Media FX News Archives
- July 28, 2001
- Planet of the Apes Opens
with $25 Million on Friday!
- Osmosis Jones
Animation Contains Lots of Improv
- Fox Press Release on Disney
Buyout of Fox Family
- News Link of the Day
- Disney Losing Magic?
of the Apes Opens with $25 Million on Friday!
(by digitalmediafx.com) Tim Burton's version of Planet
of the Apes had one of the biggest single day openings ever,
bringing in $25 million on Friday alone. The remake by Tim Burton
opened to widely negative reviews which had absolutely no effect
on the movie. If the numbers hold, Planet of the Apes will
easily beat the largest July opening ever.
Jurassic Park 3 made $6.65 million at the box office on
Friday and has grossed over $108 million since opening 10 days
ago. Shrek also remained in the top 10 (but not Tomb
Raider or Atlantis) as it made nearly $500,000 on Friday,
bringing its total to $254 million.
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Jones Animation Contains Lots of Improv
(by digitalmediafx.com) The actors hired to voice the animated
characters in Warner Bros. Osmosis Jones were given a lot of room
to create their own lines and jokes.
director," says Bobby Farrelly, "you usually hope that
the actors will stick to the script. Maybe you hope theyll
just add a little of their personal inflection here and there.
When you work with Bill Murray, Chris Elliot and Molly Shannon,
you just cut them loose. They all have tremendous instincts, and
theyre all extremely good at improvisation."
gonna pay me this much to stick to the script," jokes Chris
Rock (who voices Osmosis), another Saturnday Night Live alum who
previously loaned his vocal talents to the feature film Dr.
Doolittle, as well as to his Nike commercial character, Little
Penny. "I had the freedom to add my own improv ideas along
to Warner Bros., the voice actors behind the animated characters
not only brought their acting and improvisational talents to the
production their individual personalities influenced the
looks and behavior of their characters. Its no accident,
for example, that Osmosis Jones, actually took on Chris Rocks
mannerisms. In making an animated movie, the voice actors are
filmed while delivering dialogue and that footage is then used
in the drawing process. The animators pick up on an actors
nuances and ultimately the character moves the way the actor moves.
Rocks expressions, the way he carries himself all
of his mannerisms are in the film," says animation director
Jones opens in theaters domestically on August 10, 2001.
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Release on Disney Buyout of Fox Family
(unedited press release) Here is the official press release
from Fox on its agreement with Saban to sell Fox Family to Disney:
and Haim Saban, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Family
Worldwide Inc., announced that they have reached a definitive
agreement to sell Fox Family Worldwide to Walt Disney Co. in a
cash transaction valued at approximately $5.3 billion, including
the assumption of approximately $2.3 billion in debt. News Corp.,
through its majority-owned subsidiary Fox Entertainment Group,
and Haim Saban each own 49.5% of Fox Family Worldwide; Allen &
Company Inc. owns the remaining 1%.
As part of
the transaction, Disney will acquire the Fox Family Channel, a
fully distributed cable channel reaching 81 million U.S. homes;
Saban Entertainment Inc., a production, distribution and merchandising
company with one of the worlds largest libraries of childrens
programs at over 6,500 half hours; a 76% interest in Fox Kids
Europe (Amsterdam Exchange: FKE), which has dedicated cable and
satellite channels reaching 25 million subscribers in 54 countries
and 15 languages; and Fox Kids Latin America, the second most
widely distributed satellite/cable network in the region.
the transaction is the Fox Kids Network, a leading children's
broadcast television network in the U.S. News Corp. will separately
acquire Haim Sabans interest in this asset. Terms were not
Chairman and Chief Executive of News Corporation said: Together
with Haim, we have established Fox Family as one of the worlds
premier family entertainment groups. Weve enjoyed a close
and profitable relationship that has delivered quality programming
to children and families around the world. Disney has purchased
a first-class collection of assets and I wish them great success.
Working in a highly productive partnership with News Corp.
and Fox Broadcasting over the last six years, we have realized
our original goal of building Fox Family Worldwide into one of
the worlds leading fully integrated family and children's
entertainment companies. The talented management team and employees
of Fox Family have done a tremendous job in building this company
into a powerful global franchise. I have the utmost confidence
that going forward, Disney will build on this solid foundation
to allow millions of viewers throughout the world to continue
to enjoy quality family entertainment while enabling the employees
of Fox Family to benefit from new opportunities as part of Disney.
which is expected to close in the 2001 calendar fourth quarter,
is subject to customary closing conditions. Bear Stearns acted
as financial advisor to News Corp. and Squadron Ellenoff Plesent
& Sheinfeld LLP provided legal advice. Morgan Stanley and
Alpine Capital acted as financial advisors to Haim Saban and OMelveny
& Myers and Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P.
provided legal advice.
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of the Day - Disney Losing Magic?
to CNN Financial:
may be circling Walt Disney Co. as a slumping economy continues
to take its toll on the House of Mickey, analysts said.
the second largest media conglomerate behind AOL Time Warner Co.,
is facing a troubling time. Fresh off the heels of its $3 billion
buy of Fox Family Worldwide, analysts are wondering what is in
store for the magic kingdom..."
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