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A Conversation with Edith Head will be held at The Sheldon Ballroom in St. Louis on December 6th and 7th
All About Eve, Roman Holiday, The Ten Commandments, A Place In The Sun, The Sting. These great films and hundreds more have one thing in common: costume designer Edith Head (1897–1981). The small woman with the familiar straight bangs, black-rimmed saucer glasses, and unsmiling countenance racked up an unprecedented 35 Oscar nods and 400 film credits over the course of a sixty-year career. The golden age of Hollywood sparkled with extravagant cinematic productions and stars such as Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Natalie Wood, Mae West, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Barbara Stanwyck, and Robert Redford were made even more glamorous by donning the costumes designed by incredibly talented Ms Head.
Theater director Susan Claassen, a New Jersey native got the idea for a project based on Edith Head several years ago after »
- Tom Stockman
Monsters University managed a strangely subtle debut for a Pixar film, earning neither the high praise of most of their works, nor the backlash of Cars 2. Instead, the film was met with medium reviews, a lot of happy kids, and a very curious feeling of nostalgia for characters that aren’t actually all that old.
By the way, check out our Monster University podcast review for an expanded take on the film itself.
Our favorite monsters are back, but this time Mike Wazowski and Sully are headed to school, and we enter the picture before they’ve even met. Going back to a time when our best buds and co-workers don’t know each other, and are very different monsters, means the doors are wide open to introduce new characters, new parts of the universe, and we have a lot of options for figuring out just how they ended »
- Marc Eastman
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 21 Nov 2013 - 05:51
The underappreciated films of 1999 are the focus in our last list of 90s overlooked greats...
The year 1999 was a significant year for film in many ways. Apart from being the year that George Lucas began his Star Wars prequels with The Phantom Menace, it also saw the release of The Blair Witch Project, a horror film which became one of the first to use the internet as a marketing tool, resulting in a massive hit. The Matrix ushered in a new age of special effects filmmaking, arguably paving the way for the superhero blockbusters crowding into multiplexes today.
Mainly, though, 1999 was simply a brilliant year for film. Justly lauded movies like Fight Club, The Green Mile and Eyes Wide Shut aside, there were a huge number of films that didn't get the critical or financial success they deserved - so many, »
Moving bits of paper around (the old way) or painting with billions of pixels (the new) has conjured up some of the greatest films of all time. From The Iron Giant to Persepolis, Guardian and Observer critics pick the 10 best
• Top 10 war movies
• Top 10 teen movies
• Top 10 superhero movies
• Top 10 westerns
• Top 10 documentaries
• Top 10 movie adaptations
• More Guardian and Observer critics' top 10s
10. The Tale of the Fox
A sneaky fox plays a series of underhand tricks on his neighbours in the animal kingdom, among them a timorous hare and a gullible wolf. The king of the beasts, a lion, summons him to face charges but the fox proceeds to outwit everyone, including the king himself. When Ladislas Starevich told this tale in the 1930s it was by no means new – versions of the Reynard story had been circulating around Europe for the best part of a millennium – but the »
Marking the 30th anniversary of Return of the Jedi (1983) is the arrival of final definitive tome on the original Star Wars trilogy written by J.W. Rinzler; the series has become so popular that the Lucasfilm Executive Editor and Writer has become a familiar name on the New York Times bestseller list. A great asset for the author is the open access to the archives of his employer which means that concept art, script revision summaries, behind-the-scenes photographs, and progress reports make the publication a sumptuous feast of information and imagery.
Chosen to write the foreword was filmmaker Brad Bird (The Incredibles) whose enthusiastic personality and insightfulness clearly shows through the words printed on the page. “For George, the Special Editions were an exercise in using new tools to fix what he viewed as old, unsolved problems,” noted Bird. “But for some moviegoers, it was as if George had doctored »
All About Eve, Roman Holiday, The Ten Commandments, A Place In The Sun, The Sting. These great films and hundreds more have one thing in common: costume designer Edith Head (1897–1981). The small woman with the familiar straight bangs, black-rimmed saucer glasses, and unsmiling countenance racked up an unprecedented 35 Oscar nods and 400 film credits over the course of a sixty-year career. The golden age of Hollywood sparkled with extravagant cinematic productions and stars such as Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Natalie Wood, Mae West, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Barbara Stanwyck, and Robert Redford were made even more glamorous by donning the costumes designed by the incredibly talented Mrs. Head.
Theater director Susan Claassen, a New Jersey native, got the idea for a project based on Edith Head several years ago after she watched a televised biography of the designer. She realized that her physical resemblance to the designer was uncanny, »
- Tom Stockman
The final movie roster for Summer 2015 continues to change on a weekly basis, yet there’s no doubt that the season is going to be pretty insane; especially, if you’re a movie buff who turns out to see every major cinematic event. And so far, the list of movies arriving during the hottest days of 2015 include Avengers: Age of Ultron, Batman vs. Superman, Terminator 5 and Jurassic World, among others.
