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Friday - May 11, 2001
- Monsters, Inc. Testing Better than Toy Story in Screenings!
- VH1 to Air Cast Party: Shrek on Monday
- New PEANUTS Cartoon Underway
- News Link of the Day - Alien Attack

Monsters, Inc. Testing Better than Toy Story in Screenings!
(by Early test screenings of Pixar's Monsters, Inc. are scoring higher marks than past Pixar films, including Toy Story, A Bug's Life, and Toy Story 2.

"Our studio's next feature film, Monsters, Inc., is turning out to be fantastic," says Pixar CEO Steve Jobs. "It's scoring higher than any of our prior films in test screenings, and will be released domestically in theaters on November 2nd, 2001.''

Monsters, Inc.

Pixar is confident enough in Monsters, Inc. and current earnings, that it has announced it is raising its stock projections for 2001 from the previous range of $0.30 to $0.50 per share, to a new range of $0.40 to $0.55 per share.

Yesterday, Pixar released better than estimated results for First Quarter 2001, resulting in its stock jumping more than $2 more a share in after hours trading.

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VH1 to Air Cast Party: Shrek on Monday
In this installment of Cast Party, VH1 prepares itself for a half-hour of comedy and music with the voices of Shrek. The 30 minute show will air on Monday, May 14, at 7PM. Cameron Diaz, Mike Meyers, John Lithgow and Eddie Murphy talk about their unique approach to creating animated characters and dive deep into a conversation on the music used in the film. Features discussions of Smashmouth, the Baha Men, the music these stars are listening and an exclusive look at the film's fight scene featuring Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation."

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New PEANUTS Cartoon Underway
(by While Charles Schulz PEANUTS comic strip is retired forever, the animated specials will live on. United Media, one of the largest character licensing companies in the world, has announced that ABC has picked up an all new PEANUTS Valentine's Day special for broadcast in February 2002.

Produced and animated by the same team as past PEANUTS specials, Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez, the story is taken directly from Charles M. Schulz's famed strip.

The PEANUTS Valentine's Day special is the first newly created television programming from the PEANUTS team in over eight years. Since 1965, Schulz, Mendelson, and Melendez created a library of over 63 primetime and direct-to-video specials and series. The Valentine's Day special marks the first new programming created since Schulz's death in 2000. Taken directly from the vast amount of archived strips that Schulz themed to the popular February holiday, Lee Mendelson will executive produce and Bill Melendez will produce and direct.

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News Link of the Day - Alien Attack

According to The Washington Post:

"Jhonen Vasquez says he was created in a laboratory. Who are we to argue? He resembles a science project that didn't turn out quite right: shocking hair, black clothing, sneakers that look like space-age climbing boots.

But Vasquez isn't a chemically-created mutant. He's a cartoonist, and at age 26 the youngest cartoonist hired by Nickelodeon to create an animated series…"

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