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Legend Of The Guardians:the Owls Of Ga' Hoole – (3D Blu-ray)Warner Home Entertainment2010/Rated PG/Running Time 97 minsList Price $44.98 – Now AvailableWhat would possess Zack Snyder to make a kiddie film about owls? I remember asking myself this question many months back when I first caught the trailer for the 300 director's latest, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole. Had Snyder licked one too many Tootsie Roll pops or was he trying to show Warner Bros., the studio which had produced his last two films, that he could be a versatile director? Perhaps making a sure fire hit children's film was the only way the studio would back a radical idea like his bizarre looking epic Sucker Punch? Whatever the reason, I don't really care, because Lotg not only marks Snyder's best film, but proves he can handle stories of substance over style. Not that any of Snyder's familiar style is missing from Lotg, »
We know you were losing sleep over it, so we're happy to be the first to tell you that Furry Vengeance and Yogi Bear are both eligible to be nominated for Best Screenplay Oscars on January 25. Also that Marmaduke score that has been wearing out your iPod? It's eligible too. However, the inclusion of these 2010 masterpieces really isn't that big a surprise. With final nominations just over a month away the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 241 screenplays - 134 original and 107 adapted - are eligible for a Best Screenplay nomination and that music from 77 films is eligible for Best Original Score (not including Black Swan, The Fighter or The Kids Are All Right ). Add those to the 248 films eligible  for Best Picture and Oscar voters have a lot of work to do in the coming weeks. Kind of. See the full lists, the favorites and read the rules after the jump. »
- Germain Lussier
Don't expect to see Winter's Bone, King's Speech, Toy Story 3, Never Let Me Go, and How to Train Your Dragon nominated for the WGA Awards. The Writers Guild of America have revealed the list of eligible films, and none of the previously mentioned highly acclaimed movies/screenplays are on the ballot. Before you get up in arms, you must realize that the guild's rules restrict nominations to productions aren't produced by WGA members or under WGA guidelines. Other films missing from the WGA ballot include Biutiful, The Ghost Writer, Nowhere Boy, Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World and The Way Back. Of the animated feature films, Zack Snyder's Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole passed, while more highly acclaimed movies like Pixar's Toy Story 3 and DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon were deemed ineligible. Last year, several of the high-profile award contenders weren't eligible for WGA Awards, »
- Peter Sciretta
So far I've collected six separate 2010 compilation videos looking back at the this year's collection of films. To the best of my knowledge, these six videos include clips from 303 films and together they total 34:34. I have included the complete list of films on the second page if you are interested. Let me know if I'm missing any, but I think it's pretty safe to say if you liked a film in 2010 one of these following videos will feature it.
So, have a watch and leave your thoughts on which one is your favorite in the comments below and if you find another one online that I should add to the collection shoot me an email.
By: Zack Young
By: The Sleepy Skunk
By: Matthew Shapiro
By: Gen I
By: Kees van Dijkhuizen
On the next page is one final compilation piece, but it plays automatically once the page is »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences have announced that 248 feature films are eligible for best picture at the 2010 Academy Awards. The number is down from previous years -- According to THR , 274 films were eligible in 2009, and 281 in 2008. The list of 248 eligible films have been sent with a nominations ballot to all active and life members of the Academy "who shall vote in the order of their preference for not more than ten pictures." The ten films receiving the highest number of votes shall become the nominations for final voting for the Best Picture award. The nominations will be announced live on January 25th 2011 at 5:30am psd. The rules for eligibility is as follows: Films must be feature length (defined as over 40 minutes) Publicly exhibited by means of 35mm or 70mm film, or in a 24- or 48-frame progressive scan Digital Cinema format with a minimum projector resolution »
- Peter Sciretta
Today the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 41 songs up for contention in the Original Song category for the 83rd Academy Awards.
As for the nomination process, on Thursday, January 6, the Academy will screen clips featuring each song, in random order, for voting members of the Music Branch in Los Angeles. Following the screenings, members will determine the nominees by an averaged point system vote. If no song receives an average score of 8.25 or more, there will be no nominees in the category. If only one song achieves that score, it and the song receiving the next highest score shall be the two nominees. If two or more songs (up to five) achieve that score, they shall be the nominees. A DVD copy of the song clips will be made available to those branch members who are unable to attend the screening and who request it for home viewing. »
- Brad Brevet
This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s. Exit Through The Gift Shop Describing the engrossing, frequently hilarious Banksy-directed Exit Through the Gift Shop as one of the best story-driven documentaries I've ever seen would almost certainly be misleading, as its veracity has been a point of contention since its Sundance premiere. To delve into the topic further would require detailing plot details that I'd be remiss to give away, so I'll just say this: The strength of the film is that whether or not it's authentic doesn't matter. The ultimate take-away from the picture comes from a place of complete truth, and that truth only resonates in the way that it does because the story was told in this form. Not only does »
- Adam Quigley
We've got quite a few big releases trying to sneak onto store shelves just in time for Christmas this week, as The A-Team, The Other Guys, Despicable Me and Nanny McPhee Returns are all hoping to become potential stocking stuffers. Also getting a late release on Friday is Ben Affleck's The Town in a new extended cut, plus Zack Snyder's animated owl fantasy Legend of the Guardians. Some noteworthy indie releases include The Duplass Brothers' Cyrus starring John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill, Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Micmacs, and of course, Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop, which continues to win awards for being one of the best documentaries of the year. If that's not enough, you can also catch up on the original True Grit on Blu-ray before seeing The Coen Brothers' remake a couple weeks from now. Will you be buying or renting anything this week? »
Zack Snyder is in the midst of early pre-production on Warner Bros.' "Superman" reboot, but recently his mind has been occupied not only with the Man of Steel but also with owls with blades of steel, for the 3-D animated flick "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole."
