May 17, 2012 | 2:49 p.m.
I have a soft spot for trailer mash-ups — the “Toy Story” and “Star Trek” one was genius, and there was that great hybrid of “Up” and “Inception” — and Jay West just sent me a link to this new one. There’s an awful lot of clever energy and nimble imagination at work in these. What’s the best one you’ve seen? If you come up with a Top 5 ranking (with links, please) we’ll give the coolest collection a guest post and byline here on Hero Complex. — Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED ‘Prometheus’: Ridley Scott returns to ‘Alien’ canvas Ridley Scott: ‘Magic comes over the horizon’ ‘Prometheus’: The riddles of Ridley Scott Michael Fassbender on ‘Prometheus’ Ridley Scott seeks the ‘original DNA’ of ‘Alien’ Moebius: The last interview Ridley Scott: I came to science fiction by backdoor Rutger Hauer: Chris […]
Dec. 07, 2010 | 2:48 p.m.
Glenn Whipp wrote about the challenge of crafting the screenplay for “Toy Story 3” for The Envelope. “Toy Story 2” had the perfect ending. Woody accepts the idea that his beloved boy owner Andy will grow up someday, but “it will be fun while it lasts.” Besides, he tells pal Buzz, when it ends, the toys will have each other. So, when John Lasseter, who directed the first two “Toy Story” movies and now runs Pixar and Disney Animation, gathered his creative team to the same remote Tomales Bay cabin north of San Francisco to hash out ideas for the third “Toy Story” movie, he started with one basic question: How do you reopen a story that resolved itself so beautifully? The first day, no answers came, even after the crew — which included such Pixar stars as Andrew Stanton […]
July 06, 2010 | 7:06 p.m.
Ben Fritz, the Los Angeles Times business writer and stand-out contributor to the Company Town blog, drops by the Hero Complex to pose an intriguing question… What’s the signature success in entertainment of 2010 so far? Movie fans will be quick on the draw with their answer — it’s got to be “Toy Story 3,” the fastest-grossing film in Pixar’s history and the year’s best-reviewed release, right? But hold your horses, pardner, there’s another contender — Red Dead Redemption has to be right near the top of any list of 2010 entertainment sensations, and you could make an argument that it would beat “Toy Story 3” in a pop-culture shootout at the way-better-than-O.K. Corral. In the month of May, the hard-boiled, bloody and very mature release from Rockstar Games sold a chart-topping 1.5 million copies in just the U.S. and Canada alone, as Alex Pham reported. Earlier, Rockstar’s parent […]
June 30, 2010 | 12:09 p.m.
Yvonne Villarreal is back on the Hero Complex with a story about John Morris, who grew up in the role of Andy, the heartfelt human at the center of a “Toy Story“ that began in 1995. His own toy story began 18 years ago. John Morris was a little boy, just 7 years old, and when he became part of Hollywood history he wasn’t even paying attention — he was too busy playing with some X-Men action figures to notice that he had won the voice role of Andy, the earnest and imaginative youngster at the center of Pixar’s “Toy Story” franchise. “It was an open casting call for boys,” Morris, now 25, recalled. “I knew I was there for a job. But, I mean, at that moment, it was just about me and my toys. I was playing and was in my own world. I think that’s what got […]
June 23, 2010 | 1:00 p.m.
Susan King is back on the Hero Complex with more from her interview with Lee Unkrich, the filmmaker of the moment in Hollywood, with the still-surging success of “Toy Story 3.” A week before “Toy Story 3” opened to glowing reviews and $110 million at the box office, first-time feature director Lee Unkrich sat down to chat about his background, new characters in the film and also the gauntlet he laid down to the computer artists. Before getting the “Toy Story 3” directorial gig, he had edited the original 1995 “Toy Story” and was co-director on the impressive Pixar trio of “Toy Story 2,” “Finding Nemo” and “Monsters, Inc.” “I was kind of Robin to the director’s Batman,” said Unkrich. “I was along with the director throughout a lot of the film. I had very specific duties. I oversaw the editing. I oversaw […]
June 21, 2010 | 12:15 p.m.
