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10 Epic Challenges Toy Story 4 Faces

3 hours ago | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Though it was announced shortly after the release of Pixar’s 2010 masterpiece Toy Story 3 that Tim Allen was contracted for a fourth movie, nobody really took this news seriously: after all, Pixar gave Woody, Buzz and co. the perfect send-off, so why would they dare return to it, right?

Well, hearts broke the world over two weeks ago when it was officially announced that Toy Story 4 was actually moving ahead for a June 2017 release, with John Lasseter returning to the director’s chair, while Rashida Jones and Will McCormack will write the script. Tom Hanks and Allen are, of course, absolutely certain to return.

Despite fans the world over insisting that there was enormous potential to ruin the near-perfect consistency of the original trilogy, Lasseter stood defiant, saying of the new movie, “When Andrew, Pete, Lee and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it. »

- Jack Pooley

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Disney, China's Shanghai Media Group Expand Partnership

4 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Walt Disney Co. and Shanghai Media Group said Friday that they have agreed to expand their existing partnership to include the co-production of films and the development of TV shows. The companies earlier this year extended their long-running strategic partnership. The expanded deal also covers content distribution and cooperation on marketing. Read more John Lasseter: Disney-Pixar Has No Plans to Localize in Asia Just Yet "Disney is committed to providing high-quality entertainment experiences to audiences worldwide," said Disney chairman and CEO Robert Iger. "Smg's spirit of innovation, diverse platforms, digital destinations and assets provide

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- Georg Szalai

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New 'Good Dinosaur' Concept Art Surfaces with Details on Changes

18 November 2014 6:32 PM, PST | | See recent news »

A month ago, almost exactly to the day, we learned that Peter Sohn had been named the new director of The Good Dinosaur after being part of the brain trust (along with John Lasseter, Lee Unnkrich and Mark Andrews) taking over direction of the film from Up helmer Bob Peterson. We've heard some overhauling and reimagining was taking place behind the scenes, and that explains why the film was pushed back to November 2015. Now a report from La Times has Sohn discussing some of the changes being made, in addition to how difficult it was for Pixar to make the choice to push the movie in order to make it better. But first, here's a new piece of concept are from Pixar Animation's The Good Dinosaur: The good news is it sounds like that the changes to the film haven't resulted in a completely different movie, merely a better one. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Toy Story That Time Forgot Teasers Online

18 November 2014 3:38 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

With the recent announcement that John Lasseter and his Pixar team are officially working on Toy Story 4, we don’t have quite as much of a pressing need for stop-gap visits with Woody, Buzz and the rest. But the shorts and last year’s spooky TV special have been so much fun that we’re happy to have all we can get with the gang. This year’s special is dino-themed and has two new teasers online. The new 30-minute short finds Tom Hanks' Woody and Tim Allen's Buzz facing a new problem thanks to Reptillus Maximus (Kevin McKidd). He's the leader of a group of dino-toys our heroes meet and who turn out to be suffering a similar delusion that once afflicted Buzz: they think they’re real. And when you have dinosaurs believing they exist, you know there will be trouble, especially for poor triceratops »

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10 Reasons Toy Story 4 Is A Terrible Idea

13 November 2014 8:53 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


All good things come to an end. After months of exciting movie news that has the rest of the decade looking incredibly exciting (go Marvel), last week brought us something that made the future a little less brighter – Pixar are making Toy Story 4.

We’re not saying Pixar are destroying our childhood, but they’re certainly giving it their best shot. Coming in 2017, the film will answer that burning question no one asked of how Woody and Buzz are getting on in their new digs. Little is known about the film, beyond a few of the key players involved – John Lasseter, director of Toy Story and Toy Story 2, will be at the helm, with Rashida Jones and Will McCormack on writing duties – but as things stand it’ll take something incredible to make this movie seem like a worthwhile endeavour.

