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8:00 Transformers 8:00 Jesse Stone: No Remorse 10:00 48 Hours Mystery (new) 8:00 TV Funniest Holiday Moments: A Paley Center for Media Special 8:00 Community (repeat) 8:30 30 Rock (repeat) 9:00 Law & Order: Los Angeles (repeat) 10:00 Law & Order: Svu (repeat) 11:29 Saturday Night Live (repeat, with guests Emma Stone and Kings of Leon) More TV to watch when you read more. 9:30 Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas 8:00 Scrooged 8:00 Pride & Prejudice 8:00 Titanic 8:00 The Wizard of Oz 10:15 Surviving Christmas 8:00 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 9:28 Elf »
Computer-generated imagery (CGI) has been playing a role in films for over 30 years. It began merely as the ability to draw lines on TV screens but has evolved into nothing short of the power to create worlds.
Beginning with 1981′s “Looker,” in which a naked image of Susan Dey was generated on a computer, and continuing on through “Avatar” (2009) in which a blue, naked, CGI lady flies around on a dragon, determined computer nerds FX pioneers have tirelessly pushed the boundaries of this technology.
Disney’s “Tron” put CGI in the public eye. In 1976, after encountering the old, old, old-school video game “Pong,” director/animator Steven Lisberger became obsessed with incorporating CGI into films. The graphics »
- Ben Freiburger
Literature is an incredible thing. The power of the pen has toppled tyrants, started revolutions, and led to sweeping social change. Whether it be a Homeric epic, timeless poetry, or a newly-printed graphic novel, great literature has at its core an important idea or moral. Great literature means something to everyone who reads it. Great literature transports you to its world and, perhaps most importantly, great literature teaches you something about yourself and the world around you. That is an author's most powerful gift to the reader - a story or message that broadens the reader's horizons and makes him or her think about something in a wonderfully new way.
I have written often of late about Hollywood's recent tendency to loot old ideas for new content, a tendency that I fear may have dire consequences for this generation's perception towards original literature. It would seem to the observant onlooker »
Warner Bros. and MGM announced today that Cate Blanchett, Ken Stott, Sylvester McCoy and Mikael Persbrandt have all joined the cast of Peter Jackson's long awaited two-part adaptation of "The Hobbit." Blanchett reprises her role as Galadriel, the Lady of Lothlorien from "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. The Oscar winner previously appeared in all three of the "Lord of the Rings" films; "The Fellowship of the Ring," "The Two Towers" and "The Return of the King." She was most recently seen in Ridley Scott's "Robin Hood" and will appear in Joe Wright's thriller "Hanna" this spring. In a statement released »
- Gregory Ellwood
For “Black Swan,” director Darren Aronofsky trusted longtime collaborator Clint Mansell to fill out the whole soundtrack. The upcoming film “Blue Valentine,” meanwhile, is scored entirely by indie rock band Grizzly Bear.
But these defy movie soundtrack conventions. The majority of the great ones are more like mixtapes (yeah, we’re referencing you, Zach Braff), made by director for his girlfriend film. It is sweet, but impersonal.
So when a director collaborates with only one musician to build the soundtrack, it’s like a boyfriend writing and recording an entire album for and inspired by his girlfriend. With that in mind, here are our 13 favorite single-artist soundtracks.
13. ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ (2009)
Artist: Karen O
Standout Track: “All Is Love”
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ sexy vixen Karen O showed her more innocent side with her first film soundtrack. »
- Ryan McKee
On-demand viewing and the digital games revolution take their toll on DVD and Blu-ray
Spare a thought this Christmas for James Bond, kicking his heels at MI6 and getting under M's feet. Daniel Craig was forced to holster his Walther Ppk when Bond 23 was put on hold following the bankruptcy of MGM, under a mountain of debt. The studio's woes were in considerable part the fallout from a phenomenon that threatens not just Hollywood blockbusters but the continuing supply of high-end, home-produced drama and comedy: a sales slump, which may prove terminal, in the once all-conquering DVD home entertainment market.
The DVD, the fastest-adopted electronic consumer product at its commercial introduction in 1998, became the film studios' biggest cash generator, funding a screen production boom. The industry generated $14bn (£9bn) by 2004, with more than 250m discs sold each year in the UK. Broadcasters shared in the windfall as living room »
If you’ve never seen Mad Men (one of the best shows on any channel), Amazon has an awesome reason to finally catch up. That’s because my favorite online retailer has seasons 1-3 on sale for 9.99 each on either DVD or Blu-ray! I’ve Never seen them priced this low.
