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'Finding Nemo 2' in the works with director Andrew Stanton -- REPORT

After the surface of Mars proved inhospitable, Deadline is reporting that John Carter director Andrew Stanton is returning to the lush and lively oceans on our own planet for a sequel to his 2003 animated blockbuster Finding Nemo. The project remains in development at Pixar Animation Studios, which has been Stanton’s primary filmmaking home for two decades.

Finding Nemo, meanwhile, will be re-released in 3-D on Sept. 14. To date, it’s earned $867 million in worldwide box office; adjusted for inflation, it still ranks as Pixar’s highest grossing film in the U.S.

Reps for Pixar and Disney declined to comment when reached by EW.

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'John Carter': See the original opening scene criticized by Pixar's brain trust -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

It’s no secret that John Carter went through extensive additional photography in its two-year gestation period from production to premiere. While director Andrew Stanton gave a full-throated defense of the new scenes as a part of the creative process he’d learned while working at Pixar, the bad press caused by them contributed to the impression that John Carter was a troubled movie.

One of the biggest scenes that Stanton reshot was the opening to the film. In its Oct., 2011, profile of Stanton, The New Yorker chronicled the Pixar brain trust’s reaction to the scene, which heavily featured Lynn Collins as Barsoomian (i.e. Martian) Princess Dejah Thoris: “[T]hey were confused by the film’s beginning, in which Princess Dejah delivered a lecture about the state of the Barsoomian wars, and they found her arch and stony.”

The opening was re-imagined with a pithier history of the Barsoomian wars, cutting directly to a pitched aerial battle, and much of Collins’ scene was reshot and placed later in the film. But you can see the original scene in this exclusive clip from the John Carter Blu-ray edition (out June 5) below. Many of the visual effects are not complete; the shots of rock faces in the Arizona and Utah desert, for example, were meant to be digitally remade into the crumbling edifices of once-great Barsoomian buildings. But the thrust of the scene is still clear. Check it out:  READ FULL STORY

'John Carter' deleted scene: What is Taylor Kitsch drinking?! -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Of the many criticisms levied against John Carter, one of the most prevalent was a lack of a sense of humor. The story of the titular Civil War vet (Taylor Kitsch) transported to the war-torn surface of Mars via a mysterious cave of gold had plenty of dashing derring do, but surprisingly few moments of levity. In this exclusive deleted scene from the film — available on DVD and Blu-ray on June 5 — we get a peek at one of the film’s lighter moments, as the massive green Tharks Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and Tal Hajus (Thomas Haden Church) lug Carter back to their home camp just hours after he plopped onto the planet. You’ll note that the scene was cut early in post-production — none of the visual effects are completed, and you can still see Dafoe and Church in their Thark performance-capture costumes, which include tiny cameras directed at their faces.

Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

Hero Complex Film Fest announces full line-up: Nathan Fillion, Zack Snyder, Edgar Wright, Stan Lee

Like a Comic-Con in miniature, the Hero Complex Film Festival — held by The Los Angeles Times and hosted by lead Hero Complex writer Geoff Boucher — has quickly proven to be a great weekend for A-list geek-outs. In previous years, films like The Dark Knight, AlienDick Tracy, and Iron Man have screened at the festival, followed by Q&As with the top creative people behind the films, like Christopher Nolan, Ridley Scott, Warren Beatty, and Jon Favreau (with surprise guest Robert Downey, Jr.).

This year’s festival includes the zombie double-header Dawn of the Dead and Shaun of the Dead , a digitally remastered version of RoboCop, and the sci-fi cult hit Serenity — and the guests representing those films include Zack Snyder, Edgar Wright, Peter Weller, and Nathan Fillion. Check out the full line-up below:  READ FULL STORY

How will 'John Carter' affect Taylor Kitsch's career? Industry insiders weigh in

No actor wants their first starring role to be in an underperforming movie, let alone one of the most high profile box office misfires in years. So for Taylor Kitsch, the fallout from John Carter‘s weak second place, $30.6 million opening weekend in the U.S. is certainly unwelcome — although perhaps not as mortally damaging to his career as one might expect. Disney’s marketing campaign for the $250 million film focused far more on selling the spectacle than introducing the Next Big Movie Star, so audience disinterest in the film won’t be blamed on Kitsch. “He doesn’t bare the brunt of it in the way that Taylor Lautner does with Abduction, or Sam Worthington with Man on a Ledge,” says a senior production exec at a rival studio. “Those are movies that are hung on those guys, and if the movies fail, the guys pay full price.”

On the other hand, in just two scant months, the 30-year-old Kitsch headlines another mega-budgeted, effects-driven, sci-fi tentpole that Hollywood regards with a cocked eyebrow: Universal’s BattleshipREAD FULL STORY

'John Carter': Will director Andrew Stanton get to make his planned trilogy?

A $250 million budget. An untested star. And a director making his first live-action feature film. There won’t be a bigger big screen gamble than Disney’s sci-fi adventure John Carter, which opens this weekend after mountains of skeptical press second-guessing everything from the film’s marketing to the decision to strip “of Mars” from the title.

At the center of it all is director Andrew Stanton, the Pixar wunderkind who made a buddy comedy about a lost fish (Finding Nemo) and a dystopian romance about non-speaking robots (WALL•E) into two of the most beloved, and lucrative, films of the last 10 years. But even he knows that although John Carter‘s source material — Edgar Rice Burroughs’ 11 John Carter of Mars novels — has inspired a century’s worth of science fiction from Star Wars to Avatar, the movie is not exactly an easy sell. “I sympathize with the marketing,” he tells EW. READ FULL STORY

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