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There are movie studios and then there is Disney.
With its arsenal of Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm, the studio has long ago transcended the bonds of Hollywood to become an entertainment behemoth with no equal.
Most of Disney’s rivals — perpetually finding themselves punching up as the studio rolls out fresh “Star Wars” spinoffs and “Avengers” sequels — send their top emissaries to CinemaCon. Sony Pictures sent its head Tom Rothman to woo theater owners. Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara hit Sin City to praise the theatrical experience and take a thinly veiled swipe at Screening Room. And Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore interviewed Megan Fox and Will Arnett to promote a new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
Disney sent distribution chief Dave Hollis to fill in for motion picture head Alan Horn. Moreover, the company, which prefers to reveal teasers and break news at D23, its annual fan expo, mostly relied »
- Brent Lang
This summer, Pixar fans will get to reunite with their favorite fish in the long-awaited animated sequel Finding Dory, arriving in theaters June 17. Pixar has a long tradition of introducing new animated shorts in front of every project, and Finding Dory will be no different, with the new short Piper debuting alongside the sequel. Entertainment Weekly has our first look at the title character, a diminutive sandpiper exploring the beach.
The story centers on a baby sandpiper who is trying to both find food, and overcome hydrophobia, the fear of water. Longtime Pixar animator Alan Barillaro makes his directorial debut with this short film, which was inspired by the numerous birds he used to observe while running along the shoreline, just a mile from Pixar's Emeryville, California headquarters. Here's what the director had to say about this young bird who was afraid of the water but had to go near it to eat. »
Pixar short Piper gets a firs look image, courtesy of the studio.
The Walt Disney Company and Pixar have provided us with a first look at the new Pixar short Piper.
Piper – Concept Art by Jason Deamer (Production Designer). ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.
Piper will be attached to the studio’s next big release, Finding Dory, which releases everywhere this coming July.
Directed by Alan Barillaro and produced by Marc Sondheimer, “Piper,” the new short from Pixar Animation Studios, tells the story of a hungry sandpiper hatchling who ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is, the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore.
Here’s a little more about the gifted director.
- Paul Heath
Cast one eye over Pixar’s decorated track record and you’ll begin to notice a handful of recurring motifs and Easter Eggs that crop up regardless of whether said film takes place in the mystical highlands of Brave or in the inky-blackness of space found in Wall-e. Those inside nods include the iconic Pizza Planet truck, references to A113 – the classroom where the Pixar brain trust sparked into life all those years ago – and the Luxo ball.
But there is one Easter Egg that supposedly predates them all – Ed O’Neill’s grouchy octopus from Finding Dory. Embracing the occasion of April Fools’ Day, Disney and Pixar have rolled out a new video for the animated sequel that features both O’Neill and director Andrew Stanton highlighting the studio’s best-kept “secret.”
Peeling the curtain back on the Pixar Easter Egg to end all Pixar Easter Eggs, here’s »
- Michael Briers
Well, this looks like fun! Netflix are certainly starting to fire on all cylinders when it comes to their movies these days, and their latest offering Special Correspondents is certainly one to keep an eye out for. Gervais and Bana seem like a decent match here with good chemistry to boot. Check out the first trailer below. Released: April 29th Synopsis: Special Correspondents, a new Netflix original feature film was written and directed by Ricky Gervais and stars Eric Bana (Deliver Us From Evil, Lone Survivor) and Gervais (Muppets Most Wanted, Derek). The film is about a struggling New York based radio journalist whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. With his job on the line, he fakes front line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in Queens. The film also stars Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel, Up in the Air), Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire, »
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Zootropolis finally makes its bow in UK cinemas this weekend, and it’s been well worth the wait. It continues an astonishing run from Walt Disney Animation Studios, and we were lucky enough to spend some time with its directors, Rich Moore (Rm) and Byron Howard (Bh), to chat about the film.
Here’s how it went…
Bh: He’s not as brutal as you might think!
Rm: John’s mom was an art teacher. So John really has that talent of picking out something nice about everything that someone does. »
“We are all so lucky, regardless of a gold man, because we get to make stuff,” an elated Docter said in his acceptance speech.
He added that “Inside Out” had been inspired by his own children growing up and concluded by urging the audience to embrace creativity: “You can make stuff. Make films, draw, write. It will make a world of difference.”
Docter even made use of the show’s new thank you scroll to announce a special treat for his kids. The scroll, which was introduced to provide extra space for thanking a winner’s family and collaborators, read, “I love you Amanda, Nick & Elie — okay yes, let’s get a dog.”
