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Review: ‘Coco’ Plucks Guitar Strings and Heartstrings

Pixar’s 19th feature Coco was conceived as a tribute to Mexican culture, which is perhaps its most innovative quality, though it’s nevertheless a transporting and entertaining addition to their canon. It’s a testament to the animation company’s creative ingenuity that they have managed to make a film that tackles a subject matter as desolate as death in ways that children could breezily enjoy and adults could ponder in more thought-provoking ways. After a string of films ranging from safe sequels (Finding Dory) to franchise duds (Cars 3) to not-fully-realized adventures (The Good Dinosaur), this is Pixar coming back in a heartfelt, gorgeous way.

Coco’s main protagonist is 12-year-old Miguel Rivera (Anthony Gonzalez, in fine vocal form) who was raised by his family to disavow anything having to do with music. It’s been three generations since the Riveras have even heard music in the house,
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Video: The Incredibles 2 – Teaser Trailer

It’s been a long time coming, but the first teaser trailer for The Incredibles 2 is finally here. Pixar have been pumping out sequels at an increasing rate with the likes of Monster’s University, Finding Dory and Cars 3, but for years fans have been desperate for the superhero family to return.

With today’s trailer they can all breath a sigh of relief sure in the knowledge they’ll be back next year when the film hits cinemas in June. Brad Bird is back on writing and directing duties with Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson back as Mr Incredible, Elastigirl and Frozone respectively.

Check out the trailer above and let us know your thoughts below.
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Kids From ‘The Florida Project’ Talk About the Shoot — and the Importance of Ice Cream

Kids From ‘The Florida Project’ Talk About the Shoot — and the Importance of Ice Cream
Brooklynn Prince, Valeria Cotto and Christopher Rivera, the three child stars of Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project,” stopped by the Variety offices to discuss the poignant coming-of-age drama set in a welfare motel outside Disney World. In the film, Prince plays Moonee, a precocious 6-year-old left to her own devices while her spirited mom struggles to make ends meet, and Cotto and Rivera are her two best friends. Over the course of one summer, this ragtag trio embarks on a series of mischievous adventures, winning over the hearts of everyone on their path, including the motel’s craggy manager, played by Willem Dafoe.

How did you all get cast in this film?

Valeria Cotto: Can I tell you the story? Once upon a time, there lived my mom, my uncle, myself and my siblings. We were walking around a Target store, and Sean [Baker] approached us. And he gave us this business card that had his
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‘Coco’ Review: Yep, It’s Another Pixar Movie That Will Make You Cry

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We’ve now reached the point in Pixar’s history where their outstanding movies are the exception rather than the rule. Inside Out was hailed as a return to form, but then the studio followed it up with the bland The Good Dinosaur, the adequate Finding Dory, and the soulless Cars 3. While the future for the studio as a whole remains uncertain, they’re in their element with the moving, beautiful Coco. Lee Unkrich’s film is a lovely look at family, music, and legacy, finding tangible ways to express these concepts by taking a lovely journey through Dia …
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Blue Sky’s ‘Ferdinand’ Gets A New Trailer

Following on from Peter Rabbit and Sherlock Gnomes, both of which got a brand new trailer today, Blue Sky has released a new promo for their upcoming animated adventure Ferdinand, which lands in UK cinemas this December.

After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, Ferdinand is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover.

From Carlos Saldanha (The Ice Age and Rio franchises) and inspired by the beloved book by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, “Ferdinand” is a heartwarming animated comedy adventure from Blue Sky Studios that tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. John Cena (Trainwreck, Daddy’s Home) leads an all-star cast that includes Kate McKinnon (Finding Dory, Ghostbusters, The Angry Birds Movie), Gina Rodriguez (Deepwater Horizon,
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International Animation Pumps Up Awards Season Toon Race

International Animation Pumps Up Awards Season Toon Race
The international toon business is alive and well, and once again in the Oscar race. Even though Academy rules have changed in a way that could favor more mainstream studio fare, 2017 was an especially strong year for foreign-made animated features, with a number of overseas projects creating awards season buzz, including Cartoon Saloon’s “The Breadwinner,” which attracted Angelina Jolie as an executive producer, and the hand-painted “Loving Vincent,” in a year that’s not been especially strong so far for U.S. fare.

But foreign animated films don’t face the same kind of pressure at the box office as homegrown projects do, and while making a profit is still a priority for overseas toons, the bar for B.O. is lower.

“If you look at European production, it’s just a different environment,” says Eric Beckman, CEO of distributor GKids, which has plugged into a successful formula of bringing some of the best of international
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Pig Pancake! Jimmy Kimmel Shares Cute Photo of Daughter Jane with His Newest ‘Bacon’-Inspired Creation

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Pig Pancake! Jimmy Kimmel Shares Cute Photo of Daughter Jane with His Newest ‘Bacon’-Inspired Creation
In Jimmy Kimmel‘s kitchen, the morning culinary creativity is still in full swing!

The late-night host shared a new photo to Instagram Thursday, showing his pajama-clad 3-year-old daughter Jane flashing a huge smile, ready to dig into a pancake her dad created to look like a pig. (With Cheerios for eyes!)

