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What It's Like to Make a Pixar Animated Short Film

Lou was a 12-year passion project. By Terri Schwartz From “For the Birds” to “Lava,” just about everyone has seen and been moved by a Pixar short film paired with one of the studio’s blockbuster movies. But what goes into making one of those shorts within Pixar’s studio process? With a new short film, Lou, about to be released with Cars 3, I sat down with director Dave Mullins and producer Dana Murray for an inside look at the process of making a Pixar short film. Creating the Pitch Employees within Pixar are encouraged to go to development and say they’d love to pitch ideas for a film. Mullins, whose day job is an Animation Supervisor at Pixar, first started pitching concepts for shorts in 2005. “Along with the career of animating, the Animation Supervisor, I’ve been writing and pitching ideas forever. They let you pitch three idea,” explained Mullins. “I did multiple pitches. I pitched, like I said, since 2005, and in 2012 I pitched an idea that really caught on and then we started developing that.” From there, it was a matter of balancing that work with Mullins’ Pixar day job. “It was just a matter of READ…

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Better Call Saul: “Slip” Review

Share. “I’ll do what I have to do to take care of my half.” By Terri Schwartz Full spoilers for Better Call Saul continue below. “Slip” might not be as game-changing an episode as “Chicanery,” but it currently is one of my favorites of the season. With some huge plot and character developments balanced with the same careful, meticulous storytelling and visual craftsmanship that Better Call Saul (and Breaking Bad) are known for, “Slip” moved a lot of important pieces into place. Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? This opening proved that memories and what we view as objective facts are often far more subjective than we imagine. In the flashback, we see Slippin’ Jimmy gathering his coin collection, which we know played a pivotal role in his scams with Marco. But we learn that this coin collection also, cleverly, ties directly back to one of the earliest reasons Chuck started to despise Jimmy: stealing money from his father. For Chuck, his younger brother was a person he could blame for their father’s business failure because he saw Jimmy stealing money from the cash register. But to Jimmy — at least, according to the tale he spins here READ…

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Game of Thrones Key Art Reveals the True Season 7 Threat

Game of Thrones: Season 7 premieres on July 16th on HBO. By Terri Schwartz The war for the Iron Throne might still be raging, but with Game of Thrones now entering Season 7, there’s no hiding that the real threat is coming from the North. HBO released the official key art for Season 7, which puts the Night’s King front and center. This seems to hint that the rest of Westeros will soon know what Jon Snow has been preaching for seasons: despite all the internal political squabbles, the fight with the White Walkers is the only one that matters. Check out the imagery below: Game of Thrones: Season 7 key art This refrain is becoming pretty familiar at this point; the teaser key art for Season 7 was of fire laced through ice, and the teaser trailer for the season similarly hinted at the White Walkers as the primary threat. The fire and ice imagery is a clear nod to the name of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series from which Game of Thrones is based, A Song of Ice and Fire. It also seems to be an homage to Daenerys Targaryen and her fire-breathing dragons READ FULL STORY AT…

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Agents of SHIELD: “World's End” Review

Share. Spaaaaace?! By Terri Schwartz Full spoilers for Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD continue below. For more on SHIELD, check out our interview with Jed Whedon and Jeff Bell talking Season 5 plans and THAT cliffhanger. Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD finished out a fantastic season with a great closing episode, successfully managing to tie together the many threads of Season 4 with a satisfying ending. And, in true SHIELD style, it ended with one heck of a cliffhanger. Robbie Reyes’ return shifted the tone of Season 4 back toward where it was in the first pod of the season, but his return also showcased just how much has changed during his absence. To me, the Framework remains Season 4’s highpoint, even as well-executed as this finale was. Mixing both the supernatural and technological together one final time this season in the finale allowed for action sequences as great as Robbie and Daisy’s showdown against Aida and her goons, but also left room for some emotionally impactful sequences. There were a lot of separate storylines at play leading up to the finale, and the expectation was that “World’s End” would find a way to tie together the Darkhold, Ghost Rider, Aida, READ…

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SHIELD Showrunners Talk Season 5 and THAT Cliffhanger

By Terri Schwartz Full spoilers for Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD continue below. Make sure to check out our review of the Season 4 finale, “World’s End.” Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD wrapped up its fourth season with a strong ending and one heck of a cliffhanger, which promises that the recently announced Season 5 will be out of this world. To tie up some loose ends with Season 4 and get a sense of what we can expect from next year’s SHIELD adventures — and if there are any plans for this to be a final season — I got on the phone with showrunner Jed Whedon and executive producer Jeff Bell to ask all the pressing questions. IGN: Congratulations on the Season 5 renewal. What’s your reaction to getting picked up for the next season, and what can you say about your plans to get fans excited for what comes next? Jed Whedon: We’re ecstatic. We love telling these stories and we feel like there are more stories to tell. We left the season on a cliffhanger so it would have been a bummer if we couldn’t. There’s more to come, and on a personal note, we love the people we work with,…

