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Immersed in Movies: Diving into 'Finding Nemo 3D'

I went up to Pixar last week to see "Finding Nemo 3D" (which platforms theatrically September 14 at the El Capitan and elsewhere before surfacing Dec. 4 on Blu-ray & Blu-ray 3D from Disney Home Entertainment). It'll be interesting to see how "Nemo" performs after 10 years in light of Disney racking up a record $94.2 million...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 23, 2012 4:45 PM
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Disney Screens 'Finding Nemo' in 3-D for Olympic Swim Team; Hits Theaters September 14, Followed by Blu-Ray

"While the blogosphere rips apart Pixar for selling out for earmarking a "Finding Nemo" sequel for humbled writer-director Andrew Stanton's return to filmmaking--which is absurd, as Pixar can be counted on to produce better sequels than most, i.e. "Toy Story" 2 and 3--I will be sitting in a theater on September 14 to see the 3-D version of "Nemo."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 20, 2012 7:28 PM
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Andrew Stanton May Follow 'John Carter' Disaster with 'Finding Nemo 2'

Despite the disaster that was "John Carter," writer-director Andrew Stanton may take the reins on the sequel to his hugely successful "Finding Nemo," according to Deadline. Stanton has been integral to the success of Disney/Pixar, from writing "Toy Story," among other things, to directing Oscar-winning "Finding Nemo" (2003) and "Wall-E" (2008).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 17, 2012 2:41 PM
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Universal's Animation Whiz Chris Meledandri Supplies a Hit Big Enough for Its Own Ride: 'Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem' Opens at Orlando

You know you've made a successful family film if it gets its own theme park ride. Universal's Chris Meledandri, who headed the animation for hits "Despicable Me" and "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," today gets to see the opening of Universal Orlando's Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 2, 2012 3:25 PM
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Trailer Watch: Mike and Sulley Party it Up in New Teaser for Pixar's 'Monsters University'

Before the monsters were "Monsters, Inc.," they were just a bunch of dorm-partying, disco ball-lovin', lampshade-wearing college co-eds. University seems to have been a relatively wholesome time for the monsters -- slow-dancing and no explicit booze -- unless that Gleww squeezing is a sexual innuendo. Watch the new teaser trailer below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 22, 2012 3:27 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Turbulent Behind-the-Scenes Yields Pixar's 'Brave' New Scottish World

"Brave" is far from the disappointment expressed in some early reviews. It's not only the much ballyhooed breakthrough as Pixar's first female-centric movie but also the most lush-looking work yet from the animation powerhouse. It's a powerful mother-daughter crucible set in medieval Scotland but with a modern sensibility...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 19, 2012 4:27 PM
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'Brave' Early Reviews: Merida May Not Be New Model Princess After All

The "Brave" trailers promo Pixar's foray into princess movies; the Disney animated feature is expected to be one of the summer's top performers. But early reviews suggest the tale isn't as fresh and groundbreaking as we'd hoped. Princess Merida is Pixar's first female lead, but may not prove to be a new feminist icon.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 11, 2012 2:16 PM
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New Trailer for 'Brave' Decries Princesshood

When Disney/Pixar's "Brave" finally arrives June 22, anti-princesses everywhere may have reason to celebrate. In the meantime, check out the new trailer below. The tomboy heroine with bow-and-arrow is reminiscent of current box office badass, "The Hunger Games"'s Katniss Everdeen. Immersed in Movies dives into "Brave" here, asserting that Pixar may have an Oscar contender. Judging from the first half hour screened in CinemaCon, that's a certainty.
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • April 26, 2012 1:20 PM
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Pixar is Star of Disney CinemaCon Panel; Screens Half Hour of 'Brave,' Announces New Film and Dates

At a time when Disney is undergoing management turmoil, Pixar stole the Disney thunder at a very long show-and-tell at CinemaCon. Pixar/Disney Animation czar John Lasseter screened the glorious first half hour of "Brave" (June 22), which will surely prove a summer blockbuster and showed stunning footage for "Finding Nemo" in 3-D.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 24, 2012 10:55 PM
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Immersed in Movies Previews 'Brave': Pixar Could Have a Contender

What's my reaction to seeing the first half-hour of "Brave" (June 22)? Pixar is back at the top of its game. If the rest of the movie is as strong as what I saw at a Pixar press event in Emeryville last week, the film could be the leading Oscar contender for best animated feature.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 6, 2012 3:57 PM
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