HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2008... here we come!
Our Top 1o Movies of 2007
Our Top 10 Movie Soundtrack of 2007
Santa Claus may have finished his round by the time you read this review, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot begin stocking up on next year’s Christmas play list. This soundtrack album for the 2007 festive movie contains a fair bit of cheery Christmas songs that are evergreen and will definitely not go out of fashion anytime soon. The 46-minute album features a mix of much-sung tunes like “Jingel Bells”, “Sleigh Ride” and “Here Comes Santa Claus" and yes, Jackson 5’s (yes, the one with wacko Michael Jackson as a kid) “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”. Get the full picture here!
The members of the BPRD--protoplasmic mystic Johann (voiced by THOMAS KRETSCHMANN), aquatic empathy Abe (DOUG JONES), Hellboy (RON PERLMAN) and the pyrokinetic Liz (SELMA BLAIR) faced off the ruthless leader Prince Nuada (LUKE GOSS) in the next chapter of the franchise known for its signature blend of action, humor and character-based spectacle--"Hellboy II: The Golden Army". The movie opens next summer in Singapore.
"Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way, Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh..."
Ho..Ho..Ho..Merry X'mas...Readers of moviexclusive.com. Enjoy the holidays!
Before we logoff and hop onto Santa's sleigh, we leave you with our DVD review of "Mickey Saves Santa"
Rising Korean actor Kim Gang-woo will be in town on 3rd January to promote his latest movie LE GRAND CHEF, which opens in Singapore on 10th January 2008!
Released on 1st November 2007 in South Korea, LE GRAND CHEF topped the local movie chart as the number one feature film in the fourth quarter of 2007. It surpassed the $2.5 million mark in its first month. To date, the movie attracted more than 2.97 million Korean audiences.
Based on a very popular eponymous Manga series
Scorpio East Pictures Pte Ltd, Illuxions Private Limited and Vividthree Productions Private Limited are pleased to announce that the shoot for local Chinese New Year tele-movie "Heng or Huat!" has been completed and a lunch wrap reception was held today at No Signboard Seafood Restaurant , Oasis Kallang. Heng Or Huat! trailer and music video was also shown for the first time during the wrap reception.
"Heng or Huat!", previously tentatively titled as Fortune Shines, features an exciting cast that includes MediaCorp Campus Superstar 2 winner Shawn Toh, renowned veteran singer/actress Maggie Teng, popular young MediaCorp actor Nathaniel Ho, MediaCorp actress Belinda Lee and 883JIA FM DJ Youyi. This tele-movie is slated for released in mid-January 2008.
Can't get enough of The Warlords?
Shaw will be releasing a period war action epic, "Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon" starring Andy Lau, Maggie Q, Sammo Hung and Vaness Wu from F4. The story is based on the classic Chinese novel "Romance of the Three Kingdoms". It is tentatively scheduled to be released on 24 April 2008. Looks like there will be a few major war epics next year including the highly anticipated John Woo's "Red Cliff". Watch this space!
You want to know why Andy is so cheerful?
Because his latest masterpiece, "The Warlords" directed by Peter Chan has now grossed over $1 million in Singapore, barely 5 days in the local cinemas.
The Warlords has continued to show strength after its stellar weekend opening and looks set to hit beyond the $2 million mark for its release in Singapore. The star-studded mega blockbuster also dominated the theatres in both Hong Kong and China, delivering stunning results at the Box Office.
Meryl Streep as Donna Sheridan in the musical romantic comedy "Mamma Mia!" Also stars Stellan Skarsgard as Bill Austin, Pierce Brosnan as Sam Carmichael, Colin Firth as Harry Bright and Amanda Seyfried as Sophie Sheridan. Based on the crowd-pleasing musical that has played in 130 cities around the world and has grossed $1.6 billion since its 1999 opening. 22 Abba hits including "Dancing Queen," "Take a Chance on Me" and "The Winner Takes It All" are featured in the musical. "Mama Mia" will open next summer.
The Foreign Press Association announced on Thursday 13 December their Nominees for the 65th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California and gave "The Diving Bell and The Butterfly" and “Persepolis” 4 nominations. “The Diving Bell and The Butterfly” takes 3 nods, including Best director for Julian Schnabel (Basquia, Before Night Falls), Best screenplay for Ronald Harwood (The Pianist) and Best Foreign Language Film. Nominated as well for Best Foreign Language Film category is Cannes Grand Jury prize winner “Persepolis”, the autobiographical animated film directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud.
The Golden Globes also celebrated French star Marion Cotillard, who received a best actress nomination in a comedy or a musical film for her mesmerizing incarnation of French Legendary singer Edith Piaf in “La Vie en Rose”. “The Diving Bell and The Butterfly” will open in Singapore January 2008 and “Persepolis” on 21 February 2008.
InnoForm Media, MediaCorp Raintree Pictures and Shaw Organisation are proud to announce that Peter Chan's latest masterpiece, The Warlords opened at No.1 in Singapore on its opening day, collecting over $170,000.
The film launched on 38 screens in Singapore and has achieved a better opening result than Jet Li's previous blockbuster, Fearless and scored as the Asian title with the highest opening-day collection!
Apart from its encouraging response in Singapore, The Warlords also opened at No.1 in China and Hong Kong on its opening day.
Our interview with Andy Lau and Xu Jinglei
Our interview with Director Peter Chan
"Infernal Affairs" director Andrew Lau first foray into Hollywood, "The Flock" finally has a local release date set on 3 January 2008. Plagued with rumours from reshoots to numerous edits and unconfirmed release date in the States, "The Flock" seem destined to have a rough road ahead. Fortunately, we might be the among the first outside Europe and Japan to glance Lau's Hollywood debut. Stay tuned to our review.
