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A new poster has been revealed for Laika's upcoming stop-motion animated, 3-D movie, ParaNorman. Much like the recently released UK trailer, the new poster is focused on revealing ParNorman's undead, but, not to worry moms and dads, this isn't your typical zombie movie.
When a small Massachusetts town falls under siege from the undead because of a centuries-old curse, young local boy Norman (voiced by Let Me In's Kodi Smit-McPhee) is called upon to save the town, since he is able to talk to the dead. For those that think ParaNorman reminds them of 2009's Coraline, it's no coincidence since animation studio Laika worked on both movies.
ParaNorman was directed by The Tale of Despereaux's Sam Fell and Chris Butler (storyboard supervisor on Coraline) from a script by Butler. The voice cast includes Casey Affleck, John Goodman, Tempestt Bledsoe, Jeff Garlin and Leslie Mann.
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- Ryan Gowland
I've never rented from a Redbox but every time I've walked by one of their kiosks, I always see the people at the screen about to make some very bad choices. Just the other day I saw a woman seriously considering renting the latest Bloodrayne film. I wanted to intervene and suggest that if she liked vampire movies, she could try Let Me In, but I just walked on by. Turns out this woman was not alone in her poor choices. Redbox has announced its most rented movies of 2011 and it's a »
- Mike Sampson
So striking and unique was Swedish actress Noomi Rapace’s portrayal of 21st century anti-heroine Lisbeth Salander in the original 2009 film that director David Fincher and screenwriter Steven Zaillian already had their work cut out adapting author Stieg Larsson’s complex first book of his Millennium trilogy as an English-language film. The plot is so complex with its plethora of characters and emotions and deals with so many issues, including Nazism, serial murder, rape, torture and twisted family liaisons that it acts as both a cinematic dream and a hindrance if done incorrectly. Therefore, it’s a relief that Fincher and Zaillian not only appreciated that the central theme to refer everything to is the Salander journey and the breaking down of her defiant resolve, but also that the film could not be set anywhere else but in Sweden again, purely for the inherent cultural quality and mystique that the story desperately requires. »
- Lisa Giles-Keddie
The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo (2011) Film Review, a movie directed by David Fincher and starring Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, Robin Wright, Stellan Skarsgard, Christopher Plummer, Max von Sydow, Joely Richardson, David Dencik, Joel Kinnaman, Embeth Davidtz, Goran Visnjic, Julian Sands, Steven Berkoff, Geraldine James, Yorick van Wageningen, and Sahlima.
David Fincher’s The Girl with the Tattoo Dragon is Matt Reeves’ Let Me In to Tomas Alfredson’s Let the Right One In. It is that scenario, this time between Niels Arden Oplev and David Fincher, all over again: there is a book, its first adapted into a Swedish film (directed by Niels Arden Oplev) then its adapted into a Us film (David Fincher). And like the Let the Right One In / Let Me In scenario, the first film adaptation is far superior to the second film adaptation. In the current scenario, its even worse for the second director, »
The Hammer Vault
Written by Marcus Hearn | Published by Titan Books | Format: Hardback, 176pp
Like many of the “Vault” books that proliferate UK bookstores these days, The Hammer Vault, the latest release to bear the moniker is packed with sensational, never-before-collected material providing a visual romp through the archives of Britain’s most famous film studio.
Perfectly timed to coincide with the resurgence of the classic British film studio, The Hammer Vault is perfect for both long-time fans and newcomers to Hammer’s horror legacy, telling as it does the story of the company and its rich history through previously unseen treasures… Beginning with the company’s incorporation documents from 1934, moving through the many unforgettable horror classics which cemented their reputation and made worldwide stars of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, and coming right up to date with a behind the scenes look at 2010’s Let Me In and the company’s 2011 release The Resident, »
★★★★☆ The idea of a second film adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo so soon after Neils Arden Oplev's 2009 movie is a problem for some. But while it may be mistakenly lumped with other American remakes of foreign films, David Fincher's finished piece is proof that (like Matt Reeves' Let Me In ) it's possible to adapt a novel more than once - and do a cracking job of it.
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Harrison Ford is officially on board OddLot Entertainment’s Ender’s Game, the long-awaited adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s award-winning sci-fi novel. Abigail Breslin (pictured right) is also joining the cast, alongside young talents Asa Butterfield (Hugo) and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit).
In Card’s novel, Earth is reeling from an attack by an alien race called the Formics (informally, “buggers.”) To battle the buggers, Earth’s International Fleet establishes a Battle School for teaching gifted children space combat tactics.
