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'Dragon Tattoo' And Other Feel-Bad Holiday Movies

22 December 2011 7:29 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

In addition to being one of the most anticipated films of the season, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" is also marketing itself somewhat subversively: as the "feel bad movie" of the year, something sure to put a damper on your Christmas morning. With a plot heavy on rape and murder, it's definitely not fun for the whole family.

But "Tattoo" wouldn't be the first inappropriate holiday movie, not by a long shot. For families really upset about the way their annual Yankee Swap turned out, there's a long history of violent and messed up films being released on Christmas weekend. Below, our top five picks for the worst way to spend a Christmas afternoon.

"Munich"

This near three-hour long Jewish revenge film dropped on December 23rd, making it either a super empowering Hannukah movie or the worst possible Christmas family outing. Steven Spielberg's look at Israeli retaliation for »

- Jeremy Gordon

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Soundtrack Bits: Listen to 10 Minutes of Michael Giacchino’s ‘John Carter’ Score, Plus: ‘Django Unchained’, ‘Moonrise Kingdom’, ‘The Artist’

20 December 2011 7:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Yup, that's Michael Giacchino striking the goofy pose in the header image, but don't let the silliness fool you -- he's one of the hottest film and TV composers working today, and one of the main reasons you should be excited about the rest of this post. After the jump: Listen to ten minutes of Michael Giacchino's score for John Carter Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained could be getting an unusual take on Frank Sinatra's "My Way" Wes Anderson reunites with Fantastic Mr. Fox composer Alexandre Desplat for Moonrise Kingdom The Artist ponders a concert tour with live orchestra Early impressions of the John Carter footage has [2] been [3] mixed [4] so far, but there's one part of the movie that definitely seems worth looking forward to, and that's the original score from Michael Giacchino. The Academy Award-winning composer recently appeared as a guest on the radio show Movies on the Radio, »

- Angie Han

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Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Gets Summer Release; Alexandre Desplat Composing Score

16 December 2011 10:05 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Focus Features have announced their initial 2012 slate, but there is one film we are most excited to see above the rest. We’ll get to the others first though. Paul Weitz‘s Being Flynn, a drama starring Robert De Niro, Paul Dano and Julianne Moore has been given a March 2nd, 2012 limited release. Check out more about the film at our trailer post, which will go up against The Lorax, Project X and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.

They also set a date for Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, from Nick & Norah screenwriter Lorene Scafaria – who’s making her directorial debut. It stars Keira Knightley as Steve Carell‘s neighbor, who asks to help him find his childhood sweetheart when news breaks of an asteroid that’s about to collide with and destroy Earth. The film will arrive in limited release on April 20th, 2012 alongside Escape From M. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Interview: Alexandre Desplat Discusses His Favorite Project, Not Refusing Daldry, and Working Alone

14 December 2011 3:59 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

When I was given the opportunity to interview French composer Alexandre Desplat, the question wasn’t what I would ask him, it was how many questions I would be able to get in. One of the busiest composers in the business, just this year alone Desplat has created the scores for The Tree of Life, A Better Life, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, The Ides of March, Carnage, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and is already on deck to compose next year’s Moonrise Kingdom. Desplat first caught my attention a few years ago when I realized he was the composer behind both the quirky score for Fantastic Mr. Fox and the epic score for Twilight Saga: New Moon – two very different films with two very different musical tones. Having won Film Composer of the Year at the World Soundtrack Awards, it is clear that the rest of the world is starting to »

- Allison Loring

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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted movie trailer and poster

8 December 2011 8:27 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Trailer, poster for Madagascar 3, starring Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer and Sacha Baron Cohen. DreamWorks' third installment in the hilarious animated franchise opens June 8th, 2012 in Readl 3D and Digital 3D. Eric Darnell, director and scribe of the first two films, returns to the helm, directing from the screenplay by Noah Baumbach (Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg). In Madagascar 3, Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer) and Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett-Smith) join a traveling circus in an effort to get back home to New York. Also in the cast are Frances McDormand, Cedric the Entertainer, Sherri Shepherd, Andy Richter and André Benjamin. »

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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted movie trailer and poster

8 December 2011 8:27 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Trailer, poster for Madagascar 3, starring Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer and Sacha Baron Cohen. DreamWorks' third installment in the hilarious animated franchise opens June 8th, 2012 in Readl 3D and Digital 3D. Eric Darnell, director and scribe of the first two films, returns to the helm, directing from the screenplay by Noah Baumbach (Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg). In Madagascar 3, Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer) and Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett-Smith) join a traveling circus in an effort to get back home to New York. Also in the cast are Frances McDormand, Cedric the Entertainer, Sherri Shepherd, Andy Richter and André Benjamin. »

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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted movie trailer and poster

8 December 2011 8:27 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Trailer, poster for Madagascar 3, starring Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer and Sacha Baron Cohen. DreamWorks' third installment in the hilarious animated franchise opens June 8th, 2012 in Readl 3D and Digital 3D. Eric Darnell, director and scribe of the first two films, returns to the helm, directing from the screenplay by Noah Baumbach (Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg). In Madagascar 3, Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer) and Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett-Smith) join a traveling circus in an effort to get back home to New York. Also in the cast are Frances McDormand, Cedric the Entertainer, Sherri Shepherd, Andy Richter and André Benjamin. »

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Noah Baumbach’s ‘Madagascar 3’ Trailer

8 December 2011 5:21 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Alright, so he may not have directed the film but Noah Baumbach has sole screenwriting credit on the third film in the Madagascar saga. The Greenberg director has helped out on studio films like Tower Heist, but he must have had a good experience on Fantastic Mr. Fox, because he is back for animation seconds here.

