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Bring the Best Feel Bad Holiday Films to Your Local Theater: Tugg Offers 'Die Hard,' 'Lethal Weapon' & More

Tugg is offering up eight "Feel Bad Holiday Films" for you to bring to your local theater. In addition to adding some Christmas classics to its library, like "Miracle on 34th Street," "Christmas Vacation" and "Home Alone"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 19, 2012 1:09 PM
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Trailer Watch: Safe House Stars Badass Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga

Check out Universal's Safe House, from Swedish born director Daniel Espinosa. The plot sounds familiar, but we'll pay to see Denzel Washington in just about anything. Ryan Reynolds appears suitably second fiddle to Washington, and Vera Farmiga plays the tough CIA woman who balances out the requisite underwear-clad hot girlfriend. The film hits theaters February 2012.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 3, 2011 7:17 AM
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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Image Gallery with Character Profiles: Oldman, Firth, Hardy

Taking a page from the marketing campaign behind The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, for which these character profiles were done, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy has a new image gallery on iTunes that profiles the leading men--including Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Tom Hardy--of the Tomas Alfredson film based on John le Carré's novel. Check them all out here and below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 25, 2011 5:55 AM
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Fall/Holiday Preview: Four Films to Get Animated About, Especially Tintin

Fall/Holiday Preview: Four Films to Get Animated About, Especially Tintin
Bill Desowitz considers the Fall/Holiday seasons animated features, The Adventures of Tintin, Puss in Boots, Arthur Christmas and Happy Feet Two. Which have the right stuff to join Rango as an Oscar contender?It's obviously been a terrific week for Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin, given the mostly positive reviews coming out of Europe timed to the October 26 international release. And judging by the stunning new trailer and the footage I've already seen, the experiment seems to have paid off well for Spielberg and producing partner Peter Jackson. In fact, Tintin could very well turn out to be the performance capture game-changer for animation that we've been expecting, feeding off the momentum from Weta's innovative work on Avatar and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 21, 2011 5:44 AM
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Trailer Watch: Angelina Jolie's In The Land of Blood and Honey

Here's a first look at Angelina Jolie's directorial debut, Graham King-produced In The Land of Blood and Honey, to be released by FilmDistrict December 23. A love story set during the Bosnian War (which caused concern early in the shoot), its plot remains unclear. Love, war, explosions, conflicting feelings: the trailer doesn't offer enough to gauge whether this emotional, European-looking film will be a win for Jolie. The actress-turned-director, who does not appear in the picture, shot her actors in both English and Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian: “I wanted to make it as accessible as possible for people.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 21, 2011 4:10 AM
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Daniel Radcliffe's Woman in Black Looks Like Standard Period Scare Fare

The Woman in Black, Daniel Radcliffe's film foray into leading man status sans Harry Potter, has released a teaser and poster.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 19, 2011 5:33 AM
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Adventures of Tintin Early Reviews are Mixed: Delightful, Dazzling, CG Wizardry, Vidgame Action

Despite his stellar review, TOH! London critic Matt Mueller says there are a few drawbacks to Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. An "almost bombastically annoying" John Williams score, for one, creepy close-ups of Tintin are thankfully few, and a "ridiculously frantic and breathless pace" join what some other critics aren't so impressed with. But there are many fans, which should help Tintin reel in an impressive global box office (October 26 overseas, December 21 in the US).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 17, 2011 6:34 AM
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First Look: Director Sarah Smith Talks Aardman's Arthur Christmas: Exclusive Photos

Brit animated powerhouse Aardman (Wallace & Gromit) takes another stab at CG with Sony-backed Arthur Christmas. Here's a first look: At a time when Christmas movies are box office poison and Santa's been done to death, leave it to Aardman to re-animate the holiday spirit and freshening up old Saint Nick with Arthur Christmas (November 23). It's a far cry from Flushed Away, their first frustrating attempt at CG, in which DreamWorks pushed too hard for a domestic blockbuster instead of letting Aardman be Aardman. Based on the first 30 minutes, the new partnership with Sony Pictures Animation seems a better fit, as the Bristol, England-based creators of Wallace & Gromit have figured out a better way of handling CG without compromising their famed British wit and fractured sensibility. In other words, Aardman was given the freedom to craft and design the movie in their inimitable way, while SPA and Sony Imageworks supplied the CG artistry and rendering power to bring the hyper real world to life and populate it with Aardman's wacky characters.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 14, 2011 3:33 AM
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New Adventures of Tintin Trailer Rocks The Boat

Check out the action-packed new trailer for The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (December 25) below. Director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson talk their inspiration for the film here.Video: MSN Exclusive: The Adventures of Tintin - trailer
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 5, 2011 5:26 AM
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Spielberg and Jackson Talk Tintin, Trailer on Real Steel, Opens in Europe First, Plays Rome Festival

Spielberg and Jackson Talk Tintin, Trailer on Real Steel, Opens in Europe First, Plays Rome Festival
The trailer for Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson's 3-D The Adventures of Tintin: the Secret of the Unicorn (Paramount, December 21, 2011) will go out on Friday, attached to Disney/DreamWorks' Real Steel. The performance capture film will play The Rome International Film Festival with Jamie Bell on hand on October 27; Sony will open The Adventures of Tintin in many European countries, where Herge's comic books are better known than they are stateside, on October 26 (Italy is October 28). The film will screen in the Official Selection (out of competition) and in the Alice section of the festival.  “I discovered The Adventures of Tintin in 1981, after the presentation of the film The Raiders of the Lost Ark," says Spielberg. "One of the reviews seemed to believe that my Indiana Jones character had been inspired by Hergé. When I later went out and bought the illustrator's books and read them, I was completely taken by them and immediately thought Tintin's adventures would make great films."
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • October 4, 2011 5:57 AM
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