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Intriguing people for January 27, 2010updated: Wed Jan 27 2010 08:41:00

Steve Jobs The state of the union is ... digital. Apple is expected to release a wireless, multimedia touch-screen device Wednesday at an invitation-only event in San Francisco, California, according to blogs and news reports.

The best and worst films of 2009updated: Fri Jan 01 2010 10:02:00

Over the past week, "Avatar" and "Sherlock Holmes" sealed another record-breaking box-office year for Hollywood, with a little help from a trio of singing chipmunks.

Fortune: An animation studio bets on the iPhoneupdated: Wed Nov 18 2009 12:25:00

At first glance, Albie Hecht's office is cluttered with toys -- a plush gorilla from the Mario Bros. video game, vinyl figurines from the toy line Kidrobot, to name a few. But in fact, they're all relics of the animation industry, where Hecht, 56, made his name launching such mega-hit children's shows such as Nickelodeon's "SpongeBob SquarePants," "Dora the Explorer," and "Blue's Clues." Clooney and Damon are Headed to Veniceupdated: Thu Jul 30 2009 11:48:00

Huge names are expected at this year's Italian film festival - and Buzz Lightyear, too

Not much rattling Nicolas Cage these daysupdated: Fri Jul 24 2009 11:08:00

Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage has pretty much got this acting thing down. After all, he started acting at the age of 15 and, well, he's got that Oscar.

Pixar's secrets on display in 'Up'updated: Thu May 28 2009 09:14:00

It's a record any studio would love to have.

An 'Up' note to Cannes opening: Pixar goes 10 for 10updated: Thu May 14 2009 13:26:00

The Cannes Film Festival entrusted its opening to a Pixar film, and the animation studio did not disappoint.

Cannes Film Festival openingupdated: Thu May 14 2009 13:26:00

CNN's Neil Curry mingles with the stars at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Cannes gets specs appeal as 3D 'Up' opens festivalupdated: Thu May 14 2009 08:45:00

Dark glasses are de rigueur on the sun-kissed French Riviera, but this year glamorous cineastes attending the opening night of Cannes were matching another kind of face wear with their tuxedoes and designer dresses.

Can 'Dark Knight' leap into Oscar contention?updated: Wed Jan 21 2009 21:46:00

When it comes to the Academy Awards, Hollywood has some biases. Ponyo: More Ani-Magic from Miyazakiupdated: Tue Sep 02 2008 15:00:00

The Japanese anime deity wows Venice with his freest, most enchanting movie in ages Can WALL-E Win Best Picture?updated: Mon Jul 07 2008 18:00:00

No animated movie has ever won the coveted Oscar, but Hollywood is already abuzz with talk that Pixar's smash-hit post-apocalyptic robot could change that

Mideast conflict forces animation to grow upupdated: Fri May 23 2008 14:51:00

Everyone has their childhood favorite: whether it is the hand-drawn beauty of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs;" or the modern, computer-generated genius of "Shrek." Cartoons have always been a family staple in the movie industry.

Fortune: The Iger differenceupdated: Fri Apr 11 2008 10:30:00

At a time of upheaval in the media business, Walt Disney has had a string of hits the likes of which it hasn't had since, well, the early tenure of former CEO Michael Eisner in the 1980s. Three years after succeeding Eisner - and confounding skeptics in the process - CEO Bob Iger talked to Fortune's Richard Siklos about buying Pixar, pulling Disney out of a creative slump with new megafranchises like "Hannah Montana" and "High School Musical," working with Steve Jobs, and wrestling with the image of a certain mouse. Edited excerpts:

Complete list of Academy Award nominees and winnersupdated: Mon Feb 25 2008 10:47:00

Who won and who walked away empty-handed? The following are the nominees and the winners at the 80th annual Academy Awards.

'No Country,' 'Blood' lead Oscar nominationsupdated: Tue Jan 22 2008 22:42:00

A coldblooded killer and a coldblooded tycoon led the Oscar nominations Tuesday, with a lawyer suffering from an ethical crisis also earning a strong showing.

Oscar surprisesupdated: Tue Jan 22 2008 22:42:00

CNN's Lola Ogunnaike dissects the winners and losers from the Academy Award nominations.

Complete list of Academy Award nomineesupdated: Tue Jan 22 2008 11:45:00

Who'll win and who will lose? The following are the nominations for the 80th annual Academy Awards. Winners will be announced February 24.

