‘Monsters, Inc. 3D’ Star John Goodman Minces No Words In Praising Pixar

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Currently in theaters to take advantage of the holiday family film market, MONSTERS, INC 3D is the latest Disney/Pixar offering to get dusted off and digitally remastered in order to join the current 3D revival. A complete fan fave when originally released almost 12 years ago, the film was co-written and co-directed by PETE DOCTER and featured the voice talents of BILLY CRYSTAL, JOHN GOODMAN, JOHN RATZENBERGER, STEVE BUSCEMI, JAMES COBURN, BONNIE HUNT and JENNIFER TILLY.
We sat down with JOHN GOODMAN back in 2001 to talk about his participation in the movie and he didn’t pull any punches when expressing admiration for Disney/Pixar. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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MONSTERS, INC. 3D is in theaters now

Saying ‘Yes’ To The Call Was A No-Brainer For ‘Monsters, Inc.’ Star Billy Crystal

monsters_inc_ver5Almost a dozen years after its original theatrical release, Disney’s animated classic, MONSTERS INC., is returning to theaters this week for a limited run after being remastered and converted to digital 3D. One of the studio’s most popular and financially successful titles, the film was co-written and co-directed by PETE DOCTER and featured the voice talents of BILLY CRYSTAL, JOHN GOODMAN, JOHN RATZENBERGER, STEVE BUSCEMI, JAMES COBURN, BONNIE HUNT and JENNIFER TILLY. Flush with an abundance of crazy things that go bump in the night, the movie went on to inspire spin-offs and a huge amount of lucrative merchandising. A veteran stand-up comic turned accomplished actor, BILLY CRYSTAL delighted audiences as the voice of the one-eyed Mike Wazowski and when we interviewed him for the original release of the film, he talked about the call from Pixar honcho JOHN LASSETER that he just couldn’t refuse. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

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MONSTERS, INC 3D opens in select theaters today

‘Hobbit’ Director Peter Jackson Defends Controversial Choice To Divvy Up Source Material

hobbit_an_unexpected_journey_ver5Opening in theaters today, the highly-anticipated fantasy THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY is the first of three installments in the big-screen adaptation of J.R.R. TOLKIEN’S classic prequel to the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. Directed by PETER JACKSON, the cast features MARTIN FREEMAN, LUKE EVANS, CATE BLANCHETT, ANDY SIRKIS, ELIJAH WOOD, IAN McKELLEN, ORLANDO BLOOM and HUGO WEAVING (to name just a fraction of the participants).  At the recent press conference to promote the film, director PETER JACKSON spoke with entertainment reporters who couldn’t wait to ask him about the decision to turn a single volume children’s book into an epic multi-feature franchise (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY opens in several theatrical formats today

Martin Freeman Thrilled To Be The New Hobbit On The Block

hobbit_an_unexpected_journey_ver4Arriving in theaters tomorrow, THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY is the first in filmmaker PETER JACKSON’S epic three-installment big-screen adaptation of J. R. R. TOLKIEN’S classic children’s story that served as the introduction to Middle Earth and the universe of THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Hugely anticipated despite the many misgivings fans have about breaking this story into so many pieces, the film promises to deliver visuals on par with his LOTR work (and beyond if you catch it in its 48 fps rendition). Starring in the leading role of Bilbo Bagins, actor MARTIN FREEMAN is a newcomer to Middle Earth and admitted, at the Manhattan press conference held last weekend, that he was a big fan of JACKSON’S LOTR work. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY opens in theaters tomorrow

Stephen Amell Used Wrestler’s Sense To Put A Headlock On ‘Arrow’

arrow-posterAiring tonight on The CW, ARROW is inspired by the venerable DC comic book character THE GREEN ARROW and recounts the story of billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, rescued from a remote island in the Pacific five years after being thought killed in a violent shipwreck only to return to his home of Starling City where he secretly creates the persona of Arrow, a vigilante, to right the wrongs of his family and fight the ills of society. Created by GREG BERLANTI, the cast includes STEPHEN AMELL, PAUL BLACKTHORNE, COLIN DONNELL, SUSANNA THOMPSON and KATIE CASSIDY. Facing entertainment reporters at a recent Television Critics Association press conference, star STEPHEN AMELL talked his original lack of source material knowledge aided in getting the job. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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ARROW airs tonight on THE CW