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Blu-ray Review: Harmless Family Entertainment of ‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins’

29 December 2011 9:51 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – I have to admit that I went into my review of “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” expecting to feel torture not unlike when I suffered through “Yogi Bear” or “Gulliver’s Travels.” Live-action family entertainment has been the other side of the coin to the influx of quality animated entertainment. For every Pixar, there’s a “Chipwrecked.” For every “How to Train Your Dragon,” there’s a “Zookeeper.” To that end, I found “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” totally harmless, mostly because Jim Carrey gives it his all and brings enough manic glee to the proceedings to keep it from falling flat.

Blu-Ray Rating: 2.5/5.0

Like So many family films, “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” is about a selfish, wounded man learning to be a good father. It’s remarkable how many writers work out their issues with their parents through family films. The dad in question is, of course, Mr. Popper (Carrey), a man whose distant, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Blu-ray, 3D, DVD Release: Puss in Boots

27 December 2011 9:13 AM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 24, 2012

Price: DVD Tba, Blu-ray $40.99, Blu-ray 3D Tba, DVD Double-Pack Tba

Studio: DreamWorks Animation/Paramount Home Entertainment

The Shrek spin-off, Puss in Boots again features the voice of Antonio Banderas (You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger) as the sword-fighting feline.

The animated movie tells the story of Puss in Boots years before he met Shrek and Donkey. Puss is a wanted fugitive trying to clear his name. Puss finds his female match in Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek, Frida), who takes Puss to his old friend but now enemy Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis, It’s Kind of a Funny Story). Together with Humpty and Kitty, Puss plans to steal the beans, get to the Giant’s castle, grab the golden goose and clear his own name. But along the way, they have to face-off with infamous criminals Jack (Billy Bob Thornton, Armageddon) and Jill (Amy Sedaris, »

- Sam

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War Horse Review

24 December 2011 5:05 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

"A Boy and His Pet" stories can be immensely charming.  Pets are sweet and they look up to the boy (or girl, but usually it's a boy in these stories) and the boy loves his faithful friend.  The genre started out as a "A Boy and His Dog", but has expanded to "A Boy and His Robot" (The Iron Giant) and "A Boy and His Dragon" (How to Train Your Dragon).  Steven Spielberg's War Horse pulls it back to terrestrial creatures and starts out trying to tell the story of a boy and his horse.  But then the movie changes gears, separates the two and rather than show the struggle of both to get back to the other, the story uses the horse to try and tell a series of vignettes about life during World War I.  However, those vignettes lose their honesty when Spielberg refuses to show the devastating horror of war. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Status Update on Buffy Reboot

23 December 2011 12:07 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In November 2010, Atlas Entertainment announced that they would be rebooting Buffy the Vampire Slayer with Warner Bros. and without the involvement of Joss Whedon.

Fan reaction to the reboot was understandably negative and it even prompted negative comments from Joss Whedon and cast members from the TV show. According to a new report, Whit Anderson’s reboot script has been tossed out.

Hero Complex notes that “sources close to the project say that the script submitted this past summer by writer Whit Anderson fell far short of expectations and, in the end, was rejected completely”.

While it is mentioned that Atlas is looking for a new writer for the reboot, it is quite possible that fan reaction to the project is going to prevent it from seeing the light of day any time soon. In case you missed the press release from last year, we’ve included part of it »

- Jonathan James

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The Truffles 2011 – The HeyUGuys Movie Awards – Part 2

22 December 2011 5:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Welcome to the second part of The Truffles – the HeyUGuys Movie Awards in which our team dole out an alternative set of awards to the great and good of this year’s cascade of movies.

You can read Part 1 by clicking here and read on to see which cinematic heroes are hoisted high above the crowd and which are dragged into a nearby corner and pummelled.

Here are more unique awards as we take on the year that was…

Jon Lyus

The Charles Manson Sing-a-long Award – John Hawkes in Martha Marcy May Marlene

A show stopping moment from one of my highlights of the cinematic year. Elizabeth Olsen was rightly lauded for her magnetic central performance in Sean Durkin’s film, but it was Sarah Paulson and John Hawkes who stood out for me. What stuck with me most was the moment when Hawkes’ latent anger is given an outlet »

- Guest

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Green Band Trailer for ‘Goon’

22 December 2011 2:04 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Apple iTunes released the upcoming sports comedy green band trailer for “Goon.” Here is the synopsis: Labelled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way. The film stars Seann William Scott (“Role Models,” “American Pie”), Jay Baruchel (“How to Train Your Dragon,” “Tropic Thunder”), Liev Schreiber (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “Salt”), Alison Pill (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “Milk”), Kim Coates (“Silent Hill,” “Resident Evil: Afterlife”) and Eugene Levy (“Best in Show,” “A Mighty Wind”). The film is directed by Michael Dowse (“It’s All Gone Pete Tong,” “Fubar”). The screenplay is penned by Baruchel and Evan Goldberg (“Pineapple Express,” “Superbad”), which is based on the Adam Frattasio and Doug Smith’s novel “Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journay into Minor League Hockey. »

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Crotchety New One-Sheet for ParaNorman

15 December 2011 11:16 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

A new international one-sheet for the upcoming sliver of animated horror known as ParaNorman has hit the interwebs that offers a unique perspective on the fun-filled terrors to come. Dig it!

ParaNorman is being directed by Sam Fell (The Tale of Despereaux, Flushed Away) and Chris Butler (Coraline, The Corpse Bride) from Butler's original screenplay.

Synopsis:

A small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), 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 Killer Inside Me), Tempestt Bledsoe ("The Cosby Show"), Jeff Garlin (Toy Story 3), John Goodman (Red State, »

- Uncle Creepy

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ParaNorman: New Poster Released

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

To go along with the new trailer for ParaNorman that made its debut earlier this week, we now have a copy of the new poster that was just released. ParaNorman is directed by Sam Fell (Flushed Away) and Chris Butler (Coraline), and involves a young boy named Norman who must save his town from zombies:

“In the comedy thriller, a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Mr. McPhee), 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.

Currently in production, ParaNorman is being directed by Sam Fell and Chris Butler, from Mr. Butler’s original screenplay. Mr. »

- Jonathan James

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Boney One-Sheet for Animated 'ParaNorman 3D'

15 December 2011 6:06 AM, PST | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

In addition to the second trailer, Laika and Focus Features has released a boney teaser one-sheet for their animated horror comedy Paranorman, which looks like the best animated genre film since Monster House. The voice cast includes Academy Award nominee Casey Affleck (The Killer Inside Me ), Tempestt Bledsoe ("The Cosby Show"), Jeff Garlin (Toy Story 3), John Goodman (Red State, Matinee, Monsters, Inc.), Bernard Hill (Titanic), Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air), Leslie Mann (Rio), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fright Night 3D, How to Train Your Dragon), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) and Tony and Emmy Award winner Elaine Stritch ("30 Rock"), Tucker Albrizzi (Good Luck Charlie), Alex Borstein ("Family Guy"), Jodelle Ferland (Case 39, Silent Hill, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse). »

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Introducing Paranorman, The Ghoul Whisperer

14 December 2011 12:00 PM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

We may be reaching a saturation point with zombies, but how would you like a taste of animated zombies? Laika, the animation studio that brought Neil Gaiman’s Coraline to animated life, is bringing zombies to life in a different light than we’re used to with their new family horror feature film, ParaNorman.

This stop-motion animation film is “about a young boy who can see the dead and must protect his town from a zombie invasion.” ParaNorman makes zombies family-friendly with a mixture of comedy and stop-motion-style thrills. Check out the new UK trailer for ParaNorman below!

International Trailer: ParaNorman

Click here to view the embedded video.

Synopsis:

In the comedy thriller, a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman, who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he’ll have to take on ghosts, »

- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer

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Nick Swardson And T.J. Miller Cast In R-Rated Stop Motion Comedy Hell & Back

14 December 2011 11:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

It’s not often you hear about a stop motion feature-length film (Tim Burton’s upcoming Frankenweenie being the only other current one I can think of), much less an R-rated one, and by the sounds of it, Hell & Back is already shaping up very nicely.

