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We all know that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is going to rake it in at the worldwide box office, with predictions of a $600 million + global opening weekend, and now analyst Tim Nollen has told The Hollywood Reporter that tie-in products for the hotly-anticipated blockbuster could pull in around $5 billion in sales within the first twelve months.
“The Force Awakens could generate $5 billion in consumer merchandise sales in its first year of release, assuming it does better than Cars 2’s $3 billion,” states Nollen. “This would easily net Disney about $500 million in licensing and retail revenue. Cars 2 sold more than $2.8 billion worth of merchandise in its first year alone in 2011, and the original Cars movie sold approximately $10 billion worth of merchandise in its first five years of release. Taking into account the strength of the Star Wars franchise, which has altogether sold over $20 billion worth of licensed goods in its lifetime, »
- Gary Collinson
Pixar animates Andrew Coats (Wall-e, Toy Story 3) and Lou Hamou-Lhadj (Cars 2, Inside Out) have released the first trailer for their upcoming animated short Borrowed Time, which centres of an aging Sheriff in the Old West. Check it out here, along with the official synopsis…
A weathered Sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. With each step forward, the memories come flooding back. Faced with his mistake once again, he must find the strength to carry on.
Borrowed Time is set to hit the festival circuit this year.
- Gary Collinson
DC Entertainment’s TV slate is expanding. Powerless will be NBC’s workplace comedy, set in a superhero world…
Here’s an interesting one – DC Entertainment is brewing another TV project, but this one’s a single-camera comedy show. It’s called Powerless, and it will centre on an insurance company struggling to keep up with the world of superheroes.
According to Deadline – who broke the news – Powerless ‘evokes NBC’s signature comedy series The Office, but with superheroes.’ It’s unclear at this stage just which superheroes the show will feature, but according to Deadline’s unnamed source ‘the list is not expected to include the biggest DC brands like Batman and Superman.’
It’s worth noting »
Deadline reports that NBC is developing a comedy in the style of the Office that focuses on normal office workers dealing with things like insurance claims taken out against superheros and villains of the Dc Universe. Batmana and Superman won't be showing up on the series, but B, C and D listers may make appearances. The series is being created by Ben Queen, who is previously known for writing Cars 2. The tally for Dc television series is now Gotham (Fox), Arrow, Flash and Legends of Tomorrow (CW), Titans (TNT) and Supergirl (CBS). NBC is the last network to cover, since ABC is owned by Disney...which owns Marvel. »
- The Atari Nation
Disney's big D23 Expo is underway and last night the House of Mouse started things off with a look at the upcoming films on their animation slate. This included new looks and information on Finding Dory, Toy Story 4, Moana, and a few more. Come inside to check it all out in one spot.
We already reported on one of the new animated films that was announced last night, Gigantic, but there was so much more Disney had in store for attendees at D23. While the majority of information came from previously annnounced films, there was another new animation project revealed in the form of Coco:
“Coco” – Director Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”) and producer Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”) revealed the title of their upcoming film today at D23 Expo 2015. Disney·Pixar’s “Coco” is the celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Disney's D23 Expo kicked off today with a massive three-hour panel that showcased the 20th Anniversary of Toy Story, while looking forward to Toy Story 4, arriving in theaters June 16, 2017. Pixar Animation Studios' John Lasseter, who's one of Pixar's three founders, celebrated 20 years since Toy Story transformed the animation industry and the art of storytelling. Lasseter welcomed to the stage iconic two-time Oscar-winning songwriter and longtime Pixar collaborator Randy Newman, whose Pixar credits include Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc. and Cars.
Also joining in the celebration were Toy Story 4 co-director Josh Cooley (Cars 2, Ratatouille) and producer Galyn Susman (Toy Story of Terror!). Screenwriters Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (Celeste and Jesse Forever) joined Buzz, Woody and Bo Peep in the Toy Story 4 celebration. Directed by Lasseter, the movie is slated for release on June 16, 2017. John Lasseter revealed earlier today that the »
(Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
Filmmakers from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios introduced D23 Expo 2015 fans to an array of new stories and characters—from a lost dinosaur to a master wayfinder, a scheming fox to a forgetful fish.
The audience of 7,500 was treated to sneak peeks, musical performances and appearances from stars like Ellen DeGeneres, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dwayne Johnson, Randy Newman and Ty Burrell, among others.