List of Oscar nomineesupdated: Tue Jan 22 2008 09:09:00

Following is a complete list of the nominees for the 80th annual Academy Awards:

'Simpsons' guru discusses movieupdated: Thu Jan 10 2008 08:40:00

Myleene Klass of 'The Screening Room' talks to Matt Groening about the forthcoming 'The Simpsons Movie.'

Groening: 'No end in sight' for Simpsonsupdated: Thu Jan 10 2008 08:40:00

The most eagerly anticipated animated film this year hits big screens this weekend, as "The Simpsons Movie" opens worldwide. The Screening Room spoke to creator Matt Groening and writer Al Jean in London about everyone's favorite two-dimensional yellow family.

To Disney and beyond: The rise of animationupdated: Thu Jan 10 2008 08:37:00

This month on the Screening Room we're turning to the wonderful world of animated films.

Animated competitionupdated: Thu Jan 10 2008 08:36:00

Myleene Klass looks at the growing competition of the animated film industry

The Screening Room gets animated at Annecyupdated: Thu Jan 10 2008 08:36:00

From bedroom creators to big studios, hand-drawn to CGI, animation has charmed and entertained children -- and, increasingly, adults -- for many years. The Screening Room went to Annecy in France to discover the secrets of success in animated films...

The Screening Room's Top 10 Animated Filmsupdated: Thu Jan 10 2008 08:35:00

This month, the Screening Room celebrates the release of "The Simpsons Movie" with its top 10 animated feature films. From Disney to Ghibli, Buzz to Beauty, we've picked our favorites - the ones that have charmed us, touched us and made us laugh out loud. Atonement, Charlie Wilson's War Top Globe Nominationsupdated: Thu Dec 13 2007 18:03:00

Trophy season kicked into high gear Thursday morning, with an impressive roster of seven movies nominated for best dramatic picture in the Golden Globes race.

List of Golden Globe nominationsupdated: Thu Dec 13 2007 09:13:00

Nominees for the 65th annual Golden Globe Awards announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, California: Do Film Critics Know Anything?updated: Mon Dec 10 2007 18:00:00

As No Country for Old Men gets the best-picture nod from the New York Film Critics, Richard Corliss wonders if his colleagues are actually talking to the audience

Cruise, Streep and Redfordupdated: Sun Nov 11 2007 13:41:00

Robert Redford directs the political thriller ''Lions for Lambs'' starring Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep.

CNNMoney: 'Superbad' is super good at box officeupdated: Sun Aug 19 2007 01:57:00

The raunchy coming-of-age comedy "Superbad" took the top spot at the weekend North American box office and broke the record for a movie opening in late August, according to studio estimates released on Sunday morning.

CNNMoney: Hooray for Hollywoodupdated: Mon Jul 30 2007 22:23:00

Hollywood can sum up this summer on the silver screen with a phrase immortalized by the newest box office stud, Homer Simpson. "Woo-hoo!" Rats! Poo! Duck!updated: Tue Jul 03 2007 14:55:00

Animated films like Ratatouille, which topped the U.S. box office this past weekend, give great pleasure but get no respect

EW review: 'Ratatouille' a sweet treatupdated: Fri Jun 29 2007 08:18:00

It's always a pleasure to walk into a new movie from Pixar, those kinetic wizards of shiny sculpted animation who gave us the "Toy Story" films, "Finding Nemo," and "Cars," because it's a safe bet that you're in for a sparkly good time -- or, just maybe, a great one.

Today's Buzz storiesupdated: Fri Jun 08 2007 12:51:00

Galvanized by the success of "Shrek the Third," Jeffrey Katzenberg says the tale of the green ogre who married a princess will continue.

Studios hope 3rd time's the charm this summerupdated: Wed Apr 25 2007 09:53:00

The superstitious believe bad things happen in threes. Hollywood is counting on the opposite this summer, with the industry's hopes resting on the third installments of some mammoth movie franchises.

Today's Buzz storiesupdated: Mon Feb 12 2007 15:22:00

Kylie Minogue wants her fans to leave her ex-boyfriend alone.

List of Golden Globe nomineesupdated: Thu Dec 14 2006 09:20:00

Nominees for the 64th annual Golden Globe Awards announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, California:

An insider's guide to penguinsupdated: Tue Dec 12 2006 05:36:00

They're cute, furry and flightless, but they've been accused of being behind "far left propaganda," and knocking the world's deadliest spy his box office perch. Here we explain the penguin phenomenon taking the world by storm.

