As any Tintin fan will already be well aware, The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn sees actor Jamie Bell take on the lead role of Tintin himself With this in mind, here's a brief overview of his career so far.
Bell began his stage career as a dancer, after accompanying his sister to her ballet lesson when he was young. He attended Northfield School, but took additional performing arts classes at performing arts classes at the local franchise of Stagecoach Theatre Arts School, before joining the National Youth Music Theatre.
In 1999, Bell got his big break when he was chosen to take on the title role in the film Billy Elliot. This film followed an 11-year-old boy who pursues his passion of learning ballet, to the dismay of several members of his family. Despite not get being old enough to attend première after-parties, or even just play a game of Partypoker , Bell received a huge amount of nominations for his outstanding performance in the film. As a young actor, he then went on the play a smaller roles in films such as an adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby, Deathwatch, Dear Wendy, and The Chumscrubber.
In the 2005 film version of King Kong, Bell was also cast as a sailor named Jimmy, and voiced the same character in the subsequent video game. In the same year, he also appeared in a Green Day music video, opposite Evan Rachel Wood. In 2007, he received his second BAFTA nomination after playing the title role in the Scottish drama film, Hallam Foe. He also made an appearance as himself in the lonelygirl15 sister series, Kate Modern. In 2008, Bell appeared in two films – a sci-fi titled Jumper, as well as war drama, Defiance.
During 2009, it was officially announced that Bell would take on the role of Tintin in the motion capture film, The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn.
Harlin Gave Spielberg The Tintin Movie Idea
Apparently many years ago he gave Steven Spielberg the idea for making a Tintin movie. Harlin explained that “After I had just done ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street 4’ (in 1988) one the first people to call him was Spielberg”. Steven went on to ask him “So is there a movie of your dreams you want to make?” To which Harlin replied “Seriously?”
At that point Harlin gave him a pile of Tintin books and Spielberg’s company Amblin went after the rights. The problem was that Herge (Renny claims) was still alive at the time and said no way. It did work out and Speilberg and Harlin went their separate ways.
Then years later after Herge died Spielberg went after the right again and he got them……so now there is to be a movie.
The problem: This isn't true as Spielberg first acquired rights to Tintin after Hergé's death in 1983, and re-optioned them in 2002……nice try Renny!
Our First Look At The Tintin Movie Game Trailer By Ubisoft
The Adventure Of Tintin game which is scheduled to be released on the 23rd of November looks great. As a player you take on the role of Tintin the fabulous Belgium boy detective. Tintin is to be the hero in the upcoming Tintin movie directed by Peter Jackson and produced by Steven Spielberg.
The game is being created by Ubisoft in close collaboration with the filmmaking team. The game promises to be an authentic immersion into the movie’s charming environs and characters. They guarantee that players will experience a non-stop action adventure whilst they investigate the mystery of a lifetime which may lead them to one of the greatest sunken treasures.
Within the game play you will have to join forces with Snowy and your old side-kick Captain Haddock to beat greedy art collectors, kooky arms dealers and an assortment of other crooks to reveal the truth behind the Secret of the Unicorn ship.
Anyway here is the trailer is all its glory………enjoy
What Do you think?
What The Tintin Movie Online Game Will Look Like
Update: You can play it I have the link!!!
Here it is: Play The Online Tintin Game Here
You have to wait like 30 seconds for it to load then you are off to the races…….enjoy
Hello peeps not sure what to make of the pictures I have found so far. But it appears that there is an online Tintin Movie game to be released to promote the upcoming Tintin movie that this site is dedicate too.
One thing I can say it look ace. I will do some further investigation and try and bring you more info but for now here are some pics of the game.
If you know anything at all about this game please let me know via comments so I can let everyone else know……thanks all.
Peter Jackson Oscar-winning director is seen having fun with a costume, a bottle of rum and a dog in computer graphicsleading to this this hilarious video of him as Captain Haddock, to promote the film The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.
