Toy Story Batman v Superman mash-up

Not every unanswered question in a movie deserves an elaborate fan theory “explaining” away plot holes or filling in background gaps that the movie purposefully didn’t fill. Sometimes a movie is just a movie. But one Toy Story fan theory gained some traction because it came from an unusual source: someone who worked on the original film.

Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton has since debunked the theory, but for the conspiracy theorists out there who just can’t accept that Andy’s dad simply isn’t a factor in the Toy Story movies, here’s a look at what one man claims happened to that character.
Read More »

Han Solo Director Replacement

Yesterday brought the shocking news that directing duo Phil Lord & Chris Miller had been let go from the Star Wars spin-off focusing on a young Han Solo played by Alden Ehrenreich.

At first, only creative differences were cited, but since then we’ve heard more specific details about why the acclaimed and respecting directing team were removed from the project with three weeks of principal photography left on the schedule. The reasoning for a parting of the ways is said to be a clash in filmmaking style. The fast and loose, improvisational approach that Lord & Miller have compared to the more calculated and structured style that Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter/executive producer Lawrence Kasdan never really met in the middle, and disagreements finally came to a head.

Now Lucasfilm has to find a new director quickly as the studio hopes to be back in production by July 10 (or so we’ve heard), and while Ron Howard is said to be the frontrunner, with names like Joe Johnston and Lawrence Kasdan himself also in consideration, we have a list of filmmakers that we’d like to see finish the Han Solo movie instead.

Check out our own Han Solo director replacement candidates after the jump. Read More »

stranger things season 2 monster

The bulk of Stranger Things season one was directed by series creators and showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer, who helmed ultimately helmed six of the original eight episodes. The other two episodes were helmed by executive producer Shawn Levy, a veteran film director and producer with credits like Night at the Museum, Date Night, and Real Steel to his name (he’s also a newly minted Oscar nominee for producing Arrival). Now, season two is looking to open things up a little more by allowing another recognizable director to direct a few episodes. Welcome to the club, Andrew Stanton.

Read More »

finding dory deleted scene: the tank gang

When we first talked with Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton about his sequel Finding Dory, he told us that about an abandoned series of sequences which involved Marlin and Nemo trying to find Dory. Now with the home video release of the movie on the horizon, this lost sequence is finally seeing the light of day. Hit the jump to watch the Finding Dory deleted scene which reveals how Nemo’s tank gang escaped.

Read More »

Finding Dory

A couple weeks ago, I got a chance to chat with writer/director Andrew Stanton about his new Pixar film Finding Dory. The film hit theaters this past weekend and earned an estimated $136.2 million, breaking the record for the biggest animated opening of all time. (Looks like my Summer Movie Wager pick wasn’t that stupid after all, although we’ll have to see how it does in the second weekend to see if it really has a chance to beat Captain America: Civil War this summer.)

I decided to hold off until after release to publish the full interview as we talk about some spoilers (so stop now if you haven’t seen the film). I talked with Andrew about the real and unexpected meaning behind the film’s title, how he tried (or didn’t try) to avoid the traps of “sequelitis,” how the sea lions and Sigourney Weaver got involved, and of course that story about the symbiotic relationship between the Disney’s story trust and Pixar brain trust that I shared last week. Read the full interview now, after the jump.
Read More »

Finding Dory review

Note: We originally ran Peter’s Finding Dory review on June 10. We’re re-running it now that the film is in theaters.

Finding Dory is an example of why we should never underestimate Pixar. Did we need a sequel to Finding Nemo? No. This film is unnecessary… yet somehow Finding Dory is a fun, rewarding emotional journey. Join me after the jump for a virtually spoiler-free reaction to Pixar’s latest film.

Read More »

Rich Moore Finding Dory

At the conclusion of Finding Dory, I was surprised to see Wreck-It Ralph/Zootopia director Rich Moore‘s name listed in the special thanks section of the film’s credits. I decided to ask Finding Dory director Andrew Stanton about it and the fascinating story that followed gives us some insight into how the Disney/Pixar creative ecosystem works, and how the creative heads of each company help push each other to create better stories. What’s the story behind that Rich Moore Finding Dory credit? Find out, after the jump.

Read More »

Andrew Stanton

Andrew Stanton had built his entire career on animation, with films like Finding Nemo and Wall-E, before making his live-action debut with 2012’s John Carter. This summer’s Finding Dory brings him back into the Pixar fold, but he’s already looking to mix things up again. In a new interview, Stanton revealed that he wants to take a break from animation and return to live-action. And we may not have to wait long to find out what that next project is.  Read More »

Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly in Back to the Future

“Reshoots” is a dirty word in entertainment journalism, often used as an indicator of a disastrous film production. But the truth of the matter is, reshoots can be a good thing. The purpose of reshoots is to make a movie better, not worse. Let’s take a look at the purpose of reshoots, and why they don’t necessarily signal disaster for films like Star Wars: Rogue One and Suicide Squad.

Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Finding Dory

Most of the Pixar films have a co-director, yet most everyone who watches a Pixar movie probably has no idea what the co-director does. So while I was doing a long-lead press day for Pixar’s upcoming sequel Finding Dory, I decided to ask director Andrew Stanton to help explain how his co-director Angus MacLane contributes to the overall film.

Read More »