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'Puss in Boots' helmer Chris Miller on 'wishlist cast' being cat's meow [Video]

16 December 2011 2:49 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The nine-lived "Puss in Boots" has nine chances to win Annie Awards and the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature. Victories there could make it a serious threat against "Rango" and "The Adventures of Tintin" at the Oscars. The "Shrek" spin-off starring the adorable, Antonio Banderas-voiced feline has an impressive $142 million domestic gross and and 86% approval rating from top critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Director Chris Miller tells senior editor Adam Waldowski he had thought Puss in Boots merited his own film for years. "I worked on 'Shrek 2,'" he explains, "and that's when the character was first introduced ... From the first time we saw Puss storyboarded, before he was even animated and on-screen, we knew there was something special about that character ... There were no rules with him." Miller thinks the voice behind the character makes him a scene stealer: "The persona that Antonio Band »

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Puss in Boots (review)

14 December 2011 1:09 PM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

I’m pretty sure that the reason Antonio Banderas was put on this planet was to make Puss in Boots speak. When that sonorous, sexy voice came out of that small furry animated ginger body for the first time in Shrek 2 (overall one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen), it was more than just the actor sending up his swashbuckling Zorro image -- it was the birth of something unexpectedly ingenious. Maybe even one of the greatest jokes of all cinema: this action hero really does have a soft, cuddly side, and he is not afraid to show it. Gloriously, given his own movie, he just gets even more hugely entertaining. This is exactly as clever an origin story as you’d expect from the Shrek universe, turning familiar fairy tales upside down and mixing in all manner of sly pop-culture throwbacks. This is a fantasy heist »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Modern Warfare 3 Grosses $1 Billion Quicker Than Avatar

12 December 2011 6:43 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Activision has announced a record breaking $1 billion haul for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 after just 16 days of release. The publisher claims that this beats out Avatar’s climb to $1 billion which took 17 days, 24 hours more, though obviously there are a few things to be said about this.

1) That Avatar had a rather slow start to box office life. I mean yes, it did gross $77 million on it’s first weekend which is an astonishing number for any original, non-franchised film but as far as worldwide openings go… it only ranks 14th of all time. It’s $137 million domestic gross in the first seven days is only 22nd ranked in the Us. For example, more people saw Shrek 2, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and even this year’s Twilight movie after seven days than James Cameron’s movie.

So for Avatar to sustain and Grow it’s audience »

- Matt Holmes

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Puss In Boots Review: A Solid Animated Spin-Off

10 December 2011 9:15 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

After far too many Shrek sequels – and an especially poor, apparently final chapter in Shrek Forever After – the idea of any character from the series getting their own spin-off isn’t a particularly attractive prospect. In the most underwhelming period for animated fare in quite some time, however, Dreamworks’ Puss in Boots just about pulls ahead of the disappointing likes of Cars 2, Rio, Arthur Christmas and Happy Feet Two as one of the year’s more gathered – and surprisingly so – children’s films, even if it’s still relatively simplistic and none too original.

Taking place before Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) meets Shrek and Donkey in Shrek 2, this pic has Puss chasing three magical beans that he has been after his entire life, which are now in the possession of two southern outlaws, Jack (Billy Bob Thornton) and Jill (Amy Sedaris). He finds »

- Shaun Munro

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Puss In Boots

8 December 2011 | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

The suave cat goes hunting for the goose that lays the golden eggs.

One of the best things about Shrek 2 and the sequels that followed, was undoubtedly Antonio Banderas' suave, yet silly, silky-voiced Puss In Boots. Here he gets his very own origin story, refreshingly unencumbered by any of the rest of the franchise's characters or history.

An orphan and now an outlaw from justice, whose name has been in the litter tray since he got caught up in a bank heist with his best pal - and bad egg - Humpty Dumpty (voiced by Zach Galifianakis), »

- Amber Wilkinson

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Puss In Boots review

8 December 2011 3:58 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Can Dreamworks’ Shrek spin-off bring us some festive magic? Here’s Simon’s review of the derivative yet charming Puss In Boots

Puss In Boots continues to find DreamWorks Animation demonstrating its unquestionable ability to impress, and fill the screen with fast, bright, technically brilliant work. Yet while it proves itself a fun blockbuster, not short on character or entertainment, it also concurrently demonstrates a lesser ability to genuinely surprise.

