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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Five

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Hippie Hippie Shake

Opens: 2010

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Sienna Miller, Max Minghella, Emma Booth, Lee Ingleby

Director: Beeban Kidron

Summary: Follows the love story of Oz editor Richard Neville and Louise Ferrier. Neville and his cohorts launch the London edition of Oz amidst the 1960s counterculture and are subsequently put on trial for distributing a sexually explicit issue.

Analysis: One of the most troubled productions in Working Title's history, 'Hippie' began development back in 1998 but failed to get beyond script stage both in 1999 and in 2002 when "Elizabeth" helmer Shekhar Kapur was attached to direct. Filming finally got underway late 2007 with director Beeban Kidron in charge and shooting seemed to proceed without issue aside from feminist author Germaine Greer being vehemently unhappy about being depicted on film.

Actually the film scored quite a bit of free press for a skinny dipping scene where full-frontal shots of actress Sienna Miller shooting the sequence
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Sanders gets 'Crood' for DWA

Embarking on his first outing with DreamWorks Animation, Chris Sanders is set to helm the upcoming CG-animated feature Crood Awakening.

The screenplay, described as a comedy set in the stone age, was written by John Cleese and Kirk De Micco.

DreamWorks plans to release Crood in stereoscopic 3-D, as well as 2-D. This reflects DWA's intention to produce all of its films in stereoscopic 3-D technology starting in 2009, which was announced this month.

"Chris is one of the most inventive and imaginative filmmakers I've ever worked with," DWA CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said. "His unique storytelling style and sensibility are perfectly suited for 'Crood Awakening.' It is such a pleasure to collaborate with him once again on another exciting project. We are so happy to have him on board at DreamWorks."

"I look forward to working with Jeffrey and the other filmmakers at DreamWorks Animation," Sanders said. "They have dedicated themselves to a complex and classic craft, but have also proven that they are driven to take it to new places."

Sanders joins the studio with a list of family film and television credits, most recently as a writer-director of the Walt Disney Co.'s Lilo & Stitch. He served as a story writer on Disney's Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, and as a writer on Mulan. De Micco's credits include Racing Stripes.

DreamWorks' original announcement of plans to produce Crood was made in 2005 with Aardman Animations, which at the time had a five-picture deal with the studio.

'Lighthouse' turns on Touchstone

'Lighthouse' turns on Touchstone
Touchstone Pictures has acquired The Lighthouse, a claustrophobic thriller by Dean DeBlois that will be produced by Andrew Gunn and his Gunn Films banner. The story is set off the coast of Brittany in the English Channel, where lighthouses perch on solitary pieces of rock and lighthouse keepers live in isolation for two months at a time. When a man arrives to one lighthouse to install automated equipment, he meets two brothers who have been living there for years and begins to unravel their dark secrets. The WMA-repped DeBlois was the co-head writer on Mulan and co-wrote and co-directed Lilo & Stitch from the Walt Disney Co.

Dis' ghost writer: Jacobs pens 'Fin'

Dis' ghost writer: Jacobs pens 'Fin'
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Robert Nelson Jacobs has been tapped to rewrite The Banshee and Fin Magee for Walt Disney Pictures. The original Fin Magee script was written by Dean DeBlois, who is working with Jacobs on the rewrite. DeBlois is attached to produce and direct the ghost tale as his live-action feature debut. DeBlois wrote and directed Disney's 2-D animated hit film Lilo & Stitch. The supernatural mystery centers on a little boy who is ignored by the world and pretends to be a ghost until he comes into contact with a real spirit. Jacobs, who was nominated for an Academy Award for adapting 2000's Chocolat, also wrote 2001's The Shipping News and 2000's Dinosaur. He is repped by the Gersh Agency and attorney Carlos Goodman.

Shuttering of Dis ani facility 'loss' to art

MIAMI -- Animators familiar with Walt Disney Feature Animation-Florida in Orlando say the studio's impending closure, officially acknowledged Monday, is "a loss for the art of traditional animation" that won't soon be replaced. "There was such tremendous attention to detail at this studio," said Eddie Pittman, who worked on the Disney feature Mulan and now heads Legacy Animation in nearby Winter Garden, Fla. "Artistically everything they did there -- every line -- was just beautifully crafted." The studio, which concentrated on traditionally drawn animation, producing such films as Lilo & Stitch and Brother Bear, currently employs more than 250 people. It is set to close shortly, though no specific date was given when Disney officially announced Monday that it is pulling the plug. Some of the animators' contracts reportedly run through March. Layoffs and salary cuts have been coming in waves, and in November production was suddenly halted on the animated feature A Few Good Ghosts.

