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From 'Avengers' To Shakespeare: If Joss Whedon Can Do It All, 5 Film Projects We'd Love To See Him Tackle

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 4, 2013 1:44 PM
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Infamously, writer/director Joss Whedon, who had recently been saddled with the task of bringing the Marvel Universe's crown jewel "The Avengers" to cinematic life, took a two-week vacation from editing that monstrous movie and spent it cheaply shooting an adaptation of "Much Ado About Nothing," filmed entirely in his Los Angeles home with a bunch of his showbiz friends. What's so shocking, is that for a no-budget black-and-white movie that nobody even knew existed until it was finished, "Much Ado About Nothing" is just as entertaining as "The Avengers" was in a completely different way. Both feel very much like Whedon applying his specific skill set to a preexisting property and coming away with something that's identifiably Whedon-esque but also true to the original material. It got us thinking about other things we'd like to see Whedon tackle.

Danny Boyle Claims “The Pixarification Of Movies” Is Wiping Out Adult Storytelling in Cinema

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 6, 2013 11:16 AM
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You can almost feel the 180-degree turn in Danny Boyle's latest thriller "Trance" -- away from the good-natured optimism of the Olympic opening ceremonies that took up his past few years, and into a much darker, naughtier corner. It's a refreshing turn from the director -- even while the film doesn't track among his best -- and also one that he believes embodies the type of cinema that's escaped screens as of late.

Watch: New Trailer For Disney/Pixar's Collegiate Prequel 'Monsters University'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 25, 2013 1:06 PM
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When Disney and Pixar announced that they were attempting a "Monsters Inc." prequel that would show us what our beloved heroes Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) were like in college, it was hard to muster much enthusiasm. After all, much of the charm of the first film lay in the fact that it was a workplace comedy, and the workers just happened to be monsters who scared human children for a living. Seeing them in college not only seemed regressive but, if it didn't succeed, could sully (ha) the sweetness of the original. But little by little as we've seen more and more of "Monsters University," the more excited we've become. With a release of the final trailer, our excitement has been solidified. This looks scary good.

5 Things That 'Finding Dory' Means To Disney And Pixar

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 2, 2013 3:04 PM
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Today the official title of Disney/Pixar's "Finding Nemo" sequel was unveiled, along with select plot details and a confirmation that at least one big time cast member (Ellen DeGeneres) is set to return (Albert Brooks will be back too). Andrew Stanton's "Finding Dory" will hit cinemas in the fall of 2015, which was enough for us to wonder what, exactly, the high profile sequel will mean to Pixar (and we came up with some pretty interesting answers, admittedly). Grab your scuba gear and get ready to go back down into the big blue world.

Watch: Three New 'Cars' Toons; Plus Is A Creepy Robotic Johnny Depp Headed To Another Disney Attraction?

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 26, 2013 1:34 PM
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While the "Cars" franchise is seen by film fans as a blight on the mostly peerless Pixar record, a strictly-for-kids giggle-fest that contains little of the emotional nuance or visual invention that defines the studio's best work, it still, for better or worse, remains a perennial cash cow. Between the two feature films, a handful of delightful shorts, the Carsland section of the Disney California Adventure theme park (which will soon be cloned for Florida's Disney's Hollywood Studios), an untold number of toys, several videogames and this summer's abhorrent-looking spin-off "Planes" (which isn't explicitly a Pixar product but was cheekily introduced in a "Cars" short on the "Cars 2" DVD), the "Cars" franchise generates billions of dollars annually for the Walt Disney company.
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Disney CEO Bob Iger Says There Are No Current Plans For Hand Drawn Animation – But What Does He Really Mean?

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 7, 2013 12:22 PM
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At a Disney shareholder’s meeting on Wednesday, CEO Bob Iger said that none of Disney’s companies are planning to develop a hand-drawn feature animated film for the big screen in the foreseeable future. This story was picked up by /Film and Collider as effectively ringing the bell of traditional animation at the Walt Disney Company. To poorly paraphrase Mark Twain, though, the death of traditional animation at Disney has been greatly exaggerated.

'Roger Rabbit' Author Gary K. Wolf Proposes Mickey Mouse/Roger Rabbit Pic 'The Stooge' – But How Close Is It Really?

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 20, 2013 9:39 AM
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On Tuesday, news originated from the site of Gary K. Wolf, the novelist whose book "Who Censored Rogert Rabbit?" was very, very loosely adapted into the hit 1988 movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?," that a proposal was coming to Disney for an animated feature that would star Roger Rabbit and Mickey Mouse. (The two characters starred together in the original 'Roger Rabbit' film but who's counting?) Later, in a report to Ain't It Cool News, Wolf clarified his original statements, although how likely this project is to ever seeing the light of day remains hopelessly muddy.

Watch: First 'Monsters University' Trailer & Preview Reveals New Characters, Plot Details, Footage

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 11, 2013 9:38 AM
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Are you ready for more Mike and Sully? A special behind-the-scenes preview and a brand new trailer for Pixar's "Monsters University" offers up a treasure trove of new details – additional plot information, character designs, and footage – that make us inch towards genuine excitement about this monster-filled prequel.

Exclusive: Jon Brion Scores Pixar's 'The Blue Umbrella' Short

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 29, 2013 2:24 PM
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While we first mentioned back in the summer of 2012 that producer and composer Jon Brion would be scoring what was then "the untitled umbrella short" for Pixar (to play ahead of this summer's "Monsters University"), it was never confirmed by the studio… until now. The short, now entitled "The Blue Umbrella" and set to have its worldwide premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival next month, is indeed scored by Brion. What's more, we got to talk to first-time director Saschka Unseld about the short and about working with the estimable talent that is Jon Brion.

Brad Bird Unveils Unreleased ‘The Incredibles’ Poster By Celebrated Artist Robert McGinnis

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • January 18, 2013 9:39 AM
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Apparently unprompted, Brad Bird has tweeted the image of an unreleased “The Incredibles” poster hand-painted by celebrated artist Robert McGinnis, who created the original iconic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” poster as well as many controversial posters for the James Bond films.

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