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Thursday, November 6, 2014

"Toy Story 4" To Hit Theaters In 2017

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If you haven't learned by now, franchises are never really dead in Hollywood. They get remade, rebooted, spun-off, or reimagined, and for a series as lucrative as Toy Story, it was only a matter of time before another movie was in the works.

Years of rumours have come to this: Disney is officially working on Toy Story 4, and John Lasseter is set to direct. Disney announced the news on an earnings calling Thursday afternoon. Toy Story 4 will hit theatres June 16, 2017.

The last film in the series, Toy Story 3, opened in theatres in 2010 and marked the end of Woody and Buzz’s time with Andy.
 
No story details yet, but I presume Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and the rest of the gang will be back.

Pixar’s release slate looks like this over the next few years:

– June 2015: Inside Out
– November 2015: The Good Dinosaur
– June 2016: Finding Dory
– June 2017: Toy Story 4

Pixar announced earlier this year that they are working on new films in the Incredibles and Cars franchises, but those movies don’t have release dates yet.

[Variety]

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Gunman Attacks Canada Parliament

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A Canadian soldier is dead after a gunman shot him and went on to attack the national parliament on Wednesday.

The gunman shot the soldier who was standing guard at the National War Memorial. Then the gunman went inside the main parliament building and opened fire (as captured on video below).

Police say the gunman was killed inside but that they believe there is more than one assailant. Downtown Ottawa is on lockdown as police search for the other gunman.

The attack comes two days after a radicalized Muslim struck two Canadian soldiers with his car in Quebec, killing one of them.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Canadian government raised its terror threat alert from low to medium.



[CBC News/Video via Globe And Mail]

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Google Unveils Self-Driving Car

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Just in time to make traffic worse, Google introduced its long-awaited self-driving cars Tuesday.

The cars have two seats, no steering wheel, gas, or brake pedal - just a stop-and-go button. If all goes well, 100 to 200 of the cars are expected to be driving on California roads in a pilot program next year.

The cars will max out at 25 mph and have sensors that can detect objects in all directions for up to 200 yards.



“What I’m excited about is how we could change transportation today,” Google co-founder Sergey Brin said.

[Google/Video via: Self-Driving Car Project]

Maya Angelou Dies At 86

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Maya Angelou, the award-winning author, poet, and civil rights icon, has died at age 86.

She was found by her caretaker on Wednesday morning, and had recently been struggling with health problems. Angelou had to cancel a recent appearance at an event in her honour. 

She has received over 50 honorary degrees, and was the author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the 1969 novel bearing witness to growing up in the Jim Crow South. Angelou was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2010 and held the lifelong position of Reynolds Professorship of American Studies at Wake Forest University.

Angelou went on to a successful career not only as a writer, but was also nominated for a Tony for Look Away in 1973, and she played Kunta Kinte's grandmother in slavery epic Roots.

[NY Times]