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Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out heads to the top with the biggest opening for an original movie in history, topping the previous No. 1 original movie, Avatar, by more than $13 million, with $90,440,272 million in domestic box office opening weekend. The film opened Friday, June 19.
Directed by Pete Docter (“Up,” “Monsters, Inc.”), and featuring the voices of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling and Phyllis Smith, Inside Out took in an estimated $132 million globally, with many significant markets yet to open. The film is the second highest Pixar opening of all time, behind 2010’s Toy Story 3, and continues to be well received among audiences and critics alike.
“Inside Out” has an “A” Cinemascore. The movie is at 98 percent on rottentomatoes.com. “Inside Out” was the highest-grossing Disney•Pixar movie of all time in Russia. Friday box office for “Inside Out” ($34.2 M) made it the second largest opening day for Pixar, »
- Michelle McCue
You had only to look at the collected films of Brad Bird to know that Tomorrowland would be in large part a reverie for yesterday. The Iron Giant (1999) was such a friendly evocation of Cold War sci-fi that it belongs, in paperback form, tucked away in the back of a school library. The Incredibles (2004) was a tribute to 60s comics, 60s modernism, and the jazzy vibe of Thunderball-era Bond movies. Ratatouille (2007), with its story of talking rats in a timeless Paris, was a very classical kind of animation. More than anything else Pixar has put out—though Finding Nemo (2003) might come close—its style operates in the vernacular of what Disney animation used to mean in the 50s. Even Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011), whose place in Bird's filmography is largely to show if he could handle live action (he can!), is the biggest throwback of that franchise. Its plot centered »
- Duncan Gray
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
The place to be in St. Louis this Friday June 19th, is the St. Louis Science Center where they will be honoring hometown native and star of Disney•Pixar’s upcoming feature Inside Out Phyllis Smith! And while you’re there, celebrate learning about the human mind and body. The festivities begin at Noon.
Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out opens in theaters nationwide this Friday, June 19th. The movie is all about what’s going on in the head of an 11-year-old named Riley. Five emotions operate the control center of Riley’s mind, including Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust. On the film’s opening day native St. Louisan Phyllis Smith, the voice of Sadness in the movie, will be honored at the Saint Louis Science Center as part of “Inside Out Day” to celebrate the attention the film brings to learning about the human mind & body.
Assistant to Mayor Francis G. »
- Tom Stockman
Twenty years ago Pixar Animation Studios released their first feature-length film: Toy Story. It was the first completely computer generated film out there and changed everything. Every other studio making animated films has been trying to catch up to them, not only in terms of technological achievements but in crafting stories that make everyone old and young laugh, cry, and thrilled. Not every single film they've made has been a home run, but their track record thus far has been pretty impressive. This year's release Inside Out is no exception, arriving as the fifteenth feature in the animation house's stable. Given the occasion, I've taken it upon myself to rank Pixar's first fifteen features to settle once and for all what is the best and worst from the studio. I contemplated bringing in the short films that precede each of their features, as many are just exquisite if not better than the films they accompany, »
- Mike Shutt
“At Pixar, we ask a lot of ‘what ifs,’” the studio’s Pete Sohn told a crowd of cartoon devotees (a mix of animation students, professionals and fans) at France’s Annecy Intl. Animated Film Festival: “What if the toys come to life when we leave the room? What if the monsters really were real inside the closet? What if a rat became a world-famous French chef?”
So far, those hypotheticals have yielded “Toy Story,” “Monsters Inc.” and “Ratatouille,” respectively, but according to Sohn, “With (‘The Good Dinosaur’), we would ask the biggest ‘what if’ of all.” With that, he cued a clip in which a gigantic asteroid misses the Earth, narrowly averting a mass extinction event: What if instead of being wiped off the Earth, dinosaurs had continued to evolve?
That’s the hypothetical that audiences will see answered when the film opens later this year, just in time for Thanksgiving, »
- Peter Debruge
"Inside Out" is, like most Pixar films, a majestic experiment in fantasy and imagination. Unlike most Pixar films, it directly investigates what makes imagination so powerful. The newest Pixar adventure chronicles the life of a girl named Riley, whose emotional life is powered (literally, at a control station) by five brain inhabitants named Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), Anger (Lewis Black), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling). While all five characters enjoy moments of jubilation and panic, it's Disgust who seems to have the most fun. She smarts off and grumbles in a way that would make Lucy Van Pelt proud. We caught up with Kaling, whose show "The Mindy Project" just moved to Hulu, to discuss the thrill of voicing such a prickly character. We also grilled her about the hottest Disney and Pixar characters. Her answers may surprise you, even though you'll probably find it hard to disagree. »
- Louis Virtel
“Spain has one thing that really gives it an industry edge: its talent,” said Ignacio Perez Dolset, at Ilion Animation Studios.
Below, profiles of 16 young – or young-ish – animation talents who have broken through in the last years and either feature in the Annecy Festival’s “From Doodles to Pixels” program strand, or have projects at the market, or, in the case of five, are Icaa Annecy attendance grant winners bought to the Festival by Spain’s 3D Wild Animation Fest. Or combinations of all three. Variety originally aimed to profile ten talents, but it agrees with Perez Dolset.
