City of Ember

(2008)

For generations, the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights - underground. But Ember's once powerful generator is failing . . . and the great lamps that illuminate the city are starting to flicker. Now, in a race against time, the citizens must search Ember for clues that will unlock the ancient mystery of the city's existence, and escape before the lights go out forever.

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Disney has a bonafide hit on its hands with Beverly Hills Chihuahua. For the second straight week in a row, the film landed in the number one spot despite some major competition. It racked up another $17.5 million, placing its cumulative grosses at $52.5 million. Strong word of mouth has kept this one going, and it should stick around the top ten for at least a few more weeks.

Next week, look for Disney's Chihuahuas to go up against Max Payne, W., and the very funny Sex Drive. It should be one heck of a box office brawl.

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: ‘City of Ember’ Cast Interview Featurette!

Earth's surface is destroyed by an apocalypse. Facing extinction, 'The Builders' create a city of artificial light to shelter humanity deep underground. They lay the groundwork for escape in a lockbox with a timer. At zero, they must emerge from the city as it was not built to last forever. The plan goes awry when the box is lost after a tragic death. As the lights dim overhead and food supplies run short, Doon (Harry Treadaway) and Lina (Saoirse Ronan) discover the secret of the box. But their efforts to save the city are in danger of being thwarted by the greedy mayor (Bill Murray), who has stolen the city's food for himself.

Last year I had the chance to travel to Ireland and see the massive sets built for City of Ember. The entire city was constructed in the same warehouse as the ill-fated Titanic. That location was chosen because Production Designer Martin Laing (Avatar) and Director Gil Keenan (Monster House) needed a space seventy feet high. I've seen a set or two in my day, but the size and detail of Ember was truly extraordinary. Each building was designed to be shot from the front and the back, so the camera work would be seamless in transition. The costumes and exteriors are original with no references whatsoever. The city is a world unto itself, so there could be nothing recognizable.

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Fred Gets Lost in ‘The City of Ember’

City of Ember is set to open on October 10th, 2008.

City of Ember was released October 10th, 2008.

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New ‘City of Ember’ Teaser Trailer Online!

A new teaser trailer has been released for Fox Walden's fantasy adventure City of Ember.

For generations, the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights. But Ember's once powerful generator is failing... and the great lamps that illuminate the city are starting to flicker. Now, two teenagers in a race against time, must search Ember for clues that will unlock the ancient mystery of the city's existence, and help the citizens escape before the lights go out forever. Bill Murray, Tim Robbins, Saoirse Ronan, Harry Treadaway,Martin Landau, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Toby Jones and Mary Kay Place star. City of Ember hits theaters October 10.

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