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Robert Zemeckis Teaming Up With Alfonso Cuaron And Guillermo Del Toro For Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’

Lately, filmmaker Robert Zemeckis has been sticking to films aimed more at adults, such as “The Walk,” “Flight,” and the upcoming “Welcome to Marwen.” However, we can’t forget that Zemeckis is the guy who brought us such family films like “Back to the Future,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” and “The Polar Express.” And it appears that his next project is going to bring the director back to his family-friendly ways.

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Robert Zemeckis, Sylvester Stallone Backed by China-Based Starlight (Exclusive)

Robert Zemeckis, Sylvester Stallone Backed by China-Based Starlight (Exclusive)
Starlight Culture Entertainment is backing a quartet of notable Hollywood filmmakers — Jonathan Liebesman, Sylvester Stallone, Alan Taylor and Robert Zemeckis — as part of its $100 million development fund.

The company is a China-backed firm with offices in Beverly Hills, Calif. It operates under the leadership of CEO Peter Luo, and came to notice in 2016 through a deal with “Aquaman” director James Wan. Starlight then signed deals with F. Gary Gray, Roland Emmerich and Jon M. Chu last year, and invested in the Thurgood Marshall biopic “Marshall.”

Thursday’s announcement did not identify specific projects or details of the financing. Zemeckis, whose credits include “Forrest Gump,” “The Polar Express,” “Cast Away,” “Flight” and the Back to the Future trilogy, lavished praise on Luo for his support of filmmakers.

“Under the leadership of Peter Luo, Starlight has created an environment that is incredibly friendly to filmmakers,” he added. “I could not be more
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‘I Can Only Imagine’ Directors Join Spielberg, Zemeckis, and More as Filmmakers With Two A+ CinemaScores

Hollywood is still bonkers for metrics — there’s Rotten Tomatoes to freshen up, IMDb stars to earn, Metacritic rankings to top, and the audience-friendly classic CinemaScore, which provides a handy letter grade at the end of opening weekend for each big-screen release. It’s designed to be as easily digested as an elementary school report card, but CinemaScores don’t measure quality. By their own admission, they measure “movie appeal,” and high grades often reflect canny marketing or audiences already primed to enjoy a certain film.

This weekend, moviegoers rated two new openers, the gay teen romance “Love, Simon” and the faith-based drama “I Can Only Imagine,” the highest CinemaScore possible: a sterling A+. And while it’s telling that this weekend spawned such high marks for such very different films, it also speaks to what happens when Hollywood churns out the films that certain audiences are so eager to see.
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Imax Turbo-Charges Box-Office Prospects

For viewers, the Imax brand connotes a premium moviegoing experience, featuring giant screens showing sharper, brighter images (sometimes in 3D), accompanied by finely tuned sound systems with sub-bass speakers capable of going a full octave lower than those in standard theaters.

For filmmakers, studios and exhibitors, when the Imax name is attached to a film, it also means bigger box office.

“If there are two auditoriums side-by-side in an AMC theater, one regular 2D and one Imax, we’ll do triple the revenue at an Imax auditorium as we do in the auditorium right next door,” says Adam Aron, chair and CEO of AMC Theaters, the largest operator of Imax screens in North America.

Part of this is due to the prices of Imax tickets, which are $4 to $5 higher than their standard 2D counterparts. But it’s also because, today, if people are going to make the effort to leave
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Robert Zemeckis (‘Forrest Gump’) has feather in his cap after being voted top Best Director Oscar winner of 1990s [Poll Results]

Robert Zemeckis (‘Forrest Gump’) has feather in his cap after being voted top Best Director Oscar winner of 1990s [Poll Results]
Mama always said Robert Zemeckis was the top Best Director Oscar winner of the 1990s for his work on “Forrest Gump.” Zemeckis was the top choice in Gold Derby’s poll asking you to vote for your favorite of the ’90s, and no other director came close.