CNNMoney: Hooray for Hollywood!updated: Fri Dec 08 2006 11:09:00

Remember all the talk at this time last year about how the movie industry was dead? Uh...scratch that.

Today's Buzz storiesupdated: Mon Dec 04 2006 13:04:00

David Letterman isn't going anywhere.

CNNMoney: Bond and PlayStation 3 can't save Sonyupdated: Mon Nov 20 2006 11:17:00

It was a reasonably good weekend for Sony at the shopping malls and multiplexes...but Wall Street didn't see it that way.

'Soft power' part of balancing actupdated: Fri Sep 01 2006 00:04:00

Soft power, or the art of influencing people to like you, is a growing part of Japan's perennial balancing act with the world.

EW review: 'Scanner' is all over the placeupdated: Fri Jul 07 2006 09:06:00

Richard Linklater's trippy and sinister bad-vibe whatchamacallit "A Scanner Darkly" might be described as an animated movie, only the animation consists of live-action footage that's been painstakingly drawn over, a method known as "interpolated rotoscoping."

CNNMoney: Time Warner needs a 'Super' hitupdated: Sun Jun 18 2006 15:29:00

Say what you want about Time Warner. The company has not had a problem making hit movies over the past few years. But this year, Time Warner needs Clark Kent to really make a "super" return.

Fortune: Pixar's magic manupdated: Mon May 15 2006 14:50:00

Here's the scene: It's 3 P.M., Wednesday, Jan. 25, in Sound Stage 7 on the studio lot of Walt Disney Co. in Burbank. Five hundred cartoon people - artists, producers, voice artists, etc. - are jammed into the warehouse-like building, murmuring and fidgeting in anticipation.

Fortune: Pixar's Magic Manupdated: Mon May 15 2006 14:49:00

HERE'S THE SCENE: It's 3 P.M., Wednesday, Jan. 25, in Sound Stage 7 on the studio lot of Walt Disney Co. in Burbank. Five hundred cartoon people--artists, producers, voice artists, etc.--are jammed into the warehouse-like building, murmuring and fidgeting in anticipation. Just yesterday, Disney CEO Bob Iger and Pixar chairman Steve Jobs announced a surprise $7.4 billion deal in which Pixar Animation Studios, which brought the world the Toy Story movies, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles, would become a wholly-owned part of Disney. The deal is surprising because Pixar's longtime distribution pact with Disney fell apart in acrimony and is due to expire after the release in June of Cars, a kaleidoscopic celebration of racing, Route 66, and life in the slow lane. But in an amazing plot twist, not only is Pixar becoming part of Disney, but the upstart studio is also taking over the creative direction of Disney's own flailing animation operations--the people in this very room! For Iger, the deal is a bet-the-ho...

A grand day out for Brits at the Oscarsupdated: Mon Mar 06 2006 06:48:00

Actress Rachel Weisz and the creators of animated pair Wallace and Gromit were the British winners at the 78th Academy Awards.

CNNMoney: Cartoon warsupdated: Fri Mar 03 2006 09:10:00

NEW YORK ( - Hollywood is gearing up for a major cartoon showdown.

CNNMoney: Disney buys Pixarupdated: Tue Jan 24 2006 16:18:00

Mickey Mouse and Nemo are now corporate cousins. Walt Disney has announced that it is buying Pixar, the animated studio led by Apple head Steve Jobs, in a deal worth $7.4 billion.

CNNMoney: Animé, piracy and profitsupdated: Tue Dec 13 2005 06:32:00

Movie execs this Christmas have one common request on their list to Santa: an end to piracy. But just in case he doesn't deliver, the showbiz world is doing whatever it can on its own to crack down, from placing spies in theaters to look for rogue video tapers to Sony recently bundling a program on its CDs that closed its music to copying -- but also opened up customers' PCs to all kinds of viruses.

Fortune: It's... Profitmón!updated: Mon Dec 12 2005 00:01:00

It was 2 A.M. when John Ledford heard the banging at his door. Stumbling from bed on that night in the fall of 1999, he threw on a robe over his boxers and opened the door of his Houston apartment ...

