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Travis Knight interview: Laika, Boxtrolls, Gilliam, future

10 September 2014 8:07 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The man who runs Laika, Travis Knight, chats to us about his plans, hating sequels, more Laika movies, Terry Gilliam and The Boxtrolls.

Travis Knight is an unusual man. He has two jobs at stop motion animation studio Laika. Firstly, he runs the company. But secondly, he's part of the animation crew, taking direction from a film's directors.

With The Boxtrolls heading to cinemas this week, he sat down to chat to us about plans for more Laika movies, his hatred of sequels, and a possible Terry Gilliam project....

I have an ongoing belief that it's important to talk to children about 'real' things, and that there are few better Trojan horses via which to do that than film. When you look at a project that's appropriate for your company, is there a resonance that you're looking for, and is that way Laika's films to date have been steeped in pre-established literature? »

- ryanlambie

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Pixar Movie Supercut Explores the Use of Color

9 September 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

This is a one-minute movie supercut called "Roygbiv" that explores the use of color in the films of Pixar. Those movies include footage from Toy StoryA Bug's LifeToy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-e, Up, Toy Story 3Cars 2, Brave, and Monsters University. The video was created by Rishi Kaneria, and it's really interesting to see how the color design of these films work with each other. Also the title of the video corresponds with the colors presented, which of course are the colors of the rainbow. Thanks to /Film for the tip!

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- Joey Paur

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Votd: The Colorful Worlds of Pixar

9 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Vimeo user Rishi Kaneria has created a supercut celebrating the colorful worlds seen in Pixar movies. The short one minute and a half video features scenes from Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-e, Up, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Brave and Monsters University. I […]

The post Votd: The Colorful Worlds of Pixar appeared first on /Film. »

- Peter Sciretta

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'Roygbiv' makes your favorite Pixar movies even prettier

8 September 2014 5:14 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Roygbiv (noun)

1) An acronym that stands for the color order of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.

2) A short video, edited by Rishi Kaneria with music by Moderat, that brings various Pixar clips together, demonstrating how the animation studio uses said color spectrum, visually and narratively.

For our purposes, we’ll be discussing the latter…Roygbiv, the video, begins strong with bold red and orange hues (i.e. Merida’s fiery red hair in Brave), mellows out a bit with relaxing yellows and greens (i.e. the pastel house from Up), and really cools off with blues, »

- C. Molly Smith

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Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 1

8 September 2014 4:11 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best. 

On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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10 Brits You Never Realised Were In Pixar Films

25 August 2014 10:42 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Pixar Animation Stuidos

Thanks to the meticulous and painstaking way they create every single detail of their films, there aren’t many who have as much success with their films as Pixar Animation Studios. Perhaps one reason they are nigh on perfect is that the cast of each film reflects the way in which they are made: it’s all about teamwork. There isn’t one Pixar film which has an outright star as all of them either focus on the buddy movie double act, or even a whole group or family of central characters.

This is clearly something that is important to Pixar as a company, as any employee, from director to cleaner, is allowed to pitch an idea for a film, and it is the people who work for them who are often considered their most important assets. This goes not just for those who work for Pixar full time, »

- Ian Coomber

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‘Penguins Of Madagascar’ Gets A New Trailer

6 August 2014 3:40 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The best part of all three Madagascar films return in their own spin-off. Those devilishly sly penguins reveal themselves to be secret agents and must team up with a new and technologically advanced espionage team known as The North Wind in order to stop an evil Octopus known as Dave. The film has brought in some respectable talent to fill out the supporting roles, with Benedict Cumberbatch as Classified and John Malkovich as the normal named villain. Despite being a huge fan of the penguins as characters, as well as loving penguins in general, the trailer doesn’t have too many laughs, but a lot of that may be down to my feelings toward the general plot. The shift into espionage territory is more suited here than it was for Cars 2, but the animals have become almost too anthropomorphic. It almost feels as though humans don’t exist in this world, »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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The HeyUGuys Instant Watching Guide – August 4th 2014

4 August 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

 

Something I didn’t realise was happening is that Netflix UK and Ireland actually has a blog and what they have been doing  on the rare update is providing information on which ISP’s are actually providing the fastest service. For the last couple of months the top two have always been Virgin and BT with BT coming out on top. Surprisingly though this month it’s switched around and Virgin is on top, considering the negative feedback I always hear about them this is very interesting.

If you google ‘Netflix News’ then you can usually find this blog and check the updates because otherwise it’s not the easiest thing to find via the site. It’s not only a good way of checking that you will get a reliable service if you are just starting out but a good way of seeing whether or not it is worth »

- Chris Holt

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Review: Planes: Fire & Rescue Rescues Spin-Off Franchise

17 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Having not seen last summer's Disney's Planes ("From the world of Pixar's Cars!"), I went into its fast-tracked, pre-ordained, computer animated sequel with two questions: 1. What happened in the first movie? And 2., How can that possibly matter? After seeing Planes: Fire & Rescue, the questions remain, albeit sans my original sarcasm. Not only did I take on the task of reviewing Fire & Rescue ignorant of the first Planes, but I didn't particularly care about that. Having heard that Planes is trite and uninspired at best, and an obnoxious airborne redux of Cars 2 (of all things!) at worst -- a reviewer friend of mine panned it as a "junk food movie" -- I figured perhaps it's best to let the sequel stand on...

