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Ray Winstone reveals daughters Jaime and Lois will be deserting him on New Year`s Eve

29 December 2009 2:50 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Ray Winstone has joked that his daughters Jaime and Lois will be deserting him on New Year's Eve. The Beowulf actor, whose daughters have followed him into acting, described his plans for the night. He said: 'With New Year's Eve, we might go down the road to this fish restaurant we know, where we'll have a little quartet in there with all the family.' He continued: 'I don't usually go out on New Year's Eve because it's for the young people and we'll stay in the kitchen. 'Jaime and Lois are all grown up - they don't care about Mum and Dad - and the little 'un, she's eight, so she'll be with us.' »

- Ellie Pratt

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9 arrives on DVD and M&C's giving five copies away!

28 December 2009 8:25 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton (The Nightmare Before Christmas) and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) join forces to produce Academy Award-nominated director Shane Acker's distinctively original and thrilling animated epic adventure 9. The film arrives on DVD and Blu-ray from Universal Studios Home Entertainment and M&C.s giving five copies of the standard DVD away. Set in a post-apocalyptic world unlike any imagined and featuring the voices of Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), John C. Reilly (Step Brothers), Jennifer Connelly (The Day the Earth Stood Still) and Crispin Glover (Beowulf), 9 dynamically explores the will to live, the power of community and how one soul can change the world. In the final days of humanity, a dedicated scientist gives the »

- Patrick Luce

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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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International Trailer: Edge of Darkness

22 December 2009 5:34 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

We’ve previously seen a domestic trailer for Mel Gibon’s latest movie (no, not the one with him running around the street with a beaver attached to his arm!), Edge of Darkness which is in a whole different genre!

Edge of Darkness is directed by BAFTA nominee Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) and based on the BBC BAFTA award winning mini-series of the same name.  Gibson leads an impressive cast including BAFTA nominee Ray Winstone (The Departed, Beowulf), Danny Huston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and Bojana Novakovic (Drag Me To Hell). Academy Award® winner Graham King (The Departed, The Aviator) and Michael Wearing (BBC mini-series The Edge of Darkness) co-produced the film.

It’s due for release 29th January and we hope to get a review to you in the very near future. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think in the comments.

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- David Sztypuljak

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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

Saturday 19 December | Sunday 20 December | Monday 21 December | Tuesday 22 December | Wednesday 23 December |Christmas Eve | Christmas Day | Boxing Day | Sunday 27 December | Monday 28 December | Tuesday 29 December | Wednesday 30 December | New Year's Eve | New Year's Day

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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A Christmas Carol enjoys second helpings as UK No 1

15 December 2009 3:18 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

With new entries becalmed in the chart before Avatar is unleashed, Robert Zemeckis's animated spectacle surges back to the top in its sixth week of release to become the gift that keeps on giving to Disney

The marathon runner

For the past four weeks, the top spot has been occupied by 2012, The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Paranormal Activity. But now, five weeks after it first entered the chart at No 1, Disney's A Christmas Carol returns to the summit. It's rare for a film in its sixth week of release to be finding much favour with audiences; to dominate the market at this point is an exceptional result. Box-office takings for Robert Zemeckis's animated Dickens adaptation went up on its second weekend by 31%, and has subsequently enjoyed small week-to-week declines of 11%, 13%, 14% and 7%. The film has now grossed over £16m, compared with £12m for Zemeckis's Polar Express (a figure »

- Charles Gant

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Screw The Embargo! “Avatar” Review! (”It’s A Dud”)

12 December 2009 8:06 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

So yes I’ve seen Avatar, the film that will change cinema forever as we know it. Yeah….right. I couldn’t post anything about it because Fox had set an embargo on any reviews for the film. Now usually studios do that for literally every movie and people break them all the time. But Fox had this special punishable by death embargo, so to play it safe (not for me you understand of course  but for Shadow And Act) I played nice. Well, that went out the window and people started posting reviews everywhere online and in the London newspapers and today the Chicago Sun Times published Roger Ebert’s four star review, promoting it on the front page, almost a full week before the film comes out. So therefore I think I’m free to say what I think about the film and what I’ve got to say is that the film… »

- Sergio

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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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How Hollywood destroyed our classical legends

3 December 2009 2:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It took a millennium for western civilisation to create a canon of classical literature – but just 10 years for Hollywood to destroy it

When I think back on this decade's spate of movies based on the great legends of European history, I remember how fantastically it started – with Gladiator – and how badly things went downhill after that: with Kingdom of Heaven, Troy, 300 and Beowulf. When I saw Gladiator in 2000, I thought this was going to be just the best millennium ever. It had everything you could want in a movie: glory, gore, guts, gladiators. It was a sweeping epic with a computer-generated cast of thousands. Augustus Caesar would have been proud of it. Julius and Tiberius, too.

