Pixar announced big details surrounding their 2015 films Inside Out and Finding Dory at the D23 Expo on Friday.

UPDATE: Just-released concept art added in three areas below….

‘Inside Out,’ opening June 19, 2015

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Inside Out concept art

“This film is one of the most unique films I have ever been associated with,” said Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter. “This is a magical, wonderful, original film.”

Inside Out director Pete Doctor was on hand to talk about his film and told the audience that the storyline could only have been created with animation.

The lead character is named Riley who’s forced to move to San Francisco when we meet her. The film is set partially inside of her head, and Doctor said that her emotions are the real stars of the film.

The character of Anger will be voiced by comedian Lewis Black. Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project) will voice her emotion Disgust. Fear is voiced by Bill Hader (who we learned would star in The Good Dinosaur too). Joy will be voiced by Amy Poehler (Parks & Rec). Sadness will be voiced by Phyllis Smith (The Office). Hader and Smith were on hand at the event to say hi to fans.

Each of the characters/actors noted above plays a certain emotion of Riley’s. A clip was shown to the audience, and one spectator compared it to the Cranium Command attraction at EPCOT. Another said that the clip shows that the emotions work in a headquarters, watching Riley’s point of view through a screen.

‘Finding Dory,’ opening November 25, 2015

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'Finding Dory' concept art

After Inside Out, the conversation moved to Finding Dory – Pixar’s Finding Nemo sequel. Director Andrew Stanton took the stage to introduce new details to the crowd.

Stanton says that Dory takes place about a year after the events in Nemo when she decides to search for her original family.

New cast members were announced: Dory’s mom Jenny will be voiced by Diane Keaton (The Godfather) and Eugene Levy (American Pie) will play her father Charlie. Ty Burrell (Modern Family) will play Bailey the Beluga whale.


Zootopia is an original film by Disney (not Pixar) inspired by Bambi, Jungle Book, Dumbo, Lion King, and Robin Hood, according to director Byron Howard (Tangled). He says the film is “a buddy action comedy set in an animal world where humans never existed.”

The film is set in a modern world designed by the animals in Zootopia. It is “unlike anything before in Disney history.”

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Zootopia concept art

Read what we learned about The Good Dinosaur in our separate report.

Also at their event today, Pixar announced that their Toy Story television special Toy Story of Terror will air October 16 on ABC. The first ten minutes were screened for D23 attendees. Here’s a new photo:

Toy Story of Terror still

Info credit: Inside the Magic, The Pixar Times’, and Disney/Pixar’s official Twitter accounts for the information.

Photo credit: Disney publicity.

New ‘Power Rangers’ movie costumes revealed

The suits for the ladies are... questionable.

12:30 pm EDT, May 5, 2016

Can we morph into a world where female super heroes don’t have to wear high heels?

EW.com has exclusively revealed the first look at what the new Power Rangers costumes will look like when they hit the big screen next year. Check them out below.


The new suits are explained as “alien” according to costumer designer Andrew Menzies. “It’s tricky finding a new language for a superhero costume. Ours is an alien costume that grows on them, that’s not man-made. You can’t win everyone over, but we are trying to appeal to a more mature audience and gain new fans.”

Noticeably in the picture, both the Pink Ranger and the Yellow Ranger’s costumes feature full busts and even wedge heels. Haven’t we learned anything about last year’s Jurassic World protests!?

This photo comes after the previously released photo of Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa which also featured a brand new look.


What are your thoughts about the new Power Rangers suits? Should they have stuck a little closer to the original concept from the hit ’90s TV show?

Power Rangers hits theaters March 24, 2017. The cast includes Becky G as Yellow Ranger Trini, Ludi Lin as Black Ranger Zack, Dacre Montgomery as Red Ranger Jason, Naomi Scott as Pink Ranger Kimberly, and RJ Cyler as Blue Ranger Billy.

Veronica Roth’s upcoming science fiction novel is titled Carve the Mark, and hits store shelves on January 17, 2017.

An official website (complete with a countdown clock!) launched Thursday morning. It reveals the cover (above) and synopsis for Carve the Mark, which will apparently appeal to “fans of Star Wars and Divergent.”

The cover is interesting, as it appears to show cuts made in stone, with something like gold seeping out of the openings. “Honor has no place in survival,” the book’s tagline reads.

Here’s the full synopsis:

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive — no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.

Intriguing! I’m liking the sound of these currentgifts and their influence on this science fiction world.

Previous reports have described Carve the Mark as the first part in a duology, with part 2 getting a release in 2018.

This will be the first book published since Roth wrapped up the Divergent Series. Although Allegiant was released in 2013, a book with short stories about Four arrived the following summer.

You can pre-order Carve the Mark here. Do you think you’ll be reading it?

Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle may have only just crash-landed in a dumpster near you, but we’ve already got information on the second book!

According to his newly upgraded website (hey! us too!), the second book in Rick Riordan’s latest Greek mythology series will be released on May 2, 2017 and is titled The Dark Prophecy. That doesn’t sound ominous at all.

The synopsis reads, “Zeus has punished his son Apollo–god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more–by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered 16-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo/Lester do anything about them without his powers? After experiencing a series of dangerous–and frankly, humiliating–trials at Camp Half-Blood, Lester must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he’s gaining in new friendships–with heroes who will be very familiar to fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride.”

Riordan’s fancy new website has a cool feature where, as you scroll the page, the dotted yellow line is replaced by a solid red one, like you’re really seeing yourself exploring the world as you venture through his books. (Accurate.) The Hidden Oracle took place in New York City, but our map tells us Apollo will be venturing into the unknown for the second book. Or has that bit of information just not been set in stone yet? There was something about Indiana…and bananas.

The Trials of Apollo is already off to a fantastic start. Check back later for our review of The Hidden Oracle and other in-depth coverage.

What did you think of ‘The Hidden Oracle’?