Zemeckis won Gold Derby’s poll with an astonishing 49% of the vote, leaving everyone else in the dust. Steven Spielberg (“Schindler’s List”) came in second at 15%, while Jonathan Demme (“The Silence of the Lambs”) was the only other double-digit vote-getter at 10%. Rounding out the top five here were Spielberg (“Saving Private Ryan”) at 9% and James Cameron (“Titanic”) at 8%. Far below the rest we had Sam Mendes (“American Beauty”) at 4%, followed by Clint Eastwood (“Unforgiven”) at 2%. Three directors tied for last in our poll with 1% of the vote each: Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves”), Mel Gibson (“Braveheart”) and Anthony Minghella (“The English Patient
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Jordan Peele jokes about how Get Out can be considered a Christmas movie

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There are almost too many Christmas film classics in the world, from wholesome outings like It’S A Wonderful Life, to children’s movies like Elf and The Polar Express, and even R-rated action flicks like Die Hard and Lethal Weapon. The criteria to be considered a Christmas movie are not all that hard to meet, and if you really think about it, even the social thriller Get Out can rank... Read More...
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Elf Is the Top Christmas Movie of the 21st Century

With Christmas just a few days away, many will be breaking out their favorite Christmas movies to watch with their family and friends. FandangoNow, Fandango's premium digital video service, got into the holiday spirit by surveying more than 1,000 movie fans, asking what their favorite Christmas movies were, which were made in the 21st Century, from 2000 and on, and the winner was the 2003 holiday classic Elf. Here's what Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis had to say about this beloved Christmas movie in a brief statement.

"Elf is the most beloved holiday movie in my household because it's a film that makes you feel warm, happy and silly, and everyone needs some of that come the holidays. That, plus Will Ferrell's elf antics will never get old!"

The top 5 holiday movies are rounded out by The Polar Express, Love Actually, which actually got a Love Actually 2 sequel of sorts on
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What to Watch Christmas Weekend: TheWrap’s Holiday TV Viewing Guide

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Christmas weekend is upon us and that means it’s the one time a year you can binge holiday movies to your heart’s content. Yes, it’s the one time a year you can do it without annoying everyone around you. And to make sure you squeeze every last drop out of the holidays, TheWrap has compiled a TV viewing guide to help you on your journey through the weekend. You know “Elf,” and “Christmas Vacation,” and “The Polar Express,” and “The Santa Clause” — and of course you recall that most famous holiday movie of all: “A Christmas Story.
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10 Magical Christmas Movie Soundtracks

Sean Wilson gets ready for the festive season by firing up a playlist of essential seasonal tunes…

What’s a Christmas movie without a sprinkling of musical magic? Many of our favourite festive hits are defined by their soundtracks, so, in the spirit of the season, I’ve rounded up 10 classic scores that never fail to put a smile on our faces.

Home Alone

One simply cannot celebrate Christmas, or indeed compile a Yuletide soundtrack list, without John Williams’ heartwarming masterpiece. A late replacement for Young Sherlock Holmes composer Bruce Broughton, Williams once again demonstrated his ability to redefine practically any genre. Featuring a host of memorable themes, anchored by the whimsical ‘Somewhere in My Memory’, plus some drum-machine laden action material and some truly heavenly original carols (‘Star of Bethlehem’ being the absolute highlight), Home Alone set a new standard for Christmas scores.

Die Hard

Yes, despite all the current internet speculation,
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Jumanji; Welcome To The Jungle – Review

With the new year less than a couple of weeks away, Hollywood has made another flick that may be labeled the dreaded (to some film fans) “R” word. Not the MPAA rating, but rather a “reboot”, or has the marketers love to say a “re-imagining” (perhaps it’s from the same “brain trust” that gave us prequel). The story’s source is a beloved 21 year-old kids fantasy/action flick that was an adaptation of a beloved 13 year-old (now 32) children’s book from Chris Van Allsburg (he also gave us “The Polar Express”, which was also made into a big movie). It soon spawned an animated Saturday morning series, but no real sequel (Allsburg’s “Zathura”explores similar themes and was brought to the big screen by Jon Favreau twelve years ago). And despite what the studio says, there are sequel elements in this new take. That 95 version concerned a long-missing
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Best Santa Claus Movies of All Time

