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.

Damon Lindelof Talks TOMORROWLAND, the Teaser Trailer, What the Film is About, and More at NYCC

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Brad Bird only makes great movies.  If you’re not familiar with his name, he directed The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol.  So when Disney announced Bird would be helming Tomorrowland (which is scripted by Bird, Jeff Jensen and Lost alum Damon Lindelof), you could have told me it was about a man’s quest to get a bowl of soup and it would have been one of my most anticipated films of the year.  Thankfully, he decided to tell a different story, and it’s a big budget sci-fi movie that 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.’”

The other day at New York Comic-Con, Disney finally unveiled the first footage from Tomorrowland (panel recap here) and a great teaser trailer that absolutely leaves you wanting to know more.  Which is exactly what a teaser is supposed to do.  Shortly after the NYCC panel ended, I got a few minutes with Lindelof on the red carpet.  He talked about the creation of the Tomorrowland teaser trailer, what the film is about, what they’ve tried to learn from friends and family screenings, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say and towards the end watch for a Brad Bird photobomb.

TOP 5: TOMORROWLAND Trailer, THE JUDGE, GHOSTBUSTERS Reboot Confirmed with Paul Feig & Female Cast, WHIPLASH, The TRUE DETECTIVE Effect

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Highlighting a movie from a horror icon’s filmography that was generally well received isn’t exactly a reach, but somehow I still feel as if Sam Raimi‘s Drag Me to Hell doesn’t get the praise it deserves. The 2009 release stars Alison Lohman and Justin Long in a simple tale of a bank loan officer who is cursed by an elderly woman after denying her an extension on a mortgage payment. The conceit may be straightforward, but Lohman’s stellar performance in the physically demanding role paired with Raimi’s knack for perfectly balancing horror and camp elevate the pic to something special. Perhaps the best thing I can say about Drag Me to Hell is that I have a great time seeing it, every time I see it. The blend of scares and laughs, of the hilarious and the grotesque, make it incredibly watchable even when your instinct is to look away. It isn’t just worth a spot on your horror watch list but should be counted among the best horror films of the last decade.

Scary movie recommendation aside, this week’s Top 5 features the first trailer for Brad Bird and Disney’s Tomorrowland, interviews for and our review of The Judge, confirmation of the Ghostbusters reboot, interviews for and our review(s) of Whiplash, and Adam’s editorial on why more and more filmmakers are making the transition to creating for television. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

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.

Disney and IMAX Extend Partnership; STAR WARS: EPISODE VII to Be Released in IMAX

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Disney and IMAX have sent out a press release announcing that they have extended their partnership, and will continue to release the studio’s biggest films in the world’s biggest theatrical format.  The films mentioned in the press release are Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Maleficent, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tomorrowland, and Star Wars: Episode VII.  None of this is surprising.  Almost every major blockbuster gets an IMAX release these days, and I’m fine with that.  I like IMAX.  I don’t like 3D, and all of these movies will most likely be in 3D, but you can’t win them all.

Hit the jump for the press release.

George Clooney Talks about TOMORROWLAND, Blue Screens, and Hanging from Wires

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Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland is shrouded in mystery mostly because it has the audacity to be an original screenplay that’s steeped in Disney history, but isn’t based on any particular piece, nor does it take place in any Disneyland park.  And the official synopsis raises more questions than it answers:  “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.’” So any scrap of news is worth filing away, and star George Clooney briefly provided some info about the upcoming project.

Hit the jump for what he had to say.  The film also stars Britt Robertson, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, and Hugh LaurieTomorrowland opens May 22, 2015.

Britt Robertson Talks DELIVERY MAN, Working with Vince Vaughn, the Audition Process for TOMORROWLAND, UNDER THE DOME, and More

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Now playing in theaters is DreamWorks comedy Delivery Man.  Ken Scott directs this remake of his 2011 Canadian hit Starbuck.  Vince Vaughn stars as a sperm donor who ends up being the biological father to 533 kids due to a mix up at the clinic.  Those kids are now suing to find out his identity, and Vaughn’s character sets out to become an anonymous “guardian angel” to his illegitimate children.  The film also stars Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, and Britt Robertson.  For more on Delivery Man, watch the trailer.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Britt Robertson. She talked about being a fan of Vince Vaughn and what it was like to work with him, the way she prepares for a role, what she collects, getting to work with Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof on Tomorrowland (plus a bit on her character), her reaction to reading the script for the first time, Under the Dome, Jon Kasdan’s The First Time, and more.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Will open in 3D on December 18, 2015; Brad Bird’s TOMORROWLAND Moved Back to May 22, 2015

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After much speculation, Disney has announced that J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII will open in 3D on December 18, 2015.  It will be the first Star Wars movie to be released outside of May.  As we previously reported, Disney refused to move the film to 2016, and in order to meet the studio’s time frame, Abrams teamed up with screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) to handle the script.

At first it seems like the move gives Disney some breathing room between Star Wars and the studio’s other 2015 behemoth, The Avengers: Age of Ultron.  However, Disney has also announced that Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland has been pushed from November 2014 to May 22, 2015, which is just three weeks after Joss Whedon’s highly-anticipated sequel and a week before Pixar’s Inside Out.  Hit the jump for more.

Judy Greer Talks CARRIE, What Changed During Production, Her Emotional Reaction to Reading the TOMORROWLAND Script, and More

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If you’re looking for a horror fix this October, then MGM and Screen Gems has you covered with Kimberly Peirce’s new adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novelCarrie.  For those unfamiliar with the story, it centers on a bullied teenage girl (played by Chloe Grace Moretz) who discovers that she has telekinetic powers and decides to dish out retribution against her tormentors including her abusive mother (played by Julianne Moore).  For more on the film, watch the first clip, check out a bunch of new images with a cool viral video, and read Adam’s 25 things to know from his set visit and his interviews with MoretzPeirce, and Judy Greer.

A few days ago, I got to speak with Judy Greer in Los Angeles.  She talked about what  her friends and family thought when she told them she’d be remaking Carrie, the challenge of making a movie where the lead actress is under eighteen, whether anything change during production, deleted scenes, and more.  In addition, Greer told a great story about reading the script for Tomorrowland for the first time and her emotional reaction.  Hit the jump to watch.

Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez Board DreamWorks Animation’s HOME, Kathryn Hahn Joins TOMORROWLAND, and Alex Russell Set for UNBROKEN

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We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez have joined the voice cast for DreamWorks Animation’s new film Home, which is an adaptation of the children’s book The True Meaning of Smekday.
  • Kathryn Hahn (Step Brothers) is making a late addition to the cast of Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, which is lead by George Clooney and is now in production in Vancouver.
  • Chronicle star Alex Russell has been added to the cast of Angelina Jolie’s next directorial effort, Unbroken.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting stories.

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.

Rob Lowe Stars in Jake Kasdan’s SEX TAPE; Tim McGraw Joins TOMORROWLAND; Danielle Harris and Katharine Isabelle Cast in SEE NO EVIL 2

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Here’s the latest casting news:

  • Rob Lowe (Parks and Recreation) is set to star in writer-director Jake Kasdan’s Sex Tape alongside Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal. 
  • Tim McGraw (The Blind Side) will join Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland with George Clooney and Britt Robertson.
  • Danielle Harris (Hatchet III) and Katharine Isabelle (American Mary) have joined See No Evil 2, starring Glenn Jacobs (aka Kane) and Michael Eklund, and directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska.

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