CNNMoney: Pixar soars, Disney talks intensifyupdated: Tue Nov 08 2005 14:51:00

While Pixar delivered a strong third quarter, analysts and investors say the real story is whether the animation company will renew its film distribution agreement with Disney.

CNNMoney: Jobs ready to sell Pixar: Reportupdated: Mon Oct 31 2005 07:25:00

Steve Jobs, the chairman and CEO of Pixar Animation Studios, would be open to a sale of the company at the right price, according to a published report.

CNNMoney: Cartoon showdownupdated: Mon Oct 10 2005 09:17:00

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Investors in Pixar and DreamWorks must feel like they've been characters in the companies' hit cartoons.

CNNMoney: DVD: doom, gloom or boom?updated: Fri Jul 01 2005 09:05:00

Do two missteps make a trend?

Summer flicks to end box-office blues?updated: Thu May 19 2005 11:32:00

Summer in Hollywood usually hits in early May, when the big-budget action-adventure flicks, comedies and epics start hitting the multiplex. Between then and Labor Day weekend, the movie industry makes more than half its money.

Business 2.0: Pixar's The Incrediblesupdated: Fri Apr 01 2005 00:01:00

The latest boundary-pushing animated feature from Pixar Entertainment, The Incredibles proved that technological innovation and well-imagined design pay off in the marketplace. The movie tells the ...

EW Review: DVD has 'Incredible' extrasupdated: Mon Mar 14 2005 15:14:00

Seeing hordes of parents bringing their preschoolers to "The Incredibles" always amazed me.

CNNMoney: Iger's to-do list: 1. Pixarupdated: Mon Mar 14 2005 06:10:00

With Walt Disney Co.'s ABC network on the rebound and its theme parks once again drawing hordes of thrill-seekers, incoming CEO Robert Iger has one key item on his immediate to-do list: To buttress a movie division that's facing the loss of two major ventures.

It's a knockout for 'Million Dollar Baby'updated: Sun Feb 27 2005 16:45:00

"The Aviator" had more Oscars, but it was "Million Dollar Baby" that scored the knockout punch at the Academy Awards Sunday night.

CNNMoney: Disney shareholders: who's next CEO?updated: Fri Feb 11 2005 06:33:00

Walt Disney shareholders meet Friday with the company's future leadership set to dominate the proceedings again, even if the full-scale revolt of last year has quieted.

A sweep for 'The Incredibles'updated: Mon Jan 31 2005 09:21:00

It was an incredible night for "The Incredibles."

'Aviator' leads Oscar nominationsupdated: Tue Jan 25 2005 07:48:00

Oscar gave wings to "The Aviator" on Tuesday, with the film earning 11 nominations -- including best picture -- to lead the pack for the 77th annual Academy Awards.

CNNMoney: 'Shrek 3' delay hits DreamWorksupdated: Wed Dec 08 2004 18:35:00

The lovable ogre Shrek delivered better-than-expected profits to DreamWorks Animation SKG in its first quarter as a public company, but the studio's announcement that his next film will be delayed sent the stock tumbling.

Tom Hanks talks about his latest roleupdated: Tue Nov 30 2004 09:04:00

In his latest project, the animated film "The Polar Express," American actor Tom Hanks plays five different characters -- thanks to a new technique called performance capture. Here, he tells CNN's Becky Anderson about what it was like to star in such a film.

Fortune: Incredible: The Man Who Built Pixar's Innovation Machineupdated: Mon Nov 15 2004 00:01:00

EVERY PIXAR MOVIE has unsung heroes, from the whiny dinosaur in Toy Story to Violet, the sullen and insecure teenage superhero in Pixar's latest 3-D extravaganza, The Incredibles, which hits U.S. t...

Review: 'Incredibles' lives up to billingupdated: Fri Nov 05 2004 09:50:00

"The Incredibles" is -- yes -- incredible.

The villain of 'The Incredibles'updated: Thu Nov 04 2004 13:06:00

Jason Lee is "Incredible."

CNNMoney: Mr. Incredible versus Shrekupdated: Thu Nov 04 2004 11:01:00

Movie buffs flocking to "The Incredibles" will see a story of an overweight ex-superhero living in suburbia and newly unemployed when he secretly returns to his crime-fighting life and uncovers a sinister plot.

Superheroes and the real worldupdated: Thu Nov 04 2004 10:10:00

There's a Larry Niven short story, "Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex," that wonders how Superman would succeed in mating in the real world.