A kinky title you might say, we don't even have the slightest idea when we received it. If it was you, what would you expect? Our reviewer found out that Director Taweewat Wantha's sex comedy has so much ingredients in its broth that he needed a cold shower later...Find out right here
Asian Superstar Andy Lau and Xu Jinglei was here over the weekend promoting their upcoming blockbuster "The Warlords". Moviexclusive.com manages to catch up with both of them up, close and personal. You can read our coverage and our interview with director Peter Chan here. Andy is indeed one of the friendliest, sincere star beside Ekin Cheng we have interviewed so far. Thumbs Up!
"The Warlords" opens 13 December and is reviewed right here.
After claiming the top nominations for the Film Independent Spirit Awards last month and the Best Director Award during Cannes Film Festival last May, The Diving Bell and The Butterfly adds another prestigious nod with the Best Foreign Film Award of the National Board of Review (http://www.nbrmp.org/). Adapted from the eponymous international best-selling memoir by ELLE Magazine editor Dominique Bauby, The Diving Bell and The Butterfly brings to the silver screen the powerful tale of Jean-Dominique Bauby (interpreted by Mathieu Amalric).
Festive Films will bring "The Diving Bell and The Butterfly" to Singapore in January 2008. Official website: http://www.thedivingbellandthebutterfly-themovie.com/
Movie enthusiasts are in for a treat this Christmas - limited Christmas edition of Golden Village Gift Card (GV Gift Card) is now available for purchase. The Christmas edition of GV Gift Card comes in denomination of $35 or $70 per card and it is a non-reloadable prepaid card that is easy and flexible to use for candy bar
and ticket purchases at all GV Cinemas. For more details pls go to: www.gv.com.sg
As a result of a global broadcast and online launch effort, the theatrical trailer for Walt Disney Pictures’ and Walden Media’s “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” is poised to capture the largest worldwide audience ever for a theatrical trailer debut with over 400 million viewers, it was announced by Mark Zoradi, president, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group.
The trailer will debut locally on AXN, Starhub Digital Cable Channel 19, at 8.57pm (before The Amazing Race) on December 6 with a simulcast over TV Mobile. This will be followed by online placements across various local sites the day after.
In an effort to reward the faithful fans, who have been the biggest champions of the Narnia movies, Disney has orchestrated a simultaneous, fan-driven launch of the trailer on all Narnia fan sites -- from Narnia Web and Narnia Fans, to all Narnia groups on social media communities like Facebook and MySpace. “We saw an unparalleled volume of discussion online for the trailer, and this was an opportunity to give these loyal fans a chance to be among the first in the world to view it, take ownership of it and spread it amongst their family and friends, “ said Mark Zoradi.
In “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” the four Pevensie children – Peter (William Moseley), Susan (Anna Popplewell), Edward (Skandar Keynes), and Lucy (Georgie Henley) - are summoned back to the magical land of talking animals and mythical creatures, where they discover that more than a thousand Narnian years have passed since their last adventure and much has changed. The White Witch may be dead, but Narnia is under the sway of a tyrannical new ruler, King Miraz (Sergio Castellitto), and the Pevensies must unite with the young Prince Caspian (played by British actor Ben Barnes) in an attempt to restore peace and harmony to the once happy land. The new film reunites the original creative team behind the blockbuster first film including veteran director / screenwriter / producer Andrew Adamson, screenwriters Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and producers Mark Johnson and Philip Steuer. “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” is the second installment of the seven book series. The film opens worldwide in May 2008.
Two films – Dharm (India) and Lucky Miles (Australia) – both forerunners vying for the Best Film Award category, finished together at the Asian Festival of 1st Films (AFFF) Awards Night held this evening at the Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel. Given the superior quality of all the nominees this year, choosing one winner was an extremely tough call for the jury who eventually awarded not just one but two award categories with double winners, the other for the “Best Female Actor” category.
In honour of the efforts by these first-time filmmakers, this festival was graced by international film
celebrities including Auraeus Solito (Philippines), Josie Ho (Hong Kong) and Nagesh Kukunoor (India).
Several first time film makers including nominees of the 23 feature films and documentaries from 17
countries flew in to attend the star-studded awards ceremony, a glamorous climax to close the week-long festival in Singapore.
Kyle XY is ABC's sci-fi teen drama that harnesses every bit of boyish charm lead actor Matt Dallas can muster, subsequently hedging its entire bet on it. Dallas stars as Kyle, an intergalactic vagrant of sorts stranded on Earth, completely oblivious to both his past and who he is. Critics all over have referenced Roswell and Smallville - not quite appropriate in my books.
Kyle XY shares the intergalactic mysteriousness of Roswell without the darker undertones and seriousness of the latter- Kyle scores rather high on the teen campiness and comedic element. Read on for our DVD review of KYLE XY: DECLASSIFIED
In conjunction with the release of acclaimed director, Peter Chan's forthcoming blockbuster, THE WARLORDS, a troop of ancient Qing Soldiers were seen marching down the bustling Orchard Road today, sharing news of its release on 13th December 2007! The valiant troop of one hundred Qing Soldiers donned original costumes, specially flown in from China for this occasion. Despite the extremely hot weather, the soldiers gamely wore the thick outfits of woolen robes and wooden armor, parading down the crowded sidewalks of Orchard with gusto. Their presence certainly caught the attention of shoppers and tourists at the busy Orchard Road. Many curious and surprised passer-bys also stopped in their paths to take pictures with the soldiers, some were even joined in the action by chanting The Warlords slogan with the troop!