"2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY" C0-WRITER, ARTHUR C. CLARKE DIES 


Arthur C. Clarke, a visionary science fiction writer who won worldwide acclaim with more than 100 books on space, science and the future, died on Wednesday in his adopted home of Sri Lanka.

He was 90.

Clarke, who had battled debilitating post-polio syndrome since the 1960s, and sometimes used a wheelchair, died at 1:30 am, Tuesday, after suffering breathing problems.

He co-wrote "2001: A Space Odyssey," the BEST sci-fi film ever!

So in one week, so far, we lost a great, visionary sci-fi writer, and a great dramatist with Anthony Minghella.

We, at mannythemovieguy.com, offer our sympathies and condolences to the Clarke family.

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ANTHONY MINGHELLA DIES, 54 


Oscar-winning director and writer of "The English Patient" has died suddenly. He was 54.

A spokesman told Variety, Minghella suffered a brain hemorrhage at 5 a.m. Tuesday morning at Charing Cross Hospital in London, where he had undergone a routine operation on his neck.

Minghella was an astute writer/director whose vision took us into the world of thieves ("Breaking and Entering") and American Civil War ("Cold Mountain"). He introduced us to underachieving killers ("The Talented Mr. Ripley") and forlorn lovers ("The English Patient").

My deepest sympathy and condolences go out to the Minghella family. The world has lost a creative and artistic trailblazer.


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NEW DVD RELEASES -- KEIRA KNIGHTLEY VS. AN "ENCHANTED" PRINCESS!!! 


Oscar-nominated flick, "Atonement," dukes it out with "Enchanted" and "I Am Legend" for your DVD money.

Let's re-open my vault and take a look at the goodies I did surrounding "Atonement" and "Enchanted" when both films were released in theaters.

"ATONEMENT"

Keira Knightley Interview

James McAvoy Interview
Vanessa Redgrave Interview
"Atonement" Movie Review

"ENCHANTED"

Amy Adams Interview
Composer Alan Menken Interview
"Wicked's" Idina Menzel Interview
"Enchanted" Review


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"DUNE" TO GET YET ANOTHER BIG SCREEN ADAPTATION 


Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel, "Dune," is set for another date at the movies.

"The Kingdom's" Peter Berg is attached to direct for Paramount Pictures.

A joint winner of the 1966 Hugo Award and the winner of the first Nebula Award for Best Novel, Dune is popularly considered one of the greatest science fiction novels of all time.

David Lynch took a stab at the novel with his 1984 film that's disliked by many Herbert fans. Then in 2000, Sci-Fi Channel produced a miniseries starring William Hurt.

Let's hope that this new version will stick to the vision and tone of the book.

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"HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON" ANIMATED FLICK!!! 


Gerald Butler, America Ferrera, and Johah Hill will voice "How to Train Your Dragon" for DreamWorks Animation.

Based on the book by Cressida Cowell, the film tells the comic adventures of a teenage Viking who must capture and subude a wild dragon.

The animated flick will be produced in Ultimate 3-D (just like "Monsters vs. Aliens"), and is set for release on March 26, 2010.


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