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Second Opinion – Finding Dory (2016)

30 July 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Finding Dory, 2016.

Directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane.

Starring Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olsen, Ty Burrell, Hayden Rolence, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Dominic West, Bob Peterson, Kate McKinnon, Sloane Murray, Bill Hader and Sigourney Weaver.

Synopsis:

The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.

 

Last year Pixar delivered two original movies, one of which was met with huge acclaim (Inside Out) and the other, not so much (The Good Dinosaur). Their history with sequels has likewise been uneven, ranging from great (Toy Story 2 & 3) to decent (Monsters University) to poor (Cars 2), so I was very relieved to discover that Finding Dory is a truly great film – in my opinion just as good (if not better) than Finding Nemo.

The film begins with a »

- Amie Cranswick

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Brad Bird: Avoid A Gaming Aesthetic On Film

23 July 2016 4:06 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Attending a preview of Anthony Giacchino's documentary "The Giant's Dream: The Making Of The Iron Giant" at Comic Con earlier this week, filmmaker Brad Bird ("The Incredibles," "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation") was in attendance and took questions from the audience.

Talking about the filmmaking process (via Slashfilm, Bird gave a surprising comment - that aspiring filmmakers should avoid being influenced by certain aspects of video games:

"In terms of what to stay away from, I feel like video games are a bad influence for storytelling because they are not directed points of view. They are about floating around universes and I see a lot of films now where the camera is soaring all over the place.

That's okay if you pick the right moments, but a lot of times it feels like there is no point of view, but a lot of time it's just motion. It bothers »

- Garth Franklin

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Brad Bird On Why “Video Games Are A Bad influence For Storytelling”

22 July 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) came to San Diego Comic-Con International 2016 for a preview of The Giant’s Dream: The Making Of The Iron Giant, which will be included on the upcoming Blu-ray release of the film this fall. The documentary by Anthony Giacchino is a beautiful and heartbreaking look at the Hollywood animation process, a […]

The post Brad Bird On Why “Video Games Are A Bad influence For Storytelling” appeared first on /Film. »

- Peter Sciretta

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‘The Iron Giant’: Brad Bird’s Anti-Gun Violence Movie Gains Poignant Power in New Documentary

22 July 2016 1:22 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

What if a gun had a soul and didn’t want to be a gun?”

This was the question Brad Bird posed when he first encountered “The Iron Giant,” and that was the pitch to Warner Bros. that landed the student of animation his first feature directing gig.

Though the film flopped upon release in 1999, “The Iron Giant” has gained a second life (and a third, fourth, fifth…) in the years following thanks to avid critical and fan support. And on Friday morning at Comic-Con, a new documentary premiered highlighting the rich history of a once-forgotten film — that’s all the more meaningful today.

Bird introduced  “The Giant’s Dream: The Making of The Iron Giant,” noting, “It’s easy to forget what it was like to make […] because this was a moment in time that was very unique.”

Read More: ‘The Iron Giant’: Brad Bird’s Anti-Gun Violence »

- Ben Travers

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Listen To Michael Giacchino’s Star Trek Beyond Soundtrack Plus Comic-Con Photos

21 July 2016 1:24 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Check out images and video from the premiere of Star Trek Beyond at San Diego Comic-Con.

The premiere featured the first ever outdoor IMAX screening as well as Academy Award®-Winning Composer Michael Giacchino’s thrilling film score performed live-to picture by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.

(L-r) Actors Chris Pine, John Cho, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zachary Qunito, Justin Lin, Zoe Saldana, Sofia Boutella and J.J. Abrams pose together at the world premiere of the Paramount Pictures title “Star Trek Beyond” at Embarcadero Marina Park South on July 20, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Actor Idris Elba attends the world premiere of the Paramount Pictures title .Star Trek Beyond. at Embarcadero Marina Park South on July 20, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images)

Composer Michael Giacchino speaks »

- Michelle McCue

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The political messages in blockbuster movies

14 July 2016 11:18 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Andrew Blair Jul 20, 2016

From Forrest Gump and The Incredibles, through to Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and The Muppets - exploring the politics of big films.

