Lin, Lord, Osborne Join Google Spotlight Series


At today'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

Reitman to Direct Animated Beekle for DreamWorks


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

Halon Powers Tomorrowland Previs


Halon worked with Brad Bird to figure out the futuristic architecture and activities of Tomorrowland. The Halon team was headed by Tefft Smith, AJ Briones, Brad Alexander,  and Michael Jackson, helping Bird "invoke childhood memories of what the possibility of the

Lin, Lord, Osborne Join Google Spotlight Series

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At today’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

Clipping Full Animation Scrapped from Tomorrowland

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Watch the complete 2D-animated origin story sequence from Pixar that was cut from Tomorrowland. Read more

Check Out Rival Newman, McQueen Racing Docs

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Paul Newman and Steve McQueen were not only acting rivals but also avid speed racers. And there are two new revealing docs about their passion for racing: Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman, which opens this weekend theatrically and VOD, and Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans, which premiered last week at Cannes. Newman’s is upbeat while McQueen’s is downbeat. Both deserve our attention. Read more

Hotel Transylvania 2: Anatomy of a Teaser 2

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Director Genndy Tartakovsky shares his insight on the specially made animation for the Hotel Transylvania 2 teaser. Read more

Brad Bird and Claudio Miranda Talk Tomorrowland

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The secret to Tomorrowland for Brad Bird is that it’s more about the journey than the destination, which explains why it’s such a subversive Disney fantasy/adventure, despite the pedigree and star power of George Clooney. Because once we get there, it’s not at all what it seems and there are no simple answers. Yet Bird and producer/co-writer Damon Lindelof still consider it more of a fun popcorn movie than a preachy, good-for-the-soul tonic. Read more

Yonebayashi Talks When Marnie Was There

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With When Marnie Was There (opening this weekend in LA and NY from Gkids in an English-language version), Studio Ghibli fittingly concludes its remarkable production run during this hiatus on a mysterious and meditative note. It’s based on Joan G. Robinson’s popular YA novel (one of Miyazaki’s favorites) and explores the magic and melancholy of adolescence with shy, artistic Anna encountering strange, empathetic Marnie in the marshes of a seaside town. The English voicecast includes Hailee Steinfeld, Kiernan Shipka, Geena Davis, John C. Reilly, and Vanessa Williams. Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arriety) discussed his second feature, which is somewhat of a visual departure for Ghibli, via email. Read more

Roel Reine Talks Admiral as Guerilla Filmmaking

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Dutch director-cinematographer Roel Reiné (Death Race 2 & 3)  has made a dazzling epic portraying one of the most important events in his country’s history: the 17th century Anglo Dutch wars. Admiral stars Frank Lammers as beloved Dutch Admiral Michiel de Ruyter, who commanded the Dutch fleet when the Netherlands was attacked by England, France, and Germany. Read more

20 Years of Toy Story at FMX 2015

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It just so happens that FMX and Toy Story converged 20 years ago, so it was great timing to have a Pixar reunion honoring the first CG-animated feature a couple of weeks ago in Stuttgart, Germany. Illuminator Christophe Hery (who hosted his own presentation on a new lighting path for Finding Dory) moderated a wonderful discussion with Bill Reeves (supervising technical director), Eben Ostby (director of technical artists) and Ralph Eggleston (the production designer who just completed Inside Out). Read more

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