Butterfield will play Ender, a prodigy at the school and a rare third child in a society limited to only two. Steinfeld is set as Petra, an early ally in the school’s all-important training games. OddLot Entertainment has aged the children up, from six and above to roughly fourteen, which comes as no surprise considering the dark and potentially unnerving tone. Breslin, who famously got her start in Little Miss Sunshine, »
- Jeff Leins
Most films like to build the hype slowly, revealing the cast one piece at a time like "The Hunger Games" all summer and fall. But the upcoming adaptation of Orson Scott Card's fellow young adult sci-fi classic "Ender's Game" is taking a different tack: They're just dumping the whole thing on us all at once.
So here you go: According to The Film Stage, Abigail Breslin, Hailee Steinfeld and Harrison Ford have all officially signed on to play major roles, along with no less than six other young stars. Now this is really going to test the limits of your tweeting skill.
Set in the kinda distant future, "Ender's Game" tells the story of a kid ("Hugo"'s Asa Butterfield, one of the few casting decisions we already knew about) who is picked by the government to participate in an elaborate training program that turns children into expert space soldiers. »
- Scott Harris
The cast for director Gavin Hood’s (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) adaptation of Ender’s Game continues to take shape, as two high-profile thesps have joined the cast. Variety reports that Harrison Ford and Abigail Breslin have officially signed on for the high profile sci-fi project. We previously reported that Ford was being courted for the role of Colonel Hyram Graff, but given the actor’s prickly nature (and the lackluster performance of Cowboys & Aliens), I assumed he would ultimately pass on the role. Asa Butterfield (Hugo) is set as the titular character, a boy who’s recruited to develop military strategies in an attempt to prepare for an intergalactic battle. Hit the jump for more casting news regarding the project. Breslin is set to play Ender’s older sister, with Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) attached as the boy’s ally and friend Petra and Ben Kingsley in talks to play seasoned soldier Mazer Rackham. »
- Adam Chitwood
It’s that time of the year when we honor the best of 2011's movies, TV shows, books, and music so of course that also means comics, and ComicMonsters.com has kicked off its third annual Horror Comic Awards.
Voting is open via the ComicMonsters.com website from today, December 21st, through Saturday, December 31st. May the most brutal comic prevail!
The categories and nominees for 2011 are:
Writer of the Year
Joe Hill on Locke and Key
Joshua Fialkov on I, Vampire and Echoes
Jeff Lemire on Animal Man/Sweet Tooth
Artist of the Year
Gabriel Rodriguez on Locke and Key
Menton 3 on Monocyte
Andrea Sorrentino on I, Vampire
Nat Jones on 68
Giuseppe Camuncoli on »
- The Woman In Black
Directed by animation veterans Chris Butler and Sam Fell, and featuring the voices of Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road, Let Me In), Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, Twilight Saga) and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad, Kick-Ass), the film follows a quirky kid who can communicate with the dead and is thrust into a heroic situation when a curse puts his entire town in the middle of a zombie invasion.
Catch up on the trailer and synopsis here if you haven’t already seen it, and check out the colorful one-sheet of what will surely be a fantastic stop-motion 3D adventure below!
Paranorman hits theaters in the Us August 17th, 2012.
- Micah Phillips
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 14, 2012; Digital Download Release Date: Feb. 7, 2012
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
In the comedy film, set in the 1950s, Depp plays New York journalist Paul Kemp, who travels to Puerto Rico for a freelance job with a local newspaper run by down-trodden editor Lotterman (Richard Jenkins, Let Me In). Depp quickly finds himself caught between a beautiful woman (Amber Heard, Drive Angry) and her fiance (Aaron Eckhart, Love Happens), a shady American businessman who wants to turn the island into a capitalist paradise for the wealthy. While partaking in several bottles of booze, Depp is assigned to write favorably about the scheme and must decide whether to go along with »
David Fincher has spritzed his Us version of Larsson's book with a respectful faux Swedishness. Could this be a step forward?
