Brad Bird and Edgar Wright Endorse Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR

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Every Christopher Nolan film nowadays comes with high expectations, but the anticipation for Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar is, shall we say, outta this world (I’m so sorry).  Interest is at a fever pitch for the film, which promises astonishing visuals, scientifically grounded inter-dimensional travel, and strong performances from Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, etc.  As with all Christopher Nolan films, though, Interstellar has been shrouded in secrecy, so refreshingly we still know very little about the kind of movie we’ll be seeing.  However, the film is now fully complete and private screenings have started to take place.

While there’s no doubt some kind of embargo placed on Interstellar reactions for the time being (critics see it very soon), two highly talented and trusted filmmakers have weighed in with their thoughts: Brad Bird and Edgar Wright.  See what they had to say about the film after the jump.

Brad Bird Talks Having to Pass on STAR WARS EPISODE VII to Finish TOMORROWLAND

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The New York Comic Con marked the true arrival of director Brad Bird‘s new film Tomorrowland upon the global conscience.  While the picture won’t be out until May 22nd, we hadn’t seen anything from the film at all until the trailer and poster popped up at NYCC and Bird (along with co-writer Damon Lindelof) started doing press.  During that press Bird was asked what it was like to have to turn down Star Wars: Episode VII in order to work on his new film with George Clooney.  What’s even more interesting about this exchange is that it seems like Bird was also up for Episode VIII if you break down the timetable of his comments.

Hit the jump for more on Brad Bird and Star Wars: Episode 7, which J.J. Abrams is of course currently shooting. The film stars John BoyegaDaisy RidleyHarrison FordAdam DriverMark HamillCarrie FisherLupita Nyong’o, Oscar IsaacDomhnall GleesonAndy SerkisGwendoline Christie, Miltos YerolemouPeter MayhewAnthony DanielsKenny Baker, and Max von Sydow.  It opens on December 18th, 2015.

TOMORROWLAND Comic-Con Panel Recap: George Clooney Makes First Comic-Con Appearance; Unveils Action-Packed Clip Loaded with Lasers and Robots

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We may be a little light on movies at New York Comic-Con this year, but Walt Disney Studios decided to go big by unveiling some never-before-seen material from Tomorrowland.  At first, we thought it was huge that we got to see the film’s brand new teaser trailer, but mere minutes after screening it at the Javits Center, the promo hit the web.  That couldn’t be right.  There had to be more, right?  Sure enough, Disney delivered.

You know how you only see that super short snippet of George Clooney in the teaser?  Clooney made his very first Comic-Con appearance at the Tomorrowland panel to give us more footage featuring his character.  Hit the jump for my Tomorrowland Comic-Con recap.

TOMORROWLAND Trailer and Poster: George Clooney Leads Brad Bird’s Ambitious Sci-Fi Film

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Disney has released the first Tomorrowland trailer for director Brad Bird’s mysterious new sci-fi film.  Scripted by Bird and Lost alum Damon Lindelof, the film stars George Clooney and revolves around “a bright, optimistic teen (Britt Robertson) bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment who 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.’”  And the trailer is great, offering a simple scenario that hints at the film’s possibilities without spoiling too much.  I love Robertson’s reaction to the reveal.

Hit the jump to watch the Tomorrowland trailer and click here to check out Perri’s Comic-Con panel recap.  The film also stars Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, and Kathryn HahnTomorrowland opens in theaters on May 22, 2015.  Now that I know what the heck this movie is I’m getting pretty excited for it.  So glad this teaser hints rather than spoils. 

First TOMORROWLAND Images Unveiled; Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof Reveal Story Details for Unique Sci-Fi Film

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Disney’s mysterious Tomorrowland has been one of the more curious projects percolating over the past couple over years, in no small part because it acts as The Incredibles and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol director Brad Bird’s second live-action feature and boasts a screenplay from Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof.  Plot details have been almost humorously non-existent, especially since production wrapped quite a while ago.  What we do know is that the film has a connection to the Disney theme park of the same name and stars George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, and Britt Robertson.  However, with more details poised to be unveiled at New York Comic-Con this weekend, the very first Tomorrowland images have arrived along with some exciting revelations from Bird and Lindelof about the pic.

Hit the jump to take a look at the first Tomorrowland images and to see what Bird and Lindelof have to say about this sci-fi/fantasy film and its connection to Walt Disney himself.

Want to See a High-Quality Blu-ray Release for THE IRON GIANT? Brad Bird Says You Should Ask Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

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The Iron Giant is one of my all-time favorite movies.  I have two Iron Giant Mondo posters.  I have a little Iron Giant toy on my desk.  What I don’t have is the movie on Blu-ray because it’s not available in that format.  The special edition DVD is nice, but writer-director Brad Bird made a visually impressive movie, and it’s worth a high-end Blu-ray release that not only looks good, but also has plenty of great extras.

Earlier today, Bird was asked on Twitter about when we might see the movie on Blu-ray.  Bird explained that he’s spoken with Warner Bros. about it, but he wants more than a bare bones release.  I couldn’t agree more.  I know it’s kind of a cult film, but plenty of cult movies get excellent Blu-ray releases, and I think WB might be surprised at how many people want The Iron Giant to get the same treatment.  As Bird points out, the only way to get an awesome The Iron Giant Blu-ray is to ask for it.  Shoot @WBHomeEnt a tweet, and please be polite.  And if you feel like crying today, hit the jump.

Disney Developing THE INCREDIBLES 2 and CARS 3

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Pixar has a string of original films due out over the next couple of years, but they’ll be returning to sequels in 2016 with Finding Dory.  The studio needs to pay the bills with known properties, and it looks like they’ll have a couple more on the way.  According to /Film, Disney chief Bob Iger told investors that The Incredibles creator Brad Bird is writing The Incredibles 2.  Iger also said Pixar is working on another Cars film, which isn’t much of a surprise considering that kids will buy the merchandise forever.

The reason to get excited is for The Incredibles 2 since Bird is going to be involved.  The filmmaker has never written off the possibility of a sequel, and a few years ago he said he had “some ideas” for it.  He’s currently working on his second live-action feature, Tomorrowland (due out May 22, 2015), and I doubt we’d see The Incredibles 2 until probably 2018 at the earliest.  Nevertheless, it’s still exciting that the superhero family might be returning to the big screen.  Hit the jump for a recap of Pixar’s current release schedule.

Pixar President Ed Catmull Details the Braintrust Process with Examples from INSIDE OUT and TOY STORY 3

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Say what you will about some of the studio’s recent output, but Pixar’s operating process has remained steadfastly left-of-center since it broke out big with Toy Story in 1995.  Many expected the studio to move to Los Angeles or take on a more traditional method of production following its immense success, but Pixar maintains its central headquarters in Emeryville, California and sticks to its central, creativity-inspiring work philosophies.  One of the most curious aspects of the studio is the Pixar Braintrust, a group of Pixar creatives that weighs in on all of the studio’s features on a regular basis with a brutal honesty.

In an excerpt from his upcoming book Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, Pixar President Ed Catmull offers a detailed, behind-the-scenes look at the Braintrust process, offering extensive examples from Toy Story 3 and director Pete Docter’s new film Inside Out.  Read some of Catmull’s insights after the jump.

Michael Giacchino to Score Brad Bird’s TOMORROWLAND

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Production began last month on Brad Bird’s new film, Tomorrowland.  Per the synopsis: “Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen (Britt Robertson) bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor (George Clooney) 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.”  Today, Bird announced on Twitter that he’s reteaming with composer Michael Giacchino for Tomorrowland.  Giacchino has scored all of Bird’s movies except for The Iron Giant, and I’m glad the director and composer will be working together again.

Tomorrowland is the latest blockbuster on Giacchino’s agenda.  He’s also scoring the 2014 movies Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Jupiter AscendingTomorrowland opens December 12, 2014.

The Oatmeal Talks Tesla for Disney’s TOMORROWLAND

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What do Disney, The Oatmeal, and Nikola Tesla have in common?  The real answer might be tucked safely away inside the mystery box, but at the very least it was Brad Bird’s upcoming film, Tomorrowland, that brought them all together.  Web cartoonist Matthew Inman, better known on the webz as The Oatmeal, recently posted on his blog about his invitation to a meeting with the Disney filmmakers and their conversation that took a strange turn towards all things Tesla.  It’s safe to say that The Oatmeal is a big fan of the misunderstood scientist, and was responsible for starting a campaign that successfully saved Tesla’s Wardenclyffe laboratory.  Since The Oatmeal himself admits that he’s not the foremost expert on Tesla, why would Disney fly him out there to talk tech?  Misdirection?  Hype machine?  Something else entirely?  Hit the jump for more.

