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“Tomorrowland” doesn’t have as promising a future as Disney might have anticipated.
The George Clooney-starrer is being outperformed at the U.S. box office this Memorial Day holiday by the second weekend of “Pitch Perfect 2.” While “Tomorrowland” was expected to open to $45 million — already slightly below recent forecasts — it now looks likely to reel in less than $40 million, giving the “Pitch Perfect” sequel a narrow edge with $41 million-plus.
The two films were neck and neck on Friday in as tight a race as it gets, with “Tomorrowland” earning $9.73 million, while “Pitch Perfect 2” brought in $9.66 million. The weekend’s other newcomer, “Poltergeist,” was a close third, but will likely finish the weekend in fourth with about $29 million.
The tentpole “Tomorrowland,” which carries a hefty $180 million pricetag, had been shrouded in mystery leading up to its release and is likely suffering from being an unfamiliar property with no established brand, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Disney’s “Tomorrowland” is looking to notch a narrow box office victory with an opening of about $45 million during Memorial Day holiday weekend, according to early estimates.
The four-day frame could see as many as four other films top the $30 million mark, with the second weekend of “Pitch Perfect 2″ likely leading the rest of the pack with about $38 million, followed by Fox-mgm’s launch of “Poltergeist” at as high as $35 million, the second weekend of Warner Bros.’ “Mad Max: Fury Road” at $33 million, and the fourth weekend of Disney-Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” at $30 million.
“Tomorrowland,” which carries a $180 million pricetag, opened Friday at 3,972 U.S. locations with about $11 million, including $725,000 from Thursday night preview showings at 701 selected sites. The $45 million estimate is slightly below recent forecasts for the George Clooney-Britt Robertson sci-fi adventure, based partly on Walt Disney’s philosophy of innovation and one of the Disney theme park rides. »
- Dave McNary
The last 10 minutes of a movie are often what shapes our opinion most -- a strong ending can soften our feelings about a bad movie, and a weak, tone-deaf ending can spoil a filmgoing experience far more thoroughly than any overly revealing trailer or review. Tomorrowland is often a breathtakingly gorgeous movie with charming performances, but the ending is so unabashedly lesson-driven and heavy-handed that it's difficult to remember anything but its flaws and missteps.
The movie's opening and closing scenes are meant as bookends, but these are bookends created by your clumsy kid brother in shop class on the day the nails ran short. The first scenes in particular feel like a hurried reshoot/restructure to get George Clooney onscreen earlier. Frank (Clooney) and Casey (Britt Robertson) are speaking directly into the camera, making a video for an unknown audience. With interruptions from Casey, Frank begins setting up the »
- Jette Kernion
It might seem a bit premature for Brad Bird to be given the supercut tribute treatment, considering he's only directed five feature films, but his track record so far is very impressive. He's got three contemporary animated classics under his belt with "The Iron Giant," "The Incredibles" and "Ratatouille." He's also managed to take the "Mission: Impossible" franchise to new heights (literally, the Burj Khalifa sequence is one of the finest moments of the series) with "Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol." And while he's made his first misfire with "Tomorrowland" (our review), it's worth remembering that until this point, Bird has been knocking it out of the park. Joel Walden has put together this video tribute and it's pretty slick, well done stuff. Matching cuts from movie to movie, this is a quick run through Bird's movies in just a couple of minutes capturing the spirit, wonder and humor infused in his work. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Review by Dana Jung
Of all the “lands” at Disneyland/Disney World (the others are Frontierland, Adventureland, and Fantasyland in case you’ve forgotten), Tomorrowland holds the most promise to an impressionable youth. With visions of Buck Rogers rayguns and Jetsons flying machines, the park promises more than it delivers, with its slow “people-movers” and static displays of smart homes and fashions of the future. Except for Space Mountain—a truly incredible roller coaster ride—this park is at once the most visually stimulating, and the most unexciting. The new film Tomorrowland shares some of these qualities, but is the end result a wild coaster ride of a popcorn movie, or a rehash of stale ideas about a utopian future?
