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Disney-Pixar’s John Lasseter to Be Honored by Walt Disney Family Museum

16 August 2017 5:48 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, will receive the Diane Disney Miller Lifetime Achievement Award from the Walt Disney Family Museum at its third annual fundraising gala on Nov. 7 at the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio in San Francisco

The award honors those who have made an outstanding impact in arts, education, community involvement, and technological advancement.

“I’m honored to be receiving the Diane Disney Miller Lifetime Achievement Award. Diane was an incredible person and an incredible champion of her father’s legacy,” Lasseter said. “The Walt Disney Family Museum is such an inspiring place for me, and I think for anyone who’s ever seen one of Walt’s movies, or visited one of his theme parks. I was proud to call Diane my friend and I’m very proud to be receiving this recognition in her name.”

Lasseter is a pioneer of computer animation and a driving »

- Terry Flores

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The Cars That Made America: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Series to Air on History

7 August 2017 12:31 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Fans of Dale Earnhardt Jr. will soon see the race car drive in The Cars That Made America. The new series will land on the History Channel later this month.History released a press statement detailing the new series. Check that out below."History(R) launches its first annual "Car Week" beginning with the premiere of the three-night, six-hour event series, The Cars That Made America, hosted and executive produced by Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Sunday, August 13 at 8 Pm Et/Pt. The series uncovers the stories of the visionaries who built America's car landscape, changing our culture and shaping our country forever."Cars are a huge part of what America was built on - industry, innovation and inspiration," said Earnhardt Jr. "I am honored to be partnering with History as part of their event series The Cars That Made America »


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U.S. Studios Don't Need U.S. Audiences Anymore

27 July 2017 12:05 PM, PDT | | See recent LRM Online news »

Stop me if you've heard these: Wonder Woman is the highest-grossing film of the summer. The latest Transformers is a flop. Valerian has no chance to make its budget back. All of these statements are false (well, maybe not the one about Valerian...). That is, if you're looking at the worldwide box office. While many news sites continue to primarily report on movies' success (or lack thereof) in the good ol' United States, increasingly, U.S. studios are looking to foreign shores to not only pad their films' numbers, but to justify entire franchises.

In 1989, Tim Burton's Batman was the quintessential franchise starter. It had a memorable actor in Michael Keaton playing the hero, and movie legend Jack Nicholson played the film's villain. On a budget of $35 million, the movie scored $251 million in the U.S. box office, and immediately warranted a sequel. It also made a cool $160 million in foreign theaters, »

- Brian Jasper

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I’ve got questions about the Cars cinematic universe

18 July 2017 1:21 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Jul 19, 2017

With spoilers, some questions have sprung to mind about Pixar's Cars films. Er, can you help?

The world of the Cars films has always been a bit of a puzzle for me. I don’t have a massive affection for the films, although quite enjoyed movies number one and three. The origins of this particular film world are said to lie in a road trip that John Lasseter – who directed the first two movies – took with his family. That, combined with work Pixar had already been doing on a film called The Yellow Car, set things into motion, and in 2006, the film debuted as Pixar’s fifth feature.

I don’t want to delve into the critical response to Cars. I don’t think it’s going out on too far of a limb to call it Pixar’s least-regarded boxset, but also, I get that these »

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Exclusive: Owen Wilson on playing Lightning McQueen in Cars 3 & how even he got emotional during Marley & Me

17 July 2017 8:02 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Stefan Pape

Much like with Toy Story, Cars is yet another Pixar franchise to be entering in to its third movie – and we had the pleasure of sitting down with the trilogy’s leading star Owen Wilson – who voices Lightning McQueen.

We discussed with Wilson what he believes it is about this series, and these characters, which keeps drawing audiences back in, and whether there was a challenge in ensuring this latest production not only appealed to established fans, but newcomers too.

