Who knew this week was going get so David Fincher heavy? Disney is considering his 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, he released a new commercial for Halo 4 and now he’s reportedly signed an output deal with HBO. That means they’ve agreed to take on a body of work at a set price, but what exactly that work be?

At a French press conference, HBO executives Michael Lombardo and Richard Plepler said they’re considering a third World War II miniseries in the mold of Band of Brothers and The Pacific, this one focusing on the aerial battles in the Pacific during the war. Does that mean Fincher will be a part of it? It doesn’t seem likely, but read more after the jump. Read More »

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Here’s something for those who have wanted to see Inception nominated or awarded with more significant honors than the film has been given so far in the awards season. Sure, the top prize from the American Society of Cinematographers is essentially a technical award, but it is the technical award, and taking the prize is no small honor. Tonight Wally Pfister won the ASC Award for feature achievement for his work on Inception. Read More »

AFI’s Top 10 Movies and TV Shows of 2010

It’s that time of year again, when all of the critics societies and film organizations name their top 10 movies of the year. The American Film Institute have released their lists of the top 10 films and television shows of 2010. As with most of the lists AFI releases, the films are not numbered in any order, but instead just a compilation of “winners.” Hit the jump to find out which movies and television shows were chosen.

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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

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TOY STORY 3
(Blu-ray available as 2-Disc and Four-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
How strongly Toy Story 3 resonates with you emotionally will depend almost entirely on the attachment you’ve built to the characters over the past two films. Unlike with those, the goal this time around wasn’t to advance the characters in new and profound ways; it aims instead to provide heart-wrenching closure to a series that many—myself included—have grown up with and come to love. Sure, Toy Story 2 kind of already did that, but this entry tackles the theme of loss and abandonment much more head-on, in some startlingly bold ways. And as much familiar ground as Toy Story 3 treads, it does what it does so well that you’ll probably just be happy to go on another thrilling adventure with these characters. I know I was.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – Day & Night short, featurettes (“Toys!”, “Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: The Science of Adventure”, “Paths to Pixar: Editorial”, “The Gang’s All Here”, “A Toy’s Eye View: Creating A Whole New Land”) and a 3-part Studio Stories feature (“Where’s Gordon?”, “Cereal Bar”, “Clean Start”). 2-Disc Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as commentary by Director Lee Unkrich and Producer Darla K. Anderson, an alternative commentary track featuring the leads, Tech, Art and Animation, and the following additional featurettes (“Beginnings: Setting A Story In Motion”, “Bonnie’s Playtime: A Story Roundtable”, “Roundin’ Up A Western Opening”, “Life Of A Shot”, “Goodbye Andy”, “Accidental Toymakers”, “Making of Day & Night”). 4-Disc Blu-ray – Includes everything on the 2-Disc Blu-ray, as well as a copy of the DVD and a digital copy of the film.

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*Does not include 4-Disc Edition, which costs $24.99 at Target, Best Buy, Fry’s and Amazon.

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Two big new HBO shows are coming soon with significant talent involved. There is The Wire creator David Simon‘s new Treme, and Boardwalk Empire, with a pilot directed by Martin Scorsese. Each show gets a new trailer this week, and both are fantastic. I’m a bit partial to the one for Boardwalk Empire, if only because it has a killer line from Steve Buscemi.

Finally, you can watch the first episode of Band of Brothers follow-up The Pacific online for free, but you’ll have to give up some info to do so.

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The Pacific

Executive produced by Steven Spielberg and from the creators of “Band of Brothers”, The Pacific is a a 10-part HBO mini-series which tells the intertwined stories of three Marines, Robert Leckie (played by James Badge Dale), Eugene Sledge (Joe Mazzello) and John Basilone (Jon Seda), during America’s battle with the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II. You might remember that we posted a promo trailer for the series back in March.

Produced on a reported budget of more $200 million (some have reported $250 million), and shot on location in Australia, the series follows (from an early press release) “The extraordinary experiences of these men and their fellow Marines take them from the first clash with the Japanese in the haunted jungles of Guadalcanal, through the impenetrable rain forests of Cape Gloucester, across the blasted coral strongholds of Peleliu, up the black sand terraces of Iwo Jima, through the killing fields of Okinawa, to the triumphant, yet uneasy, return home after V-J Day.”

HBO has begun airing a new trailer for this epic miniseries. Watch it now after the jump, and please leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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the pacific

Executive produced by Steven Spielberg and from the creators of “Band of Brothers”, The Pacific is a a 10-part HBO mini-series which tells the intertwined stories of three Marines, Robert Leckie (played by James Badge Dale), Eugene Sledge (Joe Mazzello) and John Basilone (Jon Seda), during America’s battle with the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II.

Produced on a budget of more $150 million, and shot on location in Australia, the series follows (from an early press release) “The extraordinary experiences of these men and their fellow Marines take them from the first clash with the Japanese in the haunted jungles of Guadalcanal, through the impenetrable rain forests of Cape Gloucester, across the blasted coral strongholds of Peleliu, up the black sand terraces of Iwo Jima, through the killing fields of Okinawa, to the triumphant, yet uneasy, return home after V-J Day.”

/Film reader Donovan has sent me a promotional trailer for the miniseries, which has no announced release date but is expected to air in late 2009/early 2010. Watch it after the jump, and as always, leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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