A very funny short video in which the director of the Hobbit disguises himself as Archibald Haddock to amuse the gallery, and show the way it’s done in CGI with Snowy larger than life in the background! Discover all this in the video of Peter Jackson as Captain Haddock below.
We recall in passing that the first Tintin movie is inspired by the Tintin albums The Crab with theGolden Claws and The Secret of the Unicorn. The cast of this film shot in Performance Capture include Jamie Bell (Tintin), Andy Serkis (Haddock), Simon Pegg & Nick Frost (Dupont et Dupond), Daniel Craig (Red Rackham) and Gad Elmaleh (Ben Salaad) . The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn will be released at different times depending on where you live (for more details click here).
For more fun can we point you in the direction of the Tintin Movie Trailer?
Tintin Calendar, Diary and Agenda 2012 First Look
The official Tintin Boutique has released the Tintin Calendar, Diary and Agenda for 2012. They all look great and the sales are going to be high I think coming up to Christmas as the Tintin movie will be released (depending on where you live).
The theme for this year is “The Train” in the adventures of Tintin. The Tintin Boutique is a great place but as an un-official Tintin Movie site although I can link to the site I receive no affiliate sales if you buy the products. For the Tintin Boutique click here.
I just included this post for all Tintin fans who might like to treat themselves to a Tintin calendar or diary. Here are some pics.
What do you think?
The Art of Adventures of the Tintin Book By WETA
There is going to be a book created by WETA for the upcoming Paramount picture (click the link for your countries Tintin movie release date). The Art of the Adventures of Tintin has been created by the WETA artists who are bringing Herge’s Tintin to the big screen.
The book traces the whole creation process from the early concept illustrations to the final shots taken from the film and everything is between. This book is a treasure trove for those fans who want to know how Herge’s beloved Belgian boy detective was translated for a big Hollywood production.
About The Tintin Book By WETA
The book has a foreword by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson with extra insights by Joe Letteri and Richard Taylor too. This book will be published by Harper Collins in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand at the same time on October 13th in two formats. There will be a 200 page hardback cover book and a digital e-book.
The book will also include extra of imagery, special audio commentary from the film makers, character animations and additional content.
If you decide to pre-order the book through WETA at wetanz.com (not an affiliate link) for $39.99 you will also get three “parchment scrolls” (while sticks last). These scrolls will be printed on semi-transparent paper that together forms a map to the Red Rackham Treasure. These will come inserted in a folder of 300 gsm paper printed in the likeness of Tintin’s wallet.
The Adventures of Tintin at Comic-Con
This has been taken from the Tintin Facebook page.
It's hard to explain the feeling you get when you first walk in to the seemingly endless main hall at Comic-Con in San Diego, California. Once you get past the initial culture shock that overwhelms a first time visitor and begin to acclimate to the sea of fans dressed up as their favorite comic book characters, the booths featuring scenes, images or life-size (or sometimes larger) replicas from your favorite TV shows, movies and graphic novels you begin to appreciate the beauty in the chaos. Who doesn't love seeing fellow fans joyously basking in their fandom?
The four day convention has grown considerably since its modest debut in 1970. It is now attended by roughly 130,000 people, attracts over $100 million to the local economy and has become something of a momentum-inducing (or reducing) testing ground for the hottest new Hollywood productions. The buzz generated by Comic-Con previews has helped launch recent box office smashes like 300, Iron Man & Avatar.
2011 will be remembered as the year Tintin stole the show at Comic-Con!
Tintin books (the new Young Reader's Editions, the classic albums and the new edition of Tintin: The Complete Companion), collectibles (such as WETA's new line of Adventures of Tintin collectibles) and posters (which seemed to be omnipresent) were all snatched up by eager convention shoppers. The biggest Tintin "buzz" (and for that matter the biggest "buzz" of the convention), came on Friday morning at the Paramount Pictures Adventures of Tintin panel. The most eagerly anticipated event of the convention did not disappoint!
