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Game Of Thrones Director Alan Taylor Set to Helm Thor 2

24 December 2011 1:21 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The musical chairs game of choosing a director for Thor 2 continues on this fine Christmas Eve, as Marvel has now nabbed a (hopefully) permanent director for the project. Following the exit of Patty Jenkins over the ever-popular “creative differences”, Emmy-winning TV director Alan Taylor has now been set to take the helm. Taylor’s impressive resume includes the pilot of Mad Men, two episodes of Game of Thrones (the shocking penultimate episode “Baelor” and the season finale), and a handful of installments of The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, and The West Wing. He’s also directed three feature films including 1995’s Palookaville. Hit the jump for more. We previously reported that Marvel had narrowed their picks down to Taylor and fellow television director Daniel Minahan, but Deadline reports that they've settled on Taylor. While I was excited to see a female director chosen to helm the big-budget franchise entry, Taylor's a fine replacement. »

- Adam Chitwood

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‘The Adventures of Tintin’: Spielberg displays his signature blend of action/adventure and comedy

18 December 2011 11:07 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Adventures of Tintin

Directed by Steven Spielberg

Written by Steven Moffat and Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, based on the comic series The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé

imdb, USA, 2011

It can be very easy to underrate what Steven Spielberg does, because he has certain visual tricks that he loves, because he has certain character obsessions that he comes back to time and time again, because he surrounds himself with top-rate talent and most of all, because he makes the difficult look so damn easy.

But make no mistake about it, adapting Tintin to the big screen was not easy, in fact it was so difficult that Spielberg has been grappling with the task for more than thirty years – he first acquired the rights to adapt Tintin in 1983. The challenge is pleasing Tintin’s fans all over the world with a faithful adaptation (Hergé’s 24 Tintin adventures have sold »

- Michael Ryan

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The Biggest Shockers From the 2012 Golden Globe Nominations

15 December 2011 9:30 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

While the Academy Awards may have prestige, the Golden Globes are like the rowdy, beer-swilling younger brother that everyone wants to party with. They're the Roger Clinton of awards ceremonies.

Like all black sheep, though, the Globes occasionally embarrass their family with mistakes so heinous it almost makes us want to not pay bail when they get arrested. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced this year's nominees, and before returning host Ricky Gervais even opens his mouth we find ourselves utterly shocked by some surprising inclusions and omissions.

No Melissa McCarthy -- Wtf?

After gobbling up awards from New York, D.C., Boston and Las Vegas, we assumed McCarthy was saving room for an inevitable Globe and even an Oscar nomination. Nope! While "Bridesmaids" costar Kristen Wiig got a Best Actress nod, two supporting slots for "The Help" swept this breakout actress under the rug.

'Ides of March' Backstabs 'Drive »

- Max Evry

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Marvel Considering More Game of Thrones Directors for Thor 2

14 December 2011 6:48 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

We still don't have anything official to report with regards to Marvel's search for a new director for Thor 2, but sources say that they are quickly closing in on a replacement for Patty Jenkins. Jenkins left the project last week due to creative differences, putting the pressure on Marvel to find someone else in a hurry. Now Heat Vision is reporting that Alan Taylor and Daniel Minahan are the two candidates they are currently pursuing, with the common theme being that they have both worked on HBO's Game of Thrones. Marvel is also in the process of hiring another screenwriter to write a new draft of the script with John Collee (Master and Commander: Far Side of the World), Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan), and Roger Avary (Beowulf) being the current frontrunners. As we reported previously, Brian Kirk was the first person that Marvel had in mind to direct Thor »

- Sean

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Wicked New Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Trailer Hits The Web

14 December 2011 3:47 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Yahoo! Movies got their hands on this brand new movie trailer for the upcoming thriller “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by director David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fight Club, Se7en) and starring Daniel Craig (Bond 23, The Adventures of Tintin, Dream House), Rooney Mara (The Social Network, Oldboy, A Nightmare on Elm Street), Robin Wright (Princess Bride, The Congress, Beowulf) and Stellan Skarsgard (Thor, Americana, The Avengers). Click here for the latest movie stills and behind the scenes photos. Synopsis: Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander (Mara), a young computer »

- Brian Corder

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Geek Gossip: Thor 2, Star Trek 2, The Lone Ranger, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

10 December 2011 12:45 PM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Lifting the mystical hammer Mjolnir is no easy feat - as it's becoming very clear from the trouble finding a director for Thor 2.

