The Day After 9/11 in “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

One of the most definitive novels about 9/11 becomes one of the year’s most cathartic cinematic experiences as Warner Bros. brings to the screen “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock. Directed by Stephen Daldry (“The Reader,” “The Hours”), the film has been nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards. In 2005 the novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, already renowned for his blend of incisive comedy and tragedy in his debut novel “Everything Is Illuminated,” published his follow-up “Extremely Loud …

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“Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” seizes overseas Gold

The 3D sequel to the 2008 hit “Journey to the Center of The Earth ” opens to impressive numbers in overseas territories. Burbank, CA January 23, 2012 – New Line Cinema’s 3D family adventure, “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” is off to a strong start at the global box office. Launching ahead of the US in seven territories— Australia , Korea , Hong Kong , Taiwan , Singapore , Malaysia and New Zealand —the film grossed an excellent $7.9 million, which is 44% ahead of …

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“Underworld” Sequel Awakens to No. 1 Spot, Grosses P49.72-M in 4 Days

Rabid fans welcomed the return of Kate Beckinsale to the “Underworld” franchise, catapulting the 3D 4th installment “Underworld Awakening” to the No. 1 spot at the Philippine box-office for the Jan. 20 to 23 frame. The sequel slew the competition with a nationwide gross of a stunning P49.72-million opening weekend, this according to Victor R. Cabrera, managing director of Columbia Pictures which distributed the film locally.That phenomenal bow marks the biggest opening ever for the “Underworld” franchise, as well as the most successful debut so …

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Sneak Peek: “Beauty and the Beast”

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ magical tale “Beauty and the Beast” returns to the big screen in Disney Digital 3D™, introducing a whole new generation to the Disney classic with stunning 3D. The film captures the fantastic journey of Belle (voice of Paige O’Hara), a bright and beautiful young woman who’s taken prisoner by a hideous beast (voice of Robby Benson) in his castle. Despite her precarious situation, Belle befriends the castle’s enchanted staff—a teapot, a candelabra and a mantel clock, among others—and ultimately learns to …

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The 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards, live on Velvet

Velvet, the home of the biggest red carpet events, starts off the glamorous awards season, once again, with the live telecast of the much-awaited 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards on January 30 (Monday) at 9:00am with a same-day primetime telecast at 9:00p.m. Once a year, actors stop and pause for a while to put on a judge’s hat and select who among their fellow actors deserve recognition, for their excellent work in film and television, through SAG. It is the only award-giving body …

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Mark Wahlberg produces and plays “Chris Farraday” in Baltasar Kormakur’s “Contraband”

For “Contraband,” Director Baltasar Kormákur employed the same casting technique he used during the years he made movies in his home country. Rather than choosing an actor by his or her looks, the director casts according to the performer’s personality. “I like to find the core of people,” he says. “The outer appearance is less important. What is the person? You try to figure that out and make that right for the character.”  The first actor cast was the same man to whom the director …

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The force is back in 3D “Star Wars episode I : The Phantom Menace”

From visionary filmmaker George Lucas, “Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace” is back with an immersive 3D dimension for a richer cinematic experience. Following the first acclaimed and hugely successful Star Wars films, ”Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace was released in 1999. The movie starred Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn and Ewan McGregor as his apprentice Obi-Wan-Kenobi, a determined young Jedi Knight. Natalie Portman played Queen Amidala. Jake Lloyd starred as Anakin Skywalker. It is a fantastically exciting adventure set 32 years …

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Sneak Peek: “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

From three-time Academy Award® nominated director Stephen Daldry (“Billy Elliot,” “The Reader,” “The Hours”) comes the poignant drama “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.” The Warner Bros. film stars Academy Award® winners Tom Hanks (“Forrest Gump,” “Philadelphia”) and Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”) along with newcomer Thomas Horn in the role of Oskar, and was produced by Scott Rudin (“No Country for Old Men,” “The Social Network,” “True Grit”). The screenplay is by Academy Award® winner Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump,” “The Insider”), based on Jonathan Safran …

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Twice the Fun, Twice the Mayhem in “Jack and Jill”

Adam Sandler‘s twin sister is coming for the holidays…and it aint pretty. Columbia Pictures presents the outrageous comedy “Jack and Jill” from director Dennis Dugan and starring Sandler, Katie Holmes and Al Pacino. When you get together with your family for the holidays, everybody has that one family member who drives you crazy. They mean well, and you love them, but still… For Jack (Sandler), that’s his sister – his twin sister – Jill (also played by Sandler). Growing up, their lives were incredibly intertwined. …

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“Underworld Awakening” to be Shown in IMAX 3D

IMAX Corporation and Sony Pictures Entertainment recently announced that “Underworld Awakening,” the fourth installment in the popular supernatural-action franchise produced by Lakeshore Entertainment along with creator Len Wiseman, will be released to IMAX digital theatres simultaneously with the film’s worldwide release on Friday, Jan. 20. The latest chapter in the Underworld saga marks the return of Kate Beckinsale in the title role of Selene and is the first of the series to be filmed in 3D and released in IMAX. “Underworld is one of Screen …

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