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Robert Zemeckis is officially giving up on his remake of the seminal animated classic Yellow Submarine, which served as a showcase for The Beatles back in 1968. Walt Disney Pictures announced the director was moving forward on the motion-capture adventure in 2009, with Cary Elwes, Peter Serafinowicz, Adam Campbell, and Dean Lennox Kelly cast as the Fab Four. Shooting was set to being in 2011, but that never happened.
Mars Needs Moms, which debuted in March of 2011, was a substantial flop for Disney, and it was because of this that the studio pulled the plug on Yellow Submarine. Robert Zemeckis, whose last three films had all been motion capture (The Polar Express, Beowulf, and Disney's a Christmas Carol), moved onto the live action drama Flight, his first in nearly a decade, instead.
He had planned to make Yellow Submarine at a different studio after Disney dropped the ball, but now he has given up on the movie completely, »
Robert Zemeckis may be finally be coming to the end of his motion capture obsession. The director of Beowulf and The Polar Express has been trying to remake The Beatles' animated classic Yellow Submarine using the motion capture format. Back in 2011, with the massive failure of Mars Needs Moms, Zemeckis lost Disney support for the remake. But, Zemeckis never stopped trying to get the project off the ground. Until now. MovieHole reports that Zemeckis is no longer interested in making the »
- Alex Maidy
So, it’s that time of year again where we down tools for a few days to spend with our kids, some really cheesy movies and an overstocked fridge! As I type this our Christmas dinner is in our bellies, toys are littered around an incredibly trashed house. We’ve had an amazing 24 hours which incorporated The Polar Express (reduced me to tears) and multiple Muppets all bringing plenty of smiles to Cameron! So, I hope you’re having a good day today, wherever you are in the world, and if it’s not going the way you intended, then don’t worry…there’s always another take. Vic Barry Editor »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Being reunited with director Robert Zemeckis on "Flight" was just like old times for cinematographer Don Burgess. The last time they worked together was on "The Polar Express" in 2004, Bob Z's first foray into performance capture. But in terms of live action, you have to go back to "Cast Away" in 2000. So a lot has changed in the "digital stew," as Zemeckis likes to refer to virtual production. Still, after lensing all of his live action movies since "Forrest Gump," the two have established a visual rapport built around the old Truffaut maxim about movies being part truth and part spectacle. "The starting point is that it's a movie about truth and honesty," Burgess confirms. And so that's the driving force behind the lighting and the clarity of the lenses. I didn't want any of the lighting to feel too theatrical. I wanted it to be as real as possible »
- Bill Desowitz
Ho, ho, ho! On this Christmas Eve, the Movie Geeks want to make sure we steer you towards the right festive movies this holiday season and came up with these ten. Several honorable mentions didn’t make the cut such as Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, Santa’s Slay, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966), Emmit Otter’s Jug Band Christmas, Jingle All the Way, The Family Stone, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Polar Express, A Christmas Carol (1984), A Muppet Christmas Carol, Babes in Toyland (1961), Holiday Inn, It’s a Wonderful Life, Scrooge (1971), or Home Alone. Not to worry – they were considered but didn’t pass muster with the cinema elves. Come back on Christmas for our not-so traditional holiday movies lineup.
Now, for the list:
10. Love, Actually (2003)
“So if you believe in Father Christmas, children, like your Uncle Billy does, buy my festering turd of a record. And particularly »
- Movie Geeks
At this point of the year, month and week, it had better be looking a lot like Christmas.
With the much-anticipated holiday upon us, television is doing its part, presenting attractions that reflect the spirit of the season in a variety of ways ... some funny, some serious and some simply built for all-out yuletide fun. Here's a roundup of much of what's still left for viewers on the virtual Christmas tree otherwise known as a TV screen.
ABC: This year's "Cma Country Christmas" special, with Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland back as host for the third consecutive year, gets a repeat Sunday, Dec. 23 -- and later that day, the Julie Andrews-starring holiday-season perennial "The Sound of Music" also returns. Monday, Dec. 24, sees repeats of the animated specials "Disney's Prep & Landing" and "Shrek the Halls." And Christmas itself is packed with TV tradition Tuesday, Dec. 25; the morning is marked by the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, »
Christmas episodes of our favourite TV shows can be one of two things; they can be lazy excuses for showrunners to put their feet up and give their actors a week off by basically running a clip-show instead, or they can allow the writers to go for broke, compelled by the festive mood to weave a very different story that’s quite unlike the ones we’re used to. Even shows that aren’t primarily centred around comedy have, with surprising success, managed to deliver an impressive Christmas episode, and though the majority of the shows on this list are shooting for laughs, they all share one thing: they’ve managed to take a potentially rote idea – the cloying Christmas special – and turn it into a great excuse to throw caution to the wind and make viewers feel sufficiently filled with festive cheer.
