13 items from 2017
While Disney’s animation unit continues to operate out of its lot in Burbank, Pixar never moved in. Eleven years after the beloved company was acquired by Disney, Pixar continues to operate out of its campus in the Bay Area, much of its staff has worked there for decades, and it enjoys a fair amount of autonomy from the parent company.
However, one major development has stood out in Pixar’s post-Disney life: Sequels. Prior to the Disney acquisition, Pixar had only produced one sequel to its treasured slate — “Toy Story 2,” which didn’t tarnish the brand — but it has made four sequels since the acquisition (“Toy Story 3,” “Cars 2,” “Monsters University” and “Finding Dory”). What’s more, three of the four Pixar movies slated to be released in the next two years are sequels: “Cars 3” in 2017, “The Incredibles 2” in 2018 and “Toy Story 4” in 2019. For »
- Eric Kohn
Disney spent the late 2000s regaining all the ground they had lost in the previous decade. In the mid-2000s, their name was no longer synonymous with quality, and they had a tendency to churn out dud after dud, with an obvious eye on profit over strong storytelling. Things started to turn around for them around 2008 with the release of Bolt, which was the first Disney animated feature under the new leadership of Pixar’s head honcho and creative genius John Lasseter. And it was quite the step in the right direction.
Disney’s re-ascent to the top, however took a bit longer to gain steam. The films’ qualities and box office performances mostly saw an upward trend, but it wasn’t until perhaps 2013’s Frozen that it became clear that we were witnessing a brand new renaissance for the entertainment conglomerate. Even now, Frozen permeates the pop culture zeitgeist »
- Joseph Medina
Ralph is back, and he isn't just wrecking whatever buildings he can, he's here to break the internet!
Disney is bringing the news at Cinema Con in Las Vegas! One of the major announcements they dropped was that Wreck It Ralph is finally getting it's sequel! This go around Ralph is escaping out of his arcade and into the expansive universe of the internet next year when the sequel hits the big screen. Dave Hollis, head of distribution for The Walt Disney Studios, revealed the much-anticipated sequel’s title, Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.
Hollis also let us know that John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch and Jack McBrayer are all returning tot he film. Also returning are the team behind the original Wreck-It Ralph, directors Rich Moore (Zootopia, The Simpsons) and Phil Johnston (writer, Zootopia, Cedar Rapids), and producer Clark Spencer (Zootopia, Bolt) are hard at work on the movie. »
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Wreck-It Ralph is escaping out of his arcade and into the expansive universe of the internet next year when Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2 hits the big screen. Dave Hollis, head of distribution for The Walt Disney Studios, revealed the much-anticipated sequel’s title and told CinemaCon attendees that Jane Lynch and Jack McBrayer would be returning to the roster.
Also returning are the team behind the original “Wreck-It Ralph,” who won an Oscar last month for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ billion-dollar-box-office-blockbuster “Zootopia.” Directors Rich Moore (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and Phil Johnston (writer, “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Zootopia,” “Cedar Rapids”), and producer Clark Spencer (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Bolt”) are hard at work on the movie. “To take these characters we love and have them enter the enormous world of the internet has given us so much to explore,” said Moore. “Our production team has been hard at work »
- Michelle McCue
The Walt Disney Company have announced that they will release Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 in cinemas in March 2018. The announcement was made in Las Vegas during the company’s CinemaCon presentation.
The film will be directed by Rich Moore (Zootropolis, Wreck-It Ralph, The Simpsons) and Phil Johnston (writer, Wreck-It Ralph, Zootropolis), and produced by Clark Spencer (Zootopia, Wreck-It Ralph, Bolt).
“To take these characters we love and have them enter the enormous world of the internet has given us so much to explore,” said Moore. “Our production team has been hard at work designing a world that takes something we all think we know – the internet – but shows it in a whole new, imaginative way.”
Johnston added, “We’re so excited to be working with Ralph, »
- Paul Heath
As CinemaCon continues throughout the week, all the big studios are planning massive events to showcase their upcoming movies. Warner Bros. has a two hour event scheduled for tomorrow, and Universal is doing an unprecedented four hours. Not Disney. No. The biggest studio around right now spent literally twelve and half minutes on their presentation before diving into the meat of their big show, which was a screening of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in full. The biggest news to come out of their short, but sweet dog and pony show was the title reveal for Wreck-It-Ralph 2. The full title is officially Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.