When announcing the film, it was stated »

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Box Office Predictions: 'Dumb and Dumber To' Battles 'Big Hero 6' & 'Interstellar' for #1

13 November 2014 7:40 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Big Hero 6 has a very good shot at getting a repeat victory this weekend, though it's hard to predict what effect the brutal weather will have on the festivities. $33.7 million indicates a 40 percent drop, very nice, it pays to be an animation in the fall. Does this one have any chance at a Best Animation nodc It wouldn't seem like it, but the Lasseter pedigree has come through for lesser films before. Dumb and Dumber To pulled of a PG-13 rating, good news, but is almost two hours, bad news. It's also not so good, though that shouldn't make much of a difference for the opening weekend. $28.4 million is my call, and hopefully it cost next to nothing. What would they even spend money onc Jim Carrey's haircutc Interstellar achieved a B+ Cinemascore, and it's the broadest film, in terms of demographics, on the board. I still see it falling 45 percent, »

- Laremy Legel

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Hayao Miyazaki confirms retirement, closing of Studio Ghibli

11 November 2014 1:46 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Back in August we speculated on whether Studio Ghibli, the legendary animation studio behind films like Spirited Away, Grave of the Fireflies and My Neighbor Totoro, might be closing its doors due to financial difficulties. Now in an interview with the La Times, the studio’s most vaulted director Hayao Miyazaki has announced that Ghibli is in fact shuttering.

“At this point, we’re not making a new film. I think we will not be making any feature films to be shown in theaters. That was not my intention, though. All I did was announce that I would be retiring and not making any more features.” Miyazaki said, deepening the blow by reiterating that he would be retiring as well.

With that news, that officially makes The Wind Rises, released wide at the start of 2014 in the Us, is indeed Miyazaki’s last movie, and that Studio Ghibli’s When »

- Brian Welk

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Toy Story 4 Will Be A Love Story, But Between Who?

10 November 2014 5:36 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

When word of Toy Story 4 hit the web last week, the reaction was fast, fierce, and decidedly divided. Many fans cheered for another chance to see Woody, Buzz, and the gang swing back into action in a new adventure. But others grumbled that Pixar had created a perfect trilogy, and that a fourth film would be an artless cash grab. Well, now we're getting a bit more dimension to what the celebrated animation studio has in store for Toy Story 4: a love story. The La Times talked with the people of Pixar to get a scoop on Toy Story 4, and among chatting with its director John Lasseter, they uncovered that the fourth installment of this toy-driven franchise will focus on a love story. We've also learned it will pick up right where Toy Story 3 left off, meaning with Woody, Buzz and the rest of Andy »

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Scenes From The Academy’s 2014 Governors Awards

9 November 2014 5:58 PM, PST | | See recent news »

The 6th Annual Governors Awards took place on Saturday, November 8, 2014 in The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, CA.

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient Harry Belafonte, Honorary Award recipient Hayao Miyazaki, Honorary Award recipient Jean-Claude Carrière and Honorary Award recipient Maureen O’Hara were honored by their peers during the evening.

The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, also an Oscar statuette, is given “to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”

Pictured (left to right): Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient Harry Belafonte, Honorary Award recipient Hayao Miyazaki, Honorary Award recipient Jean-Claude Carrière and Honorary Award recipient Maureen O’Hara

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs introduces the 2014 Governors Awards

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Watch Hayao Miyazaki accept Honorary Oscar in rare Us appearance

9 November 2014 10:14 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Of Saturday night's many wonderful moments at the Academy's 6th annual Governors Awards, near the top would have to be seeing Hayao Miyazaki accept his Honorary Oscar. It was a rare Us appearance for the legendary Japanese animator, who was not on hand at the 2003 Academy Awards to accept his competitive prize for "Spirited Away." In introducing "Miyazaki-san," Pixar head John Lasseter spoke about wooing his wife by showing her scenes from Miyazaki's debut feature, "Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro," the day after he met her. The film "had adventure, heart, action and humor, done with such style and sophistication and a wonderful eye for the details of human behavior," he said. "It was proof positive, as Walt Disney had showed so many years earlier, that animation was for everyone…Every time I watch a Miyazaki film, I learn something about the craft of filmmaking." Given the rarity »

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New Big Hero 6 Movie Received Mostly Positive Reviews From The Major Critics