Who doesn't love Santa Claus? This jolly, rotund individual with the big white beard is loved and revered by all. In fact, he is the ultimate uniter. I defy you to tell me any religion that doesn't at least smile somewhat (regardless of how they feel about Christmas) when they see this iconic being. Santa Claus has been portrayed by people of all walks of life. Some looking like the Jolly Ole Saint Nick we see in Norman Rockwell paintings, and other's looking like Don Knotts. Santa is a symbol and that symbol has found no better home (no pun intended) than on the silver screen.

For years this character has been portrayed in movies. He has appeared in cameos and starring roles. In fact, it seems that just adding Santa Claus (and the holiday season) to a film can make it have a longer life. People love nostalgia. They
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Why do we repeatedly watch trashy films during the festive season?

George Chrysostomou on Christmas viewing habits…

It feels like finally, the Christmas period has rolled around and the collection of assorted chocolate, wine and badly wrapped presents have begun to collect ready for December 25th. And with this season comes the one thing that most people have in common regardless of your religion, traditions or where you live. I am of course talking about the festive film, so called because of its reliance on Christmas comedy, family feuds or Santa in one form or another.

No matter what you do during the month of December, one certainty is that you will turn on the TV to watch a film that you know, deep down, isn’t very good. Yet, this is the fifteenth year you have watched it so why turn back now? (it would have been sixteen in a row except for that year you had to go to the in-laws…
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‘Trolls’ Leaps from TV to Top of DVD Sales Chart

‘Trolls’ Leaps from TV to Top of DVD Sales Chart
The holiday spirit is gripping DVD and Blu-ray Disc buyers.

A half-hour “Trolls” holiday special, produced by DreamWorks Animation, came out on DVD only a few days after its Nov. 24 broadcast on NBC and promptly debuted at No. 1 on the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, for the week ended Dec. 2.

The same week, three classics shot back into the top 10: Warner’s Elf (2003) at No. 8, Universal Pictures’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000) at No. 9, and Warner’s “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989) at No. 10.

And several other Christmas favorites also are racking up brisk sales, including 20th Century Fox’s original “Home Alone” (1990), which rose to No. 11 from No. 16 the previous week; Warner’s “The Polar Express” (2004), No. 15; and Warner’s “A Christmas Story” (1984) at No. 25.

Warner’s “Wonder Woman,” Sony Pictures’ “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and Walt Disney’s “Cars 3” held onto the No. 1, No. 2 and
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Canon Of Film: Toy Story

In this edition of Canon Of Film, we take a look at one of John Lasseter‘s seminal masterpiece– ‘Toy Story‘, in honor of the release of Pixar’s latest,‘Coco’. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

Director: John Lasseter

Screenplay: John Whedon, Andrew Stanton, Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow from the story by John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton and Jon Ranft

(In case you haven’t seen it for some reason, here’s the trailer for the film)

It’s been over 20 years since ‘Toy Story‘ was first released. In that time, the landscape of film animation has changed so dramatically that you can separate the time difference as before as after ‘Toy Story.’ At one time, every animated feature release by Disney was a must-see event because: A–they were the results of years of painstaking detail and were made
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Elf and The Polar Express headline our December Family Favourites!

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The weather outside is getting frightful, and with the holidays almost upon us we may be spending way more time in shopping malls than we'd ideally like to. If you're hankering for a much-needed break from the stress of holiday prep, and you're looking to spend some quality time with the kids that doesn't involve leaving a trail of wrapping paper all over the floor, look no further than Family Favourites!

For the first two Saturdays in December, in select theatres, Cineplex is showing holiday-themed kid-friendly movies for just 2.99 per ticket, with a portion of the proceeds going to Check out the trailers below and click here for tickets and more info!


