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To Sirs, with Love: Patrick Stewart, Peter Jackson become knights

31 December 2009 7:20 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Actor Patrick Stewart and director Peter Jackson have been knighted in England and New Zealand, respectively. 

Patrick Stewart ("Star Trek," "X-Men,") was the biggest name on Queen Elizabeth II's New Year honors list. He said of the knighting, "This is an honor that embraces those actors, directors and creative teams who have in these recent years helped fill my life with inspiration, companionship and sheer fun."

Queen Elizabeth II also sanctions the New Zealand honors, stemming from the country's start as a British colony. "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson said of knighthood, "I didn't think anything would surpass the 2004 Academy Awards, but I was wrong."

Previously knighted celebrities include Agatha Christie, Ralph Fiennes, Ian McKellan, Liam Neesen, Olivia Newton-John, J.K. Rowling and Maggie Smith. Bono and Steven Spielberg have honorary knighthoods.

Congratulations, Sir Patrick and Sir Peter.

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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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Harry Potter And The Half-blood Prince Blu-ray Review

27 December 2009 3:58 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The Harry Potter series is something that has been running at the same time as the book were being written, and it’s hard not to wonder how much one commented and shaped the other. J. K. Rowling has suggested certain things be in the film because of end payoffs, and now we can see what she was hoping for as the books are done. With Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, I think it’s fair to say that this film isn’t the sixth film in the series, even though it is, but meant to be the start of a trilogy. My review of the sixth Harry Potter episode will continue if you click the continue reading link (I dare you).

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) has grown up and is almost nearly on his own, but dealing in the aftermath of the last film’s mess, which involved Sirious Black getting killed. »

- Andre Dellamorte

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12 Action Movies Set During Christmas Season

24 December 2009 11:08 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Christmas is supposed to be a time of giving, peace and good will towards men. But in Hollywood, its also a time for death, destruction and nearly every form of mayhem.  Throughout the 80's 90's and (soon to be history) 00's more and more action films seem to take place during “the most wonderful time of the year”. Whether it be a heist, monster invasion or assault by pirates, so much onscreen action occurs on this jolly day that it's a miracle ole Saint Nick isn't killed in the crossfire. Here are just a few action films where Christmas is actually the last thing on the minds of characters fighting for their lives.Batman Returns (1992) Set during the Christmas season where a tree lighting ceremony in Gotham City serves as a battleground for the struggle between Batman (Michael Keaton), The Penguin (Danny DeVito) and Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer). The film opens »

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International Trailer: Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang

23 December 2009 9:40 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Universal Pictures seem to be bringing out trailers for their entire 2010 slate and here’s the latest in the form of the new International trailer for Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, the 2nd movie to bear the McPhee name played by the wonderful Emma Thompson.

The sequel also stars Ralph Fiennes, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maggie Smith and Rhys Ifans. Not a bad cast eh! It’s scheduled for release 26th March so not too long to wait! Have a watch of the trailer below and let us know what you think.

Synopsis:  In Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, Oscar®-winning actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson returns to the role of the magical nanny who appears when she’s needed the most and wanted the least in the next chapter of the hilarious and heartwarming fable that has enchanted children around the world.

In the latest installment, Nanny McPhee appears »

- David Sztypuljak

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Emma Watson conjured up the most dough in the ‘00s

22 December 2009 10:00 AM, PST | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

The Guinness Book of Records recently calculated that Emma Watson, of all seven Harry Potter movies fame, was the highest-grossing actress from 2000-2009, whose film work grossed $5.4 billion worldwide. The 19-year-old actress beat out the likes of Angelina Jolie (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Wanted), Kate Winslet (The Reader, Revolutionary Road) and Meryl Streep (Mamma Mia,The Devil Wears Prada), whose movies were among the top grossing of the decade.

It’s hardly surprising that the actress who plays the adorably nerdy, incredibly talented Hermione Granger Expelliarmus-ed the competition — she obviously does that on a daily basis in Hogwarts, and Hollywood is no different. Since the release of the first movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Watson’s stellar performance has put us in a Confundus Charm and made it impossible not to become immediately and unequivocally obsessed with her.

Apart from the six Hp films of the 2000s, »

- drummerdeeds

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"Clash" Gets Reshoots, More Gods

20 December 2009 8:21 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

At a special screening of "Avatar" on Friday night in Los Angeles, actor Sam Worthington tells The Envelope that Warner Bros. is so pleased with the work done on the upcoming "Clash of the Titans" that they've been granted additional money.

"We're going to be going back and shooting more scenes for it, they cut loose with some money so we can add to it. We're going to be shooting more scenes in January, so we're going to be right up against it -- the movie comes out in March" said the very enthused Aussie these about Louis Leterrier's remake of the classic 1981 Greek myth-inspired fantasy epic.