The crew went back to Africa last time and now they head to Europe in this incarnation. I actually found the first films to have a fun, off-kilter vibe and Baumbach may be the one to push it a little further here. Directed by Eric Darnell (who gave us the others & Antz), one can see the trailer below via Yahoo for the film featuring voicework by Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer and Sacha Baron Cohen.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted arrives on June 8th, 2012.

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- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Watch: First Wacky Trailer for 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted'

8 December 2011 10:54 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Our last adventure with Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe didn't see our zoo animal heroes return home to NYC, and now the crew seems to be getting into trouble on another continent in the teaser trailer for Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted which brings back Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith as the aforementioned wild animals. But this time Frances McDormand joins the action as a French law enforcement official in hot pursuit of our heroes and, of course, those wacky penguins and Sacha Baron Cohen as the lemur King Julien. Watch it! Here's the teaser trailer for Dwa's Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (via Yahoo! Movies): Directed by Eric Darnell (Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa) and surprisingly written by Noah Baumbach (Fantastic Mr. Fox) Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted brings back Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, »

- Ethan Anderton

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First Trailer for Madagascar 3: Europe’S Most Wanted

8 December 2011 10:31 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The first trailer for the third entry in the Madagascar franchise has been unveiled. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted finds the zoo-friendly characters on the lam in Europe, where they join a traveling circus. It looks as though they might be going the spy thriller route (uh-oh), with Ben Stiller's character doing his best Tom Cruise impression. There are a few cute scenes here, especially with the penguins and Sacha Baron Cohen's character, and kids are sure to eat this movie up, but there's really not much to convince your average adult moviegoer that this isn't a straight-to-dvd cartoon sequel. Noah Baumbach (Fantastic Mr. Fox) penned the screenplay, so hopefully the full film offers something for a more mature audience to enjoy as well. Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also features the voices of Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer, »

- Adam Chitwood

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'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted' Teaser Trailer Surfaces

8 December 2011 9:44 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

When it comes to recent animated film franchises, I find the Madagascar films about as uninteresting as I do the Shrek films. Sure, the penguins are funny, the monkeys are good for a few laughs, but the overall stories are terrible. I truly disliked the first Madagascar film and admittedly found the sequel to be a vast improvement, but I have little desire to return to the franchise for Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, which hits theaters on June 8, 2012 and today we have our first look at the teaser trailer. Written by Noah Baumbach (Fantastic Mr. Fox) and once again featuring the voice work of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric The Entertainer and Andy Richter, Madagascar 3 follows Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo and Melman the Giraffe as they continue their struggle to get home to their »

- Brad Brevet

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Ewan McGregor Set For Noah Baumbach’s HBO Series The Corrections

28 November 2011 12:00 PM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

One of the handful of British talents well known and loved on beyond our shores, and in my opinion one of the finest actors working at the moment, Ewan McGregor is now set to join Oscar-nominated writer-director Noah Baumbach’s adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s acclaimed novel, The Corrections, Deadline report.

The adaptation has been set up at HBO, with the first episode already scripted by both Franzen and Baumbach, and the latter is set to direct the pilot, which is brilliant news. McGregor is joining Chris Cooper (American Beauty, The Town) and Dianne Wiest (Edward Scissorhands) in what is shaping up to be a fantastic cast.

Published back in 2001, Franzen’s original novel,

“revolves around the troubles of a Midwestern couple (Cooper and Wiest), and their three adult children as they trace their lives from the mid-20th century to “one last Christmas” together near the turn of the millennium. »

- Kenji Lloyd

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‘The Descendants’ crystallizes Alexander Payne’s heartfelt vision

25 November 2011 8:19 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Descendants

Written by Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, based on Kaui Hart Hemmings’s novel

Directed by Alexander Payne

USA, 2011

If it’s true that filmmakers spend their careers repeatedly remaking the same movie, few filmmakers seem to relish the prospect of repetition to the same degree as Alexander Payne. After cutting his teeth with a pair of acerbic dark comedies (Citizen Ruth and Election), Payne has chosen to systematically hone in on the angst of middle-aged (and up) American males for whom circumstances have conspired against them. Where Sideways and About Schmidt occasionally struggled to balance sober inquiry and broad humor, though, The Descendants finds Payne refining his recent formula, making for his most confident film since his early work, and certainly his most affecting to date.

