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Witherspoon who won the Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Walk the Line is scheduled to appear in two new films in 2011: McG’s This Means War (with Tom Hardy, Chris Pine and Laura Vandervoort) and Francis Lawrence’s Water for Elephants (with Robert Pattinson, James Frain and Christoph Waltz). She is also scheduled to appear in Mark Andrews’s Brave with Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly and Kevin McKidd in 2012.
Congrats to the newly engaged couple! »
- Alexis James-Whitehead
She was recently honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has at least four films on her plate in the upcoming year, including Water For Elephants with Twilight stud Robert Pattinson and Oscar winner Christoph Waltz, This Means War with Tom Hardy and Chris Pine and voices the lead role in animated romp Brave. So, girl is busy.
This weekend, she's the lone girl in a boys club with some pretty famous members - Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Jack Nicholson - for the James L. Brooks rom-com How Do You Know, where the three points of a love triangle try to figure out if it's the real thing.
Take a look at our countdown of Reese Witherspoon's Top 5 Roles to find out! »
- Andrea Miller
Cartoon Brew has revealed that she officially left the project last week, although reports have suggested that it’s been inevitable for a while now. There’s no mention of any reasons behind her departure, but you can bet the often-used phrase “creative differences” will crop up at some point.
Chapman is not stranger to working in this genre, having had a long and successful career in animation so far, contributing to the scripts of two of Disney’s best-loved modern work (The Lion King & Beauty and the Beast). This was to have been her second time calling the shots, having previously co-directed DreamWorks’s 1998 feature The Prince of Egypt.
Whatever the reasons behind Chapman leaving Brave, »
- Adam Lowes
After the unenthusiastic response to the Cars 2 trailer and the cancellation of the forthcoming film Newt, the Pixar universe is on shaky ground. Reports are now surfacing that the heralded animation studio has replaced Brenda Chapman (The Prince of Egypt) with Mark Andrews (One Man Band) as director on the forthcoming film Brave.
The film, which is also Pixar’s first film to feature a female protagonist, was written by Chapman and tells the story of an Irish princess who goes against her parent’s wishes and becomes an archer.
What do you think of all the shake-up’s at Pixar? Is the studio on the road to losing it’s golden touch? »
- John Luchetti
Star: The gossip rag’s latest cover features an unauthorized photograph of “Solitary Man”/“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” star Michael Douglas, who is battling throat cancer, looking extremely sick. Douglas’s hair has gone completely white; his face is now wrinkled everywhere; his eyes look sunken in; and his throat appears to be severely scarred. To see a man who was so vibrant reduced to this is enough to bring tears to the eyes.
Slash Film: Peter Sciretta, in a post from June that we only discovered today, exposes the “Easter Eggs” — “hidden little bits of trivia that act as inside jokes to fans of Pixar’s films” — that the digital animation studio snuck in to “Toy Story 3.” Among them: numerous references to the number 95 (the year in which the first “Toy Story” was released); a letter from “Carl and Ellie Fredrickson” (the elderly couple in “Up”); and »
- Scott Feinberg
Brenda Chapman, celebrated as the first female director of a Pixar feature film, lost the directing reins yesterday to the upcoming animated feature “Brave.” According to “The New York Times,” Walt Disney Studios confirmed that Mark Andrews, director of the 2005 Pixar short “One Man Band,” would replace Chapman. Chapman co-directed the 1998 DreamWorks animation feature “The Prince of Egypt” and had been working on “Brave,” the story of Scottish princess Merida, who pursues archery, for years. »
Disney/Pixar has released a teaser trailer for Cars 2, directed by Brad Lewis and John Lasseter. There isn’t much to see though, only Lightning McQueen (voiced Owen Wilson) and his (t)rusty friend Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) mixed up in some spy shenanigans.
All the world’s a racetrack as superstar Lightning McQueen zooms back into action, with best friend Mater in tow, to take on the globe’s fastest and finest in this thrilling high-octane new installment of the “Cars” saga. Mater and McQueen will need their passports as they find themselves in a world of intrigue, thrills and fast-paced comedic escapades. While racing through England, Italy and Japan, they face a host of new and worthy competitors. Cars 2 hits the track on June 24, 2011 and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.
