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Sunday - May 27, 2001
- Shrek May Top $100 Million on Monday!
- Pearl Harbor Writer Blames Director for Negative Reviews
- Pictures From Shrek Xbox Game
- News Link of the Day - Beauty and the Beast on IMAX


Shrek May Top $100 Million on Monday!
(by digitalmediafx.com) Shrek had a huge Saturday take, bringing in $16.91 million, just under the same amount it brought in last Saturday ($17.5 million). The continued strong performance of PDI/DreamWorks animated hit virtually guarantees that by the end of the day on Monday, Shrek will have topped $100 million, making it one of the fastest animated blockbusters in animation history. By June 10, Shrek is expected to break into the Top 10 Animated Movies of All Time list. Number 10 on the list is Pocahontas with $141.6 million.

Meanwhile, Pearl Harbor made $20.4 million at the Box Office, lower than expected for the film marketed as an "epic" adventure. By the end of Monday, Pearl Harbor is expected to reach $80 million, well under analyst predictions, but still an excellent showing considering the film's run time (over three hours).

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Pearl Harbor Writer Blames Director for Negative Reviews
(by digitalmediafx.com) Under terms of the new writers contract with studios, writers will be given more power and respect when it comes to turning their scripts into movies. Until last months agreement, writers had been considered the lowest denominator on the totem poll, often having their scripts mutilated without any say in the matter.

Screenwriter Randall Wallace, who wrote Pearl Harbor, is speaking out about the mass negative reviews the film has received, particularly relating to "superficial relationships" panned by critics. Wallace told the NY Daily News the following:

"The script I wrote wasn't fully the script that Michael shot," says Wallace. "If you look at Armageddon or The Rock [two of Bay's action flicks] and if you think there is any superficiality [in Pearl Harbor], where do you think it came from?"

Wallace adds that the director was not on the same page as the originally written script and to change that, he brought in new writers to alter the script.

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Pictures from Shrek Xbox Game
(by digitalmediafx.com) Digital Media FX has obtained the following three images from the upcoming Shrek Xbox video game being released on November 8, 2001:

Shrek Xbox Game

Exploring Four New Worlds

Watch Out Behind You!

For more details on the Shrek Xbox game, click here.

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News Link of the Day - Beauty and the Beast on IMAX

According to Widescreen Review:

"Quite some time has passed since audiences have seen the romance of Belle and the Beast, done Disney-style. The original animated version of Beauty And The Beast was released to box office and critical acclaim in the winter of 1991. The film garnered the first nomination for Best Picture for an animated feature and spawned a successful Broadway show. But since then, the film has only been seen briefly on LaserDisc and VHS video, but not in theatres. Recently, Disney decided to dust off the computer files of Beauty for the large format…"

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