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2010 movie preview: 15 films you probably didn’t know you should be excited for

29 December 2009 9:37 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

A few days back John made the rather excellent list of 15 films that are sure to get audience’s pulses racing with anticipation for next year. Yet away from the marketing hype, pre-release publicity and away from the A-List names there are a slew of movies that, whilst not overly commercially minded, look like they may just be delightful. Some might be sleeper hits, some might not. Either way here is a list of 15 films, five each from the U.S., Asia and Europe, you may not have heard of to look out for next year:

The United States

The Fighter

Perhaps tainted by Christian Bale’s lost lustre or director David O. Russell’s reputation, The Fighter is receiving much less attention than I initially envisioned. Mark Wahlberg is to star in the lead role of professional boxer “Irish” Micky Ward with Bale as his half brother. The Fighter »

- kcasey

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2010 movie preview: 15 films you probably didn’t know you should be excited for

29 December 2009 8:46 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

A few days back John made the rather excellent list of  15 films that are sure to get audience’s pulses racing with anticipation for next year. Yet away from the marketing hype, pre-release publicity and away from the A-List names there are a slew of movies that, whilst not overly commercially minded, look like they may just be delightful. Some might be sleeper hits, some might not. Either way here is a list of 15 films, five each from the U.S.,  Asia and Europe, you may not have heard of to look out for next year:

The United States

The Fighter

Perhaps tainted by Christian Bale’s lost lustre or director David O. Russell’s reputation, The Fighter is receiving much less attention than I initially envisioned. Mark Wahlberg is to star in the lead role of professional boxer “Irish” Micky Ward with Bale as his half brother. The Fighter »

- Kieron Casey

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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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Cranford, The Fattest Man in Britain and The Gruffalo | TV review

26 December 2009 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Delinquent dogs and triple tragedies are enough to get Miss Matty – and the rest of Cranford – all steamed up

Mock as ye will, but the bonnets were back in town with the first of two episodes of Cranford, book-ending the hours of celebrity-bloated holiday specials with another fine, ravelled tale from the age of sidewhiskers and steam.

If you'd missed the 2007 series, there were nudges of backstory among the urgent concerns filtering through Cranford's media axis of spinsters and widows – watchful Miss Matty (Judi Dench) at its moral nub, Miss Pole (Imelda Staunton) its unstoppable organ of gossip ("I find myself charged with vile and pressing news!") and bovine Mrs Forrester (Julia McKenzie), whose comic ignorance of the Lama of Tibet ("What a creature that must be!") spoke for the smallness of their shared, well-swept world.

Cranford aficionados know not to confuse laughs with lightness, and it wasn't long »

- Phil Hogan

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More Alice in Wonderland Art

23 December 2009 10:59 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

So far everything that Disney have released when it comes to Alice in Wonderland has been beautifully fantastic and this new wallpaper from Tim Burton’s latest movie is no different. It ties in nicely with the art that Disney gave us a while back which you can still download here.

This new image comes courtesy of JoBlo.com. Alice in Wonderland stars Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover, Matt LucasAlan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Christopher Lee, Paul Whitehouse, Barbara Windsor and is released 5th March 2010.

Click the banner below to enlarge.

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- David Sztypuljak

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Five

23 December 2009 10:10 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Hippie Hippie Shake

Opens: 2010

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Sienna Miller, Max Minghella, Emma Booth, Lee Ingleby

Director: Beeban Kidron

Summary: Follows the love story of Oz editor Richard Neville and Louise Ferrier. Neville and his cohorts launch the London edition of Oz amidst the 1960s counterculture and are subsequently put on trial for distributing a sexually explicit issue.

Analysis: One of the most troubled productions in Working Title's history, 'Hippie' began development back in 1998 but failed to get beyond script stage both in 1999 and in 2002 when "Elizabeth" helmer Shekhar Kapur was attached to direct. Filming finally got underway late 2007 with director Beeban Kidron in charge and shooting seemed to proceed without issue aside from feminist author Germaine Greer being vehemently unhappy about being depicted on film.

