In Pixar's "Monsters University," a prequel to 2001 "Monsters, Inc.," our expert "scarers" to be — the wisecracking pipsqueak Mike Wazowski and the burly James B. Sullivan — are college freshmen with high aspirations.
Pixar, too, knows something about expectations. Thanks to the gentle poetry of "Up," the cosmic romance of "WALL-E" and the unlikely artist portrait of "Ratatouille" (not to mention others), the mantle is high for Pixar, a paragon of pop culture.
KENT, Ohio - If you're up to no good in this pocket of northeast Ohio, especially in a witless way, you're risking not only jail time or a fine but a swifter repercussion with a much larger audience: You're in for a social media scolding from police Chief David Oliver and some of his small department's 49,000 Facebook fans.
And Oliver does not mince words.
LONDON - Former BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall has been jailed for 15 months after he pleaded guilty to 14 counts of indecent assault against girls as young as 9.
The 83-year-old Hall had initially denied the charges. The prison sentence was handed down Monday, six weeks after he admitted responsibility for the crimes.
The offences happened between 1967 and 1986. Prosecutors said Hall was an opportunistic predator.
BBC said after his admission of guilt that it was "appalled" and would no longer employ him.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia says four more people have died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing the total number of deaths to 32 in the kingdom at the centre of the growing crisis.
Overall, nearly 40 people have died from the virus since September, mostly in Europe and the Middle East. That's according to local officials and the World Health Organization.
ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland - British Prime Minister David Cameron says leaders gathering Monday for the G-8 summit in Northern Ireland should reach speedy agreement on trade and tax reforms, and draw inspiration from the host country's ability to resolve its own stubborn conflict.
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration, trying to avoid getting drawn deeper into Syria's civil war, has pointed to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 as a symbol of what can go wrong when America's military wades into Middle East conflicts.
But experts say the White House is looking at the wrong Iraq war, especially as the U.S. reluctantly considers a no-fly zone over Syria to stop President Bashar Assad from continuing to use his air power to crush rebel forces or kill civilians.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - An 89-year-old heir to a famous fortune is hoping to stay out of a New York prison.
Anthony Marshall had been due to surrender Monday to serve one to three years. He was convicted of looting his mother's money as her mind failed. She was the philanthropist Brooke Astor.
His lawyers filed papers Friday seeking a new trial. They also want a judge to let him stay free on bail until the request is resolved.
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's newly elected reformist-backed president said Sunday that the country's dire economic problems cannot be solved "overnight," as he took his first steps in consulting with members of the clerically dominated establishment on his new policies.
ISTANBUL - Riot police cordoned off streets, set up roadblocks and fired tear gas and water cannon to prevent anti-government protesters from converging on Istanbul's central Taksim Square on Sunday, unbowed even as Turkey's prime minister addressed hundreds of thousands of supporters a few kilometres away.
SAN ANTONIO - Manu Ginobili ran onto the floor as fans stood and screamed.
He went to the bench, and they chanted his name.
The sights and sounds of so many San Antonio spring nights were back Sunday — and the real party might be just a few days away.
Ginobili broke out of a slump in a big way with 24 points and 10 assists in his first start of the season, and the Spurs beat the Miami Heat 114-104 to take a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals.