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Pixar’s Sequel Problem: Studio Tells Audiences Not to Worry About Franchises in Its Slate — Sf International Film Festival

10 April 2017 9:25 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

While Disney’s animation unit continues to operate out of its lot in Burbank, Pixar never moved in. Eleven years after the beloved company was acquired by Disney, Pixar continues to operate out of its campus in the Bay Area, much of its staff has worked there for decades, and it enjoys a fair amount of autonomy from the parent company.

However, one major development has stood out in Pixar’s post-Disney life: Sequels. Prior to the Disney acquisition, Pixar had only produced one sequel to its treasured slate — “Toy Story 2,” which didn’t tarnish the brand — but it has made four sequels since the acquisition (“Toy Story 3,” “Cars 2,” “Monsters University” and “Finding Dory”). What’s more, three of the four Pixar movies slated to be released in the next two years are sequels: “Cars 3” in 2017, “The Incredibles 2” in 2018 and “Toy Story 4” in 2019. For »

- Eric Kohn

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Frozen Sequel Could Change The Way You Look At The First One

31 March 2017 3:34 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Disney spent the late 2000s regaining all the ground they had lost in the previous decade. In the mid-2000s, their name was no longer synonymous with quality, and they had a tendency to churn out dud after dud, with an obvious eye on profit over strong storytelling. Things started to turn around for them around 2008 with the release of Bolt, which was the first Disney animated feature under the new leadership of Pixar’s head honcho and creative genius John Lasseter. And it was quite the step in the right direction.

Disney’s re-ascent to the top, however took a bit longer to gain steam. The films’ qualities and box office performances mostly saw an upward trend, but it wasn’t until perhaps 2013’s Frozen that it became clear that we were witnessing a brand new renaissance for the entertainment conglomerate. Even now, Frozen permeates the pop culture zeitgeist »

- Joseph Medina

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Ralph Has Wrecked The Internet With A Comeback

29 March 2017 8:18 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Ralph is back, and he isn't just wrecking whatever buildings he can, he's here to break the internet!

Disney is bringing the news at Cinema Con in Las Vegas! One of the major announcements they dropped was that Wreck It Ralph is finally getting it's sequel! This go around Ralph is escaping out of his arcade and into the expansive universe of the internet next year when the sequel hits the big screen. Dave Hollis, head of distribution for The Walt Disney Studios, revealed the much-anticipated sequel’s title, Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

Hollis also let us know that John C. Reilly, Sarah SilvermanJane Lynch and Jack McBrayer are all returning tot he film. Also returning are the team behind the original Wreck-It Ralph, directors Rich Moore (Zootopia, The Simpsons) and Phil Johnston (writer, Zootopia, Cedar Rapids), and producer Clark Spencer (Zootopia, Bolt) are hard at work on the movie. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (B.C.)

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Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2 Sequel Revealed at CinemaCon

29 March 2017 5:51 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Wreck-It Ralph is escaping out of his arcade and into the expansive universe of the internet next year when Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2 hits the big screen. Dave Hollis, head of distribution for The Walt Disney Studios, revealed the much-anticipated sequel’s title and told CinemaCon attendees that Jane Lynch and Jack McBrayer would be returning to the roster.

Also returning are the team behind the original “Wreck-It Ralph,” who won an Oscar last month for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ billion-dollar-box-office-blockbuster “Zootopia.” Directors Rich Moore (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and Phil Johnston (writer, “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Zootopia,” “Cedar Rapids”), and producer Clark Spencer (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Bolt”) are hard at work on the movie. “To take these characters we love and have them enter the enormous world of the internet has given us so much to explore,” said Moore. “Our production team has been hard at work »

- Michelle McCue

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Disney to release Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 in March 2018

28 March 2017 9:17 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Walt Disney Company have announced that they will release Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 in cinemas in March 2018. The announcement was made in Las Vegas during the company’s CinemaCon presentation.

Jane Lynch and Jack McBrayer, who were at the event, will be returning for the sequel, along with John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman.

The film will be directed by Rich Moore (Zootropolis, Wreck-It Ralph, The Simpsons) and Phil Johnston (writer, Wreck-It Ralph, Zootropolis), and produced by Clark Spencer (Zootopia, Wreck-It Ralph, Bolt).

“To take these characters we love and have them enter the enormous world of the internet has given us so much to explore,” said Moore. “Our production team has been hard at work designing a world that takes something we all think we know – the internet – but shows it in a whole new, imaginative way.”

Johnston added, “We’re so excited to be working with Ralph, »

- Paul Heath

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Wreck-It-Ralph 2 Gets Titled Ralph Breaks the Internet

28 March 2017 9:13 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

As CinemaCon continues throughout the week, all the big studios are planning massive events to showcase their upcoming movies. Warner Bros. has a two hour event scheduled for tomorrow, and Universal is doing an unprecedented four hours. Not Disney. No. The biggest studio around right now spent literally twelve and half minutes on their presentation before diving into the meat of their big show, which was a screening of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in full. The biggest news to come out of their short, but sweet dog and pony show was the title reveal for Wreck-It-Ralph 2. The full title is officially Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.

Along with the title, we also have a logo to show off, and the full press release that was shared by Disney. You can read the full thing here: Wreck-It Ralph is escaping out of his arcade »

- MovieWeb

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Annette Bening joins cast of 'Life, Itself'

13 March 2017 4:35 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

NBC break-out This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman directs the drama.

