Review: Inside Out may be Pixar’s best film yet

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There are moments in life, for everyone, when sorrow creeps into our happiest memories. Time passes. We change. We lose things. We lose people. Our past experiences take on a new shape. Occasionally the shift is sharp and profound; an earthquake. Other times it’s gradual and unnoticed; erosion.
But sorrow isn’t always a burden. Sometimes it’s a salve.

Jurassic World is #1: you got what you deserved — UPDATED

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UPDATE: Even Marvel Studios Head Kevin Feige has saluted Jurassic World’s triumph with a gracious tweet that still manages to remind everyone that New Mega Star Chris Pratt got his big action break (and got into shape for the first time) for a MARVEL movie. Well played! Art in the tweet by Ande Parks. Congrats […]

Review: Jurassic World – Something old, something new, something borrowed, and Dr. Wu

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I didn’t have high hopes for Jurassic World. Each attempt to reinvigorate the franchise has failed worse than the last, and despite the glimmer of hope provided by Chris Pratt, I wasn’t buying the raptor-taming, motorcycle-riding persona from the trailers. And while it wasn’t as bad as I had feared, it also wasn’t anywhere near as good […]

Review: Is When Marnie Was There Ghibli’s emotional farewell?

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Falling somewhere between fairy tale and ghost story, When Marnie was There potentially represents the final brick in the wall of Studio Ghibli films, coming on the heels of the retirement of famed director Hayao Miyazaki.

WB Film exec: “The filmmakers … are making great movies about superheroes; they aren’t making superhero movies.”

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Warner Bros film head Greg Silverman was interviewed for The Hollywood Reporter about the ongoing Harry Potter and Lego franchises and, oh yes, the DC movies. As as usual the “how are you different from Marvel?” question comes up. And it’s all about master filmmakers, perhaps a meow about Marvel’s more generic—and massively successful—take?

Kirkman combines with Transformers writing team

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Because uniting to fight boredom takes teamwork, Paramount has just made a Devastator out of a bunch of star writers to revamp the Transformers franchise, and Robert Kirkman is among them. The team, led by Akiva Goldsman, includes Kirkman, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2 and X-Men: The Last Stand) and Jeff Pinkner (Lost, Fringe) So yes, this is pretty much the superhero franchise dream team. They’ll sit around thinking about ways to make the Transformers cool. I got one word: Victorion..

Mad Max Fury Road: A citadel in the Uncanny Valley

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After attending an afternoon showing of Mad Max Fury Road, I stood outside the theater in a daze. I was almost literally speechless, and my PTSD continued as I hopped in a cab to go to a dinner engagement. Fury Road’s insane, relentless, vivid and non-stop car chase was so senses shattering that it felt weird to actually BE in a car in the real world. I kept expecting the taxi to rear end a war rig or see an Interceptor career towards us at a 45 degree angle or have a Polecat suddenly dip towards our cab, lobbing a grenade. The real world suddenly seemed like a distant echo of the thunderous one that had seared itself on my eyeballs for the last 120 minutes. My visceral reaction was so different from how I felt after any number of recent CGI extravaganzas. I’d forgotten about Age of Ultron by the time I crossed the street. I left Guardians of the Galaxy humming “Ain’t no Mountain High Enough” and loving raccoons, but the plot quickly receded into the rearview mirror. Perhaps this is because of my own subconscious processing of real images as opposed to animated ones — the practical effects of Fury Road are so much more memorable and powerful—and expensive.

Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment to co-produce The Fifth Beatle

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Okay one more comics-to-movies announcement for the day, and this one is pretty unsurprising—ever since Tony-winning producer Vivek J. Tiwary wrote The Fifth Beatle, a powerful biography of Beatles manager Brian Epstein, it seemed destined for the big screen. With outstanding art by Andrew Robinson and Kyle Baker, the book is not only an Eisner […]

Humanoids announces three picture deal at Cannes for Bouncer, Legion and Zombies

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Storied French publisher Humanoids—publisher of many classics by Moebus, Jodorowsky and Bilal—has gotten into the graphic novel to movie race with a three picture deal with Full House announced at the Cannes Film Festival currently under way. The above link is a little hard to follow with all the pacts and dealmaking but here are […]

Did Age of Ultron kick off the Age of Superhero Fatigue?

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While the second biggest opening weekend in domestic cinema history doesn’t seem like painfully coming up short, Avengers Age of Ultron failing to beat The Avengers for opening weekend gross seems to have shocked many people. Personally I blame Floyd Mayweather, as he should be blamed and punished for all the world’s ills, but Vulture’s […]

Razor Sharp Takes a Festival Winning Heroine to Comics and Feature Film

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Film festival award winning idea looks to evolve into feature film that reinvents the heroine.

Fantastic Four Director Josh Trank criticized for erratic behavior

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Ouch. 30-year-old director Josh Trank gets the full studio backs away treatment , including firing him from the second standalone Star Wars movie, after Fox execs became alarmed by his erratic behavior while making the Fantastic Four Reboot: A Fox spokesman says the studio is “very happy with the movie and we can’t wait for […]

Avengers: Age of Ultron scores second biggest opening, but took some shots from the Mayweather-Pacquiao

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Avengers: Age of Ultron had a huge opening weekend domestically—$187.7 million, huge but still only the second biggest opening of all time. Luckily for Joss Whedon, the record is still held by the original Avengers movie which opened with $207.4 mil in 2012. While A:AOU is doing very well, the numbers for the weekend were […]

Valiant and Sony teaming up for five films with Bloodshot and Harbinger

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Valiant Comics Entertainment has been teasing a big media announcement for ages and WHOOP there it is: A five picture deal with Sony for films involving Bloodshot and Harbinger and a crossover called Harbinger Wars. And it’s being overseen by the guys behind The Fast and the Furious franchise. Zowie!

With Marvel and DC locked up at Disney and WB, other studios are looking to get in on the lucrative comic book movie train…and Valiant has got a diesel express straight to the screen.

A bunch of top level filmmakers are involved:

Everything you need to know about what happened at Star Wars Celebration yesterday

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• The event was held at the Anaheim Convention Center, and thus far no controversy about moving it to LA or Vegas.

• The panel included director JJ Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy, and cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Issac, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill. Money shot above.

Wonder Woman and her pet tiger

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A wee bit more gossip has emerged about director Michelle MacLaren departing the Wonder Woman movie, courtesy of Badass Digest: