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Welcome to Criterion Corner, where the movies love you back. A column dedicated to the wide and wonderful world of the Criterion Collection, Criterion Corner runs twice a month, one installment featuring reviews of Criterion's new releases, and the other an essay pertaining to Criterion culture. Follow @CriterionCorner and the Criterion Corner Tumblr for daily updates! December tends to be a rather quiet time for Criterion, as they use the the month to tie up whatever loose ends remain after the massive glut of major holiday titles they drop into our laps just before Black Friday. For the second year in a row, Criterion’s December slate features only one new title -- last year it was Guillermo del Toro’s Cronos, this year it’s...
- David Ehrlich
Well, with twelve months basically in the can, it’s time to put the year to bed, and hopefully, into a little perspective. 2011 was, well, just another year in movies, and that's not to say it was an uninteresting year, it's just that while things are evolving, and not always for the better, Hollywood, indies and the general state of filmmaking kept on trucking like they had to. Sure, it was hard for some movies to get made. Warner Bros. apparently said no to a Leonardo DiCaprio pitch because it was a drama (and he's their golden child), big, ambitious studio projects were shut down because the chance to recoup seemed too tenuous (Guillermo del Toro's R-Rated $150 million "At The Mountains Of Madness") and several highly expensive tentpoles that were released this year ("Green Lantern," "Cowboys & Aliens") turned out to be some rather underperforming turkeys ('Gl' was supposed to trigger a lucrative franchise, »
by Joe Vampire
The holidays have descended upon us again, and you know what? I got the bug. I’m feeling generous. This is the official season of giving and I’m gonna give! Unfortunately, you’re not getting something awesome. This is more like getting chlamydia. But, at least I’m warning you?
Today I’m going to give you a list that will be perfect inspiration for your Christmas Holiday / New Years list. I’m going to tell you about some strange, terrible, and ridiculous movie monsters.
10. Giant, fluffy bunnies (from Night of the Lepus)
You know what the internet loves? (Besides horrific p*rnography, of course.) Cute animals! The internet loves cute animals, as evidenced by the ubiquity of the cheezburger hasing lolcats. In this day and age, there’s no way that anybody could be scared by a movie about big, evil rabbits. But, was this »
Presented by horror master Guillermo Del Toro, Don.t Be Afraid of the Dark brings the scares to DVD and Blu-ray on January 3rd from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Directed by Troy Nixey from a screenplay by Del Toro and Matthew Robbins and the teleplay by Nigel McKeand, Don.t Be Afraid of the Dark was produced by Mark Johnson and Del Toro. The film stars Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce, Bailee Madison, and Jack Thompson. Synopsis: Sally, a young girl, moves to Rhode Island to live with her father and his new girlfriend in the 19th century mansion they are restoring. While exploring the house, Sally starts to hear voices coming from creatures in the basement whose hidden agenda is to »
- Patrick Luce
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 24, 2012
Price: DVD Tba, Blu-ray $40.99, Blu-ray 3D Tba, DVD Double-Pack Tba
Studio: DreamWorks Animation/Paramount Home Entertainment
The animated movie tells the story of Puss in Boots years before he met Shrek and Donkey. Puss is a wanted fugitive trying to clear his name. Puss finds his female match in Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek, Frida), who takes Puss to his old friend but now enemy Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis, It’s Kind of a Funny Story). Together with Humpty and Kitty, Puss plans to steal the beans, get to the Giant’s castle, grab the golden goose and clear his own name. But along the way, they have to face-off with infamous criminals Jack (Billy Bob Thornton, Armageddon) and Jill (Amy Sedaris, »
It's nearly five years since we heard a peep from Juan Antonio Bayona, the Spanish helmer who made such a splash with his Guillermo del Toro-produced debut "The Orphanage," one of the most commandingly made and effective horror films of the last couple decades. Big things were expected of Bayona subsequently, but if the Hollywood offers came, he turned them down, instead sticking with Spanish money, albeit with international stars, in the shape of Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, for "The Impossible." Shot back in 2010, word's been pretty quiet on the film, which features the stars as a family caught up in the terrible Boxing Day tsunami of 2004, which killed as many as 300,000 people at the time. Until yesterday, that is; in a slightly unfortunate piece of timing, Warner Bros. Spain saw fit to release a teaser trailer for the film on the seventh anniversary of the catastrophe. It's all in Spanish, »
Just in time for the new year, Warner Bros. has released their slate of films scheduled from January 2012 through December 2012. Some noticeables on the list include Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, Wrath Of The Titans, The Gangster Squad, Ben Affleck’s Argo, The Untitled Jay Roach Comedy on August 10th, Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Below are a few new images, along with descriptions and trailers. From the lineup below, appears that Warner Bros. will be box office champs by year end.
