The Iron Giant Maquette

The Iron Giant soared into theaters nearly 20 years ago. Even though it may not have been a runaway hit at the box office, it’s found quite a loyal fanbase in the years since then, and it serves as a crowning achievement in Brad Bird‘s filmography. Sadly, being able to bring The Iron Giant home hasn’t been so easy, but Sideshow Collectibles has introduced a new, albeit limited edition, way to bring the giant robot to your shelf in the form of a new cel-shaded maquette.

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incredibles 2 blu-ray clip

Incredibles 2 arrives on digital this month, and Blu-ray in November, giving you a chance to bring home Pixar’s latest blockbuster. A newly released Incredibles 2 Blu-ray clip goes behind-the-scenes of the superhero sequel, and reveals the unwritten rule of The Incredibles franchise – a rule that involves a blend of fantastic elements with more down-to-earth moments. Watch the clip below.

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Incredibles 2

Incredibles 2 is one of the biggest hits of the year. The Pixar sequel has raked in over $602.8 million domestically, making it the highest grossing PG movie of all time, and it also landed another $564 million overseas. So it’s going to be a big deal when the movie comes home on digital, Blu-ray and DVD, especially because it will include a new animated short that fans have wanted ever since seeing the movie.

When Incredibles 2 comes home at the end of October and early November, it will include an animated short called Auntie Edna that will let us know what happened when the superhero fashion designer took care of the superpowered baby Jack-Jack for a little bit. Read More »

incredibles 2 blu-ray

Incredibles 2 will make its way to home video this October and November. The long-awaited Pixar sequel was a summer hit, and soon audiences will be able to enjoy Brad Bird‘s latest from the comfort of their own homes, free of the sound of children running up and down the movie theater aisle like little monsters. More on the Incredibles 2 Blu-ray below.

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incredibles 2 box office

Incredibles 2 has hit a box office milestone, crossing the $1 billion threshold worldwide after only six weeks in theaters. Talk about super.

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ghost protocol

(Welcome to Team Leaders, a series where we explore how the directors of the Mission: Impossible movies used this franchise as a canvas to explore their pet themes and show off their unique sensibilities. In this edition: Brad Bird brings his animated sensibilities to Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.)

For Brad Bird, there’s no difference between helming animation and live-action. A film is a film, and a director is a director, regardless of the visual mode an artist is operating within.

Handpicked by Tom Cruise (who loved Bird’s work on The Incredibles [‘04]) and longtime compadre J.J. Abrams* – thus solidifying Bad Robot’s ongoing influence on the tentpole franchise – the Simpsons and Iron Giant (’99) architect viewed Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol as an opportunity to branch out and diversify his already impressive filmography; not as some half-assed, insulting means of gaining the acceptance of his peers, the press, or viewers (as animation has long been relegated to being “for kids”).

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Batgirl Audition Tapes

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, The Hollywood Reporter hosted a roundtable discussion with the buzzed about dramatic actors of television. Plus, director Brad Bird talks about directing, The Iron Giant and The Simpsons, and Conan revealed a reel of auditions from Jodie Foster, Tig Notaro and more for the upcoming DC Comics movie Batgirl. Read More »

Mission: Impossible Franchise

Talk about impossible: somehow, Mission: Impossible has blossomed into the best modern-day action franchise. Since 1996, Tom Cruise has been inviting audiences along as he defies the odds, risks his life, runs like hell, and delivers increasingly entertaining adventures. Unlike most franchises, Mission: Impossible has generally improved with each subsequent entry. Now, Mission: Impossible – Fallout is ready to draw us in once again.

Before the film arrives, we’ve decided to accept the most dangerous mission of all: a journey through the entire Mission: Impossible franchise in an attempt to learn what makes it tick.

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1906 movie

Brad Bird is primarily known for his work in animation, but he does dabble in live-action from time to time, helming live-action flicks like Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Tomorrowland. But for a time, 1906, based on James Dalessandro‘s novel about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, was going to be Bird’s first live-action film. The project has been dormant for years, but Bird says he still hopes to make it – maybe as both a movie and a TV show.

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Brad Bird Incredibles 2 Interview

Last week, I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with director Brad Bird and producers Nicole Paradis Grindle and John Walker about their new film Incredibles 2. We talked about the reason to make an Incredibles sequel, the different variations the story took through development, Bird’s thoughts on The Iron Giant in Ready Player One, the possibility of a Jack-Jack/Edna short film, the influence of Jonny Quest and Outer Limits on this movie, the unique collaboration with artist Eric Tan, and much more.

This interview is spoiler-free, so feel free to read it before or after you see the movie in theaters this weekend!

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