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What to Expect from Agents of SHIELD's Season 4 Finale

“World’s End” airs Tuesday, May 16. By Terri Schwartz Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD is headed for an explosive finale, with SHIELD’s best and brightest — and a familiar fiery friend — are headed for an epic showdown with this season’s main villain, Aida (Mallory Jansen). To preview what to expect in Tuesday’s finale, IGN got on the phone with showrunner Jed Whedon and executive producer Jeff Bell to ask the pressing questions about “World’s End.” Read our full interview below. IGN: Obviously the big excitement at the end of the last episode was bringing back Ghost Rider. What can you preview for me of your plans both for his involvement at the end of this season, and if we can maybe expect for him to be around beyond this season? Jeff Bell: Well, I’ll say that you can definitely expect some fire. He usually shows up when innocent blood has been spilled, so, you know, he seems to be the nuclear option. When nothing else will work, Ghost Rider shows up, and … We’ve got really powerful Aida, and we need some help, so it seems to make sense for him to show up with us. The other thing READ…

The Best Game of Thrones Merchandise

The finest wares in all of Westeros, and beyond! By Terri Schwartz With Season 7 starting soon, it’s time to reignite your love of all things Westerosi. For your perusal, my ladies and lords, we offer these, the finest wares to be found in any kingdom. Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change. WINE, BEER & OFFICIAL GLASSWARE Between the new GoT wine that just launched and the official Brewery Ommegang beers, every good adult GoT fan should at least get this experience of living your best life in Westeros. Share your allegiances by buying the sigil glassware — I definitely own a Bolton shot glass. THE DRAGONCLAW GOBLET REPLICA If you’re going to be drinking like the royalty of Westeros, you might as well go all-out. Lay claim to this exquisite goblet, stolen straight out of the throne room of House Baratheon on Dragonstone! REPLICA WEAPONS & ARMOR From Needle to Longclaw, you can own a bit of Game of Thrones lore by purchasing the (expensive) replicas of some of the most iconic weapons in the show. I’m also particularly partial to the Hound’s…

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What Do You Think of Marvel's The Defenders' First Trailer?

The Defenders hits Netflix on August 18th. By Terri Schwartz Marvel has dropped the first trailer for Marvel’s The Defenders, and we couldn’t be more hyped. But more importantly, we want to know what you think — are you as excited for the first team up of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist as we are? Click on the below image to watch the trailer: Click on the below image to watch the trailer: Of course, it’s more than just the dynamic foursome who appear in the trailer. We also get a look at Misty Knight, Colleen Wing, Elektra, Claire Temple and whatever villain Sigourney Weaver is playing. (Here are our best Defenders villain theories!) For a deeper breakdown of the trailer, click through our screenshot gallery — there’s a lot of great stuff to take in! And before you make it all the way to the comments, let’s take one more moment to appreciate just how freaking awesome this is: We want to know: what did you think of The Defenders trailer? Let’s talk in the comments below! Marvel’s The Defenders’ eight-episode season hits Netflix in its entirety on August 18th. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

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9 Canceled Movies We're Still Dying to See

From GDT’s At the Mountains of Madness to Blomkamp’s Halo. By Terri Schwartz Plenty of the best directors in Hollywood, from Alfred Hitchcock to Orson Welles to Stanley Kubrick, have come up with incredible movie premises that, for one reason or another, never saw the light of day. Plenty of these movie ideas have been picked up and taken on by other directors as well, ending up being released but with a new take on the original intent (here’s looking at you, Guillermo del Toro’s The Hobbit). And of course we live in an age where what is dead may never die, and plenty of seemingly canceled movies — from Star Wars: Episode VII to a Blade Runner sequel — are very much alive. But in light of the news that Neill Blomkamp’s Alien movie has been officially killed, we decided to take a look back at nine cancellations of genre films that we still very much wish could have been made it to the big screen. And who knows, maybe in a few years some of them will be! Neill Blomkamp’s Alien With Ridley Scott fully reentering the world of Alien with Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, the READ FULL…

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Agents of SHIELD's Next Storyline Rewards Long-Time Fans

