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Pixar’s “Up” debuts at No. 1

As expected, Pixar’s latest Up debuted at No. 1 over the weekend, pulling in a whopping $68.2 million; continuing Pixar’s perfect streak of hits. This was #10 — for anyone that’s keeping count. This makes Up the third-best opening for Pixar, behind the $70 million openings of Finding Nemo and The Incredibles.

Congrats to everyone at Pixar. As always, the victory is well deserved.


Cool Samsung claymation video

Samsung has figured out the secret to a viral video hit: combine a slick netbook and claymation. Check out this awesome video made to promote Samsung’s new netbook, the N310.

Full credits after the break.

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‘Toy Story 3’ teaser trailer

In theaters: June 18, 2010

‘The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn’ release dates revealed

Variety reports that Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” will make its U.S. theatrical debut December 23, 2011 — almost two months after the international release.

Sony Pictures Releasing Intl. will release the movie in Continental Europe, Eastern Europe, Latin America and India in late October and early November 2011. Paramount will distribute the film in Asia, Australia, the U.K. and all other English-speaking territories.

Tintin will compete against “Happy Feet 2” and Pixar’s “The Bear and the Bow,” both of which are also arriving in theaters around that same time in December.


‘Toy Story 3’ plot details emerge

At this year’s Cannes Film Festival, John Lasseter of Pixar commented about next year’s Toy Story 3 and what we can expect as far as the story is concerned: “Toys are put on this Earth to be played with by a child. The thing they worry about the most is all the things in life that prevent them from being played with, and probably the thing they fear the most is being outgrown.” This seems to confirm the rumored story of Andy moving away to college and the toys being donated to a local pre-school.

Pete Docter, who directed “Up” and worked on the first two Toy Story films, said the people behind the original movies spent two days in a cabin thinking of ideas for the film. He added: “For a while, we were worried that we didn’t have the story. We were like, `Oh, nothing’s coming.’ Then something clicked on the second day, and it just, like, flooded.”

Lastly, Ed Catmull, president of Pixar and Disney’s animation studios, teased Pixar fans worldwide when he mentioned that Pixar had hit on a big emotional finish to Toy Story 3 and that it would be the film’s surprise.

So, what do you think could be the big twist? Would Pixar be brave enough to actually kill one of its beloved characters?

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Via AP

‘Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel’ Teaser

In theaters Christmas Day.

‘Green Lantern: First Flight’ Q&A with Screenwriter Alan Burnett

Four-time Emmy Award winner Alan Burnett takes on the role of screenwriter for Green Lantern: First Flight, the next DC Universe animated original PG-13 movie coming to DVD on July 28, 2009.

Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation are set to release the all-new Green Lantern: First Flight in a Blu-Ray edition, a special edition 2-disc DVD, and a single disc DVD. Warner Home Video will distribute the action-packed movie, which will also be available OnDemand and Pay-Per-View as well as available for download.

Burnett, the primary story editor for Warner Bros. Animation, took a little time to offer his views on his humbling beginnings in comics, the influences of Alfred Hitchcock and Woody Allen, and the simple one-line pitch behind the screenplay for the first-ever feature length Green Lantern film.


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‘The Jetsons Season 2 Volume 1’ coming to DVD June 2

Available on DVD June 2, 2009.

Saturday Morning Cartoons V1 in stores May 26

Both Saturday Morning Cartoons 1960’s Collection V1 and Saturday Morning Cartoons 1970’s Collection V1 will be available on DVD May 26.

‘A Christmas Carol’ Performance Capture Featurette

In theaters: November 6, 2009

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