Universal continues to go all-in on ways to revive their classic Universal Monsters. The latest: Little Monsters, an all-ages approach to the monsters coming from Josh Cooley, director of Toy Story 4. Plot details are slim, but the project is described as “a live-action hybrid monster feature” that’s also “a love letter to classic Hollywood and the history of filmmaking with a story that takes a multi-generational approach to the monsters.”
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Toy Story 4 director and longtime Pixar artist Josh Cooley is making the leap to live-action. The director of the Oscar-winning Toy Story 4 is set to make his live-action directorial debut with Sony’s Malamander, an adaptation of the bestselling children’s adventure book by Thomas Taylor.
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Back when the Transformers franchise was still churning out sequels, a whole writers room was put together to figure out the future of the toy-based film series. And outside of the established timeline of live-action movies, we’ve been hearing about an animated Transformers prequel focusing on Cybertron and the origins of the war between the Autobots and Decepticons for some time now. First officially announced back in the fall of 2015, the project is finally moving forward with Toy Story 4 director Josh Cooley. Read More »
Toy Story 4 surprised us all earlier this summer by somehow providing an even more satisfying (possible) conclusion to the Pixar Animation franchise. The movie gave Woody (Tom Hanks) a proper send-off after following him for four adventures that significantly changed him along the way. But it almost gave Woody’s companion Bo Peep (Annie Potts) a much worse ending than what we saw, and it makes us wonder how it would have changed the rest of the film’s conclusion. Read More »
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, watch The Hollywood Reporter’s comedy actress roundtable with some of the big, potential Emmy contenders this year, such as Natasha Lyonne, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Maya Rudolph. Plus, Toy Story 4 director Josh Cooley runs through every key toy from the Pixar franchise, and actor and filmmaker Paul Dano raids Criterion Collection‘s movie closet. Read More »
The filmmakers behind Pixar’s Toy Story 4 are completely aware that you’re wary about another sequel after the third film’s tear-jerking conclusion. “We felt the exact same way,” director Josh Cooley told us in a recent interview. “Even the idea of Toy Story 4, five years ago, we were like, ‘Wait, it’s over, though. Why are we even talking about this?'”
But one man convinced Cooley and his team that the story wasn’t over yet: Andrew Stanton, the director of Wall-E and Finding Nemo and one of the primary creative forces behind all three previous Toy Story movies. Learn about Stanton’s pitch for the fourth film below, and see what these filmmakers have to say about the possibility of a Toy Story 5. Read More »
It’s been nine years since the cathartic, emotional ending of Toy Story 3 led Woody, Buzz, and the gang into a whole new chapter of their lives. With such a huge amount of goodwill built up for this franchise, continued by several delightful shorts that have been released on TV since then, Pixar was taking a creative gamble by rolling the dice on yet another sequel. (It appears as if it wasn’t much of a financial gamble, considering the presale numbers are already very impressive.)
So did Pixar hit the jackpot, roll snake eyes, or land somewhere in between? The sequel just screened to a select group of junket critics, so check out the Toy Story 4 early buzz below. Read More »
In Pixar’s Toy Story 4, Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks is lending her voice to a new character named Gabby Gabby, a villain with a voice box defect who’s been living in an antique shop for more than sixty years. Also joining the Toy Story universe for the first time is Keanu Reeves, voicing a stuntman named Duke Caboom. In new interviews, director Josh Cooley compares Hendricks’ villain character to the Godfather, and Reeves explains how Caboom factors into the action.
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Don Rickles’ passing in April 2017 marked a great loss for the comedy community and for fans of the Toy Story franchise, who had grown up with the legendary comedian as the voice of the crotchety Mr. Potato Head. As he didn’t record dialogue for the upcoming Toy Story 4 before his death, it was assumed that another actor would take on the mantle as the lovable grouch. But director Josh Cooley confirmed that when the highly anticipated fourth entry in the Toy Story series rolls out, it will be Rickles’ iconic voice that you will hear coming out of Mr. Potato Head’s lopsided mouth.
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A new Toy Story 4 trailer just arrived, finally keying us into the story that Woody, Buzz and the whole gang find themselves in when Bonnie takes them all on a family road trip. This adventure mostly belongs to Woody (Tom Hanks) as he tries to convince Bonnie’s new makeshift toy Forky (a spork with googly eyes, pipecleaner arms, popsicle stick feet and a clay mouth, voiced by Tony Hale) to accept his life as a toy.
After falling out of the moving RV, Woody and Forky try to find their way back to Bonnie, but there’s a bit of a detour. Woody spots his old girlfriend Bo Peep (Annie Potts) in the window of an antique shop, and she opens up his world to the possibility of having an existence where he doesn’t have to dedicate his life to being just a toy. That also means Woody is meeting a bunch of new toys out in the world beyond Bonnie’s house, and Pixar has announced the voice cast bringing them to life. Read More »