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News Bites: Benjamin Button Violence, Watchmen in Court, Inglourious Basterds, Bollywood’s Back to the Future

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As I always try to look for some new way to expand my offerings, I have decided to keep an eye out across the world of entertainment news and try my hand at news reporting/commentary on stories that catch my eye. Obviously, I cannot cover everything. What I will do is catch whatever I can as I can and hope that it delivers something new to you.

Shooting at Benjamin Button

Here is a piece of insane news being reported at Worst Previews — a man was shot in a Philadelphia movie theater during a screening of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The reason for the shooting? It turns out the victim was talking. I know the first reaction is to give a little stifled chuckle, but this is seriously messed up.

As the story goes, the shooter turned around to quiet a father and son sitting behind him who were talking. They did not listen and he turned around again, this time throwing some popcorn. The incident escalated to where 29-year-old James Joseph Cialella Jr. pulled a gun and shot the father in the arm. Theater patrons fled for the exits and the shooter just sat back down and continued watching the movie.

This is insane. I know that I have dreamed of doing something extreme due to the annoyance of talkers, but never would I do anything like this. This is a good indication of someone in need of some serious medication. Cialella has been arrested on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, and weapons violations.

While this guy's actions are inexcusable and I hope he gets what is coming to him, it does bring up the serious issue of talking at the movies. It drives me nuts, as do phone calls and texting (those screens are really freaking bright). People need to show a little respect when they are in the darkened room, there are others present.  Sit there and enjoy the movie, no one wants your witty comments, banter, or to listen to conversations with your neighbor. So please, shut up!

Judge Rules in Favor of Fox Over Watchmen

The case does not even enter court until sometime in January, but on the eve of Christmas a judge released a five page written order granting Fox copyright interest in the Watchmen film shot by Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures. This does not bode well for the release of the film and messing with that date is not a good thing. The news of this ruling comes from The New York Times.

Back in the 1980s, Fox bought the rights to make a film adaptation of the comic, which they took to Lawrence Gordon. The project fell through and Gordon went to Paramount and finally Warner Brothers where it was eventually shot. It was believed that Gordon held the rights when Warner bought them from him. Fox kept quiet the whole time, letting the film get made and promotion get started before speaking up and claiming they owned the copyright. Fox went to the courts, seeking to stop the pending March release. The issue gets even a little more complicated as Paramount is still involved as the overseas distributor.

I truly hope that something can get worked out as what I have seen of the movie looks absolutely spectacular. The movie is truly one of the most anticipated features of 2009. I think it is going to come down to money.  I do not believe anyone wants the film to sit on the shelf, so the big question will be who gets how much of the pot.

Inglourious Basterds has a Release Date

Coming Soon.net is reporting that the new Quentin Tarantino film has a release date. Inglourious Basterds will be arriving in theaters around the nation on August 21, 2009. It is a date that cannot come to soon, although I have to wonder if the picture will actually be released at that time (more on that below).

I am a fan of Tarantino's work and do not believe that he has made a bad film yet, I just wish he was a little bit more prolific. Of course I guess I should not complain, it is quite likely that if he produced more work the overall quality of his films would go down.

In any case, his next film has a release date, so the countdown can now begin. Basterds is set during World War II. It deals with a group of Jewish soldiers staging acts of retribution against the Third Reich and their path eventually crossing with a woman who runs a movie theater.

This is one of those movies that I plan on avoiding reading much of the spoiler-type information about. I look forward to watching it unfold in its full glory before me. I hope to not be disappointed.

Tarantino has collected a cast that includes Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Samm Levine, B.J. Novak, Samuel L. Jackson. Mike Myers, Cloris Leachman, Maggie Cheung, and someone with the great name of Omar Doom.

I wonder if the date will hold as it seems to be an odd time to release a film that is sure to be highly anticipated. I suspect it may get pushed back a bit in order to garner more Oscar consideration.

In any case, I am really looking forward to it.

Bollywood to Remake Back to the Future

Yes, it is true. Bollywood is mounting a new, albeit unofficial, version of Robert Zemeckis' classic 1985 film Back to the Future. It does not appear to be a by the book, faithful take, but it also does not hide what its source material. The new film is to be called Action Replay, so reports Real Bollywood.com.

The main leads have been cast and 41-year-old Akshay Kumar will be stepping into Michael J. Fox's shoes, while Aishwarya Rai (Bride and Prejudice) will be taking on the Lea Thompson role.

This goes to show that it is not only Hollywood that remakes films from other countries. Other recent instances of this sort of thing include Japan producing a remake of Sideways and another Japanese production remaking a Korean film called The Quiet Family.

I wonder if this particular remake will contain song and dance numbers. I have to say, that would be absolutely fascinating.

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