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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

It’s a Wonderful Santa Land Miracle Nut-Cracking Christmas Story

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TV stars take to THE MOUNTAINTOP, the Windy City gets nut-cracking & more cross-country news

The Holidays Kick Off With a Ridiculously Titled Show 
With a title like It’s a Wonderful Santa Land Miracle Nut-Cracking Christmas Story…Jews Welcome, this musical is sure to be a unique, funny and perhaps offensive theatrical experience. As the name suggests,the interactive, multi-media spectacular is a nutty celebration of all kinds of holiday traditions, appropriate for all ages. Presented by Chicago’s Street Tempo Theatre, the run begins atStage 773 on November 15 and continues through December 30. Be sure to save room for “non-holiday specific” eggnog!

Beam me up Bilbo! Par sneaking 'Star Trek' footage in Imax

Reel will play in front of 'The Hobbit,' five months before release

Beam me up, Bilbo! Paramount to screen the first nine minutes of "Star Trek Into Darkness" before "The Hobbit" #Imax

Trekkies, get your ears on: Paramount will premiere the first nine minutes of "Star Trek Into Darkness" exclusively at 500 Imax locations more than five months prior to the film's May 17 release, marking the pic's first footage made available to the public.
The "Star Trek" material will act as an extended trailer in front of "The Hobbit" when it bows Dec. 14.
The reel marks the third time Imax has previewed sequential footage of a film -- and the first for a 3D pic -- after "The Dark Knight" and "The Dark Knight Rises." The mega-screen exhib screened sizzle reels for "Tron: Legacy" and "Avatar."
"Our longtime partners J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and the Bad Robot team have really hit it out of the park -- the footage is absolutely incredible," said Imax prexy Greg Foster. "Their use of the Imax camera and canvas is sure to impress current and future Star Trek fans alike."
Abrams produced the pic, along with Bad Robot's Burk and Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, all of whom share scripting duties.
Like Christopher Nolan did with "Rises," Abrams used Imax cameras to shoot several sequences that will play only at Imax plexes. Abrams has been extremely tight-lipped about the pic's logline; as a joke, the director appeared on TV's Conan O'Brien last month purporting to introduce a trailer -- but showed only three frames.
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Disney's "Oz, the Great and Powerful"

Nifty longer trailer has finally come out for Disney's Wizard of Oz origin story, "Oz the Great and Powerful," directed by Sam Raimi and starring James Franco and three bewitching witches (and still those Munchkins and the scary flying monkeys). Watch the whole trailer here: Oh, and today a good day for Raimi, who also was part of a group that has acquired movie rights to the young-sadult fantasy book franchise "Angelfall." (Read more on that here: ) Let us know what you think about the trailer. Looks kinda cool, I have to say, and like the way they use the black-and-white to color shift as Franco's character heads into Oz. — Oz the Great and Powerful trailer images (12 photos)

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