Trailer: Toy Story 3

9 10 2009

Toy Story 3 Trailer

I wouldn’t expect this to stay on YouTube long, but the first trailer for Toy Story 3 by Pixar is up now. If you went back and watched Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in the 3D double feature (as you should), you’ve seen this before but it’s still work another glance. If you haven’t been following the news, Andy is moving off to college (yes that makes me feel old) and his old box of toys is accidentally shipped off to a day-care center. The laughs and all the heart from the first two are here and I can’t wait for this to drop in June. The official trailer should be out next week, but enjoy this while it lasts. Trailer after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

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Poster: Toy Story 3 (Rex)

9 10 2009

Toy Story 3 (Rex)

Pixar has released a poster for Toy Story 3 featuring Rex the Green Dinosaur (Wallace Shawn). Given the release of the film isn’t until next June, I would expect each character to get their own poster including Mr. Pricklepants. It’s Toy Story, I’m not going to try to hype this up, just give into that inner child you know it’s going to be great. Rex Poster from myspace after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »





Disney and Universal Pick New Chairmen

6 10 2009

Disney & Universal Pick Chairmen

Disney Studios stayed in the news yesterday as the Mouse House officially named Rich Ross as the replacement for former Disney chairman Dick Cook. The move had been somewhat expected as the head of Disney Channels Worldwide emerged as the favorite shortly after Cook left the company.

According to Variety, Ross has been largely responsible for Disney’s branding efforts over the last five years, and is likely to focus on building franchises that can not only become tentpoles at the box office but transfer to other media. Ross will be in charge of the company’s live-action and animated feature labels, including Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone, Miramax, Marvel Entertainment and Pixar. Ross will also oversee its music group and theater productions including Broadway and tours like High School Musical and Disney on Ice. Read the rest of this entry »





Strong, Purefoy and Haden Church All Set For Mars

30 09 2009

Strong - Purefoy - Haden Church

One of the reasons that Pixar is viewed as the king of modern animation is in the fact that they come up with complex and creative ideas for their films, as opposed to Dreamworks, which simply finds an animal and makes them talk (usually latching themselves on to an already completed Pixar film). That said, when Pixar announced that Andrew Stanton, director of A Bugs Life, Finding Nemo and Wall-E, would be directing an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars, the fear sunk in that they were scraping for ideas (a blasphemous thought that I kept mostly to myself). But as the cast list continues to grow, now with the addition of Mark Strong, James Purefoy and the confirmation of Thomas Hayden Church, and I remind myself how great the previous Pixar films have been, my confidence is shooting back. Read the rest of this entry »





Dick Cook Out At Disney, Could Johnny Depp Follow?

21 09 2009

Disney_Dick Cook

After a relatively quiet week in Hollywood, Disney dropped a bombshell Friday night as they announced Dick Cook was out as their chairman. The official company line maintains that Cook left the company as reported by THR, meanwhile Nikki Finke and others are reporting that the former chairman was forced out by President and CEO Bob Iger. I’m more inclined to believe Cook was fired, but this move is arguably more important for the impact it may have on Johnny Depp’s future in Pirates of the Caribbean as well as Pixar and Marvel entertainment. Read the rest of this entry »





Timothy Dalton Joins Toy Story 3

11 09 2009

Dalton Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3 just got even better with the addition of the always entertaining Timothy Dalton to the cast. Let’s be honest, most of us had at least one toy that we gave a fancy British accent (or just me?) and Dalton fills that sorely needed role just splendidly, and I can only hope he does so with a monocle. Read the rest of this entry »





Disney To Buy Marvel Entertainment For $4 Billion

1 09 2009

Disney_Marvel

Wow.

Disney agreed to buy Marvel Entertainment in a deal reported by the New York Times for $4 billion. In their biggest deal since acquiring Pixar in 2006, once finalized, this would give Disney control of Marvel’s licensing, publishing and film branches for the stable of over 5,000 characters including the X-Men, Spider-Man, Iron Man and countless others. Read the rest of this entry »