John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, led the presentations, calling on a host of filmmakers from both studios to introduce the upcoming slate of films. “We really have an unbelievable range of movies in production at our studios right now,” said Lasseter. “The stories are dynamic, fresh and so much fun; the characters new and old are so appealing. I’m excited to share some of our long-held »
- Michelle McCue
The ending to Toy Story 3 seemed pretty final when it closed with a sense of nostalgia and love on its vision of Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the Andy toy gang. In fact, it felt like it had to be the end since Woody and the whole collection were 'set free' by Andy to be the playthings of another child altogether. So where do you go with Toy Story 4?
Apparently in the direction of a love story.
While chatting at Disney’s D23 celebrations, John Lasseter, director of Toy Story and Toy Story 2, as well as chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, revealed where they’re taking the fourth film. By commanding the directorial reins again, Toy Story 4 will be Lasseter’s first personally helmed film since Cars 2, »
Pixar sure does love its sequels these days. Cars 2, Monsters University, Finding Dory, Toy Story 1-4 (yes, there's a fourth in the works), and now... Inside Out 2? Kind of. Riley's First Date is a short film that takes place one year after the movie and will be making its debut as an extra on the home video release of Inside Out. The title is pretty self-explanatory, so you should have a good idea of what's in store, but Yahoo has a clip that showcases the running...
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Pixar sure does love its sequels these days. Cars 2, Monsters University, Finding Dory, Toy Story 1-4 (yes, there's a fourth in the works), and now...Inside Out 2? Kind of. Riley's First Date is a short film that takes place one year after the movie and will be making its debut as an extra on the home video release of Inside Out. The title is pretty self explanatory so you should have a good idea of what's in store, but Yahoo has a clip that showcases the running thoughts of Riley and her family when a boy shows up at her door. It's cute and simple and honestly probably about as extensive of a "sequel" as we'd like to see to Inside Out right now. What makes the movie so brilliant is how it breaks down a pivotal moment in a young person's...
- Peter Hall
Pixar Animation Studio’s The Good Dinosaur asks the question: “What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?” Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.
This year will give us two new Pixar films. Whether The Good Dinosaur will best Inside Out remains to be seen, but the trailer is certainly full of all the elements that make for an entertaining animated family film. There’s the characters that kids can root for in Arlo and his human friend, as well as identify with if they tend to feel a little alone sometimes »
- Mike Tyrkus
Listen as the world’s tiniest violin plays on the soundtrack of this utterly obvious and clichéd three-quarter-life crisis dramedy. I’m “biast” (pro): like the cast
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Aging rock star (Al Pacino: Manglehorn) has a sad because he only just now learned that John Lennon had written him a letter in 1971 — it never got to him — and warned him about how it’s not fame and fortune but “only you” that can corrupt a musician’s art. And because Danny Collins never received this sage advice, he corrupted his art, and now is forced to spend his incredibly lavish and luxurious old age singing the same damn hit song over and over again to aging fans he disdains. (That song is “Hey Baby Doll,” which sounds so much almost exactly like “Sweet Caroline” that »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Pixar make some of the best film around, animated or otherwise. Over the past two decades they’ve become synonymous with quality, with movie after movie providing emotive, funny, timeless experiences that span generations. Then why, in the face of such high quality features, are the trailers for these movies so bad?
The first teaser for Inside Out featured a family dinner scene that jumped inside the heads of protagonist Riley and her parents as things gradually got out of hand. Anger got Angry, Dad put down the foot and Mum fantasied about a Brazilian helicopter pilot. It was… alright. The jokes all felt pretty obvious and the pacing of the conversation, both in terms of the humans and their internal emotions, was incredibly stilted.
Now I didn’t (and never did) expect the film to suck, but it was a rather tepid tease for an otherwise highly anticipated movie. »
- Alex Leadbeater
Pixar returns to form with a dazzlingly imaginative adventure set inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl
The new Pixar animation Inside Out could easily have been called Out There. It’s as bizarre, imaginative and authentically psychedelic as anything produced in mainstream animation. At this point in the fortunes of the once-infallible creative powerhouse, you wouldn’t have bet on Pixar coming up with anything very outré. Bought by Disney in 2006, the studio hadn’t produced anything truly inspired that wasn’t a sequel since Up in 2009. Given the humdrum quality of Cars 2 and Monsters University and 2012’s well-intentioned but forgettable Brave, it seemed as if the studio had lost its penchant for exotic risk.
