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Exclusive Interview: Brad Bird Talks Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

21 December 2011 7:33 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is nearly upon us, and with it the live-action debut of director Brad Bird.

So far his animated efforts, The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Ratatouille have been very nearly flawless, and while you’ll see in our review of the film – due later this week – we had a few issues with it, there are still some great moments.

Yesterday we published our interview with franchise new boy Jeremy Renner, where he talked about collaborating with Tom Cruise to create the character, and revealed that the script evolved during production.

In our interview with Bird we elaborated upon this, and found out how much involvement Cruise and producer Jj Abrahams had on the movie, as well as the effects, both positive and negative of changing the script, and the story, as the film went on.

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- Ben Mortimer

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Easter Eggs: Robin and More Hidden in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Trailer, Pixar Nods in ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’

21 December 2011 7:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Chances are you saw the new trailer [2] for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises and didn't catch Robin the boy wonder or a reference back to the very beginning of the trilogy: Batman Begins. And you probably also saw Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol in IMAX but somehow missed the hidden Pixar easter eggs that Ratatouille/The Incredibles director Brad Bird hid within the film. Aren't you glad we're here to point them out to you? Find the easer eggs, after the jump. [3] A113 [4]: What started as an inside joke of CalArts alumni (a reference to the classroom number that was used by Animation students, including John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Brad Bird, Pete Docter) has been present in not only every Pixar film, but Disney movies, Iron Giant, The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, Powerpuffgirls and Tinytoon Adventures. [5] Director Brad Bird has put the reference in every project »

- Peter Sciretta

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Tuesday round-up: Blood & Chrome, Sanctuary, cast news, interviews with Jane Espenson, William B. Davis and Patton Oswalt

20 December 2011 6:16 PM, PST | CapricaTV | See recent CapricaTV news »

Okay, some updates.

It's Tuesday, so keep an eye on Beginning of Line. A new episode of Caprica season 2 goes up today.

There are a couple of things to check out on TV tonight. Patton Oswalt is on Conan at 11 pm on TBS, and on Chelsea Lately, also at 11 on E!

Deck the Halls with Luciana Carro and Hiro Kanagawa premieres at 9 pm on TNT. From the press release:

Holiday cheer turns to holiday fear when a private investigator’s father is kidnapped in TNT’s all-new original movie Deck the Halls, starring Kathy Najimy, Scottie Thompson, Jane Alexander, Larry Miller and David Selby. Based on the book by Mary Higgins Clark and daughter Carol Higgins Clark and the first in their series of holiday mystery novels.

A crackling good mystery with a warm holiday heart, Deck the Halls brings together two of the Higgins Clarks’ most popular characters: cleaning-woman-turned-amateur sleuth Alvirah Meehan, »

- fanshawe

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Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol opens strongly at Aus box office

19 December 2011 3:08 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The fourth instalment of the Mission Impossible franchise has opened strongly at the local box office over the weekend. Directed by Oscar-winner Brad Bird, the action blockbuster Mission: Impossible . Ghost Protocol opened at number one, raking in $4.1 million across 414 screens. The spy flick, which was partially filmed using IMAX cameras, earnt.a screen average of almost $10,000. It opened last Wednesday at IMAX ahead of its broad release and grossed more than $1 million after its first day . 38 per cent higher than the last instalment at the same stage. The Paramount-distributed big-budget blockbuster marks Bird's first live-action feature film. He's best known for directing Disney/Pixar's The Incredibles and Ratatouille. The plot revolves »

- Sam Dallas

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Michael Giacchino Premieres 10 Minutes Of His John Carter Score

19 December 2011 10:54 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Clint Mansell (Black Swan, The Fountain), Carter Burwell (True Grit), and Michael Giacchino (Star Trek, Ratatouille) currently rank as my three personal-favorite film composers working today, so this bit of audio is an absolute treat to share. While promoting his work for Brad Bird.s Mission: Impossible . Ghost Protocol, Giacchino appeared as a guest on Wqxr's .Movies on the Radio. program and brought a unique gift: the world premiere of his score for Andrew Stanton.s upcoming John Carter. He called it "hot off the presses," claiming he hasn.t even mastered the tracks yet. But you can hear it right here: (function(){var s=function(){__flash__removeCallback=function(i,n){if(i)i[n]=null;};window.setTimeout(s,10);};s();})(); The John Carter audio begins around the 42-minute mark, though the entire one-hour conversation is worth a listen if you enjoy Giacchino.s work of appreciate film composition as a »

