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Cs Video: Jamie Bell and Nick Frost Tackle Tintin

20 December 2011 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

It's been nearly 40 years since Hergé's comic book hero Tintin has been seen on a screen of any size, so Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin has revived a much loved character at just the right time to introduce him to new audiences. The animation was done by Weta Digital, best known for their digital FX work on Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" movies, King Kong and James Cameron's Avatar . Being that the characters were created by using the latest performance capture technology, it's still very much about the actors and how they embodied their respective roles. ComingSoon.net had a chance to talk to two of those actors, Jamie Bell and Nick Frost, at the New York press junket last week. Bell plays Tintin himself, while Frost, best known for his work »

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Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Letteri Talks Creating Caesar In 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' & Andy Serkis' Oscar Chances

16 December 2011 9:05 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Although he isn't talked about in the usual dialogue about top ten lists or awards consideration, Joe Letteri is one of the hardest working and most influential people in movies in 2011. As a visual effects supervisor at Peter Jackson's Weta Digital, he had a hand in two of this year's most discussed movies, creating the sublimely expressive Caesar in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," and supervising Steven Spielberg's motion capture wonder "The Adventures of Tintin." We got a chance to talk to Joe earlier this week, where we discussed making you feel for a revolutionary monkey, the goals of Weta's first completely animated film, and what the challenges are for next year's "The Hobbit." Letteri was brought over to Weta from George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic. While at Ilm Letteri worked on everything from the dinosaurs from "Jurassic Park" to that killer train sequence from Brian De Palma's original. »

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King of the digital swingers: Can Peter Jackson's Weta studios allow anyone to play a gorilla?

14 December 2011 4:00 PM, PST | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

In the breezy but temperate streets of Wellington, New Zealand, between one anonymous warehouse and another, sits a piece of Hollywood. Weta Digital, the special-effects house created by Sir Peter Jackson, has its headquarters in a sumptuous but understated mansion with spacious rooms and an elegant terrace. There's also a stunningly equipped screening room with flickering starlit sky above and super-comfy seats. »

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The Hobbit gets a new official synopsis

14 December 2011 3:10 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It's exactly 365 days to go before the release of the first installment of director Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit and to celebrate, Warner Bros. Pictures have just released a brand new synopsis for the hugely-anticipated two-part fantasy epic. Check it out below...

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of two films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The second film will be The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

Both films are set in Middle-earth 60 years before The Lord of the Rings, which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the »

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First "The Hobbit" Trailer At Christmas?

15 November 2011 11:08 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Actor Andy Serkis has made the surprising comment that a teaser trailer for Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" could be hitting sooner than expected.

"There will be a trailer fairly soon, actually. Around Christmas time, I believe" Serkis told IGN this week. Serkis both reprises his role of Gollum and serves as second unit director on the two "Hobbit" movies.

The question now becomes which Christmas release will the trailer be attached to - either "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows", which shares the same distributor, or "The Adventures of Tintin" which Jackson and his Weta Digital produced. »

- Garth Franklin

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365 Days, 100 Films #68 - The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (2011)

4 November 2011 10:56 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, 2011.

Directed by Steven Spielberg.

Starring Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Andy Serkis, Toby Jones, Cary Elwes and Mackenzie Crook.

Synopsis:

Tintin’s purchase of a model boat sparks a mystery adventure seeking a long lost treasure.

A loud exhale came from the row behind us. Some poor kid, probably juiced up on pick ‘n’ mix, had just endured the film’s longest action sequence. Or rather, action ‘shot’.

Tintin (Jamie Bell) and Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) chase the evil Ivanovich Sakharine (Daniel Craig) down a steep, Arabian town towards the sea at its bottom. Both parties wrestle over three precious slips of ancient paper. All three together reveal the secret of the Unicorn – the film’s MacGuffin (a plot element that drives the narrative).

The chase is filmed in a singular, three-minute take. It echoes the continuous shot in Ong-bak, »

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Tintin and the Uncanny Valley: when CGI gets too real

27 October 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

One of the paradoxes of animation says that if you make a character too lifelike, it crosses a line from cute to creepy. Does Spielberg's Tintin movie cross that line?

Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson hope to make Tintin a global household name with their new animated extravaganza, but in the process, they have brought another obscure term into the mainstream: the uncanny valley. The phrase has cropped up a lot in early reviews of The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, referring to the strange effect created when animated characters look eerily lifelike. As New York magazine put it: "Tintin looks simultaneously too human and not human at all, his face weirdly fetal, his eyes glassy and vacant instead of bursting with animated life." Many others have agreed.

