April 28, 2009
Aardman Announces Two New Movies
It's been awhile since we've seen an Aardman feature in theaters, but thanks to the studio's deal with Sony, we'll soon be treated to two: "Arthur Christmas" and "Pirates!"
June 19, 2007
Aardman Announces New Slate!
Only a few months after severing ties with DreamWorks Animation, the mad geniuses at Aardman hooked up with Sony's animation division. And now they're announcing their next movies.
April 3, 2007
After DreamWorks Split, Aardman Animation Hooks Up with Sony
Big fan of the Aardman Animation flicks? Well, you are if you dug "Chicken Run," "Flushed Away," and "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit." Unfortunately those last two flicks didn't make enough money to keep DreamWorks happy, which is why Aardman now has a new home at Sony.
October 26, 2006
Box Office Guru Preview: Saw III Brings The Pain
Blood will flow and screams will be deafening at North American multiplexes this weekend when the horror sequel "Saw III" buzzes its way into theaters. While there will be no fight for the number one spot, the rest of the top ten will see new films and holdovers scrambling for high positions.
October 5, 2006
Box Office Guru Preview: "Departed" Arrives with a Bang
Movie studios are offering something for every age group over the Columbus Day holiday weekend. Mature adults will go undercover with Martin Scorsese's cop thriller "The Departed," twentysomethings looking for a scare get the horror prequel "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning," while teenagers have a chance to laugh with the new comedy "Employee of the Month."
March 3, 2006
"Dave Chappelle's Block Party" Is The Best-Reviewed Film of 2006 (So Far)
Dave Chappelle's abrupt departure from his hit Comedy Central program "Chappelle's Show" caused lots of concern from his very loyal fans, who feared they might have heard the last from him. They needn't have worried. At 94 percent on the Tomatometer, "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" is not only Certified Fresh, it's also the best-reviewed film of the year.
March 3, 2006
2006 Golden Schmoe Award Winners!
Sure, everyone's psyched for the Oscars this Sunday night (yes, even the movie snobs who claim to hate the Oscars), but let's kick the weekend off with an awards presentation that's a little less ... highbrow. If you followed our advice last week, then you've already cast your ballot for JoBlo's Golden Schmoe Awards. Now check out the winners!
February 22, 2006
BAFTA Winners Announced!
The British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) held their annual awards presentation on February 21st, and they managed to dole out some love for an interesting variety of films and filmmakers -- most of which have been on the receiving end of other awards already, but they're good choices anyway, if it's me you're asking.
February 16, 2006
"Bambi 2" Outsells "Gromit" ... and the original "Bambi," too.
Disney's direct-to-video sequel "Bambi 2" burst out of the gates last Tuesday with about 2.5 million units sold, which placed it well over its direct competition, DreamWorks' "Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit," and boasted bigger numbers than the original "Bambi," which was released last March as a Disney Platinum Edition.
January 31, 2006
2005 Oscar Nominations Are In!
Like most pathetic movie geeks, I was up at the crack of dawn (ok, 8:30am eastern time) to see how my nomination prediction ballot would measure up. (I was perfect on all 20 acting nods and all 10 screenwriting nods, but I erroneously predicted that "Walk the Line" would get nominated over "Capote" for Best Picture, and I picked Croneberg for director over Benett Miller.) Anyhow, here are the nominations for us to rant and rave about for the next five weeks...
January 16, 2006
OFCS Announces Its '05 Winners
The Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) cast their ballots over the holiday weekend in an effort to pick the group's favorite flicks from 2005, and I think we did a pretty solid job, all things considered.
January 13, 2006
Ohio Film Critics Offer Up Their Year-End Picks
The film critics of Central Ohio have chimed in with their own year-end picks, and they came up with quite a few solid surprises, actually. How about "A History of Violence" as best film of the year?
January 11, 2006
The "People's Choice" is Pure Idiocy
Whenever I share a new Top Ten List or Critic's Group Nomination list, I'm always extra careful to be fair and respectful of other peoples' opinions. But after seeing what the "People's Choice Awards" handed out for 2005's movies, I just can't contain myself. It's simply too hilarious.
