Comic Film Updates

Originally Published: June 2, 2005 With the release of Batman Begins right around the corner, I wanted to give a quick update on other super hero properties that will be hitting theaters very soon. IN THE WORKS Captain America: Possibly with Brad Pitt. Green Lantern: Rumoured at one point to star; you guessed it, Jack …
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Rwanda Tragedy Continues to Unfold on Film

Originally Published: February 27, 2005 Director Michael Caton-Jones and the producers of Shooting Dogs said at the Berlin International Film Festival the film’s world premiere will be in Rwanda, the African country that provides its backdrop. Caton-Jones’ movie stars John Hurt and Hugh Dancy and details the story of a school massacre during the Rwandan …
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Studios Choose Avid Technology

Originally Published: December 15, 2004 Avid Technology today announced that postproduction teams for the recently released feature film Closer, as well as five upcoming films – Dark Water, Brothers Grimm, Cave, Ice Princess and Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio – chose the Avid Unity LANshare EX system for real-time collaborative postproduction. Postproduction facility Orbit Digital, which …
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Skycaptain and the Apple

Originally Published: December 3, 2004 Another inspirational story on Apple’s website is about Kerry Conran’s Skycaptain. It’s been posted for some time. I know, the film didn’t perform as expected, but it’s still amazing how persistence works. Besides, I really enjoyed the movie. It was a niche film made for a broad audience. That’s always …
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Madonna Leads Animated Pic

Originally Published: December 21, 2004 The Hollywood Reporter recently reported that Madonna will lead the voice cast of the big-budget CGI pic Arthur, directed by Luc Besson, who’s previous work includes the original La Femme Nikita and The Professional. The director’s own comany, Europa Corp. will produce the movie. Arthur is an adaptation of a …
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DC Unveils New Logo

Originally Published: June 2, 2005 DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company and the world’s largest English-language publisher of comics, unveiled a new DC Comics company logo recently, that will appear on comic books, graphic novels and, for the first time ever, on films and television series based on DC properties. The new DC logo …
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Tribeca NY, NY Competition Selections

Originally Published: March 13, 2005 Here are the just announced NY, NY Competition Selections, for those keeping track. Featured films in the two NY, NY categories are as follows: NY, NY NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION: Adam and Steve, directed and written by Craig Chester (U.S.A.) – World Premiere Alchemy, directed and written by Evan Oppenheimer (U.S.A.) …
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Hitchcock’s the Birds to Get Remake

Originally Published: May 3, 2005 Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production label is in negotiations with producer Peter Guber and Mandalay Pictures to develop a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1963 horror film The Birds, according to The Hollywood Reporter. As in the original, the new version would be based on a short story by Daphne …
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Denzel Has Deja Vu

Originally Published: May 3, 2005 Oscar winner Denzel Washington (Training Day and The Manchurian Candidate) has signed on to star in the time-travel thriller Deja Vu for director Tony Scott and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Variety reported. The trio previously teamed up for the submarine thriller Crimson Tide. The script, by Terry Rossio (writer of Pirates …
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A History of Violence Preview

Originally Published: March 28, 2005 How cool is David Cronenberg? The Fly, Crash, Rabid, The Dead Zone, Spider…The list goes on. He is a genius in my humble opinion. He seems to choose the subjects no one else looks at, but are so obvious. His style haunts me long after I leave a movie theater. …
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French Thriller Thieves Gets Remade

Originally Published: March 24, 2005 According to Variety, Warner Independent Pictures and Mission Entertainment have closed a deal with Canal Plus for the rights to remake the 1996 Andre Techine-directed French thriller Les Voleurs, also called Thieves. Andre Techine’s ambitious crime drama starts with a prologue in which a little boy is awakened in the …
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Reeves to Play Sinbad

Originally Published: March 9, 2005 Keanu Reeves is in talks to star in Columbia Pictures’ long-in-development Sinbad movie, titled The 8th Voyage of Sinbad. Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) is in negotiations to direct the film. The film has been in the works for several years, with John Singleton most recently attached to …
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Special Screenings Announced at Tribeca Fest

Originally Published: March 13, 2005 World and North American Premieres make up Spotlight New Yorkers to catch their first glimpse of Special Screenings Tribeca Film Festival founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff today joined Peter Scarlet, Executive Director, in announcing the Spotlight and Special Screenings film selections for the 2005 Tribeca Film …
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Hitch Sets Valentine’s Day Record

Originally Published: February 15, 2005 Columbia Pictures’ hit romantic comedy Hitch generated $7,515,442 on Monday, becoming the biggest midweek Valentine’s Day ever at the nation’s movie theaters, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, Vice Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment. The Will Smith romantic comedy directed by Andy Tenant has earned $50,657,656 since opening on …
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Philip K. Dick Story is Next

Originally Published: March 19, 2005 Lee Tamahori, director of the eye-opening film Once Were Warriors, will be working on the Science Fiction action triller Next, starring Nicolas Cage and Julianne Moore. The film is based on a Philip K. Dick short story titled The Golden Man, about a man who can see into his own …
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Wachowskis Launch Vendetta Film and Website

Originally Published: March 7, 2005 The Wachowski Brothers and Joel Silver, the creators and producer of the smash hit Matrix trilogy, have launched production on the action thriller V For Vendetta, starring Natalie Portman (Star Wars: Episodes I-III, Closer, Garden State), James Purefoy (Vanity Fair, Resident Evil) and Stephen Rea (Interview With the Vampire, The …
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Largest MMORPG Tournament Award in Video Game History

Originally Published: March 19, 2005 Skill-Based Player vs. Player Tournament to Culminate in $1,000,000 Grand Prize Planetwide Games announced that RYL: Path of the Emperor will be the first Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game to offer a $1,000,000 Grand Prize to the winner of a Player vs. Player Skill-Based Tournament. Players who purchase the …
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Lucas and Cameron 3D Update

Originally Published: March 16, 2005 We have an update to news we announced earlier this week, regarding some technology news from George Lucas and James Cameron, at the ShoWest conference taking place on Las Vegas. Theatrical exhibitors will experience premiere viewing of 3D Clips from 20th Century Fox’s Star Wars: Episode IV and Disney’s Aliens …
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High Tension Horror Preview

Originally Published: March 21, 2005 High Tension is a French laguange horror film that Lions Gate (Saw), becoming ever the horror specialty house, puchased the U.S. distribution rights to last year. The film was originally produced by Europa, the company run by La Femme Nikita and The Professional director Luc Besson. The plot revolves around …
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