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Disney Animation is Looking Even More Realistic

Disney has definitely been on a role in the 3D animated film industry.

In fact, it’s not just the 3D graphics that caught my attention about this new film, but the animation itself.

It looks so realistic it’s scary!

Disney’s Mars Needs Moms, released March 11, is about a young boy who learns to appreciate his mother more after she is kidnapped by Martians. The film follows the boy aboard a space ship as he eagerly searches for his mom, and meets new and interesting friends along the way.

If you take a look at the trailer, you will see what I mean by realistic-looking animation.

Similarly in Avatar, the facial expressions, body language, and overall movement of each character in this film are almost identical to the human attributes.

The film stars Seth Green, Dan Folger, Elisabeth Harnois, Joan Cusack, and Mindy Sterling.


3D Movies: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

It’s no secret that the majority of movies released this year were in 3D.

Next year will be no different.

But is 3D really the future of movies? Here is what college students have to say!

 


2011 is Kevin James’ Year

You may remember him from 50 First Dates and Hitch, or recognize him as the hysterical security guard from Mall Cop. Or maybe you have recently seen Grown Ups and can’t get enough of his comedy.

One this is for certain, funnyman Kevin James has been in at least one film every year since 2004.  

Next year will be his year to shine with two new films, The Zookeeper and The Dilemma.

The Dilemma, scheduled for wide release Jan. 14, is about a man named Ronnie (Vince Vaughn) who finds out his best friend and co-worker’s wife is cheating on him. Ronnie investigates the situation tries to decide whether to tell his friend, Nick (Kevin James), that he has seen his wife with another man. But as time passes and the two near the biggest work presentation of their careers, Ronnie has second thoughts about spilling the beans to his best friend.

Director Ron Howard and Producer Brian Grazer, both known for their Academy Award winning film A Beautiful Mind, collaborated once again in this film.  

The Dilemma also stars Winona Ryder, Jennifer Connelly, Channing Tatum, and Queen Latifah.

James’ other film The Zookeeper (PG), scheduled for wide release July 8, is about how a group of animals at the Franklin Park Zoo decide to break their silence and talk, after their lovable caretaker (Kevin James) decides that the only way to get the woman of his dreams, is to find a new job. The animals try to help their zookeeper get his mate, while still keeping his job at the zoo.



The ZooKeeper also stars Adam Sandler, Sylvester Stallone, Cher, Rosario Dawson, and Jon Favreau.


Black Swan Scheduled Only for Limited Release This Month

Black Swan [R] is probably one of the highest anticipated limited release movies I’ve ever seen.

Why?

Film makers have a strict deadline!

A film cannot be eligible for an Academy Award the following year unless it is released in New York and Los Angeles by the end of December, according to the rules outlined by the Academy.  

Therefore most highly acclaimed films that are limitedly released in December, are later widely released earlier the following year. 

Scheduled for limited release Dec. 3, the drama thriller is about a long-time New York City ballet dancer who falls into a mesh of confusion and jealousy as a new rival (the black swan) crosses her path.

Black Swan’s star-studded cast includes Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, and Winona Ryder.


Sequels on the Big Screen in the Next Four Years

After the success of Toy Story 3, Iron Man II, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, filmmakers are producing sequels to almost every movie imaginable.   

Ben Barnes, Georgie Henley, and Skandar Keynes return to the big screen in the Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG) on Dec. 10. This third installment is about Lucy and Edmund Pevensie’s return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace. The film follows them as they travel with Prince Caspian across sea on the royal ship, The Dawn Treader.

Another sequel to look forward to as the year 2010 comes to a end is Little Fockers, the third installment to Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers.

Little Fockers, which hits theatres Dec. 22, stars comedic actor Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Owen Wilson, Robert De Niro, Teri Polo, and Jessica Alba.

 

 

 

Here is a list of sequels we can look forward to in coming years:

 

2011

Cars 2

Kung Fu Panda 2

The Wolverine

The Hangover Part II

Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part I

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Transformers 3: Dark Side of the Moon

 

 

 

2012

Monsters Inc. II

The Ring 3D

Ghostbusters III

Bond 23

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

The Expendables II

Kick-Ass II: Balls to the Wall

Skyline II

Terminator 5

American Pie 4

Untitled Star Trek Sequel

 

2013

Iron Man III

Austin Powers 4

Independence Day 2

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Despicable Me 2

The Karate Kid 2

Hancock 2 

Will Smith in Hancock II

 

 

2014

Avatar II

Independence Day III

 


Bieber Fans: Save up for a 3D Movie Ticket!

You may have heard tweens screaming his name and singing his songs, you may know him from Youtube, or you may have never heard of him at all.

But chances are you will soon hear the buzz surrounding Canadian pop star Justin Bieber’s upcoming concert film.

Paramount Pictures’ Justin Bieber: Never Say Never is a biopic film about the 16-year-old pop star’s rise to fame along with backstage footage from his many concert tours.

The 3D film which hits theatres Feb. 11, is similar to Disney’s 3D concert film Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert.