Here are the 10 best Christmas TV episode of all time. »
- Shaun Munro
When you're a potential Oscar nominee, there's no end to ways you will humiliate yourself in order to win over the mostly 80+ year-old voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Somewhere between appearing on "Oprah" and busking on a subway lie these jolly fellows, who all appear to be singing "Jingle Bells" (or at least trying) because you may or may not have gotten those candy canes they sent out lined with $100-dollar bills.
Giving their "best" rendition of the 1857 tune are "Ted" star/director Seth MacFarlane channeling his best Stewie from "Family Guy," little Quvenzhané Wallis brings some "Southern Wild" to it, while Judd Apatow and wife Leslie Mann do a typically dysfunctional duet.
Other celebs getting in on the awards season spirit include Pixar prexy John Lasseter, "Promised Land" star John Krasinski, and former Academy Award-winner Robert Zemeckis, who made a mint in recent »
- Max Evry
The Academy has taken a slight break from golden statues to sing a little about silver bells.
As we near the Christmas holiday, Hollywood’s most prestigious filmmaking body invited attendees at the recent Governors Awards to sing a familiar little carol.
Anyway, you’ll probably recognize most of them, but here’s the rundown just in case.
That’s Oscar host Seth MacFarlane, doing the Stewie voice from Family Guy, kicking things off. Then we have 9-year-old Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhané Wallis. Deadpanning John Krasinski is a hopeful this year for his screenplay to Promised Land, »
- Anthony Breznican
If you're anything like us, then at this time of year you're a sucker for Christmas movies of any kind. You melt and grin over the tender lessons learned, the opening of presents, the sourpuss having a change of heart, the pratfalls, the lovers sharing a kiss in the snow, the realization that Santa actually exists. Oh, and Martians.
We're celebrating our love of Christmas movies, not to mention the holiday itself, with this heartwarming mashup of Christmas cheer. Merry Christmas from all of us here at NextMovie — as well as a multitude of movie characters — to all of you.
Movies Included (Click to Buy):
Holiday Inn | How the Grinch Stole Christmas | Love Actually | Bridget Jones' Diary | The Nightmare Before Christmas | Batman Returns | Pirate Radio | Home Alone | Eight Crazy Nights | Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist | Prancer | Christmas in Connecticut (1945) | The Holiday | A Charlie Brown Christmas | Bad Santa | American Psycho »
- Avaryl Halley
Cookie artist Curtis Jensen just made your gingerbread house look like the servants’ quarters.
Every year, this marketing director from Utah creates an elaborate mini-building using just gingerbread, icing, candy and the occasional inedible structural support. In 2011, Jensen tackled Notre Dame; this winter, he set his sights on Downton Abbey, the formidable estate at the center of Julian Fellowes’s eponymous drama.
Whether you watch the show religiously or still think it’s called Downtown Abbey, you’ll be entranced by this video of Jensen’s methodical construction — a time-lapse clip hypnotically scored by an extended version of the Downton Abbey theme song. »
- Hillary Busis
"There's no place like home for the holidays..."
There's something about the winter holidays that makes us yearn to return home, whether physically, to visit friends and loved ones, or to metaphorically revisit a place and time in our lives that holds special meaning to us, a place of comfort and warmth, where everyone is just a little bit happier, a little bit more giving. Many of the best movies about the holidays help us recapture those warm feelings of home, and they are especially important to us when we're faced with the harsh realities of modern life, when jobs are scarce and the nightly news is filled with stories of tragedy and heartache. Pour yourself a mug of thick, rich eggnog or a nice Manischewitz wine, snuggle up on the couch and help us select the best "Home for the Holidays" movies.
Rate the Top 10 Best Winter Holidays Movies »
- BrentJS Sprecher
Rad Santa --to find him, look to Mexico. In 1959. I am not here to disapprove of your favorite Santa, no matter how dysfunctional he may be. I like Billy Bob Thornton as much as the next red-blooded American hater. When he uses the F-word in front of children, my heart grows three sizes. But if you think about it, the past few decades have given filmgoers a drunk-tank full of Santa Clauses, disproportionately weird in character. More often than not, they’re blanks (1985’s Santa Claus: The Movie, 2004’s The Polar Express) or just befuddled and out of it (2011’s Arthur Christmas, which admittedly, also featured a young, go-getter junior executive Santa with a big heart and tons of Christmas spirit – it’s complicated). They’re pissed...
- Dave White
Rustle up some eggnog and mistletoe because it's that time of year again!