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Press Tour: Cristin Milioti and Ben Feldman's instant 'A to Z' chemistry

13 July 2014 5:13 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

NBC's relationship comedy "A to Z" will answer a question TV fans never even thought to ask: Do Cristin Milioti (the Mother on "How I Met Your Mother") and Ben Feldman (Ginsberg on "Mad Men") have chemistry? That, and the conceit of following a relationship from beginning to end over the course of a single season, were the hot topics at the show's panel at the TCA 2014 summer press tour. Executive producer Ben Queen (a writer on "Cars 2" and creator of that short-lived Fox series "Drive" with Nathan Fillion and Emma Stone) said chemistry was the primary concern in casting. "When they got together to do the network test they had met each other literally a hour before. It was real electric chemistry. I had been told this existed and it's there," Queen said. While Feldman was more self-effacing ("Cristin had her job, they needed to bring in a »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Weekend Report: Fourth 'Transformers' Opens to $300 Million Worldwide

29 June 2014 12:57 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Based on this weekend's returns, the Transformers aren't going to face extinction any time soon.At the domestic box office, the fourth installment in the immensely successful franchise opened to $100 million*. That's the biggest opening of the year so far ahead of Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95 million).More importantly, it took in over $202 million from 37 international markets. That includes a stunning $92 million in China, which is the biggest "foreign" opening ever there (and probably the biggest overall, though we don't have data to confirm that).Overall, the movie earned over $300 million worldwide this weekend. With openings throughout Europe and Latin America on the way, Transformers: Age of Extinction seems poised to make a run at $1 billion.Domestically, Age of Extinction's opening ranks second all-time among Transformers movies behind 2009's Revenge of the Fallen ($108 million). That's not an apples-to-apples comparison, though: all three previous movies burned off demand by launching mid-week. »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Weekend Report: 'Man' Defeats 'Boys,' Falls Short of Predecessor

22 June 2014 12:55 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Think Like a Man Too narrowly defeated fellow Sony comedy 22 Jump Street to take first place at the box office this weekend. Meanwhile, Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys got off to a quiet start.Overall, it was a slow weekend at the box office, with the Top 12 earning $138.8 million. That's down a whopping 40 percent from the same weekend last year, when Monsters University, World War Z and Man of Steel combined for $190 million.Playing at 2,225 locations, Think Like a Man Too opened to $29.2 million this weekend. That's a bit lower than the original Think Like a Man's $33.6 million, and is also below November's The Best Man Holiday ($30.1 million). It is at least an improvement over February's About Last Night, which also starred Kevin Hart and opened to $25.6 million.A $29 million opening for a modestly-budgeted relationship comedy is undeniably good. Still, with Hart's increased popularity and with a fun new »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Pixar's 'Inside Out' has strong personal and emotional origins for director Pete Docter

20 June 2014 12:11 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

For the first time in nearly a decade, Pixar Animation Studios is taking the year off. The Emeryville-Calif.-based company will not be releasing a film in 2014, and it also finds itself in an interesting position, striving to maintain its identity as a haven for bold original visions while at the same time seeing some of its biggest successes inevitably move into franchise and sequel terrain. Wednesday night representatives of the studio took over a theater in West Hollywood's Directors Guild of America (DGA) headquarters to present materials from one such original vision from "Monsters, Inc." and "Up" director Pete Docter: "Inside Out." The film is set for release exactly one year from now, on June 19, 2015. Producer Jonas Rivera quipped that such a seemingly long lead is "dog years" in animation time, where projects typically move at a glacial pace for years on end. When he and Docter finished »

- Kristopher Tapley

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The movie directors who could use a good boss

19 June 2014 7:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

They're talented, individual, but could, possibly, do with a bit of editorial guidance. Could these directors use a boss, we wonder?

Odd List

In truth, we're a bit frightened about this one. Several times in pub/coffee shop/cider drinking in the park conversations, we've chatted about film directors who perhaps have got too powerful, that they seem to be able to get their own way without having someone to call bullshit on them - be it a good boss, or a very good friend that they trust and listen to.

This can be a very good thing. After all, we want film directors to be free to tell their stories. We don't want studio suits calling the shots. And some directors use their independence wondefully well, without losing what bought it to them in the first place (so, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Robert Zemeckis and such like).

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- ryanlambie

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Angus MacLane Co-Directing Finding Dory With Andrew Stanton

11 June 2014 10:13 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Though Cars 2 fizzled and Monsters University didn’t really offer much to Monsters Inc. fans, Pixar has proven with Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3 that it understands how to make great sequels. So we’re holding out hope for Finding Dory, a sequel to Oscar winner Finding Nemo, especially because the first film’s director Andrew Stanton is back on board. Unfortunately, we won’t get to see it until 2016 because of The Good Dinosaur getting delayed and moved to Dory‘s spot, but at least we’ve got some interesting news about the film to tide us over.

