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Pixar Release New Trailer For 'Cars 2,' Total Duration Of Marketing Clips Now Longer Than 'Shoah'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 12, 2011 8:44 AM
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Soundtrack Includes Weezer, Robbie Williams & Brad PaisleyOK, so we know that Disney makes literally billions and billions of dollars a year off merchandise for the original "Cars," so the sequel was something of a no-brainer for them, but do they really need to sell it this hard? Apple has debuted the latest trailer for "Cars 2" on their site, which marks the 25th such entry for the film in the last year. Admittedly, most have been brief video introductions to seemingly every character glimpsed in the film, but it still seems like overkill.

First Look At Pixar’s Short 'La Luna'; New Pics Of 'Sleeping Beauty,' 'Three Musketeers' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 5, 2011 10:07 AM
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Also Hugh Grant As An Animated PirateYep, it's a picture post so screw yr eyeballs in and get ready.

Pixar Head John Lasseter Confirms That The Studio Killed 'Newt' Because Of Similarities To 'Rio'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • May 3, 2011 2:07 AM
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Regardless of how "Cars 2" turns out, Pixar still has the most consistent track record of any studio today. Not only do their films routinely rake in billions of dollars around the world, but they're 11 films in with nary a dud in the bunch. The studio has come close to creative disaster a few times, perhaps most notably with "Toy Story 2" being completely retooled with less than a year to go before its release. The result? One of the best sequels ever made and one that stands up to the classic original. (Jessie's "When She Loved Me" montage makes us tear up just thinking about it.) In fact, the closest thing you can find to a failure for the company is the original "Cars," and that's because it just seemed like it would have been more at home as a DreamWorks film, full of pop-culture gags, celebrity voices and pop songs.

'Monsters University' The Official Title For The 'Monsters Inc.' Followup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 30, 2011 1:56 AM
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Steve Buscemi Is Back As Baddie Randall BoggsThe theater owners convention CinemaCon has provided a slow trickle of news this week, but Pixar takes the lead on the biggest bit of info to come out of the industry confab: they now have a title for their "Monsters Inc." followup.

Kelly Macdonald Replaces Reese Witherspoon As Lead Of Pixar's 'Brave,' First Concept Art Revealed

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 28, 2011 2:11 AM
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Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane Also In Voice CastConsidering the run the studio have been on recently ("Ratatouille," "Wall-E" and "Up" all in quick succession), it's a little sad that we're facing such a gap of original material from Pixar -- "Toy Story 3" came last year, and, much worse, "Cars 2" this year. But we're now heading toward the light at the end of the tunnel: 2012 will see "Brave," formerly known as "The Bear & The Bow," and shows the company once more moving into new territory -- with its first fairy tale, and its first female lead (the delay in the arrival of the latter being something that they've faced criticism for recently).

Interview: Thomas McCarthy Grapples With 'Win Win'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 21, 2011 8:08 AM
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Director Also Discusses His Upcoming Project 'Million Dollar Arm“Win Win” is the latest effort from writer-director Thomas McCarthy, who last helmed the Oscar-nominated “The Visitor.” But most have preconceived notions of the man behind the camera. McCarthy is also an accomplished actor, having appeared in work as diverse as "The Wire," “Syriana” and “2012” in between his small, sensitive character dramas, and is often seen in unpredictable places. The bulk of people who attended the loony New York Comic Con presentation for “Your Highness” seemed to be oblivious that McCarthy was in fact the moderator at that event.

Watch: Clip From 'Toy Story' Short 'Hawaiian Vacation'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2011 5:56 AM
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The Pixar money train will continue rolling in a big way this summer when "Cars 2" revs its engines on screens across the land, but the studio won't miss an opportunity to continue flogging one of their other major franchises as the adventures of "Toy Story" will continue in a new short entitled "Hawaiian Vacation."

First Look At New 'Toy Story' Short 'Hawaiian Vacation'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • February 25, 2011 1:45 AM
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The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly (not yet online) has posted the first images from the latest “Toy Story” installment, a short called “Hawaiian Vacation.” As we told you recently, despite seemingly wrapping up the series with a perfect third installment, Pixar have decided to continue the adventures of Woody and Buzz in a series of shorts. The first of which, ‘Vacation’ will be released in front of “Cars 2” starting June 24 and the second as-yet-unknown short to premiere before Disney’s “The Muppets” this December.

Pixar Plans 'Toy Story' Short In Front Of 'The Muppets' & Direct-To-DVD 'Cars' Spinoff 'Planes'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 18, 2011 3:20 AM
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Diluting the brand much? One of the great things about Pixar when they first came onto the animation scene is that they abandoned the very practices that watered down the once mighty Disney. Story came before merchandising, and more importantly, the up-and-coming studio didn't diminish their quality features by churning out sub-standard straight-to-video features. Until now. With Pixar now firmly under the Disney umbrella, the merchandising machine is going into overdrive and with good reason. "Cars" alone brings in literally billions a year thanks to branding; last year, combined with box office and merchandising "Toy Story 3" brought in $10 billion. That's no small potatoes.

'Gnomeo & Julet' Director Kelly Asbury Talks the Narrative Quality of Elton John Songs

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 10, 2011 4:33 AM
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Plus: His Take on the Nearly Endless Development Process & Why Everyone Gets Uptight About the Movie's EnglishnessDisney and Rocket Films' "Gnomeo & Juliet," opening nationwide this Friday, has had a storied production history that could be its own compelling film. The story of star-crossed lawn ornaments was set up as a joint Disney/Rocket Films production in the first part of the aughts, under the supervision of "Beauty and the Beast" co-director Gary Trousdale, with Kate Winslet and Ewan McGregor attached (they're now replaced by Emily Blunt and James McAvoy). The project fell apart, only to regain steam and be cut down again when Pixar's John Lasseter was installed, as the head of Disney's animation division (this was around the time he axed Chris Sanders' "American Dog," before neutering it and turning it into the toneless "Bolt"). The project was finally rescued by executive Dick Cook, who set it up not at Disney Animation proper, but with Miramax instead. Of course, with Miramax since being sold, Walt Disney are now taking on distribution duties for the film. At the end of all the back and forth, this take on the Shakespearean classic, thankfully, did not end in tragedy.

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