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Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) came to San Diego Comic-Con International 2016 for a preview of The Giant’s Dream: The Making Of The Iron Giant, which will be included on the upcoming Blu-ray release of the film this fall. The documentary by Anthony Giacchino is a beautiful and heartbreaking look at the Hollywood animation process, a […]
- Peter Sciretta
(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)
The premiere featured the first ever outdoor IMAX screening as well as Academy Award®-Winning Composer Michael Giacchino’s thrilling film score performed live-to picture by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.
(L-r) Actors Chris Pine, John Cho, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zachary Qunito, Justin Lin, Zoe Saldana, Sofia Boutella and J.J. Abrams pose together at the world premiere of the Paramount Pictures title “Star Trek Beyond” at Embarcadero Marina Park South on July 20, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)
(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)
Actor Idris Elba attends the world premiere of the Paramount Pictures title .Star Trek Beyond. at Embarcadero Marina Park South on July 20, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images)
Composer Michael Giacchino speaks »
- Michelle McCue
Andrew Blair Jul 20, 2016
Some movies wear their political messages lightly, some club you over the head. Guardians Of The Galaxy’s most explicit political statement is probably ‘We are Groot’, which could mean anything from ‘You’re my friends’ to a thesis on the benefits of intersectionality. Team America: World Police, on the other hand, provides an argument for military intervention that probably isn’t covered in the Chilcot Report.
Some movies, though, have messages buried at varying depths in the subtext that don’t come out straight away upon the their release. The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, despite having been published in 1955, achieved this. The influence of World War One - the trenches and mechanised warfare - influence a technophobia, as does growing up near the Black Country. »
With $381 million in the bank after just three weeks of release, Disney-Pixar's Finding Dory is not only on track to be the summer's highest-grossing film in North America but the animation studio's highest-grossing title of all time domestically (the current record holder, Toy Story 3, finished with $415 million in the U.S. and Canada). So does that mean we can expect Pixar to keep pumping out sequels to their old hits at the expense of original properties? Studio president Jim Morris says no. “Most studios jump on doing a sequel as soon as they have a successful film, but our business model is a filmmaker model, and we don’t make a sequel unless the director of the original film has an idea that they like and are willing to go forward on,” Morris told Entertainment Weekly (via Polygon) in an interview. “A sequel in some regards is even harder »
- Chris Eggertsen
Andrew Stanton’s Finding Dory has jump-started a string of Pixar sequels that will welcome moviegoers back to the worlds of Toy Story, Cars and The Incredibles through 2019. But beyond that, the animation wizards have plans in place for four original movies, which ought to offset any cries of sequelitis.
That’s according to Pixar President Jim Morris, who told Entertainment Weekly that the studio’s blueprint has and always will place originality first; but there are times when a key creator such as Andrew Stanton (Dory) or Brad Bird (Incredibles) pitches an idea worthy of a sequel.
“Our plan had been to make an original every year and a sequel every other year, if the idea came forth to do it,” says Morris. “If we add the next films after the current ones, it actually comes out to exactly that: seven sequels in a spate of 21 originals, from the »
- Michael Briers
With Finding Dory out in U.S. cinemas and Cars 3, Toy Story 4 and The Incredibles II all on the horizon over the next few years, Pixar president Jim Morris has been discussing the studio’s approach to sequels, as well as revealing that there are no plans at present for follow-ups to Ratatouille, Wall-e and Inside Out.
“Most studios jump on doing a sequel as soon as they have a successful film, but our business model is a filmmaker model, and we don’t make a sequel unless the director of the original film has an idea that they like and are willing to go forward on,” Morris tells EW. “A sequel in some regards is even harder [than the original] because you’ve got this defined world which, on the one hand, is a leg up, and on the other hand has expectations that you can’t disappoint on.”
“Everything after »
- Gary Collinson
Pixar has undergone some criticism in recent years for their reliance on sequels be it "Cars 2," "Monsters University" and the recent "Finding Dory" along with three other announced follow-ups on the way every June for the next three years - "Cars 3" in 2017, "Toy Story 4" in 2018 and "The Incredibles 2" in 2019. In fact they're only one original movie on the way in the next three years - "Coco" next Thanksgiving.
Speaking with EW this weekend, Pixar president Jim Morris has revealed that for now there are no more plans for further sequels beyond the three already announced, and right now Pixar is only developing original ideas with four films currently in the works. Morris says: "Everything after Toy Story and The Incredibles is an original right now."
