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Tuesday - November 20, 2001
- Lord of the Rings is Three Hours Long!
- Sequel to Balto Set for February Release
- Final Weekend Box Office Numbers - Animated & FX Films
- News Link of the Day - Cosby Debates Role in Fat Albert


The Fellowship of the RingLord of the Rings Three Hours Long!
(by digitalmediafx.com) Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring has a total running time of three hours despite objections from studio executives who want the run time slashed so that more showings per day can be made. Fellowship of the Ring is the first of three installments and is rated PG-13 for "epic battle sequences and some scary images." In the UK, the film has been given a PG Certificate for "battle violence and fantasy horror."

The Fellowship of the Ring soundtrack (regular version and limited edition) is being released today. It features the original score and two songs composed and performed by Enya.

Click here to order The Fellowship of the Ring Limited Edition Soundtrack.

Click here to order The Fellowship of the Ring Regular Soundtrack.

Click here to order the Official Lord of the Rings Movie Guide.

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Sequel to Balto Set for February Release
(by digitalmediafx.com) Universal Studios is set to release a direct to video sequel to Balto on February 19, 2002. The sequel, titled Balto II: Wolf Quest, is directed by Phil Weinstein. Very few people involved in the original Balto are involved in the sequel. The sequel picks up where the original left off and focuses on one of the six litter pups, a female that looks like a wolf and isn't accepted by others. Leaving her family, she sets on a quest to discover more about wolves and herself.

In other direct to video news, Disney is hard at work on The Lion King 3 and could mark new territory for the studio in producing direct to video sequels to sequels.

You can preorder the DVD for Balto II: Wolf Quest by clicking here.

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Final Weekend Box Office Numbers - FX & Animation Films
(by digitalmediafx.com) Final weekend box office numbers are in and here are the results for the top animated and visual effects movies:

Movie

Rank

Weekend Total

Gain/Loss

Overall Total

Harry Potter

# 1

$90.3 Million

new

$090.3 Million

Monsters, Inc.

# 2

$22.7 Million

-50%

$156.3 Million

Waking Life # 21 $235,474 -11% $001.5 Million
Jurassic Park 3 # 31 $100,485 -14% $180.9 Million
Planet of the Apes # 34 $78,996 62% gain $179.0 Million

Shrek

# 37

$64,080

-47%

$267.4 Million

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

# 47

$24,699

-55%

$083.9 Million

Pearl Harbor

# 55

$14,643

-56%

$198.5 Million

The gain/loss represents the movie's performance when compared to last weekend.

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News Link of the Day - Cosby Debates Role in Fat Albert

According to Fox News:

"Bill Cosby has finished co-writing the script for the Fat Albert movie, based on the 1970's cartoon show he created.

Now he's trying to decide whether fans want to hear him do the voices of Fat Albert, Bill and Mushmouth again, just as he did for the TV series..."

Click here for the full story.

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