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‘Sing’ Interview: Garth Jennings On Making Singing Animals Feel Human
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In Illumination’s latest film, Sing, Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) is holding a singing competition in his dying theater in a last ditch effort to scrounge up the money needed before the bank can repossess his beloved property. The optimistic koala settles on five contestants: a mouse (Seth MacFarlane), a timid elephant (Tori Kelly), a pig (Reese Witherspoon), a gorilla (Taron Egerton), and a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett Johansson), in hopes that they can generate the funds necessary to keep the theater afloat but also bring back interest in genuine talent. Little does he know that the road to success isn’t easy, but with a little hard work and some faith, it can be done.

We had a phone interview with the film’s director Garth Jennings (A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Son of Rambow) to talk about what it was like to get clearance for the songs, working on his first animated film, his reaction to all the positive buzz, and much more. Check it out below.

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‘Sing’ Trailer: Animals Have Dreams Of Singing Stardom
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Universal has released the final trailer for Illumination Entertainment’s Sing.

From the writer/director Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri, the film is the sixth animation feature from the studio and features the voice talents of Academy Award winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, alongside Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, and Grammy Award-nominated Tori Kelly. Check out the new trailer below.

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DVD Review: The Comic Strip Presents – The Complete Collection
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The Comic Strip Presents: The Complete CollectionThe Comic Strip Presents
The Complete Collection
DVD | Region 2 DVD
Directed by Peter Richardson, Robbie Coltrane, Keith Allen, and Adrian Edmondson
Starring Dawn French, Robbie Coltrane, Rik Mayall, Jennifer Saunders, and Alexei Sayle
Entertainment One
Release Date: January 31, 2012

The Comic Strip is a British comedy troupe that started out in the early 1980s and gained stature after starring in a short concert film released in 1981 and directed by Julien Temple (The Great Rock and Roll Swindle starring the Sex Pistols, Earth Girls Are Easy). The following year newborn television network Channel 4 signed them for a new series of comedic short films. Premiering on the same night Channel 4 debuted – November 2, 1982 – The Comic Strip Presents brought edgy, alternative, and often controversial humor to living rooms, dorm rooms, and bustling pubs all throughout the U.K. The show has disappeared and reappeared constantly on several different channels in the three decades since its debut but it continues to airs to this day. The Comic Strip also made two feature films, The Supergrass and Eat the Rich, that saw theatrical releases both in the U.K. and the U.S. (sort of).

In 2005 a complete collection of the episodes aired between 1982 and 2000 – with certain exceptions – were released on a nine-disc Region 2 DVD box set with a bonus disc reserved for bonus features. Eat the Rich was not included in the set due to rights issues, and the version of The Supergrass made available was the theatrical cut and not the original cut with eight additional minutes of footage. That set has finally made its way to our shores. Without further adieu I present to you The Comic Strip Presents: The Complete Collection.

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Patsy and Edina Are Back For The ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ 20th Anniversary Episodes
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It’s New Year Day, are you nursing that hangover by watching BBC America’s Absolutely Fabulous marathon?

Well, you should be, because it’s all leading up to all-new Absolutely Fabulous 20th Anniversary episodes, the first of which will air next Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 10pm.

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Deal: ‘Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely Everything’ Box Set
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The Gold Box deal of the day over at Amazon today is the Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely Everything DVD set for only $51.99 (that’s 60% off the list price of $129.98).

Note, this sale is only for today, Thursday November 18, until midnight PST while supplies last.

This limited edition 9-disc DVD set includes all five seasons of the hit British comedy, Absolutely Fabulous, which starred Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, along with over four hours of bonus features.

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Movie Review: Coraline
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Coraline movie posterCoraline
Directed by Henry Selick
Starring Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Ian McShane, Jennifer Saunders, Keith David, John Hodgman
Rated PG
Release date: February 6, 2009

There is something sadistic lurking in the mind of Coraline director Henry Selick, who also wrote the script from Neil Gaiman‘s children’s book. Selick’s vision evokes bareness and disconnection at their most extreme state. Coraline looks and feels like no other animated film in recent memory. Part of its mysticism is that it lays on the outskirts of conventional films, especially kid related films, where there isn’t any cuddly sidekick, boisterous colors, or predictable plot. It has a strange aura around it, the same aura synonymous with silent films in that it creates a supernatural feel to it not allowing the audience to fully comprehend what they are watching. This just goes to show people the talent that Selick acquires. That he can take the Christmas spirit (he directed Nightmare Before Christmas) and all the tidings attached to it and turn it into an artful piece of catastrophic evil proportions is truly amazing. That he can also use the same technology he used with Nightmare, which was a stop-motion animated feature, and upgrade it in Coraline giving it the full 3D experience is equally amazing. 2009 has just begun but Coraline has the potential of being the most creative and gorgeous looking film of the year as well as the most daring.

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‘Coraline’ Theatrical Trailer + Final Poster
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CoralineThe theatrical trailer for the 3D stop-motion animated Coraline is now online.

Watch it here below! Also, the final theatrical poster is at right (click for large view).

Coraline was written and directed by Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas, based on the book by Neil Gaiman and is the first movie to ever be filmed in 3D.

The young Coraline bored in her new home, goes searching around and finds a secret door that leads to an alternate version of her own life. At first, Coraline loves this other world, as it seems so much better than her own. On the other side, is an Other Mother and Other Father, who want her to stay there forever, and while at first she’s tempted, she soon realizes that there’s something wrong with this other place, but is it soon enough to escape back to her real home and family?

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Official ‘Coraline’ Movie Site Goes Live
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The official site for the Focus Features big-screen adaptation of Coraline has gone live.

In the film, young girl Coraline, who discovers a parallel home to hers complete with another mother and father who entice her to remain with them. But once she’s there, she finds out that things aren’t what they originally appeared to be.

Navigate through the site, which is made up to look like the “Other” world, to find 10 secret items hidden on the home page and throughout the various sections — Story, Characters, Videos, Downloads, Activities; find all the items and unlock a video featurette. Also, in each section there’s a door that opens up into the real world, which looks bleak in comparison to the newly discovered world.

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‘Coraline’ Behind The Scenes Featurette
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CoralineFocus Features has released a behind-the-scenes featurette for their upcoming stop-motion animated feature, Coraline.

You can watch the video here below.

Coraline, written directed by Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) from the book by Neil Gaiman, will hit theaters nationwide in February 2009.

For a chance to win a visit to the set of the film in Portland, Oregon, enter the IGN sweepstakes. Based in Portland Oregon, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for one fan to experience the magnificent creative vision, the mind-blowing craft, and the meticulous detail of the first ever high-definition stop-motion animated feature to be filmed in 3-D!

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