2016 Golden Trailer Awards

I’ve always loved good movie trailers. To me a trailer represents the promise of an exciting new story, our first introduction to a concept and world we’ve never seen before. When edited together artfully, a movie trailer can become its own work of art. Every year, the The Golden Trailer Awards are held to award the year’s “most outstanding achievements in motion picture and television marketing.” The 2016 Golden Trailer Awards nominations have been revealed, find out which trailers and marketing campaigns were chosen for the 17th annual competition.

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When a Finding Nemo sequel was announced, many people, including myself, were skeptical of the motivations behind the announcement. Yesterday you learned how director Andrew Stanton came to find that a Finding Nemo sequel was necessary. And now we reveal why he felt Dory’s story was not over.

On a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, I got to preview 30 minutes of Finding Dory. And I must admit, the 13-minute opening of the film (which I will not spoil) floored me. It was unexpected, dark, emotional and so very compelling. And what interests me is the idea that Finding Dory is actually a movie about disabled character on a journey to embrace what she may feel is her big flaw.

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Rogue One A Star Wars Story trailer

With the release of the Star Wars: Rogue One teaser trailer, we now know the lead character played by Felicity Jones is named Jyn Erso. While this character is not a previously known person in Star Wars canon, I thought it would be fun to point out that our new Star Wars lead character isn’t even the first person in a galaxy far, far away to have that first name.

So let’s use this an an opportunity to explore the other Jyns of the Star Wars universe and see if we find anything interesting. We won’t learn much in terms of information about Rogue One, so if you’re looking for that you can stop here.
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Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton has been outspoken about sequels. Like fellow Pixar brain trust member Brad Bird, he has made his feelings known that we need more original stories and that money shouldn’t be a reason to make a follow-up. So when Stanton announced that he was directing a Finding Nemo sequel titled Finding Dory, some were surprised. Cynical film journalists were quick to write it off as a filmmaker running back to his successful franchise after the box office disappointment of his live-action debut, John Carter. But the truth is that the idea for Finding Dory came to Stanton before John Carter even hit theaters. It was something that kept him up at night.

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Walt Disney Pictures has released a tease from Star Wars: Rogue One, to promote the first trailer which will premiere tomorrow. Watch the tease and learn more, after the jump.

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The Island In Rey's Dreams

Okay, so we might be hitting the bottom of the barrel in terms of Star Wars: The Force Awakens unanswered questions at this point, but this was something I had been curious about since the first screening of the movie: Was the island that Rey dreams about the same island that we see at the end of the film? Find out more about the island in Rey’s dreams, after the jump.

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