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We got a brief introduction to Sadness (voiced by Phyllis Smith) a few days ago and now it’s time to meet Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Anger (Lewis Black) as well. Those four plus Joy (Amy Poehler) make up young Riley’s emotions and it’s up to them to help her adjust when she moves to San Francisco in Pixar’s latest, Inside Out. The promo material for Inside Out hasn’t been as mind-blowing as one might expect and these new character videos are no different. There’s nothing wrong with them, but there’s also nothing about them to suggest Inside Out will be worth the two-year wait since Pixar’s last release, Monsters University. Hit the jump to check out the new Inside Out character videos for yourself. The film is set to open in 3D on June 19, 2015. Here’s the official synopsis »
- Perri Nemiroff
Final Update Monday, 1:08Pm: As expected, Big Hero 6 cruised to the top of the box office weekend. Not so expected: Chris Nolan’s saga Interstellar fell short of $50M. Distrib Paramount insisted that the sci-fi genre and film’s record IMAX run would keep Sunday drops to a minimum and help the weekend become one of only four ever feature two moviesing open north of $50M. But it fell short.
Not an issue for BH6, which landed right within estimates and, given the dearth of family fare and its strong exits, should have a solid run into Thanksgiving. It’s exits are terrific, it’s got an A CinemaScore, and kids are notorious repeat viewers,.
But a standard Sunday fall for Interstellar kept the film from the $50M mark, or even Paramount’s Sunday estimates. Still, for a nearly three-hour film that’s scored solid exits and is »
- Scott Bowles and Anita Busch
Ten years ago this month, Brad Bird's animated adventure film The Incredibles debuted—and with its winning, funny story about a married pair of washed-up superheroes trying to raise kids and save the world at the same time, it immediately joined the canon of Disney/Pixar insta-classics. Almost exactly one decade later, Disney released Big Hero 6, another story about a team of animated heroes. It's not hard to spot connections between the two: They share similar color schemes and aesthetics, for example, and they both feature a titular group of crime-fighters trying to get (or regain) a grip »
- Jonathon Dornbush & Ashley Fetters
A team of animated Marvel characters rocketed past a group of wormhole-bound astronauts at the weekend box office.
Disney's animated adventure Big Hero 6, featuring the inflatable robot Baymax and his prodigy pal Hiro from the Marvel comic book, debuted in first place with $56.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Paramount's space saga Interstellar, starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway as astronauts, took off in second place with $50 million, estimates said.
Before launching in more than 3,500 theaters this weekend, writer-director Christopher Nolan's Interstellarplayed Wednesday and Thursday in about 250 theaters equipped to project the movie on film - The Dark Knightfilmmaker's preferred method of showcasing his creations.
Interstellar opened below Nolan's last film, the mind-bending thriller Inception, which conjured up $62.8 million when it debuted in 2010. Nolan's sci-fi odyssey also wasn't in the orbit of last year's $55.8 million opening for Paramount's previous space epic, Gravity. Interstellar has a hefty running time of 169 minutes, »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Even though Christopher Nolan's $165 million "Interstellar" sci-fi film was expected to dominate at the domestic box office, it had to settle for second place to Disney's $165 million animated "Big Hero 6," which is based on a Marvel comic book. "Big Hero 6," which has a 91% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes, grossed $56.2 million, marking another victory for Disney Animation Studios after "Frozen" and "Wreck-It Ralph." The movie earned an additional $23 million overseas for a worldwide debut of $79.2 million. "Interstellar" grossed $50 million, making it only the fourth time in history that two films opened to $50 million or more. In all three previous instances, they were an animated and live-action movie . "Monsters University" and "World War Z"; "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" and "Prometheus"; and "Wall-e" and "Wanted." And in all three cases, the animated film won. "Interstellar" has a running time of 169 minutes, Nolan's longest film, which no doubt hurt the movie's box office. »
Amir here, reporting to box office duty. Finally, the day cinephiles have been waiting for all year has arrived. America gets the chance to see one of our greatest working directors bring his epic vision to the screen. I speak, of course, of Frederick Wiseman's National Gallery, which opened on one screen to respectable returns. Others were too busy checking out Big Hero 6 and Interstellar. Disney's animated film actually topped the charts – I did not expect it to overcome Nolan's juggernaut, if I'm being honest – but both film finished with more than $50 in the bank. This is an incredibly rare feat: even though it's happened for the third year in a row now, it's only the fourth time that two films open with 50+ numbers. On all three previous occasions, an animated film beat a live action one: Wall-e and Wanted, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted and Prometheus, and »
- Amir S.
Family audiences lifted “Big Hero 6″ over “Interstellar” and the fanboys and girls who turned out in force for Christopher Nolan’s space adventure in one of the fiercest box office match ups of the year.
“Big Hero 6″ topped the charts with $56.2 million from 3,761 locations, continuing Walt Disney Animation Studios’ recent hot streak. After the success of “Frozen” and “Wreck It Ralph,” the division is no longer the also-run to Pixar, its corporate cousin.
“They have been on quite the roll,” said Dave Hollis, Disney’s distribution chief. “They’re in a creative renaissance.”
