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Posted: Sep. 24, 2010, 7:06 am Quote

GNOMEO & JULIET:
 
Synopsis: The greatest love story ever told, starring...garden gnomes? In "Gnomeo & Juliet," Shakespeare's revered tale gets a comical, off-the-wall makeover. Directed by Kelly Asbury (co-director of "Shrek 2") and showcasing both classic and original songs by Elton John, the film features the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt as Gnomeo and Juliet, who have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors. But with plastic pink flamingos and thrilling lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find a happy ending?
 
The trailer is also now up on iTunes Movie Trailers here.
 
GNOMEO & JULIET hits theaters everywhere in 3D on February 11, 2011.


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Posted: Sep. 24, 2010, 8:35 pm Quote

It looks cute, but one can only hope it's ending differs from the Shakespeare original - otherwise it could be a little traumatic for the kiddies.

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Posted: Sep. 25, 2010, 2:17 pm Quote

I have absolutely no interest in seeing this based on the synopsis and trailer. If it was from Pixar, I'd think they could pull it off, though.

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Posted: Sep. 26, 2010, 12:24 pm Quote

I agree with both utilidor and Rich, this looks like a "Why is this movie here???" kind of a movie to me.  Odd premise.  It's kind of like the bizarreness of "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" to me, the trailer for that movie, so weird and outrageous you can't help but look, but running out to see a movie about chihuahua dogs, or garden gnomes acting out Shakespeare.... I dunno.....

I'll save my movie bucks for "Tangled" and "Tron Legacy" instead.  Sorry, Touchstone!  (Somewhere out there some garden gnomes who come to life when no one's looking heard me say that, and they shed a silent tear wishing for love and respect for their acting skills....   :tear:   )  They might have felt emboldened by the Travelocity TV commercial garden gnome.
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Posted: Oct. 25, 2010, 7:05 pm Quote

Ahhhhh yes..... the pop "love duet".... sung by pop stars known to be big names, to sell recordings big time, and so tenderly.  Maybe at a crucial scene in a big, hoped for movie, or the pop ballad playing in the closing credits as you leave the theater, happy and romantic at the same time.  And pop, too!

Well folks, we have the "love duet" all set up now with an original song specially written, and pop love duet sung, for "Gnomeo and Juliet" for Touchstone Pictures, a division of Disney Studios.

Sir Elton John....

and.....

Lady Gaga!

Love duet about Shakesperean garden gnomes.

Here's the link, quoting, and as always you can read the Comments if you click at the link.  It's to the United Kingdom Guardian newspaper online, and the Brits in the Comments have their go at the news, unique perspectives and all that.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/oct/25/elton-john-lady-gaga-duet

Elton John and Lady Gaga record duet
Hello, Hello to feature in animated Disney film about two lovestruck garden gnomes


 Sean Michaels
guardian.co.uk, Monday 25 October 2010 13.02 BST

Photo caption (at the link above ) : Gnome is where the heart is ... Lady Gaga and Elton John record duet about pointy-hatted lovers. Photograph: Rex Features

Elton John and Lady Gaga have recorded an original duet for a forthcoming animated Disney film. Instead of revisiting a classic hit, such as Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me, or reinventing a contemporary anthem, such as Paparazzi, the pop stars' first ever studio collaboration is instead dedicated to a magical gnome. His name – no kidding – is Gnomeo.

. Gnomeo and Juliet
. Production year: 2011
. Countries: UK, USA
. Directors: Kelly Asbury
. Cast: Emily Blunt, James McAvoy, Jason Statham, Maggie Smith


The track, Hello, Hello, will appear on the soundtrack to Gnomeo and Juliet, a Disney film due in February 2011. As you may have guessed, this is the tale of two pointy-hatted lovers, both of whom normally reside on garden lawns. If this idea seems absurd, you are made of different stuff than John, who in addition to recording the soundtrack, is one of the film's producers.

Gnomeo and Juliet, directed by Shrek 2's Kelly Asbury, will feature CGI gnomes voiced by James McAvoy and Emily Blunt. Michael Caine, Stephen Merchant and Ozzy Osbourne also reportedly lent their voices to the production. The film is a long-time "passion project" for John, according to Animation magazine, which claims the singer has worked on the movie for more than a decade.

