20 items from 2017
Author: Dave Roper
With Actors, Directors, Actresses and Screenwriters under our collective belt and Cinematographers still to come, we presently turn our eye towards Composers, whose music lends so much to the films they work on.
As with the other lists, credit is given for not merely one or two sterling scores, but rather a consistently excellent body of work with specific stand-out films. To be blunt, this is a trickier prospect than it at first appears. Just because a film is terrific or well-loved doesn’t necessarily mean that the score is itself a standout. We begin with perhaps the most obvious and celebrated film composer of them all…..
Goodness me. The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Long Goodbye, Catch Me If You Can, Star Wars, Close Encounters, Star Wars, Superman, Et, Born on the Fourth of July, »
- Dave Roper
Good news, Pixar fans: the studio’s favorite composer, Michael Giacchino, is coming back to provide the score for Brad Bird’s highly-anticipated sequel The Incredibles 2. Meanwhile, the intriguing possibility has also arisen that Giacchino (Star Trek, Up, Ratatouille) might reteam with his War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves and score The Batman. First up: some […]
- Ben Pearson
David, Devindra and Jeff remember the work of Jonathan Demme, get psyched for the comeback of M. Night Shyamalan, and discuss what it’s like to have a Ratatouille moment. In the After Dark, Dave and Jeff discuss the art of Las Vegas magic. Be sure to check out Hans Zimmer’s Coachella set. You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(At)gmail(Dot)com, or call and […]
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- David Chen
It's been one year since Patton Oswalt's wife, 46-year-old true crime writer Michelle McNamara, died suddenly and unexpectedly in her sleep due to a combination of prescription drugs and an undiagnosed heart condition.
Understandably, the year since has been a particularly trying one for Oswalt, who is now sole parent to the couple's 8-year-old daughter, Alice.
On Friday, the anniversary of Michelle's death, the 48-year-old comedian took to Facebook to look back over the past year and share some heartfelt words, along with photos, including one of a wooden trinket box Oswalt had made to hold keepsakes of their relationship.
"It's awful, but it's not fatal. That's the dispatch I'm sending back from exactly one year into this shadow-slog," Oswalt begins. He goes on to describe the day, one year before, when his wife died.
"There was an art show at Alice's school in the »
Mark Allison Apr 18, 2017
10 years ago was was a high watermark in Hollywood - and British - filmmaking. We've been looking at why...
Ten years on, and 2007 must surely be remembered as one of the finest years in English-language film-making, quite possibly the best of this century so far. Like 1939, 1976, or 1994, it was one of those years in which a succession of veritable classics came into being. So many, in fact, that some of the best examples were cruelly overlooked by the hype machine of the day. A decade later, it’s high time to look back at 2007 for both its celebrated landmarks and forgotten masterpieces.
Disney has released two international posters for Cars 3, which show Lightning McQueen squaring off against two young racers Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) and Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer). While Jackson Storm becomes his most contested rival on the Piston Cup circuit, Cruz Ramirez is actually on Lightning's side, serving as his new trainer to help him beat the young upstart. The first poster teases a scene we've previously seen in early concept art, which may be an homage to an iconic movie.
BadTaste.it debuted these posters, the first of which shows Lightning McQueen on the beach. You may recall that, back in May, Disney revealed concept art that showed Lightning McQueen and Cruz Ramirez racing on the sand, which may or may not be an homage to the iconic oceanside race between Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) in Rocky 3. The second poster, however, is set at a packed racing arena, »
New Pixar shorts are always a cause for celebration – especially after Piper’s Best Animated Short win at this year’s Academy Awards – but their most recent iteration is closer to Ratatouille’s first look of rat-induced restaurant mayhem than a tiny standalone film. Fresh off the heels from their teaser trailer, Dante’s Lunch is a vibrant, bite-sized taste of the world of Coco. It was developed early in the process for Pixar’s newest feature film, which is co-directed by Toy Story 3's Lee Unkrich and first-time director Adrian Molina. Pulsing with color, texture, and streamers of papel picado, the slapstick-laden short explores the Mexico streets we’ll experience later this year in full view but from the perspective of Dante the lucha libre mask-wearing dog, namely his salivated chase through cacti, autumn leaves, and mouth-watering corn with mayonnaise, chili powder and cheese.
