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Just a brief note to wish all of our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone here at Flickering Myth, and to say thank you for supporting the site over the past year.
We'll be revealing our "Top 10 Movies of 2011" on New Year's Eve, but like us you'll likely be casting your eye towards 2012's cinematic slate by now, so to help you plan your viewing here's a selection of potential highlights to look out for in the coming year (sorted roughly by order of arrival)...
Los Angeles — Hollywood has more tricks in its bag than ever with digital 3-D and other new film tools. Yet as the images on screen get bigger and better, movie crowds keep shrinking – down to a 16-year low as 2011's film lineup fell well short of studios' record expectations.
Through New Year's Eve on Saturday, projected domestic revenues for the year stand at $10.2 billion, down 3.5 percent from 2010's, according to box-office tracker Hollywood.com. Taking higher ticket prices into account, movie attendance is off even more, with an estimated 1.28 billion tickets sold, a 4.4 percent decline and the smallest movie audience since 1995, when admissions totaled 1.26 billion.
Just what has put the movie business in the dumps is anyone's guess – though safe bets include the tight economy, rising ticket prices, backlash against parades of sequels or remakes, and an almost-limitless inventory of portable and at-home gadgetry to occupy people's time.
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Beauty And The Beast returns to the big screen on January 13, 2012 in Disney Digital 3D., introducing a whole new generation to Belle (voice of Paige O.Hara), the Beast (voice of Robby Benson) and the castle.s enchanted staff.a teapot, a candelabra and a mantel clock.
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- Movie Geeks
With the U.S. box office poised to finish down around four percent year-over-year for 2011, Hollywood is setting its sights on 2012 with the hope that grosses can at least stabilize in the next 12 months. Similar to 2011, the upcoming lineup is packed with established and aspiring franchises and plenty of animated titles, most of which will be delivered in 3D. Considering audience interest in these areas appears to be on the decline, 2012 may not deliver the sort of jolt needed to revive confidence in the theatrical business. Click here to see a full list of currently scheduled 2012 movies.Looking ahead, the biggest title of 2012 will almost certainly be The Dark Knight Rises. The movie is the follow-up to 2008's The Dark Knight, which ranks third all-time with $533.3 million, and the promise that it's the conclusion to director Christopher Nolan's Batman series should guarantee the movie winds up at least over $400 million. »
- Ray Subers
"I'm not one of those people who sits in the dark, looking at their work from 70 years earlier," Angela Lansbury insists. "I'm really not."
Still, the widely loved stage and screen star is pleased that many of her films are about to be showcased by Turner Classic Movies. The channel has named the "Murder, She Wrote" television icon its Star of the Month for January, with Lansbury festivals running each Wednesday.
The titles range from her screen debut in 1944's "Gaslight" (Jan. 4) to her chilling portrayal of one of movie history's most manipulative mothers in 1962's "The Manchurian Candidate" (Jan. 18) -- both Oscar-nominated performances.
"When I see it now," Lansbury tells Zap2it of her "Gaslight" work, "I say, 'How did you ever have the chutzpah to play that role as you did, at that age?' I'm enormously interested in how I arrived at that performance, but I also »
This was a hell of a year in The Criterion Collection. Between films about phantom carriages, angry jurors, beasts and beauties, stranded astronauts, international revolutionaries, and great dictators, Adam Charles and Landon Palmer found their wallets empty and their cinephilic obsessions sated. Here are their eleven favorite releases and upgrades of the year… #591: 12 Angry Men (1957) Of all of the types of releases one could find in the Criterion collection, it’s tough to find a significant release from popular/prominent American filmmakers who sprang up during the highs of the 1950s and 1970s. Why’s that? Most of the studios held on to the rights of those films and have released, more often than not, their own fully-loaded discs with pristine transfers. One of the few missing from that group was 12 Angry Men. It was Sidney Lumet‘s first picture, and while Lumet is criminally not considered amongst the higher ranks of the Scorseses and Kubricks »
- FSR Staff
I'm writing to you this afternoon in the late stages of a full-on nostalgia buzz. The reason? Last night, I had the pleasure of taking in a performance of the Beauty and the Beast musical at St. Louis' beautiful The Fabulous Fox theatre. Thanks to Belle's "Little Town", "Something There", and the Academy Award-winning title track, I'm still giddy and in complete tune with my five-year old self nearly 24 hours after the fact. Now, if I could just get my hands on that old Proton Pack I used to lug around at all times, my return trip to the '90s would be complete... ...In this week's "Top 5" you'll find a collection of items from The Dark Knight Rises, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo interviews with David Fincher, Rooney Mara, and Daniel Craig, tidbits of news from J.J. Abrams' Star Trek sequel, director Brad Bird talking about Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, »
- Jason Barr
To say Once Upon a Time has made a splash among viewers this year would be a gross understatement. The show’s enchanting characters, rich mythology, and heartbreakingly artful storytelling has cast a spell on many — not the least of which are readers of my Spoiler Room column.
