John Lasseter Steps Aside From Directing ‘Toy Story 4’

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John Lasseter said today he’d step aside as co-director of Toy Story 4, the latest in the franchise that put Pixar on the map. He told the crowd at D23 today that co-director Josh Cooley would take the reins of the movie, which has a June 16, 2019 release date.
Lasseter told the crowd today during Disney’s animation presentation that he will remain as executive producer and a consultant for Cooley, the screenwriter of Pixar’s Oscar-winning Inside Out. This marks his…

Disney Teases New Pixar Project & ‘Planes’-Like Movie For 2019 – D23

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Pixar took the lid off a pair of new films during the animation panel today at D23, Disney’s semi-annual fan convention in Anaheim.
One new project, with the working title Suburban Fantasy World, was introduced by Monsters University director and Pixar veteran Dan Scanlan. He said the plot is inspired by the story of his childhood and how his father died when he was young and he always wanted to find out about him. This movie is “a mix of the fantastic and the everyday,…

Taraji P. Henson Joins Cast of ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Sequel

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Taraji P. Henson has been cast as an algorithm named Yesss in Ralph Breaks The InternetWreck -It Ralph 2, the sequel to the 2012 Disney Animation pic. The news was just unveiled during a presentation at D23, Disney’s annual fan confab in Anaheim.
The sequel will see Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) and Ralph (John C. Reilly) escaping the arcade and entering the Internet. The second installment of the video game romp that nods to the 8-bit ’80s will be released on November…

‘Modern Family’ EP Steve Levitan On Season 9: “In About A Month Or So, The Writers Will Regather”

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No official announcement has been made and contract negotiations are still reportedly in play, but according to EP and co-creator Steve Levitan, it looks like Modern Family will live to see its ninth season.
“In about a month or so, the writers will re-gather and we will sit down and we will start the season with a big, ‘What now?'” Levitan said during an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences panel discussion Wednesday night.
Following a special advance screening of the…

‘Feud: Bette and Joan’ Finale: EP Tim Minear Avoided A “Petty Bitchfest”

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In the finale of Feud: Bette and Joan, infamous rivals Joan Crawford and Bette Davis sweetly apologized to each other–a scene that apparently never happened in real life. The latest of Ryan Murphy‘s anthologies, Feud in this first season follows the two Hollywood legends as they ‘age out’ of their acting careers and battle each other for supremacy, set against the backdrop of making their only film together–Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.
However, the finale wasn’t a case…

‘Feud’: Charles And Diana Season 2 “Begins With Divorce Papers,” Says EP Ryan Murphy

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Fans of Ryan Murphy‘s latest show Feud: Bette And Joan have much to look forward to. Not only has it already been renewed for a second and third season, but Season 2 will focus on Prince Charles
and Princess Diana, beginning with divorce and ending with Diana’s death, according to Murphy.
“The next one is about Charles and Diana,” he confirmed at an FX‘ Emmy event in Los Angeles tonight. “We are shooting I think in the late fall and I’m casting Charles and…

‘Angie Tribeca’ EP Ira Ungerleider: “‘Airplane!’ Was The Inspiration”; ‘Search Party’ EP On Their Indie Production Route – Contenders Emmys

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Season 3 of the police procedural sendup Angie Tribeca premieres Monday on TBS. It’s evocative of Airplane! and The Naked Gun films, but despite the absurdity of plot lines that include ferrets and ventriloquists, an authentic spoof requires deadpan acting, EP and writer Ira Ungerleider said at Deadline’s Contenders Emmys event Sunday.
“Their assignment on the show is you’re on a procedural,” he said. “I’m the disciplinarian that won’t let anyone smile, wink or give a…