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John Lasseter’s Legacy: Why the Tarnished CG Animation Pioneer May Be Irreplaceable For Disney and Pixar

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John Lasseter’s Legacy: Why the Tarnished CG Animation Pioneer May Be Irreplaceable For Disney and Pixar
At last week’s “Coco” premiere at the El Capitan in Hollywood, John Lasseter had a look of sadness in his eyes. The usual gregarious charm didn’t come as easily. Maybe he was tired: he’d been running both Pixar and Disney Animation as chief creative officer for the last 11 years.

That was the explanation when Lasseter first stepped down as director of “Toy Story 4” earlier this year. Then came Tuesday’s shocking revelation of alleged unwanted advances, forcing the animation mogul — who was known for his warm hugs — to take a six-month leave of absence from the studios, apologizing for “missteps” in a memo to his Disney/Pixar staff.

Lasseter, by far the most powerful and influential figure in contemporary animation, joins a growing list of big-name players in Hollywood, the media, and politics accused of sexual misconduct (including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Charlie Rose). This
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Charlie Sheen Reunites with 'Major League' Cast at Real 'Field of Dreams'

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Charlie Sheen finally got what he wanted in a "Major League" reunion -- well, sorta -- but with a baseball movie curve ball. Sheen got together Sunday -- seemingly for the first time in a long time -- with his fellow 'Major League' costars Corbin Bernsen and Tom Berenger for a little baseball softball action at the real-life "Field of Dreams" from the movie of the same name. Sources close to the event tell TMZ
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How A-Rod’s Relationship with J.Lo Is Different for the Athlete: ‘This Is Another Level,’ Says Source

How A-Rod’s Relationship with J.Lo Is Different for the Athlete: ‘This Is Another Level,’ Says Source
J-Rod is going strong.

Over the weekend, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez hit the town in Miami, where the athlete is in town for work commitments surrounding the Mlb All-Star game.

On Sunday night, Rodriguez, 41, was accompanied by Lopez, 47, as he hosted a dinner at Prime 112 for a group of friends from Fox Sports, including Joe Buck, Frank Thomas and John Smoltz. Guests dined on steak (for Rodriguez) and sea bass (for Lopez), as well as fried Oreos and sipped on D’Usse Cognac.

“They were celebrating the All-Star game in Alex’s hometown,” says a source about the couple.
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Alex Rodriguez's Final Mlb Game to Be Broadcast Nationally on Fox

Fox will give its due to, in its own words, “one of the most gifted Major League Baseball players in history” by nationally broadcasting Alex Rodriguez’s final game this Friday, as the New York Yankees host the Tampa Bay Rays.

Play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt, analyst John Smoltz and reporter Ken Rosenthal will oversee Fox’s coverage, preceded a pregame show airing at 7 pm (with host Chris Myers and analysts Frank Thomas, Tom Verducci and Cj Nitkowski).

The Yes Network will also televise the game live within its New York/New Jersey/Connecticut/ Pennsylvania footprint, with pregame coverage beginning at 6 pm.
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‘Imitation of Life,’ ‘Being There,’ ‘Ghostbusters,’ and More Added to National Film Registry

Since 1989, the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress has been accomplishing the important task of preserving films that “represent important cultural, artistic and historic achievements in filmmaking.” From films way back in 1897 all the way up to 2004, they’ve now reached 675 films that celebrate our heritage and encapsulate our film history.

Today they’ve unveiled their 2015 list, which includes classics such as Douglas Sirk‘s melodrama Imitation of Life, Hal Ashby‘s Being There, and John Frankenheimer‘s Seconds. Perhaps the most popular picks, The Shawshank Redemption, Ghostbusters, Top Gun, and L.A. Confidential were also added. Check out the full list below.

Being There (1979)

Chance, a simple-minded gardener (Peter Sellers) whose only contact with the outside world is through television, becomes the toast of the town following a series of misunderstandings. Forced outside his protected environment by the death of his wealthy boss, Chance subsumes his late employer’s persona,
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'Lady and the Tramp': 19 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the Disney Classic

Since its release 60 years ago this week (on June 22, 1955), "Lady and the Tramp" has been not just one of the most beloved Disney animated features ever made, but also one of the great romances in screen history.

