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How Twilight should have ended

Posted by LiveFor on August 31, 2009

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Source: Sci-Fi Wire

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Disney has bought Marvel for $4 Billion

Posted by LiveFor on August 31, 2009

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That is a lot of money. So the House of Mouse now owns an awful lot of superheroes.

I personally think this may well be a good thing. The current slate of Marvel Universe films are still going to go ahead and once the contracts are up with other studios – Spiderman and X-Men – then they should return to the fold and crossovers a plenty should follow.

However, it does mean another level of men in suits to throw their thoughts in and possibly mess up what could be great.

Mind you we could see Pixar having a go at some Marvel heroes which can only be a good thing.

Worldwide leader in family entertainment agrees to acquire Marvel and its portfolio of over 5,000 characters

Acquisition highlights Disney’s strategic focus on quality branded content, technological innovation and international expansion to build long-term shareholder value

Burbank, CA and New York, NY, August 31, 2009 – Building on its strategy of delivering quality branded content to people around the world, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) has agreed to acquire Marvel Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:MVL) in a stock and cash transaction, the companies announced today.

Under the terms of the agreement and based on the closing price of Disney on August 28, 2009, Marvel shareholders would receive a total of $30 per share in cash plus approximately 0.745 Disney shares for each Marvel share they own. At closing, the amount of cash and stock will be adjusted if necessary so that the total value of the Disney stock issued as merger consideration based on its trading value at that time is not less than 40% of the total merger consideration.

Based on the closing price of Disney stock on Friday, August 28, the transaction value is $50 per Marvel share or approximately $4 billion.

thor_comic_image_02.jpg“This transaction combines Marvel’s strong global brand and world-renowned library of characters including Iron Man, Spider-Man, X-Men, Captain America, Fantastic Four and Thor with Disney’s creative skills, unparalleled global portfolio of entertainment properties, and a business structure that maximizes the value of creative properties across multiple platforms and territories,” said Robert A. Iger, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. “Ike Perlmutter and his team have done an impressive job of nurturing these properties and have created significant value. We are pleased to bring this talent and these great assets to Disney.”

“We believe that adding Marvel to Disney’s unique portfolio of brands provides significant opportunities for long-term growth and value creation,” Iger said.

“Disney is the perfect home for Marvel’s fantastic library of characters given its proven ability to expand content creation and licensing businesses,” said Ike Perlmutter, Marvel’s Chief Executive Officer. “This is an unparalleled opportunity for Marvel to build upon its vibrant brand and character properties by accessing Disney’s tremendous global organization and infrastructure around the world.”

Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of Marvel including its more than 5,000 Marvel characters. Mr. Perlmutter will oversee the Marvel properties, and will work directly with Disney’s global lines of business to build and further integrate Marvel’s properties.

What do you think of the news?

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Hero Turtles to team up

Posted by LiveFor on August 31, 2009

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4Kids is making a direct-to-DVD movie where the 2003 cartoon Ninja Turtles somehow meet the Ninja Turtles from 1987.

Source: Topless Robot

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Bruckheimer to produce Shake

Posted by LiveFor on August 31, 2009

Jerry Bruckheimer has just bought the rights to a short story Derek Haas wrote called “Shake” and hired the writer to expand it into a feature screenplay. The deal was for more than seven figures.

The origin of Haas’ story was a new site called Popcornfiction.com that he recently created for TV and film writers to showcase their pulpy short fiction. Among the contributors are Craig Mazin (“Superhero Movie”), Scott Frank (“The Lookout”), Jeff Lowell (“Over Her Dead Body”) and Nichelle D. Tramble (“Women’s Murder Club”).

“I wanted to create a place where new popular short fiction could flourish and Hollywood could have a new resource for cultivating great ideas,” Haas says on the site.

Bruckheimer apparently visited the site, loved Haas’ story of an FBI agent chasing a killer while he begins to lose control of his own body and bought the idea for a potential Disney film.

Source: THR

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John Rambo is gearing up for a Fifth film

Posted by LiveFor on August 31, 2009

John_Rambo-4Nu Image/Millennium Films has given the go ahead for Rambo 5, with Sylvester Stallone starring and directing, repeating his duties from 2008’s Rambo according to Variety.

The upcoming project’s storyline revolves around Rambo fighting his way through human traffickers and drug lords to rescue a young girl abducted near the U.S.-Mexico border. Production will start in the spring.