In fact, Bieber’s film will star Miley Cyrus herself along with Shawn Stockman.

 

 

The film is directed by Jon Chu, director of Step Up 3D and Step Up 2: The Streets.

Bieber's film looks no different than Disney's Hannah Montana: Best of Both World's Concert

According to AceShowbiz.com Bieber commented on the film saying, “Everyone thinks this is going to be another 3-D concert movie, but it’s anything but that. It’s a story of how my family, friends and the fans helped me get here and everyday are helping me live an impossible dream. That’s why I want them to see it first”

 


Mia Wasikowska stars in the Eighth Adaptation of “Jane Eyre”

If you’re like me and love films adapted from traditional British romance novels, like Pride and Prejudice, A Room with a View, and Atonement, be sure not to miss this one next year!

Focus Feature’s Jane Eyre (PG-13) is a romance-drama adaptation based on 1847 British gothic horror novel written by Charlottle Bronte.

The film, which hits theatres March 11, stars 21-year-old Mia Wasikowska, known for her recent role in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland.

The very first Jane Eyre adaptation (1934)

It follows the life of Jane Eyre (Wasikowska) as an orphan living in the confines of her aunt’s house up to the point where she becomes the governess to her potential lover Edward Rochester at Thornfield Manner. But when the wealthy Rochester brings another woman into Thornfield Manner things begin to change as Jane tries to uncover Rochester’s hidden secrets.

The film also stars Michael Fassbender and Jamie Bell.

But this is not the first time Charlottel Bronte’s novel has been adapted into a movie.

There are about seven other adaptations to the film.

One adaptation, starred Anna Paquin, William Hurt, and Charlotte Gainsbourg in 1996.

The very first adaptation premiered in 1934, which starred Virginia Bruce and Collin Clive according to Yahoo Movies.


Look for Two Widely Released Nick Cage Films Next Year

Whether you’re a fan of Nicolas Cage or not, you may not want to miss his two new action thrillers released early next year.

Drive Angry 3D, which hits theatres Feb. 11, is about a vengeful felon named Milton, who breaks out of hell in order to chase after the leader of a cult who murdered his daughter and intends to harm her baby. He is joined by a young waitress, who helps Milton escape the pursuit of the police and an enigmatic killer who tries to bring him back to the fiery pit.

The film stars Cage as Milton, including Amber Heard, William Fichtner, and Billy Burke.

Cage also stars in Season of the Witch (PG-13), which was actually pre-released Dec. 2009, and originally scheduled to hit theatres March 2010, but was delayed until Jan. 7, 2011 for wide release.

Season of the Witch is about a medieval knight who sends a cunning witch to the monastery, where she is believed to be responsible for the Black Plague.

This film also stars Ron Perlman, Claire Foy, and Stephen Graham.

  


Jack Black is Back Again!

If you can’t get enough of Jack Black, you don’t want to miss this one.

Inspired by the book and the 1939 animated film, 20th Century Fox’s Gulliver’s Travels, stars Black in all his comedic glory.

The film, which hits theatres Dec. 22, is about a travel writer named Lemuel Gulliver who intends to go to Bermuda for one of his assignments, but ends up on the undiscovered island of Liliput where he meets a society of tiny people. Gulliver uses his size and ego to his advantage by telling white lies about himself in order to gain the community’s trust. But once Gulliver leads his tiny citizens into a dangerous battle against their enemies, he loses this trust and must try to gain it back before it’s too late.

This comedic adaptation also stars Emily Blunt, Amanda Peet, Jason Segel, and Chris O Dowd.

After watching the trailer, take a look at the original Gulliver’s Travels 1939 trailer.

Although looks like a classic Disney film, it’s not. This cartoon was distributed by Paramount Pictures 70 years ago.


Paul Haggis’ Remake May Not Be as Great as Previous Films

 

Lionsgate’s The Next Three Days (PG -13), which hits theatres Nov. 19, is a suspense-thriller remake of the 2008 French film “Anything For Her” directed by Fred Cavaye.

The Next Three Days is about a man named John Brennan (Russell Crowe) who goes through extraordinary lengths to free his arrested wife (Elizabeth Banks) from a murder crime she didn’t commit. The film follows Brennan three years after his wife’s arrest as he struggles to raise his young son without her. After realizing that his wife is on the verge of suicide, he tries to beat the system in order to free her from prison.

The film also stars Liam Neeson, and Olivia Wilde.

The film is written and directed by Paul Haggis, who won two Oscars, one for writing Million Dollar Baby’s screenplay and the other for directing Crash.

But will Haggis’ directing expertise and creative skills land him another Oscar with The Next Three Days?

Critic Todd McCarthy from the Hollywood Reporter doesn’t think so.

Fred Cavaye’s original “Anything For Her”

He said the remake fell flat from the original. “This remake of a recent French film never reaches the anticipated heights of excitement and suspense,” McCarthy said. “And Russell Crowe’s subdued characterization of an ordinary man who undertakes extraordinary actions remains a little too ordinary.”

We’ll just have to wait until Nov. 19 to see what other critics have to say about this remake!