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Emma Watson wishes everyone a Merry Christmas. Bill Nighy talks Rufus Scrimgeour

23 December 2009 11:37 AM, PST | Filmonic.com | See recent Filmonic news »

Emma Watson who plays Hermione Granger took time out of filming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, which was nice of her. (Merry Christmas from Filmonic too if you will be celebrating it over the upcoming days).In other Deathly Hallows news Bill Nighy, who will play Minister for [...] »

- Liam

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Stars of Sky's Ten Minute Tales speak volumes despite silence | Andrew Pulver

23 December 2009 2:53 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Mackenzie Crook, Peter Capaldi and Richard Eyre inject credibility into Sky's season of dialogue-free short films

'Tis the season to be merry; it's also clearly the season for celebrity-studded short-film portmanteau seasons. Sky1 has come up with a Christmas-themed collection of 11 films lasting 10 minutes, all dialogue-free, that is unabashedly heartwarming, but also manages to inject a surprising amount of cinematic credibility into proceedings.

This sort of thing is normally a refuge for TV names taking a moment off from the day job and attempting to "stretch", or giving a shot in the director's chair for some actor or other – and the likes of Ross Kemp, Liza Tarbuck, Paterson Joseph and Peter Capaldi are all present and correct.

But there are some very odd participants floating about in Ten Minute Tales, people who I'd have thought would never have gone near a seasonal schmaltz-fest. For one, graphic novel maestro Neil Gaiman, »

- Andrew Pulver

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Stars of Sky's Ten Minute Tales speak volumes despite silence | Andrew Pulver

23 December 2009 2:53 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Mackenzie Crook, Peter Capaldi and Richard Eyre inject credibility into Sky's season of dialogue-free short films

'Tis the season to be merry; it's also clearly the season for celebrity-studded short-film portmanteau seasons. Sky1 has come up with a Christmas-themed collection of 11 films lasting 10 minutes, all dialogue-free, that is unabashedly heartwarming, but also manages to inject a surprising amount of cinematic credibility into proceedings.

This sort of thing is normally a refuge for TV names taking a moment off from the day job and attempting to "stretch", or giving a shot in the director's chair for some actor or other – and the likes of Ross Kemp, Liza Tarbuck, Paterson Joseph and Peter Capaldi are all present and correct.

But there are some very odd participants floating about in Ten Minute Tales, people who I'd have thought would never have gone near a seasonal schmaltz-fest. For one, graphic novel maestro Neil Gaiman, »

- Andrew Pulver

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Blu-ray review: ‘G-Force’ is the best movie about guinea pig spies ever made

22 December 2009 1:57 PM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

Disney’s G-Force is hands-down the best fusion of CGI technology and live action movie based on guinea pig spies working for the U.S. government ever made. With its arrival on Blu-ray, families can now watch rodents fight back the tide of megalomaniacs from the comfort of their own home. Is G-Force fun? Yes, if you’re under 10 or you’re infatuated with flashing lights, fast-moving camera work and arch-stereotypes wrapped in fur. Perhaps I’m being too hard. The camera-work isn’t that fast.

Though I surmised the plot earlier, it may prove helpful if I told you that Bill Nighy plays Saber, a businessman who the FBI (aka The Feds) thinks is selling military technology to the Chinese. He has implanted military-grade computer chips in his appliances, from coffee makers to telephones. The catch? The devices turn into killers. Yes, Mr. Coffee may throw burning-hot java on »

- Erik Buckman

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Nighy Crippled By Stage Fright

22 December 2009 4:11 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Bill Nighy suffers from such severe stage fright, he feels physically ill before performing live.

The Love Actually star got his start in the theatre, and even once toured in a company with fellow British stars Julie Walters and Pete Postlethwaite.

But despite successful stints on Broadway and in London's West End, the actor still has panic attacks before stepping into the spotlight.

He says, "It gets worse and worse. It's like an illness. You get a shortness of breath, light-headedness and you feel nauseous.

"When I do a play, it's like agreeing to be ill for a couple of months. It's absolutely normal and appropriate to be scared. Everyone is scared - I know really, really famous people who are terrified every time they walk on to a stage." »

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘G-Force’ Offers Jerry Bruckheimer Lobotomy For Kids

21 December 2009 9:10 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Here’s one of the year’s lamest excuses for children’s entertainment. Like “Shorts” and “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” it assumes that young minds crave little more than frantic and shrill zaniness. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer views kids in the same way he views adults: as human guinea pigs in need of being dumbed down.

