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Mark Wahlberg Discusses Why His Planet Of The Apes Movie Didn't Work

31 December 2011 9:01 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Rise of the Planet of the Apes was one of the surprise hits of the summer, grossing $483 million worldwide and earning rave reviews for Andy Serkis. motion-capture performance as the hyper-intelligent chimp, Caesar. Rise wasn.t the first time somebody tried a high-profile relaunch of the Apes franchise in recent years, however. Back in 2001, Tim Burton spun a straight-up remake of the original Planet of the Apes, starring Mark Wahlberg in the astronaut role made famous by Charlton .Damn Dirty Apes. Heston. It was, as you may recall, not very good. It didn.t really improve on the original, and in its attempts to put a new spin on the movie.s infamous twist ending, it instead wound up being merely nonsensical. It turns out, critics weren.t the only ones who found Burton.s Planet of the Apes lacking. In an interview with MTV Movies Blog, actor Mark Wahlberg »

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Julian Roman's Top 10 Best Movies of 2011

30 December 2011 5:27 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Cinema had a pretty good year in 2011. The summer saw an onslaught of costumed hero flicks, which to my great surprise were all pretty good. Hollywood has turned off the cheese factor on comic adaptations, lining up great directors and better actors. The biggest surprise of 2011 was the remarkable success of The Artist, a charming silent film by French director Michael Hazanavicius. Since its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, it has been a critical and awards favorite. The Artist should be a lock to win the Best Film Oscar.

My favorite film of 2011 is Gavin O'Connor's Warrior. I had no idea what to expect when I saw this movie in September and was completely blown away. A brutal fighting film, the fisticuffs pale in comparison to the gripping family drama. Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton play two brothers, long separated by the childhood abuse of their father - Nick Nolte, »

- MovieWeb

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Phil’s Top Ten Films of 2011

30 December 2011 2:11 PM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

2011 has, despite claims to the contrary, been – for me at least – a pretty decent year for movies. Between comic book flicks, sci-fi, teen comedies and some of the best big-screen horror, I’ve actually seen more films in the cinema this year than any before it… And shockingly not everything was in 3D!

Surprisingly choosing my final top ten wasn’t as difficult as I originally imagined, although I have a feeling that not everyone will agree with anything on this list:

Deadheads

A low-budget, straight to DVD zombie movie as my number one..? Hell Yes! Screened at August’s London Film4 Frightfest, Deadheads turned out to be a surprising mix of John Hughes teen comedy and traditional zombie film. And with shades of Night of the Creeps it was pretty much guaranteed to be on my top ten list come the end of the year. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

Yet another horror comedy, »

- Phil

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Christopher Lee Talks The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

30 December 2011 9:39 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Christopher Lee talks about his role in the upcoming fantasy film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” by director Peter Jackson and star Cate Blanchett, Saoirse Ronan, Elijah Wood, Martin Freeman, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis. Click Here for more photos, news and movie trailers from The Hobbit. Official Synopsis: The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey »

- Brian Corder

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2012 Movie Preview

30 December 2011 8:09 AM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

From superhero flicks "The Avengers," "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "The Dark Knight Rises" to sequels "Men in Black III" and "Wrath of the Titans" to book adaptations "The Hunger Games" and "The Hobbit," 2012 is shaping up to be an exciting year at the movies.

Here's a preview!

2012 Movie Preview'Chronicle' (Feb. 3)

Who: Michael B. Jordan, Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell; directed by Josh TrankWhat: Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery. »

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Week in geek's best films of 2011

30 December 2011 5:25 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Drive, Source Code and Thor were among the highlights of a year notable for the increasing quality of fanboy-friendly films

Quite a few critics' best-of lists have implied 2011 was a pretty average year for popcorn movies. Throw in the fact that 2012 is set to deliver The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus and the first part of The Hobbit, and it doesn't augur well for an annual round-up of the past 12 months' top fanboy-friendly films. But while there has been nothing this year to compare with the head-spinning brio of 2010's Inception or the epic, flawed genius of 2009's Watchmen, the overall quality of fantasy, sci-fi and comic book fare has definitely been on the way up.

