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Fresh off announcing news that he would revisit a role from yesteryear with a sequel to cult actioner xXx, Vin Diesel has taken to his ever-popular Facebook page to tease the potential return of another character. Long before Groot struggled to string more than a few syllables together, Diesel lent his vocal chords to Brad Bird’s directorial debut, The Iron Giant.
Not only did it prove to be a role that would ultimately inform his reticent turn in Guardians of the Galaxy, but the actor’s towering, wholly misunderstood machine carved out an audience to call its own, and even to this day the heart-wrenching animation is considered to be some of Diesel’s finest work. Imagine our excitement, then, now that the actor has quietly dropped a megaton via his social media page that seemingly suggests Warner Bros. is at the very least considering The Iron Giant 2.
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- Michael Briers
Just last week brought the trailer for The Iron Giant: Signature Edition, a new Blu-Ray release of the 1999 animated film from The Incredibles director Brad Bird, which will also be hitting theaters for a couple days this fall. And if one of the film’s stars is to be believed, this re-release of the movie […]
- Ethan Anderton
Just over 16 years after director Brad Bird's directorial debut The Iron Giant hit theaters, Warner Bros. Pictures is teaming with Fathom Events for the theatrical re-release entitled The Iron Giant: Signature Edition. The animated film will be remastered and enhanced with two all-new scenes, in a limited engagement through Fathom Events. Fathom Events announced that tickets are available for this special event, while Yahoo! Movies released a new trailer.
The Iron Giant: Signature Edition arrives to theaters for a special event screening on Wednesday, September 30 at 7:00Pm local time, with an encore event in select markets on Sunday, October 4 at 12:00Pm local time. The event will be presented in select movie theaters around the country through Fathom's Digital Broadcast Network. When "The Iron Giant" arrived in theaters, it was hailed as an "instant classic" (Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal). And the world soon learned »
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced the official details for the release of the sci-fi blockbuster Tomorrowland. The film, directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles), stars George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hayn and Hugh Laurie, and grossed over $208 million worldwide.
See Also: Read our review of Tomorrowland here
From Disney comes two-time Oscar winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland – A World Beyond,” starring Academy Award winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.
Special Features for the release include:
- Scott J. Davis
It's fair to say that Fox's latest attempt to turn Fantastic Four into a hit movie franchise has gone up in the kind of flames that'd make Johnny Storm jealous. Director Josh Trank found himself entrenched in battles with cast, crew and studio bosses during a turbulent shoot that resulted in a deeply-flawed film that's a hodge-podge of competing visions.
A critical panning, box office flop and failure to catch on with the wider public (much like the Tim Story movies that preceded it) point to one question: when will fans get the Fantastic Four movie they truly deserve?
The answer lies away from the 20th Century Fox fanfare and over by Pixar's Luxo lamp. Brad Bird's The Incredibles 2 is on the horizon, and if its 2004 predecessor proved anything it's that the Pixar crew know exactly how to do Fantastic Four right. »
Summer starts early when it comes to blockbuster movies - this year we saw Fast & Furious 7 and Avengers: Age of Ultron hit cinemas in April, with big movie following big movie as the weeks rolled on.
But which popcorn movie had you jumping for joy and which had you running for the exits? Digital Spy has ranked all of 2015's major tentpole releases below - but which movie's top of your list?
He came back! But deep down Arnie probably should have stayed away from the role that turned him into a movie star some 30 years ago. Terminator Genisys was a jumbled, tired retread of the franchise's former glories that made one thing abundantly clear: if you're going to make a Terminator movie, it better be directed by James Cameron.
14. Fantastic Four
Fox's bid to resurrect Marvel's first family felt like a disaster from day one. A »
Disney's biennial D23 Expo is currently under way at the Anaheim Convention Center, with the big event running throughout the weekend. Once the exhibition hall was open to the public, fans noticed a number of new posters for Disney and Pixar animated movies, such as Cars 3, Toy Story 4 and The Incredibles 2. We also have photos from exhibition hall displays for Moana and Finding Dory. Many of these animated movies, along with The Good Dinosaur and Disney Animation's Zootopia, will be presented during Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios' panel today at 3 Pm in Hall D23, hosted by John Lasseter, so stay tuned for more details about these upcoming projects.
Both Cars 3 and Incredibles 2 were announced last year by Pixar, and while we don't know who is writing or directing Cars 3 yet, The Incredibles director Brad Bird is coming back to write and direct The Incredibles 2. »
The pair were romantically involved in the franchise's first film in 1995, but it was very much in the background.