The panel included scheduled first time guest Steven Spielberg and surprise guest Peter Jackson. The two shared insight into the film ("It’s a dense detective story, a murder mystery, it’s very funny when it needs to be." stated Spielberg. Jackson went on to explain that they were trying to make a perfect hybrid of live action and animation).
Spielberg And Jackson And Tintin
Spielberg and Jackson discussed the joys of working together ("It's like working with your brother," said Spieberg. "It's very, very easy.") and treated the 6,500 capacity audience to a four minute action-packed 3D preview of the film. The preview included Tintin receiving a warning of great danger, footage of Tintin and Haddock meeting ("grafted" from The Crab with the Golden Claws – as Spielberg later explained), the trio (with Snowy, of course) eluding a bevy of bad guys and Tintin narrowly dodging cars (breathtakingly shot from a variety of angles). Spielberg and Jackson closed the panel by answering a number of questions from the audience (including one from another surprise guest, cast member Andy Serkis!).
The excitement generated from the brief preview of a modern adaptation of Hergé's work gives us an early indication of the positive response the film should receive — not just here in the U.S., but globally.
Why On Earth Is captian Haddock Scottish In The New Tintin Movie?
Captain Haddock best known for his fiery temper and his love of a drink or two is now to portrayed as a Scot in the $100 million 3D CGI animated blockbuster. This has left a sour taste in many Tintin fans mouth.
One blog critic was quoted as writing “Why the f*** is Captain Haddock Scottish?” using a twist on Captain Haddock’s most famous expression “blistering barnacles”. ‘There is never the remotest indication in the comics that Captain Haddock comes from Scotland, speaks with a Scottish accent, or has any Scottish connection other than an intense love for whisky.
‘I cannot understand this decision on any level.’ To be honest I have to agree with this statement myself. The accent was revealed when the trailer was unveiled just recently.
Who Is Captain Haddock Anyway?
Captain Haddock a descendent of the famous seafarer Sir Francis Haddock is a miilionaire Merchant marine Captain whose ancestral home is Marlinspike Hall. While the only Scottish connection I can find (if anybody else know better please contact me) Haddock’s love of Loch Lomond whiskey.
The comic’s Belgian creator, Georges Prosper Remi, known as Herge named Haddock while at dinner with his wife.
“What is that?” he asked, when seeing haddock on the menu.
“A sad English fish,’ she replied. There was a real 20th-century ship’s master bearing the surname – Captain Herbert Haddock was skipper of the famous White Star Line’s passenger vessel Olympic, and had also been temporarily at the helm of its sister ship, Titanic, before it was officially handed over to White Star for her doomed 1912 maiden voyage with passengers.
Spielberg’s script was co-written by Scottish screenwriter and producer, Steven Moffat, famous for his work on Doctor Who.
The move is even more confusing for some, as the character in the computer animation film is voiced by Andy Serkis, the English actor best known for playing Gollum in The Lord of the Rings.
What Other People Think
One comment on the website of the film magazine Empire, said: ‘Hollywood seems to be in love with Scottish voices since Shrek and How to Train Your Dragon’ – which featured Vikings with Scottish accents by Craig Ferguson and Gerard Butler.
‘They probably wouldn’t understand a West Country accent. Just be thankful they didn’t make Haddock Welsh.’
The trailer features the moment when the drunken Captain Haddock starts a fire in a rowboat. Tintin asks: ‘What are you doing?’, to which Haddock replies: ‘I lit a wee fire’. ‘In a boat?’ Tintin screams.
One viewer referred to Serkis’ Scottish accent as ‘somewhere between Christopher Lambert’s in Highlander and Robin Williams’s in Mrs Doubtfire’ – Scottish accents voiced by a Frenchman and an American comedian.
What A Scottish Filmmaker Thinks
The Scottish film-maker Murray Grigor said of the Scottish Haddock, who makes his first appearance as a cargo ship captain unwittingly drawn into a sinister plot: ‘Historically all ship’s engineers and lots of ship’s captains were Scots. I don’t think it’s really derogatory and certainly Scots enjoy a drink. I like the positive attributes.
The former director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Hannah McGill, said: ‘The Scottification of Captain Haddock is going to annoy purists, but it does follow a tradition of gruff, eccentric, cynical-but-good-hearted characters being designated Scottish in cartoonish mainstream films.
‘This dependable-grouch brand of onscreen Scot dates back to Whisky Galore and I Know Where I’m Going! and I’d say it crops up more often than the violent, threatening oik who’s commonly seen as the prevalent Scottish stereotype.
‘And however sensitive we are to matters of accent, most of the rest of the world don’t distinguish – or will see the film dubbed.’
To Sum Up
Captain Haddock was introduced to the Tintin books in The Crab with the Golden Claws.
Haddock was first introduced as the rum-loving captain of the Karaboudjan, a merchant vessel used, without Haddock’s knowledge, by his first mate Allan Thompson for smuggling drugs inside crab tins.
But his most noble act is in Tintin in Tibet, in which he stoically volunteers to sacrifice his life to save Tintin.
Although when introduced Haddock has command of a freighter, in later volumes he is clearly retired.
The Captain’s coarse humanity and sarcasm act as a counterpoint to Tintin’s often implausible heroism; he is always quick with a dry comment whenever the boy reporter gets too idealistic.
By the time of their last completed and published adventure, Tintin and the Picaros, Haddock had become such an important figure that he dominates much of the first half of the story.
He is especially notable in The Red Sea Sharks, where his skilful captaining of the ship he and Tintin seize from Rastapopoulos allows them to survive until they are rescued.
In addition to his many insults, the most famous of Haddock’s expressions include permutations of two phrases: ‘Billions of bilious blue blistering barnacles!’ and ‘Ten thousand thundering typhoons!’
Tintin Movie World Wide Release Dates
Hi there I don't have this info myself but there is a comprehensive list at the website linked below:
(This link goes to an external website that isn't affiliated with letintinmovie.com. We believe it to be a safe link and have used it ourselves but have to stress that you click this link at your own risk. It is from the official Tintin website however)
Ubisoft To Develop Tintin Movie Game Tie-In
A few days ago it was announced that the game publisher Ubisoft is to publish the official video game of the eagerly anticipated Tintin Movie. The Tintin movie release date depends on the country you live in.
The Paramount film is directed by Peter Jackson and to be produced by Steven Spielberg. The game is reportedly being developed by Ubisoft and Paramount Digital Entertainment.
The game will pick up from where the Tintin movie itself will conclude. The game will pick up strands of the other Tintin adventures such as The Crab with the Golden Claw, The Serect of the Unicorn and Red Rackham Treasure.
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has said “We’re excited for the opportunity to work with such renowned filmmakers on the iconic Tintin franchise,”
“Our development team in Montpellier has worked very closely with the film team to ensure that players will have the chance to recreate the magical moments of the movie and to experience complete immersion into the Tintin universe.”
Check Out The Pictures Of The Tintin Movie Photocall In Paris
(L-R) Andy Serkis, Peter Jackson, Gad Elmaleh, Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy and Jamie Bell attended a Photocall of The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn at Hotel Royal Monceau Raffle today (July 19, 2011) in Paris, France. (Photo by Trago/Getty Images)
Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures present the 3D Motion Capture Film “The Adventures of Tintin” directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Steven Moffat and Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish. It stars Jamie Bell (“Billy Elliot,” “Defiance”) as Tintin, the intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure, and Daniel Craig (“Quantum of Solace,” “Defiance”) as the nefarious Red Rackham.
