Posts by Philip Yu
- Philip Yu at Movie Talk7 mths ago
Pixar's 2001 animated hit "Monsters, Inc." introduced us to the monstrous world of best buddies James P. Sullivan and Mike Wazowski, top scaring team at the Monsters Incorporated power plant. (There are indeed monsters in your closet, and your screams are powering their world.)
But Mike and Sully weren't always the best of friends. This summer's Pixar prequel "Monsters University," opening June 21st, delves into the collegiate origins of their epic friendship, going back to where it all began: the hallowed halls of Monsters U.
Yahoo! Movies recently visited Pixar to participate in an in-depth "orientation" to Monsters University, and sat down with director Dan Scanlon to talk college comedies, making monsters and finding the emotional journey of a one-eyed green guy.
Philip Yu: You didn't work on "Monsters, Inc.," right?
Dan Scanlon: I started at Pixar the month "Monsters Inc." came out.
- Philip Yu at This Week on DVD8 mths ago
Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton turn a legendary fairy tale on its head and battle to save the world from witches in "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters," available on Digital Download on May 21st, followed by a Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and On Demand release on June 11th.
"Hansel & Gretel" tells the story of a lethal brother and sister team seeking to avenge their parents' deaths. But after a lifetime of tracking and terminating witches in every dark forest, Hansel and Gretel now must face an evil greater than anything they've ever hunted: a terrifying new threat so massive, it could destroy the world as we know it -- and could also hold the secret to their frightening past.
Earning over $200 million at the worldwide box office, and also starring Famke Janssen, Thomas Mann and Peter Stormare, the action fantasy spectacle already has a sequel in development.
The Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack will include an unrated, too-intense-for-theaters version of the film, as well as the theatrical cut. Bonus features will include a behind-the-scenes look at the making of "Hansel & Gretel."
- Philip Yu at Yahoo! Movies Oscars Blog9 mths ago
"Argo" took top honors at the 85th Academy Awards, winning the Oscar for Best Picture. The award, presented by First Lady Michelle Obama from the White House via satellite, capped off an eventful awards season for director/star Ben Affleck, who many believe had been snubbed without a directing nod. The Iran hostage crisis thriller also won awards for Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay.
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- Philip Yu at Yahoo! Movies Oscars Blog9 mths ago
Are you in a last-minute rush to catch all the Oscar nominees but feeling a little too lazy to make it to the multiplex? While many of the frontrunners are still enjoying their theatrical runs, several feature film contenders have already been released on Blu-ray, DVD and/or digital download/streaming platforms (including Amazon, iTunes and Netflix Instant). Here are the Oscar flicks you can catch from the convenience of your couch before the awards are presented this Sunday.
Argo Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Alan Arkin), Editing, Original Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Adapted Screenplay Available on: Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video
Beasts of the Southern Wild Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actress (Quvenzhane Wallis), Directing, Adapted Screenplay Available on: Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video
02/05/2013 – ‘Flight,’ ‘Here Comes the Boom,’ ‘Peter Pan,’ ‘Cabaret’ and ‘Celeste and Jesse Forever’Philip Yu at This Week on DVD10 mths ago
Academy Award nominee Denzel Washington delivers a powerhouse performance in this riveting drama from director Robert Zemeckis. Whip Whitaker, a seasoned commercial airline pilot, miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault for the crash. What really happened on that plane? As Whip comes under investigation, he begins a personal descent that sends him hurtling towards the truth.
[SPOILER!] See Denzel Washington in an exclusive behind-the-scenes bonus feature clip from 'Flight,' available on Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand and Digital Download:
Blu-ray Special Features:
To celebrate the home entertainment release of 'Flight,' we're doing a giveaway! Five grand prize winners will each receive 'Flight' on Blu-ray. Here's how to enter: Step 1: Follow @yahoomovies on Twitter
New Super Bowl spots unveiled for ‘Fast & Furious 6,’ ‘Iron Man 3,’ ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ and morePhilip Yu at Movie Talk10 mths ago
Super Bowl Sunday. Pro football's biggest day is just as much about the TV commercials as it is about the Vince Lombardi Trophy. As the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens clashed on the field, studios unveiled their newest high-profile spots for upcoming movie releases. Here's a rundown of new trailers that aired during Super Bowl XVLII, including "Star Trek Into Darkness," "Iron Man 3" and "Fast & Furious 6":
Super Bowl viewers were treated to the first look at Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and company in the latest installment of director Justin Lin's blockbuster globe-trotting auto-action franchise. "Fast & Furious 6" races into theaters on May 24th.
- Philip Yu at This Week on DVD10 mths ago
Bond. James Bond. On Blu-ray.
Daniel Craig returns for his latest mission as Agent 007 in the box office smash "Skyfall," the highest-grossing Bond film of all time, available on Digital HD platforms on February 5th, followed by a Blu-ray and DVD release on February 12th.
In the blockbuster 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise, 007's loyalty to M is tested as her past returns to haunt her. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond. 007 takes to the shadows -- aided only by field agent Eve -- following a trail to the mysterious Silva.
Earning over a billion dollars at the worldwide box office, and nominated for five Academy Awards, including a Best Original Song nod for Adele's titular theme, many call "Skyfall" the best Bond yet.
Blu-ray special features include an audio commentary with director Sam Mendes and "Shooting Bond," an in-depth behind-the-scenes multi-part documentary on the making of "Skyfall."
Here's the full press release from MGM:
EXPLOSIVE 23RD INSTALLMENT OF THE JAMES BOND FRANCHISE
The Highest-Grossing Bond Film of All-Time Comes Home In February
- Philip Yu at Yahoo! Movies Oscars Blog11 mths ago
"Lincoln" leads the pack, but "Pi" took a surprisingly big slice of the nominations for the 85th annual Academy Awards. Actress Emma Stone and Oscars show host Seth MacFarlane announced the noms Thursday morning in Beverly Hills, and some smaller, little-seen films were recognized while many blockbuster hits got ignored.
[Photos: Oscar nomination snubs and surprises]
Steven Spielberg's presidential biopic "Lincoln" leads this year's Oscar race with 12 nominations, including best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay and acting nods for stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.
The visually stunning survival adventure "Life of Pi" made an unexpectedly strong showing with 11 nominations, including best picture, best director for Ang Lee, best adapted screenplay and a host of technical nominations.