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Filmism.net Dispatch January 10, 2010

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So early in the new year and we have our fourth ever billion dollar movie, with a certain Mr Cameron's 3D film unstoppable in its smashing of barriers above and beyond the top of the charts. What are the rest, I hear you ask? Why, the number two spot belongs to Cameron too, with Titanic, followed by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

After talking up Avatar sequels, apparently Cameron's been travelling to Japan to meet with a survivor of both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb blasts, the idea for a movie on the story percolating in his brain.

Sam Mendes is said to be under consideration to direct the next Bond movie, and that's something I want to see – James Bond in suburban drudgery, trying to break out of the shackles of societal expectations. "My name is Bond...James B-" "Jimmy! Stop playing with your toy guns in the garage, get the %$#@ out here and take the garbage out!"

Delay news abounds this week, with Darren Aronofsky's remake of Robocop on hold indefinitely. Not only is MGM mired in financial woes but they want to make it in 3D, which as one blogger I read observed, seems the complete opposite from what we usually see in the technologically low-key but dramatically rich Aronofsky's work.

Spider Man 4 has also been frozen in its tracks due to a reportedly awful script. Any movie goer will list a hundred movies that should have been in the same position long before they reached cinemas, but apparently it's so bad the start and release dates are now up in the air.

After a long wait that's had fanboys in a lather however, word is that the first Hobbit installment will go before cameras in June 2010.

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