He goes on to speak about his closeness to this character of Lightning, and how much of his own input he was allowed during the making of the feature. On the same topic we ask which character he’d most like to revisit again on screen, while also – and following on from a theme in the movie – we ask about getting older, and whether he resents it, »

- Stefan Pape

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Cars 3 review – whiz without the fizz

16 July 2017 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The world’s favourite talking vehicles are showing their age in this latest animated joyride

A third zip around the racetrack for Pixar’s Cars franchise, this time tackling an older generation’s anxieties about irrelevance in the internet age, with racing veteran Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) almost edged out by Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer), a sleeker, faster, more efficient anthropomorphised automobile. A sly feminist subplot involving trainer Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) is welcome, and it’s a colourful, spry enough ride, but it doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel.

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- Simran Hans

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‘Toy Story 4’ Won’t Be Directed by John Lasseter, ‘The Incredibles 2’ Focuses on Elastigirl and More from D23 Expo

15 July 2017 10:04 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Attendees of the D23 Expo were treated to a bevy of new information about upcoming Disney and Pixar projects last night. Perhaps the biggest news is that John Lasseter is no longer set to co-direct “Toy Story 4” alongside Josh Cooley, who’s now set to helm the project on his lonesome; Lasseter, Pixar’s chief creative officer, directed the original film back in 1995. Cooley served as head of story on “Inside Out” and began his tenure at Pixar as an intern on “Cars.”

Read MoreThat Super-Sad ‘Toy Story’ Video About Andy’s Dad Has Been Debunked, Thankfully

That film won’t see light of day until June 21, 2019, nearly a decade after “Toy Story 3” became the beloved animation studio’s highest-grossing film. “The Incredibles 2” will hit theaters sooner, namely June 15 of next year, and pick up immediately where the first film left off. It will also center around »

- Michael Nordine

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Pixar, Disneytoons new movies teased

15 July 2017 12:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Don Kaye Jul 17, 2017

A “suburban fantasy world” is the subject of a new Pixar film, whilst there might just be a Planes spin-off coming too...

Although Pixar has sequels like Toy Story 4 and The Incredibles 2 in the works, the studio still continues to develop and produce original movies. John Lasseter took the opportunity at D23 in California over the weekend to announce a brand new original project from the company, an untitled “suburban fantasy world” movie to be helmed by Monsters University director Dan Scanlon.

Coming to the stage with little else at this point but some concept art, Scanlon was armed with one more thing: the emotional inspiration behind the film. Scanlon detailed how he lost his father when he was very young, with just a few words on a voice recording to even know what he sounded like, and that he and his brother have always »

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Newswire: John Lasseter is no longer co-directing Toy Story 4

14 July 2017 6:20 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Despite previous reports that he’d be co-directing the film (after taking the third installment off) Pixar leader John Lasseter won’t be in the director’s chair for Toy Story 4. Variety reports that Lasseter broke the news to fans at Disney’s D23 expo today, revealing that he’s leaving the franchise’s fourth installment in the hands of his previously announced co-director, Josh Cooley.

Lasseter and Toy Story are basically synonymous with Pixar’s rise over the last 20 years, from the bold ambition and bright humor of the original, through the darker overtones (and occasional sequel fatigue) of the subsequent installments. Now, though, Cooley—who started at the studio as an intern on Cars, and who worked as a story supervisor on the studio’s triumphantly well-received Inside Out—will handle sole directing duties on Toy Story 4. (Which is being described as a romantic comedy »

- William Hughes

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Toy Story 4 undergoes a director change

14 July 2017 5:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Don Kaye Jul 17, 2017

John Lasseter isn't directing Toy Story 4 anymore, he confirms.

At Disney’s D23 Expo 2017 in Anaheim, California over the weekend, Pixar and Disney Animation head John Lasseter surprised the packed convention hall by revealing that he was stepping down as the co-director of Toy Story 4.

Lasseter did not give a reason why he was not going to co-direct his first feature since Cars 2 in 2011, but instead focused on introducing his co-director Josh Cooley, who will now receive sole directing credit on the fourth Toy Story entry. No other plot or cast details were revealed for the 2019 release.

Cooley began his career at Pixar in 2004 as an intern and later worked as a storyboard artist on The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Up and Cars 2. He also was a screenwriter on Inside Out, and wrote and directed two shorts, including Riley’s First Date?

