With a brand new trailer set to arrive tomorrow morning, Warner Bros. has whet our appetites for our impending return to Middle-earth by releasing a banner for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second instalment in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, which features Martin Freeman's Bilbo Baggins alongside Kili (Aidan Turner), Fili (Dean O'Gorman), Dwalin (Graham McTavish) and Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage)....
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is set for release on December 13th, with a cast that also includes Middle-earth veterans Ian McKellen (Gandalf the Grey), Andy Serkis (Gollum), Christopher Lee (Saruman the White), Ian Holm (Old Bilbo), Elijah Wood (Frodo) Sylvester McCoy (Radagast the Brown), Ken Stott (Balin), Mark Hadlow (Dori), Jed Brophy (Nori), Adam Brown (Ori), John Callen (Oin), Peter Hambleton (Gloin), William Kircher (Bifur), James Nesbitt (Bofur), Stephen Hunter (Bombur), Manu Bennett (Azog), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Necromancer / Smaug), Lee Pace (King Tranduil), Hugo Weaving »
- Gary Collinson
Tim here, with what we might call, to steal a phrase, a burning question. Or at least a terrified, desperate question with rage tears streaming all down my face:
What the hell is happening with Pixar Animation Studios?
By this point, I imagine most of you have heard the news that The Good Dinosaur, the studio’s second film out in the future, has been pushed from May, 2014, to November, 2015. This coming just a few weeks after the announcement that Bob Peterson, a writer and storyboard artist with the studio since forever, had been taken off what was to have been his solo directorial debut with that same project.
This has had all sorts of fun ramifications for the company, including the inexplicable Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory being pushed to May, 2016, to make room for The Good Dinosaur. 2014, at the moment, will end up as the first calendar year »
- Tim Brayton
Disney-Pixar has held a steady one-a-year release pace since '05, but next year the streak will be broken.
Mhmm. For the first time in almost a decade, an entire year will go by without one of the studio's new animation sensations rolling out, and according to the Los Angeles Times, it's because "The Good Dinosaur" has gone bad.
"The Good Dinosaur" was set to be co-directed by Bob Peterson of "Up" acclaim and feature a boy who befriends an Apatosaurus in a world where dinos weren't killed off before humankind came along, but apparently the writer-director's deadlines were nearing extinction without results, and the studio decided to pull him from the project.
Stepping in to help co-director Peter Sohn salvage the bones of this "Dinosaur" for now are John Lasseter ("Cars"), director Lee Unkrich ("Monsters Inc.," "Toy Story 3") and Mark Andrews ("Brave"), but Pixar has not set a full replacement for Peterson just yet. »
- Amanda Bell
The last year that passed without a Pixar movie in theaters was 2005, one year after The Incredibles and one year before Cars. Since then, every summer has been blessed with a Pixar release, eight straight years with a blockbuster that’s earned at least $191 million and resulted in five Oscars for Best Animated Feature. But yesterday, Disney announced that The Good Dinosaur, its movie about a time when dinosaurs and humans co-existed, had been delayed and its release date was being shifted from May 30, 2014 to Nov. 25, 2015.
The news wasn’t a complete surprise: just last month, Pixar had replaced The Good Dinosaur’s director, »
- Jeff Labrecque
News Simon Brew 19 Sep 2013 - 07:00
There may yet be no Pixar movie in 2014, as the firm delays The Good Dinosaur and Finding Dory...
It seems that all is not well behind the scenes of Pixar's planned 2014 release, The Good Dinosaur. A few weeks ahead, under a year ahead of its planned May 30th 2014 release date, Pixar removed director Bob Peterson from the film (although Peterson is still understood to be working at Pixar). A formal replacement for him has yet, to our knowledge, to be announced, leaving the Pixar brain trust, including John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3), Mark Andrews (Brave) and Peter Sohn (who had been co-directing the movie), overseeing the film.
