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"So, uh, how long is this gonna take?" Al McWiggin asks in Toy Story 2. "You can't rush art," replies Geri the Cleaner. That seems to be what the producers of the Toy Story films think, as it took them 11 years to make Toy Story 3, and it was totally worth it. Now, five years later, Tom Hanks has some big news that was also worth the wait. While speaking with Graham Norton (as well as Peter Capaldi — why hasn't anyone made a buddy comedy with Tom Hanks and Peter Capaldi yet?), Hanks said, very matter-of-factly, almost as an aside, that he's recording his lines for Toy Story 4, and the film will be out in 2018. More specifically, he has a recording session on December 2. Watch the video below, in which Hanks impersonates an excited child as well as the excited child's mother, and shares a »
- Greg Cwik
2015 isn't just the first year with two Pixar movies. It's also the first time that their movies haven't opened at No. 1.
"Inside Out" missed that brass ring this summer -- only due to the unexpected staying power of "Jurassic World." Now, "The Good Dinosaur" has underperformed over Thanksgiving weekend, a frame that Disney and Pixar have all but owned over the past two decades.
By most standards, the estimated $39.2 million opening weekend "Dinosaur" enjoyed would be cause for celebration. Indeed, Disney is touting the $55.6 million the film has earned since it premiered last Wednesday as the fourth-biggest five-day Thanksgiving weekend debut ever. ("Frozen" is tops, followed by "Toy Story 2" and "Tangled.")
But Pixar movies have traditionally done much better -- opening on average above $60 million. In fact, "Dinosaur" saw the lowest three-day wide-release debut for a Pixar picture since "A Bug's Life" earned $33.3 million back in 1998, when tickets were a lot cheaper. »
- Gary Susman
The final "The Hunger Games" film once again topped the box-office this weekend, dropping 49.7% to take in a $51.6 million haul over the three days. Despite having the lowest opening of the series so far, this is the only film in the series to drop less than 50% in its second weekend.
Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur" came in second nabbing the fourth highest Thanksgiving weekend - three-day and five-day - opening of all time with $39.19 million and $55.5 million respectively. Yet that three day is also the worst opening for a Pixar film since 1995's "Toy Story", and even with its five-day haul it still wouldn't be enough to get into the company's top ten openings of all time.
The criticially lauded "Creed" was third with $30.1 million for the three day and $42.6 million for the five day. With excellent day-to-day holds, the film is expected to have strong staying power in coming weeks. »
- Garth Franklin
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 topped the Thanksgiving weekend box office holding off all newcomers, which included Pixar's newest release, The Good Dinosaur. The weekend doesn't end with Katniss Everdeen's repeat effort, however, as Warner Bros. finally has something to brag about once again with the impressive opening of Creed while Fox's Victor Frankenstein becomes one of the worst wide release openings of all-time. Beginning at the top, Mockingjay Part 2 scored an estimated $51.6 million for the three-day weekend, signifying only a 49.7% drop. Should these estimates hold, Part 2 will be the only film in the Hunger Games franchise to drop less than 50% in its second weekend. The film is still playing well behind all of its predecessors, but its clearly a massive hit for Lionsgate as it has now crossed $440 million worldwide Coming in second is Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, a story that will be interesting to see play out in the media. »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
ABC Family's countdown to 25 Days of Christmas has kicked off, but after that, it's time for the real deal! ABC Family's holiday-themed marathon (which follows the equally addictive 13 Nights of Halloween) kicks off on Dec. 1 and goes until Christmas Day, of course, and this year's offerings are all nostalgic and fun. It's exactly what you need to get you in the mood. Get a look at the schedule now to get excited! Related: The Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas Lineup Is Here 11 Holiday Movies You Can Stream on Netflix The 17 Holiday Movies You Have to Watch at Least Once Dec. 1 7:00 a.m. - The Preacher's Wife 11:00 a.m. - Disney's A Christmas Carol 1:00 p.m. - Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas 2:30 p.m. - The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus 3:30 p.m. - Frosty's Winter Wonderland 4:00 p.m. - Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this fantastic (Black) Friday? A new video celebrates 20 years of memorable Pixar movies, we have a supercut of improbable movie weapons and the top 10 movie scenes of all time. But wait, there's more! We have a new breakdown of Easter Eggs in the first Captain America: Civil War trailer and a humorous comic that shows what superheroes are thankful for! Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Captain America: Civil War Easter Eggs
After breaking down all of the Easter Eggs in Marvel's Jessica Jones earlier this week, Mr. Sunday Movies is back with a new video that showcases the Easter Eggs and references in the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War. »
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Classic Movie Injuries of the Day: In honor of this month's 25th anniversary of Home Alone, a bunch of doctors diagnosed Harry and Marv's injuries inflicted by Kevin (via Devour): Animation Studio Tribute of the Day: In honor of this month's 20th anniversary of Toy Story, here's a tribute to the past two decades of Pixar (via /Film): Cosplay of the Day: Hayao Miyazaki cosplay is always wonderful, and this Princess Mononoke is no exception (via KamiKame): Vintage Film of the Day: George Melies's The Legend of Rip Van Winkle was released on this day all the way back in 1905. Watch it below. Film History Lesson of...