Kenneth Branagh decided not to come back for the sequel, Game of Thrones director Brian Kirk was in talks that didn't work out and Patty Jenkins recently exited the project over creative differences.

Marvel is now racing to fill that empty director's chair and, according to HeatVision, the studio has narrowed its search to two candidates - both from the world of television.

They are Alan Taylor (right) and Daniel Minahan (below right), who have both helmed episodes of Game of Thrones. Taking into account Brian Kirk's earlier discussions, it's obvious that HBO's acclaimed medieval fantasy adaptation is seen as a template from which the thunder god's next cinematic adventure could draw some inspiration.

Taylor has also been involved with Mad Men, The Sopranos and »

- David Bentley

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Marvel Chasing More Game Of Thrones Directors To Helm Thor 2

10 December 2011 11:31 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Thor was the biggest superhero movie of the year and grossed nearly half a billion dollars but Marvel are insistent on not breaking the bank for the sequel and are desperate to make sure the money they do spend all ends up on the screen. Sometime after Iron Man, Marvel got the impression that it was the universe and the characters that were their films biggest selling points and not the actors portraying them who can be interchangeable (see Don Cheadle replacing Terrence Howard in Iron Man 2 or Mark Ruffalo replacing Edward Norton as The Hulk in The Avengers) and they are now refusing to pay big money on A* talent. It’s a bold move and one that hopefully won’t come and bite them in the ass.

Once Kenneth Branagh made the decision he wasn’t going to sequelize Thor, Marvel quickly went after thrifty hirings. Brian Kirk was the first, »

- Matt Holmes

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Angelina Jolie answers everyone's question about whether she and Brad Pitt will ever get married -- Video

5 December 2011 10:12 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

There may be no question posed to Angelina Jolie more than whether or not she and equally mind-bogglingly attractive partner Brad Pitt will ever get married. (Well, that and “How about a Beowulf sequel, already?!” Sarcasm.) It’s not just the tabloids splashing the still-burning question across their cover. Heck, even Jolie and Pitt’s children are asking them about it.

During an interview with Christiane Amanpour for a segment that will air on both Good Morning America and Nightline, the Oscar winner, who is making the rounds to promote her latest film and directorial debut, the war drama In the Land of Blood and Honey »

- Aly Semigran

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New Banner from Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

4 December 2011 11:28 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Here’s a brand new movie poster for the upcoming thriller “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by director David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fight Club, Se7en) and starring Daniel Craig (Bond 23, The Adventures of Tintin, Dream House), Rooney Mara (The Social Network, Oldboy, A Nightmare on Elm Street), Robin Wright (Princess Bride, The Congress, Beowulf) and Stellan Skarsgard (Thor, Americana, The Avengers). Click here for the latest movie stills and behind the scenes photos. Synopsis: Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander (Mara), a young computer hacker. Follow @Shockya on Twitter »

- Brian Corder

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Watch 8 Minutes from Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

3 December 2011 7:43 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Watch an eight minute clip from the upcoming thriller “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by director David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fight Club, Se7en) and starring Daniel Craig (Bond 23, The Adventures of Tintin, Dream House), Rooney Mara (The Social Network, Oldboy, A Nightmare on Elm Street), Robin Wright (Princess Bride, The Congress, Beowulf) and Stellan Skarsgard (Thor, Americana, The Avengers). Click here for the latest movie stills and behind the scenes photos. Synopsis: Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander (Mara), a young computer hacker. Follow @Shockya on Twitter for »

