Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Film News: Terminator Stomped, New Potter Clips, Buffy Resurrected on the Big Screen?

As Radhika said, the Pop Wenches are back after a quick break for the holiday weekend here in the US and there's no shortage of news and reviews to catch up on!

- Terminator Salvation was bested by Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian over the long Memorial Day weekend. Museum brought in $70 million while Terminator came in below expectations with $53.8 million. With Terminator's reported $200 million budget, that box office tally has to hurt. Meanwhile, Star Trek held on to the third spot at the weekend box office and is close to grossing $200 million. [E!Online via Yahoo! News]

- Warner Bros. has released download links to a new Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince featurette that clocks in at a little over 2.5 minutes. The featurette includes interviews with Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore) and new footage from the movie. More sneak peeks of Half-Blood Prince will air this weekend during showings of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on ABC Family as part of their "Harry Potter Weekend." [Mugglenet]

- Buffy the Vampire Slayer may be returning to the movie screen . . . without Joss Whedon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, or fan-favorite characters like Angel, Spike, Willow and Xander. The director of the original Buffy movie, Fran Rubel Kuzui, and her Kuzui Enterprises own the rights to Buffy and work has begun "on what is being labeled a remake or relaunch, but not a sequel or prequel." Taking a page out of the new Star Trek film's handbook, the new movie would use the Buffyverse conceit that there is a new vampire slayer for each generation to create a plot and cast that is separate from the well-loved television series, but doesn't disregard the plotlines that were established in the show. The Buffy tv series aired from 1997-2003. [Hollywood Reporter]

- Disney is set to remake the cult favorite sci-fi adventure movie Flight of the Navigator. Originally released in 1986, the movie "told the story of a 12-year-old-boy (Joey Cramer) who is abducted by an alien spacecraft in 1978 and reappears eight years later, still the same age and with no memory of what happened." When the government tries to exploit the child, he escapes with the spaceship and tries to find his family. [Reuters via Yahoo! News]

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