March 30, 2003 |
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.
October 13, 1985 |
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.
September 19, 2008 |
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.
May 16, 1996 |
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.
May 12, 2008 |
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.
November 3, 1991 |
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.
January 3, 2012 |
Hollywood dropped the ball in 2011, as the movie business saw a decline in ticket sales and attendance fell to a 16-year low. As most in the industry had anticipated, year-end figures indicated that receipts in the United States and Canada dropped about 3% compared with 2010 to $10.2 billion, according to Hollywood.com. About 1.28 billion people headed to the multiplex in 2011, a decline of roughly 4% from last year, when 1.33 billion went to the cinema. "The issues that keep me up at night about moviegoer attendance and our audience are certainly not lack of appetite for the movies," said Brad Grey, chairman and chief executive officer of Paramount Pictures, which had the biggest box-office gross of any studio in 2011 with $1.96 billion in domestic ticket sales.
May 25, 2009 |
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.
December 20, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Tuesday. Despite Internet rumors, Jon Bon Jovi is not dead. And he proved it on Twitter. ( Los Angeles Times ) Bon Jovi is hardly the first celeb to be reported dead while he's still kicking (and tweeting). Here's a look at some celebrity death hoaxes of yore. ( Los Angeles Times ) "The Dark Knight Rises" trailer is out, and it's explosive. ( Los Angeles Times ) Movie review: "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" lacks the humanity that made the books and the Swedish films successful.
January 17, 2013 |
The title character of "The Rabbi's Cat" is not your everyday cartoon fluffball. He's scrawny, apparently hairless and unapologetically disputatious. The animated world he inhabits is no kid-friendly adventure but a philosophical quarrel in the form of a frenetic road trip through 1930s Africa. Based on several volumes of the graphic novel series by Joann Sfar, the hand-drawn film is directed by Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux, who use a rich palette and a mix of visual styles ranging from blunt to dazzling.