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Charlie Brooker | Christmas is the season of awful adverts

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

They are smug, stomach-churning and delighted by their own existence

'Yep, it's that time of year again – and the Christmas adverts are already on the telly," remarks a man at the start of this year's B&Q Christmas advert, proving that the grand tradition of moaning about premature Yuletide ads has itself been absorbed by the Matrix and turned into a stick to beat us with. Let's hope this kind of jokey fourth-wall-breaking doesn't become a trend, or before long we'll all be moaning about the number of early Christmas ads that moan about the number of early Christmas ads, and then our moans about their moans will in turn form the basis of the next wave of ads, and so on and so on ad nauseam, until they're producing intricately constructed navel-gazing meta-commercials that are actually more self-aware than we are: fully sentient beings with thoughts and feelings of their own. »

- Charlie Brooker

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Alan Carr's 'Chatty Man' bows out to 1.3m

17 August 2009 8:54 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The final episode of Alan Carr: Chatty Man pulled in 1.26m (6.5%) during the 10pm hour for Channel 4 last night, according to the latest ratings figures. Previously, the 10-part series opened to 1.92m (11.5%) on Sunday, June 14, while last week's episode managed 1.69m (9.2%). Earlier on Channel 4, Celebrity Wife Swap had 1.91m (8.8%) at 8pm, then 1.88m (8%) stayed with the channel for the Big Brother highlights show. The second episode of BBC One's Jam & Jerusalem, which stars Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, logged 3.45m (15.8%) during the 8pm hour. The audience then rose to 5.29m (22.5%) for Rivers With Griff Rhys Jones at 9pm. BBC Two's (more) »

- By Dan French

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Blu-Ray Review: Riveting ‘Coraline’ Makes For Fantastic Blu-Ray Release

28 July 2009 2:54 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Great films refuse to go away. Since I saw Henry Selick’s excellent “Coraline” months ago it has lingered in my memory like a dream and watching it again on the recently-released Blu-Ray (“Coraline” is also available on DVD), I’m reminded of how clever, creative, and captivating this piece of film was in theaters and will be every time I watch it with a perfect home release.

Blu-Ray Rating: 5.0/5.0 Nothing gets old about “Coraline”. Actually, it gets richer with each viewing. That’s the mark of a great movie and exactly what most buyers willing to pay the still-too-steep purchase price of most Blu-Ray releases are looking for - something to watch again and again. You’ll watch “Coraline” again and again.

Coraline was released on Blu-Ray on July 21st, 2009.

Photo credit: Universal

The word I think of when I watch “Coraline” is mesmerizing. Based on the beloved book by Neil Gaiman, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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New on DVD This Week

21 July 2009 3:30 PM, PDT | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

Here’s a list of some of the new DVD and Blu-ray releases this week we’re particularly interested in. Plus, some old favorites (and not so favorites) coming out this week for the first time on Blu-Ray.

Movies:

Watchmen (Director’s Cut) ~ Billy Crudup, Patrick Wilson, Malin Ackerman, Jackie Earle Hailey (DVD and Blu-ray)

Coraline ~ Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, and Jennifer Saunders (DVD and Blu-ray)

• 300: The Complete Experience ~ Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Dominic West (Blu-ray)

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow ~ Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Angelina Jolie, and Giovanni Ribisi (DVD and Blu-ray)

• Made in U.S.A. (Criterion Collection) ~ Anna Karina, Jean-Pierre Léaud, László Szabó, and Marianne Faithfull (DVD)

The Great Buck Howard ~ John Malkovich, Colin Hanks, Emily Blunt, and Tom Hanks (DVD)

• Wolverine and the X-Men: Deadly Enemies ~ (DVD)

Midnight Express ~ Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, and Paolo Bonacelli (Blu-ray)

Echelon Conspiracy ~ Edward Burns, »

- Chris Ullrich

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Contest: Win Coraline on Both DVD and Blu-ray!

19 July 2009 8:19 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Coraline will be released on DVD and a DVD/Blu-ray combo set on July 21 and we are certainly celebrating this new release. We have a new contest running and not only are we giving away copies of the DVD to our readers, but we're even throwing in the DVD/Blu-ray combo sets as well! You know these discs will go fast, so enter this new contest today.

Winners Receive:

- Coraline DVD

- Coraline DVD/Blu-ray

to enter this big giveaway today.

