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Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." The press release adds that "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." International talent Say what you will about the Academy and their Oscar picks, »
- Anna Robinson
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 322 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 2015. “It’s gratifying to acknowledge the extraordinary range of talent in our industry,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “This year, our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization.” The 2015 invitees are: Actors Elizabeth Banks – “Love & Mercy,” “The Hunger Games” Choi Min-sik– “Lucy,” “Oldboy” Benedict Cumberbatch – “The Imitation Game,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” Martin Freeman – “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Hot Fuzz” Heather Graham – “The Hangover,” “Boogie Nights” Tom Hardy – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Inception” Kevin Hart – “The Wedding Ringer,” “Ride Along »
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
Pixar's Inside Out enjoyed the biggest opening weekend for an original, non-sequel film, and so naturally fans are already eagar to hear about a sequel. Will there be one? Considering Pixar has made sequels for the Toy Story, Cars and Monsters, Inc. franchises -- with sequels to Finding Nemo and The Incredibles in the works too -- it makes sense that Inside Out may schedule a part two on the docket following its sensational debut. So what's the latest on Inside Out 2? Speaking to EW, director Pete Docter readily admits that he's not very interested in continuing the story and would rather focus on more original material. "There's no sequel idea from me at this point," he tells them, later teasing... "Never say never." And that couldn't...
- Erik Davis
There are many things to marvel at in Pixar’s Inside Out — the intricate, novel narrative concept, the sad fate of one Bing Bong, the ruthlessness with which it milks every tear from your body until you’re more lacrimal fluid than human, etc. But among all these elements, one stands out: Amy Poehler’s vocal performance as Joy, the film’s chief protagonist. Terrific voice-acting is nothing new in Disney and/or Pixar movies, of course: Think back to Robin Williams in Aladdin, or Patrick Warburton in The Emperor’s New Groove, or Ellen DeGeneres in Finding Nemo, or Jean Sincere in The Incredibles. But rarely do you find an actor who is asked to do this much in a voice role, and who pulls it off this beautifully. The more I watch Inside Out, the more I realize just how much of the film rests on Poehler’s shoulders. »
- Bilge Ebiri
Don’t you even dare call it a “kid’s movie.”
Animation has been around for a while now, starting with silent experiments such as Gertie the Dinosaur, followed by the more traditional Disney fare such as Snow White or Cinderella, and becoming more modern with another round of Disney hits like The Lion King or Beauty and the Beast but also with a touch of the outside thanks to Japanese imports like My Neighbor Totoro or Spirited Away.
But time and time again, the medium is relegated to kids duty. Like being sent to the smaller table at Thanksgiving dinner.
Brad Bird, director of The Iron Giant and The Incredibles, said it best when he referred to animation as a medium rather than a genre. Let’s define genre real quickly: “a class or category of artistic endeavor having a particular form.”
So that doesn’t confine animation; instead, »
- Zach Dennis
Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out heads to the top with the biggest opening for an original movie in history, topping the previous No. 1 original movie, Avatar, by more than $13 million, with $90,440,272 million in domestic box office opening weekend. The film opened Friday, June 19.
Directed by Pete Docter (“Up,” “Monsters, Inc.”), and featuring the voices of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling and Phyllis Smith, Inside Out took in an estimated $132 million globally, with many significant markets yet to open. The film is the second highest Pixar opening of all time, behind 2010’s Toy Story 3, and continues to be well received among audiences and critics alike.
“Inside Out” has an “A” Cinemascore. The movie is at 98 percent on rottentomatoes.com. “Inside Out” was the highest-grossing Disney•Pixar movie of all time in Russia. Friday box office for “Inside Out” ($34.2 M) made it the second largest opening day for Pixar, »
- Michelle McCue
You had only to look at the collected films of Brad Bird to know that Tomorrowland would be in large part a reverie for yesterday. The Iron Giant (1999) was such a friendly evocation of Cold War sci-fi that it belongs, in paperback form, tucked away in the back of a school library. The Incredibles (2004) was a tribute to 60s comics, 60s modernism, and the jazzy vibe of Thunderball-era Bond movies. Ratatouille (2007), with its story of talking rats in a timeless Paris, was a very classical kind of animation. More than anything else Pixar has put out—though Finding Nemo (2003) might come close—its style operates in the vernacular of what Disney animation used to mean in the 50s. Even Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011), whose place in Bird's filmography is largely to show if he could handle live action (he can!), is the biggest throwback of that franchise. Its plot centered »
- Duncan Gray
The place to be in St. Louis this Friday June 19th, is the St. Louis Science Center where they will be honoring hometown native and star of Disney•Pixar’s upcoming feature Inside Out Phyllis Smith! And while you’re there, celebrate learning about the human mind and body. The festivities begin at Noon.
Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out opens in theaters nationwide this Friday, June 19th. The movie is all about what’s going on in the head of an 11-year-old named Riley. Five emotions operate the control center of Riley’s mind, including Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust. On the film’s opening day native St. Louisan Phyllis Smith, the voice of Sadness in the movie, will be honored at the Saint Louis Science Center as part of “Inside Out Day” to celebrate the attention the film brings to learning about the human mind & body.
