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Interview Highlights of 2009: Quentin Tarantino, Jason Reitman, Rachel Weisz, More

31 December 2009 10:42 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The staff at HollywoodChicago.com met with some living legends and some rising stars in 2009. As we prepare to bring you even more in 2010, we thought we’d look back at a few of our favorite quotes from the year. Enjoy.

Highlights of the year in chronological order:

Writer/Director Kyle Newman on the troubled production of “Fanboys” - ““It was very disheartening to watch everything that you’ve done positive be undermined in a week by a bunch of idiots, this team that was brought in to do this. Mainly just the director who they brought in to re-shape it who was opening his mouth online and really offending our core audience. So, I was shocked. I was like, “Oh my God.” It was just getting out of control and here we are on the sidelines and I’m watching the movie fall apart. I’m watching our fanbase dissipate. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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2009: The Truffles – The HeyUGuys Awards

30 December 2009 2:32 PM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

With the proliferation of Top Tens and Best Of lists on the internet at this time of year we wanted to try something a little different.

2009 was an important year for the business of cinema; games were changed with the acquiescence of audiences to the notion of 3D, low budgets met with large returns, old franchises spawned reboots and rebakes with varying success, the British film industry remained strong and gave us some bright new stars in our sky.

We asked our writers to come up with an alternative set of awards which would honour those films, directors and actors who made 2009 such an enjoyable year. Strong emotions are rendered in strong language, be warned if words offend.

So, here now, I present to you our awards for 2009 – The Truffles.

Tracy

2009 meant, for me, the respectable return to sci-fi.  Star Trek, District 9, Moon and now Avatar showed that sci-fi »

- Jon Lyus

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A 'Twilight' Actress In The White House In Today's Twitter-Wood

29 December 2009 2:45 PM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Christian Serratos was talking about going to Greece yesterday, but last night she was post pictures from her trip to the White House, where she visited a cardboard Christmas tree.

In other tweets, Mindy Kaling saw "Avatar," and she and fellow "Office" cast member Rainn Wilson ran a hypothetical question about how Dwight would react to Na'vi. Click on past the jump to see what they predicted along with what Adam Duritz gave Emmy Rossum for Christmas, whose Wii workout game Diablo Cody has been using and what Neil Gaiman security pat-down he had to endure. It's all in the Twitter-Wood report for December 29, 2009.

Twitter Pic of the Day:

@davidspade http://twitpic.com/vohqu - Can I get a bellman...

-David Spade, Actor ("Joe Dirt," "Tommy Boy")

@cserratos http://twitpic.com/vpg86 - I got to go to the White House Made a wish in their tree.

-Christian Serratos, »

- Brian Warmoth

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The ten best animated films of 2009

26 December 2009 3:21 PM, PST | blogs.suntimes.com/ebert | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

True, the once neglected art of animation has undergone a rebirth in both artistry and popularity. Yet having escaped one blind alley, it seems headed into another one: The dumbing-down of stories out of preference for meaningless nonstop action. Classic animated features were models of three-act stories: Recall "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" or "The Lion King." The characters were embedded in stories that made sense and involved making decisions based on values. Now too many stories end in brain-numbing battles, often starring heroes the age of the younger audience members. Here is no food for growth and for the imagination, just brainless kinetic behavior.

The year saw more animated films intended instead for adults, and a film like "Waltz with Bashir" used the freedom of the form to show matters unthinkable in a live action feature. Several of these films were true crossovers, truly freed from the demographic vise. »

- Roger Ebert

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Henry Selick on the Pressures of 'Coraline'

23 December 2009 11:32 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

By Steve Pond

In what has been a very good year for animated features, Henry Selick’s “Coraline” sometimes feels overlooked alongside the juggernaut that is “Up” and the new critics fave “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” But Selick’s dark, creepy and delightfully imaginative take on Neil Gaiman’s novel, the first animated film to be released in 2009, remains one of the year’s most favorably-reviewed films, and a heavy favorite to land one of the five slots in the expanded Oscar animation ballot.

