Oh No! Disney Cancels "20,000 Leagues" Movie! 


Disney has cancelled "Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea!"

Back in January of this year, we told you that director McG was set to helm the film. But now, the production, set to begin in February, has been halted! And McG is no longer the captain of the movie.

Walt Disney Pictures confirmed to Variety that it won't proceed with the film for now. When Dick Cook was the studio chief, "20,000 Leagues" was on fast track. There were even rumors that Will Smith was set to star.

Under the new guidance of Rich Ross, the studio revealed that big adventure films like "20,000 Leagues," "John Carter of Mars" and "Tron" are still priority.

Variety told us that Disney's next big water-based shoot will likely be the fourth installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Pic is expected to set sail in May, with Rob Marshall in talks to direct.

So what about McG? Well, the "Terminator Salvation" director may work on other projects such as the Warner Bros. drama "Dead Spy Running." McG is also working "Borat" director Larry Charles on a new NBC comedy.

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"2012" Wreaks Havoc at Box-Office, Opens at No. 1 with $65 Million! 


It was hardly doom and gloom for Columbia Pictures' "2012." The disaster flick opened at No. 1 with $65 million domestically, and $225 million worldwide.

With the film's price tag at a reported budget of $260 million, this is a good news for the studio.

The Roland Emmerich-directed flick knocked down Scrooge from its No. 1 position. "Disney's A Christmas Carol" fell down to No. 2 with $22.3 million, but it's only down 26% percent. The Jim Carrey Christmas flick raised its 10-day total to $63.3 million.

The George Clooney farcical film, "The Men Who Stare at Goats," held its No. 3 position with a $6.2 million box-office take.

"Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" entered the Top 10. The Oprah Winfrey-Tyler Perry executive produced film took in $6.1 million in just 174 theaters.

I LOVE THIS MOVIE! IT WILL PULL YOU DOWN, TO PICK YOU UP! GO WATCH "PRECIOUS."

Meanwhile, Michael Jackson beat Miley Cyrus! "This Is It" has raised its domestic total to $67.2 million passing the $65.3 million total of "Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert."

"Michael Jackson: This Is It" now holds the title of all-time top-grossing music documentary.

Meanwhile, the weekend's other new wide release, the rock and roll comedy "Pirate Radio" opened weakly at No. 11 with $2.9 million. But at just 882 theaters, the film still managed to sell $3,253 worth of tickets per cinema.

Here's the estimated Top 10 box-office list for weekend of Nov. 13th:

1. "2012," $65 million.

2. "Disney's A Christmas Carol," $22.3 million.

3. "The Men Who Stare at Goats," $6.2 million.

4. "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," $6.1 million.

5. "Michael Jackson's This Is It," $5.1 million.

6. "The Fourth Kind," $4.7 million.


7. "Couples Retreat," $4.3 million.


8. "Paranormal Activity," $4.2 million.

9. "Law Abiding Citizen," $3.9 million.

10. "The Box," $3.2 million.


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Lauren Bacall, Roger Corman First Oscar Winners of the Season! 


Months before its televised ceremony, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences honored its first Oscar winners of the season -- the Governors Awards!

Actress Lauren Bacall, B-movie king Roger Corman and "Godfather" cinematographer Gordon Willis each received Oscar statuettes.

Producer John Calley was also honored with the Irving J. Thalberg Memorial Award recognizing his career accomplishments with films like "Catch -22," "The Remains of the Day," and "The Da Vinci Code."

Each of the recipients was chosen by the academy's Board of Governors for their contribution to the excellence of American cinema.

The black-tie event was held at the Grand Ballroom above the Kodak Theater. Tom Hanks, Jack Nicholson, Annette Bening, Morgan Freeman and Steven Spielberg were among the 600 invited guests.

From what I heard, the atmosphere was so relaxed without the pressure of live TV broadcast. The taped portions of the Governors awards will be shown during the 82ns annual Academy Awards on March 7, 2010.

I think this is a clever idea. Honor the much-deserved recipients at a leisurely pace where the Academy members can really express their gratitude.

Because with the long 10 Best Picture nominees list, the telecast may be bogged down.

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"Pirate Radio" a.k.a. "The Boat That Rocked" Movie Review 


Here's my review of the new film from Focus Features, "Pirate Radio," otherwise known as "The Boat That Rocked" starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, and Kenneth Branagh.

Is the film worth your time and money? Find out:



Here's more info about the film from Yahoo:

Cast and Credits

Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, Kenneth Branagh
Directed by: Richard Curtis
Produced by: Richard Curtis, Debra Hayward, Liza Chasin

In the 1960s a group of 8 rogue DJs on a boat in the middle of the Northern Atlantic, played rock records and broke the law all for the love of music. The songs they played united and defined an entire generation and drove the British government crazy. By playing rock 'n roll they were standing up against the British government who did everything in their power to shut them down.

Genres: Art/Foreign and Comedy
Running Time: 2 hrs. 14 min.
Release Date: November 13th 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for language, and some sexual content including brief nudity.
Distributors: Focus Features

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Watch "2012" Movie Review! It's of Massive Proportions! 


First, to read my "2012" movie review, click here. Otherwise, take a look at my critique of director Roland Emmerich's opus!



Here's more info on "2012" from Yahoo:

Action/Adventure, Science Fiction and Thriller

November 13, 2009

Rated PG-13 for intense disaster sequences and some language.

STARRING
John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover and Woody Harrelson

DIRECTED BY
Roland Emmerich

Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments. A global cataclysm brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors.

Also Known As:
Farewell Atlantis
Two-thousand Twelve
Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release
Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Thriller
Release Date: November 13th, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense disaster sequences and some language.
Distributors:
Sony Pictures Releasing
Production Co.:
Centropolis Entertainment, Mark Gordon Company
Studios:
Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Filming Locations:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Los Angeles, California, USA
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Produced in: United States

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