Dear Pixar: Leave 'Toy Story' alone Because there is perhaps no longer any such thing as an untouchable or sacred property in Hollywood, not that there were many in the first place, Toy Story 4 is happening. It’s not surprising, what with 2010’s Toy Story 3 opening to near universal acclaim en route to crossing the billion-dollar mark worldwide. But for some viewers, it’s depressing all the same; for a franchise that started as a means of putting Pixar Studios on the map in 1995, heralding Disney’s new renaissance, audiences have come to feel an intimate connection with a film about friendship and sentient toys that also just happened to launch its own massive toy craze. This is ironic given the first film’s message about the importance of remaining loyal to one’s simple childhood diversions, even as toys were getting flashier and more elaborate with every passing year of the ‘90s.
Banksy Inside « The Drop Kings The mysterious Banksy just released some new paintings on his website. You heard it right, Banksy painted on a canvas. All Banksy fans will appreciate. Here are a few of my favourites. Is Pixar's Run of Greatness Over? I’ve written before (more than once, I’m afraid) about the dispiriting decline of Pixar over the past few years. After a run of success over its first 11 films unparalleled by anything else in contemporary cinema—a run that culminated with the astonishing trifecta of WALL-E, Up, and Toy Story 3—the studio seems largely to have lost its way. It began with 2011’s Cars 2, the leading contender for the worst Pixar film to date. Things improved with Brave the following year, and then regressed again in 2013 with Monsters University. This summer proved to be the first since 2005 in which Pixar did not release a feature at all: The Good Dinosaur, which was slated for release in May—having already been relocated from a 2013 date—was pushed back yet again, until late next year.
What Google’s New Study Tells Us About Why People Go to the Movies Nobody likes feeling irrelevant, and when steering people towards good movies and away from bad ones is part of how you make a living, it’s more than a little dispiriting when it seems no one’s listening. But if the grosses for Trans4mers and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 weren’t enough, now here’s this: Google conducted a study, analyzing nearly two years of search data, to determine what makes frequent moviegoers choose which movies they’ll see. As you may have guessed, the carefully composed missives of yours truly (and my critical brethren) don’t really figure into the equation.
Rare Photos of Famous People (125 pics) Celebs | 19 Jan, 2010 | Views: 466003 | Here is an amazing collection of rare pictures of the famous people. I'm sure you will love it.Enjoy. Madonna, Detroit, 1976 What ‘Mockingjay–Part 1′ Misses by Glossing Over Katniss’ Trauma Throughout much of Mockingjay, the third novel in the Hunger Games series, the unraveling of Katniss Everdeen’s mind takes over the page. Even from the beginning, she strokes a pearl that Peeta found in the arena in Catching Fire and often repeats variations of her mantra: “My name is Katniss Everdeen. I am seventeen years old. My home is District 12. Songwriting Exercises - Handout Songwriting Exercises by Joel Mabus Scaffolding Stuck? Here’s an old trick to get you going. What a good song offers is structure, repetition, form and balance.
A Treasury of Dumb Quotes About Whitewashed Casting From the People Responsible for ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ Let’s get this out of the way: I have not yet seen Exodus: Gods and Kings, Ridley Scott’s big-budget retelling of the Moses story, and God willing, I won’t have to. For starters, it looks like a yet another dirge-like epic on the order of his earlier Kingdom of Heaven, Robin Hood, and (yes, I’ll say it) Gladiator, a dull slog through the past from a director who works best in the present and the future. But the setting and story aren’t the only elements of Exodus that are tied firmly to the past, as considerable controversy has brewed around Scott’s old-Hollywood decision to cast this story of Egyptian pharaohs and prophets with a cast roughly as diverse as the industry seats at an Eagles concert. And now, facing a backlash from commentators and social media, the people responsible for the movie are in spin mode, prompting a spectacle surely more entertaining than anything Sir Ridley put on screen. It started, of course, as a meme.
Guardians Of The Galaxy's Most Awesome Quotes Ever Do you know one sure sign that James Gunn has created a timeless classic with Guardians of the Galaxy? Fans are already quoting their favorite lines from the movie. Just like Star Wars, Napoleon Dynamite, The Big Lebowski, Anchorman, and Monty Python & The Holy Grail, fans are going to be quoting Guardians of the Galaxy for a very long time. Here are ten of our favorite lines from the film. After Gamora complains about Peter Quill’s ship The Milano being filthy, Quill makes an interesting comparison to the work of an abstract expressionist painter, who was known for his unique style of drip painting. 10.
Why Isn't Fiona From 'Shameless' Treated Like the 'Difficult Men' of TV? Sunday night on Shameless, while most of America was watching the Super Bowl, William H. Macy's Frank Gallagher went on a Dude, Where's My Disability Check tour of Chicago's South Side, trying to piece together the details of a blacked-out night where he apparently blew $121,000 on drugs. It was a typical move for a series that often puts its best characters in the back seat in order to focus on Frank's more outrageous antics. In particular, this tendency shortchanges Emmy Rossum's Fiona, Frank's daughter, and the series' best and most complicated character. A diner waitress who spent half the previous season in jail (she endangered the welfare of her toddler brother when he got into the bag of cocaine she left out on the kitchen table), Fiona fits perfectly into one of the dominant television traditions of the past ten years: the morally/ethically ambiguous protagonists who are in many ways their own worst enemy.
‘Strange Magic’: Lucasfilm musical based on ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Nov. 11, 2014 | 10:36 a.m. Bog King (Alan Cumming), Griselda (Maya Rudolph) and Marianne (Evan Rachel Wood) are part of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps in “Strange Magic.” (Lucasfilm) “Strange Magic,” a musical animated feature film inspired by William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” is coming to theaters in January, Disney announced Tuesday. The news comes after much speculation that the film would be a sequel to Disney’s record-breaking blockbuster “Frozen.” The rumor mill appears to have gotten it wrong, with nary a snowman in sight.
A Diverse, Gender-Swapped LOTR Recast - Book Riot This past weekend, my roommate and I were on a mission to rewatch the extended versions of The Lord of The Rings. (Let’s not talk about the three-part Hobbit right now, though, ok? I am still reeling.) As we watched, I remembered exactly how white and dudely LOTR is. It’s still one of my favorite book series and I’ve always thought the movies did justice to the books, but that doesn’t mean the cast couldn’t use a refresh.