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Whoa, Pixar's Now Got Nothin' Going for 2014

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Disney-Pixar has held a steady one-a-year release pace since '05, but next year the streak will be broken.

Mhmm. For the first time in almost a decade, an entire year will go by without one of the studio's new animation sensations rolling out, and according to the Los Angeles Times, it's because "The Good Dinosaur" has gone bad.

"The Good Dinosaur" was set to be co-directed by Bob Peterson of "Up" acclaim and feature a boy who befriends an Apatosaurus in a world where dinos weren't killed off before humankind came along, but apparently the writer-director's deadlines were nearing extinction without results, and the studio decided to pull him from the project.

Stepping in to help co-director Peter Sohn salvage the bones of this "Dinosaur" for now are John Lasseter ("Cars"), director Lee Unkrich ("Monsters Inc.," "Toy Story 3") and Mark Andrews ("Brave"), but Pixar has not set a full replacement for Peterson just yet.

How about that heap of dino drama.

So now the pic, which was originally scheduled for release on May 30, 2014, has been pushed back to Nov. 25, 2015, and that "Finding Nemo" sequel, "Finding Dory," won't bow 'til summer 2016. 2014, meanwhile, is left empty of Pixarness. Oof. A year without income is tough stuff, even for a wildly successful studio.

The pseudo-good news is that Pixar lovers'll get a double helping in 2015 when "The Good Dinosaur" is finally hatched after Pete Docter's brainy and uberexciting "Inside Out" land in theaters on June 19, 2015.

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No word yet on whether the casting of "The Good Dinosaur" — which included Neil Patrick Harris, Judy Greer, Bill Hader, Frances McDormand and John Lithgow — will be affected by the delay. 

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: L.A. Times

Cute: Oscar Hopefuls Sing Jingle Bells to You

When you're a potential Oscar nominee, there's no end to ways you will humiliate yourself in order to win over the mostly 80+ year-old voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Somewhere between appearing on "Oprah" and busking on a subway lie these jolly fellows, who all appear to be singing "Jingle Bells" (or at least trying) because you may or may not have gotten those candy canes they sent out lined with $100-dollar bills. Get More »

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'Toy Story' Returns to Terrorize Children

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Admit it: "Toy Story 3" brought you tears. You're not alone. While the final installment of the franchise was (arguably) the most poignant of all, it was bittersweet for fans, who knew this was the end of the road—until now.

True, Disney and Pixar have turned out a few "Toy Story Toons," those shorts that briefly flashed on-screen before "The Muppets," "Cars 2" and the 3D release of "Finding Nemo," but all those really managed to do was remind us how much we miss Buzz, Woody and the gang. Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: IndieWire

Pixar By the Numbers

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There are very few things in this life you can count on, but one of them is that when the folks at Pixar make a movie, chances are they'll hit it right out of the damn park.

The CGI animation division of Disney has the best track record in the business and is known for retaining a story-centric level of quality control as intricate and precise as the Sistine Chapel -- but with more talking animals.

As Pixar's latest, "Brave," hits theaters, we decided to gird our loins and compile all the facts you'll ever need to know about the studio. Read on to learn the secret of Pixar's success, or at least to overload on the almost embarrassing amount of success it's had. Get More »

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iSadness: Hollywood Mourns The Loss Of Steve Jobs On Twitter

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Steve Jobs, the business-savvy genius who pioneered home computing with Apple and conquered the movie industry with Pixar, has passed on at the age of 56. The official Apple website has posted a tribute to the company's visionary leader, and even President Obama issued a statement hailing Jobs as "among the greatest of American innovators."

Jobs co-founded Apple, and in 1986, purchased the computer animation division of Lucasfilm called The Graphics Group, which later became the Pixar animation studio, one of Hollywood's biggest runaway success stories.

His global influence is being paid tribute to via the devices he devised as some of the biggest names in Hollywood took to Twitter to pay tribute to Steve Jobs...

"Steve Jobs was an extraordinary visionary, our very dear friend and the guiding light of the Pixar family..." -John Lasseter Get More »

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Win a Disneyland Trip with 'John of the Jungle' Contest

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Did you know that John Lasseter, chief creative officer at Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, started off as a skipper at Disneyland?

Talk about a Cinderella story, and right on Disney's turf! It's true -- from late 1977 through the spring of 1998, the co-director of the "Cars" movies and the first two "Toy Story" adventures guided Disneyland guests through the harsh environs of the Jungle Cruise.

However, there doesn't seem to be one piece of photographic evidence that Lasseter ever had this gig...

In an attempt to find one, Disney has created a contest: the first person to submit a verifiable photo of John as the skipper of the Jungle Cruise from 1977 will win a trip for four to Disneyland next summer for the grand opening of Cars Land and an exclusive ride on the Jungle Cruise... skippered by none other than John "Remembering His Roots" Lasseter himself.

Think you've got a pic of Skipper John in an old family photo album? Enter Disney's "John of the Jungle" contest. Happy Hunting!

Six 'Cars 2' Clips Put the Pedal to the Metal

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This week we've done the math to show you just how great Pixar is, we've reimagined famous movie cars as Pixar characters, and we've also drilled Larry the Cable Guy mercilessly about his favorite movies -- one of which just happens to be the one he's in this week, Pixar's "Cars 2."

A sequel to the 2006 "Cars," this one promises to take the talking-vehicle action to new heights and burn rubber right to the top of the box office. The 12th animated film from the studio that can't be stopped features the return of race car Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) as he takes on the world in an international Grand Prix, while his sidekick Mater (Mr. the Cable Guy) gets involved in a top-secret spy mission.

While we ponder the logistics of a car posing for a passport photo, watch these six clips to get a look at the globetrotting merriment that director/genius John Lasseter has in store.

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