“Today’s pancake: Bacon!” Kimmel, 49, captioned the post.

The latest edition in the father of four’s appetizing, artistic arsenal follows pancakes the star has made into characters from Finding Dory, Thomas the Tank Engine and Cars 3.

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Tyler Perry's 'Boo 2!' Tops Weekend While Fellow Newcomers Struggle All Around

Tyler Perry's 'Boo 2!' Tops Weekend While Fellow Newcomers Struggle All Around
As expected, Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween topped the weekend box office becoming the seventh of eight Madea films to open over $20 million. Meanwhile, it was rough going for the weekend's four other new wide releases as Geostorm, Only the Brave and The Snowman essentially bombed while Pure Flix's Same Kind of Different as Me failed to meet the low end of expectations after strong group sales on opening day. Overall, the top twelve generated just $81.3 million, over $30 million less than the same weekend last year as October is currently pacing ~13% behind last year. With an estimated $21.65 million, Boo 2! finished atop the weekend box office while falling nearly $7 million short of the original's opening one year ago. The film did receive an "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, just a notch below the original Boo!'s "A" and it will be interesting to see what kind of run Boo 2! can leg out.
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'Coco': Film Review

'Coco': Film Review
Dia de los Muertos, the multi-day Mexican-originated holiday honoring dead family members and friends, proves to have a remarkably revitalizing effect on Pixar, as evidenced by the truly resplendent Coco.

Not only does the Disney outfit’s 19th feature, co-directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, emerge as Pixar’s most original effort since Inside Out, it’s also among its most emotionally resonant, touching on themes of belonging common to Finding Dory and the Unkrich-directed Toy Story 3.

Delivering a universal message about family bonds while adhering to folkloric traditions free of the watering down or whitewashing that have often typified Americanized...
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Josh Gad on How Kristen Bell Saved His Family From Hurricane and Why His Work Is ‘Worthless’ as a Dad

Josh Gad on How Kristen Bell Saved His Family From Hurricane and Why His Work Is ‘Worthless’ as a Dad
As his Florida-based family’s safety hung in the balance ahead of devastating Hurricane Irma, Josh Gad made one call which helped save their lives -- to his Frozen costar, Kristen Bell!

During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday, Gad shared how Bell came to the rescue after his initial plans to keep his family safe backfired due to the hurricane changing course.

“My entire family lives in South Florida, so I sent them all to my brother’s place in Tampa,” Gad said. “Then the hurricane veered west to Tampa and I had to get them out and had nowhere to send them, so I immediately started calling everybody I know.”

“I was like, ‘Wait, Kristen is in Disney World and she’s got all of her cast and crew because she’s shooting a film there,’” he continued. “So, I called her up and said, ‘Is there any
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Idris Elba auditioned to play Gaston in Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast

As it turns out, even Idris Elba still gets turned down for parts every so often. In a recent interview with People to promote his latest film, Hany Abu-Assad’s survival thriller The Mountain Between Us, the actor revealed that despite auditioning for this year’s live-action Beauty and the Beast remake, Disney decided to go in another direction.

While on the subject of musicals, Elba said, “I honestly love musicals. I auditioned for Beauty and the Beast. I really did, for Gaston. I called and said, ‘Listen, I want in!’ So somewhere they have a tape of me singing.”

The role of Gaston clearly went to Fast & Furious 6 and Dracula Untold star Luke Evans, who was widely considered to be one of the strongest performers in the film’s star-studded ensemble. No matter what criticisms were directed at the adaptation, few people had anything but kind words for the Welsh actor.
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Lachlan Murdoch Shares His Theory for Summer Movie Box-Office Slump

Lachlan Murdoch Shares His Theory for Summer Movie Box-Office Slump
Call it the Dory theory.

At an investor conference on Wednesday, Lachlan Murdoch, executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, attributed the disappointing summer box office to the lack of hit animation films.

"It's really interesting," he said at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference. "The short answer is that movies aren't compelling. People felt they didn't have to see these movies in the theaters. … But if you take the four top animated films [from 2016 and 2017], that makes up for 90 percent of the drop in box office."

The summer of 2016 was led by Finding Dory, which grossed nearly...
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Ellen DeGeneres Was Told Coming Out on TV Could ‘Destroy’ Her Show

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Ellen DeGeneres Was Told Coming Out on TV Could ‘Destroy’ Her Show
Ellen DeGeneres’ interview is part of Time Firsts, a multimedia project featuring 46 groundbreaking women. Watch the rest of the videos at Time.com/Firsts. Buy the book at the Time Shop.

Ellen DeGeneres‘ groundbreaking decision to star as the first openly gay character on primetime television wasn’t easy to make.

The talk show host opens up to Time Firsts about having her character on the ABC hit sitcom Ellen announce that she was gay in 1997, shortly after DeGeneres appeared on Time with the cover line, “Yep, I’m Gay.

