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If anyone can turn a franchise largely unknown outside of Europe into a Stateside crowd-pleaser, it would Steven Spielberg. /Film brings us some beautiful high-resolution frames from the Peter Jackson-Spielberg motion-capture 3-D collaboration, The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn. We’ve already seen a few pics, and it looks like Spielberg and company have managed to largely avoid that freaky Uncanny Valley effect. (And I know some of you out there were kind of turned on by Zoe Saldana‘s Neytiri in Avatar… but, uh, no comment other than – go to a bar and talk to a girl.)
So here we go – Tintin (Jamie Bell) and Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis, thank God), stuck in a desert for reasons that will be probably be made clear once we have an actual trailer. (Although don’t hold your breath – on Saving Private Ryan, the DreamWorks marketing people had to »
- Anthony Vieira
It’s a good thing Angelina Jolie became a movie star. Her distractingly sexy features would surely cause a slew of on-the-job injuries if she was, say, a Starbucks barista or a crossing guard (think of all the scaldings and run-over children!).
Yes, it’s for the public’s own safety that this reluctant spawn of Voight be kept behind the protective barriers reserved for our Hollywood royalty, athletes and political leaders.
For over a decade, Jolie’s upsettingly pouty lips and model-esque figure have defined “sex symbol” to the Western world (and “possible mommy” to the developing one). She’ll soon be appearing with Johnny Depp (the only man prettier than her) in the upcoming “The Tourist,” and the sexy factor might be off the charts.
Here’s our list of Angelina’s most alluring roles.
9. ‘Salt’ (2010)
Not to question our nation’s security agencies (or sound sexist), but »
- Ben Freiburger
Valhalla Rising Movie: Disc: Click here to read the dvd review! What starts out as a promisingly violent and giddily gory historical epic quickly devolves into scene after scene of navel-gazing philosophical ruminations that are more akin to the most confusing episodes of Lost than they are to the Scandinavian battle scenes of films like Robert Zemeckis' Beowulf and John McTiernan's The 13th Warrior. »
Wagner Goes ... But Widdy Stays
The X Factor, ITV1, 8pm - Wagner's exit (Katie Waissel also left in a double eviction, but she doesn't play the bongos) was watched by an average of 13.819 million viewers, a 45.5% share of the audience between 8pm and 9pm, with another 978,000 viewers on ITV1 HD, a total of 14.797 million. The X Factor's total audience was up 1.3 million on the equivalent show in 2009, according to ITV.
The rather less glitzy but much longer-running (it began in 1979) Antiques Roadshow could only manage 6.359 million (20.9%) at the same time on BBC1.
It followed the results show to BBC1's own Saturday/Sunday talent show, Strictly Come Dancing, which saw the exit of Patsy Kensit while former home secretary, Ann Widdecombe, lived to dance another day. The Strictly results show averaged 11.569 million, »
- John Plunkett
Director: Robert Zemeckis
The Scoop: Acclaimed director Zemeckis returns to the motion-capture CGI style he pioneered with “The Polar Express” and “Beowulf,” but this time he has a secret weapon: Carrey, who plays nearly every major role in this adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens holiday fable. His rubber-faced antics turn this cautionary tale into a slapstick family adventure.
Special Features: Featurettes, interview, deleted scenes, digital advent calendar
Rated PG, 98 min. | Watch the trailer »
- NextMovie Staff
I have to admit, my initial thought was that this looks like just another generic CG animated movie, but after watching the first trailer for Mars Needs Moms I'm actually somewhat interested. The story revolves around a 9-year-old kid named Milo who must head to outer space to rescue his mother, who has been kidnapped by Martians. Apparently they have a shortage of motherly types on Mars to raise their own children, so they've been stealing them from Earth. Seth Green voices Milo (it's actually kind of creepy to hear him do a little kid's voice), and the cast also includes Dan Fogler (doing his best Jack Black impression), and Joan Cusack. The animation is being handled by Robert Zemeckis' studio ImageMovers Digital, and it will be their final film before the studio is shut down. As you can see from the trailer, it is using the same performance »
'A Christmas Carol' has long been one of my favorite stories of the festive season. Thankfully Hollywood has a history of producing decent adaptations so I was optimistic that Robert Zemeckis wouldn't make a hash of it with his 2009 motion capture adaption. Besides, Zemeckis has a decent record of delivering solid family entertainment as evidenced by the Back To The Future trilogy and the enjoyable, if not electrifying, The Polar Express.
