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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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'Jurassic' Holds Off Challengers

27 June 2015 8:28 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

Jurassic World took the #1 weekend box-office spot for the third week in a row with $54.2M off a -49% week-over-week drop, just allowing it to fend off Disney's Inside Out, which made $52.1M on a -42.4% decline. With $32.9M in 3,442 theaters Ted 2, however, didn't really make a run at the spot, making less than even the most pessimistic pundits had placed it. Universal's own estimates had the film at $45M - $50M making Ted 2 the second Seth MacFarlane film to under-perform for them. A Million Ways to Die in the West opened in 3,158 venues on May 30 of last year to a still-surprisingly low $16.8M weekend. Ted 2 has a B+ CinemaScore.Included in the Universal report is another Jurassic World record. The film also crossed the $500M mark domestically, the fastest any film has done that, crossing the milestone in 17 days (6/12/2015 - 6/28/2015). The previous record holder, Marvel's The Avengers, »

- Keith Simanton <>

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

27 June 2015 4:15 AM, PDT | | See recent 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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Weekend Rock Question: What's the Best Pixar Movie?

26 June 2015 11:03 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Pixar's newest movie Inside Out has surpassed even the most optimistic box office expectations by grossing over $120 million since it hit theaters last weekend. It also has an astonishing 98 percent rating at Rotten Tomatoes, making it Pixar's most acclaimed work since Toy Story 3 in 2010.

Now we have a question for you: What is the single best Pixar movie? They have made 15 since Toy Story came out 20 years ago. Feel free to vote for a beloved classic like Wall-e and Finding Nemo, a lesser-loved work like A Bug's Life or »

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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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'Jurassic' and 'Inside' Adjust 'Ted''s Weekend

24 June 2015 8:23 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

In what is somewhat of a surprise Universal reports that Ted 2 had a $13.2M Friday which puts it on pace for a $34.1M weekend. That's quite a bit lower than tracking, pundits and conventional wisdom pegged the Seth MacFarlane sequel to take, with most citing $50M as the guesstimate. That is even slightly under the $54M the original Ted rang up on its June 29 - July 1 weekend three years ago, and Ted 2 is in 203 more theaters than Ted (3,442 vs. 3,239), so the low-30s tally is unexpected.Consequently the number one spot is open for either Universal's Jurassic World, in its third week, or Disney's Inside Out, in its second, for the top spot. Inside Out had the better Friday, but just barely, making $14.9M compared to Jurassic World's $14.7M. But, as it proved last weekend, Saturday and Sunday belong to the dinosaurs. Still playing in 4,198 North American theaters, »

- Keith Simanton <>

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Project Cars 2 Announced Via New Crowdfunding Campaign

22 June 2015 1:12 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Barely 8 weeks have passed since the release of the original, but Slightly Mad Studios has already announced development on Project Cars 2 via an all-new crowd-funding campaign. Stop us if you’ve heard this before.

While no funding goal has been set, various tiers range from $45 all the way up to $11,0000 over on the World of Mass Development portal. Promising the “largest track roster ever” and a wealth of new features, Slightly Mad wants to continue the series following the original’s success. How and ever, the studio remains committed to Project Cars moving forward.

Over the next year, players will see Project Cars grow, evolve, and continue to be updated regularly throughout 2015 and beyond via our On Demand programme. But additionally, planning and work will now begin on the continuation of the franchise with Project Cars 2 that contains substantial features and content deserving of a fully-fledged sequel.

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- Michael Briers

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'Inside Out' And The Vital Importance Of Sadness In Pixar's Blockbuster Hit

22 June 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After a few underwhelming years with “Monsters University,” “Brave” and “Cars 2,” Pixar returned this past weekend with “Inside Out.” And what a return it was: with $91 million in just three days, the film racked up Pixar’s second best opening ever and its best opening for an original movie.  The success has likely been led by the glowing reviews. Oscar buzz is already circulating for Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen’s nearly universally acclaimed film, marking a return to Pixar's glory days. Many fans, including myself, believe "Inside Out" to be among the very best of the studio’s output, but the film isn’t just a great one —it’s also a potentially important one.  The film's story follows Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), an eleven-year-old girl whose happy, uncomplicated life is thrown into chaos when she leaves her friends behind due to her family moving from Minnesota to San Francisco. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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'Jurassic' Rex Records

