NATHAN FILLION OFFICIAL DISNEY PIXAR INTERVIEW PART 1- (Click "FULL SCREEN" to see full high res video)
For research on his character, Fillion says "I went to a local University and I found the nerdiest kids they had and started pushing them around." ;)
MOBILE VERSION NATHAN FILLION PT 1
NATHAN FILLION OFFICIAL DISNEY PIXAR INTERVIEW PART 2 (Click "FULL SCREEN" to see full high res video)
"I was a geek, I was pretty nerdy, but I looked mainstream," says Fillion
MOBILE VERSION NATHAN FILLION PT2
BILLY CRYSTAL & JOHN GOODMAN OFFICIAL INTERVIEW
Do they sometimes go off script and improvise? Oh, yeah... "We love the 'How abouts'."
MOBILE VERSION BILLY CRYSTAL & JOHN GOODMAN
MONSTERS UNIVERSITY DIRECTOR/WRITER DAN SCANLON & PRODUCER KORI RAE PART 1 (MOBILE FRIENDLY)
MONSTERS UNIVERSITY DIRECTOR/WRITER DAN SCANLON & PRODUCER KORI RAE PART 2 (MOBILE FRIENDLY)
INSIDE THE MONSTERS UNIVERSITY HOLLYWOOD PREMIERE COURTESY DISNEY PIXAR
WANT TO KNOW WHAT IT'S REALLY LIKE ON THE BLUE CARPET OF MONSTERS UNIVERSITY? (MOBILE FRIENDLY)
When you see the red/blue/green/pink carpets of celebrity events on TV, it all looks so glamorous because it is edited to look that way. The reality is actually a lot of chaos mixed with a lot of waiting, awkward moments, bored or over-excited press... Take a good look at what's going on in the background and how uncomfortable the talent often is posing in all directions as cameras click away...
BILLY CRYSTAL RE: ANIMATION - "WE GOT ANIMATED BECAUSE IT WAS 1966 BUT THAT WAS A DIFFERENT KIND OF ANIMATION...
SEAN P. HAYES, VOICE OF TERRI, AT THE PREMIERE OF MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (MOBILE FRIENDLY)
JOHN RATZENBERGER (CHEERS) VOICE OF YETI AT MONSTERS UNIVERSITY PREMIERE
JOHN LASSETER, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AT MONSTERS UNIVERSITY PREMIERE
THE MAKING OF MONSTERS UNIVERSITY! VOICE ACTING, THE WRITERS' ROOM, ART CONCEPTS, ANIMATION AND MORE...
For creative people, this is the coolest post for Monsters University. From concept art to animation to voice acting--interesting to see how it all gets made. Like did you know a female actress actually acts out the character Sully, the big shaggy (John Goodman) monster for animators. Lots of cool video straight from Disney Pixar!
VOICE ACTING - INSIDE THE SOUND BOOTH 1
VOICE ACTING - INSIDE THE SOUND BOOTH 2
DIRECTOR DAN SCANLON WITH CREW. WOULDN'T YOU WANT TO WORK HERE???
ANIMATION - FROM BEGINNING TO END - HOW IT GETS ON THE SCREEN
THE CONCEPT ART
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The Amazing Spider-Man (Sony Pictures) opens in theaters everywhere in 3D on July 3.
One of the world’s most popular characters is back on the big screen as a new chapter in the Spider-Man legacy is revealed in The Amazing Spider-Man. Focusing on an untold story that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story, the new film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay written by James Vanderbilt, based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach are producing the film in association with Marvel Entertainment for Columbia Pictures, which will open in theaters everywhere in 3D on July 3, 2012. The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today.
STAN LEE INTERVIEW ABOUT THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN
"I didn't write these stories to be therapy for these people, but I'm really glad to hear it." -- Stan Lee
LONDON PREMIERE OF THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN
INSIDE THE PROMETHEUS
“I Hope They’re Really Frightened” says Scott
By Alicia Hollinger
Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Today)6/8/12/
—“Walking on to the set the first day was pretty impressive,” says Charlize Theron star of Twentieth Century Fox’s “Alien” inspired movie, “Prometheus.” “I really didn’t expect that we were going to have an entire spaceship and on top of that, approaching Ridley Scott and having him say “Welcome to your spaceship!”
Scott, inspired by a figure seen only briefly in his earlier film “Alien,” a giant fossilized creature dubbed the Space Jockey, wanted to create something “larger” this time, asking bigger questions, something “epic.” Scott states “The starting question was who was the skeleton in the seat of the very first ‘Alien,’ what did he mean, what was his intention?
