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 Walt Disney Studios has announced the title for Pixar's Holiday 2013 movie -- Frozen. I'm kind of surprised that the MPAA approved the title considering there was a popular indie movie released under the same title only two years ago, Adam Green's horror thriller Frozen. When the project was first announced at the D23 Expo, they revealed a joke working title (complete with logo seen above): "The Untitled Pixar Movie About Dinosaurs". More details after the jump. Previously: Here is the official plot synopsis from Disney: What if that life-changing asteroid missed Earth? Director Bob Peterson’s hilarious tale depicts a world where dinosaurs never went extinct. And here is a bit of information on the filmmakers behind the movie: Bob Peterson started at Pixar as an additional animator and layout artist on Toy Story, and worked on the story team for A Bug's Life and Toy Story 2. »
- Peter Sciretta
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In these days when silent-film homages are all the rage (see 'Hugo' and 'The Artist'), it's worth taking a look back at 'Three Amigos,' released exactly 25 years ago, on December 12, 1986. The thoroughly silly comedy centers on a trio of extravagantly-costumed silent-movie Western stars (Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short) who find themselves having to be heroes for real when they visit a Mexican town beset by bandits. A modest hit at the time, the movie has since become a cult favorite and surprisingly influential, with its plot echoing through such later movies as 'A Bug's Life,' 'Galaxy Quest,' and 'Rango.' Its spoofing of silent-film conventions must have seemed esoteric a quarter-century ago, but its total absurdity makes 'Three Amigos' timeless. Read on for the untold story of 'Three »
- Gary Susman
As we reported on Friday, the new trailer for Disney's John Carter is scheduled to arrive online this Thursday. Last week the news brought six new stills from the film, which showed off the stunning landscapes, alien creatures, and star Taylor Kitsch. But just as I predicted, the marketing is only starting to ramp up and today we have a brand new poster, courtesy of Apple. Check it out below and head over to the source to see it in high-res. Starring Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Hayden Church, and Willem Dafoe, John Carter makes the live-action debut of Pixar director Andrew Stanton, whose previous films include A Bug's Life, Finding Nemo and Wall-e. His new film, based on the novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs, is about a civil war veteran who is mysteriously transported »
The Movie Pool goes down the chimney for Disney's Prep & Landing on DVD!
Release Date: November 22, 2011
Running Time: 22 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 (anamorphic)
Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles: English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, French, Spanish
Special Features: Bonus Shorts: "Operation Secret Santa" and "Tiny's Big Adventure;" Kringle Academy Elf Training Videos: "Welcome to Kringle Academy," "Equipment Training," "Do's and Dont's;" "North Pole News" Newsreel spoof; "North Pole Commercials" spoof ads.
An ambitious elf named Wayne, upset over not getting a job promotion from Santa, breaks a cardinal rule while on a Christmas mission, and must work with a rookie elf to set things right. Originally broadcast on ABC and winner of the 2010 Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program.
There are a number of Christmas TV classics, from Charlie Brown to Rudolph to Frosty. »
"I have two favorite movies: 'Goodfellas' and 'A Bug's Life.' I love 'Goodfellas' because it's a great movie—it's funny and there is action at perfect points. I just think Martin Scorsese makes everyone look really cool.
'A Bug's Life' is a really funny movie and the characters have such different personalities. The movie is happy and then gets really sad and I'm like, whoa, I'm feeling this way and this movie is about bugs!"
- Robert DeSalvo
Get Ready to enjoy a new adventure with best friends Lightning McQueen and Mater when Cars 2 pulls in to stores on Disney 3D Blu-ray, Blu-Ray and DVD on Monday, November 21, 2011.
The trailer for the film is included below to give you a taster (or a reminder, if you saw it at cinemas) of what to expect from this latest automotive caper.
Directed by John Lasseter (Toy Story 1 & 2, Cars, A Bug's Life), and featuring Michael Caine in his Pixar debut as top British spy Finn McMissile, Cars 2 comes from Disney subsidiary Pixar Animation Studios and is the follow-up to the 2006 Golden Globe award-winning movie Cars.
