Even the people making trailers don’t know if the movie is going to be good

A good trailer can really make or break a film. If that tightly edited two-minute clip does its job well, previously uninterested audiences may find themselves brimming with anticipation. On the other hand, a clunky or overly expository trailer may be the first of many flashing warning signs that read, “This movie you…

Former Pixar artist opens up about the studio's rampant sexism and "boys club" culture

We’ve been getting increasingly strident hints for a while now that things were Not Good, re: sexism, at beloved animation studio Pixar. For one thing, there’s the numbers: Out of the 20 films the studio has produced during its lifespan, only one, 2012's Brave, featured a female director—and Brenda Chapman was…

Brad Bird triumphantly returns to animation, Pixar, and awe-inspiring spectacle with Incredibles 2 

Early into Brad Bird’s Incredibles 2, Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) races down the gridlocked streets of a Space Age metropolis on a custom-built motorcycle: flinging the bike in and out of tight traffic, stretching her impossibly malleable limbs around the sleek surfaces of a runaway maglev train. One of several dazzling…

John Lasseter is leaving Disney and Pixar for good after misconduct allegations

“What’s going on with John Lasseter?” remains an open question in Hollywood at the moment; the Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar CCO—whose work on Toy Story and Pixar’s other CGI charmers has been foundational for American animation over the last 20 years—took a mostly talked-around leave of absence last year…

Insiders say John Lasseter won't return to Disney and Pixar after misconduct allegations

John Lasseter, the co-founder of Pixar and chief creative officer of both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation took a leave from those companies over allegations of harassment and misconduct, including (as one anonymous source put it) “grabbing, kissing, [and] making comments about physical attributes” of women at…

Thank god, Disney is pulling that long-ass Frozen short from Coco screenings

Regardless of whether they went to see Pixar’s Coco for its thoughtful, beautifully-rendered yet overdue look at Mexican culture, moviegoers were required to be more patient than usual ahead of their feature screening. In addition to the commercials and coming distractions, Disney tacked on a short film that not only…

Rashida Jones says she left Toy Story 4 because of problems with Pixar, not just John Lasseter

Rashida Jones and her writing partner, Will McCormack, have issued a statement tonight denying an allegation made by The Hollywood Reporter earlier today, refuting the claim that they left the creative team for Toy Story 4 because of an “unwanted advance” from John Lasseter. Lasseter—the chief creative officer for…

John Lasseter takes leave from Disney/Pixar, apologizes for “unwanted hugs”

John Lasseter, co-founder of Pixar and chief creative officer for Pixar and Walt Disney Animation, is the latest high-profile Hollywood power player to take a leave of absence amid charges of sexual harassment—or, as he puts it, “unwanted hugs.” Lasseter uses that very Disney-esque phrase in a memo to his employees …

The Incredibles 2 will pick up right after the end of the first movie

At the end of The Incredibles, having already defeated Jason Lee’s angsty villain, Mr. Incredible and the rest of his super-family suited up to take on a Mole Man-esque villain called The Underminer. According to Pixar’s John Lasseter at the D23 conference, Brad Bird’s The Incredibles 2 will pick up immediately after…

John Lasseter is no longer co-directing Toy Story 4

Despite previous reports that he’d be co-directing the film (after taking the third installment off) Pixar leader John Lasseter won’t be in the director’s chair for Toy Story 4. Variety reports that Lasseter broke the news to fans at Disney’s D23 expo today, revealing that he’s leaving the franchise’s fourth…