1-20 of 175 items from 2014 « Prev | Next »
Animated features are a vital addition to Hollywood’s balance sheets, and are contenders for the best animated feature Oscar and on occasion even compete for the best picture gold. But in some crafts, animated features remain ghettoized.
Features that adopt the “animated” moniker have never been Oscar-nominated for their cinematography. Yet three recent cinematography winners, “Avatar,” “Life of Pi” and “Gravity,” had more computer-generated imagery than photography, and might have qualified as “animated” if they’d been so submitted. Animated films get nominated for sound and music, but not for art direction and costume design.
Why not? Why are designers on “animated” films ignored in favor of live-action?
See Also: Gallery: Artists Get Into Character
Sound designer Randy Thom believes animated films are at a disadvantage because they’re often marketed for families or children and often lean toward the comedic, which can mean they’re not taken as seriously. »
- Karen Idelson
Ten years ago this month, Brad Bird's animated adventure film The Incredibles debuted—and with its winning, funny story about a married pair of washed-up superheroes trying to raise kids and save the world at the same time, it immediately joined the canon of Disney/Pixar insta-classics. Almost exactly one decade later, Disney released Big Hero 6, another story about a team of animated heroes. It's not hard to spot connections between the two: They share similar color schemes and aesthetics, for example, and they both feature a titular group of crime-fighters trying to get (or regain) a grip »
- Jonathon Dornbush & Ashley Fetters
"Big Hero 6" is the latest big-screen animated adventure from the animators at Disney. Set in San Fransokyo, where the Golden Gate bridge has Rashomon Gate-like architecture on the top merging the capital of Japan with the northern California setting, the story follows young Hiro Hamada and his robot companion Baymax as they help stop a masked criminal from wreaking havoc.
Where does this mash-up come from?
Disney is running two distinct feature animation companies -- its own named section that has produced the likes of "Frozen" and "Wreck-it Ralph," and the separately run Pixar, which continues to generate films with a slightly different character.
The supposed split between the two groups is made more interesting in this case, as this film seems to owe quite a bit to one of Pixar's greatest filmmakers, Brad Bird. Bird's "Iron Giant" and "The Incredibles" seem to be spiritual precursors to this tale »
- Jason Gorber
Thanks to some unfortunate scheduling, Disney’s new animated feature, Big Hero 6, is going to engender unflattering comparisons from older audience members. For one, they’ll probably be able to hear the bombastic score of this week’s other big release, Interstellar, from across the theatre, knowing Big Hero 6’s “up with science” message and charming robot companion can be found in Christopher Nolan’s latest, along with a whole lot else of substance. But more importantly, Disney’s first animated film to capitalize on Marvel’s Infinity Gauntlet grip on viewers is releasing exactly ten years and two days after The Incredibles, which remains a frontrunner for title of “Best Superhero Movie Ever,” animated or otherwise.
- Sam Woolf
Alexa here with your weekly art appreciation. Hard to believe that it's been 10 years since the release of The Incredibles. The (hopefully) happy news that Brad Bird is working on a sequel was followed by the sad news of Elizabeth Peña's passing; she was so recognizable as the voice of Mirage. Here's hoping that everyone else returns (Sara Vowell!), especially my personal favorite, Edna Mode (voiced by Brad Bird himself). Here are some curios to celebrate a decade of this superhero family.
Tom Whalen's poster for Mondo, available here.
One of the 8,000 things my kids are currently obsessed with is the Tom Cruise "Mission: Impossible" franchise. They've seen the franchise completely out of order, because I used "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" to win them over. By far, it's the best of the entire series, and they're already Brad Bird fans because of "The Iron Giant," "The Incredibles," and "Ratatouille," so when I showed it to them, all I had to do was tell them who made it. Actually, that's not true. The other thing I told them was about the stunt that Tom Cruise did, the highly-publicized climb up the outside of Burj Khalifa in Dubai. They're Jackie Chan fans already, and we discussed how Jackie did his own stunts and why that's special. It's something that we've talked about in terms of Buster Keaton as well. I hate to say it, but it's true… there's something special »
- Drew McWeeny
Earlier this year, news broke that The Incredibles and Ratatouille were getting 3D post-conversions. The two Brad Bird-directed Oscar-winners are already on Blu-ray, but the rumor was that these conversions could be for upgraded 3D Blu-ray discs. Soon after that rumor landed, a 3D version of Ratatouille hit shelves overseas. Nothing happened with The Incredibles, however. […]
The post Could The Incredibles 3D Be Getting a Theatrical Release? appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Having been hit with a director changeover and an impromptu delay, it’s fair to say that Pixar’s upcoming animation, The Good Dinosaur, has been through its fair share of production issues. Initially, Up co-director Bob Peterson was due to oversee the film, thereby making his full directorial debut, but the Pixar Brain Trust replaced him in the director chair, subsequently pushing the project from a 2014 release right back to November, 2015.