Sir Elton and Lady Gaga performed together at February's Grammy awards, where they opened the gala with three of their songs. "I'd love to [work with her] in the future," John told Entertainment Weekly at the time. "She's so busy, and I'm so busy, so we can never get together." But sometimes patience is for the best. As Shakespeare wrote, in a play about lovers who don't have long white beards: "Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast."

End of quoted article.
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Posted: Feb. 06, 2011, 3:43 pm Quote

Just in time for Valentine's Weekend, Disney's Touchstone Pictures is releasing CGI "Gnomeo and Juliet" to theaters.

Official promotional website here……

http://www.gnomeoandjuliet.com/

And it's webpage at Rotten Tomatoes.com here…. and it has two reviews so far, one actually positive and Fresh, the other not so positive.  Keep checking in case the movie interests you.  74% of Rotten Tomatoes' online community wants to go see it, a hopeful sign.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/gnomeo-and-juliet/

Watch the trailer here, it's 2:24 long :

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/gnomeo-and-juliet/trailers/

What a surprise, not, that Travelocity, the online travel website that features a traveling gnome in it's TV commercials, is a sponsor and has a contest to win a vacation going on.  Check it out at the official movie promotional website link above.

Should Touchstone be messing with Shakespeare like this, or is this movie an entertaining way to introduce any kind of Shakespearean story to youngsters and families?  And do you plan to see this movie?

Opens in wide US release Friday, February 11, 2011, Valentine's Weekend.
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Posted: Feb. 12, 2011, 8:07 am Quote

Has a 53% "Rotten" score at Rotten Tomatoes.  Here's the link:

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/gnomeo-and-juliet/

Other review and parental guidance links :

Plugged In Online, a media review service of Dr. Charles Dobson's Focus on the Family, mostly positive review:

http://www.pluggedin.com/movies/intheaters/gnomeoandjuliet.aspx

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, very positive review:

http://www.usccb.org/movies/g/gnomeoandjuliet2011.shtml

Movie Mom, gives it a B+ :

http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/2011/02/gnomeo-juliet.html

Metacritic, score of 53, critic score range 80-11 :

http://www.metacritic.com/movie/gnomeo-and-juliet

Kids In Mind, score 3 for sex and nudity, 3 for violence and gore, and 2 for profanity, full review here :

http://www.kids-in-mind.com/g/gnomeoandjuliet.htm


Even though it's CGI-animated this movie is from Disney's Touchstone Studios, not Disney Feature Animation.  Sounds to me you take your kids to this, adults might squirm or might like it, but kids will like it.  They get an adapted version of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" out of it, too.

And the next time you're in your yard or garden, or in the garden center looking at garden statues and ornaments, think of the secret private lives these things live when you're not around !  Ah, l'amore! :hearts:

Opening on Valentine's weekend, check out "Gnomeo and Juliet".

If you ventured out to check the movie out, we'd love to hear what you thought of it.
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Posted: Feb. 13, 2011, 1:10 pm Quote

Four movies opening on Valentine's weekend, and Disney's Touchstone's "Gnomeo & Juliet" is #3 in the US.  Opening Friday, Saturday Sunday $25,500,000 and opening Friday $6,100,000.  An Adam Sandler romantic comedy "Just Go With It" is #1 and a teen pop star 3-D concert movie starring Justin Bieber "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" is #2.  Usually films take drops after their opening weekends, so "Gnomeo and Juliet" might not rise much after this weekend.  No idea what the production budget is for this, it's not published yet.  

"Gnomeo and Juliet", I learned, is actually produced by Starz, and is being distributed by Touchstone/Disney.
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Posted: Feb. 27, 2011, 3:42 pm Quote

It's third weekend of release….  and usually after the first weekend of release audiences gradually taper off for a given film title… but the #1 movie in the US right now is:  "Gnomeo and Juliet".  Earning an estimated $14,213,000 it's climbed upwards to #1 after having been #3 a week ago.  Since wide US release three weeks ago: $75,147,000.  In foreign markets: $15,800,000. Worldwide total: $90,947,000.  This movie's a hit!
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Posted: Mar. 13, 2011, 4:59 pm Quote

"Gnomeo and Juliet" in it's fifth week at the box office is sinking under the weight of newly opening movies, is now #10 in the US after having been #5 a week ago.  Earned this weekend $3,546,000 and a total of $89,031,000 since opening in time for Valentine's Day weekend in February 2011.  Worldwide "Gnomeo" has earned $44 million, grand total of $133,031,000.  Not known how much this cost to produce and market, but it's making some money in the US and around the world.
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