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Talented screenwriter Daniel Gerson, who co-wrote Monsters, Inc., died Saturday at home. He was 49. Gerson had been battling brain cancer, according to a statement released by his family, but before he passed he left an incredible footprint behind. Often collaborating with Robert L. Baird on Disney-Pixar films, Gerson was responsible for prequel Monsters University and Big Hero 6, which won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The 49-year-old screenwriter was also credited with working on Up, Chicken Little and Inside Out, so he basically had a hand in every amazing creation to come out of Disney-Pixar's studios. He also worked on Meet the Robinsons, debatably one of Disney's most underrated animated »
Screenwriter Daniel Gerson has died after a battle with brain cancer, at the age of 49, his family announced Monday in an obituary in the New York Times. Gerson began his career as a staff writer on the NBC show Something So Right before transitioning to writing animated features for Pixar. Gerson is best known for co-writing Monsters, Inc., Monsters University, and Big Hero 6. He also voiced minor characters in those films, including company janitors Needleman and Smitty in Monsters, Inc., and the desk sergeant in Big Hero 6. Gerson was working on the script for Cars 3 at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Beau Stacom, and his two children, Claire and Asher. The obituary reads, "The humanity, humor, and compassion that he brought to his writing, he brought to his family and friends in equal measure." »
- E. Alex Jung
According to a family statement, Gerson had been battling brain cancer.
The screenwriter frequently collaborated with Robert L. Baird. Together the duo co-wrote “Monsters Inc” and its prequel, “Monsters University,” as well as “Big Her 6,” which won the Oscar last year for animated feature. Gerson was also the voice of the police Sergeant in “Big Hero 6.”
Born in New York, Gerson got his start as a staff writer on the NBC comedy “Something So Right.” He later transitioned to animated films for Disney/Pixar, where his films grossed over $2 billion worldwide.
He is survived by his wife, two children and parents.
Donations in Gerson’s memory can »
- Variety Staff
“Big Hero 6” screenwriter Daniel Gerson died on Saturday after battling brain cancer. He was 49. According to a New York Times obituary, Gerson died peacefully in his Los Angeles home. Before tackling the 2015 Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature Film, Gerson co-wrote Disney/Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.” and “Monsters University.” Also Read: Joe Alaskey, Voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, Dies at 63 Gerson, a New York native, started his career as a staff writer for the former NBC sitcom, “Something So Right,” and went on to write for several other series in the late ’90s before transitioning to writing feature films. »
- Brian Flood
Michael Bay propagandizes for a right-wing idea of “true America,” seething with disdain for anyone who isn’t a former elite soldier turned mercenary. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): not a Michael Bay fan
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
This purportedly true account of the 2012 “Battle of Benghazi” opens with American military contractors Jack Silva (John Krasinski: The Wind Rises, Monsters University), who has just arrived in town, and his old buddy Tyrone “Rone” Woods (James Badge Dale: The Walk, Parkland) bluffing their way past a roadblock by armed Libyans. It doesn’t matter what side the Libyans are on; in the chaos that erupted after Gaddafi’s death: the point is that they are Libyans — suspiciously lawless violent folk, that is, who cannot even get their own nation under control — and not Americans. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
SpongeBob SquarePants Actor Rodger Bumpass was arrested for an alleged DUI Friday evening, People has confirmed. Law enforcement records show the star, who voices Squidward on the show, was arrested in Burbank, California shortly before midnight Friday and held on $15,000 bail. Bumpass, 64, spent the night in jail and was released shortly after 7:30 a.m. Saturday after posting his bail. A Burbank Police Department spokesperson tells People Bumpass was leaning against his car, which was stopped in the middle of the street, when police discovered him. The actor admitted he had been driving before police discovered him. TMZ first reported the news. »
- Aaron Couch
SpongeBob SquarePants Actor Rodger Bumpass was arrested for an alleged DUI Friday evening, People has confirmed. Law enforcement records show the star, who voices Squidword on the show, was arrested in Burbank, California shortly before midnight Friday and held on $15,000 bail. Bumpass, 64, spent the night in jail and was released shortly after 7:30 a.m. Saturday after posting his bail. A Burbank Police Department spokesperson tells People Bumpass was leaning against his car, which was stopped in the middle of the street, when police discovered him. The actor admitted he had been driving before police discovered him. TMZ first reported the news. »
- Aaron Couch
J.J. Abrams evidently used all the fan and media attention surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens to go ahead and slyly put together a sequel to Cloverfield without anyone noticing. A trailer dropped with Michael Bay’s new action thriller 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi as it debuted in the States, and the release date for the movie is stunningly only two months away. Take a look at the teaser below:
Abrams describes it as a “blood relative” of Cloverfield, and the scenario finds Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim Vs The World), John Goodman (Monsters University) and John Gallagher, Jr (HBO’s The Newsroom) living in an underground bunker, hiding from some unseen menace overhead. Evidently, it gets too much for Winstead, who breaks out and assumedly finds one or several Cloverfield monsters.
It’s a solid move to step away from the found footage format, as Abrams and co. »
- Dan Woburn
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
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is about to crack $70 million at the local Bo after racking up a weekend gross of $8.9 million on 324 screens, according to Rentrak estimates.
In its third week of release, the Disney monster rang up $1.9 million on Thursday, $2.3 on Friday, $2.5 Saturday and $2.2 Sunday to bring its total to $69,816 by end of day Sunday.
The Jj Abrams directed epic will have to exhibit legs of granite to take the all-time local Bo crown of $115 million set by Avatar in 2009, as recorded by the Mpdaa.
On 251 screens, the Paramount comedy made $3.5 million over the weekend to bring its total to $9.8 million.
Meanwhile Disney/Pixar.s The Good Dinosaur passed the $7 million mark in week two of release to come in third. »
- Harry Windsor
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