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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Seven

29 December 2009 7:16 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Mother and Child

Opens: 2010

Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington

Director: Rodrigo Garcia

Summary: A tale of a mother and daughter, separated at birth, who struggle with the damage done by the most important person missing in their lives while a young African-Americn woman deals with an unwanted pregnancy and the adoption process.

Analysis: Scoring rave reviews in Toronto, the $7 million latest effort of Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives," "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her") once again shows off his skill at weaving multiple narratives together in clever and unexpected ways. At its heart it's an emotional family drama, but Garcia excels with his female characters which makes the involvement of Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington and especially Annette Benning thrilling.

The few criticisms levelled at the film were toward some pacing and credibility issues in the last act, but otherwise praised it for not »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Seven

29 December 2009 7:16 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Mother and Child

Opens: 2010

Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington

Director: Rodrigo Garcia

Summary: A tale of a mother and daughter, separated at birth, who struggle with the damage done by the most important person missing in their lives while a young African-Americn woman deals with an unwanted pregnancy and the adoption process.

Analysis: Scoring rave reviews in Toronto, the $7 million latest effort of Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives," "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her") once again shows off his skill at weaving multiple narratives together in clever and unexpected ways. At its heart it's an emotional family drama, but Garcia excels with his female characters which makes the involvement of Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington and especially Annette Benning thrilling.

The few criticisms levelled at the film were toward some pacing and credibility issues in the last act, but otherwise praised it for not »

- Garth Franklin

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'The Karate Kid' - Mixed emotions about the trailer of the remake.

27 December 2009 3:07 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Sony Pictures loves churning out remakes of crowd-favorite classics. We've seen this with abominations like "The Pink Panther" and its even-more-appalling sequel. Now, the distributor sends out their "Karate Kid" remake with a considerably different setting and plot. The trailer is certain to stir up mixed emotions for fans of the 1984 original Ralph Macchio, Elisabeth Shue and Pat Morita starrer. Check it out below and let us know what you think about - winner or loser? In Columbia Pictures' The Karate Kid, 12-year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) could've been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's (Taraji P. Henson) latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying - and the feeling is mutual - but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre's feelings make an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. In the land of kung fu, »

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New 'Karate Kid' trailer: We can now officially start declaring it not as good as the original

23 December 2009 11:31 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

The trailer for the Karate Kid remake starring the adorable Jaden Smith (that's Will Smith's son to you) is out: As noted, the kid is cute. The Chinese setting looks amazing (training on the Great Wall certainly beats standing on a stump on an L.A. beach, no?). And Jackie Chan is always badass. And yet...while a 10-year-old kid doing karate has a certain adorableness factor, and I support being able to defend oneself against bullies, is that enough to hold a movie? Our beloved hero in the original, Ralph Macchio's Daniel, was trying to prove more »

- Jennifer Armstrong

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Movie Preview: The Karate Kid

23 December 2009 7:00 AM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

The remakes keep on coming (I know, I know, collective groan). We already heard news of Will Smith's son Jaden and Jackie Chan stepping into roles for the update on The Karate Kid, and now we're getting a peek at the first trailer. Judging by the preview, the general premise appears to be the same (boy gets harassed, trains in martial arts, and then faces his tormentor in competition), but this new version is definitely geared more to a family audience. Jaden Smith is teeny tiny in the Ralph Macchio part, the bullies are basically a Beijing elementary school yard gang, and a sweet, but baby-faced love interest is sitting in for Elisabeth Shue. All of this just makes me want to go back and watch the original (and Mr. Miyagi's wax on, wax off scene) and leave this new update for the kiddies. I just can't get myself »

- BuzzSugar

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A first look at The Karate Kid - now made in China | Ben Child

23 December 2009 3:58 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

What a confused beast the remake of The Karate Kid looks to be. On the one hand, its producers are clearly keen on channelling the 1984 original's enduring cool by clinging on to that iconic title. On the other, they've decided to set the thing in China, perhaps because this allows them to shoot scenes on the Great Wall and harness the box office potential of a nation of over a billion people.

Yet karate is a Japanese martial art, originally emerging on the Ryukyu Islands, not a Chinese one. The new movie, which stars Jaden Smith in the bullied kid role made famous by Ralph Macchio and Jackie Chan as the mentor who teaches him to fight, rightly ought to have been called the Kung Fu Kid. In fact, the last time I heard, it was.

Yet there it is, emblazoned in glorious white on red on the first trailer proper for the film, »

- Ben Child

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First Trailer For ‘Piranha 3D’ Attached To ‘Avatar’ Prints

18 December 2009 1:15 PM, PST | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

While most people will be rushing out to see Jim Cameron’s newest masterpiece, Avatar, for the spectacle, others may have a new reason to spend the extra money on seeing the film in 3-D. The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films have just announced that the very first trailer for next Spring’s Piranha 3D will debut exclusively before selected 3-D and 2-D showings of Avatar.

The film is the second trailer to the 1978 film Piranha, directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins 2: The New Batch), while the first two films were pretty cheap and a bit hokey, Dimension promises that the newest incarnation will be made to scare.

