If you saw the above image and thought John Lasseter and Steven Spielberg were going to co-direct Scream 5, sorry to get your hopes up. It just so happens each has a bit of news involving the long standing champion in the battle of apathetic filmmaking, the sequel. Sequel Bits won’t be a daily occurrence (like the week old Superhero Bits) but sometimes, when there’s some interesting sequel news that might not deserve its own article, it’s easiest just to round it up. So, after the jump read about:

  • How John Lasseter directed scenes from Cars 2 on an iPad
  • The Weinstein Company setting release dates for Scary Movie 5 and Halloween 3D
  • Tyrese Gibson‘s hilarious notion Steven Spielberg would direct a Transformers 4

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We all have our collections. For me it’s pop culture themed art prints, for Quentin Tarantino it’s film prints and for John Lasseter it’s Hawaiian prints. On shirts. We’ve all seen the Pixar Creative Chief do interviews in what has become his patented Hawaiian shirt and it seems like he’s always wearing a new one. He probably is. The San Francisco Chronicle recently did an interview with Lasseter about Cars 2 and he was gracious enough to give a tour of his house, which included his closet and 374 Hawaiian shirts, all of which are in the current rotation. That’s more shirts than are days of the year. But that’s not even half of it. Read More »

‘Cars 2’ Trailer #4

Just on the off chance that you’d overlooked the fact that a sequel to Cars is being released this summer, Disney and Pixar have released another full-length trailer (after a unleashing a legion of clips and TV spots) for Cars 2. The Disney/Pixar channel on YouTube calls this trailer #4, and who am I to argue? There is some new footage here, and the trailer is cut well, but at this point either you’re on board for Cars 2 or you’re not. If by some chance you’re new to the fact that the film exists, hit the break for the new trailer, or check it out if you can’t wait for the film to open on June 24. Read More »

Walt Disney Pictures’ presentation at Cinema Con included footage from Cars 2, The Muppets, Winnie The Pooh and a sizzle reel for The Avengers. After the jump you can read my virtually spoiler free reactions.

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VOTD: ‘25 Years of Pixar’

We’ve featured a handful of director montages here on /Film recently, and while this “25 Years of Pixar” compilation isn’t quite that, it’s actually pretty similar. In terms of look, tone, and quality, I’d say Pixar is as consistent as many directors.

For the video, NkMcDonalds pulled scenes from works spanning over decades — from ’80s shorts to this year’s Cars 2. If you like Pixar as much as I do, it’ll definitely make you smile and it might even make you tear up a little tiny bit. Watch it after the jump.

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Save for the disappointingly childish trailers, I’d say Pixar and Disney are doing a great job marketing Cars 2. Most of the video has left me stone faced and uninterested, but the more cool characters and cars that are slowly revealed, the more my interest starts to percolate. That balance of good and bad continues with this latest Cars 2 news. While they’re revealed a brand new (and probably final) poster image, new character based on NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon and more, the studio also been slapped with a lawsuit saying the idea for the whole franchise was stolen. See all the new images and read about the lawsuit after the jump. Read More »

You might think that the idea to do a Cars sequel came about after Disney looked at their billion dollar sales Cars merchandise reports and fired off an e-mail to the animation studio in Emeryville saying “Do this!” But Pixar head and Cars series director John Lasseter tells an entirely different story — learn how Lasseter came up with the idea for the story of Cars 2 in a short video interview embedded after the jump.

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Cars 2, which opens on June 24, seems to be everywhere lately. Disney and Pixar have been nearing a saturation point with the release of new characters, images, TV spots and trailers.

Just this week we had a new full-length trailer that focused on the espionage aspects of the film’s plot, and now we have an extended international cut of that trailer. It isn’t hugely different, and won’t change your mind if you’re one of those without much interest in this particular Pixar film. But for those who are ready to go back to this particular world it might be a good extra tease. In addition to that different trailer cut, we’ve got four retro-styled Grand Prix posters and a handful of high-res images, after the break. Read More »

Cars 2 Trailer

Walt Disney Pictures has released a new movie trailer for Pixar’s Cars 2.

They are really playing up the film’s spy storyline, but nothing I’m seeing is making me interested in this sequel. The first film is in all accounts Pixar’s worst movie to date. It wasn’t even very profitable at the box office, but made billions in toy/merchandise sales. I was hoping that Lasseter may have found some heartfelt hook (I loved the Route 66 storyline in the first film, but it came in way too late) but the trailers thus far present a storyline which looks like a sad excuse to cash in at Toys r Us. And don’t get me wrong, I understand this is the movie BUSINESS, but I have come to expect more from Pixar. They are a studio-run entity which time and time again have produced films which are at the perfect intersection of entertainment and art.

Watch the trailer embedded after the ump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Had enough Cars 2 characters yet? No, of course you haven’t. That’s why yesterday, Pixar released stills and bios of two more characters — a muscle car voiced by Army of Darkness star Bruce Campbell, and a jet voiced by Harry Potter actor Jason Isaacs. Get to know them after the jump.

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