yeah, I think overall what Pixar will bring to the culture will be good, but I don't see the gossip and leaks stopping either. Maybe in some places here and there, which would probably be good. Actually, I kind of like how Pixar keeps things completely sealed before the film is released, and it lets me go in with no early judgements or expectations. Though I wish they would speak out a bit more than they do on certain things.
I just keep noticing that John never gets asked the hardball questions about the state of things at Disney and Pixar. I know he will probably just say he can't talk about it, but I actually never see any of those questions asked. Maybe they just have really good PR people off to the side?=)