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‘Coco’s’ Special Lighting Illuminated by Inhouse Coding

‘Coco’s’ Special Lighting Illuminated by Inhouse Coding
As the filmmakers behind Disney-Pixar’s hit “Coco” slowly walked through a Mexican village and the nearby cemetery during a Dia de los Muertos celebration while on a research trip for the movie, they were overcome by something that they saw. They knew if they were going to get the feeling and look of this tradition right, it had to be translated for the film.

“It was the most incredible thing I’d seen, there were candles everywhere and the light was amazing,” says Danielle Feinberg, director of photography, lighting, for “Coco.” “I thought, ‘I am so lucky that I get to help make that on screen,’ and also, ‘How on earth are we going to make that on screen?’”

At Pixar, the Dp position is split into two jobs to better help the animation production process. There’s a director of photography, camera, who comes into the process early to map out camera moves, and a director
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Coco Wins for 3rd Weekend in a Row with $18.3M

Coco Wins for 3rd Weekend in a Row with $18.3M
With just one new movie arriving in theaters this weekend, Broad Green Pictures' Just Getting Started, it was largely expected that two-time winner Coco would bring home the three-peat this weekend, and that's exactly what happened, with Coco easily taking the box office crown once again with $18.3 million, dropping just 33.5% in its third frame in theaters. While there is no conceivable way that the movie will repeat for a fourth weekend, with Disney's Star Wars: The Last Jedi hitting theaters, but it's still been an impressive box office run thus far for Coco.

As of now Coco, which explores the Land of the Dead, has taken in $135.5 million thus far at the domestic box office, and with an additional $254 million from international markets, it has brought the global total up to $389.5 million. No budget figures were given for Coco, but it's a surefire hit with critics, earning an impressive 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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‘Coco’ Director Lee Unkrich On His Journey Into The Heart Of Mexico, Firsthand & On Screen

‘Coco’ Director Lee Unkrich On His Journey Into The Heart Of Mexico, Firsthand & On Screen
Winning an Oscar seven years ago for Toy Story 3—his solo directorial debut—Pixar’s Lee Unkrich looks to be a certain frontrunner again this year with his gorgeously colorful, thematically powerful Día de Muertos drama Coco. Centered on the young, musically-talented Miguel, the film charts the boy’s journey to the Land of the Dead, as he follows his dream—in spite of his conservative upbringing—and visits his deceased ancestors in their domain. Set in Mexico—with the…
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Coco Goes for Coveted Three-Peat at the Box Office This Weekend

Coco Goes for Coveted Three-Peat at the Box Office This Weekend
Disney Pixar's Coco has had no trouble taking home the box office crown in its first two weekends in theaters, and thanks to minimal competition this weekend, it's on track to win for a third weekend win in a row. The only new movie opening in wide release at the box office is Broad Green Pictures' Just Getting Started, which doesn't have a theater count estimate or a Rotten Tomatoes score yet, but still isn't expected to give Coco much competition. While it certainly won't be pretty, we're predicting that Coco will pull off its third win in a row with $14.5 million.

Will Coco be able to pull off the coveted three-peat at the box office? This year hasn't been kind to repeat performers. Though some movies have managed to stay in the public interest a lot longer than others. Split was the first movie of the year to win
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Disney Is Reportedly Icing That 20-Minute Frozen Short Out of Coco Screenings

While Disney's Frozen instantly captured hearts back in 2013, the beloved film's spin-off Olaf's Frozen Adventure has had a bit of a tougher time. The animated "short," which actually clocks in at nearly 22 minutes and was originally intended as an ABC special, has been playing before showings of the studio's latest outing, Coco. Olaf's Frozen Adventure is unbearably long for both parents and kids who went to the theater expecting to see a few quick trailers before watching Miguel journey to the magical Land of the Dead. Unsurprisingly the short - which one Twitter user called "worst thing Disney has put its stamp of approval on in ages" - has been on the receiving end of a fair bit of backlash. For anyone who has yet to see Coco, or just wants to take in the incredible story a few more times, we have good news: Disney is going to halt
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Coco Gets Second Box Office Win This Weekend with $26.2M

Coco Gets Second Box Office Win This Weekend with $26.2M
The first weekend in December is often a crap-shoot at the box office, with little to no competition being brought out for the movies released over the lucrative Thanksgiving holiday weekend. This was the case this year, with no new releases arriving in wide release, which allowed last weekend's winner, Disney Pixar's Coco, to remain atop the box office for the second weekend in a row. The animated adventure took in an estimated $26.1 million in its second frame in theaters this weekend.

