Pete Docter has been making movies for almost thirty years. In that time, he’s directed three features. Two of those have been produced by Jonas Rivera. One of those films won the Oscar for Best Animated Film. The latest one might do the same.
That latest film is Inside Out, Pixar’s 15th creation, which is now in theaters. Co-written and directed by Doctor and produced by Rivera, it follows five emotions inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl. As a follow up to both Monsters Inc., Docter’s first film, and Up, Rivera and Docter’s first team-up, Inside Out already has a ton to live up to. Then there’s the fact it’s the first Pixar movie since 2013, and the first original property since 2012. That’s a ton of expectations on top of the already-high bar Pixar has set in the past 20 years.
Speaking with Docter and Rivera, we talked about those expectations. We also talked about how large the movie got before focusing it down, developing the story, animation challenges, Saturday Night Live, Michael Giacchino and theme parks. It’s a wide spreading conversation, which you can now read below. Read More »
Note: This is my final Superhero Bits. Thank you all for taking this ride with me for 869 columns. Starting Monday, Angie Han will be taking over the mantle. Now, on to the Bits!
Has Mark Millar cast the lead in Superior? How does Jesse Eisenberg describe Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman? Is that film the most anticipated of 2016? Are the reviews good for Batman: Arkham Knight? What Captain America LEGO is a Comic-Con exclusive? And is Jai Courtney complimentary about Jared Leto‘s work in Suicide Squad? Read about all that and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Slashfilm has always been my favorite website. It’s where a young New Yorker writing about local entertainment went to learn about Hollywood movies like Transformers and The Dark Knight. Believe it or not, it’s where I first came in contact with the works of artists like Tyler Stout, Scott Campbell and places like Mondo and Gallery 1988 — names that would literally change my life. After I moved to Los Angeles, I’d see Peter Sciretta at events and geek out like a star-struck fanboy. /Film was defining who I was long before I started working here.
Then, in September 2010, I did start working here. Like you see in the movies, every day since then, working my dream job has been exactly that: a dream. However, after completing over 8,200 articles during the past five years, I’m both happy and sad to announce today is my last day at /Film. Read More »
Bill Hader has yet to make a bad move. After crushing Saturday Night Live for years, he started with small parts in memorable movies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Superbad, Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3. He graduated to lead voice work with Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, then went against type in the dramatic The Skeleton Twins. Later this summer, gets his first romantic lead in Trainwreck. He’s also both a credited writer and voice in Pixar’s Inside Out, his second film with the studio and will follow that up with some more voice work and a role in Steven Spielberg’s The BFG. Not a bad run.
In Inside Out, Hader plays Fear, one of Riley’s five emotions that helps her get through the day. Earlier versions of the film had Fear as one of the two leads, but that didn’t end up happening. We asked Hader about that change, how he picks projects, working with Spielberg as well as the place he thinks Pixar holds in film history. Read our full Bill Hader Inside Out interview below. Read More »
San Diego Comic-Con has yet to officially release its schedule, but many things are already going on. We know Disney and Lucasfilm are bringing Star Wars to Hall H at some point Friday, we’ve heard definitively that Marvel Studios is skipping this year, and now two more studios are joining Marvel on the sidelines. These are Sony and Paramount, two studios who had very good Comic Con panels last year but reportedly don’t feel they have enough to show this year.
One studio which will be showing up is Warner Bros., as confirmed by Lex Luthor himself, Jesse Eisenberg. In a new interview, the Oscar nominee confirmed he’ll be at Comic-Con for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Read all the info below. Read More »
Fast and Furious Supercharged, the new attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood, is like a shot of Nos. It lays dormant, you know it’s there, then when it comes up unexpectedly, it’s crazy fast and great but over very quickly.
“Nos” is a brand of nitrous oxide used in the Fast and Furious movies to give the cars a boost of speed, which is exactly what Fast and Furious Supercharged does for an already classic ride. You see Supercharged is the finale of the Universal Studio Tour, the iconic tram ride that takes you on the back lot of Universal Studios Hollywood, through a ton of memorable locations and settings. Jaws, Psycho, King Kong, there’s a bunch of stuff here. And for a while, you almost forget Fast and Furious is part of it all. But then, it hits you hard and it’s a super exciting ending to the ride.
Fast and Furious Supercharged opens to the public June 25 but, below, you can read more about it. Read More »
Clint Eastwood is about to cast one of the best actors of all time to portray a true American hero. The director is in talks with Tom Hanks to play Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger in the film version of the pilot’s heroic actions of 2009. Sully, of course, landed a crippled plane on the Hudson River saving the lives of 155 people. Read More »
Want to read the article Lois Lane wrote to out Superman? What does the international Ant-Man poster look like? Will Jesse Eisenberg and Batman v Superman be at Comic-Con? Is Rosario Dawson excited about The Punisher coming to Daredevil? Where can you get some fun Ant-Man merch? Does William Friedkin like superhero movies? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
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You can’t make a movie like Dope without a ton of passion. Every frame, every character, every decision comes from a love not just of cinema, but for pop culture as a whole. The film’s writer and director Rick Famuyiwa is a massive film fan and geek who cites Spielberg, Lucas, and calls Back to the Future his favorite movie of all time.
However, looking as Famuyiwa’s resume, odds are you didn’t know any of that. Before making Dope, he directed The Wood, Brown Sugar and Our Family Wedding. Three financially successful films, yes, but none of which are known for Dope‘s sense of youthful exuberance. It feels like, after that formidable foray into filmmaking, Famuyiwa is finally hitting his stride. Dope is a confident film, a fun film, and a great film to discuss.
Which is exactly what we did. We spoke with Famyuiwa on the occasion of Dope, which opens Friday June 19, and talked about the film’s complex tone. Its use of pop culture references, issues with music, how it changed from its Sundance premiere to now, as well as the meaning of “geek” in the film. We broke down two of the best sequences in the movie and found out whether or not the director has been approached to make any major studio blockbusters. Below, read our Rick Famuyiwa Dope interview. Read More »
The new Ghostbusters is officially filming in Boston today on its way towards a July 22, 2016 release date. We’ve heard a bunch about the plot of the movie, the characters, and even some of the supporting cast. Now the series’ primary mouthpiece, Dan Aykroyd, has dropped a cryptic tease. We know that this movie, directed by Paul Feig, is a total reboot from the original series, but apparently there will be a link between films old and new. Read Aykroyd’s quote below and see the first Ghostbusters set photos. Read More »