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Review Of The Year

31 December 2010 7:57 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

It's been an incredible year in the world of showbiz, with the usual headline-grabbing antics, scandal, sleaze, celebrity births, star weddings, and bitter break-ups. Here, WENN takes a look back at the first six months of 2010...

January

Matthew McConaughey became the first new celebrity dad of 2010 when he and Camila Alves welcomed baby Vida into the world, but they weren't the only couple celebrating births. Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell experienced the joys of fatherhood all over again, while supermodel Claudia Schiffer and actress Monica Bellucci were bursting with excitement after announcing their pregnancies.

Love was certainly in the air - actor Josh Duhamel renewed his vows with Fergie, and British model Sophie Dahl became Mrs. Jamie Cullum. Russell Brand confirmed plans to wed Katy Perry, and Michael Buble got down on bended knee to propose to model Luisana Lopilato.

The same couldn't be said for Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend - they called it quits after nine years together. A cancer-stricken Dennis Hopper filed for divorce from his wife, and sporting pair Chris Evert and Greg Norman finalised the dissolution of their 18-month marriage.

There were new troubles for embattled celebrity offspring - Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal's boy Redmond was jailed after another drugs bust, and the future was bleak for Michael Douglas' actor son Cameron, who prepared for a lengthy prison sentence after pleading guilty to drug trafficking charges.

Meanwhile, illusionist David Copperfield was cleared of rape allegations, and actor Rip Torn was arrested after he was found passed out on the floor of a Connecticut bank, clutching a gun. Diff'rent Strokes star Gary Coleman was arrested on allegations of domestic assault and then hospitalised following a number of seizures.

Bad health also struck Dexter's Michael C. Hall, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, just as Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber revealed he had overcome prostate cancer.

The music industry mourned the death of R&B legend Teddy Pendergrass when he lost his battle with colon cancer, while the literary world was hit hard with the passing of beloved author J.D. Salinger.

Awards season was in full swing and Beyonce, Kings of Leon and Taylor Swift ruled the 2010 Grammy Awards, while director James Cameron's Avatar collected top honours at the Golden Globes and the Critics' Choice Movie Awards.

In the TV world, Simon Cowell confirmed he was stepping down as an American Idol judge, Miley Cyrus announced she was turning her back on Hannah Montana, and Ugly Betty got the axe from network executives.

Elsewhere, George Clooney led the Hope For Haiti Now telethon to raise funds for the Haitian victims of the 12 January earthquake, enlisting pals Jack Nicholson, Ben Affleck and Mel Gibson to man the phones as Madonna, Bono and Beyonce performed for charity. Clooney, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock and Gisele Bundchen all led by example and donated huge sums to the relief efforts, and the telethon raised more than $57 million (£35.6 million).

Jessica Biel and Emile Hirsch fronted another big charity drive when they joined a team of stars to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, drawing attention to Africa's chronic water shortage. They reached the Tanzanian peak for the Summit on the Summit: Kilimanjaro campaign on 12 January, six days after embarking on the challenge.

February

February was marked by tragedy when celebrated fashion designer Alexander Mcqueen was found dead after hanging himself at his London home. Meanwhile, investigations into Michael Jackson’s death in June, 2009 loomed as coroner’s officials determined acute intoxication of powerful anaesthetic Propofol was the cause. The ruling prompted prosecutors to file involuntary manslaughter charges against his former doctor Conrad Murray. Officials also ruled Brittany Murphy’s death in December, 2009 was accidental and caused by pneumonia, aided by anaemia and drug intoxication. Andrew Koenig’s family continued to mourn after his body was found in Vancouver following an apparent suicide. Marie Osmond also grieved the apparent suicide death of her 18-year-old son.

Nancy Kerrigan’s family was rocked by controversy after her brother, Mark, became the target of an investigation of their father’s homicide. Meanwhile, Etta James’ son revealed the singer had been secretly battling Alzheimer's disease for more than a year.

But there were still celebrations in Hollywood. James Cameron’s sci-fi film Avatar became the highest grossing movie in the U.S. and the U.K. His ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, had something to boast about too when her war drama, The Hurt Locker, scored nine Oscar nods, the same amount as Cameron’s cinematic sensation. She also won top awards at the BAFTAs.

The world watched as Canada's brightest stars including Bryan Adams, Nelly Furtado, K.D. lang and Joni Mitchell teamed up to help launch the Winter Olympics in the country. And in London, Lady Gaga walked away with the Brit Awards’ top honours. Beatles drummer Ringo Starr unveiled his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and The Beatles' favourite recording studio Abbey Road was awarded historic status by the British government. Celine Dion, Kanye West, and Jennifer Hudson were among singers who recorded vocals for Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie's revamped We Are The World track to raise money for earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The country's biggest celebrity activist Sean Penn was caught in controversy and charged with criminal battery and vandalism following a violent run-in with a paparazzo, while Lil Wayne celebrated winning a postponement on his prison sentence for weapons possession.

It was a romantic month for several stars who announced plans to wed, including Nicole Richie and Joel Madden, Hilary Duff and ice hockey ace Mike Comrie, and Dave Annabelle and Odette Yustman. Kristen Bell revealed boyfriend Dax Shepard had proposed back in December, 2009. Meanwhile, Sienna Miller, who called off her engagement to Jude Law in 2006, rekindled her romance with the actor. Several stars welcomed bundles of joy, including Padma Lakshmi, Boris Becker, Sarah Jane Morris and Gary Busey. February wasn’t such a loved-up month for Ryan Phillippe and Abbie Cornish, or Cheryl Cole and her soccer star husband Ashley - both couples split. John Mayer risked the wrath of ex Jessica Simpson after referring to her as “sexual napalm”.

Public scandal took over headlines when Tiger Woods finally addressed reports he cheated on ex-wife Elin Nordegren with several mistresses and announced plans to return to rehab for sex therapy. Exes waged war in court, including Dennis Hopper, who won a restraining order against his estranged wife. Charlie Sheen was charged with felony menacing, third degree assault and misdemeanour criminal mischief stemming from an alleged altercation with his now-estranged wife, Brooke Mueller. Both parties checked in to rehab.

March

It was a shocking way to start the spring as March saw two of Hollywood's biggest star couples announce break-ups - Kate Winslet parted ways with her second husband Sam Mendes after seven years and Sandra Bullock's Oscar win was overshadowed after she found out partner Jesse James had cheated on her.

March wasn't any better for Take That's Mark Owen, who was also accused of cheating on his longtime girlfriend Emma Ferguson with 10 women - and he later revealed he's a struggling alcoholic and checked himself into rehab.

More scandals came as the month progressed, with fiery supermodel Naomi Campbell accused of attacking her driver by striking him on the head, and Michael Jackson's mum Katherine visited by welfare officials in Los Angeles over allegations one of her grandkids had purchased a stun gun.

Rapper J-Kwon was reported as a missing person after he failed to get in contact with his loved ones for more than a month, and reclusive R&B star D'Angelo was arrested in New York for offering an undercover cop cash for oral sex.

Other stars facing a tough time included Lil Wayne, who began an eight-month stretch behind bars stemming from a 2007 weapon possession arrest, and Lindsay Lohan, who had a fashion flop on her hands after being axed as the artistic advisor of style house Emanuel Ungaro following a slated catwalk collection.

But it wasn't all doom and gloom - Kathryn Bigelow made Oscars history when she became the first female to land the top director Academy Award for her war movie The Hurt Locker, beating ex-husband James Cameron in the process. Music mogul Simon Cowell confirmed his engagement to make-up artist Mezhgan Hussainy while others to put a ring on it included Friends star David Schwimmer, who proposed to his photographer girlfriend Zoe Buckman, and Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher, who enjoyed a small private wedding ceremony in Paris, France.

