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Filmism.net Dispatch July 20, 2009

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has become the biggest opener in Chinese history, outstripping Titanic and perhaps reflecting their new status as the electronics capital of the world. It makes sense when the toys come from there, I guess.

Potentially bad news that Darren Aronofsky, riding high on critical acclaim after The Wrestler (and I didn't like it as much as most), might be abandoning the Robocop remake to do a passion project based on a rivalry between two ballet dancers. I'm sure it would make good drama in his accomplished hands, but honestly – two ballet dancers? Still, I was doubtful about the dramatic potential of two magicians, but that's been done succesfully (The Prestige). I just can't help thinking of all the jokes I want to make about – a fight to the death between two roof tilers, a titanic battle of wills between two tax accountants. Not exactly Sith and Jedi, are they?

Signs Hollywood might have run out of awful J-horror remakes, with news that some hack will be redoing the ace Swedish vampire movie Let the Right One In. S-horror?

After huge openings (so to speak) around the world, it was interesting that the British distributor or Sacha Baron Cohen's Bruno is PGing it right down to their 15 year old level.

In money news, Dreamworks has secured it's $825 cash injection from an Indian entertainment investment group.

I also read that Hollywood's on track for a record box office in 2009 (wonder how much Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince have had to do with that?), so the doldrums that set in around the time of the birth of DVD seem to have turned around, with box office rising for the last few years and now doing so again even in the midst of a global recession.

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