TOP 5: EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, Insane MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Trailer, INHERENT VICE, INSIDE OUT Trailer, Golden Globe Nominations

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The opening paragraph is typically a space occupied by movie recommendations and, in a way, today is only a minor deviation. I was recently gifted a hardcover edition of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons‘ comic series Kingsman: The Secret Service and I enjoyed it enough to not only throw a book recommendation your way but to also say I’m firmly on board for Matthew Vaughn (who earned a co-plotting credit on the comic) and Jane Goldman‘s movie adaptation due out in February (see the latest Red-Band trailer here). Embedded in Millar’s hyper-violent action are noble lessons about the value of public service, remembering where you came from, and the importance of recognizing stereotypes while having enough self-esteem to avoid letting yourself being defined by them. As for the movie, the bits I’ve seen look to be just as entertaining as the book albeit with more parkour action. After the work Vaughn and Goldman did on X-Men: First Class, I have every confidence that it’s going to be worth checking out.

Recommendations aside, this week’s Top 5 features interviews for and Matt’s review of Exodus: Gods and Kings, an insanely cool new trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road, Matt’s review of Inherent Vice to go along with a new trailer for the film, the first full-length trailer for Pixar’s Inside Out, and a recap of the 2015 Golden Globe nominations. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

First Full-Length INSIDE OUT Trailer Journeys into the Minds of A Young Girl and Her Parents

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Pixar has released the first full-length trailer for Inside Out.  From director Pete Docter (Up, Monsters, Inc.), the film explores the inner world of an 11-year-old girl, Riley Anderson (Kaitlyn Dias), where the personifications of her emotions run the show.  When Riley is uprooted from her home in the Midwest so her father can take a new job in San Francisco, Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Joy (Amy Poehler) try to help her cope with the sudden change.  This trailer is a fantastic introduction to the world of the film, as we see how the emotions inside Riley and both of her parents react to tense situation around the dinner table.  This really feels like the kind of inspired, unique, and funny filmmaking that we came to expect from the folks at Pixar before their run of somewhat disappointing releases, and I’m really hoping Inside Out acts as a sort of return to form for the studio.  Judging by this swell trailer, I’d say the odds are very, very good.

Watch the first Inside Out trailer after the jump. The film also stars  Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan as the voices of Riley’s parents and hits theaters in 3D on June 19, 2015.

INSIDE OUT Will also Travel into the Minds of Riley’s Parents; Will Be Voiced by Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan

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Pixar’s Inside Out is getting a couple new voices in its head.  The upcoming movie centers on the anthropomorphized emotions—Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Anger (Lewis Black)—of 11-year-old girl Riley Anderson (Kaitlyn Dias), who must navigate a new school and new friends when her family moves to San Francisco.  When Joy gets fed up with Sadness, the two are catapulted to the recesses of Riley’s mind, and must find their way back as the young girl goes into emotional disarray.

But the emotional voices aren’t the only ones Riley will have to deal with.  Pixar has announced that Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan will be providing the voices of Riley’s parents, and moreover, we’ll also be going inside their minds as well.  Hit the jump for more.  Inside Out opens in 3D on June 19, 2015, and a new trailer debuts on Wednesday.

New INSIDE OUT Character Videos Introducing Fear, Disgust and Anger

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We got a brief introduction to Sadness (voiced by Phyllis Smith) a few days ago and now it’s time to meet Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Anger (Lewis Black) as well.  Those four plus Joy (Amy Poehler) make up young Riley’s emotions and it’s up to them to help her adjust when she moves to San Francisco in Pixar’s latest, Inside Out.

The promo material for Inside Out hasn’t been as mind-blowing as one might expect and these new character videos are no different.  There’s nothing wrong with them, but there’s also nothing about them to suggest Inside Out will be worth the two-year wait since Pixar’s last release, Monsters University.  Hit the jump to check out the new Inside Out character videos for yourself.  The film is set to open in 3D on June 19, 2015.

