Making of The Good Dinosaur

Next week brings the perfect movie for the whole family to see after a tasty Thanksgiving feast, Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur. The film hits theaters everywhere on November 25th, bringing us the story of a lost dinosaur named Arlo who befriends a wild little boy who he names Spot and tries to survive in the wild on his own.

We’ve already got a good idea of just how much we’re going to cry at this movie thanks to the most recent trailer, so why not take a look at the hustle and bustle behind the scenes of making a feature length animated movie. Below we have a few videos looking at the making of The Good Dinosaur, from recording sessions with the actors to a scoring session for the soundtrack and even director Peter Sohn brainstorming and storyboarding with the crew. Read More »


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The Good Dinosaur trailer

So far we’ve seen two different trailers for Pixar Animation’s second film of 2015, The Good Dinosaur. And while we’ve seen some stunning animation and have a basic idea of the story about a young apatosaurus named Arlo befriending a feral young boy in the wild, we’ve only heard one word of dialogue from the movie.

But that changes today in a quick new The Good Dinosaur trailer from overseas. This one has Spanish voiceover and bumpers, but it doesn’t make the trailer harder to follow because all the dialogue is in English, and it includes more lines from Raymond Ochoa as Arlo, as well as the first dialogue from Sam Elliott as the gruff, intimidating tyrannosaurus rex named Butch and more. Read More »

Martin McDonagh Frances McDormand

Playwright Martin McDonagh (The Pillowman, A Behanding in Spokane) actively moved into filmmaking with the short Six Shooter in 2005, and then gave Colin Farrell one of his best roles in the bleak comedy In Bruges.

He’s also had the film Seven Psychopaths, and is promoting a new play called Hangman, which gave the writer/director the opportunity to mention an upcoming film project which just brought Frances McDormand into the fold. The movie is called Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and the subject is one that seems like a direct response to escalating clashes between police and civilians in American cities in the last year. Read More »

The Good Dinosaur D23 Expo

Pixar Animation had plenty to show off at this weekend’s D23 Expo, and one of the projects we’ll get to see sooner than later (this November actually) is The Good Dinosaur. While we’ve already seen a bit of the lead character Arlo and his best friend Spot, Pixar unveiled a first look at three other key characters today. Meet the Good Dinosaur T-Rexes after the jump.

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Good Dinosaur Details

Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur will have a monster of a voice cast. The studio announced today that Raymond Ochoa (NBC’s The Night Shift) and Jack Bright (Monsters University) will lead the upcoming feature as Arlo and his human friend Spot.

Jeffrey Wright, Anna Paquin, Sam Elliott, Frances McDormand and more are in supporting roles. Get all the latest official details on the Good Dinosaur voice cast after the jump. Read More »

Olive Kitteridge

Mainstream cinema isn’t exactly brimming over with meaty leading roles for women over 40, but we’ve seen a lot of fine actresses find exciting work on TV. Add to that list Frances McDormand, who appears to deliver another stunning turn in the upcoming HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge.

Directed by Lisa Cholodenko and based on the novel by Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge centers on an abrasive teacher living in a small New England town. Okay, so that’s not the most exciting premise on paper — but strong reviews out of Venice and a top-notch supporting cast that also includes Bill Murray and Richard Jenkins suggest it’ll be worth a look.

Watch the Olive Kitteridge trailer after the jump. Read More »

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HBO Olive Kitteridge Miniseries trailer

HBO has released a trailer for Lisa Cholodenko‘s Olive Kitteridge miniseries starring Frances McDormand (Fargo) and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor). The Kids Are All Right filmmaker helms this four-part miniseries adaptation of Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, about “the poignantly sweet, acerbically funny and devastatingly tragic story of a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, told through the lens of Olive, whose wicked wit and harsh demeanor mask a warm but troubled heart and staunch moral center.” Frances plays Olive and Richard Jenkins portrays her husband, Henry. Watch the 30-second HBO Olive Kitteridge miniseries trailer embedded after the jump.

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Today Disney and Pixar are announcing details for the film The Good Dinosaur, from which we’ve previously seen only concept art. Footage was shown today, which Peter described as “very beautiful, not very cartoony, almost like a segment from Fantasia.” The story is described as the biggest “what if?” ever — what if the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs missed Earth entirely?

The primary cast was also announced. The primary characters are a family of farming Apatosaurs, with John Lithgow as the father, Frances McDormand as the mother, Bill Hader and Neil Patrick Harris as brothers Forrest and Cliff, Judy Greer as Ivy, and Lucas Neff voicing the lead character Arlo.

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Gus Van Sant‘s Promised Land became a surprise awards contender when Focus Features decided relatively late in the game to give it an Oscar-qualifying limited run, but this first trailer suggests it’s more than worthy of the competition. Matt Damon stars as Steve, a likeable corporate salesman who arrives in a small rural town to pick up drilling rights. The locals, struggling to recover from the economic recession, initially appear more than eager to oblige — until a grassroots campaign against the purchase, led by Dustin (John Krsasinski) and local teacher Frank (Hal Holbrooks) starts picking up steam.

OK, I’ll admit that the synopsis sounds pretty dry when described that way. But between Van Sant’s steady direction and Damon and Krasinski’s engaging performances, Promised Land looks like a powerful, thought-provoking piece. Frances McDormand and Rosemarie DeWitt round out the excellent supporting cast. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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