9 November 2014 8:21 AM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Walt Disney Animation Studios released their new comedy/adventure film, "Big Hero 6," into theaters this weekend, and all the reviews are in from the top,major movie critics. It turns out that most of them liked this animated flick, as it garnered an overall 75 score out of a possible 100 across 33 reviews at the site. The film stars: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, and Daniel Henney. We added blurbs from a few of the critics,below. Michael Rechtshaffen over at The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a great 90 score, saying: "East meets West to immensely satisfying effect in the vibrant mash-up of an animated romp, Big Hero 6." Alonso Duriade at TheWrap, gave it an 89 grade, stating: "Sweet and sharp and exciting and hilarious, Big Hero 6 comes to the rescue of what's become a »

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Belafonte Pushes Hollywood, O’Hara Has ‘Mo’ To Say At Governors Awards

9 November 2014 4:06 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Maureen O’Hara, now 94, took time to fondly remember the Hollywood greats from her past such as John Wayne and John Ford. Legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki said he was just happy to be in the same room as Maureen O’Hara. Masterful screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere gave a moving tribute to Hollywood’s “forgotten” writers. And Harry Belafonte, winner of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, galvanized  the industry crowd by asking them to aim higher.

Yes, it was quite a night for the four honorees of the Sixth Annual Governors Awards of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Quite a night. And the Academy got this awards season off to a roaring  start with this blessedly non-televised celebration of the greats in this business who may not have always been given their due. It has also become a night for major schmoozing and networking among Academy voters and the huge numbers of Oscar hopefuls. »

- Pete Hammond

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9 incredible short films from Hollywood directors: Nolan, Spielberg, more

9 November 2014 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Everybody has to start somewhere.

The best and most successful Hollywood directors might find themselves marshalling $200 million epics, but in their formative years big budgets weren't at their disposal and they had to make do only with a good idea and the drive to make it happen. Many filmmakers use shorts to test-run ideas and explore themes they'd circle back to down the line.

From Christopher Nolan to Steven Spielberg, we look at nine short films that helped kick-start careers behind the camera.

1. Christopher Nolan - Doodlebug (1997)

Even before he hit it big, Interstellar director Christopher Nolan was distorting reality with his film work.

Doodlebug - led by Nolan's Following star Jeremy Theobald - played out an intriguing narrative loop over a brisk three minutes as a man chased a 'bug' around his flat with a shoe. A year after he made this film, Nolan took his feature debut Following »

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Oscar hopefuls work the room at Academy's Governors Awards

9 November 2014 1:19 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Hollywood — The 6th annual Governors Awards were held in the Ray Dolby Ballroom in the middle of Hollywood Saturday night. Previously announced honorees Maureen O'Hara, Hayao Miyazaki, Jean-Claude Carrière and Harry Belafonte were of course on hand as the room teemed with familiar faces from this year's Oscar race. Jessica Chastain, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Linklater, Logan Lerman, Michael Keaton, Jennifer Aniston, Patricia Arquette, Jean-Marc Vallée, Tilda Swinton, Oscar Isaac and Eddie Redmayne were just a few of the circuit's fixtures working the room, as the show has become a perennial stop on the Oscar campaign trail. "A Most Violent Year" director J.C. Chandor could be spotted talking over his upcoming Deepwater Horizon project with "The Gambler" star Mark Wahlberg. Clint Eastwood made his first appearance of the season with "American Sniper" around the corner (and was of course besieged upon arrival, ever the popular one). "Selma" director Ava DuVernay and »

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Belafonte Electrifies Governors Awards, Issues Challenge to Hollywood

9 November 2014 12:23 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Harry Belafonte gave one of the all-time great acceptance speeches at Saturday night’s Governors Awards, citing Hollywood’s often-shameful power to influence attitudes, and challenging the heavy-hitters in the room to instead create works that allow global audiences “to see the better side of who we are as a species.”

The performer, receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, pulled no punches, and his words were all the more effective because of the soft, even tone in his voice and the cautious optimism that concluded his speech.

The occasion was the sixth annual Governors Awards, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland, an annual gathering that always mixes a celebration of Hollywood’s past, some words of encouragement to the room’s artists, and a heavy dose of awards-schmoozing.

