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P.J. Hogan's Peter Pan, George Miller's Babe Coming to Blu-ray

20 December 2010 6:58 AM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced plans to bring 2003's Peter Pan from director P.J. Hogan (not to be confused with Hook starring Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams and Julia Roberts) and 1995's talking pig film Babe to Blu-ray Disc on April 5.

Both films will be presented on Blu-ray in their original aspect ratios with 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio with pocketBlu support. No bonus features are currently listed for Peter Pan (though there are many that could potentially be included from the previously released DVD), while Babe will include The Making of Babe; George Miller On Babe; and a Feature Commentary wtih Writer/Producer George Miller.

Click here to pre-order Babe on Blu-ray for $19.99 at Amazon.com. The Peter Pan pre-order link is not yet live. »

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Happy Birthday Scarlett Johansson! You’re 26 Today, Nov. 22nd!

22 November 2010 5:16 AM, PST | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

You are a gorgeous and talented young actress who showed us this year that you can sing too when you released your second album.

Scarlett, you were just named GQ’s Babe of the Year while your husband Ryan Reynolds was just named People Magazine’s Sexiest Man of The Year! That’s one hot couple! After staring in the big blockbuster”Iron Man 2″, this year think about going back to smaller indie roles and stretch your limits. Astrology.com has all the details.

Happy birthday, Scarlett Johansson! The cosmos say it’s your sophistication more than anything else that attracts such ardent affection. Your alluring powers will have their say when Pluto adds heat to Venus and Jupiter and drives your fans wild. You can’t help but play the blank canvas upon which dreams are painted, and hopes and fears are played out. This year is about »

- HL Intern

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Box Office Beat Down: Jackass 3D Blows Up the Box Office with $50 Million!

17 October 2010 1:11 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Weekend Box Office

1Jackass 3D$50 million2Red$22.5 million3The Social Network$11 million4Secretariat$9.5 million5Life as We Know It$9.2 million6Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$4.2 million7The Town$4 million8My Soul to Take$3.1 million9Easy a$2.6 million10Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$2.3 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10

There were some big surprises at the box office last week as the new romantic comedy Life as We Know It, which was supposed to debut at the top of the charts only took second place. Instead, David Fincher's The Social Network held strong and took the number one spot for a second week in a row. But this weekend the "Facebook Movie" had a tough time retaining its top position against two highly anticipated new movies, Red starring Bruce Willis, which is based on the popular comic book and Jackass 3D, the final film in the big screen trilogy based on the groundbreaking MTV reality series. »

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Box Office Predictions: Will Jackass 3D Rocket to the Top of the Charts This Weekend?

15 October 2010 12:43 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Predicted Weekend Box Office

1Jackass 3D$28.1 million2Red$22.5 million3The Social Network$10.8 million4Life as We Know It$7.9 million5Secretariat$7.8 million6Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$4.4 million7The Town$4.2 million8My Soul to Take$3.1 million9Easy a$2.6 million10Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$2.3 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10

Last weekend, most Hollywood insiders predicted that Katherine Heigl's new romantic comedy Life as We Know It would take the top spot at the box office. But the movie came up short and failed to find as large an audience as was expected. While David Fincher's The Social Network held the number one spot for the second week in a row. The "Facebook Movie" will have stiff competition this weekend from two highly anticipated new movies, Red starring Bruce Willis, which is based on the popular comic book and Jackass 3D, the final film in the big screen trilogy based on the groundbreaking MTV reality series. »

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Contest Reminder: Win Mad Max on DVD!