From acclaimed director Alexandre Aja (”The Hills Have Eyes”) comes the new action thriller Piranha 3D, in the latest eye-popping 3D technology. After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band »

- Matt Raub

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Piranha 3D Trailer to Play before Avatar

18 December 2009 10:09 AM, PST | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Rob G. was kind enough to pass along this press release, which tells us that the first trailer for Piranha 3D will play before showings of Avatar this weekend. 

Attaching a trailer for a horror film to what seems a surefire blockbuster is a savvy move, and should bring lots of attention to Alexandre Aja's new project, a remake of Joe Dante's Piranha.

 Read the full press release below.

--Phil Fasso

 

**Piranha 3D Sinks Its Teeth Into Avatar Audiences This

 Weekend**

 

 First Trailer for Dimension Films' Highly Anticipated Movie

 Piranha 3D Debuts Exclusively In Theatres This Weekend with

 Avatar

 

 "What do they really eat?"

 "You mean besides flesh and blood?"

 

 New York, NY--December 17, 2009-- Dimension Films will

 unveil the first trailer for the highly anticipated movie

 Piranha 3D in state-of-the-art 3D Exclusively in theatres

 this weekend in front of Avatar. The brand new Piranha 3D

 trailer will »

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Three

17 December 2009 11:42 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Dinner for Schmucks

Opens: July 23rd 2010

Cast: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Bruce Greenwood, David Walliams

Director: Jay Roach

Summary: A renowned publisher encourages his friends to invite the most pathetic guests possible for their weekly dinner party. Just as they find the most pathetic man yet, the host is injured and ends up trapped with the man all night long.

Analysis: A remake of director Francis Veber's 1998 César award-winning "Le Diner des cons", 'Schmucks' is one of the highest profile comedies of next year with one of the strongest casts for the genre in recent memory. It also marks the return of "Austin Powers" and "Meet the Parents" helmer Jay Roach who has produced several films in recent years but hasn't directed since 2004's "Meet the Fockers".

The question now lies not in the performers or director but the material itself and whether a Gallic comedy can »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Three

17 December 2009 11:42 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Dinner for Schmucks

Opens: July 23rd 2010

Cast: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Bruce Greenwood, David Walliams

Director: Jay Roach

Summary: A renowned publisher encourages his friends to invite the most pathetic guests possible for their weekly dinner party. Just as they find the most pathetic man yet, the host is injured and ends up trapped with the man all night long.

Analysis: A remake of director Francis Veber's 1998 César award-winning "Le Diner des cons", 'Schmucks' is one of the highest profile comedies of next year with one of the strongest casts for the genre in recent memory. It also marks the return of "Austin Powers" and "Meet the Parents" helmer Jay Roach who has produced several films in recent years but hasn't directed since 2004's "Meet the Fockers".

The question now lies not in the performers or director but the material itself and whether a Gallic comedy can »

- Garth Franklin

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Piranha 3D to Take a Bite Out of Avatar this Weekend

17 December 2009 9:50 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Going to be one of the no doubt millions who will be seeing James Cameron's Avatar this weekend? Then make sure you get there early -- not to just avoid the long lines, but to get your first peek at the trailer for Alexandre Aja's Piranha 3D!

Look for Piranha 3D in theatres April 16, 2010.

Synopsis

Jaws... lots and lots of jaws. From acclaimed director Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes) comes the new action thriller Piranha 3D, in the latest eye-popping 3D technology. A new type of terror is about to be cut loose on beautiful Lake Victoria. After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area’s new razor-toothed residents. But our heroine (Elisabeth Shue) is seriously outnumbered, and with only one chance to save »

- Uncle Creepy

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Piranha 3D Trailer Arrives with Avatar

17 December 2009 8:00 PM, PST | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

First Trailer for Dimension Films' Highly Anticipated Movie Piranha 3D Debuts Exclusively In Theatres This Weekend with Avatar

"What do they really eat?"

"You mean besides flesh and blood?"

Dimension Films will unveil the first trailer for the highly anticipated movie Piranha 3D in state-of-the-art 3D Exclusively in theatres this weekend in front of Avatar. The brand new Piranha 3D trailer will be shown in 3D on selected prints of Avatar, and also in selected 2D locations.

Starring Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O'Connell, Gossip Girl's Jessica Szohr, Adam Scott and more; and featuring a special appearance by the silver screen's most famous foe of underwater predators, Richard Dreyfuss, Piranha 3D will hit theatres on April 16, 2010.

From acclaimed director Alexandre Aja ("The Hills Have Eyes") comes the new action thriller Piranha 3D, in the latest eye-popping 3D technology.  A new type of terror is about to be cut loose on beautiful Lake Victoria. »

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Piranha 3D Trailer Description!

