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Pedro holding up a copy of his "Bad Education" screenplayToday's Useless Trivia! Not one, not two, not three, but Four Oscar nominated writers of contemporary cinema share this birthday: Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Pedro Almodóvar (Talk To Her), Brad Bird (Ratatouille, The Incredibles), and John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator). Only Pedro has won for writing (though Bird is also a multiple Oscar-winner) but it's a neat and weird coincidence, yes?
What's your favorite Almodóvar screenplay (besides Talk To Her that is which rightfully scooped up the Oscar)?
Do you think Brad Bird deserved to win Original Screenplay in his years at bat (2004 and 2007)
P.S. You guessed it: This year's Oscar Chart Updates for Best Screenplay, Original and Adapted are now available. »
- NATHANIEL R
This is beautiful. Wu-Tang Clan's aptly-named 1995 single "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing ta F' Wit" has been covered by an all-star lineup including Gandalf, Patrick Bateman, O-Ren Iishi, Ron Burgundy, Luke Skywalker and Black Widow, and guess what: they totally nailed it. (The involvement of Elsa and Ratatouille is admittedly questionable, however.) Can you name all the movies? (via Uproxx) »
- Chris Eggertsen
There was much consternation a little over a year ago when Pixar confirmed that director Bob Peterson had been removed from one of its upcoming projects, The Good Dinosaur, and the film was being retooled. According to John Lithgow, who plays one of the main characters, the team has been hard at work reconceiving the prehistoric adventure much in the same way they reworked Toy Story 2 and Ratatouille, among others.“I recorded the entire role in Good Dinosaur. They have now dismantled it and completely reimagined it, and it is a fantastic new story," Lithgow tells Collider. "So I’m gonna record again on it within the next month. Don’t worry. It’s coming and it’s gonna be better than I ever imagined.”Such a comprehensive overhaul points to possible re-casting, though Lithgow notes that he and Francis McDormand are still aboard as adult dinosaurs. Bill Hader, »
The word ‘hero’ conjures up images of strong, athletic men and women, perhaps with a superpower or two, or at the very least some access to a bit of lycra and a cape. But we know a little fellow who is sure to challenge your perceptions of the word ‘hero’… Meet The Lego Movie’s Emmet – a pretty ordinary guy (or should we say minifigure) whose humdrum life is transformed after he is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world.
To celebrate the release of The Lego Movie on 3D, Blu-ray and DVD today, we take a look at some other unlikely heroes who unexpectedly saved the day.
You know the drill; Beautiful princess locked in a dragon-guarded tower, waiting for her handsome prince and his noble steed to come to her rescue. There’s just one glitch…the handsome prince »
- Phil Wheat
Andy Serkis reprises this acclaimed performance as hyper-intelligent primate Caesar in the highly anticipated sequel to last summer's franchise relaunch Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which is scheduled for release this summer. A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species. Sony Classical is pleased to announce the release of the original motion picture soundtrack of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, composed by the Academy Award®-winning Michael Giacchino (Ratatouille, Up, The Incredibles). Directed by Matt Reeves, »
- Pietro Filipponi
To paraphrase The Simpsons' Ralph Wiggum, “the food truck symbolises obviousness” in Chef. Jon Favreau's first film since 2011's Cowboys & Aliens is a back-to-basics personal comedy film that probably cost about as much as the catering budget of that film or either of his Iron Man efforts.
What a coincidence then, that it also stars Favreau as the lead character. Chef Carl Casper was once the next big thing in cuisine, but has since settled into a creative rut at a restaurant owned by Riva (Dustin Hoffman). He's been serving his boss' menu for five years, but finally loses his tether when he gets a very public critical drubbing from acerbic food writer Ramsey Michel (Oliver Platt).
Courtesy of a less-than-ideal introduction to the world of social media, Carl's subsequent flame »
We’re not trying to brag but the previous weekend in London was glorious sunshine, people hanging out in the green parks and generally relaxing in the best possible way. Come early evening, we were in the presence of genuine Hollywood talent with Jon Favreau in town to promote his new indie-food movie Chef.
