did stage work, stand-up comedy and the New York City version of The Second City (story below), before getting his big break in the original stage version of “The Odd Couple” in 1965, directed by the legendary Mike Nichols. While working the stage, he appeared in a number of commercials, eventually moving to Los Angeles to “be where the action is.”

The Dad: Paul Dooley, with Dennis Christopher, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Top Gear's Chris Harris builds on YouTube hit with global BBC show

8 July 2016 4:38 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

BBC America series will see presenter get behind the wheel of the ‘newest, fastest and coolest cars on the road’

Top Gear presenter Chris Harris has landed his own international show on the BBC just days after his co-presenter Chris Evans quit the BBC2 motoring series.

Harris, a motoring journalist and presenter who was one of Evans’ first hires when he took over Top Gear from Jeremy Clarkson, will front a new show called Chris Harris on Cars, based on his popular YouTube series.

Related: Chris Evans quits BBC Top Gear after just one series

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- John Plunkett and Mark Sweney

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Pixar Has Four Original Movies In The Works Beyond The Incredibles 2

4 July 2016 7:35 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Andrew Stanton’s Finding Dory has jump-started a string of Pixar sequels that will welcome moviegoers back to the worlds of Toy Story, Cars and The Incredibles through 2019. But beyond that, the animation wizards have plans in place for four original movies, which ought to offset any cries of sequelitis.

That’s according to Pixar President Jim Morris, who told Entertainment Weekly that the studio’s blueprint has and always will place originality first; but there are times when a key creator such as Andrew Stanton (Dory) or Brad Bird (Incredibles) pitches an idea worthy of a sequel.

“Our plan had been to make an original every year and a sequel every other year, if the idea came forth to do it,” says Morris. “If we add the next films after the current ones, it actually comes out to exactly that: seven sequels in a spate of 21 originals, from the »

- Michael Briers

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Box Office Democracy: Finding Dory

21 June 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

I am too big a fan of Pixar to be reasonably objective at this point. On this very website I wrote a rave review of The Good Dinosaur, a movie I seem to be almost completely alone on the island of people who think that was an unqualified masterpiece. I’ve given more than one passionate defense of Cars as a well-intentioned movie with a nice message about the virtue of small town America. I’m even polite enough to pretend that Cars 2 never existed. I’m a Pixar team player all the way. But I’m just not sure I’m a big fan of Finding Dory.

It’s not a bad movie, that’s not what’s wrong here, not by a long shot. It’s funny, it’s momentarily very moving, and the design work is exciting and dynamic. What it doesn’t feel is particularly original. »

- Arthur Tebbel

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From Sports Cars to Helicopters: How Our Favorite Celebs Travel

20 June 2016 3:01 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Wouldn’t it be amazing to travel by private jet, skipping all of those airport lines, or to have a collection of fancy sports cars? Well, while most of us can keep dreaming, those are just two of the high-class ways our favorite celebrities get around.

As they all flit off on fabulous summer vacations, we may catch a peak at some of these seven beauties shuttling down the runway or pulling up to the fanciest hotel in town.

On The Sporty Side

Sports cars are the bread and butter transport – they all own a few, filling out multi-car garages attached to Beverly Hills’ homes. But anyone can buy a Fiat or a Ferrari off the lot, so how special could these speedsters really be? Well, if you’re talking about Jay-z’s Maybach Exelero, the answer is very special. Price at a sweet $8 million, the car is entirely one »

- Jennifer Gretson

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‘Finding Dory’: 5 Reasons the Pixar Sequel Smashed Records

19 June 2016 12:53 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Finding Dory” shattered box office records this weekend, setting a new high-water mark for an animated film debut with its $136.2 million opening.

The sequel to 2003’s “Finding Nemo” succeeded where many followups this summer have failed, nearly doubling the original film’s $70.2 million launch. Its impressive results come amidst fears that the movie business is suffering from “sequelitis,” as one by one spinoffs and fresh installments such as “Alice Through the Looking Glass” and “X-Men: Apocalypse” sputter at the box office.

Here are five reasons that Disney and Pixar were able to make a big splash with “Finding Dory.”

1.) Pixar is the Movie Business’ Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval

Over the course of 17 films, Pixar has established a reputation for excellence that is nearly unparalleled. Perhaps only Miramax during its ’90s heyday rivals the Pixar association with quality films, and its run of “Pulp Fiction,” “The English Patient” and “The Crying Game »

- Brent Lang

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Film Review: Finding Dory

16 June 2016 9:03 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Before we get to Finding Dory, let's take a minute to discuss Piper, the latest short from Pixar Animation Studios

In what may be the most adorable animated short yet, Piper is a simple, heartwarming story. There is such attention to detail when looking at the ruffled feathers of our titular character. Growing up takes courage, and we watch this little guy discover how to feed himself. It's difficult to say more without robbing you of a reason to watch, but try hard to fight the urge to say "aww" out loud. But, don't hold it against yourself if one sneaks out.