There was also a string of spring babies - Shakespeare In Love star Joseph Fiennes became a first-time father after welcoming a daughter, while Kevin Costner announced he was set to become a dad for a seventh time. Hollywood stars Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart also became parents for the first time after the actress gave birth to a baby girl.

While March saw ups and downs for some of Tinseltown's finest, others were looking on the bright side - Ricky Martin confirmed the worst kept secret in pop by announcing he's homosexual, while Will & Grace star Sean Hayes also decided to come out of the closet and spoke for the first time about his sexuality.

Every fan of 1980s movies was left devastated after hearing Corey Haim had died from a drug overdose - the Lost Boys star was aged 38. The month also saw the passings of Little Women star Richard Stapley, veteran British actor Martin Benson and beloved U.S. TV star Fess Parker.

April

The eruption of a volcano in Iceland at the end of March meant the following month was dogged by stories of stranded stars as a giant ash cloud swept over northern Europe and closed airports across the continent.

California's Coachella festival was under threat as a number of acts cancelled their slots when they were unable to fly out to the U.S.

Several movie premieres were also affected in the chaos - the Iron Man 2 red carpet event in London was moved to Los Angeles when stars including Robert Downey, Jr. were unable to jet to Britain. Miley Cyrus also scrapped plans to unveil her film The Last Song in the British capital due to the cancelled flights.

TV stars Chace Crawford and Kiefer Sutherland were both stranded in London after the ash cloud hit, and the 24 actor made the most of his extended stay by taking trips to some of Britain's best-known landmarks, including a day out to visit Stonehenge.

But many celebrities refused to let a little bit of volcano ash get in the way of their work - Metallica continued their tour by swapping planes for roads and railways, while Status Quo drove back to Britain after finding themselves stuck in Russia. John Cleese was stranded in Norway, so he paid $4,950 (£3,300) for a taxi to take him to Belgium, where he caught a train back to London.

In non-volcano-related news, Sandra Bullock sent shockwaves through the showbiz world when she came out fighting after her husband Jesse James' cheating scandal in March. The Oscar winner announced she had filed for divorce and stunned the world by revealing she had also adopted a baby son, Louis. Bullock admitted the couple had taken charge of their new son back in January, but kept the news quiet and after splitting from James she resolved to raise the baby on her own.

Another high profile celebrity split hit headlines when Mel Gibson ended his year-long romance with Russian musician Oksana Grigorieva, the mother of his baby daughter, Lucia. The couple didn't give a reason for the break-up, but Grigorieva subsequently hinted "you will find out everything quite soon". Jim Carrey and Jenny Mccarthy also ended their five-year romance.

The music world was rocked when Brett Michaels suffered two serious health scares in April. The Poison rocker was admitted to hospital for an emergency appendectomy at the beginning of the month and just weeks later he collapsed after suffering a brain haemorrhage. The rocker was in a critical condition, but slowly began his recovery. Another shock for music fans came with the death of former Sex Pistols manager and punk icon Malcolm Mclaren, who lost his battle with cancer.

April was a sad month for Dynasty fans after two of the show's former stars died within days of each other. John Forsythe passed away from complications relating to pneumonia and his death was followed by the passing of his onscreen brother Christopher Cazenove, who lost a battle with blood poisoning just six days later.

The scandal of the month came when Desperate Housewives actress Nicollette Sheridan filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the show's creator, Marc Cherry. The actress claimed he slapped her during an argument over the script and then fired her when she complained to producers.

Sheridan's co-stars, Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria Parker, Felicity Huffman and Marcia CrosS, all took Cherry's side.

May

There were wedding bells this month for Scissor Sisters singer Ana Matronic and her boyfriend Seth Kirby, and actors Seth Green and Clare Grant. Meanwhile, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon sealed their love by renewing their wedding vows for the third time.

