Month: June 2013

a short story long: how an animated pixar short gets made

This feature was originally published on Film.com. The rustle of the wind. A drop of rain. The chirping of birds, and the slide of a chess board across a concrete park table. These are the quiet, everyday sounds we’ve come to associate with Pixar’s (now Disney’s as well) short films. Mostly dialogue-free affairs, the films […] Read more…

questions and answers with adrian grenier

This interview originally appeared on NextMovie. He’s come a long way from playing Vinny Chase: Adrian Grenier steps out this week as executive producer of the documentary “How to Make Money Selling Drugs.” Best known for his eight-season portrayal of an often superficial and flighty star on the rise in HBO’s “Entourage,” Grenier is nowadays […] Read more…

director’s cut: dan scanlon on ‘monsters university’

This interview originally appeared on Film.com. The usual image conjured when thinking of a director is that of an auteur instructing actors on set, working with scenery, props, costumes and human facial expressions. When that director is helming an animated film, however, the picture looks very different. Dan Scanlon, who wrote and directed Pixar’s “Monsters […] Read more…

questions and answers with ‘bling ring’ stars katie chang and israel broussard

This interview originally appeared on NextMovie. If you haven’t already heard someone suggest, “Let’s go to Paris’. I wanna rob,” then, sorry, we don’t know where you’ve been for the past few months. The Sofia Coppola-directed film “The Bling Ring” opens nationally this weekend, and the film’s infinitely quotable, meme-ready lines are like catnip to […] Read more…

‘monsters university’: billy crystal’s grandkids only want to talk to mike wazowski

This interview originally appeared on NextMovie. Billy Crystal has hosted nine Academy Awards ceremonies and starred in box office hits like “When Harry Met Sally,” “City Slickers” and “Analyze This,” but even that resume wasn’t enough to earn the 65-year-old respect from his grandchildren. In a recent interview at the Pixar headquarters in Emeryville, Calif. […] Read more…

‘the bling ring’: 16 crazy but true facts about the story

This list originally appeared on NextMovie. By this point, everybody and their former lingerie model mother knows that Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” is based on a true story. What they may not know, however, is that the truer true story, told in journalist Nancy Jo Sales’ reportorial book “The Bling Ring” (expanded from her […] Read more…

questions and answers with dylan sprayberry

This interview originally appeared on NextMovie. As it turns out, Superman may be able to learn a few things from the kid who plays his teenage counterpart in “Man of Steel.” Though Dylan Sprayberry, whose prior credits include an episode of “Glee” and “iCarly,” spends plenty of time at the gym working on his super-strength (if […] Read more…