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Yesterday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences mailed out 5,783 nomination ballots for the 84th Academy Awards to its voting members. Those ballots must be returned to PricewaterhouseCoopers by 5 p.m. Pt on January 13 with nominations to be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 5:30 a.m. Pst. In short... there is still a ton of time between now and then for the race to change. Even though ballots must be turned in before the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards will be handed out, the winners from the SAG Awards especially will help in trying to determine some categories in the race. The Critics Choice Awards on January 12th may also give us a little bit of a clue as to which way the tide is turning in other races, though it's always hard to shake out just how much critical opinion matters in these races. A lot? »
- Brad Brevet
by Colleen Wanglund, MoreHorror.com
Released in the United States by WellgoUSA in November, the new Helldriver DVD/Blu-ray is chock full of low-budget zombie goodness. Originally released theatrically by Sushi Typhoon, bastard child of Japan’s Nikkatsu Corporation, Helldriver takes a unique and funny look at the zombie apocalypse.
An alien life form has turned the world’s worst mother into the queen bitch of zombies and proceeds to spew a dark ash into the skies over Northern Japan. The country has been split in two with a wall built to protect Southern Japan from being overrun by hungry zombies. With the north reduced to an apocalyptic wasteland the south has become overcrowded by survivors and food and living space is at a premium. The current administration wants to wipe out the zombies and take back the country, so they send a “volunteer” group on a suicide mission to »
"Steven Spielberg's War Horse, a deliberate throwback to a long-dormant style of unabashedly sentimental Hollywood filmmaking, is so completely what you would expect it to be that it comes back around and transcends its own clichés," suggests Slate's Dana Stevens. "In this 146-minute Wwi epic, there are plucky tenant farmers and sneering, oppressive landlords. There are idealistic youths whose character is tested by the crucible of war. There is, my right hand to God, a comic-relief goose. Above all, there are horses, those animals whose kinetic grace seems intimately bound up with the history of cinema, from Eadweard Muybridge's racehorse photographs to John Ford's equine-crisscrossed landscapes. If you don't thrill to the site of a horse galloping across a green meadow with a beautiful young rider on its back — if you believe (wrongly) that National Velvet is just a sappy kids' movie — then you may not be susceptible »
If you're a film nerd, you immediately recognize the name Janusz Kaminski. That's because as the director of photography on The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, War of the Worlds, Jerry Maguire, Saving Private Ryan, Munich, Schindler's List, Catch Me If You Can, and so many other great movies, Kaminski has clearly demonstrated that he's one of the best cinematographers in the world. So when I was offered the chance to interview him at the New York City press junket for director Steven Spielberg‘s fantastic new movie, War Horse, I jumped at the chance. During the interview he talked about how he picks his projects, if the location where a movie is being made influences him, his thoughts on film vs. digital, the difficulty of setting up a scene when a horse is a major character, and I tried to get him to talk about Lincoln. However, while he wouldn't say much on Lincoln, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Steven Spielberg sits down at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City. He’s surrounded on his right by producer Kathleen Kennedy and special effects guru Joe Letteri, and on his left by stars Jamie Bell and Nick Frost. Yet despite that wealth of creative talent seated at the front of the pressroom, journalists seem exclusively zeroed in on Spielberg — he’s essentially the target of every question being asked.
Unsurprisingly, though, the iconic director, addressing everything from his early fascination with Normal Rockwell to the labored-over images in his new action-adventure picture The Adventures of Tintin, matches the straight-arrow interest of his questioners note for note. With Tintin and War Horse both hitting theaters this holiday season, and with production on the Daniel Day-Lewis-starring Lincoln well underway, Spielberg is clearly in the crunch of a major creative spree, and that focus bleeds into his responses, which are rifled off with forceful precision. »
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Title: War Horse Directed By: Steven Spielberg Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Peter Mullan, Emily Watson, Niels Arestrup, David Thewlis, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Celine Buckens, Toby Kebbell, David Kross, Matt Milne, Robert Emms, Eddie Marsan There’s a reason why Steven Spielberg is so successful; he knows how to make a movie for everyone. Jaws, E.T., Jurassic Park, Catch Me If You Can and more. Sure, not all of them can be considered pristine filmmaking, but still, generally all of his films are incredibly enjoyable and not only does War Horse follow suit in terms of entertainment and emotional value, but quality-wise, it’s certainly on the top tier. After his pride gets »
- Perri Nemiroff
Considering I started conjuring images of an Indian sidekick named Hadji when first made aware of news Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson were directing a The Adventures of Tintin trilogy, my knowledge and therefore enthusiasm in the project was somewhat lacking. Once I put my head straight, removed any “Johnny Quest” infusions, and feasted on what looked like a gorgeous animated motion capture world, my interest piqued more. It wasn’t until watching the silhouetted credit sequence—recalling Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can—in Hergé‘s original comic style that the fun started to really sink in. Abstractly telling the entire story we were about to see, the adventurous shadows of Tintin and his Watson-like dog Snowy stumbled along with a glowing orb of light throughout the cast and crew list. And then the veil was lifted and the three-dimensional retooling arrived with as much charm and fun »
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Being completely unfamiliar with Hergé’s popular illustrated stories, I came to this movie as a blank slate, with no expectations. After an imaginative opening title sequence (scored by John Williams in a sprightly mode reminiscent of Catch Me if You Can), I was enveloped in the spirit of a rousing, old-fashioned adventure yarn. I only wish I felt the same way when the movie concluded. Director Steven Spielberg and his producing partner Peter Jackson have said that they wanted to recreate the look and feel of Hergé’s work, to the point that one could freeze any frame of the film and find its equivalent in one of the Tintin books. That’s a key reason they...
