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Review: Coco (2018)

After amassing an incredible filmography and changing the landscape for animated cinema and how audiences consume it, Pixar Animation Studios have rightly become a giant in the field. Since breaking new ground with Toy Story, the studio has created an array of sublime features that have gripped the heart and excited all ages. So it seems a bit puzzling that, of late, the studio has been considered to be uneven. In the years following the mesmerising Toy Story 3 in 2010, the studio has undeniably opted for more prequel or sequel work than before, instead of the mostly original stories of which they are most renowned for. Yet, despite this over exaggerated idea that they have lost their touch, Pixar has only ever really stumbled majorly with 2011’s surprisingly cold Cars 2 and they most assuredly still have the power to amaze. Enter Coco, Pixar’s best work since Inside Out.
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John Lasseter’s Legacy: Why the Tarnished CG Animation Pioneer May Be Irreplaceable For Disney and Pixar

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John Lasseter’s Legacy: Why the Tarnished CG Animation Pioneer May Be Irreplaceable For Disney and Pixar
At last week’s “Coco” premiere at the El Capitan in Hollywood, John Lasseter had a look of sadness in his eyes. The usual gregarious charm didn’t come as easily. Maybe he was tired: he’d been running both Pixar and Disney Animation as chief creative officer for the last 11 years.

That was the explanation when Lasseter first stepped down as director of “Toy Story 4” earlier this year. Then came Tuesday’s shocking revelation of alleged unwanted advances, forcing the animation mogul — who was known for his warm hugs — to take a six-month leave of absence from the studios, apologizing for “missteps” in a memo to his Disney/Pixar staff.

Lasseter, by far the most powerful and influential figure in contemporary animation, joins a growing list of big-name players in Hollywood, the media, and politics accused of sexual misconduct (including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Charlie Rose). This
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Toy Story 4 Writers Left Over Pixar Head's Alleged Misconduct

Toy Story 4 Writers Left Over Pixar Head's Alleged Misconduct
John Lasseter, head of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation, is the latest Hollywood power player to be embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal, with a new report claiming his behavior affected the highly-anticipated sequel Toy Story 4. It has been revealed that original Toy Story 4 writers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack left the project shortly after they were announced as the screenwriters, after John Lasseter made an unwanted advance. Neither Rashida Jones nor Will McCormack commented on the story, while a Pixar rep claimed their departure was due to "creative differences." Both Rashida Jones and Will McCormack are still credited as the Toy Story 4 writers on the movie's IMDb page.

This report doesn't offer any specific details about what this "unwanted advance" may have been, but if it happened shortly after they came aboard, it likely happened more than three years ago. Toy Story 4 was first announced
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Pixar’s John Lasseter Was the Subject of a ‘Whisper Network’ for More Than Two Decades

Pixar’s John Lasseter Was the Subject of a ‘Whisper Network’ for More Than Two Decades
For more than 20 years, young women at Pixar Animation Studios have been warned about the behavior of John Lasseter, who just disclosed that he is taking a leave due to inappropriate conduct with women. The company’s co-founder is known as a hugger. Around Pixar’s Emeryville, Calif., offices, a hug from Lasseter is seen as a mark of approval.

But among female employees, there has long been widespread discomfort about Lasseter’s hugs and about the other ways he showers attention on young women. On Tuesday, that history caught up with him, as Lasseter became the latest prominent person to be accused of inappropriate behavior. This comes in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse and harassment scandal that brought down the movie mogul and has also tarnished other powerful men such as Charlie Rose, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., and Amazon’s Roy Price.

In a memo to Pixar employees, Lasseter apologized
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All 19 Pixar Movies Ranked, Worst to Best (Photos)

  • The Wrap
TheWrap’s film critic Alonso Duralde rates all the Pixar animation studio’s features: 19. Cars 2 (2011) “They should let people see the movie for free,” one pundit opined, “since Disney will make all their money back on the bedsheets.” Some of Pixar’s best movies are sequels, but this follow-up to an already inferior studio entry seemed like nothing but a craven bid for more merchandising money. The results were good for shareholders but middling for moviegoers. 18. Cars (2006) Never underestimate little boys and their love for automobiles. This brightly colored but dramatically flat tale is most enjoyed by a) male moviegoers.
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Nintendo Shines With The Most Nominations For The Game Awards

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The nominations for the Game Awards have been revealed and it should come to a surprise by no one that Nintendo is leading the way in nominations this year! Here are all the nominations and how to vote!