Mad Men: Season One [Blu-ray] Mad Men: Season One Mad Men: Season Two [Blu-ray] Mad Men: Season Two Mad Men: Season Three [Blu-ray] Mad Men: Season Three
Along with Mad Men, Amazon has some other great deals. I’ve picked some highlights for the front page, hit the jump for the rest. If you’re a fan of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz on Blu-ray are under $11 dollars each…along with the rest of the links. Remember, if you spend over $25 you get free shipping.
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
As HBO works on the upcoming fourth season of their hit vampire series True Blood, one recurring cast member just got promoted to series regular while three more ladies have also joined the cast. Deadline reports Jessica Tuck (who plays Nan Flannigan) will now be a series regular on the HBO drama along with Janina Gavankar who will play Luna, a super-sexy public school teacher and shapeshifter who is first seen attending an informal gathering with others like her. Someone should start a pool to figure out how long into her debut we’ll see her naked. In addition, Alexandra Brecekenridge (Dirt) and Vedette Lim (As the World Turns) have joined the series as recurring characters. Brecekenridge will play Daisy, a member of a wiccan group founded by Marnie (who we found out will be played by Fiona Shaw) while Lim will play Naomi, a fierce fighter who participates in underground cage matches for money. »
- Ethan Anderton
The first day of Amazon.com's Black Friday Week sales have taken over the e-tailers Blu-ray bestsellers chart today. This trend will likely continue straight through Cyber Monday as new one-day only deals will be running through then.
The hottest today has been for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers on Blu-ray, each selling for a mere $7.99 for today only and occupying the first through third sales slots. Coming in fourth is Get Him to the Greek on Blu-ray priced at $10.
After Avatar breaks the Black Friday trend, the sixth spot is owned by The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Edition) for $10. In seventh is How to Train Your Dragon on Blu-ray + DVD combo pack for $17.99, followed by Hot Tub Time Machine for $10 and Taken for $7.99.
Check out all of Amazon. »
Every Christmas, a malevolent force seeks out an unruly family - it then burrows into their hearts and souls, echoing their most disquieting fears, lurking underneath the skin, corrupting the victims from within. They call it Mrs. Miracle (Doris Roberts)...because it is truly miraculous for anyone to come away unscathed. Will Seth Webster (James Van Der Beek), recently widowed dad of two, be able to withstand the temptations of this unstoppable evil? Or will he succumb to Mrs. Miracle and her agent of lust, Reba Maxwell (Erin Karpluk)?
Now that I’ve (hopefully) gotten your attention, allow me to dispel any expectations you may have had - my description is far from the truth. Mrs. Miracle, based on the Debbie Macomber novel of the same name, is calculated and sweetly poised to stop just short of giving you diabetes. This is Hallmark production and it will carry that burden »
- Mark Zhuravsky
We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.
It was back in early high school when my final Dungeons & Dragons campaign faded out — a newfound interest in the opposite sex helped to snuff out that particular fire. I suppose that’s a healthy transition for a 15-year old, but as it turned out, all I’d really accomplished was to trade in a “lifetime” of fictional success for a strong dose of real-life failure, after failure, after failure. But I’m not discouraged. With the success of the Harry Potter novels and films, it’s gotten at least a little more hip to admit to liking fantasy tales, and I can now openly take part in this fictional assembly of my cinematic spell-casting dream team, while still somehow managing to keep my head held high. So with that said, let’s get to it. Here are the Top 7 Movie Wizards »
- Aaron Ruffcorn
With the arrival of Toy Story 3 (2010, Disney, PG), cinema (and now DVD) arguably has its first note-perfect trilogy. While Coppola lost the plot in The Godfather's third act, Kieslowski fumbled the ball with Three Colours: White and Jackson's The Two Towers (inevitably) sagged a bit in the middle, Pixar's bittersweet final outing with Woody and Buzz has all the poignant beauty of the last chapter of Winnie the Pooh. Remember that strange sensation (loss, elation, befuddlement) you got as Christopher Robin tried to explain to Pooh why he might not be coming back to the Hundred Acre Wood but Pooh would always have Piglet and Eeyore to play with? Well, prepare to shed those same tears again – all the more so if you're a grown-up who has long since put away childish things, »
- Mark Kermode
The Scorecard Review Movie Awards: Best of the Decade (Almost)
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2002 – Catch Me if You Can
2003 – Big Fish
2003 – Love Actually
2004 – Fahrenheit 9/11
2005 – A History of Violence
2005 – Match Point
2006 – The Departed
2006 – The Prestige
2007 – Michael Clayton
2007 – The Bourne Ultimatum
2008 – Wall-e
2008 – Slumdog Millionaire
2009 – Inglourious Basterds
2009 – Moon
Every year we select the best in films and let our Tsr fans score each and every one. Now it’s time to look back.
This is just one of 24 categories in The Scorecard Review Movie Awards: Best of the Decade (Almost). The nominations from above are the top two finishers from each year of The Scorecard Review Movie Awards.
