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Coco Is No. 1 Again, but Star Wars Arrives Next Week

The Pixar movie added $18.3M to its three-week total

(Newser) - Disney and Pixar's Coco has topped the box office for a third time on a quiet, pre-Star Wars: The Last Jedi weekend in theaters. Disney estimates Sunday that Coco added $18.3 million, bringing its domestic total to $135.5 million. Justice League took second place with $9.6... More »

Coco Wins the Weekend With $26.1M

The Pixar film tops the box office for the second week in a row

(Newser) - Pixar's Coco is the top film at the box office for the second straight week, the AP reports. According to estimates Sunday, Coco led all films with $26.1 million. The acclaimed animated film has already racked up a global total of $280 million. More »

Pixar's Coco Cruises to No. 1 Spot With $71M

The film has already broken records in Mexico

(Newser) - Pixar's Coco sang its way to the fourth-best Thanksgiving weekend ever with an estimated $71.2 million over the five-day weekend, a total that easily toppled Warner Bros.' Justice League. Coco rode strong reviews and an A-plus CinemaScore from audiences to the top spot at the domestic box... More »

Coco Is a Feast for the Eyes and Ears

Anthony Gonzalez 'can sing like nobody's business'

(Newser) - A 12-year-old boy with music in his heart finds himself transported to the Land of the Dead in Pixar's first feature film with a minority lead character, co-directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina. Giving the film a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes , critics are singing its praises:
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Rashida Jones Explains Her Exit From Toy Story 4

It doesn't involve advances from John Lasseter

(Newser) - John Lasseter is on a leave of absence from Disney and Pixar over "unwanted hugs" and other alleged misconduct—but screenwriter Rashida Jones says his behavior was not the reason for her departure from Toy Story 4. In a statement seen by Entertainment Weekly , Jones and writing partner Will... More »

Toy Story Director Lasseter Taking Leave Over 'Missteps'

Apologizes for unwanted hugs and gestures to those he has 'let down'

(Newser) - Pixar co-founder and Walt Disney Animation chief John Lasseter is taking a six-month leave of absence citing "missteps" with employees. In a vaguely worded memo obtained by the AP on Tuesday, Lasseter says he knows he has made some employees feel disrespected and uncomfortable. He apologized to anyone who... More »

Coco Represents a Big First for Pixar

The movie is first with minority lead, is already setting records in Mexico

(Newser) - The Mexico-set Coco is Pixar's first feature film with a minority lead character, and one of the largest American productions ever to feature an almost entirely Latino cast, the AP reports. That makes it something of a landmark event, one that has already set box-office records in Mexico, where... More »

Video Shows All Pixar Movies Are Connected

'Frankly insane'

(Newser) - Attention, obsessive Pixar fans: There's a non-zero chance Buzz Lightyear and a time-traveling Wall-E could one day meet for lunch in Remy the rat's restaurant. The AV Club reports that—despite being "frankly insane"—something called the "Pixar Theory" started gaining traction on the internet... More »

It's No Nemo, but Dory Still Makes a Splash

Ellen DeGeneres is superb: critics

(Newser) - A flashback to her childhood sends Dory—a blue tang suffering from memory loss—fishing for her family in Finding Dory—Pixar's much-anticipated sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo. Despite its threat to real-life fish , critics argue it was worth the wait. Here's what they're saying.
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Have You Spotted 'A113' in Movies? Here's Why

It's an inside joke

(Newser) - If you're an astute viewer of shows and movies like The Simpsons, The Hunger Games, or anything Pixar has put out, you may have noticed a common theme: the sequence "A113" inserted on license plates, signs, products, and other places. "But what does it mean," AV... More »

'Astonishing' Inside Out Is the 'Reason Pixar Exists'

Latest 'gem' brings studio out of a rut: critics

(Newser) - Emotions Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust must strike a balance in the mind of 11-year-old Riley as she adjusts to a new city and school in Disney and Pixar's Inside Out. With a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes , the flick seems destined to become a classic. Here's... More »

Toy Story 2 Was Almost Destroyed by a Tiny Error

New mom saved the day when Pixar had no backup copy

(Newser) - If it hadn't been for a new mother working from home, we might never have seen Toy Story 2—or any later Pixar film, for that matter, writes Simon Brew at Mental Floss . In his book Creativity Inc, Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull tells the story of how most of... More »

Nemo Sequel Rewritten After SeaWorld Controversy

'Blackfish' documentary inspires change to storyline, Pixar employee tells NYT

(Newser) - Pixar has rewritten the ending of its upcoming Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory , following a new documentary that criticizes SeaWorld's practice of keeping killer whales in captivity, according to a Pixar employee, the New York Times reports. The documentary, Blackfish, looks at the 2010 death of a SeaWorld trainer... More »

Ellen DeGeneres: Nemo Sequel Finding Dory Is Coming

Disney Pixar film due in November 2015

(Newser) - Finding Nemo fans will be happy to learn that a sequel is coming in November 2015, reports the Huffington Post . Ellen DeGeneres confirmed that she will reprise her voice role as Dory in Finding Dory. "I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long... More »

Steve Jobs Told Pentagon About LSD, Pot Use

Acid, pot nurtured his creativity, says Apple founder

(Newser) - Steve Jobs discovered one definite way to " think different ." The mega-mind behind Apple took LSD some 15 times, and it was a "life-changing experience," Jobs revealed on a 1988 security clearance application he filled out for the Department of Defense. "It was a positive life... More »

Cars 2 May Drive You Nuts

Larry the Cable Guy, Owen Wilson star in Pixar film

(Newser) - Just because it’s Pixar doesn’t mean it’s good, as Cars 2 proves. Its worst offender: sidekick-turned-lead Mater, voiced by Larry the Cable Guy.
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Steve Jobs Re-Elected to Disney Board

Despite health fears after he missed 75% of meetings in 2010

(Newser) - Disney shareholders have re-elected Steve Jobs to the company's board of directors despite an advisory firm's concerns about his poor health. The Apple chief—who owns more than 7% of Disney stock and has been on the board since Disney acquired Pixar in 2006—missed nearly three-quarters of board meetings... More »

Lucasfilm Settles Wage-Fixing Case

DOJ targeted studio's hiring deal with Pixar

(Newser) - The force was with some of America's best animators. Lucasfilm, as part of a settlement with the Justice Department, has agreed to cancel a secret agreement with Pixar aimed at preventing a bidding war for top digital animators, the Christian Science Monitor reports. The firms had agreed to notify each... More »

Guys, It's OK to Cry at Toy Story

For those who grew up with cowboys and spacemen, bring a hanky

(Newser) - Owen Gleiberman would like to get something off his chest: He cried at Toy Story 3, and he doesn't mean a few sniffles. "I’m talking about that soppy, awkward thing where you make sounds," the Entertainment Weekly critic fesses up. He also suspects he's not alone among... More »

Toy Story 3 Romps in $109M Debut

Keeps Pixar's record of opening at No. 1 perfect

(Newser) - Movie fans have not outgrown the Toy Story 3 gang. The animated sequel leaped to the No. 1 spot with a $109 million opening weekend, according to studio estimates today, becoming the third animated film to top $100 million in the first weekend. The others were Shrek the Third with... More »

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