May was not such a happy month for Boyzone singer Ronan Keating, who split from his wife Yvonne, and he wasn't the only one facing heartache - former Bond girl Halle Berry split from Gabriel Aubry after more than four years together, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer star David Boreanaz's marriage was plunged into crisis when he admitted cheating on his wife.

Several stars heard the pitter-patter of tiny feet this month - Monica Bellucci gave birth to her second daughter, Leonie, supermodel Claudia Schiffer delivered her third child, daughter Cosima, and Amy Adams became a first-time mum after giving birth to daughter Aviana.

John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston had something to smile about after the death of son Jett in 2009, when they confirmed the actress was expecting another child, and it was double joy for singer Alicia Keys - she became engaged to producer Swizz Beatz and announced her pregnancy.

Meanwhile, Hollywood paid tribute to legendary actor Dennis Hopper when he died at the age of 74 after a battle against prostate cancer, and Diff'rent Strokes star Gary Coleman passed away at the age of 42 after suffering a brain haemorrhage in a fall at his home.

There was further tragedy for the Redgrave dynasty when Lynn Redgrave died aged 67 after a long battle with breast cancer, and Brittany Murphy's grieving widower Simon Monjack was found dead at his home.

The rock world was plunged into mourning when Ronnie James Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer at the age of 67, swiftly followed by the sudden death of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray, 38, who was found dead in a hotel room in Iowa after an accidental drug overdose.

Former The Temptations star Ali-Ollie Woodson died from leukaemia, aged 58, and veteran actress/singer Lena Horne succumbed to heart failure at 92.

On the scandal front, Charlie Sheen's troubles mounted when he surrendered legal custody of his two children with ex-wife Denise Richards, and Miley Cyrus showed she's growing up fast when she was caught on camera dirty dancing with a 44-year-old movie producer in a nightclub. Lindsay Lohan was ordered by a court to wear an alcohol-monitoring ankle tag in a bid to help beat her drink and drug demons, and troubled actor Michael Madsen was hospitalised following a nine-day booze binge in Britain.

Bono was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery on his back, leading to the cancellation of U2's hotly-anticipated Glastonbury headline slot the following month.

June

June was a bumper wedding month with Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green marrying on a beach in Hawaii, while Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart wed after seven years together. Gemma Arterton married Stefano Catelli, and Alanis Morissette married Mc Souleye. British newsman Piers Morgan wed Celia Walden and Mena Suvari married music producer Simone Sestitos. Glee star Jane Lynch married Lara Embry in a civil partnership ceremony – and love was also in the air for Orlando Bloom, who announced his engagement to longterm girlfriend Miranda Kerr.

Ugly Betty star America Ferrera became engaged to Ryan Piers Williams, while Kate Hudson hit headlines when she started dating Muse frontman Matt Bellamy.

It was a baby boom month - Kevin Costner became a dad for the seventh time, Sheryl Crow adopted her second son, director Sofia Coppola welcomed another daughter, and R&B star Ne-Yo announced he is to be a father for the first time.

June was not such a good month love wise for actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who filed for divorce from his wife of 13 years. Meanwhile British singer Leona Lewis split from her childhood sweetheart and Twilight's Nikki Reed broke up with Paris Latsis. Brandy's romance with rapper Flo Rida came to an end, Welsh singer Charlotte Church split from fiance Gavin Henson, and former U.S. vice president Al Gore split from his wife of 40 years.

Rock stars were in mourning when former Stereophonics star Stuart Cable passed away, former The Kinks bassist Pete Quaife also died, and country music legend Jimmy Dean passed away at the age of 81. Hollywood was saddened when Golden Girls star Rue McClanahan died aged 76 after suffering a major stroke and actor/director Corey Allen passed away. Zorro star Eugenia Paul also died at the age of 75.

June also caused havoc for the music industry with numerous gigs being axed - Drake, Jay-z, Ke$ha and Grace Jones all had to cancel shows, while illness caused cancellations for John Mayer, Cher and Wolfmother, and Sum 41 brought the curtain down on their European tour after Steve Jocz was involved in a car crash.

Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford was in the news following his arrest for pot possession, while Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil and The Sopranos star Joseph Gannascoli were arrested separately on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI). Meanwhile it was also another DUI arrest for actor Chris Klein - he then checked himself into a rehabilitation facility to deal with alcohol addiction later in the month.

Incarcerated rapper Lil Wayne's troubles worsened - he was sentenced to three years probation after striking a plea deal with U.S. prosecutors in relation to a 2008 drugs charge.

Other notable events in June included the launch of the soccer World Cup tournament, which saw stars including the Black Eyed Peas, Shakira, Alicia Keys and John Legend perform at the opening ceremony in South Africa. There was also a flurry of tributes on the one-year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, and Larry King announced plans to retire from his 25-year run as the host of CNN talk show Larry King Live.

A number of awards were also handed out - The Twilight Saga: New Moon was the big winner at the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles, picking up four honours, while Sandra Bullock and Scarlett Johansson caused a stir by locking lips onstage at the ceremony. Chris Brown stole the show at the 2010 Bet Awards when he performed a dance tribute to Michael Jackson, while Alicia Keys and Drake were crowned the big winners. »

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December Movie Trailer Round Up

31 December 2010 4:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

This month has been one of the best that I can remember for trailers. All the studios were desperate for their trailer to get released before the Christmas holidays and we were inundated with posts. Since I love trailers so much, the inundation was most welcome. In what I am considering making a monthly post, here’s a roundup of all the trailers so far for December which I have embedded below for your viewing pleasure!

I’ve embedded them in the order in which they were released start December 1st to 31st and if I miss any, please let me know and I’ll update the post.

I really want this to be intereactive so make sure you tell us which trailers you liked the best and which you think will be great or terrible movies from what you’ve seen! So, let’s go!

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Title: Cuckoo

Cast: Richard E. Grant, »

- David Sztypuljak

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Isla Fisher Pops Up in La to Ring in 2011 Stateside

30 December 2010 7:10 AM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Isla Fisher stepped out solo for a meal in La yesterday. She's in the Us once again following a stay in London, where she and husband Sacha Baron Cohen were spotted out to lunch with their youngest child and Martin Scorsese earlier this month. Her time in England included time for adventures to Paris with her kids, but she also took care of promoting her new film called Burke and Hare. She and Sacha have been together for years, but this New Year's will be the first they celebrate as a married couple. They tied the knot in France last March, and their nuptials ranked among your favorite of 2010. View Slideshow › »

- Allie Merriam

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Watch Johnny Depp Perform Rango Scenes

25 December 2010 4:28 PM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Today we have a great featurette for the upcoming "Rango" movie, showing Johnny Depp and the rest of the cast actually perform each scene of the animated film. Watch the video below. Plot: A chameleon (Depp) that aspires to be a hero finds himself in a Western town plagued by bandits and is forced to literally play the role in order to protect it. The new movie is directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) and co-stars Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Winstone, and Timothy Olyphant. It is scheduled to hit theaters on March 4th, 2011. Video: If you cannot see the player, click here. Click here to read more about "Rango." »

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Owf’s 52 Must See Films of 2011

24 December 2010 11:00 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Usually around this time of the year we list maybe 10 or 20 films that we think are as absolute ‘Must See’s’ for what the next 12 months of cinema has to offer us but as the clock is ticking ever closer to midnight on 2010, we thought we would challenge ourselves a little further this time around. The question I posed to the Owf staff recently was… can Cinema in 2011 produce enough ‘Must See’ films to hit 52, which would ratio out to be just one film per week? That’s all we are hopeful for here… just one film every Friday that justifies us parting with our ever increasingly important cash in these tough economic times.

Did we manage to find 52? Kind of.