But Inside Out is in the top rank of Pixar productions with its combination of audacity, intelligence, wit and emotional reward. Directed and co-written by Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc and Up) and co-directed by Ronnie del Carmen, »
- Jonathan Romney
Could all the Pixar movies from Toy Story to The Good Dinosaur take place in the same universe?
Writer Jon Negroni came up with one of the most detailed (and convincing) fan theories of all time a few years ago, which explains how each film takes place at a certain point in the same timeline, and that there is an overall story involving humans, machines, animals and emotions.
It would take far too long to explain every single connection, but the timeline begins with Brave in the 14th century, and ends with Monsters Inc around the year 5000. In a (relatively complicated) nutshell:
14th-15th Century: The magic used in Brave is what makes animals and inanimate objects behave like humans, and leads to the creation of superheroes.
1950s-1960s: The Incredibles' Buddy creates AI bots and the Zero Point Energy, leading to the eradication of heroes and to sentient objects. »
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Here’s a first look at the magnificent new trailer and image for Disney•Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur.
Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.
- Michelle McCue
'Ant-Man' movie: Paul Rudd. 'Ant-Man' movie review: Latest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry 'just okay' – but definitely not a 'certified turkey' For those wondering or possibly hoping that Ant-Man was going to be Marvel's first certified turkey, the Cars 2 of their ingeniously planned and, on the whole, exceedingly well executed Marvel Cinematic Universe, there's news from the front lines: Ant-Man is just okay. And that's not a bad thing. By the end of the last McU film, Avengers: Age of Ultron, it looked as if the House of Ideas was running out of ones and zeros to launch its latest elephantine, computer-generated blitzkrieg. There was getting to be too many characters and too much plot and too much cold, calculated responsibility to feed the other movies. Refreshingly, the obstacles overcome by Ant-Man, the movie and the character, are simpler. Cat burglar-gone-straight Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is enlisted to wear a »
- Mark Keizer
If you haven’t seen “Inside Out,” the newest delight from the great minds at Pixar, please do yourself a favor and go see it immediately. While it may not be an insta-classic in the vein of “Toy Story” or “Finding Nemo” – although, let’s be honest, that’s a high bar to clear – their new picture really does deliver on all fronts. On one hand, it’s a nearly-pitch perfect family film, replete with eye-popping, sometimes even psychedelic visuals and rolling along at a rollicking, quick clip. And it would be great, if that were all there was to it. But it is the film's bold willingness to confront and address the viewer’s most latent fears and anxieties that takes it from being just another well-crafted Pixar flick to being one of 2015’s best (so far). Anyone who’s been keeping track throughout the years can hardly be surprised. »
- Nicholas Laskin
The sequel to last years event, Stars & Cars 2 took place on July 5th in Chorley, Lancashire and saw people turn out to not only check out the vehicles on show – Del Boy’s three-wheeler from Only Fools & Horses, Kitt from Knightrider, the Impala from Supernatural and the Delorean from Back to the Future – but also see plenty of cosplayers including Spider-Man, Captain America, Arrow, Batman and more… and at the same time support three charities: St.Catherines Hospice, Sibes & Sled Dogs and the anti bullying campaign, i Cosplay!
Suprisingly well-attended for a local event, Stars & Cars 2 is – compared to many other UK cons – a small event. But that didin’t stop Nerdly from taking a trip and checking it out for the first time. After all, we cover independent movies and comics here on the site, so why not an independent convention?
The day started off slow but come 11.30am and the event, »
- Phil Wheat
Marvel's monstrous success at the box office has become the stuff of legend, churning out hit after hit over the past seven years. Their winning streak is reminiscent of Pixar's lengthy stretch of hits, before they hit a rough patch with Cars 2. And some are wondering if Marvel will ever have a "slump" of their own, on the eve of their 12th film, Ant-Man. Is it a coincidence that Cars 2 was Pixar's 12 film as well? Is it a bad omen? Will the McU finally fail to live up to exceedingly lofty expectations, or will its fascinating winning streak continue? While we'll have to wait and see how it does at the box office, from my standpoint, the winning streak certainly stands. Like Marvel has done time and time again, the studio has delivered a truly unique superhero experience with Ant-Man, introducing us to several terrific characters with a »
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