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My first trip to Pixar’s Emeryville campus was 13 years ago. That alone was enough to give me pause when I was invited to the “Inside Out” press day. I’ve done it. I’ve taken the tour. I’ve seen the campus. I’ve met the artists and I’ve seen their amazing work spaces and I’ve had a chance to walk through pretty much every department. I remember standing outside the server room my first time up, looking in at the brain of this remarkable company, amazed at how those racks of black technology represented this collision of all this amazing human artistry. My other hesitation, honestly, was because we were told that we’d be seeing “part” of the movie. I’ve grown wary over the years of seeing movies in chunks because you can’t really react in any meaningful way since you’re not seeing something that’s complete. »
- Drew McWeeny
Thirty-five years since its release, The Shining received a special anniversary screening yesterday, with an introduction from cinema’s most uncanny kid, Danny Lloyd (all grown up) and a Q&A moderated by the film’s most passionate – and unlikely – fan, Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich. Unkrich presided over a panel that included co-writer Diane Johnson and executive producer Jan Harlan, while the audience contained more than 25 crew from Stanley Kubrick’s iconic horror. Organised by The Elstree Project, which interviews cast and crew who have worked on films at the studios at Elstree and Borehamwood, it was a touching day of reminiscences and insights.Unkrich joined several of the crew on a tour of Elstree before the screening at the Odyssey Cinema in St. Albans – providing more fuel for a book he is working on about the picture. “I feel so privileged because I’ve been obsessed with »
Pixar's new film Inside Out follows five anthropomorphized emotions as they vie for control of an 11-year-old girl's mind, and it seems apropos that the two emotions we get to know the best are Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler) and Sadness (played by The Office's Phyllis Smith). Certainly, the last two decades of Pixar movies have brought audiences and critics plenty of joy, and to judge from Inside Out's rapturously received Cannes Film Festival bow this morning — which led Variety's Peter Debruge to call Pixar's 15th film "one of those rare movies that transcends the medium" — there will be plenty of smiles this summer when Inside Out comes out Stateside.But sadness is an integral part of the Pixar formula, too. Think of Toy Story 3's tearful finale, or Toy Story 2's gut-punching Sarah MacLachlan number. Audiences famously wept during the first ten minutes of Up, »
- Kyle Buchanan
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
Hollywood has had a long love affair with the heist sub-genre. Dating as far back as the silent film era with 1928’s Alias Jimmy Valentine, and transcending various genres like westerns (The War Wagon), war (Kelly’s Heroes) and even animation (Toy Story 3), the heist has tantalized our fantasies and outsmarted our wits for decades. Whether it’s for the very last time before retirement, gathering the gang back together for a big payday or for the thrill of pulling off the perfect robbery, all heist films share one key element: commitment to a plan. »
- Shane Ramirez
Many Pixar movies contain Easter eggs - hidden nods to other films from the Pixar universe - and now a new video has been unveiled that reveals all the ones you might have missed.
It was also previously revealed that a fifth Indiana Jones movie will be made. Disney bought the rights to future sequels in 2012.
Disney's Lucasfilm is to release Star Wars: The Force Awakens this December. Watch »
While writing a Star Wars film admittedly sounds like the greatest job in the history of mankind it.s also a mammoth undertaking that is packed with responsibility. And the huge pressure that came with scribing Star Wars: The Force Awakens was clearly too much for the film's original screenwriter Michael Arndt, who despite being brought in the relaunch the franchise ultimately never even completed a draft. Indiewire have reported that Arndt, who had previously written the likes of Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine, the latter of which won him the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, just never found his feet while trying to bring the seventh installment to the Star Wars series to life. In fact, Jj Abrams has admitted that while Arndt clearly had plenty of ideas and outlines he didn't even complete a single full draft of the blockbuster. However, as days and »
George Lucas revealed earlier this year that following his selling of Lucasfilm to Disney, the studio decided not to use the treatments he'd outlined for the next trilogy of Star Wars films. "The treatments that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that they didn't really want to do those," he told Cinema Blend. "So they made up their own. So it's not the one that I originally wrote for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens." Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn has said as much over two years ago when quoted by Bloomberg saying, "We needed to have an understanding that if we acquire the company, despite tons of collegial conversations and collaboration, at the end of the day, we have to be the ones who sign off on whatever the plans are." In the same piece Lucas was fine with this situation saying, "Ultimately you have to say, »
- Brad Brevet
