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Chances are, if you’re an avid consumer of popular cinema from the last half-century—that is, if you regularly frequent this website—you’ve seen James Remar in something. The legendary character actor needs no introduction, but hell, we’re gonna give him one anyway. Remar has been an active bit player for over 30 years, with one of his first credits in Walter Hill’s legendary cult film “The Warriors” as Ajax. He followed this up with parts in “48 Hours” (also directed by Hill), William Friedkin’s “Cruising,” and Francis Ford Coppola’s ill-fated “The Cotton Club.” He’s also been an ubiquitous presence in his more seasoned years, dabbling in everything for voice work for “Ratatouille” and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” while also finding time for small but juicy parts in “Pineapple Express” and “Django Unchained.” He’s a tactile, endlessly watchable actor who brings a lived-in »
- Nicholas Laskin
One of the 8,000 things my kids are currently obsessed with is the Tom Cruise "Mission: Impossible" franchise. They've seen the franchise completely out of order, because I used "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" to win them over. By far, it's the best of the entire series, and they're already Brad Bird fans because of "The Iron Giant," "The Incredibles," and "Ratatouille," so when I showed it to them, all I had to do was tell them who made it. Actually, that's not true. The other thing I told them was about the stunt that Tom Cruise did, the highly-publicized climb up the outside of Burj Khalifa in Dubai. They're Jackie Chan fans already, and we discussed how Jackie did his own stunts and why that's special. It's something that we've talked about in terms of Buster Keaton as well. I hate to say it, but it's true… there's something special »
- Drew McWeeny
Earlier this year, news broke that The Incredibles and Ratatouille were getting 3D post-conversions. The two Brad Bird-directed Oscar-winners are already on Blu-ray, but the rumor was that these conversions could be for upgraded 3D Blu-ray discs. Soon after that rumor landed, a 3D version of Ratatouille hit shelves overseas. Nothing happened with The Incredibles, however. […]
The post Could The Incredibles 3D Be Getting a Theatrical Release? appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
In today's roundup of news and views: David Phelps on Robert Beavers, Richard Kelly on Brad Bird and Ratatouille, Todd Haynes on his forthcoming Carol with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, a new short story by Tom Hanks, Glenn Heath Jr. on David Mackenzie, an interview with Mike Hoolboom, more from Reverse Shot on Martin Scorsese, Glenn Kenny on Bill Morrison, Julianne Moore's interview with Sarah Paulson, Charles Isherwood on a play about Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler writing Double Indemnity, Richard Brody on Alain Resnais's Muriel, remembering Oscar de la Renta, Misty Upham and more. » - David Hudson »
Having been hit with a director changeover and an impromptu delay, it’s fair to say that Pixar’s upcoming animation, The Good Dinosaur, has been through its fair share of production issues. Initially, Up co-director Bob Peterson was due to oversee the film, thereby making his full directorial debut, but the Pixar Brain Trust replaced him in the director chair, subsequently pushing the project from a 2014 release right back to November, 2015.
Now, though, the studio has formally announced that Peter Sohn will replace Peterson as director of The Good Dinosaur, and released a brief clip which sees Sohn visualize the animation’s protagonist, Arlo the apatosaurus.
Our director Peter Sohn can’t wait for you to meet Arlo! #TheGoodDinosaur releases in theaters November 2015. https://t.co/i4J5X6tfhi
— Disney•Pixar (@DisneyPixar) October 20, 2014
Having worked at Pixar for over a decade — dabbling in animation, voice acting and storyboard »
- Michael Briers
He will replace Bob Peterson as principal director on the animated film, Disney-Pixar has announced.
The movie was delayed last year from a 2014 to 2015 release after it was announced that Up co-director Peterson was stepping down from the project.
Sohn was formerly attached as co-director.
Our director Peter Sohn can't wait for you to meet Arlo! #TheGoodDinosaur releases in theaters November 2015.
— Disney•Pixar (@DisneyPixar) October 20, 2014
It will be set in a world in which dinosaurs never became extinct and instead co-exist with mankind.