- Michelle McCue
It's not out for another year but Rise of the Guardians is getting into the festive spirit with a new teaser poster.
The DreamWorks Animation film is a 3D comedy adventure based on William Joyce's forthcoming The Guardians of Childhood books and is described as a contemporary fairy tale.
Joyce serves as co-director (with Peter Ramsey), story creator, producer and executive producer on the upcoming film, which features Nicholas St North (aka Santa Claus, voiced by Alec Baldwin), Tooth (aka the Tooth Fairy, voiced by Isla Fisher), Bunnymund (aka the Easter Bunny, voiced by Hugh Jackman) and Jack Frost (voiced by Chris Pine). They join forces with the Sandman (whose casting hasn't been announced), to stop Pitch the Nightmare King (aka The Boogeyman, voiced by Jude Law) sending the world into eternal darkness.
Also in the cast is Dakota Goyo as a boy called Jamie. The 12-year-old Canadian actor »
- David Bentley
With just under a year to go before the arrival of the first installment of Peter Jackson's two-part Lord of the Rings prequel - and ten years after the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - the filmmaker has taken us back to Middle-earth with the first official trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which was released online in the early hours of this morning along with a brand new poster from the film.
It's been a long road for The Hobbit film adaptation. Jackson first came on board as executive producer four years ago, only for MGM's financial troubles to cause a number of delays that eventually led to the departure of the original director, Guillermo del Toro, who shares scriptwriting credits with Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. However, principal photography finally got underway this past March with back-to-back shoots »
Two-minute online teaser has already been watched by more than one million viewers, but will it beat $3bn taken by trilogy?
It is a trailer to whet the appetite of Tolkien fans, full of misty mountains, murky forests and all manner of plucky little adventurers. Released online, the two-minute Hobbit teaser is here to reassure the faithful that Peter Jackson's troubled Lord of the Rings prequel is firmly back on track and due to arrive in cinemas in time for next Christmas.
Adapted from Jrr Tolkien's 1937 bestseller, The Hobbit follows the fortunes of humble Bilbo Baggins, who finds himself dragooned into joining a band of dwarves on a mission to reclaim their ancestral treasure. Yet the film almost stalled on the starting grid. First, the production was delayed by a protracted legal dispute between Jackson and the studio New Line, which had backed the Lord of the Rings franchise. »
- Xan Brooks
2011 has been the year of Ryan Gosling and Jessica Chastain, but the latter hasn't really been around much to enjoy it. I spoke to "The Help," "Tree of Life," "Coriolanus," "The Debt," "Take Shelter," "Texas Killing Fields" actress Wednesday evening at a relaxed and holiday cocktail party DreamWorks held at SoHo House Los Angeles to celebrate "The Help." Chastain has spent the last three months in Toronto where she was shooting "Mama," a Warner Bros. thriller produced by Guillermo Del Toro and (arguably) her first paycheck role. She's also spent the rest of the year shooting Terrence Malick's next untitled »
Bilbo Sets off in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Get ready to meet the young Mr. Bilbo Baggins in the flesh, lads and lassies. We have him in a fresh new film still and we have in a jolly good video. So, let’s return to Middle Earth, shall we?
Our picture comes from The Hobbit movie’s official Facebook page. Bilbo is portrayed by Martin Freeman in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which is Peter Jackson’s first half of a prequel adventure to The Lord of the Rings trilogy. In the photo, Bilbo is looking slightly introspective as he no doubt readies for his unexpected journey. He wears a green Shire vest and nice red overcoat. He has his walking stick.
As for today’s video, it is something you won’t want to miss. Yes, oh yes, I got chills. And here I thought the new Batman »
- Sasha Nova
We've been following Tom Cruise's road back to the 'M:i' series, leading up to the film's release Wednesday (December 21).
By Kara Warner
After a five-year hiatus, Tom Cruise is back as superspy Ethan Hunt in "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol." This is Cruise's fourth foray into the world of fancy gadgetry, high-stakes missions and crazy action sequences, with "Incredibles" director Brad Bird at the helm of his first live-action film.
To celebrate Cruise's long and winding road back to Hunt and the "Mission: Impossible" franchise, here is everything you need to know about "Ghost Protocol," which releases wide Wednesday (December 21).