Such a last minute rush for footage does make one wonder if there's some lingering issues, a fact the actor candidly says "There were some creaky parts but they are the parts that we knew were creaky and that we knew were »

- Garth Franklin

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"Clash" Gets Reshoots, More Gods

20 December 2009 8:21 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

At a special screening of "Avatar" on Friday night in Los Angeles, actor Sam Worthington tells The Envelope that Warner Bros. is so pleased with the work done on the upcoming "Clash of the Titans" that they've been granted additional money.

"We're going to be going back and shooting more scenes for it, they cut loose with some money so we can add to it. We're going to be shooting more scenes in January, so we're going to be right up against it -- the movie comes out in March" said the very enthused Aussie these about Louis Leterrier's remake of the classic 1981 Greek myth-inspired fantasy epic.

Such a last minute rush for footage does make one wonder if there's some lingering issues, a fact the actor candidly says "There were some creaky parts but they are the parts that we knew were creaky and that we knew were »

- Garth Franklin

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DVD Playhouse--December 2009

19 December 2009 3:11 PM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—December 2009

By

Allen Gardner

Public Enemies (Universal) Johnny Depp portrays legendary Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger in co- writer/director Michael Mann’s take on America’s first “Public Enemy Number One.” Like many big studio releases today, Public Enemies has it all: A-list talent before and behind the camera, but lacks a heart or soul that allows its audience to connect with it. Film plays out like a “true crime” TV show with re-enactments of famous events cast with top actors and shot by the best technicians in the business, with little, if any, character or story development to hold it together in between. A real disappointment from one of our finest filmmakers and finest actors. The lone standout: the great character actor Stephen Lang as a hard-eyed lawman who’s seen a lot, but manages to retain a tiny piece of his heart. For a better take on the same subject, »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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The Highest-Grossing Female Star of the Decade Is ... Emma Watson?

18 December 2009 10:32 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Emma Watson earned her place in the latest edition of The Guinness Book of World Records by becoming the biggest-grossing female actress of the last decade. While she may not be headlining her own films in the same way as Julia Roberts or Angelina Jolie, Watson's appearances as Hermione Granger in six Harry Potter installments have grossed an amazing $5.4 billion worldwide.

This doesn't exactly prove that Watson is a bankable movie star, only that she was cast in just the right role in just the right franchise at just the right time. It will be interesting to see how the Potter cast fares post-Potter, as the last two films in the series see release in the next two years. Watson has speculated in the past that she might even leave acting behind forever after Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 wraps.

Rounding out second-place is Watson's Harry Potter co-star Dame Maggie Smith »

- John Gholson

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ Looks Amazing in HD

17 December 2009 1:04 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” is one of the most visually striking films of a year filled with achievements in great cinematography. I love Deakins’ work on “A Serious Man,” Richardson’s on “Inglourious Basterds,” and Christian Berger’s on “The White Ribbon,” but Bruno Delbonnel (who also lensed “Amelie”) has helped produce one of the most aesthetically remarkable films of the year, easily the most interesting interplay of shadow and light yet seen in a “Potter” film. Naturally, it makes for a great fit with the 1080p of Blu-Ray.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0

After shuffling directors for four installments in a row from Chris Columbus to Alfonso Cuaron to Mike Newell, the “Harry Potter” series settled on the relatively unknown David Yates for the final four films (“The Order of the Phoenix,” “The Half-Blood Prince,” and the two-part “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”).

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Emma Watson Gets Herself Into Guinness Book of Record

16 December 2009 11:45 PM, PST | Celebrity Mania | See recent Celebrity Mania news »

Emma Watson may only be 19 years of age, but she has beaten her seniors, such as Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, and Cameron Diaz, in terms of the amount of money her movies have earned. EW recently reported that the Hermione Granger of "Harry Potter" series has been crowned the biggest-grossing female star of the decade by the Guinness Book of World Record.

According to the famed reference book, Emma has collected $5.4 billion in global box office receipts. The actress gained the impressive receipts from starring in movie franchise "Harry Potter" as well as from lending her voice to the 2008 animated film "The Tale of Despereaux". In fact, she earned more ticket sales than her "Potter" co-stars, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint.

Following Emma in the second place of the biggest-grossing female star list is her other "Potter" co-star, Maggie Smith. Smith, who tackles the role of Minerva McGonagall in the wizard movies series, »

- celebrity-mania.com

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Emma Watson: Decade's Highest-Grossing Actress

16 December 2009 8:47 AM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Brains, beauty and now box office bragging rights -- Emma Watson has it all!

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Watson, 19, is the highest-grossing actress of the decade.

