2008 Film News Archives

Powerful Innocence: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, review by Madelyn Ritrosky. More 2008 Heartland Film Festival News, Photos and Reviews

Fandango's Record-Breaking 2008 Summer; Fans Pick Most Anticipated Fall 2008 FilmsFastest pace of tickets sold: For "The Dark Knight," Fandango sold tickets at the fastest pace in company history, at the rate of 15 tickets per second during extended peak periods on July 18 (knocking out the previous record-holder, 2007's "Spider-Man 3," which sold 10 tickets per second).. Continue reading and see a list of anticipated films...

Breathe Deeply – "The Fresh Air Will Do You Good" By Madelyn Ritrosky.

2008 Woodstock Film Festival celebrates its ninth year with another outstanding collection of nearly 150 “fiercely independent” films, panels, concerts and special events, Wednesday October 1 through Sunday October 5.   The exceptionally diverse program takes place in the arts colony of Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck and Rosendale. Continue reading about the 2008 Woodstock Film Fest and schedule.

Harry Potter movie moved to July 2009. Statement by J.K. Rowling Regarding Judge Patterson's Decision

Mamma Mia! 'ABBA Gold' Tops Chart!

Fandango Pacts With Reading International Theaters. Leading Moviegoer Destination Signs Exclusive Domestic Agreement with Major Theater Chain, As 'The Dark Knight' Ticket Sales Surge

Fandango Acquires Movies.com

Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures Preview the 2010 Theatrical Release of The Last Airbender at Licensing International Expo 2008; Nickelodeon Kicks Off the Licensing International Expo 2008 with Appearances by Writer/Director M. Night Shyamalan and iCarly's Miranda Cosgrove

Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation Team Up for Live Action/Animated Smurfs Movie; Studio To Bring Classic Characters To Life For New Generation of Fans

Sylvester Stallone's Return as RAMBO is Explosive in All Media. Proving Even The Digital Age Can't Slow Him Down, The Home Entertainment Debut of Lionsgate(R)'s RAMBO Proved Dominant On DVD, Blu-ray, The iTunes Store & iTunes Digital Copy.

(Interview) For Fun: Filmmaker Mark Stouffer and Diamond Dog Caper by Madelyn Ritrosky and Jared WInslow

MTV to Debut Unprecedented Movie Experience on Video On Demand to Support the 2008 MTV Movie Awards

'Indiana Jones 4' Tickets Now Available From Fandango

Fandango and Microsoft's Tellme to Launch Voice-Activated Mobile Application for Movie Information; New Service Delivers Local Fandango Theater Listings, Showtimes, Ticketing Info and Directions

"Brave New West" screens at the Arizona International Film Festival April 26th

Ice Cream is Serious Business: Interview with Filmmaker Harry Kellerman of "The Little Gorilla."

Mike Myers to Host 2008 MTV MOVIE AWARDS Live on Sunday, June 1st from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California

Winners for the 80th Annual Academy Awards were announced (Sunday, February 24, 2007) by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Jon Stewart again hosted the awards ceremony. Continue reading entire list of winners

MGM and Relativity Media Acquire Rights to Robert Ludlum's 'The Matarese Circle'- Denzel Washington to star.

Statement by the Family of Charlton Heston

Movie Review: Disfigured Figures it Right by Madelyn Ritrosky

2008 Japan Film Festival - Bigger and Better than Ever!

Orbitz Invites Travelers to Hit on 21!; Orbitz Insiders Profile Favorite Film Cities to Bring Travelers Closer to the Silver Screen; Celebrates release of Columbia Pictures' '21' with 21 Trips to Las Vegas in 21 Days Sweepstakes. Continue Reading...

Warner Bros. Plans Two-Part Film Adaptation of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" to be Directed by David Yates

SIX FLAGS RELEASES NEW ELEMENTS OF 'THE DARK KNIGHT' COASTER; New Attraction Debuts in Three Six Flags Parks Late Spring 2008. Watch video.

Home Is Where the Heart Is: Producer-Director Dennis Fallon on "All Roads Lead Home"

Nominations announced for inaugural ‘Cinema Eye Awards’ for Nonfiction Filmmaking: “Into Great Silence” and “Manda Bala (Send A Bullet)” lead with six nominations eacho     . Five nominations for “Lake Of Fire”o      Presenting Sponsor IndiePix announces Audience Choice Awardo      . Awards to be presented March 18 at the IFC Center, New York City

DVD Retailers Herald Acceptance of Single Format for High-Def Discs. The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) heralded a significant milestone in the enhancement of consumers' home entertainment experience: the acceptance by the marketplace of a single format for high-definition discs- Blue-Ray. Continue reading...

Eightieth Academy Awards telecast producer Gil Cates and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis announced the presenters and performers who will participate in the February 24 Oscar® telecast. Continue reading...

