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It's unfair to say that Roland Emmerich destroys the world in all of his movies ... he just destroys it in most of them.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the German maestro of blockbuster destruction, the man who blew up every national monument in 'Independence Day,' froze over the northern hemisphere in 'The Day After Tomorrow' and killed just about every human being on the face of the planet in '2012,' will be making himself another alien invasion movie. But what makes 'The Zone,' the name of this top-secret new project, so special?
Maybe it has something to with the fact that 'The Zone' will be a "found footage" film in the vein of 'Cloverfield' and cost less than $5 million. Maybe. Just maybe.
A small-budgeted science fiction movie is nothing new (the upcoming 'Skyline' was made for similar »
- Jacob Hall
The end-of-the-world drama "2012," from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, debuted at the top of all three home video charts the week ending March 7, the first release in nearly a month with a boxoffice pedigree of more than $100 million.
The disaster flick, which earned $166.1 million in theaters, trounced fellow newcomer "Where the Wild Things Are," from Warner -- not surprising, given the family fantasy's lower boxoffice gross of $73.4 million.
On the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert Sales chart, "Wild Things" finished at No. 2, although it sold just 44.4% as many discs as "2012." On the Nielsen VideoScan Blu-ray Disc charts, the two new releases finished in the same order, although "Wild Things" sold just 30% as many Blu-ray Discs as "2012."
"2012" generated 41% of its first-week sales from the Blu-ray Disc version, while for the "Wild Things," the Blu-ray share was just 28%.
On Home Media Magazine's rental chart for the week, "Where the Wild Things Are" debuted at No. »
- By Thomas K. Arnold
Well, it sounded like an intriguing idea at the time: ABC decided to pass on developing a small screen version of the apocalyptic film 2012, a drama series that would have depicted the disaster's aftermath. Future production costs may have been a factor in ABC's decision, though the status of the network's other high-concept genre shows (FlashForward, V) could have played a role, too. Both shows struggled in the ratings last fall and have yet to receive a second season pickup. A spokeswoman for ABC declined to comment. Last November, 2012 executive producer Mark Gordon, who was on board to produce the TV show, »
- Lynette Rice
The Visual Effect Society have annouced their nominations for this year's best special effects in film, tv, animation, commercials and video games. On the film front, Avatar is leading the pack with eleven nods. In the Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture category, Avatar is up against blockbuster behemoths 2012, Star Trek and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, with the plucky underdog nomination going to District 9. Avatar is up for two awards in the Best Single Visual Effect category, for...
- Total Film
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that seven films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 82nd Academy Awards®. In all seriousness, this competition is really only to determine who the other two nominees will be as "Avatar" is the understandable favorite. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “Avatar” “District 9” “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” “Star Trek” “Terminator Salvation” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” “2012” On Thursday, January 21, all members of the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 15-minute »
The race for the visual effects Oscar just got a little tighter.
The Academy's visual effects branch announced on Wednesday that the shortlist of 15 movies, released in mid-December, has been whittled down to seven films that remain in the running.
The movies that have fallen out of contention since December are "Angels & Demons," "Coraline," "Disney's A Christmas Carol," "G-Force," "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," "Sherlock Holmes," "Watchmen" and "Where the Wild Things Are."
All members of the visual effects branch will be invited to view 15-minute excerpts from each of the seven films on the new shortlist. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration.
The 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Feb. 2. »
- By Gregg Kilday
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