Once Upon a Time closed out its first half with the death of a major character (Rip, Sheriff Graham »
- Sandra Gonzalez
It's been on ice at Disney for years, but it now seems that a thaw is approaching Uncle Walt's version of The Snow Queen, which has just scored a November 2013 release date, under the new moniker Frozen. That whole clever "thaw" line doesn't really work when paired with that title, but give us a break, eh? It's Christmas.The story, of course, is Hans Christian Andersen's and involves Kay, whose mind is twisted when his heart and eyes are pierced by shards of an evil troll mirror. He's then willingly abducted by the Snow Queen, who travels the world with the winter weather. Kay's playmate, neighbour and sweetheart Gerda however, still believes in him and sets out on an epic quest to retrieve him from the Snow Queen's palace.Animator Glen Keane (The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, Aladdin) was working on the project as early as a decade ago, »
Walt Disney Studios has announced the title for their Holiday 2013 movie -- Frozen. All of the Hollywood tradepapers are reporting that the movie in question is the Pixar film announced at D23 Expo: Bob Peterson's "The Untitled Pixar Movie About Dinosaurs". This is not the case. It seems that the confusion came as the Dinosaur project originally had the November 27th, 2013 date, and it appears Walt Disney Animation has now taken that date for their own release. What is the film? The project formerly known as The Snow Queen. We have independently confirmed this with three sources. I was first tipped off when Pixar animators were tweeting the news, expressing their surprise as even they had not heard about the title. I confirmed with Disney Publicity that it wasn't a Pixar movie after all, right before BleedingCool  tipped me that the project might actually be The Snow Queen. And »
- Peter Sciretta
Walt Disney Pictures, along with Pixar and Marvel Studios, has released a preview of their upcoming 2012 release schedule for movies opening between January and December of this New Year. These movies include Beauty and the Beast 3D, The Secret World of Arrietty, John Carter, Chimpanzee, Marvel's the Avengers, Brave, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Finding Nemo, Frankenweenie, and Wreck-It Ralph.
Beauty and the Beast 3D - January 13
Walt Disney Animation Studios' magical classic Beauty and the Beast returns to the big screen in Disney Digital 3D™, introducing a whole new generation to the Disney classic with stunning new 3D imagery. The film captures the fantastic journey of Belle (voice of Paige O'Hara), a bright and beautiful young woman who's taken prisoner by a hideous beast (voice of Robby Benson) in his castle. Despite her precarious situation, Belle befriends the castle's enchanted staff: A teapot, a candelabra and a mantel clock, »
As "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1" continues to burn up box offices around the world, screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg has officially become the highest-grossing female screenwriter in Hollywood—earning over $2.56 billion (with a "b") in worldwide revenue from her manuscripts.
Prior to "Breaking Dawn: Part 1"'s insane international run (which now clocks in at $647.3 million), scribe Linda Woolverton held the record. Woolverton has had a 20-year career thus far, with some of her biggest hits including Tim Burton's 2010 adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland," Disney's 1994 smash hit "The Lion King" and, last but not least, Disney's 1991 blockbuster "Beauty and the Beast."
Of course the competition is far from settled, as there are all kinds of factors that could change the current standings. "Breaking Dawn: Part 1" is still in theaters for one thing. Plus, there's still "Breaking Dawn: Part 2" to come, which, unless something goes terribly wrong, should be »
- Elizabeth Durand
There has been a lot of talk about We Need to Talk About Kevin. It’s divisively made its way through the festival circuit, even being kind enough to grace Fantastic Fest 2011 with its presence. After an Oscar qualifying run, it was all set to bow on January 27th in limited markets, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Oscilloscope is delivering it two weeks early. The film from Lynne Ramsay starring Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly will now hit New York on January 13th (up against a re-re-release of Beauty and the Beast 3D, The Iron Lady and foreign remake Contraband starring Mark Wahlberg) and Los Angeles January 20th (up against a dozen other movies). Oscilloscope head David Fenkel touts the critical strength of the movie and large reception during its qualifying run as the reason to get it in front of eyeballs sooner, but there’s also a shrewd move here to make the film »
- Cole Abaius
One will make a "plea for tolerance" and be delivered by the stars of some of Channel 4's diversity programmes, including Max Laird from Seven Dwarves and Beauty and the Beast contributor Susan Campbell-Duncan, who has a facial disfigurement.