Still, as often as you've seen it, there's still plenty you may not know about how the canine classic came to be, So grab a plate of spaghetti and meatballs and chow down on 19 of "Lady"'s behind-the-scenes dish.

1. It took nearly 20 years to get the film made. The main character originated in sketches made by Disney animator Joe Grant in 1937, based on his own spaniel, whose name was Lady. Grant envisioned a short cartoon about a dog who's puzzled by the arrival of his masters' newborn baby.

2. By 1940, Walt Disney had imagined expanding the short into a feature and adding a dog-hating housesitter, two mischievous Siamese cats (then named Nip and Tuck), and a suitor for Lady,
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Megan Fox Facts: 21 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the 'Tmnt' Star

"Transformers" (2007) launched Megan Fox to international stardom -- and into every man's dreams.

This summer, the actress re-teams with Michael Bay -- following their reconciliation -- for another film adaptation of a classic cartoon, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." Since breaking out, Fox has been seen in "Jennifer's Body" and "This Is 40," gotten married to her longtime boyfriend, Brian Austin Green, and popped out a couple kids. Now, she's back in action as April O'Neil and looking better than ever.

From her (not so) unusual fear to her connection to Eminem, here are 21 things you probably don't know about Megan Fox.

1. Megan Fox was born May 16, 1986 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee to Gloria Cisson and Franklin Thomas Fox.

2. After her parents divorced when she was young, Fox was raised by her mother and stepfather in St. Petersburg, Florida.

3. Fox attended Catholic school and, as part of an agreement with her mother,
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National Baseball Hall of Fame 2014 induction ceremony on Mlb Network

Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine, Tony La Russa, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Joe Torre are inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame 2014 class in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Sunday, July 27. Mlb Network has exclusive coverage of the ceremony live at 1:30pm Et. Mlb Network begins the festivities with Mlb Tonight on Sunday at 12pm Et, featuring Greg Amsinger, Peter Gammons, Harold Reynolds and John Smoltz, and Bob Costas will have exclusive interviews with all six new inductees before the ceremony. Additional details in the press release from Mlb Network below: 2014 National Baseball Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony … Continue reading →

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Mlb All-Star Game 2014 TV coverage on Fox

Mlb All-Star Game 2014 TV coverage on Fox begins Tuesday, July 15, at 7:30pm Et from Target Field in Minneapolis. The best of the American League take on the best of the National League as voted by fans in the Midsummer Classic. Calling the game is play-by-play announcer Joe Buck along with analysts Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci. Ken Rosenthal and Erin Andrews are field reporters, and Kevin Burkhardt anchors pregame coverage with analysts Frank Thomas and Gabe Kapler. Expect the New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter to get the spotlight as he’ll be playing in his final All-Star Game, as … Continue reading →

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Disney Blu-ray Round-up: ‘Saving Mr. Banks’

At a couple points during one of the precious few special features on the Saving Mr. Banks Blu-ray, the people on screen, from the film’s director to family members of some of the men who worked with Walt Disney in the 1930s and 1940s, echo the following talking point: Walt Disney was not a nostalgic man, but one who was constantly looking forward into the future. By “talking point,” I don’t mean to infer that this statement is inaccurate, at least in terms of Disney’s public statements. The phrase “Keep moving forward” is part of one of many quotes attributed to the legendary figure, even becoming the backbone of the 2007 animated film Meet the Robinsons. So yes, Walt Disney, at least publicly, was very passionate regarding the future. But hearing this bromide in the middle of a special feature regarding a movie so wholly obsessed with building
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1990 Things From The 90s (Seriously)

1990 Things From The 90s (Seriously)
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school.

Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough.

Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.)