CNNMoney: The animation flood: Too much Shrek?updated: Thu Oct 28 2004 09:12:00

Weeks or months from now, there is a good chance that DreamWorks Animation's decision to go public Thursday will look not only smart, but pure genius.

CNNMoney: DreamWorks IPO flies highupdated: Wed Oct 27 2004 10:22:00

Move over Nemo. A great white shark named Lino and his vegetarian son Lenny just gave investors another option.

CNNMoney: "Aladdin" to Disney's rescue?updated: Tue Oct 05 2004 11:03:00

The Walt Disney Co. has just released one of its most anticipated flicks of the year. To find it in theaters, though, movie buffs will have to travel back in time -- 12 years, to be exact.

CNNMoney: A shark bite for DreamWorks?updated: Thu Sep 30 2004 11:37:00

Are a great white shark named Lino and his vegetarian son Lenny about to take a bite out of DreamWorks' stock market dreams?

Indian animation finds digital nicheupdated: Tue Sep 21 2004 03:19:00

What do you get when you cross the glitzy entertainment panache of Bollywood with India's prowess in information technology?

HK firm banks on DreamWorks hitupdated: Sun Aug 15 2004 23:06:00

Jaws dropped when Francis Kao, fresh out of college, persuaded his father to transform the family's highly profitable business making plastic Christmas trees into a digital animation house.

CNNMoney: 'Shrek' stock in the worksupdated: Wed Jul 21 2004 06:07:00

DreamWorks SKG has filed for an initial public offering for its animation unit, maker of the hit movies "Shrek" and "Shrek 2."

CNNMoney: Will Pixar revive Disney deal?updated: Mon May 24 2004 07:26:00

Pixar Animation Studios is not moving rapidly to find a new distribution partner for its films and may be reaching a distribution deal with Walt Disney Co., with which it ended talks in January, according to a published report.

CNNMoney: 'Shrek 2' - can the ogre sell the stock?updated: Tue May 18 2004 12:27:00

Some see "Shrek 2" as this summer's "Finding Nemo."

Animated action: Not just for Hollywood anymoreupdated: Fri Apr 30 2004 10:15:00

Attention Shrek, Simba and Nemo. Meet your new computer-generated neighbors: Delgo, Kyla and Sedessa.

Business 2.0: Can Dick Cook Keep Disney Afloat?updated: Thu Apr 01 2004 00:01:00

When Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton took the podium to accept the Oscar for best animated film, he was both blessedly brief (43 seconds) and carefully diplomatic. He thanked both of the feudi...

Fortune: You Oughta Be In Pixar Disney or no Disney, the animation studio is poised to keep piling up profits.updated: Mon Mar 08 2004 00:01:00

In last year's hit movie Finding Nemo, the titular tiny clown fish chafed against his overprotective father and asserted his independence by swimming out to sea on his own. You might say that Pixar...

CNNMoney: Disney could gain from Pixar lossupdated: Fri Jan 30 2004 11:56:00

The end of the most successful marriage in Hollywood history could leave both partners better off for the divorce.

CNNMoney: Pixar dumps Disneyupdated: Thu Jan 29 2004 16:20:00

Pixar Animation Studios Inc. said Thursday it ended talks with Walt Disney Co. to extend a five-picture deal for Disney to distribute Pixar films.

CNNMoney: Disney shutters Florida studioupdated: Mon Jan 12 2004 13:52:00

Entertainment and media conglomerate Walt Disney Co. will soon close an animation studio in Orlando, Florida, possibly leaving some 258 animators out of work.


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ABOUT A DOZEN years ago, way back when Steve Jobs still ran Apple Computer, an irreverent underling first used the expression "reality distortion field'' to describe the beguilingly rosy scenarios ...

Fortune: ENTERTAINMENT STEVE JOBS LOVES YOU, BABYupdated: Mon Mar 06 1995 00:01:00

As expected, animation mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg was nowhere to be found when Michael Eisner pitched a tent in the middle of New York's Central Park recently to give the entertainment press a sneak ...

Fortune: The animation pot boilsupdated: Mon Sep 02 1985 00:01:00

The Black Cauldron, the latest animated feature from Walt Disney Pictures, netted a respectable $11.5 million at the box office in its first 12 days in U.S. theaters. The $25-million fantasy film, ...

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