Pixar President Ed Catmull Details the Braintrust Process with Examples from INSIDE OUT and TOY STORY 3

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Say what you will about some of the studio’s recent output, but Pixar’s operating process has remained steadfastly left-of-center since it broke out big with Toy Story in 1995.  Many expected the studio to move to Los Angeles or take on a more traditional method of production following its immense success, but Pixar maintains its central headquarters in Emeryville, California and sticks to its central, creativity-inspiring work philosophies.  One of the most curious aspects of the studio is the Pixar Braintrust, a group of Pixar creatives that weighs in on all of the studio’s features on a regular basis with a brutal honesty.

In an excerpt from his upcoming book Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, Pixar President Ed Catmull offers a detailed, behind-the-scenes look at the Braintrust process, offering extensive examples from Toy Story 3 and director Pete Docter’s new film Inside Out.  Read some of Catmull’s insights after the jump.

Pixar by the Numbers – From TOY STORY to MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

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This weekend, Monsters University becomes Pixar’s 14th feature film, the latest addition to an exceptional body of work that started nearly 20 years ago with Toy Story.  Pixar is coming off 2 movies that did not quite live up to the impeccable reputation built by the first 11, so it is up for discussion whether the animation studio can ever recapture that magic or must settle into a new phase.  At this fork in the road I present Pixar by the Numbers, a feature that provides a numbers-based snapshot of each Pixar movie and its place in the filmography by looking at the box office, critical reception, and miscellaneous facts.

Hit the jump for a comprehensive review of Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monster’s, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Brave, and Monsters University.

Weekend Box Office: MAN OF STEEL Soars to New June Record with $113 Million

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After months of speculation, we have an answer: on its first weekend in theatres Man of Steel earned an estimated $113 million from 4,207 locations. That does not include the $12 million from its Thursday evening previews, but the number was still big enough to give Superman the new record for June.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Man of Steel $113,080,000 $125
2.  This Is The End $20,500,000 $32.8
3.  Now You See Me $10,320,000 $80
4.  Fast & Furious 6 $9,400,000 $219.5
5.  The Purge $8,200,000 $51.8
6.  The Internship $7,000,000 $30.9
7.  Epic $6,000,000 $95.4
8.  Star Trek Into Darkness $5,660,000 $210.4
9.  After Earth $3,750,000 $54.2
10.  Iron Man 3 $2,908,000 $399.6

Disney Blu-ray Deals: TOY STORY and CINDERELLA Trilogies 51% Off

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A couple of great Disney Blu-ray deals are featured as Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day.  Both the Toy Story and Cinderella trilogies are 51% off for today only.  You can own Pixar’s Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and Toy Story 3 on 3D Blu-ray for $48.99, which is down from the list price of $100.  Also, for the Disney Princess fans, the limited edition six-disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack of the Cinderella is on sale for $44.49, down from the list price of $89.99.  That’s one hell of a deal, as the combo also includes a collectible jewelry box packaging.

Click here to purchase the Toy Story trilogy, and click here to buy the Cinderella trilogy.

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Pixar by the Numbers – From TOY STORY to BRAVE

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This weekend, Brave became Pixar’s 13th feature film, the latest addition to an impeccable body of work that started nearly twenty years ago with Toy Story.  Given the storied history of everyone’s favorite animation studio, I think this is the perfect opportunity to try out a new feature, By the Numbers.  Essentially, I will go one by one through each of the Pixar movies and provide a numbers-based snapshot of its place in the filmography by looking at the box office, critical reception, and miscellaneous facts.  Four thousand words later, I hope you’ll agree this is a comprehensive review of Pixar’s work over the last two decades.

Hit the jump for a detailed look at Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monster’s, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, and Brave.

Weekend Box Office – BRAVE the Easy Winner with $66.7 Million; ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER Third with $16.5 Million

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This weekend’s box office turned out to be pretty predictable. Brave, the thirteenth feature from fan-favorite Pixar studios, came out on top with an estimated $66.7 million from 4,127 locations. Easy to see that one coming. More of a question mark was Fox’s R-rated counter-programmer Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Many expected the film to crash in epic fashion; and while $16.5 million from 3,106 locations is not great, it is better than Rock of Ages and That’s My Boy managed last weekend so… yay?