There’s certainly 52 films listed here but once we got to around 30, the whole thing became a struggle and we had to fill it out disappointingly with the usual array of over-budgeted summer spectacles, »

- Matt Holmes

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Johnny Depps “Natural Acting Experience”

24 December 2010 5:18 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Paramount have releases in their run-up to the animated feature Rango a nice wee featurette on the techniques director, Gore Verbinski (Pirates Of The Caribbean) utilised when making his first animated film.

The featurette shows how, much like Avatar and other motion capture techniques, the actors themselves act out every moment but more as a animators guide rather than the preciseness that Avatar and others aim for.  It does look fun but also promotes itself as a completely unique way of animated filmmaking which is not the case as this is something Nick Park over at Wallace And Gromit have been doing for years.

Rango also has a large and impressive cast for a animated feature outside of Pixar, Disney and Dreamworks with Johnny Depp, Bill Nighy (Underworld), Timothy Olyphant (Justified), Isla Fisher (Confessions Of A Shopaholic), Alfred Molina (Spiderman 2), Ned Beatty (Homicide Life On The Street / Deliverance), Ray Winstone »

- Paul Koren

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New Rango Featurette Offers Hilarious Look at "Emotion Capture"

24 December 2010 5:17 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Director Gore Verbinski shed some light on his new CG-animated feature, Rango, back in July by explaining that the plot centers around a pet chameleon who is "a thespian in search of an audience" who finds himself in a desert town "hungry for a hero." He also introduced the unique filmmaking process he dubbed "emotion capture," which he said encourges "a kinetic, raw spark to the audio track" not found in typical, "manufactured" animated features. Now, a new B-roll featurette for the movie has been released that offers a hilarious look at "emotion capture" in action as title star Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Bill Nighy and others act out the scenes that will later be animated.

Next Showing: Rango opens March 4, 2011

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- BrentJS Sprecher

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Johnny Depp Uses 'Emotion Capture' to Bring Rango to Life

24 December 2010 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

In a new featurette for the animated adventure Rango Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher and Bill Nighy, among others, talk about their experience and unconventional techniques doing voice-over work for the upcoming movie. Similar to how the cast for Where the Wild Things Are, the stars of Rango got together in studio for their parts. Typical voice over work is done separately. In this movie, though, the actors fully embodied their parts so animators can bring all aspects of their performance to life in the film. As Johnny Depp puts it: "Instead of motion capture, its kind of emotion capture using the actors as a reference for the emotionally animated character." Rango, about a “chameleon with an identity crisis”, stars the voice talents of Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Alfred »

- Bryan Kritz

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Must Watch: Fantastic New 'Rango' Featurette with Johnny Depp

23 December 2010 6:09 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

If anyone was on the edge with Rango, this will definitely push you all the way over. Paramount debuted a new behind-the-scenes featurette on Yahoo for Gore Verbinski's upcoming animated movie Rango, which we just featured a theatrical trailer for last week. The video shows how actors Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Ned Beatty, Ray Winstone and Harry Dean Stanton recorded voices. This is such a fun and unique way to make an animated flick, using a small soundstage and actual interaction (Fantastic Mr. Fox did something similar), which is one of the many reasons why I think Rango looks so damn good. Enjoy! Watch a behind-the-scenes featurette for Gore Verbinski's Rango: You can also watch the new Rango featurette in High Def on Yahoo Rango is being directed by filmmaker Gore Verbinski, of The Mexican, The Ring, The Weather Man, and all three Pirates of the Caribbean movies. »

- Alex Billington

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Johnny Depp a Natural Chameleon In ‘Rango’ Behind-The-Scenes Featurette

23 December 2010 4:37 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

We premiered the theatrical full-length trailer for Gore Verbinski‘s animated Rango last week, we have a behind-the-scenes look at the Ilm animation. After working with him on Pirates of the Caribbean 1-3, Johnny Depp returns to lead the voice acting. He is joined by Alanna Ubach, Abigail Breslin, Isla Fisher, Alfred Molina, Ray Winstone, Harry Dean Stanton, and Ned Beatty.