“Interstellar” scored a sizable $50 million from 3,561 locations, according to studio estimates. If “Interstellar’s” numbers hold, it will mark only the fourth time in history that two films have debuted to more than $50 million at the domestic box office, and each one of the previous occasions took place in the summer when ticket sales are at their highest. »
- Brent Lang
Neil Calloway looks at the superhero movie genre’s dominance of the mainstream, and its impact on adult cinema…
The news that financing on the the film Idol’s Eye, slated to star Robert De Niro and Robert Pattinson, had been pulled, just as it was about to go into production surprised me. If a film starring an double Oscar winner like De Niro and a young star like Pattinson can’t attract investors, what films can? Anyone that has an interest in film can’t have helped but notice that Marvel Studios – which only started making films on its own in 2008 – revealed their “phase three” for the next few years, quickly following the announcement from DC comics If these young upstarts can tell us what films they’re going to be making for the foreseeable future, how can a film like Idol’s Eye not secure the money it needs to get made? »
- Oli Davis
"Toy Story 4" is coming. Hitting theaters on June 16, 2017, the latest entry in the $1.3 billion franchise about spunky, anthropomorphic toys will be directed by Pixar chief John Lasseter, who's served as story writer throughout the series but did not direct "Toy Story 3." In its 19 year history, Pixar has only directed four sequels including the two "Tory Story" followups, "Monsters University" and cash cow "Cars 2." Now the company has announced three additional planned sequels: "Finding Dory," "The Incredibles 2" and, yup, "Cars 3." Pixar will continue to generate original pictures even as Disney, now hoisted by both Pixar and Marvel, looks to carry its 2014 sequel-rific success into the new year with franchises. Can a fourth "Toy Story" top Lee Unkrich's 2010 threequel, only the third animated film ever to be nominated for Best Picture? It won Best Animated Feature and Best Original »
- Ryan Lattanzio
In its 19-year history, Pixar Animation Studios has largely avoided making sequels — of the 14 films it’s released since 1995, only four feature the same characters in follow-ups.
Yet with Thursday’s announcement that Disney will release “Toy Story 4,” on June 16, 2017, Pixar now has four new sequels planned over the next several years as the Mouse House looks to add more heft to its record fiscal earnings.
In addition to a fourth “Toy Story,” the Emeryville,Ca.-based company has “Finding Dory,” “Cars 3″ and “The Incredibles 2″ in the works.
The first, “Finding Dory,” a sequel to the 2003 hit “Finding Nemo,” will be released on June 17, 2016. The next “Cars” and “Incredibles” are not yet dated, but Pixar already has planted its flag on Nov. 22, 2017, and June 15, 2018 for untitled pics.
It’s unclear whether Disney will move forward with another “Planes,” a spinoff of Pixar’s “Cars” franchise. DisneyToon Studios produced “Planes,” a »
- Marc Graser
The Flickering Myth react…
What a bombshell dropped yesterday eh? After years and years of rumours we officially have the news that Pixar will be releasing Toy Story 4 in 2017. The film will be directed to John Lasseter and written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack.
But what did our writing and editorial team think of the news?
Ozzy Armstrong: No. Just no. Toy Story 3 had the best and most final endings of almost any trilogy so continuing on just makes me incredibly sad in my heart-cage.
J-p Wooding: Has to be a good story as I thought we had reasonable closure to the series with the last one. Whereas the first couple had incredible visuals to wow us with, animated films can no longer just rely on them. I’m sure it’ll get the effort it deserves though and will be a cracker.
- Luke Owen
There are few things in pop culture that have a softer spot in ’90s kids hearts than Toy Story and its subsequent sequels. And after the reaction to the two-Oscar winning, Best Picture nominated Toy Story 3 was essentially, “Oh my God, that was a million times better than I would’ve ever expected and now I’m super sad, I mean didn’t you think the toys were going to get incinerated? How effed up would that have been?!?”, you can bet the Internet would just about explode if a fourth Toy Story were to be announced.
Well according to Deadline, Toy Story 4 is officially in the works at Disney and Pixar, with John Lasseter (director of Toy Story 1 and 2, but not 3) set to direct. The film is set for a June 16, 2017 release date, and Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (Jones of Parks and Recreation, and the writing pair »
- Brian Welk
Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic "Interstellar" has achieved lift-off. The highly-anticipated film, starring Matthew McConaughey, earned a starry $1.5 million in limited release on Wednesday. "Interstellar" opened on Tuesday night in just 249 (including 41 IMAX screens) theaters, where it is playing in traditional film formats (both 35mm and 70mm). It expands to some 3,500 digital screens (369 of which are IMAX) on Friday, where it will face stiff competition from Disney's "Big Hero 6." Disney's animated superhero yarn opens Friday and is tracking quite well. It will in all likelihood top "Interstellar" to win the weekend crown. Both films should be able to score north of $50 million for the weekend. The last time to films debuted to more then $50 million o the same weekend was June 2013, with "Monsters University" and "World War Z." The rest of the weekend 's top five will likely be made up of holdovers "Ouija," "Nightcrawler," and "John Wick." "Interstellar" also stars Anne Hathaway, »
- Dave Lewis
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Oh my god, I love this movie. I love not only the movie itself — it is funny and sad and wise and wonderful — but I love how it snuck up on me and made me fall in love with it out of nowhere. (It’s so rare for me to be this surprised by a film!) I knew nothing about it except that it stars Saturday Night Live alums Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader… and that’s it. If I assumed anything at all, maybe it was that I was in for some sort of wacky comedy — but I don’t recall even that minimal level of expectation.
