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Marvin the Martian will be a fusion of live-action and CGI animation, similar to 2003’s Looney Tunes: Back in Action, which was dismal failure for the studio.
Production is slated to begin sometime in 2010 with a release in 2011.
Looney Tunes: Back in Action starred Brendan Fraser and Jenna Elfman with appearcens from Heather Locklear, Joan Cusack and Steve Martin. The film earned near $21 million domestically with a budget of $80 million. Ouch.
Source: Hero Complex (La Times)
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According to the L.A. Times , Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment have signed director Alex Zamm to helm Marvin the Martian , the big screen feature film based around the Bugs Bunny nemesis introduced in the 1948 cartoon short "Haredevil Hare." Television vets Paul Kaplan and Mark Tosgrove have also been signed to write the screenplay for the movie based around the premise that Marvin plans to destroy earth on Christmas Day but ends up being wrapped up as a Christmas present instead. Marvin will be CG but surrounded by live actors similar to Alvin and the Chipmunks , Stuart Little , Garfield and yes, Looney Tunes: Back in Action . The piece speculates one of the voices we might hear as Marvin is none other than Shrek himself, comedian Mike Myers, and that the »
A rather crude trailer has been stitched together for an upcoming supernatural feature entitled Nightbeasts . On a narrative level, it has us curious. On a technical level...ouch. Although I did have a chuckle at the line, "This was a wake up call for those bums..." Zach Galligan leads the cast as a father who ventures into the woods with his son and encounters a malevolent force with Audra Wise. Wes Sullivan makes his writing and directing debut for Treehouse Pictures after spending a good chunk of the last fifteen years working in animation on titles like Aladdin , Pocahontas and Looney Tunes: Back in Action . »
If you've seen either "Coraline" or Pixar's "Up" in 3-D, you might have trouble believing there's a better 3-D movie from this year. But apparently the latest from Joe Dante ("Gremlins") is just that. "The Hole," which currently has no U.S. distributor or release date, won the Venice Film Festival's new Persol 3-D award after premiering at the festival this month.
So much for my earlier claim that "it’s really only down to 'Up' and 'Coraline' as serious contenders." Even as a huge fan of Dante's work -- including the highly underrated "Small Soldiers" and "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" -- I wasn't expecting his new thriller, about a family that moves into a house with a bottomless hole in the basement, to feature better use of 3-D than those hit films.
- Christopher Campbell
Until Inkheart crashed and burned at the Us box office this weekend, it had been a pretty good twelve months for Brendan Fraser, who rediscovered a fair amount of box office pulling power with The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor and Journey To The Centre Of The Earth 3-D (in 3-D!!!).And he’s already putting the disappointment of Inkheart behind him by signing on to star in the live-action family comedy, Furry Vengeance, for director Roger Kumble.Fraser will play a real estate developer who goes to war with a bunch of furry creatures who get rather pissed off when his new housing development impinges upon their pristine Oregon forest.Ok, so it doesn’t sound entirely promising, but we’re hoping that Fraser’s easy charm will go a long way towards making this tolerable. And he has a decent track record with talking animal comedies (if, »
5 items from 2009
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