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‘Storks’ Critical Roundup: Reviewers Not Crowing Over Warner Bros.’ First Animated Movie Since ‘The Lego Movie’

20 September 2016 2:55 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Warner Bros. has officially ventured back into the world of animated features with “Storks,” their first big animated film since the hugely successful “Lego Movie” in 2014. The film, directed by Nicholas Stoller (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”) and veteran animator Doug Sweetland (“Toy Story,” “The Incredibles,” etc.), boasts an ensemble cast including Andy Samberg, Kelsey Grammar and Jennifer Aniston. Reviews are starting to fly in, and so far, consensus is mixed.

IndieWire’s own Eric Kohn gave the film a grade of a C, writing in his review that it’s “neither wacky enough to work as pure punchline, nor smart enough to bend its looniness into something more substantial, ‘Storks’ views the world with the same confused outlook of its wide-eyed infants.”

Read More: ‘Storks’ Review: Nicholas Stoller’s Animated Comedy Is a Dumb Movie In Search of a Sweet Idea

Owen Gleiberman of Variety saw the film as a letdown, »

- Casey Coit

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The Week in Star Wars – Episode VIII compared to Empire Strikes Back, Rogue One gets a new composer, Fifty Shades of Grey beats The Force Awakens and more

18 September 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Week in Star Wars returns with Adam Driver talking Episode VIII, a load of new posters for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as well as a load of merch, a returning character for Star Wars Rebels, a beating by Fifty Shades of Grey and more…

We’ll kick things off this week by looking at a whole batch of new international posters for Gareth Edward’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, many of which feature Darth Vader himself. Check all nine posters out here, and a brand new international poster here, which sees Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso standing tall as the Death Star looms in the background…

…Speaking of merch, and Hasbro released images from their Rogue One line in anticipation of September 30th’s Force Friday. You can check out a huge batch of toys (including a Rapid Nerf Firing Imperial At-act) here, and Wave 2 figures here. »

- Luke Owen

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Gets Star Trek Composer Michael Giacchino

16 September 2016 9:33 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

When Star Wars: The Force Awakens was in pre-production, many wondered and worried if J.J. Abrams would replace the iconic John Williams with the director's own longtime collaborator Michael Giacchino as composer on this rebooted sci-fi adventure series. While that didn't happen, Michael Giacchino has found an opportunity to weasel his way into this hugely popular franchise. The man will now compose the soundtrack for this December's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

While some classic themes will be utilized to keep the movie in line with what has come before it, this first Star Wars spin-off will be 'whistling a new tune' as it were. While John Williams was never intended to return for these new standalone adventures, which will stand outside the Skywalker saga, Rogue One originally had Alexandre Desplat set in place to record the score.That all changed with the extensive reshoots that happened earlier this »

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‘Rogue One’: New ‘Star Wars’ Film Swaps Out Composer Three Months Ahead of Release

16 September 2016 8:50 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Gareth Edwards’ “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the first standalone “Star Wars” film in the long-running franchise, recently went through extensive reshoots spearheaded by director Tony Gilroy in order to clarify story and tone. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will swap out original composer Alexandre Desplat for Michael Giacchino per those reshoots just three months ahead of the film’s release. The reshoots apparently altered the scoring calendar and Desplat was no longer available for the position, so Disney hired Giacchino to take over the role.

Read More: ‘Rogue One’ Trailer: A New Team (And An Old Foe) Assemble In New Look at ‘Star Wars’ Anthology Film

Desplat has been nominated for eight Oscars in total, winning one for his score for Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” He also contributed scores for two other Anderson films “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Moonrise Kingdom,” Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life, »

- Vikram Murthi

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International Posters For Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Land As Spinoff Movie Elects New Composer

16 September 2016 6:27 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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Stemming from those recent reshoots, it appears Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be singing to a slightly different tune come December.

The Hollywood Reporter brings word that decorated composer Michael Giacchino, the musical mind involved in The IncrediblesInside Out and Paramount’s rebooted Star Trek franchise, has now come aboard to score the upcoming Anthology film, supplanting Alexandre Desplat behind the scenes. Indeed the extended shoot is to blame for Desplat’s departure, who bowed out following a scheduling conflict.

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In what quickly became one of the most heated topics of the summer – for the film industry, at least – Rogue One reportedly underwent fairly extensive reshoots a few months back, when writer-director Tony Gilroy was ushered in to oversee the shoot along with the post-production process. Firm details are still sketchy, »

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Michael Giacchino replaces Alexandre Desplat as composer on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

16 September 2016 1:29 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It looks like the extensive reshoots on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has led to scheduling conflicts for composer Alexandre Desplat, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that the Oscar-winner is no longer available to score the film.

Stepping in as Desplat’s replacement is another Academy Award-winner in Michael Giacchino, who has worked extensively with Disney in the past on the likes of Up, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Cars 2, Inside Out, Zootopia, John Carter, Tomorrowland and the upcoming Doctor Strange.

