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While there are always many projects in development in the studio system, 1952 is near the top of my list. That's because not only is Damon Lindelof writing the film, it's going to be directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, The Iron Giant, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), who only makes awesome movies. While plot details are under wraps, everything points towards a large scale mystery film that may star George Clooney. The last thing we heard about the plot was, "the picture is said to center on the journey of a middle-aged man and his contact with alien life," but this one liner could easily be wrong. At a recent Bad Robot press event for the Star Trek sequel (more on that soon), I got to speak to Lindelof about 1952 and asked how it's going. He revealed that he hopes to be in production in mid-2013, that Bird is now co-writing the film, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
• Plan your Christmas and New Year viewing with our interactive guide to festive television
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It should of course be "Football Am" – an insuperable barrier for the sniffier sports fan. For everyone else, Max Rushden and Helen Chamberlain are on hand with what will undoubtedly be a bumper crop of celebrity guests, the usual tinsel-draped features including the funniest Third Eyes, as well as a feast of highlights and goals from the 2012-13 campaign thus far, both at home and abroad. All this and the footballettes – sorry, Soccerettes. DS
Christmas Day just wouldn't be the same without a winsome family animation playing out through the fug of too many »
- David Stubbs, Mark Jones, John Robinson, Andrew Mueller, Jonathan Wright, Paul Howlett
Welcome to Morning Watch, our daily roundup of funny/interesting/bizarre/creative/informative videos for you to start your day with. While Hugh Jackman's Real Steel was a fictional movie about a down-on-his-luck robot-boxing promoter who tries to get back in the game with a new, underdog robot, the actual concept of robots fighting is one that will be coming to the Syfy channel for real this February when it introduces Robot Combat League. Check out the trailer below. [via Syfy] Here's a pretty solid trailer mash-up combining Star Trek Into Darkness and Toy Story. [via CinemaBlend] Finally, here's a great video from Soundworks Collection on the music of Michael Giacchino (Lost, The Incredibles, Star Trek), who's just about to start work on scoring...
- Erik Davis
It’s practically impossible for you not to have heard at least a little bit of composer Michael Giacchino’s work within the past decade. He’s created a number of memorable scores for television shows, video games and movies. Basically if you’ve watched either “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Star Trek” or “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” then you’ve heard a smidgen of what he’s done. Yes, we agree, he’s a crazy talented individual.
Since Giacchino’s been a long-time coworker and friend of J.J. Abrams, it was obvious that the composer would be working on the “Star Trek” reboot. Now he’s hard at work creating the score for “Star Trek Into Darkness,” but thankfully he had a little time in his schedule to go and talk about what he’s done so far. Did we mention this guy is one of the coolest people working in the business? »
- Melissa Molina
Coming off their new distribution deal with Twentieth Century Fox, DreamWorks Animation is now upping their yearly output to three films per year. Last week, we had the chance to see previews of the three films they’re prepping for their 2013 slate including The Croods, Turbo, and Mr. Peabody & Sherman.
First up, director Rob Minkoff — best known as the director of The Lion King and Stuart Little – presented his film Mr. Peabody & Sherman, a 3D re-imagining of the segments of the same name from the 1960s animated classic Rocky & Bullwinkle. Mr. Peabody is the world’s smartest talking dog who, along with his adopted human Sherman, travels through time in a machine he calls the Wabac. The pair travel to famous historic places and meet famous historic people first hand, getting in adventures along the way.
The short teaser that started things off began with animation from the 60s cartoon »
- Sean Hutchinson
Ask most people to pick their favorite Pixar movie and one that often gets forgotten is Monsters Inc. Pete Docter’s Oscar winner came out over a decade ago and the characters haven’t resurfaced. So, unlike films such as Toy Story, The Incredibles and Wall-e, it’s simply not as fresh in everyone’s mind. But audiences love Monsters [...] »
- Germain Lussier
Years before working together at the Scream Factory, Mike and Sully's friendship is forged through mutual animosity. With a crew of Pixar veterans, the Monsters prequel will hit theaters June 21st, 2013. Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn't stand each other. Monsters University unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends. Monsters University is directed by Dan Scanlon (Cars, Mater and the Ghostlight, Tracy) and produced by Kori Rae (Up, The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc.). It features the voices of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Dave Foley, Julia Sweeney, Joel Murray and Peter Sohn. The film opens in U.S »
- Keven Skinner
Though he loves his Star Wars like everybody else, as Yoda might say, directing he is not. Brad Bird, the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind Pixar's The Incredibles and Ratatouille who made his live-action debut with Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol, has taken himself out of the running from shepherding Star Wars: Episode VII to the big screen. Answering a question posed by one of his 50,000 followers as to whether he's doing the just-announced new episode and suggesting he'd be perfect for the job, Bird replied: "Thanks. But the science fiction film I Am doing is gonna be cool." The 55-year-old helmer noted that he's actually signed on to direct George Clooney in 1952, a »
Director of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol appears to deny interest in new film in exchange with fans on Twitter
Bird made the comment via Twitter in response to a fan who asked him to respond to reports that he was top of producers' wishlist for Star Wars Episode 7. The new film is due in 2015 and follows Disney's $4.05bn purchase of Lucasfilm and all rights to the long-running space opera last month.