It's a paradox of animation that you can put arms and a face on a spoon, say, or make a deer talk, »

- Steve Rose

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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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Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn"

18 October 2011 1:33 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Anyone who follows the Daily's coverage-of-the-coverage roundups during festivals that roll out a series of high-profile premieres knows that first impressions don't always stick. So it's with a grain (or two or more) of salt that we dip into these early reviews, and we begin with an entry the New Yorker's Richard Brody posted on Thursday: "The creator of Tintin, Hergé (whom Anthony Lane wrote about in the magazine in 2007), was Belgian, and it's in Brussels that Steven Spielberg's 3D, motion-capture adaptation of the graphic novelist's world, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, premièred on Tuesday morning. (The movie opens in Europe on October 26th, and here on December 21st.) A pair of critics at the capital's newspaper Le Soir, Daniel Couvreur and Nicolas Crousse, waxed enthusiastic: 'We emerged from the theatre with our eyes sparkling like a crystal ball…. Spielberg succeeds, hands down, in making a great popular adventure film, »

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Sneak Peek The New "Tintin" Poster

18 October 2011 10:20 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek the official final poster and new trailer, supporting the 3D CG motion capture feature "The Adventures Of Tintin", produced and directed by Steven Spielberg.

Other producers include Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy, working from a screenplay by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish.

The film is based on Begian creator Hergé's "The Crab with the Golden Claws", "The Secret of the Unicorn" and "Red Rackham's Treasure"

Jackson's company Weta Digital provided the film's computer animation, with Jackson planning to direct a follow-up feature, based on Hergé's "Prisoners Of The Sun".

From The Kennedy/Marshall Company, WingNut Films, Amblin Entertainment and DreamWorks Pictures, "The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn" will be distributed by Paramount in North America, December 23, 2011.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Adventures Of Tintin"....

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- Michael Stevens

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New ‘Tintin’ Poster; First Reviews Praise Steven Spielberg’s Adventure

17 October 2011 11:15 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The first screenings of Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson‘s highly anticipated blockbuster The Adventures of Tintin kicked off this past weekend in UK and the word is mostly positive. Most outlets praised the level of entertainment Spielberg and co. have delivered, with some qualms over the animation style and story.

Timing with release, Hitfix has a new poster which shows our lead character and his trustworthy dog Snowy. Check it out below followed by a round-up of the critical response for the film starring Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Daniel Craig, Cary Elwes, Toby Jones, Mackenzie Crook and Daniel Mays. While us Americans have to wait over two months, UK’ers get to see the adventure starting October 26th. Click each outlet for the full review.

The Hollywood Reporter:

It’s precisely the old-school exploits of the Jones films that the director and screenwriters Steven Moffat, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn review

14 October 2011 4:29 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Can director Steven Spielberg bring Herge's beloved comic book character to life? Here's James' review of The Adventures Of Tintin...

Once upon a time, Steven Spielberg was the filmmaker I loved the most. I wouldn’t call it a sophisticated relationship, but it was deeply felt and ran like a golden thread through my childhood up until the dawn of adulthood.

However, as the years passed, that love cooled, giving way to disappointment and ultimately resentment. Could the director who’d so scared me with Jaws, thrilled me with Raiders Of The Lost Ark and touched my little heart with E.T. really be churning out such half-formed and woolly headed stuff as The Terminal and War Of The Worlds?

It’s therefore heartening to report that the Spielberg of my (and so many others) childhood is back, and firing on all cylinders for his maiden excursion into the worlds of both motion-capture and 3D filmmaking. »

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Spielberg And Jackson Talk Tintin

14 August 2011 6:30 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

A highlight of day 3 at Empire Presents... Big Screen came in the adventuresome shape of The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn clips. Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg recorded a special message, reminiscing together about their first ever meeting: yup, on stage at the Oscars. As you do.Spielberg elaborated on the origins of their partnership: “When I’d finally got a [Tintin] story I was happy with, and the beginnings of a script, I wanted a feasibility study to see if I should do the movie in live action. I need a CG Snowy for this so I went to Peter’s company, Weta Digital.” Jackson took up the tale, explaining how he’d asked Weta's team to rustle up a Captain Haddock costume, before donning the threads himself and acting out some scenes on the Weta backlot. “I couldn’t think of anyone better to play Captain Haddock than me, »

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"The Adventures Of Tintin" In 3D

8 August 2011 6:24 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek the new poster supporting the 3D CG motion capture feature "The Adventures Of Tintin".

The film is produced by Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, and Kathleen Kennedy, from a screenplay by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish.

The film is based on Begian creator Hergé's "The Crab with the Golden Claws", "The Secret of the Unicorn" and "Red Rackham's Treasure"

"Tintin" producer Jackson, whose company Weta Digital is providing the film's computer animation, will direct a follow-up feature, based on Hergé's "Prisoners Of The Sun".

