September 20, 2009 |
Observe and Report Warner, $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99 Those with darker tastes in comedy than "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" should take a shine to "Observe and Report," a different kind of mall cop movie, starring Seth Rogen as a security guard whose sense of self-importance borders on psychotic. Written and directed by Jody Hill -- one of the people responsible for the unapologetically raunchy HBO series "Eastbound & Down" -- "Observe and Report" is about characters so gruff and single-minded that they're not always that fun to be around.
June 16, 2001 |
On Feb. 23, 1945, two flags were raised over the remote island of Iwo Jima after four days of fierce fighting between American and Japanese forces. "Heroes of Iwo Jima," a potent and poignant documentary being shown Sunday on A&E, tells the compelling story of the dozen Marines who raised those symbols of democracy.
January 20, 2009 |
In what cinematic world do "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Cloverfield," "Iron Man" and "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" earn equal attention? Well, they are all among the nominees for the Visual Effects Society Awards announced Monday.
December 4, 1997 |
POP/ROCK Concert Fatality: A man dancing on a handrail during a Rolling Stones concert in Pontiac, Mich., slipped and fell 23 feet to his death Tuesday night. Eric Zylema, 31, fell from the Silverdome's second level to the concrete floor, police said. He was pronounced dead a half-hour later. Witnesses said Zylema had been dancing on the handrail several times, but security had not noticed him because of low lighting during the concert. An autopsy will determine if drugs or alcohol was involved.
June 21, 2000 |
As the owner and eminence grise of Tweedy's Egg Farm, the autocratic Mrs. Tweedy thinks she knows chickens. "They don't plot, they don't scheme, they are not organized," she tells her (inevitably) hen-pecked husband. "Apart from you, they are the stupidest creatures on the planet." Or so she, and the rest of us, believe. Along with its virtues as a delightful example of clay animation, "Chicken Run" also exposes a previously hidden world of poultry behavior.
March 21, 1996 |
In the kitchen of Aardman Animations' offices in London, there's a cabinet weighed down with all the awards the company has won in the past few years, including two Academy Awards for best animated short film, and some 30 other awards for one of those Oscar winners, "The Wrong Trousers." As Nick Park, the man responsible for a good many of those trophies, says, "It's a pretty heavy cabinet. It'll kill someone if it falls off the wall."
November 23, 2011 |
Five years ago the Bristol, England-based Aardman animation folks — who created the stop-motion legends Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep and therefore are eligible for sainthood — made the digitally animated British/American co-production "Flushed Away. " Jam-packed with peril, if not with charm, the film had both eyes on a crossover American audience that never materialized. Now comes happier news and a much better film. The company's second digitally animated feature, billed as "an Aardman production for Sony Pictures Animation," carries the name "Arthur Christmas.
November 6, 2011 |
At 16, Peter Baynham joined Britain's Merchant Navy. Within a year, the bookish young man with a droll sense of humor had not only electrocuted himself but also nearly steered a supertanker straight into a ferry. In 2005, Baynham — by then more fittingly employed as a comic and screenwriter — had an idea. "What if Santa had a son?" said Baynham, 48. "And Santa's son was as impractical and useless and all over the place as I am?" That's the premise of "Arthur Christmas," the animated holiday movie due Nov. 23 from Aardman Studios, the British company best known for the endearing clay animation characters Wallace and Gromit.
November 26, 2012 |
Shares of DreamWorks Animation took a hit in the wake of a poor box office debut for "Rise of the Guardians. " DreamWorks' stock fell as much as 5.8% on Monday after some analysts warned that the Glendale-based studio could be forced to take a significant write-down on its latest computer animated movie. The 3-D movie pulled in $32.6 million over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday period, marking a rare misfire for a studio that has reaped big...
October 3, 2005 |
"I am flattered by the attention I have received recently," remarks Peter Sallis. "I am an old man, so it comes as a nice surprise." At 84, Sallis finally has his first starring role in a feature film: "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit," which opens Wednesday. "It is the first time I have had the title role in anything," says the charming British actor, whose career spans six decades.