Now, though, the studio has formally announced that Peter Sohn will replace Peterson as director of The Good Dinosaur, and released a brief clip which sees Sohn visualize the animation’s protagonist, Arlo the apatosaurus.
Our director Peter Sohn can’t wait for you to meet Arlo! #TheGoodDinosaur releases in theaters November 2015. https://t.co/i4J5X6tfhi
— Disney•Pixar (@DisneyPixar) October 20, 2014
Having worked at Pixar for over a decade — dabbling in animation, voice acting and storyboard »
- Michael Briers
He will replace Bob Peterson as principal director on the animated film, Disney-Pixar has announced.
The movie was delayed last year from a 2014 to 2015 release after it was announced that Up co-director Peterson was stepping down from the project.
Sohn was formerly attached as co-director.
Our director Peter Sohn can't wait for you to meet Arlo! #TheGoodDinosaur releases in theaters November 2015.
— Disney•Pixar (@DisneyPixar) October 20, 2014
It will be set in a world in which dinosaurs never became extinct and instead co-exist with mankind.
Details of the story are scarce, and it is believed to have been reworked extensively since Peterson's exit. »
Hollywood continues to mourn the loss of actress Elizabeth Peña, who passed away at the age of 55 on Tuesday. The late thesp, who the most recently played Sofía Vergara's mother on ABC's Emmy-winning series Modern Family, is believed to have died of natural causes after a brief illness. "She was a role model, a truly extraordinary performer and an inspiration in every sense of the word," the network said in a statement to E! News. "She will be deeply missed." Peña's career spanned over 40 years in Tinseltown. Her resume included notable roles in The Incredibles, Jacobs Ladder, Transamerica, Lone Star, and La Bamba in »
Actress Elizabeth Peña has passed away at the age of 55. The star's death was confirmed by her manager, Gina Rugolo, who said that she had passed away from natural causes after a brief illness. Elizabeth has been acting since the late '70s and had roles in Lone Star, The Incredibles, and Modern Family, where she played Sofia Vergara's onscreen mother. Several of Elizabeth's friends and costars have sent out messages following the news of her death, including Zoe Saldana, Eva Longoria, and Sofia. "@SteveLevitan: We were so sad to learn of the passing of Elizabeth Pena. A member of our Family, she will be missed. #RIPElizabethPena"Rip — Sofia Vergara (@SofiaVergara) October 16, 2014 My heart is broken!!! My prayers are with you and your family. We will miss you #ElizabethPena –Zs — Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) October 16, 2014 Rest in Peace Elizabeth Pena...you paved the way for so many of us!! http://t. »
Actress Elizabeth Pena, who is known for her roles in La Bamba, Lone Star, The Incredibles, and Rush Hour, has passed away at the age of 55, her rep confirms to Us Weekly. Pena died after a brief illness. In a statement from El Rey, the network tells Us: "We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague, Elizabeth Pena. She was a role model, a truly extraordinary performer and an inspiration in every sense of the word." Pena had recently completed work on El Rey's [...] »
Elizabeth Peña, the TV and movie actress, died on Tuesday after a brief illness. She was 55.
Elizabeth Peña Dies
Peña’s manager confirmed her untimely death to CNN. Details on the illness that took her life have not been revealed.
On Modern Family, Peña proved to be a scene stealer playing the mom of Gloria (Sofia Vergara), Pilar, in the show’s 2013 season. She’s also had memorable guest-starring roles on Major Crimes, Prime Suspect, Ghost Whisperer, Without a Trace, NCIS and more. Peña’s most recent leading role on a TV show was as Maritza Sandoval in Matador.