Actually the film scored quite a bit of free press for a skinny dipping scene where full-frontal shots of actress Sienna Miller shooting the sequence »

- Garth Franklin

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New Alice in Wonderland Artwork to Gaze Upon

23 December 2009 8:36 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A JoBlo reader has sent over some wonderful new artwork from Alice in Wonderland, which will hit theaters everywhere on March 5. Check out all the images below featuring the White Rabbit, the March Hare, the Dormouse, the Cheshire Cat, and the Caterpillar.Alice in Wonderland stars Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Michael Sheen, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Crispin Glover, Christopher Lee, Matt Lucas, Timothy Spall, Marton Csokas, Jemma Powell, Tim Piggot-Smith, Lindsay Duncan, Geraldine James, Leo Bill, Paul Whitehouse, Barbara Windsor and will be released in theaters nationwide on March 5, 2010. »

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New Alice in Wonderland Art!

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

Apple has debuted a cool new piece of artwork for Disney's Alice in Wonderland , opening March 5th in 3D theaters and IMAX 3D. The Tim Burton-directed film stars Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, Mia Wasikowska, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Christopher Lee, Paul Whitehouse and Barbara Windsor. You can download a bigger version by clicking on it below! »

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London Film Critic's Circle Laud Irish Acting Talent

23 December 2009 1:28 AM, PST | IFTN | See recent IFTN news »

The nominees of the 30th annual London Film Critic's Circle Awards have been announced and Irish acting talent features strongly amongst them with Michael Fassbender, Saoirse Ronan and Anne Marie Duff in the running. The category of British Actor in a Supporting Role sees a nomination for Irish actor Michael Fassbender for his role in Andrea Arnold's 'Fish Tank'. The film tells the story of a volatile 15-year-old girl whose world is changed when her mother brings home a mysterious stranger in the shape of Fassbender's character, Connor. Michael will compete with John Hurt for his role in '44 Inch Chest', Jason Isaacs for 'Good', Alfred Molina for 'An Education' and Timothy Spall for 'The Damned United'. »

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"An Education" Tops London Film Critics' Circle Awards

21 December 2009 10:05 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The coming of age tale, "An Education," topped the London Film Critics' Circle Awards nominations. The film picked up seven nominations including actress for Carey Mulligan and screenwriter of the year for Nick Hornby.

Quentin Tarantino is set to receive the Critics' Circle's highest honor, the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Cinema. The 30th Awards will take plave on February 18 at the Landmark Hotel, Marylebone.

Here are the nominees:

Breakthrough British Film-maker

Daniel Barber - Harry Brown

Armando Ianucci - In the Loop

Duncan Jones . Moon

Peter Strickland - Katalin Varga

Sam Taylor-Wood - Nowhere Boy

The Attenborough Award: British Film Of The Year

Bright Star

An Education

Fish Tank

In the Loop and Moon

Foreign Language Film Of The Year

The Class

Katyn

Let the Right One In

A Prophet

The White Ribbon

Director Of The Year

Jacques Audiard - A Prophet

Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker »

- Manny

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The Damned United Takes the Field on DVD and Blu-ray on February 23rd

21 December 2009 10:13 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

You can bring home the trials and tribulations of an infamous British soccer coach on DVD and Blu-ray this coming February. The Damned United will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 23, 2010. The standard DVD will be priced at $28.96 Srp while the Bd will go for $34.95 Srp. The film stars Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney and Jim Broadbent. From the Academy Award-nominated writer of The Queen and Frost/Nixon, The Damned United is based on the incredible true story of Brian Clough, one of England's greatest soccer managers and his 44 controversial days at the helm of reigning champs Leeds United. Michael Sheen triumphs as Clough starring alongside a winning ensemble cast that includes Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney and Jim Broadbent. This inspiring and humorous sports drama is about the power of friendship in the face of adversity and the stubborn will of one man to play by his own rules. »

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'An Education' leads London critics' noms

21 December 2009 6:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

London -- Lone Scherfig's "An Education," starring Carey Mulligan, secured seven nominations for the 30th annual London Film Critics' Circle Awards, to be dished out in February.

