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Must-See Holiday Movies

November 4th, 2009 9:35am EST
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
The holidays are approaching, and if people are not busy running around thinking of Christmas or Hanukkah gifts, they're considering what to do with their family when they actually have to entertain everyone.

Every year there are big blockbuster films that come out around Thanksgiving and Christmas purposely devoted to people looking to enjoy time with their families, or to escape from them for a few blissful hours.

Here's a look at some of the movies coming out for the holiday season:

November 6 - Disney's A Christmas Carol

Disney is no stranger to taking beloved tales and ma...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'A Christmas Carol,' 'The Box' & More

November 2nd, 2009 11:17am EST
Evan Crean
Sadly Boondock Saints II was an utter disappointment. While it had occasional bright moments, the film was marred by a number of problems.

Largely referential to the first film, it felt at many moments as if should be parodying itself, but it sadly wasn't. The overarching story tried to be overly complex in the web of manipulation it sought to weave.

Special Agent Eunice Bloom (Julie Benz) was a terrible replacement for Agent Smecker (Willem Dafoe), embodying every annoying Southern stereotype.

My biggest criticism of the film was that it was just too wacky; it had too many o...
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Funny Pic Of The Day: Jim Carrey Running With Scissors

October 30th, 2009 6:34pm EDT
Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey runs with a pair of scissors before cutting a ribbon during an event opening the final stop on "Disney's A Christmas Carol" train tour today in New York. See more photos after the jump.

Writer/director Robert Zemeckis adapts Charles Dickens'classic holiday tale in a performance capture/Disney Digital 3-D animated film for all ages.

Carrey takes on the role of Ebenezer Scrooge as well as all three ghosts who come to haunt him.

The filmmaking process is similar to the director's other animated outings, The Polar Express and the adult-themed Beowulf adaptation.

Imag...
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No Scrooge Here: Zemeckis Offers Early Peek At 'Christmas Carol'

July 27th, 2009 12:42pm EDT
Disney
One hundred sixty six years after Charles Dickens published his classic "A Christmas Carol," what could possibly be brought to the Christmas dinner table that hasn't already been done by Alastair Sim, The Muppets, and just about every community theater in the country? Incredible 3D animation, duh! Or at least that's what Disney is hoping pulls audiences in for "Disney's A Christmas Carol" come November 6.

To promote the film, the "Disney's A Christmas Carol Train Tour" is currently traveling across the country with stops in over 20 cities. Director Robert Zemeckis and Walt Disney Studios...
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New Movies On DVD, Feb. 26

February 26th, 2008 8:00am EST
Beowulf
Inspired by the epic Old English poem of the same name, director Robert Zemeckis's digitally rendered film "Beowulf" follows the Scandinavian hero Beowulf as he fights to protect the Danes from a ferocious beast named Grendel. Also on DVD: 30 Days of Night and The Darjeeling Limited.
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Idina Menzel's Debut Album, 'I Stand,' To Be Released Jan 29

December 25th, 2007 9:00am EST
Idina Menzel
Already a star on Broadway, the charismatic Idina Menzel ("Rent," "Wicked") is ready to star on album. To make that happen, she has enlisted the man responsible for launching, or continuing the phenomenal careers of, other recent major female artists. Glen Ballard, best known for Alanis Morissette's 16-times-platinum Jagged Little Pill and who has worked with Shakira, Christina Aguilera, Annie Lennox and Celine Dion, produced and co-wrote all but one of the songs on I Stand with Menzel.

Idina Menzel's Warner Bros. Records debut album, "I Stand" is a powerful collection of exquisite new...
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Opening November 16: Beowulf

November 13th, 2007 12:04pm EST
Beowulf
Inspired by the epic Old English poem of the same name, director Robert Zemeckis's digitally rendered film follows the Scandinavian hero Beowulf (Ray Winstone) as he fights to protect the Danes from a ferocious beast named Grendel (Crispin Glover). Though at first Grendel seems invincible, Beowulf eventually manages to defeat him in a desperate battle to the death. Continue Summary

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Check Out 'Beowulf,' In Theaters Nov. 16

November 10th, 2007 8:32am EST
Beowulf
Inspired by the epic Old English poem of the same name, director Robert Zemeckis's digitally rendered film follows the Scandinavian hero Beowulf (Ray Winstone) as he fights to protect the Danes from a ferocious beast named Grendel (Crispin Glover).