New INSIDE OUT Character Posters Devote Emotional Energy to Joy, Fear, Disgust, and Anger

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Yesterday, we got an Inside Out character poster for the emotion Sadness (Phyllis Smith), and now we have the rest of the main cast—Fear (Bill Hader), Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Anger (Lewis Black).  These five emotions guide the mind of 11-year-old Riley Anderson, who must struggle with moving to a new city and a new school.  This struggle forces Joy and Sadness away from the control panel and into the far, unfamiliar reaches of her mind.  Even though we’re getting new posters, I doubt we’ll see a new trailer before the end of the year since the teaser debuted only a month and a half ago.

Hit the jump to check out the Inside Out character posters.  Pixar’s upcoming film opens in 3D on June 19, 2015.

First INSIDE OUT Character Poster and Video Belong to Sadness

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Following a somewhat disappointing teaser trailer for Inside Out that basically just reiterated Pixar’s past accomplishments, the studio has now released what will presumably be the first of five character posters and videos for the movie.  The story focuses on a group of emotions— Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Anger (Lewis Black)—that guide the life of an 11-year-old girl, Riley Anderson.  The first Inside Out character poster and video belongs to Sadness, and each emotion will get the same treatment daily throughout the week (tomorrow is Disgust).

Hit the jump to check out the Inside Out poster and video for Sadness, and to learn what Smith had to say about her character.  Inside Out opens in 3D on June 19, 2015.

Director James Ford Murphy Talks LAVA, How to Make a Short Film at Pixar, Being Paired with INSIDE OUT, His Contributions to CARS, THE INCREDIBLES and More

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Inside Out is Pixar’s next highly anticipated release, but it’s also paired with a brand new Pixar short film that’s a must see, James Ford Murphy’s directorial debut, Lava.  The piece focuses on a lonely volcano out in the middle of the sea who’s just looking for someone to love, or rather, lava.  And it’s no wonder John Lasseter went with the idea when Murphy pitched him three options; for a mere seven-minute piece, Lava is extremely moving and the song is quite catchy, too.

While talking to Murphy about Lava, he broke down the process of how to pitch ideas at Pixar, what it’s like bringing an immobile volcano to life, his thoughts on screening before Inside Out and loads more.  Catch it all in the video interview after the jump.  Lava will hit theaters with Insider Out on June 19, 2015. 

INSIDE OUT Trailer: Pixar’s Latest Brings a Young Girl’s Emotions to Life

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We’re without a Pixar film this year for the first time in eight years, but based on this very first teaser trailer, it looks as though Inside Out might be worth the wait.  Showing off footage from previous acclaimed feels could feel like a copout, but in this case, not only does it serve as a highly effective reminder of how much Pixar’s films have moved viewers, but the material also directly relates to the core concept of Inside Out.

The film features the voices of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling and Phyllis Smith as the emotions Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness respectively.  The promo merely introduces them and doesn’t tap into how they’ll help young Riley adjust to her new life in San Francisco, but the characters are novel and charming enough to suggest that this one could be a standout.  Hit the jump to check out the Inside Out trailer for yourself.  The film is scheduled to hit theaters on June 19, 2015.

LAVA Clip: Pixar’s Latest Grabs the Ukulele and Sings

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There’s not a whole lot to say about a 38-second clip for a 10-minute short, but Pixar’s Lava certainly looks charming enough.  The studio doesn’t have a feature film slated for release this year, at least not since they pushed The Good Dinosaur to 2015, so this clip could be all we get from them for a while.  The short is a “musical love story” that revolves around two anthropomorphic volcanoes, and now you can hear one of those volcanoes (named Uku) sing.

Directed by James Ford Murphy, the short will play in front of Inside Out in theaters starting June 19, 2015.  So, yeah, almost a year away.  Hit the jump to check out the Lava clip!

First Look at the Outside Riley from Pixar’s INSIDE OUT

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In Pixar’s upcoming film Inside Out, a group of emotions— Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Anger (Lewis Black)—guide the life of an 11-year-old girl, Riley Anderson.  We previously saw the emotions, and now a brief featurette on Disney Movies Anywhere has provided the first look at Riley.  As you’d expect, she’s an adorable little girl, but it’s important to remember she’s almost a supporting character in this story.  The plot involves Riley moving to a new town and a new school, which forces Joy and Sadness away from the control panel and into the far, unfamiliar reaches of her mind.  No disrespect to the studio’s recent movies, but Inside Out easily looks like one of Pixar’s most exciting projects in years.

