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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Ok for lighter news......Spiderman 3 and Sequelmania...

Check out BloggingStocks.com's take on the upcoming summer movie season:

5/04 - Spider-Man 3, Sony Corp's (NYSE: SNE) Sony Pictures
Being the first blockbuster of the summer almost guarantees a successful open, and the popularity of the franchise seals that guarantee. One problem, however, is that "success" measured by any normal means won't be enough, as this movie had an estimated budget of $258M.

5/11 - 28 Weeks Later, News Corp's (NYSE: NWS) 20th Century Fox
The highlight of the horror/zombie genre for the summer, this follows the surprise success of Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later, which reinvented the zombie film with faster zombies and smarter characters.

5/18 - Shrek the Third, Viacom's (NYSE: VIA) Paramount Pictures
One of the only cartoon franchises that has held its own against Pixar (Ice Age being the other), the draw of this fairytale romp is that while kids love the story, there are enough winks at the adult audience to make parents happy to take them.

5/25 - Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS)
Money in the bank for Disney, and since it was shot simultaneous with the second Pirates installment, it wasn't even as expensive to make as this summer's other budget hog, Spider-Man 3.
6/01 - Knocked Up, General Electric's (NYSE: GE) Universal Pictures
Could be the sleeper comedy hit of the year -- think Wedding Crashers or 40-Year Old Virgin; although a 130-plus minute run time for a comedy is a bit intimidating.

6/08 - Ocean's Thirteen, Time Warner's (NYSE: TWX) Warner Bros.
This third installment may suffer among the stiff summer competition, as Ocean's Twelve was a fairly disappointing movie.

6/08 - Hostel Part II, Lionsgate Films (NYSE: LGF)
I thought Turistas (which grossed a paltry $7M) was the sequel to Hostel. It's wasn't, but I am betting this isn't going to do much better, as most of the original's success was do to its shock value.

6/15 - Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, News Corp's 20th Century Fox
The original FF movie wasn't good enough to warrant a sequel, and it would not surprise me if this sequel performed like Daredevil's loose sequel, Elektra -- straight downhill and almost straight to DVD.:

As the superhero film genre has garnered more attention (along with financial gain), it has become more evident that movie critics are not that well informed about the multi-generational fanbase and characterizations of these artistic properties. Anyone who thinks that the Fantastic Four was not worthy of a sequel, with the potential for the Silver Surfer (and Galactus-?) character to be introduced, is delusional at best. Let's hope that the summer movie season turns out to be one for the history books.....for more from the BloggingStock's article, click on the link below:

'Spiderman 3', everything '3': Preview of potential summer blockbusters

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