Even the premise of this modern holiday comedy classic makes
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Disney Races to Top of Disc Sales Charts With ‘Cars 3’

Disney Races to Top of Disc Sales Charts With ‘Cars 3’
Disney’s “Cars 3” topped the Npd VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart for a second consecutive week, holding off a surge from Universal’s “Atomic Blonde” the week ended Nov. 18.

Atomic Blonde,” an action thriller starring Charlize Theron, debuted at No. 2 on both charts selling about 86% as many copies in its first week as “Cars 3” did in its second (and 89% as many Blu-ray units). “Atomic Blonde” earned $51.6 million at the domestic box office.

Coming in at a distant No. 3 overall was another newcomer, Lionsgate’s “Wind River,” a murder mystery with “Avengers” stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen that earned $33.8 million in U.S. theaters. Rounding out the top five were a pair of superhero films demonstrating staying power on the home video charts: Sony Pictures’ “Spider-Man: Homecoming” at No. 4 and Warner’s “Wonder Woman” at No. 5.

On the Blu-ray
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Josh Hutcherson Recalls The Time He Accidentally Farted On Tom Hanks

For those that don't know, The Hunger Games was not Josh Hutcherson's big break in Hollywood. Actually, and I doubt very many people know this to begin with, Hutcherson played the kid in the CGI animated film The Polar Express alongside the legend Tom Hanks. Since you've read the title already, you know why mentioning that is so important. Luckily, Hutcherson's incident didn't blacklist him in Hollywood, but it is kind of hilarious the two have never starred in another film together since. Hear the story below, and imagine farting on one of your heroes in the comments below. 
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Josh Hutcherson Farted on Tom Hanks While Filming The Polar Express and He Had the Best Reaction

Josh Hutcherson Farted on Tom Hanks While Filming The Polar Express and He Had the Best Reaction
Josh Hutcherson experienced “the most embarrassing moment of entire life” when he was a kid — and it just happened to involve Tom Hanks.

On Friday, the 25-year-old actor appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden where he recounted for the first time that he had passed gas on the Oscar winner when the two were filming a scene for 2004 motion-capture film The Polar Express.

“I farted. I farted in the scene!’ Hutcherson, who was 9 at the time, told host James Corden. “It happened. I did it.”

It wasn’t just that Hutcherson flatulated. It was that he did it on Hanks.
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Film News Roundup: Alexandra Shipp in Talks for ‘Shaft’ Sequel

Film News Roundup: Alexandra Shipp in Talks for ‘Shaft’ Sequel
In today’s film news roundup, Alexandra Shipp is in talks to join the “Shaft” sequel, the Palm Springs Film Festival honors Gary Oldman and Norm Newberry gets an Art Directors Guild award.


Alexandra Shipp is in negotiations to star in New Line’s “Shaft” sequel opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Jessie T. Usher as father and son.

Tim Story is directing from a script by Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow. Jackson is reprising the role he played in the 2000 “Shaft” reboot of the original 1971 blaxploitation film, starring Richard Roundtree.

Usher portrays an FBI agent and a cyber expert, and the partnership with his father is an uneasy collision of old school meets new school. Producers are John Davis and Barris. New Line will have North American rights and Netflix will have international rights.

Production is due to commence in December. Shipp’s credits include “Straight Outta Compton” and “X-Men: Apocalypse” and she stars in the
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Art Directors Guild Sets Norm Newberry For Career Award

Art Directors Guild Sets Norm Newberry For Career Award
Norm Newberry, who has worked on such films Avatar, War of the Worlds and The Polar Express, Jaws and The Sting along many TV shows, as is set to receive the Art Directors Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award during the Adg Awards on January 27 at Hollywood & Highland. Newberry has worked as a set designer, art director and production designed during a career that has spanned five decades. A motion-capture specialist who has embraced the cutting edge of digital technology…
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