Pole-Dancing Movie Scenes

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, see how a professional pole dancer reviews pole-dancing scenes from movies like Hustlers, Date Night, Showgirls, and more. Plus, find out how some of the most influential filmmakers, like Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Nora Ephron, and dozens more, got their start and take an epic runthrough of dozens of Easter eggs from Pixar’s 25 years of animated movies, from Toy Story to Onward and everything in between. Read More »

draw with pixar

With everyone stuck inside their homes amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, people are naturally going to get a little stir crazy. Many have taken to baking, embroidery, learning new skills, and trying to tame their bored children. The latter two, Pixar can help with. The studio’s artists have introduced a new “Draw With Pixar” video series which teach viewers how to draw your favorite Pixar characters and give your kids something to do during their quarantines.

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2020 Pixar Hallmark Christmas Ornaments

Whenever Hallmark releases their line-up of ornaments for the new year, there are a plethora of them inspired by the movies of Pixar Animation. This year is no exception as the ornaments include characters from Inside Out, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles 2, WALL-E, Toy Story, Monsters Inc., and one of the recurring Easter eggs from all of Pixars movies. Check out the new assembly of 2020 Pixar Hallmark Christmas ornaments below. Read More »

Amazon Prime Cinema

With almost all the movie theaters closed around the United States, movie studios are releasing some recent and upcoming theatrical releases on VOD much further in advance than usual. Universal Pictures was the first to take a step in this direction, and they’ll be shaking things up even more when they release Trolls: World Tour on VOD on the same date it was intended to be released in theaters. Since then, other studios have followed suit with movies like Sonic the Hedgehog and Bloodshot arriving on VOD early. So Amazon has unveiled a dedicated space for them to be featured, and it’s called Amazon Prime Cinema.

As for how the former theatrical releases of movies like The Invisible Man and Onward are faring so far, it’s only Disney’s latest Pixar Animation adventure that seems to have cracked Top 10 lists. Instead, it’s the cheaper VOD movies that were more recently released on home video have been dominating the charts. Get the lowdown below. Read More »

onward digital release

Pixar’s Onward is hitting digital platforms today on March 20, merely two weeks after the animated fantasy-adventure film hit theaters. The film’s Disney+ streaming debut will follow soon after on April 3. The animated film is the latest to opt for an early digital release in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Onward Quests of Yore Game

In Pixar’s movie Onward, there’s a role-playing game called Quests of Yore, featuring fantasy creatures, spells, artifacts, locations and more. It’s a source of obsession for the elder elf brother Barley (Chris Pratt), and he shows his younger brother Ian (Tom Holland) how everything in the book is actually inspired by the real magical history of their world that society has mostly forgotten in favor of modern technology. Now Quests of Yore will become a real role-playing game to play with your friends. Read More »

Making of Onward Cinematography

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 cinematographers behind Pixar’s fantasy adventure Onward deconsrtuct their shot composition, lighting, and more in an extensive featurette. Plus, take a look at nearly four dozen Easter eggs, clues and comic references from the final Black Widow trailer, and listen as The Hobbit star Martin Freeman takes a look back at his career, including the original UK version of The Office. Read More »

Onward Head of Story Interview

The newest film from Pixar Studios, Onward, begins with a look back in history—not our history, but the history of a fantasy world where all manner of mermaids, unicorns, elves, fairies, minotaurs, wizards, and just about any other creature you might find in a role-playing game would exist. But as these fantasy beings find shortcuts to doing magic—Why use your wings to fly when you can board an airplane? Why use a spell to start a fire when you can use matches?—they become lazy, and the magic that made them special starts to disappear from the world at large.

Head of Story for Onward is Kelsey Mann (I’ll let him explain exactly what that job entails), who worked as Story Supervisor (alongside Onward director Dan Scanlon) on Monsters University. He also has a story credit on 2015’s The Good Dinosaur. /Film sat down with Mann in Chicago during recently to discuss that moment in any Pixar production process where the story team literally starts with a blank page, the joy of creating and destroying one’s own fantasy world, and the practical considerations of having a pair of legs be one of your main characters. Onward is now playing nationwide.

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onward box office

Onward took the top spot at the box office this weekend with a $40 million domestic haul, far out-performing fellow newcomer The Way Back ($8.5 million) and other top-charting films like The Invisible Man ($15.5 million) and Sonic the Hedgehog ($8 million). Yet Pixar and industry insiders are considering the animated fantasy-adventure film to be a disappointment. Despite mostly positive reviewsOnward had the lowest opening for a Pixar film since 2015’s The Good Dinosaur and came in vastly below projections internationally.

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simpsons short film

Disney has made a habit of showing Pixar short films in theaters before a new Pixar feature begins, but they’re changing things up a bit for Onward. Instead of showing a Pixar-created short, a new The Simpsons short film is going to screen instead. Titled Playdate with Destiny, it features the youngest member of the Simpson family, Maggie.

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