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How Pixar Built Toy Story 3 REVISITED

After reading the eye-opening WIRED article about the creative process Pixar Animation Studios applies to their films I’m still shaking my head considering the jaw-dropping scale of computing power required these days to pull together their animation films, namely: Day 533 – “the pictures are moving. Each character is defined by up to 1,000 avars—points […]

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Jonah Hex and Hollywood Facial Disfigurement

I wondered how to preface this subject. I get a little queasy thinking about it but really, it’s Hollywood magic, that’s all. There’s a reason for it found in every movie script. So with due respect to the many actors who have had their faces altered we thank you for the many hours of makeup […]

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Luxury Movie Theaters Taking Off

The folks at Australia-based Village Roadshow have long had their eyes on entering U.S. markets with their Gold Class Cinemas. Through a joint venture they now have locations in Central U.S., California, and Washington with plans targeting all major U.S. cities over the next 5 years. “We couldn’t be more enthusiastic about this exciting venture,” […]

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Let’s Talk American Western Movies

The Western movie; around ever since the days of the silent movie. The folks at Metacritic came up with the list of the best and worst westerns of the past 25 years. Glad they decided 25 years vs. “all-time” or we’d be here for awhile. Do you know which famous actor/director won multiple Oscars for […]

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Hollywood’s Having An Icy Summer, So Far

Hollywood watchers are talking about a summer box office lower than 2007, so far. What’s going on? The speculation is that this summer’s box office hasn’t seen a really good original movie since last year’s “The Hangover,” “Up,” and “The Proposal.” It’s said that the surprise hits drive the movie theater business. We are seeing […]

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How Pixar Built Toy Story 3

My 3-year old grandson’s wake up routine is to go downstairs, get some breakfast, and watch either “Toy Story 1” or “Toy Story 2.” Who knows how long this will continue after going to the movie theater this past weekend for the first time to watch, you guessed it, “Toy Story 3.” It’s no coincidence […]

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Brain Research Finds Music Heals

Music for the body and soul. By now it should be self-evident that music is a gift from our creator. We are wired to be receptive to and changed by it. Are you surprised to read this? Scientific research goes about the task of showing why and how this happens. In the meantime, listen to […]

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