12 items from 2014
• The Lego Movie – review
• Mr Peabody & Sherman – review
• More on the UK box office
Our compact half-term school holidays always concentrate the minds of UK families, offering rich potential for bonanza box-office over a highly compressed time period. And so it has proved with the half-term just ended: from Friday 14 February to Sunday 23 February, The Lego Movie has taken an astonishing £19.72m in just 10 days of play, an average of nearly £2m per day. Add in the previews from the previous weekend, and the film's tally to date rises to a stonking £21.88m. That's more than the lifetime totals of the two lowest-grossing Pixar films – Cars and Cars 2 – and is also ahead of both Kung Fu Panda pictures from DreamWorks Animation. »
- Charles Gant
Movies R Fun! is the new book by Pixar animator Josh Cooley, a story supervisor as Pixar Animation Studios who has worked on such films as the Incredibles, Ratatouille, Wall-e, Cars 2 and Brave. It cleverly translates memorable scenes from classic contemporary films into the format of an “inappropriate Golden Book.” This Saturday night, from 8-10 Pm, G1988 (West) will host a book launch event for Josh Cooley's Movies R Fun! A Collection of Cinematic Classics for the Pre- (Film) School Cinephile offering attendees the first opportunity to pick up the book before its wide release on March 1st. The artist will be in attendance and the gallery will also have dozens of prints as well as original artwork from him for sale. Gallery1988 is located at 7308 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046 »
- Pietro Filipponi
Big names carry a lot of weight in Hollywood, and over time a filmmaker’s reputation begins to precede them. Though some directors age like fine wine, getting better as their resumes grow larger, others age like vinegar. They somehow lose the initial spark that made them so successful in the first place, either because they grow lazy in their careers, learn all of the wrong lessons from their breakout hits, or simply just don’t make ‘em like they used to.
It’s easy for us to dismiss filmmakers who release one bad film after another, of course, casting them aside whilst refusing to buy any more tickets to their movies. But sometimes, a strange phenomenon begins to seep in with filmmakers we like. We get blindsided by their initial success, and – quite frankly – fail to notice when they begin to lose a little bit of the magic. »
- James Garcia
Milioti, who joined the "Himym" cast as the Mother this season, will play one of the two leads in "A to Z," from writer Ben Queen ("Cars 2," "Drive") and executive producers Rashida Jones ("Parks and Recreation") and her "Celeste & Jesse Forever" co-writer Will McCormack.
"A to Z" chronicles the relationship of a young couple, Andrew and Zelda (hence the title). Milioti will play Zelda, the more practical of the two, an attorney at a public-advocacy firm. She's very much of the opinion that she controls her own destiny and also has emphatically put away childish things: Per the character description, Zelda "loves being a grown-up and doesn't understand why anyone over 20 would go see an animated movie or eat ice cream sundaes."
Presumably Andrew loves all those things, »
The Mother from How I Met Your Mother has landed her next gig.
On the single-cam comedy, titled A to Z, Milioti will play one of two leads. Her character, Zelda, is a lawyer at a small public-advocacy firm who is known for her “realist” outlook on life. According to a casting description: “Alternately serious and hilarious, Zelda loves being a grown-up and doesn’t understand why anyone over 20 would go see an »
- Sandra Gonzalez
Put that cookie down! Jingle All The Way 2 is incoming...
WWE Studios and 20th Century Fox are teaming up for a belated sequel to the 1996 Christmas classic Jingle All The Way. There will be no Arnold Schwarzenegger this time round who instead will be replaced by Larry the Cable Guy (Cars, Cars 2).
Jingle All The Way has become somewhat of a 'joke' Christmas movie to be enjoyed ironically and has been torn to pieces by websites and podcasts over the years including The Nostalgia Critic and How Did This Get Made?.