In addition to releasing a new collection of Star Wars: The Force Awakens images, the latest issue of Vanity Fair also has some in depth interviews about the making of the upcoming Star Wars sequel. We’ve known for the past couple of years that George Lucas was working on a treatment for Star Wars: Episode VII before Disney bought Lucasfilm, and that the studio decided to toss it out. Speaking to Vanity Fair in their print issue [via The Playlist], Lucas reveals that his treatment focused on teenagers. Disney was worried that this route would be a retread of the prequels, and decided to go in a different direction. This led to the hiring of Oscar-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) in November 2012. One year later, director J.J. Abrams and producer Lawrence Kasdan took over screenwriting duties. In the Vf article, Abrams said that Arndt never even finished a draft. »
- Matt Goldberg
'127 Hours' movie with James Franco '127 Hours' Review: James Franco stars in harrowing real life-based story 127 Hours. When I initially heard that Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar-winning team behind Slumdog Millionaire, were adapting the real life story of Aron Ralston for the big screen, I got excited. A movie seemed an inevitability when the story broke in the news – and Ralston wrote a book about it – but I couldn't have imagined such a great filmmaking team actually working on it. When James Franco was cast as Ralston, my hopes hit a high. Franco is an underrated and remarkably talented actor unfortunately snubbed by most for his wonderful work in 2008's Milk and Pineapple Express. Danny Boyle also happens to be a very skilled director, one whose style tends to be hyperkinetic. Though it worked beautifully in Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting, Boyle's touch actually hinders, rather than enhances, »
- Nathan Donarum
Anne Hathaway Red Dress at the 83rd Academy Awards Oscar host Anne Hathaway Wearing a blindingly bright red dress, Anne Hathaway, sporting a blindingly bright white smile, is pictured above at the 2011 Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Hathaway, a Best Actress nominee for Rachel Getting Married in early 2009, was this year's Oscar ceremony co-host alongside Best Actor nominee James Franco (127 Hours). More on that further below. Anne Hathaway movies Below is a partial list of Anne Hathaway films.* Her big-screen debut took place in 2001. Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass (2016). Director: James Bobin. Cast: Mia Wasikowska. Johnny Depp. Helena Bonham Carter. Sacha Baron Cohen. Anne Hathaway. The Interns (2015). Director: Nancy Meyers. Cast: Anne Hathaway. Robert De Niro. Interstellar (2014). Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Matthew McConaughey. Jessica Chastain. Anne Hathaway. Mackenzie Foy. Michael Caine. Matt Damon. Ellen Burstyn. Don Jon (2013). Les Misérables (2012). Director: Tom Hooper. »
- D. Zhea
Justin Timberlake on the Oscars' Red Carpet Justin Timberlake at the Academy Awards The Social Network actor Justin Timberlake arrives at the 83rd Academy Awards, which took place on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. At the ceremony, Timberlake and Black Swan actress Mila Kunis introduced the nominees – and eventual winners – in the animation categories. Throughout the proceedings, he pretended to be the elusive Banksy, whose Exit Through the Gift Shop was a Best Documentary Feature contender. The joke fell mostly flat, but Timberlake actually elicited some laughs when he imitated three-time Oscar-nominated veteran Kirk Douglas*, who mercilessly stretched the Best Supporting Actress announcement into what seemed like hours. Admittedly, Douglas was funny. (The winner in that particular category turned out to be Melissa Leo for David O. Russell's The Fighter.) As announced by the Justin Timberlake-Mila Kunis duo, the Best Animated Short Film was Shaun Tan »
- D. Zhea
Gwyneth Paltrow silver dress on the Oscars' Red Carpet Gwyneth Paltrow at the Academy Awards Donning a shining silver dress, Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Paltrow's latest movie, Country Strong, was up for a Best Song Oscar. It lost to the Toy Story 3 ditty "We Belong Together," by Randy Newman. More than a decade ago, Gwyneth Paltrow took home the Best Actress Oscar for John Madden's Shakespeare in Love (1998), a romantic comedy-drama also featuring Joseph Fiennes (as William Shakespeare), Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush, and this year's Best Actor Oscar winner, Colin Firth (The King's Speech). Paltrow's (moderately) gender-bending Shakespeare in Love heroine remains her only Oscar-nominated performance to date. Directed by Shana Feste, Country Strong fared decently at the U.S. box office, but not as well as some had expected. Besides Gwyneth Paltrow, the cast includes »
- D. Zhea
Pixar shorts are usually pretty great, and they’re about to become more racially diverse. The La Times has released a first look at Pixar’s upcoming short film, “Sanjay’s Super Team”. Directed by Sanjay Patel, who has worked as an animator on multiple Pixar films including A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 3, and The Incredibles, the story is based on his childhood and reconciling his love of superheroes with his father’s meditation ceremony. Per the La Times: The seven-minute short begins with young Sanjay watching cartoons and eating cereal in a bland, beige room as his father jingles a bell, beckoning him to join in meditation. Reluctant and bored by the ceremony, Sanjay begins daydreaming a kind of ancient, Hindu version of "The Avengers," with the gods appearing like superheroes. As the daydream progresses, the color, light and animation of the film grows increasingly dazzling and cosmic, »
