Robin Chandler, former head of publicity for Pixar Animation Studios, is joining DreamWorks Animation as head of theatrical publicity, the Burbank-based studio announced Tuesday. Chandler will lead worldwide publicity efforts to boost the studio’s feature films, beginning with the Jan. 29, 2016, release of “Kung Fu Panda 3.”
“Robin’s incredible track record in the animation industry speaks for itself and I am absolutely thrilled to have her leading our theatrical publicity,” Gallagher said. “We have an amazing slate of films on the horizon and I can’t wait to work with Robin and our partners at Fox to share it with fans around the world.”
Chandler left Emeryville-based Pixar as head of worldwide publicity. There, she oversaw not only feature films but in-home, television, theme parks, »
- James Rainey
Read More: 6 Ways Virtual Reality Will Change Filmmaking On Tuesday, almost half a year after debuting its first four-minute virtual reality experience, "Lost," at Sundance, Oculus Story Studio introduced the star of its second project: a hedgehog named Henry, on its blog. Henry loves birthdays and balloons and friends, but his spikes make contact impossible and he only scares potential companions away. "Henry" is directed by Pixar veteran Ramiro Lopez Dau ("Brave," "Monsters University"), and the character was co-created by production designer Kendal Cronkhite ("Madagascar," "James and the Giant Peach") and character artist Bernard Haux ("Brave," "Toy Story 3," "Up"). These animation pros discuss Henry's social struggles in the teaser above. "[Henry is] really the first character in virtual reality," said producer Edward Saatchi. "We've noticed that he's starting to feel »
- Sara Itkis
When it comes to TV awards, digital may be the new cable.
Internet-streaming services Netflix and Amazon are producing award-worthy original programming — and Hulu, Yahoo and AOL are also jumping into the game, looking to garner industry accolades for their content investments and the marketing lift they provide.
The digital insurgents haven’t fully crossed the divide yet, having been shut out of major Emmy wins so far. The highest-profile victories have been David Fincher’s directing win for “House of Cards” season one, and “Orange Is the New Black” co-star Uzo Aduba’s (pictured above) guest actress Emmy last year.
But the tide appears to be shifting. “Cards” star Kevin Spacey won the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award this year; “Oitnb” picked up two SAG wins; and Amazon Studios’ “Transparent” won a Globe for best comedy series, while star Jeffrey Tambor nabbed lead actor.
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- Todd Spangler
Facebook-owned Oculus announced its second animated movie Tuesday. “Henry,” which is being described as “a heartwarming comedy about a loveable hedgehog,” will be first shown at a premiere event on July 28, and eventually become available free of charge to consumers buying an Oculus headset once those go on sale early next year.
The movie is all about a hedgehog who longs for friendship, but scares away other animals with his spikiness. It plays out entirely in virtual reality, and Oculus is promoting it with its own micro-site. It’s unclear how long the movie will be, or how much Oculus invested in its production; a spokesperson declined to provide further details.