Based on Neil Gaiman's international best-selling book, Coraline is the story of a young girl (voiced by Fanning) who unlocks a mysterious door in her new home, and enters into an adventure in a parallel reality. On the surface, this other world eerily mimics her own life - though much more fantastical. In it, Coraline encounters such off-kilter inhabitants as the morbidly funny Miss Forcible and Miss Spink (French and Ms. »

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Cinematical Seven: Mocking 'Harry Potter'

14 July 2009 7:03 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Ah, we do so enjoy tearing down that which we love. With the Harry Potter series of books and movies being perhaps the most successful franchises of their kind in this or any other lifetime, it's only natural that it would be the most spoofed bunch of stories as well. From The Simpsons and MadTV to stage musicals and RiffTrax commentaries, there have been hundreds of parodies since the Pottermania first swept the world. Here's just a tiny handful:

1) The jokes began in earnest with the huge popularity of 2001's film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. That year, David Letterman offered up the Top Ten Signs That Your Kid is a Wizard. Among them: "You say, 'Do you think that lawn is gonna mow itself?' But then it does," "His homework ate the dog," and "You catch him in the bathroom polishing his wand."

2) Also from 2001, the Mad magazine parody, »

- Dawn Taylor

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DVD Playhouse--July 2009

14 July 2009 12:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—July 2009

By

Allen Gardner

Do The Right Thing: 20th Anniversary Edition (Universal) Spike Lee’s groundbreaking fable about race relations in an ethnically mixed Brooklyn neighborhood during a sweltering New York summer remains as potent, timely and prescient as it was in 1989. Lee is among the cast, which also includes John Turturro, Danny Aiello, Samuel L. Jackson, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, and Rosie Perez (to name a few), that provide the tableaux-like framework for this stunning work. Criminally ignored by Oscar (it wasn't even nominated for Best Picture, but did garner nods for Supporting Actor Danny Aiello and Lee’s screenplay), it endures as a timeless classic. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Commentary by Lee, Ernest Dickerson, Wynn Thomas, Joie Lee; Documentary; Deleted and extended scenes; Featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS 5.1 surround.

Coraline (Universal) A young girl moves into an old Victorian house with her parents »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Coraline Brings the Art of Stop-Motion to DVD and Blu-ray on July 21st

14 May 2009 11:50 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

You can bring home Henry Sellick's new stop-motion masterpiece home on DVD and Blu-ray this July. Coraline will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on July 21. We have no cover art or pricing details as of yet, but it was said that both the 2-D and 3-D versions of teh film will be on the disc and there will be four pairs of 3-D glasses included. You can take a look at the special features below and we'll be sure to update this story as soon as we have more information. The film stars Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Ian McShane.

Based on Neil Gaiman's international best-selling book, Coraline is the story of a young girl (voiced by Fanning) who unlocks a mysterious door in her new home, and enters into an adventure in a parallel reality. On the surface, this other world eerily mimics »

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Star Trek and Coraline beat Wolverine at UK box office

13 May 2009 12:29 PM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

The new Star Trek movie has beamed up to the top of the UK box office with a first weekend total of just under £6million.

Star Trek's £5.95million was way ahead of Coraline, whose debut brought in £2.4million and just beat X-Men Origins: Wolverine which fell to third place with £2.2million on its second weekend.

Hugh Jackman's Wolverine prequel has now made a total of £12million in the UK. Star Trek's UK debut was below that of Wolverine, which made £6.7million on its launch weekend.

Coraline, a critically-praised animated stop-motion fantasy based on Neil Gaiman's 2002 novella, is about a girl who discovers an alternative reality with evil doubles of her parents, friends and neighbours.

It features the voices of Dakota Fanning as Coraline Jones, Desperate Housewives actress Teri Hatcher as mother Mel and comediennes Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French as retired actresses Miss Spink and Miss Forcible.

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- David Bentley

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Gaiman got French, Saunders for 'Coraline'

11 May 2009 4:48 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Coraline author Neil Gailman has revealed that he got Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders their roles in Henry Selick's animated film. Speaking to Digital Spy, Gaiman said that he convinced Selick to cast the Brit comedy duo as the voices of retired stage performers Spink and Forcible. "I got to be involved on some levels," said Gaiman. "I got to cast French and Saunders, for example. Henry didn't know who they were, but I said 'you will be casting Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders as Miss Spink and Miss Forcible'. I seemed very sure about this (more) »

- By Simon Reynolds

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Branagh Lands Top British Academy TV Award

26 April 2009 6:40 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Kenneth Branagh has walked away with his first producing honour, beating out Doctor Who to land the Best Drama trophy for his series Wallander at the British Academy Television Awards.