On December 7, 2017, 2017's video games, their studios, and the people who play them will be honored during The Game Awards 2017, hosted by Geoff Keighley. This year's event should have the gaming world buzzing, as Nintendo is finally in the limelight with about 24 nominations. No other studio can hold that distinction, but Nintendo. It's a long time coming for the once-booming company. The uptick can be attributed to their brand new system, the Nintendo Switch, that has changed the way the world games, as well as the way Nintendo develops.

Video games' biggest night is always a great time to reflect on the best games of the year, but it's also a huge night for reveals.
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‘Project Cars 2′ Review (PS4)

Whilst I’m not intentionally going directly to the end of this review (without passing Go! or collecting two hundred pounds) I feel like I simply must start by saying something that I would usually reserve for my conclusion. That something is the exclamation that Project Cars 2 is an exceptional game that has the better of its predecessor in almost every conceivable way, yet somehow, it feels less impressive. Less impactful. Now I need to try and explain why.

I’ll begin by trying to explain what it is and what it does really well, because if you want a fairly formal, exceptionally well crafted and (dare I say it) mechanically accurate racing experience, then Project Cars 2 probably delivers that better than any other game I’ve played this year. Yes indeed, Slightly Mad Studios has retained its title as the creators of easily the most realistic (whilst
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Project Cars 2 Original Soundtrack now available on iTunes

Red Rocca have announced the release of the cinematic soundtrack to Slightly Mad Studios’ epic racer Project Cars 2 on iTunes. This captivating neo-classical operatic score has been composed by English film and television composer Stephen Baysted, a composer renowned for his versatility and emotionally charged music. A new trailer has been released which provides a behind the scenes look at the recording sessions. Watch this below…

The Project Cars 2 Soundtrack has been composed by Stephen Baysted and performed by London Metropolitan Orchestra and Mezzo Soprano Susan Legg. Baysted has composed the scores for numerous games and films and his music has been enjoyed by countless people around the world.

“For as long as I can remember I’ve been mildly obsessed by cars and a big fan of motor racing, so to have the opportunity to write music which involves both passions is fantastic. My approach, and the underlying aesthetic of the music,
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Star Wars Battlefront II Beta Stream Tonight, Plus Project Cars 2 Giveaway

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The Star Wars Battlefront II Beta has arrived and we'll be streaming the early access beta for everyone at home to enjoy.  Better yet, by watching the stream, you'll have a chance to win Project Cars 2 ont he PlayStation 4!  Come inside for all the details.  

EA has officially opened the beta for one of the hottest games coming out in November, Star Wars Battlefront II!  So, what better way to celebrate the event than by streaming gameplay and giving stuff away?

Tonight at 8pm Cst, on the Cinelinx Twitch channel, join Matt (a.k.a. Quad C, a.k.a. movethejoystick) as he streams the Star Wars Battlefront II Beta.  The person who joins the stream, follows the Cinelinx Twitch, and has the best interaction in the chat will walk away with a copy of Project Cars 2 on the PlayStation 4!  

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Project Cars 2 Review

When Slightly Mad Studios’ Project Cars was released for consoles back in 2015, it was met with an unusually mixed reception. Hardcore racing sim fans got behind their steering wheels and played until their hands were tired, such was the level of detail and authenticity provided. Other players bounced off the game pretty sharply, due to standard controllers providing a sub-standard experience.

That’s why I should mention that before I get into the main portion of this review, I’ve mainly been playing Project Cars 2 with a standard DualShock 4 controller. High-end racing wheels are certainly nice to use and work much as you’d expect them to in-game, providing a greater level of authenticity and a more flexible time of things. But, we wanted to focus on the kind of experience that the game delivers when using the standard PlayStation hardware that the vast majority of players will be expecting to use.
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Review: Rock Dog (2016)

In the Himalayan village of Snow Mountain, Khampa (J.K. Simmons) is a Tibetan Mastiff. A descendant warrior dog whose role in the village is to protect the local sheep population from the wolves. As a tradition which has been handed down from father to son, Khampa naturally wants his son to follow in his footsteps. But his son Bodi (Luke Wilson) has other ideas about his future. After discovering a radio which is dropped by a passing aeroplane, Bodi hears rock music for the first time, in particular a rock star cat Angus Scattergood (Eddie Izzard). Inspired by the music and the inspirational words of Angus, Bodi realises his calling, he wants to pursue his own dream of becoming a Rock Star.