- Christopher Campbell
It's nice. That's not a slam against the latest film from Pixar, but I want to offer very tempered praise here. I was taken aback at first by just how slight the film is, but I think it has a gentle touch on the best material in the film, and it does have a very real sense of emotional power to it, cumulative but fairly undeniable. What threw me off was just how simple the film is. This may be the single most stripped down narrative they've ever offered, and I can't help but wonder if this is the result of the film's development issues. It feels like the film's central relationship works, and they knew that was the key to making the film work, and so all the attention was focused on that to the detriment of what normally makes Pixar movies shine, the supporting cast of characters and »
- Drew McWeeny
Pixar has set its bar so high that a sweet film like The Good Dinosaur suffers for not being innovative or unique. But it is entertaining, especially for kids, and is executed with the seemingly effortless perfection that marks every film from the studio that brought us Toy Story, The Incredibles, Up, and Inside Out. Our hero this time is a young dinosaur named Arlo, a timid soul who doesn’t have the courage or command of his Poppa. That doesn’t mean his father and mother don’t believe in him; they do, but the pluck and bravery Arlo needs to survive can only come from within, as he learns...
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- Leonard Maltin
One can scarcely fault the latest Pixar film for merely being good and not great. After all, it's right there in the title. The Good Dinosaur is the celebrated animation studio's 16th feature length film, and, following this past summer's Inside Out, marks the first time it's ever released two in one calendar year, more than making up for having sat out 2014 altogether.In light of the studio's towering achievements with the Toy Story series, The Incredibles, Up, and others, it's entirely understandable that we've come to expect greatness. The Good Dinosaur, however, despite telling a perfectly likable tale and boasting some of Pixar's most stunning rendering to date -- the water! The leaves! And other natural elements that appear freakishly photo-realistic! -- does not measure...
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Working within the framework of family movies with budgets that run into the hundreds of millions, Pixar's animators manage to find room for the personal and the intimate. Indeed, mining the past for affecting, human experiences is at the heart of the studio's writing process, as The Good Dinosaur's story supervisor Kelsey Mann explained to us in September.
"[The story room] is the safest, sacred place where we talk about the movie and our feelings - the way we experience life," Mann said. "We want to capture something real we can put on the screen. Even though our characters are toys or cars or dinosaurs. I can’t stand it when you go to movies and you go, ‘they don’t mean that’. It’s fake, »
New images from Pixar’s ‘Living Archive’ reveal abandoned concept for Tom Hanks-voiced animated favourite, a mean old sheriff with a cruel countenance
He is known as the lovable hero of the Toy Story movies, the rootin’ tootin’ cowboy who, despite occasional disagreements with his fellow playthings, always comes through to save the day. But studio Pixar has now revealed a sinister villainous version of the Tom Hanks-voiced character as the studio celebrates 20 years since the saga’s pioneering opening film debuted in cinemas.
The existence of “evil Woody” is well-documented, but new photographs from Pixar’s “Living Archive” in Emeryville, California show how different he might have been from the final version voiced by Hanks. A sculpture of the toy meanie features heavily lidded eyelids, a long, pointy nose, terse lips and a puppet-style chin, the legacy of his origins in an even earlier draft as a ventriloquist’s dummy. »
- Ben Child
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Reworked Star Wars Trailer of the Day: In order to appeal to more demographics, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has a new trailer selling it as a rom-com, via Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Reworked Star Wars Ending of the Day: How It Should Have Ended shows us many ways Attack of the Clones (and the rest of the Star Wars saga) could have concluded: Star Wars Skit of the Day: Also from Jimmy Kimmel Live!, here's a skit showing Harrison Ford and Chewbacca reunited after a long feud: Star Wars Toy Story of the Day: Paste magazine let a Bb-8 toy loose on the streets of New York City. It's a tough place for a tiny droid: Vintage Image of the...