Before “Coraline,” Selick was »

- Steve Pond

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Stars of Sky's Ten Minute Tales speak volumes despite silence | Andrew Pulver

23 December 2009 2:53 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Mackenzie Crook, Peter Capaldi and Richard Eyre inject credibility into Sky's season of dialogue-free short films

'Tis the season to be merry; it's also clearly the season for celebrity-studded short-film portmanteau seasons. Sky1 has come up with a Christmas-themed collection of 11 films lasting 10 minutes, all dialogue-free, that is unabashedly heartwarming, but also manages to inject a surprising amount of cinematic credibility into proceedings.

This sort of thing is normally a refuge for TV names taking a moment off from the day job and attempting to "stretch", or giving a shot in the director's chair for some actor or other – and the likes of Ross Kemp, Liza Tarbuck, Paterson Joseph and Peter Capaldi are all present and correct.

But there are some very odd participants floating about in Ten Minute Tales, people who I'd have thought would never have gone near a seasonal schmaltz-fest. For one, graphic novel maestro Neil Gaiman, »

- Andrew Pulver

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Stars of Sky's Ten Minute Tales speak volumes despite silence | Andrew Pulver

23 December 2009 2:53 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Mackenzie Crook, Peter Capaldi and Richard Eyre inject credibility into Sky's season of dialogue-free short films

'Tis the season to be merry; it's also clearly the season for celebrity-studded short-film portmanteau seasons. Sky1 has come up with a Christmas-themed collection of 11 films lasting 10 minutes, all dialogue-free, that is unabashedly heartwarming, but also manages to inject a surprising amount of cinematic credibility into proceedings.

This sort of thing is normally a refuge for TV names taking a moment off from the day job and attempting to "stretch", or giving a shot in the director's chair for some actor or other – and the likes of Ross Kemp, Liza Tarbuck, Paterson Joseph and Peter Capaldi are all present and correct.

But there are some very odd participants floating about in Ten Minute Tales, people who I'd have thought would never have gone near a seasonal schmaltz-fest. For one, graphic novel maestro Neil Gaiman, »

- Andrew Pulver

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Neil Gaiman Discovers A Zombie In Today's Daily TwitPic

22 December 2009 6:00 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Of course Neil Gaiman discovered a zombie. Who would you expect to find such a thing? This is the guy behind such freaky works as the "Sandman" comic book series, "NeverWhere," "Coraline," "MirrorMask" and more. You've gotta figure he already walks through his day seeing crazy s--t wherever he looks.

The only difference is that today he has photographic proof! Gaiman was out walking his dog the other day when he snapped a random picture of it in the snow, which he tweeted with the text "Walking the semi-invisible dog," as if he didn't notice the human hand protruding from the ground. Roughly 10 minutes later he re-tweeted the pic with the text "What hand...? Oh. That hand. I didn't notice." That's what happens when you make a living crafting rich, engrossing fantasy worlds. Hit the jump for some undead action in today's Daily TwitPic.

Remember to check out Brian Warmoth's »

- Adam Rosenberg

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'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' spoof by Kristin Chenoweth promotes the Critic's Choice Awards (video)

21 December 2009 6:59 PM, PST | Twilight Examiner | See recent Twilight Examiner news »

Though The Twilight Saga: New Moon isn't a nominee for "Best Picture" at the forthcoming Critic's Choice Movie Awards, that didn't stop them from teaming up with Kristin Chenoweth (the event's hostess) to spoof the film in promotion for the event. Of course, Anna Kendrick is a nominee for "Best Supporting Actress" (and pretty much every other forthcoming awards show in existence) for Up In The Air. Also, Dakota Fanning's Coraline is nominated for "Best Animated Feature," and Carter Burwell (score composer for Twilight) is nominated for "Best Score" for his work in Where The Wild Things Are. Finally, Summit Entertainment's The Hurt Locker received quite a few nomination . »

- thetwilightexaminer

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Brittany Murphy, East Coast Snow And A Zombie Hand In Today's Twitter-Wood

21 December 2009 3:30 PM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

This has been a bad holiday season for untimely deaths around Hollywood, and none have been more unexpected than actress Brittany Murphy's on Sunday. Alyssa Milano, Peter Facinelli, Paris Hilton and virtually everyone else with a Twitter account associated with the entertainment industry has something to say about Murphy, and there's a rundown below.