Warning: Plot spoilers follow
"Remake" has become a dirty word in cinema. Hollywood can do what it likes to its own movies, but it's how it treats everyone else's that has made it notorious: money-obsessed, and as culturally sensitive as Stalin after a night on the Stolichnaya. Director David Fincher admitted as much at the start of the publicity run for his remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. "I know we are playing into the European, and certainly the Swedish, predisposition that this is a giant monetary land grab," he told the fansite FincherFanatic.com. "You're co-opting a phenomenon. Now, there are plenty of reasons to believe we can make it equally entertaining of a movie. But the resentment is already engendered, in a weird way. It's bizarre. »
- Phil Hoad
The initial teaser trailer and a more brief international trailer gave us a decent glimpse into the world of Laika's new stop-motion animated feature ParaNorman, but now a crafty piece of promotional material has made its way online in the form of a fictional town newsletter from the town of Blithe Hollow. It seems to set the backdrop for the story following a young boy (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee from Let Me In) who can speak to the dead and must save his town from a zombie uprising. There are some nice touches included ads for Witchy Wieners and Bar Gento, and this is a great piece of promo material. See it below! Check out the newsletter for Blithe Hollow from ParaNorman via Empire (click to download the Pdf): Norman, a boy who's able to speak with the dead, has to take on zombies, ghosts, witches and, worst of all, »
- Ethan Anderton
Second poster for Laika’s stop motion animated movie ParaNorman is now online. It comes from the team behind Coraline and The Corpse Bride. Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) stars as Norman. Other actors lending their voices to the proceedings include Anna Kendrick, Leslie Mann, John Goodman, Casey Affleck, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. In the comedy thriller, [...]
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- Allan Ford
Mark Kermode's pick of the DVDs that were overlooked this year
A strong contender for best film of the year, this electrifying account of Congolese street musicians overcoming incredible odds to bring their invigorating music to the world is a real reason to be cheerful. The soundtrack is infectious, the film-making unobtrusive, and the central characters endlessly inspiring. Bravo!
Diverse and unpredictable in his output, Marc Evans (Resurrection Man, My Litte Eye, Snow Cake) remains one of the UK's most consistently interesting and inventive filmmakers. Somewhat overlooked in cinemas, this lyrical cross-cultural escapade teases out longstanding connections between Wales and Argentina, with Evans drawing together the past and present with ease.
We Were Here
The outbreak of Aids, which ravaged San Francisco in the early 80s, is recounted by those who lived through it, offering a celebration of the indomitable human spirit that enabled diverse communities »
- Mark Kermode
Missed taking a trip to Anchor Bay's Texas Killing Fields (review here) during its theatrical run? No worries! The flick is headed home to Blu-ray and DVD just after the start of the new year, and we've got the trailer, details, and artwork on tap for ya!
From the Press Release
Anchor Bay Films is proud to announce the release of Texas Killing Fields on both Blu-ray™ and DVD January 31, 2012. Directed by Ami Canaan Mann, produced by Michael Mann and Michael Jaffe, and based on the real life, headline-making series of unsolved murders, Texas Killing Fields is a haunting story of two detectives and one desperate race to catch a killer. The release also contains audio commentary with director Ami Canaan Mann and writer Donald F. Ferrarone.
- Uncle Creepy
This month, the folks at Titan Books have released a book that cult film fans will be dying for, right in time for you to add it to your Christmas shopping list and satisfy the most hardcore of your movie loving loved ones. It’s called “The Hammer Vault,” promising treasures from the archives of Hammer Films, Britain’s most famous film studio and the keepers of many great cult films. We’ll have more about the book and author Marcus Hearn in an upcoming features. But for now, we’d like to present some exclusive art from the book, some of which is a little Nsfw (that means it has bare breasts in it). About the Book Packed with sensational, never-before-collected material, The Hammer Vault is a visual romp through the archives of Britain’s most famous film studio. For both die-hard fans, and those just discovering Hammer’s rich cinematic legacy, this »
- Neil Miller
I am so psyched for ParaNorman, the new creepy-cutesy animated flick from the people who brought you The Corpse Bride and Coraline. The film follows Norman, a kid who can see dead people, as he fights to save his town from zombies that are overrunning the place. Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) voices Norman, with supporting vocals from John Goodman, Casey Affleck, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fright Night). I am both impressed and surprised with the frightening ghouls being featured in a film that is, primarily, for children. Check it out for yourself after the jump. ParaNorman hits theaters August 17th. »
With David Fincher‘s adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo arriving in theaters next week, it reminds us of the difficulty of detaching from source material and making your own mark. I’ll likely be in the minority, but I didn’t think he exceeded at doing so, with many of the original’s problems carrying over. The same can be said for Matt Reeves‘ Let Me In, who said he was going directly from the novel, yet many visuals were nearly identical from Tomas Alfredson‘s Let The Right One In.
The original isn’t as popular as either two examples before, but a similar situation may be brewing with Headhunters. The Norwegian heist novel was written by Jo Nesbo and already adapted into a film by Morten Tyldum (who is making his own debut stateside with a recently announced project). Deadline now reports that Summit Entertainment »
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