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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 »
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
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