Ant-Man bullet poster

There’s a new Ant-Man poster, and unlike the schlocky collage that made up the last one-sheet, this new image is more interesting. Ant-Man himself is the center of the shot, but it’s the edges of the frame that get my attention. That’s where we see a hail of bullets flying toward the little guy as he rides an ant, which seems like a pretty good promise of an action sequence in the final film. Check out the shot below. Read More »

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Force Awakens score

Add another name to your list of new Star Wars characters. An interview on StarWars.com has revealed that Andy Serkis is playing a character named Supreme Leader Snoke, and the character is being created through performance capture.

See the image and learn more about the Andy Serkis Star Wars character below. Read More »

Hocus Pocus

With 1990’s nostalgia hitting full swing, Disney isn’t yet ready to greenlight that Hocus Pocus sequel that has been rumored for some time or even a Broadway Hocus Pocus musical (despite the formation of fangroups and even dreamcasting in Playbill), but they are ready to bring Winifred, Mary and Sarah together for a new Halloween stage show in DisneyWorld. Hit the jump to learn more about the Hocus Pocus stage show and see a first piece of concept art.

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Tinker Bell (Peter Pan)

Clearly Disney isn’t going to rest until every animated character in its stable has undergone a live-action remake. Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella have already been updated, and re-adaptations of Jungle BookBeauty and the BeastDumboMulanWinnie the Pooh, and Pinocchio are already in the works.

As if all that weren’t enough, just last week Disney announced a Tinker Bell spinoff movie starring Reese Witherspoon. Which got us thinking — what other Disney supporting characters deserve a chance to step into the spotlight? Below are 10 Disney live-action spinoffs we’d love to see. Read More »

Star Wars Disney Infinity Twilight 1

The slow but steady integration of Star Wars into the world of Disney continues. Television was first with Star Wars Rebels, movies are on the way like The Force Awakens, theme parks will be later and video games are next. The first new Star Wars console game is an integration into Disney’s already popular Disney Infinity series, which was announced earlier this month. Now several new images from the prequel themed playset, Twilight of the Republic, have been revealed along with new images of the figures. Check out all the new Star Wars Disney Infinity images below. Read More »

Craig Drake - Darth Vader header

More Star Wars Bits! This one even goes back to the prequels, and you can read about all these items below:

  • Damon Lindelof would like to write a Lobot movie.
  • George Lucas was scared of the Yoda/Dooku fight in Attack of the Clones.
  • Disneyland has a Han Solo in Carbonite lunch combo.
  • Read Vanity Fair interviews with Kathleen Kennedy, John Williams, Pablo Hidalgo and more.
  • Did you see Craig Drake‘s new Star Wars posters?
  • Why did Dice decide to reboot Star Wars Battlefront instead of sequelize it?
  • Check out a four page preview of Kanan: The Last Padawan #3.
  • There might be a big New Hope easter egg in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Learn about a connection between Rey and Han Solo in The Force Awakens.

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Madame Tussauds Millennium Falcon

Star Wars Bits is back and packed full of interesting stuff. Below, read about the following:

  • Star Wars Anthology writer Gary Whitta is writing for Star Wars Rebels.
  • Rian Johnson wrote Star Wars Episode VIII in Moleskine notebooks.
  • See an image of the works in the Star Wars canon.
  • A rumor surfaces about a post-credits scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • John Williams will record his Force Awakens score soon.
  • Watch a video on the new Madame Tussauds’ Star Wars exhibit.
  • For the the time in China, The Star Wars Saga will screen theatrically.
  • The website “How BB-8 Works” explains the obvious question.

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pixar tomorrowland sequence

The backstory for Brad Bird‘s film Tomorrowland contains a lot of detail about the beneficent cabal known as Plus Ultra, a secretive group of dreamers which conceived and built a futuristic creative paradise. In the actual film, however, we don’t see too much about Plus Ultra. Scenes were trimmed for length and pacing, and much of that story was left out of the film, along with all mentions of Disney.

Pixar actually animated a short scene that was meant to quickly define and explain Plus Ultra. Bird, however, decided the bit killed the pace of the film, and he cut it. That clip is online and you can watch the Pixar Tomorrowland sequence below. Read More »

Inside Out Director Interview

Filmmaking often comes down to one thing: guiding the audience. What do we see, and when, and why? With Pixar, which has the power to create all its images from nothing, there’s always a process of guiding the audience eye to settle on one particular part of the image, no matter how many appealing details may color the margins.

That image control is part of storytelling guidance, too, and often a cover for the real heart of the matter. Pixar’s films use big concepts — toys that have their own lives we never see, a rat who loves to cook, an adventure in a flying house — as a portal to concepts that are much more difficult to capture in a single image or marketing push.

Inside Out has had a very specifically guided path. We know the film is about the five emotions, Joy, Anger, Sadness, Disgust, and Fear, who guide the responses a young girl named Riley has to her changing world. We know Joy is in the lead, but trailers for the film already show us that the core of the movie has Joy and Sadness literally going to the center of their own world — Riley’s mind — on a journey of discovery.

Six weeks ago I went up to Pixar’s campus in Emeryville, CA, to join a few other editors to sit in on sessions with department heads who worked on Inside Out. Our last session was with director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera. The pair discussed the creation of the film, but  Read More »

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