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The odds of Disney remaking Brave as a live-action movie in the near future are basically zip, and thank God for that. But if such a thing came to pass, they could certainly do worse than cast Jessica Chastain in the lead role. For now, though, the Zero Dark Thirty actress will have to settle for playing the Scottish princess in a photoshoot.

The portrait of Chastain as Merida is the latest installment of Disney’s ongoing Dream Portraits ad series for their parks. It’s something of a break from tradition, in that Merida is the first original Pixar character to get her own portrait. Check it out — along with seven years’ worth of others — after the jump.

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For all the hate, garbage and stupidity the Internet brings us on a daily basis, every once in a while it provides a global platform for something awesome. In this case, Jon Negroni‘s Pixar Theory. Negroni wrote a post that has been circulating since last week which goes through every single Pixar movie since Toy Story and surmises they’re all set in the same universe.

So, for example, the theory states Brave sets a precedent for why animals can interact with humans, which explains a lot of Ratatouille, which maybe inspired the characters in Up to invent tech to communicate with their animals, which possibly inspired the beginnings of Buy-N-Large from Wall-E, and so on and so on. It’s obviously much more detailed than that and I totally don’t believe it’s “real,” from Pixar’s perspective, but it’s a fun read that does make some sense.

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The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida rolled out the red carpet this weekend as they coronated Merida, the star of Pixar’s Brave, as the 11th official Disney princess. It was a lavish occasion and video of the event is now online.

While this universal acceptance into the Disney’s canon should be reason to celebrate, the character’s creator isn’t happy. Brenda Chapman, Oscar-winning co-director of Brave and the film’s original creator, has slammed Disney’s redesign of the character, saying it enforces stereotypes Merida was created to break. Read her quotes below. Read More »

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Disney and Pixar got more than they bargained for with last year’s hit film Brave. They got a viable new franchise, a boatload of cash and even a brand new addition to their iconic list of Princesses, which includes Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel, Jasmine and others.

Merida, the star of the film, will officially be coronated as the 11th Disney Princess in a ceremony May 11 at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, FL. To commemorate the occasion, Disney has debuted a new look for the character. Check it out below along with more details. Read More »

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Mark Andrews, like many of Pixar’s feature directors, has a long history at the company. He worked on The Incredibles as story supervisor, and directed the short One Man Band, and co-wrote Jack-Jack Attack and One Man Band. He was promoted to director of Brave when Brenda Chapman was removed, and watched the film go on to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. (A nice feather in his cap, even if that win came as a surprise, given that other nominated films are arguably more successful stories than Brave.)

Now Andrews is at work on a new film, and it is an original concept that he is writing and directing. That should come as good news to those concerned about Pixar’s increasing interest in making sequels. At least, we presume he’s making the film at Pixar, as his comment about the project comes at the end of a string of talk about a possible Brave sequel at the company. Read More »

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Dave, Devindra, Germain, and Russ chat about their thoughts on this year’s Academy Awards. How funny and offensive was Seth MacFarlane? Who still remembers Chicago? What the hell were Paul Rudd and Melissa McCarthy doing up there? Tune in and find out!

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In a weird way, special effects are never less noticeable than when they’re done really well. The best artists are able to blend the real and the unreal so seamlessly that it’s all but impossible to tell where one ends and the other begins. So it’s cool to get a chance to see the painstaking labor that goes into enhancing these films, as we do in two new VFX reels for Looper and The Hobbit.

In a similar vein, we also have behind-the-scenes featurettes from Brave and Life of Pi, which not only explore the making-of processes but also offer commentary from directors Mark Andrews and Ang Lee (respectively). Watch all four videos after the jump.

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For the 70th year, the Hollywood Foreign Press handed out their Golden Globe Awards Sunday night. Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler entertained an audience of TV and movie fans there to bestow awards to shows like Girls, Modern Family, Smash, Breaking Bad, Homeland and Downton Abbey and films like Lincoln, Argo, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Silver Linings PlaybookZero Dark Thirty and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Yes, I said Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

That’s just one example of surprise nominees that make the Globes such a wild card each and every year. Check out all the winners below along with live commentary.

UPDATE: We’ve embedded a lot of the special moments from the show below.  Read More »

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