9/24 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:50 am · September 24th, 2009

• Adam Dawtrey on the rebirth of Colin Firth. [The Guardian] • In honor of “A Serious Man,” Nathan Englander picks the top five Jewish films from the 1970s.  Why not the 1960s?  You know, when the Coen film is set? [Film in Focus] • Not Oscar related, but most desired remake: “The Goonies.” [Daily […]

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Joe Dante’s ‘The Hole’ wins Venice 3-D award

Posted by · 4:01 am · September 12th, 2009

I missed yesterday’s screening of Joe Dante’s kiddie horror film “The Hole” — and hardly regret it, having caught Tom Ford’s “A Single Man” instead — so I can offer little commentary to the news that the film has won the festival’s inaugural Persol 3-D Award. The prize, determined by judges Scott Foundas, Dave Kehr […]

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9/8 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:26 am · September 8th, 2009

• John Hillcoat and Joe Penhall already looking for life after “The Road.” [Variety] • The “Slumdog” kids set to star opposite Anthony Hopkins? [PR Inside] • Eugene Hernandez reports from the Telluride tribute to Viggo Mortensen. [indieWIRE]

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Congratulations, Pixar

Posted by · 4:57 am · September 7th, 2009

I just realized I probably should have posted something about Pixar (and directors John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Brad Bird, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich) receiving the Golden Lion for career achievement in Venice yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately, not having been present for the occasion, I can’t offer much beyond that fact.

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Lasseter on reviving 2-D animation and Pixar’s “failures”

Posted by · 2:45 pm · August 27th, 2009

John Lasseter certainly gives good interview. We linked back in June to a candid and very thorough piece in which the Pixar maven talked through his up-and-down (and up again) history with Disney. Now Variety carries a worthwhile profile of the man, in anticipation of the lifetime-achievement Golden Lion he is due to receive at […]

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‘Up’ vs ‘Coraline’ vs … the Jonas Brothers?

Posted by · 3:58 pm · August 10th, 2009

Last month I mentioned that the Venice Film Festival is making a rather large gesture of faith in the current 3-D fad by introducing a new award for the best 3-D film of the year. The prize will be awarded by a separate three-person jury comprising critics Dave Kehr and Scott Foundas and experimental filmmaker […]

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Venice finalizes jury, readies lineup

Posted by · 12:48 am · July 30th, 2009

The competition lineup for the 66th Venice Film Festival is due later today, but ahead of that major announcement, other bits and bobs relating to to yesterday’s fest have been trickling through recently. Yesterday organisers announced the complete (and pleasantly eccentric) jury lineup. It’s been known for some time that it will be headed by Ang […]

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‘Up’ becomes Pixar’s second-highest grosser ever

Posted by · 10:22 am · July 5th, 2009

I expect Chad may get into some of this later in today’s Sunday Cents column (unless his silly inflation observation gets in the way), but Pixar’s “Up” grossed another $6.5 million today, bringing the domestic total to $264.8 million, surpassing the $261.4 million “The Incredibles” racked up in the fall of 2004 to become the […]

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Live action Luxo Jr.

Posted by · 11:38 am · June 28th, 2009

(Courtesy: Gizmodo, via Cinematical)

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Twisted summer movie theories

Posted by · 10:11 am · June 12th, 2009

Alright, I had to let Hunter Stephenson’s rather suspect LGBT theory at /Film, vis a vis Kevin from Pixar’s “Up,” slide earlier in the week.  I’m not seeing it.  However, this Peter Sciretta item (which references an IMDb message board post) drawing parallels between Sam Raimi’s “Drag Me to Hell” and eating disorders is a […]

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POLL: What is your favorite Pixar film?

Posted by · 1:23 pm · June 10th, 2009

Now that our “most influential” series is complete, I figured a light and frothy poll would be just what the doctor ordered.  Now that “Up” has been in theaters for a couple of weeks here in the US (and as it slowly makes its way to other territories), I figured I’d go ahead and poll […]

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Lasseter on his Disney ups and downs

Posted by · 12:29 pm · June 5th, 2009

Total Film has done a notably thorough interview with John Lasseter, which takes the form of a chronological tour through the animation maven and “Toy Story” director’s career. It’s a fascinating read, particularly if you, like me, are not entirely au fait with the early history of Pixar and computer animation. I hadn’t realized how […]

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John Ratzenberger: Pixar’s “good-luck charm”

Posted by · 10:23 am · June 2nd, 2009

I’m glad someone finally got around to doing this story.  In the pages of USA Today this week, Susan Wloszczyna has written up a nice little feature on actor John Ratzenberger, who has provided voice talent to every Pixar film since the studio’s first ground-breaking effort “Toy Story” back in 1995.  Here’s a taste: The […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Closing Cannes and opening ‘Up’

Posted by · 2:36 am · May 30th, 2009

• The Cannes Film Festival wrapped up, with Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon” taking the gold, and “Antichrist” nabbing honors too. (The Ecumenical Jury was less impressed.) • In the wake of the festival, we offered an updated survey of the Oscar landscape ahead. • With “Up” finally hitting our screens this week, we chatted […]

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Tell us what you thought of ‘Up’

Posted by · 5:26 pm · May 29th, 2009

It’s all Pixar all the time this week.  In addition to my “Up” review from a few days ago, there was a Pixar retrospective Tuesday and, just this morning, an interview with director Pete Docter.  So enough out of us.  You tell us what you thought of Pixar’s latest once you get around to it.  […]

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Taking Pixar to task

Posted by · 4:06 pm · May 29th, 2009

Film writer extraordinaire, James Rocchi — this time wearing the hat of resident film blogger for Redbox — has penned a passionate open letter to Pixar Animation Studios that is a must-read for fans and non-fans alike. I think both of his concerns are valid points. Here is the meat of the piece (mind you, […]

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INTERVIEW: 20 questions with ‘Up’ director Pete Docter

Posted by · 12:49 pm · May 29th, 2009

Pete Docter’s filmmaking career is as tethered to the history of Pixar as it gets.  After all, he was the third animator hired by John Lasseter back in 1990, when the company was a fledgling computer-animation house making it’s name in short films and commercials.  Nineteen years (and 10 features) later, the studio has more […]

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‘Toy Story 3’ teaser trailer

Posted by · 9:54 am · May 29th, 2009

Watch it in high def here.  Stay tuned for my interview with “Up” director Pete Docter later this afternoon.

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