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Life of Pi Is Cinematic 'Landmark'

Ang Lee's latest is gorgeous

(Newser) - Critics are stunned by the visuals in Life of Pi, Ang Lee's take on the novel about a boy and a tiger struggling to survive at sea. There's some debate, however, over whether the film's story and grand theological questions hold up to its vision:
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Psychedelic Cat Food Commercial a Real Trip

The making of the Friskies 'Adventureland' spots, with turkey choreography

(Newser) - The insane "Adventureland" commercials for Friskies—which seem to suggest that your cat is dropping acid right there in the kitchen—took 6 months to produce and involved a cast of three cats and numerous humans, including a turkey-dance choreographer. The behind-the-scenes video about the making of the inescapable... More »

G-Force Spins Its Wheel

(Newser) - If their mission was to please critics, the adorable spies of G-Force have failed. Here's what the critics saying:
  • Director Hoyt Yeatman should be ashamed, writes Ty Burr in the Boston Globe. “If you can’t squeeze a decent movie out of talking 3-D superagent guinea pigs, you may
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Cameron Previews 3D Film at Comic-Con

Hi-tech Avatar combines animation with live acting

(Newser) - James Cameron offered Comic-Con attendees a 25-minute preview of his first commercial film since Titanic 12 years ago—and it looks “every bit the spectacle” of his 1997 effort, writes Denise Martin in the Los Angeles Times. The film’s new technology superimposes computer-made humanoids onto actors to create... More »

Pixar's Lovable Robot Has Important Lessons For Us

Wall-E warns about our over-consumption

(Newser) - Yes, Wall-E has environmental themes, but its main point is a moral one, writes Michael Gerson in the Washington Post. Not simply a critique of capitalism, as some conservatives have suggested, the movie sets its satirical sights on our self-imprisoning culture of consumption—and the snacking, reclining consumers in the... More »

The Geat Is Good, Not Great

But check out the perks: 3-D, mo-cap, and an essentially naked Angelina Jolie

(Newser) - Reviewers of the new animated Beowulf  generally agree the tech—including 3-D and motion-captured performances—is awesome, while the rest of the movie is just "pretty good." The film "springs so many pow 3-D surprises you'll think Beowulf is your own private fun house," writes Peter... More »

Buzz Uneven for Bee Movie

Critics divided by Seinfeld's animated debut

(Newser) - Jerry Seinfeld uses “every stupid bee joke that he and his cronies could cook up” in Bee Movie, Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal says, and USA Today's Claudia Puig calls the animated feature “so unfunny it almost stings.” But Newsday finds Barry B. Benson’s... More »

May the Force Be on TV

George Lucas begins work on live-action TV ‘Star Wars,’ sans Skywalker and Vader

(Newser) - C-3PO, R2-D2…and TiVo? Star Wars mastermind George Lucas has “just begun work” on a live-action series TV series set in his storied universe. But don’t expect Luke to turn to the dark side in the pilot episode: Lucas is “taking chances” by not featuring anyone named... More »

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