And clearly they've decided that there are significant problems to fix. Hence, a fairly major delay has been announced for the film. The Good Dinosaur has now been put back 18 months, with its new release »
Today’s revelation from Disney – that there won’t be a new Pixar film released in theaters in 2014 – is disappointing, but has a silver lining: this should allow a proper amount of time for the computer-animation studio to refine its next original piece of storytelling, The Good Dinosaur, after having formally confirmed that Bob Peterson is no longer directing the film. That’s an encouraging thought for everyone who would prefer that the Pixar filmmaking machine take its time and make Good Dinosaur its next masterpiece; as opposed to, ending up with another Brave final product on its hands (i.e. a solid film that fell short of greatness due ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
For the past nine years Pixar has been mostly delighting, sometimes disappointing moviegoers with a fresh film each year, from their much vaunted braintrust. Exemplifying the high ideals of letting creative people do their work and get out of the way, for the most part, Pixar has lived up that mantra both critically and commercially, becoming a seemingly unstoppable box office machine, even if internally, some projects went through some painful birthing processes (see "Brave"). However, it looks like Pixar could jump the hurdle of their latest movie facing issues on the studio's campus. As you might recall, "The Good Dinosaur" lost director Bob Peterson at the end of August, and there still hasn't been replacement named, likely leading to the bump of the movie from May 30, 2014 to November 25, 2015. Oh, but wasn't that the date of sequel "Finding Dory"? Yep, but it's now arriving on June 17, 2016. Damn. But don't worry »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Following news at the end of last month that the Pixar brain trust of John Lasseter, Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich, replacement Brave director Mark Andrews, and Party Cloudy short director Pete Sohn were taking over The Good Dinosaur from director Bob Peterson, it sounds like the problems weren't as easy to fix as they might have thought. The La Times is reporting that Disney and Pixar are pushing back the film from its initial release of May 30th, 2014 all the way back to November 25th, 2015. Pixar fans may have realized that's the date that the sequel Finding Dory was hitting theaters, but that too is now delayed. More below! The sequel to Finding Nemo will now arrive in the June 17, 2016. That's likely because all hands on deck will be needed to fix The Good Dinosaur for 2015. Director Andrew Stanton explains: "We can’t have the amount of labor »
- Ethan Anderton
Billy Connolly, 70, recently underwent surgery to treat his prostate cancer. In addition, the comedian and actor was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
"Billy Connolly recently underwent minor surgery in America after being diagnosed with the very early stages of prostate cancer," his representative tells BBC. "In addition, Billy has been assessed as having the initial symptoms of Parkinson's disease, for which he is receiving the appropriate treatment."
The Scot doesn't plan to let these illnesses affect his work plans. His spokeswoman says he will continue to move forward with his career as normal.
"Billy has been assured by experts that the findings will in no way inhibit or affect his ability to work, and he will start filming a TV series in the near future, as well as undertaking an extensive theatrical tour of New Zealand in the new year," the rep says.
Connolly's recent projects include playing the voice »
Comedian Billy Connolly has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer and Parkinson's disease, according to a statement posted on his website. Connolly is set to star in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again. He recently appeared in Quartet and lent his voice to Disney-Pixar's Brave. He's famous in the U.K. for his stand-up comedy and initially achieved fame as a folk musician. Connolly underwent minor surgery after being diagnosed with the very early stages of prostate cancer and the operation was successful, the statement says. He's also "receiving the appropriate treatment"
- Hilary Lewis
The popular actor and comedian Billy Connolly has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, it emerged today. Connolly, 70, recently voiced the character of Fergus in Brave and is soon to be seen in The Hobbit: There And Back Again. He has said that he intends to continue working and is shortly to being filming on a new television series.
Connolly, who recently underwent successful surgery for prostate cancer, had become concerned about his mental health after he began to find himself forgetting his lines. He is said to be in the early stages of the disease, which is presently incurable, and is receiving the best available treatment.
Individual responses to the disease and its treatment vary considerably. Michael J Fox continues to work despite having lived with it for 20 years, whilst Bob Hoskins announced his retirement earlier this year because of its effects on him. »
- Jennie Kermode
Nobody likes a bureaucrat. Nothing but pesky pencil pushing meddlers, the lot of them. Imagine a world where the pencil pushers were given free reign, it would be intolerable, it would be… A kingdom without knights!
Idealistic Justin (Freddie Highmore) escapes from the rigid expectations of his Chief Counsel father (Alfred Molina) into daydreams of their kingdoms history. His grandfather, Sir Roland, was a legendary knight and the tales of his bravery have prompted Justin to pursue a life of adventure and heroism rather than study and legal acumen. On the eve of his departure for law school, inspired by the stirring words of his grandmother (Julie Walters), the spirited redhead sets off on a quest to honour the memory of the great man and become a knight himself.
Bearing, as a treasured favour, the stripy sock his disinterested lady-love tossed in his direction, Justin begins to search for the The Tower of Wisdom. »
- Emily Breen
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb....
The Dissolve offers their own perspective on the changing of directors on Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur...
"As the [La] Times notes, this is not the first time Pixar has replaced a director in the middle of production; in fact, it’s the fourth time in eight movies that it’s made such a drastic change. Sometimes that decision has worked out creatively; Brad Bird subbed in for Jan Pinkava on Ratatouille, and helped make that movie one of Pixar’s biggest creative successes. Sometimes that decision has not worked out creatively; Lasseter wound up completing Cars 2 after Brad Lewis started the film, and even he couldn’t save that sinking ship."
Read the full article here.
