Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks‘ first movie was a massive, massive surprise hit. Pitch Perfect 2 has grossed over $250 million worldwide and counting with work already started on a sequel. We don’t know if she’ll be back for that, but we do know the actress turned director is looking at new projects. Word is, she’s currently circling a project called Red Queen, based on a young adult novel by Victoria Aveyard which sounds like a YA Game of Thrones, It’s about a common girl whose ability to use magic makes her into the upper echelons of society. Below, read more about the Red Queen movie. Read More »

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Kung Fu Panda 3 (1)

Kung Fu Panda 3 will triple down on the panda action. Although Po (voiced by Jack Black) has spent the past two films believing he was the last of his kind, the upcoming threequel will reveal that’s not the case. In fact, there’s a whole secret panda village full of other big, fat, happy bears.

Among them are Po’s biological father Li, voiced by Bryan Cranston, and a female panda named Mei Mei, voiced by Rebel Wilson. Not to mention a bunch of adorable baby pandas that seem to take to Po immediately. Get your Kung Fu Panda 3 first look after the jump. Read More »

ZOOTOPIA

The premise of Disney Animation’s Zootopia isn’t terribly hard to follow. It’s set in a sprawling metropolis built, run, and populated by non-human animals. But just in case you’re still confused, the first Zootopia teaser trailer lays it all out for you in winning, adorable fashion. Watch it after the jump. Read More »

ZOOTOPIA (Working Title)

Much like Pixar took off last year, Disney Animation is taking off this year. After a nice string of hits including the all-time animated champion, Frozen, Disney Animation isn’t releasing a film in 2015 but will be back in 2016. Their next movie is called Zootopia, a film they revealed at the D23 Expo back in 2013 set in a massive animal metropolis. It’ll be released on March 4, 2016, features the voices of Jason Bateman and Ginnifer Goodwin and though we’ve seen some concept art (like above) the first official look at the film’s main characters is now online. Check it out below. Read More »

Hogwarts wizard school in america

Everyone knows the best school for witchcraft and wizardry is Hogwarts, which is in England. But wizards aren’t only in that country. As we saw in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, there are wizarding schools all over the world. In fact, Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling recently said there are 11 across the globe. She’s confirmed a few more beyond the obvious ones but never one in the United States. That may change, however, when audiences see Rowling’s latest work, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The author, who wrote the screenplay for 2016 adventure film set in the same world as Harry Potter, has teased that the film will reveal the name and locations of the American school of witchcraft and wizardry. Read More »

peanuts movie poster

Given how ubiquitous Charlie Brown and Snoopy still are, it’s a bit surprising to realize they haven’t been the subjects of their own full-length feature film in 35 years. But that changes this fall with The Peanuts Movie, which gives Charles M. Schulz‘s beloved creations a 3D CG upgrade.

On paper, that description sounds kind of alarming — does that mean we’re in for a cooler, sexier Charlie? As the new Peanuts Movie poster reveals, you needn’t fear. The gang’s all here, and they still look like their own delightful selves. Check out the Peanuts Movie poster after the jump.
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Rapunzel is climbing back down to the small screen. A Tangled TV series is coming to Disney Channel in 2017, with Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi set to reprise their roles as Rapunzel and Eugene (a.k.a. Flynn Rider). Get all the details on the Tangled TV series after the jump.  Read More »

Jason Reitman Beekle movie

Jason Reitman has made Oscar contenders, cult classics, TV pilots and live reads. Now he’s signing up for something totally different: an animated film. Reitman is attached to write and direct Beekle for DreamWorks Animation, based on a book called The Adventures Of Beekle: The Unimaginery Friend by Dan Santat. It’s about an imaginary friend who is so unique, no child imagines him, and he’s left alone. He then goes on an adventure to find a child to be friends with. Read more about the Beekle movie 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 »