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Pixar lends a hand to Jason Segel's Muppet movie

Pixar sure is busy. I worry about them. Worry or not, they are lending a helping hand to a lot of projects these days, including Jason Segel's new Muppet movie. According to Empire Online, the script was read to Pixar royalty Pete Doctor (big Muppet fan), Michael Arndt, Brad Bird, and Ed Catmull. There's no word on whether it's because the script needs work or if the film's creators just want some professional advice. 

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A behind-the-scenes look into Pixar Studios

Any fan of Pixar will find this fascinating. The Guardian was fortunate enough to get a full tour of Pixar Animation Studios. In May, Newt was cancelled, leaving only one original film on the company's release list, along with a sequels to Cars and Monsters Inc. on the docket of a company that doesn't usually make sequels. But now, with Toy Story 3 criticaland commercial success, we're all wondering how the little California company keeps making such great films without exception. While I wish The Guardian would have gone into more depth, the tour is a fun look into the coolest room in the House of Mouse. 

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Pixar cancels Pixar losing itself now that it's a part of Disney?

Newt, an original film, has gotten the axe in favor of a sequel flurry at Pixar. This is the first announced project that Pixar has cancelled. This news comes from Mike Bastoli of The Pixar Blog, who heard it from Disney archivist Dave Smith. Bastoli noticed that the film was no longer on an encyclopedia of Disney titles operated by Smith. Newt was announced in April 2008 at Disney/Pixar's Animation Presentation in New York City and was scheduled to be released in the summer of 2011.

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Hollywood is playing it safe with remakes, sequels, and licenses

Thompson on Hollywood posted up a brief, but very true, article today about the lack of original movies coming out of Hollywood lately.

It’s an age old argument, and has always been a problem, but it’s reaching dangerous levels. The Hobbit is in development, as are 4th installments to the Alien, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Spider-Man franchises, among others. Steven Speilberg is working on a remake of the classic James Stewart film, Harvey Next, as his next project. I can’t see anyone adequately replacing Jimmy Stewart, but he’s looking at Tom Hanks for Will Smith. Robert Downey Jr. is Sherlock Holmes. There are also quite a few classic novels and other licenses in development, including video game movies like World of Warcraft. What we aren’t seeing is original movies, entirely created for the screen, not adapted to it.

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