Branagh, who also stars as the eponymous police inspector in the TV show, won the coveted award at a star-studded ceremony in London on Sunday night.

He told the crowd, which included Mischa Barton, Ed Westwick and David Tennant: "We're absolutely thrilled. This is bl**dy marvellous. For a series first time out to get this recognition is beyond our wildest dreams."

Mad Men was named Best International Show ahead of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Dexter and cult police drama The Wire.

Simon Cowell's TV talent show The X Factor picked up the Best Entertainment Show award, while British cop show The Bill was honoured with the Best Continuing Drama award.

The Hours star Anna Maxwell Martin was named Best Actress for her role in Poppy Shakespeare and Stephen Dillane beat Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs to take home the Best Actor award for The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall.

British comedy duo Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders received the BAFTA Fellowship.

The main list of winners is as follows:

Best Actor - Stephen Dillane (The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall)

Best Actress - Anna Maxwell Martin (Poppy Shakespeare)

Best Entertainment Performance - Harry Hill (Harry Hill's TV Burp)

Best Comedy Performance - David Mitchell (Peep Show)

Best Drama Series - Wallander

Best Continuing Drama - The Bill

Best Entertainment Programme - The X Factor

Best International Show - Mad Men

Best News Coverage - News at Ten - Chinese Earthquake reporting

Best Sport - F1: Brazilian Grand Prix

Audience Award - Skins

Special Award - Jane Tranter

Bafta Fellowship - French and Saunders »

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French and Saunders earn BAFTA fellowship

20 April 2009 10:04 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders are to become the second UK double act to be presented with a BAFTA fellowship. The comedy duo will follow in the footsteps of Morecambe and Wise when they are presented with the honour at the Academy's 2009 television awards later this month, says the BBC. French and Saunders are known for their BBC sketch show as well as Absolutely Fabulous and The Vicar Of Dibley. Joanna Lumley, who starred in Absolutely (more) »

- By Sarah Rollo

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Creating Coraline - Images

20 April 2009 3:12 AM, PDT | Latemag.com/film | See recent LateFilmFull news »

Above: Animator Chris Tootell readies Coraline to cross a snowy forest in Henry Selick's stop-motion animated 3-D adventure Coraline.

Above: Animator Bartek Prusiewicz works outside the Pink Palace house/apartments complex situated on a soundstage.

Stop motion animation fascinates me, marveling at the Dinosaurs of Jim Danforth and Roger Dicken in The Land that time forgot as a child. The maestro Ray Harryhausen work in everything he did and later the surrel imaginings of check master Jan Svankmajer. As well as creations like Morph the animated companion of the late great Tony Hart and top notch kids show The Trap Door. Apart from generally just loving the look of Stop motion the patience of its creators amazes me. Anyway check out the images above from Coraline.

You can view slightly larger versions over at our Virb page (click to enlarge them)

Above: Set construction supervisor Bo Henry makes final »

- Leigh

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watch it: “Mamma Mia - Behind the Scenes - Red Nose Day 2009”

13 March 2009 12:07 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

It’s Red Nose Day today! And I’ve got lots of videos today in support of Comic Relief. So it seems that two of the funniest of Britain’s funny ladies -- Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders -- will be performing their last sketch ever on the Comic Relief show on the BBC tonight (which is now underway as midafternoon rolls around here in New York). They’re sending up Mamma Mia!, the biggest movie in the U.K. in 2008 -- yup, bigger than James Bond and bigger than Batman. Jennifer Saunders as Meryl Streep? Fun-ny. If/when the actual sketch shows up on YouTube, I’ll grab it and post it here. There’s another video peeking behind-the-scenes of this sketch over at the Rose Nose Day site, but you’ll have to click over to see it: it’s not embeddable. (Please give some cash -- you »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Absolutely Fabulous: A Remake That Might Actually Get Off the Ground

9 February 2009 4:50 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The UK's Absolutely Fabulous TV show has been seen throughout the world and remains very popular with adults of all ages. There have been several attempts at recreating the bawdy series in the Us but the projects have all ended up stalling. Now, it looks like the time may actually be right.

First airing from 1992 to 1996, Absolutely Fabulous centers around Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley), a pair of immature, chain-smoking, substance-abusing, fashion-obsessed ladies of London. Edina's daughter, "Saffy" (Julia Sawalha), doesn't approve of the excesses which provides plenty of conflict. June Whitfield plays Edna's good-natured mother and Jane Horrocks plays Bubble, Edna's inept personal assistant. Others in the cast include Helen Lederer, Harriet Thorpe, Naoko Mori, Christopher Malcolm, Christopher Ryan, and Mo Gaffney. New episodes of Fabulous began running in 2001.