1. Scrunchies

2. "The Wild Thornberries"

3. Dawson and Joey

4. "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys"

5. Mr. Feeny

7. MTV playing music videos

8. Snick

9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks"

10. Levar Burton

11. "Daria"

12. "Arthur"

13. "The Powerpuff Girls"

14. "Smart Guy"

15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings

16. "The X-Files"

17. Rosie O'Donnell

18. Bill Nye

19. "Dawson's Creek"

20. The Mighty Ducks"

21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark"

22. Cornholio

23. Rachel Green

24. Tim Allen

25. "All That"

26. "Beverly Hills 90210"

27. "Step by Step"

28. "The Ren & Stimpy Show"

29. "The Famous Jett Jackson"

30. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Disney 53 Double Feature Part I: The Fox and the Hound

As we march bravely on through 2013, Thn will take a nostalgic yet critical look at the 53 Walt Disney Animated Classics, from Snow White to Wreck-it Ralph, through the obscurity of Fun And Fancy Free to the Golden Age of Beauty And The Beast. These are the films the Walt Disney company are most proud of, the ones that hold a special place in our hearts, the ones that still cost a fortune to buy on DVD. This time, The Fox And The Hound.

Directed by Ted Berman, Richard Rich and Art Stevens

1981/ 83 minutes

Based upon the original novel by Daniel Mannix, The Fox And The Hound began its life under the working title Tod and Copper.

The original novel had a more realistic and bleak story, following the quest of a hunter and his dog, Copper, to shoot Tod after he has killed the hunter’s new dog, Chief. The
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Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 92: ‘Walt and El Grupo’

No, friends, you haven’t slept past the weekend, and your calendars aren’t wrong. It’s time for a brand-new Mousterpiece Cinema, during the week! Aren’t you lucky? (Don’t get used to this kind of multiple-episode manna from heaven.) And even better, this is a totally different episode, with a Mousterpiece Cinema first! Mike and Josh wanted to review the Disney documentary Walt and El Grupo, but there’s one problem: it’s not accessible in any way in Canada, so Mike hasn’t seen it. As such, all he could do was interview the film’s director, Ted Thomas, son of the late Frank Thomas. But he stuck around to hear Josh’s thoughts on the film and its place in Disney’s documentary universe. Was Josh a fan? Could Mike allay his concerns? And is Ted Thomas a duck person or a mouse person? Find
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Interviews With Disney "Peter Pan" Voice Actors Kathryn Beaumont And Paul Collins

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By Todd Garbarini

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Walt Disney Studios graciously provided me with the opportunity recently to discuss Peter Pan with two of the film’s stars: Kathryn Beaumont, who provided the voice of Wendy, and Paul Collins, who provided the voice of John Darling.

Kathryn Beaumont

Todd Garbarini: Thank you for speaking with me about Peter Pan.

Kathryn Beaumont: Thank you, it’s my pleasure!

Tg: I am a big fan of the Disney cartoons as I spent the better part of my childhood seeing them.

Kb: I'm so glad! They really are special, aren't they? The Disney cartoons really stand the test of time.

Tg: These are some of the earliest movies I ever saw in both movie theaters and drive-ins. I really miss the drive-ins. There are so few of them left.

Kb: I know! I miss the drive-ins, too!

Tg: I
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Blu Review: Peter Pan: Diamond Edition

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Cinelinx has a wonderful thought after watching the Peter Pan: Diamond Edition Blu-ray!

The Set-up

Three British children are transported to Neverland, where a young boy named Peter and his band of Lost Boys do battle with the nefarious pirate Captain Hook. Based on the classic children's novel by Sir James Barrie.

The Delivery

Sir James M. Barrie's classic children's novel about the boy who never grew up has seen a number of incarnations, from the original story to a number of silent film and stage adaptations. Walt Disney's animated version, released in 1953, keeps some of the elements of the original story, with a good amount of Disneyfication (for lack of a better term) thrown in.

