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Once again it appears 20th Century Fox has a film that won't be breaking any box-office records as their late-2008 sci-fi blockbuster The Day the Earth Stood Still earned $12.5 million on Friday and looks like it probably won't reach even the mid-to-upper $30 million mark many predicted and certainly not the overwhelming $55.2 million our Box-Office Oracle Laremy Legel assumed it would take in. At this point I'm sure Fox is just waiting for 2008 to end as this has been one of the worst years for a major studio that I can remember. Their biggest hits are an animated flick (Horton Hears a Who) and the awful comedy What Happens in Vegas. I am sure they were hoping The Day the Earth Stood Still would at least drum up some of the support last year's I Am Legend managed in the same frame when it earned $77.2 million in three days, but Keanu Reeves »
- Brad Brevet
Filed under: Drama, Scripts, War
Peter Weir directs movies about as often as I do, these days, which is a damn shame, since he's one of the best there is. He hasn't touched a camera since Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World in 2003, and 1998's The Truman Show before that. He was attached for a while to Johnny Depp's Shantaram as well as the WWII epic War Magician, but neither of those panned out. This week, Variety reports that he's committed to a new project: The Way Back, a true story of a group of soldiers who escape from a Siberian gulag in 1940.
As with Master and Commander and his best film, Gallipoli, Weir wrote the screenplay for The Way Back himself. He starts shooting the movie in March, in eastern Europe.
I suspect that Weir's selectivity is the key to his fantastic track record. He's a solid, »
- Eugene Novikov
Mandalay Pictures, Mark Canton and Liquid Comics are teaming up to bring Liquid's graphic novel "Ramayan 3392 Ad" to the big screen.
John Collee has been tapped to adapt the story, which is a reimagining of an ancient Hindu epic. The action-adventure story centers on Prince Rama -- a legendary blue-skinned warrior who in mythology is an incarnation of the god Vishnu -- as he fights to save his beloved from demon forces.
The comic also is being developed as a multiplayer online game by Sony Online Entertainment.
Canton will produce alongside Mandalay's Cathy Schulman. Gotham Chopra and Sharad Devarajan of Liquid Comics will executive produce what will be billed a Mandalay Pictures/Atmosphere Entertainment production.
Liquid seems to be rising out of the ashes of Virgin Comics, a team-up between Virgin Books and India-based comics publisher Gotham Entertainment. Virgin Comics, under Devarajan and Suresh Seetharaman, shuttered in August with the »
- By Borys Kit
Yes, you read that right. If you reside in the United States of America, you can watch films and television shows for free on the IMDB (Internet Movie Database). The offer is only open to viewers in the US at the moment due to licensing issue.
If you do live in the US, you could be, in a matter of minutes, watching films like MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD, RAISING ARIZONA and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. TV shows like KNIGHT RIDER and 30 ROCK are also available to view, even before they have been broadcast on television.
"We're excited to offer our users a simple online experience to watch full-length movies and TV episodes for free," said Col Needham, founder and managing director of IMDB to the BBC.
"Our goal is to show our users every movie and TV show on the internet for free."
Around 6000 TV »
The big news of the day is that IMDb, through a partnership with Hulu, is offering free TV shows and movies online. I quick peek at their video page shows me the following titles: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Raising Arizona Planet of the Apes Weird Science Some Like It Hot Fiddler on the Roof The Longest Day "Battlestar Galactica" "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" "Heroes" "Firefly" "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" "Without a Trace" That's just a taste, click here for more. IMDB.com's site founder Col Needham said Monday, "Our goal is to show our users every movie and TV show on the Internet for free on IMDb.com." This seems to be just the beginning. »
- Brad Brevet
The "Jungle Book" director is in negotiations with Warner Bros. to bring a new version of the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs creation "Tarzan, Lord of the Apes," to the big screen. "Collateral" screenwriter Stu Beattie will write the project with Sommers.
Guillermo del Toro had been attached to direct a script written by John Collee ("Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World") when the project was announced two years ago. But "The Mummy" director will get his shot now that Del Toro is committed to a four-year stint choreographing dwarves in New Zealand for the MGM-Warner Bros. two-fer of "The Hobbit."
- By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit
6 items from 2008
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