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Season's Greetings and a look ahead to the films of 2012

30 December 2011 3:59 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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)...

Beauty and the Beast 3D (dir. Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise)

Contraband (dir. Baltasar Kormákur)

Haywire (dir. Steven Soderbergh)

Red Tails (dir. Anthony Hemingway)

W.E. (dir. Madonna)

Underworld Awakening (dir. Mans Marlind, Bjorn Stein)

The Grey (dir. Joe Carnahan)

Man on a Ledge (dir. Asger Leth)

Chronicle (dir. Josh Trank)

The Woman in Black (dir. James Watkins)

Safe House (dir. Daniel Espinosa »

- flickeringmyth

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What's Wrong With Hollywood?

29 December 2011 9:52 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

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.

The year »

- AP

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2012 Preview

28 December 2011 6:55 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

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

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Tmp's Prelude to 2012—Part 1: Underworld: Awakening, The Grey, Safe House, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, and More

27 December 2011 6:00 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Overall, 2011 was a pretty good year for movies.  We had some great films throughout the entire year, and some very notable and memorable ones that will surely remain in our hearts from 2012 onward.  But if you thought 2011 was a crazy year for film, you ain't seen nothing yet.  2012 is ridiculous, with some extremely high profile films hitting throughout the entire year.  How is a person supposed to sort through them all?  Well, like always, Tmp is here to help.  Throughout the last week of 2011, we will be covering the Entire year of 2012 in full detail.  Every notable release within the next 12 months will be discussed and scrutinized in six easy to read, yet thorough segments.  2012 is going to be a huge year for film...and we'll be here every step of the way to help you through it.  Welcome to Tmp's Prelude to 2012!  First up...The months of January and February! »

- TheCritic28@gmail.com (Matthew Legarreta)

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Burning Questions: Has George Lucas Pushed His Luck Too Far?

26 December 2011 8:22 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Yippee? The Phantom Menace returnsMichael C. here to pose a question I am very curious to have answered this coming February 10th.

I do not want to talk about Star Wars anymore. Honestly, I don’t.

I especially do not wish to discuss the quality, or lack thereof, of the prequels. What would be the point? Their awfulness has been exhaustingly detailed and now qualifies as unimpeachable fact. Furthermore, George Lucas has demonstrated he will never express one iota of remorse for the jaw-dropping destruction of his legacy that unfolded from 1999 thru 2005. As recently as last year I spotted him on The Daily Show proclaiming that, gosh darn it, people just cannot get enough that scamp Jar Jar Binks, oh how the fans love his goofy, vaguely racist antics.

So with the artistic failure of Phantom Menace fading into cinematic infamy alongside The Godfather Part III, and with George Lucas »

- Michael C.

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Must Watch: 70-Minute Take Down Of Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull

23 December 2011 2:48 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It's been almost a year since we last posted a review from Red Letter Media's Mr. Plinkett. If you're not aware who that is by name, you may remember him as the guy who did the epic 70-minute review of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (and its subsequent sequels) as well as Avatar, Star Trek and Baby's Day Out. The last movie he reviewed was Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, and that was all the way back on New Year's Eve 2010. It's been a rough drought, but finally he is back and with a perfect target: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Check out both parts of the video below or over on Red Letter Media's site. The thing that's so great about these reviews (and the reason why we keep posting them) is because they're not only intelligent breakdowns of disappointing films, but they »

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Prometheus trailer takes Alien into uncharted territory

23 December 2011 7:47 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Ridley Scott returns to his old franchise bearing an arsenal of 21st-century space-travel motifs. But will he forgo the original film's creepy intimacy?

Trailers for highly anticipated 2012 Hollywood films are, apparently, a bit like buses. You wait ages for one to come along, then three turn up at once. This week alone we've already seen promos for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises and Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Today it's time to get our first glimpse of Prometheus, the long-awaited return to the Alien universe (and indeed science fiction) of one Ridley Scott.

There's been much debate recently over whether trailers have begun to give far too much away about the movies they foreshadow. The extended promo for David Fincher's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo earlier this year ploughed so deep into the film that anyone hoping to enter the cinema relatively fresh would have been sorely disappointed. »

- Ben Child

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'Hobbit' Expert Breaks Down New Trailer

21 December 2011 8:21 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Editor's note: TheOneRing veteran Larry Curtis will be joining NextMovie as our regular "Hobbit" gollumnist (get it?) in January. He got a head start on his role with five astute observations on the "Hobbit" trailer that hit the web last night.

