Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Weekly Movie News 12-28-2011

Starting off with yet another big-time trailer debut, this one has the internet buzzing about how much 'Alien' we'll see in Ridley Scott's latest movie.

Featured Movie Reviews:
Click the posters to read each review.
'The Artist' is now showing locally at the Harvard Exit Theater on Capitol Hill in Seattle and at the Lincoln Square Cinemas in Bellevue for a limited time.

Latest Movie News:
The Library of Congress has announced this year's selection of 25 movies to be entered in to the National Film Registry including classics and fan favorites like 'Forrest Gump', 'Bambi', and Stand and Deliver'. has an interesting article with J.J. Abrams discussing the possibilities of 3D and IMAX for the next installment of the Star trek series.

You may not recognize the faces in this photo, but that is director Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams working together on one of their many collaborations. In fact, Williams has written and composed the score for every feature film that Mr. Spielberg has made dating back to Jaws and up to their most recent films, 'War Horse' and 'The Adventures of Tintin'. This article by the Wall Street Journal talks about the career of Mr. Williams and discusses the current business climate of movie score composers.

Speaking of Steven Spielberg, has an interview with the director including topics ranging from his new movie 'The Adventures of Tintin' and the possibility of re-releasing 'Jurassic Park' in 3D.

Local Movie News:
Yes, we're still on the Steven Spielberg bandwagon for one more news article. SIFF Cinema at the Uptown is currently featuring a few really good films that you should not miss out on like 'War Horse', 'The Tree of Life', and 'Midnight in Paris'. Tickets can be purchased by clicking HERE. has a great article titled 'The 10 Best Reasons to Celebrate Our Local Film Scene'. Some day my blog will make this list.

Unfortunately, not all movie news is good movie news as this article tries to explain why the state Senate has shot down a bill that would have continued the 'Motion Picture Competitiveness Program' which offers incentives to movie studios and producers to make their films in Washington State.

Pacific Science Center's Eames IMAX Theater has a new look, new features and a new name. Thanks to the generous support from the PACCAR Foundation, the theater is now known as the PACCAR IMAX Theater. Here's the scoop on all the upgrades and renovations made to this 50 year old icon.

Current Box Office Top 10:
1. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol - $29.5M
2. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows - $20.3M
3. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - $12.8M
4. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked - $12.7M
5. The Adventures of Tintin - $9.71M

6. We Bought a Zoo - $9.45M
7. War Horse - $7.51M
8. New Year's Eve - $3.31M

9. The Darkest Hour - $3.00M
10. The Muppets - $2.15M

(Click film titles with hyperlinks to read my review)

Opening This Weekend:
The Iron Lady

Featured Trailer:
'Underworld: Awakening' is coming to theaters in January and hopefully the fourth installment of this entertaining series will hold up to its predecessors.

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