Coco dropped just 46.8% in its second weekend, remaining in 3,987 theaters and pulling in a $6,550 per-screen average, bringing its domestic total to $108.6 million. The movie has pulled in an additional $171.3 million, including a Mexican box office record of $54.4 million, becoming the biggest Mexican movie of all time, beating the record held by The Avengers from 2012. While it remains to be seen how big this movie will become at the domestic box office,
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Box Office: ‘Coco’ Surges in China With $44 Million in Second Weekend

Box Office: ‘Coco’ Surges in China With $44 Million in Second Weekend
Disney-Pixar’s animated comedy “Coco” dazzled Chinese moviegoers with $44.2 million in its second weekend, more than double its opening launch.

“Coco” posted the second highest weekend ever for an animated release in China behind only Disney’s “Zootopia.” The film has totaled $75.6 million after 10 days and become the highest grossing Pixar release ever in China and third highest Disney animated release after “Zootopia” and “Big Hero 6.”

“Coco” took in a total of $69 million in 33 international territories during the weekend, lifting its international total to $171.3 million. That figure includes $55.6 million in Mexico, where it set a record following its release in late October to coincide with that nation’s Day of the Dead celebrations.

“Coco” scored first-place launches in France, Germany and Spain this weekend, led by $6.4 million in France (including previews), more than double the openings of both “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Big Hero 6.” Spain opened with $2.8 million, ahead of “Moana” and “Big Hero 6” and Germany
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The Film Stage Show Ep. 273 – Coco and Olaf’s Frozen Adventure

Welcome, one and all, to the latest installment of The Film Stage Show! Today, Michael Snydel, Bill Graham and I die a little inside talking about the animated short Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. Then, we die all the way all over so we can travel to the Land of the Dead to discuss Pixar’s newest film, Coco.

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M4A: The Film Stage Show Ep. 273 – Coco

00:00 – 09:07 – Introductions

09:08 – 28:23 – Olaf’s Frozen Adventure review

28:24 – 59:41 – Coco review

59:42 – 01:48:57 – Spoilers

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Coco, Cmbyn, and the Specificity of Feeling Seen at the Movies

by Jorge Molina

Award season means trying to watch as many movies as possible in the shortest amount of time to feel included in the zeitgeist (well, in our zeitgeist here, at least; movies from all across the board that, apart from wanting to be in the awards conversation, often have little in common.)

Recently I watched two movies that, at first glance, couldn’t be more different. On one hand there’s Coco, Pixar’s newest entry about a Mexican boy wandering into the Land of the Dead. And on the other, there’s Call Me by Your Name, the much-discussed festival favorite that follows the romance between a teenager and an older man in sun-drenched Italy. On the surface, these two films don’t share much yet they offered me a very similar cinematic experience.

Both made me feel seen (yes, in italics). They reflected parts of my
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‘Coco’: Michael Giacchino’s Score Unifies Pixar’s Día de los Muertos Saga

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‘Coco’: Michael Giacchino’s Score Unifies Pixar’s Día de los Muertos Saga
Music was integral to “Coco” as Pixar’s love letter to Mexico and Día de los Muertos tribute. “Everything musically comes out of this world like a tapestry,” said Pixar go-to composer Michael Giacchino, who reached back to his own childhood memories of Mexican music in crafting the score.

Coco” concerns 12-year-old Miguel (newcomer Anthony Gonzalez), an aspiring guitarist from a rural Mexican town called Santa Cecilia, whose family of shoemakers has banned music. After borrowing the guitar from the tomb of his great-great grandfather and musical icon, Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), Miguel gets transported to the Land of the Dead during Día de los Muertos, where he tries to reclaim his family heritage and return home with the help of trickster skeleton Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal).

