TOP 5: RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION, First Trailer for LINCOLN, James Cameron Talks AVATAR Sequels/Prequel and His Take on JURASSIC PARK, FINDING NEMO 3D, TIFF 2012

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In the spirit of TIFF 2012 winding down this weekend, I’m interested in hearing what some of our readers most anticipated pics coming out of the festival are. For me, I was already psyched for films such as Looper, Cloud Atlas, and The Master, but early buzz has also peaked my interest in The Place Beyond the Pines, End of Watch, Spring Breakers, Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp, Dredd 3D, and At Any Price among others. What about you? Where there films that showed up on your radar while following the festival? What about a film you were looking forward to that you were disappointed didn’t fare quite as well as you had hoped (for me, this was Passion)? Let us know in the comments and be sure to check out this week’s fifth spot for a link that can help you get caught up on all of our TIFF 2012 coverage.

In addition to that fifth spot, also on the docket for this week’s Top 5 is a slew of video interviews for Paul W. S. Anderson‘s Resident Evil: Retribution, the first full trailer for Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln, James Cameron talking the future of Avatar and what his take on Jurassic Park would have been like, and Steve’s video interviews with some of the major names behind Finding Nemo 3D. Brief recaps and links to each lie after the jump.

Director Mark Walsh Talks About His New TOY STORY Short PARTYSAURUS REX

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Pixar’s Finding Nemo 3D opens in theaters this weekend, and unlike some post-converted movies that are released as a cash grab, Finding Nemo 3D is absolutely worth seeing again, especially in 3D.  When the movie was first released almost ten years ago, the gorgeous ocean-set pic looked beautiful and the animation was stunning.  However, when Pixar converted the film, they also re-rendered it (without changing anything), and it’s now even more vivid with higher resolution.  Finding Nemo has never looked this good, and the 3D actually helps tell the story.  Another reason to see Finding Nemo 3D is Pixar’s latest Toy Story short, Partysaurus Rex, which is playing before the movie.  In the short, Rex (Wallace Shawn) gets to shed his nerdy persona as he becomes a party star after saving bath time for some tub toys.   Here’s a clip.

Pixar recently held a press day for the film at The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.  While there, I was able to speak with director Mark Walsh.  We talked about how he got the job directing the short, how the film changed during production, Easter Eggs, the music (which was done by BT), and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

First Look at the New TOY STORY Short Film, PARTYSAURUS REX

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Pixar has released the first images from their upcoming Toy Story short film, Partysaurus Rex.  The third “Toy Story Toons” sees Rex (voiced by Wallace Shawn) pulled into Bonnie’s bath time, which allows the neurotic dinosaur to finally cut loose.  “If you’re a bath toy you get really intense playtime. It’s like a party,” director Mark Walsh, an animator on Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille, tells Entertainment Weekly.  “What I was going for was, you move to a new town and make new friends, and suddenly you think you have this chance where you can reinvent yourself,” says Walsh. “I love that Rex, in his sweetness, thinks he can reinvent who he is in the image of a party animal.”  His reinvention gets some help when he manages to save the other bath toys from being stuck at the bottom of the tub since he’s the only one with arms (short as they may be) and can turn the water back on to get the party going again (with dance music by Grammy-nominated electronica musician BT).

Hit the jump to check out images from Partysaurus Rex.  The short will play in front of Finding Nemo 3D, which opens September 14th.

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