Some movies wear their political messages lightly, some club you over the head. Guardians Of The Galaxy’s most explicit political statement is probably ‘We are Groot’, which could mean anything from ‘You’re my friends’ to a thesis on the benefits of intersectionality. Team America: World Police, on the other hand, provides an argument for military intervention that probably isn’t covered in the Chilcot Report.

Some movies, though, have messages buried at varying depths in the subtext that don’t come out straight away upon the their release. The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, despite having been published in 1955, achieved this. The influence of World War One - the trenches and mechanised warfare - influence a technophobia, as does growing up near the Black Country. »

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Finding Dory review: “A fantastic, heart-warming adventure…”

11 July 2016 11:20 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Finding Dory review: 13 years on from Finding Nemo, Pixar return with a follow-up… But does it sink or swim? Finding Dory review

Hollywood can be a greedy and fickle creature at times. 2016 has so far been an excellent example of what happens when audiences grow tired of hollow sequels and repeated tropes of the past. Originality is unfortunately becoming a rare thing in the modern age of reboots, remakes, prequels and video game adaptations. This has led to a sad realisation that genuine greatness comes few and far between in mainstream Hollywood these days. However, with Finding Dory comes the not-so-surprising news that Pixar have managed to bring us cinematic gold yet again.

Dory’s second adventure does a fantastic job of proving that the innovative animation studio still has plenty of originality left up its sleeve. Following on from last year’s painstakingly emotional masterpiece Inside Out, we are »

- Ben Read

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Are original Pixar movies an endangered species after 'Finding Dory's' huge success?

5 July 2016 4:14 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

With $381 million in the bank after just three weeks of release, Disney-Pixar's Finding Dory is not only on track to be the summer's highest-grossing film in North America but the animation studio's highest-grossing title of all time domestically (the current record holder, Toy Story 3, finished with $415 million in the U.S. and Canada). So does that mean we can expect Pixar to keep pumping out sequels to their old hits at the expense of original properties? Studio president Jim Morris says no. “Most studios jump on doing a sequel as soon as they have a successful film, but our business model is a filmmaker model, and we don’t make a sequel unless the director of the original film has an idea that they like and are willing to go forward on,” Morris told Entertainment Weekly (via Polygon) in an interview. “A sequel in some regards is even harder »

- Chris Eggertsen

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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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Pixar has no plans for Ratatouille, Wall-e or Inside Out sequels

3 July 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With Finding Dory out in U.S. cinemas and Cars 3, Toy Story 4 and The Incredibles II all on the horizon over the next few years, Pixar president Jim Morris has been discussing the studio’s approach to sequels, as well as revealing that there are no plans at present for follow-ups to Ratatouille, Wall-e and Inside Out.

“Most studios jump on doing a sequel as soon as they have a successful film, but our business model is a filmmaker model, and we don’t make a sequel unless the director of the original film has an idea that they like and are willing to go forward on,” Morris tells EW. “A sequel in some regards is even harder [than the original] because you’ve got this defined world which, on the one hand, is a leg up, and on the other hand has expectations that you can’t disappoint on.”

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- Gary Collinson

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Full Track List For The Star Trek Beyond Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Released

25 June 2016 | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

In just one month, prepare to boldly go where no man has gone before when Captain Kirk, Commander Spock, and the whole USS Enterprise crew make their long-awaited return to the big screen. Paramount Pictures, in collaboration with the record label Varese Sarabande, have officially released the full track list for the Star Trek Beyond Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which features eighteen original tracks from composer Michael Giacchino (Jurassic World, The Incredibles). The album is currently available to pre-order on Amazon with a July 29 release date attached.  Check out the full track list below: 1. Logo And Prosper (1:47) 2. Thank Your Lucky Star Date (2:15) 3. Night On The Yorktown (5:36) 4. The Dance Of The Nebula (2:22) 5. A Swarm Reception (2:30) 6. Hitting The Saucer A Little Hard (6:10) 7. Jaylah Damage (2:50) 8. In Artifacts As In Life (1:51) 9. Franklin, My Dear (2:50) 10. A Lesson In Vulcan Mineralogy (5:17) 11. MotorCycles Of Relief (3:17) 12. Mocking »