Though at first Grendel seems invincible, Beowulf eventually manages to defeat him in a desperate battle to the death. Devastated by her son's violent demise at the hands of Beowulf, Grendel's mother (Angelina Jolie) sets out in search of revenge. Later, Beowulf faces the biggest challenge of his life when he attempts to slay a powerful dra...
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Steven Spielberg To Receive Visual Effects Award

November 2nd, 2007 2:09pm EDT
Steven Spielberg
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg has been chosen to receive the Visual Effects Society (VES) Lifetime Achievement Award at the 6th Annual VES Awards on Feb. 10, 2008 at the Kodak Theatre Grand Ballroom in Hollywood.

The VES Board of Directors selected Spielberg for its highest honor in recognition of the contribution that his vast body of work, as both a director and producer, has made to the art and science of visual effects.

"Steven Spielberg is the first director that to comes to mind when you think of amazing visual effects due to his enormous body of creative

groundbreaking work,...
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New 'Star Trek' Film, 'Indiana Jones 4' Among Hot Topics At Comic-Con

July 27th, 2007 10:06am EDT
Harrison Ford
The halls of the San Diego Convention Center were abuzz with the news that came pouring out of the panel hosted by Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies. Exclusive footage and major casting announcements included:

Director/Producer J.J. Abrams revealed his first casting for the "Star Trek" adventure: Zachary Quinto (Sylar on "Heroes") will step into the ears of the young Mr. Spock and veteran Leonard Nimoy will return to the role he made famous. Both Quinto and Nimoy made surprise appearances and were greeted with wild applause. Abrams, producers Damon Lindelof...
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Universal Studios Invites Guests To Be The Final Time-Travelers On 'Back To The Future – The Ride'

July 24th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Back to the Future
Universal City, California – After thrilling over 61 million visitors with wild rides across "the space-time continuum," the ground-breaking Back to the Future – The Ride attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood will soar into the future for the very last time on Labor Day, September 3, 2007. Fans of the attraction will also have an opportunity to take the last ride and drive off as the owner of one of the stainless steel 1981 DeLoreans that served as inspiration for Doc Brown's flux capacitor-equipped time machines.

"Back to the Future – The Ride" blends breakthrough simulator techn...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 14

May 14th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Cate Blanchett
Happy Birthday to "Joan of Arcadia" star Amber Tamblyn (1983), British singer/actress Martine McCutcheon (1976), "Lost In Translation" director Sofia Coppola (1971), "The Aviator" Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett (1969), The Cult leas singer Ian Astbury (1962), "Pulp Fiction" actor Tim Roth (1961), singer/songwriter Tom Cochrane (1953), film director Robert Zemeckis (1952), Talking Heads singer David Byrne (1952), "Star Wars" creator/director George Lucas (1944), "Beyond the Sea" singer Bobby Darin (1936; d. 1973), and Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265; d. 1321).
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Walt Disney Studios, Robert Zemeckis & Others Form New Film Company

February 5th, 2007 1:56pm EST
Robert Zemeckis
The multi award-winning team of Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey join forces with The Walt Disney Studios to set-up a new performance capture film company, it was jointly announced by Dick Cook, chairman, The Walt Disney Studios and producer/director Robert Zemeckis.

The company will create films using the performance capture technology, a technique of digitally recording actors' movements that are fed into a computer allowing for the development of state-of-the-art 3D motion pictures.

Zemeckis, Rapke and Starkey will produce all of the films with Zemeckis expected to...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 14

May 14th, 2006 3:00am EDT
George Lucas
Happy Birthday to "Joan of Arcadia" star Amber Tamblyn (1983), British singer/actress Martine McCutcheon (1976), "Lost In Translation" director Sofia Coppola (1971), "The Aviator" Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett (1969), The Cult leas singer Ian Astbury (1962), "Pulp Fiction" actor Tim Roth (1961), singer/songwriter Tom Cochrane (1953), film director Robert Zemeckis (1952), Talking Heads singer David Byrne (1952), "Star Wars" creator/director George Lucas (1944), "Beyond the Sea" singer Bobby Darin (1936; d. 1973), and Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265; d. 1321).
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Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt Engaged, Co-Star Says

October 21st, 2005 9:21am EDT
Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie is already engaged to lover Brad Pitt, her 'Beowulf' co-star Ray Winstone has claimed. Rumours have been rife the smitten couple are set to tie the knot but thepair have remained tight-lipped.

Now actor Winstone has reportedly left Jolie fuming after telling the press: "She's getting married isn't she? Yes, she is".

The pillow-lipped beauty is said to have stormed off the set - and is reportedly refusing to shoot any more scenes with Winstone unless he says sorry, according to Hollywood.com

A source told Hollywood.com: "It's left poor Robert Zemeckis (director)...
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