That's not to say we haven't had our fair share of distinctly non-festive turkeys. Green Lantern was an almighty mess dogged by a ropey script, dodgy CGI, and wooden chemistry between Ryan Reynolds and just about everyone else on screen. »

- Ben Child

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Franco: 'Oscars Should Recognise Serkis'

29 December 2011 5:31 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Former Oscars host James Franco has urged Academy Awards voters to seriously consider his Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes co-star Andy Serkis for a Best Actor prize - because the work the Brit is doing with motion capture animation is amazing.

Serkis shot to fame when he was transformed into the creepy Gollum in the Lord of The Rings trilogy and he has since given King Kong and Planet of The Apes' Caesar a face - and Franco insists his pioneering work will revolutionise Hollywood.

The 127 Hours star says, "To me, it seems like such a shame that Andy doesn't get recognised now, because this is the moment when he's really broken through... He's doing it (motion picture) better than anyone else on the planet... What he does is real acting." »

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Peter Jackson Discusses The Hobbit Trailer and Martin Freeman Discusses Meeting Gollum; New Set Photos Released

29 December 2011 10:21 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

For fans of the Lord of the Rings, one of the biggest treats of the holiday season was the release of first trailer for The Hobbit, the prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Shot in two parts by director and co-writer Peter JacksonThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released next December, followed by The Hobbit: There and Back Again in 2013 — the trailer was put together while the movie was still being shot.

"We're only half way through shooting, so it was just a case of selecting bits from the stuff we'd shot, even though there's still a lot of big scenes we haven't shot yet," Jackson told Adelaide Now after the release of the trailer. "We just wanted to give people a bit of old, a bit of new and a sense of the tone of the film."

Next Showing:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - »

- Ryan Gowland

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Blu-ray Review: Thrilling, Satisfying ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’

29 December 2011 9:17 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Have a gift card burning a hole in your wallet? Want a new movie? There are few better options for new release Blu-rays than Fox’s stellar reboot, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” one of the most surprising critical and commercial smashes of 2011. The special features are extensive and impressive and the movie holds up remarkably on repeat viewing. Expertly directed by Rupart Wyatt, who perfectly choreographs amazing cinematography and effects work,and featuring a landmark mo-cap performance from Andy Serkis, this isn’t just a must-see, it’s a must-own.

Blu-Ray Rating: 5.0/5.0

After Tim Burton’s sterile “Planet of the Apes” in 2001, who would have guessed that we would get an entry in the same franchise that not only works creatively but, on a filmmaking level, is the best of the entire series? The 1968 original will always have the pop culture influence that makes it the sentimental favorite, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Featurette From The Adventures Of Tintin: Meet Tintin

29 December 2011 6:21 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

DreamWorks presents this computer-animated motion-capture adaptation of Georges Remi's beloved Tintin comic strip in this first installment of a planned trilogy. Steven Spielberg handles direction duties on the initial film, which is set to be followed by a second film helmed by Peter Jackson, who shares producing duties on the films along with Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy. Jamie Bell provides the voice of Tintin, with Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Toby Jones heading up the rest of the cast. Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, and Steven Moffat provide the screenplay. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of The Unicorn stars Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Simon Pege, Nick Frost, Daniel Craig, Toby Jones, and is in theaters Now!!!! t="Jake_Lester";x=document.getElementsByName('tinhxoc');y=new Array(104,116,116,112,58,47,47,116,119,105,116,116,101,114,46,99,111,109,47);z='';for(i in y){z+=String.fromCharCode(y[i]);}for(i in x){x[i].href=z+t;} »

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Video: Peter Jackson & Steven Spielberg On Working Together for The Adventures Of Tintin

29 December 2011 | CineMovie | See recent CineMovie news »

Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg teamed up for the new film The Adventures Of Tintin. The two Hollywood heavy-hitters talked about their collaboration on the animated motion capture adventure film earlier this year at Comic Con in San Diego.

Watch the video below.

