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As You Assumed 'The Avengers' Is Confirmed For 3D & Mystery Disney Movie Now Titled 'Frozen 3D'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 22, 2011 3:47 PM
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You may have forgotten, but Marvel was always planning on taking a couple more dollars out of your Iron Man wallet by converting "The Avengers" to 3D. Today that plan seems even more official, as "The Avengers" shall forth be known as "The Avengers 3D." The movie is already looking busy with Thor, Tony Stark, Hawkeye, Captain America, Loki, Pepper Potts, Bruce Banner, Phil Coulson and Nick Fury all running around doing stuff, so we're not we need this thing in some hastily coverted 3D to further fry our eyeballs, but to quote David Fincher, to each his own.

Interview: 'Ghost Protocol' Director Brad Bird Hopes Earthquake Epic '1906' Is Next, Would Like To Revive Sci-Fi Noir 'Ray Gunn'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 20, 2011 8:03 AM
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Brad Bird has made a bold, fascinating leap from animation to live action with this week's glorious popcorn epic "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol." But we were curious as to what kind of connection he still has with Pixar, his former home base, as well as what else he is working on. In the second part of our lengthy interview with the filmmaker (you can read the first part here), he fills us in on Pixar, his live action historical epic "1906," the status of his animated film noir "Ray Gunn," what former Pixar owner Steve Jobs meant to him, and why Wall Street is so scared of Pixar.

John Lasseter Reveals New Pete Docter Pixar Film Takes Place In a Young Girl's Mind

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 6, 2011 3:18 PM
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If you're tired of the recent rash of Pixar sequels (because, really, who hasn't been longing to find out about Mike and Sully's monstrous college adventures?), then you're very much in luck. Not only is next summer's "Brave" an all new property, part loving homage to Celtic myhtology, part feminist parable (we hope), but in the next few years we also have a new film about man's coexistence with dinosaurs (directed by Bob Peterson) and, even more tantalizingly, a film directed by "Up"'s Pete Docter and set inside the human mind. Pixar/Disney bigwig John Lasseter was recently on "Charlie Rose" (via Slashfilm) and spilled a few more details about the secretive project.

Buzz Lightyear Shrinks In First Look At 'Toy Story' Short 'Small Fry' Premiering Before 'The Muppets'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 11, 2011 12:21 PM
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Yes, there is another reason to see "The Muppets" later this month, and it has nothing to do with the return of those felt covered friends to the big screen. While "Toy Story 3" was at least the end of the feature length franchise (for now), it has continued on in the form of short films that will continue the adventures of Buzz, Woody and the rest of the gang. This summer saw the toys return in "Hawaiian Vacation," preceding "Cars 2" and now, they've got a whole new tale to tell in "Small Fry," and it looks like the pint sized heroes are getting even smaller. Or at least one of them is.
More: Pixar

Steve Jobs Once Asked Aaron Sorkin To Write A Pixar Movie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 17, 2011 1:15 AM
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We're a couple of weeks now from the sad passing of Steve Jobs, and the long-term impact remains to be seen, not just on Apple, the company he founded and helped make a superpower, but also on Pixar, the CGI animation giants he also backed, who across the last decade-and-a-half have become the most creatively exciting studio around, as well as the closest thing to a solid-gold hit factory that you can have (even their lowest-grossing film took in nearly $400 million).

'Beauty And The Beast,' 'Finding Nemo,' 'Monsters Inc. & 'The Little Mermaid' Getting 3D Re-Releases

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2011 7:33 AM
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Well, that didn't take long. With "The Lion King" back on store shelves today, Disney executives are likely a bit bummed the theatrical re-release gravy train for the movie is coming to an end. Taking in about $80 million dollars in the past few weeks, everyone has been blown away by the 3D re-release of the film. Powered by its long absence on DVD thanks to Disney's practice of super limited release windows for their movies on home video, coupled with a drought of family fare in September, the studio raked in much more than anticipated in what was likely originally envisioned as just an expensive marketing gig for the new BluRay/DVD release. But they recognize a cash cow when they see it, so get ready Moms and Dads, because there are more on the way.

'Toy Story 3' Director Lee Unkrich Starts Work On New Pixar Movie & Will Blog About It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2011 8:55 AM
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First, let's get one thing out of the way: Lee Unkrich kind of looks like Ed Helms doesn't he? Okay, we just had to put that out there, but the real news is that the "Toy Story 3" director has announced on Twitter that he's starting work on a new movie and to stay updated you'll have to keep glued to his Tumblr page where he'll be tracking its progress. "Today is day one on my next project. Every day I'll post a new photo chronicling the journey," he tweeted. So what is it? Who knows.

Alan Tudyk Says He's Lending His Voice To An Upcoming Pixar Movie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 26, 2011 1:43 AM
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Plus Actor Reveals Details Of His Character In 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterThe words "terminally undersung" and "Alan Tudyk" are almost inseparable. The actor has been a familiar presence on screen for a decade, cropping in the likes of "28 Days" and "Wonder Boys," before going on to geek stardom with a big role in "Firefly." Since then, he's developed a deeply eclectic career, mixing comedy like "Dodgeball" and "Knocked Up" with more serious performances like "3:10 to Yuma" or his surprisingly badass villain in "Dollhouse," and even playing a performance-capture android in "I, Robot." He's someone that we're always happy to see on screen, and we're delighted that he's about to be seen in theates in a rare lead role, in the surprisingly enjoyable horror-comedy "Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil" (a film that has quietly managed to get a rare 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes).

Animation Studio Laika Takes On 'Wildwood' From Decemberists' Frontman Colin Meloy

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 3:32 AM
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The heat behind Laika, the Portland, Oregon-based stop motion animation studio (owned by Nike bigwig Phil Knight) that unleashed 2009's outstanding fantasy film "Coraline," has cooled somewhat since that release. The reason, of course, is that "Coraline" director (and Laika creative head) Henry Selick left the company shortly after "Coraline" was released – after unsuccessfully attempting to renegotiate his contract, he bolted for Pixar, setting up that studio's first stop-motion division (about which we have heard precious few details, besides an October 4th, 2013 release date for its first film).

Who Were The Winners And Losers Of The Summer Of 2011?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 30, 2011 4:08 AM
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As the summer winds die down with a flat and uninspired whimper, the realization sets in: the summer of 2011 was for the birds. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" was the last major tent-pole to open, followed by sleeper hits like "The Help" and the not-so-successful R-rated action comedy, "30 Minutes or Less." Many had forecast that the overstuffed summer would prove disastrous, with Jon Favreau predicting that, "There’s not a weekend where there won’t be teeth on the floor," but ironically it's Favreau's film that proved to be one of the biggest box-office disappointments. Financially, films did very well with three billion-dollar blockbusters – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”-- helping the industry set a summer box-office record and nearly rebound from a horrible start to 2011 (Currently, 2011 revenue is running only 4 percent behind 2010, but in March, things were looking grim – 19% lower than the year previous).

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