Rocio Alvarez, ”Street Driver”
Painter, illustrator, graphic designer, finally toon director,. a true multi-hyphenate artist, Alvarez was the first Spanish woman to be nominated for a Cartoon d’Or, for her graduation short, “Ecart de conduite” Its TV-series spin-of sorts, “Street Driver”, will be pitched at Mifa. “Driver” depicts hilarious situations sparked by driving exams. »
- John Hopewell and Emilio Mayorga
Even if you don’t know who Michael Giacchino is by name (and you should because his work is awesome!), his music scores are featured in some of the most popular and acclaimed film projects in recent history, including Up, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. This summer, he’s certainly making a splash, having scored Tomorrowland, Jurassic World and Pixar’s latest, Inside Out. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Academy Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino talked about the crazy scheduling of doing three summer blockbusters back-to-back, never wanting to take a job just to work, how much he loves doing creative things with people he’s also friends with, the challenge of paying homage to John Williams’ famous Jurassic Park score while still making the music for Jurassic World something new, collaborating with director Colin Trevorrow, the unique experience »
- Christina Radish
Do you ever look at someone and wonder what is going on inside their head? Disney•Pixar’s original new film “Inside Out” ventures inside the mind to find out. Based in Headquarters, the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Fear (voice of Bill Hader) heads up safety, Anger (voice of Lewis Black) ensures all is fair and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) prevents Riley from getting poisoned—both physically and socially. Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith) isn’t exactly sure what her role is, and frankly, neither is anyone else. When Riley’s family relocates to a scary new city, the Emotions are on the job, eager to help guide her through the difficult transition. But when Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into »
The soundtrack will be released by Walt Disney Records on June 16, 2015. Directed by Academy Award winner Pete Docter and produced by Jonas Rivera, Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out opens in U.S. theaters on June 19, 2015.
Giacchino worked with director Pete Docter on Up (garnering an Academy Award® for best original score) and also counts Disney•Pixar’s films “Cars 2,” “Ratatouille” and “The Incredibles” among his credits.
But, says the composer, “Inside Out” was different. “Pete [Docter] wanted the music to feel as if it was coming from the inside—from internal thoughts,” says Giacchino. “We were going for something atmospheric. Something that wasn’t traditional film score.”
According to the composer, the goal of the music mirrored the goal of the film. “It had to feel emotional,” says Giacchino. »
- Michelle McCue
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Bitmoji was inspired by Disney•Pixar’s original new movie Inside Out to create its first movie theme pack.
In an exclusive entertainment tie-in, 15 new bitmojis are being released to celebrate the inventive new film, which takes place inside the mind of Riley, an 11-year-old girl guided by five Emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith).
Inside Out opens nationwide June 19, 2015.
Each bitmoji in the theme pack features your avatar alongside one of the five characters in a simple and shareable sentiment that can be used in everyday text messaging conversations. There are three colorful bitmojis for each character, including Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The “Inside Out” theme pack is a groundbreaking fusion of audience and content, letting people inhabit the world of the movie through their avatars, »
- Michelle McCue
The Good Dinosaur” asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of. Peter Sohn made his directorial debut with the Pixar short film “Partly Cloudy.” He has worked in the art, story and animation departments, and also has voiced the characters of Emile from Academy Award®-winning “Ratatouille” and Scott “Squishy” Squibbles from “Monsters University.” Denise Ream produced the Golden Globe-nominated film “Cars 2” for Pixar Animation Studios, and served as associate producer for Disney•Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning film “Up.” She also has an extensive background »
Gearing up to see Inside Out on June 19? Great! But there's one other Disney Pixar movie that should be on your radar this year: The Good Dinosaur. First-time director Peter Sohn - who has done storyboard art for Up, Wall·E, and Ratatouille - is at the helm for this tale of a dinosaur and a young human. This is just a very brief teaser, but it does give a look at the animation and some of the action sequences - '90s kids, brace yourselves for some Land Before Time flashbacks. We'll have to wait awhile before we get to hear Neil Patrick Harris, Judy Greer, and Bill Hader on voice duty. The movie will open on Nov. 25, so block off your Thanksgiving weekend for repeat viewings. »
Disney released the trailer for its Thanksgiving Pixar offering “The Good Dinosaur” on Tuesday. The film contemplates what would happen if the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs had missed Earth completely. Directed by Peter Sohn, “The Good Dinosaur” tells the story of an Apatosaurus, Arlo, who makes a human friend on his journey of discovery. Also Read: Pixar's 'Inside Out' Tracking for $60 Million Debut Sohn made his directorial debut with the Pixar short “Partly Cloudy.” He has worked in the studio’s art, story and animation departments and voiced the characters of Emile from Academy Award- winning »
- Deborah Day
Disney Pixar has debuted the new teaser trailer for the upcoming film.
In theaters November 25, 2015, the film is a humorous and exciting original story about Arlo, a lively Apatosaurus with a big heart. After a traumatic event unsettles Arlo’s family, he sets out on a remarkable journey, gaining an unlikely companion along the way – a human boy.
The Good Dinosaur is an extraordinary journey of self-discovery full of thrilling adventure, hilarious characters and poignant heart.
Director Peter Sohn made his directorial debut with the Pixar short film “Partly Cloudy.” He has worked in the art, story and animation departments, and also has voiced the characters of Emile from Academy Award-winning “Ratatouille” and Scott “Squishy” Squibbles from Monsters University.
Producer Denise Ream produced »
- Melissa Thompson
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