Toy Story That Time Forgot

At Comic-Con, I usually spend most of my days camped out in the big convention hall Hall H (some people call it “Hall Hell”) but this year I spent Thursday pursuing some Pixar and Disney presentations in some of the smaller halls. First up was a presentation on Pixar’s upcoming holiday special Toy Story That Time Forgot. After the jump you can find out what I learned about the next installment of the Toy Story series.

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Where most movie franchises are lucky to span one decade, the James Bond franchise is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with its 23rd installment, Skyfall. The trick behind its longevity is no secret — since the ’60s, the producers have reinvented the iconic agent several times so that he always feels of the moment.

But through it all, a few key characteristics remain the same. Bond is always first and foremost a martini man, though he may dabble in beer or other cocktails from time to time, and his knack for ladykilling is almost as well regarded as his talent for killing-killing. So which of the six Bonds is the deadliest, booziest, and sexiest of them all? The infographic after the jump has the answer.

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The Disney film was a flop in the summer of ’91 but has earned a cult following thanks to Johnston’s lively use of ’30s action/adventure serial style and the simple appeal of a mechanic who becomes a sort of hero when a jetpack falls into his possession.

Disney talked about a sequel before the film flopped, and Johnston says he still wants to make another film featuring the characters. A sequel isn’t likely to happen if no one knows about the original film, however. The lackluster DVD release Disney once gave The Rocketeer hasn’t done anything to earn the film new fans. But in December the movie will hit Blu-ray, giving people a chance to get a good look at the movie that was among the first wave of modern comic book adaptations. Read More »

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I’m pretty curious about the Anthony Hopkins film The Rite, which is based upon the book The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, by Matt Baglio. The book is about the real-world practice of exorcism, and the Michael Petroni script is said to be faithful to it. Hopkins will play “a priest who is an expert in exorcisms and whose methods are not necessarily traditional.”

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