“Self Control” launches a whole new story arc in Season 4. By Terri Schwartz SHIELD is on fire. There’s smoke and dust in the air, the top secret base is burning, and Daisy Johnson is fighting one of SHIELD’s own: former director Jeffrey Mace. Pursuing him down a hallway, she takes a punch, jumping up and off a pillar for a stronger advantage… And, cut. Chloe Bennet readies for another take, doing a couple dry runs of Quake’s superhero attack pose to get even more amped up for the next run-through of the stunt scene. The camera resets and Quake advances on her adversary once more, this time even more intense than the version they shot previously. “That’s the one,” says co-showrunner Jed Whedon, who makes his directorial debut for the culmination of Season 4’s “L.M.D.” pod, Tuesday’s “Self Control.” Up next, the fight advances to the SHIELD lab. My visit to Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD’s set was toward the end of production on this cornerstone episode, and what I was witnessing was just one small snippet of an ambitious fight scene that took two days to film — a first for the ABC/Marvel series. With the cliffhanger at READ…

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Jed Whedon Makes Directorial Debut on Agents of SHIELD

Whedon wrote and directed “Self Control.” By Terri Schwartz Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD co-showrunner Jed Whedon will make his directorial debut on Tuesday’s episode of the series, “Self Control,” IGN can exclusively reveal. The February 21st episode is pivotal for Season 4, as it marks the end of the current “L.M.D.” story arc and kicks off the third and final pod of episodes of the season. Whedon, who also wrote the episode, told IGN that he’s always wanted to try his hand at directing, and decided last year that Season 4 would finally be his time to get behind the camera. “Now the ship is up and running,” he said. “Last year [co-showrunner] Maurissa and I wrote [‘Spacetime’] and Kevin [Tancharoen] directed it and I did a little second unit stuff on that, and that was a special one to us, so I was like, ‘Alright, let’s not wait. We’ll schedule it and see what happens and see how life gets in the way.’” Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson, Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie, Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons READ FULL STORY…

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Taboo: “Episode 6” Review

Share. “Gentlemen, at last, some good news.” By Terri Schwartz Full spoilers for Taboo continue below. And now we’re getting to the good stuff. With only three episodes left of Taboo: Season 1, the set up is finally ending and the real chess game between Delaney and the East India Company is beginning. George Chichester’s introduction into the show last week gave Taboo new momentum as he became the very direct conduit for Delaney’s anti-EIC agenda because of their treatment of the slaves on the Cornwallis. Here, again, it’s Chinchester and not Delaney who is pushing that plot forward. While Delaney is off grappling with his mental state, it’s Chinchester who is confronting the EIC straight on — and though he wasn’t able to contact Delaney in this episode, we know that he is trying. Now that Chinchester has the crown’s backing, the gloves can come off. We get definitive insight into what happened with the Cornwallis and why Sir Stuart Strange is so defensive. It’s because of Chinchester that Strange even gets serious about playing his game of chess with Delaney and the crown, and I personally can’t wait to see what magic (pun intended) happens when Chinchester and READ…

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Baby Groot Is 'a Little Jerk' in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Vol. 2’s version of Groot is “a more complete character.” By Terri Schwartz We’re on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Marvel security is hovering nearby closer than usual. A nondescript black case is brought forward and opened by the film’s prop master, a small object pulled out and handed to the first member of a group of journalists visiting the Atlanta set for the day. Like clockwork, every time someone holds the object, they let out a soft exclamation of delight. It’s one of the most precious props on the set of the film, and the one that surpasses expectations every time it’s held. By the time it gets to me, I unintentionally let out a joyful yelp. The prop I’m holding, of course, is Baby Groot. “When I bring Baby Groot out, people just die. They’re like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me,’” Marvel prop master Russell Bobbitt tells the gathered group of press after we’ve all had a chance to hold him. “Obviously designing a 10″ Groot, you know it’s going to be special.” Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Groot is a CGI character, but this READ FULL STORY AT…

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Taboo: “Episode 5” Review

Share. Delaney’s plans align in the latest episode of the FX-BBC co-production. By Terri Schwartz Full spoilers for Taboo continue below. Taboo is one of the most gorgeous shows on the air right now. It has a distinct visual style that creates a personality for the FX-BBC co-production, immediately setting the tone for the type of series you’re going to be watching. That continues to be the case with “Episode 5,” which featured some truly striking cinematography, from James Delaney’s journey down the river to his duel with Zilpha’s husband Thorne to the scene with Lorna and Delaney (and Winter) down by the water to simple establishing shots of buildings in London. “Episode 5” marks the transition from director Kristoffer Nyholm (who helmed the first four) to director Anders Engström, who is off to a strong start in the back half of Season 1. If the cinematography gives Taboo its tone, then star Tom Hardy gives it its heart. This is his show through and through, as he conceived it with his father Chips Hardy, is producing it and, of course, is starring in it. This episode was as much about Delany setting his plan into motion as it was about READ…