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    Immersed in Movies: BOOK REVIEW: 'Creativity, Inc.'

    Ed Catmull explores the secret of Pixar's success in Creativity, Inc. (Random House) with a managerial insight that's applicable to everyone. Reminiscent of John Wooden's "Pyramid of Success," the Yoda of Pixar has presided over the industry's animation leader with a winning philosophy that delicate...

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    'Captain America 3' Gets US Release Date

    Disney and Marvel have dated "Captain America 3" for May 6, 2016. That's neck-and-neck with Warner Bros.' untitled "Superman-Batman" movie, slated for release the same day.

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    Immersed in Movies: Pixar's Kelsey Mann Talks 'Party Central' Short

    Despite Pixar not having a feature this year, it worked out perfectly for the MU short, Party Central, to play in front of Muppets Most Wanted since Jim Henson was such an important influence on director Kelsey Mann. "They always had that manic energy when you got a group of the Muppets together. I ...

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    'Star Wars: Episode 7' Will Hit IMAX Along With Every Disney & Marvel Action Tentpole Through 2015

    With promises that he'll shoot on the fading 35mm film format, and employ a tasteful amount of CGI rather than bombarding our eyeballs with pixels, J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode 7" has one more trick up its sleeve: you'll be able to see it in IMAX.

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    Walt Disney Studios and The Black List Team Up to Find Diverse Writers for Year-Long Residency

    Here's the latest in a string of deals that The Black List screenplay database has made with Hollywood to find new and diverse talent.

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    Oscar Winner 'Frozen' Crosses $1 Billion Mark in Worldwide Box Office

    Well, "Frozen" had a very good weekend. Not only did it score two Academy Awards on Sunday, for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song ("Let It Go"), but it also crossed the $1 billion dollar mark in worldwide box office.

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    WATCH: Kermit and the Gang Sing the Sequel Song in New 'Muppets Most Wanted' Trailer

    A clever new trailer has arrived for Disney's upcoming "Muppets Most Wanted," wherein Kermit et al put on a song-and-dance routine to the ditty "We're Doing a Sequel." Though they admit while crooning, "that's what we do in Hollywood, though everybody knows the sequel's never quite as good," it beat...

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    REVIEW: Two 1960s Animated Classics on Blu-ray

    Walt Disney and The Beatles, as cultural icons, seem at first to be as distant as the Arctic and Antarctic. In reality, the two are more intertwined than one might have thought, certainly as creative visionaries. Most notably, each entity released major animated features within one year of each othe...

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    Immersed in Movies: Anatomy of a Scene for the Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts

    What were the most challenging scenes to animate in the Oscar-Nominated shorts? I posed this to all five directors: Lauren MacMullan (Get A Horse!), Daniel Sousa (Feral), Shuhei Morita (Possessions), Laurent Witz (Mr. Hublot), and Max Lang (Room on the Broom).

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    Meryl Streep's Comments Belie More Than Ignorance of Walt Disney

    The now-infamous comments by Meryl Streep last Tuesday at the National Board of Review regarding Walt Disney set in motion a flurry of corrections from sources who knew Walt personally. Beyond that, her remarks displayed a shocking aversion to simple fact-checking that anybody familiar with Google c...

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