Stand-up comedians and actors Nick Swardson and T.J. Miller will now be lending their voices for the film’s leading roles, Deadline report, in what will be,

“a comedy about two best friends who must rescue their pal when he is accidentally dragged to hell.”

The ShadowMachine film comes following the successes of Robot Chicken and Moral Orel that the production company have found with [adult swim]. Ross Schuman, who’s been a director on the latter and an art director on the former, will be co-directing alongside Tom Gianas, who’s worked in the past with the likes of Tenacious D and Cheech & Chong, and »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Watch: International trailer for animated comedy ParaNorman

13 December 2011 2:32 PM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Following its Oscar-nominated children's fantasy film Coraline, released in 2009, the American animation studio Laika is bringing us ParaNorman.

The comedy thriller is only the second stop-motion animated feature after Coraline to be made in 3D. A new trailer has been released and is embedded below along with plot, cast and crew details.

When a small town comes under siege by zombies, a misunderstood local boy called Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) who is able to speak with the dead is the only one who can help.

But his paranormal powers may be pushed to their limits when, in addition to the zombies, he has to take on ghosts, witches and, worst of all, moronic grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse.

ParaNorman is directed by Sam Fell and Chris Butler from a screenplay by Butler. Fell was director of The Tale of Despereaux and Flushed Away while Butler »

- David Bentley

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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: December 13, 2011

12 December 2011 10:33 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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It's the holidays so I'm going to continue featuring some deals you can get at Amazon right now as there are some really good ones either for yourself or as gifts for movie lovers among your family and friends. Deal Of The Week Planet of the Apes 40th Anniversary Collection [Blu-ray] only $39.99 Planet of the Apes Beneath the Planet of the Apes Escape From the Planet of the Apes Conquest of the Planet of the Apes Battle for the Planet of the Apes Blu-ray Deals The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Extended Editions) ($49.99) Inception ($7.99) The Ultimate Matrix Collection ($32.99) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 ($9.99) The Dark Knight ($7.99) Batman Begins ($7.99) The Social Network ($11.99) Sherlock Holmes ($8.49) 300 ($10.49) Seven [Blu-ray Book] ($10.99) The Departed ($7.99) The Town (Two-Disc Extended Cut) ($9.99) DVD Deals It's a Wonderful Life (60th Anniversary Edition) ($10.49) The Wizard of Oz »

- Brad Brevet

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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: December 13, 2011

12 December 2011 10:33 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

DVD Links: DVD News | Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed

It's the holidays so I'm going to continue featuring some deals you can get at Amazon right now as there are some really good ones either for yourself or as gifts for movie lovers among your family and friends. Deal Of The Week Planet of the Apes 40th Anniversary Collection [Blu-ray] only $39.99 Planet of the Apes Beneath the Planet of the Apes Escape From the Planet of the Apes Conquest of the Planet of the Apes Battle for the Planet of the Apes Blu-ray Deals The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Extended Editions) ($49.99) Inception ($7.99) The Ultimate Matrix Collection ($32.99) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 ($9.99) The Dark Knight ($7.99) Batman Begins ($7.99) The Social Network ($11.99) Sherlock Holmes ($8.49) 300 ($10.49) Seven [Blu-ray Book] ($10.99) The Departed ($7.99) The Town (Two-Disc Extended Cut) ($9.99) DVD Deals It's a Wonderful Life (60th Anniversary Edition) ($10.49) The Wizard of Oz »

- Brad Brevet

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Paranorman: New Trailer Released

12 December 2011 11:42 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

A new trailer has just been released for ParaNorman. Directed by Sam Fell (Flushed Away) and Chris Butler (Coraline), ParaNorman involves a young boy named Norman who must save his town from zombies:

“In the comedy thriller, a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Mr. McPhee), 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.