The Polar Express was a spectacular experiment in the potential of motion capture technology. As a film, it is a visual feast. There is something about it, though, that undermines its power to move. I partly put it down to the slightly odd look of the digitally animated children. As impressive as they are, they are not quite real. There are also characters who are either abrasive or bordering on the grotesque. Combine these factors with Zemeckis' »
Disney’s A Christmas Carol is a holiday feast for the eyes and a boon for the soul. Robert Zemeckis and the crew at Imagemovers Digital have achieved something quite remarkable with their latest motion-capture based animated film. They’ve managed to remain uniquely faithful to the spirit and text of Dickens’ classic novel while infusing the storytelling with a soaring quality that transcends the stodgy stagings we’ve seen of this beloved tale in the past. The Polar Express may have earned bigger box office, but this is Zemeckis and crew’s true holiday masterpiece. Oh, and don’t be put off by the “Disney” possessive. This is every bit the dark and frightening tale Dickens intended, not some sanitized version for the kiddies. Hit the jump for more:
On one of behind-the-scenes featurettes, director Zemeckis calls Dickens’ novel “the greatest time-travel story ever written” - this coming from »
- Harrison Pierce
Judy Garland as Dorothy in Victor Fleming's The Wizard of Oz So, Robert Zemeckis, the guy who brought you Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Death Becomes Her, Forrest Gump, What Lies Beneath, The Polar Express, and Beowulf, will not direct a remake of the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz. A Deadline report tying Zemeckis to a potential Oz remake caused a furor among bloggers yesterday, most of whom apparently see the Yellow Brick Road as hallowed ground belonging to Judy and Toto and no one else. Well, except that long before Judy Garland went hopping on all those yellow bricks, Dorothy Dwan played Dorothy in a 1925 silent version of L. Frank Baum's novel — which has some curious sociopolitical undertones completely missing from MGM's rainbowesque version. And before Dwan, future The Maltese Falcon and 42nd Street star Bebe Daniels played a nine-year-old Dorothy in The Wonderful »
- Andre Soares
For those of you unfamiliar with 13, here.s a brief history. French filmmaker Gela Babluani put out a black and white movie in 2005 called 13 Tzameti, chronicling the life of a man named Sebastien as he gets involved in a seedy game where men bet on the lives of other men in escalated games of Russian roulette. Taking that same concept, Babluani is putting together an Americanized version of his own movie for Paramount Vantage and packing it full of film.s biggest badasses. A new trailer dropped over at Shadow and Act giving us a brief glimpse into the underground game, run by a villainous Michael Shannon. Two Expendables grace the screen here in the hulking form of Mickey Rourke and Jason Statham, complimented by possible future Expendable 50 Cent and Beowulf himself, Ray Winstone. These big dudes all contrast the film.s star, Sam Riley, who looks like he could »
Update: According to Entertainment Weekly, which spoke to the director's publicist, he took a meeting, but decided not to do it. “The reports that Robert Zemeckis is doing The Wizard of Oz are absolutely false.” So there you have it. Zemeckis has been approached for a few things recently – he briefly pondered the new Superman movie – but seems focused for now on Yellow Submarine.Like a dark, cloud-sucking twister on the horizon, we’ve known that Warner Bros. has had a plan to remake The Wizard of Oz for a while now. And as its competitors start to line up more and more Oz-related projects, it was only a matter of time before Warners stepped up and started looking for a big name to handle a new version of the story of Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the rest. Now Deadline reports that the studio is in talks with Robert Zemeckis. »
A Christmas Carol is a slight step back from Robert Zemeckis’ 2007′s previous mo-cap spectacle Beowulf, but it’s also unquestionably far superior to his other christmas tale, The Polar Express. Express was Zemeckis’ first outing in the mo-cap world, and while it was an admirable effort, it was a fairly dull and lifeless experiment. A Christmas Carol, unlike Express, has much more of a satisfying heart and compelling journey at its core. It may not reach the level of entertainment that Zemeckis achieved with Beowulf, but there’s still here plenty to admire and enjoy.
The story is more or less the same: Scrooge is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve to teach him a life lesson. Through this journey he will learn to appreciate family, life, and the true importance of Christmas. Scrooge will revisit his upbringing, the present time, and the future that awaits for him »
- Jack Giroux
Hollywood loves to pluck films out of foreign obscurity and reboot, re-imagine and remake them into something which often bares little resemblance to the original on which it was based (“Dinner for Schmucks,” anyone?).
But hold up, what’s this? In the case of the French film “13 Tzameti,” it appears as though we have the rare remake that just might outshine the original.
Now before those of you out there who’ve enjoyed the 2006 original shout ‘Blasphemy!’ consider that Gela Babluani, who helmed the original, also wrote and directed this remake.
According to IMDb, the film revolves around “a naive young man who assumes a dead man’s identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.”
Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros is in early talks with Robert Zemeckis to direct a live-action remake of "The Wizard of Oz" with plans to use the original script from the 1939 classic. The studio owns the screenplay, which was penned by 19 writers - including Bert Lahr who played the Cowardly Lion - because Ted Turner bought it along with the MGM library before Warner Bros bought Turner's empire. At the same time Disney is developing "The Great and Powerful Oz," which is a "Wizard of Oz" prequel starring Robert Downey Jr as the Wizard and directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man). Zemeckis is known for such great films as "Back to the Future," "Forrest Gump" and "Cast Away," but his last four projects have all been animated, including "The Polar Express," "Beowulf," "A Christmas Carol" and "Yellow Submarine." »
If you’re still entertaining that silly question, “Is there anything in Hollywood nowadays that some studio monkey won’t remake for a cheap buck?” The answer is a big fat, “Hell fuck no.” Hence, this news: Warner Bros. is in talks with Robert Zemeckis for the “Back to the Future” director to dtake on a remake of “The Wizard of Oz”. Okay, Iet that sink in for a moment. Yes, you heard it correctly: They are planning a remake of “The Wizard of Oz”. The idea is to have Zemeckis (who nowadays is more known for motion-capture flicks like “A Christmas Carol”, “Beowulf”, and “The Polar Express”) remake “Wizard” using the original script from the 1939 version. But more than that, I’m guessing Warner Bros. is looking to cut off Sam Raimi’s “re-imagining” of the movie via “The Great And Powerful Oz”, which would focus more on the »
For those of us who thought Robert Zemeckis' Beowulf was a vast improvement over The Polar Express, A Christmas Carol (out this week from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment) wound up being a disappointing return to the rubbery, dead-eyed characters of that earlier Christmas flick. But at least give Jim Carrey points for trying -- he provides the license-to-ham role of Ebenezer Scrooge with his full arsenal of grimaces and twitches and, if nothing else, totally pours himself into the character. (He's a little less successful playing all the ghosts, but none of his doubling comes close to the creepiness of seeing Gary Oldman play Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim.) »
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Today, somewhere outside Minneapolis, fantasy writer Neil Gaiman celebrates his 50th birthday (or not; birthdays don't seem to fit the persona the author has created for himself. But I don't have to care). And while he's better known for his comic books and novels than for his work in movies, his short cinematic career is filled with enough highs that it seems more than fair to commemorate the man's half-century.
Gaiman's film career got a rough start with his BBC miniseries Neverwhere: cheaply made and hurt by an underbaked structure, it's not half as memorable as the novelized version of the same story from the following year (the morbidly curious can find it on Netflix Watch Instantly). Fortunately, Gaiman first theatrical project was quite a bit more promising, as Miramax tapped him to write the 1999 English dub for Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke. The »
‘There’s more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are…’
So says Ebenezer Scrooge, miser, malcontent and Christmas miseryguts, when faced with the ghost of Jacob Marley, his former business partner. At first terrified by the ghostly spectre before him, Scrooge soon reasons the apparition is merely an ‘undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese,’ even ‘a fragment of underdone potato’. But as Marley warns him, a bit of spoiled food is the least of Scrooge’s worries this Christmas…
The scene, one of the earliest in Disney’s A Christmas Carol, is notable for its faithful depiction of the same scene, as told by the story’s original scribe, Charles Dickens. Suffice to say, the same holds true for the rest of the film. As adaptations of this classic Christmas tale go, this version has to be the most faithful, and »
Back when Superman reboot producer Christopher Nolan was meeting with potential directors about the project, Back to the Future and Beowulf director Robert Zemeckis was rumored to be one of the candidates. In a recent interview with MTV, Zemeckis admitted he was contacted about the project, but wanted no part of it.
Link | Posted 11/7/2010 by Ryan
Robert Zemeckis | Superman: The Man of Steel »
- Ryan Gowland
DVD Playhouse—November 2010
By Allen Gardner
Paths Of Glory (Criterion) Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 antiwar classic put him on the map as a major filmmaker. Kirk Douglas stars in a true story about a French officer in Ww I who locks horns with the military’s top brass after his men are court-martialed for failing to carry out an obvious suicide mission. A perfect film, across the board, with fine support from George Macready as one of the most despicable martinet’s ever captured on film, Ralph Meeker, and Adolphe Menjou, all oily charm as a conniving General. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Audio commentary by critic Gary Giddins; Excerpt from 1966 audio interview with Kubrick; 1979 interview with Douglas; New interviews with Jan Harlan, Christiane Kubrick, and producer James B. Harris; French television documentary on real-life case which inspired the film; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby 1.0 mono.
Winter’S Bone (Lionsgate) After her deadbeat father disappears, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
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