When a follower tweeted, "Tell me your next one is the new Star Wars!", Bird replied: "Nope. A science fiction film. Not Star Wars." He later added: "That said, Michael Arndt is a fantastic writer and Kathy Kennedy is a brilliant producer. I will be first in line »
- Ben Child
After a crazy couple of weeks that saw virtually every director in Hollywood linked to the project, the random speculation over who will be the person to helm Disney's Star Wars Episode VII seems to have abated. Several of the candidates rumoured to be in the frame to succeed George Lucas have since scratched themselves off the internet shortlist, and now fan favourite Brad Bird has decided to follow suit, with the two-time Oscar winner confirming via Twitter that he's "not doing Star Wars."
Along with Steven Spielberg (Lincoln) and J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness), Bird - whose credits include The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol - was said to have been top of Lucasfilm's wishlist to direct the new Star Wars movie, which is currently being written by Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine). Instead, Bird has confirmed that his next feature will be another sci-fi, »
Over the last few weeks since the Star Wars: Episode VII and Lucasfilm news hit, rumors have been rampant, with real news following closely behind. A little as a week ago, Frank Marshall said that they were close to choosing their director for the new Star Wars film, and another name that has been at the top of everyone's most wanted list is Brad Bird, of The Incredibles, Ratatouille and his live-action debut Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol. There was an election-like video campaign floating around in support of Bird, along with rumors that his new sci-fi project 1952 was actually the Star Wars movie, but we debunked that. Now the filmmaker himself has taken to twitter to confirm, once and for all, that he's "not doing Star Wars." Bird responded to a couple of fan tweets like: "You are on people's lists as top choice for Star Wars, yet haven't confirmed. »
- Alex Billington
The Millennium Falcon may be the fastest thing in the galaxy, but a close second is the growth rate of the list of directors that won’t be helming Star Wars: Episode VII. Ben Affleck, Quentin Tarantino, J.J. Abrams, Zack Snyder and Steven Spielberg have all said they won’t be directing the new film. Now, The Incredibles director Brad Bird can be added to that list.
Bird was a top choice for many Star Wars fans, and he certainly would’ve been a solid one, but unfortunately, the director took to his Twitter account recently to address the rumors.