Like his equally abysmal “Kangaroo Jack,” “G-Force” is an adult action comedy that just happens to feature animated characters. In its theatrical format, the film pushed the boundaries of 3D effects, culminating in an experience as headache-inducing and empty headed as James Cameron’s “Avatar.” Its 2D presentation on Blu-ray is vastly preferable, though the film still amounts to little more than a cynical exercise in special effects technology, complete with awful dialogue, uninspired animation and a script assembled out of the most audience-insulting cliches.

Blu-Ray Rating: 1.5/5.0

First-time feature director Hoyt Yeatman »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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News: Glorious 39 Location Shoot

21 December 2009 12:02 AM, PST | Kasterborous.com | See recent Kasterborous news »

Glorious 39 sees Doctor Who star David Tennant appear alongside stars such as Bill Nighy and Julie Christie in a World War II drama that is considerabl different from any that has gone before. Morden Hall Park in Merton, Wimbledon was the location for much of the shooting on the film, the first time the location has been used - the historic Snuff Mill and surrounding buildings were transformed with the magic of cinema to resemble 1930s Britain. Zoë Colbeck, manager of the National »

- Chris Davids info@kasterborous.com

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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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Trailer trash

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

>> Quentin thinks ahead

Trash is thrilled to announce that Quentin Tarantino will receive the Dilys Powell award from the London Film Critics' Circle. Named after the revered former Sunday Times critic, "The Dilys" rewards excellence in cinema and, as the Circle celebrates the 30th anniversary of its awards ceremonies, I can't think of a more energising recipient than Tarantino whose continuing engagement with film history and criticism is being acknowledged (he even had a daredevil British film critic character – played by Michael Fassbender – in Inglourious Basterds). To disclose full interest, I am the current chairman wof the Critics' Circle Film section and when I proposed the Dilys to Tarantino, he was honoured to accept. "I hadn't really heard of Dilys Powell," he admits, "but I've now got two of her books of essays and am devouring them, trying to think what she would have made of my movies. I get »

- Jason Solomons

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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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Christmas and new year TV films

18 December 2009 5:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Not sure what to watch? We can help with our comprehensive guide to the best films on TV this Christmas and new year

Choose a date

Saturday 19 December | Sunday 20 December | Monday 21 December | Tuesday 22 December | Wednesday 23 December |Christmas Eve | Christmas Day | Boxing Day | Sunday 27 December | Monday 28 December | Tuesday 29 December | Wednesday 30 December | New Year's Eve | New Year's Day

Saturday 19 December

Yes Man (Peyton Reed, 2008)

10am, 8pm, Sky Movies Premiere

Remember Jim Carrey in Liar, Liar, where he forces himself to tell the truth for 24 hours? Well, here Jim Carrey forces himself to answer yes to any request, for a year. Which is upping the ante somewhat, but doesn't make it a better film. This is a return to the manic, gurning, not-very-funny Carrey, as if The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine etc hadn't happened. Just say no.

The Golden Compass (Chris Weitz, 2007)

11.40am, 8pm, Sky Movies Family

What with Harry Potter, Narnia, Lemony Snicket and all, »

- Paul Howlett

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Emily Blunt Interview, The Young Victorian

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

Emily Blunt shot to international prominence in 2004 with her lead role in the multi award-winning British movie, My Summer of Love. In 2005, she starred in the critically acclaimed Gideon’s Daughter opposite Bill Nighy and Miranda Richardson and won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. In 2006, Emily appeared in The Devil Wears Prada opposite Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci. She’ll be seen next in The Wolfman alongside Anthony Hopkins and Benicio del Toro.

In The Young Victoria, Emily plays Queen Victoria in the turbulent first years of her reign. Rupert Friend (Pride & Prejudice) portrays Prince Albert, the suitor who wins her heart and becomes her partner in one of history’s greatest romances. This love story, set amongst all the intrigue of the court, also features Paul Bettany (Iron Man, The Da Vinci Code), Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire »

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G-force Blu-ray Review

16 December 2009 5:35 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Whatever can be said of Jerry Bruckheimer, and at this point the white hot hate for his style of Bruckheimer/Simpson movies has to have subsided some (he’s no longer making Top Gun-Style borderline propaganda now that Michael Bay’s moved on), there is no doubt of one thing: dude has an eye for talent. Look at G-Force, and the cast: Tracy Morgan, Zach Galifianakis, Sam Rockwell, Steve Buscemi, Nicholas Cage, Will Arnett, Penelope Cruz, and Bill Nighy. That’s a cast you’d want in most anything. My review of G-Force after the jump.