Of the four, two of those will hit in 2020, the next either entirely in 2021 or one pushed back into 2022. Of the two 2020 films, he »
- Garth Franklin
Pixar has been going a little sequel crazy as of late. And while the Emmerville animation studio has a better track record of sequels than most, Pixar president Jim Morris confirms that there are currently no plans to sequelize Ratatouille, Up, Wall-e, or Inside Out. In fact, beyond the announced sequels the studio is slated to […]
The post No More Pixar Sequels Currently In Development Beyond ‘The Incredibles II’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
Thirteen years after the release of Finding Nemo, the sequel looks like it will be another Blockbuster for Pixar. Ian Megibben has been at the studio since Ratatouille and as Director of Photography for Lighting he is responsible for the final look of the films he works on. We spoke with Megibben just before the […]
- Cassam Looch
Back in April, we got our first look at the new Pixar animated short Piper, which will be attached to theatrical prints of the studio's animated sequel Finding Dory when it hits theaters this weekend. With just a few more days left until this short is unveiled, the first clip has surfaced, featuring the title character in action. This brief scene shows how tough it is for a young sandpiper to find food along a crowded beach.
The story centers on a baby sandpiper who is trying to both find food, and overcome hydrophobia, the fear of water. Longtime Pixar animator Alan Barillaro makes his directorial debut with this short film, which was inspired by the numerous birds he used to observe while running along the shoreline, just a mile from Pixar's Emeryville, California headquarters. While this short marks Alan Barillaro's directorial debut, he has worked as a Pixar animator for nearly two decades.
Alan Barillaro first joined Pixar to work on 1998's A Bug's Life. He also worked on Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Wall-e, Brave and Monsters University, along with the shorts Jack-Jack Attack, Igor and Lifted. The first-time director revealed in April that he originally started toying with the character as a test, but he was encouraged to keep working on the project by his mentor, Finding Dory director Andrew Stanton. Here's what Alan Barillaro had to say about working with his mentor back in April.
"You always want to show directors, 'Hey, are these cool tools you'd like to use to make films?' So I showed Andrew the Piper tests thinking I was very much just showing him a test, but he kept poking at me, like, 'It's a cool test, but keep working on that story.' And then John [Lasseter] did the same. There's remarkable encouragement at Pixar that when you think of an innovative idea, don't forget the story. It was their encouragement or else I would have stopped at the test phase."
Since the short film is just six minutes long, and it hits theaters in just a few short days, it seems unlikely we'll get any more footage from Piper. The short film will most likely be included on the Finding Dory home video release later next year. While we wait for both Finding Dory and Piper to hit theaters in just a few short days, take a look at this clip below courtesy of Youtube. »
When I sit through a film such as Zootropolis, Rango, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Eddie The Eagle or Coraline, I can’t help but be thankful somebody has bothered. As a parent as well as a movie lover, I’ve grown to really dislike family movies that just turn up to act as a surrogate babysitter for 90 minutes, with no intention of becoming anybody’s favourite film. The films I'm going to talk about are the family movies therefore that I think both try and do something a bit more, yet continue to fly under many people's radar.
A bonus mention before we get going, and number 26 in the list, much to my surprise: Alvin & The Chipmunks 4. I was expecting next to zero from it, courtesy »
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows seems hell-bent on bringing adults who grew up on the original cartoon series out to theaters with their kids. The sequel is loaded with homages to the heyday of Tmnt- things that evoke the cartoons, the video games, and the live-action movies of the late-80s/early-90s. Classic characters like Bebop, Rocksteady, and Krang are going to make their first-ever big screen appearances, and they're all designed to be fairly faithful to that era.
While we've gotten plenty of time to get to know and see Bebop and Rocksteady, who are voiced by Gary Anthony Williams and WWE Superstar Sheamus, respectively, one character that we've only glimpsed is Krang. The alien baddie, usually made to look like a fanged, talking brain, is being saved for folks who go to see the movie, it seems. At WonderCon 2016, the panelists there to promote »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
During the WonderCon panel for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows back in March, it was revealed that Portlandia star/creator Fred Armisen would provide the voice of the iconic villain Krang. The casting took many by surprise, but it turns out that we won't be hearing Fred Armisen voicing Krang after all, when the sequel opens on June 3. A new report reveals that Brad Garrett has stepped in to replace Fred Armisen as the fan-favorite character.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Fred Armisen's casting was never officially confirmed, and he ended up dropping out over scheduling conflicts. It isn't known if the voice actor dropped out recently, or if Brad Garrett has already begun voice work for the sequel, which hits theaters in just a few short weeks. The casting switch may explain why we haven't heard Krang speak yet, even though he has been seen in recent trailers. »
Over the last few weeks reports have indicated that SNL and "Portlandia" comedian Fred Armisen will lend his voice to the brain-like villainous alien warlord Krang in this Summer's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows".
We've seen photos of Krang's appearance in the film, but his voice has yet to be heard in any marketing materials and until now there's been no confirmation from Paramount as to Armisen's involvement.
Now it seems it's not Armisen at all as The La Times reports that deep-voiced "Everybody Loves Raymond" actor Brad Garrett will actually be the one voicing Krang in the film. Garrett has previously voiced animated characters in films like "Finding Nemo" and "Ratatouille".
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" is currently slated to hit cinemas on June 3rd. »
- Garth Franklin
Until recently, there were only a few animated Arab projects of which to speak, most of them pilots and videos on the small screen.
Enter Dubai-based banker-turned-producer Ayman Jamal, who in 2011 set up Barajoun Entertainment studios, the region’s first bona-fide animation studio in the Middle East. Jamal shepherded “Bilal,” a cinematic feat that marks the first CG-animated feature to come out of the region.
Inspired by the real-life story of Bilal Ibn Rabah, an African slave who became one of the early followers of the Prophet Muhammad, “Bilal” features Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (“Game of Thrones”) and child actor Andre Robinson (“Despicable Me 2”) as voice actors in the English-language version, which was completed first. The pic, which bowed at Doha’s Ajyal Youth Film Festival late last year, offers fast-paced action, plenty of battle sequences and lifelike characters sculpted in top-notch computer 3D, all of which involved hiring animators from 22 countries. »
- Nick Vivarelli
The end of this decade is going to be wrecked by monsters. At least that's Warner Bros. new plan. They have decided to delay Godzilla 2 by 9 months. While that is almost a full year, fans won't have to wait so long for the next installment in this battle of the giant beasts. The follow-up crossover Godzilla Vs Kong will arrive just a mere 14 months later.
Godzilla 2 was originally set to be unleashed June 8, 2018. It has now staked out prime pre-summer real-estate in 2019, taking Batman V Superman's old Easter slot of March 22. The sequel to 2014's American Godzilla from director Gareth Edwards had the June 8 weekend completely to itself, though it was positioned to open just one week after Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, the second spinoff in that franchise. And it would have come one week before Pixar's hugely anticipated sequel Toy Story 4, with Jurassic World 2 arriving »
Who doesn't think movie scores are the best kind of music ever? No, you normal, well-adjusted people with lives don't have a say in this. I'm talking to you, movie geek. That's right, you know what I'm talking about. As much as film is a visual medium, often times a score has the ability to elevate a picture a whole new level. Films like Star Wars, Lord Of The Rings, and Back To The Future -- while all great movies all on their own -- certainly took the world by storm with the help of the strength of their scores.
While the world has no shortage of great film composers, perhaps one of the best, one of the more notable ones to emerge in the past fifteen years is Michael Giacchino. From the sounds of Ratatouille -- which helped to accent the taste and texture of the foods made -- »
- Joseph Medina
With just under six months until Marvel's second Phase 3 movie, Doctor Strange, hits theaters, the studio has brought in its composer, Oscar winner Michael Giacchino. The movie will mark his first foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but he is no stranger to superhero tales, having composed the scores for Pixar's The Incredibles and Disney's Sky High. While this is his first Marvel movie, the composer has a long history with Disney.
Michael Giacchino won his first Oscar for composing the original score for Disney Pixar's Up, and he was nominated two years earlier for his work on another Pixar classic, Ratatouille. He got his start composing music for video games, such as the game tie-in for The Lost World and another Jurassic Park game, Warpath. He eventually moved on to features with The Incredibles, Sky High, The Family Stone, Mission: Impossible III, Speed Racer, Star Trek, Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol, »
Acclaimed film composer Michael Giacchino ("Star Trek," "Lost," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes") has confirmed that he'll be providing the score for Scott Derrickson's "Doctor Strange" film at Marvel Studios.
This will mark his first Marvel film score, but hardly his first for Disney as he's been the go to man for several of their Pixar films including "Ratatouille," "Up," "Inside Out" and "The Incredibles".
Source: Twitter »
- Garth Franklin
Sean Wilson re-evaluates the unfairly maligned Disney movie, and why its failure is an unfortunate reflection of the modern-day cinema industry…
Just under a year ago, I appeared to be one of approximately five people on the planet who was more than a little dismayed and disheartened at the critical roasting afforded to Disney epic Tomorrowland. Subtitled A World Beyond in the UK and other territories, the movie is directed by The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible and Ratatouille supremo Brad Bird, being the story of young girl Casey (Britt Robertson) who stumbles across the existence of a wondrous land existing beyond known time and space.
Tracking down mysterious, grumpy and reclusive former boy genius Frank Walker (George Clooney), Casey discovers that Tomorrowland was actually the creation of the world’s greatest scientific minds, an embodiment of everything than an optimistic future can offer. However, it’s under imminent threat of collapse, »
- Sean Wilson
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