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Billy Crystal Takes on 'Which Witch' for the Jim Henson Company

10 October 2014 12:39 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Billy Crystal has signed on to write, produce and star in The Jim Henson Co.'s animated adaptation Which Witch.

The project is based on Eva Ibbotson's 1979 novel of the same name, which centers on a wizard who decides to hold a contest for the seven witches of Todcaster, with the winner set to be his new bride.

Jim Henson's son Brian Henson will direct Which Witch and serve as a producer alongside Billy Crystal, Lisa Henson and Samantha Sprecher.

Here's what Billy Crystal had to say about the project in a statement to Variety, where the actor reveals he co-wrote the screenplay with Michael Feldman.

"When Brian Henson called me about it, I didn't know the book. But it's a fantastic story, and I brought in a wonderful writer, Michael Feldman, and we've written a terrific and inventive script. I'll play a character as well, which will »

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Billy Crystal to Lead & Co-Write Jim Henson Company's 'Which Witch'

10 October 2014 11:25 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Though he's one of the most iconic comedy stars of all-time, Billy Crystal has laid pretty low key over the past decade. With the exception of voice work in Monsters University, the actor has only starred in a handful of films. We would say that he's picky, but those films have been the terrible comedies Parental Guidance and Small Apartments. But we're rather interested in a new project Crystal has lined up as Variety reports the When Harry Met Sally and City Slickers star will write, produce and star in Which Witch, a new animated film at The Jim Henson Company with Brian Henson in the director's chair. More below! The film is based on Eva Ibbotson’s 1979 book which follows a wizard who holds a contest among the seven witches of Todcaster to determine which one of them he will marry. Crystal says, "When Brian Henson called me about it, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Billy Crystal Joins Henson Co.’s ‘Which Witch’ (Exclusive)

9 October 2014 5:05 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Billy Crystal has come on board The Jim Henson Co.’s animated movie project “Which Witch” as a writer, producer and star.

The company, as part of an expansion of its feature film slate, is aiming to start production early next year with Brian Henson directing and producing. Samantha Sprecher and Lisa Henson are also producing.

The move comes with Henson Co.’s live-action family comedy “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” opening Friday through Disney in the U.S. “Alexander” is expected to take in about $20 million in its opening weekend and contend for the top spot against the second weekend of “Gone Girl.”

CEO Lisa Henson told Variety that casting on “Which Witch” is underway with the company finalizing negotiations with a digital animation studio and a foreign financier for the project. The project is based on Eva Ibbotson’s 1979 book in which a »

- Dave McNary

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Pixar’s latest ‘Inside Out’ gets a teaser trailer

2 October 2014 11:20 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Pixar has hit a rough patch as critical darlings with a handful of entries like Cars 2, Monsters University and Brave that failed to live up to the studio’s high standards. But their latest original story idea may be the boost they need. Inside Out is Pete Docter’s first film since 2009′s Up, and it’s a look inside the mind of a little girl at the personification of her emotions, Joy, Fear, Sadness, Anger and Disgust. Docter developed the story from the perspective of a parent, and here’s hoping it’s a treat for parents and kids alike. The film has a more star studded cast than Pixar usually assembles, including Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Lewis Black and Phyllis Smith. Inside Out releases June 19, 2015. Watch the trailer below.


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'Inside Out' Trailer designed to melt any Pixar fan's heart

2 October 2014 9:45 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The first trailer for Pixar's "Inside Out" has all the feels… because they're the stars of the movie. From Academy Award-winner Pete Doctor (2009's "Up"), "Inside Out" tells the story of a little girl named Riley and the anthropomorphic emotions that live inside her head. When she relocates from the Midwest to San Francisco, it's up to Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Fear (Bill Hader) to keep her keepin' on. Think "Osmosis Jones" of the abstract. To sell the studio's first original concept since 2012's "Brave," Walt Disney Pictures's first trailer reminds everyone to trust in Pixar. We lapped up "Toy Story," "Monsters University," "Wall-e" and "Up," so why not a movie about our bickering emotions? The move comes off a little like fishing for compliments, but c'mon, are we so cynical that we can't appreciate everything Pixar's done for Hollywood cinema? »

- Matt Patches

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Watch: First Official Trailer for Pixar's 'Inside Out'

2 October 2014 9:32 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Pixar has been on a rocky road as of late with Brave, Cars 2 and Monsters University all coming in well below the standards set for the studio that changed the way we look at animated movies over the last decade. Next year, however, they will attempt to right the ship with a new, original story in Inside Out, directed by Pete Docter (Up). The new film apparently takes us inside the human mind of a young girl named Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: First Trailer For Pixar's Ambitious 'Inside Out'

