Walt Disney Pictures is releasing the blockbuster Japanese film, “The Secret World of Arrietty,” in the U.S. on February 17th. Based on the beloved novel “The Borrowers” by Mary Norton and co-written by the iconic Hayao Miyazaki, this Studio Ghibli production (“Ponyo,” “Princess Mononoke,” “Spirited Away”) is an enthralling, visually entertaining piece with a great cast featuring Saoirse Ronan, Mark Strong, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, and the legendary Carol Burnett. The main leads are Bridgit Mendler as Arrietty and David Henrie as Shawn.
I talked to Mendler (“Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Good Luck Charlie”) and Henrie (“Wizard of Waverly Place,” “How I Met Your Mother”) about their roles, why they wanted to do the film, being a part of Studio Ghibli, and the moral of the story.
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In 2009, Ben Stiller presented the award for Best Cinematography alongside Natalie Portman and he showed up as the "confused" Joaquin Phoenix.
In 2010, the actor showed up as a Na’vi inspired by the Best Picture contender "Avatar."
So this year, Stiller is set to present at the 84th Academy Awards, but will he dress up as a popular character or will he just come as Ben Stiller?
We'll find out on Sunday, February 26th for the Oscar presentation live from the Kodak Theatre. Stiller will be joining the following actors as Oscar presenters:
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It took nearly two years, but finally, Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady") and Julia Roberts ("Eat Pray Love") are teaming up for the feature adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer-winning play "August: Osage County." In October of 2010, we first brought you the story of the two fantastic actresses in talks with the Weinstein Co. to star in the film to be directed by John Wells ("Shameless," "The Company Men") from a script adapted by Letts. (See The Perfect Pair -- Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts Team Up for "August: Osage County")
And tonight, I received a press release from The Weinstein Co (TWC) announcing that the Academy Award-winning actresses will star in the movie. The talks have concluded, and Roberts and Streep are attending the party! Roberts, after seeing Streep's "Iron Lady" performance said, "it has me even more excited and proud to co star with her."
Wells is looking forward to direct both stars, "I'm delighted and feel very privileged to have the opportunity to direct Meryl and Julia in this magnificent piece written by Tracy Letts. Meryl's extraordinary body of work made her the only conceivable choice to play Violet. Coupled with Julia's effortless mastery of every role she undertakes and her fearlessness as an actress, I'm confident this first ever collaboration with Meryl and Julia will produce an exciting and moving film."
I hope so!
Harvey Weinstein has been developing the movie since 2007. The play explores death and how it affects one family's dynamics when the patriarch dies.
Here's the rest of the press release from Weinstein:
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Letts' play made its Broadway debut in December 2007 after premiering at Chicago's legendary Steppenwolf Theatre earlier that year. It continued with a successful international run.
Streep has been cast as pill-popping matriarch Violet Weston, and Roberts will play her complicated adult daughter Barbara. Streep has been nominated for the 2012 Best Actress Academy Award® for THE IRON LADY, and recently won a BAFTA and a Golden Globe Award® for her performance.
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Once upon a time, in 2005 to be exact, Chris Rock hosted the Oscars. True to his fashion, Rock's monologue was a biting satire of Hollywood where he announced that there's only a handful of stars in Tinseltown. The rest? They're just popular! Sean Penn scolded the comedian when he made fun of Jude Law. He made fun of everyone that's why it's kind of exciting to see him be back on the Oscar stage to present at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony.
Rock will be joining an ever-growing list of Oscar presenters such as:
The biggest night in Hollywood will happen on Sunday, February 26th live from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood! (For complete 2012 Oscar nominations, click here; For my rants and raves, click here)
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Steven Spielberg told Total Film that Peter Jackson and he made a deal that the "War Horse" director would helm the first "Tintin" and Jackson would take care of the sequel.
Jackson is currently busy with his two "Hobbit" movies but Spielberg says "Peter, of course, is going to do it right after he finishes photography on The Hobbit. He’ll go right into the…performance capture." EW has reported that Jackson's rep has confirmed that he will direct the next "Tintin" movie which Spielberg will now be producing. Spielberg directed the last one, Jackson produced, now, it's role-swapping time.
It's still unclear which book by Hergé will be the basis of "Tintin 2" although producer Kathleen Kennedy once hinted that it's going to be "The Calculus Affair." Spielberg neither confirm nor deny that theory saying “We haven’t decided that yet. She’s throwing a monkey wrench into your story! It could be that. I like The Calculus Affair. So it could be."
Furthermore, Spielberg revealed that the sequel will be more than one book but no more than two.
I enjoyed "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn," well okay, I enjoyed the film's setup more than the payoff, but it was still quite enjoyable nonetheless. So I'm looking forward to seeing the sequel. For now, if you liked the first movie, the DVD and Blu-ray of the film arrives on March 19.
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