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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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Watch a clip from the new Pixar short, ‘Piper’

13 June 2016 10:44 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Piper clip: Our first look at Pixar’s brand new short.

The Piper clip is below – the short film will debut in cinemas before Finding Dory, which is released in cinemas in July.

Piper clip: The short film will open with Finding Dory in July.

The folks over at Den Of Geek have secured a first look clip from Pixar’s new short Piper, which will screen before their new feature film Finding Dory, which opens in the UK next month.

The short tells the story of a hungry sandpiper hatchling who ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is, the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore.

The Piper clip isn’t very long, but it does give you a look at the high quality animation on display in the short film.

Piper is directed by the animation genius that is Alan Barillaro who has worked on almost every Pixar film as an animator, including A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., and the Academy Award®-winning features Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Wall•E and Brave. On those last three features, Barillaro was given the role of supervising animator and was therefore responsible for overseeing the team of animators who worked to bring the characters in the films to life.

Following his work on Brave, Barillaro went to work with Pixar’s software development team to help craft an animation tool that would help provide additional creative flexibility to the studio’s filmmaking process. As a proof of concept, Barillaro created a short animation test about a small bird – a sandpiper – on a beach. This animation test soon grew into a full-fledged short film, Piper, directed by Barillaro which, as previously mentioned, will be debuting theatrically with Finding Dory on July 29, 2016.

Check out the superb Piper clip below, and look out for it in cinemas very soon.

The post Watch a clip from the new Pixar short, ‘Piper’ appeared first on The Hollywood News. »

- Paul Heath

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Meet Piper in the First Clip from Pixar's New Animated Short

13 June 2016 5:14 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in April, we got our first look at the new Pixar animated short Piper, which will be attached to theatrical prints of the studio's animated sequel Finding Dory when it hits theaters this weekend. With just a few more days left until this short is unveiled, the first clip has surfaced, featuring the title character in action. This brief scene shows how tough it is for a young sandpiper to find food along a crowded beach.

The story centers on a baby sandpiper who is trying to both find food, and overcome hydrophobia, the fear of water. Longtime Pixar animator Alan Barillaro makes his directorial debut with this short film, which was inspired by the numerous birds he used to observe while running along the shoreline, just a mile from Pixar's Emeryville, California headquarters. While this short marks Alan Barillaro's directorial debut, he has worked as a Pixar animator for nearly two decades.

Alan Barillaro first joined Pixar to work on 1998's A Bug's Life. He also worked on Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Wall-e, Brave and Monsters University, along with the shorts Jack-Jack Attack, Igor and Lifted. The first-time director revealed in April that he originally started toying with the character as a test, but he was encouraged to keep working on the project by his mentor, Finding Dory director Andrew Stanton. Here's what Alan Barillaro had to say about working with his mentor back in April.

"You always want to show directors, 'Hey, are these cool tools you'd like to use to make films?' So I showed Andrew the Piper tests thinking I was very much just showing him a test, but he kept poking at me, like, 'It's a cool test, but keep working on that story.' And then John [Lasseter] did the same. There's remarkable encouragement at Pixar that when you think of an innovative idea, don't forget the story. It was their encouragement or else I would have stopped at the test phase."

