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 »

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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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The cast of characters for Pixar’s Cars 2 just keeps on growing. Over the weekend, Pixar released descriptions of two new anthropomorphic automobiles, one of which is Eddie Izzard’s previously announced role as Sir Miles Axelrod. Additionally, we have a couple of cute new photos and the first TV spot for the film. Check it all out after the jump.

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A Cars spin-off called Planes has been in development for some time by DisneyToon Studios but we’ve known little about the story. All we knew is that it would be a direct to DVD title somehow related to cars, being developed as ““a semi-sequel and spinoff franchise to Cars, one meant to take advantage of the enormously lucrative direct-to-video market.”

Now the film has been officially announced with a story revolving around small-town dreamer Dusty who wants to enter a globe-circling air race, but is afraid of heights. Let me guess: he gives up on his dream of winning the race and takes a job flying movie ad banners low over the crowds at Comic Con instead. Or maybe not. All the official info is in the press release after the break. Read More »

What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 30 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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