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Movie Review

19 December 2011 7:43 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Director: Brad Bird Starring: Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Michael Nyqvist, Samuli Edelmann, Lea Seydoux So all it took was a veteran animation director in Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, The Iron Giant) to resurrect the “Mission: Impossible” franchise to greatness. Why couldn’t someone track him down two installments ago? The 133 minute fourth edition, “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” is simply the best in the series. Tom Cruise is in top-form and the team he surrounds himself with (Paula Patton, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner) are with him stride-for-stride. Michael Nyqvist is also one of the better antagonists the franchise »

- joe

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Cs Video: Director Brad Bird on Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

19 December 2011 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

After having earned an impressive $13.6 million from just 425 IMAX theaters this weekend and $68.2 million in 36 overseas markets, Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is getting set for its nationwide release on Wednesday, December 21. ComingSoon.net got a chance to talk to Brad Bird ( Ratatouille , The Incredibles ) about directing his first live-action film and you can watch the interview below! In the action thriller, the Imf is shut down when it's implicated in a global terrorist bombing plot. Ghost Protocol is initiated and Ethan Hunt and his rogue new team must go undercover to clear their organization's name. Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Josh Holloway, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Lea Seydoux and Anil Kapoor star. »

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"Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" Solves Box-Office Problem...Almost

18 December 2011 7:20 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

"Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" debuted at No. 1 with a $40 million opening, but that was 36 percent off from the 2009 original film which debuted with $62.3 million. The sad part is this, the domestic movie attendance has dipped to its lowest in 16 years that even a sure-fire blockbuster like "Sherlock Holmes" could not avert.

But Warner Bros, the studio behind "Sherlock Holmes," was confident that the film will pick up steam during the Christmas weekend. The first "Sherlock Holmes" opened during the same holiday period. But we could only hope.

I enjoyed this new "Sherlock Holmes," I thought it was funny and smart, and I quite liked it better than the original! ("Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" movie review)

What I did not like among the new box-office contenders was "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked," a threequel in search of a plot! The film opened at No. 2 with $23.5 million, »

- Manny

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Box Office: Ethan, Sherlock and Alvin Return

18 December 2011 12:56 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The newish Sherlock Holmes franchise was down from its first go around and the news was even worse for The Chipmunks in their third attack on the box office. Those high pitched rodents were off 50% so maybe we can safely bury this franchise?

I could have put a picture of Alvin and the Chipmunks here. Thank me!

The big story was crowded houses in limited release for the return of Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) in Mission: Impossible 4. (The four is silent or pronounced "Gost Pro•toh•call".) I'm eager to see it myself, not because of that prologue to The Dark Knight Rises that's attached in some theaters but because... director Brad Bird! He hasn't let us down yet: Family Dog, The Incredibles, Iron Giant, Ratatouille! So curious to see how he handles flesh and blood actors instead of drawings and pixels.

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Review

17 December 2011 9:30 AM, PST | newsinfilm.com | See recent newsinfilm news »

Tom Cruise dons the consummate cool mask of Ethan Hunt again in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, the fourth in the franchise that refreshes the aging actor’s stardom every five years or so, and it’s the best in the series since the first.

Cruise is 49, but there’s still plenty of vitality left and he never stops moving.  His kinetic energy drives and sustains the sequel’s break-neck pace and adrenaline-pumping thrills, which only let up when he receives his next highly-improbable mission.  It’s more modern, controlled chaos combining the bone-crunching close combat of the influential Bourne series and the high-flying stunts of Daniel Craig’s stint as 007.