Currently in production, ParaNorman is being directed by Sam Fell and Chris Butler, from Mr. Butler’s original screenplay. Mr. Fell was director of The Tale of Despereaux and Flushed Away. Mr. Butler was storyboard supervisor on Coraline and storyboard artist on Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. »

- Jonathan James

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Haunting New Trailer for ParaNorman

12 December 2011 11:16 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Ready for some spooky fun to kick off your work week? This second trailer for the next animated feature from Focus Features, ParaNorman, should definitely fit the bill. Round up the kids and check it out!

ParaNorman is being directed by Sam Fell (The Tale of Despereaux, Flushed Away) and Chris Butler (Coraline, The Corpse Bride) from Butler's original screenplay.

Synopsis:

A small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), 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 Killer Inside Me), Tempestt Bledsoe ("The Cosby Show"), Jeff Garlin »

- Uncle Creepy

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Second Trailer for 'ParaNorman' A Horror Fan's (Animated) Wet Dream!

12 December 2011 8:56 AM, PST | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

While the teaser was already quite impressive, the full trailer for Laika and Focus Features' animated horror comedy Paranorman is off the wall incredible. Shared after the break, the hysterical new trailer is jam-packed with horror goodness that shows obvious love for the genre (you can tell directors Sam Fell and Chris Butler are huge Evil Dead fans). The voice cast includes Academy Award nominee Casey Affleck (The Killer Inside Me ), Tempestt Bledsoe ("The Cosby Show"), Jeff Garlin (Toy Story 3), John Goodman (Red State, Matinee, Monsters, Inc.), Bernard Hill (Titanic), Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air), Leslie Mann (Rio), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fright Night 3D, How to Train Your Dragon), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) and Tony and Emmy Award winner Elaine Stritch ("30 Rock"), Tucker Albrizzi (Good Luck Charlie), Alex Borstein ("Family Guy"), Jodelle Ferland (Case 39, Silent Hill, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse). »

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Exclusive: Kung Fu Panda 2 Blu-ray Deleted Scene

10 December 2011 11:16 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

We have an exclusive deleted scene from Kung Fu Panda 2, the DreamWorks Animation hit sequel which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD December 13. Click on the video player below to watch this deleted scene where Po tracks down a mysterious crow, with an introduction from director Jennifer Yuh Nelson.

Click to watch Deleted Scene: Chasing The Crow!

Jack Black is back as Po in DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda 2, the fiercely funny, "winning sequel" (Scott Bowles, USA Today) to the Academy Award nominated original film. In his biggest challenge since becoming the Dragon Warrior, Po must lead his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five, on a mission of epic proportions to defeat his most threatening rival yet. Kung Fu Panda 2 packs a powerful punch that combines non-stop action, beautiful storytelling and stunning animation in an all-new, awesome adventure!

Special Features:

Animation Inspiration-Follow Po and the »

- MovieWeb

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #347: Hugo and The Descendants

5 December 2011 9:20 PM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

0:00 - Intro 8:16 - Review: The Descendants 28:00 - Review: Hugo 53:45 - Trailer Trash: Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie 58:00 - Other Stuff We Watched: My Week With Marilyn, Three Amigos, How to Train Your Dragon, Kundun, After Hours, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Italian American, American Boy, Boxcar Bertha, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Super 8, Trigger, Waste Land 1:22:04 - Junk Mail: Informative Commentary Tracks, Good Looking Blu Rays, Movie Memorabilia, Movies That Were in Theatres For a Long Time 1:35:44 - This Week's DVD Releases 1:38:21 - Outro

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- Sean

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'Kung Fu Panda 2' Tops Annie Award Nominations

5 December 2011 8:43 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Annie Awards, which have been wracked by controversy in recent years, attempted to right the ship on Monday with a slate of nominations that included … everybody.  With an expanded field in nearly every category, including 10 nominees for Best Animated Feature, the International Animated Film Society, Asifa-Hollywood, was all inclusive in its nominations, with 13 different animated films receiving nominations and no one film running away from the field the way "How to Train Your Dragon" did last year. Typically, a DreamWorks Animation production led the pack, with the 12 »

- Steve Pond

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