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.
February 18, 2010 |
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.
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.
February 13, 2012 |
I'm a mutt fancier myself -- or "multicultural canines," as my dogs prefer -- but like millions of other lovers of canines of all kinds, I'll be tuning in Monday to watch the Westminster Kennel Club dog show , the 136th. There's at least one hot California dog in the running, a wire fox terrier nicknamed Eira. She's four years old, and she belongs to breederTorie Steele of Malibu. Eira took Best in Show at the National Dog Show on Thanksgiving, and Steele hopes she will become only the third dog to win the canine double-crown, the National Dog Show and Westminster.
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.
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.