July 16, 2008
Exclusive: The World of WALL-E
The artists behind this year's freshest film share their story with RT, with exclusive contributions from Andrew Stanton, Ben Burtt, Jim Morris, Lindsay Collins, Angus MacLane, Derek Thompson, David DeVan and Rodrigo Blaas.
June 23, 2008
George Carlin: 1937-2008
George Carlin, the award-winning comedian, actor, and author responsible for one of the most groundbreaking routines in the history of American comedy, has passed away at the age of 71.
July 12, 2007
"Cars 2" Coming Soon(ish)?
For the moment, this story falls under the category of "wild speculation masquerading as rumor," but we suppose Pixar has earned the privilege of having its every move dissected -- past, present, and future -- so here's some dish about what the studio might be planning for, um, 2011.
May 14, 2007
"Superman" Reigns at The Saturn Awards
Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns" cleaned house at the Saturn Awards over the weekend. (Hey, don't laugh. The Saturn Awards have been around for over 30 years and they pay some fine attention to the genre films we all love so much.)
May 2, 2007
Nine Free Minutes from Pixar's New Flick!
I know, I know. I'm probably missing out on all the fun by refusing to watch this extended clip from Brad Bird's newest Pixar flick, "Ratatouille," but I'm guessing this clip was put up for folks who were unsure if they were gonna see the flick. Me? I wouldn't miss a Pixar movie for a lifetime supply of popcorn.
February 22, 2007
Oscar Night Approaches; Who Will Win? Our Predictions Inside!
There's two ways to predict the Oscars: (1) dissect the awards buzz, attempting to get a feel for the fickle machinations of the Academy voter. Or (2) use your powers of geek math to crunch box office numbers and awards statistics for some cold, hard facts. With both methods in full swing, here?s a rundown of the Internet's major Oscar predictions.
January 4, 2007
Overall Box Office Up More Than 3% from 2005
Total domestic box office showed a 3.4% climb in 2006, thanks mainly to semi-expensive profit-turners like "Talladega Nights," "The Break-Up," and "The Devil Wears Prada." And boy oh boy did Sony have a good year!
October 2, 2006
Box Office Wrapup: Open Season Shoots Up #1 Opening
Ashton Kutcher ambushed the top two spots at the North American box office this weekend playing an animated mule and a Coast Guard rookie in Open Season and The Guardian, respectively. Both films enjoyed strong openings pumping in a combined $40M and helped the marketplace beat last year's levels for the first time in four weeks. The weekend's other new wide release, the comedy School for Scoundrels, saw more modest results with a fourth place bow.
September 5, 2006
Box Office Wrapup: Invincible Scores Another Win at #1
Moviegoers had football on their minds for the second straight weekend as Disney's true-life NFL tale "Invincible" remained atop the North American box office over the long Labor Day holiday weekend finishing off another summer movie season. New releases "Crank" and "The Wicker Man" opened in second and third, respectively, while the critically acclaimed films "Little Miss Sunshine" and "The Illusionist" both scored strong per-theater averages in moderate release. The holiday frame marked the first weekend in six long months where no new film debuted with at least $15M. Hollywood was happy to close the books on a summer movie season that was slightly better than than last year's.
July 24, 2006
Box Office Wrapup: "Pirates" Passes $300M; "Lady" Stumbles
Johnny Depp made this weekend's four new releases walk the plank as his megablockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest became the first film of the year to spend three consecutive frames at number one and zoomed past the $300M mark in record time.
July 17, 2006
Box Office Wrapup: Audiences Still Love Their Pirates
The Johnny Depp juggernaut Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest remained the most popular film in North America for a second weekend easily defending its box office crown against two new comedies that fought bitterly for the runnerup spot.
July 13, 2006
Critical Consensus: "Dupree" Misfires; "Little Man" Is Short On Laughs
This week at the movies, we've got some unwanted houseguests, in the guise of a guy with a bad case of arrested development ("You, Me and Dupree," starring Owen Wilson, Kate Hudson and Matt Dillon) and a pint-sized thief on the lam ("Little Man," starring Marlon and Shawn Wayans). Will the critics be welcoming, or will they boot these flicks into the street?
July 12, 2006
Disney Hits Jackpot, Announces a Bunch of Layoffs
So you come in to work at Disney on Monday morning, expecting everyone to be all smiles and excited about the "pirate booty" that was made over the weekend. Or maybe you're happy to notice that "Cars" crossed the $200 million mark over the same weekend. And the comes a memo from the boss that says "You're fired."
June 25, 2006
Box Office Wrapup: Sandler Fast Forwards to #1
Moviegoers grabbed their remote controls and flocked to the multiplexes this weekend to see Adam Sandler's latest comedy Click which became the comedian's eighth number one hit thanks to its $40M opening, according to estimates.
June 22, 2006
Box Office Preview: Sandler "Clicks" With New Comedy
Although Father's Day has passed, Hollywood brings out two very different stories about dads and their wacky adventures this weekend with Adam Sandler's comedy Click and Tyrese Gibson's actioner Waist Deep, both opening in theaters on Friday. Comedy has been ruling the box office throughout the month of June and that trend should continue until the Man of Steel arrives next week.
June 11, 2006
Box Office Wrapup: "Cars" Parks Itself at #1
The Disney/Pixar animated film Cars raced past the competition to finish in first place at the North American box office. Though it did not open as strong as some of its predecessors, the toon easily outdistanced everything else in the current marketplace outselling the second place film by a three-to-one margin.
