Media FX News Archives
- June 15, 2001
- Let the Battle Begin: Atlantis
and Tomb Raider Open
- Atlantis to Get
Video Sequel and TV Series
- A.I. Soundtrack to Hit Store
Shelves on July 3, 2001
- News Link of the Day
- Hampster Dancing into Other Venues
Battle Begin: Atlantis and Tomb Raider Open
digitalmediafx.com) Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire
and Paramount's Tomb Raider both opened nationally today
in a head to head battle for moviegoers looking to view an action/adventure
movie this weekend. Atlantis opened in 3011 theaters while
Tomb Raider opened in 3,308 theaters.
the battle more interesting is that neither film has an advantage
when it comes to screen time. Atlantis easily fits within
the normal animated length parameters at 88 minutes. The live
action Tomb Raider, however, nearly matches that number,
coming in at only 90 minutes.
is receiving equally mixed reviews (running near 50/50 in critics
who did and didn't like it), Tomb Raider is receiving a
massive pounding from critics with nearly unanimous negative reviews.
to Digital Media FX Magazine throughout the weekend for box office
updates for both Atlantis and the FX-filled Tomb Raider
the "Atlantis is Waiting" dFX Movie Site
the Daily Box Office Results of Atlantis: The Lost Empire
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to Get Video Sequel and TV Series
(by digitalmediafx.com) Opening today, Atlantis: The Lost
Empire has a long way to go before its box office success is known,
but that hasn't stopped Disney from starting work on a direct
to video sequel to Atlantis and an animated TV series.
to MSNBC, "Disney feature animation chief Tom Schumacher
says he is more focused on the films profitability and long-term
value which will involve a video sequel and TV show
than how it stacks up against Tomb Raider this weekend."
already hard at work on the TV show as a follow-up to Atlantis:
The Lost Empire. The animated series, called Team Atlantis,
already has several episodes in production. Disney plans on making
an official announcement in the near future.
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to Hit Store Shelves on July 3, 2001
(edited press release) On July 3, Warner Bros. Records will
release the accompanying soundtrack to Steven Spielberg's new
film, A.I. Artificial Intelligence. The soundtrack, which
was composed, conducted and produced by the multi-Academy Award
winner John Williams, also features a duet by Columbia recording
artist Lara Fabian and Warner Bros. recording artist Josh Groban.
has collaborated with Steven Spielberg on almost all of the director's
grandiose epics since the two first met in 1974. From the ominous
urgency of "Main Theme and First Victim" heard in Jaws,
to the score of the Indiana Jones trilogy, this duo has
collaborated on many well-known films, including Close Encounters
of the Third Kind, E.T., Jurassic Park, and Schindler's
Now the two
have reteamed for Warner Bros. Pictures/DreamWorks production
A.I. The story, written by Spielberg and originated by
Stanley Kubrick, follows the journey of a robotic boy, David (the
first mechanical being programmed to love), on his search to find
acceptance in a world where the line between human and robot is
both terrifyingly vast and profoundly thin. The soundtrack underscores
David's journey from his adopted home to the decadent brilliance
and wonderment of "Rouge City" and beyond.
winner David Foster also contributes to the A.I. soundtrack
with the song "For Always," which was produced and arranged
by Foster and performed by Lara Fabian (of 2000's summer hit,
"I Will Love Again") and wunderkind Josh Groban.
metal band Ministry does not appear on the A.I. soundtrack,
but the group does make an appearance in the film. The band members
demonstrate their acting talents as a futuristic rock-metal group
in the "Flesh Fair" sequence and perform their new song,
"What About Us?"
song is not included on the film's soundtrack, it can be found
on "Ministry's Greatest Fits," which will be released
by Warner Bros. Records on June 19, 2001.
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of the Day - Hampster Dancing into Other Venues
According to USA Today:
thought the HampsterDance phenomenon had played itself out, brace
yourself -- because Hampton the Hamster and his animated friends
are about to be released as toys, albums and even an animated
TV show for kids
here for the full story.
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