Media FX News Archives
- April 7, 2001
- $25,000 Reward for Return
of Spiderman Costumes
- Osmosis Jones
Trailer Tagged Onto Pokemon 3
- Disney Held Tight Reign on
Pearl Harbor Production
- News Link of the Day
- Hit British 'Butt Ugly' Cartoon to Invade U.S.
Reward for Return of Spiderman Costumes
digitalmediafx.com) Columbia Pictures is offering a $25,000 reward
for the return of four Spiderman outfits that were apparently
stolen from a Sony Pictures Studio lot in Culver City, California
to the Associated Press, "The Spider-Man costumes are one-piece
molded suits printed with a computer-generated rectangular pattern
that creates a quasi-3-D effect."
has created a hotline for tips leading to the recovery of the
costumes. Anyone with information regarding the missing costumes
is asked to call the Columbia hotline at (310) 244-1044. Details
concerning terms of the reward are available through Columbia
Pictures won't confirm the price of the costumes, some estimates
are placing the value of each state of the art costume at over
$50,000. The costumes were custom created for the movie Spiderman.
are worn by Tobey Maguire, who stars in the movie as Spiderman,
and his stunt double. Principal photography on Spiderman,
the live-action adventure film based on the Marvel comic book
hero, began in January. The film is scheduled for release on May
3, 2002. It will include a heavy array of computer animation and
special effects. The first movie pits Spiderman against the Green
Goblin. Willem Dafoe plays the part of the Green Goblin, an arch-nemesis
fiasco isn't the only problem to hit the Spiderman set.
Earlier this year, a construction worker was killed when a crane
fell on him while constructing a set for the movie. In addition,
last Tuesday Maguire's costumed Spiderman stunt double, Zack Hudson,
broke his leg and was hospitalized after performing a risky stunt.
effects for Spiderman are being handled by Sony Pictures
Imageworks. The special effects supervisor is John Dykstra. Sony
Pictures Imageworks is also currently doing work on Harry Potter
and the Philosopher's Stone and Stuart Little 2.
The tag line
for Spiderman is, "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility."
A movie trailer for Spiderman is expected to play before
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.
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Jones Trailer Tagged Onto Pokemon 3
(by digitalmediafx.com) A movie trailer for Osmosis Jones
is tagged to all copies of Pokemon 3, which is currently
playing in theaters. In pairing the two, Warner Bros. appears
to be ignoring recent government and nationwide concerns about
marketing PG-13 and R rated films to children. Pokemon 3
is a G-rated film aimed at young children. Osmosis Jones,
on the other hand, is rated PG-13 with very adult crude language
and humor aimed at an older audience. This type of disregard is
what has led the government to become involved in hearings on
the issue of marketing adult oriented films to children. This
could be especially true of Osmosis Jones because the animation
in the movie can give a false impression that it is a kids film.
executives have already admitted under pressure that they market
more adult films - even R rated ones - specifically to children.
to an article in the September 28, 2000 issue of USA Today titled,
"Executives Admit to Targeting Children," the admission
of fault is not leading to solutions:
executives, under tense questioning from a Senate committee, said
publicly for the first time that they targeted R-rated movie marketing
to children," starts the article. "But while appearing
to varying degrees contrite, some of the eight studio executives
flatly refused to stop certain practices denounced in a Federal
Trade Commission report."
Chairman Alan Horn has no apologies. According to a September
27, 2000 article appearing in CNN titled, "On Defensive,
Hollywood Executives Pledge to Curb Marketing to Kids," Horn
says the following:
any allegation that we are systematically or deliberately trying
to circumvent our own rating system and the authority of parents.
I'm neither embarrassed nor do I apologize for anything in the
report as far as Warner Brothers practices are concerned."
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Held Tight Reign on Pearl Harbor Production
digitalmediafx.com) There appears to be a groundswell of anticipation
for Memorial Day weekend's movie release of Pearl Harbor.
Behind the scenes there is celebration... that the production
of the movie is over.
to the Wall Street Journal, Disney held a tight reign throughout
the movie, forcing out big name actors/actresses in favor of ones
that would settle for $250,000 or less with bonuses only if the
movie is a success.
insisted a studio executive be on the set daily to watch spending,
an almost unheard-of move into the producers territory,"
says Wall Street Journal article titled, "How Disneys
Pearl Harbor Went Through a War to be Made."
battles on the set of Pearl Harbor were over money leading
to arguments, frustrations, people nearly being fired, and crew
quitting. The original requested budget to do the film right was
for around $210 million. The budget approved by an upset Michael
Eisner was $135 million. Demands to cut up to a third of the movie
(to save money) were made, but instead compromises were reached.
problems aside, Pearl Harbor has become one of the most
anticipated movies of the year and most critics feel it will easily
clear $200 million at the U.S. Box Office alone. Here is the official
synopsis for the movie:
sleepy Sunday morning in December, as children played and families
prayed, squadrons of Japanese warplanes screamed across the skies
of a Hawaiian paradise and launched a surprise attack on the US
armed forces at Pearl Harbor. The infamous day that jolted America
from peaceful isolationism to total war and altered the course
of history is relived in this epic tale of patriotism, passion
and romance from producer Jerry Bruckheimer, producer/director
Michael Bay and screenwriter Randall Wallace. Pearl Harbor
focuses on the life-changing events surrounding December 7,
1941, and the war's devastating impact on two daring young pilots
(Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett) and a beautiful, dedicated nurse
(Kate Beckinsale). It is a tale of catastrophic defeat, heroic
victory, personal courage and overwhelming love set against a
stunning backdrop of spectacular wartime action."
effects for Pearl Harbor were done by Industrial Light
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of the Day - Hit British 'Butt Ugly' Cartoon to Invade U.S.
According to MSNBC:
will soon be invading the U.S., but they arent schlepping
all the way here from Mars just hopping a flight from Britain.
in the footsteps of 'Teletubbies' and 'Bob the Builder,' the 'Butt-Ugly
Martians,' a hit computer-animated British cartoon series, is
being transplanted to U.S. television this autumn..."
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