Arthur Christmas

(2011)

"Arthur Christmas" at last reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question: 'So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?' The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic - a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns.

2012 BAFTA Awards Winners

The Artist was named Best Film at tonight's Orange British Academy Film Awards hosted by Stephen Fry, held at London's Royal Opera House. The film also won six other awards: Director, Original Screenplay, Original Music, Cinematography, Costume Design as well as a performance award for Jean Dujardin who won the Leading Actor BAFTA.

Meryl Streep was awarded the BAFTA for Leading Actress for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady; the film was also honoured in the Make-Up & Hair category.

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2012 BAFTA Awards Nominations

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EXCLUSIVE: James McAvoy Talks ‘Arthur Christmas’

Actor James McAvoy is best known for his roles in action movies such as Wanted and this summer's mutant blockbuster X-Men: First Class. The actor's latest project is far from an action movie, and it isn't even live-action. James McAvoy lends his voice to the title character in Aardman Animation's Arthur Christmas, which is currently playing in theaters across the country. Arthur is Santa's son, a young man who doesn't quite fit into the immense high-tech operation at the North Pole, which is run by his older brother, Steve (Hugh Laurie). When a child's present does not get delivered, Arthur sets off with Grand-Santa (Bill Nighy) in an old-fashioned sleigh and reindeer, to deliver the present, and make sure that child will still believe in Christmas.

I recently had the chance to speak with James McAvoy via satellite about his role in Arthur Christmas. Click on our exclusive video interview below to see what he had to say about this new holiday classic, plus new tidbits on an X-Men: First Class sequel.

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EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Smith Talks ‘Arthur Christmas’

This time of year, there is always an obligatory Christmas movie or two, and most years, I'm disappointed in them. That is not the case this year with Arthur Christmas, which brings Christmas and the North Pole into the 21st Century in some very fun ways.

Sarah Smith, who got her start writing and producing for British TV shows such as The League of Gentlemen and The Armando Iannucci Shows, makes her feature directorial debut with Arthur Christmas, which centers on Santa's black sheep son Arthur (James McAvoy) and his mission to deliver the last Christmas toy after one child is missed.

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Arthur Christmas 2’ Might Be ‘Battle: Los Angeles’ Type War Movie

Arthur Christmas hits theaters nationwide November 23, and if it's successful, Sony Pictures Animation and Aardman Animation may just team up for a sequel. I recently had the chance to speak with co-writer/director Sarah Smith, who revealed some very interesting sequel (and prequel) possibilities as a follow-up to Arthur Christmas.

CLICK HERE to read my full interview with writer-director Sarah Smith for Arthur Christmas.

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Five ‘Arthur Christmas’ Clips

Have you ever wondered how Santa gets the job done in just one night? The new Aardman Animation and Sony Pictures' holiday adventure Arthur Christmas sets out to straighten the record, and we now have five all-new clips and a sprawling Hi-Res photo gallery for you to check out. Santa and his family await below.

Arthur Christmas was released November 23rd, 2011.

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EXCLUSIVE: Hugh Laurie Talks ‘Arthur Christmas’

Sony Pictures Animation and Aardman Animation have teamed up this holiday season to bring you Arthur Christmas, a wonderful and unique new holiday tale that brings Christmas up to speed with the 21st Century. This 3D animated adventure centers on Arthur (James McAvoy), the bungling youngest son of Santa Claus (Jim Broadbent), who works in the Letters department at the North Pole, far away from the high-tech Christmas operation run by Santa's oldest son, Steve (Hugh Laurie). However, even with all of the technology in the world at their disposal, one child was missed and didn't get a present, which causes Arthur to spring into action and deliver the last present before the sun rises on Christmas Day.

I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Hugh Laurie, who enjoyed stepping out of the House world to voice Steve, where he got to use his normal speaking voice, for a change. Take a look at my exclusive video interview with Hugh Laurie below.

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18 Animated Features Submitted for ‘84th Annual Academy Awards’

Eighteen features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 84th Academy Awards.

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