Just last week, Disney added director Brad Bird’s (The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) anticipated sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland to the Summer 2015 lineup – after confirming that Star Wars: Episode VII won’t launch until December of that ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Brad Bird’s follow up to the excellent Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol has been shrouded in mystery ever since its announcement. Tomorrowland takes its title from the popular Disney theme park ride of the same name, no doubt in the hopes of replicating the success of previous Disney theme park-based film series Pirates Of The Caribbean.
The film was previously set to be released on 12th December 2014 but has now been moved back in order to take the spot that was held by Star Wars: Episode VII which has been revealed to hit theaters December 18 2015. As a result Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland will now be released on 22nd May 2015 just three weeks after Disney’s other high profile release Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Tomorrowland also joins Jurassic World, Assassins Creed, Ted 2, Terminator 5 and Batman Vs Superman in the increasingly crowded summer of 2015.
Although we don’t know an awful lot »
- Ben Read
CineMovie paid a visit to Pixar Animation Studios to talk to director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae about the making of Monsters University. The veteran Pixar artists give us the scoop on being part of Pixar team and working their way up to spearheading the own Disney*Pixar hit.
Monsters University comes to Blu-ray and DVD on October 29 with lots of bonus features that includes the usual featurettes about the making of the film, but the home release also gives you a rare look into life at Pixar and the collaboration process, which has given us many of our favorite characters from Toy Story, Cars, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Wall-e, Up and Monsters Inc.
For their latest blockbuster, Pixar Animation Studio and Disney invited us to their Northern California studio for a rare look inside the facilities
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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 1 Nov 2013 - 06:28
Next year’s full of potentially great films, so to help, here’s a list of 25 movies we're most looking forward to in 2014...
These lists of anticipated forthcoming movies have become an annual fixture by now, and as ever, our selection has been tricky to whittle down. In restricting our list to just 25, we've tried to create a mix of the high-profile and the less obvious. Movies such as Non-Stop, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Big Hero Six and Edge Of Tomorrow came close but didn't quite make the cut, even though they have much to offer for their own reasons.
Furthermore, given the number of films competing for space, we've left the latest chapters of The Hunger Games and The Hobbit off the list. We're keen to see both, but we're wary of taking up slots with movies »
Time for some wholesome fun – what are the best movies for the whole family to enjoy? From Bambi to Spirited Away, here are the Guardian and Observer critics' top 10
• Top 10 romantic movies
• Top 10 action movies
• Top 10 comedy movies
• Top 10 horror movies
• Top 10 sci-fi movies
• Top 10 crime movies
• Top 10 arthouse movies
Roald Dahl and Ian Fleming previously collaborated on You Only Live Twice, but this feels closer to a true fusion: James Bond for juniors with a modern fairytale element. It's easy to unpick who did what: from Fleming's side you get a gadget-stuffed car, a heroine with an absurdly suggestive name (Sally Ann Howes' Truly Scrumptious), a Bond-style baddie (Gert "Goldfinger" Frobe) and a daring assault on his secret lair. It was also produced by Bond-merchant Cubby Broccoli, with sets by Ken Adam. And from Dahl's side you get empathetic children's plight (essential with two »
“My dad was an amateur painter and photographer; I’m pretty sure he would have had an artistic career, had his life situation been different,” states Stephan Franck. “On my mom’s side, we’re talking self-taught musicians, professional gamblers and dentists…all artists in their own way. My mom’s generation didn’t pursue the arts as careers because they survived the Holocaust as children, and wanted ‘normal’ lives after that, but almost everyone in my generation is doing something artistic. I have to add that in retirement, my mom wrote an amazing book about her life as a child during WW2. It’s published in France and I really wish it was translated in English; it’s absolutely gripping.” The obsession of pursing a career in animation started in childhood. “The first animated »
Ben Child: Pixar's rumoured to be developing Cars 3. It's time they put this franchise on the scrapheap
• Cars 2 - review
• Tom Lamont on The Great Big Pixar Conspiracy
Pixar may have changed the face of film-making in the 1990s and ushered in a brave new world of CGI animation, but it could do with a top-up of critical goodwill. The rumours that Cars 3 might be entering production soon are more likely to have fans – or at least anyone over the age of nine – spluttering in dismay.
Michael Wallis, an expert on America's iconic Route 66 and the voice of Sheriff in the previous two Cars movies, told Wgbz radio in Illinois that the next film in the series will return to Lightning McQueen's adopted hometown of Radiator Springs. That means a return to Route 66, which runs through the small isolated town, and a visit to another famous real-life road, »
- Ben Child
The Motion Picture Sound Editors will honor Randy Thom with the Career Achievement Award at the 61st Mpse Golden Reel Awards, the organization announced today.