Set before we first met the title character in Shrek 2, the limelight here is firmly shone on Puss, voiced with charisma and a sense of real fun by Antonio Banderas (and he’s clearly having a ball here).

We don’t learn a great deal more about the character of Puss across the film’s running time, but he’s fun to be in the company of, and he’s animated superbly (it's hard to recall an animated film »

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Puss In Boots Review - Realbollywood.com News

3 December 2011 7:27 AM, PST | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Voiceovers: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Zach Galifianakis; Director: Chris Miller; Rating: *** - Fun but not enough.

It is rare in the echelons of cinema that a side character in a famous film gets a part in a full-fledged film. It's rarer still that a side character from the sequel of the original gets a full feature.

The pussy from 'Shrek 2', called Puss in Boots, gets that honour with a full feature dedicated to him and though this is not exactly Shrek territory despite desperate attempt, it is fun nonetheless.

Puss in Boots, a ferocious feline, becomes a much wanted and hunted outlaw after he is. »

- Anita Agarwal

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Movie Review - Puss in Boots (2011)

29 November 2011 1:56 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Puss in Boots, 2011.

Directed by Chris Miller.

Featuring the voice talents of Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton, Amy Sedaris, Constance Marie and Guillermo del Toro.

Synopsis:

The heroic Puss in Boots is pitted against the outlaws Jack and Jill, who have discoved an ancient power that threatens the world.

As I’m sure most of you remember the character Puss in Boots made his first appearance in Shrek 2 (2004) as a secondary character, and for me he was the highlight of a franchise that progressively declined and sullied the name of the instant classic Shrek (2001). So Dreamworks Animation have decided to give him an origin story to give this great permutation of the Puss in Boots character the chance to survive on his own.

I know that what I’m about to say is ultimately going to come off as sounding negative but I want to »

- flickeringmyth

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Cyber Monday Geek Deals: Hurt Locker, Dexter, Shrek, Seven Samurai, Warriors, Sons of Anarchy, Tron, Ten Commandments, Source Code, Let Me In and More

28 November 2011 8:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

It is Cyber Monday, thus concluding the week of Black Friday geek deals. New Deals: Dexter: Seasons 1-5 [1] on Blu-ray for only $24.99 each WWII in HD [2] on Blu-ray for $13.49 The Fall [3] on Blu-ray for $11.49 Shrek: The Whole Story [4] (which includes Shrek, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, and Shrek Forever After) on Blu-ray for $31.49 Amazon is running lightning deals throughout the day [5]. Some awesome prices, but only available at the specific times listed below. Please beware that Amazon only sells "a limited quantity at the prices listed", so act Fast! [6] [7] [8] Box Set Deals: Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection on Blu-ray [9] for only $39.99 + Free Shipping (60% off the $100 list price). The set includes Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and »

- Peter Sciretta

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Puss In Boots Review

28 November 2011 1:54 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Chris Miller

Cast: Antonia Banderas, Zach Galafianakas, Salma Hayek

Running Time: 90 min

Certificate: PG

Synopsis:  A tale about the events leading up to Puss meeting Shrek and how he got those infamous boots!

We all should remember Puss in Boots from Dreamworks animation studios hit Shrek 2 (2004), shouldn’t we? He was the sword fighting kitty (voiced by Antonio Banderas) with the large hypnotic eyes that convinced even the coldest foes to obey. Not ringing any bells? Maybe that’s because he was kind of overshadowed by that sassy sidekick Donkey (voiced by Eddie Murphy). But no more! Some studio overlord saw enough potential in this ginger bundle of fur to give him his own spin off.

