The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the final 15 contenders for the 2010 Oscar for Best Visual Effects.

This is only the first cut, though. Next, members of the Academy’s visual effects branch executive committee will select seven of the final 15. At that point, all the members of the visual effects branch watch 15 minute clip reels from those seven films and then select the five nominees. Eventually, one film will be given the Oscar on February 27 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. After the jump, look at the full list and join along in guessing which films will make the cut and which won’t. Read More »

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PARKS AND RECREATION (SEASON 2)
My write-up of the first season of Parks and Recreation amounted to little more than a prediction that the show would hit its stride in Season 2. Lo and behold, that’s exactly what happened. Following a nearly identical pattern to The Office, Parks and Rec struggled through a forgettable introductory 6-episode season that mainly served to set up the characters and find the show’s rhythm. I see it as the trial run to the expanded 24-episode second season, which utilizes its engaging cast to much greater comedic effect. If you gave up on it after the first season, I highly recommend giving it another chance.
Available on Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Over two and half hours of deleted scenes, six audio commentaries, a blooper reel, five webisodes, “Mouse Rat Rocks the Wrap Party”, “?uestlove on: Parks”, Theme Song performed by Gabby Moreno, and Winter Games promos.

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Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel in THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE

I was pleasantly surprised this morning when I was doing my daily deal-hunting and discovered a buy-one-get-one free deal for Sorcerer’s Apprentice tickets. At first I thought it was a Fandango promotion, seeing as how Apprentice is one of Disney’s tentpole releases this summer. Why on earth would they be giving away free tickets on a massive scale for the film’s opening weekend? But the deal is indeed an official Disney-Fandango partnership, as Disney’s Twitter account confirmed this morning. Hit the jump for more details on a deal that some marketing executives are calling “highly unusual.”
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Walt Disney Pictures has released a five minute sequence from Jon Turteltaub‘s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. The sequence happens early in the film when a young version of Jay Baruchel’s character happens to run into Balthazar’s (Nicolas Cage) office of magical artifacts. Watch the clip now, embedded after the jump.

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It’s been a while since our last movie poster round-up, and a  lot of one-sheets have hit the local multiplex and are now online. After the jump you will see posters for the following films: Academy Award-nominated documentary director Nanette Burstein‘s fictional feature debut Going the Distance, Get Low starring Robert Duvall and Bill Murray, Winebago Man, The Dry Land, Radu Mihaileanu’s The Concert, an international one-sheet for Tron Legacy, Piranha 3D, an international poster for Disney’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Extra Man, Easy A starring Emma Stone.

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Sorcerer’s Apprentice Clip: Fantasia Scene

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Walt Disney Pictures has released a clip of the Fantasia-inspired scene featuring Jay Baruchel and Teresa Palmer from Jon Turteltaub’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Watch it now embedded after the jump.
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice Fantasia

Jon Turteltaub‘s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is inspired by the sequence in the Walt Disney Animated film Fantasia. While the film takes the 8 minute scene of classic animation and expands on the idea greatly, the movie does feature a sequence inspired by the original animated Mickey Mouse segment. Disney has released a new featurette that takes a look at this sequence, giving us a peek at what it looks like in live-action with Jay Baruchel. We also get our first listen to the music which is also inspired by the original Fantasia animation. Watch the clip, embedded after the jump.
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice

All this week, Walt Disney Pictures has been revealing new character posters for the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced, Jon Turteltaub-directed The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. The fifth and final poster, which is premiering EXCLUSIVELY on /Film, profiles Nicolas Cage‘s character Balthazar Blake. We’ve also included all of the other posters after the jump as well, complete with character descriptions.
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