21 June 2015 8:01 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

Universal has confirmed that not only has Jurassic World retained its #1 position at the weekend box office it now holds the top spot for 2nd weekend grosses with $106.6M, beating former record holder Marvel's The Avengers and its $103.1M in 2012. Jurassic World will also perform the stunning feat of crossing $1B at the worldwide box office today after just 13 days, beating the previous record holder, Universal's Furious 7, and its record of 17 days just two months ago.With velociraptor rapacity World has also overtaken several other records, reaching $400M in domestic box office, passing the milestone in only 10 days, and overrunning the $500 million mark internationally on Saturday, marking the quickest climb to that milestone, in only 11 days. Consequently, the team at Universal Pictures can lay claim to being the studio to have reached $1B at the domestic box office, $2B at the international box office; and $3B at the worldwide »

- Keith Simanton <>

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'Jurassic' Retains #1, 'Inside Out' Joyful

20 June 2015 9:38 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

Jurassic World retained its #1 position at the weekend box office with a less-than-expected -51% decline for a $102M take. Inside Out outperformed even the most optimistic of estimates and banked $91M, making it Pixar's 2nd largest opening weekend, behind Toy Story 3, which made $110.3M in 2010. What is startling about Inside Out's weekend is that it is the highest opening weekend ever for an original property (that is to say one that is not a sequel or a non-sourced work), passing Avatar, which made $77M on its December 18-20, 2009 bow. To be fair, however, James Cameron's sci-fi adventure, took in a higher per-screen average, $23,313 in 3,452 screens, on almost 500 fewer screens (Inside Out's PSA was $23,061 per, in 3,946 venues). Internationally Inside Out made $41M (for a $132M worlwide cume) though it has a staggered overseas rollout, now showing in Australia, Brazil, France, Mexico, and Russia (among 24 other markets), representing just 42% of the global footprint. »

- Keith Simanton <>

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Ranking every Pixar film so far

19 June 2015 2:09 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

I’m hardly the only one to think of this, but with Pixar putting their new film Inside Out into theatrical release today, what better time is there to rank all of their works to date? I’ve obviously seen all 15 films, from Toy Story and A Bug’s Life all the way to this week’s Inside Out. Again, with a list/ranking, my take is not the definitive one, so just keep that in mind. Especially with Pixar, everyone has a different favorite. I do hope you enjoy my version though, and remember not to miss Inside Out, which is a real special flick of theirs… Here now is how I’d rank every Pixar movie so far: 15. Cars – Not a bad film, per say, but a strangely un Pixar-like outing. By and large, this follows the same beats as Doc Hollywood, which I much prefer. Here, it »

- Joey Magidson

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Inside Out Review: You Can Cry, and That’s Okay

18 June 2015 12:39 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

In their past films, Pixar found their way to our hearts. It’s “When She Loved Me.” It’s “Define dancing.” It’s “And I look at you, I’m home.” But with their recent features, Pixar lost their emotional thread. Monsters University is a challenging and funny film, but it doesn’t really pull at the heartstrings when it needs to. Brave has a nice central relationship that feels neutered by meshing wacky hijinks with an earnest mother-daughter story. And Cars 2 only conjures emotions because we’re sad and disappointed that the studio could sink so low. Inside Out is a return to form that alters the formula. Director Pete Docter seizes on the emotions that the studio lost by bringing those emotions to the forefront both literally and figuratively. He has found a story that’s not just universal, but also unique in its telling even among Pixar movies. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Review: Inside Out

18 June 2015 10:18 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

The following review is from our Cinemacon 2015 coverage Pixar has had a bumpy road of late with some arguably unnecessary (albeit financially successful) sequels (Monsters University, Cars 2) and a ho-hum original entry (Brave), which put the animation giant in the rearview when compared to Disney’s own animated flicks like Frozen, Wreck-it Ralph, and Big Hero 6. Thankfully, Pixar has put their... Read More »