Morgan, Rockwell, and Cruz play the lead guinea pigs, who through some training by Galifianakis are an elite squadron of spies. They infiltrate (with the help of their mole, voiced by Cage) Leonard Saber’s (Nighy) home and are on the lookout for some fiendish terrorist plot, but can’t find it, which »

- Andre Dellamorte

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[DVD Review] G-Force

15 December 2009 7:00 AM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Watching G-Force all the way through might just be the hardest thing you’ll ever do in your life. Hollywood pumps out lots of waste through the bilge pump it calls cinemas, but sometimes something gets stuck in the pipes. It lingers and festers into something more rank and disgusting than anything you could have imagined. If I had to guess, G-Force is the unholy sewage alliance of some Stuart Little spin-off and the nth Baby Geniuses sequel that got torpedoed straight to DVD. Both of them got lodged in septic system and over time molded together into this: talking guinea pigs acting as spies with dim-witted handlers. You put up with a lot of dreck for your kids, but G-Force lacks any entertainment value for adults whatsoever. There are lots of ways to entertain the children, don’t let this be one of them.

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- Lex Walker

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G-Force: Three-Disc DVD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Copy

14 December 2009 5:02 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Blu-Ray Review

G-Force

Directed by: Hoyt Yeatman

Cast: Sam Rockwell, Penelope Cruz, Tracy Morgan, Nicolas Cage, Jon Favreau, Bill Nighy, Zach Galifianakis

Running Time: 1 hr 25 mins

Rating: PG

Due Out: December 15, 2009

Plot: Four guinea pigs and a mole (collectively known as G-Force) work together to stop a Skynet-like networking orchestrated by a billionaire named Leonard Saber (Bill Nighy).

Who’S It For?: Easily amused children and their generous parents who can be impressed by computer graphic imagery. Fans of Zach Galifianakis will just be sad.

Movie:

The writing is more concerned with concocting dated one-liners than it is in crafting clever action sequences (which yes, is possible even when guinea pigs are the main characters). The moments that might keep viewers interested are the ones that display a severe dedication and scope to a movie about guinea pigs as superspies – because the animation is so damn elaborate, not because »

- Nick Allen

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Trailer Leaks

5 December 2009 6:58 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

***Update: HQ version now released here)***

The trailer for the seventh installment for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I has leaked and yu can check it out below. It’ll no doubt be taken down pretty quick so watch it while you can.

Synopsis: Voldemort’s power is growing stronger. He now has control over the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide to finish Dumbledore’s work and find the rest of the Horcruxes to defeat the Dark Lord. But little hope remains for them, so everything they do must go as planned.

The film, directed by David Yates, stars Jamie Campbell Bower, Ralph Fiennes, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman and Bill Nighy.

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- David Sztypuljak

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part I Trailer Has Leaked!

5 December 2009 6:50 AM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Check out a one minute sneak preview trailer from upcoming film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, the next installment in the franchise, that can be found on the brand new “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” DVD and Blu-ray that hits shelves on this Tuesday, December 8, 2009.

Synopsis: Voldemort’s power is growing stronger. He now has control over the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide to finish Dumbledore’s work and find the rest of the Horcruxes to defeat the Dark Lord. But little hope remains for them, so everything they do must go as planned.

The film, directed by David Yates, stars Jamie Campbell Bower, Ralph Fiennes, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman and Bill Nighy.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 opens to theaters on November 19, 2010. Part 2 hits theaters on July 15th, 2011.

Check out our “Harry Potter and »

- Allan Ford

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The 2010 Warner Bros. Preview Brings 'Sex,' 'Titans,' 'Potter' and Much More

3 December 2009 7:43 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Warner Bros. has debuted their 2010 picture preview giving us our first look at select films out of the 23 features they have set for the new year. I have added new images from the likes of The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington, Edge of Darkness with Mel Gibson, our first look at Sex and the City 2, Kevin Smith's currently untitled new comedy with Tracey Morgan and Bruce Willis, Jonah Hex, Ben Affleck's The Town, and, of course, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

All the cast, director and synopsis information is listed over the course of the next few pages as well as all the release dates for 23 upcoming films. Gallery links have been added for all films and remember, the links open in a new browser window so just close the new window to return to this article and continue the preview.

The Book Of Eli January 15 Photo: Warner Bros. »

- Brad Brevet

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