The theme of their broadcast will be "Just Be Yourself" and they will be joined by Karen Gayle from My Transsexual Summer and acid-attack survivor Katie Piper – the second time she has recorded an Alternative Christmas Message for Channel 4.
The second alternative message will feature Vic Goddard, the headteacher of the comprehensive school that appears in Channel 4 documentary Educating Essex, and his deputy Stephen Drew. »
- Tara Conlan
Director: Alberto Belli.
According to the Urban Dictionary, a zombo is one of either five definitions and there is no unanimous agreement over which is the correct term. In the short film of the same name, it is the nom de plume of the lead character, a zombie hobo looking for the sound of music to sing along to in the world of 1930's Broadway.
In this little alternate universe, zombies are a fact of life and they retain their human intelligence. Because of that, these creatures are treated like dogs. When they become a nuisance, they can be carted away to a pound. With Zombo (Nicholas Joseph Harden) and Frank (Kelly Connell) looking for their next meal, how each of them embraces their life on the streets differs from how they interpret success. Frank »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ed Sum)
by Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: Angelina Jolie’s director debut is caught between two very specific goals. On one hand, it wants to be a thoughtful, adult romantic drama that happens to be set during a period of rather ghastly civil war. On the other, because there really hasn’t been a major motion picture set during the Bosnian war that raged primarily from 1992-1995, writer/director Jolie feels a need to craft a somewhat definitive account of the conflict. As a result, much of the picture feels like a glorified book report, with characters ham-fistedly explaining the nature of the conflict, the living conditions of the victims, and character arcs. The film constantly violates the ‘show-don’t-tell’ rule, with lead characters explicitly stating their emotions and their character arc. Like Atom Egoyan’s Ararat (which dealt with the 1915 Armenian genocide), the film spends much time feeling less like a »
- Scott Mendelson
By Todd Garbarini
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Beauty and the Beast was a very successful film for Walt Disney upon its was released on Wednesday, November 13, 1991. The follow-up to the studio’s highly praised The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast proved that a new generation of audiences had a desire for animated film fare. As a result of this success, Disney decided to create another adventure with Belle and the Beast. The result was Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, which originally was intended as a theatrical continuation of the story, but ended up being produced for home video in 1997. The film may appear to be a sequel, but it is not. The action actually takes place within the timeline that occurs in the original film: after the fight with the wolves, but before the fight with Gaston.
Since the Beast was transformed from a Prince on Christmas, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Now that James Cameron and George Lucas are already busy converting their old films to 3D -- with Peter Jackson on the verge of making an official announcement regarding his Lord of the Rings trilogy -- it's only a matter of time before other big-name directors decide to tackle a conversion of their most beloved films. Disney has already seen a lot of success with conversions for The Lion King (with Beauty and the Beast upcoming), and both Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Titanic will tell us a lot about the future of live-action conversions of older titles when they hit theaters early next year. Should both of those films make bank at the box office, prepare yourselves for a lot more where that came from. Obviously the next name you go to...
- Erik Davis
The first 10 years of the new millennium brought us Christian the Lion, Antoine Dodson, and some formerly floppy-haired Canadian kid you may have heard of named Justin Bieber, so how has the first year of this decade shaped up, virally speaking? Well, let’s see… hydrangeas were pronounced hateful (or, to be more accurate, loathsome), Beauty and the Beast got the West Hollywood treatment, a respected newsman collapsed into giggles over a Frenchman’s urine, a teen shot to stardom by serenading a day of the week, and… well, we could go on and on. Instead, we’ve posted all »
- Lanford Beard
... or to take arms against a sea of troubles - those of 3D.
As I wrote this article, heated debates broke out between my brother and I - he being strongly pro-3D and I anti-3D. He thinks within five years most movies will be filmed and projected in 3D; I disagree, stating 3D shall go the way of the dodo (once again). The 'pro' contingency believes 3D films are a better experience and far more enjoyable than 2D (normal vision). What a load of hype! It’s all to do with money. Don’t get me wrong - if people don’t attend cinemas the movie industry makes no profits and collapses – and I am definitely against this. I just say we don’t need 3D gimmicks to experience a true cinema experience. Some say 3D is a revolutionary change in the history of cinema just like the »
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