Speaking at Disney's D23 conference, Disney Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter confirmed Woody would be at the centre of a love story in his next appearance.
"It's something we've never done with Toy Story before. It's a love story with Woody and - and this is news - Bo Peep," he said (via CNBC).
"At Pixar and at Disney, we only make sequels if we come up with a story that's as good or better than the original. That's our rule. We don't do things just to print money," Lasseter said. »
So here we are, smack dab in the middle of the dog days of summer (and if you don’t get that little saying, try lying out on the sidewalk in 100-degree heat for 15 minutes or so, like Fido does, and see if a light bulb doesn’t go off). The dogs are often howling in movie theaters too—at times it seems as though August has replaced January in the hearts of moviegoers as the dumping ground for pictures not really worthy of our attention (or a serious investment in the marketing department). Movies like Pixels and Fantastic Four have their perverse fascination—just how bad can they possibly be? Both were greeted with reviews so scathing and unyielding in their acidity that studio heads can only pray nothing in October, November or December will be perceived as worse, and I have to admit a certain curiosity. But that »
- Dennis Cozzalio
There's a long-standing snarky line amongst comic book movie fans that Pixar's The Incredibles is the honorary best screen adaptation of the Fantastic Four. Writer-director Brad Bird may have invented his Parrs from a radicalised version of Marvel Comics' beloved First Family, but the gag is that they've been in three real movies of their own, none of which are seen to have got the characters quite right.
The first, 1994's The Fantastic Four, was an unreleased Roger Corman production that was famously churned out on a low budget in order to meet a contractual deadline on their option for the property. The second and third, starring Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis, were produced by 20th Century Fox a decade ago and made over $600m between them. »
'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation': Tom Cruise. 'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation': Tom Cruise, the last action hero There are two impossible missions in the latest Mission: Impossible. The first involves Chechen terrorists, political assassinations, the Vienna Opera House, and a car that unlocks when the user places his hand on the driver's side window (Detroit, get on that). The other impossible mission, one that is not only accepted and completed, but conquered and victoriously ground into dust, is proving that 53-year old Tom Cruise is still an action star. As Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation demonstrates with cruel ease, Cruise isn't just an action hero. In the post-movie star age, he is, with apologies to a certain Austrian bodybuilder whose drawing power is all but terminated, the last action hero. What makes him thus is not just his supreme confidence, compact good looks, and million dollar smile. The camera has »
- Mark Keizer
Two film franchises, both just now reaching their fifth film, but nothing alike in overall execution. What makes "Mission: Impossible" so rich and robust as a series, and why is "Vacation" such a drag? The answer to the first part of that question has to do with Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner, and anyone looking to understand how to build a 21st century franchise would be wise to closely study the model that they've established. Not only has it proven incredibly limber, it seems like they're still just picking up steam. All they have to do now is figure out how to keep Tom Cruise alive and looking exactly like he does right now for the next 100 years. Since it's the Imf we're talking about, I assume they will succeed. When you look at Tom Cruise's career, he came out of the gates really strong. He made his screen debut in "Endless Love, »
- Drew McWeeny
Pixar's latest Inside Out is in cinemas now, and the film is positively jam-packed with Easter eggs for the eagle-eyed among you.
1. Pizza Planet Truck
The pizza delivery truck, a 1978 Gyoza with the licence plate RES1536, has made an appearance in every single Pixar movie with the exception of The Incredibles.
The vehicle apparently makes three different appearances, and seeing as lead character Riley and her mother visit a restaurant (getting served a broccoli pizza of all things!) then it's safe to say that's one moment to look out for.
A113 is the name of a first-year classroom at California Institute of the Arts that saw Pixar luminaries such as John Lasseter and Brad Bird pass through (Bird even dropped a reference into a Simpsons episode he directed).