Yet the thing I liked most about Ridley Scott's superb film was how closely it hewed to the historical record, in its portrayal of Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) as the depraved son of Marcus Aurelius, »

- Joe Queenan

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Zombieland and Jackass set for 3D sequels

2 December 2009 9:50 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Fresh film-makers are leaping on the 3D bandwagon as undead comedy Zombieland and stunt show Jackass both have stereoscopic spin-offs greenlit

The 3D revolution continues apace. Hollywood has greenlit new sequels to this year's well-received comedy horror Zombieland and former MTV show Jackass, both of which will be filmed in the stereoscopic format, Variety reports.

The move is part of a continuing upsurge in 3D film-making. Studios like it because they can charge more for tickets to films screened in the format, while audiences are also more likely to see a movie if it has been shot in 3D. Recent box office successes include Robert Zemeckis' Beowulf and this year's animated tale Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, while James Cameron's first feature film in 12 years, Avatar, which arrives in cinemas in December, has been shot mainly in 3D using a new type of motion capture technique.

"Everyone »

- Ben Child

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Open Forum Friday: Should There Be an Oscar Category for Motion Capture?

27 November 2009 2:52 PM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Recently we've been lamenting the fact that director Robert Zemeckis seems to be only interested in doing movies that use his patented "performance capture" technology -- that is, movies like Beowulf, The Polar Express, and A Christmas Carol, where the actors' movements and voices are recorded but then everything on screen is rendered with CG. It's not so much that the technology doesn't have potential, but the main issue is that he's so focused on the tech that the actual stories aren't necessarily compelling. Well, this week the folks over at Film Drunk [1] found an interesting article [2] where Zemeckis pushes for motion capture to be taken more seriously, particularly by the Academy Awards. The quote (translated from Spanish) is as follows: "I'd say that the appropriate thing would be to create a new category, like when Walt Disney made the first animated movie. He got a special award since no one had ever done that. »

- Sean

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Assorted Horror DVD & Blu-Ray News

26 November 2009 4:58 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

During our brief downtime this past week a slew of new release dates and DVDetails have emerged for some upcoming genre fare set to invade the home market. Fangoria has details and updates on the upcoming releases of Paranormal Activity, Surrogates, Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, Rob Zombie's Halloween II, District 9, Blood Creek, She-wolf Of London, and more.

Paramount has announced that Oren Peli's runaway hit Paranormal Activity is slated for a DVD & Blu-ray release on December 29th, 2009.

The Paranormal Activity DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround and Spanish 5.1 Surround (theatrical version only) and English, French and Spanish subtitles.  The two-disc  Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital (theatrical version only) and English, English Sdh, French and Spanish subtitles.  Special features include:

Unrated version with alternate ending not seen in theaters »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (James Zahn)

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Zemeckis demands new Oscar category

26 November 2009 2:24 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Robert Zemeckis has said that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) should introduce a new Oscar category for performance capture films. The director, who has pioneered the filmmaking technique with The Polar Express, Beowulf and A Christmas Carol, told latercera that the Academy Awards should recognise the new form of animation. "I'd say that the appropriate thing would be to create a new category, like (more) »

- By Simon Reynolds

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Robert Zemeckis Thinks Performance Capture Should Get Its Own Oscar

25 November 2009 6:46 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Should a performance capture computer animated film production be considered for Best Animated Picture? Best Picture? Or should the Academy create a new category for this new emerging hybrid? Robert Zemeckis thinks the Academy should do just that, of course! The director of performance capture films such as Polar Express, Beowulf, and A Christmas Carol told latercera that "the appropriate thing would be to create a new category, like when Walt Disney made the first animated movie. He got a special award since no one had ever done that." Zemeckis is referring to the honorary Academy Award that Walt Disney was presented with in 1939 for "a significant screen innovation which has charmed millions and pioneered a great new entertainment field." But does Zemeckis just want an Oscar for his contributions to this filmmaking innovation, or is he looking for a new category to be created specificly for these types of »

