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Interview: Director Brad Bird On His $200 Million Live Action Debut 'Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 19, 2011 5:00 PM
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Judging by the box office numbers, chances are if you lived somewhere with an IMAX theater, you saw "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol," the fourth and arguably the best (at least since Brian De Palma's) film in the long-running, Tom Cruise-led franchise. And the biggest reason why this movie feels so fresh and new and fizzy is that it's the live action debut of director Brad Bird, who had previously given us genuine animated masterpieces in "The Iron Giant" and (for Pixar) "The Incredibles" and "Ratatouille."

Brad Bird Talks Possible 'Incredibles' Sequel & Long-Delayed Earthquake Drama '1906'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 14, 2011 4:25 PM
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While making the press rounds for his forthcoming spy sequel "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" (out this Friday in IMAX, next Wednesday in regular theaters), director Brad Bird, who had previously helmed animated films "The Iron Giant," "The Incredibles," and "Ratatouille," got quizzed by MTV's Rough Cut about the status of an 'Incredibles' sequel as well as his long-delayed earthquake drama "1906" (based on the historical novel by James Dalessandro).

Watch: One Final Dusty, Awesome Three Minute Clip Arrives For 'Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 14, 2011 9:23 AM
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We're now only a couple of days away from the IMAX opening of "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol," and the film, the fourth in the previously tired franchise, has mostly lived up to the expectations set by the hiring of Pixar veteran Brad Bird as director, with the critical consensus, for the most part, being that the film's the best in the series, and one of the best action films of 2011 (although our own review didn't go quite as far...).

Review: 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' Provides Worthwhile Thrills In A Disappointingly Unimaginative Package

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • December 7, 2011 7:30 AM
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“Mission: Impossible” is that rarest of franchises, where it seems unnecessary, or even irrelevant, to compare one installment to another. Because each film was shepherded into existence by a different filmmaker, and in all cases by one branded an “auteur,” they all seem to exist independently, demonstrating strengths and weaknesses none of the others have. And “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” falls perfectly in line with its predecessors: helmed by Brad Bird, whose combination of brisk action and humanizing comedy made Pixar’s “The Incredibles” such a winner, the fourth film is its own entity, a bemusing but visceral thriller that ups the series’ stakes while staying true to its core concepts. But bereft of the unifying concept each of the previous films had – or depending on one’s opinion, that they lacked – 'Ghost Protocol' is a fun but mostly empty adventure story that operates with the rote predictability of a middling ‘90s James Bond movie rather than a benchmark-setting actioner or even seasonal “event movie.”

Watch: Simon Pegg & Jeremy Renner Show The Lighter Side Of 'Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol' In New Clip

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 22, 2011 9:40 AM
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Brad Bird Will Make ‘The Incredibles 2’ Once He Cracks The Story

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 27, 2011 4:17 AM
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But What Will Happen With '1906?' Disney and Pixar’s approach to sequels for their classic animated films is somewhat baffling. While we’d probably watch “Toy Story” sequels until the Mayan apocalypse destroys us all, we’re not sure who exactly was hankering for the international exploits of the “Cars” characters, or how many of us have stayed up late at night hypothesizing about what the monstrous Mike and Sully were like in college (the forthcoming “Monsters University”).
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