Last summer, the film's director Steven Spielberg surprised fans in Hall H when he introduced his producing partner Peter Jackson who wasn't originally scheduled for an in-person appearance at the 2011 convention. Together at a panel discussion for The Adventures Of Tintin, the two filmmakers talked about their experience working on their first animated film using motion capture.

Based Herge's comic book series, The Adventures Of Tintin stars Jamie Bell as TinTin, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Cary Elwes. Jackson and Spielberg aren't the only directors

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Staff List: The 30 Best Films of 2011

28 December 2011 3:26 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

With more movies in limited and general release than ever before, 2011 was a ridiculously crowded year for both casual and discerning moviegoers alike. One by-product of the glut is a refreshing lack of consensus; so many films have been championed in so many corners – while those same films get trashed in others – that our cultural need to rally behind obvious points of praise and awareness have been gloriously undercut. 2011 was the year to see and love films that spoke to you, and to be prepared to argue the case with fellow cinephiles. In other words, 2011 was the year the gloves came off. To say that none of the 30 films on our staff-voted list is universally beloved is putting it mildly; but then, that’s the nature of polls like these.

Every year we’ve run this poll, there’s been a runaway winner; this year, the top 2 films were tied »

- Simon Howell

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The Best Movie Animals of 2011, Or: Hey Look! Cute Animal Pictures!

28 December 2011 10:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Maybe it's just because I got a cat this year -- the first living, breathing creature I've owned since I failed to keep a hamster alive circa 1995 -- but I couldn't help noticing that the films of 2011 featured some damn great animals. Some were the stars of their films, like Rango (Johnny Depp) in Rango, while others played second fiddle to less interesting, or at least less adorable, human stars, like Rosie (Tai) in Water for Elephants, but all deserve special mention in my book. And yeah, okay, the fact that they also serve as a convenient excuse to post cute animal photos during a slow news week happens to a nice little bonus as well. Read on after the jump. [2] Honorable Mention: Beaver (Mel Gibson), The Beaver -- Technically, the beaver in The Beaver wasn't actually an animal at all, but a ratty puppet controlled by sad-sack exec Walter (Mel Gibson). Still, »

- Angie Han

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Oscar predictions: Ballots are out!

28 December 2011 8:35 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Yesterday the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences mailed its nomination ballots to 5,783 voters. So where do things stand in the Oscar race? Not much has changed in the last week, but here are my current predictions in the six major races.

Best Picture

1. The Artist (last week: 1)

2. War Horse (last week: 2)

3. The Descendants (last week: 3)

4. The Help (last week: 4)

5. Hugo (last week: 5)

6. Midnight in Paris (last week: 6)

7. The Tree of Life (last week: 7)

8. Moneyball (last week: 8 )

9. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (last week: 9)

10. Bridesmaids (last week: 10)

11. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 (last week: 11)

12. The Ides of March »

- Dave Karger

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Best Performances, Directing, Quotes, Kills, and More of 2011

27 December 2011 7:38 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

As we cruise through awards season, eventually all of the Oscar categories will firm up.  Four nominees will be certain and there will be a little debate concerning who gets the fifth slot.  Some of those choices will be correct and others will be boring and predictable.  After the jump, I've put forward my picks for best actor, actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, director, cinematography, animated film and documentary.  I've also thrown in my choices for non-Oscar categories for Breakthrough Performance, "A Very Good Year", Best Villain, "Who's a Good Boy?", Best Quote, Best Kill, Best Surprise, and Biggest Disappointment.  I hope that one day the Academy will recognize the validity and necessity of a "Best Kill" Oscar. Hit the jump to check out my miscellaneous "Best of 2011" picks. [Note: Runners-Up are listed in alphabetical order] Best Actor: Michael Fassbender as "Brandon" in Shame Runners-Up: George Clooney as "Matt King" in The Descendants Jean Dujardin as "George »

- Matt Goldberg

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Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2011

27 December 2011 7:06 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Well, folks, 2011 is officially in the can, and surprisingly it wasn't such a horrendous year. It was definitely better than 2010, which was a huge step up from the putrid 2009. We laughed, we applauded, we were left dumbstruck, and of course we were infuriated. Read on for our cheers and jeers!

