D23 Expo: Prince of Persia & The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

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Surprise guests Jerry Bruckheimer and Nicolas Cage showed off two of next year’s big summer films, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

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Jason Segal and Muppets Join Forces

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Another long-standing series of sorts got a big push today as The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made! was also unveiled through a song and dance number by a whole slew of Muppets on stage. The film is indeed being written by Jason Segel (as we first found out about over a year ago) and it seems like the idea for this flick comes from another that was in development by Jim Henson himself back in 1985.  The idea had Gonzo directing a Hollywood movie and very quickly running out of money to make it, and it seems this same story will be at the heart of Segel’s Muppet movie. Though some of the more recent Muppet fare has been lackluster (Muppets from Space anybody?) I love these fuzzy puppets, and with Jason Segel writing, I don’t think this can go wrong.

Quick Notes 6

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Here we go with some quick notes again. Quick Notes are articles and blips that I do not feel on typing out full news that could just be viewed in shorts because there is just not enough time in the day to possibly touch on everything in full. They are all just a bunch of random hooblah of sorts that fell into this little section of fun and goodness after the jump: Stories of Rambo 5, Batman Sequel, Bad Boys 3, and more!

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Epic Purchase: Disney Buys Marvel Entertainment Inc. for $4.24 Billion

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WHAT??!?!?!?! Disney has just purchased Marvel Entertainment Inc. for a sum $4 billion dollars. This is just ridiculous. The closing price of Disney stock on Friday, August 28, their stock was $50 each, which will be distrtibuted to Marvel for their company that accumulates to the $4 billion.

According to Walt Disney Company:

“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.”

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.

From Superhero Hype:

UPDATE #1: In a conference call, the companies said that the deals for movies for characters at other studios (Spider-Man, X-Men, etc.) will stay in place under the terms set by Marvel and the other studios.

UPDATE #2: John Lasseter met with Marvel last week about a possible team-up between Marvel and Pixar and got “pretty excited, pretty fast.” They say there’s definitely an opportunity there.

UPDATE #3: The deal with Paramount Pictures to distribute “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America” and “The Avengers” stays in place as well, but Disney would like to self-distribute down the line. “When the time comes we’ll take a closer look at it.” It was actually stated that the deal still included five films, so that is one more film after “The Avengers.”

Diora Baird Auditions for Thor

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Well Ms. Baird tweeted today that she auditioned for Thor. Cool? Maybe? She isn’t terrrrible, but would she play a vital role? Who Knows. That would be a pretty chesty role for the new Marvel film. Here’s her tweet:

Had an audition for the movie Thor today. Character description was ‘pretty, but sturdy with muscle’. Damn type casting.


WATCHMEN OUT ON DVD AND BLU-RAY TODAY! GET IT!

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For the longest time the Watchmen graphic novel was said to be “unfilmable”. Obviously, that’s a nonsensical notion. If we’ve learned anything from the Super Mario Bros. movie, it’s that any property can be adapted into a film, regardless of story (or lack thereof). The real question is whether or not it can be done well. And in the case of Watchmen, director Zack Synder found himself in a lose-lose situation. The problem with adapting any comic or novel for the big screen is that, more often than not, what worked in its original medium just doesn’t translate that well to film. Thus, the only solution is to make concessions by changing various aspects of the source material. In many instances, this process has yielded positive results (V for Vendetta, the latest Harry Potter films), regardless of what the frothing hostility of certain fanboys might suggest. Watchmen though, would only suffer from these types of changes. To significantly alter the source material would be to defeat the purpose of adapting it at all. Zack Snyder was clearly aware of this, and decided (with one notable exception) to remain as faithful to Alan Moore’s classic graphic novel as possible. While I strongly believe Snyder made the right choice, there’s no denying that the resulting film suffers from all the expected flaws that come with going down this route. The pacing is all over the place, certain twists and turns don’t carry the same weight as they do in the graphic novel, and uninitiated viewers may find themselves at a total loss as to what in the hell they’re watching. Simply put: As a movie meant to stand on its own, Watchmen is a failure. It succeeds, however, as a fascinating experiment and companion piece for those who have already read and loved the graphic novel. Likely not what the studio was hoping for, admittedly, but for people like me, it’s just about the best Watchmen film we could’ve asked for… even if, frankly, it probably shouldn’t have been made in the first place.

All the Features, Prices and More after the jump

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It’s a Wrap: Iron Man 2

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According to Marvel.com, Iron Man 2 has wrapped up on principal photography on schedule. This 71 day shoot started on April 6th and according to the President of Marvel Studios,

“Shooting ‘Iron Man 2’ was a fantastic experience and we couldn’t be happier. Although there were many challenges in making this film, having Jon Favreau, Robert Downey, Gwyneth Paltrow and almost the entire crew from the first film back on board, allowed us to hit the ground running as everyone was instantly familiar with each other from day one,” Feige told Marvel.com. “This dynamic allowed us to get done what we needed on a day to day basis and was a big factor in why we finished slightly ahead of schedule.”

So what’s next? Will we see some cool BAMFing viral marketing? I hope so…We’ll have to wait and see until May 7, 2010, woot woot………

Harry Potter’s Magical Beatdown

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I’ll give it props. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince reigns supreme being the largest midnight opener with $22.2 million. This beats the original records from The Dark Knight’s $18 mil and the 2nd place Revenge of the Sith‘s $17 mil. It also stomped out the largest grossing midnight box office champion of the year, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, with its $16 million. This movie could possibly destroy all domestic records with that kind of showing or perhaps just everyone showed up last night? Who knows. The domestic 5 day record is still The Dark Knight with $203.8 and in 2nd place Revenge of the Fallen with $201.3 million. Could Mr. Potter triumph over all? Go to the theaters and maybe it will happen………

Portman Gets Thor’d

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The Natalie Portman has been confirmed by Marvel Studios to play Jane Foster as Thor’s love interest in the new movie, which comes out in May 2011. Portman will star opposite Chris Hemsworth who will play our hero Thor and Tom Hiddleston who will play the villain Loki. Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet) will direct the film.

They’re getting some big names to this Marvel Universe, Norton, Bridges, Downey Jr., Tyler, and now Ms. Portman. Who will be next?

TRON 2, the Plot Thickens

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Thanks to Disney, they have revealed a somewhat of a plot synopsis of what TRON will be about when it is remade into whatever it will be. Maybe TRON guy will get a special guest cameo. We could only hope…..

“TRON is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that’s unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.”