Kaleidoscope 2009: Important Movie Events (Part 3/4)

Kaleidoscope 2009: Important Movie Events (Part 3/4)

Final half of summer was marked with 'Ice Age 3' and 'Transformers 2' almost having a box office tie, Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' getting thumbs up and the fate of 'The Hobbit' being determined.
The third quarter of 2009 kaleidoscope continues to put summer of the year under the spotlight. As the recap enters the second half of the busiest movie seasons of the year for the movie industry, AceShowbiz presents the events happening in the months leading to the Fall season. A nearly tie for the top slot at the box office, a thumb up for Michael Jackson's movie "This Is It" and a settlement for "Lord of the Rings" lawsuit were all taking place during this term.


 'Ice Age 3' and 'Transformers 2' almost have a tie
The month of July nearly saw a rare tie for the #1 at the North American box office. Over the U.S. Independence Day holiday weekend, "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" presented a neck-to-neck battle to the top, which led to a $42.5 million weekend tally each when studio estimates were issued on Sunday, July 5. But, when the final figures were announced on Monday, July 6, it was revealed that "Revenge" managed to secure its box office crown for a second consecutive weekend by a mere $0.6 million worth of ticket sales.


Michael Jackson's documentary 'This Is It' gets its confirmation
The big news coming in August was related to Michael Jackson's feature film about his final concert tour. On August 10, L.A. County Superior Court Judge announced that Sony Pictures Entertainment has received court approval to edit more than 80 hours of the late King of Pop's rehearsal and behind-the-scenes footage into a movie. Entitled "This Is It", it was set for October 30 release around the world. On August 20, however, the studio revealed it has pushed forward the release to October 28 for a limited two-week engagement worldwide.

  • Other major events of the month:
  • Aug 06: Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec recruited to pen "Mission: Impossible 4".
  • Aug 07: Asian pop star Jay Chou set to star as Kato in "The Green Hornet".
  • Aug 09: "Twilight" swept 2009 Teen Choice Awards with nine surfboard trophies collection.
  • Aug 11: Los Angeles Court granted court approval for the development of Michael Jackson's movie, "This Is It".
  • Aug 13: "Wolverine 2" hired Academy Award-winning writer Christopher McQuarrie as screenwriter.
  • Aug 17: "Little Fockers" locked July 30, 2010 release.
  • Aug 19: Moriarty has been confirmed to appear in "Sherlock Holmes."
  • Aug 20: First teaser trailer for "Avatar" arrived.
  • Aug 20: Michael Jackson's "This Is It" was advanced from the original date on October 30 to October 28.
  • Aug 24: "Inception" teaser trailer came out.
  • Aug 24: Bryce Dallas Howard spotted filming her Victoria role for "The Twilight Saga's Eclipse".
  • Aug 30: Development of "Rambo V: The Savage Hunt" confirmed.


'The Hobbit' gets the go ahead nod
The ups and downs of "The Hobbit" became the highlight in September. On September 8, the feature adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's novel got the go ahead nod to move on with the production after New Line Cinema finally resolved its legal battle with Tolkien's estates and publisher Harper Collins over profits from the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. But, after weeks of relief, on September 23, came the news that the production was in jeopardy of being delayed indefinitely as production company MGM was hit with near-bankruptcy report. Everything resolved with good news in October.

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