MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION

After the jump:

  • Underworld 5 gets a new title and a new logo.
  • Nut Job 2 makes off with a summer 2017 release date.
  • Tom Cruise promises more crazy stunts in Mission: Impossible 6.
  • No, Indiana Jones 5 is not a prequel, and no, we aren’t getting a new Indy.
  • Neighbors 2 took inspiration from an unlikely source.
  • Vin Diesel sings with a gospel choir on the set of xXx 3.
  • Robert Carlyle (a.k.a. Begbie) teases Trainspotting 2.
  • Andrew Stanton drops some hints about The Incredibles 2.

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Each new Pixar film employs newer and better technology, but Finding Dory introduces an unprecedented amount of new software to their production pipeline. The company’s chief technology officer Steve May, who worked on Finding Nemo as the supervisor of the shark sequence, says that the process of how they make films has changed a lot since then, but “mainly computers are way faster and algorithms are way better.” Finding Dory introduces three completely new technologies and major improvements in one of their older pieces of software.

After the jump, you can learn about all the new technology being used in Pixar’s latest feature film and how that allowed them to create a character that would have been impossible in the Finding Nemo days. Hear director Andrew Stanton explain how the advances change the filmmaking process, and his producer Lindsey Collins explains that while the new tools make things easier to create, it has made producing a Pixar movie even harder than it ever was before.
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When a Finding Nemo sequel was announced, many people, including myself, were skeptical of the motivations behind the announcement. Yesterday you learned how director Andrew Stanton came to find that a Finding Nemo sequel was necessary. And now we reveal why he felt Dory’s story was not over.

On a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, I got to preview 30 minutes of Finding Dory. And I must admit, the 13-minute opening of the film (which I will not spoil) floored me. It was unexpected, dark, emotional and so very compelling. And what interests me is the idea that Finding Dory is actually a movie about disabled character on a journey to embrace what she may feel is her big flaw.

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Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton has been outspoken about sequels. Like fellow Pixar brain trust member Brad Bird, he has made his feelings known that we need more original stories and that money shouldn’t be a reason to make a follow-up. So when Stanton announced that he was directing a Finding Nemo sequel titled Finding Dory, some were surprised. Cynical film journalists were quick to write it off as a filmmaker running back to his successful franchise after the box office disappointment of his live-action debut, John Carter. But the truth is that the idea for Finding Dory came to Stanton before John Carter even hit theaters. It was something that kept him up at night.

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Finding Dory opens in theaters this summer, and we all know what that means: a new Pixar short film is on the way. The company’s latest short, Piper, follows a baby sandpiper that must conquer its fear of the water in order to eat. Alan Barillaro directed Piper, which he was inspired to make after witnessing thousands of birds flying away from waves, only to then return to the ocean to eat.

Below, Barillaro discusses his experience of making the Pixar short Piper.

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FINDING DORY

Dory’s not so hot at remembering names, or faces, or much of anything, really, but the Pacific regal blue tang made an unforgettable impression in the first Finding Nemo. Her warmth, generosity, and sunny (if oblivious) optimism made her the breakout character of that movie, even more so than Marlin or Nemo himself. So, thirteen years later, she’s finally getting to lead her own Pixar feature.

Finding Dory picks up a few months after the events of Finding Nemo, as Dory tries to journey back home to the family she’s forgotten. Marlin and Nemo tag along for the ride, as Dory meets friends both old and new — including at least one friend who’s simultaneously old and new, since we’ve never met her but she remembers Dory from way back. Ellen DeGeneres, who returns to voice Dory, has just unveiled the latest Finding Dory trailer online, and you can see it after the jump.  Read More »

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A lot’s changed for most of us in the past 13 years, but Dory, it seems, is right where we left her. That’s partly because only a few months have changed in her world — but it’s also because she’s still the blue tang so forgetful that in the latest Finding Dory teaser, has trouble remembering she’s the Dory of the title. Instead, she suggests an alternate interpretation of the title. Watch the new Finding Dory teaser after the jump. Read More »

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Andrew Stanton‘s Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory was heavily teased on the D23 Expo show floor, and at Friday’s big animation presentation Stanton revealed some of the thinking behind the film, and offered some new footage to the crowd. Basically, his core questions were about Dory and her family. Could she find her way home if she was lost again? Who makes up her family?

In addition to talking up some of those ideas, the presentation revealed a new character: an octopus, voiced by Ed O’Neill. See an image of that newcomer and learn more below.

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The primary setting of Andrew Stanton‘s 2016 Pixar sequel, Finding Dory, has been revealed. Surprise, surprise, it’s not “the ocean.” While the film undoubtedly will take place in the ocean, a new interview with Pixar President Jim Morris revealed that the bulk of the movie – which follows Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) on a quest to remember her past and find her parents – takes place in another aquatic location. Read more about the Finding Dory setting below. Read More »