Walt Disney Pictures has premiered the first official production photos from the next installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, in the latest issue of USA Today. Check them out now after the jump.
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It’s that time of the year when there will be one film awards ceremony and/or critical poll after another, and we’ve got the results of three to kick off this week. The European Film Awards took place in Estonia over the weekend, and Roman Polanski‘s The Ghost Writer scored six awards, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor, the latter for Ewan McGregor.

Meanwhile, at the British Independent Film Awards, The King’s Speech took best picture, while Monsters director Gareth Edwards scored Best Director.  And the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association honored The Social Network, Inception and The Fighter. All the lists are after the break. Read More »

New Poster: ‘The King’s Speech’

Which of the posters above would drive you to see Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter in the well-liked historical drama The King’s Speech? The one on the left is the miserable hack job that was tossed out by the Weinstein Company like an entry for a Hallmark Movie Channel parody contest on SomethingAwful. The image led director Tom Hooper to comment “that poster will be replaced very quickly with a very good poster…I hate it…It’s a train smash.”

The one on the right is the new one-sheet, which was just released today. Quite a significant improvement, I’d say. Check out a larger version below. Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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Tom Hooper‘s film The King’s Speech won the People’s Choice Award (aka top prize) at the Toronto Film Festival, and wowed audiences just a week prior at Telluride. Now there’s a trailer for the picture, which suggests that the film is every bit the crowd-pleaser it is said to be. Read More »

‘The King’s Speech’ Takes Top Prize in Toronto


The top prize awarded at the Toronto International Film festival is an interesting one, because unlike many other festivals which use a jury to award the biggest prizes, TIFF’s top honor is an audience award. This year, audiences in Toronto gave the People’s Choice Award to The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth as King George VI of Britain, “who overcame a nervous stammer to deliver a crucial address on the eve of that country’s entrance into World War II.” Read More »


The fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, On Stranger Tides, began production last week in Hawaii. Disney has sent out a press release to commemorate the occasion, and while normally this sort of thing is just a lot of hot air, in this case there is some useful information contained therein, at least if you’re curious to know exactly what adventure Johnny Depp will be sashaying through this time.

Hit the jump for the plot details as officially presented by Disney. Read More »


As the development and casting of the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film has gone forward, we’d basically known that Geoffrey Rush (the series’ secret weapon) would return as the formerly villainous pirate Captain Hector Barbossa. Now his return is confirmed. Read More »

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