In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, The Defenders Captain Marvel, Namor, Doctor Strange, Black Widow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Marvel’s Most Wanted, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, X-Men: Apocalypse, Wolverine 3, New Mutants, Deadpool, Irredeemable, Justice League, Aquaman, Batman, Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Gotham, Batman: The Killing Joke and more…
Having opened in the UK and many international markets last weekend (and earning a $200 million debut weekend in the process), Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War made its way across the Pond this week, grossing $25 million from Thursday night previews in the States. That figure is $2.7 less than Warner Bros.’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice managed, but the Phase Three launching threequel is expected to outperform its DC rival in terms of domestic opening weekend, »
- Gary Collinson
With just under six months until Marvel's second Phase 3 movie, Doctor Strange, hits theaters, the studio has brought in its composer, Oscar winner Michael Giacchino. The movie will mark his first foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but he is no stranger to superhero tales, having composed the scores for Pixar's The Incredibles and Disney's Sky High. While this is his first Marvel movie, the composer has a long history with Disney.
Michael Giacchino won his first Oscar for composing the original score for Disney Pixar's Up, and he was nominated two years earlier for his work on another Pixar classic, Ratatouille. He got his start composing music for video games, such as the game tie-in for The Lost World and another Jurassic Park game, Warpath. He eventually moved on to features with The Incredibles, Sky High, The Family Stone, Mission: Impossible III, Speed Racer, Star Trek, Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol, »
Acclaimed film composer Michael Giacchino ("Star Trek," "Lost," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes") has confirmed that he'll be providing the score for Scott Derrickson's "Doctor Strange" film at Marvel Studios.
This will mark his first Marvel film score, but hardly his first for Disney as he's been the go to man for several of their Pixar films including "Ratatouille," "Up," "Inside Out" and "The Incredibles".
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- Garth Franklin
Despite getting many things right, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has long struggled with one thing: its film scores. While Alan Silvestri managed to make an alright theme for The Avengers, it didn’t stick around after Phase One of the McU, and was nowhere near as iconic as the superhero themes from composers like Danny Elfman, John Williams or Hans Zimmer.
That may be about to change, because we just found out that Michael Giacchino (The Incredibles, Jurassic World) will be the composer for Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Giacchino announced the news himself today on Twitter:
Things are about to get, well… really Strange.@scottderrickson @Marvel pic.twitter.com/LIhuCNy3lB
— Michael Giacchino (@m_giacchino) May 6, 2016
- James Garcia
The Academy Award and Grammy winning composer, who worked on last year’s Jurassic World, as well as Pixar favourites The Incredibles, Inside Out and Up, will tackle the soundtrack for the Benedict Cumberbatch-led movie, Marvel’s second big film of the year following Captain America: Civil War.
Things are about to get, well… really Strange.@scottderrickson @Marvel pic.twitter.com/LIhuCNy3lB
— Michael Giacchino (@m_giacchino) 6 May 2016
- Paul Heath
Sean Wilson re-evaluates the unfairly maligned Disney movie, and why its failure is an unfortunate reflection of the modern-day cinema industry…
Just under a year ago, I appeared to be one of approximately five people on the planet who was more than a little dismayed and disheartened at the critical roasting afforded to Disney epic Tomorrowland. Subtitled A World Beyond in the UK and other territories, the movie is directed by The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible and Ratatouille supremo Brad Bird, being the story of young girl Casey (Britt Robertson) who stumbles across the existence of a wondrous land existing beyond known time and space.
Tracking down mysterious, grumpy and reclusive former boy genius Frank Walker (George Clooney), Casey discovers that Tomorrowland was actually the creation of the world’s greatest scientific minds, an embodiment of everything than an optimistic future can offer. However, it’s under imminent threat of collapse, »
- Sean Wilson
Back in 1990 my late aunt, Elizabeth Peña starred opposite Tim Robbins in the thriller Jacob's Ladder. The film centered on a Vietnam veteran haunted by flashbacks and hallucinations based on his experiences before, during, and after the nightmarish war. Robbins played the titular Jacob, Peña played Jezzie.
