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Thursday - July 26, 2001
- Negative Reviews for Planet of the Apes
- Shrek Top Animated Film Ever in Australia
- Price of Dreamcast to Drop on August 14, 2001
- News Link of the Day - Disney's Stable of Heroes Grows

Early Reviews Negative for Planet of the Apes
(by In a summer of movies that have performed way under par (with a lack of attention to story, character development, and endings)comes the remake of Planet of the Apes. Unfortunately, early reviews of the movie, which opens domestically tomorrow, are showing it to be like all other summer films - underwhelming and poorly developed with a lack of believability and development for the ending.

Here's how Jeanne Aufmuth of the Palo Alto Weekly puts it - "It’s time for Tim Burton to go back to the basics, forsaking the big-budget action picture (it’s not working, Tim) and channeling his visionary energies into intelligent, edgy indie material. All style and no substance is the credo of summer 2001, and Apes is no exception..."

Laura Clifford of Reeling Reviews states that, "director Tim Burton's unique look and style are nowhere to be found in this silly, pointless remake."

The only movie this summer to perform up to par with expectations was DreamWorks Shrek. Throughout the summer, audiences continued to get disappointment after disappointment (Pearl Harbor, Tomb Raider, A.I., Final Fantasy, and the "see what I can do without a finished script movie," Jurassic Park 3).

Despite early negative reviews, advanced ticket sales for Planet of the Apes are very strong and should easily make it the number one movie of the weekend. More mainstream critic quotes will be available tomorrow.

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Shrek Top Animated Film Ever in Australia
(by The United States isn't the only place that DreamWorks Shrek is breaking records. The PG-rated animated movie has now become the top grossing animated film ever in Australia and is the biggest moneymaker this year Down Under. It only took six weeks for Shrek to pass The Lion King as the #1 grossing animated film ever in Australia. It is now building upon that record, having already brought in $14 million (AUS $28 million). Shrek is also on record runs in other countries too, like New Zealand.

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Price of Dreamcast to Drop on August 14
(by In an effort to speed up the liquidation of Dreamcast hardware units, Sega is planning on dropping the price of the gaming console to $79.99 beginning August 14. Sega also plans of lowering the price of many Dreamcast games.

Earlier this year, Sega decided to get out of the hardware console business to focus exclusively on game development for Sega's former competitors.

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News Link of the Day - Disney's Stable of Heroes Grows

According to SMH:

"Mickey Mouse's family grew yesterday to include Spiderman, Digimon, Inspector Gadget and the Power Rangers as Walt Disney Co confirmed it was buying Fox Family Worldwide for $US5.3 billion ($10.4 billion).

Fox Family was jointly owned by Mr. Rupert Murdoch's News Corp and Saban Entertainment, a programmer of children's shows and creator of the popular Mighty Morphin Power Rangers..."

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