For one of the funniest men in America, Bill Hader is definitely drawn to darkness. Critics agree that the Saturday Night Live alumnus steals the show in horror blockbuster It: Chapter 2, out this Friday, while his acclaimed HBO hitman comedy Barry is tipped to win multiple Emmys once again next month. In both, the in-demand star steers the mood rapidly from terrifying brutality to hilarity and back again, often several times within a single scene. "I've always been weirdly interested in violence ... people's inherent violence, which is kind of what Barry is about," says Hader, who created and co-wrote the show, as well as directing several episodes. "It's about a guy saying, 'Well I can quit this' and realizing 'Oh, no, this is in me, and maybe it's in most people.'" The acclaimed series sees Hader's former US Marine-turned-hitman pursue his target into a Hollywood acting class, where he quickly enrolls. Its second season -- which earned a whopping 17 Emmy … [Read more...] about Dark comic: Bill Hader on ‘Barry’ and ‘It 2’
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It had been two years since Andy donated his toys to Bonnie. Bonnie was very shy in her first day at kindergarten but because of Woody's interference, she was able to create her own little figurine from a plastic spork and called him Forky. When the family goes out on a road trip, Forky throws himself out of the vehicle, thinking he was only trash. Believing no toy should be left alone, Woody goes out after Forky to get him back for Bonnie. I know am not alone in thinking that the Toy Story franchise already ended perfectly in "Toy Story 3" (2010). That was why when promo ads started coming out to promote a fourth installment this year, I was apprehensive about how it might affect the beloved series. Frankly, when I saw that Forky in that first trailer, I thought it was corny and shallow. I did not think it was a good story idea at all. Watching the film did not improve my opinion of Forky at all, honestly. Okay, he was sort of funny in his quirky little way, but I felt he … [Read more...] about Movie review: Is ‘Toy Story 4’ really necessary?
Before it made "Toy Story" in 1995, the longest video Pixar had ever created lasted just five minutes. It didn't have an art or a screenplay department, and had fewer than 20 people on its payroll. A lot has changed in the past 24 years for what is now the world's largest animation studio. And the saga of the beloved toy gang led by Woody and Buzz Lightyear -- the fourth installment of which is soon to hit screens around the globe -- is the perfect guide to that transformation. Today, Pixar has 1,247 employees, and with each new film it has modernized its RenderMan computer program, bringing its animated images closer and closer to real-life accuracy. "Plastic was our friend -- it was the only material our program handled well," Bill Reeves, technology supervisor and Pixar employee since 1986, said at a presentation about the original movie at the studios in Emeryville, just outside San Francisco. Production designer Bob Polly recalled at the event how in the first two installments of … [Read more...] about ‘Toy Story’: a tale of Pixar’s technological evolution