From The Kennedy/Marshall Company, WingNut Films, Amblin Entertainment and DreamWorks Pictures, "The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn" will be distributed by Paramount in North America, December 23, 2011

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Adventures Of Tintin"....

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- Michael Stevens

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Weekend Box Office: Audiences Went ‘Ape’ for Andy Serkis While Ryan Reynolds Found His ‘Change-Up’ Not Working

7 August 2011 7:40 PM, PDT | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

There’s the old joke in Hollywood that goes something like, ‘Put a monkey in a movie and people will love it.’ Maybe they should modify it by saying, ‘Get Andy Serkis to play a monkey and people will love it.’ He did it in Peter Jackson’s King Kong, and he’s done it again with Rise of the Planet of the Apes as the ape Caesar. The Planet of the Apes prequel opened with $54 million domestically and added another $23.4 million from 25 other countries for a weekend total of $77.4 million. Rise of the Planet of the Apes also stars James Franco, John Lithgow, and Freida Pinto and it appears that audiences felt that enough time had passed since that horrendous Tim Burton 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes. This latest reboot was directed by Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist) and the Apes, and the jaw-dropping craft of Weta Digital took »

- Ernie Estrella

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Box Office Goes Ape as Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes Grosses $18 million on Friday

5 August 2011 10:38 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Rise of the Planet of the Apes got off to a strong start on its debut at the weekend box office, generating a hefty $18 million from Friday. The James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Andy Serkis and Tom Felton starrer should move on to around the mid-$40 million weekend total, as we thought. Rise of the Planet of the Apes showed well in various ethnic groups across the country, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Boosted by strong reviews, the $93 million-budgeted Rupert Wyatt film featuring photo-realistic apes created by Peter Jackson’s Weta Digital using advanced performance capture technology, is exceeding box office expectations. »

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Box Office Goes Ape as Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes Grosses $18 million on Friday

5 August 2011 10:38 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Rise of the Planet of the Apes got off to a strong start on its debut at the weekend box office, generating a hefty $18 million from Friday. The James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Andy Serkis and Tom Felton starrer should move on to around the mid-$40 million weekend total, as we thought. Rise of the Planet of the Apes showed well in various ethnic groups across the country, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Boosted by strong reviews, the $93 million-budgeted Rupert Wyatt film featuring photo-realistic apes created by Peter Jackson’s Weta Digital using advanced performance capture technology, is exceeding box office expectations. »

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Box Office Goes Ape as Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes Grosses $18 million on Friday

5 August 2011 10:38 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Rise of the Planet of the Apes got off to a strong start on its debut at the weekend box office, generating a hefty $18 million from Friday. The James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Andy Serkis and Tom Felton starrer should move on to around the mid-$40 million weekend total, as we thought. Rise of the Planet of the Apes showed well in various ethnic groups across the country, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Boosted by strong reviews, the $93 million-budgeted Rupert Wyatt film featuring photo-realistic apes created by Peter Jackson’s Weta Digital using advanced performance capture technology, is exceeding box office expectations. »

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Fox Star Studios' Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes to open in record number of screens

30 July 2011 3:15 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

After the super success of X-Men: First Class, Fox Star Studios is all set to release another biggie next week, one of the most anticipated Hollywood films of this year, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. Come August 5, the film will open in a record number of 450 single screens, doubly trumping any previous Hollywood films such as Harry Potter and X-Men: First Class, which itself opened in 250 single screens. No other Hollywood film has seen such a massive and aggressive opening, especially in the dubbed languages (Hindi, Tamil and Telugu), as the producers feel that the audiences all over India will connect with the film because of its universal appeal. In fact the release of this film is on par with highly anticipated Bollywood films, say sources, since it's the only big release this week. Starring the dashing Oscar nominated actor of 127 Hours fame James Franco and India's very »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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Fox Star Studios' Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes to open in record number of screens

30 July 2011 3:15 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

After the super success of X-Men: First Class, Fox Star Studios is all set to release another biggie next week, one of the most anticipated Hollywood films of this year, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. Come August 5, the film will open in a record number of 450 single screens, doubly trumping any previous Hollywood films such as Harry Potter and X-Men: First Class, which itself opened in 250 single screens. No other Hollywood film has seen such a massive and aggressive opening, especially in the dubbed languages (Hindi, Tamil and Telugu), as the producers feel that the audiences all over India will connect with the film because of its universal appeal. In fact the release of this film is on par with highly anticipated Bollywood films, say sources, since it's the only big release this week. Starring the dashing Oscar nominated actor of 127 Hours fame James Franco and India's very »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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