- Matt Goldberg
This November, Pixar Animation Studio artist Sanjay Patel will bring his vision to the world. “Sanjay’s Super Team” — a seven minute short film — will play in from of Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur.” Growing up as an Indian American in the 1980s, Patel lived into two worlds: one dominated by Saturday morning superhero cartoons, and one rooted in the Hindu rituals of his family. It’s those colliding cultures Patel will bring to the screen with “Sanjay’s Super Team.” From the La Times: The seven-minute short begins with young Sanjay watching cartoons and eating cereal in a bland, beige room as his father jingles a bell, beckoning him to join in meditation. Reluctant and bored by the ceremony, Sanjay begins daydreaming a kind of ancient, Hindu version of "The Avengers," with the gods appearing like superheroes. As the daydream progresses, the color, light and animation of the film grows increasingly dazzling and cosmic, »
- Donna Dickens
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
Zachary Levi and guest on the Oscars' Red Carpet Zachary Levi at the Academy Awards Pictured above is Zachary Levi and a guest on the 83rd Academy Awards' Red Carpet this past Sunday, Feb. 27, just outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. At the Oscar ceremony, Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore performed "I See the Light," a Best Original Song nominee – music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater – from the animated feature Tangled. The 2011 Best Song winner turned out to be Randy Newman's "We Belong Together," from another animated feature, Toy Story 3 – last year's biggest domestic box office hit. Zachary Levi movies Below is a partial list of Zachary Levi films.* His movie debut took place in Mark Douglas Miller's comedy short Reel Guerrillas (2005), while his feature film debut was in a supporting role in John Whitesell's comedy Big Momma's House 2 (2006). Thor: The Dark World (2013). Director: Alan Taylor. »
- D. Zhea
It's hard to believe it, but we're lived through more than half of the 2010s. It's a decade without a real name, though it's destined to be known as the teens. A lot of good movies hit theaters this decade, including Boyhood, Moonrise Kingdom, The Social Network and Her.
Now we have a question for you: What is the best movie of the 2010s? Any movie that came out after December 31st, 2009 counts. Feel free to vote for an animated flick like Toy Story 3, a big budget space film like Interstellar or Gravity, »
Why does Hollywood keep mining the smallest nooks and crannies of my childhood? This week, two major children’s film projects are reportedly in development.
The first is Disney continuing to pile on to their live-action reboot slate with a reimagining of none other than Winnie the Pooh. How they intend to do this without sending one of the most classic children’s’ characters of all time into seriously uncanny valley territory boggles my mind beyond even singing jungle animals, a flying elephant, or CGI candlesticks and dining sets. Disney didn’t even wait a full week after announcing their previous live-action project, a reboot of Mulan.
Deadline reported Thursday evening that Alex Ross-Perry, director of the indie from last year Listen Up Philip, would be writing the story, in which a fully grown Christopher Robin would return to his old friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. I guess »
- Brian Welk
After a brief delay, this series has returned. Yes, once again I’m going to be taking a look back at a recent Oscar lineup and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories we all follow so intently each season. I previously mentioned that potentially I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, and while I’m going to be truing to do that, time will still tell. Again, if nothing else, this gives you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of the year you can sort of get a feel for what my current favorites are, but now we can look to the past a bit more. Alright then, here goes nothing folks…behold my picks: Best Picture – The Social Network The nominees here for this ceremony were 127 Hours, Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, »
- Joey Magidson
The Tribeca Film Festival announced this week that audiences will have an opportunity to hear panel and one-on-one conversations with some of the industry’s most critically and commercially successful filmmakers, artists, and executives during this year’s Tribeca Talks series including Christopher Nolan with Bennett Miller, George Lucas with Stephen Colbert, Cary Fukunaga with James Schamus, Brad Bird with Janeane Garofalo, Harvey Weinstein, Gus Van Sant, Courtney Love, Catherine Martin, and Christiane Amanpour.
Unique programs in the 2015 series include the Tribeca Talks: Directors Series sponsored by Warner Bros. Pictures where an acclaimed director participates in an intimate one-on-one conversation, Tribeca Talks: Master Class conversations focusing on a specific sector of the filmmaking process, Tribeca Talks: Script & Screen hosted by Barnes & Noble which explores topics related to screenwriting, as well as the previously announced special Tribeca/Espn Sports Film Festival Conversations which presents conversations relating to sports and competition in film, »
- Sacha Hall
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