It’s the eighth animated Oscar for Pixar, »
- Dave McNary
While the perfect sheen of Pixar has been a bit muddied with recent middling successes like The Good Dinosaur, Monster University, Brave, and Cars 2, there is still no denying that the studio is comprised of master storytellers. From Toy Story 3 to Wall-e, Pixar has proven time and again that not only can they match unreasonably high expectations, but they can surpass them.
This fact couldn't be more important than now, as we approach the release of Finding Dory a sequel Finding Nemo, the film that arguably cemented their domination of the animation medium. In anticipation of the movie, they've just released a little 30-second video that teases the upcoming trailer, which is set to air on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on March 2.
Check out the teaser below!
"Disney•Pixar's Finding Dory reunites everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. »
- Joseph Medina
20 years ago today, Trainspotting began winning over audiences on its way to becoming a breakout British hit. The film, about drug addiction in Edinburgh, was released in the U.K. and Ireland on this day in 1996, and a U.S. release followed that summer. The film launched Ewan McGregor into international stardom — he was cast in the Star Wars prequels shortly afterward. Trainspotting was his second team-up with director Danny Boyle, following Boyle’s feature debut, Shallow Grave. Boyle went on to earn Oscar attention for Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours. Diane, the teenager McGregor’s character becomes entangled with, was played by Kelly Macdonald, who turned 20 on the day of Trainspotting’s U.K./Ireland release. Boyle is currently working on a Trainspotting sequel that he plans to shoot later this year. Other notable February 23 happenings in pop culture history: • 1939: At the 11th Academy Awards, Frank Capra film You »
- Emily Rome
Force Awakens fever is still gripping the film industry two months after the release of the seventh Star Wars entry, and the world of cinema-centric books is just as Snoke-obsessed. But there’s plenty more worth snagging, including in-depth analyses of Pixar and Spike Lee’s Bamboozled, a lavish study of musicals, and a graphic stunner called Filmish.
Dk’s Star Wars visual dictionaries are, quite simply, must-owns. (Even the three prequel editions are fascinating.) And the Force Awakens Visual Dictionary might be the best yet. Author Pablo Hidalgo goes deep, providing everything you wanted to know about Jakku (but were afraid to ask), offering insight on briefly seen characters like Max Von Sydow’s Lor San Tekka, and breaking down exactly why the “crossguard blades” of Kylo Ren’s lightsaber are a necessity. Plus, the film stills »
- Christopher Schobert
When it comes to this year’s Academy Awards, no word is more buzzworthy than “diversity”. For the second year in a row the Oscars have nominated only white actors in their four main acting categories, sparking backlash and, as a result, inciting the Academy to announce new changes to tackle its “diversity problem”.
Amidst another year of #OscarsSoWhite trending on Twitter, however, the fact that 2015 has been an exceptionally strong year for women has been largely overlooked. Three of this year’s best picture nominees (Brooklyn, Room, Mad Max: Fury Road) are female-centric and feature strong female protagonists in the center of the action. In fact, even outside of those films and their performances, a number of women are nominated for best picture as producers, as well. Kristie Macosko Krieger is nominated for Bridge of Spies, Blye Pagon Faust is nominated for Spotlight, Dede Gardner »
- Patrick Shanley
Thursday morning’s Oscar nominations for Best Animated Film skewed heavily towards the independents, the international and the quirky. Disney-Pixar’s much-heralded “Inside Out” scored a nomination but the company’s second film, “The Good Dinosaur” was shut out along with Fox’s “The Peanuts Movie” and Universal’s blockbuster “Minions.”
Though it might seem like a foregone conclusion that a Pixar film will triumph yet again at the Oscars, just being nominated, as they say, is an honor for several lesser-known titles.
Paramount’s offbeat stop-motion drama “Anomalisa,” directed by received a nod, along with Lionsgate’s “Shaun the Sheep Movie” and a pair of dramas distributed by GKids — innovative Brazilian story “Boy and the World” and “When Marnie Was There” from Studio Ghibli. »
- Dave McNary
Special Correspondents, a new Netflix original feature film was written and directed by Ricky Gervais and stars Eric Bana (Deliver Us From Evil, Lone Survivor) and Gervais (Muppets Most Wanted, Derek). The film is about a struggling New York based radio journalist whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. With his job on the line, he fakes front line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in Queens.
The film also stars Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel, Up in the Air), Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire, Brave), Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects, Casino), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty, How to Train Your Dragon), Raúl Castillo (Looking, Cold Weather), and Benjamin Bratt (Modern Family, 24: Live Another Day).
- Kellvin Chavez
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