Until Coco hits theaters on November 22nd. »
- Daniel Crooke
The creative minds at RocketJump have been cooking up a new project called Dimension 404, and ahead of its premiere on Hulu, the official trailer for the six-episode sci-fi anthology series offers a look at the new show that may especially spark interest in fans of Black Mirror-style storytelling.
"In the darkest depths of cyberspace, there is another world. A lost dimension, home to wonders unseen, terrors unspeakable, and stories unlike any ever told. Dimension 404 is a science fiction anthology that explores the wonders – and terrors – of our digital age. From outrageous horror comedy to mind-bending action adventure, each episode tells a weird and wild sci-fi tale where the twist ending… is just the beginning. Do not click back. Do not reload. You have reconnected… to Dimension 404.
- Derek Anderson
Ahead of its April 4th premiere on Hulu, RocketJump's new sci-fi anthology series Dimension 404.
The first season of Dimension 404 will include appearances by Megan Mullally (Will and Grace), Constance Wu (Fresh Off the Boat), Lea Michele (Glee), Robert Buckley (iZombie), Joel McHale (Community), Sarah Hyland (Modern Family), Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille), Ashley Rickards (Awkward), Sterling Beaumon (Astro Boy), Ryan Lee (Goosebumps), Matt Lauria (Friday Night Lights), Utkarsh Ambudkar (Pitch Perfect), and Malcolm Barrett (Timeless).
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- Derek Anderson
One of the great joys for many years when seeing a Pixar movie is not only the movie itself, but the original short film that play in front of the main feature. In some cases, these shorts are more memorable than the actual movies themselves. I have a feeling that may wind up being the case with Lou, the brand new short film from Pixar that will be playing ahead of Cars 3 this June.
Pixar decided to bring Lou to SXSW and treat some lucky audiences to the short before most of the world gets to see it when Cars 3 hits theaters on June 16. I was fortunate enough to catch it and Pixar has made some very memorable shorts, but this really ranks up there. Lou tugs at the heartstrings in the way only a Pixar project can and short film or not, it truly embodies everything we »
It’s a routine feeling to want a movie to be smarter. Every so often, though, you may want a movie to be a little dumber — to be true to what it actually is. “The Boss Baby,” the jokey new 3D animated lark from DreamWorks Animation (it’s being distributed by 20th Century Fox), is a visually brisk, occasionally clever low-concept comedy that’s also trying, half-heartedly, to be some sort of Pixarish masterpiece. You may wind up wishing that it had been one or the other.
The title character is an insanely precocious, arrogant, walking-and-talking infant who dresses in a black business suit, carries a briefcase, has big marble eyes that narrow down to devious slits, and snaps out observations and demands in the mellifluous cutthroat voice of Alec Baldwin, who has a peerless gift for making bombs-away statements that don’t raise his pulse by a beat. The character, »
- Owen Gleiberman
No movie has made kids, or adults for that matter, more interested in eating their vegetables than Pixar’s Ratatouille. But trying to translate the enticing animated dishes from the film into actual recipes you can recreate at home is no easy task. More likely than not, you’ll end up with a plate of food that looks like it was prepared by a rat, and not even a Patton Oswalt-voiced one. Well, thanks to Andrew Rea, the man behind the YouTube cooking show Binging With Babish, you can now make Ratatouille’s titular dish without the assistance of a sentient rodent.
As Rea notes, the dish from the film is not actually a traditional ratatouille but is a variation on the dish called confit byaldi. Combining a simple bell pepper sauce and thinly sliced vegetables, nothing in the recipe is overly complicated. But with the right presentation, this »
- Dan Neilan
Yesterday may have been Hollywood's biggest night, but while all of the stars were getting ready to walk the red carpet, Nascar was busy holding their biggest event of the entire year. The Daytona 500 took place yesterday and Disney felt that would be a perfect time to get some people on board for Cars 3. They did so by dropping another brand new trailer, and it may be the best one we've seen so far.
The new 90-second trailer for Cars 3 first aired during the Daytona 500, but was then later uploaded online by Disney and Pixar for everyone to enjoy. During the 59th annual Daytona 500, star Owen Wilson was on hand as Grand Marshall for the big event, which also served as a nice bit of promotion for the upcoming bookend for the Cars trilogy. As we have seen in previous trailers, this new video makes it clear that »
Pixar Animation Studios has launched the first of six free online lessons covering the art of storytelling, led by Pete Docter, Mark Andrews, and other filmmakers from the renowned Disney-owned studio.