Something that had stayed with me ever since ‘Alien,’ was the mystery behind it,” says Scott. “Who was he? Where was he from? What was his mission? What kind of technology would his kind possess? I thought those questions could provide a springboard for even larger ideas…. The keen fan will recognize strands of ‘Alien’s’ DNA, so to speak, but the ideas tackled in this film are unique, far-reaching and provocative. ‘Prometheus’is the singular genre tale I’d been searching for.”
Filmed on five stages at Pinewood Studios in the U.K., including one of the biggest stages in Europe, the famed “007 Stage,” the massive sci-fi set became “the greatest alien playground in the world,” as one production crew member puts it.
Scott chose to use all practical sets in place of the current trend of primarily CGI and green screens. “CGI is purported to be saving money and cheaper, but it’s not. My preference is to build as many sets as possible because I want to keep actors really engaged,” says Scott. “It is hard to overstate the impact of walking on those sets,” says Executive Producer, Michael Ellenberg. “It was inspiring on so many levels. There are so many understated, instinctual things that happen when you are filming on real sets. Everyone behaves in a more natural, organic fashion because it feels like a piece of reality.”
Production Designer Arthur Max designed all the spaceships and vehicles as well as the landscape of the planet. For the ship Prometheus, Max says he wanted “to do something that was state-of-the-art, which would represent a flagship spacecraft with every technology required to probe into the deepest corners of the galaxy. We looked at a lot of NASA and European Space Agency designs, and played around with those ideas in the context of what space travel would be like a generation from now.”
“I remember seeing a couple of sets and being completely awestruck and then someone says ‘have you seen the big stage?’ and you say oh, there’s more! It was quite awesome really,” says Guy Pierce who plays Weyland,.
“Over the past few decades, we’ve been ‘action filmed-out’ and ‘monster filmed-out’ and almost ‘science fiction filmed-out,” says Scott. “So the baseline question is: how original are you going to be?”
“The film’s central metaphor is about the Greek Titan Prometheus, who defies the gods by giving humans the gift of fire, for which he is horribly punished,” Scott explains.
“When you talk about the myth on which the title is based, you’re dealing with humankind’s relationship with the gods – the beings who created us – and what happens when we defy them.”
The film’s cast includes Charlize Theron as Meredith Vickers, a cold, pragmatic Weyland Industries executive, Noomi Rapace as optimistic scientist Elizabeth Shaw, Guy Pierce as an aged Weyland, Michael Fassbender as the very human-like robot David and Logan Marshall-Green as the scientist Holloway.
Charlize Theron says about her stoic, unlikeable character: “ It’s a fine line of ‘oh god I hate this person’ and then trying to deliver something interesting in there. I thought there was great potential in someone that went against everything that everyone was there to do and kind of play on the grey zones of that.”
Although he denies ‘Prometheus’ is a prequel to ‘Alien,” Pierce says “The name Weyland is referenced in the previous two films and now we finally get to see him.”
“It was science fiction and Ridley Scott,” says Marshall-Green. “And I know enough about science fiction to know that’s a very big deal. I’ve been living in his world in my imagination due to his worlds and now I get to walk in his worlds as a man. It’s pretty awesome.”
What does Ridley Scott hope audiences take away from seeing Prometheus? “First of all, I hope they’re really entertained,” he says, “and then I hope they’re really frightened, and I hope they’re really stressed to hell and most of all I hope they that they talk about it afterward and at breakfast tomorrow morning.”
‘MEN IN BLACK’ 3D Top Boxoffice $202M
By Alicia Hollinger
—“I haven’t worked in three years so I wanted to put on some shoes that I knew fit!” says Will Smith joking about his eagerness to reprise the role of Agent J in the newest incarnation of the ‘Men in Black’ franchise, this one, of course in 3D. “You can’t beat the black suit,” he says. “It’s such powerful, iconic imagery. You put on the suit and the shades and it throws you into the mental space of the ‘Men in Black. ‘ It’s like a childhood fantasy – you know things that the other people don’t know and you’ve got the most important job in the world. The seven-year-old boy in me comes running out when I put the black suit on.”
This version, the third and presumably last in the series, involves time travel and a poignant surprise ending. “The surprise at the end of the movie, that was the thing that got everybody really excited to want to make the movie,” says Smith. “It was like, wow, that’s an interesting way to tie up the series and get you all the way back to the beginning. A lot of people are like ’Whoah!’ I never saw that coming!”
