The Math of Pixar

What did we really learn from our high school math classes, and how much have we used those learned skills in the real world? While I haven’t used much of my advanced math education in my film blogging career, the movies we watch couldn’t exist without these calculations. Pixar Research Lead Tony DeRose gave a TED Talk talking about how Pixar uses math to create their magical computer animated feature films that we have come to love.

DeRose delves into the math behind the animations, explaining how arithmetic, trigonometry and geometry help bring Woody and the rest of your favorite characters to life.

Watch the TED Talk video embedded after the jump to learn about the math of Pixar movies.
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Guardians of the Galaxy team

In the past seven months, Kevin Feige has tentatively planned out another seven years of Marvel movies.

Last August, the president of Marvel Studios was quoted as saying he had a tentative plan for the Marvel Cinematic Universe through 2021. That’s a lot of movies. Now, a new report says that plan has expanded through 2028. Plus, depending on the potential success of Guardians of the Galaxy this summer, that plan might include spinoffs into solo movies focusing on either Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) or Groot (Vin Diesel). They’ve also discussed spinning the new characters introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron off into their own movies.

Read about these potential Age of Ultron and Guardians of the Galaxy spinoffs, plus the new 14-year Marvel plan, below. Read More »

first day of new Star Wars shoot

We’re getting to the point where there will have to be some hard and fast news on Star Wars Episode VII. The movie is scheduled to begin shooting in just over a month, after which details will certainly leak. Right now we know many participants on the technical side, and we’ve got a plot of rumors about potential cast members. Now there’s a report that specifies the first day of new Star Wars shoot, and says it will take place in Morocco. Read More »

The Incredibles

Frozone will be back with his BFF for the Incredibles sequel, according to Samuel L. Jackson. Also after the jump:

  • Logan Lerman says Percy Jackson 3 is “not happening”
  • Jonny Weston is signing on for Taken 3
  • Jurassic World will be shooting at the Honolulu Zoo
  • Peter Jackson is putting the final touches on the final Hobbit film
  • The Conjuring franchise could be stalled by a lawsuit
  • See the How to Train Your Dragon 2 score being recorded
  • Cameras are rolling once more on Fast & Furious 7
  • Sharknado 2 gets a poster and a premiere date
  • Peek behind the scenes of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • A Haunted House 2 has a red-band trailer to share

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Frozen highest grossing

Frozen isn’t just a big fat hit for Disney. It’s one of the biggest, fattest hits that ever hitted. As of this weekend, the icy adventure has become the single highest grossing animated film of all time, beating out 2010′s Toy Story 3. Hit the jump to find out just how much money Anna and Elsa have raked in for the Mouse House.

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Merlin Origin Story

Disney is moving forward with development on two projects. One, the Merlin origin story Young Merlin, sounds like the sort of thing that could be stuck in development hell forever, and perhaps for good reason. The other, an action/comedy called The Wheelman, sounds like a fluffy piece of distraction that we’ll probably see on screens in some February of the future. Read More »

UPDATE: Indiana Jones Not Being Rebooted

Indiana Jones silhouette

Update: We’ve contacted a high-placing source who tells /Film the below story is not true. Also, producer Frank Marshall tweeted on the manner. The original text follows.

Update #2: Frank Darabont has also spoken up to say that there is no truth to the aspect of the story saying he pitched a new Indy story. Read that below.

There are rumors, there are big rumors, and then there are stories like this. A new report says Disney, which recently acquired the rights to release more Indiana Jones films, is looking to go the James Bond route with the character. That is, the company could recast him for years to come. Who would don the fedora after Harrison Ford? Rumor has it Bradley Cooper is at the top of the list. Read More »

Iron Man 3 Final Header

All actors will praise a script there’re about to do. That’s their job. They’re not going to crap on something that hasn’t even been made yet. But when an actor can be even a tad more reserved, that’s saying something. In a new interview, Robert Downey Jr. was precisely that in regards to Joss Whedon‘s script for Avengers: Age of Ultron. He had high praise for it, make no mistake, but he also called it “very ambitious” and hinted it’s going to be very difficult to get right. Read his quote below. Read More »

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