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Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Meet the little voices inside your head. Pixar's latest animated movie, their 15th feature, has arrived in theaters worldwide. Pete Docter directs Inside Out, about the emotions inside our mind, and how they affect the story of one young girl who moves to San Francisco. Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling & Phyllis Smith voice the emotions Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust & Sadness. Kaitlyn Dias voices the girl, Riley. So how is it? Pixar's best in years, or a big let down? What emotions did you feel? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Inside Out.
Ten years ago the state of the Batman franchise – and the movie industry – was in a much different place than it is now. In today's movie climate, the term "reboot" is a word bandied about casually and Batman as a character and movie franchise is held in high regard. However, ten years ago things were completely different. Before Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, the future of Batman in live-action was uncertain. With the ten year anniversary of Christopher Nolan's seminal film this week, let's take a look back at how Nolan – before he was the enormously successful filmmaker he is today – redefined Batman and the reboot.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? The park is open. It's finally time to return to Isla Nublar and meet the dinosaurs all over again. Playing in theaters everywhere is Jurassic World, directed by Colin Trevorrow, the highly-anticipated sequel continuing the Jurassic Park series. This time, the park has opened, it's filled with thousands of visitors, safety procedures are in place. What could go wrong? It's the new dino that wreaks havoc this time. The cast includes Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson and Jake Johnson. So how is it? Better than the original or no way? Worth watching? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on Jurassic World.
"Dig deep inside yourself and face all of your inner demons, and make friends with them." Need some advice? Need some inspiration, or encouragement? The latest video from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is a questions session what advice various artists would have for other aspiring filmmakers. It's not just filmmakers providing advice, it's other actors, screenwriters, DPs, composers, such as - Hans Zimmer, John Ridley, Daniel Bruhl, Peter Morgan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Geoffrey Rush, David Oyelowo, Lee Daniels, Forest Whitaker, Sean Bobbitt and many others. It's a healthy dose of artistic optimism to keep you ambitious. Plus a reminder to never give up, to keep fighting even if it seems impossible, and give it your all.
I wouldn't expect anything less from Quentin Tarantino, the owner of a classic repertory 35mm cinema in Los Angeles (and tons of old film reels and other lost film prints). Over the weekend at the Cine Gear Expo held in Hollywood, Panavision was represented at the Paramount Theater on Paramount's lot and showed 70mm footage from Tarantino's new film The Hateful Eight. Tarantino, with his cinematographer Robert Richardson, decided this next western should be presented in 2.78:1 aspect ratio. So they decided to shoot on 65mm film stock using classic Panavision lenses. In THR's post about the event, they hint: "word on the street is that plans are underway to equip roughly 50 U.S. theaters to show the movie in 70mm". Ooh.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Unlike any spy you've never seen before. Now playing in theaters everywhere is Paul Feig's new comedy Spy, yet another spoof on the spy movie genre. This time Melissa McCarthy takes the lead, going out in the field on a job as an agent when the men aren't up to the task. The cast includes Jason Statham & Jude Law as spies, plus Miranda Hart, Rose Byrne, Julian Miller and Morena Baccarin. So how is this action comedy? Better than expected? Or a complete mess? McCarthy at her best or worst? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Paul Feig's Spy.
We're still curious to see how Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon turns out (see the first look photos here), but there's already early details trickling out about his next film. Our friend Steve from Collider was recently talking with Nicolas Winding Refn during an interview for The Neon Demon and asked him about projects coming up. Refn revealed that he's looking at making a spy movie called The Avenging Silence next, and that it might be set in Tokyo, which we've heard before. It turns out this may be the same film he talked about in 2013, a sort-of sequel to 2009's Valhalla Rising taking that character to Tokyo.
It was going to happen one day. Someone had to make a film about the Sony Hack. Word from THR is that filmmaker Jehane Noujaim (seen above) of the Oscar-nominated documentary The Square, working with her husband Karim Amer, is already "quietly" developing a documentary that "explores the cyberattack". The Sony Hack was at the top of the news for weeks late last December, with new information being leaked almost every single day for a few weeks. It was crazy to watch unfold, then suddenly everything went silent, right before the VOD release of The Interview on Christmas Day. THR's sources say that "director Noujaim and producer Amer will put forth alternative theories about the hack’s culprit" but that's all they reveal.
They're coming… In all shapes and sizes, all colors and costumes, all backgrounds and nationalities, from different planets and our own planet – superheroes. By the dozens, by the hundreds, by the thousands. Marvel and DC are both working on scores of big new superhero movies that will involve crossovers, and characters appearing in franchises left and right. So how crazy do the next four years look? Overwhelming, might be the right word. Or exciting, if you're really a die-hard comic book geek who hasn't had enough of the superhero movie machine already. Below is a chart made by a fan and posted on Instagram showing the logos of 25 different comic book/superhero movies coming up between now and 2019. There's a lot on here.
Well this is sad. On a recent radio show, special effects and make-up artist legend Rick Baker announced that he was retiring from filmmaking. "The time is right, I am 64 years old, and the business is crazy right now. I like to do things right, and they wanted cheap and fast," Baker said in an interview on 89.3 KPCC (via THR). "That is not what I want to do, so I just decided it is basically time to get out." Baker has been working in the industry for over 40 years, and is now 64, he's had a huge impact on the industry and been a part of movie history for so long. He last worked on Maleficent, Tron Legacy plus MIB 3, and runs a studio.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "What if there was a place… where nothing was impossible?" Now playing in theaters everywhere is Brad Bird's sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland, starring Britt Robertson and George Clooney. Inspired by Walt Disney himself, this Disney adventure follows two optimistic, inventive minds as they try to save the future from hopelessness. The cast includes Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Hugh Laurie, plus Kathryn Hahn & Keegan-Michael Key. So how is it? Did Brad Bird hit it out of the park again? Is it worthy addition to the sci-fi genre, or another blunder? Did it inspire you? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on Brad Bird's Tomorrowland.
Celebrating 40 Years of Creating the Impossible! If you are a movie lover, you know ILM. Also known as Industrial Light & Magic, ILM was originally created by George Lucas as an effects house for the original Star Wars, and lead the industry for decades in special effects. They were the first to introduce computer-generated FX into movies in Young Sherlock Holmes (and The Abyss), and have since revolutionized (and blazed trails in) the CGI VFX industry. ILM is not only preparing for a new Star Wars franchise, but they're also the VFX house behind the new Warcraft movie as well as Michael Bay's Transformers and Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim. So, to celebrate, Wired has published a fascinating, extensive look at ILM's history.
We knew it was coming, as George Miller is already confirmed for more Mad Max sequels along with Tom Hardy, but the title for the next Mad Max movie might have been revealed. Hidden in the George Miller episode of The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith podcast (found via The Playlist), Miller discusses the plans for the expanded Mad Max universe now that Rockatansky is back in Fury Road. "We've got one screenplay and a novella. It happened because with the delays [on Fury Road] and writing all the backstories, they just expanded." So what's the next title? Mad Max: The Wasteland. Bring it on. Furiosa better be in it, too.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "What a lovely day!" Finally, after years and years of waiting, it's here. George Miller's long-awaited new entry into the Mad Max franchise titled Mad Max: Fury Road. This dusty new post-apocalyptic chase movie introduces a new Max, played by Tom Hardy, as well as another hero - Furiosa, played by Charlize Theron. These two unlikely partners lead a band of rebels on a chase across a desert run by deadly scavengers, driving vehicles like you've never seen. The cast also includes Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoë Kravitz and Hugh Keays-Byrne as Immortan Joe. Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road.