The director's animated birds of prey are serious badasses, strapping on metallic weaponry and engaging in the sort of aerial battles that even Superman would respect. After debuting in theaters last September with some of the most beautiful 3-D imagery to date, the film arrives on DVD on Tuesday (December 14).
Recently, Snyder called up MTV News to talk about how he applied the lesson of "300" and "Watchmen" to "Guardians," his thoughts on 3-D and why he couldn't sneak a decapitation scene into a movie for kids.
MTV: I have to congratulate you on pulling off the best fight scenes I've ever seen in animated movie. »
- Eric Ditzian
Now that we're about two weeks till the end of 2010, the film industry will be looking back to figure out the best movies of the year and will pick winners during the many awards shows. Today, we have a video that captures 2010 pretty well by showing scenes from the year's 270 films, including some that have yet to hit theaters. There will likely be plenty more of these montages in the next few weeks, but the video is definitely one of the better ones that I have seen. Check out the six-minute video below, in addition to a full list of all the films that were used. Questions: How many of the films listed did you actually see in full? Video: Films in Order of Appearance: 1. Iron Man 2 2. The Social Network 3. Saw 3D 4. Tron: Legacy 5. Never Let Me Go 6. Legion 7. The Book of Eli 8. Easy A 9. The Runaways 10. Farewell 11. Kick-Ass »
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I must say, for as many movies that are being released today It's staggering to realize the best and most interesting of the bunch are probably the two documentaries. Sure, Despicable Me was enjoyable, but do you really need to see it again? I also know a lot of people enjoyed The Town, so perhaps that's the one narrative exception, but outside of a catalog title or two this is a weird week for new releases. I see a lot of films I enjoyed this year listed below, but I'm not rushing out to add any of them to my collection.
Despicable Me A solid animated feature, but having only seen it once I can't say if it's worth a purchase or just a one-time viewing. Oddly enough this looks like it's Universal's only shot at an Oscar this »
- Brad Brevet
A look at what's new on DVD today:
Directed by Josh Fox
Released by New Video Group
Released by Mpi Home Video
"Exit Through the Gift Shop" (2010)
Directed by Banksy
Released by Oscilloscope Laboratories
If you haven't caught up on the year's best documentaries in time to fill out your top 10 list, three of them will be hitting DVD shelves this week, beginning with Josh Fox's Sundance award-winning "Gasland," an exploration of the "hydraulic fracturing" going on in own backyard, a type of drilling that has spread to 34 states in the U.S. and has left a host of reservoirs of toxic waste and frequent gas explosions along the way. For something less serious, but equally compelling, there is also Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work," which follows the »
- Stephen Saito
The Annie Awards, the awards given out by the International Animation Society, typically like DreamWorks Animation films but this year, it's almost embarassing. Dwa nabbed 39 nominations, 15 of which were for How to Train Your Dragon.
The nominees include:
Voice Acting In A Feature:
Steve Carrell, Gru in Despicable Me (Illumination Entertainment)
Unlike other organization awards that honor specific functions in film (like the Directors Guild or Screen Actors Guild), the Annie Award winners rarely coincide with the Academy Award winners for Best Animated Picture. »
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Earlier this year, Disney and Pixar caused a bit of a stir when they decided to withdraw from the Annie Awards , in protest over the membership criteria. They had been consistently losing out to DreamWorks films over the past few years, and hinted that it might be related to the fact that DreamWorks gives every single one of their employees a membership card, allowing them to vote. Well, this year's Annie Awards nominees have just been announced, and although both Toy Story 3 and Tangled did get nominated for Best Animated Feature, they have been largely ignored in other categories. So what was the film with the most nominations? Why, How to Train Your Dragon, of course! I don't think many people would disagree that How to Train Your Dragon deserves plenty of recognition, but the fact that it picked up 15 nods while Toy Story 3 had just 3 seems pretty ludicrous. »
DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon" flew high above competition by nabbing 15 nominations for the 38th annual Annie Awards given by the International Animated Film Society, Asifa-Hollywood. ("How to Train Your Dragon" movie review)
"Dragon," featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrara, Jonah Hill, and Craig Ferguson, will duke it out with Universal's "Despicable Me," Disney's "Tangled," Sony Pictures Classics' "The Illusionist," and Pixar's "Toy Story 3" for best animated feature. ("How to Train Your Dragon" interviews)
But there's controversy in the Annie Awards world. The Hollywood Reporter is saying that "Disney and Pixar announced they would no longer participate in the annual awards because of their concerns over how the event is judged."