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 For a while there it looked like Ariel Vromen's The Iceman was on the verge of falling apart, as James Franco dropped out  of the project. But the hitman biopic is moving along with David Schwimmer  and Chris Evans  added to the cast in recent weeks, and now Winona Ryder has boarded the picture as well in a role once slated for Maggie Gyllenhaal. Ryder will play the wife of mob contract killer Richard Kuklinski, a.k.a. The Iceman (Michael Shannon), who's unaware of the true nature of her husband's career. Ray Liotta and Ryan O'Nan will also star. Based on interview footage and Anthony Bruno's book The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer, the picture is scheduled to begin production early next year in Louisiana. [Deadline ] After the jump, a former Everybody Loves Raymond star gets fired by a former The Office star, a »
- Angie Han
Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee Uma Thurman will have a five-episode guest-starring arc on NBC's new musical drama Smash as a famous and somewhat difficult movie star who flirts with the idea of starring in "Marilyn," the musical within the musical.
Thurman also is well-known for her starring role in the cult feature film hit Pulp Fiction (for which she received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations) as well as for Kill Bill Vol. 1, both directed by Quentin Tarantino. She first achieved notice in the film Dangerous Liaisons and Henry & June, and went on to star in other films such as Kill Bill Vol. 2, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Mad Dog and Glory, Beautiful Girls, The Truth About Cats & Dogs, Gattaca, Batman & Robin, Paycheck and Be Cool.
One director brought the smell of napalm in the morning to our screens. Another took us to a Galaxy far, far away. One brought Dinosaurs back to life and into our cinemas. We all know who they are: Coppola, Lucas and Spielberg. All of them seen above, minus Marty, have cracking beards, but that’s not the point. With the man holding the smaller Golden man, Martin Scorsese, having recently released the critically acclaimed Hugo into the cinematic realm we’re left to wonder; what’s happened to the rest of them? Their once almighty talents now seem to be focused upon diminishing their own legacies, the desire they once had to create and maintain their filmic reputations seem to be diminishing with every new feature they release. With Spielberg about to unleash his disappointing technological imagining of the Euro-centric Tintin on the American market this Christmas.
Let’s start with Coppola, »
- Dan Lewis
Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman gained the movie rights from Universal for Erik Larson's best-selling novel, In the Garden of Beasts. It is to be produced by their company, Playtone, which the two created in 1996 creating hits such as The Green Mile and Catch Me If You Can. Being no stranger to historical dramas, there is talk that Hanks may take the starring roll as well.
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin is a story about pre-w.W. II Nazi Germany told through William Dodd, the U.S. ambassador to Berlin, and his socialite daughter in 1933. Larson's book was published in May 2011 and quickly became critically acclaimed.
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- Katie Workinger
Tis the season to be jolly and here at 28Dla, we have compiled a list of notable video titles that are available in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Yuletide fun can also include a tale of terror too to make those chilly nights even colder. This list is compiled from various sources.
"Jenny and Sharon are back! This time Ms. Johnson is in a coma, and the girls, along with their new friends, find themselves working at Mrs. Johnson's (Ms. Johnson's British cross-dressing sister) Bong Shoppe. Team Bong Shoppe is embattled in fierce competition for holiday business with a Christian Deli across the way. Things get a little crazy and in the heat of the moment, Jenny once again accidentally resurrects the Killer Chef... and mayhem—gratuitous amounts of gore and nudity—ensue! The Limited Edition Giftpack includes a limited poster and White Liger CD. »
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According to Deadline, big time producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have acquired the rights to Jon Robin Baitz’ stage play Other Desert Cities, which the playwright will pen and co-produce alongside the two.
