"It's also our first real, true period film. Incredibles is sort of a period film, in that it's set in a world that evokes the 60s. But this is really medieval Scotland and it's really fun to kind of go into this and to have this kind of legend and lore feel to it. But it's very, very modern in its main character and its arc and the desires and things. It's got phenomenal characters and the look of this thing is unlike anything you've ever seen. Even for Pixar, there's a gorgeous, unique look to this movie and it's very, very exciting."
Read the full interview [link] http://movies.ign.com
Kevin McKidd is doing the voice for Character : :Lord MacGuffin in this production
In many ways, Pixar’s 13th feature-length movie Brave (out June 22, 2012) ventures into new territory for the animation studio: The Scotland-set adventure film will be Pixar’s first fairy tale, its first picture starring a female protagonist, and its first film co-directed by a woman. EW.com has the first look at some of the concept art for the project, and we can also confirm that Reese Witherspoon will no longer voice the movie’s heroine, a tomboyish princess named Merida, due to scheduling issues. Instead, the character will be played by the (appropriately) Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald (No Country for Old Men, Boardwalk Empire).
Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Merida is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Merida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom. In an attempt to set things right, Merida seeks out an eccentric old Wise Woman (Julie Walters) and is granted an ill-fated wish. Also figuring into Merida’s quest — and serving as comic relief — are the kingdom’s three lords: the enormous Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), the surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson), and the disagreeable Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane).
Brave is directed by Mark Andrews (the Oscar-nominated short One Man Band) and Brenda Chapman (The Prince of Egypt). Chapman conceived of the project, which was initially titled The Bear and the Bow, and was supposed to be its sole director — and Pixar’s first female director. But last October, it was reported that Pixar had replaced Chapman with Andrews. Now, although Andrews is presently in charge of guiding Brave across the finish line, both Andrews and Chapman will be credited as the movie’s directors, according to a Disney spokesman.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios cast member Paul Chadkin spotted and protographed the first known title artwork for Disney/Pixar’s Brave today in poster form at the park’s Animation Building. Note that the logo for the film (originally titled The Bear and the Bow) has been modified from the original photo for its presentation here and may or may not properly resent the true artwork. Pixar animator Chris Chua noted that Princess Merida (Reese Witherspoon) and her mother, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson) are prominently represented in the logo here as well (pay special attention to the detail in the lettering).
The Pixar original fairytale, set in a rugged and mythic Scotland, features the impetuous, tangle-haired Merida who would prefer to make her mark as a great archer despite being a daughter of royalty. A clash of wills with her mother compels Merida to make a reckless choice, which unleashes unintended peril on her father’s kingdom and her mother’s life. Merida struggles with the unpredictable forces of nature, magic and a dark, ancient curse to set things right.
Brave is slated to be released in North America on June 15, 2012.
In Production : Kevin McKidd voice work
24Jan update from Kevin ~ The Bear and the bow (Voice) (renamed Brave)
will do my recording sessions in march - so will know more then - i do know that Craig Ferguson , Billy Connolly, and myself are a band of Scottish clansmen
Latest update : Pixar ~ 3D ~ "Bear and the Bow" has been renamed to "Brave" ~ Release Date June 15, 2012, and is currently in production.
At the beginning of this year Kevin advised KMKonline that he would be doing his recording session for "Brave" in March and that at the time he only knew that he was apart of a Band of Scottish Clansman, which comprised of Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly and himself. Hopefully that has all happened as planned. We picked up this q and A with Bob Whitehall which gives us some idea of what's currently happening with the production of "Brave"...
Snip from an Interview with stereoscopic supervisor Bob Whitehall From Pixar Studios in Emeryville, CA
Q: Have you already started working on your next Pixar project?
Bob: Yeah, we’re just getting rolling now on “Cars 2” and “The Bear and the Bow.” They did a really cool look of film test of the main character riding her horse through a forest and we did a 3D pass on that, it’s really, really cool.
This image was released in 2008 but gives us an idea of the look and feel of the Pixar production, The Bear and the bow ~ images first posted by http://www.effets-speciaux.info
Rome Movie : Working title Bona dea
Currently looking for a director
Kevin will be attached if the project moves from in development status
Possible filming 2011 during Grey's Anatomy Hiatus
Will include the character Vorenus and is set a few years after the last episode of the HBO TV series ~ we will find Vorenus hiding out in Germany
The Bear and The Bow (Brave)
Intended release Christmas 2011 (3D Pixar)
Possible name change to "Brave"
Voice Work ~ started now in March 2010
Craig Ferguson , Billy Connolly, and Kevin will be a band of Scottish clansmen
Percy Jackson (series)
was released on the 12Feb 2010
Current box office Domestic $83,328,333 Worldwide $203,828,333
Fox has the option to purchase the rights to the next book in the series, option has not been exercised yet.