Title Weekend Total
1 Brave $66,700,000 $66.7
2 Madagascar 3 $20,200,000 $157.5
3 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter $16,500,000 $16.5
4 Prometheus $10,000,000 $108.5
5 Snow White & the Huntsman $8,012,000 $137
6 Rock of Ages $8,000,000 $28.7
7 That’s My Boy $7,900,000 $28.1
8 The Avengers $7,040,000 $598.2
9 Men in Black 3 $5,600,000 $163.3
10 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World $3,836,000 $3.8

New Clip from BRAVE; Pixar’s WALL-E, UP, RATATOUILLE and TOY STORY 3 Return to Theaters Memorial Day Weekend

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It’s a Pixar extravaganza!  We’ve got some exciting news to share regarding everyone’s favorite animation studio.  First up, a new clip from the excellent-looking Brave has gone online.  It skews towards the comedic side of the film, and I’m gonna take a wild guess and say that the triplets may or may not steal the show when the film hits theaters.  Additionally—and excitingly—Pixar will be re-releasing a few of their classics exclusively in AMC theaters this Memorial Day weekend.  Wall-E, Up, Ratatouille, and Toy Story 3 will return for a limited engagement from May 25 – 28th.  Moreover, tickets will run at the family friendly and affordable price of $6.

Each screening will be accompanied by a behind-the-scenes look at Brave, and Toy Story 3 and Up will be running in 3D (the 3D in the latter is gorgeous).  This is excellent news, and I’ll most definitely be taking advantage of the chance to see Andrew Stanton’s masterwork Wall-E on the big screen once more.  Hit the jump to watch the new Brave clip and to watch the trailers for the aforementioned Pixar films set for re-release.

Weekend Box Office – THE LORAX Claims Highest Debut of 2012 with $70.7 Million

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We all knew The Lorax was going to be number one, and a big number one at that.  But most box office watchers were expecting the animated film to land somewhere between $49 and $59 million on its first weekend – making it easily the biggest debut of 2012.  Instead, the adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ classic has earned an estimated $70.7 million from 3,927 locations.  Not only is that the third-highest March debut ever, it also stands as the biggest animated feature debut since Toy Story 3.  In other words, this is huge.

Title Weekend Total
1 The Lorax $70,720,000 $70.7
2 Project X $20,775,000 $20.7
3 Act of Valor $13.700,000 $45.2
4 Safe House $7,210,000 $108.1
5 Good Deeds $7,000,000 $25.7
6 Journey 2 $6,925,000 $85.6
7 The Vow $6,100,000 $111.7
8 This Means War $5,625,000 $41.4
9 Ghost Rider 2 $4,700,000 $44.8
10 The Artist $3,900,000 $37

Weekend Box Office – THE LION KING 3D Keeps Its Crown; MONEYBALL Slides to Second with $20.6 Million

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Once again, it looks like I was foolish to bet on Moneyball.  Blinded by the strong opening day of this long-time underdog, I completely forgot that last weekend’s champ would have a home field advantage on Saturday.  The final score put The Lion King 3D back on top and added another $22.1 million to the re-release’s lifetime stats.  Moneyball had to settle for second, though the estimates between it and the week’s newest family film, Dolphin Tale, are close enough that the baseball flick could conceivably fall to third by Monday.

Title Weekend Total
1 The Lion King 3D $22,100,000 $61.6
2 Moneyball $20,600,000 $20.6
3 Dolphin Tale $20,300,000 $20.3
4 Abduction $11,200,000 $11.2
5 Killer Elite $9,500,000 $9.5
6 Contagion $8,565,000 $57.1
7 Drive $5,771,000 $21.4
8 The Help $4,400,000 $154.4
9 Straw Dogs $2,100,000 $8.8
10 I Don’t Know How She Does It $2,053,000 $8

Weekend Box Office – CARS 2 Scores $68 Million Win; BAD TEACHER Overachieves with $31 Million

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After posting a strong start on Friday, Cars 2 went on to finish the weekend with an estimated $68 million from its 4,115 locations.  That was more than double what its closest competitor, Bad Teacher, took in; but not quite enough to get the sequel higher than fifth place on the list of All-Time Pixar Studio champions.