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‘Toy Story 4’: Josh Cooley Becomes Sole Director as John Lasseter Steps Down

14 July 2017 4:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John Lasseter has stepped down as director of “Toy Story 4,” leaving co-director Josh Cooley to take full reins.

Lasseter revealed the news on Friday at D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif. Lasseter, Pixar’s chief creative officer, has directed the first “Toy Story” in 1995. He will stay on the project as an executive producer.

Cooley, head of story on the Pixar hit “Inside Out,” was named one of Variety‘s 10 Animators to Watch in 2015. Cooley started at the company as an intern working on “Cars.”

“To be co-director on ‘Toy Story 4’ with John, who brought the ‘Toy Story’ characters to the screen 20 years ago, is a dream come true,” he told Variety in 2015. “When I first saw ‘Toy Story,’ I was amazed by the groundbreaking computer-generated animation. But it was the strong storytelling that kept me coming back. ‘Toy Story 4’ will continue that tradition and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Disney Dates New Animated Film — Possible ‘Planes’ Sequel — for April 2019

14 July 2017 3:27 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Updated: Disney dated a new animated movie for April 12, 2019, at the D23 Expo on Friday afternoon.

John Lasseter, who walked onstage with a t-shirt cannon in hand that launched Hawaiian shirts at eventgoers, made the announcement at the Pixar and Walt Disney Animation panel.

“It is harder to think of a title than it is to get to space,” the Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Disneytoon Studios chief creative officer said about the untitled Disneytoon film, which may be a sequel to the studio’s 2013 pic “Planes.”


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Lasseter then showed the audience in Anaheim, Calif., a scene of rough footage from the movie, which he called “speed test,” that showed two military planes zooming through a rocky landscape. An evil-looking third plane then swooped down from space and grazed the side of one of the planes.

Planes” grossed $239.3 million worldwide, »

- Variety Staff

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Disney Unveils 'Cars'/'Planes' Spinoff That Will Go to Space

14 July 2017 3:04 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Disney is heading to space.

After an emotional ceremony honoring this year's Disney Legends, D23 continued in earnest Friday with the company's animation panel — where it announced the next chapter in its Cars universe.

John Lasseter came onstage, using a merch gun to whip the crowd into a frenzy, and he showed off footage from a new Disneytoon project he dubbed "the speed test."

The footage was something akin to Top Gun on steroids, with planes that go all the way into space. The planes had faces, like those seen in the two installments of Cars spinoff Planes, »

- Borys Kit ,Aaron Couch

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Cars 3 movie review: road to nowhere

14 July 2017 8:10 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… Three movies in, and this world of sentient driverless cars still creeps me out, and still does nothing except advertise a mountain of related merch for kids. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of this franchise

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

So, hotshot sentient driverless race car — dammit, three movies in, and that’s still creepy — Lightning McQueen has hit middle age. He’s not as fast as he used to be. The youngsters are nipping at his heels… tires… whatever… and lapping him on the track. What’s an automobile dude to do?

I have many questions about the scenario of Cars 3.

But… wait… Who designed and built the sleek new supercharged race cars nipping at Lighting McQueen’s heels?

Where are these vehicular youngsters coming from? Jackson Storm (the voice of Armie Hammer: Free Fire, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Cars 3 review

13 July 2017 1:55 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

By not hugely popular demand, Pixar makes a third Cars film. It turns out to be an improvement on the last one...

Pixar’s least-vital series of films now brings us what, on the surface, is something of a trilogy closer. It’s also a course correction of sorts. Cars 3 heads back to the safer ground of the original Cars film, rather than exploring the kind of global espionage feature that the really not very good Cars 2 opted to venture towards. You’d hardly accuse the new film of taking much in the way of a risk, but it does at least offer a more satisfying end result.

This time, Lightning McQueen – voiced once again by Owen Wilson – is coming to the end of his career. He’s still racing, but when more experimental, cutting edge racers start overtaking – primarily Jackson Storm, the sort-of foe of the film »

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Cars 3 Review: Dir. Brian Fee (2017)

10 July 2017 12:17 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Cars 3 review: The animation giants Pixar return this summer, with the third instalment in their most lucrative – albeit if not most critically loved – franchise.

