16 items from 2011
These birds of a feather stick together in the face of austerity, surviving on no food and still managing to look cool. Could this movie favourite teach us how to survive the recession?
Animals used to get cavalier treatment from the movies: they were patronised, sentimentalised, mocked, pitied or turned into objects of dread. Now that humanity has screwed up its supposed mastery of the universe, things have changed: the big screen looks to fur and feather for moral guidance. This year, primates have been showing us our shortcomings. In the new year we're promised condign equine reproof. Yet the creature emerging as the number one finger-wagger comes as something of a surprise. It's the penguin.
Few of us ever encounter these birds in the wild. They can't even fly, and they look ridiculous. Yet they've managed to seize our imagination. Entertainment Weekly pronounced them the 56th biggest hit of »
- David Cox
Penguins are adorable. There, I said it. I basically coo every single time I see one of those tuxedo-wearing, flightless bastards. It was only a couple years ago that penguins took Hollywood by storm, with movies like March of the Penguins, Madagascar, Surf's Up and Happy Feet. Now it would seem that fad is coming back around again. This past summer Jim Carrey brought us Mr. Popper's Penguins (which grossed $183 million worldwide) and next summer Dreamworks will release Madagascar 3. But in the interim we have Happy Feet Two coming down the pipeline and today, courtesy of Yahoo!, we have three new posters. Check them out below or in high-res over at the source. The sequel, which brings back stars Elijah Wood and Robin Williams and brings Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Pink, Hugo Weaving, Hank Azaria, Sofía Vergara and Common into the mix, is set after the events of the »
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- Adam Bryant
Red-carpet fashion and beauty coverage: Vote on all of Fab and Bella's red-carpet love it or hate it polls Who ruled the red carpet? Cast your votes for best dressed Bold moves: see the ladies who stepped out in high-wattage hues Shop the red-carpet looks: stars went to great lengths at Teen Choice Awards Nailed it: see the coolest manicures from the Teen Choice Awards Let's hear it for the boys: Justin, Taylor, and more step out at the Teen Choice Awards Luxury labels, Kardashians, and Twilight stars: see all lovely ladies on the blue carpet Get your favorite red-carpet looks: Nikki Reed's colorful, haltered maxi Elizabeth Banks' red-hot leather J. Mendel Kim Kardashian's fun and feathered mini dress Nina Dobrev's girly, gingham Dolce & Gabbana Press room stories, the list of all the winners, and more! Save the drama for your momma: Cameron Diaz talks high »
It has been four years since Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi's "Persepolis"--an adaptation of the latter's acclaimed graphic novel--charmed and moved audiences everywhere and edged it's way into the Oscar race, sharing a Best Animated Feature nomination alongside "Ratatouille" and "Surf's Up" (a rare feat for a non-studio film, rarer still for a foreign language film). Well, the duo is back, once again adapting a graphic novel by Satrapi and for their sophomore effort they've dropped their pens and are helming their first live action feature. "Chicken With Plums" returns to Iran once again, this time telling the story of… »
If Magazine spent the week at the biennial Smpte conference and exhibition,.held at Sydney's Exhibition Centre, at stand D25. Check out the August-September issue of If Magazine for our full Smpte wrap. The If stand at Smpte. . .Fujifilm Australia's Marc Van Agten at the stand which won best large exhibit. . Sony Australia's.Nick Buchner.gives a.presentation.. . The Avid stand proved popular with the crowds. . Surf's Up at the Panasonic stand. . On a roll at Smpte. . The Arri team present the camera everyone is talking about: the Arri Alexa. . Datastor Australia's John Wellar explains archiving. . The team »
- Staff reporter
This weekend, Green Lantern's light was more red than green, but the comic book adaptation still drew an estimated $52.7 million on approximately 7,200 screens at 3,816 locations. Green Lantern's start landed behind X-Men: First Class's $55.1 million and Thor's $65.7 million. It was also less than The Incredible Hulk and the two Fantastic Four movies, and the attendance disparity was even greater. Green Lantern's estimated attendance was even lower than Daredevil and Ghost Rider. 3D presentations at 2,711 locations accounted for 45 percent of Green Lantern's gross. The 3D share was close to Kung Fu Panda 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides but down from Thor's 60 percent. Distributor Warner Bros.' exit polling indicated that 64 percent of Green Lantern's audience was male and 63 percent was over 25 years old (19 percent was under 18). In second place, Super 8 had a decent hold, retreating 40 percent to an estimated $21.3 million (it »
- Brandon Gray <email@example.com>
Friday wasn't the brightest day for Green Lantern, but the comic book adaptation still drew an estimated $21.6 million on approximately 7,200 screens at 3,816 locations. Green Lantern had a slightly higher first day gross than X-Men: First Class's $21.4 million, but it was less than Thor's $25.5 million. The gross was also comparable to The Incredible Hulk and the two Fantastic Four movies. In terms of estimated attendance, though, Green Lantern trailed all of those movies. A precise 3D location count was unavailable for Green Lantern as of this writing, but it had at least 2,700. Those 3D sites accounted for an estimated 46 percent of the gross. The 3D share was close to Kung Fu Panda 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides but down from Thor's 60 percent. Mr. Popper's Penguins slid in to second with an estimated $6.4 million on around 4,200 screens at 3,339 locations. That was tepid for a Jim Carrey comedy »
- Brandon Gray <firstname.lastname@example.org>
6/17 Update: Green Lantern pulled in $3.35 million in its midnight launch at 1,810 locations. That was slightly less than X-Men: First Class's $3.37 million midnight start and a bit more than Thor's $3.25 million, and each of those were also at around 1,800 locations. Forecast: This weekend, Green Lantern ignites on over 6,500 screens at 3,816 locations (3D count unavailable at this time), while Mr. Popper's Penguins waddles onto more than 4,300 screens at 3,338 locations. Green Lantern marks the third comic book superhero movie within a month and a half, following Thor and X-Men: First Class. Thor (also in 3D) kicked off the summer with $65.7 million, while X-Men: First Class launched with $55.1 million, and both were ultimately middling as far as big superhero movies go. In general, only the superheroes that have seeped into the mainstream culture have achieved true blockbuster success (Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, X-Men) with one exception in Iron Man, which was essentially a bright, »
- Brandon Gray <email@example.com>
My hazy memory seems to recall that Russell T Davies had announced a fearsome Big Bad returning for the penultimate story of the first NuWho season. Who could it be? Could the Cybermen be raising hell in modern-day Cardiff? Or how about the Ice Warriors, looking for the nearest ice cream van? If you were to judge by the title alone, it's feasible that Eldrad could have clawed his way out of the chasm on Kastria to travel to modern-day Earth and destroy the population's eardrums with just one mighty bellow.
