Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow

2004, Movie, PG, 107 mins

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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow courtesy Paramount Pictures

Question I saw and liked Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow but was wondering What was the source of Sir Laurence Oliviers performance Ive always wanted to know JayFlickChick The late Sir Laurence Oliviers performance as Professor Totenkopf dead head in German in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow 2004 was digitally built from archival BBC footage of Olivier giving a speech at some fund-raising event The movements of his mouth were manipulated to match the films dialogue and the footage was processed to look like a staticky video holograph The same basic technology was used to alter existing footage of Marlon Brando from Superman 1978 so he could speak new dialogue for Superman Returns 2006 But in Superman Returns the Brando footage looks as real as the rest so its another step toward being truly able to have a living actor appear alongside a dead one the way singers can now do thoroughly convincing duets by integrating their new tracks read more

DVD Tuesday: 300 Spartans at your door

300 courtesy Warner Home Video

DVD Tuesday 300 divided critics and united moviegoers with its stylized vision of free men standing down monstersSend your movie questions to FlickChickSee Maitland McDonagh and Ken Fox review this weeks new flicks on the Movie Talk vodcastHear Maitland on the weekly podcast TV Guide Talk300 was exhibit A when Variety editor Peter Bart launched a spiteful screed against elitist critics earlier this year Critics lambasted 300 and audiences flocked to see it Bart concluded filmgoers seem to be having a great time at the multiplexes critics by contrast may be shopping around for a new line of work Please popular isnt always good But its not always bad either -- I loved 300 and its this weeks DVD Tuesday pick So thereA highly stylized blend of CGI and live action 300 is based on graphic novelist Frank Millers bloody visceral retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC during which vastly outnumbered troops from a coalition of Greek city states -- read more

Can you explain what an ...

Cast of characters: Jude Law and Gwyneth Platrow in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (above); Shrek 2

Question: Can you explain what an animated film director does? What I really what to know is whether directors like Shrek 's Andrew Adamson have the same kind of impact on the way the movie turns out as, say, Clint Eastwood, who won the Best Director Oscar last year, had on Million Dollar Baby. Answer: An interesting question. Clearly the director of an animated film doesn't do one of the things we most associate with movie directors, which is working with actors. Though that said, the director of an animated film does work with the voice actors, and more and more the actors doing voice work on major animated films are the same performers who appear in major live-action films. The cast of read more

Gwyneth Paltrow: Action Star?

The just-released Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow marks Gwyneth Paltrow's first real sci-fi/action film. She plays Polly Perkins, a classic Lois Lane-type reporter who means to get her story at any cost. "It was a tremendous amount of fun," Paltrow says. "I just loved how sassy she was and sneaky and out for herself in that sort of '40s-era broad way." Apple's mom says she took the role "only because this was something totally different. I probably wouldn't do Catwoman. There is something incredibly appealing about Catwoman, being that woman and playing that part. But if I was going to take something on, I wanted it to be something that nobody had ever seen or done. And if it was going to fail, it was going to fail, but I wanted to take that risk and not be in a standard Hollywood adventure movie." We're not sure, Halle Berry, but we think Gwynny just dissed you. Anyway, Paltrow swears she's not a closet fan o read more

Hey Jude, You're Popular!

Tomorrow, appropriately enough, Jude Law debuts in the next big action flick, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. He's also in a slew of other movies — Alfie, I Heart Huckabees, The Aviator, Closer and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events — all set to be released this year. So when asked which role required golden-blond highlights in his hair, the busy Law looks absolutely baffled for a moment. "I've just had a summer of [shooting] additional footage for the 26 films I've got coming out," he laughs, "so I'm trying to remember which hairdo this is. [I think] it was lightened for Alfie. I just had to do some photos for that." It's hard to imagine that too much of the dreamy 31-year-old Briton could ever be a bad thing. Still, does he worry folks will get sick of him? "There are really only four [films] coming out that I'm actually in," Law insists. "The other two are, like, bit read more

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