Stallone had indicated in interviews that a fifth Rambo was in the works. He teamed with Nu Image/Millennium on the 2008 project, which grossed $42 million domestically and $113 million overseas.

Nu Image/Millennium is in post-production on “Expendables,” starring Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li and Mickey Rourke. The actioner’s set for release on April 23 through Lionsgate.

Rambo first appeared in the 1982 pic “First Blood,” followed in 1985 by “First Blood II” and in 1988 by “Rambo III.”

Are you ready for more Rambo?

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Halloween 3D – No Rob Zombie

Posted by LiveFor on August 31, 2009

michael-myers-mask-1“Halloween II” may not have won the box office this weekend, but Weinstein Co. is taking a lesson from the movie that did as it prepares a sequel for next summer.

The independent studio’s co-Chairman Bob Weinstein said today that the 3-D sequel, titled, appropriately enough, “Halloween 3D,” is in development.

The investment it takes to shoot movies in digital 3-D has proved particularly lucrative for horror films. For “The Final Destination,” this weekend’s No. 1 movie, theaters with at least one 3-D screen earned 3.25 times as much as those that showed the movie in 2-D only, according to distributor Warner Bros. That’s substantially higher than for other recent releases. The equivalent 3-D multiple for last month’s “G-Force,” for instance, was only 1.7 on its first weekend. For July’s “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” it was 1.4 andm for June’s “Up” it was 2.2. January horror flick “My Bloody Valentine” earned 6.4 times as much from 3-D theaters as it did from 2-D on its opening weekend.

Weinstein said Rob Zombie, who directed “Halloween II” and 2007’s reboot of the 31-year-old horror series, won’t return for “Halloween 3-D.” He said the studio is in negotiations with a new director, whom he declined to name, who has experience in horror and has a “different take” on the franchise.

Do you think a 3rd Halloween movie will work? Should it follow on from Rob Zombie’s sequel or go its own way? Does it need to be in 3D?

Source: LA Times

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Bad Boys 3? Seriously. What you going to do?

Posted by LiveFor on August 31, 2009

badboys2A third installment of the Bad Boys franchise is in the works at Columbia Pictures, which has set Peter Craig to write the screenplay.

According to Variety, the hope is to have a script that would reunite director Michael Bay, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. At this point, with the project in the early stages, none has a deal to return.

The Bad Boys movies star Smith and Lawrence as Miami detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, caught up in cases involving car chases and explosions.

All parties have expressed a willingness to return if a story can be hammered out. One potential hurdle, however, would be the costly deals with the players.

No production date has been set.

Source: MovieWeb

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Ponyo on a Boat! – Lonely Island mashup

Posted by LiveFor on August 31, 2009

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Cyclops (Cíclope) – Trailer for Spanish Sci-fi short

Posted by LiveFor on August 30, 2009

Spanish director Carlos Morett made this lovely looking science fiction short called Cyclops. It stars stars Ivan Sanchez, Roberto Hoyas, Lucia Hoyos, Emilio Buale and Laura Sanchez. Quiet Earth are the ones who found it.

Cyclops is set in the future of a new Madrid. It is the story of two policemen who are brothers. It follows the inner turmoil of one of the brothers, suffering terrible nightmares, who begins to question his position in the Police Force, all due to a mistake that will probably haunt the rest of his life.

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Deadman to be guided by Guillermo Del Toro

Posted by LiveFor on August 29, 2009

mignola_deadmanAnother great DC Comic character is heading to the big screen and this one could be nice and spooky.

Bloody Disgusting is being told that Nikolaj Arcel (Island of Lost Souls ) is looking to direct Deadman for Warner Bros. Pictures. Guillermo del Toro is set to produce the film. that follows a a circus tightrope walker who is murdered and returns as a ghost with the ability to inhabit the bodies if others in order to find his killer.

Deadman is a ghost, formerly a circus trapeze artist named Boston Brand who performed under the name Deadman, a stage persona including a red costume and white corpse makeup. When Brand is murdered during a trapeze performance by a mysterious assailant known only as the Hook (in fact his last words were “Gee, from up here it almost looks like that guy with the hook for a hand has a gun…”), his spirit is given the power to possess any living being by a Hindu goddess (created for the purposes of the story) named Rama Kushna (a corruption of Rama-Krishna), in order to search for his murderer and obtain justice.

He has interacted with many of the other DC characters, most notably Batman and his adventures have been both comical and weird.

I’ll look forward to this one. Who could play Boston Brand?

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