2 October 2014 9:01 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It's been a while since Pixar delivered something worth getting excited over. "Cars 2," "Brave" and "Monsters University" all varied in quality, but none come close to touching the animation studio's most revered work. But hopes are high for the upcoming "Inside Out," and the first trailer has arrived. Directed by Pete Docter ("Up," "Monsters Inc."), the movie boasts an interesting premise, taking place inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley (Kaitlyn Dias). “In truth, Riley is not our main character; she is our setting,” Docter said earlier this year at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival (via Variety). He added, “It’s based on a strong emotional experience I had watching my daughter grow up. There is something that is lost when you grow up.” Indeed, this will be one of the few movies that makes emotions actual characters, with Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Joy »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The top 25 must-see movies of 2015

2 October 2014 5:12 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Next year’s full to bursting with potentially brilliant geek films, so to help, here’s our pick of 25 must-see movies out in 2015…

Compiling a list of next year's most exciting films is extremely difficult. What do you put in? What do you leave out? Those are some of the questions we've had to ask ourselves as we drew up the long-list of our most anticipated films of 2015. In an attempt to limit the number of sequels which can fill up a list such as this, we've left out something like Fast & Furious 7, even though we're fairly sure it'll be a lot of fun. With but two significant exceptions, we've excluded some of the films we were looking forward to this year that have been delayed until the next, such as Kingsman: The Secret Service and Frankenstein. 

What we're left with, we hope, is a fairly broad selection of action and comedy, »

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50 bizarre examples of movie tie-ins and merchandise

25 September 2014 12:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Movie merchandise is big business. But some people will try and slap the name of The Avengers or Batman on anything...

Cool film stuff can be almost as fun as actually going to the movies. Think of a Batman cape, an Arnold Schwarzenegger action figure, or Goldeneye on the N64. Hell, the merchandising can often be more enjoyable than the actual film – remember how much fun the first few months of 1999 were before Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was actually released?

Yet, in the chase to make a quick buck out of devoted fans, some... let's just say less relevant, movie merchandise is churned out and flogged to the public.

Here then are 50 of the strangest (not ranked in order!) – expect action figures of obscure henchmen, 16-carat gold Twilight jewellery and some truly vomit-inducing burgers…

1. Spider-Man 3 / The Dark Knight – Burger King’s Dark Whopper

In Spider-Man 3, Peter »

- sarahd

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Aubrey Plaza to Voice Grumpy Cat

18 September 2014 7:33 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Can Grumpy Cat do an epic eyeroll?

Parks and Recreation snarkmaster Aubrey Plaza has been tapped to voice the Internet’s purrfectly sour feline in Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, a Lifetime original premiering Nov. 29.

Related Parks and Rec to Bring Back Megan Mullally, Revive Lost ‘Jammy’ Plot

In the holiday season telepic, Grumpy Cat (real name: Tardar Sauce) lives in a mall pet shop, where having never been chosen by a customer she has developed a lousy outlook on life. But one day, a 12-year-old girl named Chyrstal warms up to the feline upon realizing she is the »

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First Look At Dreamworks’ ‘B.O.O.: Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations’

14 September 2014 11:34 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Dreamworks’ B.O.O.: Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations is over a year away for us in the UK and won’t hit the Us until June 2015, but we can now take a look at some of the lead characters thanks to, of all things, a ‘Learn To Draw’ book currently available to pre-order on Amazon. The film sees 2 ghosts joining the titular organisation, a group who go around investigating and preventing hauntings. Seth Rogen and Melissa McCarthy take on the roles of the two new ghosts hoping to stop an evil haunter by the name of Addison Drake, played by former Ghostbuster, Bill Murray. Funnily enough, Seth Rogen was once tipped to be one of the replacement Ghostbusters in Ghostbusters 3, while more recently, Murray suggested McCarthy as part of a female ensemble for the long-awaited threequel.

The film was first announced in 2009 and what is now B.O.O.: Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations, was once known as Boo U, »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Pixar Movie Supercut Explores the Use of Color

9 September 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

This is a one-minute movie supercut called "Roygbiv" that explores the use of color in the films of Pixar. Those movies include footage from Toy StoryA Bug's LifeToy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-e, Up, Toy Story 3Cars 2, Brave, and Monsters University. The video was created by Rishi Kaneria, and it's really interesting to see how the color design of these films work with each other. Also the title of the video corresponds with the colors presented, which of course are the colors of the rainbow. Thanks to /Film for the tip!