Peña, who had her first film role in 1979, has been in tens of moves. Over the decades, she’s appeared in They All Laughed, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, La Bamba, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, Rush Hour, Tortilla Soup and voiced the part of Mirage in The Incredibles. »
Actress Elizabeth Peña has passed away from natural causes at the age of 55, CNN reports. Peña had a prolific acting career that spanned more than three decades, starring in features such as Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Jacob’s Ladder, Lone Star, La Bamba, Rush Hour, and The Incredibles. Most recently she was seen playing the mother of Sofia Vergara’s character Gloria on Modern Family. Today, her co-stars and other admirers in the Hollywood community took to Twitter to pay their respects:. »
- Anna Silman
Hollywood actress Elizabeth Peña had died, aged 55.
Peña's nephew Mario-Francisco Robles confirmed that she passed away on Tuesday (October 14) in an obituary for Latino Review.
In a career spanning almost 40 years, Peña appeared in a number of movies and television roles after her big break in Spanish-language film El Super.
She went on to star in Down and Out in Beverly Hills, La Bamba and Blue Steel in the '80s, before making noteworthy appearances in Rush Hour, Jacob's Ladder, Resurrection Blvd and also voicing Mirage in The Incredibles.
"We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague, Elizabeth Peña," the El Rey Network said in a statement.
"She was a role model, a truly extraordinary performer and an inspiration in every sense of the word. »
The news of Pena's passing came from her nephew Mario-Francisco Robles, a writer for Latino Review, who posted an obituary on the site.
According to Robles, Pena passed away on Tuesday after being admitted to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Photos: Stars We've Lost In Recent Years
No information regarding the actress' cause of death has yet been released.
During her decades-long career, Pena appeared in a number of huge projects including, the 1990 psychological horror drama Jacob's Ladder, the 1996 crime drama Lone Star, the 1998 action comedy Rush Hour, and Pixar's The Incredibles (voicing the sinister and seductive Mirage).
Recently, she also guest »
La Bamba and Lone Star actress Elizabeth Peña has died. She was 55. Peña's manager, Gina Rugolo, says the actress died Tuesday in Los Angeles of natural causes after a brief illness. No other details were provided. Peña's career spanned four decades and included roles in films like Rush Hour, Jacob's Ladder and Free Willy 2. She also appeared on such TV shows as L.A. Law, Dream On, Resurrection Blvd. and Modern Family, where she played the mother of Sofia Vergara's character, Gloria. She also provided her voice to The Incredibles, the Justice League cartoon series and American Dad. Peña recently »
- Associated Press
Actress Elizabeth Pena died October 14 of natural causes after brief illness. She was 55.
Pena received an Independent Spirit Award for her work in John Sayles’ Lone Star. She was perhaps best known for her roles in La Bamba and Down And Out In Beverly Hills, and for a recurring role in Modern Family as Pilar, the mother of Sofia Vergara‘s character. She also recently played the mother of the principal character in the recently wrapped first season of El Rey Network‘s Matador, and recently appeared in TNT’s Major Crimes.
The El Rey Network issued a statement about Pena’s death: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague, Elizabeth Peña. She was a role model, a truly extraordinary performer and an inspiration in every sense of the word. Our thoughts are with Elizabeth’s family and friends during this difficult time. She will be deeply missed. »
- David Bloom
Peña’s nephew, Mario-Francisco Robles, confirmed her death in an obituary he penned for Latino-Review.
Actress Elizabeth Pena, who co-starred in “Jacob’s Ladder” and “La Bamba,” died Oct. 14 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to her nephew, Latino Review writer Mario-Francisco Robles. She was 55.
Born in Elizabeth, N.J., and raised by Cuban immigrant parents, Pena’s career spanned nearly 40 years. She began performing in New York theater, and got her professional start in 1978 with Leon Ichaso’s “El Super.”
She went on to appear in films including “Rush Hour,” “Blue Steel” and “Batteries Not Included,” starred in her own primetime series on ABC, “I Married Dora” and lent her voice to the “Justice League” animated series, “American Dad!” and to Disney-Pixar’s “The Incredibles,” where she voices Mirage.
The actress recently wrapped work on the first season of El Rey Network’s “Matador, »
- Shelli Weinstein
1-20 of 175 items from 2014 « Prev | Next »
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners