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Schoolhouse Rock co-creator George Newall dead at 88
Inside James Cameron’s billion-dollar bet on Avatar
Strange World crashes with historically bad opening
Strange World earns lowest CinemaScore for WDAS film
Apple lands animated short film The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

Apple Original Films announced that the animated short film The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, based on the internationally best-selling book of the same name by celebrated author Charlie Mackesy, will be coming to Apple TV+ on Christmas Day. The film, featuring Mackesy’s distinctive illustrations brought to life in full color with […]

Luck trailer released

The first full trailer for Apple Original Films and Skydance Animation’s Luck is available to watch online. Luck is “a story about Sam Greenfield: the unluckiest person in the world. Suddenly finding herself in the never-before-seen Land of Luck, she must unite with the magical creatures there to turn her luck around. Luck is streaming […]

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 […]