September 19, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before figuring out if I need a new hairstyle. The Skinny: While I'm not a fan of Thursday night football, I do want to see the Chiefs-Eagles game because former Eagles coach Andy Reid now coaches the Chiefs. Should be good drama. Speaking of drama, today's stories include Deadline editor Nikki Finke's ongoing fight with her owner Jay Penske. Also, reality producer Mark Burnett looks to conquer new genres. Daily Dose: A helicopter owned by Long Island-based Cablevision Systems Corp.
September 18, 2013 |
The Walt Disney Co. is pushing back "The Good Dinosaur," the Pixar movie that had been set for release in 2014, making next year the animation studio's first without a feature film since 2005. "The Good Dinosaur," which was to have hit theaters May 30, 2014, will now arrive Nov. 25, 2015, on the date "Finding Dory" was set to open. That movie, Andrew Stanton's "Finding Nemo" sequel, will now arrive in the summer of 2016. "Nobody ever remembers the fact that you slipped a film, but they will remember a bad film," said Pixar's president, Ed Catmull.
August 30, 2013 |
Pixar Animation has removed the director of its 2014 film, "The Good Dinosaur," and not named a replacement, marking the fourth time in eight movies that the Emeryville studio has made a director change midstream. With the film's release date fast approaching and various creative choices unmade, Pixar executives decided to replace director Bob Peterson this summer, according to the studio's president, Ed Catmull. "All directors get really deep in their films," Catmull said this week.
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August 24, 2013 |
There's no dispute that "Despicable Me 2" is a runaway smash. On Saturday, the animated sequel eclipsed $800 million at the global box office, more than $250 million better than the 2010 original. That total puts "Despicable Me 2" in the top 40 of worldwide releases of all time (not adjusted for inflation), ahead of "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" and "Star Wars," and within close striking distance of "Inception" and "Spider-Man. " PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments In local theaters, with $348.8 million in sales to date, "Despicable Me 2" trails only "Iron Man 3," which has grossed $408.4 million in North America, as the year's top domestic theatrical title.
August 12, 2013 |
For the last two years, perhaps the most mystery-shrouded project at Pixar Animation has been the next film by "Monster's Inc. " and "Up" director Pete Docter, a story set inside the brain of a young girl. At the D23 Expo in Anaheim over the weekend, Docter and his producer, Jonas Rivera, revealed more about the quirky, ambitious movie during Disney's animation panel, introducing its cast, showing test footage and finally giving the long-untitled project a name - "Inside Out. " "Inside Out" follows an outgoing 11-year-old girl named Riley whose family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco just as she's hitting the turbulent emotional waters of adolescence.
August 9, 2013 |
“Finding Dory” may be undergoing a sea change as Pixar is taking a page from a little-seen whale documentary. The Walt Disney-owned animation studio is hard at work on "Finding Dory," a follow-up to the 2003 oceanic blockbuster "Finding Nemo. " But this spring, after Pixar executives viewed "Blackfish," which raises sharp questions about the health of whales in captivity, the studio decided to make substantial changes to the "Dory" script. According to Louie Psihoyos, who directed the Oscar-winning dolphin slaughter documentary “The Cove,” Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter and “Dory” director Andrew Stanton sat down with “Blackfish” director Gabriela Cowperthwaite in April after seeing her movie.