1. The best bits were missing — and that's a good thing.

Movie trailers are just commercials that try to convince the masses to return to the theater and buy more tickets. Sometimes marketing folks don't show enough restraint because they want butts in seats, but with this "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" teaser, we're introduced to a load of characters and some broad conflicts — but not much was spoiled. One of the most influential monsters in popular culture, the dragon Smaug, isn't so much as hinted at and some major characters like Bard the Bowman and shape changer Beorn were also saved for later. Also missing: nasty goblins, wargs, spiders and an epic five-army battle. »

- Larry Curtis

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‘Star Trek 2’ Will Be Post-Converted; Additional Cast Details Arise

20 December 2011 8:56 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

I’ve been softening up on 3D in the past month or so, but I still found myself cautious and nervous over the announcement that Star Trek 2 would be presented in the format. Something to do with old habits, I guess.

This latest news doesn’t help — J.J. Abrams recently told MTV that the sequel will be shot on film — which, if you don’t know, also means shot in 2D — then post-converted afterward. Attempting to justify the approach, he explained by saying “with our release date now we have the months needed to do it right because if you rush it, it never looks good.” And, on top of that, Abrams would like to shoot with the non-3D IMAX, his “favorite format.” (Don’t forget that he’s a producer on Ghotocol, which features a few stunning IMAX-shot action sequences. This I can fully support.)

Trailers for »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Yoda Is Front And Centre In New Poster For Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D

20 December 2011 9:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

In the past few months, we’ve seen the brilliant first poster and trailer for the 3D re-release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace to whet our appetites for the film’s return to the big screen at the start of next year.

I wasn’t a frequent cinemagoer when the film first came out in 1999 – mind you, I had only just turned nine, so that’s not really my fault – and so I for one (amongst the millions of other fans, I’m sure) cannot wait for it to come back to cinemas. The re-release will be the first of all of the six films to be put back into the cinema in the next few years, following their conversion into 3D to give fans of the franchise a whole new cinema experience to look forward to.

We’ve now got a great new poster for the film to share with you, »

- Kenji Lloyd

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CGI Yoda Gets 'Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace' 3D Poster

20 December 2011 7:46 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Whether you want it or not, the 3D re-release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is hitting theaters in February. However, with George Lucas' desire to keep changing his films years after completion, this release features at least one element not yet seen on the big screen in The Phantom Menace: a CGI Yoda replacing the puppet initially used when the film was released in 1999. The animated version of the character was used in both Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, but has only been seen on the Blu-Ray release of Episode I until this Russian poster showed up reminding us of Lucas' meddling ways. Here's the Russian poster featuring CGI Yoda from The Phantom Menace, via IMPAwards: George Lucas' Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, originally released in late May of 1999, will be re-released in digital 3D in theaters »

- Ethan Anderton

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A CGI Yoda Appears On The Russian 3D Phantom Menace Re-release Poster

20 December 2011 6:47 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

With George Lucas looking to milk us for even more of our hard earned cash for his big-screen 3D re-release of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace (further sequels will also be re-released every year), here we have our first look at a CGI Yoda. The image comes from a Russian poster and the film will see the puppet from the original 1999 replaced by a CGI version.

Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace 3D is released on the 9th February 2012.

Source: Imp Awards »

- Craig Hunter

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Christmas Video Vault: Jingle All The Way

20 December 2011 4:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Ah, being a child in the nineties: GameBoys, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, early Pixar films, Batman: The Animated Series and Pokemon trading cards. But when it comes to Christmas films, one of my favorites as a youngster was Jingle All the Way, which was not only one of my first Christmas films at the cinema, but also my first Arnold Schwarzenegger film.

With this being a staple among the massive amount of films I watch for the holiday season each year (including The Muppets Christmas Carol, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Elf), I thought that it would be a great excuse to write about this childhood film of mine and seeing how it stands as a festive treat after all these years.