Pixar says the release, which celebrates the studio's 25th anniversary, "ramps up the excitement, the thrills and the action with »
- David Bentley
Time to meet... Buzz? Yep, it's 'lil Buzz, or Happy Meal-toy Buzz! There's a new Pixar short film attached to The Muppets in theaters later this month called Small Fry, featuring most of the beloved Toy Story toy cast, and some brand new toys. USA Today reveals the first look photo (we have another one below via Pixar Times) featuring Buzz Lightyear, both big and small. "It's like the Prince and the Pauper tale for toys," says writer/director Angus MacLane. "Except one of them happens to be 3 inches tall." I've seen the short and it's hilarious, worth going to theaters for this alone. I wouldn't be surprised if this lil guy is based on reality. Small Fry is directed by Pixar's Angus MacLane, a veteran animator at the studio since A Bug's Life, who also directed the short Burn-e on the Wall-e DVD. "There's something funny about having the »
- Alex Billington
Toy Story 2 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack Walt Disney Entertainment 1999 & 2009/Rated G/Running Time 92 Mins List Price: $49.99 – Available November 1, 2011 Being that Pixar Studios has the luxury of animation, they can take apart a film project a rebuild it several times during the production process. Toy Story 2 almost went straight to video, but John Lasseter had the foresight to see the potential of this sequel to his colossal hit – the first film in the Pixar canon – taking the reins and rethinking the project. It's a good thing too, because the film not only went on to great success, but is considered to be one of the best sequels ever made. In the first film, cowboy Woody (Tom Hanks) and space-cop Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) fight for their owner Andy's attention until Woody saves Buzz from their sadistic neighbor, Sid. Toy Story 2 turns the tables, as Buzz must save »
In an emotional eulogy at his memorial service, Simpson described her brother's final moments, saying he gazed at his wife and children and uttered three times, "Oh, wow."
Mona revealed, "Before embarking, he'd looked at his [other] sister Patty, then for a long time at his children, then at his life partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them, before saying his final words. »
Rather than having the surgical procedure, Jobs tried alternative therapies, explaining he didn't want to have the operation because it was too invasive. Jobs ended up having the surgery nine months later. Isaacson, who will appear on "60 Minutes" on Sunday, said Steve initially attempted to treat the disease with various treatments, »
As Contagion sweeps like a plague into UK cinemas, James looks at five Hollywood actors who are surely immune to infection…
Are you thinking about going to the cinema this weekend? If you are, I'd urge you to take some baby wipes, a bottle of disinfectant and a surgical mask. Please take the necessary precautions, because the multiplex is full of germs, malicious microbes and bugs - and I mean nasty bugs that bring disease, not the cute animated critters from Pixar's A Bug's Life.
I say this because Hollywood is sick - even sicker than normal. We already knew that Sunset Strip is awash with titan migraines, venereal disease, substance abuse problems and psychological disorders. What we're dealing with now, though, according to the freshly released film Contagion, is a health crisis that no spell in the Betty Ford Clinic or course of antibiotics will cure. This is the »
Apple Co-Founder and CEO Steve Jobs died of respiratory arrest October 5, stemming from a pancreatic tumor, according to Bloomberg News.
The Santa Clara County Public Health Department in San Jose, California, issued the document Monday, listing respiratory arrest as the immediate cause of death, with "metastatic pancreas neuroendocrine tumor" as the underlying cause. There was no autopsy performed.
The technology guru had been diagnosed in 2003 with a rare form of pancreatic cancer, »
Apple visionary Steve Jobs, who died Wednesday at the age of 56, reportedly began saying his goodbyes in February, four months before he made his final public appearance.
According to the NY Times, after years of fighting cancer, Jobs learned in February that his condition was terminal. What first began as a few dozen people wanting to say their goodbyes turned into an endless stream of people -- whose calls were mostly handled by his wife, »
Following the death of Apple genius Steve Jobs this week, Madonna posted a video on her website showing a conversation she had with Jobs when he spoke about iTunes at a 2005 Apple conference. Steve proudly announced Madonna agreed to put all 15 of her albums on the now #1 online music site.
