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    December 28, 2008

    Movie News 28.12.08 Edition

    #1: COULD "WATCHMEN" IN JEOPARDY?
    [source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28392892/]

    Next March popular comical and graphical movie about superheroes - "Watchmen" may be in jeopardy following Los Angeles federal Court to rule that 20th Century Fox is in fact owns a copyright of interest of that movie. Currently the movie is undergoing post-production and will be release worldwide beginning the first week of March 2009, a similar time as the spartan epic 300 did in 2007.

    "Watchmen"
    was shot and produced under the label of Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures. Initially, Fox sued to prevent its release and Feess had set a Jan. 20 trial, but reversed course in writing that Fox at least owns the right to distribute the film.
    Fox claims it never fully relinquished its rights to the story from a deal made in the late 1980s.


    #2: A RECORD BREAKING CHRISTMAS IN USA
    [sources: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28394518/ and www.boxofficemojo.com]

    "Marley & Me" - a poochy film which stars Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson prove to be a runaway hit. The film produced by 20th Century Fox grossed about US$ 14.75 million of box office sales on the Christmas Day alone, beating 2001's Will Smith's "Ali" with US$ 10.2 million. Movies in the light of "Bedtime Stories" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" may also break the Will Smith's mark as well, with estimates from BoxOfficeMojo putting them at around US$ 10.3 to 11.8 million respectively. This Christmas proved to be a big one for money making as even "Valkyrie" - Tom Cruise's latest actioner about the failed assassination of Adolf Hitler raked in US$ 8 million. Talking about a big Christmas!!


    #3: NO DARK KNIGHT FOR CHINA
    [source: http://movies.msn.com/movies/article.aspx?news=345309]

    After months of the release of the mega hits "The Dark Knight" - a sequel to 2005's also highly success The Batman Begins, it was rather clear that Warner Bros will not release the picture to the Chinese market nor they will seek any approval from censorship. Subsiding reasons that possibly the movie will be pressured due to "pre-release terms and conditions" and "cultural sensitivity". Most likely the scene when Batman nabs a Chinese gangster out to a plane in Hong Kong may be sure to offend the censor. Add in another factor where Mr Edison Chen made a brief appearance following his scandalous pictures, it's really tough to crack the Chinese market.

    "The Dark Knight" had made US$ 530.8 million in US and US$ 996million worldwide in total.
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