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Brad Bird and Janeane Garofalo on Computer Animation, ‘Mission: Impossible,’ and Imagining the Future

They have some history, Brad Bird and Janeane Garofalo. It goes back about a decade, when the filmmaker was casting voices for his much-anticipated follow-up to The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and he cast her as the tough French chef, Colette. And they met again Friday afternoon, when Garofalo moderated a Tribeca Film Festival “Tribeca Talk” with Bird on the eve of his new film, Tomorrowland. The pair spent an hour watching clips, trading quips, telling stories, and walking through a career that’s spanned from television to film, and from animation to live action. … Read More

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Provocative Documentary ‘CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap’ Asks, “Where Are All the Women in Tech?”

Early in Robin Hauser Reynolds’s new documentary CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap (which premiered yesterday at the Tribeca Film Festival), Pixar director of photography and general badass Danielle Feinberg tells a story from when she was a teenager, taking a class in mechanics, in which they would take apart a broken lawnmower and put it back together, trying to fix it in the process. She was the only girl in the class. At the end of the project, they all lined up to try (and fail) to start their lawnmowers; she went last, and the kick of watching it roar to life is a feeling she still holds on to. It’s thrilling to buck expectations and thrash stereotypes — even if, in the case of computer science, said expectations and stereotypes are so confounding. … Read More

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And Now They’re Doing Another ‘Toy Story’

Back in 2010, Pixar released the critically acclaimed and widely beloved Toy Story 3, which brought the studio’s flagship… Read More

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Ingenious Graphic Renderings of Quotes from Pixar Movies

Everybody loves Pixar movies (okay, except for those Cars ones), but graphic designer Risa Rodil decided to show her love for the films in a way that puts your Tumblr’d Toy Story GIFs and Facebook’d Up clips to shame: her “Pixar Lettering Series,” which renders inspirational quotes from Pixar films in the graphic style of the movie in question. You’ll find a few of our favorites after the jump; head over to her website or Behance gallery to see them all. … Read More

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A Brief History of Film Artists Who Aren’t Doing This for Critics

Another late-summer weekend, more terrible news at the box office: according to Box Office Mojo, last weekend was the worst for movie-going in two years, and barely better than the worst of the last decade. The main reason: nothing to see, since the sole new wide release was a bizarre bit of faith-based Elvis fan fiction called The Identical. It couldn’t even crack the top ten, grossing a miserable $977 per screen, and who’s to blame? Film critics, who drubbed the movie (it’s currently sitting at four percent on Rotten Tomatoes) — at least according to co-star Ashley Judd, who used her Twitter feed to call The Identical “a beautiful, heartfelt movie cynics wait to excoriate & non critics/real people adore it!!” … Read More

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Watch a Fake Trailer for ‘Up,’ Directed by Michael Bay

Here’s something depressing: a month after becoming the highest-grossing movie ever in China, Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction… Read More

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The Secret to Pixar’s Genius From ‘Creativity, Inc.’ Sounds Like a Writing Workshop

Most business books are, in the words of Norman Mailer, “advertisements for myself,” the story of one person’s world-beating genius and how they made an industry out of it. But Ed Catmull’s Creativity, Inc., written with the wonderful Amy Wallace (frequently at GQ writing profiles — check out her D’Angelo piece), is markedly modest in scope. The main impression that you get off Catmull, the president of Pixar Animation and Disney Animation, is that he’s a kind man and obviously a genius, with a Ph.D. in computer science and the goal of creating the first computer animated film. And he goes through the life story of Pixar, how they met Steve Jobs, how they created things in a corner until they were creating things for Disney, in simple fashion. … Read More

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