A lit fuse travels through an opening credits montage of what is about to happen (spoilers?) then explodes into a full-tilt, globe-trotting chase after stolen nuclear launch codes, naturally headed for the hands of a dangerous terrorist codenamed “Cobalt” (Swedish »

- Jeff Leins

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Brad Bird's "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol"

17 December 2011 6:14 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

We'll begin with a couple of ringing endorsements and then add a qualifier or two, but all in all, most critics are pleased to be surprised.

"Take an aging star often viewed as a weirdo," begins Salon's Andrew O'Hehir, "a director who's never made a live-action film and the fourth installment of a 15-year-old movie franchise whose roots go back to 1960s television. What do you get? Well, it certainly could have been a total disaster, or an awkward nostalgia exercise, but instead Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is something even more unlikely: the most exciting action flick of the year, by a huge margin. Director Brad Bird brings all the wit, style and imagination of his animated films (Ratatouille, The Incredibles and The Iron Giant) to this slick secret-agent techno-fantasy. As for 49-year-old Tom Cruise, he's surely ready for a comeback after weathering the worst publicity of his celebrity career. »

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Interview: 'M:i Ghost Protocol' Director Brad Bird on IMAX and More

16 December 2011 2:20 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Arriving in IMAX theaters starting this weekend is Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, the return of the beloved Mission Impossible series. But who would've thought that hiring a director from Pixar, making his first live-action feature, would completely pay off? That director is Brad Bird, behind The Incredibles and Ratatouille, making his live-action debut with an action-packed blockbuster that shows even animation directors can deliver kick ass real-life entertainment. I interviewed Bird months ago after seeing footage, but was told to hold onto this until release, so here it is. We chat about IMAX, Pixar comparisons and lots more. Watch the interview with Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol director Brad Bird, shot on my Flip: This was originally recorded a few months ago, but we were told to hold it, so I didn't have a clear idea of the story in the movie. I had to ask only the questions I could »

- Alex Billington

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‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ Review

16 December 2011 8:45 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Screen Rant’s Ben Kendrick reviews Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Nearly fifteen years after the original Mission: Impossible film debuted (and 45 years after the network TV show), audiences are once again presented with another franchise offering – this time in the form of the Brad Bird-directed installment, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

With a long-standing pedigree of experienced live-action directors helming the Mission: Impossible series (Brian De Palma, John Woo, and J.J. Abrams), Bird might have initially seemed at a disadvantage, given a resume chock-full of animated films (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and The Iron Giant). As a result, has the director succeeded in his “mission” to bring a fresh and stylish M:i installment to the big screen, more than six years after the lukewarm ...

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- Ben Kendrick

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[Review] Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

16 December 2011 5:29 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

There’s very little reason to come out of Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol doubting Brad Bird‘s skill as a live-action filmmaker. To date, of course, he’s known best for his Pixar contributions, which include the directorial oversight of The Incredibles and Ratatouille, but with the fourth installment of this Tom Cruise-headlined franchise, Bird proves just as adept at staging large-scale set pieces in physical locations. The difference, though, is that his two previous films both had the foundation of intelligent screenplays, while the written material for Ghost Protocol, co-penned by Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec, is just plain dumb.

“Hang on a second there,” you might say, “this movie isn’t supposed to be a smart actioner.” And I would agree with you (for the most part, because, at 133 minutes, the film outstays its welcome by at least 20, and there are one-too-many let’s-take-an-action-break-and-get-emotional monologues). But what »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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'Sherlock,' 'Alvin,' 'M:I' Sequels Try to Save Box Office

15 December 2011 4:20 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

After one of the worst weekends in years, the box office should get a big boost with not one, or two, but three major sequels hitting theaters. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows opens at 3,703 locations and is all-but-guaranteed a first place finish, while Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked tries to reach family audiences at 3,723 venues. Meanwhile, Paramount is employing an interesting strategy with Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol by rolling it out in to 425 theaters this weekend, 300 of which are IMAX. Finally, after a decent limited debut Young Adult expands in to 986 theaters.The first Sherlock Holmes was a surprise blockbuster, opening to $62.3 million over Christmas weekend in 2009 on its way to a $209 million total. The sequel arrives two years later and ups the ante by adding Holmes's legendary nemesis Professor Moriarty, though that conflict hasn't consumed the marketing campaign the way the Joker's introduction did for The Dark Knight. »

