News Nuggets: Pixar announces surprise ‘Toy Story 4’ movie will arrive in 2017

In a surprise announcement on Thursday, Pixar announces that John Lasseter will return to his roots by directing “Toy Story 4.” Lasseter directed the first two animated classics and has since become the chief creative officer for all of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation. Lee Unkrich helmed the third Oscar-winning picture and will serve as a writer along with Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, and newcomers Rashida Jones, and Will McCormack. The movie will be released in June, 2017, with original cast members Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, and more. Deadline

Selena Gomez, Garth Brooks, and Imagine Dragons are the latest performers announced for the 2014 American Music Awards. The live show on November 23 will air on ABC with host and performer Pitbull. Others already announced include Taylor Swift, Lorde, One Direction, Fergie, Iggy Azalea, Mary J. Blige, Charli XCX, 5 Seconds of Summer, and Sam Smith. The Wrap

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Who is the choice to sing the next James Bond theme? A new report says that rising star Sam Smith has edged out Lana Del Rey to croon the opening for “James Bond 24” (title still TBA). The film slated for next November will once again star Daniel Craig as 007 and have Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes back at the helm. For the last Bond film “Skyfall,” Adele won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. New York Post

Disney unveils the actual title for the upcoming seventh episode of the “Star Wars” blockbuster film series. Directed by J.J. Abrams, it will be called “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and will be released in December, 2015. The company just wrapped principal photography with returning cast members Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, and Peter Mayhew and newcomers Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, and Adam Driver. Hollywood Reporter

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Craig Ferguson will conclude his run as host of “Late, Late Show” with a familiar talk show name. Former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno will be the final guest on December 19 for the CBS late night program. Other guests the last week include Jon Hamm, Larry King, Jim Parsons, and Betty White. Tony winner James Corden will take over the show next March. USA Today

Five-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein will tackle the challenging lead role of Tevye in a revival of “Fiddler on the Roof.” The show will be based on the original conception and choreography of Jerome Robbins from the 1964 version. Tony winner Bartlett Sher (“South Pacific”) will helm the Broadway musical slated to open next fall. Playbill

Character actor Richard Schaal dies at age 86 in California. Fans of 1960s and 1970s television remember his many guest appearances on such shows as “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Rhoda,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “That Girl,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” and “Phyllis.” He was one of the pioneers at the Second City comedy theater in Chicago. L.A. Times

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