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Review: 'Arthur Christmas' Is A Visually Dazzling, Emotionally Rich Holiday Treat

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 22, 2011 9:02 AM
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Making a truly classic Christmas movie is a feat that few achieve but many try their hand at. In recent years, studios have cynically tried to graft "edgy" material onto all-audiences Christmas approaches, often times involving Vince Vaughn for reasons that remain obscure, and the results are barely watchable trash-heaps like "Fred Claus" and "Four Christmases." The trick is to modernize an archetypal story for current audiences without losing the seasonal sweetness (there's a reason "Elf," for all its mediocrity, is so beloved). Aardman Animation and Sony have attempted to do just that with "Arthur Christmas," a surprisingly rollicking, visually dazzling, and emotionally rich Christmas movie that actually succeeds in its lofty goals of being an ready-made annual classic. It's practically gift wrapped for the occasion.

Bill Nighy Zeroes In On Villain Role In 'I, Frankenstein'

  • By Ben Shearn
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  • November 16, 2011 10:41 AM
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Judi Dench Heads To India In New 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Stills

  • By Sam Price
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  • August 30, 2011 2:26 AM
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If the film “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” has thus far escaped your attention, it’s probably because you don’t spend your afternoons unironically knitting wool hats for your eight grandchildren, nor do you pine for five o’clock to roll around so you can hit the bingo lounge and kick back with a six-pack of prune juice. If you think that’s a patronizing caricature of what happens after you hit sixty-five, wait until you set your peepers on the production stills for the actual film, which have cropped up on Fox Searchlight's site. The plot, which will be invariably be described as “feel-good” and “heart-warming” when the film's released, appears to involve a group of senior citizens who are hoodwinked into checking into an apparently plush luxury retirement home in India, but all is not what it appears to be. What hilarious high-jinks will ensue for the film’s fresh-faced stars (Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton and Celia Imrie) we can only speculate. It does vaguely resemble “The Darjeeling Limited” with its theme of self-discovery in one of the most culturally rich countries on the planet, except with a combined age of 236.

Watch: New Teaser Trailer For Aardman Animated 'Arthur Christmas'

  • By Matthew Newlin
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  • July 13, 2011 1:36 AM
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Christmas has definitely come early this year with a new teaser trailer for "Arthur Christmas," Sony's 3D animated co-production with Aardman. The first teaser definitely got us interested back in December and the new one is equally entertaining. Boasting a talented cast that includes James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton and Bill Nighy, the movie should be an enjoyable holiday film for children and adults.

Bill Nighy Will Lead The Resistance In 'Total Recall'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 26, 2011 2:25 AM
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Kate Beckinsale & Jessica Biel ConfirmedBill Nighy loves to work but his quality meter is all over the place. For every "State Of Play" (the original Brit series) or "The Constant Gardener" there's a "G-Force" or "Underworld." Big or small, the actor will seemingly to do it all as long as there is a craft services table and a paycheck. Or if it's directed by Len Wiseman.

Bill Nighy & Danny Huston Confirmed For 'Clash of the Titans 2' As The First Synopsis Arrives

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 23, 2011 1:23 AM
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'Eastern Promises' Scribe Steven Knight Rewrote Script, Gemma Arterton Nowhere To Be SeenIt's almost exactly a year since "Clash of the Titans" opened, overcoming some tough competition, a beyond-shoddy 3D conversion and terrible reviews to pick up a hugely impressive half-billion dollars worldwide. While filming has been underway for a few weeks in the U.K. on the yet-to-be-officially-titled sequel ("Wrath of the Titans" has been bandied about, but never confirmed), Warner Bros has sent out a press release to officially announce the start of principle photography, and it's confirmed a few cast members, as well as giving the first detailed description of the plot.

Review: 'Rango' Is A Sweetly Surreal Animated Western

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 2, 2011 4:59 AM
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It's strange to think that Gore Verbinski, an accomplished visual stylist who began in commercials (he was responsible for those "Bud-weis-er" talking bullfrog ads), would want to follow up the daunting and problem-plagued back-to-back shoots of the two latter 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies with an animated film. Not only are animated films notoriously time-consuming and hard to crack, but this would be his first fully animated film and the debut feature film from Industrial Light & Magic, George Lucas' wizardly visual effects house. And this was supposed to be his "small" movie.

Still Without A Lead 'Jack The Giant Killer' Adds Stanley Tucci As Villain; Bill Nighy & John Kassir

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 9, 2011 8:34 AM
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Nicholas Hoult Said To Be The Frontrunner For The Role Of JackWhile Bryan Singer's "Jack the Giant Killer" still needs to lock down a lead actor, the filmmakers are confidently moving ahead and have slotted some major roles in the film.

Edgar Ramirez & Toby Kebbell Getting Ready To Unleash Their 'Wrath Of The Titans'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 7, 2011 1:55 AM
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Bill Nighy May Also Join, Hayley Atwell & Clemence Poesy Testing While critics firmly came in against in "Clash Of The Titans," the film did boffo box office taking in nearly $500 million worldwide so it's no surprise that a sequel is on the way. Everyone from new director Jonathan Liebesman ("Battle: Los Angeles") to returning stars Sam Worthington and Liam Neeson have promised that the follow-up will be an improvement and, considering that the original landed firmly on our Worst of 2010 list, the bar hasn't been set unachievably high.

Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy & More To Star In David Hare's Spy Thriller 'Page 8'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 12, 2010 2:23 AM
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Michael Gambon, Bill Nighy, Judy Davis & Ralph Fiennes Also In Cast It seems like a little while since we've had a really smart, compelling spy thriller -- there have been some valiant, but flawed efforts, like Billy Ray's "Breach" and the Don Cheadle vehicle "Traitor," but for the most part, the genre swings between ludicrous, rubber-mask filled efforts like "Salt," and the frankly dull "The Good Shepherd." But next year has the absurdly promising "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" in the pipeline, and it looks like another British effort is joining it.

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