“I was warned by my publicist at the time — everybody said,
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7 Ways the Box Office Could Recover Before the End of the Year

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7 Ways the Box Office Could Recover Before the End of the Year
“It” is the much-anticipated and much-needed Stephen King adaptation. In addition to opening Friday with high box-office expectations, “It” also represents the fervent wish of every exhibitor that the dreadful summer of 2017 will recede like a bad dream.

Advance estimates suggest “It” could reach $70 million for its opening weekend. Anything over $62.5 million would top “Rush Hour,” the September record holder (in adjusted figures). Even if it did as little as $50 million, it should propel the weekend to a height it hasn’t seen in three months: More people would go to theaters than the same weekend in 2016.

Read More:It’s the Worst Labor Day Box Office Ever, as ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ is #1 by Default

The year-to-date total for North America is just under $7.6 billion, about $500 million less than the 2016 post-Labor Day box office. However, there’s still four months left — a full third of the year — to make up the gap.
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Everything You Need to Know About Pixar’s ‘Coco’

Coco is something of an outlier in Pixar’s upcoming film slate. Following two sequels (Finding Dory & Cars 3) and preceding two more sequels (The Incredibles 2 & Toy Story 4), Coco will be the only original Pixar feature from the span of 2016 to 2019. Unlike a Toy Story or a Cars, Coco isn’t a known quantity. Heck – up to two weeks ago, the only thing I knew for sure was that Coco was set around Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead), other than that – zilch. Pixar, though, seems to be aware of this …
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The Morning Watch: ‘The Defenders’ Easter Eggs, Where ‘Finding Dory’ Went Wrong & More

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(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.) In this edition, despite Pixar’s track record, a video essay explores […]

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Hollywood and the closing cinematic window

Mark Harrison Aug 23, 2017

Studios are discussing a model that'd see movies land on home streaming formats in under two months...

After a somewhat bruising summer blockbuster season for cinemas, in which gross receipts were 13% down from last year, it can't be good news for them that video on demand could be closing the window between exhibition and home release even further. And yet, as The Hollywood Reporter revealed yesterday, some Hollywood studios are close to reaching an agreement on a premium VOD service that could take effect by the end of the year.

Of a number of different proposals, the one that's currently gathering the most steam is a model proposed by 20th Century Fox, whereby new movies would be available to stream at home for a rental fee of $30, within 30 to 45 days of its release in cinemas. Comcast, Apple and Amazon are reportedly collaborating on making this system deliverable
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Art Directors Guild Adds Animated Feature Category to Its Awards

Art Directors Guild Adds Animated Feature Category to Its Awards
The Art Directors Guild has added an animated feature category to its Excellence in Production Design Awards, slated for Jan. 27 in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.

The award for production design for an animated feature film accompanies the theme for the event’s latest edition, “Production Design in Animation: Celebrating 100 Years of Imagination.”

“It is our intention to honor and celebrate great Production Design achievements in the remarkable and evolving art form of animation through this new award. By separating feature animation into its own constituent category, we wish to pay tribute to these creative works in a manner equivalent to all our other feature design categories,” said Thomas A. Walsh, an Adg Event producer along with Thomas Wilkins.

Animated features in hand-drawn, CGI, clay animation/puppet, and motion-capture styles may qualify for the category, but animation must figure in at least 75% of the film’s running time.

Animated films,
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Netflix Losing Disney and Pixar Movies: No Big Deal?

Netflix Losing Disney and Pixar Movies: No Big Deal?
Will Netflix suffer a significant subscriber exodus once Disney movies roll off the service in 2019? According to one Wall Street firm’s analysis: probably not.

Disney announced last week that it would not renew the movie-output deal with Netflix for first-run Disney and Pixar titles in the U.S. — and instead would launch its own Disney-branded streaming service starting with 2019 releases. That sent Netflix shares tumbling, as investors feared the move represented a growing sentiment by Hollywood studios to not play ball with the disruptive internet player.

But while the Disney deal appears to be a high-profile loss, it should have minimal effect on total subscriber churn, according to Piper Jaffray & Co. analysts Michael Olson and Yung Kim. They conducted a survey of 538 Netflix U.S. customers last week, and found that only one-fifth spend more than 10% of the total Netflix viewing time watching Disney content.

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Disney vs. Netflix: Can Bob Iger Challenge the Streaming Giant?

Disney vs. Netflix: Can Bob Iger Challenge the Streaming Giant?
If content is king, then Disney’s gamble on a launch of its own Ott service to compete with its digital rivals represents perhaps the biggest test in decades for Disney’s storied studio productions.

While Disney CEO Bob Iger offered plenty of detail about the company’s upcoming Espn-branded service in a recent earnings call, questions remain about the other Disney-branded venture he unveiled earlier this week. All he indicated was that the streaming service will feature the Disney and Pixar titles Iger is pulling off Netflix, supplemented by an unspecified mix of original film and TV content. The subscription price has not been announced.

“We’ve already begun the development process at the Disney Channel and at the studio to create original TV series and original movies for this service,” Iger said. “We’ve commissioned them to produce more films, with the incremental films being produced very, very specifically and very exclusively for this service
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