Scheduled release 2010
Kevin plays an effeminate, master killer (who's almost like a Fred Astaire tap-dancing his way through the movie) of the movie who’s hunting down Josh Hartnett’s character under the instruction of Ron Perlman’s character, Nicola.
It's a hybrid of a western and a martial arts film. The world it's set in is almost circus-like in the feel of it and it's all origami. The whole universe is constantly folding paper to create a cityscape or interiors of rooms or the sunrise
In February they held test screenings of the movie
Kevin advised : about to ASR for this - so nearing completion
Kevin is attached to this project (not rumored as stated on IMdb) however there still might be a filming schedule conflict with Grey's Anatomy. Waiting update from Kevin whether this production will take place or not
Other projects still in development or on hold
1. Faith (building finance)
2. The Cone Gatherers
3. Bank Robber Diaries
3. Dylan (still on Hold)
Currently Filming Grey's Anatomy Season 6
Question: Will Kevin McKidd be signing on for the Rome movie? Obviously, it won’t be a Rome movie without him, but I like certainty. —Liz
Ausiello: If there is a Rome movie, McKidd has every intention of being a part of it. “I hope it happens,” he tells me. “There is a definite pulse and some momentum on the project at the moment. We’re just trying to get the director nailed down. All the [actors whose] characters are still alive on the show are very keen to get back. And that is all that matters really.” He adds that the film would likely shoot during his 2011 Grey’s Anatomy hiatus, which would serve the movie well, he says, since the action is “set a few years from where the series [ended]… We’re meant to be a little older and wiser.”
Bear and the Bow (Pixar)
Possible re-title of this production
UPDATE: Following our initial report on the domain name and trademark registrations, Disney has also gone ahead and registered a few trademark applications specifically for DISNEY PIXAR BRAVE. Here’s an example. Note although the application was filed on March 12, it takes a few days for it to become accessible to us.
They did it to Rapunzel. Big signs are pointing to them doing it to Secretariat. And now it appears the next victim may be the Disney/Pixar original fairy tale The Bear and the Bow.
Once upon a time, it appears that Pixar director Pete Docter ’slipped up’ and referred to a project they were working on titled Brave. After much speculation then and what appeared to be much ado about apparently nothing, The Pixar Blog quoted a reliable source as noting Brave is simply an internal project name for The Bear and the Bow, as cryptic as one it may be. A Blue Harvest if you will.
But a recent move by the Disney Trademark department might suggest otherwise. Granted ‘Brave’ could be applicable to most anything and certainly may have nothing to do with the film from Pixar Animation Studios, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office experienced a flurry of Brave applications very recently — we counted fourteen (so far) — covering the full gamut of products and applications. Here’s just one example.
If we seem like we might be jumping the gun — er, bow — on this one, we won’t deny it. But while we often get the clue when Disney goes to register domain names, the recent activity is very reminiscent of the many trademark applications Disney also recently made for Tangled and Disney Tangled. For those of you playing along at home, however, it turns out that Disney did in fact register BRAVE-MOVIE.COM and BRAVETHEMOVIE.COM back on October 31, 2009 and to-date has registered ZERO domain names related to The Bear and the Bow according to our sources.
Here are some interesting tid bits with regards "The Bear and the Bow" and "Percy Jackson Movie"
Kevin McKidd of “Grey’s Anatomy” is happily looking forward to his trip to the Pixar headquarters in Emeryville, Calif., next month — because he’ll be meeting with creative forces at the animation empire to talk about their big movie for 2012. “I’ve been asked to do a voice in it. I’m so excited — the idea of becoming a part of that universe,” notes the Scotsman. He’ll be seen as the Olympian Poseidon in Chris Columbus’ Feb. 12 release, “Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief.” Considering that the god of the sea is usually depicted as a pretty ripped dude, did McKidd work out to get ready?
“Right at the last minute, they changed the wardrobe concept and gave us all armor and arm bracelets,” he replies.
This is a Snip from an article full article read here :Source
Kevin McKidd: Being a super soldier in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 finally gave me chance to use my real accent
Nov 11 2009 By Brian McIver
FROM the Highlands of Scotland to ancient Rome to Seattle Grace hospital, he is the man behind some of the toughest soldiers on screen.
