Archive for November, 2002

Anger Managment

November 30, 2002

Sandler is really cracking out a lot of moives now. He had Mr. Deeds, Punch Drunk Love, 8 Crazy Nights and now the newest is Anger managment.

I saw a preview for it last night and it looks good. It stars both Sandler and Jack Nicholson. It is not schedualed to open until April, but I saw the preivew and couldn’t resist posting.

Basically it is about someones worst day ever and they end up having to have anger managment classes. What ends up happening it instructor (Nicholson) comes to live with the studend (Sandler)

Brotherhood of The Wolf

November 30, 2002

Anyone heard of this one or seen it? It hasn’t been given a bad review but I haven’t heard much about it or seen any trailers. All the news these days have been about HP or TTT….

Brotherhood Of The Wolf [MA 15+]

Genre: Action/Adventure
Rating: MA 15+
Release Date: 28/11/2002
Running Time: 142 minutes
Main Cast: Samuel Le Bihan, Mark Dacascos, Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Emilie Dequenne
Director: Christophe Gans

1764. A mystery beast has been terrorising the region of Gevaudan, France. All of France has been shaken by the inexplicable killings, rumours abound and Louis XV fears the panic may destabilise his regime.

Enter Chevalier Gregoire de Fronsac, (soldier, naturalist, explorer) and his faithful Indian companion, Mani; summoned to hunt and kill the beast. Fronsac disputes claims the culprit is of supernatural origin and, after examining the evidence, insists something more prosaic is at work than the devil.

The pair face resistance; aristocratic bigotry against Mani, political pressure to resolve the matter and enemies of the king trying to exploit the bloodshed and provoke revolution. But the slaughter continues and so the warriors press on.

They cross paths with many nobles, including the one-armed Jean Francois de Morangias and young Thomas d’Apcher, who eagerly joins them on the hunt. Following a string of clues, Fronsac becomes entwined with the chaste Marianne, sister of Morangias, and a courtesan with a hidden agenda.

Tired of getting no results, the King sends another hunter to nab the monster. The ring-in immediately captures a wolf and claims he has killed the Beast; a pretence the King endorses.

Ignoring the efforts at a cover up, Fronsac and Mani lead one final hunt for the elusive creature. Nothing will prepare them for what they discover, or the cost of the truth.

The Future of Potter…

November 29, 2002

[size=large]Harry Potter and the Unknown Future[/size]

[i]E! Online -[/i] Harry Potter’s greatest trick might be getting all his books turned into movies.

As Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets casting an $88.4 million spell at the box office over the weekend, Warner Bros. continues to prep the third chapter in J.K. Rowling’s fantasy series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, scheduled to start shooting early next year.

But there are several questions lingering about the long-term franchise, including: What to do when your young cast hits puberty, one of your older stars dies, your original director drops out and the next promised book is going on a year overdue?

The Potter series is key to Warners’ fiscal future–after all Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone alone made nearly $1 billion theatrically worldwide and studio execs have similar expectations for the better reviewed Chamber of Secrets. So the studio wants to avoid the same kind of disastrous misstep that caused its Batman franchise to falter.

Of particular concern to Warner Bros. is keeping the films on pace with stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, who are beginning to outgrow their roles (anyone notice Harry’s voice beginning to crack in Chamber of Secrets?)

Warners initially planned on the ambitious schedule of one Potter film per year–following the lead of the books, each of which takes place during a new school year. That way, the actors could grow with the films. But while the first two movies were shot back to back and released in subsequent Novembers, there will be a longer delay before Prisoner of Azkaban begins shooting, and the latter film won’t be out until 2004. Furthermore, the studio and screenwriter Steve Kloves are trying to translate Rowling’s hefty 734-page fourth volume, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, into a single film, but given the book’s length and Warners’ fear of alienating die-hard fans by cutting scenes, the studio and scribe are considering breaking the book into two separate films released in the same calendar year.

All that means the three young leads, who are signed only through the third film, might need to be recast. While the James Bond franchise has flourished for 40 years with five different 007s, it remains to be seen whether kids will embrace a different set of actors for later Potter installments.

Then there’s a big question as to whether 13-year-old Radcliffe will even be up for playing the bespectacled boy wizard in more than the three films. Monday’s Los Angeles Times reports that Radcliffe’s parents–wishing to return some normalcy to their son’s life which has been turned upside down by the role–had petitioned the studio to push back the filming so Radcliffe could attend school rather than be tutored on the set. The same request was also made by Watson’s parents.

“The kids wanted a break,” studio chief Alan Horn tells the Times. “We’re talking about real people here

“We’re experimenting with cryogenic techniques to simply freeze the actors until we’re ready to go again, but so far there’s no scientific evidence to suggest that it’s a workable plan,” Horn quips in the paper.

A rep for the studio declined to comment on the report and says everything for Azkaban is right on schedule.

Meanwhile, the new film will be guided by a new director. Warners tapped helmer Alfonso Cuaron, whose résumé includes not only a sexually explicit coming-of-age flick (Y Tu Mama Tambien), but also an update of Dickens (Great Expectations) and an old-fashioned Hollywood fairy tale (A Little Princess), to help shepherd Harry and company through those awkward teen years.

He’ll take over from the franchise’s original director, Chris Columbus, who bailed out of Azkaban to spend more time with his family. For continuity sake, Columbus will stay on as a producer to supervise filming.

Speaking of headmasters, the studio needs to find someone to fill the wizard’s cap of acting great Richard Harris, who played beloved Professor Albus Dumbledore, and unexpectedly died last month of cancer at the age of 72.

No official word from the studio yet, but rumored candidated include Ian McKellen (news), aka Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Harris’ stand-in from the first two Potter films.