The other big nationwide news of the past weekend has been the massive snowstorm pounding the East Coast. "Twilight" actress Christian Serratos was one of those who had her travel plans derailed by the frozen precipitation dump, on Washington, D.C. You can find those posts after jump along with Fred Durst's "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" clan name and Neil Gaiman's undead lawn ornament. It's in the Twitter-Wood report for December 21, 2009. (Editor's note: You'll see some crossover between this post and our earlier Brittany Murphy tweet round-up. That's okay... this is a »

- Brian Warmoth

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"Coraline" director Henry Selick takes stop-motion animation to new levels

18 December 2009 4:26 AM, PST | Makingof.com | See recent Makingof.com news »

link: http://makingof.com/vault/media/henry-selick-discusses-coraline/896

Henry Selick is the industry's go-to-guy for creating adult-themed cartoons that appeal to both young and old moviegoers. During this exclusive interview with MakingOf, Selick covers the timeline that his latest film "Coraline" required, the complexity of the sets and compares shooting stop-motion animation to live action, "everything is real."

Two of his films ("The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "Coraline") have been released in 3D and Selick believes that ""Avatar" is the film that is "either going to get 3D to take off completely or maintain this slow and steady growth."

Click here to watch the full interview. »

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The new rebel film trailers

17 December 2009 1:45 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Movie trailers used to be pretty formulaic – just show the best bits – but, in the age of the internet viral, they're now works of art in themselves

If you're looking for art or auteurship at the cinema, you're likely to be waiting for the main feature, not concentrating on the trailers for what were quaintly known as "coming attractions". As long as they have existed, trailers have been the tool of film marketing departments aiming solely to secure the maximum number of bums on seats. Experimentation with the form has not been a big part of the story. There have been brief flourishes of artistic advancement, such as the move towards fast-edit montages led by Kubrick in the early 1960s, and periodical oddities, like Hitchcock's personally hosted guided tour of the Bates Motel for Psycho, and the mock advertisement for the Ghostbusters' services, which led to the advertised phone number »

- Jane Graham

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Good Morning, Oscar: December 17

17 December 2009 2:17 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

By Steve Pond

 In this morning’s roundup of Oscar news ‘n’ notes from around the web, Quentin Tarantino shows his influences, and Mo’Nique reveals her secret campaign weapon.

Anne Thompson picks her favorites from among the 63 songs eligible for the Oscar. She goes for a They Might Be Giants and Jarvis Cocker ditties from “Coraline” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” a Duffy ballad from “An Education,” Ryan Bingham’s and T Bone Burnett’s resonant theme from “Crazy Heart,” a bouncy Karen O song from “Where the Wild »

- Steve Pond

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Check out the first official trailer for Kristen Stewart's 'The Runaways'! (video)

17 December 2009 12:32 AM, PST | Twilight Examiner | See recent Twilight Examiner news »

Tonight, the first official trailer for Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) and Dakota Fanning (Coraline)'s The Runaways was released to MTV. The film is expected to release in 2010 and features Stewart as Joan Jett. Fanning portrays Cherie Currie. Directed by Floria Sigismondi, The Runaways also stars Alia Shawkat (Robin), Scout Taylor-Compton (Lita Ford), Michael Shannon (Kim Fowley), Tatum O'Neal (Marie Harmon), Johnny Lewis (Scottie), Brett Cullen (Donald Currie), and Stella Maeve (Sandy West). A first clip seen e »

- thetwilightexaminer

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Watch with mother: what are the scariest children's films?

16 December 2009 2:55 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Where the Wild Things Are has been thrilling parents and getting their offspring quivering. Which family films still give you the shakes?

Is Where the Wild Things Are, Spike Jonze's retelling of the Maurice Sendak tale about a little boy who finds kindred spirit with a horde of lumbering beasts, too scary for children? It almost certainly depends on the child. What's certain is that kids enjoy being ripped from their existences and challenged on a sensory level just as much as adults do. And they may find the strangest of things terrifying - as a child I was incapable of viewing Sam the blue eagle from the Muppets for more than a few seconds without experiencing epic nightmares that froze me to my very core.

