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Say What You Will About the Academy - But Some Cool International Names Among 2015 New Member Invitees

30 June 2015 6:47 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »

- Anna Robinson

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Oscar News: 322 Invited To Join; The Academy Museum Receives Approval

27 June 2015 4:15 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.

“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”

“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »

- Michelle McCue

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar

26 June 2015 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning.  For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing.  Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women.  And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity

26 June 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.

Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.

Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »

- Tim Gray

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Box Office: ‘Inside Out’ Reels in Record $3.7 Million Thursday

19 June 2015 8:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney-Pixar’s animated “Inside Out” has already broken a box office record with $3.7 million in the U.S. in Thursday night showings.

It’s the highest preview total ever for a Pixar or Disney Animation title, far ahead of $2.6 million for “Monsters University,” $1.4 million for “Big Hero 6″ and $1.2 million for “Frozen,” which also launched previews on a Tuesday night.

Inside Out,” which expands to 3,946 venues on Friday, has received rave reviews. Recent forecasts have pegged the animated pic in the $60 million to $70 million range for the weekend.

Universal’s second frame of “Jurassic World” is expected to dominate the weekend with at least $80 million. The dino thriller set a U.S. opening weekend record with $208.8 million and has added $87 million through Thursday. It may even challenge the second weekend record of $103 million set by “The Avengers” in 2012.

That means “Inside Out” will be the first of 15 Pixar animated features »

- Dave McNary

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Inside Out Director Pete Docter Talks Easter Eggs, Toy Story 4, and More

19 June 2015 7:42 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Pete Docter likes to make me cry. In fact, I’m pretty sure he’s made you cry too. As the writer-director of Pixar’s Up and Monsters, Inc. and a contributing writer on other Pixar films like Wall-e, Toy Story, and Toy Story 2, Docter has shown an amazing ability to inject life and feelings into computer generated images. In his latest film, Inside Out, Docter has crafted an animation masterpiece that will absolutely go down as one of the best films of 2015 and something that will be talked about for years to come. Trust me: this is a film you want to see as soon as you can, and you might want to bring something for the tears. As most of you know from the trailers and our extensive coverage, the film takes place inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl, Riley Anderson (Kaitlyn Dias), where the personifications »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Ranking All of Pixar's Films: From 'Toy Story' to 'Inside Out'

17 June 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Twenty years ago Pixar Animation Studios released their first feature-length film: Toy Story. It was the first completely computer generated film out there and changed everything. Every other studio making animated films has been trying to catch up to them, not only in terms of technological achievements but in crafting stories that make everyone old and young laugh, cry, and thrilled. Not every single film they've made has been a home run, but their track record thus far has been pretty impressive. This year's release Inside Out is no exception, arriving as the fifteenth feature in the animation house's stable. Given the occasion, I've taken it upon myself to rank Pixar's first fifteen features to settle once and for all what is the best and worst from the studio. I contemplated bringing in the short films that precede each of their features, as many are just exquisite if not better than the films they accompany, »

- Mike Shutt

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First Look at Lego Wall-e Revealed

12 June 2015 11:24 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The folks at Lego are pretty great. They listen to fan responses regarding their toys, and sometimes the fervor is loud enough to actually push a design through. We learned in February that after receiving 10,000 votes on the Lego Ideas website, Lego was pushing forward with a Lego Wall-e, and now our first look at the little guy has arrived. Wall-e is, of course, the Pixar masterpiece directed by Andrew Stanton, and the titular character translates well to Lego form. The toy iteration comes complete with rotating wheels with tracks, an opening torso compartment, and even a toy plant. Frankly the whole thing is just adorable. Take a look at the images below, via Smyths Toys. The Wall-e Lego will be available to purchase sometime this year. [caption id="attachment_472365" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Lego[/caption] [caption id="attachment_472367" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Lego[/caption] [caption id="attachment_472369" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Lego[/caption]

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- Adam Chitwood

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Emotions of Pixar: Watch this amazing Disney Pixar film mashup

6 June 2015 9:23 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

This amazing Disney Pixar mashup will melt the coldest of hearts.

The fan-made video goes through all the emotions that you experience watching a Disney film - sadness, fear and anger to excitement, romance and wonder, using iconic scenes from films such as The Incredibles, A Bugs Life and Brave.

Emotions Of Pixar from Lindsay McCutcheon on Vimeo.

It shows sad scenes such as Woody being left behind by Andy in Toy Story 3 and the devastating start to Up as well as the characters having fun in Finding Nemo, Cars and Wall-e.

The famous romances between Woody and Little Bo Peep and Barbie and Ken, amongst others, also feature.