Title Weekend Total
1 Cars 2 $68,000,000 $68
2 Bad Teacher $31,000,000 $31
3 Green Lantern $18,350,000 $89.3
4 Super 8 $12,100,000 $95.1
5 Mr. Popper’s Penguins $10,300,000 $39.4
6 X-Men: First Class $6,600,000 $132.8
7 The Hangover Part II $5,865,000 $232.9
8 Bridesmaids $5,372,000 $146.6
9 Pirates of the Caribbean 4 $4,700,000 $229
10 Midnight in Paris $4,480,000 $28.5

Friday Box Office – Pixar’s CARS 2 Takes the Lead with $25.7 Million Debut

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It’s always a mistake to bet against Pixar.  Despite predictions that the studio was heading for a crash with its twelfth offering, Cars 2 is shaping up to finish near the top of Pixar’s roster after earning an estimated $25.7 million from 4,115 locations on opening day.  That puts the sequel on track for a weekend in the $65 million range – well above the $40-$50 million Disney was forecasting just days ago.  A three day total north of $68 million would also give Cars 2 the second-best debut in Pixar’s history behind that giant $110 million Toy Story 3 grossed in 2010, but they’re not there quite yet.  One reason for concern is the fact that grownups are not onboard with Cars 2.  With a current Rotten Tomato score of 33% the sequel stands as the studio’s least critically-regarded release by far.  But who cares?  I know two seven year olds who have had June 24th circled on their calendars for months… and I’m pretty sure they don’t read reviews.  Running in second place is this week’s counter-programming contender, Bad Teacher. The R-rated comedy earned an estimated $12.1 million from its 3,049 locations on Friday which should equal a $25 million weekend.  Details and analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 Cars 2 $25,700,000 $25.7
2 Bad Teacher $12,100,000 $12.1
3 Green Lantern $6,000,000 $76.9
4 Super 8 $3,760,000 $86.7
5 Mr. Popper’s Penguins $3,670,000 $32.7

INCEPTION Wins Big at the 2011 Saturn Awards

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The 37th Annual Saturn Awards were held last night. The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films honored the best in film, television, special effects and more. Inception was the big winner of the night, taking home five awards including Best Science Fiction Film. Other winners in the top categories include Fringe for Best Network Series, Breaking Bad for best Cable Series, Let Me In for Best Horror Film, Alice in Wonderland for Best Fantasy Film and Salt for Best Action/Adventure Film.

Hit the jump to see the full list of winners, and don’t forget to check out Collider’s interviews from the red carpet at the event. We spoke with Brandon Routh, Fringe’s Lance Reddick, and producer Dean Devlin.

THE KING’S SPEECH Wins Best Picture; Full List of Oscar Winners

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In what easily had to be one of the most painful, unfunny Oscar ceremonies in recent memory, The King’s Speech finally reached the end of its inevitable march to Best Picture.  It was the first Best Picture winner to win less than five Oscars (it won four, including Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay). [Correction: Crash, which won Best Picture in 2006, only won 3 Oscars]  Does that make it more or less unworthy of the Best Picture crown?  I don’t know.  I don’t care.  I’m drained after live-blogging the awful show and 50 minutes of terrible pre-show.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

Matt Live-Blogs the 83rd Academy Awards

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Like any good Oscar ceremony, the 83rd Academy Awards will most likely drag on unto infinity.  Categories will blend together and you’ll find yourself waiting to see who wins “Best Costume Design for a Live-Action Short Starring Winter’s Bone“.  I’m trying to stop myself from being on auto-snark and hoping that the show is genuinely entertaining.  I find hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco to be charming so hopefully they’ll have some good material.  Last year, I didn’t expect much from Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin and I thought they did a terrific job.  While the Oscars are a show for rich people to congratulate themselves on a job well done, the host doesn’t have to tear the room down to make us poor slobs at home feel better.  There’s a balancing act and hopefully Hathaway and Franco can pull it off.

So get your Oscar ballots ready and hit the jump as I live-blog the 83rd Academy Awards.  Also, you can click here for my predictions.

Guild Awards: THE SOCIAL NETWORK, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, TOY STORY 3 Win for Editing; TRUE GRIT Wins for Sound Mixing

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Two subsets of Hollywood’s production crews chimed in last night on the best film and television of 2010.  The American Cinema Editors handed out their adorably named Eddie Awards with a respectable degree of specialization.  The Social Network was named the best edited feature-length drama — Alice in Wonderland, Toy Story 3, and Exit Through the Gift Shop won in the comedy/musical, animated, and documentary categories respectively.  Modern Family, The Walking Dead, Treme, and Temple Grandin were deemed the best edited programs on television last year.

The Cinema Audio Society gave their top film award to True Grit, and became the first voting body to recognize the straight-to-DVD greatness of 30 Days of Night: Dark Days.  TV nods went to Boardwalk Empire, Temple Grandin, and Deadliest Catch.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

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