17 December 2009 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

ShockTillYouDrop.com has gotten a chance to watch the trailer for Dimension Films' Piranha 3D which will be shown with many 3D screenings of James Cameron's Avatar this weekend. Opening April 16th, the Alexandre Aja-directed film stars Elisabeth Shue, Adam Scott, Ving Rhames, Richard Dreyfuss, Jessica Szohr, Jerry O'Connell, Cody Longo and Ricardo Chavira. You can read their description here . »

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Piranha 3D Trailer to Play with Avatar

16 December 2009 3:53 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

When you go to see James Cameron's Avatar this weekend, you're not only buying a ticket to see this long awaited sci-fi masterpiece, you are also buying a ticket to see the very first Piranha 3D trailer. It is set to debut exclusively with the film this weekend. Here is the official press release: Dimension Films will unveil the first trailer for the highly anticipated movie Piranha 3D in state-of-the-art 3D Exclusively in theaters this weekend in front of Avatar. The brand new Piranha 3D trailer will be shown in 3D on selected prints of Avatar, and also in selected 2D locations. Starring Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O'Connell, Jessica Szohr, Adam Scott and more; and featuring a special appearance by the silver screen's most famous foe of underwater predators, Richard Dreyfuss, Piranha 3D will hit theatres on April 16, 2010. From acclaimed director Alexandre Aja comes the new action thriller Piranha 3D, »

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Piranha 3D Trailer Swims into Theaters When?

15 December 2009 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Alex Aja's first foray into 3-D horror fare, Piranha 3D , doesn't hit theaters until April 16, but it's about to get a huge push. Shock Till You Drop has learned the trailer is being positioned ahead of prints of James Cameron's Avatar , another 3-D offering, which opens in theaters this week. We're unsure if the trailer itself will be in 3-D. A remake of the Joe Dante-directed creature feature, the film stars Elisabeth Shue, Steven McQueen, Adam Scott, Ving Rhames, Richard Dreyfuss and Christopher Lloyd. One of our own caught an advance screening of the film, you can read his thoughts here . For our full set report, click here and here . »

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Tribeca Hit Don McKay Gets A North American Release

10 December 2009 8:32 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

A few weeks ago when we ran an abysmal trailer for the Tribeca movie Don McKay, director Jake Goldberger e-mailed me himself to ask that we take it down, and promised we'd have something to show soon enough, along with an American release date. Now his promise has come true-- at least the release part. Variety is reporting that Image Entertainment has picked up all the North American rights to the film, with a release planned for April, exactly a year after its Tribeca Film Festival debut. Thomas Haden Church stars in the film as the titular Don McKay, a janitor who returns to his hometown at the behest of his high school sweetheart Sunny (Elisabeth Shue), and winds up in a whole mess of trouble from there. Melissa Leo is also part of the film, but really, the less you know about her role, the better. Many critic friends »

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Las Vegas: where celluloid dreams meet the Mirage

10 December 2009 7:14 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Traditionally, the desert city has been synonymous - both on screen and off - with sin, tragedy and despair. But as this year's smash comedy The Hangover, now out on DVD, highlighted, it's increasingly an arena for a new, Disneyfied version of vice. Paul MacInnes reports

There are lots of tigers in Las Vegas. But, try as you might, it's hard to coax one back to your hotel room. Mainly, they live in zoos; zoos like the one in the Mirage Hotel that's named after Siegfried & Roy, the German-born magicians who became inextricably linked to the beasts after a seven-year-old called Montecore bit Roy on the neck. Sometimes the tigers live in private homes. But, either way, they're not for hire. And you try lifting one out of its cage.

The sight of a roaring tiger in a bathroom at Caesar's Palace is one of the most memorable moments in The Hangover, »

- Paul MacInnes

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"Don McKay" Gets An April Release

9 December 2009 11:17 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Image Entertainment and Animus Films have picked up all North American rights to Jake Goldberger's comedic thriller "Don McKay" and is planning a release in April says Variety.

The story follows a former high school janitor who returns to his hometown to rekindle a romance with his old flame, who says she's dying of cancer.

Thomas Haden Church, Elisabeth Shue and Melissa Leo star in the film which debut at the Tribeca Film Festival. »

- Garth Franklin

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"Don McKay" Gets An April Release

9 December 2009 11:17 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Image Entertainment and Animus Films have picked up all North American rights to Jake Goldberger's comedic thriller "Don McKay" and is planning a release in April says Variety.

The story follows a former high school janitor who returns to his hometown to rekindle a romance with his old flame, who says she's dying of cancer.

Thomas Haden Church, Elisabeth Shue and Melissa Leo star in the film which debut at the Tribeca Film Festival. »

- Garth Franklin

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More Images Show Jaden's Kung Fu In The Karate Kid Remake

30 November 2009 6:29 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

After complaining about the lack of action in the first official photo from The Karate Kid remake, three new photos have surfaced and, sure enough, they are far more exciting. The first features Jaden Smith showing off a painful looking high kick. The second is Smith.s Dre with Jackie Chan.s Mr. Han atop the Great Wall of China. Clearly a major benefit of taking the film from California to China is some beautiful scenic shots. Lastly, we get a peak at the young girl who steals Dre.s heart. Smith is only 11, but the movie needs a new Ali Mills (Elisabeth Shue), the lady that catches Daniel Larusso.s eye in the 1984 original! Now, all we.re missing is a look at the new Cobra Kai, the students of Li Quan Ha.s Fighting dragon school of Kung-Fu. »

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