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Drew Taylor's Favorite Films Of 2011

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 24, 2011 9:25 AM
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2011 was undoubtedly the year of Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life." It just wasn't for me. After winning the Palme d'Or on the same day that I saw the movie, I was left feeling baffled. Like I had missed something.

Daft Punk, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Bieber & More Nominated For Film Soundtrack & Score Related Grammys

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 1, 2011 1:41 PM
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Hey, the Oscars aren't the only awards show in town for movie lovers. Granted, it's the biggest and glitziest, but if you're a movie fan looking to keep track of which films are winning what, the Grammys are on the way, and they've announced their nominations for the 54th awards ceremony. Soundtrack/score hounds will be pleased.

'Winnie The Pooh' Directors Talk About The Challenges Of Bringing Back A Beloved Bear Character

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 18, 2011 10:02 AM
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And More We Learned From Our Chat With Filmmakers Stephen Anderson & Don HalThis weekend a sweet, handsomely made family film overtook all box office records… And it sure wasn't "Winnie the Pooh." Left reeling in the boy wizard's wake (it debuted in the bottom half of the top 10), it doesn’t make "Winnie the Pooh" any less wonderful. We also have faith that the audience will find "Winnie the Pooh," if not during its initial theatrical run, then over its long life on home video (its got a timelessness that lends itself to later being dubbed a "classic").

Weekend Box Office: Boy Wizard Trumps Batman As 'Deathly Hallows Pt. 2' Has All-Time Biggest Opening

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 17, 2011 5:19 AM
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And so we have box office history.

Get To Know Your Rabbit: Animator Eric Goldberg On Creating 'Winnie the Pooh's Sidekick

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 15, 2011 7:14 AM
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Of the myriad of pleasures to be hand from this weekend's outstanding "Winnie the Pooh" is to see the classic characters that you've grown to know and love, living and breathing once more – in traditional, hand-drawn animation, no less! Since computer animated films have taken over the multiplexes (keep in mind that Walt Disney Animation shuttered its hand-drawn animation division for five whole years in the mid-aughts), the crews making these films are smaller but completely star-studded – every character in "Winnie the Pooh" is brought to life by a certifiable legend.

In Theaters: Bid Adieu To Harry & Pals In 'Deathly Hallows Part 2' Or Take A 'Pooh'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • July 15, 2011 6:27 AM
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Break out your wands and Gryffindor scarves, people! It's time to bid adieu to Harry Potter and pals in the conclusion of this eight film series this weekend. I don't care that it's the dead heat of July, put your damn wizarding cloaks on and get thee to a theatre right quick. Beat back those feisty little tweens and crack a butter beer for your fallen homies. Also opening this weekend: a few docs, some indie fare and a childhood revisited with "Winnie the Pooh."

Review: 'Winnie the Pooh' Is A Cuddly, Gorgeously Animated Treat

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 12, 2011 2:01 AM
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There have been a lot of animated movies released this year, but virtually none of them has been any good. The technology, while increasingly sophisticated and skilled at rendering lifelike Easter bunnies and parrots and pandas and oddly anthropomorphic automobiles, seems to be brought to the screen at the cost of a similar sophistication in storytelling. Which is why "Winnie the Pooh," Disney's new take on the beloved A.A. Milne character, rendered, lovingly, in comparatively low-tech traditional animation, comes as such a surprise. It might be the greatest animated feature of the year so far (besides "Rango") – and you don't even have to wear dorky 3D glasses.

Watch/Listen: The National For 'Win Win'; Zooey Deschanel For 'Winnie' & Mark Ronson For 'Arthur'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2011 4:09 AM
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A few bits of music/movie news to bring you into the weekend. First off, as we reported last year, The National have recorded a brand new song for the solid Tom McCarthy directed dramedy "Win Win" starring Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan. The film goes into wider release this weekend and Prefix have uncovered the video for the tune, "Think You Can Wait." It's a mashup of clips, behind-the-scenes footage and band rockin' out so it gets the job done. Totally anecdotal, but "Win Win" got hearty applause from the audience we saw it with, so might be worth your $10 this weekend.

The Escapist & Potentially Entertaining Films Of 2011 - Part 2

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2011 11:09 AM
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We won't lie. This is a mish-mash of leftover films. Not least anticipated, not fervently most anticipated. They are The Escapist (and umm, other films) that didn't quite fit in our other previous lists. They're a mix of indies that we're hoping to have quality performances in them and more traditional action-y, popcorn flicks that could be quality because of the directors or talent involved. You'll just have to read a little deeper to see how we feel about each. In case you missed it, here's part one.“The Cold Light of Day" - Summit - dir. Mabrouk El MechriSynopsis: A cocky young Wall Street trader is thrust into a government conspiracy when his family is kidnapped on vacation in Spain.What You Need To Know: With a script by Scott Wipter ("The Wire") and John Petro, the film will mark the American debut of French-Tunisian helmer Mabrouk El Mechri, who has the interesting and entertaining Jean Claude Van Damme crime-comedy “JCVD” on his resume (a film that both Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino both loved). This latest film has a solid leading trio of stars in Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver, but more interestingly, will see Weaver play a villainess (originally written for a male actor) who takes on the father-son duo of Cavill and Willis.Release Date: TBD

Watch: Trailer For 2D, Hand-Animated 'Winnie The Pooh'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 11, 2010 7:35 AM
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Yes, we know, this is the third post in two days about this film and what can we say, we seem to be cursed with "Winnie The Pooh," as just as we make a post, something brand new emerges moments later. So keeping that in mind, just after we posted a first look at the film this morning the brand new trailer for the film appeared online. So apologies if you're seeing the word 'Pooh' on your screen more often than you would like.

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