But no. In fact – hold your breath folks – what we got was...!
Neither, on the whole, is Boom Town: generally regarded as the weak link in what's otherwise a generally strong season – even the aforementioned Slitheen two-parter has, at times, a big feature film feel to it, even if it gets fudged in the process (Davies »
This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (Releases on Friday, April 15 — Blu-ray available as single-disc and Blu-ray+DVD+digital copy) I'm still not convinced that the final installment of the Harry Potter franchise needed to be separated into two films, but perhaps that's a discussion better reserved for Part 2. Is it fair to judge this as a standalone film, or should it be taken as only half of a whole (which in itself is only one seventh of an even greater whole)? Director David Yates seems to want it both ways, while also attempting to appease both hardcore fans of the books and more casual viewers of the movies. The effort is admirably ambitious, though not always successful, »
- Adam Quigley
You may be asking yourself: why is the esteemed Shadowlocked.com, home to the most geekness, reviewing a family film feast? I had to wonder myself when our Editor asked me to cover this. The idea of a talking Blue Parrot (unless it was part of a dark mass hysteria) was not the most appealing subject. But it helps to consider it in the case for and against 3D films and the state of the art of animation. On those grounds, dear friends, I ask you to consider this piece.
Throughout Rio the things that stood out for me were the beautiful lighting and scenery, along with meticulous attention to detail in just about everything. The feats of natural animal behavior that Blu, Jewel, Nigel and the other birds were developed to do were outstanding. The amount of work that must have gone into researching animal movement was obvious at all times. »
Sony Pictures Animation has acquired the screen rights to Janet Foxley children's novel Muncle Trogg. Deadline's description says the book is about a "fairytale community" who live in volcano and hidden away from humans. However, the official description of the novel (via Amazon) says that the hidden-dwellers are giants and that the title character is a small giant that's laughed at by the other giants for being human-sized. Muncle then goes to take a look at the "Smallings" and is surprised by what he discovers. Spa has had a mixed track record so far. They launched with the forgettable Open Season, followed up with the slightly better Surf's Up, and then hit it out of the park with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. This year they have the live-action/CGI hybrid The Smurfs and a collaboration with Wallace and Gromit creators Aardman Animation for the holiday flick Arthur Christmas. »
- Matt Goldberg
Three new preview clips from 20th Century Fox's upcoming 3-D CGI-animated feature, Rio, have been released online. Written by Don Rhymer (Surf's Up) and directed by Carlos Saldanha (Ice Age), Rio follows a rare blue macaw named Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg ) as he leaves his quiet domestic life as a pet in Minnesota to travel to the exotic city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in search of a female (Anne Hathaway) of his species. Additional voice talents include Jamie Foxx, Leslie Mann, George Lopez, Neal Patrick Harris, Jemaine Clement, Rodrigo Santoro and Brazilian bossa nova singer Bebel Gilberto.
Next Showing: Rio opens April 8
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- BrentJS Sprecher
Whether you're into sexy girls in bikinis, harrowing shark attacks or inspirational true stories, this might just be for you
This is traditionally the leanest time of the year for the film trailer industry. All the middlebrow award-bait trailers came out before last week's Oscar nominations, and there won't be any gormless summer blockbuster trailers until this weekend's Super Bowl. That basically leaves this week as the domain of trailers for incredibly slight documentaries, po-faced subtitled pieces about the burden of existence and – shudder – Justin Bieber concert films.
But look hard enough and you can still find the odd gem. Like Soul Surfer, for example. On a normal week, the trailer for Soul Surfer would have been dismissed out of hand. But it actually turns out that Soul Surfer has the potential to be one of this year's best films. On the basis of its trailer, it contains something for everyone. »
- Stuart Heritage
While overall box office remained relatively stagnant from 2009 to 2010, animated movies hit record levels. Thanks primarily to Toy Story 3 and Shrek Forever After and surprise smashes Despicable Me, How to Train Your Dragon and Tangled, animation accounted for nearly $1.5 billion of 2010's business, up a massive 16 percent from 2009. With three major sequels, a prequel and a handful of other nicely-timed releases, 2011 animation has the potential for similar growth. Disney-Pixar's Cars 2 is well positioned to make truckloads of money. The first Cars grossed $244.1 million in 2006, which translates to nearly $300 million today adjusted for ticket price inflation. While it's definitely not Pixar's most beloved movie (it's B grade from Box Office Mojo readers puts it in a tie for last place with A Bug's Life), characters like Mater and Lightning McQueen have remained staples in toy stores (the first movie's merchandising might is allegedly one of the key drivers of the sequel) and on the Disney Channel. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
16 items from 2011
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