After an initial introduction to #ChefMovie, he returned as the credits rolled to talk us through a post-credit scene (I’ll come to that later) and then wanted to delve into how the film translated to a British audience. He was initially concerned the provincial vibe would be a problem as the food truck ‘El Jefe’ travels from state-to-state across the USA, juxtaposed with distinctive uplifting tunes. The overwhelming response from us all was ‘Not at all!’ and then various people spoke about the originality of the story, »
- Dan Bullock
In addition to teasing a small band of journalists Thursday with footage from the upcoming Inside Out, Pixar Animation Studios revealed that the short film programmed to play in front of Pete Docter.s feature next year will be titled Lava. and they shared that gorgeous poster above to help set the stage. James Ford Murphy, the head of animation of Pixar, helms this short after logging time as an animator on A Bug.s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Ratatouille and many more Pixar features. Murphy has been toiling in the Cars universe for Pixar as of late, serving as supervising animator on the spinoff short Mater and the Ghostlight. He also supervised the animation on this brilliant short, still one of Pixar.s best. What.s Lava about? According to a studio release, the movie will be "a musical love story that takes place over millions of »
Pixar's next film is Inside Out, directed by Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc., Up) and hitting theaters on June 19, 2015 and with it will come a new short film, this one titled Lava and the studio just sent over the first teaser poster for the film tonight. Lava is directed by James Ford Murphy, animator on films from A Bug's Life to Ratatouille, and was inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes. The short is described as a musical love story that takes place over millions of years. Here's the poster and for more on Inside Out, click here. »
- Brad Brevet
The release this week of Jon Favreau’s Chef provides a new addition to the popular sub-genre of Food Cinema. From Eat, Drink, Man, Woman (1994) to Julia & Julia (2009), film directors have often created meals so mouth-watering that the thought of another handful of chewy, over-toffeed popcorn makes a mockery of one’s very soul.
Here then is the ultimate HeyUGuide to the ultimate Cine-Banquet, for any budding chefs out there to prepare for like-minded friends (please consult Alexander Payne’s Sideways for your wine selection).
Amuse-bouche: ‘Rillettes du Canard’ Red Dragon (2002)
“Hannibal, confess. What is this divine looking amuse-bouche?” Dr. Lecter is perhaps wise to keep back some of the secrets of the lavish banquet he has prepared for The Baltimore Opera Society. Few of them would suspect that the missing (and talentless) flutist from their own woodwind section is not just the ghost at the feast, but the key ingredient. »
- Cai Ross
Annecy– Bibo Bergeron, the director of DreamWorks’ “The Road to El Dorado” and “Shark Tale,” and Mike de Seve, a story consultant for many DreamWorks films, including “Shrek 2″ and “Madagascar,” are launching Monkey’s Uncle, a new venture aiming to develop and create a slate of original animated films’ IP’s.
An alliance of pedigree Hollywood talents who are well-connected, Monkey’s Uncle will also be joined by two more animation experts: Buck Lewis, who worked as character designer on such high profile toon pics as “Ratatouille,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Kung Fu Panda,” and Jurgen Gross, whose story artist credits include “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas” and “Rango” (as storyboard artist).
“With Monkey’s Uncle, we’ll be able to provide high-end creative skills such as writing, directing, storyboarding, production design and character design to production companies and financiers globally,” said de Seve, who is also »
- Elsa Keslassy
Everyone's favorite Toys are back in Disney•Pixar's frightfully fun adventure Toy Story of Terror!, available for the first time ever on Blu-ray + Digital Copy, DVD, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere August 19th. Reuniting after the events of the blockbuster smash Toy Story 3, Buzz, Woody and the gang join new friend Combat Carl for a spooky tale full of mystery and humor that's a must-own for Toy Story and Disney•Pixar fans this summer!
Toy Story of Terror! makes its in-home debut loaded with never-before-seen bonus features, including three Vintage Toy Commercials, which can be viewed as act breaks during the film or separately with Director Introductions. Additional all-new bonus features include Audio Commentary, Deleted Scenes with Editor Introductions and "Team of Specialists," in which director Angus MacLane goes deep behind the scenes to introduce the team of specialists required to make this fun-filled Toy Story adventure!