Pixar fan Lindsay McCutcheon made the video in anticipation of the studio's latest release, Inside Out, which focuses on a girl who uses emotions joy, anger, disgust, fear and sadness to get through life.

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First Teaser for Pixar's 'The Good Dinosaur' Directed by Peter Sohn

2 June 2015 9:41 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"What if..." Disney-Pixar has finally debuted the teaser trailer for Peter Sohn's The Good Dinosaur, the next animated movie from Pixar due out in theaters later this year. Pixar's Inside Out is coming up in just a few weeks, and it's likely this teaser is attached to that release. This is the same teaser that Disney has been showing, setting up the basic backstory for the movie. What if the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs didn't actually hit Earth, and they went on to live for years, what would be different? Well, people would be pets, dinosaurs would be the dominate species. There's a hint at that story in the footage at the end. Fire it up! Here's the first teaser trailer for Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, originally from Yahoo: The Good Dinosaur is directed by Peter Sohn (director of Partly Cloudy, animator on The Incredibles and Wall-e). Dinosaurs »

- Alex Billington

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Cannes Review: 'Inside Out' is a Stellar Return to Form for Pixar

21 May 2015 1:20 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Reporting from the Cannes Film Festival. The Pixar brand has lately been tarnished with unnecessary sequels and sub-par original fare making fans wonder if the magic has run out of the powerhouse. After all, this is the company that created classics like Toy Story, The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Wall-e so after witnessing their recent output in the last few years, a cause for concern would make sense. The good news is the drought is over and Pixar has come roaring back with their latest Inside Out, which premiered in Cannes. It's an adventure built inside the mind of an eleven-year-old girl with her emotions as main characters. It's fast, funny and deeply touching in a way that will entertain kids and sucker punch adults. Pixar director Pete Docter, who last made Up for the studio, is directing once again (with Ronnie Del Carmen assisting as co-director) and that previous film »

- Marco Cerritos

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Cannes 2015: Inside Out Review – Pixar’s Back With Another Masterpiece

19 May 2015 4:46 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Pixar

Rating: ★★★★★

The last time Pixar were in Cannes was with Up. Then they were riding high on the one-two masterpiece success of Ratatouille and Wall-e and wound up delivering a film with a simple vision and ambitious emotional through-line that left everyone shaken, stirred, but ultimately uplifted.

It looked to be a statement of intent going forward for the House that Woody built, yet since then the studio’s been stuck on a spiral of sequels and otherwise less inspired films, culminating in 2014 being the first calendar year in almost a decade that the studio couldn’t make a release. They’ve still only produced one outright bad movie (Cars 2), but it felt like the pioneers of computer animation had lapsed under studio demands (they were bought outright by Disney in 2006) and a potentially decreasing abundance of imagination.

Well, all that fear, anger and disgust can be dispelled (or, »

- Alex Leadbeater

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‘Inside Out’ Early Buzz: Pixar Makes a Sweet Return to Form

18 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Pixar never stopped being good, but for a little while it stopped being great. Cars 2 was the first Pixar movie to get a “Rotten” score, and while Brave and Monsters University fared better they couldn’t live up to the likes of Up and Wall-e. So there’s a lot riding on Pete Docter‘s Inside Out, which with […]

The post ‘Inside Out’ Early Buzz: Pixar Makes a Sweet Return to Form appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ Debuts to Emotional Crowd at CinemaCon

22 April 2015 12:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s been nearly two years since Pixar last had a film in theaters, but given the strong reaction that “Inside Out” enjoyed from exhibitors Wednesday at CinemaCon, the wait was worth it.

The animated family comedy received enthusiastic applause — and a few tears from the crowd.

Inside Out’s” concept is a heady one. It offers up a colorful story of the inner emotional workings of an 11-year-old girl whose family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco. A running joke about the jingle for Triple-dent gum proved especially popular, while the poignancy of a little girl becoming so sad that she starts running away from home turned on the tear ducts for more than a few exhibitors.

Nearly all of the film is set within the brain of Riley Andersonn with five emotions — Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear and Sadness — trying to lead her through life.

