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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Some Movie Bitlits

Haven't had much to blog home about lately, but there's been a few bits of movie news come across my desk that I feel like sharing.

First up, the world famous British animation house Aardman Studios, which gave us the Wallace and Gromit franchise, and what I think is one of the funniest animated movies ever made, Chicken Run. Aardman just announced their next slate of films.

First up, Pirates! Pirates! will be based on the book The Pirates! (in an Adventures with Scientists), which is about a group of pirates who have a wacky adventure with Charles Darwin and a talking chimp.

After that will be the holiday flick Arthur Christmas, which seeks to answer the age old question, "How does Santa deliver every present in one night?"

Pirates! will be made in the classic stop-motion animation that Aardman is famous for. Arthur Christmas will be computer animated.

As we all know, the big trend in Hollywood right now is remakes.

Yesterday, they officially began filming the remake of the classic 1981 fantasy film Clash of the Titans. For those who don't remember, Clash of the Titans was based on the classic Greek myth of Perseus. It's also notable in that it was the final film to feature special effects from stop motion animation maestro Ray Harryhausen. The original starred Harry Hamlin as Perseus and Laurence Olivier as Zeus.

The remake stars Sam Worthington, soon to be seen in Terminator Salvation as Perseus, Liam Neeson as Zeus, and Ralph Fiennes as Hades. Apparently, in the remake, Hades is now the villain. Louis Leterrier, director of The Incredible Hulk, is directing.

March 2010 is the targeted release date!

If we're not doing re-makes, then we're doing sequels to beloved 80's franchises. Bruce Willis gave us one more Die Hard, Harrison Ford gave us another Indiana Jones, and as I write this, Disney has begun filming Tron 2.

The latest 80's franchise that's getting a long overdue sequel...Wall Street.

That's right, the classic drama directed by Oliver Stone and starring Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen as ruthless stockbrokers is getting a sequel. It focuses on Douglas's character of Gordon Gekko, released from prison, and getting back in the game. Today, it was announced that Stone is coming back to direct.

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