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The morning after the Oscars is always a strange feeling. We've been covering this process in earnest for months, and now it's over. And for the first time ever, I'm pleased to say that I scored a perfect 10 in predicting the winners in the crafts categories! (I went 21/24 overall, missing Best Live Action Short, Best Animated Short and…Best Picture.) To be fair, however, I'm hardly the only person to have gone 10/10 in this respect. In that sense, we had a night without surprises, which is not to say we didn't have stories. The big story in the crafts categories is, of course, "Gravity's" dominance, as it won six of the 10 below-the-line fields, with the obvious (and highly deserved) win in Best Visual Effects being a foreshadowing of things to come in Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Original Score. Visual effects supervisor Tim Webber, »
- Gerard Kennedy
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. »
It’s no disrespect to Craig T. Nelson to call him one of our favourites from the that-guy-from-that-thing fraternity. He’s played Marines, sports coaches, cops, doctors and judges, not to mention a superhero in The Incredibles' Mr. Incredible. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the latest thing he’ll be that-guying in is Will Ferrell / Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard.Despite a title that seems designed to pack cinemas with thousands of Sid Jameses, Get Hard is an odd-couple pre-prison caper that sees Ferrell nerdy investment bank manager calling on Kevin Hart’s streetwise joe to toughen him up before a stretch in prison. The twist? Ferrell is totally innocent and, presumably, not all that good at fighting.According to the trade title, Nelson will play Ferrell’s boss at Barrow Funds and the dad of his fiancée.It’s Tropic Thunder writer Etan Cohen’s first stab at »
For the past ten years, Josh Cooley has been a storyboard artist for Pixar, working on films like The Incredibles, Cars and Up. In his spare time, Josh has a personal little hobby that we think you're gonna like; he draws iconic R-rated movie scenes in a children's picture book style, bridging the gap between his work and his passion for horror.
As we spotted over on Indiewire, Josh has drawn up memorable imagery from films like Jaws and Alien in the kid-friendly fashion, and on February 25th he will be releasing a book called Movies R Fun!, which collects together all of the artwork. Described as "one book that should probably not be read at bedtime," it's jam packed with 48 pages of art, and you can pre-order your copy over on Amazon.
If you're too impatient to wait, you can get a sneak peek at the inside pages of »
- John Squires
Josh Cooley is a Pixar storyboard artist who has worked on such classic animated films as "The Incredibles," "Ratatouille" and "Up," but perhaps his most lasting contribution to date comes in the form of these bitchin' children's book-style drawings depicting scenes from such R-rated films as "Alien," "Die Hard," "The Big Lebowski," "The Godfather" and "The Shining." Best of all, all of these and more are available to buy over at his official website! Just please, please promise me that you won't show these drawings to your actual children, because that would be terrible and wrong. That said, if you happen »
- Chris Eggertsen
Before Thom received Mpse’s highest honor, he took the stage to collect his Golden Reel for “Epic,” beating out “Frozen” for best sound and music editing in animation. “I wasn’t ready to be nervous yet,” he said.
Lucas used to call Thom the “sound Buddha” because for the first 10 years working together Lucas never heard him say anything. “[Thom] just adds things in without having to question everything,” Lucas said.
Thom returned the praise »
- Nikara Johns
Good things might happen to those who wait, but the Disney/Pixar masterpiece Ratatouille tells us great things only happen to those who act fearlessly.
“Anyone can cook,” is the quote most viewers leave the film with, and director Brad Bird lets the themes represented by this philosophy—nothing is impossible, anyone and everyone is capable of reinvention—run wild throughout the picture. But there’s another quote, one that comes very early in Ratatouille, that sums up both what the film is about and the true breadth of Bird’s accomplishment. After all, this is a film about a rat who tries and sort of succeeds in becoming a gourmet Parisian chef, and his journey is completely, objectively believable.