Some audience members wondered »

- Dave McNary

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The director of Pixar's short film 'Lava' on his emotional gem's Hawaiian origin

6 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

When you see “Inside Out” in the theater this summer, the short film in front of it will be called “Lava,” and it is a labor of love for writer/director James Ford Murphy. If you want to know about the film itself, you should check out my reaction piece from the event, which I'll post on Wednesday, but before I left the Pixar campus, I sat down with Murphy to talk about his film, the inspiration behind it, and the odd effect it had on the animators who worked on it. When I walked into the room, he looked at my shirt, which read “Cassius Clay,” and immediately remarked on it. We talked about boxing and Ali specifically for a few before the publicist asked us to start. It put us in a great mood as the conversation opened. Drew McWeeny:  I enjoyed the short last night, and »

- Drew McWeeny

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Watch: Director Pete Docter Talks 'Inside Out,' Emotions, And More In 20-Minute Interview

26 March 2015 11:57 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Pixar has a lot riding on their new feature “Inside Out” if they want to recapture their 2000s golden age as the quintessential leaders of animation. The colorful story of an adventure that takes place inside the mind of a little girl is the studio’s first film in two years (They released one every year since 2006’s “Cars”). It’s also their first original, non-sequel project since 2012’s charming but underwhelming “Brave," as well as the triumphant return of director Pete Docter after he helmed “Up," the second greatest animated film of '00s in this writer’s opinion (It loses to “Wall-e” by a tiny margin). Yes, the premise sounds like a mix of “Osmosis Jones” (an under appreciated animated feature in its own right), and the lesser-known early '90s sit-com "Herman’s Head." However, all of the marketing materials we’ve seen so far, along with »

- Oktay Ege Kozak

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Composer Thomas Newman Replaces John Williams On Steven Spielberg's Bridge Of Spies

18 March 2015 9:55 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Around the time the fourth Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks team up, Bridge of Spies, received a title (after filming for a couple of weeks without one), we got word that  composer John Williams would be marking his twenty seventh collaboration with the director. Now word has reached us, as well as the new image found above, that Williams is off the project due to health issues, thankfully minor and now corrected. Twelve time Oscar nominee Thomas Newman ( has been announced as his replacement. Newman has an impressive track record, with The Shawshank Redemption, Finding Dory, Wall-e, and American Beauty (the beginning of his collaboration with director Sam Mendes, which continues with Spectre) all  under his belt, and should prove the perfect fit for the cold war thriller. This isn't the end of Spielberg and Williams working together though, with the pair teaming up again on the director's next project, The Bfg. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Thomas Newman To Score Steven Spielberg's 'Bridge Of Spies,' John Williams Will Tune Up 'The B.F.G'

18 March 2015 7:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Earlier this month it was reported that John Williams would be scoring his 27th film for Steven Spielberg, "Bridge Of Spies." But in just a couple of weeks, things will have changed, and the filmmaker will be working with a new composer for his upcoming thriller. DreamWorks has announced that twelve-time Oscar nominee Thomas Newman ("Wall-e," "Skyfall," "The Good German") will step in to score "Bridge Of Spies," replacing John Williams who stepped out due to a health issue, which has since been cleared up. No argument here about Newman's hire, and if anything, it'll be interesting to see a Spielberg movie under a different musical palette than that of his longtime collaborator. But the Spielberg/Williams duo won't be apart for too long as the composer will score Spielberg's next film, "The B.F.G." "Bridges Of Spies" arrives on October 16th with "The B.F.G." arriving on July 1, 2016. Full press. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Hollywood’s 9 Best Robot Heroes and Villains

8 March 2015 9:05 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Director Niell Blomkamp’s new sci-fi epic Chappie opened this weekend. The film tells the story of a robot who is given artificial intelligence by his inventor, but he must learn the ways of the world just like a child. However, his innocent mind is being molded by gangsters and violent criminals.

Photos: 'Pacific Rim' and 7 Giant Robot/Monster Mashes

It’s still to be seen if Chappie will go down as a classic in the robot sci-fi genre, but if it whetted your appetite for artificial intelligence movies and android action scenes, here are nine of the best robotic heroes and nine of the craziest robotic villains in cinematic history.

Robo-Heroes

9. Gigolo Joe from A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)

Played by: Jude Law

This is one of Law’s greatest roles. Gigolo Joe is a mechanical male prostitute on the run from authorities after being framed for murder. Joe is a highlight »

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Film Review: ‘Chappie’

4 March 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Intelligence, artificial or otherwise, is one of the major casualties of “Chappie,” a robot-themed action movie that winds up feeling as clunky and confused as the childlike droid with which it shares its name. Mashing together various elements from director Neill Blomkamp’s earlier sci-fi pictures (including another prominent role for Sharlto Copley), this South African spin on “Short Circuit” displays the same handheld immediacy and scene-setting verve as its predecessors, but all in service of a chaotically plotted story and a central character so frankly unappealing he almost makes Jar-Jar Binks seem like tolerable company by comparison. Absent “District 9’s” subtle apartheid allegory or “Elysium’s” health-care brief, but offering a bizarre performance showcase for the rap-rave group Die Antwoord, Blomkamp’s third feature exhausts its meager ideas and the viewer well before the end of its two-hour running time. Curiosity will beckon for a few, but this »

- Justin Chang

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