“Henry” has been directed by Ramiro Lopez Dau, who also did animation work for Pixar films like “Monsters University,” “Brave” and “Cars 2.” Other notable animators involved in the production of “Henry” include Kendal Cronkhite and Bernhard Haux, who »
- Janko Roettgers
After years of development and a late-breaking release date shift in 2013, Disney-Pixar has released the first teaser trailer for The Good Dinosaur. Directed by Peter Sohn (Partly Cloudy), the buddy comedy takes place in a world in which the asteroid didn't smash into Earth millions of years ago, leaving the dinosaurs intact. The story revolves around a dinosaur named Arlo who, after a traumatic event unsettles his family, sets out on a journey with an unlikely companion—a human boy. If the title of this film sounds familiar, it's because the project has had a long and somewhat tumultuous history (which is not entirely out of the ordinary for Pixar). It was to be Up co-director Bob Peterson's solo directorial debut, but in 2014 Peterson was removed from the film and some of his ideas (including modeling the dinosaurs off of Amish farmers) were jettisoned in favor of a new iteration of the story. »
- Adam Chitwood
I hate to admit it, but it's true: I failed you guys last month. I don't say that because I ultimately recommended you check out a couple of stinkers in May's monthly movie preview (we'll get to that in a moment), but rather because, of the five movies I mentioned as "must-sees", I actually only saw two of them. I led last month's post with the caveat that there wasn't much of note coming out during May, but still, if I'm gonna recommend movies I should probably watch 'em too, and I vow to do so from now on. Unless I change my mind. Or run out of money. Or everyone else tells me they're bad and that I should run for the hills and avoid them forever. Point is, I'll try. Not to make excuses, but I did have a lot going on last month. I finished grad school, »
- Jordan Benesh
A first trailer has arrived online for writer/director Davie Fairbanks and Marc Small’s “ultimate party film” Legacy, starring Franz Drameh (Attack the Block) and Steven Cree (Maleficent). Check it out below after the official synopsis…
Legacy is the story of five teenagers throwing the ultimate party. Before entering the world of adulthood Sean and his four friends are about to attend the party of a lifetime: Chrome! But when they’re unexpectedly and literally thrown to the curb before ever stepping foot inside, Sean (Franz Drameh: Attack The Block, Edge of Tomorrow), discovers his older brother has a dark and unpleasant history with Damien Chase (Steven Cree: Maleficent, Brave), the party promoter. Unable to deal with the embarrassment, Sean devises a plan to get even…throw a party to end all parties. When Damien gets wind that the five friends plan to topple his empire, he »
- Gary Collinson
Pixar filmmakers take their research seriously. For Cars, this meant a nine-day road trip along Route 66. A visit to Scotland provided inspiration for Brave. And with the latest Pixar release, Inside Out, which opens June 19, director Pete Docter and his team exhaustively studied a different kind of landscape: the mind of an 11-year-old girl. To better understand the constantly changing emotional world of Riley, the movie’s tween protagonist, they consulted with scientists,...
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Apparently this was inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but it has about as much in common with that as Burger King does with Macbeth. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Lucas gets a story credit and served as executive producer, but this has the whiff of a vanity project for cowriter and director Gary Rydstrom, making his feature debut. Yes, legendary sound designer Gary Rydstrom, who’s won seven Oscars in that field and has created some of the most memorable movie noises ever for films including Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, and Minority Report, but who, the evidence of this movie suggests, has no business writing and directing a movie. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Broccoli leads to a teatime tantrum in an exclusive new clip from Pixar's Inside Out.
As young Riley's father tries to feed her some green veggies, Mindy Kaling's Disgust is on hand to make sure disaster is averted.
However, Disgust's plan to avoid eating vegetables backfires when Anger (Lewis Black) finds out Riley won't be able to have any dessert.
The film will be released in the Us on June 19 and in the UK on July 24. Watch a trailer below: »
Pixar never stopped being good, but for a little while it stopped being great. Cars 2 was the first Pixar movie to get a “Rotten” score, and while Brave and Monsters University fared better they couldn’t live up to the likes of Up and Wall-e. So there’s a lot riding on Pete Docter‘s Inside Out, which with […]
The post ‘Inside Out’ Early Buzz: Pixar Makes a Sweet Return to Form appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
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 faith once again in writer/director Pete Docter (Monsters Inc., Up) for their latest entry, Inside Out, which is the best film the studio has »
- Paul Shirey
Many Pixar movies contain Easter eggs - hidden nods to other films from the Pixar universe - and now a new video has been unveiled that reveals all the ones you might have missed.
It was also previously revealed that a fifth Indiana Jones movie will be made. Disney bought the rights to future sequels in 2012.
Disney's Lucasfilm is to release Star Wars: The Force Awakens this December. Watch »
This year's Cannes Film Festival kicks off tonight, with big blockbusters and art house offerings sitting side-by-side. Digital Spy runs down the 11 most exciting films that will be screening in the south of France over the next two weeks.
George Miller's eagerly-awaited return to the world of Mad Max is already drawing rave reviews thanks to its explosive action sequences and intense turns from Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. For us mere mortals outside of Cannes, there won't be long to wait to see it - Fury Road hits cinemas on Friday!
