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Movie Review: THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA - THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER movie poster | © 2010 20th Century Fox

For those who take the pace, wit and generally immersive atmosphere of the HARRY POTTER films for granted, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER is the latest example of the fact that making family-friendly fantasy is not as easy as it looks. The third of the films based on C.S. Lewis’ CHRONICLES OF NARNIA follows characters introduced in THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE and its sequel, PRINCE CASPIAN. Siblings Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy (Georgie Henley), now in their teens, are waiting out WWII at the home of their aunt and uncle; older siblings Peter and Susan are in America with their parents. Edmund and Lucy miss their days of adventure in Narnia and are coping with annoying, resentful younger cousin Eustace (Will Poulter), who can’t understand why they keep nattering on about an imaginary country. Then a painting on the wall comes to life and Edmund, Lucy and Eustace are all transported to a Narnian ocean, where they are rescued by a vessel captained by now-King Caspian (Ben Barnes). Caspian is happy to see his old friends again – he and his crew are off to find what became of seven missing lords. There’s an evil mist, a dark island, temptations and some deus ex machina up ahead.

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Cool Clip: REAL STEEL teaser trailer is here plus new stills

Hugh Jackman in REAL STEEL | ©2010 Dreamworks

No, it’s not a TRANSFORMERS spin-off. Instead REAL STEEL is a crazy new science-fiction action film starring Hugh Jackman who plays a promoter who manages robot vs. robot boxing matches. It sounds crazy, but this thing could actually work. It also has Steven Spielberg as an executive producer and A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM‘s Shawn Levy at the helm. To get a sneak peak, check out the brand new stills and the teaser trailer below. The film opens October 7, 2011.

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Exclusive Interview: TRON: LEGACY producer (and original creator/director) Steven Lisberger gets back on the grid

TRON: LEGACY teaser poster | © 2010 Walt Disney Pictures

It’s rare for a film to spawn a sequel (with some of the main cast) 28 years after the release of the original, but TRON has managed that feat and exceeded all expectations. The original TRON, co-written and directed by Steven Lisberger was a ground-breaking film that took computer programmer Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) inside a computer where he fought against nefarious programs inside the “grid.” It was unlike anything out there, but its concept was perhaps way ahead of its time, which is why the film wasn’t the mega-success it should have been. Now, audiences are ready and totally […]Read On »

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The Dork Side: A FESTIVUS for the rest of us

JERSEY SHORE | ©2010 MTV

I don’t really celebrate Christmas. I’m not a Grinch or anything. I’m just more a Festivus girl. If you don’t know what Festivus is then … wait, really? You don’t know what Festivus is? If you don’t know then you probably don’t have Internet and you are probably not reading this so I will move along. I have put up my Festivus pole, and I plan to wrestle with the head of the household for the feats of strength. The head of our household is our wiener dog, Homer, so that shouldn’t be too hard. But my favorite part of […]Read On »

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Interview: Jennifer Lawrence gets Oscar heat from WINTER’S BONE

WINTER'S BONE poster | ©2010 Lionsgate

Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman, especially when you’re barely one in the Ozarks, an economically depressed area fraught with meth labs. It’s through this frigidly beautiful, and dangerous terrain that 17 year-old Ree Dolly desperately searches for her missing, meth-cooking father, who’s missed court date threatens her family home with foreclosure. While it would be spoiling the many surprises of WINTER’S BONE to say what Ree uncovers on her quest, it’s no secret that Jennifer Lawrence’s understated, yet beguiling performance is one of this year’s major acting discoveries, one that just might dig up Oscar recognition come next […]Read On »

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Juliet Landau’s TAKE FLIGHT release party flies this Sunday in Los Angeles

Juliet Landau

Ever wonder what might be going through Gary Oldman’s mind if he directed a Jewish hip-hop music video? You can find out at the DVD release party for director Juliet Landau’s TAKE FLIGHT, a twenty-five-minute documentary chronicling Oldman’s work with the band Chutzpah. The documentary will be screened and available for purchase Sunday night, Dec. 12, 6 PM at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood 90069. There will be a musical performance by Amy Kuney and the band Common Rotation (which features Adam Busch, who appeared with Landau in BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, as well as Eric Kufs and […]Read On »

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CD Review: SKYLINE soundtrack

© 2010 Varese Sarabande Records | Skyline Soundtrack

If you’re doing a DIY, apartment-set riff on ID4 for the sum of 10 million dollars, then trying to make your production look like it cost 10 times that, you’d better have a score as big as your ambitions. Thankfully, the effects wizard Strause brothers have Matthew Margeson unleashing the big orchestral guns for their unfairly maligned, and thoroughly entertaining gonzo sci-fi pic. With mad action skills learned during a career whose highlights range from assisting Klaus Badelt on CONSTANTINE, to arranging KICK-ASS and programming synths for ANGELS AND DEMONS, Margeson now has his own major debut to apply all […]Read On »

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TV Review: WAREHOUSE 13 – Season 2 – “Secret Santa”

Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly in WAREHOUSE 13 - Season 2 - "Secret Santa" | ©2010 NBC Universal

When Los Angeles businessman Larry Newley (Paul Blackthorne, erstwhile star of Syfy’s THE DRESDEN FILES) has his home vandalized by an apparition that twinkles and swooshes, it means Pete (Eddie McClintock) and Myka (Joanne Kelly) have to say goodbye to their separate plans to spend Christmas with their respective families.

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TV Review: EUREKA – Season 4 – “O Little Town”

Colin Ferguson and Erica Cerra in EUREKA - Season 4 - "Oh Little Town" | ©2010 NBC Universal

From its one-off holiday title sequence to the series-specific jokes about fruitcake (and of course the fruitcake does come to menace the town’s inhabitants), “O Little Town” is a uniquely EUREKA Christmas episode. Some plot elements are a bit too wacky even for EUREKA, which is why we get the framing device of Jack (Colin Ferguson) telling four cynical snowbound kids of a Yuletide when it was unseasonably sweltering in Eureka. The town’s electromagnetic shield has gone haywire, trapping everybody inside. Taggart (Matt Frewer) is visiting town in an actual flying sleigh, determined to find Santa, while at Global Dynamics, an energy project gone amok and Taggart’s gift-shrinking technology are causing the town to get smaller and smaller. On the upside, there’s a Secret Santa running around, giving everyone the perfect present. Who can it be? Maybe … Santa?

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