It’s been too long since I’ve seen Polar Express, I guess, because this one slipped right by me (I blame the characters’ eyes – how about going back and dezombifying them, Bob?). It’s now clear that Zemeckis’ first, admirable yet failed, attempt to cross the uncanny valley featured a neat little surprise, just like one of Pixar’s infamous easter eggs in which Nemo appears in Boo’s bedroom in Monsters Inc., or a pink Teddy Bear glimpsed in Up turns out to be a player in Toy Story 3. This revelation hints at the same sort of long leadtime in development and design in Zemeckis’ mo-cap pictures as in Pixar’s toons.

See a full comparison image at the bottom of this post.

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Last week Warner Bros made a few scheduling shifts, delaying Richard Kelly‘s sci-fi thriller The Box, once again. This time the film was only pushed back one week, from October 30th to a November 6th release. This film has been delayed so many times that I won’t believe it is out until I see it on the big screen for myself. Director Kelly insisted on Twitter that the change was “good news” and that he was “much happier with this date!”

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Harry Knowles has today published a telephone interview with Robert Zemeckis at Aint it Cool. For the most part they talk about A Christmas Carol, detailing the shape the film is in today and how it is going to showcase advances in performance capture technology and so on, but the chatter comes around, with seeming inevitability, to one of Zemckis’ past projects.

Bob Hoskins is appearing in Carol as Fezziwig, past employer of Ebeneezer Scrooge. According to Zemeckis, on set (or, perhaps more properly, “in volume”) conversation touched upon Who Framed Roger Rabbit and a potential return for Eddie Valliant, Hoskins’ character therein. The good news quote, simple as it is, lies beyond this break.

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Walt Disney Pictures has released an international (Italian) movie trailer for Robert ZemeckisA Christmas Carol. Disney had previously released some footage from the film, but this is the first trailer. I’m sure this trailer is a lot more impressive when viewed in 3D. Also, I should warn you the recording is very dark and in Italian. Watch the trailer after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Walt Disney Studios has finally announced their schedule for the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con International. Full details after the jump.

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Trailer Addict have captured a sequence from Backlot Buzz that features Robert Zemeckis and Jim Carrey talking about their upcoming adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, revealing some quite astonishing new art and explaining some of their process. You can see the clip embedded below the break.

I think that I’m in the minority – so far! – in being convinced about this one. The story is a corker, Zemeckis is a fine, fine storyteller and Carrey is a wonderful choice for the various roles he’s been given: Scrooge and the various ghosts. As you’ll hear in the clip, Zemeckis cast one actor in all of those parts as the spectres are readable as projections of Scrooge, facets of his character.
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Walt Disney Pictures has released the first official photo and footage of Jim Carrey as Ebeneezer Scrooge in Robert Zemeckis‘ performance capture 3D adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Click on the image above to enlarge. Early footage from the film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. You can see some of that footage embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Disney has released the official poster for Robert Zemeckis‘ adaptation of A Christmas Carol on Yahoo. The film is being produced by Disney, and like Zemeckis last couple films, was shot completely using performance capture, and will be distributed in 3D. Jim Carrey plays not only Ebenezer Scrooge, but also the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come.  Colin Firth plays Fred and Gary Oldman plays Bob Cratchit, Marley and Tiny Tim. Check out the full poster after the jump.

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Our friends at FirstShowing are in France for the Cannes Film Festival, and have gotten a bunch of snapshots of some of the cool promotional posters for upcoming films. Above are the billboards for Martin Scorsese‘s Shutter Island starring Leonard Dicaprio, and Robert Zemeckis‘ performance capture 3D adaptation of A Christmas Carol, starring Jim Carrey.I’m really digging the redish-orange on black look of the Scorsese poster.

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Video Blog: ShoWest 2009

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I just got back from ShowWest in Las Vegas. ShoWest is a convention for theater owners where, among other things, Hollywood previews some of their upcoming movies. You’ve seen some of my ShoWest overage on the site over the last week, but there was so much going on that I couldn’t get to it all. Frosty from Collider joins me in this video blog wrap-up, where we take a look at nearly everything that we saw over the course of the four day convention. We broke it into two parts because it runs a little bit long. Here is some of the stuff we talked about:

Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, Tron 2 3-D, Beauty and the Beast in 3-D, Angels & Demons,  G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Woody Allen’s new film Whatever Works, The Hurt Locker, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, The Hangover, Terminator Salvation, Robert Zemeckis’ A Christmas Carol, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, The Proposal, The Princess and the Frog, Men in Black 3, Spider-Man 4, Ghostbusters 3, The Ugly Truth, Julie and Julia, and The Year One.

In the last 5 minutes of the video, George (El Guapo) from Latino Review, Alex from First Showing, Ed from Coming Soon, and Katey from Cinemablend make a cameo appearance and briefly discuss their favorite things from the con. A big thanks goes to Katey Rich for producing this segment. She did the camera work and helped us organize the talking points. Without her, we would have been babbling even more than we did. Part 2 is after the jump.

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