Synopsis: Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) is a wide-eyed, blue tang fish who suffers from memory loss every 10 seconds or so. The one thing she can remember is that she somehow became separated from her parents as a child. With help from her friends Nemo and Marlin, »

- Tyler Richardson

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Should Ellen DeGeneres Get an Oscar Nomination for ‘Finding Dory’?

16 June 2016 3:07 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pixar films are known for their sublime character voices — just look at Tom Hanks in “Toy Story” or Paul Newman in “Cars.” But as the title heroine in “Finding Dory,” Ellen DeGeneres goes to even greater acting depths to channel a memory-challenged Blue Tang fish. It’s a portrait that’s far more nuanced than her turn as a lovable sidekick in the original 2003 movie “Finding Nemo.” In the sequel, as Dory’s childhood recollections slowly return, DeGeneres combines the kind of slapstick lines that would make “Aladdin’s” Genie jealous with heartbreaking drama (a la “Still Alice” under the sea). Even though we never see DeGeneres’ face, it could still be called one of her strongest performances, and one that audiences won’t soon forget.

But don’t expect her to get any awards recognition at the end of the year. That’s because Oscars have never once nominated »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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The People Review: BrainDead, a Mix of Politics, Comedy and Horror, Has Too Much on Its Mind

13 June 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Anyone who watched The Good Wife will be willing to indulge Robert and Michelle King, that now-retired show's creators, as they launch their conceptually bizarre new summer series on CBS. BrainDead - even the inelegant title probably won't put off Good Wife fans - is a satire of Washington politics based on a horror premise borrowed from Invasion of the Body Snatchers. But at a certain point in the premiere you may decide that this isn't going to work. In my case, that point arrives when Tony Shalhoub, playing Senator Red Wheatus, tilts his head to the side and seems »

- Tom Gliatto, @gliattoT

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Pixar Chief Talks "Cars 3" Storyline

13 June 2016 8:04 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Out talking up this coming weekend's launch of "Finding Dory" at the film's premiere, Pixar's Cco John Lassetter has also spoken about the next film in the "Cars" film series which sees Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) return to cinemas next Summer.

While the second film took on a spy thriller feel, Lassetter tells EW that the third focuses heavily on McQueen's past relationship with Doc Hudson (Paul Newman), his mentor from the original film:

"We've got some great new characters, some great racing in it. It's a very emotional story. It's a little bit more akin to Cars 1, where you get into a deep emotion with him. It's really a special story. It's very emotional and his relationship with Doc Hudson, and his memory of Doc Hudson."

The film will also reportedly show McQueen trying to adapt to the world of racing, as bigger, faster, and younger cars begin to dominate the sport. A yellow car named Cruz Ramirez starts to train McQueen – a central relationship in the sequel.

"Cars 3" opens in cinemas June 16th 2017. »

- Garth Franklin

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Top 40 Pixar Characters, From ‘Toy Story’ to ‘Finding Dory’ (Videos)

11 June 2016 11:21 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Over the past two decades, Pixar has left an indelible mark on film history. At its peak, it was hitting home run after home run, creating classic films with memorable characters. Now they are returning to their past glory with sequels to films like “Finding Dory” and “The Incredibles,” which leads us to ask: who is Pixar’s greatest character? Read on to find out who we picked. 39.) Fillmore — A bit character in “Cars” elevated by George Carlin, who brought back his famous hippie routine one last time to play the character. 38.) Anger — Sometimes, typecasting can do wonders »

- Jeremy Fuster

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Film Review: ‘Finding Dory’

10 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Finding Dory,” the ingeniously pleasing sequel to “Finding Nemo,” opens with a scene that merges our affection for a beloved character with a bit of a jolt. We see Dory, the friendly blue tang fish from the first film, back when she was a big-eyed toddler with a babyish gurgle, getting trained by her parents, Charlie (Eugene Levy) and Jenny (Diane Keaton), to tell a stranger (any stranger), “I suffer from short-term memory loss.” The thing is, poor Dory really does — she can’t even remember the phrase! It’s no wonder that her parents are aghast with anxiety. In a flash, a character with a singular and beguilingly funny trait — the inability to remember almost anything for more than 10 seconds — comes at us in a whole new way. She’s no longer a daffy amnesiac. She’s a child fish with a serious disability.