Yahoo has our first behind-the-scenes look below, and it looks like the cast and crew had a hell of a time on set. Most behind-the-scenes for animated films just shows the actors in a booth emoting to a microphone. Check out Verbinski’s “natural” method below.

Synopsis: The story of a chameleon with an identity crisis.

Rango hits theaters March 4th, 2011.

Are you impressed by the animation/motion capture style?

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- Jordan Raup

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Behind the Scenes Look of ‘Rango’

23 December 2010 1:10 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Yahoo! Movies has the behind the scenes of the voice actors of “Rango.” The movie is directed by Gore Verbinski. It stars Johnny Depp, Alanna Ubach, Abigail Breslin, Isla Fisher and Alfred Molina. The movie is about a chameleon that aspires to be a hero, but finds himself in a Western town plagued by bandits and is forced to literally play the role in order to protect it. The movie will be in theaters on March 4, 2011. Check out the behind the scenes clip and let us know what you think. Source: Yahoo! Movies »

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Watch How Johnny Depp Performed ‘Rango’ – Could This Be The Future of How Animated Movies Are Made?

23 December 2010 1:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Paramount Pictures has released a new behind the scenes featurette for Pirates of the Caribbean helmer Gore Verbinski's computer animated feature film Rango. The new featurette, titled "Behind the Scenes: Natural Acting Experience", takes a look at the techniques employed to (as Verbinski has explained) "capture and translate every aspect of Johnny Depp’s performance, using it to drive the computer-generated character in a way that has yet to be seen in an animated feature." Imagine something like how they filmmed Avatar, but without all the motion capture suits, balls, and green screen. The techniques are as interesting as the resulting animation. I got a chance to preview 10 or 15 minutes of the film at Butt-num-a-thon, and was blown away. The film looks unlike any computer animated film I've ever seen -- a blend of two polar opposites: realistic animal creatures and stylized animation and characterization. Most everyone I talked »

- Peter Sciretta

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New Featurette Takes us Behind the Scenes of Rango

23 December 2010 1:00 PM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Yahoo have released a new featurette which shows us just how Rango was created and it’s rather amazing! Rango has a voice cast which includes Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Bill Nighy, Ray Winstone, Timothy Olyphant, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina and is directed by original director of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Gore Verbinski.

Now, i say that this movie has a voice cast but this featurette shows that the voices cast actually had to do quite a bit of acting too as Verbinski had all the actors together when they were recording their various vocal parts and also had them acting the part which, as Bill Nighy will tell you, meant the actors had to raise their game. This is possibly the best behind the scenes featurette that I’ve seen for an animated movie weh nit comes to the actors recording their lines, and I know you’ll really enjoy watching it! »

- David Sztypuljak

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Johnny Depp Gets Animated In Rango

23 December 2010 12:46 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Johnny Depp and the rest of the cast talk about voicing Rango via Yahoo! Movies. It’s a unique behind the scenes look into the “emotion capture” of Paramount’s upcoming film.

Directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates Of The Caribbean) and written by Gore Verbinski, John Logan (Gladiator) and James Byrkit, Rango stars the voices of Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Bill Nighy, Stephen Root, Ray Winstone, Beth Grant, Ned Beatty, Harry Dean Stanton, and Alfred Molina. The score is from Verbinski favorite Hans Zimmer. Rango will crawl into theaters on March 18th, 2011.

Visit the film.s official site at http://www.rangomovie.com/ to explore the latest interactive content (just make sure to continuously click on all the hilarious objects on the screen for it to work . you can turn on the radio or push the little roly-poly bug down the hole). Find Rango here on Facebook

Source: Yahoo! »

- Michelle McCue

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New Rango Featurette: Natural Acting Experience

