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Box Office: 'Monsters' & 'World War Z' Zombies Beat Back 'Man Of Steel'; 'Monsters U' Registers 2nd Highest Pixar Opening

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • June 23, 2013 12:53 PM
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Monsters University
"Monsters University" aced its opening weekend with an estimated $82 million domestically ($136.5 million worldwide), making the film Pixar's second largest debut (after "Toy Story 3," which made $110.3 million its opening weekend). This will also be Pixar's 14th film to open in first place and marks one heck of a winning streak. If you're struggling to remember all of the other 13, check out our "From Worst To Best: Ranking The Pixar Movies."

From Worst To Best: Ranking The Pixar Movies

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 19, 2013 2:50 PM
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Pixar Feature
This weekend Pixar's latest digital marvel, "Monsters University," roars into theaters (you can read our review here). Few studios can claim the kind of quality that Pixar often does – for a while there it was the most critically and commercially adored studio in the history of cinema (though they are not without their faults). And for good reason. It seemed like year after year they would commit a new classic, an endlessly re-watchable delight full of characters that will be beloved by children the world over for decades to come. In fact, the amount of excellence made ranking the films a blurry and burdensome proposition. But in hindsight (and after a couple of shoddy 3D conversions), it becomes clearer which movies are truly more special than others. This is what we've attempted to do, with our worst-to-best Pixar retrospective.

Review: Disney/Pixar's 'Monsters University'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 17, 2013 10:56 AM
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When Disney/Pixar’s “Monsters Inc” was released way back in the fall of 2001, it was easily the studio’s warmest and endearingly heart-tugging feature. But “Monsters Inc,” in its vision of a monstrous universe that derives its power from children’s screams, was also the studio’s most self-contained feature; it was so emotionally fulfilling that it didn’t beg for further installments. Which is what makes “Monsters University,” the new “Monsters Inc” prequel, so baffling. Did anyone really stop to think, gee I wonder what Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) were like in monster college? The answer, of course, is no. The great, totally welcome shock, however, is how vibrant, hilarious and emotionally resonant “Monsters University” is. It might be wholly unnecessary, but you can’t help but love it anyway.

Watch: Get Initiated With 3 Clips From 'Monsters University'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2013 4:22 PM
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With Pixar going full throttle into sequel and spinoff mode, we can only hope the movies that are coming latched onto previous successes won't tarnish those films. "Toy Story" has done a good job of building both the world and characters across three films, while "Cars 2" and the forthcoming spinoff "Planes" seem to exist merely to maintain the lucrative branding opportunities. But in just a few weeks, "Monsters University" will be coming and the jury is still out on whether it's a cynical cash grab or honest and respectful prequel, though thus far, it seems to be leaning toward the latter.

Watch: New Trailer & Clip For 'Monsters University' Brings You To Scare School

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2013 1:19 PM
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The common complaint about sequels that don't work is that they merely carbon copy the first successful movie with less satisfying results. But "Cars" aside, Pixar has shown they can up their game each time out within a series, at least as far as "Toy Story" goes. But with "Monsters University," instead of going forward, they're going back to where it all began. But in doing so, can they recreate the magic that was "Monsters Inc."?

Watch: Latest 'Monsters University' Trailer Featuring New Music From Swedish House Mafia Members

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 23, 2013 4:07 PM
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Monsters University
A new trailer has just debuted for next month's Pixar prequel "Monsters University," which revolves around the story of how Mike (Billy Crystal) met Sulley (John Goodman) in the monster-fied version of higher education, going from bitter rivals to the best of friends. The trailer is typically energetic, made even more so by the music – a brand new dance track created by Swedish House Mafia collaborators Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso called "Roar," a song that sounds like it wouldn't be out of place at the next frat party.

Spike Jonze Presentation Of 'Her,' 'Man of Steel' & 'Monsters University Added To L.A. Film Fest

  • By Kieran McMahon
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  • May 10, 2013 11:17 AM
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The LA Film Festival, which starts next month and already has a packed slate, announced three notable late additions to the roster this week.

Summer Movie Photos: 'Before Midnight,' 'The Heat,' 'Prince Avalanche,' 'Bling Ring' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 1, 2013 10:36 AM
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Summer preview photos
They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, so here’s 28,000 (not really) courtesy of stills from movies that run the gamut from highly anticipated sequels to smaller indie fare. Head on down below and get yr eyeballs ready.

Watch: New Trailer For Disney/Pixar's Collegiate Prequel 'Monsters University'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 25, 2013 1:06 PM
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When Disney and Pixar announced that they were attempting a "Monsters Inc." prequel that would show us what our beloved heroes Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) were like in college, it was hard to muster much enthusiasm. After all, much of the charm of the first film lay in the fact that it was a workplace comedy, and the workers just happened to be monsters who scared human children for a living. Seeing them in college not only seemed regressive but, if it didn't succeed, could sully (ha) the sweetness of the original. But little by little as we've seen more and more of "Monsters University," the more excited we've become. With a release of the final trailer, our excitement has been solidified. This looks scary good.

7 Character Posters & Voice Cast Revealed For 'Monsters University'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 16, 2013 1:45 PM
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Someone raised an interesting but kind of depressing point about Pixar recently. Between 1995 and 2009, the peerless animation company produced ten movies, with just one of those being sequel – 1999’s “Toy Story 2.” If all goes as expected, between 2010 and 2015 four of the company’s seven features will have been sequels, the third of which, “Monsters University” (a prequel, technically, but you catch our drift) is set for release in just over two months time.

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