Fox has recently announced plans to create a Us version of Fabulous for the Fall 2009 schedule. »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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He’s Just Not That into You tops the charts as Panther has no claws.

8 February 2009 | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Sometimes, as bad as it may sound, one is almost thankful that a film bombs out at the box office. Much-beloved classics, especially in a series of films like “The Pink Panther,” should never be remade. I say one would be thankful because perhaps they won’t add another abomination to their lineup. Now, the follow-up to the reincarnation, which stars a buffet of talented actors, has debuted in fourth spot with a paltry $12 million from 3,243 venues, averaging just $3,700 per theatre. The first may have made over $80 million domestically simply from crowd curiosity – you can’t pull that move twice. Sorry fellas. Instead, the more deserved contender in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “He’s Just Not That into You” topped the charts with an estimated $27.4 million. The film starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Connelly, Justin Long, Drew Barrymore and Kevin Connolly opened into 3,175 locations and averaged $8,650 per theatre. »

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Henry Selick Interview, Coraline

7 February 2009 8:00 PM, PST | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

Combining the visionary imaginations of two premier fantasists, director Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) and author Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Coraline is a wondrous and thrilling, fun and suspenseful adventure that honors and redefines two moviemaking traditions. It’s the first stop-motion animated feature to be conceived and photographed in stereoscopic 3-D and it’s unlike anything moviegoers have ever experienced before. The film’s characters are voiced by Dakota Fanning,Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Robert Bailey Jr., Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, and Ian McSh »

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Henry Selick’s ‘Coraline’ an Early Contender For Best Animated Film of 2009

6 February 2009 12:59 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Henry Selick, the visionary director of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “James and the Giant Peach” has masterfully directed a mesmerizing journey into the world of imagination called “Coraline”.

Rating: 4.0/5.0 Based on the beloved book by Neil Gaiman, “Coraline” is a nearly perfect stop-motion animated adventure featuring excellent voice work by Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, John Hodgman, Ian McShane, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, and Keith David.

Read Brian Tallerico’s full review of “Coraline” in our reviews section. Last year was an incredible one for animation with moving masterpieces like “Wall-e” and “Waltz With Bashir” and crowd-pleasers like “Kung Fu Panda” and “Bolt,” so it’s hard to say that “Coraline” would have been the best animated film of 2008, but it’s also easy to believe that we won’t see one better in 2009. It’s that good.

What immediately distinguishes “Coraline” is the creative team’s understanding that »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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The Weekend Ahead - "He's Just Not That Into You," "Coraline" and "Push" vs. The Pink Panther 2"

6 February 2009 | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

The Pink Panther 2” looks set to top the weekend charts in 3,243 theatres. Sony/MGM’s first reincarnated film in 2006 brought in over $82 million in U.S. sales alone. Internationally, the comedy pulled in $76.6 million. Steve Martin, Emily Mortimer, Jean Reno, Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina John Cleese and Aishwarya Rai form the main cast. Warner Bros. Pictures’ comedy “He's Just Not That Into You” has the next biggest opening this weekend with 3,175 venues. The strong cast includes Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Connelly, Justin Long, Drew Barrymore, Kevin Connolly and Bradley Pepper. Neil Gaiman’s “Coraline” finds 2.298 locations via Focus Features. Voice talents include Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Ian McShane. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” director Henry Selick helms and adapts the screenplay for the animated family fantasy. Paul McGuigan’s sci-fi action thriller “Push” will be hoping for a good run from its »

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Movie Review: Coraline (2009)

5 February 2009 11:35 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Other Mother (voiced by Teri Hatcher) and Coraline (voiced by Dakota Fanning) in Coraline

Photo: Focus Features I am on record as not being a fan of Henry Selick's Nightmare Before Christmas. Despite its 76 minute running time I actually can't watch more than 15 minutes of that film without falling asleep or losing interest outright. I haven't seen any of his other work and went into Coraline with limited expectations but high hopes. Visually the film delivers and seeing how it was shot in 3D it is a flawless presentation that doesn't rely on gimmicky "comin' atcha" gags to sell the 3D as much as it just feels part of the film. However, the 100 minute running time proves daunting as the first 80 minutes are of only a mild interest while the final moments are certainly an improvement, but not to an extent the film gains any real points. Based on »

- Brad Brevet

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