Film Critics Murdered in Philippines 


Alexis Tioseco (pictured left) and Nika Bohinc (pictured right) were shot dead after they disturbed robbers in their Manila home.

This is sad. The Southeast Asian film community is in shock over this news.

Tioseco, a Filipino-Canadian critic, and Bohink, a Slovenian journalist, both worked as programmers and film critics. According to the Mindanao Enquirer newspaper, both were shot several times by one of the three suspects who broke into their home. The newspaper further reported that the police were investigating the alleged involvement of the housemaid. After stealing a laptop and some valuables, the assailants fled in the couple's car.

Both have been strong supporters of Southeast Asian cinema. Tioseco did much to help young independent Filipino filmmakers. He wrote for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, as well as the Philippine Star. He was also the founder of the online journal Criticine.

Tioseco's partner, Bohinc, was a former editor of the Slovenian film magazine Ekran, and she was working as a freelance journalist in Manila.

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"Star Trek" to be Re-released in Imax! 


This coming Friday, Paramount is re-releasing "Star Trek" in almost 100 Imax locations!

The film will only play in Imax for two weeks!

So if you want to see this film again (I've seen it 5 times already -- I love this movie, it's one of my favorite films of the summer) and in Imax to boot, then here's your chance.

So far, "Star Trek" has made $256.7 million, placing it as the Top 5 highest-grossing film of the summer.

Incidentally, summer of 2009 has record-breaking success! It's the highest grossing summer ever. Read the full story right here.

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Reboot! "Fantastic Four" Gets Overhaul! 


Amidst the shocker that Disney purchased Marvel for $4 billion, comes the news that 20th Century Fox is overhauling one of its popular Marvel franchises, "Fantastic Four."

This made me happy. I'm not a big fan of what director Tim Story and company did with the previous "Fantastic Four" films namely 2005's "Fantastic Four" and 2007's "4: Rise of the Silver Surfer."

But this change is necessary for a better adaptation of the comic book series. Now, Fox has hired Akiva Goldsman as producer of the reboot, and Michael Green is set to write the script.

Green is the co-executive producer of NBC's "Heroes" and he also co-wrote the upcoming "Green Lantern."

The future of the stars of the previous "Fantastic Four" films -- Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis -- is unclear. But if this is going to be a reboot, I think Fox should hire new actors for fresher takes on the characters.

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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 deadlinehollywooddaily.com, 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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