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Puss in Boots is the story of its title character (Antonio Banderas) as he goes on a rip-roaring adventure to steal magic beans from Jack and Jill. The Shrek spin-off also features performances from Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton, and Amy Sedaris. The film came out back in October and made over $391 million worldwide. Which is why it is good to hear Dreamworks, with a little help from Paramount Home Entertainment, is finally getting its act together with a Puss in Boots in-home release. Puss and Boots will hit DVD, Blu-ray, and 3D Blu-ray on February 24. Paramount Home Entertainment has not yet released a full list of bonus features. However, the Three Diablos animated short is expected to appear with copies. Cinema Blend will keep you posted when a full list of extras becomes available. There will be an extra incentive if you plan to pre-order the movie. »
When it comes to celebrity quips, 2011 was a year of win. And quote machine Charlie Sheen wasn't the only star launching truth torpedoes. George Clooney and Justin Timberlake talked taking drugs (those not named Charlie Sheen), buxom babes Katy Perry and Salma Hayek thanked divine intervention for their cups overflowing, and 111 million Super Bowl viewers were treated to Christina Aguilera's unique interpretation of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Celebrate these bon mots bursting in air—and so much more—in our sparkly showcase of the Best of 2011. »
March and April have quickly become more and more populated. It seems like all the rejected summer blockbusters flock to these two months, hoping the lack of competition will garner them box office glory. Well it doesn't always work, you can't deny that there is money to be made during these two months. And, evident from today's Prelude to 2012, studios want as much money as they can squeeze from these two months. Hit the jump for full details on over 25 films hoping to make an impact in the limbo between Summer and the beginning of the year. Who knows...you may just find something you'll like.
March has always been a busy time for film. In fact, I would say that the year doesn't truly kick off Until this month. Yeah, there's a couple notable releases in January and February (as shown here), but March is when the first blockbusters »
- TheCritic28@gmail.com (Matthew Legarreta)
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 24, 2012
Price: DVD Tba, Blu-ray $40.99, Blu-ray 3D Tba, DVD Double-Pack Tba
Studio: DreamWorks Animation/Paramount Home Entertainment
The animated movie tells the story of Puss in Boots years before he met Shrek and Donkey. Puss is a wanted fugitive trying to clear his name. Puss finds his female match in Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek, Frida), who takes Puss to his old friend but now enemy Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis, It’s Kind of a Funny Story). Together with Humpty and Kitty, Puss plans to steal the beans, get to the Giant’s castle, grab the golden goose and clear his own name. But along the way, they have to face-off with infamous criminals Jack (Billy Bob Thornton, Armageddon) and Jill (Amy Sedaris, »
On TV this final week of 2011: The Closer closes out its winter run, Rizzoli has a romantic reunion, Chuck spies baby woes and more. Things are still a bit sleepy on the TV front this holiday season, but we’ve dug up a smattering of fresh fare, some year-end round-ups and a few choice repeats to keep on your radar. (The TVLine-Up returns on a daily basis in 2012.)
Monday, December 26
8 pm House (Fox) | Cuddy’s back!… sort of, in a pair of Season 7 repeats featuring Candace Bergen as the DoM’s mom, and Thirteen trying to help out a sick prison pal. »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
The Berlin International Film Festival has just announced the first five films lined up for the Competition and five more for the Berlinale Special. The 62nd edition runs from February 9 through 19.
Update: The Berlinale's also announced that the members of the International Jury, presided over by Mike Leigh, will be Anton Corbijn, Asghar Farhadi, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jake Gyllenhaal, François Ozon, Boualem Sansal and Barbara Sukowa.
With Isabelle Huppert, Katherine Mulville, Marc Zanetta
From Ioncinema: "Based on a real-life event that occurred in 2001. It centers on Thérèse Bourgoin (Huppert), a French woman who works for a humanitarian organization on Palawan Island in the Philippines. While she is transporting equipment to Puerto Princesa, she is kidnapped by mistake with a colleague by Muslim extremist group Abu Sayyaf, who are fighting for Mindanao independence."
Now that the fall “awards festival” circuit is finally at a close — but with Sundance looming in the distance — it’s easy to forget about Biff — the Berlin International Film Festival, that is. (See, I even have to give the name.) This might have something to do with their less-than-huge lineup; in terms of films playing in competition, last year’s biggest art house title was The Turin Horse, while the most mainstream was probably Margin Call. Nothing too slim, but not much compared to Cannes, Venice, or Tiff.
The first round of titles to play this coming February (via Twitch) do carry a few major titles, though. Among them are The Flowers of War (which we were quite ecstatic about), Guy Maddin‘s Keyhole, Extremely Loud…, Kevin Macdonald‘s Bob Marley documentary, and an expansion of Werner Herzog‘s Into the Abyss. A few other foreign titles carry potential, »
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Less than a year since word first surfaced that The Last Circus director Alex de la Iglesia would be shooting a black comedy with Salma Hayek the film is now complete - or close to it - and among the first selections for the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival.Titled La Chispa De La Vida - literally The Spark Of Life in English, though it was announced with the English title of As Luck Would Have It - the picture stars Hayek as the wife of Jose Mota who plays a down on his luck publicist who slips and falls in an old Roman era forum, impaling his head on a metal rod. He does not die but cannot be moved. And, bizarrely, he views »
I’m pretty sure that the reason Antonio Banderas was put on this planet was to make Puss in Boots speak. When that sonorous, sexy voice came out of that small furry animated ginger body for the first time in Shrek 2 (overall one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen), it was more than just the actor sending up his swashbuckling Zorro image -- it was the birth of something unexpectedly ingenious. Maybe even one of the greatest jokes of all cinema: this action hero really does have a soft, cuddly side, and he is not afraid to show it. Gloriously, given his own movie, he just gets even more hugely entertaining. This is exactly as clever an origin story as you’d expect from the Shrek universe, turning familiar fairy tales upside down and mixing in all manner of sly pop-culture throwbacks. This is a fantasy heist »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Animated movie Puss In Boots has stormed to the top of the U.K. box office chart in its opening weekend (10-11Dec11).
The film, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro and Ashton Kutcher, took $2.1 million (£1.28 million), while Martin Scorsese's Hugo ($1.2 million/£732,902) and Happy Feet 2 ($1.15 million/£724,126) rounded out the top five. »
Puss in Boots has topped the UK box office on its debut weekend on release. DreamWorks' 3D animated family movie, featuring the voice talents of Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek, knocks Arthur Christmas from the top spot to claim first place. New Year's Eve bows at number three, Hugo holds its place at four and Happy Feet Two completes the top five. Elsewhere, new releases A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas and Another Earth land at numbers eight and ten respectively. The UK box office top ten in (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
Puss in Boots has topped the Australian box office chart upon its first week in cinemas. The DreamWorks animated family movie - featuring the voices of Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek - made almost $$3 million this week, knocking The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 from the top spot after three weeks. Ensemble romantic comedy New Year's Eve is a new entry in second place with over $$2.5 million in box office receipts, while Adam Sandler's comedy Jack and Jill had another strong week with over $$1 million in box office takings. Elsewhere, family film Arthur Christmas holds sixth place in the chart. This week's biggest mover is fantasy action movie Immortals, which slides down four places to eighth position. In Time and We Need to Talk About (more) »
- By Kate Goodacre
The worst weekend at the North American box office since September 2008, with an overall take of $78 million. That's this very weekend (Dec. 9-11), when Garry Marshall's critically lambasted Warner Bros. release New Year's Eve succeeded in topping the domestic box-office chart with a meager $13.7 million, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. At 3,505 locations, New Year's Eve averaged a not-at-all celebratory $3,910 per site.
