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The pairing of composer Christophe Beck (Pitch Perfect, Burlesque) with lyricist Kristen Anderson-Lopez recaptures some of the magic of Menken/Ashman from 1989-1992 in The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. The screenplay by Jennifer Lee (Wreck-It Ralph), who also shared directing duties with Chris Buck (Tarzan), carefully balances dark subject matter with good-natured humor as it transports the audience into a magical frozen world.
Idina Menzel won a Tony for her Broadway performance in Wicked as Elphaba, the misunderstood "wicked witch" forced into isolation by her appearance and powers. The role of snow queen Elsa she plays in Frozen is not a very far stretch from that character, though she is »
- Mike Saulters
Happy Thanksgiving! Amazon's week long deals for 2013 Black Friday and Cyber Monday continue today, Thursday, November 28, with a new schedule of DVDs and Blu-rays going on sale and it's another 20-after-midnight start and it looks like the deals are getting better as the week goes on. Today we begin with a discount on the fifth season of "True Blood" and Les Miserables on Blu-ray and later in the day Blu-rays of Warm Bodies, Prometheus, Django Unchained, The Hunger Games, The Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall, The Heat, Zero Dark Thirty, Pacific Rim and Oblivion go on sale. Just check out the schedule below so you know when to start clicking. Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping. Thursday, November 28 Deals starting at »
- Brad Brevet
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 28 Nov 2013 - 06:04
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2000, and another 25 overlooked gems...
The new millennium brought with it an eclectic range of hit films. Hong Kong action director John Woo brought us Mission: Impossible II, the most profitable film of the year at the box office. Ridley Scott enjoyed one of the biggest critical and financial successes of his career with Gladiator, while Robert Zemeckis created a memorable drama with Tom Hanks and a ball named Wilson in Cast Away.
From a comic book movie standpoint, 2000 was also a key year. X-Men not only established a successful film franchise which is still going, with X-Men: Days Of Future Past out next year, but also headed up a wave of big-budget Marvel adaptations which shows no sign of slowing down.
As ever, we've travelled far outside the »
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The original film netted almost half a billion dollars for Blue Sky Studios two years ago, and the sequel will be the first for them outside of their hugely successful Ice Age franchise, cementing their status as one of the leading animation houses in the industry.
The first full-length trailer landed early last month, and now Fox and Blue Sky Studios have launched a new teaser poster, with Blu and Jewel taking centre stage, looking appropriately parental, about to venture into the Amazon with their three children.
- Kenji Lloyd
For a while Pixar reigned supreme in the world of animation, capturing the attention of audiences both young and old with films that managed to appeal to us not only from an entertainment perspective, but emotionally as well. At the same time Disney Animation fell into something of an identity crisis with films like Brother Bear and Chicken Little, but in 2010 they again found their footing with Tangled and again in 2012 with Wreck-It Ralph. Now, in 2013, the studio has returned to the world it knows best with Frozen. Frozen strikes an impressive balance of humor, heart and everything that's worked for ages in Disney's best animated features. Telling a story inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Snow Queen", Frozen follows two princesses of Arendelle -- Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) is the eldest and soon-to-be Queen, and Anna (Kristen Bell) the free-spirited, slightly awkward and naive younger of the two sisters. »
- Brad Brevet
For over a month now we've been talking about the edits Harvey Weinstein made for the Us release of Bong Joo-ho's Snowpiercer. Yep, no matter how you slice it they suck, but there may be light at the end of this tunnel.
THR reports that Joon-ho said, in a press conference Wednesday at the Mar del Plata Film Fest, that his talks with the Weinstein Company are now more about releasing the original cut of Snowpiercer instead of a shorter and faster version made by the distributor.
