Lots of cool little happenings in the movie-based theme park world, so we figured it was time for another edition of Theme Park Bits. Read about the following below:
- Follow the progress of a new Ratatouille ride in Paris.
- Check out a new Monsters University float.
- A viral campaign for Transformers: The Ride has begun in Orlando.
- Disney might soon offered rooms based on the Haunted Mansion, check out some images.
- Roger Rabbit has gone missing, kind of, at Disney Hollywood Studios.
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Did you think the end of the Totally Rad Show would mark the end of the annual Slashfilm/Totally Rad Show Summer Movie Box Office Wager? Well, you were right! The wager, as you once knew it, is gone. But we always have so much fun with the contest that Peter Sciretta, Jeff Cannata and I decided we had to keep the tradition alive in some way.
Which brings us to the latest bonus episode of the /Filmcast: The 2013 Summer Movie Wager between me, Peter, and Jeff, formerly of the Totally Rad Show and soon to be host of Newest Latest Best.
We discussed which films we felt would be the top ten highest grossing films of the summer and, oddly enough, our opinions varied wildly. Below, you can listen to the full episode, download it, and see our lists. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
Watch out, Texas: Michael Bay‘s Autobots and Decepticons are coming to destroy your towns. Also after the jump:
- Woman in Black: Angels of Death adds two young Brit stars
- Sorry romcom fans, Bridget Jones 3 isn’t coming anytime soon
- Transformers 4 continues casting; Bay talks character redesigns
- Ray Liotta chats about the Sin City and The Muppets sequels
- Paul Verhoeven had fun watching the Total Recall remake fail
- Cozy up to the cutest cast member from The Hangover Part III
- Disney parks reveal big summer plans for Monsters University
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Some Pixar fans have noticed that the set-up of Monsters University is inconsistant with the backstory presented in Monsters Inc.. How could Mike Wazowski and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan have met for the first time in college when there is a line in Monsters Inc about the duo knowing each other in the fourth grade? While I was visiting Pixar a couple weeks back, someone asked Monsters University director Dan Scanlon about this continuity error during a roundtable interview. Find out the story of how and why this happened, after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, April 29th, 2013 by Angie Han
Today’s Sequel Bits veers from deeply romantic to adorably funny to bone-chillingly creepy. After the jump:
- Star Trek and Kick-Ass 2 get rated by the MPAA
- Todd Phillips is pretty sure Hangover II is brilliant
- The producers of Paranormal 4 are getting sued
- Chris Pine chats about Kirk’s self doubt in Star Trek
- See more Celine and Jesse pics from Before Midnight
- See posters for Monsters University and V/H/S/2
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Cool Posts From Around the Web:
Walt Disney World is getting ready to launch a “Monstrous Summer” event to help promote the release of Pixar’s Monsters University and one intrepid fan caught an awesome tease of what’s to come. Inside the Magic posted a video of Epcot’s trademark ride, Spaceship Earth, transformed into Mike Wazowski via projection. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
Trailers! Who has time to watch them all? There are something like forty wide releases due out this summer alone. If you assume each trailer runs about two minutes, that’s about an hour and half of your life you’ll never get back. That’s time you could’ve spent actually watching one of these movies.
If you only watch one trailer this spring, then, you’ll want to make it this one. This three-minute supercut teases most of the season’s biggest releases, from Iron Man 3 to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. It’s surprisingly coherent, which may suggest that these titles aren’t as different as the filmmakers would like us to think. Or maybe it just proves that with the right music and some skillful editing, you can totally change the meaning of any scene. In any case, watch it after the jump.
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Disney has kind of a big movie opening next week, and is using it to promote the other big movies they have coming up next. We’ve already seen the first trailer for Thor: The Dark World and now Disney has released a final trailer for Pixar’s 2013 film, Monsters University. In this trailer, we get our first glimpse at the film’s big Revenge of the Nerds homage, the Scare Games. Students at the university must compete to prove they’re the scariest monsters and it’s up to Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) to help a ragtag fraternity win it all.
Honestly, while this trailer is really great, it’s also incredibly revealing with all kinds of brand new ghosts, gags and ghouls. I’d suggest avoiding it, but since it’ll be attached to Iron Man 3 next week anyway, you might as well watch it now. Read More »
A couple weeks ago I visited Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, CA to learn about the five year process of creating Monsters University. The clever folks at Pixar organized the day into a series of classroom environments, each with a teacher who served as a department head on the film. One of the coolest classes explained how Pixar’s art directors created the “monsterfied” college world of MU.
I must warn you, the following report is very NERDY. You’re going to learn a lot of information on the little subtle details that go into the architecture and lightening of this incredibly well-thought out computer animated world. You shouldn’t however worry about spoilers, as the details are pretty much spoiler-free. Any information discussed in terms of plot could be gained through the trailers and marketing released thus far, so don’t worry, you’re in safe hands.
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