In Inside Out, »
Pixar's definitely on a roll this year, and Sanjay's "Super Team" (playing in front of "The Good Dinosaur" on Nov. 25) ) is very special and particularly Oscar worthy. It's Pixar's first semi-autobiographical short in which board artist Sanjay Patel ("Toy Story 2," "Monsters, Inc.," "The Incredibles") comes to terms with his Hindu heritage, which he was ashamed of as a child growing up in San Bernardino. The little boy tries to watch his favorite superhero cartoon but his father insists that he mediate with him. Bored, he imagines summoning three Hindu deities to fight a three-headed demon in a thematic and stylistic assimilation of West and East (assisted by a lovely score by Mychael Danna, Oscar winner for "Life of Pi"). Read More: "Inside Out" Producer Jonas Rivera on Protecting Pixar's Vision Bill Desowitz: The project really took off when John Lasseter suggested making it a more personal story about your. »
- Bill Desowitz
Do you dream of lending your voice to the next great animated classic? Casting director Jen Rudin has worked on dozens of animated features and knows exactly what it takes to rock those (human or otherwise) characters. On Tuesday, July 28, Rudin will be joining Backstage for a special webinar about auditioning for animated projects. Log in from anywhere in the country, and learn what you need to know about the fun (and creative) field of animation voiceover. You may know Rudin from her popular monthly column, Speak Easy, right here on Backstage. As the owner of Jen Rudin Casting, the long-time CD is known for her work on scores of films including “The Incredibles,” “The Princess and the Frog,” and “Meet the Robinsons.” Additionally, her book “Confessions of a Casting Director” offers actors an invaluable look inside the audition room. We are very excited to host Rudin for this unique educational opportunity. »
I really, really cannot wait for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Is anyone with me? Oh, all of you. We’re edging closer and closer to that December 18th release, and we’re hoping that Disney and Lucasfilm are going to show us more online in the coming weeks. It looks like the company have something up their sleeves for the middle of August though, as a press release reveals that Disney plan to show off footage from Star Wars as well as their other upcoming properties including Captain America: Civil War and the upcoming Pixar slate at their huge fan event, D23 Expo 2015.
Marvel didn’t pack for San Diego this year, and we not present at Comic-Con to present anything from their upcoming slate, or make any kind of announcements – so are they holding out for their parent company’s Expo? We certainly hope so.
- Paul Heath
Just a heads up -- in case you can't get to Walt Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA from August 14-16 -- heaps of new Lucasfilm, Pixar, Marvel and Disney movie intel will be coming out of the event, so put yourself on standby for cool previews.
Disney just shared a press release with the 2015 schedule. You'll see it's noted that "a bevy of special guests will be on hand to offer a look at an unparalleled slate that includes Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Jungle Book, Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, Star Wars: The Force Awakens-and much, much more." Also, "Filmmakers will unveil never-before-seen footage from Pixar's upcoming The Good Dinosaur and Finding Dory and Disney Animation's Zootopia and Moana." So if those movies, and all Disney/Pixar projects, are of interest to you, just know some good teases should be coming out of this.
Here's the »
- Gina Carbone
Walt Disney Studios offers an exclusive look at its upcoming projects from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm at D23 Expo 2015, taking place August 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Studio will unveil its animation and live-action film slates via two huge Hall D23 presentations featuring surprise guests and many unforgettable moments. Other not-to-be-missed events include a Frozen FANdemonium musical celebration with Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and the 20th anniversary celebration of Disney Pixar's Toy Story with John Lasseter and the original Pixar crew.
Hall D23 Presentations:
After meeting the Emotions inside the mind of an 11-year-old, taking a trip to San Fransokyo, where a boy genius and his robot save the world, and falling in love with a queen with icy powers who wants to "let it go, »
Disney has announced its full schedule for the D23 Expo, which is set to take place next month at the Anaheim Convention Center in California and will feature big upcoming releases such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Captain America: Civil War, Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory, Zootopia and Moana, along with much, much more.
Here’s the main presentations…
Friday, August 14, 3 p.m.—Hall D23
After meeting the Emotions inside the mind of an 11-year-old, taking a trip to San Fransokyo, where a boy genius and his robot save the world, and falling in love with a queen with icy powers who wants to “let it go,” come see where Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios plan to take you next. In what has become a D23 Expo must-see, »
- Gary Collinson
Disney-Pixar has debuted a must-see full-length trailer for Pete Sohn's The Good Dinosaur, their new adventure into another time. The Good Dinosaur takes place in a world where the dinosaurs never died off and became the dominate species on Earth. One of them is named Arlo, voiced by Lucas Neff of "Raising Hope", and he comes across a small human. The two become friends, and the rest is history. This beautiful trailer is already hitting me right in the heart with emotions and scenes it shows. I love the music, I love the score, I just want to see this already. It looks like another wonderfully original Pixar creation. Must watch! Here's the full-length theatrical trailer for Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, direct from YouTube: The Good Dinosaur is directed by Peter Sohn (director of Partly Cloudy, animator on The Incredibles and Wall-e). Dinosaurs are the dominant species on Earth »
- Alex Billington
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