- Ray Subers

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5 Reasons to stop at Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

15 December 2011 3:40 PM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

We've all seen it by now. The Kremlin collapses in smoke and flame, Tom Cruise flips up his hood and prepares to go underground, and enough scenery explodes to give Michael Bay night terrors. Thanks to its hugely popular trailer, a consensus has emerged that the fourth addition to the Mission: Impossible franchise will be the best. But should we choose to accept it?

Stretching an already thin concept over four films might seem a gamble too far for Cruise and his new Bff, producer Jj Abrams, but then Tom's no stranger to risky business. Will Mi:4 be an unlikely success? Or a box-office bomb so devastating the government will have to disavow its existence? Here's five reasons why this mission might really be impossible...

5. Four is not the magic number

The law of diminishing returns is a cruel mistress, so when the franchise cash-cow grows fat enough to sustain a fourth instalment, »

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Review: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

15 December 2011 4:49 AM, PST | Filmonic.com | See recent Filmonic news »

So all it took was a veteran animation director in Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and The Iron Giant) to resurrect the Mission: Impossible franchise to greatness. Why couldn’t someone track him down two installments ago? The 133 minute fourth edition, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is simply the best in the series. Tom Cruise [...]

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- Joe Belcastro

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Brad Bird interview: Mission: Impossible, The Iron Giant, Die Hard, fast edits and movie music

15 December 2011 4:45 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Brad Bird chats to us about Mission: Impossible, The Incredibles, Die Hard, sound, Inglourious Basterds and much, much more...

Regular readers of this site will be all too aware of our love for the movies of Brad Bird. The Iron Giant is a firm, firm favourite in these parts, and our feelings towards The Incredibles and Ratatouille are no mystery, either.

For his fourth film, Bird has tackled the fourth Mission: Impossible movie. And as part of the promotional tour for that film, they let us in a room with him for 20 minutes. The fools. Here's what happened... 

Does it get any less scary, the process of moviemaking, and everything associated with it?

I don’t think so if you’re doing it right. I think if you get too comfortable with it, then something’s missing. I think that you ought to be a little frightened. It’s like »

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Brad Bird Talks Possible 'Incredibles' Sequel & Long-Delayed Earthquake Drama '1906'

14 December 2011 1:25 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While making the press rounds for his forthcoming spy sequel "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" (out this Friday in IMAX, next Wednesday in regular theaters), director Brad Bird, who had previously helmed animated films "The Iron Giant," "The Incredibles," and "Ratatouille," got quizzed by MTV's Rough Cut about the status of an 'Incredibles' sequel as well as his long-delayed earthquake drama "1906" (based on the historical novel by James Dalessandro). When asked how far along he is in "The Incredibles" sequel process, it seems like he is working on it here and there. "I haven't got it all figured out yet," Bird said. A lot of the material he does have seems to have been stuff he wanted to include in the first film, which charted the personal growth of a family of superheroes and remains Pixar's richest, most sophisticated production to date. "I have a lot of ideas that I originally. »

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'Young Adult' Star Patton Oswalt Talks Transforming For The Film & How His French Bulldog Helped Get Him The Job

14 December 2011 11:15 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Going into “Young Adult,” Jason Reitman’s new dark comedy, you kind of already have a sensation that Charlize Theron is going to dazzle you as the boozy, emotionally stunted author of a series of young adult novels who returns to her hometown in an effort to woo a former beau. What is more of a surprise is what an impact her costar Patton Oswalt has. You might remember Oswalt for his gut-busting stand-up, or as the voice of Remy the rat in “Ratatouille” or for standing eerily still during one of the openings during his semi-regular stint on “The King of Queens.” But nothing prepares you for the depth and nuance of his performance here. As Theron’s former classmate who was critically maimed in a hate crime, he shows an amazing amount of depth and their friendship, as cracked as it is, gives “Young Adult” its black little heart. »

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