- Brian Corder

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Actors Sound Off on Performance Capture

16 November 2011 2:20 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

In video games and feature films—such as 2007's "Beowulf" and the upcoming "The Adventures of Tintin"—performance capture is an increasingly popular method for bringing characters to life.Also called motion capture (or mocap), it involves actors wearing formfitting body suits that allow cameras to track their movements from every angle in a stage area called the volume. Those movements are then used to animate a computer-generated character. The technology presents a unique challenge and opportunity for performers."You have to imagine your entire world, so as an actor it's sort of the ultimate exercise," says actor Woody Schultz. "You show up and you play." For the theatrically trained Schultz, that was literally true on his first performance-capture film, "The Polar Express."Casting director Victoria Burrows called him in for a regular audition, or so he thought. The role was a 9-year-old boy. "I didn't quite understand how a 6-foot-2 actor was supposed to. »

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Box Office: ‘Immortals’ Surprises With an Epic $32m Weekend

14 November 2011 9:06 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The Gods have spoken, and what they’ve said is, “We want your money, puny human movie goers.” It makes you wonder what kind of movies Gods watch. Definitely the works of George P. Cosmatos. Cobra and Tombstone and the like. You know, because he’s Greek. Moving on from that lead balloon attempt at humor, Immortals rocketed skyward, shocking box office analysts who had it pegged to debut somewhere between $15-20m. Instead, it ended up pushing that number on Friday alone, and it was clear early on in the weekend that the epic war movie was going to take the top spot on the chart. It even ended up topping the opening weekends of similar war epics like Prince of Persia ($30m opening weekend) and Robert ZemeckisBeowulf ($27.5m opening weekend). It was, however, unable to beat 300′s 2007 $70.8m opening weekend, a number that allowed Immortals to even exist in the first place. With »

- Jeremy Kirk

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Win: Transformers: Dark Of The Moon On DVD

11 November 2011 12:49 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Spectacular action, stunning visual effects, non-stop thrills and fan-favourite characters including Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Sam Witwicky rocketed Transformers: Dark of the Moon into the stratosphere, with the latest installment of the wildly popular Transformers franchise surpassing its predecessors to earn over $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office.

From Paramount Pictures in association with Hasbro, the breathtaking film redefines the scale, scope and emotional impact of what a blockbuster can be with the ongoing epic story of the mighty Autobots in a thrill-packed adventure that the whole family can enjoy. Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, the film will debut on Blu-ray Triple Play (Blu-ray, DVD + Digital Copy) and DVD on Monday, November 28, 2011.

We have 5 copies of the DVD to give away.

From director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg, in association with Hasbro, Transformers: Dark of the Moon explodes with high-octane action when a mysterious event from Earth’s »

- Matt Holmes

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Win Transformers: Dark of the Moon on Blu-ray + A Graphic Novel

10 November 2011 2:50 PM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To celebrate the release of Transformers: Dark Of The Moon coming to DVD and Blu-Ray on 28th November, HeyUGuys has has hooked up with Paramount Home Entertainment to offer four readers the chance of winning Transformers: Dark Of The Moon on Blu-ray along with a Transformers graphic novel.

From director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg, in association with Hasbro, Transformers: Dark of the Moon explodes with high-octane action when a mysterious event from Earth’s past erupts into the present day threatening to bring a war to Earth so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save us. Introducing British newcomer Rosie Huntington-Whiteley alongside stars Shia Labeouf (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), Josh Duhamel (Life As We Know It), Tyrese Gibson (Four Brothers) and John Turturro (The Good Shepherd) have returned along with a host of new stars including Patrick Dempsey »

- Competitons

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New Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Foreign Poster

3 November 2011 10:28 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Check out the latest international movie poster for the upcoming thriller “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by director David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fight Club, Se7en) and starring Daniel Craig (Bond 23, The Adventures of Tintin, Dream House), Rooney Mara (The Social Network, Oldboy, A Nightmare on Elm Street), Robin Wright (Princess Bride, The Congress, Beowulf) and Stellan Skarsgard (Thor, Americana, The Avengers). Click here for the latest movie stills and behind the scenes photos. Synopsis: Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander (Mara), a young computer hacker. Follow @Shockya on »

