Friendly competition

Posted by · 3:34 pm · November 26th, 2009

I would put it on the Lennon-McCartney level. Look how healthy that competition was even when it was unhealthy. Look at the results of it. Different approaches and personalities and each makes the other better. There’s this dialogue right now and I would throw Spielberg into it too. There’s a dialogue among a generation of […]

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11/9 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:44 am · November 9th, 2009

• Colin Firth and Robert Zemeckis on making a surreal, stylized “A Christmas Carol.” [The Guardian] • A.O. Scott on darker thematic rhythms in recent children’s films. [New York Times] • Roger Ebert revisits “Hoop Dreams,” considers it “the great American documentary.” [Chicago Sun-Times]

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REVIEW: “A Christmas Carol” (***1/2)

Posted by · 4:01 pm · November 5th, 2009

Filmmaker Robert Zemeckis’s allegiance to performance-capture technology these last few years has begun to wear thin for some.  But the fascinating thing to note is an artist improving his craft before our very eyes over the course of three separate productions. “The Polar Express” in 2004 didn’t hit the mark for a great many, the […]

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COMIC-CON: Disney showcases ‘Carol,’ ‘Alice,’ ‘Tron’

Posted by · 1:10 pm · July 23rd, 2009

The first opening day studio panel has just concluded as Walt Disney Pictures brought Robert Zemeckis (“A Christmas Carol”), Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland”) and the “Tron: Legacy” principals to Hall H for a hefty three-dimensional dose. The “Christmas Carol” footage, which was an extended version of the Marley’s ghost sequence Disney has been showing […]

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3D presentations ready for their close ups at Comic-Con

Posted by · 8:13 am · July 23rd, 2009

As I look out my 29th floor window I can see the Hall H line, peppered with air matresses and tents, is already at epicly ridiculous proportions, but most of those nutcases are “Twilight” obsessives hoping to a secure a spot for Summit’s panel later today.  The big stuff, however, will revolve around the 3D […]

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Could ‘Mr. Fox,’ ‘Carol’ join toon Best Pic hopefuls?

Posted by · 5:30 pm · July 10th, 2009

JoBlo has an exclusive first look today at the central character from Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” a Scott Rudin-produced animated Roald Dahl adaptation.  The film was recently shifted from Fox over to Fox Searchlight for the purposes of distribution, lest a small, niche film such as this be lost in the shuffle.  But I […]

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Disney sends all-star auteur team to Comic-Con

Posted by · 11:00 am · July 9th, 2009

Well, this is impressive. Hayao Miyazaki, John Lasseter, Tim Burton and Robert Zemeckis have all lined up to help represent Walt Disney Studios at Comic-Con in San Diego later this month, in the interests of showcasing a range of new and/or revived Disney features at the geek mecca. This is the first Comic-Con for all […]

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Disney sneaks a little ‘Christmas’ into June

Posted by · 1:18 pm · June 22nd, 2009

Every hour on the hour until 7:00pm today, Walt Disney Pictures is screening a pair of scenes from Robert Zemeckis’s upcoming “A Christmas Carol” over at the Universal City IMAX theater as part of the excited, long-winded publicity build-up for the film.  Currently a cross-country train tour is parked in Sacramento, offering a behind-the-scenes look […]

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‘Christmas Carol’ promo

Posted by · 2:44 pm · May 18th, 2009

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‘A Christmas Carol’ poster

Posted by · 10:00 am · May 14th, 2009

I was a big fan of Robert Zemeckis’s “The Polar Express” in 2004, but “2007’s “Beowulf” didn’t work for me very much.  I had some major issues with the way 3D was used in the film.  But I’ve been very excited for “A Christmas Carol” ever since the project was announced. I’ve stood on the […]

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‘Slumdog,’ ‘WALL-E,’ ‘Wire’ win big at the Eddies

Posted by · 9:32 pm · February 15th, 2009

UPDATED: Alright, back from the show and it seems “Slumdog” also predictably won the ASC award, which brings me to a possibility that has come up in a number of conversations recently: could the film sweep all its Oscar categories in one week’s time?  It is the film of the year and truthfully, there seems […]

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