Since the short film is just six minutes long, and it hits theaters in just a few short days, it seems unlikely we'll get any more footage from Piper. The short film will most likely be included on the Finding Dory home video release later next year. While we wait for both Finding Dory and Piper to hit theaters in just a few short days, take a look at this clip below courtesy of Youtube. »

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‘Piper’ Exclusive Clip: Catch a First Look At The New Pixar Short Preceding ‘Finding Dory’

13 June 2016 7:59 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

 

Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” the sequel to their 2003 film “Finding Nemo,” will soon enter theaters and the early buzz has been very positive. IndieWire’s own David Ehrlich described the film as Pixar’s “best sequel in years,” and said that it would give a whole new generation of kids the idea that sequels “aren’t de facto cash-ins, but rather films that are capable of retroactively adding new dimensions to beloved originals.”

But preceding “Finding Dory” will be Pixar’s latest short film “Piper,” directed by Alan Barillaro, about a hungry baby sandpiper struggling with hydrophobia. Watch a clip from “Piper” above featuring the sandpiper in question trying to pick up bubbles with his beak.

Read More: ‘Finding Dory’ Review Roundup: Critics Agree Pixar’s Newest Sequel Is a Delight

Pixar Animation Studios has released some of the most acclaimed animated films over the last twenty years. Some of their titles include “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “The Incredibles,” “Wall-e,” “Up,” and most recently, “Inside Out,” which took home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature last year. Pixar’s shorts have played a key role in the studio’s history, with many of the early shorts showcasing then groundbreaking innovations in computer animation. A new Pixar short has preceded every one of their features since their second film “A Bug’s Life.” Their shorts “Tin Toy,” “Geri’s Game,” and “For the Birds” have all won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.

Finding Dory” will be released nationwide on July 17.

Read More: How Innovative Pixar Short ‘Piper’ Got Sculpted

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- Vikram Murthi

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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. »

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Check out some adorable new images from the new Pixar short ‘Piper’

8 June 2016 8:54 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

There’s just a few weeks until we get delivery of a new Pixar short, and to whet your whistle until Piper arrives in cinemas, we have a bunch of new images.

Piper tells the story of a hungry sandpiper hatchling who ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is, the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore. Piper will debut in UK cinemas with Finding Dory on July 29, 2016.

Piper is directed by Alan Barillaro, who has worked on almost every Pixar film as an animator, including A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2,  Monsters, Inc., and the Academy Award®-winning features Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Wall•E and Brave. On those last three features, Barillaro was given the role of supervising animator and was therefore responsible for overseeing the team of »

- Paul Heath

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25 underappreciated family movies of the last 20 years

26 May 2016 8:09 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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From Flushed Away and Hunchback to Titan A.E. and Sky High - the family movies that don't get the love they deserve...

When I sit through a film such as Zootropolis, Rango, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Eddie The Eagle or Coraline, I can’t help but be thankful somebody has bothered. As a parent as well as a movie lover, I’ve grown to really dislike family movies that just turn up to act as a surrogate babysitter for 90 minutes, with no intention of becoming anybody’s favourite film. The films I'm going to talk about are the family movies therefore that I think both try and do something a bit more, yet continue to fly under many people's radar. 

A bonus mention before we get going, and number 26 in the list, much to my surprise: Alvin & The Chipmunks 4. I was expecting next to zero from it, courtesy »

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The Week in Movies – Avengers: Infinity War name change, young Han Solo cast for Star Wars spin-off, Universal’s Classic Monster MovieVerse grows and more…

8 May 2016 4:46 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including Avengers: Infinity War’s name change, young Han Solo being cast in the Star Wars spin-off movie, Universal’s Classic Monster MovieVerse continues to grow, and much, much more…

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Cap: “Guys, don’t move. I need this shot for my Christian Rock album cover.”

After opening to $200 million internationally last weekend, Captain America: Civil War is now out in the Us. It took £25 million from its Thursday night screenings there, falling $2 million shy of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It’s expected to surpass that DC movie by the week’s end, though, with another estimated $200 million domestic.

Superman v Captain America: Studio War

I interviewed some of the cast recently. »

- Oli Davis

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