This prequel to Shrek gives the biographical background of how Puss came upon those infamous boots mixing in some other fun fairytale characters along the way. Who knew that Humpty Dumpty (Zach »

- Maya Korn

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‘Puss in Boots’ – Press Conference Report

25 November 2011 1:06 PM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Yesterday morning we were lucky enough to be in the presence of two of Hollywood’s hottest stars – Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek to talk all things Puss in Boots at a press conference in the famous Claridges Hotel in central London. Also in attendance in was director Chris Miller, but sadly both he and Banderas were lost to Hayek’s uh-mazing clevage which was spilling out of a low-cut dress… Oh and can I thank whomever set up the table at the press conference, poor old Salma had to keep leaning into the mic giving the slavering press one hell of a show!!

The event was streamed live to a quarter of a million children across the UK as part of Filmclub – so the questions were kept light, although the duo’s chemistry, which has enthralled audiences the world over, came through and made this one of the most »

- Phil

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Thn At The Puss In Boots Press Conference

25 November 2011 9:52 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Hollywood News was lucky enough to attend the Puss In Boots press conference yesterday to see if Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Chris Miller would let the cat out of the bag and give us some inside scoop on the long-awaited movie.

The trio didn’t give away too much; an embarrassing childhood nickname from Antonio ‘Dumbo’ Banderas and Chris Miller’s love for Monty Python were pretty much all we could squeeze out of them. One thing we did discover- Hayek is an undercover comedian; making a room full of film critics laugh is no mean feat…who knew?!

Despite a blunder from Hayek,  swearing in a live UK broadcast to thousands of children, it wasn’t a particularly groundbreaking 45 minutes but Thn was just pleased to be in such close proximity of the one and only Zorro and to say we’d been in the French Salon at Claridge’s. »

- Leah Farrar

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Kitty cut: Puss in Boots renamed Cat in Boots in the United Arab Emirates

25 November 2011 4:21 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Nation's censorship board decides P-word is too controversial and asks star Antonio Banderas to avoid true title in interviews

Shrek spin-off Puss in Boots will be renamed "Cat in Boots" in the United Arab Emirates. The state's film censorship committee pulled the P-word amid fears that a "Puss" could cause offence.

The censors' claws will apparently close around all publicity for the children's film, with Arabian Business magazine reporting that Antonio Banderas, who voices the titular feline, was asked not to refer to the original title or his character's name during promotional duties at the recent Doha Tribeca film festival.

Puss in Boots, which premiered in the UK last night, topped the Us chart on its release earlier this month and has creamed $178m from the global box office to date. The film sees Puss – a Zorro-esque swashbuckler with a thirst for milk and adventure – team up with Humpty Dumpty »

- Henry Barnes

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Movies Worth Listening To: 10 Great Soundtracks

23 November 2011 4:13 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

There’s a particular joy that comes from an excellent soundtrack accompanying an excellent movie. When the music matches the moment, from The Full Monty to Pulp Fiction to Cool Runnings, we experience a moment of aesthetic contentment.

But what about when the soundtrack is infinitely superior to the film? Buying soundtracks is often a great musical choice, because you get songs from a variety of artists – but what if the film they accompany was mediocre? Or worse still, one you’d never consider (or admit to) watching in a million years?

Here are a few that deserve to be placed in brown paper covers, or filed in itunes under a different name:

The ok-movie-Kickass soundtracks:

10 – About a Boy is a feelgood romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant (how very surprising, I hear you gasp), with a lovely script. It’s one of those films you enjoy, but can’t really remember. »

- Karen Jeynes

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‘Annoying Orange’ Picked Up By Cartoon Network

17 November 2011 4:41 PM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

The news of a TV series based on one of YouTube’s most popular series, The Annoying Orange, has been out there for over a year. But today came word just where that show is going to live, as Cartoon Network picked up creator Dane Boedigheimer’s six-episode longer form animated version. Management company and production house The Collective partnered with Boedigheimer to produce six episodes of The Annoying Orange animated TV comedy series. The episodes come complete with A-list cartoon talent, including Tom Sheppard (Pinky and the Brain) handling writing responsibilities, Conrad Vernon (co-director of Monsters and Aliens, Shrek 2) executive producing, and Malcom McDowell lending his voice to one of the characters. Release date is not yet set, though sometime in the first half of next year is what we are hearing. The online version will continue on their YouTube channel, with its 2.2 million subscribers still a very fertile platform for the franchise. »

- Marc Hustvedt

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Laugh Out Loud: Eddie Murphy Movie Quotes

7 November 2011 9:52 AM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

With Eddie Murphy back on screen in the caper comedy "Tower Heist," here are 20 great movie quotes from the funnyman over the years.

