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Pixar reveals plot details to its next movie “Inside Out”

Via Pixar’s official website, this announcement yesterday:

From the tepuis of South America to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In 2015, he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all – inside the mind of an 11-year-old named Riley.

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city,
house and school.

Director: Pete Docter
Co-Director: Ronnie del Carmen
Producer: Jonas Riveras

This seems like a really fun idea, a variation on the Angel and Devil trope:

Only in this case, these are physicalizations of human emotions, not supernatural figures, which should make the Protagonist’s experience more relatable to both kids and adults.

Also speaking as a parent, this seems like an excellent way to generate conversations with children about how to acknowledge and accept one’s feelings, but also learn how to control them as well.

Here’s a visual of the five emotion characters:

It seems like the story is putting the idea of psychology right out there on the table in plain view for audiences. Plus no shortage of conflict with five dynamics vying for control. Finally, it slots right into the way I teach screenwriting: How the screenplay universe is comprised of an External World and Internal World; how characters each wear ‘masks’, switching from one mode of being (archetype) to another; how Protagonists almost always start off in a state of Disunity and go through a metamorphosis-journey leading toward Unity.

In other words, I like this idea a lot, especially with Docter at the helm as he’s directed two of my very favorite Pixar films: Monsters, Inc. and Up.

Release date: June 19, 2015.

How about you? What are you thoughts about Inside Out?

Featurette: “Frank”

Now this is a movie I want to see! From Indiewire (Russ Fischer):

One of my favorite films so far in 2014 is Frank, the movie in which Michael Fassbender plays a musician who spends every minute of every day wearing a giant fake head. That’s a pretty good way to get some attention for the film, but Frank is a very funny and genuinely wonderful movie about the process of creativity, and the fact that some of us are simply no good when it comes to making music and art.

IMDB plot summary: “Jon, a young wanna-be musician, discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.”

Check out this clip:

What a weird concept, yet the movie looks funny as hell, yet also with some interesting things to say about what it is to be a human. Here is a 10-minute featurette with interview excerpts from co-writer Jon Ronson, director Lenny Abrahamson, and actors Domhnall Gleeson and Michael Fassbender.

People complain about unoriginal movies. Frank is clearly not that. For those of you in the U.K., it opens today (May 9). We here in the States will have to wait until August 22 for the movie to hit theaters.

Frank has an 88% critics rating at Rotten Tomatoes and at its debut at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, one reviewer described it this way: “This terrific and sublime experience, and strikingly original film, is mandatory watching for the adventurous viewer.”

The only way to see more original movies get produced and distributed is to support them when they are released. Declare Your Independents and go see Frank!

For the rest of the Indiewire article, go here.

Movie clip via Facebook.

Featurette via The Playlist.

Movie website.

Twitter: @FrankFilmUK

Steven Soderbergh recuts “Heaven’s Gate”

Talk about an obsession! From Rolling Stone:

Heaven’s Gate is one of the most notorious cinematic bombs of all time. A 1980 Western about an armed conflict in Wyoming between rich cattlemen and poor farmers, made for a then-astronomical $44 million, it not only destroyed the career of director Michael Cimino (a rising star on the strength of The Deer Hunter) — this marathon-length epic basically put studio United Artists out of business and ended the auteur-driven ’70s golden age of Hollywood. Now director Steven Soderbergh has decided to fix it.

The film was originally released with a running time of over three and a half hours (219 minutes, to be exact); since then, it’s been re-edited by various people, including Cimino himself, at various lengths. But last week, director Steven Soderbergh released “Heaven’s Gate: The Butcher’s Cut”.

Where can you see Soderbergh’s recut version of the film? On his website which you can visit here.

Here is Soderbergh’s commentary regarding the recut film:

ob-ses-sion (noun)

1. preoccupation
2. state of being obsessed
3. uncontrollable persistence of idea

synonyms

mania
fascination
fixation

As a dedicated cinema fan, I was obsessed with HEAVEN’S GATE from the moment it was announced in early 1979, and unfortunately history has show that on occasion a fan can become so obsessed they turn violent toward the object of their obsession, which is what happened to me during the holiday break of 2006. This is the result.

Mary Ann Bernard

Who is “Mary Ann Bernard”? That is Soderbergh’s mother’s maiden name, something he has used in the past as a pseudonym for his role as editor.

For background, there is an 8-part documentary on the making of Heaven’s Gate which you can currenly find on YouTube. Here is Part 1:

For more of the Rolling Stone article, go here.