- Paul Shirey

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Review: Inside Out, Filled With Emotions

18 June 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

It's no small coincidence that as Pixar enters its cinematic adolescence, it showcases a film that deals with the challenges of growing up. After changing the world of animation with Toy Story, they made a meteoric rise, crafting some of the most memorable and celebrated films of all time, each seemingly more original and fresh than the previous. A decade after Disney's reignition with The Little Mermaid, which made each of their animation projects hotly anticipated after years of being relatively ignored, Pixar took up their mantle, and it seemed they could do no wrong. Of late, however, things have looked a bit bleaker. Arguments can be made for some of their sequels (Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3), but not others (Cars 2,...

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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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Every Pixar Movie, Ranked From Worst to Best

17 June 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

​Is there anything Pixar can't do?

Walt Disney's CG-animation power house has flirted with disaster, taking risks in the name of trying something new. But unlike every other production outfit or major Hollywood studio out there, they have more creative hits than misses.

As their 15th feature, "Inside Out," arrives in theaters this weekend, we've ranked all of Pixar's films from worst to best. The order may surprise you, but the general vibe shouldn't. (But if you're expecting No. 1 to be "Cars 2," you're some kind of wrong person.)

Ranking based on an original list of best Pixar movies compiled by Matt Patches.


- Phil Pirrello

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Review: Amy Poehler's tremendous work anchors the emotional 'Inside Out'

15 June 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

While it's clear that each new release from Pixar seems to spur people to offer a fresh assessment of the company's entire output, I'd rather not immediately try to figure out where "Inside Out" lands by comparison. It seems like a reductive way to approach this surprisingly sophisticated emotional experience. Co-directors Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen have told a very, very small-scale story when you look at what happens in the actual physical world. But in doing so, they've done something very powerful, because they have paid full respect to just how turbulent and important the inner life of a child can be. Ah, hell, who am I kidding? "Inside Out" works because we are all always wrestling with the particular balance required to keep us functioning. The film imagines five distinct beings that work in harmony (hopefully) inside each person: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger. To be fair, »

- Drew McWeeny

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The Good Dinosaur Voice Cast Completely Replaced

12 June 2015 10:22 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In a major shakeup, Pixar has replaced almost the entire voice cast of its upcoming animated feature The Good Dinosaur, a project that – not uncommonly for the studio – has gone through much revamping and reconceptualization since it was hatched by Up co-director Bob Peterson (since removed from this film).

Originally, Lucas Neff, Bill Hader, Neil Patrick Harris, Judy Greer, John Lithgow and Frances McDormand were all set to voice characters in the pic, which takes place in a world where dinosaurs never went exist and follows the friendship between a dino and his pet human boy. Though that broad concept has been in place since the project’s outset, it has reportedly been reimagined extensively.

Now, the new voice cast includes Raymond Ochoa as an Apatosaurus named Arlo; Jeffrey Wright as Arlo’s father Poppa; Steve Zahn as pterodactyl Thunderclap; Aj Buckley as T-Rex Nash; Anna Paquin as T-Rex Ramsey »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Steve Zahn, Anna Paquin, Jeffrey Wright And Raymond Ochoa Add Their Voices To Disney•Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur

12 June 2015 9:37 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Disney•Pixar’s upcoming movie The Good Dinosaur revealed its roster of voice talent today.

“We were lucky to work with a number of incredible pros along the way and our story ultimately led us to this amazing and talented group,” said the first-time-feature-film director Peter Sohn. “We’re all taking this journey with Arlo, and it’s been a privilege to see these performers bring our characters to life.”

Raymond Ochoa (NBC’s “The Night Shift,” TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”) provides the voice of an Apatosaurus named Arlo. Jeffrey Wright (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” – parts I & II, HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”) was tapped as the voice of Poppa, Arlo’s father. Steve Zahn (“Captain Fantastic,” “Ridiculous Six,” “Rescue Dawn,” “Mad Dogs”) provides the voice of a pterodactyl named Thunderclap. Aj Buckley (TNT’s “Murder in the First,” FX’s “Justified”) voices a T-Rex called Nash. »

- Michelle McCue

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