11 October 2010 11:31 AM, PDT | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

This be a reminder for all you readers and internet stalkers that we are giving away Mad Max on DVD !!  The “take no prisoners” cop Mad Max rides onto Blu-ray for the first time October 5 as MGM Home Entertainment releases the post-apocalyptic action classic. Starring Mel Gibson (Braveheart, Lethal Weapon) and directed by George Miller (Happy Feet, Babe: Pig in [...] Related Photos »

- Michael

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Box Office Beat Down: The Social Network Repeats at the Top with $15.5 Million

10 October 2010 1:52 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Weekend Box Office

1The Social Network$15.5 million2Life as We Know It$14.6 million3Secretariat$12.6 million4Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$7.01 million5My Soul to Take$6.9 million6The Town$6.3 million7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$4.6 million8Easy A$4.2 million9Case 39$2.6 million10You Again$2.4 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10

While David Fincher's The Social Network took the top spot at the box office last weekend as predicted, the big surprise was that Cloverfield director Matt Reeves's much-talked-about new film, Let Me In, didn't even crack the top five and only earned about $5.3 million in its debut. This weekend three new films have entered the box office race all trying for that coveted number one position. The new crop of movies include, the romantic comedy Life as We Know It starring Katherine Heigl, the Disney film Secretariat and the Wes Craven movie My Soul to Take.

Repeating in the top spot this »

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The Batman that never was: Armie Hammer on his role in Justice League

8 October 2010 4:10 PM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

We'll never know if director George Miller had found the formula for awesomeness with superhero ensemble Justice League Mortal (Jlm).

The £220million team-up project - an adaptation of DC's Justice League of America comic books - was scrapped in April 2008 after a catalogue of production troubles and it seems Warner Bros and DC have given up on the idea.

What remains is debate and curiosity over whether Miller had put together an epic success or an embarrassing genre-killer.

Miller is a respected filmmaker, with such ventures under his belt as the Mad Max series, The Witches of Eastwick, Oscar-winning Happy Feet and its sequel and the Babe films (he wrote/produced both and also directed the second).

His film would have been a separate continuity running parallel to any existing hero movies or franchises such as Christopher Nolan's Batman (Batman Begins came out in 2005, The Dark Knight a few »

- David Bentley

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Box Office Predictions: Will Life as We Know It Be Able to Raise Itself to the Top of the Charts?

8 October 2010 3:54 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Predicted Weekend Box Office

1Life as We Know It$15.5 million2The Social Network$13.4 million3Secretariat$13 million4My Soul to Take$9.1 million5Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$7.2 million6The Town$6.4 million7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$5.5 million8Easy a$4.7 million9You Again$3.3 million10Let Me In$1.7 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10

As predicted last week, David Fincher's The Social Network took the number one slot, as well as the praise of most critics. But the big surprise last weekend was that Cloverfield director Matt Reeves's new film Let Me In, which was supposed to give the "Facebook movie" a run for it's money, didn't even crack the top five and only earned about $5.3 million. This weekend will see three new movies entering the charts, including the romantic comedy Life as We Know It, the Disney film Secretariat and the horror movie My Soul to Take, which are all sure to »

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Exclusive Video: Secretariat Cast and Crew Interview Featurette

7 October 2010 10:03 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Walt Disney Pictures new sports film Secretariat, which opens on October 8th, is based on the true story of the Triple Crown winning racehorse. The film stars Oscar nominees Diane Lane (Unfaithful), John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire) and James Cromwell (Babe), as well as Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck), Kevin Connolly (Entourage), Nelsan Ellis (True Blood), Fred Dalton Thompson (Die Hard 2: Die Harder) and Scott Glenn (The Hunt for Red October). We recently had a chance to sit down and speak with actors John Malkovich, Kevin Connolly and Nelsan Ellis as well as director Randall Wallace about the new film, the true story its based on and the beauty of horseracing. To watch our exclusive interview please click on the video clip below.

Exclusive: Cast & Crew Interview Featurette

Based on the remarkable true story, Secretariat chronicles the spectacular journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner. Housewife and mother Penny »

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Box Office Beat Down: The Social Network Rules with $23 Million

3 October 2010 1:12 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Weekend Box Office

1The Social Network$23 million2Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$10.8 million3Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$10.1 million4The Town$10 million5Easy a$7 million6You Again$5.5 million7Case 39$5.35 million8Let Me In$5.3 million9Devil$3.6 million10Alpha and Omega$3 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10

There were some big surprises at the box office last week as Zack Snyder's Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole fell short of its predicted number one debut and was upset by the return of Michael Douglas's Gordon Gekko in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. But with three new movies entering the box office race this week including the Oscar-worthy film The Social Network and the highly anticipated horror flicks Let Me In and Case 39, Mr. Gekko definitely had some trouble trying to stay on top of the charts for a second week in a row.

