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David Tennant & 'Gavin & Stacy' Star Joanna Page To Star In 'Nativity 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 31, 2011 2:43 PM
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David Tennant & 'Gavin And Stacy' Star Joanna Page To Star In 'Nativity! 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 31, 2011 2:00 AM
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Yes, Virginia, There Was A 'Nativity 1'Comedy doesn't travel well, historically. It's rare to find a giant comedy that performs as well abroad as it does in the U.S -- instead, each nation will have their own box office draws in the genre, with only the occasional slapstick hit, like the current "Johnny English Reborn," going great guns internationally (but dying in the States), uniting comedy fans worldwide. As such, it's easy to miss these localized box-office phenomena. Like "The Inbetweeners Movie," a big-screen take on the crude British sitcom, currently the third-biggest film of 2011 in the U.K. Like "Le Petit Nicolas," an adaptation of a beloved childhood character that was France's top-grossing home-grown hit of 2009. Or like "Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis," and its Italian-language remake "Benvenuti al Sud," which mined millions of Euros out of local cultural stereotypes.

David Tennant and Rupert Grint To Voice 3D CGI Film Version Of U.K. Kids' TV Favorite 'Postman Pat'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 16, 2011 2:43 AM
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Stephen Mangan and Jim Broadbent Also InvolvedYou might not be familiar with "Postman Pat." The kind of peculiarly eccentric, low-key animation series that could only have come out of Great Britain, it involves the adventures of the titular postal worker, and his black-and-white cat Jess, in the fictional village of Greendale. He delivers letters, he helps out the villagers, and that's about it. But the show has run on-and-off for thirty years, has aired all over the world, and we can assure you it was a key part of this writer's childhood.

Empire Big Screen '11 Review: 'Fright Night' Is Entertaining, But Eminently Disposable

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 15, 2011 12:01 PM
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A confession: this writer has never seen the original "Fright Night." It's one of a certain kind of 80s VHS-era film ("The Goonies," 'Weird Science," 'Wargames"), beloved by a certain generation that this writer was a few years too late for, and that we've never caught up on, principally because it feels like there are plenty of better things to do with our time. This is a long-winded way of saying that if you're looking for comparisons between the original and 2011's "Fright Night", if you're looking for someone to tell you if Colin Farrell lives up to Chris Sarandon, this is not the review for you. What we can do is judge Craig Gillespie's remake on its own merits, of which there are a few: "Fright Night" is an enjoyable time at the movies. But we suspect it's the kind of film that, when it airs on TV five years from now, we'll only realize that we've seen before half an hour in.

Robert Zemeckis Says 'Yellow Submarine' Mo-Cap Remake Is Still A Go Film

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 26, 2010 4:41 AM
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Director Says Picture Is "All Ahead Full," Despite Actor's Recent Thought To The ContraryIt seems there is better news for director Robert Zemeckis who's been in the press quite a bit this week because of the 25th anniversary of "Back To the Future" (which seems never ending) which is hitting Blu-Ray today.

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