January 10, 2006
Broadcast Film Critics Dole Out Their Awards on National TV
The Broadcast Film Critics Association held their annual awards presentation live on The WB network, with plenty of mildly corny jokes, appreciative acceptance speeches, accolades galore, and even a few cool surprises. (Oh, and their favorite film overall was "Brokeback Mountain.")
January 10, 2006
2005 Golden Tomato Awards Winners Announced
Rotten Tomatoes, the trusted online source for gauging the critical reaction to movies, has announced the 2005 recipients of the Golden Tomato Awards, the site's annual awards given to recognize the year's best-reviewed films.
January 10, 2006
Online Film Critics Offer Their Annual Nominations
The OFCS, which is hosted right here at Rotten Tomatoes and (full disclosure) includes yours truly as a member, announced their year-end nominations yesterday ... and we hope you'll find a few solid surprises among the more familiar (yet obviously deserving) nominees. The winners will be announced on Monday the 16th.
January 10, 2006
Vote in the 2005 User Tomato Awards!
The critics have had their say. Now it's your turn. The claymation wonder "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" and the historical ensemble drama "Good Night, and Good Luck" took home the top prizes in the 2005 Golden Tomato Awards; now, we call on you, the loyal readers of Rotten Tomatoes, to vote for your favorites in the User Tomato Awards.
January 5, 2006
Writers' & Producers' Guilds Deliver Their '05 Noms
As usual we rely on Movie City News to bring us the "best of 2005" picks from the critics, and now come the year-end nominations from the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Producers Guild of America (PGA).
December 22, 2005
Phoenix & Toronto Critics Offer Their Year-End Favorites
It's tough to keep up with all the critics' awards being tossed out this time of year, but Movie City News sure helps out a whole lot. This time we have the year-end picks from critic's groups in Phoenix, Arizona, and Toronto, Ontario.
December 21, 2005
Southeastern Critics Chime in With Their Picks
The 2005 Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards announced their annual awards on Monday, Dec. 19, in Atlanta, Ga. Forty-two members in nine states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia) voted in the 14th annual SEFCA poll.
December 20, 2005
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics 2005 Awards
December 19, 2005 -- DALLAS-FORT WORTH FILM CRITICS NAME ?BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN? BEST OF 2005. The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association voted the frontier romance BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN as the best film of 2005, according to the results of its 12th annual critics? poll.
December 16, 2005
London Movie Critics Present Their '05 Nominations
Movie City News shares with us a press release from the London Film Critics Group in which their various nominations are announced. Keep in mind that the Brit crits use their own release dates as criteria, so don't be surprised to see a few 2004 releases in the mix.
December 13, 2005
Critical Consensus: Crown This "Kong"
The original "King Kong" is a movie so loved, and so emulated, that it would seem a foolhardy task to try to remake it. But Peter Jackson is a director who dreams big, and realizes those dreams more often than not. Will the critics go ape for his new "Kong?"
December 13, 2005
Awards Season Gets Rolling with Crix Picks
If you're a fan of the late-year awards season, be sure to add Movie City News to your hit list, because they deliver some consistently excellent coverage. Mid-December is when most of the critics' groups start doling out their accolades, and so far we've gotten input from reviewers' groups in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington.
December 9, 2005
33rd Annual Annie Nominations Are Out
OK, so they're not exactly the Oscars, but as a longtime animation aficionado, I thought it'd be fun to cover the 33rd Annie Awards, which celebrate excellence in (what else) the art of animation. "DreamWorks and Aardman garnered an amazing total of 25 nominations, more than any other studio, and with the two movies which received by far the most nominations..."
November 18, 2005
Ten Animated Movies to Compete for Oscar Consideration
ComingSoon.net shares a press release from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) regarding the Best Animated Feature hopefuls. Seems we have a solid ten movies fighting for the three nomination spots.
