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The opening scene in "Up"; Tom Cruise's heart-stopping climb up the Burj Khalifa in "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol"; "Not Penny's boat." Some of the most memorable pop culture moments from the last decade have one thing in common: musical accompaniment written by Michael Giacchino.
"The stuff I work on tends to be big things like Pixar movies or franchises," Giacchino, 45, told HuffPost Entertainment. "It's kind of fun to be a part of this world, working on movies that I would have loved when I was a kid."
One of those movies is this week's "Star Trek Into Darkness." It's the second time Giacchino has boldly gone into space with the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, and the fourth film collaboration between himself and director J.J. Abrams.
"When we first met we became very fast friends because we had a very similar background with regard to our love of filmmaking, »
- Christopher Rosen
Cast an eye over Brad Bird’s back catalogue and it’s easy to understand why the burgeoning filmmaker was initially one of the directors touted to helm Star Wars: Episode VII. Ultimately, it was J.J. Abrams’ name that was picked from Disney’s hat, but that doesn’t mean Bird was in close contention at one stage. And now, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the director reveals the reason why he turned his back on a galaxy far, far away.
Speaking about Star Wars: Episode VII, here’s what Bird had to say:
“I’ve known Kathy [Kennedy] for a while and I know George. And they did come to me. But the problem was, the schedule they had in mind made it impossible to do…unless I dropped Tomorrowland.…We had reached a critical mass where it would’ve thrown the furniture around from the train stopping. »
- Michael Briers
Director Brad Bird, who started out in animation with the deeply brilliant 2D "Iron Giant" before moving to Pixar and helming "The Incredibles" and "Ratatouille," and then transitioning to live action with the jaw-dropping "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol," is just now embarking on his 'M:i-4' follow-up, a mysterious sci-fi project for Disney entitled "Tomorrowland." Bird seems antsy to make more movies, though, and in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter (ostensibly about "Tomorrowland"), Bird divulged how close he is to doing another "Incredibles" and what it was like being offered "Star Wars: Episode VII." When we talked to Bird around the time of 'Ghost Protocol's' release, the director seemed to think that the Pixar sequel was something that could happen, but nothing had solidified yet. He seems more steadfast in this new interview. "I have been thinking about it. People think that I have not been, but I have. »
- Drew Taylor
Ask Pixar fans which movie they'd like to see a sequel to and most of them will tell you The Incredibles. With Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc. releasing sequels over the next few years, The Incredibles remains one of the few movies in Pixar's library that hasn't gotten a second installment. Wall-e, Up, Ratatouille, Brave and A Bug's Life remain the other Pixar features that haven't had a prequel/sequel… yet. The Incredibles director Brad Bird recently spoke with THR about the prospects of a sequel. "I have been thinking about it. People thing that I have not been, but I have. Because I love those character and love that world. I am stroking my chin and scratching my head. I have many, many elements that I think would work really well in another...
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Beyond bringing a new level of esteem to the animation genre with films like The Incredibles and Ratatouille, director Brad Bird awed audiences and critics alike when he leapt into live action with aplomb in Mission: Impossible . Ghost Protocol. His dedication to character building and skill for constructing elaborate and exhilarating action sequences has made him one of the most popular contemporary directors. So, when Star Wars VII was announced, fans were urgently campaigning for Bird to direct. Sadly Bird was quick to admit he was not at work on Episode VII. But in a new interview with THR he reveals he was approached for the coveted gig. Asked if he was ever actually considered for the project or if that was just internet buzz, Brad confessed: "I.ve known Kathy [Kennedy] for a while and I know George. And they did come to me. But the problem was, the »
With each and every movie he releases, Brad Bird raises his own bar. He went from small amazing animation in The Iron Giant, to big amazing animation in The Incredibles. That was followed by transcendent animation in Ratatouille, then live action blockbuster in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. That resume puts a ton of pressure on the director not only for [...] »
- Germain Lussier
Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt was originally set to return for the sequel but stepped down, reportedly over concerns about the film's tight production schedule, and was replaced by Reeves.
