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Should 'Avatar' Be Considered for Best Animated Oscar?

14 December 2009 9:56 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Zoe Saldana in Avatar

Photo: 20th Century Fox I'm not going to ask why Avatar isn't on the Academy's short list for Best Animated Oscar because the answer to that question is obvious... it wasn't submitted. Perhaps that's just the problem though. Why not? And don't go jumping to a quick decision. Let me give you a little food for thought. I might be able to make a case that will have you considering it much more than you may think.

First off, let's look at a few details to help the discussion along. Here are four of the 20 films that were submitted for consideration in the Best Animated Feature Film category: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Disney's A Christmas Carol Monsters vs. Aliens Up Keep those films in the back of your mind for a second while I ask (and try to answer) a few questions you may »

- Brad Brevet

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Breillat's Bad Love becomes a Must Read, not a Must See

12 December 2009 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

If the debilitating after-effects of a stroke weren't bad enough (she miraculously gave birth to not one (The Last Mistress) but two films when you add the Nyff selection Bluebeard) now comes word that the Bad Love (a project which she mentioned to us the last time she came to Nyff for a film), a remake of Breillat's own film, is Doa. - Thanks to Fin De Cinema's Joe Bowman for piecing together an update on provocatrice filmmaker Catherine Breillat. If the debilitating after-effects of a stroke weren't bad enough (she miraculously gave birth to not one (The Last Mistress) but two films when you add the Nyff selection Bluebeard) now comes word that the Bad Love (a project which she mentioned to us the last time she came to Nyff for a film), a remake of Breillat's own film, is Doa. It would have starred model Naomi Campbell, »

- Staff

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[Movie Review] The Princess and the Frog

10 December 2009 10:33 PM, PST | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Being a princess is not always an easy way out of a problem.

If there’s anything modern about The Princess and the Frog, that would be it. Touted as Disney’s big return to hand-drawn animation, it’s the first of the Disney Princess line that doesn’t have its main character escape hardship by finding true love in a rich suitor. Though the two main characters spend most of the movie as a couple of frogs (a fact that might raise a few eyebrows, considering how much has been made about this being Disney's first "black princess") going on an enchanted adventure, it's in human form that they really make lasting impressions.

Our heroine Tiana (Anika Noni Rose) is certainly no princess. She’s a woman whose idea of happily ever after is buying a fixer-upper factory to turn into her very own restaurant. Her prince, a flirt »

- Arya Ponto

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Why 'The Princess and the Frog' is Great Entertainment for Everyone

26 November 2009 9:05 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

The 1995 arrival on the movie scene of Pixar and their premiere film, Toy Story was a watershed event in the world of animation; at once a blessing and a curse. While the revolutionary animation brought cartoons to a whole new level of realism, it also quickly put several nails in the coffin of the 2-D animation those born before 1990 were raised on. Gone were the days of onscreen watercolor masterpieces like Sleeping Beauty or The Little Mermaid or The Lion King. Now, 15 years later, Disney has decided to give their old-fashioned animation one more try with the New Orleans-set The Princess and The Frog. And they succeed admirably at bringing that old Disney feeling back to the silver screen.

The Princess and The Frog is a play on the old fairytale, "The Frog Prince". This time, our princess is actually a struggling waitress named Tianna (Anika Noni Rose) who dreams not of romance, »

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'The Princess And The Frog,' 'Me And Orson Welles' And 'The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee' In This Week's unLimited

24 November 2009 11:00 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

It's another big holiday weekend with plenty of new releases to consider following your Thanksgiving feast this Thursday (and following your subsequent leftovers feasts through Sunday). In the same way that many Americans prefer alternatives to the traditional turkey and stuffing dinner on the day of gratitude, many moviegoers want something other than a studio tentpole release the day after Thanksgiving. Really, why would you want a popcorn movie when you're still full from the night before?