- Peter Sciretta

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The Wright Track

25 November 2009 7:06 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

When Robin Wright broke onto the scene in 1987 as the luminous, romantic Buttercup in "The Princess Bride," some in the industry thought she was going to be a huge star. Seven years later, she earned cred with Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for her role as Jenny Curran in "Forrest Gump." Scripts flooded in. Superstardom awaited her. But Wright balked, made motherhood a priority, and chose her roles carefully."I still don't want [superstardom], because what comes with it sucks, Wright says flatly. [People in the industry] want to take you into superstardom or celebrityism and all that, which I understand because it's commerce and it's a business. That's not why I'm in the business, though. It's irrelevant. I kind of went down the independent road for longer than they would've liked, I guess. Whatever, I'm happy with my career.She is not, however, happy with all of her performances. Not ever completely happy, »

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'Avatar,' Woody Allen And A Tweet From Prison In Today's Twitter-Wood

24 November 2009 3:00 PM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

If you read Twitter-Wood for the pictures, you picked a good day to stop by, because I've got a veritable Twitter slideshow set up for you today, starting with a Woody Allen jazz performance and including but not limited to Emmy Rossum in a turkey hat and Shakira hobnobbing with Larry King.

You may or may not have known that "Pulp Fiction" writer Roger Avary was currently serving time at Ventura County Jail in California. His tweets from inside recently came to my attention, such today's where he introduces a new neighbor. Check those posts out after the jump along with Richard Kelly's question about "Avatar," Dane Cook's problem with Adam Lambert and Michael Showalter's feelings about "Bad Lieutenant." It's all in the Twitter Report for November 24, 2009.

Twitter Pic of the Day:

@gregmottola just a monday night in nyc (or bourbon street) http://yfrog.com/1dg2pj

-Greg Mottola, »

- Brian Warmoth

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Pulp Fiction writer tweets on life in prison

24 November 2009 9:56 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In 140-character takes, Roger Avary has built up a vivid portrait of life in Ventura county jail where he is being held

When Roger Avary, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Pulp Fiction, was last month sentenced to a year behind bars for his role in a fatal car crash, it seemed that a promising writing career had come to an abrupt end.

But a string of posts on social networking site Twitter has revealed that he is apparently still chronicling the underbelly of American culture.

In a series of 140-character takes, Avary has built up a vivid portrait of life in Ventura county jail where he is currently being held. "Sickness spreads throughout the facility like brush fires," he writes in his latest tweet from November 22, "and #34 [his identification number in prison] is helpless to avoid the outbreak and inevitable infection."

Though there has been no official confirmation that the Twitter feed is Avary's, there are various clues to its authenticity, »

- Ed Pilkington

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The Donner Party Opens at the Porta Vallarta Film Festival

21 November 2009 10:38 AM, PST | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

The Donner Party will show at the Porta Vallarta Film Festival beginning December 2nd and run until December 4th. A film that tackles the real life story of the Donner Party and cannibalism in the Sierra Nevada, The Donner Party stars Crispin Glover (Beowulf), William Foster, and Clayne Crawford. The full synopsis for this harrowing tale is below until a trailer can be found for The Donner Party at a future date.

A synopsis for The Donner Party here:

"The Donner Party is based on the true story of a group of westward bound settlers stranded in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in 1846. They must reach California for salvation, but without food and a guide, the group becomes disillusioned and decisions must be made so that others can stay alive. Inspired by the infamous Donner Party tragedy, the film is a harrowing look at survival and how far some will go »

- Michael Ross Allen

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She-Wolf of London Hitting DVD

19 November 2009 12:38 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Remember the show "She-Wolf of London" from 1990? Anyone? Hello? Well, don't worry, you're gonna get your chance to rediscover it when the complete series hits DVD courtesy of Universal Home Entertainment.

Synopsis

Beautiful American grad student Randi Wallace (Kate Hodge, "Fringe") never suspected that traveling to England to study with handsome mythology professor Ian Matheson (Neil Dickson, Beowulf) would change her life forever. While conducting research on the misty and mysterious English moors, Randi is attacked and bitten by a werewolf. Now cursed to transform into a bloodthirsty werewolf during every full moon, the two must find a way to save her. Follow their adventures from London to L.A. as they search for a cure, battle supernatural forces and the romantic feelings they have for one another.

Check out the artwork below, and look for more including the release date soon.

- Uncle Creepy

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- Uncle Creepy

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