- Joey Paur

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Pixar's Precise Color Palettes Shine in 'Roygbiv: A Pixar Supercut'

9 September 2014 12:25 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

For those who don't know, part of the long process to make an animated film at Pixar Animation involves the use of color scripts? What is a color script? Well, like a normal script uses text to explain what happens on-screen in a motion picture, the color script is a visual companion showing the color palette, keys and tones that will be in each scene. And that's done for the entire film. Now a Pixar fan and Vimeo user Rishi Kaneria has decided to showcase just how precise and wonderful the use of color can be in Pixar's movies, from Toy Story all the way through Monsters University. It's short, sweet, and gorgeous. Here's Rishi Kaneria's Roygbiv: A Pixar Supercut from Vimeo (via SlashFilm): For an example of the color scripts Pixar uses, here's one for The Incredibles: If you're really interested in how Pixar puts their color scripts »

- Ethan Anderton

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Votd: The Colorful Worlds of Pixar

9 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Vimeo user Rishi Kaneria has created a supercut celebrating the colorful worlds seen in Pixar movies. The short one minute and a half video features scenes from Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-e, Up, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Brave and Monsters University. I […]

The post Votd: The Colorful Worlds of Pixar appeared first on /Film. »

- Peter Sciretta

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'Roygbiv' makes your favorite Pixar movies even prettier

8 September 2014 5:14 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Roygbiv (noun)

1) An acronym that stands for the color order of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.

2) A short video, edited by Rishi Kaneria with music by Moderat, that brings various Pixar clips together, demonstrating how the animation studio uses said color spectrum, visually and narratively.

For our purposes, we’ll be discussing the latter…Roygbiv, the video, begins strong with bold red and orange hues (i.e. Merida’s fiery red hair in Brave), mellows out a bit with relaxing yellows and greens (i.e. the pastel house from Up), and really cools off with blues, »

- C. Molly Smith

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Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 1

8 September 2014 4:11 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best. 

On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »

- (G.S. Perno)

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Update: Int’l Box Office: ‘Apes’ Dawns In China With $47M; ‘Into The Storm’ Whips Up Korea #1; ‘Lucy’ Crosses $150M; More

31 August 2014 9:02 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

3Rd Update, 9:02 Pm Pt: International box office was even with last weekend across the Top 10 studio releases with Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes the big gorilla thanks to a strong China opening. Lucy was also in on the action again this frame with a cumulative $31.2M in Universal and EuropaCorp territories. Compared to last year, the session was up 39%. Players at that time included Elysium, One Direction: This Is Us and The Conjuring, with Monsters University adding another $10M in China.

Along with Apes this weekend in China, How To Train Your Dragon 2 was a strong performer and is expected to take the No. 2 spot with $6.3M in frame 3. After a period that saw a focus on boosting local movies, the market is now getting a steady influx of Hollywood titles – Expendables 3 opens there tomorrow (Monday) and Into The Storm blows in on Sept 12. Also in Asia, »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Summer box office: Why didn't 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' fly higher?

29 August 2014 9:10 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

It was a rough summer at the box office, with the industry trailing 2013’s record-breaking season by nearly 15 percent and selling the fewest tickets in more than 20 years. There were winners and losers, pleasant surprises and stinkers, but as the analysts push films in one column or the other, what to make of How to Train Your Dragon 2? It’s the year’s second-biggest animated hit (behind The Lego Movie) and a likely Oscar nominee for Best Animated Film. And yet DreamWorks Animation sequel, distributed by 20th Century Fox, is the rare critical success to gross $172 million and feel like a disappointment. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Disney classics heading back to the big screen

29 August 2014 4:11 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Your Disney and Pixar favourites like The Lion King and The Incredibles are heading back to the big screen exclusivly at Vue Cinemas.

Here’s the press release:

Disney fans can rejoice as Vue Entertainment International has announced the launch of Disney Days at Vue, which will see classic and much-loved Disney movies such as The Lion King and The Incredibles back on the big screen.

Guaranteed to create a buzz of excitement with children and adults alike, Vue is kicking off the season with everyone’s favourites, including The Lion King, Toy Story 3, The Incredibles, Tangled, Monsters University, Wreck-it Ralph and Up. Fans can also enjoy classic Disney princess screenings such as Cinderella and Aladdin, as well as the ever-popular Fantasia and Mary Poppins, from 5th October.

Cinema goers will also receive a free £5 Disney Store voucher to spend on selected Disney DVD and Blu-Ray titles with every »

- Luke Owen

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Disney Fans Get a First Look at Pixar's Next Female Hero

27 August 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

What if the seven dwarfs had lived inside of Snow White's head? The next Pixar animated feature will kind of play on that idea, as Inside Out will focus on a little girl whose emotions are personified and put on display for the viewer. Her name is Riley, and the studio has given us our first look at the 11-year-old by way of a brief behind-the-scenes feature available on the Disney Movies Anywhere site (it's almost sort of hidden within a video labeled "1 Fact About Monsters University + a Peek at Inside Out"). In addition to the four seconds of Riley reading a book, looking unsure of something and then finally beaming with a joyous smile of apparent enlightenment, we also get more of those "dwarfs," as director Pete Docter (Up) likens the emotions to...

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