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The Good Dinosaur reviews

Last month I had the opportunity to visit Pixar Animation Studios and preview the company’s next film The Good Dinosaur. You can read what I learned about the making of The Good Dinosaur here and read my interview with director Peter Sohn. While at Pixar, I had that opportunity to sit down with some of the other creatives behind the film, here is my interview with Denise Ream, who has an interesting story as she started out as a Visual Effects Producer at ILM working on films like Star Wars, Men In Black, Harry Potter and Mission Impossible movies before jumping across the bay to Pixar where she worked on Up, Cars 2, Brave, The Good Dinosaur and the upcoming sequel Cars 3.

Hit the jump to learn about how she went from Star Wars to Pixar, what its like to be on a project that loses a director and gets completely reworked, the choice of making the characters cartoony against a almost photo real backdrop, the daunting quest to find voice actors for this film, and how do you hide a Pizza Planet truck in a Dinosaur movie? All this and more in our Denise Ream interview, which you can read now after the jump.

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creed single shot

I think most of us can agree that Creed is one of the best movies of this Holiday season, if not the entire year. Its not just a nostalgia sequel/spin-off as some have written it off as, but a great movie. And since seeing the film two weeks ago there is one sequence which I can’t get out of my head, Adonis’s first professional match as a boxer which is presented in one single shot. Was it really one single take, or was it cleverly stitched together like the scenes were in Birman? Find out how the Creed single shot boxing sequence was accomplished, after the jump.

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Angry Birds Hatchlings

There are people who put off their holiday preparations until the very last second, leaving them to screech into the shopping mall 15 minutes before closing on Christmas Eve. And then there are people who have all their holiday cards sent out and all of their gifts tied up before they even turn their calendars to December. The Angry Birds, it turns out, belong to the latter camp.

Though The Angry Birds Movie won’t open for another six months — and though Christmas isn’t for another three and a half weeks — Sony Pictures has released an extra-special, extra-adorable holiday teaser featuring the fuzzy little Hatchlings. Watch the Angry Birds Hatchlings teaser after the jump.  Read More »

Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Announced

star wars rebels season 3

Disney has announced they will be renewing the acclaimed Disney XD animated series Star Wars Rebels for a third season. As someone who never quite got into The Clone Wars, Rebels has been a fun trip back to our favorite galaxy far far away. And what started out as a story about a small ragtag group has grown into something bigger in the second season. And I’m glad to see the story will go a bit further, but don’t expect this series to go on much longer.

We will at some point catch up to the timeline shown in previous and future live-action movies — Star Wars: Rogue One tells the story of how the Rebellion gets the plans for the Death Star, which leads into the events of A New Hope.  We heard from a very good source last year that Star Wars Rebels would last only three or four seasons before Disney launched a whole new Star Wars animated series, with all new characters, set in the timeline of the current movies (the Star Wars sequel trilogy).

Hit the jump to read the Star Wars Rebels season 3 press release, but as the second season is still in full swing, we get no additional details.

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How Did This Get Made: Hackers (An Oral History)

hackers oral history

Hackers + Revolution + Rollerblades = How Did This Get Made?

On September 15, 1995, MGM released a stylish, cyberspace thriller called Hackers. Two weeks later—following mixed reviews and poor box office numbers—the film was gone from theaters. Yet despite inauspicious start, Hackers has grown to become one of the most beloved films of the 90s. This is a story about the making of that movie and the ambitious filmmakers who, over time, have been vindicated by their hyperkinetic vision.

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Avengers Age of Ultron - Natasha and Bruce

Iron Man’s got his high-tech suit, Captain America’s got his super-soldier serum, Hulk’s got his gamma ray-induced rage powers, and Hawkeye’s got his Katniss Everdeen-level archery skills. But the Avengers’ true secret weapon might be bromance.

Any blockbuster can offer city-destroying CG mayhem, and these days most of them do. What makes the MCU the MCU is all the stuff that happens in between — the quips, the bickering, the friendship, the flirting. Take away the superpowers and high-tech gadgets and megalomaniacal robots, and you’re left with the foundation for a solid ensemble romcom.

Watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe romantic comedy remix after the jump.  Read More »

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Ride Along 2 Trailer

Just a few weeks ago, a new trailer for Ride Along 2 showed Ice Cube and Kevin Hart embarking on another case in Miami. But that wasn’t enough for Universal, because they released a new trailer with the must-see Creed over the Thanksgiving weekend. This one has more Ken Jeong, lamb burgers, and an alligator. That sounds wacky, right?

Watch the new Ride Along 2 trailer after the jump. Read More »

Mission Impossible 6 director

UPDATE: McQuarrie has confirmed on Twitter he’ll return for Mission: Impossible 6.

Original story from 11/19/2015 follows.

Despite concerns about the film’s ending rumored to need some extensive work, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation turned out to be quite the excellent blockbuster to finish out the summer, and it appears Paramount Pictures and Skydance are anxious to keep director Christopher McQuarrie around to keep the franchise going with Mission: Impossible 6. Find out more after the jump!

Variety has word that McQuarrie has been hired to write Mission: Impossible 6, but it’s not clear if he will be back to direct as well. As of now McQuarrie is still in talks with the studio about the project, but they’re getting close to wrapping up negotiations because the hope is for the sequel to be in production by next August. Read More »

Supergirl Episode Delayed

This looks like a job for Supergirl! After debuting as the most watched new show of the season on October 26th, just over a month ago, Supergirl has been picked up by CBS for a full season order of 20 episodes.

The show has dropped in ratings since its debut, but that’s pretty standard for shows like this, where people might be curious about checking it out, only to realize that it’s not what they were hoping for. But the ratings haven’t dropped to a staggering low, making Supergirl good enough to keep around for at least a whole season. More after the jump. Read More »