Britt Robertson (Under The Dome, The Longest Ride) plays Casey, a smart and capable teenager living in a single-parent household consisting of her caring father (Tim McGraw) and not-so-annoying little brother (Pierce Gagnon, »
- Movie Geeks
Reporting from the Cannes Film Festival. The Pixar brand has lately been tarnished with unnecessary sequels and sub-par original fare making fans wonder if the magic has run out of the powerhouse. After all, this is the company that created classics like Toy Story, The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Wall-e so after witnessing their recent output in the last few years, a cause for concern would make sense. The good news is the drought is over and Pixar has come roaring back with their latest Inside Out, which premiered in Cannes. It's an adventure built inside the mind of an eleven-year-old girl with her emotions as main characters. It's fast, funny and deeply touching in a way that will entertain kids and sucker punch adults. Pixar director Pete Docter, who last made Up for the studio, is directing once again (with Ronnie Del Carmen assisting as co-director) and that previous film »
- Marco Cerritos
Brad Bird is an amazing storyteller. He has a terrific understanding of not only action, but also character, emotion, themes, and structure. So I’m amazed that his latest film, Tomorrowland, is an absolute disaster that’s horribly paced, bloated on runtime but short on story, and crams its cloying message down the audience’s throat. It’s the kind of screenplay I would expect from co-writer Damon Lindelof (who has good ideas but has difficultly constructing them into fulfilling story arcs), but not the guy behind The Iron Giant and The Incredibles. And yet for all of its celebration of Imagination!™, Tomorrowland is a bland, empty spectacle save for its lead actors and the energy they bring to a film that is shallow at best and philosophically despicable at worst. In 1964, young Frank Walker (Thomas Robinson), a brilliant inventor who’s unhappy with his unsupportive father, finds his way »
- Matt Goldberg
Brad Bird’s Disney-produced sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland is the most enchanting reactionary cultural diatribe ever made. It’s so smart, so winsome, so utterly rejuvenating that you’ll have to wait until your eyes have dried and your buzz has worn off before you can begin to argue with it. And you should argue with it — even if you had a blast, as I did, and want to see it again with the kids, as I do — because it’s a major pop-culture statement with all sorts of implications, both vital and nutty.As he has demonstrated in The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, Bird can tell stories with the lightheartedness of a child and the cunning of a master craftsman: His tightly plotted movies feel as if he were making them up as he went along. To reveal too much of Tomorrowland’s zigzag »
- David Edelstein
In that time, we've seen a revolution in superhero movies, with the Dark Knight trilogy and the rise of Marvel Studios.
Bird recently revealed that the follow-up to the fan-favourite Pixar movie would be his next project.
Remember, before Jj Abrams got the job, when it was basically a daily rumour mill as to who was going to direct what we now know as Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Director after director was linked with the job, including the mighty Brad Bird, of The Iron Giant and The Incredibles vintage.
Bird is currently on the promotional trail for his latest film, Tomorrowland, and he's been quizzed about Star Wars as part of that. In Bird's case, it seems he was actually offered the chance to take Star Wars on, but had to turn the job down. There was actually substance to the rumour in this instance.
Chatting to Yahoo, he said that "it absolutely was [a tough decision]" to pass on Star Wars. "But there »
Disney’s retro-futuristic new film Tomorrowland is packed with talent including two-time Oscar® winner Director/Writer/Producer Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol) and star Academy Award® winner George Clooney who plays an ex-boy genius turned cynical Sci-Fi hero who gets paired by fate with Casey (Britt Robertson) a plucky bold girl with a never-give-up attitude and a passion for science who takes him on a journey to find a better tomorrow. Audiences tapped out from a sequel-heavy Summer diet will get to indulge in something they haven’t seen before. At a recent press junket for the film the cast and crew voiced their enthusiasm in being able to take part [ Read More ]
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- Laura Gaddy
Brad Bird said makers of 'Mad Max' only focus on the bad news in life and wanted the opposite for 'Tomorrowland'. The 57-year-old director - who is responsible for the works behind 'The Incredibles', 'Mission Impossible' and now, George Clooney futuristic movie, 'Tomorrowland'- has said that too many directors in the film industry aren't ''seeing the alternative'' of what the future could look like. Speaking at the 'Tomorrowland' press conference about dystopian 'Hunger Games' movies and Tom Hardy blockbuster 'Mad Max', Brad revealed: ''I feel like so many directors aren't seeing the alternative and I think so many of those films don't do the future justice - while entertaining to watch - I don't want to live in those realities and I don't want robots to kill me or zombies trying to eat me.'' The screenwriter said that when researching Disney's history, the »
Back when Disney first announced Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Brad Bird was one of the studio's preferred choices to direct the movie. Having already helmed two critically lauded Pixar flicks in The Incredibles & Ratatouille, Bird clearly had strong ties to Disney, but he turned the movie down in order to pursue a different project for them: his original sci-fi/adventure, Tomorrowland. While promoting the new movie (set to be released this Friday), the fan favorite director opened up to Yahoo! about his decision to turn down what would have been the biggest movie of his career: "It absolutely was [a tough decision], but there was no way to do that film without junking this film, and we had already gotten George Clooney involved and I was excited about this film. I understand they had to get [The Force Awakens] made, and they would’ve had to push it in order for me to do it. »
I want to believe in Tomorrowland.