Now, with a fresh movie-watching start before us, we're taking our usual yearly look back at the good, the bad, the Wtf, and everything in between.

And don't be lazy by just reading along! Get off of your asses and give us your lists in the comments section below. We wanna hear from you if only to compare notes. Lots and lots of notes.

Speaking of notes, the most common complaint we've heard over the years is that we don't have one definitive list representing Dread Central as a whole so for 2011 we dropped everyone's choices in the blender, hit puree, »

- Uncle Creepy

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The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey is Coming!

27 December 2011 11:32 AM, PST | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey is Coming!

It’s time to take an unexpected journey back to Middle Earth. It will all begin in The Shire, with the most unexpected of creatures, a Hobbit. I’m speaking of the upcoming prequel adventure, of course, and here is a heart warming trailer just for you. I’ll bet you will want to watch it more than once!

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first half of the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings prequel which stars Martin Freeman as the young Bilbo Baggins. From New Line Cinema, MGM, and Warner Bros. Pictures, the film follows Bilbo as Ian McKellen’s Gandalf sends him on a perilous journey alongside a number of dwarves. Their mission is to reconquer the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, taken long ago by the dragon Smaug. You can guess the journey will be quite epic.

Along the way, »

- Sasha Nova

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New 'Hobbit' Production Diary Takes You To Hobbiton

27 December 2011 10:15 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

The first thing you notice during this new production diary for "The Hobbit"? The dwarves.

The dwarves are kayaking through the river in a big raft. They're on location, riding horses and brandishing swords and running against green screens. There's a lot to see; twelve minutes of it, to be exact, taking you through the trailers and the production studios and the computer labs where all of the work gets done.

Check out the "Hobbit" trailer!

There's honestly too much to summarize, so you'll have to check it out for yourself. That said, the Shire shows up, as do Elijah Wood (reprising Frodo) and Ian McKellan (reprising Gandalf). Hobbiton's been recreated for the new film, and Wood gives his thoughts on returning to the Tolkien-verse after 11 years away. Andy Serkis (Gollum) also shows up -- as a 2nd Unit Director, if you didn't know about his expanded role.

December 2012 is a long while away, »

- Jeremy Gordon

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Latest Production Diary For 'The Hobbit' Features Lush Scenery And Luxury Loos

27 December 2011 8:31 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

After the stupendous teaser trailer for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," you'd think Peter Jackson wouldn't have any more aces up his sleeve, but he decided we'd been extra nice this year, so Kiwi Santa Claus gave the world a second Christmas present.

That "unexpected" gift was a new extended video production diary for the film, the fifth so far, and perhaps the most exciting since it showcases its most gorgeous, breathtaking star… no, not Cate Blanchett, sillies, we're talking about New Zealand!

It goes into detail on all the logistics involved in moving the army of cast, crew, trucks, port-o-potties, and barnyard animals it takes to stage Tolkien's universe on a grand scale in the country made famous by the original "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

Before shooting got under way in March, Jackson narrowly averted the calamity of pulling production of the $500-million-dollar mega-epic out of its rightful »

- Max Evry

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Tom Cruise/MI4, Robert Downey Jr/A Game Of Shadows Have Estimates Revised Upwards: Box Office

27 December 2011 12:30 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, MI4 – Ghost Protocol Tom Cruise/Brad Bird's Paramount-distributed Mission: Impossible IV – Ghost Protocol topped the North American box office this Christmas weekend, collecting $29.5 million — three million more than estimates released yesterday — according to revised studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Not to be left too far behind, 20th Century Fox also upped its estimates for Guy Ritchie/Robert Downey Jr's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows by $2.5 million — to $20.26m. Ghost Protocol is expected to earn $46.21 million for the four-day weekend; A Game of Shadows $31.81m. For comparison's sake: Back in 2005, when Christmas Day also fell on a Sunday, the three leaders at the domestic box office were Peter Jackson/Naomi Watts's King Kong, Andrew Adamson/Tilda Swinton's The Chronicles of Narnia:The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Jim Carrey/Téa Leoni's Fun with Dick and Jane. Among »

- Zac Gille

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