Apparently, Disney was complaining that the Annie Awards has favored DreamWorks in recent years such as when "Kung Fu Panda" won 10 trophies and beat Pixar's "Wall-e" in 2008.
This year, DreamWorks Animation »
Nominees for the 38th Annual Annie Nominations were announced this morning with How to Train Your Dragon coming away as the top nominee with 15 noms including Best Animated Feature alongside Despicable Me, Tangled, The Illusionist and Toy Story 3.
Of course, you should probably note that Walt Disney Pictures withdrew from the International Animated Film Society, Asifa-Hollywood earlier this year with Disney-Pixar president Ed Catmull telling Variety, "After more than a year of discussions with the Asifa board, we have regretfully decided to withdraw from the organization and no longer participate in the annual Annie Awards... We believe there is an issue with the way the Annies are judged, and have been seeking a mutually agreeable solution with the board. Although some initial steps have been taken, the board informed us that no further changes would be made to address our concerns."
Much of this was assumed to have to »
- Brad Brevet
The International Animated Film Society Asifa-Hollywood has announced the nominees for the 38th Annual Annie Awards, and the DreamWorks feature How to Train Your Dragon leads the pack with more than ten nods. But there's a caveat; that and the full list of nominations after the break. This will be the first Annie Awards after Disney and Pixar withdrew from the organization  that organizes the awards. Toy Story 3 and Tangled did get Best Picture nominations, and Lee Unkrich was nominated Best Director. But in the feature deaprtment this is DreamWorks' show, with a few nods toward the Warner Bros. film Legend of the Guardians and a scant few other features such as The Illusionist. Disney's reason for withdrawing was rooted in the organization's very loose membership requirements (read: almost non-existent requirements, until recently) and the fact that DreamWorks seemed actively working to stack the deck in the studio's favor. »
- Russ Fischer
The International Press Academy has announced the nominees for 2010 Satellite Awards on Wednesday, December 1, unraveling Anne Hathaway and James Franco as two of the contenders in movie category. Both stars, who will be joining forces in co-hosting 2011 Oscars, landed their second nomination from the annual awards. <br><br /> Having been nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture in 2008, Anne nabbed another change to win the title this year for her role in "Love and Other Drugs". Unlike her 2008 count though, the 28-year-old is now vying for the Comedy or Musical category. She is facing tough competition from the likes of Annette Bening, Mary-Louise Parker and Marisa Tomei among others. <br><br /> James, in the meantime, has got a chance to win Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) for his portrayal of trapped mountain climber in "127 Hours". His competition included Javier Bardem, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jesse Eisenberg and Colin Firth. Like Anne, the 32-year-old »
Inception leads the way with 11 nominations as the International Press Academy has announced the nominees for the 15th Annual Satellite Awards. But when you see the likes of Dinner for Schmucks and Letters to Juliet getting nominations alongside potential Oscar nominees I don't think the number of nominations counts, however the winners should help in telling the awards path tale.
Of course, it looks as if certain films weren't seen before the voting deadline as the recently universally praised (well almost) True Grit doesn't have a nomination, nor does Peter Weir's The Way Back. Whether they were seen or not is unknown, though I find it hard to believe both would be shut out had they been.
Looking at the list perhaps the only thing left to scrutinize are the ten films nominated for Best Motion Picture (Drama) as only The Kids are All Right looks to be the »
- Brad Brevet
Now that director Zack Snyder's latest release, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, is behind him and his next movie, Sucker Punch, is deep into post-production, it appears as if he is ready to start tackling the difficult question of who will fill the iconic red-and-blue suit of the "Last Son of Krypton" in Superman: The Man of Steel. According to Deadline, Snyder, producer Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros. "have begun to cast a 'wide net' to find the next Man of Steel" to star in Snyder's reboot of the Superman franchise. Deadline's "insiders" say that the studio is looking to cast an actor in the 28-to-32 age range and that they are "open to creating a star" by casting "a discovery" or an actor who is currently on TV, but "who isn't well known yet," similar to the way then-unknown Christopher Reeve was cast in »
- BrentJS Sprecher
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