George Clooney has made a career of starring in slightly-left-of-the-dial auteur vehicles – from Anton Corbijn’s The American, to »

- Simon Howell

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George Clooney May Testify in Berlusconi Case

23 November 2011 9:30 AM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Actor George Clooney and ex-girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis have been accepted as witnesses in the case against former Italy Premier Silvio Berlusconi, who is on trial for allegedly paying for sex with an underage prostitute, AP reports.

Clooney has said he visited the premier's residence only once, seeking aid for Darfur, but declined an invitation to stay for a party. "The Descendants" star told Time magazine, "I wasn't at the bunga bunga party. I went to speak about Darfur. »

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Exclusive: Sarah Smith Talks Arthur Christmas

22 November 2011 8:29 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Director Sarah Smith discusses Arthur Christmas, getting most of the voice actors together for key scenes, possible sequel ideas, and more

This time of year, there is always an obligatory Christmas movie or two, and most years, I'm disappointed in them. That is not the case this year with Arthur Christmas, which brings Christmas and the North Pole into the 21st Century in some very fun ways.

Sarah Smith, who got her start writing and producing for British TV shows such as The League of Gentlemen and The Armando Iannucci Shows, makes her feature directorial debut with Arthur Christmas, which centers on Santa's black sheep son Arthur (James McAvoy) and his mission to deliver the last Christmas toy after one child is missed.

I recently had the chance to speak with Sarah Smith over the phone about Arthur Christmas, which debuts in theaters November 23. Here's what she had to say below. »

- MovieWeb

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The Ultimate George Clooney Guide

19 November 2011 6:06 PM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Actor/director George Clooney has made a splash this year in two Oscar baiters, "The Ides of March," and the recently released dramedy "The Descendants."

"Extra" takes a look back at one of the "Sexiest Men Alive," with fun facts and cool quotes from some of his best films!

The George Clooney GuideNick Clooney's Son

George was born in Lexington, Kentucky, the son of Nick Clooney, a Cincinnati show host. George studied a few years »

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A Whole Exhibition of the One, the Only Bill Murray

3 November 2011 1:38 PM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Gallery1988 is steadily becoming the premiere venue for pop culture saturated art that celebrates and often transcends some of our absolute favorite cult films.

Now their Melrose location is premiering a new exhibition dedicated to, dare we say, the most beloved comedic actor of the last several generations and counting: Bill Murray. The deadpan actor has made being a legend look easy since he lounge sang his way through SNL, slacked off in the army, busted some ghosts, right on through his more recent laconic "blue period" collaborating with the likes of Wes Anderson and Jim Jarmusch.

Whether the laid back superstar will actually attend the show tonight is questionable, but you can take a look at several of the amazing, dynamic pieces from "Please Post Bills" at Gallery1988 and Laughing Squid, especially the event poster below.

How big do we geek out on Murray? Well, for starters, we can »

- Max Evry

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Brian Cox Will Play Zach Galifianakis' Father for 'Dog Fight' Comedy

3 November 2011 10:48 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Looking back at the long resumé of Scottish actor Brian Cox, it's easy to see that he shines with dramatic roles in films Braveheart, the Jason Bourne series, X2: X-Men United and most recently Rise of the Planet of the Apes. However, Cox has also quite successfully lent his hand to comedic films like Rushmore, Fantastic Mr. Fox and of course, Super Troopers. Now the actor is poised to return to comedy yet again as Variety reports Cox has landed a role in Jay Roach's new political comedy Dog Fight playing a former senator who has always been distant with his family, especially his son being played by Zach Galifianakis. In addition, Deadline recently reported that Dylan McDermott (who's enjoying success on "American Horror Story" on FX right now) had landed the role of Tim Wattley, a political consultant who runs the campaign of one of two rival politicians »

- Ethan Anderton

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Paranorman Trailer Debuts

28 October 2011 1:40 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

In what’s sure to have you chuckling this Friday before All Hallows Eve, ghosts and zombies go bump in the night in the first trailer for the comedy thriller Paranorman, coming to theaters in 3D on August 17, 2012. In Laika’s follow-up to Coraline, a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee, Let Me In), who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he.ll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst of all, moronic grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.

The voice cast includes Academy Award nominee Casey Affleck (The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford), Tempestt Bledsoe (The Cosby Show), Jeff Garlin (Toy Story 3), John Goodman (Monsters, Inc. »

- Michelle McCue

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First Paranorman Poster

25 October 2011 2:07 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Check out the teaser poster below for Paranorman – Laika’s zom com follow-up to Coraline – coming to theaters in 3D on August 17, 2012. In the comedy thriller, a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee, Let Me In), who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he’ll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst of all, moronic grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits. Come back on Friday to watch the first trailer.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

Following the groundbreaking Coraline, Paranorman is only the second stop-motion animated feature to be made in 3D. As on Coraline, Focus Features will hold worldwide distribution rights to the film, and Universal Pictures International will release it overseas. »

- Michelle McCue

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