Debuting at number one this week »

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Win A Copy of Mad Max The Ultimate Apocalyptic Film!

29 September 2010 12:09 PM, PDT | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

Time for another fantastic contest. This go around we are giving away Mad Max on Bluray courtesy of MGM and Fox. The “take no prisoners” cop Mad Max rides onto Blu-ray for the first time October 5 as MGM Home Entertainment releases the post-apocalyptic action classic. Starring Mel Gibson (Braveheart, Lethal Weapon) and directed by George Miller (Happy Feet, Babe: [...] »

- Michael

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Liz Ralston is new head of Cis Hollywood Visual FX - Red Dawn!

20 September 2010 4:54 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Veteran visual effects producer Liz Ralston is named as Cis Hollywood Executive Producer, where she will oversee FX on the genre flicks Contagion, Green Hornet, Project X, The Warrior's Way, Green Hornet and Gulliver's Travels. Oh yeah, she also worked on the just-wrapped Red Dawn remake.

"Working with the Cis Hollywood crew on Red Dawn was a pleasure," says Ralston, "so when Don brought up the possibility of coming on board, I jumped at it. I'm very happy to become a permanent member of the team. It's a talented group of artists, and filmmakers are always happy when bringing their projects here."

Ralston will oversee all feature production at Cis Hollywood.

"We've worked with Liz as a client and were always impressed with her depth of knowledge and experience," says Don Fly, President of Cis. "Everyone's really happy she's chosen to join us and make the switch to the facility »

- Superheidi

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Encountering Spielberg: A Steven Spielberg Profile (Part 3)

14 September 2010 11:10 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg in the third of a five part feature... read parts one and two.

In the screenplay Night Skies drafted by American filmmaker John Sayles (Passion Fish), a violent space creature has the ability to kill with a touch of its boney finger. One of the alien visitors befriends a farm boy and gets accidentally left behind. When director Steven Spielberg decided to lighten the tone of the story, Sayles left the project and the writing responsibilities fell to Melissa Mathison (Kundun). The end result was E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) with the hostiles being the human scientists seeking to capture the benevolent title character that possesses an endearing child-like curiosity. Featuring a family with an absentee father, Spielberg has readily admitted that the tale provided him with the means to address an emotionally painful event from his teenage years. “My parents »

- flickeringmyth

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Should Mad Max Drive the 'Fury Road'?

19 July 2010 1:43 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Mel Gibson as Mad Max

Photo: Warner Bros. When I heard George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road was going into production last year, I wasn't sure how I felt about it. Especially now that it will be rebooted with recent Inception co-star Tom Hardy in the lead. I know one thing, I wasn't upset when I heard last week the film was pushed back to next year.

My indecision concerning the film isn't because the original Mad Max was a perfect film. It was a strange little Aussie flick that flew under the radar when it came out. I first heard about it in a rock club in Seattle in the early '80s only because a local band wrote a song about it. At the time I'd never even seen the film.

I can remember where I was when I first saw the The Road Warrior, however. My »

- Bill Cody

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Mad Max shoot delayed, Babe 3 in development?

6 July 2010 11:13 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The start date for Mad Max appears to have been put back, and news emerges that George Miller may be working on Babe 3 too...

Earlier this week, news surfaced that George Miller’s planned revival of the Mad Max cinematic saga was set to take in two films rather than the originally-announced one. The one that was known about, Mad Max: Fury Road, had been set to start shooting in November this year, but a report in The Australian has suggested that cast and crew have been told it’s been pushed back until February 2011 instead.

