Syd Mead to Receive VES Visionary Award


Visual futurist and conceptual artist Syd Mead will be the next Visionary Award recipient, at the 14th Annual VES Awards on Feb. 2, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. "I am greatly honored to receive this Visionary Award,” said Mead.  “It is both humbling and

Barking Duck Prods. Launched


Producer Spencer Soloman will now be be making movies under the Barking Duck Prods. banner in London, devoted to dramas, comedies, and docs in the US and UK. Soloman (best known for his acclaimed short, For George) is developing projects with Daniel Radcliffe while

BBC Polls 100 Greatest American Movies


BBC Culture offers a provocative list of the top 100 American movies selected by 62 international critics, with five entries from Hitchcock, Kubrick, Spielberg, and Wilder. Lots of surprises and many omissions. The top five is no surprise: Citizen Kane, The

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Going Inside Out with Jonas Rivera

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Jonas Rivera, who’s been at Pixar since 1994, beginning as a production office assistant on Toy Story, has found a real kindred spirit in Pete Docter. He’s just as sweet and soft spoken, too. They first collaborated on Up in 2009 and now they await the release of the even more ambitious Inside Out, which drew raves in Cannes.  During my recent Pixar visit, we discussed the tough journey and what it’s like protecting Docter’s vision. Read more

TCM Movie Camp Geek Out with Moonbot

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I can’t think of anything cooler this summer than William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg of Moonbot Studios hosting TCM’s new Movie Camp show aimed at young adults and future filmmakers, which kicks off Sunday with Close Encounters of the Third Kind at 8:00 pm EST. We had fun geeking out this week about the lineup, which includes The Adventures of Robin Hood, Metropolis, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Duck SoupStrangers on a Train, and Singin’ in the Rain. Talking to the Moonbot guys really is like film school and movie camp rolled into one. Read more

Clipping Pizza from Inside Out

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Watch the new “Pizza” clip from Inside Out (June 19), which marvelously contrasts Riley’s outside and inside worlds. Read more

Teasing The Good Dinosaur from Pixar

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Catch the first peek of The Good Dinosaur, Pixar’s pre-historic adventure (Nov. 25). Read more

Clipping New Featurettes for Jurassic World

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“A New World/A New Vision” and “A Look Inside” provide sneak peeks of what’s in store in Jurassic World (June 12). Read more

The Fearless Art of Mike Gabriel

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This weekend concludes Mike Gabriel’s first solo art exhibition, “The Fearless Art of Mike Gabriel,” at Center Stage Gallery in Burbank, with more than 50 originals and hundreds of prints on display and for sale, presented by The Creative Talent Network. I can’t recommend it enough. The companion book published by CTN is also a must and features a comprehensive selection of Disney’s Oscar-nominated art director (Lorenzo) along with shout outs from Lorelay Bovè, Chris Buck, Ralph Eggleston, Paul Felix, Glen Keane, and John Musker, among others. Read more

Pixar Lights Joy from Inside Out

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There might not be any holy grails left for Pixar to conquer but there are still major tech hurdles. A new kind of lighting approach was needed for  Pete Docter’s Inside Out given the nature of the five key emotions personified by energy particles, particularly Joy (Amy Poehler). She’s not only the main character but also the shining light. Indeed, she’s a direct source of light. As a result,  Angelique Reisch, the character lighting lead, had to create a special model to illuminate Joy, who’s comprised of glowing particles and possesses her very own luminescence. Read more

Lin, Lord, Osborne Join Google Spotlight Series

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At Friday’s Google ATAP session at Google I/O, acclaimed feature director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious films, True Detective, Star Trek 3) will make a special appearance and premiere the newest Spotlight Story, Help. The short tells the story of a young woman who investigates what appears to be a meteor that has crashed into a downtown Los Angeles street and eventually finds an unexpected surprise inside. Read more

Reitman to Direct Animated Beekle for DreamWorks

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Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno), who’s been up and down with his edgy rom-coms, will write and direct DreamWorks’ Beekle, based on Dan Santat’s award-winning children’s book, The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend.  It’s the first feature for co-presidents Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria and definitely the kind of offbeat buddy comedy that Jeffrey Katzenberg likes best. Read more

Halon Powers Tomorrowland Previs

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Halon worked with Brad Bird to figure out the futuristic architecture and activities of Tomorrowland. Read more