23 December 2010 12:00 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Paramount has released a new behind the scenes featurette called "natural acting experience" from Gore Verbinski's Rango.  While I was already excited to see Ilm's first feature length animated movie due to the trailer, this featurette has me even more amped.  The reason is, unlike most animated movies which feature the actors delivering their dialogue alone, Verbinski had the entire cast acting out the scenes like a play, which I'm sure led to a lot of discovery with the script and many improvised moments.  I wonder if the Blu-ray release will feature a split screen so you can see the animated scenes next to the actors recording the dialogue.  Trust me, the way they captured Rango is as radical a process for animation as I have ever seen.  You definitely want to check out this feturette.  Rango hits theaters March 18,2011. Rango stars  Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Johnny Depp plays around on the set of Rango and calls it the natural acting experience

23 December 2010 8:47 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

This should put a smile on your face. Rango helmer Gore Verbinski is trying a new technique when it comes to computer animation. The video is titled, "Behind the Scenes: Natural Acting Experience" and it looks like the best time ever. Johnny Depp, Bill Nighy, and Isla Fisher are some of the stars of the film playing around on set. I'm so jealous right now. As Depp explains, the experience captures the natural movements and reactions of the actor to reflect the character later. »

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Go Behind the Scenes of Rango

23 December 2010 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

A brand-new behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of Rango is now online, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies , and is viewable below. The film, from director Gore Verbinski, stars Johnny Depp as a lizard finding his way through a fantastical, quasi-surrealist desert landscape. Also starring Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Bill Nighy, Stephen Root, Ray Winstone, Beth Grant, Ned Beatty, Harry Dean Stanton and Alfred Molina, Rango hits theaters on March 4, 2011. »

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Den Of Geek Film Of The Year 2010

16 December 2010 9:28 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Just what were Den Of Geek’s favourite films of 2010? Our writers put forward their personal choices, in our mammoth round-up...

The year’s nearly over and the season of turkey beckons. As 2010 draws to a close, what better time to pick over the films of the last 12 months? Here, then, are the writers of Den Of Geek’s five favourite films of the year, along with their most despised misfire of 2010.

And at the bottom, we’ve got the round-up of the overall top ten (it'll take a bit of scrolling if you want to go directly there!). So, what’s our absolute favourite movie of the year? Read on to find out…

Ti Singh

Top 5

1. Agora

2. Inception

3. Toy Story 3

4. Robin Hood

5. The Social Network

Stinker of the year: The Other Guys

I love a good historical epic, and in a summer dominated by sequels, remakes and reboots, »

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Sacha Baron Cohen May Play A Racist, Corrupt Cop In Torrente

15 December 2010 7:52 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Based solely on his filmography since 2006, when both Borat and Talladega Nights were released, Sacha Baron Cohen doesn't seem to be in any rush to load up his schedule. In those four years, Baron Cohen has only done three other movies, one of which was animated (Madagascar 2) and another in which his character is killed about 10 minutes after being introduced (Sweeney Todd). Then again, if I were married to Isla Fisher I probably wouldn't want to be out of the house too much either. Those stats out there, the actor is currently in production on Martin Scorsese's Hugo Cabret, has plans to make a movie about an immigrant goat herder, and recently signed on to play Freddy Mercury in a Queen biopic. Apparently the acting bug is starting to bite hard. The Los Angeles Times reports that the actor may be involved with an English language adaptation of the »

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Rango Trailer #2

15 December 2010 2:18 PM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Paramount pictures have debuted the second trailer for Gore Verbinski‘s CGI-animated film  Rango, starring Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Bill Nighy, Stephen Root, Ray Winstone, Beth Grant, Ned Beatty, Harry Dean Stanton, and Alfred Molina.

Synopsis: A chameleon that aspires to be a swashbuckling hero finds himself in a Western town plagued by bandits and is forced to literally play the role in order to protect it.

Rango comes to theaters March 18th of next year. What do you think of the trailer?

Download Rango Trailer

HD-Quality 1080p [1920 px] − 179 Мb (QuickTime)

HD-Quality 720p [1280 px] − 121 Мb (QuickTime)

HD-Quality 480p [852 px] − 50 Мb (QuickTime)

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