While tweeting about an amusing Lego creation, Stanton let slip that Pixar veteran Angus MacLane is co-directing Finding Dory with him:

From my co-director’s clever Lego “couch” series: “@AngusMacLane: Tony Stark having a drink on a couch, in Lego. http://t.co/uw6oyALe36”

— andrew stanton (@andrewstanton) June 5, 2014

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- Isaac Feldberg

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New Plot Details For Pixar’s Inside Out Revealed

11 June 2014 7:25 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With the middling success of Cars 2Brave and Monsters University, Pixar has been stuck in a bit of a rut over the past few years. Luckily, the animation studio’s upcoming slate looks primed to deliver the same kind of inventive, exhilarating family adventures that put Pixar on the map in the first place. And none of them look more promising than 2015′s Inside Out, which travels inside the mind of a young girl.

We’ve gotten bits and pieces of information about Inside Out over the past few months, but director Peter Docter (Up) actually gave attendees of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival an extended look at the film yesterday. According to Docter, like Up, Inside Out starts out with a montage of a young girl named Riley in her early years, showing color-coded and anthropomorphized emotions appearing based on corresponding events. One observer sent the following description to Pixar Post. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Up Composer Michael Giacchino to Score Pixar’s Inside Out

27 May 2014 1:18 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Though composer Michael Giacchino has recently been delving into big studio tentpoles like Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Jurassic World, he hasn’t turned his back on the studio where he won his Oscar.  During a recent pre-concert Q&A, Giacchino confirmed that he will be reuniting with Up director Pete Docter to score Pixar’s Inside Out, which takes place inside a young girl’s mind and revolves around anthropomorphized versions of her emotions.  This will be Giacchino’s fifth feature film with Pixar, having previously scored Up, Ratatoullie, The Incredibles, and Cars 2 in addition to a number of short films—most recently Toy Story of Terror!. Hit the jump to see what Giacchino had to say and for more on his upcoming slate. While speaking before a concert for Star Trek Into Darkness in Switzerland (via Pixar »

- Adam Chitwood

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New Inside Out Synopsis Gives Us A Sneak Peek At Pixar’s Latest

26 May 2014 10:04 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Though the mixed success of its three most recent releases, Cars 2Brave and Monsters University, have caused some to wonder whether Pixar’s golden age has drawn to a close, there’s no denying that the animation giant has turned out some of the greatest family films of all time in its 28 years of existence. And with next summer’s Inside Out, many are hoping that Pixar is gearing up for a creative resurgence. Now, an updated plot synopsis for the film has hit the web, and it sounds pretty exciting.

The film, from Up director Pete Docter, was hailed by Pixar’s chief creative officer John Lasseter last August as, “one of the most unique films I’ve ever been associated with – a magical, wonderful, original film.” It’s based on an original idea by Docter and boasts a screenplay by Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Arndt. Check out the synopsis below, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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'Toy Story of Terror' Comes to Blu-ray and DVD August 19th

21 May 2014 8:34 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Everyone's favorite Toys are back in Disney&#8226Pixar's frightfully fun adventure Toy Story of Terror!, available for the first time ever on Blu-ray + Digital Copy, DVD, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere August 19th. Reuniting after the events of the blockbuster smash Toy Story 3, Buzz, Woody and the gang join new friend Combat Carl for a spooky tale full of mystery and humor that's a must-own for Toy Story and Disney&#8226Pixar fans this summer!

Toy Story of Terror! makes its in-home debut loaded with never-before-seen bonus features, including three Vintage Toy Commercials, which can be viewed as act breaks during the film or separately with Director Introductions. Additional all-new bonus features include Audio Commentary, Deleted Scenes with Editor Introductions and "Team of Specialists," in which director Angus MacLane goes deep behind the scenes to introduce the team of specialists required to make this fun-filled Toy Story adventure!

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'Up' & 'The Incredibles' Composer Michael Giacchino To Score 'Jurassic World'

14 May 2014 9:14 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

John Williams thought it compelling enough to return and score the next three “Star Wars” films for J.J. Abrams, but it appears the prospect of returning to another of his brilliantly-composed franchises, “Jurassic Park,” wasn’t something Williams wanted on his resume (not that this guy has to worry about his resume, having won five Oscars throughout his career). Michael Giacchino will score the new t-rex footprint in the franchise, “Jurassic World.” The Jp and Star Wars worlds are already intertwined with Spielberg and Lucas sharing Williams for both scores, but the pact grows tighter with the next generation. Giacchino is a long-time collaborator with Abrams, having scored “Lost,” “Alias,” “Fringe,” “Mission: Impossible III,” “Star Trek,” “Super 8,” and “Star Trek Into Darkness.” But the connections don’t stop there! Giacchino also scored “Up,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” and “Cars 2” for Pixar—a company famously grown from the computer division of Lucasfilm. »

- Joshua Encinias

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