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Just a quick note to wish our readers a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone here at Flickering Myth, and to say thank you for your support during this past year.
We'll be posting our 'Top 10 Movies of 2010' on New Year's Eve, but for the moment here's a selection of films to look out for in the coming year...
Hall Pass (dir. Farrelly Brothers)
Paul (dir. Greg Mottola)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (dir. »
Tom Cruise isn’t the only man who has been in all “Mission: Impossible” movies. Ving Rhames, as computer hacker Luther Stickell, has been right there alongside him in all three films. Now with the fourth one currently in production, it was expected that Rhames would be reprising his hacker role along with Simon Pegg from part three, joining newcomers Jeremy Renner, Josh Holloway, Michael Nyqvist, and Paula Patton for director Brad Bird. Not so fast, kiddies. Rhames, while out promoting his upcoming “Death Race 2″, tells Movieweb in regards to “Ghost Protocol”: I may be doing something very small in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol but I will just say that the budget changed dramatically and I’ll leave it at that. When asked if this means he won’t be appearing in the sequel, he added: Hmm… Cha-ching could create that but it’s up to them. This is certainly news, »
Back in August, we told you that Ving Rhames (Soldiers of Fortune) would be returning to the Mission: Impossible franchise as Ethan Hunt’s tech expert, Luther Stickell in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. At the time, Rhames himself even confirmed he would be returning, during an interview on Lopez Tonight.
Rhames was recently out promoting his latest film, Death Race 2 and spoke with MovieWeb about his role in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. The actor indicated that due to budget cuts, his appearance in the film isn’t really a sure thing:
“I may be doing something very small in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol but I will just say that the budget changed dramatically and I’ll leave it at that.”
When asked if that meant he would only have a cameo appearance, Rhames said,
“Hmm… Cha-ching could create that but it’s up to them.”
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol »
- Jason Moore
We take a look at 11 directors who made the jump from animated to live action features, and how their attempts fared…
You hear quite a few live action directors, Guillermo del Toro, for starters, talking about a desire to make animated films. To control every aspect of the frame, and what goes in it.
Yet, the journey the other way around is increasingly common. It's hard not to see the appeal, too. For directing an animated film is a two year job at the very least, and three years more likely. Live action is generally a quicker way to get a film on the screen.
Also, given how CG dependent many movies are becoming, there's a general assumption that an animation director will have a better handle on computer effects.
However, great films from animation directors aren't that common. Here are eleven directors who took the chance, and how they got on. »
You've likely heard the news by now that Jon Favreau isn't directing "Iron Man 3." We're still awaiting confirmation, but in the meantime, it's our sad duty to contemplate the future of the franchise without Favreau's involvement.
[Update: Jon Favreau has confirmed his departure from "Iron Man 3" via Twitter.]
Although it's been a wildly successful series, "Iron Man" isn't the easiest franchise to nail down. It hinges on the charm of leading man Robert Downey Jr. and all of the comedy he and his fellow actors bring to the table just as much as it does on major action set pieces. Ideally, Marvel wants a director who can handle both of those elements.
With that in mind, we've taken on the daunting task of narrowing down five directors that could succeed Favreau in "Iron Man 3," even if the (possibly) outgoing filmmaker remains our first pick for the job.
Perhaps we should wait until "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" arrives in theaters, »
- Josh Wigler
From /Film: here’s the first look at Simon Pegg on the Vancouver, Canada set for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Pegg stole his few brief scenes in M:i 3 and he’s always a pleasure to have around. Pics of Paula Patton and producer-star Tom Cruise follow. Are they in the middle of an operation? There’s no way to tell exactly where in the story this takes place, so we’ll have to wait until December 16, 2011 for the next installment, which is helmer Brad Bird‘s first live-action film. Also featured in the film are Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Josh Holloway, Anil Kapoor, Léa Seydoux, and Vladimir Mashkov.
Are you looking forward to Ghost Protocol? »
- Anthony Vieira
“Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” has shifted production from Dubai to Vancouver, Canada. Accidental Sexiness had some set photos featuring actors Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg and Paula Patton. These are the first images of Pegg and Patton for the movie. The fourth installment of the Mission Impossible series also stars Jeremy Renner, Josh Holloway, Anil Kapoor, Ving Rhames, Lea Seydoux and Vladimir Mashkov. The film is directed by Brad Bird. The film will be released on December 16 next year. Source: Accidental Sexiness »
While the 2010 Holiday Movie season has been a little lackluster, 2011 is looking amazing. Sure this year we get a sequel to Tron and a new film by the Coen Brothers but next December alone we get new films from Martin Scorsese, Cameron Crowe, Brad Bird, David Fincher, Guy Ritchie as well as two new films by Steven Spielberg. Slowly but surely, we're learning more about each of those projects and today we've got a minor update on Spielberg's live action Oscar contender , War Horse. Set for release  on December 28, just five days after Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, War Horse stars David Thewlis, Emily Watson and others  and is based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo. It's probably a safe bet that most of us haven't read that book, so definitely check out the official plot description of the film after the jump. Thanks to »
- Germain Lussier
Here is the first image of Simon Pegg in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, a role the actor reprises from his appearance in Mission: Impossible III. The film is directed by Brad Bird (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles) who is making his live-action directing debut and stars Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Josh Holloway, Anil Kapoor, Léa Seydoux, and Vladimir Mashkov.
Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol is set for release on December 16, 2011.
We also recommend you check out this video of Tom Cruise from when he scaled The Burj Khalifa in one of the many stunts featured in the film.
Just last month, we brought you some photos of Tom Cruise defying gravity on the Dubai set of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, doing his own stunts and dangling almost 2,717 ft in the air, near the top of the Burj Khalifa (124 floors high). As we’ve told you before, this Mission: Impossible is quite the international adventure, and Dubai was only one stop.
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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is being directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles) and stars Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Jeremy Renner, Josh Holloway, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, Vladimir Mashkov, Michael Nyqvist, Léa Seydoux and Anil Kapoor.
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is slated to hit theaters on December 16th, 2011.
- Jason Moore
Here's your first look at Simon Pegg in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, in which the actor reprises the role he originated as a very small appearance in Mission: Impossible III. This time out he seems to be taking a more active role, as Pegg, Paula Patton and Tom Cruise were all photographed while shooting a scene in Vancouver, Canada. Based on the similar outfits sported by Pegg and Patton, as well as that van, decorated like a service for some sort of security firm, the obvious conclusion to draw is that his character is drawn out into field work. More photos, but not many more clues, are after the jump. Brad Bird (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles) is making his live-action directing debut with Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, which also features Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Josh Holloway, Anil Kapoor, Léa Seydoux, and Vladimir Mashkov. The film will release on December 16, 2011. [Accidental Sexiness ]  http://www. »
- Russ Fischer
When the original “Tron” was released in 1982, its cutting-edge CGI animation and odd story about bits and users and data storage was a little ahead of its time for a populace whose majority had never touched a computer. It languished as a cult film for many years until Disney greenlit the splashy revival “Tron: Legacy,” which brings star Jeff Bridges back onto the gamegrid in spectacular fashion.
But if Disney is willing to fork over hundreds of millions for a direct sequel to an old underperformer like “Tron,” what’s to stop other studios from reviving cult sci-fi properties from two decades ago?
Nothing, really (unless common sense counts as something), so we compiled a list of our favorite underappreciated ’80s sci-fi titles along with our own fanciful ideas of how to expand them into a franchise.
9. ‘*batteries not included’ (1987)
Cute family of small sentient spaceships from another planet helping »
- Max Evry
The International Animated Film Society, Asifa-Hollywood, announced nominations today for the 38th Annual Annie Awards™ recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation including best animated feature, television production, commercials, short subjects, video games and outstanding individual achievements.
Two years ago, Kung-Fu Panda swept the awards over Wall-e pushing Disney and Pixar to withdraw from the organization and making everyone else wonder if there is any point in caring anymore about the ceremony. Toy Story 3 and Tangled did get Best Picture nominations, but DreamWorks (who pretty much run the show) lead the nominees.
According to /film, Disney’s reason for withdrawing was rooted in the organization’s very loose membership requirements and the fact that DreamWorks seemed actively working to stack the deck in the studio’s favour. Disney-Pixar president Ed Catmull said earlier this year,
“After more than a year of discussions with the Asifa board, »
The full list of nominations for the 38th Annie Awards were announced today with Dreamworks’s How to Train your Dragon gathering up the majority of nominations including Best Feature, Animation, Character Design and Voice Work for Gerard Butler and Jay Baruchel, as well as Directing nominations for Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois.
Pixar’s Up took home the Best Animated Feature earlier this year at the 2009 awards and when the awards are announced next February Lee Unkrich and his team are up from a number of awards, along with Disney’s Tangled, but the recent decision of Disney to withdraw support for the awards may go some way to explaining the relatively few number of nods.