I recall it was a big deal when it came out. I wasn't allowed to see it, since I was only 7. And, actually, to this day I haven't seen it. Mainly cause I've been told by friends of mine that my Ñaña was involved in some fairly risqué scenes, so...no thanks. But yes, the original Jacob's Ladder was directed by Adrian Lyne (Fatal Attraction) and continues to have a strong following to this day.
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Forget about Jon Snow; I want to know if Harry Hart is alive. The primary challenge that Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman faced when trying to crack a sequel to their monster hit Kingsman: The Secret Service was what to do about Colin Firth. One of the true pleasures of the first film is seeing Firth burst through the walls of the box that people have put him in as an actor with so much fervor he was like the Kool-Aid Man. He was delightfully violent, and talking to him at Comic-Con the year before it came out, it was clear he was almost giddy about what he got to do in the movie. Here’s how you know that Vaughn and Goldman have their heads on right as storytellers: if you’re trying to set up a franchise in an overt, mechanical way, then you don’t kill Harry Hart in the first film. »
- Drew McWeeny
This summer, Pixar fans will get to reunite with their favorite fish in the long-awaited animated sequel Finding Dory, arriving in theaters June 17. Pixar has a long tradition of introducing new animated shorts in front of every project, and Finding Dory will be no different, with the new short Piper debuting alongside the sequel. Entertainment Weekly has our first look at the title character, a diminutive sandpiper exploring the beach.
The story centers on a baby sandpiper who is trying to both find food, and overcome hydrophobia, the fear of water. Longtime Pixar animator Alan Barillaro makes his directorial debut with this short film, which was inspired by the numerous birds he used to observe while running along the shoreline, just a mile from Pixar's Emeryville, California headquarters. Here's what the director had to say about this young bird who was afraid of the water but had to go near it to eat. »
Pixar short Piper gets a firs look image, courtesy of the studio.
The Walt Disney Company and Pixar have provided us with a first look at the new Pixar short Piper.
Piper – Concept Art by Jason Deamer (Production Designer). ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.
Piper will be attached to the studio’s next big release, Finding Dory, which releases everywhere this coming July.
Directed by Alan Barillaro and produced by Marc Sondheimer, “Piper,” the new short from Pixar Animation Studios, tells the story of a hungry sandpiper hatchling who ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is, the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore.
Here’s a little more about the gifted director.
- Paul Heath
The film, directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), has been revered since its release in 1999, has been remastered and enhanced with two new scenes made for the release. Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 7), Jennifer Aniston (Horrible Bosses 2) and Harry Connick Jnr. (Dolphin Tale 2) provide the vocal talents.
Pre-order The Iron Giant: Ultimate Signature Edition Here
The Ultimate Edition contents include a collectable Iron Giant figurine and a letter from Bird to fans. Details below.
Ultimate Collector’S Edition Content:
–A letter from Director Brad Bird to the fans
–Five Mondo Art Cards
–Beautiful 32-Page Book
–Collectible Iron Giant Figurine
–The Giant’s Dream: An all new »
- Scott J. Davis
Burbank, CA, March 29, 2016 – The classic beloved animated tale The Iron Giant returns to home screens when The Iron Giant: Signature Edition is released for the first time on Blu-ray on September 6. Also available on September 6 will be an Ultimate Collectors Edition. The 1999 film directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Tomorrowland) has been fully remastered and enhanced with two all-new scenes.
When The Iron Giant arrived in theaters, it was hailed as an “instant classic” (Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal). “Imagine E.T.as a towering metal man, that’s the appeal of this enchanting animated feature” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times). And the world soon learned another “giant” had arrived as well: filmmaker Brad Bird, who made his stunning directorial debut with this film and has gone on to win two Oscars®, as well as worldwide acclaim for his work on both animated and live-action features. »
- Robert Greenberger
Brad Bird's much beloved (and rightfully so) The iron Giant is finally making it's way to the high definition format, along with some brand new bonus features for fans to delve into. Come inside for all the info!
In the year 2016 it seems inexplicable that such an iconic and amazing movie like The Iron Giant hasn't made its way to blu-ray. Well, here we are, and somehow it's happened. Thankfully, Warner Bros. is now remedying this, and bringing the film out on September 6, 2016. Best of all, it comes with an all new bonus documentary!
