"Disney's A Christmas Carol" Movie Review! How Many Kisses Does Jim Carrey Get? 

My favorite film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is the 1951 version starring Alastair Sim. Directed by Brian Desmond Hurst and adapted by Noel Langley, the movie captured the dark yet whimsical tone of Dickens’ classic.

“Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” the new animated film from writer-director Robert Zemeckis, tried to reinvigorate one of the greatest Christmas stories ever told. Though Zemeckis failed to find the right balance between the dark and the whimsical, I still applaud the movie for being faithful to Dickens’ work.

The film is very faithful indeed, that some of the images may terrify little children. Let’s face it, Dickens’ 1843 novella was intended for adults. So Walt Disney Pictures is in a quandary. They are marketing an animated film to children that will ultimately scare them. Read More...

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Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin to Host Oscars 

Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin will serve as cohosts of the 82nd annual Academy Awards!

Telecast producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman said that the duo are "the perfect pair of hosts for the Oscars."

This will be the first time for Baldwin to host the Oscars, while Martin has hosted twice before, in 2001 and 2003. Baldwin was nominated for an Academy Award in 2003 for his supporting role in "The Cooler."

This is not the first time the Oscar telecast is presented with multiple hosts. In 1983, Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore, Richard Pryor, and Walter Matthau hosted; In 1986, Alan Alda, Jane Fonda, Robin Williams; Then in 1987, Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn, Paul Hogan.

The 82nd Academy Awards will be presented March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre.

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"Paranormal Activity" Sequel! Already? Check Out What the Cast Revealed! 

Paramount Pictures wants a sequel to "Paranormal Activity."

According to The Hollywood Reporter:

In Viacom's earnings call Tuesday morning, CEO Philippe Dauman said the movie has been one of those surprise hits that comes along only rarely.

Given that a follow-up release wouldn't have the same element of surprise as "Paranormal," it will be key to craft a smart approach to a sequel, he said. "Our team will come up with the right creative and marketing approach," he told analysts.

But before Paramount takes the sequel route, I hope the studio pays attention to the rushed sequel to another shaky-cam phenomenon, "The Blair Witch Project." The second installment, "Book of the Shadows: Blair Witch 2" was HORRIBLE!!!!!

But I like that the studio is talking about "a smart approach to a sequel." "Paranormal Activity" is so simple, it's scary, that putting a Hollywood spin on the franchise may just hurt it in the long run.

When I interviewed the cast of "Paranormal," Micah Sloat and Katie Featherston, I did ask them about sequel plans. Take a look at what they said by clicking here.

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George Clooney in Talks for "The Descendants" 

George Clooney is in talks to star in the family dramedy "The Descendants" for director Alexander Payne. This will be Payne's first full feature film after 2004's "Sideways."

Based on Kaui Hart Hemmings' debut novel, Clooney will be playing a wealthy landowner who goes on a journey with his two daughters to find his wife's lover. The script is written by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.

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Get Ready for "Marmaduke" the Movie! 

"Marmaduke," the long-running comic strip is about to bark into theaters near you! And Owen Wilson will lend a helping hand.

The actor will voice the rambunctious Great Dane for Fox. The live-action CG movie tells the tale of the Winslows who move from Kansas to Orange County with their dog Marmaduke.

Based on the comic strip created in 1954 by Brad Anderson and Phil Leeming, the script is written by Tim Rasmussen and Vince Di Meglio. There is going to be a Mutts vs. Pedigrees war (fun!), and Marmaduke will even fall in love. Awww...

The humans will be played by Judy Greer, Lee Pace, and William H. Macy; Fergie, Emma Stone, George Lopez (he sure loves voicing animals, he was just in "Beverly Hills Chihuahua), Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Steve Coogan, Damon Wayans, and Marlon Wayans will provide the voices.

Wilson's director from "Shanghai Noon," Tom Dey, is set to helm the family comedy with a release date of June 2010.

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