Like The Iron Giant and The Incredibles before it, Brad Bird’s latest is a thrilling, original adventure that really wants to make you feel something. It’s a non-sequel, non-superhero affair, powered by old-fashioned sentiments of optimism and hope, whole-heartedly committed to feeding the creative souls of idealistic youngsters in the audience. In a cinematic climate saturated with dystopian gloom and superhero fantasy, the film’s earnest message – that ordinary people can ensure the future of their dreams by fighting for it – is welcome.
What’s less welcome is all the claptrap surrounding Tomorrowland‘s vintage Disney core. As written by Bird, Lost‘s Damon Lindelof and Entertainment Weekly TV critic Jeff Jensen, it’s a movie that tries to run with some admirably big ideas but ends up tripping over its own feet, hobbled by tin-eared dialogue and a third-act shift from ebullient positivity to sanctimonious finger-wagging. »
- Isaac Feldberg
This article contains a big spoiler for Chinatown.
Ah, the mighty Brad Bird. If he'd downed tools after he made the peerless The Iron Giant and never made another film again, we'd still be sending him Christmas cards every year. But then he went and made The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol as well. Gah. Now we have to send chocolates as well.
Bird's latest film, Tomorrowland, arrives in cinemas this week, and we caught up with him to find out more about it. Here's how the chat went...
If we boil down the movies that many of us grew up loving in the 1980s, there's relatable stakes at the heart of them. So, for instance, Back To The Future is at its centre someone trying to get his parents back together. »
Chief Creative Officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios John Lasseter, director Pete Doctor, producer Jonas Rivera, co-director Ronnie Del Carmen and Us voice cast Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith and Lewis Black delighted attendees at today’s press conference for Inside Out during the 68th annual annual Cannes Film Festival. They were then joined by the French voice cast for the world premiere! 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. »
I love ambition. When you’re a filmmaker with some measure of clout, it always makes sense to really shoot for the stars, as it were. Not everyone does it, but director Brad Bird sure does. On Friday, Bird’s new flight of fancy Tomorrowland opens in theaters, hoping to capture the imaginations of families throughout the world. After the wild successes of The Incredibles and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Bird could basically do whatever he wanted, so he teamed up with scribe Damon Lindelof in order to make this unique tale happen. Not everyone agrees with me, but on my end, I’m thrilled that they did. Tomorrowland is something very singular and enjoyable. In short, Tomorrowland is about imagination fueling the future. Without giving too much away, there is an actual place called Tomorrowland that basically features the world’s best and brightest. George Clooney plays an inventor »
- Joey Magidson
Amidst the cinematic sky of remakes, prequels, sequels, and franchises Tomorrowland comes zooming through the clouds, jetpack at the ready with an ambitious, original story to tell. Written by Damon Lindelof (Lost) and director Brad Bird (The Incredibles) the film blasts off at the start but mid-way begins to crave nitro to give it the boost it needs to get to the finish line. Early in the film when a young inventor Frank Walker (later played by George Clooney) brings his jetpack to the World’s Fair in 1964, he’s asked how it can enhance society. He replies that it’s just fun which is met with a raised eyebrow and a ‘what use is that’ response. But in trying to invent something useful here, Lindelof and Bird have forgotten the fun. They’ve built a story about caring for the world today before it disappears tomorrow and while a very worthy ideal, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Clare Daly)
After getting his start on animated shows like The Simpsons, Brad Bird leapt into features with The Iron Giant. He then went on to make the Pixar classic The Incredibles, and his first live-action film, the blockbuster Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. With his new movie Tomorrowland, set to hit theaters, it's as good a time as any to remember why we love him. 1. His Distinct Storytelling Style It’s actually pretty uncommon for a filmmaker to switch from...
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Directed by Brad Bird.
A former boy-genius and an optimistic teenager join forces to find the mysterious Tomorrowland.
It’s tough to avoid, though, because – like Pirates of the Caribbean before it – the description is pretty apt. Tomorrowland never pauses to catch breath. Even the few slower moments still involve enormous peril or poignancy. The film only has one speed – that of tipping over a roller coaster’s edge.
In anyone else’s hands, the constant action would numb the senses. In Brad Bird’s – only his second live-action movie after Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol – every jolt and twist in the tracks is experienced full force. »
- Oli Davis
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