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'ROYGBIV' makes your favorite Pixar movies even prettier

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ROYGBIV (noun)

1) An acronym that stands for the color order of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.

2) A short video, edited by Rishi Kaneria with music by Moderat, that brings various Pixar clips together, demonstrating how the animation studio uses said color spectrum, visually and narratively.

For our purposes, we’ll be discussing the latter…ROYGBIV, the video, begins strong with bold red and orange hues (i.e. Merida’s fiery red hair in Brave), mellows out a bit with relaxing yellows and greens (i.e. the pastel house from Up), and really cools off with blues, indigos, and violets (i.e. the ocean blues of Finding Nemo). ROYGBIV also includes clips from: Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3Cars, Cars 2, Monsters, Inc.Monsters University, A Bug’s Life, Wall-EThe Incredibles, and Ratatouille. Together, even at a mere 1:28, the video shows how color conveys mood, beautifully. Enough yammering. This is much more of a visual experience:

Dolby Atmos and the future of immersive sound

Planning to check out a summer blockbuster in the next few months? Chances are it was developed for Dolby Atmos, the in-theater audio technology that’s revolutionizing the immersive moviegoing experience.

If the name sounds familiar, that’s because the first films heard in Dolby Atmos came out almost a year ago, starting with Disney and Pixar’s Brave. It’s the next iteration of what is generally known as surround sound. With speakers on the ceiling and in basically every corner of a theater, the 128 channels create a sound experience akin to watching a film in 3-D. It’s all-encompassing.

EW spoke with Skywalker Sound’s Juan Peralta about Dolby Atmos and how it is helping to make the theater experience more engrossing.

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Oscars 2013: The few, the proud, the redheaded

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If you want to stand out on the red carpet, red hair isn’t always the easiest accessory.

However misguided it may be, ginger locks are frequently regarded as somewhat of a hinderance. Terms like clashing and matching suddenly start getting thrown around — a sartorial burden that doesn’t regularly afflict ravens, brunettes, blondes, whites, or grays.

But this awards season proves that any “restrictions” on options for the scarlet-haired can be broken, with three striking redheads making their fashion presence felt.

And the most striking of all isn’t even a real person.

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'Brave' director Brenda Chapman breaks silence: Getting taken off film 'heartbreaking... devastating... distressing'

When Pixar’s Brave arrived in theaters in June, two directors shared full credit for the film: Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman. The project had originated with Chapman — who’d previously directed DreamWorks Animation’s The Prince of Egypt — but at the beginning of 2011, the studio took the reins from her completely and handed them to Andrews, who’d worked on The Incredibles and Ratatouille.

It was a surprising development to say the least, given that Chapman had been Pixar’s first female director of a feature length film, not to mention that Brave featured the studio’s first female protagonist, a fiery Scottish archer-princess named Merida (Kelly Macdonald). But other than a brief comment to the Los Angeles Times in 2011 that the split was due to “creative differences,” Chapman has remained silent on the matter. Until now.

In an essay for a larger New York Times feature about women’s perpetual underrepresentation in all corners of Hollywood, Chapman wrote that the past year and a half had been “a heartbreakingly hard road” for her. “When Pixar took me off of Brave — a story that came from my heart, inspired by my relationship with my daughter — it was devastating,” she writes.  READ FULL STORY

Box Office Preview: 'Ice Age' heats up while 'Spider-Man' keeps swinging

Ice Age: Continental Drift should easily freeze out the competition at this weekend’s box office, where the fourth installment of the wildly popular (and profitable) animated series is the only new wide release — and the first major kid movie since last month’s Brave. In the 10 years since the original Ice Age (2002), the franchise has become a remarkably consistent moneymaker for Fox. Its last entry, 2009’s Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, opened with a $41.7 million three-day weekend (though its full tally at that point was $66.7 million thanks to a Wednesday opening). Meanwhile, the similarly targeted Madagascar 3 bowed to $60.3 million last month and is crossing the $200 million mark as we speak, a sign of strong attendance from the stroller set. Look for Ice Age: Continental Drift to do about the same, netting $60 million in its first weekend.

The lack of new releases also means that The Amazing Spider-Man has plenty of room to stretch its legs this weekend. Without any new rivals for adults and fanboys, Sony’s record-setting tentpole should have no trouble keeping up its blockbuster pace in its second full frame. Looking at the runs of past summer hits like Marvel’s The Avengers or last year’s Fourth of July titan Transformers: Dark of the MoonThe Amazing Spider-Man should slide about 50 percent to $31 million, bringing its cumulative haul to an even $200 million by the end of the weekend. Of course, Spidey’s path won’t stay clear for long: The Dark Knight Rises rises will steal the spotlight — and a huge chunk of Spider-Man‘s core audience — when it bows next weekend.

