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A new Japanese trailer for the hyper real animation Walking with Dinosaurs 3D has been released online, and you can check it out below....
The film is a narrative remake of the early noughties BBC series Walking with Dinosaurs and is directed by Barry Cook and Neil Nightingale, neither of whom have any experience with narrative features. The film stars Justin Long (New Girl), John Leguizamo (Kick-Ass 2), Charlie Rowe (The Boat That Rocked), Skyler Stone (Accepted) and Tiya Sircar (The Internship).
"During the Late Crustaceous period 70 million years ago, the Alexomis bird Alex narrates about three Pachurhinosaurus named Patchi, Scowler, and Juniper who grow from infants into adulthood. Alex has a symbiotic relationship with Pachyrhinosaurus. Patchi leads the herd in migrating, and they also encounter the predator Gorgon the Gorgosaurus."
Walking with Dinosaurs 3D will open in the U.K. on December 19th and in the U.S. on December 20th. »
- Gary Collinson
"This is the big one that I wanted to do." Now showing in theaters everywhere is the film About Time, the third film (following Love Actually and Pirate Radio) directed by screenwriter/filmmaker Richard Curtis who resides in England. I've thoroughly enjoyed his past scripts and have immense appreciation for About Time, and was lucky enough to catch up with Richard a few weeks ago for an interview about his latest film starring Domhnall Gleeson & Rachel McAdams. While there is a time travel element to it, our chat covered casting, writing & time travel as well as rumors that this is the last film he'll be directing anyway. Read on! Curtis' About Time began playing in Us theaters on November 1st, and opened in the UK on September 4th. The film is about a young man, played by the red-headed Domhnall Gleeson, who learns he can time travel and uses this »
- Alex Billington
“About Time” marks veteran British actor Bill Nighy’s fourth project with director Richard Curtis after partnering on “Pirate Radio,” “The Girl in the Café,” and “Love Actually” where Nighy was first introduced in a Curtis role as a washed-up rocker. In this moving and engaging comedy, Nighy plays a father who can travel through time [...]
- Sheila Roberts
Time to make another trip to movie “rom-com” land once more. Now let’s keep a stiff upper lip, since it’s set in jolly ole’ England, which as Roger Miller’s song says “swing like a pendulum do”! Okay, what are they offering across the pond? Seems they’ve tossed a big dollop of fantasy into the mix, namely time travel! Well that’s been used before in an effort to get couples together, from the McFly saga to Time After Time and Kate And Leopold. What if I tell you this new flick is from Richard Curtis the droll, witty writer behind Notting Hill and Four Weddings And A Funeral. Oh, and this is his third directorial effort after Pirate Radio and the cult classic Love Actually. Hopefully that will pique your interest. Enough background info, let’s talk about his latest. Hey, it’s About Time.
- Jim Batts
This is another edition of Short Starts, where we present a weekly short film(s) from the start of a filmmaker or actor’s career. He’s only directed three films, including the new sci-fi rom-com About Time, but Richard Curtis has been a well-known screenwriter for a few decades. When we think of a Curtis movie, we don’t just consider his popular directorial debut, Love Actually (and nobody here thinks of Pirate Radio, aka The Boat That Rocked). We think of Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a Funeral, which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. He also wrote The Girl in the Cafe and one of the best episodes of Doctor Who (“Vincent and the Doctor”), and he co-scripted Bridget Jones’s Diary and its sequel, as well as War Horse. Plus he co-created Blackadder and Mr. Bean, both with regular collaborator Rowan Atkinson. Curtis »
- Christopher Campbell
“About Time,” Richard Curtis’ third and final film as a director, is — wait a second. Today’s theme being time travel, let’s suspend that thought and return to the not-terribly-distant past — specifically, to the fall of 1980, when Universal (the distributor of “About Time”) was launching a very different sci-fi love story in theaters. That film was “Somewhere in Time,” a now cult-beloved weepie that starred Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour as lovers whose passion transcended time, sense and the derision of most critics. Faced with a work of such swooning preposterousness, Roger Ebert could only shrug and ask, “Isn’t it a little futile to travel 68 years backward in time for a one-night stand?”