The Career Achievement Award recognizes those who have made outstanding achievement in feature film and television sound, and who have set an example for sound editors to come. Thom began his career in 1979, and has since amassed more than 100 film credits. He also serves as director of sound design at Skywalker Sound.
“I am pleased and excited that the Mpse will be honoring Randy Thom with our Career Achievement Award,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “His creative skills and dedication to the importance of sound in the filmmaking process is inspiring.”
The first film Thom worked on was “Apocalypse Now, »
- Alex Stedman
Each one of composer Michael Giacchino's movie scores took a lifetime to write. Be it the forties French jazz of Ratatouille, the hyperactive pulsation of Speed Racer, the retro-futuristic adventure ballads of Star Trek, or the unexpected melancholia of Up, Giacchino's orchestral sounds aren't just logical responses to a picture. They're the culmination of the composer's vast pop culture memory, and when Giacchino starts banging out the notes that will eventually comprise the score to a movie like The Incredibles, he's tapping into his affection for film and letting it pour. Vulture talked to Giacchino about the instincts, inspirations, and instrumentals that helped him discover the sounds of his feature film work. How did he know that arrangement at that moment would work that well? Here's a look back at Giacchino's finest big-screen moments and the composing lessons they each illustrate. (Oh and one small-screen lesson from Lost because »
- Matt Patches
Veteran actress, Elizabeth Peña, whose resume includes films such as “La Bamba”, “Batteries Not Included,” “Blue Steel,” “The Incredibles,” and “Rush Hour” has just signed onto David Mamet’s upcoming thriller, “Blackbird.”
Latino-Review has learned, exclusively, that Peña has signed onto the legendary writer-director’s latest, which stars Academy Award Winner Cate Blanchett as “a grieving granddaughter of a famous special effects artist in Hollywood who discovers secrets from her grandfather’s past that put her life in danger.” One of the secrets, according to the Holywood Reporter, is that he was part of the plot to assassinate John F. Kennedy.
Peña joins a supporting cast that also includes Catherine Keener. The casting process is ongoing and- with this being a Mamet project- it’s likely to attract several more heavyweights.
- Mario-Francisco Robles
.@ConorMeechan1: @BradBirdA113 @DamonLindelof Hey Brad, who will be scoring Tomorrowland?. @m_giacchino, of course!. Brad Bird (@BradBirdA113) October 1, 2013 They.re not exactly Steven Spielberg and John Williams, but composer Michael Giacchino has a deep and lasting professional relationship with Brad Bird, so it.s very little surprise that he.ll be doing the music for the director.s next feature, Tomorrowland. As you can see, Bird confirmed the news on his own Twitter feed. .Of course!. he proclaimed. You see? It.s obvious to everyone. And it should be. They worked together on Bird.s Mission Impossible sequel, Ghost Protocol: On the Pixar animated smash Ratatouille: As well as The Incredibles. So yes, they clearly are very familiar with each other and their work habits. For Tomorrowland, Giacchino will have to score what exists as a mysterious project to us (at least). We know that Bird is working »
If there was ever a man to write the perfect emotive movie composition, then I believe Michael Giacchino is very high up the list. He’s the man behind that heartbreaking opening score to Up, then in Star Trek he got you unexpectedly when James T Kirk arrived into the world and do you remember the slow-mo they all met up on the beach in ‘Lost‘ and Sun and Jin met up after a long break? Yeah, that was Giacchino *wipes happy tear* to name but a few.
But before we get all emotional, Brad Bird has signed up the composer for Tomorrowland, the mysterious new project from Walt Disney. The film stars George Clooney, Judy Greer, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw and goes with this official synopsis:
Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to »
- Dan Bullock
Briefly: Though this will come as no surprise to most cinephiles, it's at least good to confirm. After collaborating previously on The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, composer Michael Giacchino will reateam with director Brad Bird to compose the score for his original sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland at Walt Disney Pictures. Giacchino is coming off Star Trek Into Darkness, and with John Williams returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII, he wont be reteaming with director J.J. Abrams for that sci-fi venture. We'll be hearing plenty more of Giacchino's music since he's also scoring Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for Matt Reeves and Jupiter Ascending for Andy and Lana Wachowski. »
- Ethan Anderton
The last year that passed without a Pixar movie in theaters was 2005, one year after The Incredibles and one year before Cars. Since then, every summer has been blessed with a Pixar release, eight straight years with a blockbuster that’s earned at least $191 million and resulted in five Oscars for Best Animated Feature. But yesterday, Disney announced that The Good Dinosaur, its movie about a time when dinosaurs and humans co-existed, had been delayed and its release date was being shifted from May 30, 2014 to Nov. 25, 2015.
The news wasn’t a complete surprise: just last month, Pixar had replaced The Good Dinosaur’s director, »
- Jeff Labrecque
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