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- May 12, 2001
Mummy Returns and Pearl Harbor Bootlegs Invade Internet
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, bootleg copies of The Mummy Returns showed up online four days before the movie was released in U.S. theaters and already bootleg copies of Pearl Harbor are showing up. Most of the bootleg copies utilize a coding and delivery function called DivX (no relation to the failed Circuit City Divx technology).
Hundreds of thousands of copies of the bootleg movies are being downloaded daily as the Motion Picture Association of America fights to get the movies removed.
Pearl Harbor is being
released in theaters on May 25, 2001.
Maya Used for Final
Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Square also believes that Columbia Pictures (the distributor of the film) will market Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within as an "event" film, but so far that status has failed to materialize with the film just two months away. In contrast, Disney's Pearl Harbor earned its event status as a "must see film" over five months ago.
The Spirits Within opens on a Wednesday (July 11) and is rated PG-13
for "sci-fi action violence."
of the Swan Reviews Continue
Pam Sitt of the Seattle Times - "...The lesson? Don't steal. The rest of the movie's message gets lost in flat musical numbers and Saturday-morning-cartoon-quality animation. There's not much here for adults - no Disney-movie-style humor aimed at teens and parents - and kids might not find it entertaining enough to sit through at the theater. Wait for this one to come out on video."
Lou Lumenick of The New York Post - "Fodder for only the most undemanding rugrats, The Trumpet of the Swan is a brightly colored but terminally dull cartoon adaptation of E.B. White's classic 1970 book... The animation, executed mostly in Korea, is as flat and lackluster as the half-dozen forgettable songs."
Liz Braun of The Toronto Sun - "Trumpet Of The Swan was created in an animation style that looks dated in these times of CG wonder, but that's the least of the movie's problems, especially as little kids rarely notice that aspect. The real difficulties lie with a vocal cast inclined to overdo it, the absolute dullness of the story..."
The Trumpet of
the Swan is currently playing on 125 movie screens, mostly in Los
Angeles and New York.
News Link of the
Day - Offensive Bugs Bunny 'toons Pulled
by the Cartoon Network initially intended to feature every Bugs Bunny
cartoon will fall just short of complete. Network executives have decided
not to air a dozen of the animated shorts deemed too racially charged
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