“Toy Story 3” just scored the biggest box office weekend in Pixar history. Susan King caught up with the film’s director, Lee Unkrich, for a feature for the Los Angeles Times. For Hero Complex readers, here is a longer version of that story. Lee Unkrich was excited four years ago when John Lasseter, director and chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, tapped him to direct “Toy Story 3.” Then, in the next breath, Unkrich realized the massive responsibility he had been given. “I was very worried at the beginning of the film when John asked me to direct it,” says the soft-spoken Unkrich over lunch at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. “We wanted to make another ‘Toy Story’ for a long time, but it was a huge amount of pressure for a lot of reasons. […]
June 20, 2010 | 6:12 p.m.
During the first 10 minutes or so of “Toy Story 3,” I was getting worried about the film. The character banter, the story situation, the rhythms of peril and emotion — none of it felt new to me. Pixar has made movie history by staying away from one place — familiar ground — so I started to fret that the dream factory’s first movie with a “3” in the title might be a lesson in the mathematics of diminishing originality. Silly me. By the halfway mark, “Toy Story 3” was the best movie of the summer, and by the credits, it was my favorite film of 2010. There’s an especially desperate point in the tale (I won’t say too much) where the main characters all hold hands and silently look into one another’s eyes. The emotion of that scene and the nuanced filmmaking behind […]
June 18, 2010 | 2:01 p.m.
The streak lives. “Toy Story 3” is the best movie of the summer, and Pixar continues to be Hollywood’s most consistently creative force — and its most original, even when the movie happens to have a number in the title. Here’s Kenneth Turan’s review of “Toy Story 3.” — Geoff Boucher If Pixar is the only sure thing in movies today — and it is — then the “Toy Story” franchise is its most reliable component. So while it’s not exactly a surprise to say that “Toy Story 3” is everything you hoped it would be, it is something of a relief. For as survivors of say ” The Godfather, Part III” remember, the third time can be the death knell for a much admired series. “Toy Story 3” has prospered where others have faltered because it has simultaneously stayed […]
May 03, 2010 | 10:49 p.m.
In the world according to Barbie, the Mattel doll met and fell in love with Ken in 1961 on the set of a TV commercial. Over the decades, Ken has held some 40 jobs, including Olympic gold medalist and hair stylist. The two even broke up because of Ken’s reluctance to tie the knot — but according to Barbie’s blog last year, this legendary couple has reunited. It’s a different history, though, in Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story 3,” which opens June 18 and presents Ken as a swinging bachelor who lives in a day-care center where Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Mr. Potato Head and the gang come to live after their beloved owner, Andy, heads off to college. Michael Keaton supplies the voice of the tanned, short-shorts-wearing Ken, who is looking for love. Keaton couldn’t keep from laughing during a recent phone interview […]
March 31, 2010 | 12:34 a.m.
First, Buzz Lightyear arrived from a faraway galaxy (store). Then, Jessie and Stinky Pete and the crew were added to the stash. Now there are lots of new characters joining Woody, Hamm, Mr. Potato Head and the other original toys as “Toy Story 3” rolls into theaters this summer (June 10). Ken, Mr. Pricklepants, Stretch and others await their marketing spotlight. — Jevon Phillips RECENT AND RELATED John Lasseter makes his presence felt on Disney toy aisles Thinkway chief sings the praises of JohnLasseter John Lasseter talks about the back story of “Toy Story 3” Michael Keaton will be boy-toy Ken in “Toy Story 3” “Avatar” takes Mattel into new toy territory 50 years later: “Sleeping Beauty” star dazzles D23 audience VIDEO: Dick Jones, the voice of “Pinocchio,” looks back A Tinker Bell movie for boys? Disney hopes so PHOTO GALLERY: No […]