The cast includes Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Toby Jones, Mackenzie Crook, Daniel Mays and Gad Elmaleh. Based on the series of books The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé, the film is produced by Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy. The Tintin Movie release date depends on which country you live in.
Peter Jackson attends Photocall of The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn at Hotel Royal Monceau Raffle on July 19, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Trago/Getty Images)
Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy attend Photocall of The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn at Hotel Royal Monceau Raffle on July 19, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Trago/Getty Images)
Steven Spielberg attends Photocall of The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn at Hotel Royal Monceau Raffle on July 19, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Trago/Getty Images)
L-R) Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg attend Photocall of The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn at Hotel Royal Monceau Raffle on July 19, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Trago/Getty Images)
The Tintin Movie Trailer – It Look Fab!
The Tintin Movie Trailer – Well here it is a little late I apologize but I think most of you will agree with me that this trailer looks great.
It has been debuted online and has only made many Tintin fans even more eager for the film to be released (the Tintin movie release date depends on which country you live in).
So what do you think?
Tintin Movie Pictures First Look Captain Haddock and Tintin
Very exciting news we reveal the first Tintin movie pictures. We can show pictures from the Tintin film and they look fantastic indeed. The Spielberg and Jackson collaboration The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn is supposed to be out October 2011.
We have a couple of stills from the film to show you. One showing Andy Serkis Captain Haddock and the other with Haddock and Tintin (Jamie Bell) adrift at sea signaling for help.
What Can We Expect From Te New Tintin Movie?
“With live action you’re going to have actors pretending to be Captain Haddock and Tintin,” says Peter Jackson. “You’d be casting people to look like them. It’s not really going to feel like the Tintin Hergé drew. It’s going to be somewhat different. With CGI we can bring Hergé’s world to life, keep the stylized caricatured faces, keep everything looking like Hergé’s artwork, but make it photo-real.”
So what can we expect from the story? Here’s what Spielberg told us. “The first part of the film, which is the most mysterious part, certainly owes much to not only film noir but the whole German Brechtian theatre — some of our night scenes and our action scenes are very contrasty. But at the same time the movie is a hell of an adventure.”
The film also stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as Thompson and Thomson respectively (“When people first heard that bit of casting they thought that we’d gone barking mad,” says Jackson. Adds Spielberg, “The Thompson Twins can’t be clones of each other. Nick and Simon provided all the differences we needed to foil for each other. They have a wonderful moment in the movie where they start to have an argument about whose sidekick is whose.”) and Daniel Craig as Red Rackham. It also features Cary Elwes, Toby Jones, Mackenzie Crook and Daniel Mays.
And for those of you thinking really far ahead, what has Jackson got planned for his Tintin adventure if and when the planned sequel happens? “One of my favorites is The Seven Crystal Balls, so that’s the one I’ve always been thinking of,” he says. “I also really like the Eastern European ones, the Balkan ones like King Ottokar’s Sceptre and The Calculus Affair. I think it’s a terrific setting for a thriller, the weird Balkan politics and the mysterious secret service agents. I think the Moon ones are terrific, but they’d be good for the third or fourth Tintin film, if we get that far. We want to keep his feet on the ground just a little bit longer.”
Cary Elwes Explains How He Got The Part In The Tintin Movie
Brit Cary Elwes has been confirmed to play the role as pilot in Tintin and the Secret Of The Unicorn. Elwes is a self confessed large Tintin fan “I have got all the books at home and they’re a pretty disheveled and when my daughter is a bit older I am going to read them to her”.
Cary Elwes explained how he got the part:
“It’s a funny story if you’ve got a second. Steven Spielberg came down to the set of A Christmas Carol because he’s friends with Robert Zemeckis and was there while I was filming a scene – no pressure! He came over afterwards and said, 'I’m shooting Tintin. It’s got Jamie Bell and Andy Serkis and it’s going to be a lot of fun.' And I said, '[Stutters] Mr… Mr… Spielberg, I’m a really big fan of Tintin. I have to be in it.' He did that Hollywood thing: 'Yeah, yeah, we’ll see.'"
