Bird Bird can do wrong. The Iron Giant is a masterpiece, The Incredibles is perhaps the best comic book movie ever made, Ratatouille is endlessly charming, and his first live-action movie, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, is the best of the series and the one that best captures the aesthetic of the original TV show. So when Bird shirked directorial responsibilities on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and dared to make something original, a giant mystery box called Tomorrowland, it was a bold choice, a daring choice. But a batting streak like Bird’s was bound to run dry sometime, and while Tomorrowland isn’t a mess on par with, say, Chappie, it does show tremendous strain in its execution. (more…)
Batman & Robin was nearly 20 years ago now. Yeah. In that time George Clooney has become an accomplished writer, director, producer and an Academy Award-winning actor. He’s worked with a variety of collaborators like Steven Soderbergh, the Coen Brothers, Alexander Payne, and Alfonso Cuaron, hardly the sort of hackery that became associated with B&R director Joel Schumacher back in the summer of ’97. You might say that Batman & Robin was Clooney’s original sin, and he’s paying the price for it these last two decades. So in the interest of continued penance, Clooney was once again called to apologize while doing a round of promotion for his new movie Tomorrowland. (more…)
For a while there, Pixar was on a bit of a sequel kick with Toy Story 3, Cars 2 and Monsters University. While movie fans will note that while Toy Story seems to outdo itself with every sequel, what use did a second Cars serve? Or a Monsters Inc. prequel for that matter? Especially when you could be putting all that time and effort into, say, a second edition of The Incredibles. Well, that is changing because an essential piece of that puzzle has now fallen into place. Disney/Pixar‘s already announced The Incredibles 2, but now writer/director Brad Bird has said that it will be his next project. (more…)
It’s one of the most mysterious projects to be coming out in 2015, and it will be in theaters smack dab in the middle of one of the busiest “Summer of Sequels” in the increasingly long, sad Hollywood history of franchise dependence. Originality is hard to come by in Tinseltown these days, and certainly recent evidence (Jupiter Ascending and Chappie) seems to indicate that people would rather trust the devil they know when it comes to high-profile sci-fi/fantasy films, but can Tomorrowland buck that trend? Disney is hoping so, even though they’re set to make it rain in 2015 with The Avengers and Star Wars alone, and the studio’s looking to convince fans further that Brad Bird’s latest film is definitely worth checking out when it’s released next month. (more…)
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All The Movie Trailers/Spots From Super Bowl XLIX: ‘Jurassic World’, ‘Tomorrowland’, ‘Terminator’ And MOAR!!!
What better way for all the big studios to produce guaranteed hits, than to have them marketed at one of the biggest television events of the year right? Well, 2015’s Super Bowl XLIX did not disappoint in providing copious potential summer tent-poles, that’s for sure. With extended trailers including Universal’s Jurassic World (starring the ubiquitous Chris Pratt), Furious 7 (with Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker in his last role before his untimely death), Disney’s Tomorrowland (directed by Brad Bird and written by Damon Lindelof of Lost fame), Terminator Genisys (Arnold did always say he would be back didn’t he?!) and many more. We have collected all the trailer spots from the game and pre-game and provided some commentary for each of them. So be sure to sound off with your comments, gripes, tirades and extrapolations. Enjoy peeps! (more…)
Without Star Wars Episode VII and a Comic Con retread of the Marvel slate, the fan excitement level at D23 was dependent on what was revealed about Brad Bird‘s next film Tomorrowland. Director Bird and writer/lightening rod Damon Lindelof literally had a mystery box at D23 where they give hints of what the film might be about. But if you’re more a fan of the direct approach, Disney put out a press release today featuring a compelling, though brief, plot description.
Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.”
Drew McWeeney from Hitfix got into a bit of hot water because he published a detailed plot description that, as it turns out, was rather accurate. It looks likely that Britt Robertson is playing the “bright, optimistic teen,” and George Clooney is the “former boy genius.”
The press release also included detailed information about the producing team, the cast, and the production crew:
Principal photography has begun on Disney’s mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring two-time Academy Award winner George Clooney (“Michael Clayton,” “Syriana”), Hugh Laurie (“Monsters vs. Aliens,” “Arthur Christmas”), Britt Robertson (“Under The Dome”), Raffey Cassidy (“Dark Shadows,” “Snow White and the Huntsman”) and Thomas Robinson (“The Switch”). The film is directed, produced and co-written by two-time Oscar winner Brad Bird (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “The Incredibles”). Damon Lindelof (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Prometheus”) and Jeffrey Chernov (“Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”) are also producers. The screenplay is written by Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof from a story by Lindelof & Jeff Jensen and Brad Bird.
Jeff Jensen and John Walker (“The Incredibles”) will executive produce with Bernard Bellew (“Les Misérables,” “28 Weeks Later”) and Tom Peitzman, VFX producer (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “Alice in Wonderland”) serving as co-producers.
Bird has gathered a great team behind the lens with Oscar winning director of photography Claudio Miranda (“Life of Pi,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), production designer Scott Chambliss (“Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Cowboys & Aliens”), Oscar nominated costume designer Jeffrey Kurland (“Inception,” “Ocean’s Eleven”) and Academy Award-winning editor Walter Murch (“The English Patient,” “Cold Mountain”).
Tomorrowland will be in theaters on December 12, 2014. Excited about the project? Disinterested? Sound off in the comments section below.
Disney owns pretty much everything these days, from Marvel films to Star Wars, along with all that other stuff they were doing before they started buying up franchises. Which means they’re making a helluva lot of movies. Here’s the latest list on what to expect from our Great Mouse Overlord for the next couple of years.
Muppets Most Wanted – March 21st
Planes: Fire and Rescue – July 18th
The Hundred-Foot Journey – August 8th
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – October 10th
Tomorrowland – December 12th
Saving Mr. Banks – December 20th
Into the Woods – December 25th
Avengers 2 – May 1st
Marvel ‘Phase ?’ mystery movie, as of yet unknown – May 6th
Yet another Marvel mystery movie – May 7th
Thanks to /film for the heads-up.