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by Yifat Shaik
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Both Shrek 2 and the third Harry Potter movie- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban- have been breaking records. Shrek 2 made over US$300 million in three weeks (breaking the record for most amount of money made in that period of time). Harry Potter: PoA made US$93 million in its first weekend, more then the first and second movie).
The magazine SFX published the results of a poll it took of the best horror films of all time. Here is the top ten:
1. Halloween (1978)
2. The Night of the Living Dead (1968)
3. The Hunting (1963)
4. Psycho (1960)
5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
6. The Bride of Frankenstine (1935)
7. The Ring (the Japanese version from 1999)
8. The Exorcist (1973)
9. Alien (1979)
10. The Shining (1980)
Some casting news: the actors James McAvoy (Children of Dune) and Tilda Swinton (The Beach) were cast in the movie based on the first book in the Narnia chronicles: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. McAvoy will play Mr. Tumnus and Swinton The White Witch. Sissy Spacek and Simon Baker have signed to play in the upcoming sequel to The Ring.
George Lucasís first film THX 1138 will be back on the silver screen on September 10th, and will be shown in 20 selected cinemas only. The DVD of the movie will be released September 14th, and on the 21st the original Star Wars Trilogy DVD will be released.
The website for the Hitchhiker Guide for the Galaxy movie is now open. Among the information you can find in the website (not much right now) is an interview of movie scriptwriter, where he basically interviews himself. For the website and the interview go to:
Harrison Ford signed up to participate in the new James Cameron Sci-Fi movie: Godspeed.
The Winners of the 2004 MTV Movie Award were announced. The winners list is here
Following the success of the first movie, Hellboy 2 is now in production. In other news, Universal Studios also bought the movie rights of the successful computer game Doom.
Some new trailers: I, Robot, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Alien vs. Predator and The Incredibles.
The American Television Networks have announced their summer lineup. The Star Trek Spin-off Enterprise was not cancelled, unlike earlier predictions. Dawn Ostroff, UPN's president of entertainment, said that the support of the show was partly responsible for the decision to renew the show.
The show Tru Calling was also picked up for another season.
Epilogue is now accepting submissions for this year Masters of Fantasy CD, which would include the best artists in epilogue, and will be sold to art directors and art buyers through the Epilogue website and in various fantasy/Sci-Fi conventions. Submissions would be accepted till July 15th and include an entry fee of 10$. For more info check:
About a week ago an academic conference focusing on the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer was held in Tennessee. For more info visit here.
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