The film featured Schwarzenegger as a father who was trying to buy his son a Turbo Man doll during the Christmas rush. It was supposed to be a satire of Christmas fads like Cabbage Path Dolls, Power Rangers and Buzz Lightyear and became a hotly contested court battle between 20th Century Fox and Brian Webster/Murray Hill »
Movies R Fun! is the new book by Pixar animator Josh Cooley, a story supervisor as Pixar Animation Studios who has worked on such films as the Incredibles, Ratatouille, Wall-e, Cars 2 and Brave. It cleverly translates memorable scenes from classic contemporary films into the format of an “inappropriate Golden Book.” Let’s face it, reading sucks . . . but movies are fun! In this children’s picture book parody for grown-ups, Pixar writer and artist Josh Cooley presents the most hilariously inappropriate—that is, the best—scenes from contemporary classic films in an illustrated, for-early-readers style. Terrifying, sexy, and awesome scenes from such favorite films as Alien, Rosemary’s Baby, Fargo, Basic Instinct, Seven, The Silence of the Lambs, Apocalypse Now, The Shining, and many more »
- Pietro Filipponi
Monsters University's failure to earn an Academy Award nomination for best animated feature marks only the second time a movie from Pixar Animation Studios hasn't earned a nom since the category was introduced in 2002. Cars 2 was passed over in 2011. While Monsters University did not receive the sort of critical praise that is often lavished on Pixar movies, it proved popular at the box office, where it has taken in $744 million worldwide. Pixar has a remarkably successful track record in this category, having won seven times, for Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Wall-e, Up, Toy Story
- Carolyn Giardina
Want to win friends and influence people using your intimate knowledge of this year’s Oscar nominees — and how they stack up against Academy history? Never fear: EW’s got you covered. (Caution: Nerd alert!)
- It’s unclear how many times the F-word is used in The Wolf of Wall Street. Vulture says it’s 569; Slate says it’s 544; some guy at some blog says it’s 506. In any case, it’s one of the most profanity-laced films in history and certainly the swearingest movie ever to be nominated for Best Picture. Wolf director Martin Scorsese’s own Goodfellas, »
- Hillary Busis
That’s all, folks! The votes have been tallied and the nominations have been doled out for 86th Academy Awards, due to take place on Sunday, March 2nd.
Chris Hemsworth was the actor pulled out of bed at ridiculous-o-clock to make the nominations announcements for America’s breakfast time news media, revealing a slew of predictable yet satisfying nods, along with the usual spate of ridiculous snubs and exclusions. As we’ve come to expect, a number of seemingly obvious nominees were shut out, while some regular Oscar darlings managed to make the cut simply because they’re well liked by the Academy.
The Best Documentary field was up to its usual weird tricks, and perhaps most shockingly of all, Pixar were snubbed for the second time in three years, though admittedly the first snub (for Cars 2 in 2012) was actually a worthy move by the Academy. »
- Jack Pooley
Pixar may have won seven of the past 12 Oscars in the best animated feature category, but it will have to sit back and support sibling toon studio Walt Disney Animation as it competes in the category with “Frozen” this year.
The inclusion of two independently produced foreign films in the category, including Japan’s “The Wind Rises” and GKids’ French-Belgian entry “Ernest & Celestine” nudged out Pixar’s “Monsters University.” Pixar also had been shut out of the running in 2011, when “Cars 2″ wasn’t nominated.
“Frozen,” “The Croods,” “Despicable Me 2,” “Ernest & Celestine,” and “The Wind Rises” were the five nominees announced Thursday morning for best animated feature by the Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Sciences. The 86th Annual Academy Awards take place March 2 at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. The animation category was first introduced in 2001.
- Marc Graser
Rashida Jones may be leaving Parks and Recreation soon, but she’s keeping ties to NBC. The network has ordered A to Z, a romantic comedy pilot that is set at an online dating company and chronicles the life of a relationship from introduction to destruction. Jones and her writing partner Will McCormack will serve as executive producers, while Ben Queen (Cars 2) will write the pilot and executive-produce as well.
The Peacock also given a thumbs-up to another single-camera comedy pilot, The Mason Twins, which will be written and executive produced by Happy Endings star Casey Wilson and Ntsf:sd:suv:: actress June Rafael. »
- Dan Snierson
12 items from 2014
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