March 31, 2009
The Legacy of The Matrix
1999 was one of the most important years for modern cinema. Ten years on, we're celebrating a remarkable twelve months of movies with new features around some of the year's best and most important releases. The Matrix was the phenomenon which made George Lucas' serial-style adventure seem as quaint as tie-dye loon pants. It did the proper sci-fi job of surfing the zeitgeist exactly in every single aspect. It has seeped into subsequent movies which have either blatantly or subtly drawn from aspects of The Matrix -- ranging from its action-friendly fashion sense to franchise-building business plan. Join RT as we explore ten movies released in the ten years since The Matrix came out that owe a little something to one of 1999's most exciting releases.
February 24, 2009
Backstage at the Oscars: My First Time
In the movie world there is no event greater, no red carpet glitzier, no awards show more meaningful, than that of the Academy Awards. While millions watch the biggest night in Hollywood via television and thousands post show commentaries on their blogs (or, in the case of this year, on Twitter), Rotten Tomatoes was on the ground, right smack dab in the middle of it all. Read on as RT's Jen Yamato recounts this year's Oscars show, from the best parts of the musical-laden telecast to the quiet moments backstage with the night's triumphant winners. Read her full report here.
February 8, 2009
Juno, TDK, WALL-E Win Grammys
"Juno," "The Dark Knight," and "WALL-E" were the big (movie-related) winners at the Grammys Sunday night, taking home trophies for best compilation soundtrack, best score, and best motion picture song, respectively.
December 15, 2008
AFI Names 2008's Finest Films
The results are in, and the AFI has spoken: "The Dark Knight," "Iron Man," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Frost/Nixon," "Frozen River," "Gran Torino," "Milk," "WALL-E," "Wendy and Lucy" and "The Wrestler" are 2008's best movies.
December 10, 2008
Milk Takes NY Film Critics' Top Honors
"Milk" was the big winner at this year's New York Film Critics Circle Awards, taking home Best Picture, as well as Best Actor for Sean Penn and Best Supporting Actor for Josh Brolin.
December 10, 2008
L.A. Film Critics Name WALL-E Best of '08
The votes are in, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association has spoken: "WALL-E" is the movie of the year, Sean Penn's performance in "Milk" was the year's best, and Danny Boyle did 2008's best directorial work on "Slumdog Millionaire."
November 19, 2008
A Look Inside the Making Of WALL-E
With the release of WALL-E on DVD this week, Rotten Tomatoes is giving you an inside look into the making of the best-reviewed wide release of the year (Certified Fresh at 96 percent). We toured Pixar studios in September, and learned about the process of crafting this animated sci-fi romp from director Andrew Stanton and others. Click through for a look behind the scenes, as well as some early concept art from Pixar's latest wonder.
November 17, 2008
RT on DVD: WALL-E And An Exclusive Tropic Thunder Deleted Scene!
The summer's biggest oohs and ahhs (and guffaws) hit DVD this week, as Wall-E and Tropic Thunder hit shelves with tons of bonus content for fans. Cineastes will be rewarded by the latest from Harmony Korine (Mister Lonely) and David Lynch (the multi-film Lime Green set), while early gift hunters should check out a 300 Limited Collector's Edition and Columbia's massive Best Pictures set.
October 28, 2008
Studios Push Big '08 Hits for Academy Awards
With Best Picture campaigns underway for "Wall-E" and "The Dark Knight" -- and another potentially to follow for "Iron Man" -- is this the year the Academy Awards abandons the art house?
September 2, 2008
RT's Summer in Review: The Best, The Worst, and Our Favorite Films!
The summer movie season of 2008 ended last weekend, and boy, was it a good one. Led by box office smashes like Iron Man, Wall-E, and The Dark Knight, Hollywood raked in the dough week after week -- and, surprisingly, scored major Freshness on the Tomatometer in the process. Rotten Tomatoes takes a look at the Summer in Review to revisit the critical and commercial hits and misses of the summer.
July 17, 2008
Exclusive: The Storyboards of WALL-E
Derek Thompson joined Pixar in January 2005 to work as a Story Artist on WALL-E. Here, exclusively for RT readers, Thompson explains the process of the Story department and presents a look at some of WALL-E's storyboards.