Details of the story are scarce, and it is believed to have been reworked extensively since Peterson's exit. »
The folks at Pixar are no stranger to significantly overhauling their films during production—Ratatouille and Toy Story 2 were both essentially started over from scratch when Brad Bird and John Lassetter replaced the previous directors, respectively—but The Good Dinosaur has been a curious case. The film was initially planned as Up co-director Bob Peterson’s first Pixar film as principal director, but Peterson was removed from the project nine months before release. Then, eight months before release, Pixar pushed The Good Dinosaur off its May 2014 release date all the way back to November 25, 2015. When Peterson was taken off the project, Pixar neglected to name a replacement and simply stated that the Pixar Brain Trust was acting as interim director for the time being. The last official word we heard about the film was over a year ago, but now things appear to be back on track as Pixar »
- Adam Chitwood
In the early days of Star Wars: Episode VII when we had no director, there was a lot of talk about Brad Bird taking the reigns and for good reason. Having directed some of the best Pixar films in The Incredibles and Ratatouille and one hell of a popcorn flick in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Brad Bird had worked with Disney and was also a fan favorite. Alas, it was not meant to be as he had decided to stick with Tomorrowland rather than venture to a galaxy far, far away. The reasoning »
- Sean Wist
Filmmaker Brad Bird helmed three acclaimed animated movies ("The Iron Giant," "Ratatouille," "The Incredibles") and made the transition to live-action with the excellent "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol".
His next film is the George Clooney-led "Tomorrowland" which opens next May, but at one time there was talk of him being linked to take the helm "Star Wars: Episode VII". Speaking with MTV, Bird said there was a brief possibility at one time but he couldn't do it and make "Tomorrowland" as good as he could make it:
"We were already deeply into this [Tomorrowland] and it was down the road a bit. For a moment there I thought it would work out to do this and go right into it [Star Wars].
What wouldn't work... it [Star Wars] was supposed to be the Summer of that coming year  and there was no way to make that schedule and give this film [Tomorrowland] the attention that it deserved. »
- Garth Franklin
Brad Bird only makes great movies. If you're not familiar with his name, he directed The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol. So when Disney announced Bird would be helming Tomorrowland (which is scripted by Bird, Jeff Jensen and Lost alum Damon Lindelof), you could have told me it was about a man's quest to get a bowl of soup and it would have been one of my most anticipated films of the year. Thankfully, he decided to tell a different story, and it's a big budget sci-fi movie that stars George Clooney and revolves around “a bright, optimistic teen (Britt Robertson) bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment who embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as ‘Tomorrowland.’” The other day at New York Comic-Con, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
What if there was a secret place where nothing is impossible?
That is the concept behind the sci-fi adventure film Tomorrowland. Rebellious teen Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) shares a common destiny with former boy-genius and inventor Frank Walker (George Clooney). Together they embark on a mission to unlock the secrets of Tomorrowland, a place that exists within the time and space of collective memory. In the first teaser that has been released for the film, we get a brief glimpse at Casey’s introduction to this mystical place of being and Frank in an Oz the great and powerful sort of position.
The Disney film is directed by Brad Bird (Ratatouille, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) and co-written by Bird and “Lost” scribe Damon Lindelof. You know the man behind “Lost,” Prometheus, and Star Trek Into Darkness has more than a few tricks up his sleeve when it comes to science fiction and mystery. »
- Rachel West
George Clooney embarks on a danger-filled mission to unearth secrets in his new Disney movie.
"It is not lost on my that I'm spending my honeymoon at Comic Con," he told the audiences on day one of New York Comic Con.
Watch: The Real Reason the Afflecks Weren't at Clooney's Wedding
— Dustin Sandoval (@DustinMSandoval) October 9, 2014
The trailer opens with the Britt Robertson's character being released from prison amid what appears to distress and looting across the U.S. While collecting her belongings, the young actress finds a medallion that teleports her to a tranquil farmland.
Cue, George Clooney’s silky smooth voiceover.
Pics: Everything Amal Wore on her Wedding Weekend
"What if there »
Disney has premiered the first Tomorrowland trailer, the newest film from Brad Bird (Ratatouille, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) after premiering it at the New York Comic Con only minutes ago. Set for release on May 22, 2015, Tomorrowland finds former boy-genius Frank (George Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embarking on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as "Tomorrowland." What they must do there changes the world--and them--forever. Bird co-wrote the screenplay with Damon Lindelof (Prometheus, "The Leftovers") and along with Clooney and Robertson the film co-stars Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson. Watch the trailer and check out the poster below. sb id="1040321" height="360" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
"What if there was a place, a secret place, where nothing was impossible?" We've been waiting for a first glimpse at Brad Bird's sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland for awhile, and the teaser trailer has finally arrived. Britt Robertson finds herself able to travel to some incredible world from tomorrow by touching a mysterious pin that looks like it came straight from Disneyland. It's just a teaser trailer, and we only get a glimpse at the sci-fi world in action, but it's a pretty great tease for what's to come next summer. You can bet that pin (which is being handed out at Nycc right now) is going to be a hot commodity. Watch below now! Here's the teaser trailer for Brad Bird's Tomorrowland straight from Disney: Tomorrowland is directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) who co-wrote the script with Damon Lindelof (Star Trek Into Darkness, »
- Ethan Anderton
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 »
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