After taking high school band teacher and aspiring jazz musician Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx) through an existential crisis and on an adventure through the wild worlds of The Great Beyond and The Great Before, Pixar’s Soul gives him an appropriately happy ending. However, as co-directors and co-writers Pete Docter and Kemp Powers revealed in the publicity tour leading up to the release of Soul, there were several alternate endings that would have been much more sad. Plus, there were some ideas that would have further wrapped up the story of some other characters.
Find out about some of Pixar’s Soul alternate endings below, but beware of major spoilers. Read More »
Christmas will bring us two cinematic gifts to keep us occupied during what will probably be the weirdest and saddest holiday season that we’ve had in awhile. Wonder Woman 1984 will arrive on HBO Max the same day that it hits theaters, and Disney is releasing Pixar’s Soul on Disney+ at no extra charge. Since we’ve been seeing so much from the former recently, it’s time to get a new look at the latter with a new clip that shows off the incredible piano skills of Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx). Read More »
It’s officially December, and that means this month you get to see Pixar’s new movie Soul when it arrives exclusively on Disney+ starting on Christmas Day. To better acquaint you with the story, the film’s star Jamie Foxx took the time to introduce his character Joe Gardner, a middle school band teacher who has dreamed of being a professional jazz musician his entire life. Joe finally gets his big shot when a big jazz act needs a piano player at the last minute, but there’s just one problem. He’s about to die.
That might seem kind of dark for a children’s movie, but it’s not quite so depressing. There’s a lot of life in this movie, and that’s because in order to get back to Earth, Joe has to convince a jaded, unborn soul called 22 (voiced by Tina Fey) that life is worth living. Watch the Soul featurette below for a taste of what’s to come. Read More »
Oscar winner Jamie Foxx is heading into another cinematic courtroom.
Foxx, who played a lawyer in the deranged 2009 thriller Law Abiding Citizen, is set to both produce and star in The Burial, an Amazon Studios legal drama about a real-life court case involving the owner of a funeral parlor. Get the details below. Read More »
Jamie Foxx is teaming up with the crew behind John Wick for a new Netflix vampire movie, Day Shift. John Wick stunt coordinator JJ Perry is set to make his feature directorial debut with Day Shift, which stars Foxx as a San Fernando Valley pool cleaner who moonlights as a vampire hunter.
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Pixar’s Soul is no longer coming to theaters in the United States. Instead, the movie is being released through Disney+ on Christmas Day. This is a real shame, because the journey that middle school band teacher and aspiring jazz musician Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx) takes from New York City to the ethereal plane of The Great Before is full of mesmerizing and stunning animation, some of which takes Pixar in surprising new directions. And it wasn’t easy to pull off either.
Director Pete Docter, co-director/writer Kemp Powers, and the entire Pixar team were tasked with creating this world where new souls get their personalities, quirks, and interests before they go to Earth. It not only required endless imagination, but technical innovation, not to mention a stark contrast to the incredibly life-like environments of the real world. And the real world presented its own challenges too, especially when it came to animating Joe Gardner’s passion for music, which includes some meticulous, fast-paced piano-playing and other instrumental excitement.
So how did they do it? Back in September, /Film was invited to partake in some virtual presentations from the filmmakers to learn about some of the amazing work Pixar put into this movie. So let’s take a closer look at the making of Pixar’s Soul. Read More »
Back in 2015, director Pete Docter and co-director Ronnie del Carmen brought us Inside Out, introducing us to the emotions and inner-workings inside the mind of an 11-year old girl. It was a touching exploration of the trials and tribulations of growing up, and much of the movie took place in a completely imagined, ethereal environment. Now Pete Docter is telling us a new beautiful story by way of another otherworldly plane with Pixar’s Soul, and it might be one of the animation studio’s most ambitious films yet.
Back in September, Pixar invited /Film to participate in a virtual press event, which included an early look at the first 40 minutes of the movie, roughly the first act and a little bit more. And let me tell you, Soul is not only one of the more mature and bizarre stories that Pixar has told, but it has some truly enchanting animation, both in the realism of the human world and in the imaginative and unusual beauty of the soul world known as The Great Before. Read More »
In 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Jamie Foxx‘s nebbish Max Dillon falls into an eel tank and is electrified, turning his skin blue and transforming him into the supervillain Electro. The movie ended up being such a disaster that it derailed Sony’s plans to make more sequels…but as we learned this week, Foxx’s Electro is making a surprise return in Sony and Marvel Studios’ next Spider-Man film starring Tom Holland.
But according to Foxx, there will be a significant change to Electro this time around: his skin won’t be blue. Read More »
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