"Then two weeks later my wife and I are in a grocery store, and my wife says, 'Honey, that’s Steven Spielberg.' I say there’s no way Spielberg is grocery shopping on his own; he has people to do that for him. But there he was, shopping for cereal by himself. So I went up to him and said, 'Steven… er, Tintin?' [Laughs] He said, 'You know what, I think I have one part left. Do you speak French?' and I said [adopts best Clouseau impression] 'But of course!'”
Elwes has a long film biography but is probably best known for his part of Westley in Princess Bride.
Sorry I Have Neglected This Tintin Movie Site
Look this is a new vid that I have found which features Simon Pegg and Nick Frost speaking about all things Tintin. This british duo are a great double act and having them as Thomson and Thompson is great casting.
Also a may be a bit late to the party but I have another confirmed cast member….to be revealed later this week with video.
Snowy Was Famous Record Breaking Motorcycle Champion
In the 20s and 30s, my late grandfather, Rene Milhoux, was a very famous Belgian motorcycle champion and speed record breaker. His exploits were regularly reported in the national press. One such newspaper was "le XXe Siecle" (The twentieth Century), a supplement of which was "le Petit Vingtieme", which was headed by a man named Georges Remi, better known as Herge, the author of Tintin.
Also regularly in the newspaper was the photo-reportages of a man named Robert Sexe, who was a travelling photo-journalist whose
photographs were used as a direct inspiration for Tintin's first three adventures. Herge, having never travelled himself.
Robert Sexe would travel the world on motorcycles. On one occasion my grandfather was introduced to Robert Sexe by the owner of the motorcycle company for which my grandfather was factory rider (Gillet de Herstal) so that he could act as technical advisor of the round the world trips. The two men quickly struck up a close friendship.
When my grandfather would break world record on his bikes he would always wear immaculate white overalls. He wasn't a very tall man either…
Small, all white, brave and intelligent and called Milhoux…
My grandfather was one day invited to the offices of the "le XXe Siecle" for an exclusive interview, during his visit he got to meet several people attached to the newspaper, including Georges Remi, they had a little chat during which, Mr Remi asked my grandfather if he didn't mind that he named his cartoon dog after him, Snowy (in french: Milou).
My grandfather had a great sense of humor so of course he didn't mind at all (especially as the spelling had been changed). Remember that in those days Tintin was hardly known and my grandfather was something of a national hero.
I just thought you would find this little anecdote amusing if not interesting.
For this post we say thanks to Renaud Milhoux.
Who Is Gad Elmaleh (Playing Ben Salaad Tintin and the Secret of the Unicorn)
The most unknown of the new three conformed actors to the Tintin movie is Gad Elmaleh. Gad Elmaleh was born in Morocco in 1971. He most likely got the acting gene through his father who was a mime. After leaving school in Casablanca he went to Montreal where during his four year stint as a student worked on radio, wrote humorous Stories and then played them in nightclubs.
In 1992 he left for Paris and took Le Cours Florent course where he ahd Isabelle Nanty as a teacher. He wrote a one nam show titled “Decalages” which covered his experiences in Montreal and Paris. He went onto present a second one man show “La Vie Normale” which showed his superb acting skills and his ability to bring humour t the stage. He has had a critically acclaimed acting career in various French movies. He lives with French actress Anne Brochet and they have one son Noe.
None of the French films he has been in have really been successful internationally but many have won awards although the only award Gad has won himself is probably one he doesn’t boast too much about but he won “Best Kiss” for Hors de Prix which he shared with Audrey Tatou.
He is an interesting pick and it is nice to see a French language actor involved in the projects which I guess many Tintin fans hope will be repeated with some other characters in the hope that the feel of Herge's ligne claire Tintin albums isn't lost on the big screen.