The three recipients of Honorary Oscars — Maureen O’Hara, Hayao Miyazaki and Jean-Claude Carriere — all provided moments that were touching and charming. »

- Tim Gray

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The Week In Movies, in case you missed it #13

8 November 2014 12:11 AM, PST | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s just you being busy all week, doing whatever the hell it is you do. And chances are you might have missed some of the big movie news that went down, so it’s just as well we’ve got you covered with some of the big stories from the last week Full cast and synopsis was revealed for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, it’s set a few years after the Civil War and stars the likes of Sam Jackson, Tim Roth, Channing Tatum and Bruce Dern John Lasseter is set to direct Toy Story 4 which will be released in 2017 There’s a flood coming on November 14th! A teaser for the new trailer for Fifty Shades Of Grey splashed in The final trailer for the final part of The Hobbit arrived and it’s as epic as »

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'Toy Story 4' Announced; John Lasseter To Direct

7 November 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

A fourth installment of the Toy Story franchise was announced on Thursday by Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger.

'Toy Story 4'

John Lasster, who directed the original Toy Story film in 1995 and its sequel, will be directing Toy Story 4. "John created Toy Story and directed the first two films, and it's great to have him back directing one of our most valuable properties," Iger said.

Lasseter revealed in a statement that the decision to make a fourth Toy Story film was made when he – along with Andrew Stanton (Wall-e) , Pete Doctor (Up) and Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) – came up with a story worth another sequel. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Lasseter revealed that the film will pick up where Toy Story 3 ended and will be a love story.

“We love these characters so much; they are like family to us,” Lasseter said in the statement. »

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Things We Know About 'Toy Story 4' as Pixar Plans More Sequels

7 November 2014 2:15 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

"Toy Story 4" is coming. Hitting theaters on June 16, 2017, the latest entry in the $1.3 billion franchise about spunky, anthropomorphic toys will be directed by Pixar chief John Lasseter, who's served as story writer throughout the series but did not direct "Toy Story 3." In its 19 year history, Pixar has only directed four sequels including the two "Tory Story" followups, "Monsters University" and cash cow "Cars 2." Now the company has announced three additional planned sequels: "Finding Dory," "The Incredibles 2" and, yup, "Cars 3." Pixar will continue to generate original pictures even as Disney, now hoisted by both Pixar and Marvel, looks to carry its 2014 sequel-rific success into the new year with franchises. Can a fourth "Toy Story" top Lee Unkrich's 2010 threequel, only the third animated film ever to be nominated for Best Picture? It won Best Animated Feature and Best Original »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Lasseter Talks "Toy Story 4" Announcement

7 November 2014 2:12 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Following Disney's announcement yesterday about a fourth "Toy Story" film being in the works, the film's director and Pixar chief John Lasseter has spoken with The Los Angeles Times about why he chose to return to the franchise as helmer after handing over the reigns for the two previous sequels:

"One of the things that was very important for me as an artist is to continue directing. When I direct, I get to work with the individual artists, with the animators. It's very important to keep young talent coming into the studios ... to get back in and help tell stories."

Asked about the cynicism that has cropped up in recent years towards Pixar's approach to sequels, he says:

"A lot of people in the industry view us doing sequels as being for the business of it, but for us it's pure passion. We only make sequels when we have a »

- Garth Franklin

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'Toy Story 4' Director John Lasseter Shares New Details

7 November 2014 1:49 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

One of the biggest stories to break this week was Disney's announcement yesterday that Toy Story 4 will be released in 2017, with Toy Story and Toy Story 2 director John Lasseter returning to helm this sequel. It will be the first film he's directed since 2011's Cars 2, which comes in addition to his duties of leading two animation studios, Walt Disney Animation and Disneytoons, along with serving as the principal creative adviser for Disney's theme park designers. The filmmaker recently spoke with The Los Angeles Times, revealing why he's coming back to direct this sequel.

"One of the things that was very important for me as an artist is to continue directing. When I direct, I get to work with the individual artists, with the animators. It's very important to keep young talent coming into the studios ... to get back in and help tell stories."

Yesterday's announcement also revealed that »

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