The timing of the teaser trailer seems a bit suspect, »
- Jeff Leins
Pixar reaped a heap of anger Wednesday as the blogosphere accused Disney’s animation house of sexism -- and worse, being formulaic -- for firing Brenda Chapman, the first female director in its history, from “Brave,” a film she had written and nurtured through the development process.
For one thing, the animation industry is not known as a warm and fuzzy place for women.
And Hollywood overall? Women remain a fraction of the industry’s directors, just 7 percent according to the latest study -- the same ratio as a decade ago. »
A couple of news bits have surfaced from a pair of upcoming Pixar films beginning with a directorial change on Brave (previously titled The Bear and the Bow). Cartoon Brew reports Brenda Chapman, who was expected to be the first female director of a Pixar film, is no longer directing and has been replaced by One Man Band co-director Mark Andrews.
Chapman previously helmed The Prince of Egypt when she became the first animated female director for DreamWorks Animation and unfortunately "CartoonBrew" doesn't have any additional details regarding the directorial switch, but my guess is that it has something to do with the release date shift as it originally had a Christmas 2011 slot and will now hit theaters on June 15, 2012.
Brave features the voice talents of Reese Witherspoon, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson and Julie Walters. The following is the official synopsis: A rugged and mythic Scotland is the setting for Pixar's action-adventure Brave. »
- Brad Brevet
Pixar just took a step backward. The animation studio has replaced Brenda Chapman as director on Brave with Mark Andrews, a storyboard artist who worked on Toy Story 3 and The Incredibles. It's notable because Chapman was to be Pixar's first female director.
Brave is about bear princess Merida (voiced by Reese Witherspoon, pictured) who likes archery more than attending balls. She gets into a fight with her mom and makes a hasty -- and bad -- decision which puts her kingdom in jeopardy. Brave is still being produced by a woman, Katherine Sarafin, and is aiming for a June 15, 2012 release date. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Mark Andrews, the film’s story artist and the co-director of Pixar’s short “One Man Band,” will take over, according to Cartoon Brew. The film is one of Pixar’s only non-sequels in a while, sandwiched between 2010’s magnificent Toy Story 3, 2011’s Cars 2, and 2013’s Monster’s Inc. 2.
Chapman worked for Disney on The Lion King and directed DreamWorks Animations second feature The Prince of Egypt. The report says she not only was pushed aside on directorial duties, but that Chapman left the studio entirely.
Even with its pristine track record, the animation studio has taken some flack from feminists who say there aren’t enough strong female role models in their films. Axing the only female director in their »
- Jeff Leins
Making such wonderful films over the years, Pixar has been relatively free of most controversy. The only blip so far has been their lack of a real lead female character in any of their films. All that was about to change in 2012 with Brave, Pixar's first fairy tale that would not only feature a female character as its lead (voiced by Reese Witherspoon) but directed by Pixar's first female director. But a movie that looked to end criticism may instead be sparking much more than Pixar ever »
- Mike Sampson
In a quiet unannounced move, director Brenda Chapman was removed from Disney Pixar’s newest project “Brave.” According to Cartoon Brew, she was replaced by story artist Mark Andrews, who also co-directed the Pixar short “One Man Band.” Cartoon Brew also wrote, “These type of directorial shake-ups happen so frequently at other feature animation studios that they hardly merit reporting, but this holds special significance because Chapman was slated to be the first women director at Pixar after twelve straight features directed by men.” Chapman was also the first woman director for a DreamWorks animation for “The Prince of Egypt.” The synopsis is “In rugged and mythic Scotland, the impetuous, tangle-haired Mérida, a daughter of royalty, would rather make her mark as an archer. A clash of wills with her mother compels Mérida to make a reckless choice, which unleashes unintended peril on her father's kingdom and her mother's life. »
Given that the typical animated film is a three-year commitment at the very least, it's unsurprising that some directors don't make it to the end of production with their name still on the credits. Beauty And The Beast, co-helmed Gary Trousdale, for instance, was originally on the credits as co-director of DreamWorks' upcoming Megamind, and yet, his name is now nowhere to be seen. Meanwhile, Pixar replaced Jan Pinkava as director of Ratatouille less than two years before its release (with Brad Bird subsequently taking the reigns).
