Briefly: Carl Weathers voicing a Pixar character just feels right. The Rocky, Predator, Happy Gilmore and Arrested Development actor has always had a sense of humor, and he’s using that – as well as his action background – in Toy Story of Terror, the upcoming ABC Disney/Pixar short. Weathers is Combat Carl, a toy soldier who has been living at a haunted hotel. You can read more about his role here but, below, check out what he looks like along with five other new images from the show. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, September 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers dismisses the Episode VII talk, while Mark Hamill all but confirms his casting by hitting the gym. Also after the jump:
- Star Wars Rebels will drop by New York Comic-Con
- See a trailer for Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force
- Steve Sansweet‘s Rancho Obi-Wan sets a Guinness record
- A “lost” short with Star Wars ties will return to the screen
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Here’s a trailer for Pixar’s first proper TV special, the Halloween-themed Toy Story of Terror. Created by the Pixar Canada team that also did recent Toy Story shorts such as Hawaiian Vacation and Partysaurus Rex, this short is set to air on ABC on Ocotber 16. It features the voices of Tim Allen and Tom Hanks, along with Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, Kristen Schaal, Timothy Dalton, and Carl Weathers. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
We get sent dozens of short films every week and while I try to watch most of them, the sad fact is that we don’t post as many short films as we use to. Sometimes a gem sticks out from the rest of the submissions and becomes an obvious choice. Noah immediately grabbed me, and even a few minutes into this story, I knew I would be posting it on /Film. I hope you find time to watch it.
/Film reader Walter Woodman sent in this short film titled Noah which he co-directed with Patrick Cederberg. The film just had it’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and is now available online for everyone to view. TIFF describes the film as:
In a story that plays out entirely on a teenager’s computer screen, Noah follows its eponymous protagonist as his relationship takes a rapid turn for the worse in this fascinating study of behaviour (and romance) in the digital age.
Without feeling forced or inorganic, the short perfectly delivers on the limiting structure of this clever and creative construct. The story feels so authentic and real, a snapshot of a young relationship in the current age of internet attention disorder and social networking. One of my friends, filmmaker Dan Trachtenberg, said it could be “this generations John Hughes movie”, and I think that description totally nails it. Of course, Hughes never made a found footage movie set inside a computer, but you’ll see what we mean. Watch the short right now, embedded after the jump.
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Lots of feature films get big buzz at the Sundance Film Festival, but it takes a special short film to start the same kind of chatter. That happened earlier this year with Riley Stearns‘ The Cub. The simple, gory, and hilarious short film got lots of people talking. How? By showing what happens when a couple drops their daughter in the woods to be brought up by wild animals.
Where most short filmmakers use their precious little time to showcase wild effects or crazy camera moves, Stearns focuses on tension, humor and storytelling. It’s a great short and after eight months on the festival circuit, it’s now online.
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Perhaps the most unusual thing shown at D23 today is the Mickey Mouse short Get a Horse!, which features the late Walt Disney voicing his signature character. The short played to raves at the expo, but it has a very unusual history. Get the full (and somewhat spoiler-ish) story below. Read More »
The tweet above, which you can also see here, has all the real info: today at D23 Pixar and Disney debuted a new short called Party Central. The short features characters from Monsters University, and will debut in theaters in front of Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur next year. Response to the short was very positive from audiences at the Expo, and we’ll update with stills if and when Disney releases any.
The short is directed by Kelsey Mann, story supervisor on Monsters University. The short shows what happens when no one shows up to OK’s party. They solve this problem by using door stations to steal from the bigger party of the year, which is also going on at another frat. They must steal the food, the music, the monsters and the fun, but must do so by going through another human house and in through another closet door.
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Realistically speaking, the best way to see the 17-minute short #TruthInJournalism would be to just happen across it without knowing what was up. But if we presented it that way, almost no one would watch it. (And, in truth, the title of the embed below will give it away.) So I’m striking a middle ground between giving it to you cold and giving away all the secrets within.
Just put it this way: this is a unique and effective way to bring to life one of the characters that some Marvel fans have most wanted to see. Ryan Kwanten stars here as the guy who has a secret to hide, and Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2, Knights of Badassdom) directs.
Oh, and stay tuned for a little appearance from a second fan-fave character at the end. Read More »