Time travel to the past, specifically 1969 becomes a character in itself. From a fun realistic portrayal of Andy Warhol’s Factory in New York, to the way Will Smith’s character was treated as a Black man in the sixties brings a thought-provoking new aspect to the movie. “I’ve always loved time travel,” says Smith. “Someone needs to come up with a Time Jump app!” he jokes. “But I realized, for Black people, you don’t want to do much time jumping in the past. Like right now is the best it’s ever been. If I could go forward, that would be a great thing!”
Will Smith’s character J’s partner Agent K, played in the first two movies by Tommy Lee Jones, is split this time between Jones and Josh Brolin as his younger, more optimistic and joyful self, before he became the gruff, hard-nosed K, played so well by Jones. Brolin says he had been doing, in his words, “bad impressions” of Nick Nolte and Jones way before he got the call to do MIB3. Unsure if he could pull it off, his first reaction to the offer was “Ummm… can I think about it?”
Concerned about getting the character just right, Brolin listened to countless hours of Jones’ voice on an ipod and watched the earlier Men in Black movies over 50 times. “It’s like putting your ass on the line,” he says. “I still don’t know if Tommy liked it or not.” But Will Smith certainly was impressed. “Josh had studied Tommy so well that there wasn’t a single missed beat when Josh came in. It was almost the identical chemistry, which is very difficult to come by,” says Smith. “It’s crazy because you don’t even notice how good his acting is because it’s so good, it’s like watching Tommy Lee Jones. You don’t realize, no that’s Josh Brolin…. It was absolutely stunning.”
The uncanny physical resemblance between the two didn’t hurt. “You can find a picture of Tommy Lee Jones as a lineman for Harvard and compare to a picture of Josh Brolin in Milk, with his hair cut in an early-1970s style. It’s amazing – they’re dead ringers for each other,” says producer Walter F. Parkes. And just to help Brolin look even more like Jones, the actor was fitted with a mold of Tommy Lee Jones’s nose that was found in the studio archives from 20 years ago.
The ever-reticent Tommy Lee Jones was vague about his reaction to Brolin’s portrayal of him. A bit blasé in general, he says “All I’ve ever done is do the best I could to play the role as it appeared on the page and respond to the director and the other actors.” Not particularly impressed with the new technology utilized in current films, he states “A green screen is still a green screen. Aliens are still aliens. From my perspective it hasn’t changed much.” He’s only seen an early rough work-print of the movie and hasn’t seen a 3D movie since he was a kid—which is when he had his acting debut—in a second grade performance of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” in the role of Sneezy.
Oscar winning make-up effects artist Rick Baker enjoyed the creativity involved in creating the aliens. A combination of make-up effects with animatronic characters, puppets and computer generated effects provided a full palette of creative tools to draw from. For the 1969 scenes, Baker conceived the idea that the aliens would be retro aliens inspired from 60’s era sci-fi. “Let’s imagine that the guys who made monster movies back in the 50s and 60s really happened to see a real alien and based their monster design on that. That was where I really had fun on this movie – to do my version of those classic science fiction aliens is a lot of fun,” Says Baker. Visual Effects Supervisor, Jay Redd agrees “it’s fun, it doesn’t have to be real all the time. You get to play with physics.”
MIB3 is a seamless blend of digital effects and live action. CG created period cars are plopped into current NYC streets while neon signs and everything modern simply painted out. Motion capture performances are blended with live action stunts. “People say ‘Oh, computer generated images…” says Redd. “It’s the people behind the computer. If you put a canvas and paint brushes down, nobody says “Oil painted generated images.”
The physical appearance of the aliens were not scripted but conceived later by the creative teams. “There’s so much variety in it, it’s all crammed into this one film. You get to create real worlds like New York and have a lot of control how it looks,” says Ken Ralston, Visual Effects Supervisor who shared duties with Redd.
But this final MIB is not just all laughs and visual effects, it explores the characters of Agents J & K and goes deeper than the earlier films. “We’re all ten years older from the second movie,” says Smith, “and different things are important in our lives and we’re growing. We wanted to have the same kind of dumb that the first two movies had, the same kind of silly, because there’s an appreciation of the silly that the comedy delivers, but it was really important for us also to have some meat to chew on and able to create something. If you’re going into the third part of something, we thought it was important to deliver more emotionally… Just because it’s a popcorn movie, doesn’t mean you don’t have something to say….” But after a three-year absence from acting, Smith worries “When you stay away from acting for a while, it’s like a muscle, you know, you get out there and you look stupid. You gotta warm up a bit. Coming back to ‘Men in Black 3’ just felt like home.”