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2008-09-27 00:00:17

**1/2  (86m | PG) A largely forgettable, computer-animated screwball adventure about four animals who escape from the Central Park Zoo and eventually end up lost on a tropical island, "Madagascar" has good energy, fairly steady chuckles for kids (fart jokes and spit-takes galore), and a few out-loud laughs for adults (mostly stemming from hilarious homages to movies from "Chariots of Fire" to "American Beauty" to "Planet of the Apes"). But eliciting more than a passing interest in...

2008-09-26 15:00:30

Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro said he is working on a series of vampire novels with crime writer Chuck Hogan. Del Toro's movies include "Pan's Labyrinth,""Hellboy,""Mimic" and "The Devil's Backbone." He is also set to direct two films based on "The Hobbit" and other works by J.R.R. Tolkien. Hogan's novels include "The Blood Artists,""The Killing Moon" and "Prince of Thieves." "Each book contains unique and surprising revelations about the history, physiology and lore of the...

2008-09-24 00:00:19

There were showers of sparks, explosions and a human candlestick - with jets of flame for hands. Some of the audience at Hull New Theatre might have thought they were in the midst of a firework display, such were the pyrotechnics which flashed across the stage. But Disney's Beauty and the Beast proved far more than a series of effects, with a production that manages to find real emotion in its cartoon origins. Based on the 1991 animated film, this stage adaptation proved a funny,...

2008-09-01 09:00:17

Oscar-winning animator Hayao Miyazaki forgoes computer graphics and returns to the pencil and crayon for his latest film, an East- meets-West nod to Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid." Already a hit in Japan, "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea" opened Sunday at the Venice Film Festival, where it is competing for the coveted Golden Lion. "Ponyo" tells the story of a goldfish who longs to become a girl after getting a glimpse of the human world when she is rescued from a jam jar by...

2008-08-29 18:00:28

HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY (12A) The sequel to Guillermo del Toro's 2004 fantasy is every bit as fast and furious as its predecessor, melding dazzling production design with wry humour and explosive action sequences. Here del Toro is given free rein to let his imagination run amok, concocting a dark and bloody fairytale full of trolls, goblins and a nine feet tall Angel Of Death. Hellboy II: The Golden Army is a triumph of design. ***** GET SMART (12A) Based on a madcap '60s...

2008-08-28 06:00:49

By Brooks Barnes Walt Disney is dispatching Pinocchio, Snow White and a team of other characters into its effort to accelerate consumer adoption of next-generation DVD technology. Disney, like other media companies, is counting on high- definition Blu-ray discs - and companion technology that connects them to the Internet - to reinvigorate its highly profitable home entertainment business. But so far, Blu-ray players are selling more slowly than expected, apparently because people are not...

2008-08-28 00:00:27

BERLIN, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) proudly unveils five additions to the celebrated Platinum Collection of animated features to be released on DVD and for the first time ever on Disney Blu-ray Hi-Def. These include some of Disney's most beloved classics, Pinocchio, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia, Fantasia 2000 and Beauty and the Beast. Each will be available for a limited time only, in new multi-disc sets featuring rarely seen footage...

2008-08-22 18:00:00

By GRAHAM YOUNG HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY (12A) VERDICT: ***** OLD meat head is back to save our bacon - and what a difference four years makes. When pink-faced Hellboy first appeared back in 2004, we were told: 'Believe it or not, he's the good guy'. Created by, and rescued from the Nazis during infancy, he grew up to become a defender against dark forces and had an entertainingly offbeat way of doing 'business. Returning to the fold as Mike Mignola's titular comic book...

2008-08-22 18:00:31

COMEDY GET SMART (1hr 50mins) Certificate: 12A Starring: Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Terence Stamp Director: Peter Segal Star rating: *** BASED on a madcap 60s television series created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, Get Smart is a comic caper about an accident-prone yet sensitive secret agent. James Bond and Jason Bourne need not fear: if Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) does save the world, it is the result of good fortune rather than a perfectly conceived and executed...

2008-08-21 18:00:34

By Mike Davies HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY Cert 12A 110 mins **** Other than Christopher Nolan, is there another director as hot as Guillermo del Toro? Pan's Labyrinth may have been relatively small fry, but the Oscar was worth its weight in gold. Hailed as a genius of the imagination, he was signed up to direct The Hobbit and it gave him the opportunity for the sequel to his 2004 adaptation of Mike Mignola's cult graphic novel. Hellboy's origins as a demon child conjured by...