There are a couple of limited release options this week, including an important studio film getting a surprisingly soft opening, to appease such a film diet. Check these films out if you want something different as or additional to your main course this weekend:

"Me and Orson Welles"

What is is: Richard Linklater, director of "Dazed and Confused" and "School of Rock," returns with a fictionalized coming-of-age drama set during production of Orson Welles »

- Christopher Campbell

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Halfway House: Merryweather Knows Best

10 November 2009 9:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

halfway through the day we stop a movie halfway through. What do we see?

37 minutes into Sleeping Beauty, one of the greatest fashion decisions in all of filmdom occurs. Behold the wisdom of Merryweather. blue

So much better.

If the cinema had existed in the 14th century Merryweather would have become the next Edith Head. If only she could serve as a judge on Project Runway.


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Movies That Make Me Think of Halloween

30 October 2009 9:51 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Recycled Film Experience! I wrote some of this in advance -- years in advance in fact -- to free up time to enjoy this costume crazed holiday. I originally published this list in 2005, but I've tweaked it some. Plus, not all of you were around in 2005. Herewith, the top 12 movies that remind me of Halloween. It's a top ten list and it's not even Tuesday. I'm so generous.

12 The Batman franchise (1989-2008)

In 1997 I went out Halloween clubbing as the Uma version of Poison Ivy. Whenever you dress up as a movie character the year the movie comes out, you'll have competition. There was another Poison Ivy there but I buried her, I promise. I had the horns and all the details, see. It was the longest I ever spent getting ready for Halloween (which is saying something): glue guns, orange wigs, fake foliage, you name it. I don't try as hard anymore. »


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A Different Way to Look at Disney Princesses

28 October 2009 2:33 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

I find it amazing that there was never a Disney revolution. Just this week I wrote about how horror was reinvigorated when women were allowed to fight back. Thinking of the two together, it's a bit embarrassing that horror fiends could buy into strong women, but familial units could not. On one side, there's Laurie Strode and Sydney Prescott. On the other...

There's an image swirling around Digg, which you can see above (click on the image to get it full-sized). It's the classic Disney princesses roster -- Snow White*, Aurora, Jasmine, Ariel, Belle, and Cinderella. Above their smiling faces, however, are their basic characteristics and plot lines. When you boil it down to the basics, the story is enough to make anyone queasy. Snow White's hormones almost kill her, Aurora is married off in the crib for politics and saved years later with a kiss (or sex and slavery »

- Monika Bartyzel

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Girls on Film: Maleficent's Reign

13 October 2009 6:02 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

We can't go through a month of villain themery on Cinematical without gushing over Maleficent. But since there's much to talk about, I wanted to give her more than a brief ode via "Villains We Love." She's one of the biggies when it comes to villainesses, so naturally, she should have a week's reign on Girls on Film.

Maleficent first appeared after the stirring of a strong wind and dramatic music. From a green fog she emerged, a loyal crow at her side, but she didn't just delve into evil in Disney's Sleeping Beauty. She looked around her, at a celebration including royalty, nobility, and gentry. She saw her fairy foes, and asked where her invite was. Naturally, there wasn't one for the weird and powerful faery, so she decides on a curse: Before the sun sets on the princess' sixteenth birthday, she will prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die. »

- Monika Bartyzel

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Blu-ray review: ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’

13 October 2009 8:57 AM, PDT | | See recent Reel Loop news »

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is one of those iconic films that stretches across generations. Familiar yet fresh, Snow White’s entry onto Blu-ray is not only a celebration for millions of families across the world; it’s a celebration for Disney. Snow White, like Mickey Mouse, is their bread and butter. If they screw up Snow White, you’d better believe that Disney would collapse under the weight of all the hate mail. Nobody wants to be the one to tell Walt’s frozen head that his flagship movie is a stinker on Blu. Luckily nobody has to do it as Snow White’s eagerly anticipated debut is magnificently crammed with actually interesting content and will be a prized-possession for younglings and their great-grandparents everywhere.