As for the fifth tome, Rowling is still working on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which is said to be longer than Goblet of Fire by a chapter and isn’t due to hit book stores until next year. Considering that, when Order of the Phoenix finally is published, it will be three years between books with two more still to come, by the time the seventh book is ready to be movie-fied, Radcliffe could be playing Dumbledore.

The Ring

November 28, 2002

I saw this movie last night and was sort of surprised considering I had seen the trailer a few times and kept wondering what this movie was really about.

The long and short of it is this. Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) plays a journalist. Her niece and a friend of her’s run across a tape when viewed you receive a phone call stating you will die in seven days. The young girls try to make a joke of it but next thing you know, their gone. Rachel is determined to figure out how they died and to see what this tape is all about. So, she gets the help of one of her firneds, Noah (Martin Henderson) and he views the tape. Needless to say, they both get phone calls stating they are going to die in seven days. This sends both of them on a wild goose chase to figure what the tape is about, it’s meaning, and why these people have to die after viewing it.

This movie held my interest. The running time is 105 minutes. It isn’t scary, it tries to be psychological and make you think of things that aren’t there. I don’t get scared easily, and didn’t get scared by this either. I wasn’t on the edge of my seat either because I saw too many things coming so nothing surprised me. This seemed to be a mix of “Poltergiest” and “Sixth Sense”. This movie is worth a matinee price to see, but the PG-13 rating should help so word of mouth may get around and it may become a successful movie when it gets released on October 18th.

NEW Two Towers Movie Poster…

November 27, 2002

Take a look, and enjoy… 😀

[img]http://www.lordoftherings.net/images/tt_poster.jpg[/img]

“Treasure Planet”

November 27, 2002

“Treasure Planet” is the sci-fi cartoon adaptation
of “Treasure Island”. It is colorful, energetic, and
at times very entertaining; BUT unfortunately, it
is also very moronic and sends wrong messages
to young boys.
GRADE = “B” (for adults) and “D” (for young boys)

Fifth ‘Harry Potter’ Book Not Ready

November 27, 2002

Fifth ‘Harry Potter’ Book Not Ready
Wednesday November 13 3:36 PM ET

LONDON (AP) Legions of Harry Potter fans waiting eagerly for the boy wizard’s fifth adventure will have to make do, for now, with revisiting earlier installments in print and on film.

No release date for “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” has been set, the office of Christopher Little, author J.K. Rowling’s agent, said Wednesday.

“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” the second movie in the series, opens Friday.

The first Harry Potter book, published in 1997, was “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” released in the United States as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” The second and third volumes followed over the next two years, and the fourth, the mammoth “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” appeared in July 2000.

This naturally raised hopes that the fifth would follow at the same rate. But alas, two summers have passed without a sign of Harry and his magic pals reappearing.

A year ago, Rowling wrote a letter to The Scotsman newspaper insisting she was not suffering from writer’s block and that there had been no intention of publishing book five in 2001.

In September, after a U.S. federal court rejected claims by an American author that Rowling had stolen ideas from her own children’s books, Rowling said the stress of the lawsuit had hindered her progress on the fifth book.

Rowling said in a British Broadcasting Corp. television interview that much of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” was written, but declined to say when it would be ready for publication.

“There’s a lot of book done. That’s all I want to say, because if I give it a date and then I pass it everyone will be upset,” she said. “I know a lot of Harry Potter fans will say, ‘Just to give it to us.’ But I’m a perfectionist and I want a bit more of a tweak.”

The author, who married 31-year-old anesthetist Neil Murray last year, is expecting a baby. She has a 9-year-old daughter, Jessica, from her previous marriage.

Scary Movie 3: Episode I – Lord of the Brooms

November 27, 2002

This looks fun.. 😀
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[size=large]Airplane! director to make Harry Potter spoof [/size]

The director of Airplane! and the first Naked Gun movies is to take on Scary Movie 3.

David Zucker has agreed to direct Scary Movie 3: Episode I – Lord of the Brooms.

The film will be a spoof of the likes of Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars and tells the story of an orphan who embarks on a magical quest to rid the universe of evil.

Keenen Ivory, Shawn and Marlon Wayans, who were all involved in the first two Scary Movies, will not be part of the new film.

Filming will begin in March.

TTT Runtime and Rating Confirmation

November 26, 2002

TTT will be PG – 13 and the confirmed runtime is 179 mins.

‘Two Towers’ Ticket Sales Begin

November 26, 2002

‘Two Towers’ Ticket Sales Begin
Thursday November 21 3:01 AM ET

New Line Cinema has partnered with movie theater owners to begin advance domestic ticket sales on “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” Friday, four weeks ahead of the film’s Dec. 18 North American release.

Ticket sales began two weeks in advance for last year’s release of “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” That picture broke presale records, with online sales ultimately representing more than 8% of the film’s domestic opening weekend. The film grossed $860 million worldwide.

“The Two Towers” will debut in multiple premiere showings around the world, with a North American bow in New York on Dec. 5 and in Toronto, Canada, Dec. 6, followed by Paris Dec. 10 and in London Dec. 11.

On Dec. 15, the film will premiere in Los Angeles and in Copenhagen, with the Queen of Denmark in attendance. A special screening in Seattle follows Dec. 16.

The film premieres in New Zealand, where “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy was shot, in Wellington on Dec. 18, and in Sydney, Australia on Dec. 19.

Already, hundreds of Scandinavians braved up to three weeks of waiting in below-freezing weather to buy tickets. Scandinavian sales on “Two Towers” topped 140,000 in the first day, four times the day-one presales for “The Fellowship of the Ring.”

The first film has shipped 35 million DVD and VHS units worldwide.