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TRAVEL
March 30, 2003 | Susan Spano, Times Staff Writer
The scene is the palace of the Maharaja of Gaipajama, where a messenger from China arrives out of the blue. Before he can speak, he is silenced. "A dart ... dipped in Rajaijah juice ... the poison of madness ... poor chap ... he just had time to tell me I'm needed in Shanghai," says Tintin, the hero of "The Blue Lotus" and 22 other comic book adventures created by Belgian artist Georges Remi (who wrote as Herge) between 1929 and 1983.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 1985 | From Sue Martin
Screenwriter Melissa Mathison ("E.T.") is in Wyoming adapting "Son of the Morning Star," Evan Connell's best-selling novelistic treatment of Gen. George Armstrong Custer, for a Viacom/NBC production. Earlier, she completed a script for Steven Spielberg based on the European comic book character "Tin-Tin," a 15-year-old boy who, along with a changing cast of characters, is adventure-prone.
BUSINESS
September 19, 2008 | Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writer
Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson don't hear "no" very often. But after they submitted a final budget of $130 million for their 3-D animated movie "Tintin," based on the Belgian comic strip, to Universal Pictures, the studio balked. The decision has left the two powerful filmmakers scrambling to find another financial partner.
BUSINESS
May 16, 1996 | Times Wire Services
Nickelodeon Going to Latin America: Viacom Inc. said it will launch its children's television channel in Argentina, Mexico and Brazil in the fourth quarter, reaching a potential audience of 11 million households. The Latin American countries will receive programs such as "Babar" and "The Adventures of Tintin" on the 24-hour network, which will be based in Miami and broadcast in Spanish and Portuguese, the New York-based entertainment and communications company said.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 2008 | Sheigh Crabtree
Steven Spielberg's long-rumored Abraham Lincoln biopic may well go into production in 2009. It would be the director's next project after "Tintin," which is expected to go into production in September. "I want to start 'Lincoln' in early 2009, because it's Lincoln's 200th anniversary," Spielberg told the German magazine Focus. Marvin Levy, Spielberg's spokesman, confirmed the director's production plans Sunday. Liam Neeson, who was in talks to play the 16th U.S. president based on an adaptation of "Team of Rivals," a biography by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, is still associated with the project, Levy confirmed.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
When Gore Verbinski was directing his upcoming movie, "Rango," a spaghetti western-like tale set in a desert town overrun by bandits, he did what he typically does: have his principal actors, led by Johnny Depp and fellow cast members that include Harry Dean Stanton, Abigail Breslin and Ray Winstone, act out key scenes. The actors wore western costumes ? Depp sported a giant cowboy hat and bandana and Winstone packed a sidearm. They had the usual array of props, including whiskey glasses and sawhorses, on a stage at Universal that also featured a saloon with a 40-foot-long wooden bar and the requisite swinging doors and even a chuckwagon.
NEWS
November 3, 1991 | LAUREN LIPTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Looking for worldwide adventure but don't want to leave that sofa? Tune into "The Adventures of Tintin," a new animated HBO series based on The Adventures of Tintin books published by Methuen and Little, Brown. The series follows Tintin, an ace reporter, around the world in search of excitement. With him is his faithful canine companion, Snowy. A new episode of the series will debut every week in November. "The Adventures of Tintin," Mondays 7-7:30 p.m. HBO. For 5- to 10-year-olds.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2011 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
Oscar's supporting actor race will be a hairy one this year — and something of a digital proving ground. Andy Serkis, who played Caesar, the hyper-intelligent chimp in this summer's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," is getting an awards push courtesy of 20th Century Fox. Serkis' performance — which tracks Caesar from his childhood raised by a human scientist (James Franco) through his political awakening as an adult chimp in a cruelly run primate sanctuary — was delivered via the same computer-graphics techniques used in "Avatar.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2010 | By Rachel Abramowitz
Director James Cameron had many reasons to be happy the morning that this year's Oscar nominations were announced; his blockbuster film "Avatar" tied for the most with nine, including best picture and best director. But he was dismayed that his cast, including stars Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington and Sigourney Weaver, was shut out. In fact, unlike the great majority of best picture nominees, the "Avatar" actors have not nabbed a single major critic's award, or guild prize. The snubs reflect the apparent ambivalence of the film community -- especially actors -- to "Avatar" and its revolutionary use of "performance capture," a new technology that combines human actors with computer-generated animation to create the blue, 10-foot-tall creatures who are the heart of the movie.
BUSINESS
May 25, 2009 | Rachel Abramowitz
It was a seminar that top executives at Sony and Paramount couldn't afford to miss. Forty-six of them -- including Sony Pictures Chairman Michael Lynton, co-Chairman Amy Pascal, Paramount Film Group President John Lesher and marketing teams from around the globe -- crowded around a table recently in one of Sony's conference rooms. The reason: to hear a presentation on Tintin, the 80-year-old comic strip series by Belgian artist Herge about a boy reporter and his loyal dog, Snowy.
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