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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 invited 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." The press release adds that "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 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." International talent Say what you will about the Academy and their Oscar picks, »
- Anna Robinson
'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl': Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow. 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' review: Mostly an enjoyable romp (Oscar Movie Series) Pirate movies were a Hollywood staple for about three decades, from the mid-'20s (The Sea Hawk, The Black Pirate) to the mid-to-late '50s (Moonfleet, The Buccaneer), when the genre, by then mostly relegated to B films, began to die down. Sporadic resurrections in the '80s and '90s turned out to be critical and commercial bombs (Pirates, Cutthroat Island), something that didn't bode well for the Walt Disney Company's $140 million-budgeted film "adaptation" of one of their theme-park rides. But Neptune's mood has apparently improved with the arrival of the new century. He smiled – grinned would be a more appropriate word – on the Gore Verbinski-directed Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, »
- Andre Soares
Pixar.s Inside Out has been a huge success for the beloved animation studio. It was the biggest opening for an original movie property ever, critics adore the hell out of it, and fans are over the moon about the inventive tale. As with any movie, it was a process to get from the original concept to the finished product you see in theaters, and if not for one major change to the ending, Inside Out would have been a very different movie. Editor Kevin Nolting, who also cut Pixar.s much loved Up, spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about how about how the story evolved over a period of a couple years and how it was initially very difficult for the creative team to get a handle on. The story we saw in theaters shows the internal workings of young girl name Riley.s mind at a very specific, »
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Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart team up in this comedy about a rich hedge-fund manager who is sentenced to San Quentin; desperate for tips on how to survive prison, he looks for help from a black businessman, assuming he'll know what to do. That's not racist at all! As it turns out, Hart's businessman has never even had a parking ticket, so it's the blind leading the blind. The Blu-ray has tons of extras, including an unrated cut of the film, a gag reel, deleted scenes, and these featurettes: "Just Put Your Lips Together and Blow," "Get Hard Line-o-Ramas," "The Kevin Hart Workout," "Face Off with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart," "-Ferrell Fighting," "A Date with John Mayer, »
- Gina Carbone
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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
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
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
Don’t you even dare call it a “kid’s movie.”
Animation has been around for a while now, starting with silent experiments such as Gertie the Dinosaur, followed by the more traditional Disney fare such as Snow White or Cinderella, and becoming more modern with another round of Disney hits like The Lion King or Beauty and the Beast but also with a touch of the outside thanks to Japanese imports like My Neighbor Totoro or Spirited Away.
But time and time again, the medium is relegated to kids duty. Like being sent to the smaller table at Thanksgiving dinner.
Brad Bird, director of The Iron Giant and The Incredibles, said it best when he referred to animation as a medium rather than a genre. Let’s define genre real quickly: “a class or category of artistic endeavor having a particular form.”
So that doesn’t confine animation; instead, »
- Zach Dennis
Photo: Disney / Pixar Pixar's Inside Out enjoyed the largest opening weekend for an original property, animated, live-action or otherwise, this past weekend and before the film was ever released I had a chance to sit down with director and screenwriter Pete Docter and the film's producer Jonas Rivera to largely discuss the ins and outs of turning this movie from a seedling of an idea Docter had back in 2009 to the feature film audiences are eating up in theaters right now. How does a movie go from merely being a story about the emotions inside the head of an 11-year-old girl to being the complex, yet simply understood, logic machine Docter and his team of story writers, animators, artists and technical advisors conceivedc What was the thinking behind the fluffy skin of the animated emotionsc How did hand-drawn animation actually help the CG productionc And I have a question about »
- Brad Brevet
Boosted by rave reviews, Pixar's "Inside Out" is closing in on $100 million in just five days. This 3D computer-animated flick scored a jaw-dropping 99 at Rotten Tomatoes and an impressive 93 at MetaCritic. Could this combination of boffo box office and critical acclaim equal an Oscar nomination for Best Picture? -Break- Watch dozens of video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders That may not be as far-fetched as it sounds. After all, this imaginative tale is based on an original idea by Pete Docter who helmed the first Pixar pic, "Up," to be nominated for Best Picture. He contended for his Original Screenplay as well but both races went to "The Hurt Locker." That was in 2009, when there were also a guaranteed 10 Best Picture nominees. This time around Docter shares directing duties with Ronnie del Carmen. "Inside Out" is set in the mind o...' »
Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out climbed to the top of the historical box office charts last weekend with the biggest opening for an original movie in history, topping the previous No. 1 original movie, Avatar, by more than $13 million, with over $90 million in domestic box office alone.
Directed by Pete Docter (Up and Monsters, Inc.), and featuring the voices of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, and Phyllis Smith, Inside Out took in an estimated $132 million globally, with many significant markets yet to open. The film is the second highest Pixar opening of all time, behind 2010’s Toy Story 3, and continues to be well received among audiences and critics alike.
Check out our kid-written review right here!
About The Movie: Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out ventures inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind, where five Emotions are hard at work in Headquarters, led by optimist Joy, whose mission is to keep Riley happy. »
- Mike Tyrkus
Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out heads to the top with the biggest opening for an original movie in history, topping the previous No. 1 original movie, Avatar, by more than $13 million, with $90,440,272 million in domestic box office opening weekend. The film opened Friday, June 19.
Directed by Pete Docter (“Up,” “Monsters, Inc.”), and featuring the voices of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling and Phyllis Smith, Inside Out took in an estimated $132 million globally, with many significant markets yet to open. The film is the second highest Pixar opening of all time, behind 2010’s Toy Story 3, and continues to be well received among audiences and critics alike.
