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  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 20, 2009 4:33 AM
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Avatar is at once a fascinating and a frustrating movie. I found much of it captivating, and while I resist the hype-driven phrase “immersive experience,” I did find myself drawn into its 3-D world, an extraordinarily rich cinematic environment created, in breathtaking detail, by artists and computers. I didn’t think I could care about odd-looking humanoid characters, but I did. I didn’t think I would relate to the interaction between humans and aliens, but I did. Writer-director James Cameron has delivered on his promise to take filmmaking to another level by fully realizing his imaginative visual concepts of character and design...and by turning the 3-D process inside out by pulling us through the looking glass instead of...

NINE

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 19, 2009 2:28 AM
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As someone who had major problems with Rob Marshall’s Chicago—which robbed the Broadway show of all its humor and rendered its dance numbers unwatchable through egg-beater editing—I did not expect to like Nine, Marshall’s ambitious adaptation of the 1982 stage musical inspired by Federico Fellini’s 8½. Imagine my surprise, then, as I tell you I loved it. I’ve already heard complaints about the picture from other quarters, which I won’t enumerate here, but I bought into it one hundred percent. It begins with accepting—or embracing—Daniel Day-Lewis as 1960s Italian film director Guido Contini. He makes the transformation so effortless that I couldn’t resist...and it’s a treat to see this great actor portray a character who has light-hearted, even mischievous, moments. John Myhre’s spectacular production design, Dion Beebe’s sumptuous cinematography, and Colleen Attwood’s costumes all contribute...

Remembering Roy Disney

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 18, 2009 3:19 AM
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I snapped this photo of Roy when we attended the Philadelphia International Film Festival in March, 2007. The only reason he isn't wearing a Hawaiian shirt is that it was wintry that week! The last time I saw Roy E. Disney was in May, when he attended a memorial for Wayne Allwine, the voice of Mickey Mouse. People in the extended Disney family were delighted to see him, but somewhat taken aback at his gaunt appearance. Still, for a man who had battled cancer as vigorously—and optimistically—as he had, he seemed to be in pretty good shape, and he spoke with great spirit and humor that night. Best of all, he was wearing one of his trademark aloha shirts. Now he’s gone, and the news is difficult to digest. Just two weeks ago he was making plans to attend the Palm Springs Film Festival. Death was not on his agenda. Roy Edward Disney would have been 80 on January 10, but he didn’t think or act like an old man. He only curtailed his celebrated participation in sailboat racing during the past decade. What impressed me most about Roy was that he carried himself so lightly. Here was the son of Roy O. Disney, Walt’s older brother and lifelong partner. He grew up riding his bicycle around the Burbank studio. His first job was...
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Brothers (2005) on Secret's Out

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 16, 2009 2:39 AM
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Clint Eastwood & Co.

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 15, 2009 10:21 AM
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So how did I luck into a moment of serendipitous spontaneity with Clint Eastwood, Matt Damon, and Morgan Freeman? Allow me to explain. As any media veteran will tell you, participating in movie press junkets...

Patricia Clarkson chats with Leonard on Secret's Out

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 15, 2009 9:19 AM
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Out and About with George Clooney

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 14, 2009 7:05 AM
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George Clooney, most observers agree, is the closest thing we have to an old-fashioned Movie Star. He’s got the looks, the talent, the smarts, and the attitude. At Monday night’s premiere of Up in the Air he forsook waiting photographers and TV crews in Westwood to cross the street and spend time with his fans—a great deal of time. He normally “works” the press line, as well, but he breezed right through on Monday; fortunately he came over to say hello to me and lingered long enough for me to get in some quick questions and answers for Entertainment Tonight. And here are the results: . It was a pleasure to talk to his colleagues and costars, as well, including newcomer Anna Kendrick (who’s also in a little vampire movie right now called New Moon) and the talented Vera Farmiga, whose stock (like Kendrick’s) is surely going to soar because of...

Wallace and Gromit, Jessica Rabbit and other uniquely entertaining gift ideas

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 14, 2009 4:29 AM
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Invictus

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 14, 2009 4:27 AM
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Invictus doesn’t have the element of surprise in its favor, but the story it tells is solid, interesting, and (yes) inspiring. Would that the world had more leaders as wise as Nelson Mandela, who recognized that despite his election to the Presidency of South Africa in 1995, there was still dissension and hostility throughout the land. How he goaded his national rugby team to push itself toward greatness, and how that...

Matt Damon, Clint Eastwood & Morgan Freeman Dish On New Movie

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 14, 2009 3:58 AM
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I sat down with Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman and director Clint Eastwood who are promoting their new film, 'Invictus.' Clearly, as you'll see in the interview, these three film artists are proud of what they've produced. What's more, they enjoyed and appreciated working with one another.

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