James Franco is unlikely to reprise his role in the sequel.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be released on May 23, 2014.
Watch a trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes below: »
Exclusive: Beatrice Springborn has joined Craig Zadan and Neil Meron’s Storyline Entertainment as President of television development and production. Springborn, who starts today and reports to Zadan and Meron, has been hired under Storyline’s first-look deal with Universal TV and NBCUniversal’s international TV production division to produce series and specials for both the U.S. and international markets. Springborn also has been tasked with expanding the company’s footprint into genre and book-based series. Additionally, she will shepherd Storyline’s current series, which currently include Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime and Smash on NBC. For the past two and a half years, Springborn was Svp for Caryn Mandabach Prods. where she oversaw development genre- and book-based series for the worldwide marketplace. She previously was Evp of TV and film production and development at Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Motion Pictures (The Walking Dead). Springborn started her executive career is features, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof are doing a great job at keeping everything Tomorrowland-related a secret. What do we know so far? Well, we know virtually nothing about it, because nothing has truly been ratified, except for Lindelof ‘s confirmation that it will not be about aliens, even though it had been widely reported that the storyline would revolve around the Disneyland attraction of the same name and Ufos. Doesn’t that sound silly? Nevertheless, it was a solid piece of information, and now it’s gone.
What are we certain of at this point? Will George Clooney for sure be in it? What about Hugh Laurie? Is it about science, or alternate dimensions? Maybe both? We simply don’t know. We’re surrounded by speculation and hearsay. There’s a rumor going around that the film will feature Clooney’s character (allegedly a middle-aged man with genius-level Iq »
- Paulo Lazo
Everyone's imagination is whizzing about, wondering just what Disney will come up with for the next chapter in a galaxy far, far away. Heck, I bet a lot of us have imagined what we would do if we were given such an opportunity. Well, one comedian has chosen to express what he would do to the Star Wars franchise if he were given it. That comedian is Patton Oswalt, best known for his roll as Remy in Ratatouille, and as Matt Freehauf in Young Adult. »
- David Hoffman
Monsters University is the origin story of how Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) met and became best friends and the best scaring team at Monsters, Inc. Since it takes place before the duo work at Monsters, Inc., it's a mostly new voice cast. Here are the voices you'll hear:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Patton Oswalt said what many of us needed to hear after the Boston Marathon bombings: In a widely-circulated Facebook message, the actor-comedian promises that good people still outnumber the bad. "I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, 'Well, I've had it with humanity,'" wrote the "King of Queens" and Ratatouille" star. "But I was wrong," he added. "I don't know what's going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths. But here's what I Do know. If it's »
- Tim Molloy
A comedian and writer known for his TV role on The King of Queens and in films including Young Adult and Ratatouille, Patton Oswalt got serious alongside most of those reacting to the bombings at the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon. He refused to limit himself to just 140 characters on Twitter, where he quoted Mister Rogers on what he was told to do when bad things happen. The hopeful message has inspired thousands of retweets and favorites. "Look for the helpers. You'll always find people who are helping. -- Fred Rogers, on what to do when scary things are on the news, »
- Kristin Boehm
Since the news broke earlier today of the explosions that went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, there has been an outpouring of support online, including from celebrities via Twitter. But at least one celeb was quick to vocalize his thoughts about the tragedy with more than 140 characters. Actor-comedian Patton Oswalt went serious on his Facebook page on Monday afternoon to respond to news of the explosions that have reportedly killed two people and injured dozens more.