It has been a great year for animation as the films on the list below attest, and it’s nice to see Sylvain Chomet’s enchanting film The Illusionist scoring a point against the domination of CG here. »
- Jon Lyus
Let's all agree and just be done with it: The Simpsons isn't the show that it used to be. The series has been in decline since season 10 (coincidentally the year that Brad Bird left the show) and simply isn't as poignant or funny as it used to be. That said, it's also hard to argue against the quality of The Simpsons Movie. Showing Homer as a caring father who simply makes a lot of bad decisions rather than just your run-of-the-mill village idiot, the film capitalized on what we remember the show originally doing so well. Let's hope that they can strike gold twice. James L. Brooks recently spoke with Coming Soon and revealed that there's a story swirling around for a Simpsons sequel. According to Brooks, who serves as the show's executive producer and wrote/directed How Do You Know?, which comes out next week, the cast and crew »
DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon" flew high above competition by nabbing 15 nominations for the 38th annual Annie Awards given by the International Animated Film Society, Asifa-Hollywood. ("How to Train Your Dragon" movie review)
"Dragon," featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrara, Jonah Hill, and Craig Ferguson, will duke it out with Universal's "Despicable Me," Disney's "Tangled," Sony Pictures Classics' "The Illusionist," and Pixar's "Toy Story 3" for best animated feature. ("How to Train Your Dragon" interviews)
But there's controversy in the Annie Awards world. The Hollywood Reporter is saying that "Disney and Pixar announced they would no longer participate in the annual awards because of their concerns over how the event is judged."
Apparently, Disney was complaining that the Annie Awards has favored DreamWorks in recent years such as when "Kung Fu Panda" won 10 trophies and beat Pixar's "Wall-e" in 2008.
This year, DreamWorks Animation »
The month of December, January, and February pretty much means near-daily updates of award nominations and selections. The latest is for the 38th Annual Annie Awards, awarding excellence in the animation area. Leading the pack is How To Train Your Dragon, a film I recently re-watched and loved just as much as in the theater. Also getting big nods are Despicable Me, Tangled, The Illusionist, and Toy Story 3. Check out the full list below.
Best Animated Feature
* Despicable Me – Illumination Entertainment
* Tangled – Disney
* The Illusionist – Django Films
* Toy Story 3 – Disney/Pixar
Best Animated Short Subject
* Coyote Falls – Warner Bros. Animation
* Day & Night – Pixar
* Enrique Wrecks the World – House of Chai
* The Cow Who Wanted To Be A Hamburger – Plymptoons Studio
Best Animated Television Commercial
* Children’s Medical Center – Duck Studios
* Frito Lay Dips “And Then »
- Jordan Raup
Disney has tough competition in the form of itself this year, as “Tangled” and “Toy Story 3″ will compete against one another, along with a host of other fantastic animated films, at the 38th Annual Annie Awards.
The Annie Awards will be a battleground for the upcoming Oscar animation awards. This year, only three animated films will be nominated. Why? Because the rules that govern the Oscars are laughably outmoded. But that’s beside the point.
Fact is, the Annie Awards deserve attention amongst the many other awards shows because so many great animated films were released in 2010, arguably more than traditional films. “Tangled,” “Toy Story 3,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Despicable Me” and “The Illusionist” will jostle for the Best Animated Feature award.
Here’s a list of all the nominees.
Best Animated Feature
“Despicable Me” (Illumination Entertainment)
“How to Train Your Dragon” (DreamWorks)
- Chris Plante
Award season is in full-swing, and today the nominations for the 38th Annual Annie Awards were announced. Headed by the International Animated Film Society, the Annies’s recognize the best in the field of animation including best animated feature, television production, commercials, short subjects, video games and outstanding individual achievements. “This has been an unprecedented year for animation, as the high quality of work represented by our nominees will attest,” says Asifa-Hollywood President Antran Manoogian. “On behalf of Asifa-Hollywood, we congratulate all of the nominees and their respective studios.” The Annie’s are usually a fairly good predictor of Oscar gold, with the winner of the Annie for Best Animated Feature matching the winner of the Oscar for the same category 6 of the 9 years the Annie’s have been in existence. Winners will be announced at the 38th Annual Annie Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 5, 2011. Hit the jump for the list of nominees, »
- Adam Chitwood
Nominees for the 38th Annual Annie Nominations were announced this morning with How to Train Your Dragon coming away as the top nominee with 15 noms including Best Animated Feature alongside Despicable Me, Tangled, The Illusionist and Toy Story 3.
Of course, you should probably note that Walt Disney Pictures withdrew from the International Animated Film Society, Asifa-Hollywood earlier this year with Disney-Pixar president Ed Catmull telling Variety, "After more than a year of discussions with the Asifa board, we have regretfully decided to withdraw from the organization and no longer participate in the annual Annie Awards... We believe there is an issue with the way the Annies are judged, and have been seeking a mutually agreeable solution with the board. Although some initial steps have been taken, the board informed us that no further changes would be made to address our concerns."
Much of this was assumed to have to »
- Brad Brevet
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