The Disney show is going "swimmingly," natch.
"What the hell, Pixar dudes?"
Camp Rock, brought to you by the singer of "The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun."
There's nothing strange nor mysterious about menstruation.
Plus industry news on Jay Roach, Vincent Van Gogh, and Idol: The Musical.
Plus industry news on Kanye West, Peter Bjorn and John, and Mark Twain.
Plus Seth Green, Philip Glass, and "the original MILF hunter," Sigmund Freud.
"I read somewhere it isn't beneficial." —Jack Osbourne, onstage at Live Earth, on why his family doesn't recycle
A Carrey Carol: Jim Carrey will play Ebenezer Scrooge plus the three ghosts who haunt him through the dual miracles of performance capture technology and his own rubbery face in Robert Zemeckis's A Christmas Carol for Disney. Anyone who goes to see this movie deserves what he gets.
Maybe Beyoncé's shoeless cameo at Bergdorf Goodman last week was in preparation for a barefooted movie role.
The Beat links to an amazing pop-culture artifact: a 1938 rejection letter from Disney to a woman looking for a job as an animator. Printed on gorgeous Snow White stationery, the letter lays out the company's policy in brutal detail:
With Ratatouille hitting No. 1 on the box-office charts this past weekend — though its $47 million take notably fell short of the openings of past Pixar hits Cars and Monsters, Inc. — animator and comics artist Michael Gagné sheds light on one tiny but delightful aspect of the film.
Pixar's latest animated extravaganza, Ratatouille, is garnering near-unanimous praise from all quarters, currently sporting an astonishing Metacritic score of 95, which places it at No. 5 on the site's all-time list, between Dr. Strangelove and The Manchurian Candidate.
Amid all the Live Free or Die Hard hoopla, it's been easy to forget there's another potential box-office monster opening this week: Ratatouille, the newest film from Pixar, the geniuses who have delivered a nearly uninterrupted string of artistic and commercial triumphs since 1995's Toy Story.
Ratner on Hef: Director Brett Ratner will direct Playboy, a biopic of Hugh Hefner, for Universal. Brian Grazer's Imagine will produce, and John Hoffman is writing. Ratner's first-ever visit to the Playboy Mansion last week convinced the aging Hef that the auteur behind Rush Hour was the man to tell the story of Playboy's part in the cultural revolutions of the sixties. We just hope Ratner remembers to put boobs in it! [Variety]