Giacchino will not have the distinction of becoming the first composer aside from John Williams to score a Star Wars movie. He is also a huge Star Wars fan, and made a cameo as a Stormtrooper in last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was directed by his friend J.J. Abrams.

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, »

- Gary Collinson

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'Star Wars: Rogue One' Replaces Its Composer (Exclusive)

15 September 2016 4:10 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first stand-alone movie in the Star Wars franchise, will be whistling a new tune. Michael Giacchino, the composer behind such films as the Star Trek reboot and Pixar movies ranging from The Incredibles to Inside Out, will score the upcoming pic, stepping in for Alexandre Desplat, who was originally slated to work on the movie. The recent reshoots are behind the switch, according to sources. Rogue One underwent extensive reshoots this summer that saw writer Tony Gilroy take on a filmmaker role during the shoot and the postproduction process as Disney and

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Review: The Iron Giant

9 September 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

It used to be, movies surprised us when we took our seats. We didn’t have so many sources for news and trailers a decade or so back. On Tuesdays, Warner Bros screened new films after hours and one night, the DC Comics crew filed in to see an animated feature called The Iron Giant. We didn’t know much about it or Brad Bird, the man behind it.

We were utterly charmed. None of us knew Ted Hughes’ The Iron Man book it was based on but found the 1950s setting perfect, and the old style animation well-done. Best, it had heart and soul and humor and a robot who wants to be Superman. What’s not to love?

Warner moved the release date so late in the process that tie-ins missed the opening and the marketing wasn’t what it should have been. As a result, this modern day classic withered and vanished. »

- Robert Greenberger

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Ed Catto: That Other British Invasion

5 September 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

One day in the early 80s, I was with my girlfriend in a shopping mall. Somehow I had been relegated to the role of sidekick while she shopped. I liked to do a lot of things with her, but shopping wasn’t high on that list. I was bored so I decided to buy a comic book to read while she shopped.

Back then I was enjoying a lot of comics and purchasing them every week at Kim’s Collectible Comics and Records. But one store in that mall had a spinner rack filled with comics, and I knew I could snag an issue that I had missed.

I evaluated the comics available on that rack and hoped that one would be my salvation from the dreariness of shopping. I reached out for Swamp Thing #21, and was surprised to find an unfamiliar writer wrote it. I decided to give it a try nonetheless. »

- Ed Catto

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Incredibles 2 Director Is Taking the Story in a New Direction

30 August 2016 3:07 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Incredibles 2 is finally happening. But don't expect it to follow the original. This one is going to be much different, at least according to original director Brad Bird. This November will mark the 12th anniversary of Pixar's The Incredibles, an animated adventure about superhero movies that, at the time, out-grossed several live-action superhero movies. The Incredibles took in $261.4 million domestically and $633 million worldwide, which is more than the worldwide totals of Hulk ($245.3 million), Daredevil ($179.1 million) and The Punisher ($54.7 million) combined. Naturally, those three live action movies represented the low-end of the superhero spectrum back then, but a lot has changed since The Incredibles hit the big screen. And it's amazing it has taken this long to get a sequel ready. Director Brad Bird recently offered some new updates on this sequel in a recent interview.

The writer-director revealed back in September that he had almost finished work on the script, »

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Brad Bird Teases a New Direction For ‘The Incredibles 2’

30 August 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Hopefully, you didn’t see that headline and rush to read this article hoping for any kind of solid information about the long-awaited sequel to The Incredibles, which remains one of the best superhero movies ever made. After all, The Incredibles 2 is still three years away from its June 21, 2019 release date and while […]

The post Brad Bird Teases a New Direction For ‘The Incredibles 2’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Jacob Hall

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Brad Bird gives an update on the "very actively moving" Incredibles 2

30 August 2016 10:09 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

It's hard to believe that it's been 12 years since The Incredibles graced the silver screen, giving audiences what's widely regarded one of the best superhero stories. It may have taken a few years more than we'd like, but writer/director Brad Bird is finally working with Pixar on a sequel. He took a moment to give a small update to Entertainment Weekly regarding the status of The Incredibles 2, of which... Read More »

- Sean Wist

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'Storks': How an R-Rated Comedy Director and a Pair of Pixar Alums Created a Family-Friendly Film

21 August 2016 12:29 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

What do you get when you combine an R-rated live-action comedy director with a pair of Pixar alums? The answer is Storks, an unconventionally-made animated feature conceived and produced by the Warner Animation Group, the studio's feature animation unit.  Storks, which opened nationwide today, is the child of writer/director Nicholas Stoller, who with no prior animation experience is perhaps best known as director of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and writer/director of Get Him to the Greek; director Doug Sweetland, a veteran animator who has worked on a string of Pixar titles including Finding Nemo and The Incredibles, and earned an

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- Carolyn Giardina

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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.”

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- 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 »

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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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