There was no room for the Danish director Scherfig herself in the best director list of nominations, but her film did receive nominations in the best British film and best screenplay for Nick Hornby, as well as a brace for Mulligan, who appears on the best actress and best British actress lists.

Elsewhere, Hollywood goes head to head with Europe in the best film category as "Avatar" competes with two Cannes prizewinners, "A Prophet," directed by Jacques Audiard, and Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon."

Also vying for the best film plaudit is "The Hurt Locker" and "Up in the Air."

Lfcca organizers said Quentin Tarantino will receive the circle's highest honor, the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Cinema, at the event scheduled for Feb. »

- By Stuart Kemp

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Merlin | Ad of the Decade | The Fattest Man in Britain | Cranford | TV Review

20 December 2009 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Who'd have thought that Merlin's long-lost dad would turn out to be Eric Cantona?

In Merlin (BBC1, Saturday), the not- very-scary-looking dragon with the voice of John Hurt has escaped and gone mental. He's napalming Camelot to buggery. Could Listerine be the solution? (Remember the advert, with Clifford? "Clifford!") Maybe, but unfortunately Listerine hasn't been invented yet. So instead they need a dragon whisperer to calm the beast down. Oops, Arfur's old man Oofer had all the dragon whisperers executed. He can be a pillock, the king – no foresight, no wisdom, no compassion, no kingly qualities whatsoever.

Wait though, because apparently there's one dragon whisperer left, ­ living in a cave a long way away. So Arthur and Merlin set off to fetch him, and indulge in some blokey adolescent banter along the way. Boys! The dragon whisperer, when they eventually find him, turns out to be a dead ringer for Eric Cantona, »

- Sam Wollaston

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Royal Institution Christmas Lectures | Victoria Wood: Seen On TV | Timeshift: How to Win at Chess | Ten Minute Tales | Watch this

20 December 2009 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Royal Institution Christmas Lectures | Victoria Wood: Seen On TV | Timeshift: How to Win at Chess | Ten Minute Tales

Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

7pm, More4

The Royal Institution's Christmas Lectures almost make the festive season bearable. A fixture at the venerable research institute since 1825, they're traditionally a series of digressions by some suitably planet-brained boffin: previous Christmas lecturers have included Michael Faraday, David Attenborough, Carl Sagan and Richard Dawkins. This year, it's ecologist Sue Hartley. Her lectures, entitled The 300 Million Years War, depict natural history as an existential struggle between animals and plants – and you might be surprised by who is winning.

Victoria Wood: Seen On TV

8.30pm, BBC2

A night to settle in with a sausage dumpling and a pot of hot coffee as BBC2 offers a much-deserved hooray to Britain's top lady comic. First a 90-minute documentary featuring favoured collaborator Julie Walters and one-time co-star Roger Moore. »

- Andrew Mueller, Julia Raeside, David Stubbs, Phelim O'Neill

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Four

19 December 2009 11:50 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Georgia

Opens: 2010

Cast: Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Rupert Friend, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Johnathon Schaech

Director: Renny Harlin

Summary: An American journalist, his cameraman, and a Georgian native get caught in the crossfire of the five-day Russia-Georgia conflict in August 2008, and then have to deal with their obligation to be impartial.

Analysis: A timely parable on war, or Hollywood propaganda filmmaking at its worst? Wherever it goes, especially in Europe and the former Soviet states, "Georgia" will cause a lot of talk and controversy as the incidents depicted are still so fresh in many's minds. Like all topics of the sort, it'll also have its strong supporters and detractors having opinions on the film long before a frame of footage is screened anywhere.

