You May Have Heard the Shocker! Disney Bought Marvel for $4B! But What Does It Really Mean? 

Fanboys and fangirls were caught dumbfounded with this morning's news that Disney bought Marvel for $4 billion! They were all wondering what would happen to their favorite comic book superhero. Will Mickey Mouse suddenly grow adamantium claws like what a friend of mine envisioned? Will Donald Duck turn green when angry ala Hulk?

Calm down boys and girls. I don't think Disney will ruin our favorite characters. Take a look at how the studio has been letting Pixar continue to flourish with its innovative films. It's a $4 billion-dollar investment and Disney will not let it go to waste.

The reason for the buyout? Marvel traditionally attracts boys, and Disney wants more boys in their target demographics.

But which studios are going to be affected by this Disney and Marvel marriage? Are we still going to be able to see planned Marvel adaptations from other studios?

Thanks to the ever-knowledgeable Nikki Finke of, here's a breakdown of what to expect in the near future when Mickey and Wolverine share house:

*** Sony's deal on "Spider-Man" motion picture right is unaffected. The studio is currently developing the next three films in the franchise.

*** Paramount's 5-film distribution deal with Marvel will go on. Bob Iger, President and CEO of the Walt Disney Company said that the films will be released by Paramount. "Iron Man 2," "Thor," "Captain America," "Avengers," and "Iron Man 3" are not affected by the transaction. Paramount sent this statement to Finke, "We look forward to continuing to work with Marvel and, with today’s announcement, to working with Disney to replicate the incredible success of 'Iron Man' on all our future collaborative projects.”

*** The Marvel Super Hero Island at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Universal Orlando may be affected. Right now, Universal lawyers are hammering out plans to protect the characters in their attraction which include Spider-Man, Dr. Doom, Hulk, Storm, Captain America, Cyclops, Green Goblin, Rogue, Storm, and Wolverine.

What about the "Spider-Man" musical which was halted recently? Sources are saying it's not going to be affected, but it's unclear whether Disney is going to step in and help.

"Spider-Man On Ice" maybe? :happy

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Summer of 2009 Sets Box Office Record! The Highest Grossing Summer...Ever! 

The box office total of summer 2009 shattered previous record holder -- the $4.16 billion total for summer 2007.

The total for summer 2009 has reached $4.17 billion, and it's not even Labor Day weekend yet!

With another $100 million or so for this coming Labor Day weekend, industry experts are predicting that summer of 2009 would beat 2007 summer by about 3%.

The top 3 films that contributed to this record-shattering summer are: "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" with $399.4 million; "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" with $294.3 million; and "Up" with $289.6 million.

Here's the complete Top 10 list of SUMMER 2009'S BOX OFFICE CHAMPIONS:

1. "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" -- $339.4 million

2. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" -- $294.3 million
3. "Up" -- $289.6 million
4. "The Hangover" -- $270.2 million (the highest-grossing R-rated comedy!)
5. "Star Trek" -- $256.7 million
6. "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" -- $193.3 million
7. "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" -- $179 million
8. "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" -- $176.5 million
9. "The Proposal" -- $160.2 million (the highest-grossing summer romantic comedy of all time!)
10. "Angels and Demons" -- $133.4 million *

* Paramount's "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" will likely overtake "Angels and Demons" by Labor Day weekend. Last weekend's box office total for "G.I. Joe" was already $132.2 million.

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Who's Playing the Evil Mom in "Mother's Day" Remake? 

As we reported back in May, Troma Films' cult 1980 horror pic "Mother's Day" is being remade!

Rebecca De Mornay will star as the evil mom. First, she played the role of the evil nanny in "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle," now, she's set to play the mother from hell!

Jamie King, Shawn Ashmore, Briana Evigan and Deborah Ann Woll are set to join De Mornay when the film stars shooting next week in Winnipeg.

Darren Lynn Bousman is set to direct from Scott Milam's script. The plot is about a ragtag members of a vicious, violent family, with a sadistic mother who instructs her sons to do all the killings.

The filmmakers are aiming for a Mother's day release date next year.

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"The Green Hornet" Pushed Again, Gets New Release Date! 

I guess third time's the charm for "The Green Hornet," the big screen adaptation of the classic TV show starring Seth Rogen.

First, the film was supposed to open on June 25, 2010, then it was moved to July 9.

Now, Sony is moving "The Green Hornet" out of its summer slate and will release the movie on Dec. 17, 2010.

Director Michel Gondry begins shooting the film this week. The script is co-written by Rogen with Evan Goldberg.

Rogen stars as the masked crimefighter known as the Green Hornet. Jay Chou replaced Stephen Chow as Kato.

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Get Ready for "Bad Boys 3" 

Columbia Pictures has hired Peter Craig to write the script for the third installment of the "Bad Boys" franchise.

The studio would like to bring back the original players together -- director Michael Bay, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence -- if the price is right.

In 1995, the first "Bad Boys" was released signaling Smith's foray as an action star and Bay as a stylish maestro. The film grossed $66 million nationwide and $141 million worldwide.

The sequel, released in 2003, grossed $138 million domestically and $273 million worldwide.

Everyone involved has expressed interest in returning to the franchise IF there's a good story. But it's to early to tell whether Smith will return as Mike Lowrey and Lawrence as Marcus Burnett -- two Miami detectives who seemed to face never ending car chases and explosions!

But Craig may come up with a great script. He co-wrote "The Town" which Ben Affleck is directing for Warner Bros., and Craig is also adapting the anime "Cowboy Bebop" for 20th Century Fox and Keanu Reeves.

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