Hit the jump to see the first Inside Out image of Riley.  The film opens June 19, 2015.

Pete Docter & Jonas Rivera Preview the Opening of Pixar’s INSIDE OUT (Plus a Sneak Peek of the Latest Pixar Short LAVA)

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It’s simply astonishing how effortlessly Pete Docter is able to condense massive amounts of plot & exposition into the most accessible and comprehensive manner possible.  Take a gander at the opening of Docter’s previous film Up, distilling an entire life span and romantic relationship into just ten minutes.  The filmmaker’s latest Pixar venture Inside Out – set for release a year from today – (on paper) could seem almost unbearably convoluted, but in Docter’s deft hands it all becomes so very easy to follow.  Set inside an adolescent girl’s mind, Inside Out focuses on the ‘emotions’ – Anger, Joy, Sadness, Fear & Disgust – that control the personality and actions of their host’s body.  Think of the film sort of as the Disney version of Being John Malkovich.  The genius of Docter is to mix the art-house cerebral ideas of that film (e.g. the existential quandaries of identity) with more traditional Disney sentimentality (the importance of the familial unit is front and center here).

At a special Pixar event tonight, Docter and his producing partner Jonas Rivera gave an exclusive presentation of Inside Out, including a preview of the opening five minutes of the picture.  In addition, the Pixar short film Lava (which will play before Inside Out) screened to the attentive audience.  For highlights from the presentation, Inside Out and Lava, hit the jump.

New INSIDE OUT Details: Traveling through Imagination, Nightmares, Abstract Thought, and More

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Pixar’s Inside Out could be the most exciting film the studio has done since Up.  Coincidentally, Up‘s director Pete Docter is also the man behind Inside Out, which takes place in the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley Anderson.  As we previously reported, the story focuses on Riley’s anthropomorphized emotions—Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Anger (Lewis Black).  These characters “manage how the girl feels at any given moment from a control panel that looks something like the flight deck of the Starship Enterprise,” according to Variety.  When Riley relocates to a new town and a new school, it ends up forcing Joy and Sadness “out of the control panel and into the far, unfamiliar reaches of her mind.”

Hit the jump for more.  Inside Out opens June 19, 2015.

UP Composer Michael Giacchino to Score Pixar’s INSIDE OUT

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Though composer Michael Giacchino has recently been delving into big studio tentpoles like Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Jurassic World, he hasn’t turned his back on the studio where he won his Oscar.  During a recent pre-concert Q&A, Giacchino confirmed that he will be reuniting with Up director Pete Docter to score Pixar’s Inside Out, which takes place inside a young girl’s mind and revolves around anthropomorphized versions of her emotions.  This will be Giacchino’s fifth feature film with Pixar, having previously scored UpRatatoullie, The Incredibles, and Cars 2 in addition to a number of short films—most recently Toy Story of Terror!.

Hit the jump to see what Giacchino had to say and for more on his upcoming slate.

New INSIDE OUT Synopsis Offers Further Plot Details for Pixar’s Next Film

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For the first time since the 2005 gap between The Incredibles and Cars, 2014 will not see the release of a new Pixar film.  This month was originally supposed to see the debut of the studio’s The Good Dinosaur, but production troubles arose last year and after removing director Bob Peterson from the project in August, its release was pushed to November 2015 and a replacement film for 2014 was never announced.  Pixar’s follow-up to Monsters University will finally arrive in June 2015, and it’s an incredibly promising project.  From Up and Monsters Inc. director Pete Docter, Inside Out takes place inside the mind of a young girl, and the protagonists are anthropomorphized versions of the young girl’s emotions.

Though we’re still over a year out from the pic’s release, a new Inside Out synopsis has arrived that sheds more light on the film.  The animated pic features the voices of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith, and Lewis Black and opens in theaters on June 19, 2015.  Hit the jump to take a look at the synopsis.

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.

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