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Launch trailer for ‘Project Cars 2′

21 September 2017 1:22 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Project Cars 2 powers its way onto the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC for the much-anticipated worldwide release of gamescom 2017’s “Best Simulation Game”.

The second installment in the critically-acclaimed Project Cars motorsport franchise developed by Slightly Mad Studios, takes the franchise and its fans into a blistering new era of motorsport racing simulation. Project Cars 2 features the largest track roster ever seen on console, 29 motorsport series featuring 180+ cars from dozens of elite brands, and four full seasons of grip-altering weather across 140 revolutionary “living” tracks, Project Cars 2 brings home all the authenticity, beauty, and passion of racing action as never before.

To celebrate the release comes the Project Cars 2 launch trailer that features “Silence”, a track that has been hailed as one of the greatest Trance Anthems of all time, and which has now been revisited by Rhys Fulber, co-founder of the electronica band Delerium, specifically for this trailer. »

- Phil Wheat

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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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10 Ferrari classics to join the roster of Project Cars 2

7 August 2017 8:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Bandai Namco Entertainment and Slightly Mad Studios have announced that Ferrari will be bringing 10 of their most classic cars to Project Cars 2.  Despite the brand’s absence in the first Project Cars, fans will be able to race in some of the manufacturer’s best when Project Cars 2 arrives on the Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC on the 22nd September.  A new trailer has been released showcasing the cars.  Watch this below…

Ferrari were a brand that were very sorely missed by fans in the original Project Cars so it will be a great relief to know that they are definitely coming in this sequel.  Ten classic cars have been carefully selected with both road and racing based Ferraris due to make an appearance.  The road based vehicles have been chosen to show the evolution of the brand over the last 40 years and the fastest, the most powerful »

- Andrew Newton

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Japan Box Office: 20th ‘Pocket Monsters’ Movie Wins Weekend

18 July 2017 7:36 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Leading the box office charge for the start of the Japanese school summer holiday season was the 20th installment in the Pocket Monsters anime series. Titled “Gekijoban Pocket Monsters: Kimi ni Kimeta!,” the film opened atop the chart for the July 15-16 weekend with $4.6 million on 436,000 admissions from 368 screens, with Toho distributing. This was nearly 60% better than the previous series entry, which finished with $19 million in 2016.

Highest ranking among the new foreign chart entries at number four was “Cars 3.” Distributed by Disney, the film made $2.86 million in its opening frame. This was almost 30% less than “Cars 2,” which recorded a total of $27 million in 2011. The film is forecast to finish its first run near the $20 million milestone.

Last weekend’s number one, Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” fell to number three with a 17-day cumulative total of $37 million.

Related storiesKorea Box Office: 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Spins $43 Million After »

- Mark Schilling

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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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'Spider-Man: Homecoming' rules international weekend on $71.2m (update)

16 July 2017 11:50 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

July 17 Update: War For The Planet Of The Apes in $44.2m international launch; Despicable Me 3 crosses $400m.Sony Pictures Releasing International

Updated: Spider-Man: Homecoming grossed $71.2m at the weekend from 20,800 screens in 63 markets to boost the running total to $260.1m.

In South Korea, the film held the number one spot for the second consecutive weekend on $11.7m for $42m, which makes this instalment the highest grossing Spider-Man film and the biggest Us release of 2017.

Latin America dropped 44% as a region and seven markets, including Brazil and Mexico, retained the number one spot. Leading the way, Brazil delivered $5.5m after a 38% drop for $19.1m, making it the biggest Spider-Man film ever. Mexico produced $4.3m from 2,897 screens for $20.2m.

In Europe, the film debuted at number one on $6.3m in France amid fierce summer competition, and Germany delivered a number two $3.7m launch that includes previews. The webslinger dropped 43% in its second weekend in the UK on $4.9m »

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'Spider-Man: Homecoming' rules international weekend on $72.3m (update)

16 July 2017 11:50 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

War For The Planet Of The Apes in $46m international launch; Despicable Me 3 crosses $400m.Sony Pictures Releasing International

Spider-Man: Homecoming grossed $72.3m this weekend from 20,800 screens in 63 total markets for $261.1m.

In South Korea, the film held the number one spot for the second consecutive weekend on $11.9m for $42.2m which makes this newest instalment the highest grossing Spider-Man film of all time and the biggest Us release of 2017.

Latin America dropped 44% as a region and had seven markets, including Brazil and Mexico, retain the number one spot. Leading the way, Brazil delivered $5.7m, a mere 38% drop, for a total of $19.4m making it the biggest Spider-Man film ever. Mexico earned $4.5m from 2,897 screens for $20.4m.

In Europe, France debuted at number one amid fierce summer competition on $6m, and Germany debuted at number two on $3.7m, including previews. The UK dropped 43% in its second weekend to earn $5m from 1,223 screens for a market total of »

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'Spider-Man: Homecoming' rules international weekend on $72.3m

16 July 2017 11:50 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

War For The Planet Of The Apes in $46m international launch; Despicable Me 3 crosses $400m.Sony Pictures Releasing International

Spider-Man: Homecoming grossed $72.3m this weekend from 20,800 screens in 63 total markets for $261.1m.

In South Korea, the film held the number one spot for the second consecutive weekend on $11.9m for $42.2m which makes this newest instalment the highest grossing Spider-Man film of all time and the biggest Us release of 2017.

Latin America dropped 44% as a region and had seven markets, including Brazil and Mexico, retain the number one spot. Leading the way, Brazil delivered $5.7m, a mere 38% drop, for a total of $19.4m making it the biggest Spider-Man film ever. Mexico earned $4.5m from 2,897 screens for $20.4m.

In Europe, France debuted at number one amid fierce summer competition on $6m, and Germany debuted at number two on $3.7m, including previews. The UK dropped 43% in its second weekend to earn $5m from 1,223 screens for a market total of »

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'War For The Planet Of The Apes' in $46m international launch

16 July 2017 11:50 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Despicable Me 3 crosses $400m; Transformers: The Last Knight closes in on same target.Fox International

War For The Planet Of The Apes debuted in 61 markets on $46m at the weekend as Matt Reeves final instalment of the Planet Of The Apes trilogy starring Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson and Steve Zahn reached $102.5m worldwide after a $56.5m debut in North America.

Only two of the top 10 international markets are currently in release and less than a third of the international marketplace.

The action tentpole produced the biggest opening of the franchise in 28 markets, with an opening weekend that is 61% greater than Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, and on par with Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, in the same group of countries at current exchange rates.

Caesar and friends (and enemies) debuted in the UK on $9.5m including previews, followed by Russia on $5m, and Spain $3.4m. Each market »

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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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Cars 3 movie review: road to nowhere

14 July 2017 8:10 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | 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’ and ‘Despicable Me 3’: In a Summer of Franchise Failures, Animation Sequels Hold Their Own

6 July 2017 12:49 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Pixar’s “Cars 3” and Illumination’s “Despicable Me 3” are what pass for good news this summer: They opened to $53 million and $72 million, respectively, placing them among the five best starts of summer releases. They’re also ahead of domestic disappointments such as the latest entries in the “Aliens,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Transformers,” and “The Mummy” franchises.

That’s also damning with faint praise: Success relative to other 2017 disappointments is not the same as relative to past successes. By that gauge, the two most recent animated films suffered the same shortfalls as their live-action brethren.

Animation loves the July 4th weekend; usually, we see two major releases around the holiday. (Usually one just before, the other after.) This year it was “Cars 3” and “Despicable Me 3,” which opened to $125 million combined. In 2016, “Finding Dory” and “The Secret Life of Pets” opened to $245 million; in 2015, “Inside Out” and “Minions” opened to $221 million. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Full car list for Project Cars 2 revealed

6 July 2017 12:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Slightly Mad Studios have revealed the line up of cars and manufacturers for their upcoming racing title, Project Cars 2.  These cars have been selected in order to reflect a particular era in racing and to capture the essence of motorsport.  Project Cars 2 will be released on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC on the 22nd September.

The full line up consists of more than 180 cars taken from 35 car manufacturers with each car having been faithfully recreated to the smallest detail and approved by every manufacturer thus guaranteeing an authentic experience.  It’s not only the appearance of each vehicle that has been given the thumbs up, every car has been tested and approved by half-a-dozen real-world drivers to ensure that it handles accurately.

All cars have been carefully selected by Slightly Mad Studios to reflect the nine different disciplines of motorsport and also to cover the 29 different motorsport series »

- Andrew Newton

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Eiff 2017: Cars 3 Review

28 June 2017 8:05 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | 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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Bo Report: The latest 'Transformers' again shows a tiring with franchises

25 June 2017 7:30 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

'Transformers: The Last Knight'..

Moviegoers in Australia and internationally increasingly are showing signs of fatigue with the never-ending procession of Hollywood franchises.

The latest examples: The underwhelming debuts of the fifth film in the Transformers series and the third edition of Cars.

That coupled with the fast-sinking Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and The Mummy reboot indicates studios should spend more money on original content and less on tiring franchises.

The top 20 titles collectively minted $17 million last weekend, down 5 per cent on the previous frame, according to Numero..

Of the new independent releases, A Quiet Passion and Hindi drama Tubelight registered well while Una was Ok and McLaren tanked.

Paramount.s Transformers: The Last Knight rang up $4.46 million from 285 locations and $4.7 million with previews. That.s way down on the $8.8 million debut of Transformers: Age of Extinction in 2014, which finished up with $26.9 million.

Michael Bay.s bombastic action-adventure starring Mark Wahlberg, »

- Don Groves

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Video Movie Review: Cars 3 (2017): Well…At Least It’s Better Than Cars 2

23 June 2017 7:53 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Cars 3 (2017) Video Movie Review, a Pixar Animation Studios movie directed by Brian Fee and starring Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen, Cristela Alozo as Cruz Ramirez, Armie Hammer as Jackson Storm, Chris Cooper as Smokey and Larry the Cable Guy as Mater In this video review, I delve into Brian Fee’s Cars 3 and discuss [...]

Continue reading: Video Movie Review: Cars 3 (2017): Well…At Least It’s Better Than Cars 2 »

- Mathieu Brunet

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Box Office: Cars 3 Starts Strong Overtaking Wonder Woman

20 June 2017 6:12 PM, PDT | Filmonic.com | See recent Filmonic news »

Okay, maybe strong might be an overstatement for Cars 3 since it’s essentially Pixar’s 5th worst opening weekend ever, so definitely on the lower end. Considering Cars 2 really wasn’t very good (the opposite) you could say that might have poisoned the well a bit, so the $53.7 million Cars 3 raised over the weekend is […]

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- Alex

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Cars 3: Director Brian Fee and Producer Kevin Reher Discuss Following John Lasseter’s Footsteps, Voice Casting and Easter Eggs

19 June 2017 10:35 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Cars 3 proved the franchise still has plenty of gas in the tank.

The filmed opened over the weekend with strong box office numbers and reviews. The Pixar magic is still definitely there with their newest addition.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!

The voice cast includes Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Chris Cooper, Nathan Fillion, Larry the Cable Guy and Armie Hammer.

Lrm sat down with the filmmakers director Brian Fee and Kevin Reher. They »

- Gig Patta

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‘Cars 3’ is Stuck in Neutral, But ‘Wonder Woman’ and Tupac Shakur Come To the Rescue

18 June 2017 1:24 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Rough Night” described the box office this weekend for too many movies. “Cars 3” (Disney), Pixar’s latest animated entry, took the top spot — but fell below opening estimates. “The Mummy” continued its domestic unraveling, falling to $13 million and number 4 in its second weekend. And then there’s Sony’s “Rough Night” — the latest attempt to replicate the “Bridesmaids” R-rated female comedy magic, and latest to fall short.

Winners were “Wonder Woman” (Warner Bros.) at number two, and  two original, non-franchise films with Lionsgate’s Tupac Shakur biopic “All Eyez On Me” flying much higher than predicted, while the British sharks-in-the-water thriller “47 Meters Down” (Entertainment Studios) scored a surprisingly strong $11.5 million.

Next week, expect another sequelitis outbreak with “Transformers: The Last Knight” (Paramount, fifth in the series) the sole wide opener next week on Wednesday. “Despicable Me 3” (Universal), actually the fourth in its franchise, opens the following week; a few countries have opened already, »

- Tom Brueggemann

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