Media FX News Archives
- July 27, 2001
- Planet of the Apes Opens
in 3,493 Theaters
- Tron 2 Script
in Third Draft
- Link of the Day Correction
- News Link of the Day
- Animated Characters Come to Dinner
of the Apes Opens in 3,493 Theaters
(by digitalmediafx.com) Tim Burton's version of Planet
of the Apes opened domestically today in 3,493 theaters. It
is the third largest opening in theaters behind Mission Impossible
2 and Shrek. Many analysts are predicting that Planet
of the Apes will have one of the largest openings ever. This
is despite largely negative reviews from critics who point out
that Planet of the Apes fails on many levels like most
of this summer's movies. Here are select quotes from major critics:
of CNN - "The film's star, Mark Wahlberg, was reportedly
so excited about the prospect of working with director Tim Burton
that he signed on before there was a finished script. Note to
Wahlberg: always wait for the script before signing on the dotted
line...If it ain't on the page, it ain't on the stage, and a bad
script equals a bad movie. And this is one really bad script..."
Turan of the Los Angeles Times - "Planet of the Apes
is the least surprising movie of the summer. It's not only that
after the original 1968 film, four sequels plus two television
series, everyone who cares knows the underlying material; it's
also that the sensibility of its director is equally well-known
and twice as predictable... The sad truth about Planet of the
Apes is that, disappointingly, it's just not very much fun
Howe of the Washington Post - "the longer I take to review
this movie, the more the absurdities loom. So let me finish before
I think about the story's stupidly plotted structure or recall
how tiring it was to watch apes perpetually pushing humans to
the ground or sending them pirouetting into the air... It doesn't
take a brain, or even opposable thumbs, to make a summer movie.
Just a budget."
saying he "expected more," Roger Ebert is one of the
few mainstream critics to praise Planet of the Apes. He
"loved" the ending that most say is weak, unrealistic,
and doesn't fit the story being told in Tim Burton's version.
He says the movie is "great looking" where others say
the sets seem poorly conceived and most the movie is done at night
so that viewers aren't given a clear look at the sets. While most
critics have seen the summer of 2001 as one of the worst in recent
history, Ebert's reviews paint a different picture. Ebert has
given thumbs up and high praise to Jurassic Park 3, A.I., Final
Fantasy: The Spirits Within, and Tomb Raider, which
was one of the most panned movies of the summer.
most of the critics appear to agree on is the great makeup for
the Apes by award-winning makeup artist Rick Baker.
of the Apes is rated PG-13 for action violence. It is the
only major movie opening this weekend.
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Script in Third Draft
(by digitalmediafx.com) Disney, the leading "Sequel Studio,"
is set to begin production soon on Tron 2 once the script,
currently in its third draft, is complete. According to The Hollywood
Reporter, "Steven Lisberger, the director and co-writer of
the 1982 film, said he is working on a third draft of the sequel's
script, after Richard Jeffries wrote a draft. As in the original
film, Lisberger will blend live-action with CGI in the sequel."
trying to revive interest in Tron by releasing a high-profile
Tron DVD next year along with a Tron video game
that will likely ship in 2003.
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the Day Correction
(by digitalmediafx.com) An insightful reader of Digital Media
FX, named Joel, has taken the time to write in response to yesterday's
link of the day titled "Disney's Stable of Heroes
Grows." The link led to an article by the Los Angeles Daily
News (republished by SMH through the Daily News wire service)
that said, in part, "Mickey Mouse's family grew yesterday
to include Spiderman, Digimon, Inspector Gadget and the Power
"While it is correct that Saban produced Spiderman Unlimited,
and continues to produce Digimon: Digital Monsters and the Power
Rangers series, Saban has never been connected with the Inspector
Gadget line. The Inspector Gadget series' and characters were
the brain-child of Andy Heyward, president of DiC Enterprises,
and have always been affiliated with the Dic company.
In fact, Disney
USED to own the Gadget rights when it owned Dic Entertainment,
which it did between July 31, 1995 (Disney's acquisition of ABC)
and November 17, 2000 (until Dic bought themselves out from Disney
and was able to keep the rights to everything they had going in,
as well as what they produced while they were 'married'.)"
the article was written by the LA Daily News (and not Digital
Media FX) and was linked to so that readers went to an outside
Website to read the article, dFX still strives to make sure that
any inaccuracies are immediately pointed out to readers as quality
and accurate representations are top goals of Digital Media FX.
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of the Day - Animated Characters Come to Dinner
generated characters are getting so realistic these days, we accidentally
invited some over for dinner (click below to see the dinner picture
- thanks to Samus for pointing it out)..."
here for the full story.
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