On paper Woody Allen and Joaquin Phoenix may not seem like a natural fit, but with the latter playing a "tormented philosophy professor" who romances Emma Stone, this has us very intrigued. Allen's last film was the brilliant Blue Jasmine, suggesting that he's rediscovered his mojo. »
The May 1 release of Avengers: Age of Ultron marks the "official" start of the 2015 Summer Movie Season and with that in mind, it's only appropriate to offer up a look forward at what's ahead over the next four months. What is ahead over the next four monthsc Well, a lot of movies that cost a lot of money with a few smaller features mixed in for good measure, and as much as some of us may lament the fact studios have become so franchise focused, it's hard not to admit a desire to see some of these bigger features. As a means of whittling down the flock of films arriving over the next several months I've chosen to take a look at my 20 most anticipated, which does mean there are bound to be some titles I probably ought to mention, but didn't make the list for a variety of reasons. »
- Brad Brevet
Pixar has released a new clip from its upcoming release Inside Out.
The minute-long promo shows the emotions of 11-year-old Riley preparing for her first day at a new school in San Francisco.
An excited Joy (Amy Poehler) hands out tasks to some of her fellow emotions - Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling) - before giving Sadness (Phyllis Smith) the important task of keeping all of Riley's sadness contained in a small circle.
The animated film will be released on June 19 in the Us and July 24 in the UK.
Watch a trailer for Pixar's Inside Out below: »
Whether you like it or not, the summer movie season is right around the corner! Of course, blockbusters sprout up all throughout the year, with movies like The Divergent Series: Insurgent and Furious 7 setting the box office on fire even before the "official" summer movie season kicks off...But the four-month period between May and August is simply jam-packed with big-budget tentpoles, outlandish comedies and even a few memorable indie dramas. Before you start snatching up tickets to your favorite summer movies, we have a handy guide breaking down all of the major studio blockbusters, and even a few independent flicks that have the potential to break out into the mainstream. Here our the 35 movies you simply can't miss this summer!
1Avengers: Age of Ultron - May 1
Last week, I joined a group of journalists at Pixar in Emeryville, where we were shown the first hour of "Inside Out," this summer's new Pixar film. You can get a look at some of what we did in this gallery, and you can see some concept art for the film embedded below. The last interview of my day was with Jonas Rivera, who produced “Inside Out.” Rivera started at Pixar as an intern, making him pretty much the walking incarnation of a success story at the studio. We’d spoken earlier in the day as part of a round-table along with director Pete Docter, but this was my chance to speak to Rivera one-on-one. Drew McWeeny: I said this when you were in the room earlier: I feel like each Pixar director at this point has a signature and has something that they bring to the table that makes their films different. »
- Drew McWeeny
A classic fairy tale is brought back to life this month with the release of Disney's new live-action Cinderella movie. Downton Abbey's Lily James is the latest star to become a Disney Princess, donning the glass slippers to take on the title role for director Kenneth Branagh.
Though Cinderella is very much a princess in the traditional mould, the ever-expanding Disney tendrils mean that new female characters are being inducted into the studio's roster all the time. The House of Mouse now owns Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar, and when you add the studio's Touchstone Pictures arm into the mix there's a wealth of memorable movies out there.
Everyone knows about Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora and the rest, but Digital Spy wants to highlight those who are part of the extended Disney Princess family. Read on to see our alternative choices below...
1. Princess Leia (Star Wars)
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Pixar has a lot riding on their new feature “Inside Out” if they want to recapture their 2000s golden age as the quintessential leaders of animation. The colorful story of an adventure that takes place inside the mind of a little girl is the studio’s first film in two years (They released one every year since 2006’s “Cars”). It’s also their first original, non-sequel project since 2012’s charming but underwhelming “Brave," as well as the triumphant return of director Pete Docter after he helmed “Up," the second greatest animated film of '00s in this writer’s opinion (It loses to “Wall-e” by a tiny margin). Yes, the premise sounds like a mix of “Osmosis Jones” (an under appreciated animated feature in its own right), and the lesser-known early '90s sit-com "Herman’s Head." However, all of the marketing materials we’ve seen so far, along with »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
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