Thus, it's not uncommon - although it's hardly the norm - for a director to leave an animated project once it's been set into motion.
Chapman had previous been announced as the director of what is their Summer 2012 feature, however "Up" storyboard artist Mark Andrews has taken over directorial duties as of this week. The release date isn't expected to be affected.
Previously titled "The Bear and the Bow", the story focuses on medieval Scottish princess Merida (Reese Witherspoon) who is a wild girl alienated from her family. After a fight with her mother, she makes a reckless choice that has serious consequences to her father's kingdom and all their lives.
- Garth Franklin
Brenda Chapman, set to be Pixar's first female director with Brave (formerly The Bear and the Bow), has reportedly left the film and been replaced by One-Man Band director and Pixar story artist Mark Andrews, according to Cartoon Brew.If the news is indeed true, it's disappointing, as she was set to be the studio's first female director and the film, set amid a Scottish royal family hundreds of years ago, sounds promising. Then again, changing directors mid-stream is something that Pixar has done several times before (Ratatouille, anyone?) and it's usually worked out, so it probably shouldn't be a surprise. Chapman has reportedly left the studio completely, after being effectively sidelined as director some time ago.The film is due out on June 15, 2012, so there's still quite a lot of time for massive changes to the story and characters before then, given Pixar's traditional working methods. »
In recent years there has been much discussion about the relationship between Pixar studios and women. Some have pointed out that none of the films have female lead characters (they are generally sidekicks like Dory in Finding Nemo or love interests like Eve in Wall-e), and none of the writers or directors are women. A few weeks ago this was all going to change when it was announced that Brenda Chapman would direct Brave, a film about a Scottish princess who decides to take up archery and ends up putting her father's entire kingdom into jeopardy. Unfortunately, things don't always work out as planned. Cartoon Brew is reporting a rumor that Chapman has decided to leave the studio and vacate the director's chair on the project. According to the story, Chapman, who has actually held the position for two years, was being pushed out of "full director duties" and now »
Brave director Brenda Chapman leaves Pixar Much has been made about Brenda Chapman being the first female director to helm a feature length project for Pixar with her 2012 animated adventure Brave. Now it seems that particular milestone will not be reached, as Cartoon Brew reports Chapman has left the famed CG-animation studio for unspecified reasons.
Reliable sources confirm that Up storyboard artist Mark Andrews has taken over directorial duties on Brave for Chapman. Brenda is said to have been pushed aside from full directorial duties a while ago. And that she was officially off the project this week.
There is no official word from Pixar that Mark Andrews has taken over the project, and there is no particular reason given for Brenda Chapman's departure at this time. Brave is still aiming for its announced release date.
Cartoon Brew has learned that Brenda Chapman, who was to be the first woman director at Disney.Pixar for Brave , is now no longer with the studio. The site says that story artist Mark Andrews (who also co-directed the Pixar short One Man Band ) has taken over directorial duties. Chapman previously directed The Prince of Egypt at DreamWorks. Brave is being voiced by Reese Witherspoon, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson and Julie Walters. Opening in theaters on June 15, 2012, it is the tale of impetuous, tangle-haired Merida who, though a daughter of royalty, would prefer to make her mark as a great archer. A clash of wills with her mother compels Merida to make a reckless choice, which unleashes unintended peril on her father's kingdom and her mother's life. Merida »
You could be seeing Emma Thompson bossing the hell out of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones if she gets her way and signs onto "Men in Black III". The actress is presently looking at the role of Oh, head of Mib. Immediately you must be thinking all right, but what happened to Zed (Rip Torn)? Well it appears that he might not be able to reprise his role once more thanks to some legal issues, so that slot is open for the taking. If she does join she'll be among the likes of Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin and Jemaine Clement. It's unclear what the story is about at the moment, but filming is scheduled to begin sometime later on this fall. Barry Sonnenfeld is directing the comic turned film franchise that's set to be released on May 25th, 2012.Thompson recently showed up in "Nanny McPhee Returns »
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