"Sanctum" Movie Review -- Should You Go Deep with James Cameron and the Film? 


Here's more info on "Sanctum" from Yahoo:

Master diver Frank McGuire has explored the South Pacific's Esa-ala Caves for months. But when his exit is cut off in a flash flood, Frank's team - including 17-year-old son Josh and financier Carl Hurley - are forced to radically alter plans. With dwindling supplies, the crew must navigate an underwater labyrinth to make it out. Soon, they are confronted with the unavoidable question: Can they survive, or will they be trapped forever?

Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama and Thriller
Running Time: 1 hr. 43 min.
Release Date: February 4th, 2011 (limited)
MPAA Rating: R for language, some violence and disturbing images.
Distributors: Universal Pictures

Cast and Credits
Starring: Alice Parkinson, Richard Roxburgh, Rhys Wakefield, Ioan Gruffudd
Directed by: Alister Grierson
Produced by: James Cameron, Ben Browning, Michael Maher

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BAFTA Embraces "Harry Potter" Franchise! 


The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the British Academy of Film and Television Arts is honoring the Harry Potter movie franchise. Author J.K. Rowling and producer David Heyman will accept the honor during the Orange British Academy Film Awards on Feb. 13. (Check out the complete BAFTA nominations right here)

I say it's about darn time! "Harry Potter" will endure as a franchise for years to come.

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"Pet Sematary" to be Resurrected! 


First, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are adapting "Dark Tower," then it was "The Stand," now it's "Pet Sematary." Stephen King is being embraced by Hollywood again! Yay!

As we told you in March of last year (check out Get Buried in "Pet Sematary" Again!), Paramount has hired "1408" writer, Matthew Greenberg, to resurrect "Pet Sematary" with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Steven Schneider producing.

Now, Steven Zeitchik of the LA Times revealed that:

Matthew Greenberg, the writer of "1408" (also based on a King work), is set to turn in his script for a new version of the tale, according to a person briefed on the project who was not authorized to speak about it publicly. And executives at studio Paramount have put out the word to at least two representatives in the agent community that they are seeking a high-level director to tackle the material. (Paramount declined comment.)


See? Stephen King's material will always be resurrected.

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Will Julia Roberts Star as "Snow White's" Evil Queen?  


Everybody's in on this whole "Snow White" game. Two competing films based on the popular fairy tale will go on production soon! First, we have Relativity Media's "The Brothers Grimm: Snow White." Tarsem Singh ("The Cell," "The Fall") is attached to direct, and Vulture is reporting that Julia Roberts is in talks to play the Evil Queen! That's intriguing right?

Then, we also have Universal's "Snow White and the Huntsman." This is a re-imagining of the "Snow White" tale and "Twilight's" Kristen Stewart is negotiating to play Snow White (perfect!). Charlize Theron is also in talks to play the Evil Queen, and Viggo Mortensen to star as the Huntsman. I'm intrigued by this project too!

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Visual Effects Society Honors Christopher Nolan's "Inception" 


Christopher Nolan's "Inception" dominated the 9th annual Visual Effects Society Awards winning the top prize of Outstanding Visual Effcts in a VFX-driven feature. The mind-bending film won all four categories that it was nominated for.

DreamWorks Animations' "How to Train Your Dragon" also received love from the VES sweeping the feature animation categories including Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature.

The ceremony, held at the Beverly Hilton, also paid homage to Nolan by giving him the inaugural VES Visionary Award. The great Ray Harryhausen was given the much-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award.

Here's the complete list of the winners of the 9th annual Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards (Check our Awards Avenue for complete winners/nominees for all award-giving bodies):

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual-Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture
Inception
Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Mike Chambers, Matthew Plummer

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture
Hereafter
Michael Owens, Joel Mendias, Bryan Grill, Danielle Plantec

Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
How to Train Your Dragon
Simon Otto, Craig Ring, Bonnie Arnold

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or a Special
The Pacific
John Sullivan, David Taritero, William Mesa, Marco Requay

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series
Caprica
Michael Gibson, Gary Hutzel, Davey Morton, Jesse Mesa Toves

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program
Boardwalk Empire
Robert Stromberg, Dave Taritero, Richard Friedlander, Paul Graff

Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Short
Day & Night
Teddy Newton, Kevin Reher, Michael Fu, Tom Gately

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Live Action Commercial
Halo: Reach
Dan Glass, Dan Seddon, Matt Dessero, Stephanie Gilgar

Outstanding Animated Commercial
Cadbury's Spots V Stripes
Jake Mengers, Julie Evans, Jorge Montiel Meurer, Michael Gregory

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
King Kong 360 3D
Matt Aitken, Kevin Sherwood, Eric Reynolds, R. Christopher White

Outstanding Real-Time Visual Effects in a Video Game
Halo: Reach
Marcus Lehto, Joseph Tung, Stephen Scott, CJ Cowan

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Video Game Trailer
World of Warcraft
Marc Messenger, Phillip Hillenbrand, Jr.

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 - Dobby
Mathieu Vig, Ben Lambert, Laurie Brugger, Marine Poirson

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
How to Train Your Dragon – Toothless
Gabe Hordos, Cassidy Curtis, Mariette Marinus, Brent Watkins

Outstanding Animated Character in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
Citron C3 The Spacebox – Citro
Michael Nauzin, Anne Chatelain, Gregory Mougne, Cedric Nicolas

Outstanding Animated Character in a Video Game
StarCraft II - Sarah Kerrigan
Fausto De Martini, Xin Wang, Glenn Ramos, Scott Lange

Outstanding Effects Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
How to Train Your Dragon
Andy Hayes, Laurent Kermel, Jason Mayer, Brett Miller

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Inception - Paris Dreamscape
Bruno Baron, Dan Neal, Graham Page, Per Mork-Jensen

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Broadcast Program
The Pacific - The Battle of Iwo Jima
Marco Recuay, Morgan McDermott, Nick Lund-Ulrich

Outstanding Models & Miniatures in a Feature Motion Picture
Inception - Hospital Fortress Destruction
Ian Hunter, Scott Beverly, Forest Fischer, Robert Spurlock

Outstanding Models & Miniatures in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
Boardwalk Empire - The Ivory Tower
J. John Corbett, Matthew Conner, Brendan Fitzgerald

Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture
Inception
Astrid Busser-Casas, Scott Pritchard, Jan Maroske, George Zwier

Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
The Pacific - Peleliu landing
Jeremy Nelson, John P. Mesa, Dan Novy, Tyler Cote

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
LOOM
Regina Welker, Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck, Csaba Letay

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