Other Desert Cities is Baitz’ latest play, having opened at New York’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater back in January. It tells the story of an elderly Hollywood couple who once had a friendship with Ronald and Nancy Reagan, and, after retiring to Palm Springs, their reality TV producer and novelist daughter fights through her writer’s block and pens a tell-all memoir about the Reagan family secrets.
Parkes and MacDonald have had experience producing a play-to-screen adaption, with their involvement in Tim Burton‘s Sweeney Todd — as well as their nods on producing both the film and play adaptations of Catch Me If You Can — sticking out. It’s hard to determine if they’re »
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Steven Spielberg has been responsible for some of the highest grossing films of all-time, all of which have formed an illustrious career of unforgettable classics.
As well as hugely popular popcorn flicks like Jurassic Park, his career has also included intelligent thrillers and historical dramas including the hauntingly realistic war epic Saving Private Ryan and the unflinchingly dark thriller Munich. Often fans of Spielberg’s work are split into camps of those who prefer his exuberant blockbusters and those who respect Spielberg for his more dramatic and serious work.
No matter how popular his films continue to be with audiences, some critics remain dismissive of Spielberg – accusing him of being a perpetrator of artless entertainment, or responsible for the age of the dumb Hollywood blockbuster. With the recent release of The Adventures Of Tintin, this argument once again came to light, with some slating it as an insult to Hergé’s original work, »
- Stephen Leigh
Walken, who was on the yacht 30 years ago, told paparazzi he doesn't know why the police have reopened the case. Watch the encounter!
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Exclusive: Producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have acquired film rights to Other Desert Cities, the Jon Robin Baitz stage play. Parkes/MacDonald used the development fund it launched with Imagenation Abu Dhabi to make the deal. Baitz will write the script and will co-produce, with Parkes and MacDonald producing. They haven’t yet involved a studio. The play opened on Broadway at the Booth Theatre this month after a run last season at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre. In the play, Stacy Keach and Stockard Channing play an old Hollywood couple who’d once counted Ronald and Nancy Reagan as close friends. Their retirement to Palm Springs is upended by continuing friction with their kids, a reality TV producer and a novelist daughter who has gotten past her writer’s block by writing a tell-all memoir that bares family secrets. Parkes and MacDonald produced the screen adaptation »
- MIKE FLEMING
The "J. Edgar" director is returning to acting for the first time since 2008's "Gran Torino" in "Trouble With the Curve," and he's eyeing the "Muppets" beauty for the role of his daughter, according to Variety.
"Trouble With the Curve" follows a going-blind veteran baseball scout who decides to take a road trip to Atlanta with his daughter to check out a hot prospect.
Clint Eastwood's longtime Malpaso partner, Robert Lorenz, will be making his directorial debut with the film. "Trouble" marks Eastwood's first acting gig in a movie he didn't direct himself since 1993's "In the Line of Fire" (which was directed by Wolfgang Petersen).
The role of Eastwood's daughter was offered to Sandra Bullock, but she was unable to take the part due to scheduling conflicts. Adams is a busy gal, too -- we'll have to see if »
- Bryan Enk
Exclusive: Aaron Tveit is set to star in USA Network’s untitled hourlong pilot from White Collar creator Jeff Eastin. The project, from Fox TV Studios, follows agents from various federal and local agencies (DEA, FBI, Lapd) who all live at an undercover house in Southern California. Tveit will play Mike Warren, a freshly minted FBI agent just out of the Academy and dripping wet behind the ears. Like White Collar, Eastin’s new project has two main leads, with Tveit playing one of them. The cast-contingency on the project will be lifted when both key roles are cast. Tveit is best known for his roles in the Broadway productions of Next To Normal and Catch Me If You Can and his recurring part on Gossip Girl. His feature credits include Ghost Town and Howl. Raising The Bar alum Teddy Sears and Nick D’Agosto (Heroes) have joined Paul Bettany »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Chicago – Director Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams have one of the most creatively impressive collaborative histories in all of film. Having worked together since “The Sugarland Express,” the two forever changed the way film scores are produced and judged with countless classics. Tonight, November 15th, 2011, the two discuss their influences and work together at the American Film Institute in “AFI’s Master Class: The Art of Collaboration” and the conversation is a fascinating one, although the short running time leads to a program that feels a bit shallow at times.
Television Rating: 4.0/5.0
If you don’t know the name John Williams, you know his music. The living legend has 45 Oscar nominations, second only to Walt Disney, and has won five Oscars. Any conversation of the best film composers of all time that doesn’t include him is incomplete. “Star Wars,” “Superman,” and “Harry Potter” alone would cement the man’s place in history, »
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