The story is the same as you remember it. The Wicked Queen is vying for the title of “fairest of them all” but »

- Erik Buckman

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ Continues Disney HD Standard

12 October 2009 8:03 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Every Disney catalog Blu-Ray that has been released to date has been a must-own HD title. “Sleeping Beauty” may still be the most complete and beautifully designed Blu-Ray ever and “Pinocchio” is not too far behind. To no one’s surprise, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” doesn’t break the pattern, even if it’s not quite the ‘game-changing’ release that its Disney HD predecessors arguably were.

Blu-Ray Rating: 5.0/5.0

The Blu-Ray/DVD combo release may not be a game-changer but the film itself undeniably was. Any list of the most influential films of all time that doesn’t include “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” is simply incomplete. “Snow White” was the first feature-length animated film ever made and it launched the Disney brand. If it had failed, as most insiders thought it would, there probably would be no Disney. Imagine a world without the films that the »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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[DVD Review] Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Diamond Edition

8 October 2009 11:00 AM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Critics, animation historians and Disney lovers alike shower Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with praise for being “the film that started it all”. It deserves its accolades because, unless you’re going to be a Steamboat Willy stickler, it’s the one that put Walt Disney on the map. The rich colors and the fairytale-simple story make it an engaging tale that children and adults alike can watch over and over. Revisiting it years later, after being spoiled with Disney’s current Pixar run or the beautifully drawn 2D films of the 90s like Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, Snow White retains all its magic and surprises you with how dark some of its imagery actually is.

Snow White and Sleeping Beauty always stood out amongst the other films in Disney’s repertoire. When Snow White debuted in 1937, it was followed by Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi, Cinderella and »

- Lex Walker

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Blu-ray Review: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Platinum Edition)

6 October 2009 2:07 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is 72-years-old and it is coming home in a bright and shiny Blu-ray high-definition transfer that is simply a must own for any fan of 2-D animation and a requirement for any Disney buff. This is the third classic Disney feature to hit Blu-ray along with Sleeping Beauty and Pinocchio and like those two it is simply beautiful. The package includes a two-disc Blu-ray Diamond Edition release and also includes a single disc DVD for those that may be looking to adopt Blu-ray in the future or may want the DVD edition to keep the kids entertained in the car. Disney is also doing something a little different with this release and making it available in both Blu-ray and DVD style packaging supposedly so it will fit in better with the rest of your collection. I guess that would make sense if you didn't own any other Blu-rays, »

- Brad Brevet

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Lella Smith Takes Us Through the History of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

4 October 2009 8:51 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Creative Director of the studio's Animation Research Library shares some rarely-seen concept art from the film and talks about this classic.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will debut on Blu-ray and kick off the studio's wonderful new Diamond Collection DVD/Blu-ray line on October 6, and I recently was fortunate enough to participate in a web event that gave this animated classic - the first feature-length film from the legendary studio - some new context. The web event was with Lella Smith, the Creative Director of the Walt Disney Animation Studios Animation Research Library, and before fielding questions from the press, she showed us a slideshow presentation filled with rare concept art images and information on the film.

We were shown images of some of the early dwarfs that didn't make the final seven, like Baldy and Jumpy and we also saw how some of the early images of »

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Gay Of The Dead 24: “Unspeakable Horror”

4 October 2009 8:18 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Remember books? You know those collections of paper that had writing on them? Think analog websites. Well, back in the olden days, they could be as scary as movies.

I grew up a bookworm courtesy of my parents. They read constantly, and made sure I had a library card as soon as I could read. (Libraries = analog ISPs.) I devoured horror paperbacks, and in one notable reading marathon, read Audrey Rose, beginning to end, in one 24 hour sitting. I even spent the summer I turned 12 working at Aunt Bonnie’s Used Books in Helena, Mt. No salary; I was paid in all the paperbacks I could lug home, which meant my collection of horror movie novelizations grew into the hundreds. (I sold them all in college for money and have spent the last decade buying them all again.)

