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Ash Brannon directed “Surf’s Up” and co-directed “Toy Story 2,” two of my favorite animated films. He took on quite a challenge writing and directing the endearing new international production “Rock Dog,” inspired by a Chinese graphic novel about a […]

USA Today has the iPhone footage writer/director Damien Chazelle made in the rehearsal for the bravura opening number that looks like one continuous shot. It was actually three shots stitched together, and this rehearsal, shot by Chazelle himself, shows how […]

“The Feud” is the new series from Ryan Murphy (“Glee,” “American Horror Story,” “Nip/Tuck,” “American Crime Story”), with three Oscar-winning actresses in the real-life story of three Oscar-winning actresses. Susan Sarandon played Bette Davis, Jessica Lange plays Joan Crawford, and […]

Before special effects were done with CGI, movie creatures were built out of rubber and imagination. And Rubberhead is the first of a projected five-volume sex, drugs, and movies series from Steve Johnson, the guy behind such iconic movie creatures […]

Screen Rant has a great piece busting the myths underlying some movie stunts. Pro tip: don’t try these at home. And don’t spin a six-shooter.

I am delighted that the terrific film “Hidden Figures” has been #1 at the box office over the past two weeks. If you haven’t seen it, go! Here’s a peek behind the scenes.

My friend Susan Wloszczyna interviewed “Monster Trucks” director Chris Wedge for the MPAA website Where to Watch. The long-time animation director (“Ice Age”) spoke to her about working with live action. Animation takes longer but there is more control. The […]

One of the greatest animated films of all time is Disney’s Pinocchio, possibly the most beautiful hand-drawn film of all time. It is remarkable to think that it was made just three years after the groundbreaking but much simpler “Snow […]

Anyone who loves movies — and anyone who enjoys a love story — will have a wonderful time at “Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story.” It’s a love story in two sense of the word. It is the story […]