Rock Dog is based on Zheng Jun’s graphic novel Tibetan Rock Dog and follows a familiar philosophy of following your dream. It may not be the most original idea,
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Launch trailer for ‘Project Cars 2′

Project Cars 2 powers its way onto the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC for the much-anticipated worldwide release of gamescom 2017’s “Best Simulation Game”.

The second installment in the critically-acclaimed Project Cars motorsport franchise developed by Slightly Mad Studios, takes the franchise and its fans into a blistering new era of motorsport racing simulation. Project Cars 2 features the largest track roster ever seen on console, 29 motorsport series featuring 180+ cars from dozens of elite brands, and four full seasons of grip-altering weather across 140 revolutionary “living” tracks, Project Cars 2 brings home all the authenticity, beauty, and passion of racing action as never before.

To celebrate the release comes the Project Cars 2 launch trailer that features “Silence”, a track that has been hailed as one of the greatest Trance Anthems of all time, and which has now been revisited by Rhys Fulber, co-founder of the electronica band Delerium, specifically for this trailer.
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Michael Giacchino interview: the art of scoring movies

Sean Wilson Sep 29, 2017

War For The Planet Of The Apes, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Star Wars and more, as we chat to composer Michael Giacchino...

Few blockbuster composers are in as much demand as Michael Giacchino. Having risen through the ranks of video game scoring and smash-hit TV sucesses with the likes of Lost, the versatile composer has over the last decade musically defined several enormous franchises. From Rogue One to Jurassic World to acclaimed Pixar Oscar-winners like Up, there's no end to Giacchino's talents.

With his 50th birthday concert at the Royal Albert Hall coming up on 20th October, we were delighted to catch up with Michael to ask that all-important question: what makes a truly great film score?

Well, it's been 15 years since I was playing Medal Of Honor: Frontline on the PS2 and now I'm sat here talking to its composer! Seriously, how hard were the tanks to defeat in that game?
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Disney-Pixar’s John Lasseter to Be Honored by Walt Disney Family Museum

Disney-Pixar’s John Lasseter to Be Honored by Walt Disney Family Museum
John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, will receive the Diane Disney Miller Lifetime Achievement Award from the Walt Disney Family Museum at its third annual fundraising gala on Nov. 7 at the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio in San Francisco

The award honors those who have made an outstanding impact in arts, education, community involvement, and technological advancement.

“I’m honored to be receiving the Diane Disney Miller Lifetime Achievement Award. Diane was an incredible person and an incredible champion of her father’s legacy,” Lasseter said. “The Walt Disney Family Museum is such an inspiring place for me, and I think for anyone who’s ever seen one of Walt’s movies, or visited one of his theme parks. I was proud to call Diane my friend and I’m very proud to be receiving this recognition in her name.”

Lasseter is a pioneer of computer animation and a driving
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10 Ferrari classics to join the roster of Project Cars 2

Bandai Namco Entertainment and Slightly Mad Studios have announced that Ferrari will be bringing 10 of their most classic cars to Project Cars 2. Despite the brand’s absence in the first Project Cars, fans will be able to race in some of the manufacturer’s best when Project Cars 2 arrives on the Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC on the 22nd September. A new trailer has been released showcasing the cars. Watch this below…

Ferrari were a brand that were very sorely missed by fans in the original Project Cars so it will be a great relief to know that they are definitely coming in this sequel. Ten classic cars have been carefully selected with both road and racing based Ferraris due to make an appearance. The road based vehicles have been chosen to show the evolution of the brand over the last 40 years and the fastest, the most powerful
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Japan Box Office: 20th ‘Pocket Monsters’ Movie Wins Weekend

Japan Box Office: 20th ‘Pocket Monsters’ Movie Wins Weekend
Leading the box office charge for the start of the Japanese school summer holiday season was the 20th installment in the Pocket Monsters anime series. Titled “Gekijoban Pocket Monsters: Kimi ni Kimeta!,” the film opened atop the chart for the July 15-16 weekend with $4.6 million on 436,000 admissions from 368 screens, with Toho distributing. This was nearly 60% better than the previous series entry, which finished with $19 million in 2016.