Now it’s the future, and more and more people turn to the Internet for reading material. »

- (Sean Abley)

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[DVD Review] Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams

18 September 2009 5:13 PM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

With a price tag of $20.99 and a runtime just shy of an hour, parents may perhaps balk at this most recent Disney parental go-between, which will happily entertain their kids so that they don’t have to, deciding that the rate is less in line with your average babysitter than a live-in, inner-city nanny who also performs light housework.

A pure piece of candy-coated bubblegum fantasy aimed firmly at the under tens the Disney Princess Enchanted Tales series blends traditional animated fantasy with songs and simplified life lessons into bite sized developmental education with the added benefit of perhaps a little peace and quiet.

Dividing itself into two separate chapters loosely knotted together by the soothing, non-threatening, warble of narrator Susanna Blakeslee (she even sounds like a Disney character), this edition reintroduces us to the continuing adventures of Princess Aurora, aka Sleeping Beauty, and Princess Jasmine, star of Aladdin.

Beginning »

- Neil Pedley

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Planned Disney Theme Park Expansions Seem to Lack Magic

15 September 2009 12:53 PM, PDT | thetorchonline | See recent thetorchonline news »

According to the New York Times, the Walt Disney Company has announced plans for several revisions in its U.S. theme parks, including a renovation of the Star Tours attraction at several parks and an expansion of Fantasyland at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The Fantasyland additions are thought to be a response to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a highly-anticipated attraction opening next year at Universal Studio's Islands of Adventure, a rival Florida theme park. Many media outlets, including the Times, are calling these "major" park revisions, but they actually seem quite modest, especially in comparison to Harry Potter. The new additions to Disney World's Fantasyland include an area where attendees can interact with Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Belle. »

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Disney launches its classics on Blu-ray Hi-Def

11 September 2009 8:44 PM, PDT | BusinessofCinema | See recent BusinessofCinema news »

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (Wdshe) has launched the new Diamond Collection, which comprises Walt Disney Studios most historic and beloved animated classics that will debut on Blu-ray Hi-Def.Beginning with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on 6 October, the Diamond Collection comprises an additional 13 of Disney's most treasured titles, including: Beauty and the Beast, Fantasia and Fantasia 2000, The Lion King, Bambi, Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, The Jungle Book, 101 Dalmatians, Sleeping Beauty, and Pinocchio. »

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Tron's Light Cycle, Jake Gyllenhaal's Duds and More at Disney's D23

11 September 2009 7:02 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

The coolest stuff at Disney's D23 Fan Expo is ... stuff we can't take pictures of. They've assembled a small fraction of the items from the Walt Disney Archives into an exhibit, but it's marked "No Photography" with huge signs, and there are Disney thugs inside ready to beat you down with mouse ears if you so much as haul your cell phone out of your pocket.

It's a real shame, because they have things in there like: Mary Poppin's costume, Jack Sparrow's pirate duds, Tron's original suit and disc, a huge model of the Nautilus from 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, the jewel-encrusted book from the opening of Sleeping Beauty, a full-scale V.I.N.C.E.N.T. and Maximilian from The Black Hole, and both Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus outfits. I know you're definitely wondering about those. I'll save you the time, she's tiny.

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- Kevin Kelly

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The Dark Knight Tops 2009 DVD Critics Awards

10 September 2009 8:51 AM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

The results have been revealed for the 2009 DVD Critics Awards, which are presented every year (for the last five years) by Home Media Magazine, honoring DVD and Blu-ray titles from the previous year. The awards are usually held in conjunction with the Home Entertainment Summit, but the latter has been delayed due to scheduling conflicts. Nonetheless, the awards were given out and the critically acclaimed and much-loved Batman film, The Dark Knight, scooped up the most awards.


For the first time in five years, a TV DVD set has taken the top “2009 Critics Awards’ Title of the Year” in the form of The Sopranos: The Complete Series, which also earned the award for Best Collection/Multidisc set. But apart from that, The Dark Knight dominated with four awards. The awards were a mix of critics and judges’ votes, and online consumers (the latter in special categories such as “Best Superhero »

- Ross Miller

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