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Barack Obama Shares Christmas Wishes With Children

24 December 2009 3:30 AM, PST | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

Barack Obama spread a little Christmas cheer earlier this week when he visited a Boys' and Girls' Club of America in northeast Washington.

The Us president was greeted by children who were only too happy to share their Christmas wishes. Obama spent time reading The Polar Express to the 25 youngsters at the facility, and handed out Christmas cookies.

The Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of America aim to enable all young people, especially those who need them most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

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All the film highlights this Christmas

23 December 2009 2:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Penguins, Nicole Kidman and Narnia – Paul Howlett picks his film highlights

Christmas Eve

Over the Hedge

(Tim Johnson, Karey Kirkpatrick, 2006) 4.25pm, BBC1

A DreamWorks animated adventure in which Rj, the cynical racoon (laconically voiced by Bruce Willis) teaches a burrowful of innocent woodland animals to forage off the waste of an encroaching housing estate rather than rely on boring old natural food, before inevitably seeing the error of his ways. Plenty of good slapstick fun for kids and cine-literate gags for adults, although it all seems a bit glib compared to Shrek and co.

Corpse Bride

(Tim Burton, Mike Johnson, 2005) 6pm, ITV1

Life, in Burton's typically weird and ghoulish fantasy, is a dull, grey affair: death is much more colourful and fun, as young Victor (voiced by Johnny Depp) discovers when he is whisked into the underworld by the maggoty Corpse Bride (Helena Bonham Carter). Trouble is, he's in love »

- Paul Howlett

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All the film highlights this Christmas

23 December 2009 2:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Penguins, Nicole Kidman and Narnia – Paul Howlett picks his film highlights

Christmas Eve

Over the Hedge

(Tim Johnson, Karey Kirkpatrick, 2006) 4.25pm, BBC1

A DreamWorks animated adventure in which Rj, the cynical racoon (laconically voiced by Bruce Willis) teaches a burrowful of innocent woodland animals to forage off the waste of an encroaching housing estate rather than rely on boring old natural food, before inevitably seeing the error of his ways. Plenty of good slapstick fun for kids and cine-literate gags for adults, although it all seems a bit glib compared to Shrek and co.

Corpse Bride

(Tim Burton, Mike Johnson, 2005) 6pm, ITV1

Life, in Burton's typically weird and ghoulish fantasy, is a dull, grey affair: death is much more colourful and fun, as young Victor (voiced by Johnny Depp) discovers when he is whisked into the underworld by the maggoty Corpse Bride (Helena Bonham Carter). Trouble is, he's in love »

- Paul Howlett

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What to TiVo: Wednesday

22 December 2009 11:50 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

ABC has How the Grinch Stole Christmas and repeats of The Middle, Modern Family, and Cougar Town CBS is new with A Home for the Holidays With Faith Hill, and has repeats of Criminal Minds and CSI:ny Fox has repeats of Glee NBC has repeats of Mercy The CW has repeats of One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl ABC Family has Miracle on 34th Street and The Polar Express Bravo is new with Launch My Line Comedy Central is new with The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report E! is new with Jonas Brothers FX has Deck the Halls MTV has repeats of South Park and is new with Real World/Road Rules Challenge, The Ruins: The S#@! They Shoulda Shown! TNT has A Christmas Carol VH1 has 40 Greatest Pranks 2 and Footloose Late-night highlights include the Dan Band on The Jay Leno Show on NBC; Alec Baldwin »

- BuzzSugar

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Merry Christmas from Buzz and Woody in Toy Story 3

22 December 2009 11:00 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Walt Disney Studios UK just posted this Merry Christmas message from Buzz and Woody. The upcoming animated film “Toy Story 3″ by director Lee Unkrich (Finding Nemo, Toy Story 2) stars Tom Hanks (Cars, The Polar Express), Michael Keaton (Batman), Joan Cusack, Tim Allen, Timothy Dalton, John Ratzenberger and Wallace Shawn. “Toy Story 3″ will be in theaters everywhere June 18th, 2009. Click Here for more photos, news and videos from Pixar’s “Toy Story 3″. Synopsis: Woody, Buzz, and the rest of their toy-box friends are dumped in a day-care center after their owner, Andy, departs for college. Stay tuned to Shockya.com for the latest movie news, posters and more from Pixar Animation [...] »