'Tis the season for your TV to be invaded by St. Nicholas & Co., and we don't want you to miss one minute of cinematic cheer this year. So, to service your DVR-ing needs, here's a ho-ho-holiday movie guide featuring the what, when* and where on your favorite Christmas flicks.
And, if these times aren't working for you, check our service provider's On Demand channels — most are offering some season's greetings of their own.
The Classics 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas!' (1966)
Saturday, Dec. 15: 5:30 p.m. on Cartoon Network
Tuesday, Dec. 18: 8:00 p.m. on ABC
Tuesday, Dec. 25: 8:00 p.m. on ABC
'It's a Wonderful Life' (1946)
Monday, Dec. 24: 8:00 p.m. on NBC
'Miracle on 34th Street' (1947)
Saturday, Dec. 15: 4:45 p.m. on AMC
Sunday, Dec. »
- Amanda Bell
When director Robert Zemeckis read the script for "Flight," he knew he was ready to make another live-action movie. The filmmaker's previous three films -- "The Polar Express," "Beowulf" and "A Christmas Carol" -- were shot in the motion-capture technique, in which human actions are recorded, then used to digitally animate computer characters. "When this screenplay came along, I thought it shouldn't be done in performance capture, it shouldn't be done in 3D," Zemeckis told the audience Wednesday night at TheWrap's screening series in the Regent Theatre in Westwood. "I'm always led »
- Alexander C. Kaufman
Ahh, the year in skin.
It's not the golden "Deep Throat" years of the '70s anymore, it's the age of the Internet and no one really goes to the movies to see nudity, but women proved they were hungry for some beefcake with the wild success of "Magic Mike." Meanwhile, A-list actresses bared it all for some compelling reasons that were absolutely integral to the script… hehe.
Here's our comprehensive list of major celebs who got in the buff so perverts could post screengrabs on Internet forums.
She may be a trampire in real-life, but Stewart's also got a polyamorous streak in the movie version of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," a.k.a. "This Seemed Cooler When I Was in High School English Class." As free spirit Marylou, Stewart gets to have a go with both Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund »
- Max Evry
CGI (Computer generated/graphic imagery) has increasingly been a dominant source of technology used in cinema… and there’s no going back!
Although the application and contribution of computer graphics to film imagery isn’t a new idea, the rapidly evolving form of ground-breaking technology has amazed us with picture perfect possibilities in film, and animation, throughout the years.
Here is a time-line showing key uses of CGI in cinematic history:
1973: Sci-fi thriller Westworld (directed by Michael Crichton) was the first film to use 2-D image processing to portray the infrared point of view of the Gunslinger android. 1977: Star Wars uses 3-D wireframe graphics for the trench run briefing sequence. 1978: Superman: The Movie is the first film to use CGI in the film’s title sequence. 1981: Looker (also directed by Michael Crichton) introduces Cindy as the first CGI human character. 1985: Barry Levinson’s Young Sherlock Holmes »
- Nafissa Jeetoo
Flight is Robert Zemeckis first full-blown live-action movie in over a decade. So it’s kind of a big deal, considering who he is. The Aero in Santa Monica hosted a weekend-long event, celebrating Zemeckis career by screening a few of his classic films including Back to the Future, Who Frames Roger Rabbit and Cast Away. On Sunday night, the theater screened Flight to a sold out crowd. After the film, Zemeckis showed up for a Q&A in which he talked about Tom Hanks, his favorite scene in Flight and the meaning of filmmaking.
We were able to attend the event. Here are some highlights of that night’s conversation:
Zemeckis, who is a pilot himself, is no stranger to plane crashes. His 2000 film Cast Away revolves around an airplane crash landing incident. He mentioned that he had to have a lot of conversations with his representatives and partners »
- Laura Frances
Director Robert Zemeckis has made some genuine classics in his career so far, with the Back To The Future series, Forest Gump, and of course, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? which was his first forte into blending live action with animation. Later he would take that genre into new realms with the motion capture animation he used in films like Beowulf and The Polar Express. His first live-action feature, Flight, is currently in theaters and the director has been making the media »
- Paul Shirey
What’s the official mark of the beginning of the holiday season? Nope, it’s not the sound of “Jingle Bells” on the radio or the sight of wreaths and twinkle lights on storefronts, but holiday specials on the tube. From classic movies like It’s a Wonderful Life to Wednesday’s Saturday Night Live Christmas show, the programming options are endless. So whip out that eggnog-flavored popcorn (did we just invent that?) and enjoy the festivities.
Here are our picks for the 12 specials you won’t want to miss (check the schedule on the following pages for additional showtimes):
- Maane Khatchatourian
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