- Emily Rome
Except for "The Croods," there's not a ton for families to see together in theaters right now. Parents with teens may want to check out the new Jackie Robinson biopic "42" or "Jurassic Park 3D," but those with younger kids at home are better off keeping their family movie night at home until "Epic" comes out next month. This week we've put together a list of two page-to-screen adaptations and one big-budget action franchise. These selections should please everyone, from preschoolers to teens -– not to mention parents who won't have to pretend to like a movie with these picks. Rated G Pick - "The Tale of Despereaux" (2008, 94 minutes) Netflix Amazon Instant iTunes Kids Will Love: Talking animals! A trapped princess! This is an epic adventure following a plucky mouse Despereaux (Matthew Broderick) in the kingdom of Dor, where mice have been banished to live in Mouseland. After Despereaux talks to »
- Sandie Chen
With director Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) and producer Michael Bay (Pain & Gain) having now found their four Tmnt for next year's live-action feature film, we should probably expect the cast of Ninja Turtles to fall together very quickly, and now The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the latest name to sign on to the controversial reboot is Will Arnett (Arrested Development, 30 Rock, Blades of Glory).
At this point in time, it's unclear who Arnett will be playing, although THR has said to rule out the possibility of Casey Jones, other half to Megan Fox's April O'Neil. Both Shredder and Splinter remain uncast, and with Arnett having extensive voice work experience (see the likes of Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ratatouille, Monsters vs. Aliens, Despicable Me), the Tmnt's rodent master could be a good bet.
Filming on Ninja Turtles is expected to begin later this month, with Arnett and »
- Flickering Myth
A Michael Bay-produced live-action "Ninja Turtles" movie is coming into actualized reality, and there's nothing we can do to stop it short of a PETA representative finding out actual turtles are being molested on-set.
Given that, the film's cast is shaping up, with a new addition in the form of our favorite "Arrested Development" magician, Will Arnett, who The Hollywood Reporter says is signed for an unspecified lead role in Paramount's big budget "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."
Though Arnett's part is still unclear, we do know he will Not be playing hockey-mask wearing ally Casey Jones, which means you still have a shot, Elias Koteas. That means that unless he's playing some kind of new scientist or government douche invented for the screenplay, Arnett will likely be playing either baddie Shredder or motion-capturing/voicing Tutle sensei Splinter.
Our guess would be for Splinter given Arnett's low gravelly voice, which »
- Max Evry
Will Arnett has signed on the dotted line to join the new “Ninja Turtles” film, but who he'll be playing is still a mystery. Megan Fox is slated for the role of April O'Neil, journalist and friend to pizza-loving turtles everywhere, alongside “Catching Fire” tribute Alan Ritchson who has been cast as Raphael. The other Turtles have also been cast, so what's left for Arnett? According to The Hollywood Reporter, Arnett will not be playing the Turtles' weird human sidekick Casey Jones, which rules out any smoldering scenes with Fox's O'Neil, sadly. That leaves two major characters in the Tmnt universe, the gnarly, armor-clad Shredder and the wise master Splinter, a rat. Since the film is a combination of motion capture and live action, it seems likely that Shredder will be a regular old human and Splinter some sort of animated creature. How likely is it that Arnett would take »
- Jenni Miller
Much as we all wanted him to hop on to Episode VII, Brad Bird doesn't have any current plans to direct a Star Wars film-- which, lets be honest, is our loss. Bird is the mastermind behind three great animated films (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Ratatouille) along with his insanely entertaining live-action debut Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol, which could very well be the best fourquel of all time. Bird has proven over and over that he's got amazing storytelling skills plus a knack for directing action. If at any point down the line he steps on to a Star Wars film, we could only be so lucky. And in the meantime, through the most circuitous means possible, we're getting a brief glimpse into how Bird thinks about the Star Wars films that already exist, and what he would change about them. In the middle of a lengthy »
Return Of The Jedi is the least of the original trilogy of Star Wars movies, but that is still heads and tails better than a lot of movies out there. I have fond memories of Jedi, including the Ewoks. But that doesn't mean I wouldn't be open to what other filmmakers would have done with it. Of course, hindsight is always 20/20, but it is fun to play revisionist. Brad Bird got to know comedian Patton Oswalt when the two worked on Pixar's Ratatouille and being the nerds they are, the topic »
- Alex Maidy
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