“I stayed in New York for two weeks before coming here to Mar del Plata, mostly because of this matter,” said the director. “And the good news is that after all the speculation and comments about that 20-minute cut, and considering the original version that was released in Korea and France also will be released in Japan and Hong Kong, we have been »
- Uncle Creepy
We predicted Snowpiercer would break into Cannes of 2013. That didn’t happen. We began to think about Toronto….and nope. Normally we would never associate Park City with a film that had a production budget that tallies up to the production budget of say….ten year’s worth of Next film selections combined, but seeing that there has been loads of positive press, and there is a badly needed window of opportunity left for a North American premiere this might be great timing for South Korea’s box-office favorite to unveil on U.S soil, plus there might be a chance that the final edit would have finally been approved by both parties. Bong Joon-ho might not have been at the fest as a director, but he has a connection with the fest as the writer on Park Ki-Yong’s Motel Cactus (’98) and was invited as a jury member for the 2011 edition. »
- Eric Lavallee
Since the Weinsteins have still not yet seen fit to announce a release date in either the U.S or UK we’ve been on the hunt for alternate source and although Taiwan came out as a possible back in August, it looks like good ol Hong Kong will save the day once again. It Arrived there Nov 28, which should almost guarantee a DVD release around January. Finally! Synopsis: Directed by Bong Joon-ho(The Host), starring Chris Evans(Captain America: The First Avenger), Song Kang-ho(The Host), Tilda Swinton(The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Jamie Bell(Billy Elliot), Ko Asung(The Host). “Snowpiercer” is set in a future where, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an Ice Age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. »
‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ opens strongly in Brazil (photo: Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in ‘Catching Fire’) Francis Lawrence’s dystopian adventure drama The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, opened in Brazil on Friday, November 15, 2013, the week before it debuts in North America and most other international markets. Why Brazil? Friday was a national holiday ("Proclamation of the Republic") in that particular market — a highly profitable holiday, apparently, as can be attested by The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2‘s record-breaking figures last year. (More on that below. And see also: “‘Catching Fire’ Movie Box Office: 1M Tickets But Breaking Dawn 2 Record Safe in Brazil.”) Results for the second installment in the Hunger Games‘ four-movie trilogy (hey, that’s Hollywood) have been encouraging. Catching Fire grossed an estimated $2.4 million on Friday, a remarkable figure for the Brazilian market. Having said that, »
- Andre Soares
With the holidays approaching, Amazon constantly rotates their DVD/Blu-ray deals. Here are today's highlights. Keep in mind, many of these end today. Best of Warner Bros 50 Film Collection (+UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] - $179.99 (70% off) includes 52 discs! 007: Daniel Craig Collection (Casino Royale / Quantum of Solace / Skyfall) [Blu-ray] - $28.99 (47% off) Bond 50: Celebrating Five Decades of Bond with Skyfall [Blu-ray] $139.99 (53% off) Full House: Complete Series Collection - $54.99 (68% off) The West Wing: The Complete Series Collection - $74.99 (75% off) The X-Files: The Complete Series + Movies - $89.99 (73% off) Smallville: The Complete Series - $146.99 (57% off) Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series Collection - $79.99 (69% off) Friends: The Complete Series DVD - $89.99 (56% off) Friends: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] - $149.99 (46% off) Breaking Bad: The Complete Series (+UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] - $201.99 (33% off) Dexter: The Complete Series Collection [Blu-ray] - $219.99 (52% off) The Forever Marilyn Blu-ray Collection - $27.53 (72% off) includes Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, River of No Return, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
With the holidays approaching, Amazon constantly rotates their DVD/Blu-ray deals. Here are the new highlights. Best of Warner Bros 50 Film Collection (+UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] - $179.99 (70% off) includes 52 discs! 007: Daniel Craig Collection (Casino Royale / Quantum of Solace / Skyfall) [Blu-ray] - $28.99 (47% off) Bond 50: Celebrating Five Decades of Bond with Skyfall [Blu-ray] $139.99 (53% off) Full House: Complete Series Collection - $54.99 (68% off) The West Wing: The Complete Series Collection - $74.99 (75% off) The X-Files: The Complete Series + Movies - $89.99 (73% off) Smallville: The Complete Series - $146.99 (57% off) Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series Collection - $79.99 (69% off) The Forever Marilyn Blu-ray Collection - $27.53 (72% off) includes Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, River of No Return, There's No Business Like Show Business, The Seven Year Itch, Some Like it Hot, The Misfits The Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection (The Sound of Music / The King and I / Oklahoma! / South Pacific / State Fair / Carousel) - $34.80 (65% off) Ice Age »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
It's no secret that filmmaker Bong Joo-ho is quite unhappy about the edits that Harvey Weinstein has made for the Us release of his film Snowpiercer, an unhappiness that he's expressed on several occasions now.
Twenty minutes of footage have apparently been cut from the film for its release here in the States, yet another victim of ole Harvey Scissorhands.