- Brian Corder

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Last Minute White Christmas Giveaway – Happy Feet And The Polar Express

22 December 2009 5:03 PM, PST | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

I’ve got a last minute chance to win a couple of wintry wonderland titles for you from the folks at Warner BrothersHappy Feet and The Polar Express on DVD will be on their way to one lucky winner. Remember to visit thewbshop.com for much more than just great movies. From movie-related merchandise, to box sets, to great [...] »

- Marc Eastman

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Toy Story 3 Extended Clip from Pixar

21 December 2009 8:11 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Walt Disney Studios recently released this new extended clip from the upcoming animated film “Toy Story 3″ by director Lee Unkrich (Finding Nemo, Toy Story 2) and starring Tom Hanks (Cars, The Polar Express), Michael Keaton (Batman), Joan Cusack, Tim Allen, Timothy Dalton, John Ratzenberger and Wallace Shawn. “Toy Story 3″ will be in theaters everywhere June 18th, 2009. Click Here for more photos, news and videos from Pixar’s “Toy Story 3″. Synopsis: Woody, Buzz, and the rest of their toy-box friends are dumped in a day-care center after their owner, Andy, departs for college. Stay tuned to Shockya.com for the latest movie news, posters and more from Pixar Animation and “Toy Story [...] »

- Brian Corder

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Brittany Murphy Tweets From Peter Facinelli, Paris Hilton And Others In Another Twitter-Wood Early Edition

21 December 2009 2:00 PM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Earlier today, we brought you an early edition of Twitter-Wood packed chock-full of celebrity praise for James Cameron's sci-fi epic, "Avatar." It's a much more tragic set of circumstances that brings me back to you with another Twitter-Wood early edition.

"Clueless" star Brittany Murphy left us suddenly over the weekend, the victim of a heart attack at the too-young age of 32. The breaking news resulted in an outpouring of grief and sympathy for Murphy's family from around the celebrity Twittersphere. I'll let the people who knew her take it from here...

@ParisHilton So sad to hear about Brittany Murphy, such a tragedy. She was such a beautiful, funny and sweet girl. My heart goes out to her family.

-Paris Hilton, Actress ("The Hottie and the Nottie," "House of Wax")

@peterfacinelli Brittany Murphy... U were Bold, Brave, and Beautiful. Thank you 4 being the free spirit u were, and always »

- Adam Rosenberg

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Something Borrowed, Something Blue

21 December 2009 12:25 PM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

I can imagine Robert Zemeckis -- whose botched motion-capture animated features "The Polar Express" and "A Christmas Carol" were full of rubbery, dead-eyed, freakish-looking human constructs -- watching James Cameron's "Avatar" with an expression on his face not unlike F. Murray Abraham's Salieri listening to his first Mozart composition in "Amadeus."

From a technical standpoint, "Avatar" is a game-changer, a paradigm shift, the greatest thing since sliced "2001." In the same way that "The Matrix" and its technological advances reverberated over the ensuing decade, so will "Avatar" act as a bellwether for the next wave of effects-heavy genre films.

I just wish it were a better movie. For all of Cameron's soaring accomplishments in creating realistic motion-capture characters and his deft handling of the new era of 3D, "Avatar" feels both familiar and overlong. You've traveled this road before, even if now you're doing it in a blinged-out luxury »

- Alonso Duralde

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Review: Avatar Lives Up to the Hype (But It Isn’t One for the Ages)

19 December 2009 1:37 PM, PST | thetorchonline | See recent thetorchonline news »

Four and a Half Torches (Out of Five)

I refuse to believe there's anyone who reads this site regularly who hasn't already seen James Cameron's Avatar, or doesn't have plans to do so.