Shuttering of Dis ani facility 'loss' to art

MIAMI -- Animators familiar with Walt Disney Feature Animation-Florida in Orlando say the studio's impending closure, officially acknowledged Monday, is "a loss for the art of traditional animation" that won't soon be replaced. "There was such tremendous attention to detail at this studio," said Eddie Pittman, who worked on the Disney feature Mulan and now heads Legacy Animation in nearby Winter Garden, Fla. "Artistically everything they did there -- every line -- was just beautifully crafted." The studio, which concentrated on traditionally drawn animation, producing such films as Lilo & Stitch and Brother Bear, currently employs more than 250 people. It is set to close shortly, though no specific date was given when Disney officially announced Monday that it is pulling the plug. Some of the animators' contracts reportedly run through March. Layoffs and salary cuts have been coming in waves, and in November production was suddenly halted on the animated feature A Few Good Ghosts.

Dis has 'Day' for new ani feature

Dis has 'Day' for new ani feature
Walt Disney Feature Animation, which is expected to reveal plans to close down its Orlando animation facility today, has announced a new animated film that will be produced at the company's Burbank studios. The computer-animated A Day With Wilbur Robinson is an adaptation of William Joyce's 1990 book, a comedy-adventure about a boy genius who creates a time machine. The Florida animation unit has produced three features -- Mulan, Lilo & Stitch and Brother Bear. Its closure has been expected ever since the studio shut down its most recent production, A Few Good Ghosts, in November. At the time, Disney denied speculation that it was shuttering its Orlando operations, saying it had not decided on future layoffs (HR 11/17). However, the Orlando Sentinel and the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that approximately 260 Orlando staffers will learn their fate today. Disney had no comment Sunday. A Day With Wilbur Robinson will be executive produced by Clark Spencer, whose credits include Lilo & Stitch, and will be produced by Disney animation veteran Dorothy McKim. Steve Anderson, who served as head of story on The Emperor's New Groove and Brother Bear, will direct. Animation will begin in June with a targeted 2006 release date. Joyce has previously been associated with Disney on the Emmy-winning Disney Channel series Rolie Polie Olie.

'Bear' team stays in Dis den

'Bear' team stays in Dis den
Fresh off the release of animated feature Brother Bear, the Walt Disney Co. has signed an exclusive deal with the creative team behind the film to partner on their next animated film. Bear directors Aaron Blaise and Robert Walker, along with producer Chuck Williams, signed the deal assuring that their next project -- which has yet to be determined -- will roll out under the Disney banner. "Chuck, Aaron and Bob have done a remarkable job with Brother Bear and have created an exceptional and richly rewarding motion picture experience for moviegoers of all ages," Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group chairman Richard Cook said. "With their combined knowledge and experience in animation, they have brought a unique vision and perspective to the art and storytelling process. Brother Bear has a spirit and excitement that reflects the sensibilities of these three talented filmmakers. We are looking forward to working with them on their next film." While Brother Bear marks the directorial debut for Blaise and Walker and the producing bow for Williams, all three have been key contributors to Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida since its first day of operation in 1989. Blaise has worked as a supervising animator on characters in such films as Aladdin, The Lion King and Mulan, while Walker supervised the layout department on Mulan and Lilo & Stitch. Williams previously worked in Disney's Feature Animation Special Projects unit and in 1998 took on the role of developing feature projects for Disney's Florida Animation studio.

U.K. vid sales robust in first half of '03

LONDON -- British sell-through video and DVD sales in the first half of 2003 grew 33% to 77.7 million units, according to figures from the British Video Assn. obtained Monday. In its monthly research summary, the BVA said that the top title for the year-to-date is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which shifted 3 million units in the period, dwarfing the next two titles in the chart, Lilo & Stitch (930,000) and Die Another Day (880,000). Warner Home Video, whose two-tier pricing structure and simultaneous rental and sell-through release strategy has been adopted by all the major video distributors, except for Buena Vista and Entertainment in Video, was the No. 1 distributor overall in June and in the year to date. For the year as a whole, DVD now represents 66% of the video market in terms of volume sales, compared with 47% last year.