Highest ranking among the new foreign chart entries at number four was “Cars 3.” Distributed by Disney, the film made $2.86 million in its opening frame. This was almost 30% less than “Cars 2,” which recorded a total of $27 million in 2011. The film is forecast to finish its first run near the $20 million milestone.

Last weekend’s number one, Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” fell to number three with a 17-day cumulative total of $37 million.

Related storiesKorea Box Office: 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Spins $43 Million After
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I’ve got questions about the Cars cinematic universe

Simon Brew Jul 19, 2017

With spoilers, some questions have sprung to mind about Pixar's Cars films. Er, can you help?

The world of the Cars films has always been a bit of a puzzle for me. I don’t have a massive affection for the films, although quite enjoyed movies number one and three. The origins of this particular film world are said to lie in a road trip that John Lasseter – who directed the first two movies – took with his family. That, combined with work Pixar had already been doing on a film called The Yellow Car, set things into motion, and in 2006, the film debuted as Pixar’s fifth feature.

I don’t want to delve into the critical response to Cars. I don’t think it’s going out on too far of a limb to call it Pixar’s least-regarded boxset, but also, I get that these
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'Spider-Man: Homecoming' rules international weekend on $71.2m (update)

'Spider-Man: Homecoming' rules international weekend on $71.2m (update)
July 17 Update: War For The Planet Of The Apes in $44.2m international launch; Despicable Me 3 crosses $400m.Sony Pictures Releasing International

Updated: Spider-Man: Homecoming grossed $71.2m at the weekend from 20,800 screens in 63 markets to boost the running total to $260.1m.

In South Korea, the film held the number one spot for the second consecutive weekend on $11.7m for $42m, which makes this instalment the highest grossing Spider-Man film and the biggest Us release of 2017.

Latin America dropped 44% as a region and seven markets, including Brazil and Mexico, retained the number one spot. Leading the way, Brazil delivered $5.5m after a 38% drop for $19.1m, making it the biggest Spider-Man film ever. Mexico produced $4.3m from 2,897 screens for $20.2m.

In Europe, the film debuted at number one on $6.3m in France amid fierce summer competition, and Germany delivered a number two $3.7m launch that includes previews. The webslinger dropped 43% in its second weekend in the UK on $4.9m
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'Spider-Man: Homecoming' rules international weekend on $72.3m (update)

'Spider-Man: Homecoming' rules international weekend on $72.3m (update)
War For The Planet Of The Apes in $46m international launch; Despicable Me 3 crosses $400m.Sony Pictures Releasing International

Spider-Man: Homecoming grossed $72.3m this weekend from 20,800 screens in 63 total markets for $261.1m.

In South Korea, the film held the number one spot for the second consecutive weekend on $11.9m for $42.2m which makes this newest instalment the highest grossing Spider-Man film of all time and the biggest Us release of 2017.

Latin America dropped 44% as a region and had seven markets, including Brazil and Mexico, retain the number one spot. Leading the way, Brazil delivered $5.7m, a mere 38% drop, for a total of $19.4m making it the biggest Spider-Man film ever. Mexico earned $4.5m from 2,897 screens for $20.4m.

In Europe, France debuted at number one amid fierce summer competition on $6m, and Germany debuted at number two on $3.7m, including previews. The UK dropped 43% in its second weekend to earn $5m from 1,223 screens for a market total of
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'Spider-Man: Homecoming' rules international weekend on $72.3m

'Spider-Man: Homecoming' rules international weekend on $72.3m
War For The Planet Of The Apes in $46m international launch; Despicable Me 3 crosses $400m.Sony Pictures Releasing International

Spider-Man: Homecoming grossed $72.3m this weekend from 20,800 screens in 63 total markets for $261.1m.

In South Korea, the film held the number one spot for the second consecutive weekend on $11.9m for $42.2m which makes this newest instalment the highest grossing Spider-Man film of all time and the biggest Us release of 2017.

Latin America dropped 44% as a region and had seven markets, including Brazil and Mexico, retain the number one spot. Leading the way, Brazil delivered $5.7m, a mere 38% drop, for a total of $19.4m making it the biggest Spider-Man film ever. Mexico earned $4.5m from 2,897 screens for $20.4m.

In Europe, France debuted at number one amid fierce summer competition on $6m, and Germany debuted at number two on $3.7m, including previews. The UK dropped 43% in its second weekend to earn $5m from 1,223 screens for a market total of
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