Jobs was able to speak to the pop queen via iChat while she was in London. The Apple CEO said, "Hey I wanna thank you »
Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the man behind the first personal computer, died Wednesday at 56 after a long battle with cancer. The innovative genius revolutionized the technical world with the iMac, iTunes, iPod and iPhone.
"Extra" remembers Jobs and all of his world-changing accomplishments. Here are "10 Interesting Facts About Steve Jobs."
10 Interesting Facts About Steve JobsBorn in San Francisco
Apple guru Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco and was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs. »
February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011
Steve Jobs has died at 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jobs had battled cancer in 2004 and underwent a liver transplant in 2009 after taking a leave of absence for unspecified health problems. He took another leave of absence in January -- his third since his health problems began -- and officially resigned in August.
Jobs started Apple with a high school friend in a Silicon Valley garage in 1976, was forced out a decade later and returned in 1997 to rescue the company. During his second stint, it grew into the most valuable technology company in the world.
Cultivating Apple's countercultural sensibility and a minimalist design ethic, Jobs rolled out one sensational product after another, even in the face of the late-2000s recession and his own failing health.
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What's often forgotten or given little recognition in the wake of his untimely passing on Wednesday is Steve Jobs' influence on the development of computer-animated movies. Before his return to Apple in 1996 and his championing of devices such as the iPod, iPhone, and iMac, Jobs made an astute purchase from moviemaker George Lucas of a struggling graphics company. His drive and commitment to a fledgling project at Pixar eventually realized itself as Toy Story, the first computer-animated feature-length movie ever produced.
Widely regarded as "one of the greatest and most revolutionary films in the history of animation," Toy Story has become the touchstone of the Pixar brand that has gone on to create such award-winning and commercially successful movies as Wall-e, Up, and Finding Nemo. Eventually, Disney bought Pixar in 2006 for $7.6 billion, naming Steve Jobs to the board of directors and leaving him the single largest individual shareholder in »
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Apple co-founder and former Pixar Animation Studios chief executive Steve Jobs passed away yesterday after losing a long battle with pancreatic cancer, aged 56. Born in San Francisco, California in 1955, Jobs went on to become one of the most successful entreprenuers of the digital age after forming Apple, Inc. in the mid-1970s, and was responsible for technological innovations such as the Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad.
In 1986, Jobs purchased The Graphics Group from LucasFilm, which was later renamed Pixar; with Jobs serving as chief executive of the animation studio, Pixar went on to reach near-unprecedented heights of creativity, releasing the first CGI feature film, Toy Story, in 1995, along with box office hits such as A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo and The Incredibles, before the company's acquisition by Disney in 2006. Tributes to Jobs were led by Pixar's chief creative office John Lasseter and president Ed Catmull, »
San Francisco — Suddenly, the next version of the iPhone doesn't seem so important. It's time to mourn Steve Jobs, the Silicon Valley maestro who always seemed to hit the right note as he transformed Apple Inc. into technology's greatest hits factory.
It didn't take long for the people who loved their iPhones, iPods, iPads and Macs to begin gathering to pay their respects to the man who made it all happen.
Scott Robbins, a barber and Apple fan for nearly 20 years, came to Apple's San Francisco store as soon as he heard about Jobs' death Wednesday afternoon.
"To some people, this is like Elvis Presley or John Lennon _it's a change in our times," Robbins, 34, said. "It's the end of an era, of what we've known Apple to be. It's like the end of the innovators."
The world also lost a showman, whose flair for the dramatic – there was always »
Steve Jobs, the co-founder, chairman and until very recently CEO of Apple, Inc., died today after a long battle with cancer. He was 56.
Jobs leaves behind a legacy of inventions known (and loved) for their functionality and elegance as well as several critically acclaimed animated films produced through Pixar Animation Studios.
In the late '70s, Jobs and his team developed one of the first commercially successful lines of personal computers, the Apple II series. In the early '80s, Jobs was among the first to see the commercial potential of a little device known as the mouse, which led to the creation of the Macintosh.
Jobs actually resigned from Apple in 1985 and founded NeXT, a computer platform »
- Bryan Enk
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