Boxoffice leaders hold strong in bad weather; 'XXX' tops

Boxoffice leaders hold strong in bad weather; 'XXX' tops
Deadly storms and gale-force winds took somewhat of a toll at the weekend boxoffice in Europe, but several high-profile standard-bearers managed to hold strong in a market absent significant newcomers. Most of the major studios are vying to move in and get their backlogs played off before the deluge of year-end powerhouses headed by Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and the new James Bond installment. For the second week in a row, the Rob Cohen-directed double-agent thriller XXX emerged as the biggest international scorer, followed by Red Dragon, Signs, Minority Report, The Bourne Identity and Lilo & Stitch. Roberto Benigni's Pinocchio is still going strong in Italy, holding on to the top spot for the third consecutive week by edging out the debut of Red Dragon. Pinocchio pulled in $2.7 million (market cume: $19.3 million) from 531 screens to Red Dragon's $2.3 million from 326, but Hannibal Lecter beat Pinocchio's per-screen average.

'XXX' marks the spot with muscular $18.2 mil bow

'XXX' marks the spot with muscular $18.2 mil bow
The overseas boxoffice had a good weekend in widely scattered markets, thanks in part to school holidays in a number of key territories. XXX, Signs and Minority Report led the weekend moviegoing parade, and Roberto Benigni's homemade Pinocchio continued to excite Italian audiences. Other titles getting attention here and there in a normally slow period of the year were The Bourne Identity, Lilo & Stitch, Red Dragon, My Big Fat Greek Wedding and The Tuxedo. XXX, with No. 1 openings in 12 markets," emerged as the weekend champion, amassing a sizzling $18.2 million from an estimated 4,500 screens in 43 markets. The Rob Cohen-directed action thriller hit the top in the United Kingdom, $5.3 million (with previews) from 607 screens; Germany, $4.5 million from 937; and Spain, $2.3 million from 453.

'Minority' grabs lion's share for Fox; 'Signs' strong in 2nd

'Minority' grabs lion's share for Fox; 'Signs' strong in 2nd
Action, sci-fi and thriller genres dominated the overseas market in this early-October session, highlighted by new openings of Minority Report, strong holdovers of Signs and the bow in Asian markets of Jackie Chan starrer The Tuxedo. In the United Kingdom, meanwhile, Disney's animated Lilo & Stitch grabbed the No. 1 spot, followed by My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which stayed at No. 2 in its third weekend. Minority Report, the Tom Cruise starrer directed by Steven Spielberg, was the overwhelming champion at the weekend wickets, bringing in $20.1 million from 2,889 screens in 18 countries. The 20th Century Fox release came in first in six new openings, was strong in holdovers and established new marks for a Cruise bow in a number of territories.

Summer tentpoles stake boxoffice records

Summer tentpoles stake boxoffice records
Having sold $3.16 billion worth of tickets over the critical summer season -- which officially runs from the Memorial Day through the Labor Day weekends -- Hollywood can look back on a period marked by record-setting boxoffice frenzies, followed by a slow fade-out, as a summer of largely self-fulfilling prophecies. The big tentpole pictures erected to lure in the crowds did the expected job: Facing an open field, Sony Pictures' Spider-Man jump-started the season May 3 when it debuted to an unprecedented $114 million weekend; 20th Century Fox's release of Lucasfilm's Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones predictably struck back two weekends later with an $80 million bow; and Sony's Men in Black II, which essentially had the Fourth of July holiday to itself, came out blazing with a $52.1 million opening weekend and an $87.2 million five-day gross. In between the flagpole dates, Warner Bros. Pictures' Scooby-Doo and the Walt Disney Co.'s Lilo & Stitch shared the kid market in June, New Line Cinema's Austin Powers in Goldmember shagged away in late July, and Disney's Signs scared off most of the competition as it dominated August. The summer produced a few mild upsets. Heading into the contest, most observers would have picked Clones, not Spider-Man as the film to beat. But Spider-Man fought off Clones and ended up outgrossing it by more than $100 million.

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