Pixar Team Honored at Venice Film Festival 

For the first time ever, an entire studio has been given career recognition at the Venice Film Festival! And that honor goes to Pixar.

The home of Nemo, Woody, and Wall-E received the lifetime achievement award! And it's truly deserving!

The award was given to five Pixar directors including John Lasseter (the first two "Toy Story" films and "Cars"), Brad Bird ("Ratatouille" and "The Incredibles"), Pete Docter ("Up" and "Monsters Inc."), Andrew Stanton ("Finding Nemo" and "Wall-E"), and Lee Unkrich ("Toy Story 3").

Pixar, founded in 1986, has made 10 feature films to date. 4 of those movies have won Oscars!

To make the joyous occasion, the festival premiered 3-D versions of "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2." Both 3-D versions will be shown in the fall.

Pixar merged with Disney three years ago, and the audience was also treated to a few minutes of "The Princess and the Frog." Lasseter, chief creative for both Pixar and Disney animation, is reintroducing hand-drawn animation for the film.

Congratulations to Pixar!

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You Can Watch Rob Zombie's New Movie Now...On Demand! 

The film is called "The Haunted World of El Superbeasto," and you can watch it now, on demand!

Based on Rob Zombie's comicbook of the same name, the R-rated animated feature made its debut today as a video-on-demand or pay-per-view offering via cable operators Comcast Corp. and Charter and satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network.

The film, directed by Zombie, will also have a limited run in 50 theaters across 22 states.

Then on Sept. 22, "The Haunted World of El Superbeasto" will head to DVD and download-to-own platforms such as iTunes, Amazon, Xbox and Playstation.

"Superbeasto" tells the story of a sexy crimefighting agent and an over-the-hill wrestler named Beasto. Paul Giamatti, Rosario Dawson, Tom Papa, and of course, Sheri Moon Zombie, provide voice performances to the film.

Zombie is calling the movie, "'Austin Powers' meets 'The Munsters' by way of 'A Hard Day's Night.'"

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Watch My Top 10 Best Movies of Summer 2009!  
I was happy as a clam sitting inside movie theaters this past summer. Most of the fx-driven films were actually entertaining! And some of the movies shown will be remembered months from now during Oscar season.

Here are my picks for the Top 10 Best Movies of Summer 2009. For my written countdown, click here. And have a great weekend!

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"The Twilight Saga: New Moon" Tickets Already Available! 

Some fans of the vampire romance franchise "Twilight" can now buy movie tickets for the earliest performances of "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" more than two months before its release!

"New Moon" topped Fandango's latest weekly survey of the most hotly-anticipated movies. Breaking news there! 39% of visitors voted for the "Twilight" sequel, while 23% said they'd rather watch "Avatar," and 16% chose "2012." The end is near!

Hence, Carmike Cinemas used Fandango to offer tickets to midnight Nov. 19 performances of "New Moon." If you're a fan and there's a Carmike Cinema near you (Carmike theaters in Fort Wayne, IN; Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Des Moines, Iowa), then go buy your tickets!

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"The Green Hornet" vs "Tron Legacy"  

Come Dec. 17, 2010, a 1966 Chrysler Crown Imperial will duke it out with Lightcycles for box-office supremacy!


Because Columbia Pictures' "The Green Hornet" and Disney's "Tron Legacy" will be unveiled at the box-office.

Columbia just picked the release date of Dec. 17, then a few days later, Disney chose the same schedule! So Seth Rogen ("The Green Hornet") will fight with Jeff Bridges ("Tron Legacy") to the bloody finish.

Both movies are gunning for the same demographics.

So which one will you see? Or do you even care?

I, for one, will line up for "Tron Legacy" first!

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