The film opens up with a tacky-looking children’s action show featuring Turbo Man saving the president’s family from his arch nemesis, Dementor. The camera zooms out »

- Martyn Warren

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Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace 3D International Poster

19 December 2011 9:36 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

An international poster was released for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, which is coming back to theaters in an all new 3D version February 10. Take a look at this new Russian poster below, which features a CGI Yoda.

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace comes to theaters February 10th, 2012 and stars Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid, Pernilla August, Oliver Ford Davies, Hugh Quarshie. The film is directed by George Lucas. »

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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D movie poster 2 with Yoda

19 December 2011 8:55 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Yoda in poster for the 3D re-release of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. In truth, I wasn't a big fan of the first installment in George Lucas' latest Star Wars offerings, but I am curious as to how the 3D will look, and as such, add some more appeal to a somewhat lackluster film. This second poster, which is a Russian version, features only Yoda (voiced by Frank Oz). Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace takes a journey back to the earliest days of the Star Wars legend where viewers see the historic meeting between young Anakin Skywalker (played by Jake Lloyd) and Ben "Obi-Wan" Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), the young Jedi Knight who comes to be his mentor for a time »

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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D movie poster 2 with Yoda

19 December 2011 8:55 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Yoda in poster for the 3D re-release of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. In truth, I wasn't a big fan of the first installment in George Lucas' latest Star Wars offerings, but I am curious as to how the 3D will look, and as such, add some more appeal to a somewhat lackluster film. This second poster, which is a Russian version, features only Yoda (voiced by Frank Oz). Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace takes a journey back to the earliest days of the Star Wars legend where viewers see the historic meeting between young Anakin Skywalker (played by Jake Lloyd) and Ben "Obi-Wan" Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), the young Jedi Knight who comes to be his mentor for a time »

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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D movie poster 2 with Yoda

19 December 2011 8:55 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Yoda in poster for the 3D re-release of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. In truth, I wasn't a big fan of the first installment in George Lucas' latest Star Wars offerings, but I am curious as to how the 3D will look, and as such, add some more appeal to a somewhat lackluster film. This second poster, which is a Russian version, features only Yoda (voiced by Frank Oz). Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace takes a journey back to the earliest days of the Star Wars legend where viewers see the historic meeting between young Anakin Skywalker (played by Jake Lloyd) and Ben "Obi-Wan" Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), the young Jedi Knight who comes to be his mentor for a time »

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CG Yoda Featured In New Poster For Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 3D

19 December 2011 4:53 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Set against the thrilling and exotic backdrop of a “galaxy far, far away,” Star Wars is perfectly suited to the immersive 3D theatrical experience, and Episode I delivers some of the Saga’s most stunning and spectacular sequences – from the Naboo invasion to the Tatooine Podraces to the climactic lightsaber battle between Darth Maul and the Jedi. Supervised by Industrial Light & Magic, the meticulous conversion is being done with utmost respect for the source material, and with a keen eye for both technological considerations and artistic intentions. Via Imp Awards. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is the first film in the franchise to be released in 3D, and it's coming out on February 10, 2012. »

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New Posters for Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 3D and Mirror Mirror

19 December 2011 2:18 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

We’ve got a couple of new posters to share with you today. First up is an international poster for the 3D re-release of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menance. There’s not much to it, as it’s basically just Yoda getting his stare on. Apparently overseas Yoda is the big draw to get people to see Episode I again, while in the U.S. it’s Darth Maul and pod racers. Additionally, we’ve got a poster for Tarsem Singh’s Snow White film Mirror Mirror. Every new piece of marketing material for the flick makes it less and less appealing. The trailer was beyond strange, and this poster ups the “fluffy” factor even more. Maybe kids will respond, but at this point I don’t see teenagers/adults flocking to this Snow White tale. Hit the jump to check out the posters. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace »

- Adam Chitwood

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CGI Yoda Featured on Russian Star Wars: Episode I 3D Poster

19 December 2011 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

A new Russian poster for the 3D rerelease of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace is now online, courtesy of Imp Awards . Showcasing Yoda, the poster should serve to remind audiences that the February 10, 2012 re-release marks the first time that the CGI version of the character will be featured on the big screen in this particular film. Though Lucasfilm used a 3D model for Episodes II and III, The Phantom Menace originally featured a puppet version of Yoda, subsequently replaced by CGI for the Blu-ray release earlier this year. »

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