- Flickering Myth
The Good Dinosaur is one of the more highly-anticipated upcoming animated movies, as it’s the first original Pixar film since Brave (2012) and only the second original property since the Oscar-winning Up in 2009. The premise, from director Bob Peterson, “envisions an Earth where dinosaurs never became extinct.”
Peterson co-directed Up, which fused a sense of maturity and poignancy to an oddball premise (an old man floats his house to South America, with a little kid accidentally in tow), all heightened by some of the studio’s most impressively spare animation and design.
With increasing pressure on the studio to return to its commercially and critically dominant status, Pixar president Ed Catmull announced only a few months ago that the studio would put a renewed emphasis on ...
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- Anthony Vieira
Pixar president Ed Catmull confirmed a report from earlier this week that director Bob Peterson has been removed from The Good Dinosaur. The studio is still planning on hitting the May 30, 2014 release date that is already in place. Here's what the studio president had to say in a brief statement.
"All directors get really deep in their films. Sometimes you just need a different perspective to get the idea out. Sometimes directors ... are so deeply embedded in their ideas it actually takes someone else to finish it up. I would go so far as to argue that a lot of live-action films would be better off with that same process."
The report from three days ago revealed that the studio removed the first-time director due to issues they were having with the story. Until a replacement director can be found, a number of Pixar filmmakers are overseeing certain aspects of the project, »
Pixar’s fifteenth feature film The Good Dinosaur will hit theaters next May. It might sound strange, then, that the beloved animation studio has just fired the film’s director, Bob Peterson, from the project, according to the La Times. But Pixar has lately made swapping directors Standard Operating Procedure — most controversially with last year’s Brave, the company’s first-ever female-headlined film, which was also going to be its first-ever female-directed film before the ousting of original helmer Brenda Chapman. Chapman now works for cross-court rivals DreamWorks Animation, and recently implied to the New York Times that Pixar chief John Lasseter micro-manages; coincidentally, »
- Darren Franich
It was rumored just last week that Pixar had removed director Bob Peterson from The Good Dinosaur, which would have been his first solo-directing gig after serving as co-director on Up. Today the Los Angeles Times confirms the news, quoting the studio's president, Ed Catmull: "All directors get really deep in their films... Sometimes you just need a different perspective to get the idea out. Sometimes directors ... are so deeply embedded in their ideas it actually takes someone else to finish it up. I would go so far as to argue that a lot of live-action films would be better off with that same process." This is the fourth time in eight movies as I mentioned with my last post the changes to recent Pixar films Brave and Cars 2 as well as John Lasseter taking over direction from Ash Brannon on Toy Story 2 and the removal of »
- Brad Brevet
Last week, there was a rumor from Blue Sky Disney going around that Pixar had removed Up co-director Bob Peterson from their forthcoming project The Good Dinosaur, but we decided to wait and see how it played out. Now the news has been confirmed by La Times, but they report that a replacement hasn't been hired. Instead, Pixar is relying on a group of people to work on various parts of the film. Those people include John Lasseter, Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich, replacement Brave director Mark Andrews, and Party Cloudy short director Pete Sohn, who had originally been on The Good Dinosaur as co-director. The fact that Sohn was originally a co-director, but no longer had that role isn't a big deal. At Pixar, the paper points out that the co-director "plays a deputy role to the director." But what has Peterson been taken off the film at this point in the game? »
- Ethan Anderton
Trouble in Paradise? There are significant problems behind-the-scenes at Pixar once again after the Oscar-winning co-director of Up, Bob Petersen, has officially been removed from their forthcoming adventure, The Good Dinosaur. It’s not uncommon for the acclaimed studio to replace a filmmaker – it’s actually happened four times in their last eight films – but this appears to have the same controversial circumstances as Brave. Brenda Chapman lost her creative control and was replaced by Mark Andrews after working on the project for over two years.
The La Times reports that Petersen (who has also provided voices in number of their pictures) will remain with Pixar, but will have his duties spread amongst various staff until an official replacement is named. These include Cco John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Peter Sohn and the aforementioned Andrews.
Pixar President Ed Catmull added:
All directors get really deep in their films. Sometimes you just »
- Craig Hunter
"All directors get really deep in their films," Pixar president Ed Catmull said to The Times. "Sometimes you just need a different perspective to get the idea out. Sometimes directors ... are so deeply embedded in their ideas it actually takes someone else to finish it up. I would go so far as to argue that a lot of live-action films would be better off with that same process."
No replacement has been named for Peterson, but that's almost academic: Pixar will use its brain trust to work on the film, a group of studio elders, like Pixar CEO John Lasseter, who are familiar with the ins and outs of production at the animation powerhouse. That process was detailed in a lengthy 2011 New Yorker piece on director Andrew Stanton, »
- Christopher Rosen
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