The Return of Ethan Hunt
Although Cruise's third "Mission" film was a bona fide box-office success following its $134 million gross in 2006, the green light for a fourth film was a long time coming. First, director J.J. Abrams confirmed that »
The rolling green hills of The Shire never looked so good and Howard Shore’s majestic score has never sounded so sweet. That’s right, the first official trailer for The Hobbit has arrived and it’s so good it’ll make you grow hair on your feet. In it you’ll hear a voice over of Bilbo Baggins start into another storytelling session to Frodo and soon we see Gandalf luring Bilbo Baggins into his destiny to the Lonely Mountain in search of the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the dragon Smaug. Martin Freeman looks terrific as the younger Bilbo Baggins and he should be splendid in the lead role. There’s also a few familiar faces that will be sure to please fans as well as a roll call of the 13 dwarves joining Bilbo and Gandalf. The trailer is also planned to be shown in theaters before »
- Ernie Estrella
Ten years ago this week The Fellowship of the Ring was released. Peter Jackson's first Tolkien adaption silenced a great many naysayers who said J.R.R. Tolkien's novels could never be properly translated to film. It also fostered a mainstream interest in fantasy movies that continues a decade later. The development of a film based on Tolkien's original Middle-Earth novel, The Hobbit, was the subject of speculation as soon as Jackson started work on The Lord of the Rings. Actually making the movie was a terrifically complicated process that involved rights deals, the financial solvency of MGM, a long period of development under original director Guillermo del Toro, and the eventual return of Peter Jackson to the director's chair. Now the first teaser trailer -- a long teaser, at that -- has been released for the first of two films based on the novel. Get the first look at »
- Russ Fischer
In it, you can see the way Jackson has visualized the tale of young Bilbo Baggins and his journey, with thirteen dwarven warriors, to the lost dwarf kingdom of Erebor (and his accidental discovery of the One Ring).
Guillermo del Toro helped write the script for this one, meaning it will be good, along with Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens. It stars Mckellan as Gandalf, once again, (inexplicably older) and Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Evangeline Lily, Andy Serkis, and Richard Armitage.
The trailer shows Bilbo meeting Gandalf and the Klingon, er, I mean, "dwarven" warriors (dwarfen?) for the first time. It kind of rocks. It won't be out for a full year:
If you find the trailer »
(L-r) James Nesbitt as Bofur, Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins (front), Stephen Hunter as Bombur, Graham McTavish as Dwalin, William Kircher as Bifur and Jed Brophy as Nori in New Line Cinema’s and MGM’s fantasy adventure The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by James Fisher.
From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes the first trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey the first of two films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Who’s ready to journey back to the Shire?
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the 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, »
- Michelle McCue
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey trailer arrived right on cue this evening, bringing to life a now proven accurate leaked description that made the Internet rounds several days ago.
The trailer opens much as the film will with an older Bilbo Baggins (Ian Holm) telling Frodo (Elijah Wood) that there's more to his past adventures than he had previously let on. This is a great new introduction by Peter Jackson and scribes Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro forge a visual link to The Lord of the Rings trilogy for those moviegoers unfamiliar with J.R.R. Tolkien's books. The Ring and Gollum in the closing shots further cement the bond.
Once the trailer flashes to younger Bilbo (Martin Freeman), it quickly introduces thirteen dwarves, one-by-one, and the man they follow, Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage). Galdalf (Ian McKellen) gets quite a few scenes including some action. Another familiar face »
It’s been a tumultuous trek for The Hobbit over the past two years. The project was slowly but steadily coming together under the guiding hand of Guillermo del Toro – that is until MGM’s financial blues forced the filmmaker off the project in 2010. Even after Lord of the Rings helmer Peter Jackson finally stepped in to take del Toro’s spot, union issues, funding concerns, and health problems threatened to derail the cinematic return to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth.
Fortunately, those problems were all eventually resolved and the majority of production on The Hobbit has now been complete – enough so as to allow for the release of an actual teaser trailer for the Rings trilogy semi-prequel.
For those who’ve never read Tolkien’s source material, here is an official ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Well, it screened recently at AICN's "Butt-Numb-a-Thon" -- an annual 72 hour non-stop screening of genre-minded films, plus some early sneak peeks from the new year -- and it was rumored to appear this weekend in front of Warner Bros' "Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows," and that's likely the case, as here it is: the first teaser trailer for Peter Jackson's long-time-coming "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" has finally arrived (almost an ironically fitting title since Guillermo del Toro was originally supposed to direct the film). And yes, it's a Peter Jackson "Lord Of The Rings" film through and through, to the extent that it feels awfully familiar. Is Jackson trying to bring something new to these films or are they just a "the further adventures of..." story, only this time it's a prequel. It's hard to say. Those who loved the originals will feel very at home, but if you're hoping for. »
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