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EBERT PRESENTS AT THE MOVIES names Ignatiy Vishnevetsky as new co-host

Co-host Ignatiy Vishnevetsky from EBERT PRESENTS AT THE MOVIES

The shape of the new EBERT PRESENTS AT THE MOVIES just added the final piece of its puzzle with the announcement of its second film critic today. Ignatiy Vishnevetsky (from Mubi.com and a contributor to THE CHICAGO READER) will partner up with the ASSOCIATED PRESS critic Christy Lemire to co-host the new program which will debut on January 21st on public television stations across the U.S. Roger Ebert serves as co-producer on the show and will also be part of a special segment each week. The famous “Thumbs Up” system Ebert made famous with Gene Siskel when they top-lined their […]Read On »

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In Memorium: THE TOWN and IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER actor passes away at 64

Pete Postlewaite in THE TOWN | ©2010 Warner Bros.

Popular British character actor Pete Postlethwaite, who was recently seen in the Ben Affleck directed drama THE TOWN, CLASH OF THE TITANS and INCEPTION, passed away over the weekend at the age of 64 after a battle with cancer. Postlethwaite performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company as well as becoming a solid character performer in numerous films over the years, but it was his role in the Jim Sheridan directed IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER that garnered the notice of Hollywood in 1993 and the actor has been working non-stop ever since. Roles in USUAL SUSPECTS, JAMES AND THE […]Read On »

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In Memorium: FORBIDDEN PLANET star Anne Francis passes away at 80

Anne Francis in FORBIDDEN PLANET | ©Warner Bros.

Actress Anne Francis passed away at the age of 80 over this weekend after a battle with lung cancer. Best known for her role in the classic 1950’s science-fiction film FORBIDDEN PLANET, Francis also appeared on TV in the private detective series HONEY WEST. In PLANET, Francis played Altaira, one of two surviving humans on a mysterious planet and has admitted in interviews no one ever expected that science-fiction film to have the longevity it did. In the intervening years, Francis became a staple of television, starring in many crime dramas throughout the ‘60s, 70s and ‘80s. The actress was […]Read On »

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Technology Profile: Why new app DODDLE will change the film industry

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It was only time before someone came up with a novel application to aid the filmmaking industry and the new app Doddle has done just that. Created by Mobile Imagination partners Richard Kwiat and Jim Robertson, Doddle (which by definition is a “job or task that’s easy to complete”) is an international resource guide (and available for iPhone, iPad and soon for Blackberry and Android) for film industry professionals and allows film productions to use their GPS on their phone to get nearby locations or reviews of vendors, restaurants, etc among other things. Additionally, it allows people to put their […]Read On »

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A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, TANGLED and TRON: LEGACY will arrive in the 3D Blu-ray format

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As HD-3D television sets are looking to become the new “it” thing when it comes to home entertainment, Walt Disney Studios announced today that it’s getting an edge on its competitors with the announcement for their Blu-ray 3D titles for 2011. Fifteen films will be released in the new year with this new format including the animated classics THE LION KING and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST as well as this winter’s big hits TRON: LEGACY and TANGLED. These titles will be available day-in-date with the standard 2D Blu-ray versions. Other titles that will get this super-duper deluxe treatment in 2011 […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Tim Minear chats about DOLLHOUSE and what Season 3 could have been – Part 2

DOLLHOUSE - Season Two poster | ©2009 Fox

Tim Minear served as consulting producer on Season One of DOLLHOUSE and executive producer, with creator Joss Whedon, on Season Two of the short-lived Fox series. DOLLHOUSE, which starred Eliza Dushku as the eventually self-aware Echo, concerned a secret business wherein human “dolls” had their original personalities wiped, to be replaced by whatever sort of persona (spy, lover, mother) high-paying clients wanted for short-term engagements. Minear wrote and directed the episodes “Getting Closer” and “Omega,” and scripted “Belle Chose” and “True Believer.” In Part Two of our exclusive interview, he talks about what might have happened had DOLLHOUSE had a […]Read On »

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EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, THE EXORCIST and AIRPLANE! get preserved by Library of Congress

STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK | ©1980 LucasFilm Ltd.

Spanning the period between 1891-1996, the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress designated 25 new films to their film preservation catalog which includes the second STAR WARS film THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, the comedy AIRPLANE! and the horror film classic THE EXORCIST. It was a very eclectic list that also included Spike Lee’s 1992 bio-pic MALCOLM X and the Robert Altman classic McCABE AND MRS. MILLER. Not everything was obvious. Included in the mix were some shorts including the George Lucas directed ELECTRONIC LABYRINTH which was the precursor to his feature film THX-1138 and a two-minute 1913 short […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: V star Morena Baccarin sheds her skin

Morena Baccarin in V - Season Two | ©2010 ABC/photo by Bob D'Amico

In ABC’s reboot of V, the alien Visitors trying to take over Earth are led by Anna (played by Morena Baccarin), who is a pretty cold customer even by extraterrestrial reptile standards. She mates with humans and then eats them, skins alive subordinates who displease her and even beats up her own daughter Lisa for disobedience. This season, we’ll see that Anna also has been dishing out rough treatment to her mother (portrayed by Jane Badler, who was the primary alien villainess in the original ’80s incarnation of V). Thanks to the fact that Anna is played by Baccarin (pronounced […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos: From the World Premiere and AFI Benefit Screening of HOW DO YOU KNOW

Jack Nicholson at the World Premiere and AFI Benefit Screening of HOW DO YOU KNOW | © 2010 Sue Schneider

Columbia Pictures’ held the World Premiere and AFI Benefit Screening of HOW DO YOU KNOW recently at the Mann Village Theatre in Westwood. HOW DO YOU KNOW is written and directed by James L. Brooks and is a romantic comedy starring Reese Witherspoon as Lisa who finds herself in a love triangle with a major league baseball player Matty (Owen Wilson) and a well-meaning George (Paul Rudd) who is accused of a financial crime he didn’t commit. Jack Nicholson stars as Charles, George’s father. Seen walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, […]Read On »

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First Look Photo: THE SMURFS return as CGI creations

THE SMURFS - teaser movie poster | ©2010 Sony Pictures

Like ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS and YOGI BEAR, another beloved animation franchise is getting the live action/CGI treatment with THE SMURFS. Opening August 3, 2011, the film takes the Smurfs from their safe little village to the mean streets of New York (and our reality). Gargamel is obviously behind it all. Check out the first look image below – and the trailer to the left.

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