— Brad Bird (@BradBirdA113) November 18, 2012
— Brad Bird »
- Alexander Lowe
When "Star Wars: Episode 7" was first announced, there was a rumor that Disney will first reach out to Hollywood's top directors before beginning talks with anyone else. The three names mentioned were Jj Abrams, Steven Spielberg and Brad Bird. Abrams and Spielberg have already stated that they are looking forward to seeing the film in theaters, but will not be directing it. As a result, fans have been reaching out to Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) on Twitter to see if the helmer will take on the franchise. Bird eventually replied, simply writing: "Not doing Star Wars." He did, however, have some kind words for everyone involved. "Michael Arndt is a fantastic writer and Kathy Kennedy is a brilliant producer," he continued. "I will be first in line to see the new Star Wars." Bird went on to explain that he's too busy working on his own Disney sci-fi film, »
When Star Wars Episode VII was first announced the internet went nuts suggesting possible directors to helm the project. Fans and journalists alike threw out names like J.J. Abrams, Guillermo del Toro, and Steven Spielberg, but of the dozens of names none sounded better in my mind than Brad Bird. Beyond the fact that the guy has done nothing but produce awesome work since first entering the industry - such as the early years of The Simpsons, Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol - the man simply has an amazing directorial mind and an brilliant sense of story and structure. But I am incredibly sad to report that Bird will not be the man put in charge of leading the next generation of Star Wars. Despite the fact that fans even went as far as to create a campaign video promoting the idea of »
Sorry Brad Bird fans. The director isn’t headed to a galaxy far, far away. Bird was on many fans' wish-lists of directors to tackle Star Wars: Episode VII. He is well-liked for his mix of action and fun, as demonstrated in his work on Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and The Incredibles. Guest Column: Director Kevin Smith: My Prayer for 'Star Wars' Asked by fans to confirm their hopes, Bird wrote simply: “Not doing Star Wars.” “@rsavenell: You are on people's lists as top choice for Star Wars, yet haven't confirmed. Please end this tease!”Not doing Star Wars. — Brad Bird (@BradBirdA113)
- Aaron Couch
Sorry to put a damper on your weekend, but it's looking as if director Brad Bird (The Incredibles) is out of the running for Star Wars: Episode VII. Tops on may fans' lists of dream directors for the new sequel, Bird was considered a frontrunner due to his connections with Disney (who now owns Lucasfilm and the rights to Star Wars, along with Pixar, of course) and the involvement of screenwriter Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) who will write the screenplay for Episode VII. Bird's schedule grew a little more complicated recently when the epic sci-fi project 1952 landed George Clooney in a lead role. Though the project isn't greenlit (and though Twitter isn't exactly hard journalistic evidence), it looks like this will be Bird's next picture and, sadly, not Star Wars. Hit the jump to see what Bird had to say. The following Tweets from Bird's own account break the »
- Dave Trumbore
A top choice among fans since word of Star Wars: Episode VII first broke, director Brad Bird has, today, confirmed that he won't be involved in the production of the 2015 release. Instead, he plans to move forward with another project at Walt Disney Pictures, a science fiction film currently being called 1952 . Bird, who has directed films like The Iron Giant , The Incredibles , Ratatouille and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol , finally broke his silence on Twitter this evening with the following tweets: .@ rsavenell : You are on people's lists as top choice for Star Wars, yet haven't confirmed. Please end this tease!.Not doing Star Wars. — Brad Bird (@BradBirdA113) November 18, 2012 .@ clarkgoble : tell me your next one is the new Star »
Last week, I was invited to the U.K. for the Blu-ray/DVD release of Brave. While I was in London, I sat down with director Mark Andrews and producer Katherine Sarafian. During our conversation, we talked about creating a princess in the modern age, how the story changed over the course of its development, dealing with Merida's hair, perfecting the look of Mordu, why a bear, and more Hit the jump to check out the interview, click here for my interview with story supervisor Brian Larsen, and click here for my photos from Scotland. Brave is now available on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD. Mark Andrews and Katherine Sarafian: 0:13 – Developing a princess for the modern age. 1:42 – How the story looked at its outset and the greatest change during the film's development. 4:00 – Why a bear? 4:55 – The influences of Violet's hair in The Incredibles and »
- Matt Goldberg
Tom Cruise (Top Gun) and Christopher McQuarrie (Way of the Gun) have recently worked together on their forthcoming film Jack Reacher and according to Deadline they are now poised to re-unite on the next instalment of Cruise’s hugely successful Mission: Impossible franchise. McQuarrie seems to be the first choice to direct Mission: Impossible 5, which is still in the early stages of development at Paramount Pictures.
The previous M:i movie - Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol - was directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles) and grossed close to $700 million worldwide, so there are massive expectations for the fifth instalment. McQuarrie, who also worked with Cruise on the World War 2 drama Valkyrie, is a well-respected writer and director, having earned an Oscar for penning The Usual Suspects.
Most people believe Pixar began with the debut of “Toy Story” in 1997 but they’d be wrong. It actually began with a short directed by Pixar head John Lasseter called “Luxor, Jr.” and is the basis for the jumping desklamp logo that Pixar is known for. Ever since “A Bug’s Life” Pixar has released animated shorts that precede their films. In 2007 Pixar released “The Pixar Shorts” collection, a compilation of shorts including “Luxor, Jr” and others. Though I enjoyed some of them, I was never really won over by the ones in that collection. It was with the short “Presto” which accompanied “The Incredibles” that I was finally really impressed. Now, Pixar is set to release volume two of the compilation, including “Presto” and what I think are the best shorts to date. The shorts range from original material, to feature-connected shorts like the “Cars Toons,” and “Toy Story »
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