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The 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years: Here's our full list!

1105_coverTo help celebrate Entertainment Weekly‘s 20th anniversary (one more year and we can finally drink booze!), the writers and editors have carefully curated a list of the 100 greatest characters in pop-culture over the last 20 years. Whether the fictional women, men, ogres, muppets, babies, and cartoon rockers who made our list were initially created before 1990 didn’t matter so long as they made a lasting impact in the culture after 1990. Some characters were so inseparable in our minds and hearts — like a certain highly articulate TV mother and daughter, for example — that we simply listed them together. (Hey, it’s our list, so we get to make the rules.) Rest assured, we carefully deliberated, debated, argued, and bickered over who would make the cut and where they deserved to be ranked; after you take a look at our list, please feel free to do the same in the comments. READ FULL STORY

Disney/Pixar source says 'Newt' off development schedule

pixar-newtLooks like Newt won’t be new(t) to theaters after all come 2012. As first reported in The Pixar Blog, it appears the film — which followed two newts forced to procreate, even though they hate each other — has indeed been canceled. (The film was already plagued with scheduling conflicts, pushed back from summer 2011 to summer 2012.) Disney/Pixar animation head John Lasseter declined to comment to EW about the reports, but a source from the studio says that with Cars 2, Monsters Inc. 2, and Pixar’s first fairy tale Brave all in the works for 2011 and 2012, “We have taken Newt off of our development schedule to allow our creative teams to focus on these upcoming projects.”

It’s a shame. I was excited to see an original film in Disney/Pixar’s line-up, considering how many sequels the studio is popping out in the next few years. (And that’s coming from a rabid fan of Monsters Inc.) Anyone else sad to hear the Newt news? —Reporting by Adam B. Vary

'Toy Story 3': How good will it have to be to meet your expectations?

Pixar screened an unfinished cut of Toy Story 3 yesterday at Showest, and early impressions are incredibly positive. Our own Nicole Sperling says it’s great, and the general consensus says the same. Squee! The film opens June 18 — just three short months away! — and includes a slew of new characters, like the robot Sparks, a triceratops Trixie, and Stretch, a glittery octopus

Time to clear off desk space to make room for my new collection of Pixar tsotchkes.

I am absurdly excited for Toy Story 3 (in 3-D!), but now I’m in a pickle: I want so badly for this film to blow me away that anything short of a soul-expanding revelation is going to feel like a letdown. What about you, PopWatchers? How are you managing your expectations? Will TS3 have to go to infinity and beyond, or will you be happy no matter what?

The 'real' Buzz Lightyear: To infinity and beyond!

First there was the “untooned” Homer Simpson. Freaky! Then there was “real” Mario, who haunts my nightmares. But Brazilian artist Raoni Nery took a less terrifying approach for this photorealistic digital of what Buzz Lightyear would look like as an actual human:

real-life-buzz-lightyearImage Credit: Raoni Nery

I thought the chin-dimple would be more pronounced, but still: impressive. Is this how you’d imagine a real Buzz would look, PopWatchers? [Click here to see the image at full size]

'Waking Sleeping Beauty' trailer: Disney's real fairytale

Waking Sleeping Beauty is a documentary about Disney’s animation department from 1984-1994, when the studio created The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King, among others. A heyday, if you will. Come for the Tim Burton, stay for the John Lasseter:

Those movies are pretty much tattooed on my brain — the word “bonjour” can launch me into impromptu performances of the entire Beauty and the Beast soundtrack — so the politicking and behind-the-scenes power struggles are of particular interest.

Are you getting, uh, animated for Waking Sleeping Beauty, PopWatchers?

'Toy Story 3' trailer: Let's play!

Toy Story 3 opens June 18, and the new trailer looks appropriately fantastic.

That’s Kristen Schaal as the voice of the triceratops, Ned Beatty as the pink bear Lotso, and Michael Keaton as Ken. Hee. The movie’s website also has profiles of new characters, like Peas in a Pod, who are so cute your ovary will explode.

One of the the things I love about the first two Toy Story movies — and Pixar movies generally — is that beyond the goofiness or fuzzy warmth, there’s a surprising vein of melancholy, an acknowledgment of the agony of having to grow up. The movies themselves aren’t tragedies by any stretch, but if you can watch Jessie’s flashback of “When She Loved Me” and not cry, you are made of stone.

I can’t wait, PopWatchers. Can you?

The first trailer
The second teaser trailer
John Lassterer hawked toys in a shockingly pleasant way
Timothy Dalton set to voice Mr. Pricklepants

Clip du jour: 'UPular Remix'

From the same awesome DJ who brought us the Hook song comes this charming spin on Up:


What movie do you want to see remixed next, PopWatchers? I’m voting for Fern Gully — Avatar can’t have everything, you know?

'Toy Story 3' clip: Gasp! Buzz and Co. in the trash?!

I don’t know who gasped more during this new clip from Toy Story 3: Woody, Buzz, et. al. as they weather the harrowing ordeal that is Andy’s decision about who goes with him to college and who goes in the Black Plastic Trash Bag of Doom; or me, watching it all unfold. I’m going to go with me, since my multiple gasps were more of the OMIGOD melodramatic variety. No, I am not ashamed.

Me = Officially hooked. My favorite Pixarian detail: The quick glimpse of the faded toy height chart on Andy’s bedroom door frame as Woody freaks out that, “That’s not trash, that’s not trash!” So are you hooked, P’Dubs? Were you shocked that Andy chose Woody over Buzz? Or are you a heartless human lump of coal for whom two Toy Story films was apparently enough?

'Big Bang Theory' recap: Sheldon gets to second base with Penny. That's not a typo.

I can’t say I’m a Sheldon/Penny ‘shipper myself, so I’m not entirely sure whether last night’s episode was cause to rejoice or not for those rather insistent Big Bang Theory fans who subscribe to the notion that the otherwise asexual quantum physicist should shack up with the rather sweet blonde Cheesecake Factory waitress who lives across the hall. True, Sheldon quite clearly, if accidentally, got to second base with Penny. And a drug-addled Penny did coyly joke at the end of the episode about Sheldon helping her to bed. But the vibe between them felt pretty much little sister/big brother all the way to me, right up to the climactic moment when Penny asked Sheldon to sing “Soft Kitty” with her. Then again, their in-the-round duet of Sheldon’s “when you’re sick” song did cause the studio audience to explode with such rowdy excitement that I can only attribute it to some serious pent up sexual tension.

And I’ve gotta concede there was certainly some sort of frisson when Sheldon first came upon Penny, clad only in her shower curtain, lying in her bathtub, wet from a running shower, looking like a character out of a Skinamax flick. He’d raced there after hearing her calls for help — not before partaking in his regular three-knocks-and-a-“Penny?” ritual, of course — and when he finally saw her, helpless and compromised, the way Jim Parsons paused and uttered a quizzical “Hello” made it clear he and Penny were entering brand new territory. READ FULL STORY

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