November 17, 2005
Critical Consensus: "Harry Potter," "Walk the Line" Both Certified Fre
This week's wide releases find us within both a goblet and a burnin' ring of fire. We've got legends, both fantastic ("Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire") and musical (the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line"). Will these heavily anticipated films generate warmth, or be scorched by the critics?
October 31, 2005
"Saw II" Carves Up the Competition at the Weekend Box Office
The quickie sequel to last October's surprise hit "Saw" ruled the Halloween weekend box office, raking in $30.5 million from just under 3,000 screaming screens. By comparison, the original "Saw" had a first-weekend "gross" of just over $18 million a year ago, on its way to a total domestic haul of $55.2 million.
October 24, 2005
"Doom" Goes Boom at the Weekend Box Office
The Rock's trek through a "Doom"-filled space station was enough to bring in an estimated $15.4 million from over 3,000 screens, giving the flick the #1 spot over a handful of other newcomers. Disney's inspirational horse drama "Dreamer," which was "Inspired by a True Story," snagged the #2 spot with $9.3 million from 2,000 theaters.
October 17, 2005
"The Fog" Sweeps Into Box Office First Place
The third horror remake to hit the screens this year, Rupert Wainwright's "The Fog," beat down a pair of other newcomers to grab the top spot in a rather flimsy box office weekend. Remake of a well-remembered John Carpenter flick of the same name, "The Fog" grossed $12.2 in its opening frame, handily overtaking new movies by Cameron Crowe and Tony Scott.
October 10, 2005
Wallace & Gromit are Big Cheese at the Weekend Box Office
DreamWorks' clay-mated "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" snagged the #1 spot at the weekend box office with a decent haul of $16.1 million from over 3,600 theaters, handily bumping Jodie Foster's "Flightplan" (and its third weekend tally of $10.8 million) into second place.
October 6, 2005
Critical Consensus: "Curse" Is A Blessing, "Shoes" Fit
This week at the movies brings us stories of camaraderie. We have a man and his dog ("Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit"), sisters ("In Her Shoes"), disgruntled restaurant employees ("Waiting..."), and men who bond over gambling ("Two for the Money"). Which of these films will get some love from the critics?
October 4, 2005
Take Your First Peek at "Curious George"!
Thanks to ComingSoon.net for pointing us towards a pair of USA Today articles (here and here) that deliver the very first looks at next February's "classically animated" feature from Universal: It's "Curious George!"
October 3, 2005
Foster's "Flight" Tops "Serenity" Start
For the second weekend in a row, Jodie Foster's air-thriller "Flightplan" was #1 at the North American box office. The Disney flick made an estimated $15 million in its sophomore session, and its grand total now stands at $46.1 million. Debuting in second place, with a not-awful but coulda-(shoulda)-been-better tally of $10.1 was Joss Whedon's "Serenity."
May 19, 2005
Trailer Bulletin: Wallace & Gromit - The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
MovieFone is hosting the very first trailer for the upcoming Aardman/DreamWorks film "Wallace & Gromit - The Curse of the Were-Rabbit." If you're among the millions who already know and love Wallace & Gromit's short films ("A Grand Day Out," "The Wrong Trousers" & "A Close Shave"), then you're probably already sold on the duo's first full-length feature. But you know you'll want to check out the trailer anyway!
May 13, 2005
Cleese Gets "Crood" for DreamWorks
Former Monty Python member and seriously funny fellow John Cleese will be writing the screenplay for DreamWorks' just-announced "Crood Awakening," which will be an animated comedy about cavemen. Aardman Entertainment ("Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit," "Chicken Run") will be partnering with DreamWorks ("Shrek"), and it was Aardman gurus Peter Lord and David Sproxton who came up with the original idea.
December 9, 2004
Dreamworks Announces 2005 Movie Lineup
Thanks to Movie City News for sharing a pair of press releases from DreamWorks Pictures. DW's 2005 animated slate includes "Madagascar" (starring Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and David Schwimmer), the long-awaited "Wallace & Gromit: Tale of the Were Rabbit," and anime feature "Casshern" from director Kazuaki Kiriya.