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6 items from 2005


ShowEast to fete Fox exec Echeverria

22 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

ShowEast 2005 has named 20th Century Fox International senior vp Latin America Eduardo Echeverria as the recipient of the 2005 International Achievement in Distribution Award at this year's convention. "Echeverria's dedication and hard work have made him a vital asset to 20th Century Fox International and their distribution team in Latin America," said Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director of the annual convention. "Eduardo is instrumental in ensuring that Fox's worldwide releases reach as large an audience as possible. With the incredible success that Fox has achieved over the past decade, it is most fitting that the industry pay tribute to him at this time." Echeverria joined 20th Century Fox in 1996 as managing director of Mexico. During his four years as managing director, he handled distribution for such films as Y Tu Mama Tambien, Independence Day and Titanic. »

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'War' is hell on boxoffice opposition

4 July 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

When it comes to the Fourth of July weekend boxoffice, nothing sets off fireworks like a good ol' alien attack. When 20th Century Fox's Independence Day planted a flag on the weekend of the Fourth in 1996, it discovered that extraterrestrials blowing up the White House was a surefire holiday attraction. In 1997 and 2002, Sony Pictures followed up with comic close encounters as Men in Black and then Men in Black II dominated their respective dates. This holiday weekend, Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds is already on the march. The Paramount Pictures/DreamWorks co-production bowed Wednesday in 3,908 theaters to $21.7 million -- Paramount's biggest opening day ever. The movie is, of course, the weekend's preordained winner: Once Paramount aimed the combined firepower of Spielberg and Tom Cruise on the movie's June 29 opening date, Fox, which had been planning to launch its sci-fi extravaganza Fantastic Four today, decided to move its movie out of the line of fire, shifting that movie's opening to July 8. »

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'War' is hell on boxoffice opposition

1 July 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

When it comes to the Fourth of July weekend boxoffice, nothing sets off fireworks like a good ol' alien attack. When 20th Century Fox's Independence Day planted a flag on the weekend of the Fourth in 1996, it discovered that extraterrestrials blowing up the White House was a surefire holiday attraction. In 1997 and 2002, Sony Pictures followed up with comic close encounters as Men in Black and then Men in Black II dominated their respective dates. This holiday weekend, Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds is already on the march. The Paramount Pictures/DreamWorks co-production bowed Wednesday in 3,908 theaters to $21.7 million -- Paramount's biggest opening day ever. The movie is, of course, the weekend's preordained winner: Once Paramount aimed the combined firepower of Spielberg and Tom Cruise on the movie's June 29 opening date, Fox, which had been planning to launch its sci-fi extravaganza Fantastic Four today, decided to move its movie out of the line of fire, shifting that movie's opening to July 8. »

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'War' is hell on boxoffice opposition

30 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

When it comes to the Fourth of July weekend boxoffice, nothing sets off fireworks like a good ol' alien attack. When 20th Century Fox's Independence Day planted a flag on the weekend of the Fourth in 1996, it discovered that extraterrestrials blowing up the White House was a surefire holiday attraction. In 1997 and 2002, Sony Pictures followed up with comic close encounters as Men in Black and then Men in Black II dominated their respective dates. This holiday weekend, Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds is already on the march. The Paramount Pictures/DreamWorks co-production bowed Wednesday in 3,908 theaters to $21.7 million -- Paramount's biggest opening day ever. The movie is, of course, the weekend's preordained winner: Once Paramount aimed the combined firepower of Spielberg and Tom Cruise on the movie's June 29 opening date, Fox, which had been planning to launch its sci-fi extravaganza Fantastic Four today, decided to move its movie out of the line of fire, shifting that movie's opening to July 8. »

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Spielberg: "'Independence Day' Thwarted My Film"

22 March 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Director Steven Spielberg would have re-made Orson Welles' classic sci-fi radio show War Of The Worlds for the big screen much earlier if it wasn't for special effects blockbuster Independence Day. War Of The Worlds fired the Saving Private Ryan director's imagination when he purchased the last existing copy of the radio script 12 years ago - but he didn't want to jump on the alien invasion film bandwagon. The 58-year-old tells British movie magazine Hotdog, "If I could have, I would have begun this movie 12 years ago. I bought at an auction the last surviving War Of The Worlds radio script and it was amazing, I guess you could say a distillation of the novel. I said, 'Oh man, this would make an amazing movie.' When Independence Day came out I said, 'Well, maybe I won't make it, ' because they kind of picked the bones of that and put me off for a while." But a desire to work with Hollywood hunk Tom Cruise brought back his urge to make the film. He adds, "I got interested in it again just in the course of trying to find something to do with Tom." »

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Smith Has No 'Matrix' Regrets

1 March 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Will Smith harbors no regrets over his decision to turn down the role of Neo in The Matrix trilogy - because Keanu Reeves was "born" to play the part. The Independence Day heart-throb is relieved when he watches Reeves starring in the sci-fi movies, because he fears he would not have done the role justice. The 36-year-old says, "That's the role Keanu was born to play. When I watch the movie and I see the choices he made, there are a hundred occasions when I think, 'I would have messed that up.'" »

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