Given that no release date was announced for the project, it’s not as if there’s a razor-tight deadline for George Miller to hit. And the cited reason for the delay – which hasn’t been officially confirmed – is that the plan to make two films back-to-back has caused some scripting and casting problems »

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Tribeca 2010: Documentary Short Film Highlights

27 April 2010 1:18 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Hip-hop got its start in the economic warzone of the South Bronx in the 70’s and 80’s, where from absolutely nothing, a creative and vital musical source grew. White Lines & the Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug, directed by Travis Senger, is an incredible story not only about a forgotten musician who was taken too soon, but how hip-hop came from its roots to became a multi-million dollar industry. - This year at the Tribeca Film Festival showcases short films in six different "thematic" programs. Wishful Thinking is a package dominated by characters making hard decisions, while Between the Lines examines subject matter that isn’t always what it seems at first. The package Flashback, made up of six documentary shorts, explore politics, music, race, and popular culture, and give a fascinating diversity in telling these stories. I’ve selected the best in my opinion that you should look out for, »

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Tribeca 2010: Documentary Short Film Highlights

27 April 2010 7:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

This year at the Tribeca Film Festival showcases short films in six different "thematic" programs. Wishful Thinking is a package dominated by characters making hard decisions, while Between the Lines examines subject matter that isn’t always what it seems at first. The package Flashback, made up of six documentary shorts, explore politics, music, race, and popular culture, and give a fascinating diversity in telling these stories. I’ve selected the best in my opinion that you should look out for, should you ever come across the film or its directors. James Cromwell is best known as an actor, particularly from Babe and The Green Mile, but he has been a lifelong activist for human rights. In the 1960s, he provided a safe house for affiliates with the Black Panthers, risking the ire of the police and his own social standing as a young white man in dangerous times. A .45 at 50th, »

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April 17-May 2 at the American Cinematheque

16 April 2010 11:08 AM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

The rest of this month has some exciting genre output on display at the wonderful Egyptian and Aero Theatres, hosted by the American Cinematheque.

Currently running, the Egyptian’s Lust and Larceny: Noir City, the 12th Annual Festival of Film Noir will wrap up on April 18. Friday, April 16 beginning at 7:30pm will be a double feature of 1955’s thriller Crashout, followed by 1954’s brutal revenge melodrama Cry Vengeance. Neither of these films are currently available on DVD. Saturday will see a double feature of horror director Lew Landers’ The Power of the Whistler from 1945 and starring Richard Dix (Val Lewton’s The Ghost Ship), as well as its follow up of the same year, Voice of the Whistler, directed by horror legend William Castle! In attendence will be Robert Dix, son of star Richard Dix.

Running from April 29 through May 2, the Egyptian presents A Wrinkle in Time: The Best of Time Travel Films. »

- Jesse

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Special Effects

7 April 2010 12:48 AM, PDT | FilmInk.com.au | See recent FilmInk.com.au news »

A quiet, unassuming Gold Coast commercial park may be the last place you'd expect to find an Academy Award, but there it is. Glinting in a glass cabinet, Oscar stares across the boardroom of John Cox's workshop behind Surfers Paradise. The golden statue (a legacy of Babe) keeps good company: assorted props from Nim's Island and Peter Pan, an alligator that tried to kill Rhada Mitchell in Rogue, Rhada Mitchell herself (in two sizes) plus a zebra from Racing Stripes. It's only a smattering of creatures that have been developed under his watch for TV, film, theme parks, galleries and advertisers alike. »

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'Captain America': Hugo Weaving may play Red Skull

12 March 2010 11:26 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

The "Captain America" movie hasn't found its hero just yet, but it's closing in on the man to play the villain.

"The Matrix" bad guy Hugo Weaving is in talks to play Cap's nemesis, Red Skull, in "Captain America: The First Avenger," the Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog reports. The deal isn't done yet, however, and is in a "delicate stage" for the next couple of days.

If the deal does go through, Weaving will reunite with "The Wolfman" director Joe Johnston, who's also helming "Captain America."

Weaving is not a bad guy to have in your franchise film: In addition to "The Matrix" trilogy, where he played Agent Smith, he played Elf king Elrond in "The Lord of the Rings" and provided the voice of Megatron in the two "Transformers" movies.

His other credits include "V for Vendetta," "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" and voice work on "Babe. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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