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May 2009

Up, Up and Away

Up, Up and Away

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It is another dazzling film from Pixar with Up. I don’t think I’ve ever cried so hard during an animated film but this one tugs at the heartstrings like no other. It is all good things – breathtaking animation, vibrant characters, risky storytelling on occasion. It is funny, joyous, sublime. Like other Pixar films, it makes you look differently at the world when you leave the theater. It will make…

MTV Movie Awards Actors’ Poll

MTV Movie Awards Actors’ Poll

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Here are the rest of the categories for tomorrow night’s MTV Awards. Anyone who missed voting for the first set of nominees can find them here. Best Male Performance(polls) . Best Female Performances, Breakthrough and Comedic Performances, after the cut.

Woody Recasts Kidman Role

Woody Recasts Kidman Role

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There has got to be some kind of major financial potential lost when Nicole Kidman drops out of a project. You’d think that she would be replaced with someone of equal star power. Funnily enough, Woody Allen decided not to match fame for fame and chose instead Lucy Punch to replace Kidman. Variety says that “sources” say “Punch will play a high-priced call girl similar to Ashley Dupre, who was…

Toy Story 3 teaser

Toy Story 3 teaser

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It’s Pixar’s world; we just wish we could live in it. With this summer’s Up mission accomplished, and before we can say, “Next!” the new teaser for Toy Story 3 appears. We assume this preview will be seen preceding screenings of Up, but Alex Billington at First Showing has a copy for us to borrow beforehand. This teaser squeezes more cuteness out of 43 seconds than many movies manage in…

Up ascends to peak of critics rankings

Up ascends to peak of critics rankings

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As Pablo noted overnight, “UP! just got 98% approval on RT !!! That’s higher than any other Pixar film.” Up has 18 perfect scores of 100 on Metacritic, for a year’s-best average of 90. Last year, WALL-E had 20 100′s and The Dark Knight had 16 perfect scores. (Interestingly, if not tiresomely, Stephanie Zacharek gave all three of these critic’s darlings their lowest scores on the board, nearly single-handedly chipping…

A Prophet tops IndieWire poll as best of Cannes

A Prophet tops IndieWire poll as best of Cannes

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IndieWire has polled a group of critics and bloggers and published scores for the top films and filmmakers at Cannes. Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet placed first in every category except, not surprisingly, Worst Film. FILM 1) ‚ÄúA Prophet‚Äù – 14 pts (6 mentions) 2) ‚ÄúAntichrist‚Äù – 11 pts (5 mentions) 3) ‚ÄúPolice, Adjective‚Äù – 10 pts (5 mentions); The White Ribbon – 10 (5 mentions) DIRECTOR 1) Jacques Audiard, ‚ÄúA…

Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant promo

Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant promo

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Brad Brevett at Rope of Silicon has found a promo for Bad Lieutenent that he suspects might have been made to drum up interest in Cannes. Not strictly a remake — since Herzog claims never to have seen the original — it gets my attention because of the director and then loses it just as quickly because of the star. I know I’m in the minority, but the only two…

Vote for the MTV Movie Awards

Vote for the MTV Movie Awards

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Maybe you’ve heard about families cutting back this summer. Forgoing vacations for staycations — finding ways to escape on the cheap without leaving home. Instead of sampling exotic flavors at a trendy new restaurants, go grocery shopping and buy off brands to confuse your taste buds. Instead of roughing it in the wilds of the Rocky Mountains, go back to basics by neglecting to pay your utility bills for a…

Dreamworks Animation, from now till doomsday

Dreamworks Animation, from now till doomsday

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Waitress: Well, there’s shrek, sausage, panda and shrek. That’s not got much shrek in it. Dreamworks has announced its slate of animation through 2012, and it reminds me of Monty Python’s classic spam bit. Except Shrek substituted for spam would taste even more canned and flavorless. Comingsoon.net has the list: How to Train Your Dragon , a troubled teen adopts a… dragon. Shrek Forever After, the fourth installment of the…

Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassusm, 3 clips

Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassusm, 3 clips

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A tale of good and evil battling for souls that’s made with Gilliam’s fantastic and fantastical visual imagination, “Imaginarium” is the director’s best, most entertaining film in years. — Kenneth Turan, LATimes Although many critics at Cannes deemed Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassusm a noble bur faulty effort, a swing and a miss, I’m not hearing the swoosh of an airball at all from this brief clip with Lily Cole and…