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LOS ANGELES, Oct.
Keira Knightley, grand opera and Hellboy are the unfamiliar but winning combination at the Ritz in Belper this week. Knightley (pictured) stars in the Derbyshire-filmed costume drama The Duchess (Cert 12A, 110 mins) which can be seen from today until Thursday.
**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").
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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