Shot on-location in Tbilisi, the project also marks a potential return to form for Finnish director Renny Harlin. Given the right material the skilled action director delivered three »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Four

19 December 2009 11:50 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Georgia

Opens: 2010

Cast: Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Rupert Friend, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Johnathon Schaech

Director: Renny Harlin

Summary: An American journalist, his cameraman, and a Georgian native get caught in the crossfire of the five-day Russia-Georgia conflict in August 2008, and then have to deal with their obligation to be impartial.

Analysis: A timely parable on war, or Hollywood propaganda filmmaking at its worst? Wherever it goes, especially in Europe and the former Soviet states, "Georgia" will cause a lot of talk and controversy as the incidents depicted are still so fresh in many's minds. Like all topics of the sort, it'll also have its strong supporters and detractors having opinions on the film long before a frame of footage is screened anywhere.

Shot on-location in Tbilisi, the project also marks a potential return to form for Finnish director Renny Harlin. Given the right material the skilled action director delivered three »

- Garth Franklin

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Faces of 2009: Katie Jarvis

19 December 2009 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Katie Jarvis was an unknown teenager from Essex when she was chosen to play the lead role in Andrea Arnold's extraordinary film, Fish Tank. She gave a performance that left critics breathless. Earlier this month she was named most promising newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards.

It says something about the visceral power of Kate Jarvis's performance in Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank that I get a small shock when she turns up for the interview as herself.

In Fish Tank, Mia is a human explosion of hooded tops, foul-mouthed ranting and clumsy breakdancing. She might have become a walking cliché ("Broken Britain" in a scraped-back ponytail) but in Jarvis's hands emerges bristling with spiky vulnerability and, crucially, dignity.

In person, Jarvis, 18, also born and bred in Essex, is bubbly, pretty and touchingly excited about her astonishing year. Discovered by a casting agent, rowing with her boyfriend in a train station, »

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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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New Trailer, Stills Released For ‘Alice in Wonderland’ With Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska

16 December 2009 9:20 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – This eight-image slideshow contains new imagery from the highly anticipated Tim Burton film “Alice in Wonderland,” which stars Johnny Depp (as The Mad Hatter), Mia Wasikowska (Alice Kingsley), Helena Bonham Carter (The Red Queen) and Anne Hathaway (The White Queen).

The film also stars Alan Rickman (The Caterpillar), Michael Sheen (The White Rabbit), Crispin Glover (The Knave of Hearts), Stephen Fry (The Cheshire Cat), Christopher Lee (The Jabberwock), Matt Lucas (Tweedledee and Tweedledum), Timothy Spall (The Bloodhound) and Barbara Windsor (The Dormouse).

The new “Alice in Wonderland” movie trailer, which was released on Dec. 16, 2009, can be watched now below!

The film is slated to hit theaters on March 5, 2010. The synopsis for “Alice in Wonderland” follows.

From Walt Disney Pictures and visionary director Tim Burton comes the epic 3D fantasy adventure “Alice in Wonderland”: a magical and imaginative twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Trailer park: Robin Hood, Alice in Wonderland, Prince of Persia, Iron Man 2

16 December 2009 11:42 AM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Today I've collected together a series of new clips for upcoming movies: Robin Hood, Alice in Wonderland, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Iron Man 2.

Ridley Scott is directing Robin Hood, which stars Russell Crowe as the legendary outlaw and comes out on May 14, 2010. The first trailer for the movie is included below.

Tim Burton looks set to deliver a visually sumptuous Alice in Wonderland, released on March 5, 2010. It stars Mia Wasikowska in the title role, with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. In this new sequel to the original story, an older Alice tumbles back into Wonderland with no memory of her earlier visit.

Other members of the star-studded cast include Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen, Crispin Glover as The Knave of Hearts, Anne Hathaway as The White Queen, Stephen Fry as the Cheshire Cat, Christopher Lee as The Jabberwock, Michael Sheen as The White Rabbit, »

- David Bentley

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