See Also: Film Review: “About Time”
In his Variety review, Joseph McBride proved kinder than most, writing that “Somewhere in Time” “harks back to such 1940s Hollywood romantic classics as ‘Portrait of Jennie’ and ‘The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, »
- Justin Chang
Richard Curtis has only directed three films, "Love Actually," "Pirate Radio" and "About Time," which just hit theaters this weekend. While promoting the time-traveling film, Curtis revealed that he may be done with directing. "I'm trying to pay attention to the message of 'About Time,' which is try and enjoy your life," he said. "Directing movies is only mildly enjoyable, and I think if I could spend 1,000 days on something, I'd rather spend it with my family." Even though Curtis is grateful for the opportunity to make movies, he described the process as "a thousand days of pain" and often imagines "how lovely life would be without making films." But just because he no longer wants to be a director, Curtis admitted that he would still likely to focus on writing, something he's been doing for over thirty years. His writing credits include "Four Weddings and a Funeral, »
Bill Nighy is a chameleon. He’s an actor who can go large and then, as we see in his new film, About Time, craft an effortlessly grounded performance when needed. When Nighy discusses the idea of a performance without thinking about “acting,” it makes for an interesting contrast to his work as Davy Jones. The Pirates of the Caribbean villain is a job that consistently reminds you you’re acting with the tech involved. Wearing those dots on your face and that mo-cap suit probably can’t make your job any easier, and yet Nighy still managed to bring gravitas to Jones and that series as a whole. There is no transformation in About Time, which, to some actors, is an even loftier challenge. But it’s a task Nighy seems up for any day of the week, especially if it’s Richard Curtis behind the camera. Speaking with Nighy, his »
- Jack Giroux
Distributor: Summit Entertainment
An anti-bullying allegory writ on the largest possible scale, “Ender’s Game” frames an interstellar battle between mankind and pushy ant-like aliens, called Formics, in which Earth’s fate hinges on a tiny group of military cadets, most of whom haven’t even hit puberty yet. At face value, the film presents an electrifying star-wars scenario — that rare case where an epic space battle transpires entirely within the span of two hours — while at the same time managing to deliver a higher pedagogical message about tolerance, empathy and coping under pressure. Against considerable odds, this risky-sounding Orson Scott Card adaptation actually works, as director Gavin Hood pulls off the sort of teen-targeted franchise starter Summit was hoping for.
— Peter Debruge
Read the full review
Distributor: Relativity Media
Month-old mashed potatoes wouldn’t leave behind as questionable an aftertaste as “Free Birds,” a »
- Variety Staff
Romance lovers and Richard Curtis superfans, rejoice! The writer-director who turned you into a weepy puddle with Love Actually and got you stuck saying “oopsie daises” after Notting Hill is back. And Curtis’ latest film, About Time, delivers a sweet take on an unusual subject: time travel.
Starring frequent Curtis collaborator, Bill Nighy, frequent time travel subject, Rachel McAdams, and newcomer Domhnall Gleeson, About Time is the perfect fall movie dessert after some devastating (yet important!) entrees (Gravity, Captain Phillips, 12 Years a Slave). It’s been a stressful month at the movies, so we welcome a heartfelt release and adorable British accents. (Edit note: we welcome British accents year-round, too.) For everything you need to know about the film, check out our helpful list of talking points, below.
1. Domhnall Gleeson shares your taste in movies.
What responsible actor wouldn’t familiarize himself with his costar’s work? And what kind »
- Emily Exton
As far as I'm concerned, Richard Curtis is three-for-three. In the realm of pleasant, any day watches he has a knack for the appealing. Love Actually is a personal favorite and easily Curtis' best; Pirate Radio is a bit rough around the edges, but still an enjoyable watch; and now About Time is sweet, solemn, funny, romantic and just an overall good movie. Just don't try and get caught up in the time travel mechanics, I'm still not sure I have it entirely figured out. To that time travel part of the story, Curtis tackles it head on and very matter of factly. Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) is told at the age of 21 by his father (Bill Nighy) that he can travel in time. No bullsh*tting around, go upstairs in the closet, focus on a moment in time, poof you're there. He reluctantly gives it a shot, it works, »
- Brad Brevet
Richard Curtis, the screenwriter who shaped the modern romantic comedy with hits “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Notting Hill” and “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” has directed only three movies, but the filmmaker is already prepared to call it quits. He said he will stop making movies after his latest offering, “About Time,” opens this week.
“That’s my intention at the moment,” Curtis said on a recent morning in New York, adding that he’d “probably” continue writing. “The message of this movie is enjoy every ordinary day of your life. I should listen to that message.”
“About Time,” like all Curtis’ stories, tells the tale of a young lad (Domhnall Gleeson) enamored with a fair lady (Rachel McAdams). But there’s a twist. Our hero can travel back in time to fix his awkward romantic foibles, a trick he learned from his dad (Bill Nighy).