Written and directed by Jon Favreau
It’s been roughly 7 years since Pixar released their best film to date, Ratatouille, which manages to be both a celebration of food and of the creative spirit. A great artist, that film argues, can come from even the most unlikely place, and so the world should be encouraging of such new and important talent. One of Ratatouille’s many charms is its ostensible antagonist, the feared and famous food critic Anton Ego. If the pompous name wasn’t enough (as well as the character being voiced by the late, great Peter O’Toole), Ego looks almost like a cadaver and works in an office shaped like a coffin. At first, it feels like the film’s writer/director, Brad Bird, is going to give into the all-too-common depiction of the critic in modern cinema: an obnoxious, bloviating loudmouth who’s unable »
- Josh Spiegel
John Williams thought it compelling enough to return and score the next three “Star Wars” films for J.J. Abrams, but it appears the prospect of returning to another of his brilliantly-composed franchises, “Jurassic Park,” wasn’t something Williams wanted on his resume (not that this guy has to worry about his resume, having won five Oscars throughout his career). Michael Giacchino will score the new t-rex footprint in the franchise, “Jurassic World.” The Jp and Star Wars worlds are already intertwined with Spielberg and Lucas sharing Williams for both scores, but the pact grows tighter with the next generation. Giacchino is a long-time collaborator with Abrams, having scored “Lost,” “Alias,” “Fringe,” “Mission: Impossible III,” “Star Trek,” “Super 8,” and “Star Trek Into Darkness.” But the connections don’t stop there! Giacchino also scored “Up,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” and “Cars 2” for Pixar—a company famously grown from the computer division of Lucasfilm. »
- Joshua Encinias
Michael Giacchino tries his best T-Rex impression.
This is a good sign for Colin Trevorrow’s return to the Isla Nublar world and Giacchino has been on the rise for a while now, you’ll also know his sensitive side for the likes of Up (plus The Incredibles and Ratatouille) and those slow-mo beach reunions in Lost, and I think they’re all a perfect fit. There are also rumours that he’ll be possibly be using some of John Williams score, it’d be hard not to, but at the moment it all seems like new work is on the way. Interestingly, one of the first orchestral scores was for a video game and which one was that? None other »
- Dan Bullock
The composer is best known for his work on J.J. Abrams movies such as Super 8 and Star Trek, along with Pixar movies such as The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Up, which won him an Oscar for Best Score.
Michael Giacchino released the following statement to The Wrap, where he reveals this project brings his journey as a composer full circle.
"My first stop-motion movies at 9-years-old involved stories where dinosaurs and men were trapped together on long-lost islands or far away planets. My first composing job was to write the score for the Steven Spielberg-produced video game based on the film 'The Lost World, which was one of the earliest console video games to feature an original orchestral score. Having the chance to work on »
With every piece that’s added to the equation, Jurassic World is shaping up to be more and more exciting. As if the fact there’s going to be another movie with awesome dinosaurs wasn’t enough, the film has a great director, a talented cast, and Steven Spielberg on board as an executive producer. Now, that team has added an Oscar-winning composer in Michael Giacchino.
Giacchino won an Academy Award for Up and was nominated for his work on Ratatouille, but he also composed Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Super 8, Lost, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness and plenty of other films that were underlined by powerful music.
Of course, it’s just about impossible to compete with John Williams’ original Jurassic Park score. His theme gives me chills with just a few notes, and in my opinion there really aren’t too many pieces of film music that compare. »
- Alexander Lowe
Production is well underway on the fourth installment of Universal Pictures' dinosaur franchise Jurassic World, directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, but it's now being announced that Oscar and Emmy-winning composer Michael Giacchino has come on board to compose the film's score. Giacchino is well regarded for his Emmy-winning compositions for the ABC show "Lost" as well as his work on many great films from Pixar Animation Studios, including Up (for which he won an Oscar), Ratatouille and The Incredibles.
- Ryan Turek
After composing the scores for J.J. Abrams' films Star Trek, Mission: Impossible III and Super 8, the talented Michael Giacchino is bringing his musical genius to another summer blockbuster. THR has word that Giacchino is set to compose the score for Jurassic World, the next chapter in Universal's successful Jurassic Park franchise. Focusing on a fully functional theme park back on the original island of Isla Nublar, the film acts as a pseudo reboot with a whole new cast of characters who end up in trouble when the dinosaurs run wild. We don't know much about the sequel, but Giacchino's talents are more than welcome. Movie fans will hear plenty of Giacchino's work this summer as he scores Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Jupiter Ascending. More recently, Giacchino teamed up with director Brad Bird to score Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, following his work as composer »
- Ethan Anderton
Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino has closed a deal to score “Jurassic World,” the next installment of the hit “Jurassic Park” series, Universal announced Monday. Colin Trevorrow is directing the epic action-adventure movie from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Since his TV collaborations on “Lost” and “Alias” with J.J. Abrams, Giacchino has become one of the most in-demand composers in Hollywood. He scored both “Star Trek” movies, the last two “Mission: Impossible” movies and such Pixar hits as “The Incredibles,” Ratatouille,” “Cars 2” and “Up,” the latter of which earned him an Academy Award. Also read: Vincent D'Onofrio to Play Villain in. »
- Jeff Sneider
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