But this… »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The holiday movie season kicks off this weekend with a massive sci-fi showdown: Christopher Nolan's Interstellar and Disney Animation's Big Hero 6 each appear poised to open north of $50 million this weekend.If each movie does clear that threshold, it will be only the fourth time in history that this has happened: there was Wall-e and Wanted in 2008, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted and Prometheus in 2012 and Monsters University and World War Z in 2013. In each of those cases, the animated movie came out on top, which may be an indication about what's to come this weekend.After a two-day run in 249 theaters, Interstellar expands to around 3,500 locations on Friday. The sci-fi adventure finds Matthew McConaughey leading a team of Nasa explorers (including Anne Hathaway) across the universe in search of a new home for mankind.One of the movie's main selling points is the fact that it was directed by Christopher Nolan, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The hottest box office battle of the year heats up this weekend as Paramount's "Interstellar" and Disney's "Big Hero 6" jockey for moviegoers in theaters everywhere. Expect a record-breaking weekend as both films are already on track to surpass $50 million. "Interstellar," with its weekday platform release on 70mm and 35mm and Imax already underway, may have the edge, earning a possible five-day total of $69 million including a $62 million total for the three-day weekend proper. "Big Hero 6" could snatch $58 million for the three-day weekend. If projections prove true, this will only be the fourth weekend in moviegoing history to have two films sharing the same marquee space beat $50 million each. The last time, observes THR, was Summer 2013 when "World War Z" and "Monsters University" went neck-and-neck for the top spot, eyeing demos like those "Interstellar" and "Big Hero 6" are targeting. (Box Office »
<< Back to Holiday 2014 ForecastBig Hero 6Release Date: November 7thStudio: DisneyGenre: AnimationDirector: Don Hall, Chris WilliamsWriters: Don Hall, Jordan RobertsCast: Voices of Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Genesis Rodriguez, Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller, Alan Tudyk, James Cromwell, Damon Wayans Jr., Maya RudolphStudio Description: From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Big Hero 6, an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.Forecast: Big Hero 6 is the latest movie from Disney Animation Studios, which has had a resurgence in recent years thanks to the success of Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, and, of course, last year's Frozen.Frozen earned an exceptional $400.7 million, which is around twice as much as Tangled ($200.8 million) and Wreck-It Ralph ($189.4 million). While Frozen likely elevated the Disney Animation brand to another level, it's hard to imagine »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Final Update, Monday, 4:23 Pm, Pt: Final grosses are in for the following films: Lucy in China, Disney/Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, Disney Animation’s Big Hero 6 (which bows Nov. 7th in the states), this weekend’s domestic No. 1 and No. 2 openers Ouija and John Wick. Sony just reported for Fury, Whiplash, The Equalizer, 22 Jump Street. Also reporting are Dracula Untold, and As Above, So Below. Warner Bros.’ The Judge and Annabelle, and the Disney’s live action Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, the animated The Boxtrolls, Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Hercules. Fox‘s final grosses have also been reported for The Book Of Life, Gone Girl, The Maze Runner, Ice Age: The Meltdown 3-D (for its second frame in China) and Let’s Be Cops.
While we still don’t have official distributor numbers on Happy New Year, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
With Marvel's Agents of Shield returning to the UK for its second season today (at 8pm on Channel 4, and almost certainly available on catch-up services afterwards), it's a perfect time to speculate as to what the new season may have in store for our favourite Marvel-lous Shield-wielding Agents. (No, not Captain America. Sorry. That would be Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Which is awesome.)
Part 1 of this article looked at the question of "What will they become?", applying it to Coulson, and then Part 2 went to on look at May and Ward respectively. Now, Part 3 will look at Skye.
[Marvel's Agents of Shield Season 1 spoilers follow]
Skye (Chloe Bennett)
At the start of Season 1, Skye was a Rising Tide hacktivist ("weirdly good with computers"), opposed to what she thought Shield stood for, and then was captured by Shield and recruited. She planned to bring Shield down from the inside, while taking the opportunity to learn more about her parents, »
Earlier this year, the Monsters University short film "Party Central" played in front of Muppets Most Wanted, and if you didn't catch that film (and judging by the movie's box office, you didn't), you now have a chance to watch the short online for free. The story has Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) using a door station to clandestinely move a frat party over at Ror to Oozma Kappa. If you ignore the fact that (unlike the Toy Story shorts) there's no way for this one to factor into the movie's timeline, and that it's out of character for the monsters to risk being caught by humans, this is a fairly amusing short. It's certainly worth seeing for free if you download the Disney Movies Anywhere app for iPhone or iPad. Hit the jump to check out the Monsters University Party Central trailer. The short also features the voices of Charlie Day, »
- Matt Goldberg
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