Along with the title, we also have a logo to show off, and the full press release that was shared by Disney. You can read the full thing here: Wreck-It Ralph is escaping out of his arcade »
Life, Itself is a multi-generational love story that weaves together characters whose lives intersect over the course of decades from the streets of New York to the Spanish countryside and back.
FilmNation is fully financing and produces and handles international sales while Wme Global represents Us rights.
His directorial »
FilmNation Entertainment and Temple Hill are producing the multi-generational love story, weaving together a number of characters whose lives intersect over the course of decades — from the streets of New York to the Spanish countryside. Antonio Banderas, Olivia Cooke, Laia Costa, Mandy Patinkin, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, and Alex Monner also star. Principal photography is beginning in New York City and will continue in Spain in May.
FilmNation will fully finance, produce, and handle international sales for the film. Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey will produce with FilmNation, along with Fogelman. Wme Global will handle the U.S. sale on behalf of FilmNation.
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- Dave McNary
Get those animal-related Oscar puns for the sequel.
“Zootopia” took home the award for Best Animated Feature at Sunday night’s 89th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.
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This is the fifth straight year that a Disney-affiliated entity as won the award and the 11th time in the 16 years the award has existed. Co-directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore were both nominated previously for the award for their individual work on “Bolt” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” respectively.
“We are so grateful to the audiences all over the world who have embraced this film with this story of tolerance being more powerful than fear of the other,” Moore said, accepting the award.
The evening’s dark horse contender was “Kubo and the Two Strings,” the latest film from Portland-based animation house Laika. »
- Steve Greene
Zootopia gets a lot of its pizazz from the clash of its odd couple leads but behind the scenes things are much more sympatico. When I sat down to interview the director Rich Moore (Wreck-it Ralph) and producer Clark Spencer (Wreck-it Ralph, Bolt, Lilo & Stitch) they weren't so much finishing each other's sentences as they were most definitely reciting from the same page. Rich calls Clark the 'best producer he's ever worked with' and credits him for creating a structure so that the creatives didn't have to worry about the minutae but were kept aware of it to keep them on track.
Unfortunately the third key member of their team Byron Howard, who the project originated with had bronchitis on the day we met. He'll be long since recovered by Oscar night which will likely be a happy one for the team.
Zootopia is the second project Moore and Clark »
- NATHANIEL R
Sylvester Stallone is the master at making the most out of simplicity. So good is this action legend at taking a basic idea and making it exist forever, that eventually he tries to give said idea a certain degree of gravitas. How does he do this you say?
Take Rocky Balboa. In the first film, this lovable schlub just wants to have a girlfriend and go the distance in a dream title fight. By the fourth film in this wondrous saga, Rocky is defending America on Russian soil and beating a fighter who (realistically) would have Ko'd the Italian Stallion in 1 round. In fact, Rocky was almost Ko'd in one round, however, the referee let it go on. How's that for Sylvester Stallone making the most of something simple?
‘Pearl’ (Courtesy: Google Spotlight Stories)
By: Carson Blackwelder
Those of you who haven’t been taking virtual reality seriously should start doing so right now. For the first time ever, the Oscars have nominated a Vr film, which means the filmmaking style is officially taking hold and is undoubtedly here to stay — at least for the time being. Pearl has snagged a nomination in the best animated short category and stands a chance at winning big. Let’s take a look at what this moment means for the future of Vr and how it stands against the competition.
Pearl — a 2016 film by Google Spotlight Story and Evil Eye Pictures — tells the story of a girl and her dad chasing their dreams as they cross the United States in an old hatchback, their makeshift home, named Pearl. Music, created by both the father and daughter, is at the center »
- Carson Blackwelder
Oscar nominated, respectively, for their work on Bolt and Wreck-It Ralph, directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore have triumphantly returned to the forefront of the awards conversation this year with Zootopia. Taking the Best Animated Feature prize at the Critics' Choice Awards and a Golden Globe nomination the following morning, the celebrated, inclusive picture from Walt Disney Studios tells the story of Judy Hopps, an inspirational young bunny who boldly confronts… »
13 items from 2017
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