Media FX News Archives
- April 22, 2001
- One Week Until Writers "Strike"
- Shrek Soundtrack
- Weekend Box Office Estimates
- News Link of the Day
- Rugrats Roller Coaster Opens
Until Writers "Strike"
(by digitalmediafx.com) As the summer nears, so does the realistic
possibility that Hollywood will be brought to its knees by a writers
and actors strike. Los Angeles is warning of the dire economic
effects that a strike will bring to the region. A study released
last week stated that a writers and actors strike would cost the
region up to $6.9 billion and nearly 82,000 jobs. In addition,
the U.K. says that a Hollywood strike would have a drastic effect
upon their special effects industry which regularly contributes
to blockbuster films.
no mistake about it: a prolonged strike could plunge our city
and our county into recession," said Mayor Richard Riordan
at a news conference.
In just over
a week, on May 1, 2001, the contract between Hollywood studios
and the Writers Guild of America will expire. Without a new agreement,
writers are set to strike. The biggest sticky point in negotiations
has been over what writers receive for TV, DVD, and Internet residuals.
after the writers contract expires, the Screen Actors Guild contract
will expire and could result in an actors strike if a new contract
isn't agreed upon.
will result in dozens of Hollywood productions being postponed
or cancelled. One of the biggest that could be hit is Matrix 2
here to read an earlier dFX story on this subject.
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(by digitalmediafx.com) The following is an unedited press
release put out by DreamWorks Records about the upcoming Shrek
The Baha Men
let the dogs out last year; now the pop phenoms unleash the first
radio track from "Shrek - Music From The Original Motion
Picture" (released May 15, 2001, on DreamWorks Records).
The cheery "Best Years Of Our Lives" goes to Top 40
radio April 24, but it's already sounding familiar to those who've
seen the trailer for "Shrek," which features the song
in a climactic celebration scene.
Fourteen-year-old Leslie Carter's "Like Wow!," meanwhile,
will hit radio May 1 as the second cut off "Shrek" (it
is currently enjoying frequent rotation at children's formats).
In anticipation of the release of Carter's debut album, also titled
"Like Wow!" (DreamWorks Records), the commercial single
has already reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales
chart. Carter (sister of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter and solo artist
Aaron Carter) and the multiplatinum-selling, chart-topping, Grammy-winning
Baha Men will be presenters at Nickelodeon's "Kids' Choice
Awards," which airs Saturday, April 21.
Years Of Our Lives" was recorded especially for DreamWorks
Pictures' animated comedy adventure "Shrek" -- the greatest
fairy tale never told -- as were eight other performances heard
on the soundtrack album from:
rock outfit Smash Mouth (with a cover of The Monkees
smash "I'm A Believer")
-- Pop experimentalists Self (the original "Stay Home")
-- Lifehouse frontman Jason Wade (the classic standard "You
Belong To Me")
-- Acclaimed singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright (Leonard Cohen's
-- Debuting singer-songwriter Dana Glover ("It Is You I
Have Loved All
-- Up-and-coming hard rockers Halfcocked (Joan Jett's "Bad
-- Actor-comedian Eddie Murphy (a reprise of "I'm A Believer"
the "Shrek" character Donkey, whose voice is Murphy's)
-- Composers Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell ("True
Kiss," a medley of score excerpts from the team who earlier
DreamWorks' animated "Chicken Run" and "Antz").
to "Like Wow!," "Shrek - Music From The Original
Motion Picture" is highlighted by three other previously
released selections: "I'm On My Way," from U.K. popsters
The Proclaimers; the wholly appropriate "My Beloved Monster,"
from modern rockers eels; and the major league hit "All Star,"
also from Smash Mouth.
- Music From The Original Motion Picture" was overseen by
DreamWorks Records executives Michael Ostin, Robbie Robertson
and Lenny Waronker and DreamWorks Pictures music supervisor Marylata
E. Jacob, all of whom served as executive album producers.
on May 18, "Shrek" stars the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie
Murphy, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow. DreamWorks Pictures presents
a PDI/DreamWorks Production, "Shrek," directed by Andrew
Adamson and Vicky Jenson and produced by Aron Warner, John H.
Williams and Jeffrey Katzenberg. Based on the book by William
Steig, "Shrek" was co-executive produced by David Lipman,
with Penney Finkelman Cox
and Sandra Rabins serving as executive producers. The screenplay
is by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio and Joe Stillman and Roger
S.H. Schulman. The original score was composed by Harry Gregson-Williams
and John Powell. DreamWorks Records is a division of DreamWorks
SKG, which was formed in October 1994 by its three principal partners
-- Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen -- to
produce live-action motion pictures; animated feature films; network,
syndicated and cable television programming; home video entertainment;
records; books; toys; and consumer products.
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Box Office Estimates
(by digitalmediafx.com) Weekend Box Office estimates are in
and it looks like Bridget Jones Diary has toppled Spy
Kids for the #1 spot. It is estimated that Bridget Jones
Diary brought in $10.5 million for the weekend, followed closely
by Spy Kids with $10.2 million. The two are so close that
final numbers could end up putting Spy Kids back in first.
Along Came a Spider was third with $9.1 million, Crocodile
Dundee in Los Angeles fourth with $8 million, and Freddie
Got Fingered fifth with $7.3 million.
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of the Day - Rugrats Roller Coaster Opens
According to The Detroit News:
Kings Island near Cincinnati claims bragging rights as the "Kids'
Coaster Capital of the World" with the addition this season
of a Rugrats-themed thrill ride.
Runaway Reptar, the world's first inverted junior coaster and
the park's fourth kiddie coaster, takes children on a fast, high-flying
ride in ski-lift style seats that are suspended below the coaster
here for the full story.
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