But why? Why did Weinstein feel the need to butcher a film that is getting rave reviews in South Korea and France? Bong Joon-ho opened up in an interview with website Vulture. At the Museum of Modern Art's Film Benefit last Tuesday night, they pressed the Korean filmmaker for details about the cuts. "It's a matter of tempo," Joon-ho told Vulture. "They think of the movie as a[n] R-rated movie, so it's not a matter of violence, some carnage or something. It's just a matter of duration and tempo and speed. »
- John Squires
Every Sunday Amazon rotates many of their DVD/Blu-ray deals. Here are the new highlights. Some great stuff this week. Best of Warner Bros 50 Film Collection (+UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] - $179.99 (70% off) includes 52 discs! 007: Daniel Craig Collection (Casino Royale / Quantum of Solace / Skyfall) [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (64% off) Bond 50: Celebrating Five Decades of Bond with Skyfall [Blu-ray] $139.99 (53% off) Taxi: The Complete Series - $47.99 (63% off) Full House: Complete Series Collection - $54.99 (68% off) The West Wing: The Complete Series Collection - $75.99 (75% off) The X-Files: The Complete Series + Movies - $89.99 (73% off) The Forever Marilyn Blu-ray Collection - $28.49 (72% off) includes Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, River of No Return, There's No Business Like Show Business, The Seven Year Itch, Some Like it Hot, The Misfits The Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection (The Sound of Music / The King and I / Oklahoma! / South Pacific / State Fair / Carousel) - $34.80 (65% off) Ice Age 1-4 Collection + Ice Age Christmas »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Gravity is a game-changer that makes a swath of films seem redundant. Here are seven earlier movies that broke the mould – and one that didn't
Every now and then a film comes along that totally changes everything: whether it is expensive new technology or a cute talking pig, nothing can be the same again. Gravity is the latest film that makes a whole swath of cinema look and feel redundant: its hard-won sense of documentary realism means everyone attempting to film a spacewalk or satellite explosion will have to raise their game massively. This is by no means a definitive, historical list – you would have to go back to the Lumière brothers for that – but we have narrowed it down to the seven films that have made the biggest impact on movies in their current form and obsessions.
The game: Superhero films were traditionally camp, trashy affairs – even Superman: The Movie, »
- Andrew Pulver
While we all wait patiently for the Weinsteins to release their butchered version of Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer, some more international eye candy has come forth to this Wild West we call the Interwebs.
The English-language directorial debut of Bong Joon-ho (The Host), the film stars The Avengers’ Chris Evans, The Help’s Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Alison Pill, Tilda Swinton, and Song Kang-ho. Based on the graphic novel Le Transperceneige, Snowpiercer is set in the not too distant future, where a new Ice Age has wiped out most of the human race. With a revolt brewing onboard, the Snowpiercer is a train of Earth’s lone survivors that travels around the cold world.
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- Uncle Creepy
An interesting twist has taken place in the saga of Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho's apocalyptic action-drama "Snowpiercer" and what version American audiences will get to see.
An adaptation of the cult French graphic novel "Le Transperceneige," the story is set in a future in which Earth is in the midst of a new Ice Age. All that's left of humanity is a society living on a perpetual-motion powered train.
As previously reported, The Weinstein Company wants to remove twenty minutes from the film to gear it more towards a U.S. audience and cut down on some of character development in favor of the action set pieces.
Many involved in the film's production, and the critics who've seen it, are not happy with the idea of the cuts. The film's scribe Kelly Masterson told Indiewire: "I'm very proud of the film -- and horrified that Harvey Weinstein doesn't want the »
- Garth Franklin
Producer Lynda Obst was at the heart of the film industry during its star-driven 1990s boom – which is what makes her critique of its CGI blockbuster-obsessed current incarnation so damning
"Speaking at a digital conference today," Hollywood stalwart Lynda Obst tweeted on 22 October. "Everybody hooked up and wired but not like we meant in the 80s." Part of the generation of producers who cemented the reign of conglomerate Hollywood with star-driven, multiplex-friendly fluff such as Flashdance, Contact and One Fine Day, Obst found herself shut out in the new millennium. The franchise-crazed studios had stopped commissioning original material; her producing deal at Paramount was nixed in 2008, with only two movies to show for it. Everywhere she looked, cinemas were full of superheroes, talking mammoths and sequels; she was exhausted, depressed and perplexed at the sea change. In the words of her son: "Making a movie because it's good is so 2003, Mom. »
- Phil Hoad
Illumination Entertainment CEO Chris Meledandri will receive the Visionary Award at the 2014 Producers Guild Awards for his stellar track record in producing animated movies, the organization announced Monday. Illumination, a rising animation power co-owned by Universal, has produced four films since Meledandri founded the company, and one of those, “Despicable Me,” has already spawned a sequel and a spin-off. “Despicable Me 2” is the highest-grossing animated film of 2013 while “Minions,” the spin-off, will hit theaters next year. Meledandri previously ran the animation division at Fox, where he oversaw the acquisition of Blue Sky Studios, producer of the “Ice Age” and »
- Lucas Shaw
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that Chris Meledandri, Founder and CEO of Illumination Entertainment, will receive the 2014 Visionary Award. The award will be presented to Meledandri at the 25th Anniversary Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Sunday, January 19, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
The Producers Guild Visionary Award recognizes a television, film or new media producer for his or her unique or uplifting contributions to our culture through inspiring storytelling or performance.
Meledandri is being recognized with the Visionary Award as one of the definitive producers of contemporary animation. He receives this award just as the latest blockbuster hit that he has produced, Universal and Illumination’s Despicable Me 2, becomes the 5th highest-grossing animated film of all time worldwide at the global box office.
“I have spent my career working alongside brilliant, »
- Michelle McCue
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