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- Tom Stockman
Twenty years ago Pixar Animation Studios released their first feature-length film: Toy Story. It was the first completely computer generated film out there and changed everything. Every other studio making animated films has been trying to catch up to them, not only in terms of technological achievements but in crafting stories that make everyone old and young laugh, cry, and thrilled. Not every single film they've made has been a home run, but their track record thus far has been pretty impressive. This year's release Inside Out is no exception, arriving as the fifteenth feature in the animation house's stable. Given the occasion, I've taken it upon myself to rank Pixar's first fifteen features to settle once and for all what is the best and worst from the studio. I contemplated bringing in the short films that precede each of their features, as many are just exquisite if not better than the films they accompany, »
- Mike Shutt
Even if you don’t know who Michael Giacchino is by name (and you should because his work is awesome!), his music scores are featured in some of the most popular and acclaimed film projects in recent history, including Up, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. This summer, he’s certainly making a splash, having scored Tomorrowland, Jurassic World and Pixar’s latest, Inside Out. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Academy Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino talked about the crazy scheduling of doing three summer blockbusters back-to-back, never wanting to take a job just to work, how much he loves doing creative things with people he’s also friends with, the challenge of paying homage to John Williams’ famous Jurassic Park score while still making the music for Jurassic World something new, collaborating with director Colin Trevorrow, the unique experience »
- Christina Radish
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Available on Spotify, Giacchino’s score is a great way to get yourself in the mood for the return to Jurassic Park, with another great score from the composer. Giacchino has certainly has plenty of big-screen experience to bring the Jurassic sounds back to life, with his excellent work on a variety of films, including Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, J.J. Abrams’ two Star Trek films, The Incredibles as well as this year’s Inside Out and Tomorrowland.
Opening on Thursday, Jurassic World is directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) and stars Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help), Omar Sy (X-Men: Days of Future Past »
- Scott J. Davis
As the tagline says, "The park is open." This weekend, "Jurassic World" brings the noise to cinemas around the world, and it has more than a few big shoes to fill. Of course, it has to follow Steven Spielberg's still terrific "Jurassic Park," and then there's the original score by John Williams, which has become as much a part of the franchise as the dinosaurs. However, director Colin Trevorrow has an ace up his sleeve. Read More: 'Up' & 'The Incredibles' Composer Michael Giacchino To Score 'Jurassic World' The filmmaker has tapped Michael Giacchino to score the blockbuster movie, and today you hear his complete 77-minute soundtrack. And the Oscar winning composer has previously shown a strong hand in stepping into established franchises and making a mark ("Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol," two "Star Trek" films) or in capturing the mood of a certain era (his Amblin Entertainment »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Warning: The following contains major thematic spoilers for a movie nobody has seen.
It hadn’t been 2 weeks since its release when Brad Bird’s new film Tomorrowland had been dubbed a “failure” by the very studio that released it. In those two weeks the film was beaten at the box office by the sequel to a movie where glee club girls slid around in vomit, was projected unable to make back its reported 190 million dollar budget and became Disney’s convenient scapegoat for scrapping production on “Tron 3” – which caused internet trolls to take a break from complaining about Tron: Legacy and the abundance of sequels and remakes to complain that they won’t get to see “Tron 3”.
As with all news that goes viral, the reaction was swift and disproportionate, allowing box office performance to tarnish the film’s image and shut down discussion of the movie itself. A »
- Charlie Sanford
Do you ever look at someone and wonder what is going on inside their head? Disney•Pixar’s original new film “Inside Out” ventures inside the mind to find out. Based in Headquarters, the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Fear (voice of Bill Hader) heads up safety, Anger (voice of Lewis Black) ensures all is fair and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) prevents Riley from getting poisoned—both physically and socially. Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith) isn’t exactly sure what her role is, and frankly, neither is anyone else. When Riley’s family relocates to a scary new city, the Emotions are on the job, eager to help guide her through the difficult transition. But when Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into »
This amazing Disney Pixar mashup will melt the coldest of hearts.
The fan-made video goes through all the emotions that you experience watching a Disney film - sadness, fear and anger to excitement, romance and wonder, using iconic scenes from films such as The Incredibles, A Bugs Life and Brave.
Emotions Of Pixar from Lindsay McCutcheon on Vimeo.
The famous romances between Woody and Little Bo Peep and Barbie and Ken, amongst others, also feature.
Pixar fan Lindsay McCutcheon made the video in anticipation of the studio's latest release, Inside Out, which focuses on a girl who uses emotions joy, anger, disgust, fear and sadness to get through life.
It is due to be released »
The soundtrack will be released by Walt Disney Records on June 16, 2015. Directed by Academy Award winner Pete Docter and produced by Jonas Rivera, Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out opens in U.S. theaters on June 19, 2015.
Giacchino worked with director Pete Docter on Up (garnering an Academy Award® for best original score) and also counts Disney•Pixar’s films “Cars 2,” “Ratatouille” and “The Incredibles” among his credits.
But, says the composer, “Inside Out” was different. “Pete [Docter] wanted the music to feel as if it was coming from the inside—from internal thoughts,” says Giacchino. “We were going for something atmospheric. Something that wasn’t traditional film score.”
According to the composer, the goal of the music mirrored the goal of the film. “It had to feel emotional,” says Giacchino. »
- Michelle McCue
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Bitmoji was inspired by Disney•Pixar’s original new movie Inside Out to create its first movie theme pack.
In an exclusive entertainment tie-in, 15 new bitmojis are being released to celebrate the inventive new film, which takes place inside the mind of Riley, an 11-year-old girl guided by five Emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith).
Inside Out opens nationwide June 19, 2015.
Each bitmoji in the theme pack features your avatar alongside one of the five characters in a simple and shareable sentiment that can be used in everyday text messaging conversations. There are three colorful bitmojis for each character, including Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The “Inside Out” theme pack is a groundbreaking fusion of audience and content, letting people inhabit the world of the movie through their avatars, »
- Michelle McCue
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