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MOVIE NEWS FOR MARCH 12- AVATAR, THE AVENGERS AND MORE

by Dawn, March 12, 2010

WILL MARVEL’S AVENGER CONTINUITY BE ITS UNDOING?


Source: io9.com

While Marvel’s Avengers-related movies share a continuity similar to their source comics, is that tangled storyline going to end up being too complex for mainstream movie audiences?

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SO WHY DID THE HURT LOCKER BEAT OUT AVATAR FOR BEST PICTURE?

Source: John Scalzi at SciFi Scanner/amc

Well, this wasn’t an entirely unexpected e-mail. From a reader: “You said last week that if Avatar won Best Picture at the Academy Awards that you’d tell us what that means. It didn’t win. So what does THAT mean?”

In one very practical sense, it means that the overall better movie — or at least the more well-rounded of in terms of Oscar nominations — won. Avatar and Hurt Locker had the same number of Oscar noms, but what Hurt Locker had that Avatar didn’t were acting and screenplay nominations to complement their technical ones. I noted early on that this fact would be a disadvantage to Avatar, and it certainly seems to have played out that way; I think either consciously or subconsciously Academy voters saw the wider breadth of nomination categories for Hurt Locker and — to the extent that the race came down to being a choice between Hurt Locker and Avatar — went for the movie with the wider range. But there were other factors at play here as well…

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ABC FAMILY PICKS UP TV RIGHTS TO ‘ALICE IN WONDERLAND’

Source: screen rant

ABC Family, looking to expand their current film library, has acquired the television rights to Tim Burton’s recent fairytale adaptation, Alice In Wonderland. This deal marks the second time ABC Family has stepped up to purchase the broadcast rights to a major theatrical film, the first being the Harry Potter franchise.

Having Disney as both the company behind Alice In Wonderland and the parent company of ABC Family probably helped things along. Although, it doesn’t look like the network was cut any special deal, as the estimated cost to obtain the rights is around $24 million. Considering the film opened to $116 million, this acquisition seems like a no-brainer for the network, but Alice In Wonderland isn’t the only theatrical blockbuster ABC Family recently picked up.

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SAM WORTHINGTON SET TO STAR IN SCIFI COMEDY  DAN DARE: PILOT OF THE FUTURE

Source: Latino review

Since “Avatar” it seems that Sam Worthington is signing on to every new project with every studio. I even heard that he might make a cameo in the next “Hannah Montana” movie (no, not really). We are learning from Pajiba via The Hollywood Cog that Sam Worthington has signed on for a british sci-fi comedy titled “Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future”.

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What did you think of today’s movie news? Why do you think The Hurt Locker won best picture instead of Avatar?

A Dan Dare movie, huh? Hmmm. (I had to have a bit of a giggle when the article ended with questioning whether Sam Worthington could pull off a Brit accent – I don’t know if that was supposed to be a joke – but I giggled anyway).

What do you think of the Avengers idea and the interlinking movies?

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