Definitely, Maybe…  Definitely Review by Madeyln Ritrosky

Lucasfilm Ltd., Warner Bros. Pictures and Turner Broadcasting System Inc. Announce Deal to Release STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS in 2008. Warner Bros. Pictures Releases Full-Length, Theatrical Clone Wars Movie August 15, Followed by the Debut of the Groundbreaking TV Series, Premiering This Fall on Cartoon Network and TNT.

Will Ferrell's Funny or Die Comedy Tour Presented by Semi-Pro Sells Out All Dates. Tour Leads Up To Feb. 29th Release of New Line Cinema Comedy Semi-Pro

Justin Timberlake to Star With Mike Myers in 'The Love Guru' in Theaters June 20, 2008

Hannah Montana: BEST OF BOTH WORLDS CONCERT ENGAGEMENT EXTENDED! Read movie production notes.

From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: 'American Gangster' as Never Before Seen! The Original Theatrical Film AND The Unrated Extended EditionAVAILABLE ON DVD & HD DVD . Available February 19, 2008. Read more...

Wal-Mart Teams With Disney to be Hannah Montana Retail Headquarters

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Triumphs at the UK Box Office (1/28/08)

CLOVERFIELD: A Monster Hit at the US Box Office!

WARNER BROS. PICTURES' AND VILLAGE ROADSHOW PICTURES' "SPEED RACER" WILL GET THE GREEN FLAG ON MAY 9, 2008. The live-action feature "Speed Racer" will start its engines to open on May 9, 2008, two weeks earlier than previously slated. Continue reading about Speed Racer...

Interview with Faith Filmworks Michael and Christine Swanson and "All About Us." Michael Swanson and Christine Swanson are a team – in more ways than one.  They have been married since 1994, have three children, own Faith Filmworks, and have made two feature films, All About You (2001) and All About Us (2007). They are about to begin pre-production on their third feature, Preacher Man. Continue reading...

Johnny Depp Top Money-Making Star in 2007, Tom Cruise Tumbles

Charlie Wilson's War drama stars Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Phillip Seymour Huffman. Universal Studios. Opens December 25th. Read movie production notes, cast bios and photos.

"The Hobbit" and its sequel -- are scheduled to be shot simultaneously, with pre-production beginning as soon as possible. Principal photography is tentatively set for a 2009 start, with the intention of "The Hobbit" release slated for 2010 and its sequel the following year, in 2011. More about the "Hobbit."

New Line Cinema’s musical comedy Hairspray and fantasy adventure The Golden Compass both received multiple nominations for the 13th Annual Critics Choice Awards this morning from the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), including in the Family Film (Live Action) category.

The Nielsen Company releases a year-end look at the most popular trends among Americans during 2007: Television, Internet, Movies, DVDs, Music, Mobile, Books, Consumer Purchasing Trends, Advertisers and Video Games. See the entire results...

Universal Pictures has accelerated the release date of "Charlie Wilson's War" by four days, moving the film from Tuesday, December 25, 2007 to Friday, December 21, 2007. Continue reading and read movie production notes...

The Golden Compass' Popularity Surges in Weeks Leading up to the New Line Cinema Film's Dec. 7 Worldwide Release; Books Climb USA Today's 'Top 50 Bestselling Books List' More Than 10 Years After Publication; Close To 10 Million Visitors View Movie's Official Web Site. Continue reading...

The Weekend Feel of a Festival— Heartland Style. Photo sand overview of the Heartland Film Festival

Heartland Festival Films: Of Kids and Courage. By Madelyn Ritrosky & Jared Winslow

Fandango's Holiday Movie Guide Showcases Stars' Favorite Holiday Dishes and Movie-Inspired Meals; The Nation's Leading Moviegoer Destination Offers 'Enchanted' Dream Vacation Sweepstakes as Part of Its Holiday Guide

"Darfur Now" the movie

Heartland FIlm Festival awards $200,000 in cash prizes and announces $100,000 Grand Prize winner, $25,000 Doc Winner, $10,000 Vision Award winner and Audience Choice Award winners Continue reading...

Family Movie Event: A Plumm Summer

Opening Night: August Rush

"Bee Movie" film production notes, bios, movie press information and cast backgrounds

Heartland Film Festival Announces Top Winners

New Indiana Jones Adventure to be Titled Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull to be releaed May 2008. Continue reading...

'The World's Biggest Treasure Hunt' for Highly Anticipated Holiday Event Film NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS. Audiences will have the opportunity to win hundreds of thousands of dollars in authentic treasure from Odyssey Marine Exploration and an all-new Mercedes- Benz filled with treasure, winners to be announced on Entertainment Tonight. Continue reading...

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