These days, it’s easy to say you love Brad Bird. After The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like his work. But many of us were on board from the beginning with The Iron Giant.
In the summer of 1999, Bird was just another untapped talent from The Simpsons who went to college with lots of famous people. He was making his first feature. Unfortunately, the film was released on the same weekend as The Sixth Sense. Warner Bros. didn’t know what to do with the film, or how to market it, and it did not connect with audiences. From a reported $70 million production budget, The Iron Giant only grossed $23 million and was deemed a failure. However, the few people who actually saw the movie instantly fell in love with it. It was obvious the film had incredible heart and ambition, and was the work of someone with a bright future.
Despite the cult following that’s developed over the years, Warner Bros. has never released a The Iron Giant Blu-ray. Recently on Twitter, Bird admitted he’s been talking to them about it and they’re interested. They just don’t want to give the film the kind of release it deserves. He feels you can help. Read More »
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One of the biggest toy franchises in the world is in a race to the big screen. Sony has just signed a deal with with Mattel to make a movie version of Barbie. Jenny Bicks (What A Girl Wants, Rio 2) is writing the script, with the studio hoping to be shooting by the end of the year. Mattel agreed to the film based on a new pitch that would embrace Barbie’s multiple careers and turn her into a fashionable chameleon who can jump from job to job, helping people around the world. Read more about the Barbie movie below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by Angie Han
Just when you think you’ve heard it all, someone decides to make a Peeps movie. Yes, that’s Peeps as in those sugary marshmallow confections that crop up in drugstores everywhere around Easter.
The specific “someone” in this case is Adam Rifkin, director of Detroit Rock City, who has just optioned the film and TV rights to the candies. There’s no word yet on what the small-screen plans are, but the film is described as an animated “Lego Movie-esque family epic.” Hit the jump to learn more about Peeps’ journey to the screen.
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Posted on Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Angie Han
Plucky orphan Annie made her Broadway debut over thirty years ago, and started out as a comic book strip character fifty years before that. But Sony’s Annie makes her young and new again, by transporting the action to modern-day New York City.
Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) plays Annie herself, who’s under the not-so-caring care of Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). Her boundless optimism pays off when she crosses paths with Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx), a billionaire running for political office. Watch the new Annie international trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
Details about Lego Movie 2 are being kept under wraps, but one thing Chris McKay says we can expect is more female characters. Also after the jump:
- Ivan Reitman is still gung-ho about Ghostbusters 3
- Camera tests are underway for Jurassic World
- Karl Urban wants you to sign the Dredd 2 petition
- Those “Penelope Cruz for Bond 24” rumors might be true
- Kevin James has a new love interest for Paul Blart 2
- Here’s another How to Train Your Dragon poster
- Check out some Mad Max: Fury Road concept art
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For the first time in nearly a decade, 2014 won’t provide fans with a Pixar film. The closest thing is probably Planes: Fire and Rescue, the sequel to 2013′s Cars spinoff, Planes. (Disney’s Big Hero 6, out in November, is in the mix too, but there’s no trailer yet). In this sequel, Dusty (Dane Cook) is forced to leave racing and decides to go for a more noble calling, “Fire and Rescue.” However, it’ll be tough to gain the respect of his peers coming from such a pampered lifestyle.
Below, check out a brand new Planes Fire and Rescue trailer, some new characters (who are Cars, not Planes) as well as a list of new cast members including Ed Harris, Wes Studi, Fred Willard, Jerry Stiller, Erik Estrada, John Michael Higgins, Hal Holbrook, Kevin Richardson and Patrick Warburton. It opens July 18. Read More »
Posted on Sunday, April 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
Wreck-It Ralph may not have been a box office juggernaut on the order of Frozen, but it was still a pretty big hit when it landed in 2012. Talk of a potential Wreck-It Ralph sequel began swirling not long afterward, but there’s been no official confirmation that any such movie would actually happen — until now.
Composer Henry Jackman has revealed that a Wreck-It Ralph 2 is being written as we speak, although it remains a mystery when we’ll actually get to see the movie. Hit the jump to read his comments.
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Posted on Friday, April 4th, 2014 by Angie Han
David Lowery was a surprising choice when Disney hired him to pen the Pete’s Dragon remake. His last film, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, was a gritty crime drama; Pete’s Dragon is… not that.
But now he’s getting even more involved in the family-friendly adventure. A new report indicates that Lowery has entered talks to direct Pete’s Dragon as well as write. Hit the jump for more details.
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