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As usual, December brings audiences a bunch of potentially exciting Oscar contenders and popcorn movies. One of the most highly anticipated in the latter category is Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Oscar-winning director Brad Bird‘s first live action film and the fourth in the massive Mission: Impossible series. Outside of some incredible set photos of star Tom Cruise on top of the world’s tallest building, we’ve seen very little from the December 16 release. That’s about to change. According to The Film Stage, which has a very reliable trailer source, it’ll be attached to fellow IMAX release Transformers: Dark of the Moon next week and we’ve already got a detailed description. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

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Over the weekend I attended a discussion between director JJ Abrams and composer Michael Giacchino held at the Hammer Museum. For those of you reading this that live in Los Angeles, note that Hammer holds simular events on a regular basis and tickets are free (first come first serve, which means waiting in line for an hour or two). The entire hour and a half discussion will go online later this week hopefully, and I’ll post it on the site when it does. Nothing insanely newsworthy came from the discussion, but JJ did speak briefly about how Brad Bird‘s upcoming Mission: Impossible IV – Ghost Protocol.  Abrams gpraised Brad Bird as a live-action director and gushed about the IMAX footage. Read the quote, after the jump.

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Odds are that around the time J.J. AbramsSuper 8 hits theaters, we’ll probably get our first glimpse of the live action work of director Brad Bird. Bird, who has won Oscars for his two Pixar features, Ratatouille and The Incredibles, is currently in post-production on his live action directorial debut and he didn’t go small. He’s directing Tom Cruise in the fourth Mission: Impossible film Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, scheduled for release December 16. Fans have yet to see anything official from the film but Abrams, who is one of the producers, has and gave MTV some great insight into what Bird is bringing to the table. Read More »

Simon Pegg is about to hit the publicity tour full force in support of the hilarious comedy Paul, which he stars in and co-wrote. That means that every single person will probably ask him about two of his biggest upcoming projects: Star Trek 2 and Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. Pegg has publicly stated he doesn’t know much about Trek 2 yet but since he’s currently shooting Mission: Impossible, with director Brad Bird and stars Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Josh Holloway, he has plenty to say about that. Screen Crave got to Pegg first and the actor had some great things to say about the December 16 release. Check them out after the break. Read More »

Sometimes trailers flash by our eyes so fast, it’s hard to describe what you see. That’s especially the case when you see several never before seen trailers back to back. A /Film reader was at the Russian International Film Market this week and experienced just that as Paramount reportedly showed several never-before-seen trailers, many of which are rumored to be released very soon. They showed J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 and Joe Johnston’s Captain America: The First Avenger, as well as new ones of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Kung Fu Panda 2 and, most surprisingly, a tease for Brad Bird’s still in production Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. Read one reader’s impressions of all these trailers after the jump. Read More »

The Vince Lombardi Trophy wasn’t the only piece of hardware handed out this weekend. The 38th annual Annie Awards took place as well with the DreamWorks film How to Train Your Dragon sweeping many of the regular awards (which was to be expected with Disney/Pixar boycotting the awards because of judging procedures they feel favor DreamWorks.)

The highlight of the night, however, was when director Brad Bird was awarded one of three Windsor McCay Awards for career achievement (The others went to Eric Goldberg and Matt Groening). Bird couldn’t be there to accept in person so he video taped an acceptance speech from the Vancouver set of Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. Most of the video package highlighted Bird’s incredibly varied history in animation (including The Simpsons, The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille and more) but then things take a turn for the worse. Check it out after the jump along with a full list of winners. Read More »

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Paramount Pictures will be dominating your IMAX screens in the later half of 2011. They’ve just officially announced what many of us had already assumed: Super 8, directed by J.J. Abrams, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, directed by Michael Bay, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, directed by Brad Bird and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, directed by Steven Spielberg will all be released day and date in IMAX.

Transformers and Tintin will be in IMAX 3D and Mission: Impossible will copy The Dark Knight as several scenes were shot with IMAX cameras making the action blow up and fill the screen during the movie. Read the full press release and more after the jump. Read More »

Here’s your first look at Simon Pegg in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, in which the actor reprises the role he originated as a very small appearance in Mission: Impossible III.

This time out he seems to be taking a more active role, as Pegg, Paula Patton and Tom Cruise were all photographed while shooting a scene in Vancouver, Canada. Based on the similar outfits sported by Pegg and Patton, as well as that van, decorated like a service for some sort of security firm, the obvious conclusion to draw is that his character is drawn out into field work. More photos, but not many more clues, are after the jump. Read More »

Just as the title says, call this a confirmation of some of the early stories about the fourth Mission: Impossible film. Specifically, reports said that a second actor would be sought who could continue the series in the absence of Tom Cruise, who has anchored the first three films and is presumably the lead character in the fourth, which has been shooting for the past couple months. Jeremy Renner was cast as that second character, and now he says that, should the studio decide to move forward in the future, the burden of carrying the series would fall on his shoulders. Read More »