Film Nation and Temple Hill announced that Bening has joined Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Antonio Banderas, Olivia Cooke, Laia Costa, Mandy Patinkin, Sergio Peris-Mencheta and Alex Monner on the drama.

This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman directs from his screenplay and production has begun in New York City ahead of an anticipated move to Spain in May.

Life, Itself is a multi-generational love story that weaves together characters whose lives intersect over the course of decades from the streets of New York to the Spanish countryside and back.

FilmNation is fully financing and produces and handles international sales while Wme Global represents Us rights.

Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing with FilmNation, and Fogelman. 

Fogelman created two TV shows this season: Pitch, made in cooperation with Major League Baseball for Fox, and the break-out NBC series This Is Us.

His directorial »

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Annette Bening Joins Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde in Dan Fogelman’s ‘Life, Itself’

13 March 2017 3:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annette Bening has joined Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde in the romantic drama “Life, Itself.”

This Is Us” creator and “Crazy, Stupid, Love” writer Dan Fogelman is directing from his own script.

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FilmNation Entertainment and Temple Hill are producing the multi-generational love story, weaving together a number of characters whose lives intersect over the course of decades — from the streets of New York to the Spanish countryside. Antonio Banderas, Olivia Cooke, Laia Costa, Mandy Patinkin, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, and Alex Monner also star. Principal photography is beginning in New York City and will continue in Spain in May.

FilmNation will fully finance, produce, and handle international sales for the film. Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey will produce with FilmNation, along with Fogelman. Wme Global will handle the U.S. sale on behalf of FilmNation.

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- Dave McNary

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‘Zootopia’ Wins Academy Award for Best Animated Film

26 February 2017 7:12 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Get those animal-related Oscar puns for the sequel.

Zootopia” took home the award for Best Animated Feature at Sunday night’s 89th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.

Read More: ‘Zootopia’: How Disney Anticipated Trump’s America With That Ice Cream Scene (Exclusive Video)

This is the fifth straight year that a Disney-affiliated entity as won the award and the 11th time in the 16 years the award has existed. Co-directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore were both nominated previously for the award for their individual work on “Bolt” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” respectively.

“We are so grateful to the audiences all over the world who have embraced this film with this story of tolerance being more powerful than fear of the other,” Moore said, accepting the award.

The evening’s dark horse contender was “Kubo and the Two Strings,” the latest film from Portland-based animation house Laika. »

- Steve Greene

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Interview: The Global Resonance of "Zootopia" and its Animal Kingdoms

21 February 2017 11:33 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Zootopia gets a lot of its pizazz from the clash of its odd couple leads but behind the scenes things are much more sympatico. When I sat down to interview the director Rich Moore (Wreck-it Ralph) and producer Clark Spencer (Wreck-it Ralph, Bolt, Lilo & Stitch) they weren't so much finishing each other's sentences as they were most definitely reciting from the same page. Rich calls Clark the 'best producer he's ever worked with' and credits him for creating a structure so that the creatives didn't have to worry about the minutae but were kept aware of it to keep them on track.

Unfortunately the third key member of their team Byron Howard, who the project originated with had bronchitis on the day we met. He'll be long since recovered by Oscar night which will likely be a happy one for the team.

Zootopia is the second project Moore and Clark »

- NATHANIEL R

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Every Action Star That Needs to Be in Expendables 4

9 February 2017 7:19 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sylvester Stallone is the master at making the most out of simplicity. So good is this action legend at taking a basic idea and making it exist forever, that eventually he tries to give said idea a certain degree of gravitas. How does he do this you say?

Take Rocky Balboa. In the first film, this lovable schlub just wants to have a girlfriend and go the distance in a dream title fight. By the fourth film in this wondrous saga, Rocky is defending America on Russian soil and beating a fighter who (realistically) would have Ko'd the Italian Stallion in 1 round. In fact, Rocky was almost Ko'd in one round, however, the referee let it go on. How's that for Sylvester Stallone making the most of something simple?

He did the same thing with Rambo. In the first film, John Rambo was a simple man who just wanted to »

- MovieWeb

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Get to Know ‘Pearl’ — the First Oscar-Nominated Virtual Reality Film

2 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Pearl’ (Courtesy: Google Spotlight Stories)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Those of you who haven’t been taking virtual reality seriously should start doing so right now. For the first time ever, the Oscars have nominated a Vr film, which means the filmmaking style is officially taking hold and is undoubtedly here to stay — at least for the time being. Pearl has snagged a nomination in the best animated short category and stands a chance at winning big. Let’s take a look at what this moment means for the future of Vr and how it stands against the competition.

Pearl — a 2016 film by Google Spotlight Story and Evil Eye Pictures — tells the story of a girl and her dad chasing their dreams as they cross the United States in an old hatchback, their makeshift home, named Pearl. Music, created by both the father and daughter, is at the center »

- Carson Blackwelder

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‘Zootopia’ Directors Byron Howard & Rich Moore On The Leaps In Animation Tech That Made It Possible

4 January 2017 9:30 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Oscar nominated, respectively, for their work on Bolt and Wreck-It Ralph, directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore have triumphantly returned to the forefront of the awards conversation this year with Zootopia. Taking the Best Animated Feature prize at the Critics' Choice Awards and a Golden Globe nomination the following morning, the celebrated, inclusive picture from Walt Disney Studios tells the story of Judy Hopps, an inspirational young bunny who boldly confronts… »

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