The past few hours saw a whole bunch of release date shuffles as both of Steven Spielberg‘s 2011 releases, The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse, got new US dates, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol will now open five days earlier than planned, but will only play in IMAX for those days, and Gangster Squad gets a 2012 release date that positions it for Oscar. Details on all four films, including some quotes from M:I director Brad Bird about the old-school thinking behind the IMAX plan for his film, are after the break. Read More »


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‘The Adventures of Tintin:’ Loads of New Images

It’s been three years since Steven Spielberg last had a film in theaters bearing his credit as director. This year, however, we get two: the WWI stage play adaptation War Horse, opening on December 28, and the long-in-development The Adventures of Tintin, which hits Europe in little over a month and will play in the US beginning on December 23.

Both these films have had a low profile so far, at least in the US. There’s just one trailer for War Horse, for example. The film nerd crowd has been all over Tintin because of the fact that it represents a union between Spielberg, Peter Jackson and WETA, but even with that in mind I feel like US audiences are relatively ignorant of the film. A few preview rolls of footage have been shown at conventions and press events, but there’s a lot of audience awareness left to raise.

So for those who are still a bit in the dark about Tintin, or just want to see more evidence of what Spielberg, Jackson and WETA have achieved with the visual presentation, check out a massive gallery of new stills below. Read More »

For his first trip to Comic-Con, Steven Spielberg showed off some brand new Tintin footage, finally answering some of our lingering questions about the film’s 3D motion-captured aesthetic.

The good news: Tintin looks fantastic. While there are still some signs of the uncanny valley, this is the first motion-captured film I’ve seen that does a realistic job of showing off facial nuances. The film fits perfectly into Herge’s aesthetic for Tintin, while also showcasing the rich environments and action set pieces that we’ve come to love from Spielberg. The footage we saw was based on early renderings from Weta, the finished product will look even better, Spielberg said. Read More »

Here’s the first full-length trailer for The Adventures of Tintin, which Steven Spielberg directed as a mo-cap animated adaptation of one of Herge‘s classic Tintin tomes. This is our first good look at the action and adventure promised by the title and poster, and our best look yet at the animation, produced by Peter Jackson and enabled by WETA. Jamie Bell plays Tintin, who finds a replica of the ship Unicorn, and is led to treasure and danger. Andy Serkis plays his cohort Captain Haddock, while Simon Pegg and Nick Frost play the bumbling detectives Thompson and Thompson. This trailer gives a quick look at the villain Red Rackham (Daniel Craig) as it gives off the same sort of old-school adventure vibe that Steven Spielberg once captured so well in the first Indiana Jones films. Can The Adventures of Tintin bottle that same lightning once more? Make an early call by watching the trailer after the break. Read More »

This is potentially a big year for Steven Spielberg, who hasn’t had a feature in theaters since the fourth Indiana Jones movie, but will soon have two new films opening: War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin. But it’s not like he’s got an easy path. The trailer for War Horse didn’t convince everyone, and the first footage from Tintin has been met with skepticism that the movie will be plagued by the same ‘uncanny valley’ issues faced by other mocap efforts.

One thing we haven’t seen much of as footage of Tintin has emerged is the face of the young protagonist. But that’s on display front and center in a new image from the film. Debate the liklihood of Tintin’s eyes being full of life, and see the full image after the break. Read More »


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Did you want more out of the first teaser for The Adventures of Tintin that arrived earlier this week? Then check out the international version, which still shies away from showing much of Tintin’s face, but does offer a few new shots. Read More »

The first collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn, opens in the UK on October 26 and in the US on December 23, but we’ve seen almost nothing of the film so far. A few images have been released, and that’s it. No clips, no trailer. We have a vague idea of how the motion-captured characters will look (played and voiced by Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Cary Elwes, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, among others) but nothing more than that.

We’ll get to see some footage tomorrow, but for now the tease continues now as the first poster has been released. It shows Tintin in full globe-trotting mode, and you can see the full version below. Read More »

The first Tintin film, The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, with actors being directed in motion capture by Steven Spielberg, who passed off that raw data to WETA to animate, is still quietly in production. The actors wrapped a year and a half ago, we don’t see the film for several months, and there hasn’t even been a trailer yet. (There have been some images, however.) But a second Tintin film is already in the works, and British writer Anthony Horowitz has now confirmed that he is writing a script based on Hergé’s book Prisoners of the Sun, which he says Peter Jackson will direct. Read More »