July 16, 2008
Exclusive: The World of WALL-E
The artists behind this year's freshest film share their story with RT, with exclusive contributions from Andrew Stanton, Ben Burtt, Jim Morris, Lindsay Collins, Angus MacLane, Derek Thompson, David DeVan and Rodrigo Blaas.
July 15, 2008
Exclusive: Inside Pixar - A Photo Tour
From Toy Story to WALL-E, Pixar has produced some of the world's most beloved animated movies of the last decade and a half. Needless to say, when they invited RT to come and tour the very epicentre of their excellence, we couldn't refuse. On the following pages, enjoy a glimpse into the heart of Pixar.
July 14, 2008
Exclusive: Pixar's and Stars' Favourite WALL-E Moments
The film is out in its home market, the dust has settled, and the word "masterpiece" is being bandied about with a rare amount of confidence by critics and audiences all over the world. Offering a chance for Wall-E's key creative talent to reflect, we asked them to share with us their favourite moments in the film. BE WARNED: Spoilers may follow and the uninitiated are advised to steer clear.
July 10, 2008
Box Office Guru Preview
For the first time in eleven weeks, Hollywood releases more than two wide openers on the same weekend as a trio of male-driven pictures will invade multiplexes across North America on Friday. Leading the way is the comic book sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army which looks to become the latest superhero film to bow at number one. Brendan Fraser counters with his own action offering Journey to the Center of the Earth while Eddie Murphy tries to deliver some laughs with the comedy Meet Dave.
July 3, 2008
Box Office Guru Preview: Smith to Rule Again With Hancock
Movie fans will get jiggy with their favorite Fourth of July superstar this weekend as Will Smith flies into multiplexes across the globe with his newest effects-filled action film Hancock from Sony. Meanwhile, Picturehouse expands its Abigail Breslin-starrer Kit Kittredge: An American Girl giving the frame's two new openers ample room to breathe.
June 26, 2008
Box Office Guru Preview: WALL·E To Win Hearts and Dollars
For the fifth consecutive weekend, Hollywood offers up only two new wide releases on Friday. Pixar and Disney shoot for the number one spot with the animated sci-fi adventure WALL·E while Universal guns for an adult audience with its stylish actioner Wanted starring Angelina Jolie. The pair could inject $100M in new business into the marketplace allowing an explosive June box office to end with a bang.
June 23, 2008
RT on DVD: A Killer Sopranos Set; WALL-E Gets a Friend
You thought the Sex and the City DVD collection was expensive? Start saving up for the ultimate Sopranos box set, coming this fall. Also look for a DVD spin-off from last weekend's Get Smart, and find out what new robot character Pixar might have planned to keep WALL-E company! Plus, this week's new releases after the jump.
May 1, 2008
Is Summer Bad for Movies?
Summer blockbuster season always brings many of the year's highest-grossing films -- but is it killing American movie culture?
April 8, 2008
RT Sees the First 30 Minutes of Wall-E!
RT was among a group of journalists invited to the factory that Luxo built: Pixar Animation Studios. We were given the whirlwind tour as the company winds up for its big summer release Wall-E, set to pop on June 27, 2008, and also got to see the first 30 minutes of the film.
February 15, 2008
Peter Gabriel Working on WALL-E Soundtrack
In the past, Pixar has demonstrated an ability to score with kids and parents alike -- but its next release, WALL-E, looks like it might be their ticket in with the elusive "aging prog nerd" demographic.
December 26, 2007
Pixar's Up Inspired by Don Quixote?
Pixar has already spun animated gold out of everything from toys to cars, and with next year's WALL-E, the studio seems poised to do the same for lonely spacebound robots. For one of its next acts, could Pixar be preparing a retelling of Don Quixote?
December 17, 2007
Trailer Bulletin: Exclusive Wall-E
Still feeling the buzz from The Dark Knight trailer? (Or -- if you caught an IMAX screening or were quick on the YouTube prowl -- the six-minute preview?) Well, keep your phasers on "stun" because we just received the exclusive WALL·E trailer! The latest gorgeously animated opus from Pixar looks to sustain the high bar 2008 has so far set for itself.