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'Iron Man's' secret...'Pirates' cutbacks...Hollywood buzz


"Iron Man 2"

Top Secret ‘Iron Man 2’


With the release of “Iron Man 2” upon us, Paramount Pictures is taking no chances that the film could be pirated in the days leading up to its official release in U.S. theatres.  In addition, rumors are circulating that a top-secret trailer from director J.J. Abrams (Star Trek) is also included with the film reels being delivered to cinemas across the country.  To help keep everything secret until the first showing, Paramount has delivered three canisters to theatres containing the film print of “Iron Man 2” and new trailers.  The third canister, which contains the first and last sections of the film as well as the rumored top-secret trailer, requires a special code to unlock it.  The studio says each theatre will be given the code 24 hours before the films release, in hopes of preventing piracy problems.  The last time J.J. Abrams released a secret trailer it debuted in front of Michael Bay’s “Transformers” and turned out to be the cult hit “Cloverfield.”

"Batman Begins"

Date set for 'Batman 3'


As Hollywood prepares to unveil “Iron Man 2”, more news is coming out about the franchise that dominated the box office the same time the first “Iron Man” flick hit theatres.  Sources are now confirming that Christopher Nolan’s third ‘Batman’ installment will open in theatres July 20th, 2012.  Nolan’s brother Jonah is in the midst of penning the newest film with David Goyer; both wrote “The Dark Knight.”  Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman have all signed on to reprise their roles in the untitled Batman film. No word yet what the story will be about, however rumors have been circling that Johnny Depp could be joining the cast as the Riddler. Together “Batman Begins” and “Dark Knight” have grossed more then $1.3 billion worldwide.

"Pirates of the Caribbean"

‘Pirates’ trimming the fat

Three years after the last ‘Pirates’ film charged into theatres, Disney is once again preparing to begin production on a fourth installment.  To keep budgets in check, producer Jerry Bruckheimer has been asked to scale down production on “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”  The last film took place primarily on the water and cost $300 million dollars to make.  This time Disney wants that figure cut in half, by keeping most of the production on land, due to the high cost of shooting on the water.  In addition, some other cutbacks include shifting production from the Caribbean to locations more tax credit friendly like Hawaii and London.  The number of shooting days is also being sliced from 142 down to 95 and visual effects shots are expected to be cut from 2,000 down to 1,400.  Despite the fact that the last film grossed $960 billion worldwide, it barely broke even with its budget in its U.S. return.  Newcomer to the franchise director Rob Marshall (Chicago) expects to have “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” in theatres May 20th, 2011.


Trailers of the week


Director: Jorma Taccone

Cast: Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, Powers Boothe, Maya Rudolph, Val Kilmer

Release Date: May 21st, 2010

Click to watch trailer


“Casino Jack and the United States of Money”

Director: Alex Gibney

Release Date: May 7th, 2010

Click to watch trailer

"Leap Year"

DVD Tuesday – (May 4th, 2010)


“Leap Year”

Rated: PG

Budget: $19 million

Box office: $30 million

Click to watch trailer


“Tooth Fairy”

Rated: PG

Budget: $48 million

Box office: $102 million

Click to watch trailer

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