Cars 3 review, Awais Irfan.

After the studio switched gear and put Mater in the spotlight last time around (to bad results), the focus is very much back on Rookie sensation Lightning McQueen (voiced again by Owen Wilson). Only, he’s no longer a Rookie. And when McQueen finds his career challenged by younger, faster, more tech-savvy racer by the name of Jackson Storm (voiced by Armie Hammer), he will have to prove that his racing days are not over yet, seeking help from a new generation car herself, Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo).

As we’d expect from any Pixar affair, the animation is undoubtedly stunning. This is, yet again, masterclass technical work from the subsidiary of the House of Mouse. There are landscape scenes »

- Awais Irfan

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Great Job, Internet!: Did Lightning McQueen fuck a car groupie?

29 June 2017 2:09 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

The universe in which Pixar’s Cars franchise exists is a strange one. It’s a world where school buses exist but the humans who would ostensibly be the purpose of such an automobile do not. It’s a place devoid of Larry The Cable Guy, yet Mater spouts his catchphrases. And now, in a twist truly worthy of a film much better than any of the Cars films, it seems that cars are quite possibly Dtf. In a new post over at Movie Pilot, Trevor Norkey suggests there’s an illegitimate car child in Cars 3, fathered by hero Lightning McQueen making sweet, gear-on-gear love to another car, thereby inseminating the car eggs and spawning a baby car. If that sounds like a nightmare, remember, these cars have windshields for eyeballs.

The theory goes something like this: Twins Mia and Tia from the original film were groupies of Lightning »

- Alex McLevy

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Eiff 2017: Cars 3 Review

28 June 2017 8:05 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Steven Neish

Veteran racer Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is back where he belongs at the Piston Cup, but while he’s been away saving the world or whatever it was he got up to in Cars 2 a new wave of next-generation super-cars has started to dominate the competition. Crashing out during the final race of the season while attempting to overtake his would-be successor, Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer), Lightning returns to Radiator Springs to lick his wounds and recover. With a new sponsor by the name of Sterling (Nathan Fillion), and the threat of a premature retirement closing the distance, Lightning has it all to prove as he’s forced to retrain under the tutelage of Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) and her high-tech simulators.

Clearly sensing where they went wrong with Cars 2, namely in removing the characters from their backwater setting and releasing them onto the world stage, »

- Steven Neish

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Learn how to draw Lightning McQueen from Cars 3 with Pixar's John Hoffman

23 June 2017 1:39 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Learn how to draw Lightning McQueen from Cars 3 with Pixar's John HoffmanLearn how to draw Lightning McQueen from Cars 3 with Pixar's John HoffmanAdriana Floridia6/23/2017 3:39:00 Pm

Our very own Tanner Zee sat down with Pixar story artist John Hoffman to learn how to draw the star of the Cars franchise, Lightning McQueen (who is voiced by Owen Wilson).

This is Hoffman's first Pixar film, but he has worked on other high profile animated movies such as Anastasia and Paranorman. The Calgary-native is currently working on a top-secret new project at Pixar.

The video makes it look easy enough, and may inspire you to try drawing Lighning McQueen for yourself. Check it out below and see Cars 3, now playing at Cineplex theatres. For tickets and showtimes, click here! »

- Adriana Floridia

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Nathan Fillion talks being Canadian and his voice role in Cars 3!

20 June 2017 2:38 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Nathan Fillion talks being Canadian and his voice role in Cars 3!Nathan Fillion talks being Canadian and his voice role in Cars 3!Adriana Floridia6/20/2017 4:38:00 Pm

The third installment of Disney and Pixars Cars franchise is in theatres now!

Owen Wilson returns as Lightning McQueen, who now has to prove to a new generation of racers that he is still the best in the world. It'll be tough for Lightning, however, as a bunch of new racers are using a special technology that allows them to drive faster. Lightning basically has one last chance to keep his reputation.

Nathan Fillion joins the cast as a new character named Sterling, who is a big fan of Lightning. He has plans to make Lightning into a brand, and works with him to update his look and help him train.

We had a chance to talk to Nathan Fillion about his role as Sterling, »

- Adriana Floridia

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