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Monday, April 30, 2007

Various Movie Bits

So, there was movie announced today, it sounds pretty interesting. It's called Nottingham.

Nottingham is one of these revisionist takes on a classic tale. It's the story of Robin Hood, as told from the POV of the Sherrif of Nottingham. But, in this case, the Sherrif of Nottingham is going to be portrayed as a noble and just man, who's torn between his loyalty towards a corrupt Prince John, and the higher principles, yet illegal methodology, of Robin Hood.

It's going to be directed by Ridley Scott, the legendary director who brought us Alien, Blade Runner, Gldiator, Black Hawk Down and Kingdom of Heaven. His last film was the chick flick A Good Year. Playing the Sherrif of Nottingham will be...Russell Crowe.

In case you're curious, Scott's next film is American Gangster. It's based on the true story of a New York drug lord and Vietnam vet who built his criminal empire by smuggling in heroin from Vietnam in the coffins of fallen soldiers. Denzel Washington plays the drug lord, and Russell Crowe plays the intrepid FBI agent who brings him down. That'll be out this November.

Hey! How can you tell that the animated short film is making a comeback as a medium?

Disney's getting back into it!

That's right, in addition to all new animated films, Disney is now making animated shorts again. This project is the brainchild of the new head of Disney animation, John Lasetter. As Lasetter discovered as the head of Pixar, animated shorts are a great way to foster and nurture new talent.

The first new Disney animated short stars Goofy, and will be one of those classic "How To..." cartoons. You remember, where a dry narrator tells you how to do something and Goofy acts it out.

Goofy: How to Hook Up Your Home Theatre will be in theatres this fall, in front of whatever Disney film comes out this fall.

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