Have the creators of “Finding Dory »

- Owen Gleiberman

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On this day in pop culture history: Pixar’s ‘Cars’ opened in theaters

9 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It’s been 10 years since audiences first got to see Mater and Lightning McQueen on the big screen. Pixar’s Cars opened in theaters on June 9, 2006, following its world premiere at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, Nc. The seventh feature from the Emeryville, CA-based animation studio, it returned John Lasseter to the director’s chair. Cars failed to reach the box office grosses of the three other Pixar movies released before it in the new millennium — Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo and The Incredibles — but, unsurprisingly, merchandise sales were huge for this one. A sequel was released in 2011, and Cars 3 is set for a June 2017 release. Other notable June 9 happenings in pop culture history: • 1950: British noir film Night and the City had its U.S. premiere. • 1963: Barbra Streisand appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show for the third time. • 1984: Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” hit the top of the Billboard singles chart. »

- Emily Rome

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Alan Yang, Kenya Barris on TV’s Diversity Boom, the Upside of Awards

8 June 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Kenya Barris and Alan Yang have never worked together, but they have played together. The breakout comedy showrunners first met in a regular pickup basketball game organized by ABC exec Cort Cass. At the time, Yang was on staff at NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” and Barris was establishing a resume including Bet’s “The Game” and TBS’ “Are We There Yet?” Now, they’re running their own series: Barris is prepping season three of ABC’s “Black-ish” and Yang is at work on season two of Netflix’s “Master of None.” Fresh off Peabody wins for their acclaimed half-hours, Variety spoke with the pair about the upside of awards, TV’s diversity boom and why it’s a great time to be working in comedy.

Congratulations to you both on your Peabody wins. Having just experienced that, what are your feelings on awards?

Alan Yang: You don’t »

- Geoff Berkshire

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15 Films to See in June

1 June 2016 10:03 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

A corpse farts, a director gets his due, tickling conspiracies are unearthed, pop culture gets skewered, a shark attacks, a fitting swan song arrives, and more this month. Check out our top 15 picks below and let us know what you are looking forward to most.

Matinees to See: The Witness (6/3), Approaching the Unknown (6/3), Len and Company (6/10), King Jack (6/10), Diary of a Chambermaid (6/10), Genius (6/10), Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (6/17), Free State of Jones (6/24), The Duel (6/24), and Les cowboys (6/24)

15. The Neon Demon (Nicolas Winding Refn; June 24th)

Synopsis: When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

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Why You Should See It: Save for Sean Penn’s belly flop, Nicolas Winding Refn‘s The Neon Demon was far and away the worst film we saw at Cannes, yet »

- Jordan Raup

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Cars 3 Concept Art Introduces New Character Cruz Ramirez

31 May 2016 11:22 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Way back in March 2014, Disney Pixar announced that two long-awaited sequels were finally moving forward, Cars 3 (June 16, 2017) and The Incredibles 2 (June 21, 2019). Last August, we saw the first poster for Cars 3, but we haven't seen or heard much from this animated sequel since then. While we still don't know when the first trailer may debut, new concept artwork has arrived offering our first look at the iconic Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and a brand new character named Cruz Ramirez.

USA Today has the first look at this artwork, along with details about the story from director Brian Fee. Cruz Ramirez will serve as Lightning McQueen's new trainer, as he tries to stay competitive with up and coming racers like Jackson Storm, who is said to have "trounced" McQueen in a race. Here's what director Brian Fee had to say about this new character Cruz Ramirez.

"Cruz Ramirez is trying to »

- MovieWeb

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Cars 3 Concept Art Races Online, Sequel Will Find McQueen As A Seasoned Veteran

31 May 2016 7:02 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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Lightning McQueen broke onto the scene as an up-and-coming rookie in the Piston Cup, before storming to the World Grand Prix five years later for Cars 2. But come 2017, Owen Wilson’s cocksure racer will be held up a seasoned veteran, paving the way for a story that involves McQueen entering a heated competition with the new kid on the block.

That’s the core premise fuelling Pixar’s upcoming sequel Cars 3, according to director Brian Fee, who shared the first details and concept art for the follow-up to USA Today.

Having assumed the role of storyboard animator across both Cars 1 and 2 – directed by Pixar stalwart John Lasseter – the stage is well set for Fee’s directorial debut and here, the filmmaker outlines the journey that awaits an older, slightly more grouchy Lightning McQueen.

“Think of where he’d be in his career now in real time. »

- Michael Briers

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Some New Details Drop About Cars 3

31 May 2016 12:11 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

While I may have a soft spot for the two films so far, it’s safe to say Cars and Cars 2 are least well received of Pixars output thus, with Cars 2 being the movie from the animation giant to get a ‘rotten’ certification on Rotten Tomatoes. But, y’know what, the kids love Lightning McQueen, Mater, and the rest of those anthropomorphised motor vehicles, so it was no surprise when Cars 3 was given the green light (heh) for a June 6th 2017 release date, with Brian Fee making his directorial debut after cutting his teeth as storyboard artist on the first two films. USA Today has the first, very early look at the film, as well as revealing details of the plot which sees McQueen (Owen Wilson) fast becoming a veteran in the racing circuit, and finding it hard to compete with the more hi-tech rookies, such as newcomer Jackson Storm. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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