Scots actor Kevin McKidd has become a Hollywood star thanks to his military roles in movies and TV programmes such as Rome and Grey's Anatomy.
Now he's playing a hard-bitten army captain in a new blockbuster video game.
And he revealed he has been humbled by the dozens of letters he has received from real-life war heroes over the last year.
The Elgin born actor, who this week launched the new combat video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, has been acclaimed for his portrayal of a traumatised war medic in American TV sensation Grey's Anatomy.
Since joining the show last year he has been flooded with emotional letters from the real veterans of conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq.
And McKidd, 36, said that getting positive feedback and thanks from true military heroes for his role as Major Owen Hunt have been the best reviews he has ever received.
He said: "Grey's Anatomy is a wonderful show to work on, and I really enjoy playing Owen. The writers have done such a good job with him and there is so much to work with.
"But one of the best bits about it all is that we have had a lot of letters, mainly to the writers but also including me, from people who are very grateful that a show of this size and reach is dealing with a subject like this.
"What's going on over there is very controversial politically, but we've been trying to tell the human story out there.
"We're telling the story of these very brave men and women and what it is to come back, pick up your life and move forward with that experience of a war zone.
"So there's been a lot of positive feedback from veterans and people working in the support system, as well as parents, loved ones, wives and husbands of returning veterans. They are delighted we are casting light on a subject that not a lot of people are talking about.
"It makes me very proud and pleased - it's nice to know people are happy with it. It's great to know that people are not just watching, but taking something from it."
Kevin is currently filming season six of Grey's, which arrives on British screens in January on Living.
He joined the cast of the number one rated US show last year, playing a former army surgeon on the staff at the Seattle Grace hospital who suffers from terrible trauma after Iraq.
He only came into the show on a trial basis, but audience reaction to his heroic flame-haired doc was so positive, he's been snapped up on a long-term contract.
Kevin said: "This is the first time I've done a job that I wasn't in from day one, but everyone was very welcoming, the writers are great and the cast are wonderful.
"It's a very big show, but if you focus on the magnitude of the job and the size of the thing, you lose your focus so I just tried to put it out of my mind .
"I could potentially be in the show for another three series beyond this one.
"I've certainly noticed a lot of things changing in the last year thanks to the show. I get a lot more double takes in the supermarket, but when people stop to say hello, they get a surprise when they hear my Scottish accent."
Kevin admitted the programme's emotional moments even get to him.
He said: "Certain storylines get under your skin - for me it is stories involving kids which get me every time because I have my own kids, but the writing is very clever and it does pull at your heart strings in every episode.
"Don't get me wrong, there's also a lot of laughter on set. We're not sitting there moping around all day, but sometimes it does get to you."
Kevin, who got his first break in Trainspotting 13 years ago, has found a whole range of diverse projects have suddenly become available to him during breaks from the show.
He has a lead role in a new children's fantasy movie - Percy Jackson And The Olympians - due out next Spring.
And he has signed up to provide a voice for the upcoming Pixar movie The Bear and the Bow, alongside Billy Connolly and Reese Witherspoon.
But for the moment Kevin is busy with the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, predicted to be the biggest selling computer game of all-time.
It is expected to make £160million in sales during the first week in Britain alone.
He has provided the voice for super soldier Captain "Soap" Mactavish, the head of an anti-terrorist task force.
And the actor, who previously had a small voice role in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City seven years ago, said he loved the chance to just let loose and enjoy himself playing soldiers.
He admitted: "This was one of those moments in your career when you just get to have a bit of fun.
"It was tiring because I would spend the whole day screaming orders at the top of my voice and then to get my voice to the place it needed to be, I found I was throwing myself about the studio like I was jumping on a real motorbike or a Jeep at times.
"But it was great fun and was like all the acting you'd want to do when you were a boy.
"I also got to keep my accent which was refreshing as well, as I spend all my energy at the moment hiding my native voice."
He joked: "I think that's one of the reasons I got the part actually - they needed to record in LA, I've got a work permit there, I'm Scottish and Gerard Butler wasn't available."
Kevin added: "These days games are getting bigger than movies. Call of Duty was already huge, and this will build on that. Even during game play, it's like watching a movie. It's a very powerful and emotional story.
"I was never into games much myself, but I might try it out. My son has an XBox, and while I won't be letting him play it, I might have a shot of it when he is in his bed."
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is out now on XBox 360 and Playstation 3.
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