Posts tagged ‘Movies’

Ty Burrell Talks ‘Finding Dory’

Ty Burrell is one of the many big names in Finding Dory, the sequel to 2003’s Finding Nemo. Burrell ’97g provides the voice for a beluga whale named Bailey who is convinced that he cannot use echolocation after hitting his head.

As is the norm for a movie this big (so far, it has made nearly $650 million worldwide), Burrell made a number of media appearances prior to its release where he discussed various aspects of his character’s role. During one appearance on The Talk, Burrell explained how he had an idea for what Bailey should sound like, which was shot down after one take.

In an interview that Burrell gave to ABC Radio, he explained how he was excited to join this project. Burrell knew that he was about to get a phone call from Pixar regarding Finding Dory, so when the call came, he picked up the phone and answered “Yes, I’ll do it. Who is this?”

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

July 12, 2016 at 12:34 pm Leave a comment

An Academy Award for Tom Ortenberg

Tom Ortenberg ’82 had a pretty great Sunday night. Ortenberg is the CEO of Open Road Films, the company that distributed the Academy Award winner for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, Spotlight. Additionally, Ortenberg was one of the film’s executive producers.

While I didn’t see Spotlight, just about every review that I’ve read says that it’s an outstanding movie. It tells the story of a group of investigative journalists at The Boston Globe who dig into allegations of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Boston. Currently, it has a 96 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, a 93/100 on Metacritic, and an 8.2/10 on IMDb.

In addition to the two awards it won, Spotlight was nominated for Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Film Editing.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

February 29, 2016 at 3:49 pm 1 comment

Gerald Abrams Talks JJ and ‘Star Wars’

Longtime film producer, Distinguished Alumnus, and Alumni Fellow Gerald Abrams ’61 talked with FlipsidePA about Star Wars: The Force Awakens and admitted that he told his son, J.J., The Force Awakens‘ director and producer, not to get involved. Despite knowing that J.J. received acclaim for his modern versions of older franchises like Star Trek and Mission: Impossible, Gerald was uneasy about what would happen if the new Star Wars film wasn’t considered up to par.

After seeing the movie in advance of the Dec. 18 release date, the elder Abrams changed his tune, saying that “it was probably very smart that he did it” and calling it “the best work he’s ever done.” The proud father – who we wrote about back in 2011 – also dove into his own role with the film: while he didn’t have official involvement, he notes that his son invited him to the set and asked him to read through the script and make notes.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

December 15, 2015 at 2:47 pm 1 comment

Emily Kaplan, NFL Players, and ‘Concussion’

The debate about the role football plays in the manifestation of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is getting the Hollywood treatment in the upcoming film Concussion. MMQB staff writer (and former Penn Stater intern) Emily Kaplan ’13 watched an advanced screening of the film with 70 former professional football players. The reaction from the ex-NFLers was powerful. Here is a sampling of what happened:

“It was difficult to watch, but a good difficult,” said Danny Buggs, a Giants and Redskins wideout from 1975 to ’79.

Keith McCants, the fourth overall pick in the 1990 draft, drove six hours from Tampa to see the movie. When he exited the theater, he retreated to a bench in the lobby. Tear-soaked, the 47-year-old former linebacker hovered over his cane. “This touched my soul,” he said. “It was outstanding, but I can’t process it all, not right now. I watch this movie and I know we were paid to hurt people. We were paid to give concussions. If we knew that we were killing people, I would have never put on the jersey.”

Definitely take a few minutes to read the entire story over at The MMQB.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

December 9, 2015 at 2:26 pm Leave a comment


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