- Brian Corder

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The Adventures Of Tintin Review; An Outstanding Adventure For All Ages

27 October 2011 1:50 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

It appears that, following his hugely underwhelming revisit of the Indiana Jones franchise, Steven Spielberg is keen to remind us that he hasn’t lost his firm grip on robust Hollywood filmmaking. With two features set for release within the next three months – the other being his much-anticipated War Horse adaptation – it’s relieving to report that the first, The Adventures of Tintin, sees the director back on strong form. Working from three of author Hergé’s Tintin stories, “The Crab with the Golden Claws”, “The Secret of the Unicorn” and “Red Rackham’s Treasure”, Spielberg has delivered a ludicrously entertaining adventure film which will entertain both fans of the source material as well as the uninitiated, no matter their age.

All begins innocently when intrepid Belgian reporter Tintin (Jamie Bell) buys a model ship of the legendary navy vessel the Unicorn, but soon finds the »

- Shaun Munro

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The Adventures Of Tintin: visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri interview

25 October 2011 3:31 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With The Adventures Of Tintin out today in UK cinemas, we met with visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri to discuss the unique challenges the film posed…

When signing up to adapt any much-loved literary character, there’s a certain amount of risk involved. But when Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson announced their intention to make a computer-generated version of The Adventures Of Tintin, the challenge they set themselves seemed almost insurmountable.

Given the tepid reception that greeted previous motion-captured outings such as Robert ZemeckisA Christmas Carol, The Polar Express and Beowulf, and the outright hostility that greeted the ill-fated Mars Needs Moms earlier this year, it was widely questioned whether a computer-animated Tintin could encapsulate the warm, joyous spirit of Hergé’s original stories and art.

As it turns out, we needn’t have worried. Not only does The Adventures Of Tintin possess much of the sense of adventure found in the books, »

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New The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Poster

24 October 2011 6:34 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Here’s a brand new movie poster for the upcoming thriller “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by director David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fight Club, Se7en) and starring Daniel Craig (Bond 23, The Adventures of Tintin, Dream House), Rooney Mara (The Social Network, Oldboy, A Nightmare on Elm Street), Robin Wright (Princess Bride, The Congress, Beowulf) and Stellan Skarsgard (Thor, Americana, The Avengers). Click here for the latest movie stills and behind the scenes photos. Synopsis: Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander (Mara), a young computer hacker. Follow @Shockya on Twitter »

- Brian Corder

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London Boulevard Movie Review

22 October 2011 10:22 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: London Boulevard Director: William Monahan Starring: Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley and Ray Winstone (‘The Departed,’ ‘Beowulf’) The contrasting lifestyles of South London’s criminal underground and the West London celebrity world are two existences that don’t often cross paths in literature and on-screen. But author Ken Bruen interestingly combined the two lifestyles in his noir crime novel ‘London Boulevard,’ which was effortlessly translated to the screen by first-time director William Monahan. The filmmaker, who is most remembered for winning an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2007 for the gangster film ‘The Departed,’ brought his knowledge of the conflicting methods of gangsters to the screen adaptation of ‘London Boulevard.’ »

- karen

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New HD Trailer from David Fincher's The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo

22 October 2011 9:04 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Watch a few HD trailers for the upcoming thriller “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by director David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fight Club, Se7en) and starring Daniel Craig (Bond 23, The Adventures of Tintin, Dream House), Rooney Mara (The Social Network, Oldboy, A Nightmare on Elm Street), Robin Wright (Princess Bride, The Congress, Beowulf) and Stellan Skarsgard (Thor, Americana, The Avengers). Click here for the latest movie stills and behind the scenes photos. Synopsis: Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander (Mara), a young computer hacker. Follow @Shockya on Twitter for »

- Brian Corder

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