The classic beloved animated tale “The Iron Giant” returns to home screens when “The Iron Giant: Signature Edition” is released for the first time on Blu-ray on September 6. Also available on September 6 will be an “Ultimate Collectors Edition.” The 1999 film directed by Brad Bird (“The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “Tomorrowland”) has been »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Playing Senator Finch in Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Holly Hunter discussed her role with us when promoting the film during the London leg of the world tour. She discussed the humanity to her role and why it appealed to her, while also speaking about the forthcoming sequel for The Incredibles, and
The post Exclusive Interview: Esteemed actress Holly Hunter on playing Senator Finch in Batman V Superman appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Stefan Pape
Even though it wasn’t a big hit back in 1999, the animated adventure The Iron Giant has become a favorite among cinephiles. Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Tomorrowland) directed the sci-fi family film, proving that he was going to be a force to be reckoned with in the animation world, and now we can finally get […]
The post Cool Stuff: ‘The Art of The Iron Giant’ Book Is Finally Coming This August appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
This weekend, the smashing success of “Zootopia” confirmed the wisdom of that decade-old acquisition. It continues a string of box office hits such as “Tangled,” “Big Hero 6,” “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Frozen” that might not have been possible had Disney not absorbed Pixar and its brain trust.
Although they were released under the Walt Disney Animation Studios banner, Pixar’s DNA — a double helix of artistic daring and technological innovation — is evident in all of these films. That makes sense given that as part of the Pixar purchase, the company’s leaders Ed Catmull and John Lasseter assumed responsibility for all of Disney’s animated output.
“What they have focused on in each of these films is having an original voice and an original story, »
- Brent Lang
“We are all so lucky, regardless of a gold man, because we get to make stuff,” an elated Docter said in his acceptance speech.
He added that “Inside Out” had been inspired by his own children growing up and concluded by urging the audience to embrace creativity: “You can make stuff. Make films, draw, write. It will make a world of difference.”
Docter even made use of the show’s new thank you scroll to announce a special treat for his kids. The scroll, which was introduced to provide extra space for thanking a winner’s family and collaborators, read, “I love you Amanda, Nick & Elie — okay yes, let’s get a dog.”
It’s the eighth animated Oscar for Pixar, »
- Dave McNary
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Tracing the early career of the prolific filmmaker, from his early collaborations with Elaine May to his first few adventures in Hollywood, Becoming Mike Nichols may very well become a required text in an introduction to narrative filmmaking course. Generous with his knowledge of the craft, text, performers, and the mistakes he made along the way, he opens up to fellow »
- TFS Staff
Two upcoming films on Pixar's slate were met with two very different reactions when they were announced.
First up is a sequel to 2004's The Incredibles. Just about everyone, myself included, wanted this to happen, and was happy to hear Pixar was finally moving forward with it; however, the even better news was that the original film's writer/director, Brad Bird, would be returning to script the flick. Now I'm happy to tell you what we all assumed (hoped?): Bird will also be directing!
The other upcoming sequel is Cars 3. If you're like me, as any reasonable person should be, you're a bit surprised. After all, the first Cars film didn't blow up the box office, at least not by Pixar standards, and the second fared only a little better (again by Pixar standards).
At any rate, it was a real Wtf!? moment, but, be that as it may, »
- Philip Sticco
1. "World of Tomorrow": Frontrunner Don Hertzfeldt offers a sublime sci-fi parable of little Emily learning some unnerving secrets when she travels 227 years into the future with a mysterious doppleganger. Inspired by his graphic novel, "The End of Tomorrow," Hertzfeldt's iconic stick figures glide through a glimpse of fantastical, if spiritually empty, things to come. Interestingly, he drew on his own personal connections for the voice acting, collaborating with his niece and a friend, animator/illustrator Julia Pott. In fact, the experience was totally improvisational for his niece, and she drove the narrative with lids of eggs being purple or the name of a cat she came across being used for the monster or her idea for the end of the memory-removal process being a rainbow. 2. "Sanjay's Super Team": This marks Pixar's first semi-autobiographical short, with board artist Sanjay Patel ("The Incredibles") coming to terms with his Hindu »
- Bill Desowitz
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