- Christopher Campbell
Recalling that classic episode of TV’s “Seinfeld”, most folks would frown on “double-dipping” (that’s the accusation hurled at George Costanza when observed dunking the same chip into salsa a second time). But in this occasion the “dd” would be considered a “pretty,pretty” good thing. That’s because in 2015 film goers will (as of Thanksgiving Eve) get to double dip into Pixar Studios’ tasty movie diversions. It doesn’t quite make up for the lack of a feature film last year, but the company’s releases are nearly always a welcome treat at the multiplex. Just this past June we were dazzled by the adventures of the emotions of a preteen girl named Riley in the wondrous Inside Out (look for it to get a whole lotta’ Oscar love). This new film is a bit more Earth bound (rather than “brain bound”?). Well, it’s really set way, »
- Jim Batts
It’s a big week for Pixar. Not only does tomorrow see the release of the studios’ sixteenth movie (and their second in five months) “The Good Dinosaur,” but Sunday marked twenty years since the release of their first, “Toy Story.” Since that first adventure of Woody, Buzz and co, the studio has, bar a couple of exceptions, become a byword for not just great family films, but great cinema altogether, earning two Best Picture nominations and winning seven Animated Feature Oscars. Oh, and Pixar has grossed nearly ten billion dollars worldwide, excluding video and merchandise sales. The reasons for Pixar's success are plentiful: the studio has an uncanny eye for what children, and their parents, actually want to see; it is unafraid to take risks and never panders; and it insists on a strong emphasis on story and state of the art CGI. But there’s one hallmark quality that shouldn’t be underestimated, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
The Good Dinosaur, 2015
Directed by Peter Sohn
An epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.
Prior to the release of the incredible Inside Out earlier this year, there was a worry that Pixar had lost some of their mojo. Underwhelming sequels in Cars 2 and Monsters University sandwiched the divisive Brave and suggested that Pixar had become too ingrained into the Disney lifestyle and were happy to settle for mediocrity. And with the rest of the Pixar slate for the next few years being mostly sequels (Finding Dory, Cars 3, Toy Story 4, The Incredibles 2), we should really appreciate when they bring a new IP to the table. Sadly, The Good Dinosaur is more »
- Luke Owen
The 25 Days of Christmas is coming, but before that, ABC Family (which is changing its name to Freeform in January) has a special November treat for you: the countdown to 25 Days of Christmas! It's its own lineup, which kicked off on Sunday, Nov. 22, and ends on Monday, Nov. 30. It'll stave off your sadness from Halloween being over, give you something to watch over the Thanksgiving weekend, and get you excited for 25 Days of Christmas! Keep reading for the schedule, which is full of movies that everyone loves, plus a Pretty Little Liars special. Nov. 22 5 p.m. - The Parent Trap 8 p.m. - Toy Story 10 p.m. - Toy Story 2 Nov. 23 4:30 p.m. - Toy Story 6:30 p.m. - Toy Story 2 8:30 p.m. - Finding Nemo 12:00 a.m. - The Family Stone Nov. 24 5:30 p.m. - Finding Nemo 8:00 p.m. - Pretty Little Liars »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
When you think of Pixar, what comes to mind? Wonderful storytelling like that found in Toy Story, Cars, Finding Nemo and so forth? Is it the technical achievement and raising of the animated bar? Do you think of the shorts? The features? The tie-ins? The history? It’s okay to say “all of the above,” because why wouldn’t you? Pixar is awe-inspiring from every angle and we all know it. However, when I think of Pixar, I think of the emotional exchange, something...
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DisneyLife, initially launching in UK, will be first time Hollywood giant has offered such a wide range of content in one place
Disney has unveiled its eagerly anticipated new family-focused subscription streaming service, DisneyLife, launching in the UK first ahead of a global rollout.
The new service, launched days after YouTube launched its own kids app in the UK and Ireland, brings together the Hollywood giant’s trove of kids’ content, from Bambi and The Jungle Book to Pixar’s Toy Story franchise and more modern blockbusters such as the Pirates of the Caribbean series.
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- Mark Sweney
What makes a Pixar movie a Pixar movie? Besides sharing some general rules of storytelling, the studio's 15 films often share similar themes of maturity, acceptance, and community, and now Vox has come up with a chart illustrating just how much each film adheres to Pixar's thematic template. (The Good Dinosaur, which comes out Wednesday, is not included.) As you might expect, recent cry-fest Inside Out hits the majority of Pixar's favorite notes — it's the most Pixar-y movie since 1999's Toy Story 2. (By this count, A Bug's Life, Ratatouille, and Brave are the least Pixar-y Pixar movies, though of course it would be possible to come up with a different set of standard that puts those movies near the top.) The only Pixar thing Inside Out and Toy Story are missing? We'll give you one hint: It rhymes with "Walking Tars."See the full-size chart here. »
- Nate Jones
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