See what the "Harry Potter" stars looked like as kids

Watson's role as Hermione Granger in six "Harry Potter" films helped her rake in $5.4 billion at the box office, or roughly $900 million per film. The actress' co-star, Dame Maggie Smith, who plays Hogwarts teacher Minerva McGonagall in the films, »

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Two

16 December 2009 3:18 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Case 39

Opens: January 1st 2010

Cast: Renée Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Ian McShane, Bradley Cooper, Kerry O'Malley

Director: Christian Alvart

Summary: A family services social worker thinks she has seen it all until she meets her newest, most mysterious case - a troubled 10-year old girl whose parents try to kill her. The social worker decides to take her in herself until the right foster family comes along.

Analysis: Despite the presence of promising German director Christian Alvart ("Pandorum"), 'Case' has sat on a shelf since late 2006 and is finally being quietly shuffled out this year for one very good reason - it stinks. Having opened in Australia a few months back, reviewers utterly savaged the film as both incredibly dumb and utterly ludicrous. Lead star Renee Zellweger also scored personal criticism to a level rarely seen in film reviews outside of comments about Nicole Kidman's 'more alien than the »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Two

16 December 2009 3:18 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Case 39

Opens: January 1st 2010

Cast: Renée Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Ian McShane, Bradley Cooper, Kerry O'Malley

Director: Christian Alvart

Summary: A family services social worker thinks she has seen it all until she meets her newest, most mysterious case - a troubled 10-year old girl whose parents try to kill her. The social worker decides to take her in herself until the right foster family comes along.

Analysis: Despite the presence of promising German director Christian Alvart ("Pandorum"), 'Case' has sat on a shelf since late 2006 and is finally being quietly shuffled out this year for one very good reason - it stinks. Having opened in Australia a few months back, reviewers utterly savaged the film as both incredibly dumb and utterly ludicrous. Lead star Renee Zellweger also scored personal criticism to a level rarely seen in film reviews outside of comments about Nicole Kidman's 'more alien than the »

- Garth Franklin

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Blu-Ray Review: Ultimate Edition of ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’

15 December 2009 12:51 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Clear some shelf space for the gigantic Blu-Ray releases of the first two “Harry Potter” films, timed with the not-as-enormous edition release of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” the same week. These ultimate editions, complete with collectibles and new special features, are great collector’s set gifts for the holidays for the Potter nut in your family but feel a bit like overkill for everyone else.

Blu-Ray Rating: 3.5/5.0

One has to truly love a film to allow it to take up the space of 4-5 others on their Blu-Ray shelf. While I recognized that there are many, many people who do love “Sorcerer’s Stone,” I’m not one of them. For me, the series doesn’t really click until the third film, “The Prisoner of Azkaban”. Three and four are great, five and six are good, but one are two are hampered by director »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Review: 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' on DVD

15 December 2009 7:07 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

A series of films based on a wildly popular series of books walks the tricky line between total fidelity to appease the fans and making the hard choices to create a successful movie-going experience. The vast majority of your audience, the filmmakers presume, have read the source material and/or seen the previous films in the series, so can take for granted that much of the backstory is understood, negating the need for extensive crawls, flashbacks, or expository scenes.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was released to its eager audience in 2005, but moviegoers had to wait four years before the film version was released. This film opened two years after the last film so the trick for director David Yates was in knowing how much needed refreshing for the audience. After all, some of us read the book only once; others may only know the film version. The movie, »

- Robert Greenberger

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[DVD Review] Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

14 December 2009 10:00 AM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

If the Harry Potter fandom camp was ever united in public opinion on the film adaptations they never made that concordance known. Some stand by the earliest two films for their loyalty to the original vision while others (and I would say rightfully) deplore them for including even the smallest minutiae which had no place on the silver screen. It’s a toss-up and as a whole the Harry Potter film series varies wildly in quality, but opinion seems to be pretty unanimous when it comes to David Yates’ takes on the 5th and 6th books of Rowling’s popular series: the man’s getting it right.

Right from the get-go Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has one of the most interesting set pieces in the series; a trio of death eaters streak through the murky London weather twisting the Millennium Bridge until it breaks and “abducting” Draco Malfoy »

- Lex Walker

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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’S Stone: Ultimate Edition Blu-ray Review

10 December 2009 12:49 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Watching the first Harry Potter film again, I find myself coming to the conclusion that Chris Columbus was the perfect director for this material. Yeah, maybe he got weighed down in the second film, and it doesn’t hold up as well as the rest of the run (it is the worst of the series to date) that was also the case with the book. What Columbus brought was the nuts and bolts and got the child actors to deliver enough to suggest that they could handle the rest of the franchise. On that he delivered. My review of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Ultimate Edition after the jump

What Columbus did that was so important was that he broke in the cast. Though the kids range from being okay to pretty good, for the most part they are engaging, and though at this late date it’s »

- Andre Dellamorte

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