Curtis’ directorial debut, 2003’s “Love Actually, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Love Actually is one of the most beloved romantic comedies of all the time. That film is only ten years old, but it’s already fair to claim the film is a classic. Initially the web of down-to-earth love stories didn’t receive uniformly stellar reviews or massive box office numbers, but what kind of madman doesn’t watch it when it’s on cable or come Christmas time? That wasn’t a shabby way to kickoff the directorial chapter to an already successful career. By 2003, Curtis had written Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and Notting Hill, so he was no romantic comedy rookie when he hit it big behind the camera. Since then, he’s directed two films with The Boat That Rocked and his latest, About Time. The time travel dramedy is about life, love, sorrow, children, and (unsurprising if you follow Curtis’ work) most everyday facets of life. The »
- Jack Giroux
Here I am, trying to be the manliest macho-man I can be – but writer/director Richard Curtis makes that appearance so damn hard to uphold sometimes (despite my lack of muscles, short stature, nerdy sensibilities – etc). Having a secret soft spot for such films as Love Actually and Pirate Radio, I publicly scoffed at the idea of having to evaluate some silly romantic endeavor about time travel, but in the dark privacy of the theater, I could yet again be whimsically enchanted by Richard Curtis’ inspiring grasp on life – and could even let myself get choked up without the judgement of others. Damn you Richard Curtis, getting me in touch with my feelings and making me all vulnerable and shit!
Part romantic dramedy, part provocative dissection of life’s never-ending beauty, About Time tells the story of a family where all the men possess a unique skill – they can travel back in time. »
- Matt Donato
About Time has already been released in the United Kingdom and a few other territories but the latest film from Richard Curtis (director of Love Actually and The Boat That Rocked) will soon be opening for Us audiences. Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, and Bill Nighy star in the rom-com, which also has elements of sci-fi […]
Read About Time trailer on Filmonic. »
- Liam Goodwin
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“About Time,” which is rated “R” and opens on Nov. 8, 2013, also stars Domhnall Gleeson, Bill Nighy, Vanessa Kirby, Lydia Wilson, Lindsay Duncan, Richard Cordery, Joshua McGuire, Tom Hollander, Margot Robbie and Will Merrick from writer and director Richard Curtis. Note: You must be 17+ to attend this “R”-rated screening.
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- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
See new images from the excellent-looking About Time comedy directed by Richard Curtis, starring Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy. This is one film I can really recommend the trailer for, it's that good. Curtis, known for films like Four Wedding and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Love Actually, The Boat That Rocked and War Horse, also wrote the Universal Pictures release which opens November 1st. Also in the cast of the romance are Lindsay Duncan, Lydia Wilson, Tom Hollander, Margot Robbie, Richard Cordery, Joshua McQuire, Vanessa Kirby, Will Merrick and Tom Hughes. »
Although The Amazing Spider-Man was a slightly underwhelming experience, the CGI and design were incredibly impressive at times. Marvel has evidently picked up on this and has announced The Amazing Spider-Man: The Art of the Movie for release in January.
It's strange that they didn't wait for the release of the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2 but it certainly builds a bridge between the first and second movies. This looks like a valuable piece of merchandise for any loyal Spider-Man fans out there.
And, importantly, could it be that with Marvel releasing this book - the first 'Art of the Movie' not to focus on a Marvel Studios property - a merger of the brands between Sony and Marvel is on the cards?
- Gary Collinson
• Read the archive of Charles Gant's UK box office reports
Late September, rarely a robust time for UK cinemagoing, continues the seasonally becalmed pattern. Overall, the 27-29 September session represented the third worst weekend for box office in the past year. Given that the previous frame delivered the second worst, it's clear just how sluggish the market is right now.
The only film delivering a weekend gross in excess of £1m was Prisoners, starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. Aside from the previous weekend, when Rush held on to the top spot with £1.34m, Prisoners' £1.37m tally is the lowest for a No 1 film since Dredd landed »
- Charles Gant
Fox Searchlight Pictures announced that Thomas Vinterberg's Far from the Madding Crowd has begun principal photography in the UK today, September 16th. The film stars Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, Drive), Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone, Bullhead), Michael Sheen (Midnight in Paris, Frost/Nixon), Tom Sturridge (On the Road, Pirate Radio) and Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises, Killer Joe). The script was written by David Nicholls, author and screenwriter of One Day and Starter for 10. Allon Reich and Andrew Macdonald of DNA Films are producing with Christine Langan of BBC Films executive producing. The film will shoot on location in Dorset, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and London.
Here's what director Thomas Vinterberg had to say in a statement.
"I am excited to be working with DNA, Fox Searchlight and this talented cast and crew on Far from the Madding Crowd. It is a great privilege to bring such a »
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