VOTD: 50 Christmas Movie Spoilers in 3 Minutes

In honor of the upcoming Christmas holiday, our friends the Fine Brothers have filed the latest episode of their popular “Spoiler” series — 50 Christmas Movie Spoilers in 3 Minutes, in one take. You might remember that we’ve featured their videos 100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes, Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History, 50 spoilers of 2009 in 4 minutes, 100 Horror Movie Spoilers in 5 Minutes, and 50 Disney Spoilers in 3 Minutes.  Hit the jump to watch their latest. And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.
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Is the Hollywood Movie Star Dead?

Land of the Lost

A Reuters piece that’s been making the rounds this weekend speculates that Hollywood may be thinking twice about banking on A-list celebrities in the future. The piece points to recent low-budget and star-free fare like The Hangover, District 9, and Paranormal Activity that each went on to be wildly successful, and contrasts them with big-budget, star-studded flops like A Christmas Carol, Land of the Lost, and Funny People. The overall lesson seems to be that star-power doesn’t have nearly the draw that it used to, and that budgets aren’t much of a factor for audiences either.

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the box final posterThis week, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley wonder whether or not Avatar will actually be profitable, express bafflement at the inclusion of aliens in Peter Berg’s Battleship film, and ponder whether Jake Gyllenhaal’s Prince of Persia constitutes brownface. Special guest Matt Singer joins us from the IFC News podcast.

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A Christmas Carol

There’s a new Japanese trailer for A Christmas Carol, directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Jim Carrey. But this clip, which uses quite a bit of new footage, is wildly different from the US trailers. Notably, it appears to be advertising a movie I might actually want to see. Read More »

A Christmas Carol Movie Trailer #2

A Christmas Carol

Disney has released a second movie trailer for Robert Zemeckis‘ performance capture adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Watch it now after the jump, and please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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A batch of new posters have hit the interwebs today, including a final one-sheet for Robert ZemeckisA Christmas Carol, the Lionsgate horror sequel SAW VI and the book adaptation Men Who Stare at Goats starring George Clooney. Preview the posters after the jump.

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A Christmas Carol Trailer and Premiere News


The online teaser trailer for Robert Zemeckis and Jim Carrey‘s new 3D, performance captured movie of A Christmas Carol has finally, finally gone live. We’ve had in-cinema chances to see a shorter trailer for this film for a couple of months now, and there’s even been a lesser-spotted TV ad hopping around of late but, for some reason that I’ll probably never agree with, even if I can fathom it out, there’s not been an official trailer released on the internet until now.

Check this trailer out after the break, as well as finding out about the film’s World Premiere, which is set to be open to the public as well as the typical VIPs.

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Zemeckis’ Scrooge Had a Cameo In Polar Express


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.

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Richard Kelly Talks Box Release Shift and Soundtrack


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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