“Inside Out” has an “A” Cinemascore. The movie is at 98 percent on rottentomatoes.com. “Inside Out” was the highest-grossing Disney•Pixar movie of all time in Russia. Friday box office for “Inside Out” ($34.2 M) made it the second largest opening day for Pixar, »
- Michelle McCue
Los Angeles' Bendix Building. Photo by Jordan Cronk.The bats have left the bell towerThe victims have been bled Red velvet lines the black boxBela Lugosi's dead —BauhausBela-Bonkers Brit Bloke Brazenly Boosts Bendix-Building Black Bandana!In the annals of Los Angeles crime, it was hardly an episode to titillate James Ellroy. Was it even really a crime? I was on the short stairwell that connects the 11th—the top—floor of the Bendix Building, a Garment District block on the corner of Maple St and 12th St, when I spotted the square of white-patterned black cotton. Into my pocket it rapidly went, compensation for the fact that my quest for rooftop access had been stymied. An orange plastic sign across the door up ahead, warning (bluffing?) of alarms that would ring out if opened, dissuaded further progress. I wasn't too disheartened—my unplanned visit to the Bendix Building had yielded sufficient delights. »
- Neil Young
Pete Docter has done it again.
The film is just as imaginative as his earlier features, but instead of a world populated by monsters or floating houses, Docter takes us inside the mind of an 11-year-old-girl, where personified emotions scramble to maintain equilibrium. It's ingenious and gently surreal, and Docter has pulled it off with aplomb. Recently, we sat down with Docter at Pixar and talked about Bing Bong, the amazing imaginary friend character (voiced by Richard Kind), the challenges the filmmaker faced developing the story, and his dreams for the movie to appear in the Disney parks.
Moviefone: It seems like making this movie was really difficult. Was there ever a point where you said, "You know, maybe 'Monsters, Inc.' does need another sequel?'"
Pete Docter: [laughs] It was really hard! »
- Drew Taylor
Inside Out, 2015.
Directed by Pete Docter.
After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
Inside Out boasts the imaginative concept of emotions being controlled from a desk by office workers in your head (Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger), which would have been enough to base a movie around for any other animation studio, but this is a Pixar production, meaning things only expand further into complexity, wowing both children and adults on different levels.
The single greatest accomplishment in Inside Out is how fleshed out and thought-provokingly conceived the world inside our minds is depicted. With a story by Pete Docter (director of Up) and Ronnie del Carmen, »
- Robert Kojder
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
Though the year is not even half over, we have our first clear frontrunner at the Oscars, with the release of Pixar's "Inside Out." This 3D computer-animated flick has scored a jaw-dropping 99 at Rotten Tomatoes and an impressive 93 at MetaCritic. It is based on an original idea by Pete Docter who co-directed with Ronnie del Carmen. Their imaginative tale is set in the mind of a young girl (Kaitlyn Dias) as her five emotions -- Joy (Amy Poehler), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Fear (Bill Hader), and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) -- guide her through life. -Break- Watch dozens of video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders Docter helmed the first Pixar pic, "Up," to be nominated for Best Picture and he contended for his Original Screenplay as well (both races went to "The Hurt Locker"). That was back in 2009, the first year of the expanded field, when there were a gua. »
From intern to Oscar nominee, Jonas Rivera has certainly made a mark on Hollywood.
Rivera was hired as Pixar's first intern, in the final year of production on "Toy Story," and he's worked on every Pixar movie since. He even earned an Academy Award nomination for his work as a producer on "Up," directed by his good friend and close collaborator.
Rivera and Docter's latest collaboration is "Inside Out," a film that's as deeply brilliant and highly emotional as "Up" (seriously, bring some tissues: the last thirty minutes will give you all the feels.) It's the story of Riley, a precocious 11-year-old girl, who is going through some big life changes, and the emotions that live in her head: Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Bill Hader) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). It's challenging at first to wrap your (no pun intended) head around it, but the »
- Drew Taylor
Pixar has taken viewers on an array of journeys since 1995. They have introduced us to fantastical worlds where toys can talk, robots fall in love, and a mouse can be the most talented chef in Paris. Their knack for creating heartfelt and creative animated films that appeal to kids and adults alike seems to know no bounds. And yet it quickly becomes apparent in the opening minutes of Inside Out that Pixar has reached new imaginative heights.
Talking animals or fairy tale princesses are constantly shown in animated films. So the idea alone of your internal feelings existing as characters in your head makes Inside Out worth applauding. Add the fact that directors Pete Docter and Ronaldo del Carmen take the idea of these characters and have them explore the depths of a child’s mind setups a film that is filled with an endless array of opportunities. Most importantly, »
- Michael Haffner
"When I think of 'Jaws' I think about courage and stupidity. And I think of both of those things existing underwater." That's a quote from Steven Spielberg on his time directing the 1975 horror classic, which turns 40 this Saturday. Proving that sometimes greatness can spring from unimaginable misery, the film was famously a nightmare to shoot, with numerous production problems including the frequent malfunctioning of "Bruce," the collective name given to the film's trio of animatronic sharks. But don't take my word for it. Below are ten hellish behind-the-scenes straight from the mouths of those involved that will make you wonder how they managed to finish the film at all. 1. This is what happens when you hire a stuntman with no diving experience When husband-and-wife shark experts Ron and Valerie Taylor were commissioned to get footage of actual Great Whites attacking a cage (for the famous Richard Dreyfuss underwater sequence), the »
- Chris Eggertsen
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