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The Reviews Are In & 'The Adventures Of Tintin' Is (Mostly) A Smash Success

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2011 2:03 AM
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With Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures Of Tintin" set to open internationally in ten days, critics overseas are the first catch to the film and early reviews have started to trickle in. So, what's the word? Well, for the most part -- except for the typically crusty U.K. critics -- it looks like Spielberg has delivered one of the best pieces of pop-entertainment of his career. It seems the trailers and clips so far have just been a teaser to what appears to be a big, joyous slice of entertainment that contains sly references to film history (keep an eye out for a nod to Robert Bresson's "Pickpocket"), top notch motion-capture animation, some fantastic set pieces all in a remarkably lean movie that is Spielberg's shortest to date.

Steven Spielberg Says 'The Adventures Of Tintin' Is "85% Animation, 15% Live Action"

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 16, 2011 10:44 AM
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And More We Learned From Empire Magazine's Feature On The Steven Spielberg Animated AdventureIt's been three and a half years since Steven Spielberg's last movie (and nearly six since his last good one), but the wait is nearly over as "The Adventures of Tintin" (or to give it its full international title, "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn") hits Europe in a few short weeks, and it started screening for press in the last few days, with reviews emerging from London in the last 24 hours. The film, a long-in-the-works performance-capture version of Hergé's boy-detective hero, marks the great director's first entrance into the world of CGI animation, and his 3D debut, and it's looking more and more promising as its release gets closer (check out the clips from the film in case you missed it).

Watch: 5 Fantastic Clips From 'The Adventures Of Tintin'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 1:13 AM
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Also Behind-The-Scenes Making-Of VideosIn about two weeks, Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures Of Tintin," the long-awaited big screen adaptation of Herge's beloved comic creation, will begin its worldwide onslaught, being released in pretty much every major overseas territory. And while we initially had our reservations about 3D motion capture being utilized for the production it's clear that the filmmakers, along with WETA are lightyears beyond the lifeless, deadeye look that Robert Zemeckis toiled with over the course of three lacklustre films.

Craig Armstrong's 'In Time' Soundtrack Arrives 10/25; Hear Some Of John Williams' 'Tintin' Score

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 7, 2011 11:49 AM
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Details of two soundtracks coming at you in a second. The first is "In Time," the sci-fi picture directed by "Gattaca" filmmaker Andrew Niccol. Starring Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Alex Pettyfer and Olivia Wilde. The cast is solid, but by the looks of various trailers, the jury is still out. Yes, Niccol engendered almost endless amounts of goodwill for the sci-fi pic "Gattaca," but that was more than 10 years ago. "S1m0ne" was ungood to say the least, and "Lord of War" was... well, there.

Watch: Excellent, Action-Packed New U.K. Trailer For Steven Spielberg's 'The Adventures of Tintin'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 5, 2011 1:05 AM
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Even as a big fan of Steven Spielberg, this writer is strangely cool on "War Horse," the director's big awards hopeful this year. The full trailer, of course, debuted yesterday, and it looks handsome, and probably moving, and well-acted, but...there's something that's just not quite connecting there. Maybe it's that the Bearded One has something arriving more imminently that's taking up our focus, such as his long-in-the-works adaptation of "The Adventures of Tintin," which sees Spielberg team up with Peter Jackson to bring Hergé's beloved comic book boy detective to the screen with WETA-enhanced performance capture.

Watch: More Peeks At 'The Adventures Of Tintin' In New Spanish Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2011 11:35 AM
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Update: Steven Speilberg's "THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN" has jumped up two days and will now be released on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011.

Spielberg Films Shuffle: 'War Horse' Moves To Christmas Day; 'The Adventures Of Tintin' On Dec 21

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 28, 2011 10:31 AM
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2011 for Steven Spielberg is much more difficult than it was in 2005 -- the last time the super-prolific filmmaker released two films in one year. In 2005, you had "War of the Worlds" in the summer and six months later you had "Munich," and very little had to be done by way of managing time between Paramount ("War of the Worlds") and Universal ("Munich").

Watch: New Footage From 'The Adventures Of Tintin' In German TV Spot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2011 6:45 AM
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'J. Edgar' Gets A Pretty Solid TV Spot As WellIt's coming up sooner than we thought, but in just a matter of weeks, European audiences will be the first to experience the big screen outing between Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson with "The Adventures Of Tintin" and a new German TV spot has a sneak peek of at a handful of new, exciting looking set pieces.

Milou! A Host Of New Images Arrive For 'The Adventures Of Tintin'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 19, 2011 1:19 AM
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All the bated breath might be being held for "War Horse," but honestly, if there's one Steven Spielberg movie that we're really excited for this year, it's "The Adventures of Tintin." The property still doesn't mean much to American audiences, but for us Europeans, it was a staple of our upbringings. The trailers and footage so far make it look out to be the true follow-up to the Indiana Jones franchise that "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" failed to be, with a classically Spielbergian sense of action and adventure, and with a script combining the giant brains of Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, we've got pretty high hopes.

Empire Big Screen '11: 'Tintin' & 'Puss In Boots' Impress At Paramount Panel

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 14, 2011 1:16 AM
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Plus Footage From 'Footloose' And 'The Devil Inside'Day Three of Empire Big Screen, and things kicked off with a showcase from Paramount. The studio have had the best year of anyone, taking $2 billion worldwide so far, but there's a sea change coming: the "Transformers" franchise is losing its director and star, and the Marvel movies will be distributed by Disney starting with next summer's "The Avengers."

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