The new series is available for free through online-education platform Khan Academy. Directors and story artists providing insights into Pixar’s creative process in the new series include Pete Docter, director of “Inside Out,” “Up” and “Monsters Inc.”; Mark Andrews, director and screenwriter of “Brave” and story supervisor on “The Incredibles”; Sanjay Patel, director of “Sanjay’s Super Team” and animator on “Ratatouille,” “Cars” and “Monsters, Inc.”; and Domee Shi, story artist on “Inside Out.”
The first of the storytelling lessons is available now at PixarInABox.org. The “Art of Storytelling” series will provide tips on how to make stories emotionally appealing as well as how to create characters and unique worlds. “We hope that by sharing how we tell stories, »
- Todd Spangler
Filmmaker Brad Bird has been tapped to receive the Cinematic Imagery Award from the Art Directors Guild. The honor will be presented next month at the guild’s 21st annual Art Directors GuildÂ' Excellence in Production Design Awards. The Cinematic Imagery Award is given to “those whose body of work in the film industry has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the movie-going experience.” Bird, an Oscar winner for the animated Ratatouille and The Incredibles (he’s currently… »
The honor will be presented at the 21st Annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards on Feb. 11 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood
Adg President Nelson Coates said, “The Adg is thrilled to recognize the amazing contributions Brad Bird has made to narrative design, while so adeptly creating a visual cinematic legacy for generations to come. The amazing ways Brad and his teams have elevated the production design of animation, and live action, have raised and continue to raise the bar for all visual storytellers.”
The award is given “to those whose body of work in the film industry has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the movie-going experience.” Previous recipients include David O. Russell, »
- Dave McNary
Though it sounds like a cooking-themed romp a la Ratatouille, My Life As A Zucchini is more interested in somber coming-of-age drama than food. The stop-motion animation film centers on a little boy nicknamed Zucchini who winds up in an orphanage when his deadbeat mom unexpectedly dies. He befriends a police officer named Raymond and falls for a girl named Camille, all while grappling with his new parentless reality. The American voice cast bringing that melancholy story to life include Will Forte, Ellen Page, Amy Sedaris, and Nick Offerman.
My Life As A Zucchini (originally Ma Vie De Courgette) is the first full-length feature for Swiss director Claude Barras, and it’s become a bit of a critical darling in a packed year for animation. In addition to being nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film, My Life As A Zucchini is also on the shortlist of »
- Caroline Siede
Pixar has just released a brand new trailer for the next chapter in its perennially popular “Cars” series, “Cars 3.” The teaser trailer first aired on Espn during the college football national championship between Alabama and Clemson.
The third installment in the “Cars” franchise follows the return of Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson), who finds himself pushed out of the sport that he loves by a new generation of racers. In order to get back in the game, McQueen will need the talents of a young technician, Cruz Ramirez, who has dreams of her own. McQueen will also draw inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet.
Read More: ‘Cars 3’ Teaser Trailer Features The Dramatic Return of Lightning McQueen
In the first official teaser, released back in November, McQueen got into a horrible wreck. The car somersaults through the air and crashes down onto the track, pieces of it flying every which way. »
- Yoselin Acevedo
Will we have a winner with Cars 3?
Disney Pixar released an extended Cars 3 trailer that makes it look like McQueen is a worn down auto athlete trying to get back on top.
Most of the gang from the other Cars film are back including Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Tony Shalhoub, Cheech Marin and Larry the Cable Guy. It introduces a new racing machine Jackson Storm, which is voiced by Armie Hammer.
Cars 3 will be in the theaters on June16.
Check out the extended trailer below and share you thoughts on this franchise.
Source: Disney - PixaR »
- Gig Patta
Start your engines, Pixar fans, because a brand new trailer for Cars 3 is here! Sure, the Cars franchise hasn't exactly been the most beloved from Pixar over the years, but Cars 3 is looking to make a major course correction. Now, with this latest trailer, we get our first full, real look at the third installment in the Cars series.
The latest trailer for Pixar's Cars 3 dropped during the college football national championship game on Espn, with the studio releasing the trailer online shortly after. Disney had released a couple of brief teasers online for the upcoming third installment, but this is the first video that gives us any sense of story. That said, the first teaser that featured Lightning McQueen getting into a really brutal car wreck definitely perked up some eyebrows, since it was much more intense than the previous entries in the Cars franchise so far. »
20 items from 2017
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