But if so, just go. It completely lives up to the hype. When Sigourney Weaver was quoted as saying that, regarding its visual effects, it doesn't just reset the bar, it throws the bar away, she wasn't exaggerating. Unlike Roger Zemeckis' movies like the creepy The Polar Express, Cameron has created CGI characters with something going on behind the eyes -- in 3-D, no less. It's a breathtaking achievement. So why only four and a half torches? »

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Another New Toy Story 3 Movie Still

18 December 2009 11:23 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Walt Disney Studios released this brand new movie still featuring Woody, Jessie and Buzz in the upcoming animated film “Toy Story 3″ by director Lee Unkrich (Finding Nemo, Toy Story 2) and starring Tom Hanks (Cars, The Polar Express), Michael Keaton (Batman), Joan Cusack, Tim Allen, Timothy Dalton, John Ratzenberger and Wallace Shawn. “Toy Story 3″ will be in theaters everywhere June 18th, 2009. Click Here for more photos, news and videos from Pixar’s “Toy Story 3″. Synopsis: Woody, Buzz, and the rest of their toy-box friends are dumped in a day-care center after their owner, Andy, departs for college. Stay tuned to Shockya.com for the latest movie news, posters and more from [...] »

- Brian Corder

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Christmas and new year TV films

18 December 2009 5:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Not sure what to watch? We can help with our comprehensive guide to the best films on TV this Christmas and new year

Choose a date

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Saturday 19 December

Yes Man (Peyton Reed, 2008)

10am, 8pm, Sky Movies Premiere

Remember Jim Carrey in Liar, Liar, where he forces himself to tell the truth for 24 hours? Well, here Jim Carrey forces himself to answer yes to any request, for a year. Which is upping the ante somewhat, but doesn't make it a better film. This is a return to the manic, gurning, not-very-funny Carrey, as if The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine etc hadn't happened. Just say no.

The Golden Compass (Chris Weitz, 2007)

11.40am, 8pm, Sky Movies Family

What with Harry Potter, Narnia, Lemony Snicket and all, »

- Paul Howlett

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Cameron is recrowned King of the World

17 December 2009 5:24 PM, PST | blogs.suntimes.com/ebert | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

The thing about James Cameron is, he can get his mind around a project the size of "Avatar" and keep his cool. If it requires the development of untested technology, he takes the time to work on it. If he wants to create aliens human enough to be sexy and yet keep them out of the Uncanny Valley, he test-drives them. If it costs $250 million, as reported, or $350 million, as rumored, you reflect: That's a lot of money, but after seeing the movie I guess I saw most of it up there on the screen.

It became a favorite sport in some Hollywood circles, and even among critics not a million miles distant from myself, to publicly doubt Cameron's claims. He took ten years, starting with a story he began writing years before that? He was determined to film in 3-D, but no 3-D was good enough, so he had »

- Roger Ebert

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ABC struggles without football coverage

14 December 2009 3:34 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

ABC struggled in Saturday night ratings without any football coverage, overnight viewing figures show. A rerun of The Polar Express, which aired between 8pm and 10pm, averaged 4.02m, then a Castle repeat took 3.7m at 10pm. Last week, Dr. Pepper Big 12 Championship logged 11.31m for the Alphabet network across primetime. Over on Fox, Cops attracted 5.39m during the 8pm hour, then the audience climbed to 5.48m (more) »

- By Dan French

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'Princess and the Frog' Leaps to the Top

13 December 2009 4:41 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Though there were no sensational new releases, overall business remained at a steady clip over the weekend, up eight percent over the same period last year. For 2009 as a whole, though, it's all gravy from here on out: in the middle of last week, it became the highest-grossing year in Hollywood history, and has topped $9.7 billion (2002 remains the modern record for attendance).