Strategically, the Oscar frontrunner was organized by an organic melding of Giacchino’s flavorful score, traditional source music (popular songs indigenous
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Capturing the Music of Mexico for Pixar’s ‘Coco’ with Michael Giacchino [Interview]

Capturing the Music of Mexico for Pixar’s ‘Coco’ with Michael Giacchino [Interview]
Coco isn’t a musical, but its music is as central to it as the elements of family, memory, life, and death. Music is what carries Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) along on his quest to find his idol Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt) in the Land of the Dead, music is what unites Miguel and his ragamuffin […]

The post Capturing the Music of Mexico for Pixar’s ‘Coco’ with Michael Giacchino [Interview] appeared first on /Film.
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Hrithik Roshan, Akshay Kumar, Shilpa Shetty seen enjoying the movie Coco with family!

Disney-Pixar’s newly released Oscar offering Coco has been getting exceptional reviews globally and Indian critics have been calling it one of the best films of the year!

B-town celebrities like Akshay Kumar, Shilpa Shetty, Hritik Roshan and Manav Kaul along with their families went to watch the movie in theatres after hearing such positive reviews. Leaving with a smile on their face, they all seemed to have loved the story of Miguel.

Coco is poised to be the next Oscar Hopeful from the Disney-Pixar stable of Academy Award-winning movies.

After last year’s stunning successes Inside Out and Finding Dory, “Coco,” promises to be Disney- Pixar’s most culturally-diverse human family drama yet. It’s about 12-year-old Miguel (Gonzalez), an aspiring guitarist from a rural Mexican town, whose family of shoemakers has banned music. Miguel gets transported to the Land of the Dead in Día de los Muertos, where
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Coco Knocks Justice League from #1, Wins Thanksgiving Box Office Weekend

Coco Knocks Justice League from #1, Wins Thanksgiving Box Office Weekend
With Disney Pixar's Coco being the only new release over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, it was expcted to easily take down Warner Bros.' Justice League this weekend. While last weekend's winner Justice League didn't drop quite as much as expected, Coco still had no trouble taking the top spot with $49 million, with a five-day holiday weekend total of $71.1 million. Warner Bros. Justice League wasn't too far behind, dropping a decent 56.6% in its second weekend to take second place with $40.7 million.

While the Justice League movie fared well in its second weekend at the box office, it wasn't the only holdover to post a minimal decrease over the holiday weekend. Wonder dropped from second to third place this weekend, but it only dipped 19% from its opening weekend, taking in a decent $22.3 million, while Thor: Ragnarok dropped just 22.5% and took in $16.7 million in fourth place, while Daddy's Home 2 rounded out the top 10 with $13.2 million,
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Weekend Box Office Report: November 24-26, 2017

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Coco makes mucho dinero! Pixar's latest effort arrived for Thanksgiving weekend and took the top spot at the box office as Coco opened with an estimated $49 million! The animation studio's twist on Mexican folklore (from Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich) has accumulated $71.1 million domestic since it opened on Wednesday. The musical trip to the Land of the Dead got a better... Read More...
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Edward James Olmos on the Power of ‘Coco’ and the ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Spin-Off ‘Mayans Mc’

The Disney•Pixar animated feature Coco is an absolutely perfect love letter to family that will make you laugh and cry, want to know more about your heritage, and celebrate where you came from. Despite a generations-old ban on music, 12-year-old Miguel (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voiced by Benjamin Bratt), and in an act of desperation to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the Land of the Dead, a stunning world filled with color and beauty. Once there, he meets the charming Hé…
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Box Office: ‘Coco’ Beats ‘Justice League’ Over Holiday Weekend

Box Office: ‘Coco’ Beats ‘Justice League’ Over Holiday Weekend
Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” handily won the Thanksgiving holiday box office over the second weekend of Warner Bros.-DC Entertainment’s “Justice League,” with $71.2 million at 3,987 North American sites during the Wednesday-Sunday period.

Justice League” pulled in $60 million at 4,051 locations during the same timeframe. The superhero action-adventure, the fifth in the DC Extended Universe, has totaled $172 million in its first 10 days.

Coco” posted for the fourth-best Thanksgiving holiday opening ever, trailing three other Disney titles — “Frozen” with $93 million in 2013, “Moana” with $82 million in 2017 and “Toy Story 3” with $80 million in 2010.