Here are the words of our hero’s idol, the late chef Auguste Gusteau: “You must be imaginative, strong-hearted. You must try things that may not work, and you must »
- John Gilpatrick
There are a whole lot of major tentpoles arriving in 2015, but not all of them are installments in established franchises. Indeed, one of the more anticipated movies due to release that year is Disney’s Tomorrowland, a fantasy/sci-fi adventure from co-writer and director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) that’s been shrouded in mystery since screenwriter Damon Lindelof (Prometheus) was hired to get the ball rolling some 2-3 years ago (back when the project was called 1952).
Tomorrowland features George Clooney playing “a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment,” who has a chance to revitalize his hopes and dreams of the past when a “bright, optimistic teen” (Under the Dome‘s Britt Robertson) seeks him out to assist her ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Plot details are being held under wraps, but the film is based on an original idea by Paramount's Film Group president Adam Goodman. John Kahrs will be directing from a script by Tripper Clancy. The director previously helmed Disney's Paperman, which won him an Oscar.
Paramount has been expanding their internal animated division after its distribution deal with DreamWorks Animation came to an end. Their first project will be the Nickelodeon sequel The Spongebob Squarepants Movie 2. That film will hit theaters February 3rd 2015.
Shedd comes to theaters in 2015. The film is directed by John Kahrs. »
- Anita Agarwal
Tripper Clancy is writing the script, which is based on an original idea from Paramount’s Film Group president Adam Goodman, who oversees the animation division. The studio is keeping the logline under wraps.
Kahrs received the Oscar last year for the Disney animated short “Paperman.”
Paramount revved up its internal toon production operation in 2012 as it prepped for the end of its distribution pact with DreamWorks Animation, which has since signed its output deal with Fox. The division’s first title is a sequel to Nickelodeon’s 2004 toon “SpongeBob SquarePants” with a release set for Feb. 3, 2015.
- Dave McNary
Given the success of other studios’ in-house animation departments, it’s no surprise to see Paramount trying to launch its own version, and planning to bring in with some proven talent. The company has hired Oscar-winning Paperman director John Kahrs to make Shedd.Luring Kahrs away from Disney/Pixar, where he’s worked on the likes of The Incredibles, Bolt and Ratatouille, is a big score for Paramount, especially as we’re sure the Mouse House would want to hang on to someone who has gone on to Oscar victory with one of the loveliest shorts produced by the company.Still, he’s off to pastures new, and will work on a script from Tripper Clancy, which in turn is based on an idea by Paramount Film Group President Adam Goodman. And what is that idea? Sadly, Paramount is keeping that one in their private idea shed for now, refusing »
"We'll beat him like a red-headed step-child!" — Gutterboy, The Wraith (1986)
Despite the fact that many of the most beautiful and talented actors and actresses are redheads — Jessica Chastain currently tops the list of your favorite movie redheads — Hollywood seems determined to paint "gingers" as the bad guys all too frequently. Michael Kittrell, star of our outrageous new reality series, Hollywood Hillbillies, launched his career by railing against the portrayal of gingers on South Park, and ginger discrimination is a very real problem in the U.K., where people have been bullied and even beaten just for having red hair. The problem obviously goes back well before the advent of motion pictures, but Hollywood hasn't been doing redheads any favors, either. If there's a scheming seductress or creepy kid in a movie, chances are they're a redhead.
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Even though 2015 promises to be the most exciting cinematic year in living memory, marking the return of Star Wars, the culmination of Marvel’s Phase II and the long awaited team up/battle between Batman and Superman, let’s not trick ourselves into thinking the next twelve months aren’t of some worth.
With the Academy having their work cut out to whittle it down to just ten Best Picture nominees, rather than having to throw in whatever’s current to make up the numbers (see The Blind Side, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close), we’re starting off the new year right. However, you could say once the night of March 2nd is behind us it’s all over; blockbuster season officially kicks off at the end of that very same month, the earliest we’ve ever seen.
And with it comes the usual tat audiences inexplicably flock to. »
- Alex Leadbeater
14 items from 2014
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