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Jonas Rivera, Producer of ‘Inside Out’ and ‘Toy Story 4,’ Promoted to Executive VP Film Production at Pixar (Exclusive)

Jonas Rivera, the Oscar-winning producer and Pixar suit behind Inside Out and Toy Story 4, has been promoted to executive vp film production at the famed animation house. In the new position, Rivera will oversee all film and streaming production at the studio, guiding projects toward their creative and operational milestones. With the promotion, producers, associate producers […]

Ralph Eggleston, Oscar-Winning Pixar Animator Behind ‘For the Birds’ and ‘Toy Story,’ Dies at 56

Ralph Eggleston, the veteran Pixar animator, art director and production designer who won an Oscar for his much-loved short film For the Birds, has died. He was 56. The Pixar Post reported that Eggleston died Sunday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. “Pixar and the world will be forever grateful,” tweeted the official Pixar account […]

Disability Dance Drama ‘Grace’ in the Works at Disney (Exclusive)

Walt Disney Pictures is developing the dance drama Grace, which will center on a highly talented, disabled dancer. Freddy Wexler, best known as the Grammy-nominated songwriter behind records from Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato, is producing the project and will co-write the screenplay along with Kiera Allen, the wheelchair-using actress that made her […]

John Lasseter’s Second Act

In early 2020 while preparing to direct Luck, Skydance Animation’s first feature film, Peggy Holmes met with some unlikely consultants on the story. The lead character in Luck, an unlucky yet indomitable young woman named Sam, has grown up in foster care, and so Holmes interviewed kids with similar experiences in Ventura County, California, to […]

Tom Hanks Reacts to Tim Allen’s ‘Lightyear’ Absence: “I Don’t Understand That”

Tim Allen finally weighed in last week on the debate surrounding his absence from the recent animated film Lightyear, and it turns out that Tom Hanks, his compatriot in the Toy Story movies, has some thoughts on the matter as well. Hanks, the voice of Buzz Lightyear’s best pal, Woody, in four previous Pixar films, […]

Tim Allen Addresses ‘Lightyear’ Debate: “I Wish There Was a Better Connection” to ‘Toy Story’ Films

Tim Allen is finally weighing in on the continued discussion surrounding Pixar’s recent film Lightyear, which tells the origin story of the human Space Ranger who would inspire the Buzz Lightyear toy that Allen voiced in the four Toy Story films. During a video interview with Extra, Allen explained that he has “stayed out of […]

Box Office: ‘Elvis’ Earns $3.5M in Previews; ‘Black Phone’ Rings Up $3M

Warner Bros.’ biopic Elvis — starring Austin Butler as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll — started off its domestic box office run with $3.5 million in Thursday previews. Blumhouse and Universal’s latest horror offering, The Black Phone, also began opening Thursday and wasn’t far behind Elvis, ringing up $3 million in previews (horror is […]

Is the “Untapped” Market of Saudi Arabia as Attractive to Hollywood Following Movie Bans?

“Where else are you going to find a movie market that literally doesn’t exist today that could be $1 billion in size in five years or so?” It’s been only four years since AMC Theatres CEO Adam Aron made this bold claim about Saudi Arabia, speaking just months after the Kingdom had dramatically revealed that […]

‘Lightyear’ Producer Says Disney Was “Supportive” of Lesbian Characters, but There Was “Definite Pushback” to Kiss

Disney supported Lightyear’s inclusion of two lesbian characters but was hesitant about featuring a kiss between them, according to one of the film’s producers. In an interview with Mercury News, Galyn Susman, a producer for the Toy Story and Buzz Lightyear origin tale, briefly touched on the controversy around Pixar’s first animated feature film same-gender […]

Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’: Film Review

Chris Evans voices the big-screen Space Ranger who became a 'Toy Story' action figure in the sci-fi adventure spinoff, also featuring Uzo Aduba, Keke Palmer and Taika Waititi.

Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’ Banned in Saudi Arabia Over Same-Gender Kiss

Disney’s run-in with Gulf censors has added another chapter. Lightyear is the latest film from the studio to be banned in various Middle East countries, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Sources tell THR the decision is linked to the inclusion of a same-gender kiss in Pixar’s Toy […]

Chris Evans on Channeling Captain America, Taking Over for Tim Allen in ‘Lightyear’

After four Toy Story films, audiences will meet a new version of Buzz Lightyear in Pixar’s latest film, Lightyear, which tells the story of the man who inspired the iconic action figure voiced by Tim Allen. In this story, Buzz is a space ranger embarking on an intergalactic adventure, leading a team of recruits in […]