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The only movie harder to get right than the original is the sequel. Especially if that sequel is to a comedy.
A truly good sequel to a funny movie -- whether live-action or animated -- is a rare, if not endangered, species in Hollywood. For every "22 Jump Street" or "Toy Story 3," there's a "City Slickers II" (cringe) or "The Hangover: Part III" (double cringe).
"Zoolander No. 2" is the latest film that will either live or die on the altar of new installments. In honor of all the Blue Steel impressions your friends will be making this weekend, here are 13 sequels that managed to pull off the tricky feat of not sucking. »
- Phil Pirrello
The stage is set for a David vs. Goliath battle at the 88th academy awards.
In one corner are the Goliath box office hits that Oscarcast viewers have heard of — and maybe even seen: This year’s top three on the nominations tally are Fox’s “The Revenant” (12 noms), Warner Bros.’ “Mad Max: Fury Road” (10) and Fox’s “The Martian” (seven).
Together, they’ve amassed over $1.2 billion at the global box office.
In the other corner are the likes of Fox Searchlight’s “Brooklyn,” which was acquired at Sundance and had a production budget of $11 million, and A24’s “Room,” which is the first best picture nominee for the emerging studio.
Together, they’ve made just over $40 million at the domestic box office (though neither one is close to finished, especially with three weeks to go until the Oscars).
Blockbuster Oscar winners such as “Rocky” and “Titanic” have given way »
- Geoff Berkshire and Tim Gray
Our countdown of the top 100 films of the 21st Century (so far) concludes here with the top 25.
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The first decade and a half of the 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the landscape of film. The advancement and sophistication of computers has made realistic computer generated effects a mainstay in both big-budget and small-budget films. The internet and streaming technologies have given big Hollywood new competition in films produced independently and by non-traditional means. We went from purchasing films on yards of tape to plastic disks, and now we can simply upload them to the cloud. Advertisements for films have reached a higher, more ruthless level where generating hype through trailers and teasers is crucial for a film’s commercial success. Movie attendance has fluctuated along with the economy, but that hasn »
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Pixar's The Good Dinosaur did decent business before Christmas - but not much, by Pixar standards...
Pixar's incredible box office record is just about in tact, as The Good Dinosaur continued the firm's unmatched streak of having every one of its movies cross $100m at the Us box office. Yet as the final results start to tally, it's clear that the movie is Pixar's lowest grossing by some distance.
The Good Dinosaur's tale of production trouble is familiar. The movie was put on hold, its original co-director removed, its release delayed and its script re-written. It finally arrived in cinemas to relatively little fanfare last November, earning decent reviews, but nothing close to those enjoyed by Pixar's other 2015 release, Inside Out.
Whilst we'd argue, though, that The Good Dinosaur isn't Pixar's weakest film, as it turns out, it's the film that's done the weakest business for the firm. »
The 88th annual Academy Award nominations were announced Thursday morning and just about everyone has an opinion. Although most of the nominations are what we expected, there were still some surprises and a few snubs that got the internet chatting. Here is a list of our ten biggest reactions to the 2016 Academy Award nominations.
10. Inside Out Is both Snubbed and Surprised
Disney/Pixar’s summer smash hit was loved by critics and audiences everywhere, and not only seemed to be a lock for Best Animated Feature, but Best Picture as well. The film was rightfully nominated for Best Animated Feature, but some were surprised that it didn’t make the cut for Best Picture, especially when this year’s contender pool is supposedly on the weaker side. Pixar has been nominated for Best Picture before with both Up and Toy Story 3, but Inside Out didn’t receive enough love to make it this year. »
- Scott Davis
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If you missed the Oscar nominations this morning you can check out the full list at our Official Nomination Index Page. The individual Oscar charts will take some time to update but should go up throughout the day. But while we're all gathered let's have so fun checking off some trivia and stats. This post is dedicated to the first timers in Oscar's club.
Feel free to contribute "firsts" in the comments!
First Time Lucky
Mad Max Fury Road is the first live action sequel ever nominated for Best Picture whose original wasn't nominated. In fact the entire Mad Max franchise had received zero nominations up until this morning. Mad Max is only the second sequel ever nominated for Best Picture whose original wasn't up for the same prize. The only other example is Toy Story 3 (the first »
- NATHANIEL R
Thursday morning’s Oscar nominations for Best Animated Film skewed heavily towards the independents, the international and the quirky. Disney-Pixar’s much-heralded “Inside Out” scored a nomination but the company’s second film, “The Good Dinosaur” was shut out along with Fox’s “The Peanuts Movie” and Universal’s blockbuster “Minions.”
Though it might seem like a foregone conclusion that a Pixar film will triumph yet again at the Oscars, just being nominated, as they say, is an honor for several lesser-known titles.
Paramount’s offbeat stop-motion drama “Anomalisa,” directed by received a nod, along with Lionsgate’s “Shaun the Sheep Movie” and a pair of dramas distributed by GKids — innovative Brazilian story “Boy and the World” and “When Marnie Was There” from Studio Ghibli. »
- Dave McNary
The brilliant minds at Pixar — some of the industry’s finest animators, writers, and directors — are clearly cinema royalty in their own right. The intricate planning, structure, and storylines of their films and their sequels are far superior to many live-action films nowadays, not to mention the numerous Academy Awards they’ve picked up (and, in our opinion, might receive more of). Read More: The 30 Best Voice Performances In Pixar Movies In his new video essay, Jorge Luengo Ruiz compiles a master edit of Pixar films, and the odes within the films to other classic movies. What’s clear is that the folks at the studio are all clearly "Star Wars" fans, with homages in “Toy Story” (to “A New Hope”), “Toy Story 2” (“The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi”), “Toy Story 3” (“Return of the Jedi”), “Wall-e” (“A New Hope”), and, of course, “Up” (“A New Hope »
- Samantha Vacca
Those damn geniuses at Pixar just know how to get to us. Unless you.re made of stone or have no soul, watching a Pixar movie has probably caused you to deal with some pretty emotional moments. It turns out that nobody is immune to this power. Even movie stars who go through some of the most emotionally draining work in film can still find themselves touched by a beautiful moment. Rooney Mara admits that she cries very easily at the movies. Having said that, the Carol actress found herself not just crying but "scream-crying" at the end of Toy Story 3, she was so moved by the experience. While the interview for W Magazine assumes she was crying in fear due to the scene where the toys nearly die in a fire, Mara is talking about the end of the film, where the toys, who have spent the whole »
You always remember your first time — watching a sex scene, that is. While the MPAA may still prefer violence-laden films over ones with even the briefest hint of sexuality, there’s no denying that some of cinema’s most memorable scenes involve lovemaking. Knowing this full well, W Magazine set out to poll dozens of top actors on their most memorable sex-scene-viewing experience, and today we have all the results.
The picks include Cate Blanchett‘s experience in third grade, Paul Dano on Notorious, Jennifer Jason Leigh picks In the Realm of the Senses and Don’t Look Now, Jake Gyllenhaal talks Out of Sight and Jerry Maguire, Alicia Vikander on seeing Blue Valentine alone, while Rooney Mara names Rust & Bone (and also talks her crying fit during Toy Story 3).
- Leonard Pearce
10 items from 2016
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