Audiences surveyed by comScore’s PostTrak gave “Coco” strong ratings with 66% calling it “excellent,” and another 23% rating it “very good.” Surveys also showed 77% of viewers saying they would “definitely recommend” the movie to friends and 20% saying they would watch it again in a theater.

Coco,” directed by Lee Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina, is based on the traditions surrounding the Day of the Dead holiday in Mexico
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Why 'Coco' Feels Like an Act of Defiance

Why 'Coco' Feels Like an Act of Defiance
There’s much to love about Pixar’s wonderful new film, Coco; most likely audiences will adore its stunning animation, which is vibrant, exuberant, and positively alive despite being set in the Land of the Dead. Coco spends most of its time in the company of skeletons and alebrije than living, breathing, flesh-and-blood types, but in keeping with the spirit of Dia de Muertos, the Mexican holiday of remembrance for lost loved ones, the film rarely feels funereal. Instead it’s celebratory, a dedication to life, to family, to Mexican culture at large, and to Dia de Muertos itself. For practitioners of the...
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‘Coco’ Strikes Gold at Black Friday Box Office, Tops ‘Justice League’

‘Coco’ Strikes Gold at Black Friday Box Office, Tops ‘Justice League’
Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” easily beat Warner Bros.-DC Entertainment’s “Justice League” at the Friday box office with $18.6 million at 3,987 North American sites, winning the day by a $2.1 million margin.

The animated musical fantasy has grossed $40.8 million in its first three days, while “Justice League” pulled in $35.5 million at 4,051 locations during the same period. Projections show that “Coco” will wind up the five-day Thanksgiving holiday with about $71 million during the Wednesday-Sunday period, beating “Justice League” by about $12 million.

Coco” is out-performing pre-release forecasts and received an A+ CinemaScore from moviegoers when it opened on Wednesday. It’s on track for the third-best Thanksgiving holiday opening ever, trailing two other Disney titles — “Frozen” with $93 million in 2013 and “Moana” with $82 million in 2017.

Audiences surveyed by comScore’s PostTrak gave “Coco” strong ratings with 62% calling it “excellent” and another 24% marking it “very good.” The survey also showed 73% of viewers saying they would “definitely recommend” the movie to friends.

“The
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‘Coco’ Edges ‘Justice League’ at Thanksgiving Day Box Office

‘Coco’ Edges ‘Justice League’ at Thanksgiving Day Box Office
Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” topped Warner Bros.-DC Entertainment’s “Justice League” at the Thanksgiving Day box office by $400,000 with $8.9 million at 3,987 North American sites.

The animated musical has taken in $22.2 million in its first two days, while the superhero mashup grossed $18.9 million during the same period. Projections have shown that “Coco” will wind up the five-day Thanksgiving holiday with about $70 million during the Wednesday-Sunday period, beating “Justice League” by about $10 million.

Coco” is performing significantly above pre-release forecasts, which had been in the $55 million to $60 million range. It received an A+ CinemaScore from moviegoers, indicating that the film could be lifted by strong word of mouth during the rest of the holidays.

On the same holiday weekend a year ago, Disney’s “Moana” scored $25.4 million on its first two days and went on to earn $82 million over the five days. That was the second-highest opening for the period, trailing only Disney’s “Frozen” at $93 million in 2013.

Directed
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Coco Reviews Are In, and It's Pixar's "Most Original Effort Since Inside Out"

Coco Reviews Are In, and It's Pixar's
Coco is easily going to win the box office over Thanksgiving weekend—but is it worth your family's dime? Directed by Lee Unkrich, Pixar's latest movie features the voices of Alfonso Arau, Benjamin Bratt, Jaime Camil, Sofía Espinosa, Gael García Bernal, Anthony Gonzalez, Selene Luna, Ana Ofelia Murguia, Edward James Olmos, Alanna Ubach and Renée Victor. Despite his family's generations-old ban on music, 12-year-old Miguel (Gonzalez) dreams of becoming a musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (Bratt). After being dissuaded by his grandmother, Miguel strums his ancestor's guitar and winds up in the mystical and colorful Land of the Dead. Along the way, he encounters a trickster, Hector...
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