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Pixar has released in full their new “Toy Story” animated short, ‘Partysaurus Rex.’ Playing before the 3-D re-release of ‘Finding Nemo,’ ‘Partysaurus Rex’ is the third “Toy Story” short following ‘Toy Story: Hawaiian Vacation,’ which played in cinemas in front of ‘Cars 2,’ and ‘Toy Story: Small Fry,’ which was attached to ‘The Muppets.’ In the new short, we discover that bath time is when Rex – the adorably nervous Tyrannosaurus Rex figurine with a fear of being replaced by a bigger, scarier dinosaur toy - finally lets himself get down and dirty.
As the only available toy with limbs, Rex puts his tiny arms to good use by turning on the water and getting the party going for those dried-out toys on his own – which leads to a sort of bubble-filled rave, complete with glow-in-the-dark toys making disco lights under an overturned colander and dance music by Grammy-nominated electronica musician BT. ‘Finding Nemo,’ first released in theaters in 2003, earned the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film and remains the fifth highest grossing animated film worldwide. In 2008, the American Film Institute named ‘Finding Nemo’ among the top 10 greatest animated films ever made, and it is the second highest grossing Pixar film to date – behind ‘Toy Story 3.’
Based on true events, Ben Affleck’s dramatic thriller ‘Argo’ chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis – the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA “exfiltration” specialist named Tony Mendez (Affleck) comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country. Affleck directs the film and stars in it alongside Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Victor Garber, Zeljko Ivanek, Richard Kind, Scoot McNairy, Chris Messina, Michael Parks and Taylor Schilling. ‘Argo’ is set for release on October 12th in US and November 7th in the UK.
How did you find it working with Ben Affleck on ‘Argo’, with him doing the double-duty of starring in and directing the film?
Alan Arkin: I’d seen his first two films a couple of times and I was enormously impressed with them, they didn’t look like first films from anybody, they looked like the work of an old, seasoned professional. So I had a really good feeling about working with Ben. And Ben, he’s a really good, meticulous director. I think he’s going to be one of the very best directors around….I think he is already one of the best directors around! Ben is going to do some major work.
John Goodman: The one thing he was, was prepared – and smartly so. He really trusts people and he delegates his authority in such a way that he doesn’t have to worry about little things because it has been taken care of already. Everything was so richly detailed on ‘Argo.’ That makes our jobs as actors so much easier. Ben Affleck, he’s a terrific actor and he already has a great track record as a director. It was interesting to watch him go back and forth between the two. He knew exactly what he wanted, but he was flexible and a very generous collaborator, too. He came up with ideas for my character I didn’t think of. It was wonderful working with him.
Paramount Pictures has set loose this new “Unexpected” TV spot for ‘Paranormal Activity 4.’ Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman return to the directors chair for this fourth instalment in the ‘Paranormal Activity’ franchise. The duo directed ‘Paranormal Activity 3′ on a budget of $5 million, which subsequently went onto gross $202,951,300, making it the highest grossing film in the ‘Paranormal Activity’ series. Joost and Schulman made their feature debut with the chilling documentary ‘Catfish.’
Paramount Pictures has pencilled in a October 19th release date for ‘Paranormal Activity 4.’ There are currently no details as to what the fourth ‘Paranormal Activity’ film will entail, or whether any of the franchise’s cast will be returning (although Katie is rumoured to feature). ‘Paranormal Activity 2′ collected a hefty $156 million worldwide upon its release on a $3 million production budget. The original, directed by Oren Peli, earned $193 million at the box office on a $15,000 budget. ‘Paranormal Activity 4′ is written by Zack Estrin (The River, Prison Break).
With the release of the eagerly awaited 23rd James Bond adventure rapidly approaching, Sony Pictures has unveiled seven minutes of Thomas Newman’s original score for ‘Skyfall.’ The ‘Skyfall’ soundtrack arrives in the UK on October 29th and the US on November 9th. Furthermore, this new high-octane “Bond Is Back” TV spot has landed online for ‘Skyfall,’ showcasing snippets of new action and great looks at the likes of Daniel Craig’s James Bond, Javier Bardem’s Silva, Bérénice Marlohe’s Sévérine, Naomie Harris’ Eve, Ralph Fiennes’ Gareth Mallory and Judi Dench’s M in the film.
Directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Revolutionary Road, Road to Perdition), ‘Skyfall’ sees Daniel Craig and Judi Dench continue their roles as James Bond and M. The cast also includes Naomie Harris as a field agent named Eve, Javier Bardem as Silva; the stories leering and sinisterly creepy lead villain, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw as Q; MI5′s resident gadgets man, Tonia Sotiropoulou, Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner; the MI6 Chief of Staff, Ola Rapace, Bérénice Marlohe as the “glamorous and enigmatic” Sévérine, and Ralph Fiennes as Gareth Mallory - who’s been described as “darkly complex.” ‘Skyfall’ will begin its worldwide roll-out in the UK and Ireland on October 26th, with a North American release following on November 9th.
/Film has premiered Jim Lee (Justice League) and Massimo Carnavale’s (Y: The Last Man) cover art for Vertigo Comics five-issue comic book version of Quentin Tarantino’s revenge-tinged spaghetti western, ‘Django Unchained.’ Lee is doing the variant cover for the first issue, while Carnavale’s piece is the cover for the third issue. Lee’s variant cover version of the first issue is on sale December 5th. The third issue hits stands on January 30th. The ‘Django Unchained’ comic series is based on a pre-shooting version of the screenplay, which means that the series may feature scenes and even characters that won’t make the final film.
In the ‘Django Unchained’ film, Jamie Foxx plays the eponymous hero, a slave who is liberated and taught the tricks of the trade by a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz). Django’s real desire is to be reunited with his wife (Kerry Washington), who winds up in a variety of unsavory places and whose travails drive the plot. It leads to a confrontation in Candyland, a ranch owned by the notorious Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).
Closely following the release of this “Retro” TV spot for the film, Yahoo! Movies has premiered this debut clip from the highly anticipated animated-film ‘Wreck-It Ralph.’ The arcade-game-hopping adventure is lead by the voice talents of John C. Reilly as Wreck-It Ralph, Jack McBrayer as Fix-It Felix Jr., Jane Lynch as Sergeant Calhoun and Sarah Silverman as Vanellope von Schweetz, while the likes of Alan Tudyk, Ed O’Neill, Mindy Kaling, Adam Carolla, Horatio Sanz, Dennis Haysbert, and Rachel Harris co-star. Directed by Rich Moore (The Simpsons, Futurama), ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ is set for release November 2nd in US and Febuary 15th in the UK.
From Walt Disney Animation Studios and Emmy®-winning director Rich Moore comes “Wreck-It Ralph,” a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping adventure. For decades, Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) has been overshadowed by Fix-It Felix, Jr. (voice of Jack McBrayer), the good-guy star of their game who always gets to save the day. Tired of playing the role of a bad guy, Ralph takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a journey across the arcade through multiple generations of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero.