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Pixar's John Lasseter to Leave Disney After 'Missteps,' Sabbatical

Disney announced Friday that Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter would leave the company at the end of the year. The announcement follows Lasseter's six-month sabbatical that began in November 2017 after the Toy Story director admitted to "missteps" involving female Pixar employees.

"The last six months have provided an opportunity to reflect on my life, career and personal priorities," Lasseter said in a statement Friday (via Variety).

"While I remain dedicated to the art of animation and inspired by the creative talent at Pixar and Disney, I have decided the
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Doctor Strange Is Coming to Disney's California Adventure

Disney has announced that Doctor Strange will be coming to Disney's California Adventure. There have been no details released about when the Sorcerer Supreme will arrive, or in what part of the park he'll pop up. Here's the official statement regarding Doctor Strange coming to Disney's California Adventure, from the official Disney Parks Blog.

"Guests will soon have the opportunity to encounter the Master of the Mystic Arts, Doctor Strange, at Disney California Adventure park! Doctor Strange acts as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and relics to protect the universe. Guests will soon get a glimpse into his magical, mind-bending world when he appears for the first time at the Disneyland Resort. Doctor Strange travels great distances in an instant by opening portals between dimensions. There's no telling where and when he might appear, so be sure to
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Oscar-Winning Coco Producer Exits Pixar After 25 Years

Longtime Pixar producer Darla K. Anderson announced today that she is leaving the company, after 25 years with animation studio. The producer's announcement comes just days after she won her first Oscar, alongside director/producer Lee Unkrich for Coco, which won Best Animated Feature at the awards ceremony on Sunday night. She is leaving Pixar to pursue, "other creative and philanthropic endeavors." Here's what Darla K. Anderson had to say in a statement about leaving Pixar.

"I've had a magical and privileged experience working at Pixar for over two decades. The creativity, imagination and innovation at Pixar is second to none. I'm truly grateful to have been a part of this historic journey and hold excitement for my next chapter."

Darla K. Anderson joined Pixar in 1993, following her work with Angel Studios in Carlsbad, California, where she served as the executive producer of its commercial division. She was first introduced to
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'Coco' Oscar-Winning Producer Darla K. Anderson Leaving Pixar (Exclusive)

Fresh off her Oscar win for Coco, longtime Pixar producer Darla K. Anderson is leaving the animation studio after 25 years to pursue other creative and philanthropic endeavors.

Anderson's work on Coco — which won the Oscar for best animated feature at Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony — also earned her the PGA's Producer of the Year Award in animated theatrical features, an honor she previously received for Cars and Toy Story 3.

Anderson joined Pixar in 1993, and her résumé also includes A Bug's Life and Monsters, Inc., among other titles. She is one of the most successful producers...
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Incredibles Ride Coming to Pixar Pier Theme Park in 2018

Incredibles Ride Coming to Pixar Pier Theme Park in 2018
The wonderful worlds of Pixar will get a new home at Disney California Adventure Park when Pixar Pier opens in summer 2018, transforming the area that is now Paradise Pier with the thrilling, new Incredicoaster from The Incredibles, four new imaginative neighborhoods, plus entertainment, themed food and beverage, and merchandise. Guests will experience Pixar stories and characters in incredible new ways on this seaside waterfront at the Disneyland Resort.

Pixar Pier, a permanent land along the southern shore of Paradise Bay, will debut during Pixar Fest, a limited-time event that begins April 13, 2018. As a new land, Pixar Pier will introduce the exciting new Incredicoaster plus four whimsical neighborhoods where guests step into beloved Pixar stories.

The first neighborhood is inspired by Disney&#183Pixar's The Incredibles and it will open in summer 2018 with the Incredicoaster. Permanently transformed from the attraction that is now California Screamin', Incredicoaster will invite Disney Parks guests into
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Lesley Sharp webchat – your questions answered on football, female roles and lipsyncing with David Tennant

Currently starring in Simon Stephens’ version of The Seagull, Lesley Sharp talked about creating characters with Mike Leigh, teaming up with Suranne Jones, writing her first novel – and the joy of animated caterpillars

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Thanks very much - great questions! It's been lovely. Farewell!

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Hi Lesley, I love everything you’ve done, you’re an inspiration. What has been your favourite thing so far, and is there something you’re longing to do but haven’t yet?

Actually, The Seagull is one of the things I've longed to do for a very long time. Going on stage is always a process that causes anxiety and nervousness. You don't know whether you'll end up with something you can wholeheartedly commit to for the length of time you've got to perform it. This has been one of those moments that is intensely pleasurable - the play,
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Hayden Panettiere Has 1 of the Most Inspiring Celebrity Evolutions

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Hayden Panettiere Has 1 of the Most Inspiring Celebrity Evolutions
Hayden Panettiere may only be 28 years old, but she's already solidified her status as a Hollywood mainstay. After getting her start as a child actress on ABC's One Life to Live, Hayden went on to take the acting world by storm, starring in hits like A Bug's Life, Malcolm in the Middle, Heroes, and her most recent, Nashville. Along the way, Hayden also welcomed her first child, a baby girl named Kaya Klitschko, with fiancé Wladimir Klitschko. RelatedWhy You Secretly Love Nashville Bad Girl Juliette Barnes Of course, the road wasn't always easy; in October 2015, she entered treatment for postpartum depression just 10 months after giving birth, but she has managed to come out on top and speak candidly about her battle saying, "I was always so terrified that people weren't going to accept me." Take a walk down memory lane and look back at Hayden through the years.
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Can Cars 3 Beat Wonder Woman to the Box Office Finish Line?

Can Cars 3 Beat Wonder Woman to the Box Office Finish Line?
After easily handling the underperforming Dark Universe movie The Mummy, the indie thriller It Comes at Night and the true story drama Megan Leavey, Warner Bros.' superhero hit Wonder Woman faces its stiffest competition in its third weekend, going up against four movies in wide release. The most formidable of these competitors is the Disney Pixar animated sequel Cars 3, which has the widest release of these newcomers, along with Open Road's Tupac biopic All Eyez On Me, Sony Pictures' R-rated comedy Rough Night and Entertainment Studios' shark thriller 47 Meters Down. While the Wonder Woman box office run has been impressive thus far, Diana of Themyscira's reign atop the charts will come to an end this weekend, with Cars 3 most likely taking the top spot.

Box Office Mojo reports that Cars 3 will open in an estimated 3,900 theaters this weekend, while 47 Meters Down is expected to roll out in 3,500 theaters,
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New Cars 3 Characters, Cast Members and Poster Unveiled

New Cars 3 Characters, Cast Members and Poster Unveiled
Disney Pixar's Cars 3 reveals key voice cast and characters, featuring award-winning stars. Following are the newcomers and Cars franchise veterans who join the previously announced voice talent and characters Owen Wilson as world champion racer Lightning McQueen, Cristela Alonzo as unconventional trainer Cruz Ramirez, and Armie Hammer as sleek next-gen racer Jackson Storm. The studio has revealed a new poster, along with photos of these three new characters, voiced by Kerry Washington, Nathan Fillion and Lea DeLaria.

Kerry Washington (ABC's Scandal, HBO's Confirmation) lends her voice to Natalie Certain, a highly respected statistical analyst who knows her numbers. Book-smart and mathematically gifted, Certain may earn top marks in her ability to evaluate a racer's stats, but she could be underestimating the importance of determination. Nathan Fillion (ABC's Castle, ABC's Modern Family) voices Sterling, a brilliant businesscar who runs Rust-eze Racing Center, one of the most successful elite training facilities in the country.
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Cars 3 Nascar Cast Announced, New Photos Released

Cars 3 Nascar Cast Announced, New Photos Released
Disney Pixar's Cars 3 is teaming up with Nascar this year as crowd favorite Lightning McQueen prepares to return to the big screen June 16, 2017. Plans for the joint effort were shared by Cars 3 director Brian Fee, Cristela Alonzo, the voice of the film's elite trainer Cruz Ramirez, and Nascar's vice president of entertainment marketing & content development Zane Stoddard today at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida as fans gear up for the Daytona 500 (live Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. Et on Fox). Owen Wilson, the voice of Lightning McQueen, will serve as grand marshal for the 59th annual "Great American Race."

Nascar drivers Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Daniel Su&#225rez and Bubba Wallace will join Nascar legends Jeff Gordon and Richard Petty as voices in the upcoming film. According to Lylle Breier, senior vice president, worldwide marketing partnerships and special events for the Walt Disney Studios, the movie inspired an expanded program with Nascar.
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Disney Easter Egg Video Shows How Every Pixar Movie Is Connected

Disney Easter Egg Video Shows How Every Pixar Movie Is Connected
We've long suspected that every Pixar movie from Toy Story to The Good Dinosaur takes place in the same universe. Now a new Disney Easter Egg video shows how that is possible. With a few fun transitions, a dozen interlocking Easter eggs are revealed that quickly move through the entire Pixar catalogue. And it's nothing short of amazing, especially considering some of the foresight the animators had to have to pull it all off.

Things kick off with Dory bumping into a group of school children on a trip to the local aquarium, and if you look close enough, you'll spot Riley from Inside Out in the back ground. That transitions to Inside Out, where we see how Riley fondly remembers back to her time with the dinosaur, which cleverly connects to The Good Dinosaur. This then transitions to Milo, the star of that movie, who was actually a toy
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'Finding Dory' Director Andrew Stanton Explains Why He's Taking a Break from Animation

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Andrew Stanton, director of A Bug's LifeFinding Nemo and Wall-e is taking a break from making animated movies. At least that's what he told us when Fandango spoke on the phone to him earlier this week about the home video release of his newest movie, Finding Dory.  Before getting doom and gloom about it, let's clarify that Stanton isn't stepping away from directing all together, he just wants to focus on doing them in the real world....

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'Finding Dory' Director Andrew Stanton Explains Why He's Taking a Break From Animation

Andrew Stanton, director of A Bug's Life, Finding Nemo, and Wall-e is taking a break from making animated movies. At least that's what he told us when we spoke on the phone earlier this week about the home video release of his newest movie, Finding Dory.  Before getting doom and gloom about it, let's clarify that Stanton isn't stepping away from directing all together, he just wants to focus on doing them in the real world.  "Definitely what I'm going to do next is some live-action projects. How big they are, how small they are, depends on what rises to the surface first. But I am taking a break from animation," Stanton told us.  This by no means implies that Stanton is stepping away from animation powerhouse Pixar, though. It is his...

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15 Fun Facts About Monsters, Inc. on Its 15th Anniversary

15 Fun Facts About Monsters, Inc. on Its 15th Anniversary
Happy birthday, Monsters, Inc.! The beloved Pixar movie, which was so successful it launched a prequel, celebrates its 15th anniversary today. In honor of the movie's big day we're looking back on our favorite monsters Sulley and Mike Wazowski and listing 15 fun facts you might not have known about the hit film. Lock your doors, check under the bed and make sure you're in a monster-free room so you can enjoy these little factoids! Note: None will be as scary as Randall appearing in your bedroom. 1. Pixar came up with the ideas for Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, Wall-e and A Bug's Life over a lunch meeting in 1994. 2. Boo is voiced by one of the story...
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The Magnificent Seven Review: Actually, I’d Rate It Higher

The Magnificent Seven is not a new idea. It's a remake, of a remake, of a few remakes, based off a legendary Japanese movie about samurai, directed by one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Because the story has such a deep tie to several projects that have come before it, up to and including the comedic classic, Three Amigos, the made-to-capitalize-on-Star-Wars film, Battle Beyond The Stars, and even one of Pixar's earliest films, A Bug's Life, it is best to give the new Antoine Fuqua film its due by not comparing it to what came before, and judging it solely on its own merits.

The Magnificent Seven is the story of small western farming town in 1879 called Rose Creek, which happens to be settled close to a gold mine. A robber baron named Bart Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) has essentially taken over the town for his own purposes of mining,
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Review: The Secret Life Of Pets Has No Bite

Ever since the second or third Pixar feature film, I've rested assured in my assessment that the secret of the animation studio's success is in their wondrous telling of “the secret life of [fill in the blank].” A Bug's Life is the secret life of bugs. Finding Nemo is the secret life of fish. Cars, and even Cars II are the secret lives of your vehicles. And of course, Toy Story is the secret life of your childhood toys. All the while, the filmmakers at the studio have been savvy enough to never blatantly reveal this card. Illumination Entertainment, the newer-fangled challenger to Pixar's CGI family-friendly animation throne, seems to have also cracked the code. And if ever there was a move that immediately distinguishes...

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Meet Piper in the First Clip from Pixar's New Animated Short

Meet Piper in the First Clip from Pixar's New Animated Short
Back in April, we got our first look at the new Pixar animated short Piper, which will be attached to theatrical prints of the studio's animated sequel Finding Dory when it hits theaters this weekend. With just a few more days left until this short is unveiled, the first clip has surfaced, featuring the title character in action. This brief scene shows how tough it is for a young sandpiper to find food along a crowded beach.

The story centers on a baby sandpiper who is trying to both find food, and overcome hydrophobia, the fear of water. Longtime Pixar animator Alan Barillaro makes his directorial debut with this short film, which was inspired by the numerous birds he used to observe while running along the shoreline, just a mile from Pixar's Emeryville, California headquarters. While this short marks Alan Barillaro's directorial debut, he has worked as a Pixar animator for nearly two decades.

Alan Barillaro first joined Pixar to work on 1998's A Bug's Life. He also worked on Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Wall-e, Brave and Monsters University, along with the shorts Jack-Jack Attack, Igor and Lifted. The first-time director revealed in April that he originally started toying with the character as a test, but he was encouraged to keep working on the project by his mentor, Finding Dory director Andrew Stanton. Here's what Alan Barillaro had to say about working with his mentor back in April.

"You always want to show directors, 'Hey, are these cool tools you'd like to use to make films?' So I showed Andrew the Piper tests thinking I was very much just showing him a test, but he kept poking at me, like, 'It's a cool test, but keep working on that story.' And then John [Lasseter] did the same. There's remarkable encouragement at Pixar that when you think of an innovative idea, don't forget the story. It was their encouragement or else I would have stopped at the test phase."

Since the short film is just six minutes long, and it hits theaters in just a few short days, it seems unlikely we'll get any more footage from Piper. The short film will most likely be included on the Finding Dory home video release later next year. While we wait for both Finding Dory and Piper to hit theaters in just a few short days, take a look at this clip below courtesy of Youtube.
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Watch: New Trailer for Animated 'Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants'

"Now the fate of this tiny world depends of the courage of a little ladybug." Aside from Pixar's A Bug's Life, we haven't seen that many animated films about bugs, but here's another one. Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants is an animated adventure about two tribes of ants - black and red - that end up in a war against each other after a box of sugar is discovered. This movie was actually first released in Europe in 2014 and is just now coming out in the UK, which is why there's a new trailer in 2016. It looks as if it's almost entirely dialogue-free, with the ants communicating through noises rather than any language. A male ladybug ends up caught in the middle of the battle, and just might help save the day. This doesn't look so bad, or does it? New UK trailer for Hélène Giraud & Thomas Szabo's
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Ellen DeGeneres's Talk Show Was Basically the 'Finding Dory' Casting Couch

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Pixar is known for its film literacy, evidenced in all its homages to classic and contemporary cinema, but apparently the studio is also heavily influenced by television. Just look at the casts of Toy Story and A Bug's Life and "you can tell what was on TV at the time," says studio staple Andrew Stanton. And now it's the same with his latest, Finding Dory, with its inclusion of multiple actors from Modern Family among its voice cast (never mind it also...

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Ellen DeGeneres's Talk Show Was Basically the 'Finding Dory' Casting Couch

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Pixar is known for their film literacy, evidenced in all their homages to classic and contemporary cinema, but apparently they're also heavily influenced by television. Just look at the casts of Toy Story and A Bug's Life and "you can tell what was on TV at the time," says studio staple Andrew Stanton. And now it's the same with his latest, Finding Dory, with its inclusion of multiple actors from Modern Family among its voice cast (never mind it also features two stars of The Wire, which went off the air eight years ago). One woman's television presence has been particularly influential to the casting of Finding Dory, as well as its predecessor, Finding Nemo. The first movie, released back in 2003, originally was to have a male sidekick for Marlin...

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