The fact that Disney softened some of the darker elements, added musical numbers, and changed a few things is hardly a drawback. In fact, it gives this version just the right personality and distinction.
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‘Peter Pan’ mostly delightful on the new Diamond Blu-ray

It’s been 60 years to the day since Peter Pan, the Walt Disney animated classic, opened in theaters nationwide. So what better way to commemorate the birthday of the boy who wouldn’t grow up than by checking the film out on Blu-ray for the very first time? That, at least, is the thinking behind Disney’s decision to release the Diamond Edition of Peter Pan today, hoping to remind children of all ages of this iconic animated entry. A few movie-specific issues aside, this is a fully packed home media release, a massive new Blu-ray, overstuffed with special features, even if some of them might be too familiar.

The story of how the always-young Peter Pan takes three British children to the fabled island of Neverland and their exciting adventures against the villainous pirate Captain Hook is one of the most familiar of the last 100 years. Who among us
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The Extended Disney Family And Peter Pan

The new Blu-ray/DVD/Digital release of Walt Disney’s Peter Pan includes the bonus features from previous DVD releases plus a few additions, including Growing up with Nine Old Men, a short documentary in which Ted Thomas, the filmmaker and son of top Disney animator Frank Thomas, checks in with the children of the other artists who were nicknamed the Nine Old Men. There are no revelations or airing of dirty laundry, but if you’re a diehard Disney buff you’ll enjoy learning about the personal lives, families, and hobbies of such animation titans as Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Ward Kimball, Milt Kahl, Wolfgang Reitherman, Les Clark, and John Lounsbery. (Marc Davis and Eric Larson...

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Extended Thoughts on ‘The Rescuers’

The Rescuers

Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, John Lounsbery, Art Stevens

Written by Larry Clemmons, Vance Gerry, Ken Anderson, Frank Thomas, Burny Mattinson, Fred Lucky, Dick Sebast, Dave Michener

Starring Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Geraldine Page, Pat Buttram, George Lindsey

One of the most fascinating aspects of our podcast is watching the struggle within the Walt Disney Company to blend reality and fantasy. From the beginning, Disney had stated that he wanted movies like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to be perceived as films for adults, as opposed to films for children or families. I’m always heartened to see that comment brought up in modern conversation, because the stigma that animation is specifically for children hasn’t ever dissipated in popular culture. What frustrates me is the film Disney refers to, and how it became a template of sorts for the animators and filmmakers who work at the Walt Disney Company.
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Extended Thoughts on ‘The Aristocats’

The Aristocats

Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman

Written by Ken Anderson, Larry Clemmons, Eric Cleworth, Vance Garry, Tom McGowan, Tom Rowe, Julius Svendsen, Frank Thomas, and Ralph Wright

Starring Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Scatman Crothers

Complacency is always a dangerous tone to strike in filmmaking. Combined with cheapness, it can be a killer. Those two concepts are what stand out most of all from the Wolfgang Reitherman era of Walt Disney Pictures. For various reasons, most of which were beyond Reitherman’s control, most of the films from Walt Disney Pictures between 1959’s Sleeping Beauty and 1989’s The Little Mermaid felt cheap and lazy. (Being fair, Reitherman’s time at the company ended, for the most part, with 1977’s The Rescuers, but the four films between that and Mermaid have varying aspects of laziness on display, I think.) And make no mistake: the word “cheap” does not need to be a criticism.
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Martha Thomases and Seth and Ted and Flash

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Pop culture can be a funny thing. I don’t mean “Ha ha” funny, although that is also sometimes true. I mean funny as in a head-shaking “Ain’t that a bitch,” kind of way.

For example, yesterday I went to see Ted. I didn’t want to, but it was the Number One box office hit this weekend and my son, the genius, is doing a blog on the subject, and he was in town for the Del Close Marathon. It’s not a very good movie, in my opinion, but I’m not a huge fan of Seth McFarlane. He’s okay, and I will always support him because his work points out the blistering hypocrisy of our shared alma mater . And I like fart jokes more than the average little old Jewish lady.

Still, I found myself tearing up. Did the film have unexpected emotional depth? No.
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