Production Begins on Brad Bird’s TOMORROWLAND Starring George Clooney; Official Synopsis Released

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Disney announced today that filming is officially underway in Vancouver on director Brad Bird’s (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) new film Tomorrowland.  Bird co-wrote the screenplay for the secretive film with Damon Lindelof, based on an idea by Bird, Lindelof, and Jeff Jensen, and the official synopsis is as follows:

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.”

George Clooney stars as the inventor and Britt Robertson (Under the Dome) is the teenager, while Hugh Laurie plays the film’s antagonist.  Bird has assembled an impressive filmmaking team to bring the project to life, including Oscar-winning Life of Pi and Oblivion cinematographer Claudio Miranda.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.  Tomorrowland opens in theaters on December 12, 2014.

UNDER THE DOME Star Britt Robertson Lands Lead in Brad Bird’s TOMORROWLAND Opposite George Clooney

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The female lead for director Brad Bird’s secretive upcoming film Tomorrowland has been found at last.  Disney has announced that Under the Dome and Delivery Man actress Britt Robertson has been cast in a lead role in the film, which centers on “a high school girl with an unconventional understanding of technology who is launched on a journey to reclaim her future.”  That’s about as vague a logline as can be, but I’m not complaining; it’s nice to not know every plot beat a year and a half before the movie even hits theaters.

Bird co-wrote Tomorrowland with Damon Lindelof and Jeff Jensen, and the cast also includes George Clooney as the male lead, Hugh Laurie as the antagonist, and supporting turns by Raffey Cassidy and Thomas Robinson.  Production begins very soon, so expect more casting announcements in the coming weeks.  Tomorrowland opens on December 12, 2014.

Brad Bird Talks THE INCREDIBLES 2 and STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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Brad Bird is currently at work on Tomorrowland, but he recently discussed a road he could take one day and a road not taken.  For the former, Bird commented on the possibility of making a sequel to The Incredibles.  Briefly, Bird says he hasn’t forgotten about the characters and that world.  The issue is how to “get ‘em to click all together.”  Bird adds that he wants to keep creative control, but he also has other projects he’s trying to work on (among them could be the historical drama, 1906).  There’s also the issue of getting Pixar on board when that studio has its next four films lined-up, and while a possible sequel to one of their movies is in development, I doubt it’s Incredibles without Bird’s involvement.

Hit the jump for his full quote and what he had to say about passing on Star Wars: Episode VII.

Have The Secrets Of Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof’s TOMORROWLAND Been Revealed?

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There’s no doubt about it, when Director Brad Bird takes on a project anticipation and expectations in geekdom can, for better or worse, swell to great heights. Add Lost co-creator Damon Lindleof into the mix and we’ve got a whole new set of feelings to wade through. When news came that Bird and Lindleof were working together on a project for Disney called 1952, film geeks everywhere perked up. Earlier this year when the title changed to Tomorrowland, many of us raised our eyebrows, as we figured this had to be tied in with the classic Disney sub-theme park — home of the infamous Space Mountain. So, just what could Bird and Lindelof be cooking up for Disney? And would Lindelof be bringing his particular brand of “mystery-box” writing to the project?

Fresh details on just what this Tomorrowland could bring, after the jump.

Hugh Laurie in Talks for Villain Role Opposite George Clooney in Brad Bird’s TOMORROWLAND

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Director Brad Bird’s secretive project at Disney looks to have found its villain.  Previously referred to as 1952, the possibly sci-fi project was co-written by Bird and Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof and recently landed the new title of Tomorrowland.  The plot has been kept firmly under wraps, but we know that George Clooney is the film’s star and the story has been described as being in the vein of Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  Now, as the film marches towards a production start-date later this year, Bird has settled on the actor to play his villain: House star Hugh Laurie.  Hit the jump for more.

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