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Lightyear opens

Pixar’s Lightyear opens today in 4,255 theaters according to The Numbers. The film is doing well with the critics, earning a fresh 79% rating from Rotten Tomatoes. Their consensus: “Lightyear settles for being a rather conventional origin story instead of reaching for the stars, but this gorgeously animated adventure ably accomplishes its mission of straightforward […]

Chris Miller signs on to direct untitled Smurfs animated musical
Chris Evans speaks on his Lightyear role and replacing Tim Allen

Lightyear may not be the most buzz-worthy film in the Pixar vault. But even with the high expectations that come with being part of the Toy Story franchise, it holds its own as a solid enough outing.

Pixar announces Elemental

Pixar announced their latest film on Twitter today, titled Elemental. In a city where fire, water, land, & air residents live together, a fiery young woman & a go-with-the-flow guy will discover something elemental: How much they have in common. Directed by Peter Sohn and produced by Denise Ream, Disney and Pixar’s Elemental releases June […]

First official teaser for Apple/Skydance’s Luck

The teaser trailer for Luck, the first film from Skydance Animation, is now online. “Think you know about luck? Thankfully, Bob the Cat is about to drop some truth. From Apple Original Films and Skydance Animation comes Luck, streaming August 5, exclusively on Apple TV+. The film stars Eva Noblezada as Sam Greenfield, Academy-Award Winner […]

The Bad Guys is No. 1 at box office for second week
Meghan Markle series Pearl canceled by Netflix
Avatar 2 gets title: The Way of Water
Official trailer for Chip n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers

“So you’re saying the Rescue Rangers are back?” YES! Chip ’n Dale: #RescueRangers, an Original movie, streaming May 20 on @DisneyPlus. Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers stars John Mulaney (Saturday Night Live) as Chip, Andy Samberg (Palm Springs) as Dale, and KiKi Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk). Also joining the cast are Will Arnett […]

The Bad Guys

After years of being bad, can DreamWorks… I mean can The Bad Guys leave their dark days behind them and start being good?

Pixar developed new technology to make Lightyear for IMAX
The Bad Guys opens

DreamWorks’ The Bad Guys opens today in 4,008 theaters according to The Numbers. The film is a hit with critics, earning 85% at Rotten Tomatoes. Their consensus: “Fast-paced, funny, and full of colorful visual appeal, The Bad Guys is good news for audiences seeking options the whole family can enjoy”. Expect a first place finish […]

Netflix announces cast and first look for animated feature My Father’s Dragon

In celebration of World Book Day this Saturday, Netflix unveiled the first look and cast of five-time Oscar nominated Cartoon Saloon co-founder Nora Twomey’s upcoming animated feature My Father’s Dragon. The film stars Jacob Tremblay, Gaten Matarazzo, Golshifteh Farahani, Dianne Wiest, Rita Moreno, Chris O’Dowd, Judy Greer, Alan Cumming, Yara Shahidi, Jackie Earle Haley, Mary […]

The Bad Guys cast learns to draw Mr. Wolf
The Bad Guys author on writing “Tarantino for kids”
Gilbert Gottfried, voice of Aladdin’s Iago, dies at 67
Soul adds Grammy to its awards haul

In addition to its Oscars, Annies, BAFTAs, and many more awards, Pixar’s Soul added a Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media to its haul. Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, and Atticus Ross won the trophy for the Soul: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, tying for the honor with the soundtrack for The Queen’s Gambit. Batiste, […]