Here are some other films which may just have parents reaching for the remote, though any shivers they engender will surely manifest themselves »

- Ben Child

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Thanks from Golden Globes nominees – A Serious Man, Coraline

15 December 2009 5:57 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

It’s awards season. The Golden Globes will air January 17, with Ricky Gervais hosting.

67th Annual Golden Globes nominees – the complete list

It’s not the nomination, but the thank you that matters, right?

“A huge thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, I am truly humbled and grateful. This whole ride has been such an unbelievable blessing, I am honored to share this with the Coen Brothers and the rest of the A Serious Man family.”

-Michael Stuhlbarg (Best Actor Comedy or Musical) for A Serious Man

“This Golden Globe nomination is sweet validation for the years of hard work it took to bring Coraline to life using stop-motion animation with the greatest crew of animators, artists, and technicians I’ve ever been privileged to work with. I share this nomination with all of them and we all share our thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press.”

- Henry Selick, »

- Jeff Bayer

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Henry Selick, Bill Mechanic of "Coraline" Issue Golden Globes Statements!

15 December 2009 11:04 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Coraline was nominated for a Golden Globe (Best Animated Feature Film) this morning. Below are statements from the filmmakers regarding the nomination.

"This Golden Globe nomination is sweet validation for the years of hard work it took to bring Coraline to life using stop-motion animation with the greatest crew of animators, artists, and technicians I've ever been privileged to work with. I share this nomination with all of them and we all share our thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press."

- Henry Selick, director/screenwriter and producer (Best Animated Feature Film) for Coraline

"It is a very pleasant surprise and honor for our movie to be recognized with this nomination. The hundreds of artists who worked so hard and for so long on Coraline all share in the joy."

- Bill Mechanic, producer (Best Animated Feature Film) for Coraline

*** Thanks To My Focus Friends For These Quotes »

- Manny

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Reaction from 'Golden Globe' nominees

15 December 2009 10:47 AM, PST | Tampa Film Examiner | See recent Tampa Film Examiner news »

Who should win this guy?

Surprised and humbled seem to be the popular reactions for some of the nominees for the Golden Globes.  The 2nd biggest award show of the year, playing only 2nd-fiddle to the Academy Awards, has a very competitive field to choose from.  Here are some initial reactions from the nominees:

Henry Selick's statement regarding the Best Animated Feature Film nomination for Coraline.

"This Golden Globe nomination is sweet validation for the years of hard work it took to bring Coraline to life using stop-motion animation with the greatest crew of animators, artists, and technicians I've ever been privileged to work with. I share this nomination with all of them and we all share our thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press."

Bill Mechanic's statement regarding the Best Animated Feature Film nomination for Coraline

"It is a very pleasant surprise and honor for our movie to be recognized with this nomination. »

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Cool Stuff: Chris Appelhans’ Fantastic Mr. Fox Concept Art

15 December 2009 9:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Chris Appelhans has created concept art work on Monster House, City of Ember, Coraline, and Princess and the Frog. Appelhans has uploaded some of the awesome work he crafted for Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox, which I have included after the jump. [gallery columns="2"] Cool Stuff is a daily feature of slashfilm.com. Know of any geekarific creations or cool products which should be featured on Cool Stuff? E-Mail us at orfilms@gmail.com. source: Xanga »

- Peter Sciretta

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Reactions from Golden Globe nominees

15 December 2009 6:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Golden Globe noms announced

Complete list of film and TV nominees

"I'm pumped!" James Cameron said before hopping a plane from New York to Los Angeles, where he hoped to celebrate with the cast and crew of best drama nominee "Avatar" at a screening Tuesday night. "It's been a 4 1/2-year journey, and this is not typically the kind of film that critics love, it being a genre movie and being seen as a big commercial movie." Cameron, also nominated for a best director Golden Globe, was pleased the movie also got some love in the music category. "I think this is James Horner's best score to date," he says. But he says he is sad his actors got short shrift. "Maybe there's a sense that acting for performance capture isn't the same as acting for a lens, which is going to take an education. I think that will eventually go away. »

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