Last weekend’s runner-up, Ted, could also have a mild decline thanks to the open playing field. The raunchy comedy, starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, will likely lose 40 percent or so, bringing it in at $19 million for an end-of-weekend total of  $155 million — surpassing 21 Jump Street as the year’s highest grossing comedy.

Oliver Stone’s Savages debuted to a meek $16 million last week and got a C+ score in exit polls, which means it will probably drop sharply out of the top five this weekend. That leaves room for Brave and Magic Mike to squeeze in at fourth and fifth place respectively with drops of around 40 percent each, though Brave could take a harder hit from Ice Age.

1. Ice Age: Continental Drift – $60 million
2. The Amazing Spider-Man – $31 million
3. Ted – $19 million
4. Brave – $10 million
5. Magic Mike – $9 million

Keep checking EW for full box office coverage during the weekend.

Box office report: 'The Amazing Spider-Man' scores $140 million in six-day debut

That’s a lot of cash caught in Spidey’s web!

Sony’s $220 million reboot The Amazing Spider-Man debuted atop the box office with $65 million over its first weekend and a big $140 million in its first six days. The 3-D blockbuster played in 4,138 theaters and earned a $15,708 per theater average over the Friday-to-Sunday period. Of that $140 million, $14.3 million came from IMAX screens. Worldwide, the tentpole has already earned $341.2 million after two weekends of international release. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'The Amazing Spider-Man' stays on top with $20.7 million on Friday

Following its record-breaking opening day on Tuesday, it should come as no surprise that Sony’s reboot The Amazing Spider-Man will top the box office in its first full weekend in theaters.

The $220 million web-slinging adventure netted an estimated $20.7 million on Friday, which lifts its four-day total to $95.7 million. The Andrew Garfield/Emma Stone feature is headed for a weekend in the $65 million range, which would lift its six-day total to $140 million. Sure, that total is less than the $151.1 million that Spider-Man 3 earned in its first three days, but it’s a very strong start for a reboot. Batman Begins started with a humble $48.7 million, while X-Men: First Class zapped up $55.1 million during its opening weekend. Sony should be breathing a sigh of relief. READ FULL STORY

Hunting for Easter eggs in Pixar's 'Brave'

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Pixar animators are renowned for their attention to detail. Like all of its predecessors, the studio’s latest gem, Brave, features obscure objects from other Pixar features. These hidden ”Easter eggs” transform movie watching into a round of Where’s Waldo.

In one particular scene in Brave (in the photo above), the witch, who specializes in carving wooden bear figurines, whittles a miniature replica of the Pizza Planet delivery truck that has appeared in almost every Pixar feature film since 1995’s Toy Story.

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An engraving of Sulley from Monsters, Inc. also appears on a slab of wood in the witch’s home (photo above).

Did you see any other Easter eggs in the film? Let us know in the comments section below.

Read more:
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Box office report: 'Ted' lights up box office with $54.1 million; 'Magic Mike' sizzles with $39.2 million

Who had more money thrown at him this weekend? A bong-smoking teddy bear with a bad attitude or Channing Tatum in a sparkly G-string?

Surprisingly, the stuffed animal proved the victor! Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s raunchy comedy Ted, which stars Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, earned an impressive $54.1 million out of 3,239 theaters during its debut weekend—the third-best debut ever for an R rated comedy behind the openings of The Hangover Part II ($85.9 million) and Sex and the City ($57 million) — and the best debut ever for an original comedic storyline.

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Box office update: 'Ted' smokes competition with $20.2 million Friday; 'Magic Mike' close behind

According to Friday estimates, “bear” beats “bare” at the box office — but only by a bit!

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s $50 million comedy Ted, which is being distributed by Universal, snuggled up to a huge $20.2 million worth of tickets on Friday.

The raunchy laugher, which stars Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, and a bong-smoking teddy, is headed for the second-best debut ever for an R-rated comedy, behind only The Hangover Part II. Wahlberg’s last summer comedy, 2010’s The Other Guys, earned $13.1 million on its first Friday on the way to a $35.5 million start. If Ted follows the same trajectory (and I see no reason why it shouldn’t), it could take in a truly remarkable $55 million this weekend. READ FULL STORY

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