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 »

Even though James Cameron used it to blockbuster critical and financial success, film fans are still divided on the issues of motion capture and 3D. Some see motion capture as the next step in an acting evolution which will eventually see the actor disappear, while others see it as an uncomfortable midpoint between animation and live-action. And the argument rages over whether or not 3D is a fad that will fade away and is nothing more than a cheap ploy to charge us a few more dollars per ticket.

This winter, Steven Spielberg, one of our most famous and revered filmmakers, will throw his hat into both of those arenas with The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. The CG, motion capture, 3D film is based on the works of Belgian writer/illustrator Hergé who created a literary empire based on his reporter/detective lead character. While we’ve seen a few images from the film, Spielberg hasn’t said too much about it because he’s busy working on two movies set to open within five days of each other. In an upcoming Los Angeles Times piece, though, he discussed his reasoning behind shooting Tintin with motion capture and more. Read More »

Paramount Pictures will be dominating your IMAX screens in the later half of 2011. They’ve just officially announced what many of us had already assumed: Super 8, directed by J.J. Abrams, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, directed by Michael Bay, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, directed by Brad Bird and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, directed by Steven Spielberg will all be released day and date in IMAX.

Transformers and Tintin will be in IMAX 3D and Mission: Impossible will copy The Dark Knight as several scenes were shot with IMAX cameras making the action blow up and fill the screen during the movie. Read the full press release and more after the jump. Read More »

If you read my top ten of 2010 you saw that, despite some diamonds in the rough, I felt 2010 was largely unimpressive in terms of film. Well, if potential says anything, 2011 is going to be amazing. We’ve got new films from filmmakers like Terrence Malick, Michel Gondry, Ron Howard and Jodie Foster, incredible genre action with films like Cowboys & Aliens and Green Lantern, the return of epic franchises with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol and X-Men First Class and even huge blockbuster comedy with films like The Hangover Part II.

And as exciting as all those films sound, none of them made my top ten most anticipated. That’s how good 2011 looks. On paper at least. These things rarely pan out. See what I mean after the jump where you’ll find both my most anticipated films for 2011 as well as the films I picked at this time last year with retrospective commentary.

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New Images From Steven Spielberg’s ‘Tintin’

At the beginning of this week we showed you the first look at Tintin (Jamie Bell) and Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis), from The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, directed by Steven Spielberg and with post-production mocap work by Peter Jackson and WETA. More specifically: we showed you their rendered forms as they’ll appear in the film. Now there are a few more images that show, among other things, the two characters that are played and voiced by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Read More »

Empire Magazine teased a first look at The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn all weekend. The film, directed by Steven Spielberg with Peter Jackson overseeing WETA’s CGI mocap animation over the live-action footage, hasn’t been seen in CGI form, until now. That’s a look at Tintin, played by Jamie Bell, above. Hit the break for some more info and a couple more shots, including one of Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock. Read More »

Mars Needs Moms!

Disney has announced a release date for the Robert Zemeckis’ produced adaptation of Berkley Breathed’s children’s book Mars Needs Moms! and Paramount Pictures has confirmed the release o fthe Steven Spielberg-directed 3D performance capture adaptation The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Details after the jump.

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The Spanish movie website Estrenos deCine has posted yet another behind the scenes photo of Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg together on the set of The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Apparently it appeared in Empire Magazine a couple months back as well, but this is the first time I’ve seen it online. Check out the full photo after the jump.

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The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn

Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment have finally announced their release plans for Steven Spielberg‘s 3D performance capture adaptation of The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. The film will be released internationally in late October and early November, 2011, more than a month before the film is released stateside by Paramount on December 23rd 2011.

The early international release makes sense as the property is a lot more popular overseas. The reception from European audiences and critics will be a nice transition for American audiences who aren’t as familiar with the character.

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