Click Here to vote Click Here and “like” The Scorecard Review on Facebook. That way you’ll make sure to get all of the updates and results of Tsr »
- Jeff Bayer
So, Peter Jackson’s wranglings are over, The Hobbit is a go – it’s been a battle as epic as that in The Two Towers. But just when you thought the excitement and gossip was over, Jackson’s pal, Guillermo del Toro has given the thumbs up to the casting of Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins.
In an interview with Shortlist, del Toro said: ‘I have the perfect actor for every character in the movie, but I don’t feel morally correct to saying who now that I’m not directing… But (as for Martin specifically) asbolutely, 100%. I’m a huge fan of his. I love him in The Office and Love, Actually.’
High praise indeed, from the man who had planned to bring Middle-Earth back to the big-screen, until the kybosh was put on it, due to MGM’s finacial troubles. On the other hand, one could hardly state »
- Steve Clark
You may remember an absolute age ago that Don Mancini was talking about a possible 'Child's Play' remake. Well he's been spilling the beans on just what the heck is happening with everyone's favourite killer doll Chucky and what the future holds. So it doesn't appear that a sequel is on the cards but just a 'reboot' of the franchise. The distrubing original 'Child's Play', directed by Tom Holland ('Fright Night', 'Thinner'), was released back in 1988 and starred the voice talent of Brad Dourif ('The Exorcist III', 'The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers', 'Halloween'). But will Dourif return? He lent his voice to the original and it's 4 subsequent (and more comical) sequels but it seems 'the in thing' in Hollywood currently is to replace all decent horror actors (such as 'A Nightmare on Elm Street »
--By Kristen Shalbinkski
"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" returned to the silver screen at Radio City Music Hall this October 8 and 9 for a special two-night-only engagement. The best part? The screenings featured a live symphony orchestra playing the entire score along with the movie. Ludwig Wicki conducted the orchestra, which included over 300 musicians from the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra, the Brooklyn Youth Choir and Dessoff Symphonic Choir.
Now after seeing the film with live musical accompaniment, I have to say this is what a 3-D movie should be like. Forget about cool special effects jumping out at you. Having the orchestra perched directly beneath the screen and playing the score to perfection added another layer of emotion to the film to accompany the already eye-popping 2-D visuals. The "Two Towers" soundtrack is amazing alone, but hearing it performed live in person gives you a greater appreciation for »
- MTV Movies Team
"The Lord of the Rings" trilogy had it all: gripping story, epic action, groundbreaking special effects, stellar performances and one heck of a kickass musical score. For two nights only -- Friday and Saturday, October 8 and 9, at 7:30 p.m. -- "Lotr" fans can experience all of that as they never have before. New York City's famed Radio City Music Hall is presenting two special screenings of "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" accompanied by live concert performances of Howard Shore's Grammy-winning score.
Under a 60-foot-wide screen, 300 musicians -- Switzerland's 21st Century Symphony Orchestra, the Grammy-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus, the Dessoff Symphonic Choir and famed soprano Kaitlyn Lusk, all directed by Maestro Ludwig Wicki -- will perform the entire rousing, spine-tingling "Two Towers" soundtrack while Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli slay Orcs at Helm's deep, Merry, Pippin and the Ents attack Isengard, and Sam and Frodo trek toward »
- Tom DiChiara
A reproduction of the DeLorean time machine from the first film, a Marty McFly Year 2015 jacket and a Nike 'Mag' self-lacing shoe worn by Fox in Back to the Future II and a prop Hill Valley map from Back to the Future III will go under the hammer at the Profiles in History sale on 6 November.
The memorabilia auction will also feature a rare copy of Superman Comics No. 1, which is valued at $100,000 (GBP66,600), and items from Tron: Legacy, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Spider-Man 2.
The auction house will partner with Variety - the Children’s Charity of Southern California and the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Team Fox for the sale. »
Nothing beats seeing a movie on the big screen, and few screens are as big (60 feet!) as New York City’s legendary Radio City Music Hall. And few films are as big as 2002’s The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers, which will get a special two nights only showing this fall at Radio City (1260 Avenue of the Americas, at 50th Street), accompanied by a live concert set to Howard Shore’s original rousing score. Tickets are now on sale for the two performances: Friday, October 8 and Saturday, October 9, both starting at 7:30 pm. Following the success of The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring’s concert last October, middle chapter The Two Towers will receive the same treatment, as Shore’s Grammy-winning complete original score will be performed live to Peter Jackson’s much praised epic. More than 300 musicians will bring the music of Middle-earth to life, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tony Timpone)
Welcome back to our weekly look at the new podcasts available at our new “partners in podcast crime” the GeekCast Radio Network. Each week we bring you the highlights from Gcrn, with descriptions and links to each and every episode.
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