June 10, 2006
Friday Box Office: "Cars" Raced to $19.3M Finish
Pixar's new animated feature "Cars" finished first on Friday with an estimated $19.3M, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. Although not as well-reviewed as previous Pixar productions, this opening day gross is on par with the $20M debuts of their previous two features, "The Incredibles" and "Finding Nemo." Both of those films went on to finish their respective weekend with about $70M, which is probably the same number "Cars" will do when the weekend's over.
June 9, 2006
Trailer Bulletin: Pixar's Ratatouille!
Pixar's brand-new "Cars" hits theaters today, and attached to the print is a funny little trailer for Brad Bird's "Ratatouille." But if you don't have the time to hit the multiplex this weekend, you can check out the all-new trailer right here.
June 8, 2006
Box Office Preview: "Cars" Battles "Omen" at Theaters
Racing into theaters across North America, the computer animated film Cars aims to take over pole position this weekend targeting family audiences. Those looking for a good scare can instead choose The Omen which already launched on Tuesday with some frightening results. The frame's final new wide release is the Robert Altman comedy A Prairie Home Companion giving the weekend a wide assortment of titles for all audiences.
June 7, 2006
More "Cars" Pics to Rev You Up
We've got more exclusive "Cars" pics for your perusal! By now, we all know the story: Lightning McQueen is held against his will in an out-of-the-way town called Radiator Springs until he completes his community service by fixing a stretch of road he damaged during an unfortunate turn of events.
June 4, 2006
Box Office Wrapup: Women Power "Break-Up" to #1
Nosy moviegoers just couldn't stay away from a high-profile lovers quarrel as the anti-romantic comedy The Break-Up starring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston surprised the industry this weekend by opening at number one, shoving the comic book juggernaut X-Men: The Last Stand into second place in only its second weekend.
May 30, 2006
"Cars" Gallery Updated With Exclusive Pics
We have in our possession seven exclusive pics from Disney/Pixar's forthcoming "Cars," and they show some of the action scenes during one of the big races. The red one with number 95 emblazoned on the doors and that unmistakable grin is of course our hero Lightning McQueen, who'll learn an important life lesson during his forced stay at Radiator Springs.
May 10, 2006
Toy Story 3 Is In Production. That is all.
During a Disney shareholders meeting, Mouse House honcho Robert Iger made reference to "Toy Story 3" being currently in production. And that's all the news we have on it ... but it's a "Toy Story" movie, so every nugget is worth reporting.
April 14, 2006
Meet Some More of the "Cars" Cast!
Are you, like me, a ravenous Pixar junkie who simply cannot WAIT for the studio's next release? (In this case, Cars!) If so, head on over to IGN FilmForce for a peek at some cool character promos or Dark Horizons for some slick new poster art.
March 15, 2006
ShoWest Day #1: Posters for Saw III, Da Vinci Code, Miami Vice, and Hundreds More!
ShoWest is a convention for people making movies and the people exhibiting them. That's all well and good, but since Rotten Tomatoes is not making nor exhibiting movies (as least to my knowledge), why are we here? "Cars." "Over the Hedge." "A Prairie Home Companion." "Akeelah and The Bee." Look forward to our reports, but in the mean time check out the hundreds of movie posters for upcoming 2006 films on display.
March 15, 2006
Bird Will Helm Pixar's "Ratatouille"
Pixar Animation's next film, "Ratatouille," has been officially taken over by "The Incredibles" director Brad Bird; pic will tell the story of a Parisian rat with a taste for gourmet food.
February 5, 2006
Super Bowling For Trailers!
It's almost here -- the one time of year when pigskin-loving jocks and ravenous movie fans come together to salivate over 30-second blocks of pure advertising: Super Bowl Sunday.
January 24, 2006
Pixar's Board Says Yes to Disney
Pixar's board of directors has approved Disney's offer to acquire the company for $7.4 billion, the Los Angeles Times reports. Under the deal, Pixar CEO Steve Jobs will join Disney's board and will become the combined company's largest shareholder.
January 24, 2006
Disney Close to Acquiring Pixar
According to the New York Times, Disney is close to acquiring Pixar in a stock deal worth about $7 billion. People briefed in the negotiation told the Times that the deal "could fall apart at any time."
January 3, 2006
Disney & Pixar about to Kiss and Make Up?
According to Variety, the very successful partnership between Pixar Animation and the Disney Gang looks to continue unabated ... as long as everyone can agree to play nicely this time and share profits accordingly.
November 28, 2005
Trailer Bulletin: Cars
Those who drove away a little underwhelmed by the inital teaser for Pixar's upcoming "Cars" should take a moment to click here and check out the newest trailer, which is a marked improvement over the previous clips and capably exudes that old-school Pixar magic. Plus it's got cars in it.
March 15, 2005
Disney Aims to Sequelize Their Pixar Properties
CNN/Money brings news of Disney's post-Pixar plans should the two studios end up parting ways. That Robert Iger was recently announced as successor to Disney CEO Michael Eisner could certainly help to smooth things out between Pixar and the Mouse House -- but that's not preventing Disney from making alternate plans
February 2, 2005
Disney to Cook Pixar Sequels With New Ani Unit
Disney is creating a new animation unit to produce feature film sequels to movies it had made with Pixar, according to Reuters. The first, arriving in 2008, will be the theatrical feature "Toy Story 3," according to studio Chairman Dick Cook. The new unit will be located in Glendale, California, near its animation division headquarters in Burbank.
December 8, 2004
Pixar Stalls Cars; Zorro & Chickens Take Note
The Hollywood Reporter brings us up-to-date on a handful of release shifts. Basically, Disney & Pixar decided to hold their "Cars" until the summer of 2006, which means a prime spot of Novermber real estate was (briefly) up for grabs.