Thanks to a prestigious cast including Oscar winners Robert De Niro, Halle Berry, and Hilary Swank; Oscar nominees Michelle Pfeiffer and Abigail Breslin; and teen idol Zac Efron, Sex and the City's Sarah Jessica Parker, Two and Half Men's Ashton Kutcher, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon co-star Josh Duhamel (photo), some had been expecting that New Year's Eve would open around $30 million. Later on, $20 million became an acceptable figure. But $13.7 million? Chances are New Year's Eve won't get even close to matching »
- Zac Gille
Directed by an artist who has been associated with most of DreamWorks's CGI-animated movies over the past dozen years (Antz, the Shrek series and Madagascar among them), Puss in Boots is an attractive adventure yarn that combines the fairytale and the western. Somewhere south of the Rio Grande, the ace swordsman and Latin lover Puss in Boots (voiced by Antonio Banderas) joins forces with Kitty Softpaws, a sexy Latina (Salma Hayek), and the treacherous, double-crossing Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) to acquire the magical beans that will enable them to climb to the heavens and steal the goose that lays golden eggs. Their chief opposition comes from two obese bandits, Jack and Jill, the nursery's answer to Bonnie and Clyde. The story, which might have been called "The Zorro and the Kitty", is rather dragged out. It would have been condensed into a 10-minute film by the makers of the long-running »
- Philip French
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
After far too many Shrek sequels – and an especially poor, apparently final chapter in Shrek Forever After – the idea of any character from the series getting their own spin-off isn’t a particularly attractive prospect. In the most underwhelming period for animated fare in quite some time, however, Dreamworks’ Puss in Boots just about pulls ahead of the disappointing likes of Cars 2, Rio, Arthur Christmas and Happy Feet Two as one of the year’s more gathered – and surprisingly so – children’s films, even if it’s still relatively simplistic and none too original.
Taking place before Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) meets Shrek and Donkey in Shrek 2, this pic has Puss chasing three magical beans that he has been after his entire life, which are now in the possession of two southern outlaws, Jack (Billy Bob Thornton) and Jill (Amy Sedaris). He finds »
- Shaun Munro
Banderas voices the adventurous sword-toting feline in the film, and he was presented with a blade by Norton during the interview to show off his skills.
He declared, "Who am I going to swordfight against?" before convincing Norton to limber up too.
Banderas explained, "There are seven positions. You put your leg here... comfortable and light."
The actor then demonstrated several different sequences, including balancing the sword on his foot before throwing it into the air and catching it. »
Another Earth (12A)
It's been quite a year for cosmic arthouse, and like The Tree Of Life and Melancholia, this low-key indie contrasts inner and outer space to stirring effect. Unlike a Kubrick-style space odyssey, it's very much down to earth – Earth One, that is. "Earth Two", a duplicate of our own, is more like a giant metaphor in the sky. Its discovery tragically fuses the lives of two people, and could yet resolve it, which makes for a tender character drama with a shot of sci-fi ingenuity.
Puss In Boots (U)
Between the Shrek brand recognition, the bright 3D, the broad-spectrum comedy and the prospect of cute cats dancing, it's hard to imagine a more mercilessly commercial proposition than this animated spin-off. It's a predictably polished affair, with Banderas's »
- Steve Rose
Jennifer Aniston has been voted the hottest woman of all time in a new men's survey.
Editors at MensHealth.com polled members of the general public to determine the most desirable female - dead or alive - and the former Friends star has topped the list.
But Aniston insists she doesn't deserve the title and has instead offered up her own preferred picks.
London, Dec 9: Actress Salma Hayek, who is known for her curvaceous body, has revealed that as a teenager she suffered from body confidence crisis.
The Mexican actress while appearing on 'The Graham Norton Show' to promote her new film 'Puss In Boots' confessed to turning to Christ in a bid to boost her assets.
"I was the youngest in class and all these girls were starting to get them (breasts) and I wasn't getting anything - I was really scared," the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.I was getting teased a lot because everyone was older and I was the skinny tomboy," she said.
The 45-year-old even went to a Church where. »
- Lohit Reddy
This prequel to the Shrek cartoon franchise, with Antonio Banderas as the heavily accented cat of the title, is an entertaining, if not rip-roaring spin-off
It hasn't been that long since Antonio Banderas startled audiences with his role as the sexually obsessed cosmetic surgeon in Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In. Now he is back in a more wholesome, if hardly less predatory and calculating role. This is a spin off from the awe-inspiringly lucrative Shrek franchise, and Banderas is reprising his voice work for the animated character Puss in Boots, or as he breathily announces it, poooooshh eeeen booohhtsshh. This solo adventure is a prequel, showing his early life, and it plays out like Sergio Leone Lite. Puss in Boots is now in Mexico, very far from the European forests where he is to meet Shrek. The young feline was brought up in an orphanage (like Kung Fu Panda, »
- Peter Bradshaw
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