The Best Eddie Murphy Movie Quotes'48 Hrs.'

Reggie: "You know what I am? I'm your worst f**kin' nightmare, man. I'm a nigger with a badge which means I got permission to kick your f**kin' ass whenever I feel like it!"

'Trading Places'

Billy Ray Valentine: [after demonstrating some fake karate moves] "That's »

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This Week In Movies By Pete Hammond – “Puss In Boots”

30 October 2011 2:18 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Pete Hammond

Hollywoodnews.com: This cat may have the Halloween record in his hat. Despite the East Coast early snows and massive power outtages , Puss In Boots, Dreamworks Animation’s first spinoff of their cash-cow Shrek franchise is meeting Dwa boss Jeffrey Katzenberg’s highest expectations with an estimated $34 million for the opening weekend. If it holds on Monday that would be enough to best Saw III’s $33.6 million by just a hair (or whisker if you’re up for puns today). Audience and critics certainly liked what they saw. The sharply-written and animated ‘toon got a nice A- Cinemascore audience satisfaction rating and has scored a Rotten Tomato meter friendly 81% fresh ranking (86% among top critics). Does it deserve the love? Absolutely. Ever since his debut in Shrek 2 in 2004 as a supporting player this sly character voiced brilliantly by Antonio Banderas has proved no pussy. But sometimes when »

- Pete Hammond

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Puss In Boots review

30 October 2011 8:48 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Puss In Boots gets a spin-off movie from the Shrek franchise. But can it deliver the goods? Here's Ron's review...

From his glorious introduction to the world via 2004’s Shrek 2, Puss In Boots has been the kind of man of action that just screams, “Make a movie out of me!” Well, the screaming is over, because the long-discussed Puss In Boots origin story has now come to theaters, with an all-star voice cast to boot.

Puss In Boots (Antonio Banderas) is the most-wanted thief and outlaw in all the land, but he’s also got a heart of gold when he’s not stealing gold. However, there’s one prize that has eluded him for half of his life: magic beans. Not just any magic beans, Jack and the Beanstalk’s magic beans that’ll grow a beanstalk to a castle full of golden treasures.

As it turns out, »

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Puss In Boots Review

29 October 2011 12:53 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Puss In Boots Review

Finally, there's a cat even cooler than Garfield who will win the box office as well as a place on your favorites list. His name is Puss, and he wears boots. From the pages (or animation cels) of the Shrek franchise comes Puss In Boots, directed by Chris Miller. Everyone's friendly neighborhood orange tabby, who made a splash in the 2004's Shrek 2, makes his solo debut in grand style.

Thanks for reading We Got This Covered »

- Billy Tatum

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The Reject Report in Boots

28 October 2011 4:14 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

And we’re back. Three cups of coffee, and these boots are made for walking. Granted, the walking might be a little jittery. That’s what happens after you’ve gone through a whole pot of the magical, black stuff. It’s kind of like catnip for adult humans. And it all comes back full circle. The circle this week leads to Puss in Boots, that lovable side character from the Shrek films who’s finally getting his own animated adventure. He’s sure to take the grand ball of yarn this weekend, but he’ll have some stiff competition from the returning Paranormal Activity 3 and the triple threat himself, Justin Timberlake, finally getting his name above the title on an action/sci-fi/epic. It’s the Reject Report this week, and we’re seeing the bottom of the cup. Coffee coffee coffee. Big Hitters Ever since Shrek hit it huge in 2001 ($42.3m opening weekend) DreamWorks »

- Jeremy Kirk

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