| Apr 7, 2011
| 9:04 PM
When it comes to robots, Disney really hasn’t put them in the vaulted big-screen position in which it has princesses, sword-wielding heroes or talking animals.
Sure, Wall-E is, perhaps, the best known mechanized character under the Disney banner,...
| Jun 29, 2011
| 1:41 PM
"Cars 2" runs out of gas long before it runs out of running time. This sequel qualifies as the rare Pixar misfire. Unlike the wit and warmth of such animated favorites as the "Toy Story" series and "Wall-E," "Cars 2" seems cold and shrill.
One reason why...
| Jun 30, 2011
| 9:44 PM
Disney and Pixar are known for high quality family films. "Wall-E," "Finding Nemo" and "The Incredibles" all generated more than $500 million in ticket sales. But the legendary "Toy Story" franchise may be the gold standard of this genre. These films have...
| Feb 24, 2011
For nearly two decades, the Ripley's museum on International Drive and I have co-existed. But until recently, I had not darkened the door of the Odditorium — believe it or not.
Sorry, I had to go there — to the slogan, not the attraction....
| Jun 28, 2012
| 7:17 PM
The Pixar studio is the gold standard for generation jumping animated films."Toy Story,""Finding Nemo" and"Wall-E" were ground breaking blockbusters. The win streak clearly continues with their rousing fairy tale adventure"Brave."
This time they add a...
| Jun 29, 2012
| 1:28 PM
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited 176 new members into the organization on Friday, including Octavia Spencer, Terrence Malick, Matthew McConaughey, Kristen Wiig, Kerry Washington,...
| Nov 5, 2012
| 11:04 AM
When animation director Rich Moore was growing up in Oxnard, he spent so much time in video arcades that his parents worried that their young son was wasting his time. “They would always tell me that I should be concentrating on the real world,&...
| Feb 3, 2012
| 10:54 PM
Celia Duran comes from a hard-working family.
Duran enjoys talking about her mother, father and brother. Then again, there isn't much Duran won't talk about.
She is candid and smiles often. A 20-minute interview quickly turns into nearly an hour with...
| Mar 8, 2012
**1/2 (out of four)
Like that other long-haired, bare-chested hero with the initials J.C., John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) arrives just in time to calm heated alien tempers and save Mars from laser-powered destruction.
OK, maybe the biblical allegory only...
| Jan 31, 2013
The tween-minded zombie romance "Warm Bodies" pulls a comic-romantic twist on a genre better known for its entrails. It is narrated by the undead fellow known as R, played by Nicholas Hoult, soon to be slaying giants in "Jack the Giant Slayer."
| Feb 10, 2011
In late January 1991, fax machines were humming all across Hollywood, spreading the news that Jeffrey Katzenberg, then head of production at Disney, had written a scalding, often self-critical 28-page memo blasting the movie industry's “tidal wave...