In its nationwide debut, The Princess and the Frog conjured a solid estimated $25 million on approximately 4,800 screens at 3,434 sites. While less auspicious than the openings of Enchanted and the movies from Walt Disney Pictures' 1990s traditional animation heyday, it did mark the highest-grossing start ever for an animated movie in December, a month that's more a marathon for this type of picture than a sprint. Since traditionally-drawn animation has recently been out of favor amidst a computer-generated glut and the princess theme has been skewered in Enchanted, »

- Brandon Gray

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What to TiVo: Saturday

11 December 2009 11:50 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

ABC has The Polar Express and a repeat of Castle CBS has Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and The Flight Before Christmas, and is new with 48 Hours Mystery Fox is new with Cops and America's Most Wanted NBC has It's a Wonderful Life ABC Family has The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause E! has You've Got Mail MTV has repeats of South Park, Nitro Circus, and Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory Oxygen has The Notebook TBS has Blades of Glory and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby TNT has The Bourne Supremacy VH1 has Be Cool Late-night highlights include Taylor Lautner and Bon Jovi on Saturday Night Live on NBC »

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New Pic from Toy Story 3

11 December 2009 11:14 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Walt Disney Studios just released this new photo featuring the cast of characters in the upcoming animated film “Toy Story 3″ by director Lee Unkrich (Finding Nemo, Toy Story 2) and starring Tom Hanks (Cars, The Polar Express), Michael Keaton (Batman), Joan Cusack, Tim Allen, Timothy Dalton, John Ratzenberger and Wallace Shawn. “Toy Story 3″ will be in theaters everywhere June 18th, 2009. Click Here for more photos, news and videos from Pixar’s “Toy Story 3″. Synopsis: Woody, Buzz, and the rest of their toy-box friends are dumped in a day-care center after their owner, Andy, departs for college. Stay tuned to Shockya.com for the latest movie news, posters and more from Pixar [...] »

- Brian Corder

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"Avatar" trailer previews a new world of cinema

9 December 2009 11:00 AM, PST | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

Finally, the premier of Avatar is upon us.

Next Friday, Dec. 18, when the film is released, James Cameron’s vision will be realized. At least, I hope so. I’ve been looking forward to Avatar since I first heard of it — and I want it to be incredible.

Of course, Avatar already has several things going for it, as far as AfterEllen.com is concerned. Here are three.

Michelle Rodriquez

Sigourney Weaver

Zoë Saldana

Frankly, Weaver alone is enough to get me to the theater, but if Avatar works, it will be unlike anything we’ve seen so far. The film features a “new generation” of special effects and 3-D technology that promise not only to allow the viewer to see a new world, but to actually experience it. The newly released extended trailer summarizes the story.

Cameron came up with the idea of Avatar in 1995, but had to wait for technology to catch up. »

- thelinster

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Action-Adventure ‘Nutcracker’ Coming From New Line

8 December 2009 4:30 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

For many families around the world, watching The Nutcracker in some form or another is a holiday tradition. Whether it’s live at the ballet (where the story comes to life to the music of Tchaikovsky) or in any of its numerous screen adaptations (such as the animated Nutcracker Prince), the story has been told and retold countless times since it was first written in 1812 by E.T.W. Hoffman as The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Now, thanks to New Line studios and writer Darren Lemke, we’ll get one more look at the famous story.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lemke pitched New Line a reimagined version of the story that is written as a family action-adventure film, similar in style to the popular Chronicles of Narnia films. For those unacquainted with the story of The Nutcracker, here is a brief recap from the THR report:

 

“The story »

- Rob Frappier

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Play Our Brand New Holiday Movie Faceoff and Win a Prize!

3 December 2009 12:00 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

There's no denying it now - the holiday season is officially upon us, which means it's time to dust off those decorations, blast those merry tunes, and cuddle up to watch festive movies. Everyone has a favorite, whether it's a classic like It's a Wonderful Life or the always-hilarious Elf. There are tons of great ones, and now we're pitting them head-to-head in our brand new faceoff game! Spend some time playing, and you'll be eligible to win an amazing prize package of holiday favorites. Just click here to get started! The winner will receive the ultimate holiday movie collection courtesy of Warner Home Video! It includes the new release Four Christmases as well as favorites How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas. That’s not all - your collection will be completed by three spectacular holiday movie box sets: the Holiday Comedy Collection: DVD 3-Disc Box Set, »

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