Wednesday, November 24, 2010

“Microsoft: There WILL Be A Halo Movie - Tom's Guide” plus 1 more

“Microsoft: There WILL Be A Halo Movie - Tom's Guide” plus 1 more


Microsoft: There WILL Be A Halo Movie - Tom's Guide

Posted: 23 Nov 2010 03:20 PM PST

Microsoft will have its Halo movie even if it means flipping the bill.

Microsoft's Halo franchise development director Frank O'Connor said last week that there will be a Halo movie.

During a brief interview after the Future of Television East conference, O'Connor told Kotaku that the previous movie project with Peter Jackson fell apart because of the lawyers involved. Everyone wanted to do the movie--Jackson, the executive producers, Microsoft--however things fell apart when the lawyers went behind closed doors with the contracts.

Ultimately it was a rights/profits issue--Microsoft owns all the rights to Halo, and the movie studio wouldn't make any money beyond what the film racked in at the box office. O'Connor said that Hollywood studios expect to make money even if the movie tanks in theaters, earning revenue through DVD sales and licensing products. Those avenues weren't open with Halo, so the project fizzled out.

Immediately before the interview, a "high-level" network producer came up to O'Connor and said that the network wanted to do something with Halo. O'Connor quickly replied with "Bring piles of money." The network executive was reportedly taken aback but conceded with a "for Halo, we will."

During the interview, O'Connor touched on the whole TV series aspect, pointing to how HBO did Band of Brothers and Rome. A TV series would offer a deeper narrative than a movie, exploring the Halo franchise's many facets. It would also need writers and directors familiar enough with the subject to keep it afloat and not create a half-season bomb.

Still, Microsoft wants a Halo movie, even if it means funding the flick with MS Points. "There will be a Halo movie," he said. "We don't need a movie. But we'd like a movie. We'd like the moms of gamers to see the movies because they would love our characters. Maybe we'll even fund it ourselves."

Wait, he said movies. Does O'Connor plan to make a trilogy?

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Movie Review 'Burlesque' shakes, shimmies, doesn't stir - East Valley Tribune

Posted: 23 Nov 2010 11:41 PM PST

Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 12:45 am | Updated: 12:30 pm, Tue Nov 23, 2010.

Stop me if you think you've heard this one before.

A small-town girl with big dreams and a big voice packs up everything she owns in a suitcase, makes her way to Hollywood and wows the world with her talent. But not everyone has her best interest at heart, so she'll have to cling tight to her values to figure out whom she should trust. And she'll do it ... in song!

Yes, they should provide a cliche checklist at the door of "Burlesque," just to make it interactive and help pass the time.

Sure, this song-and-dance extravaganza is sufficiently shiny and sparkly, an explosion of sequins and feathers and sass. Writer-director Steven Antin is the brother of Pussycat Dolls creator Robin Antin, so there's a certain familiarity to the bump-and-grind numbers the dancers perform. The mere presence of Cher guarantees a high camp factor; at a recent screening, the first sight of her on stage in all her sailor-hatted, Plasticine glory drew appreciative laughs and applause from the audience.

Although "Burlesque" is never the juicy diva smackdown of "Showgirls," to which comparisons are inevitable, it's good enough as a guilty pleasure, simply because it's all splash and no substance. It's also a shameless vehicle for Christina Aguilera, trying to position herself as an actress in her film debut, even though she's essentially playing a version of herself. She can really sing, of course - one character aptly describes her as having "mutant lungs" - and she looks great on camera, but the performance is all one note otherwise, if you'll pardon the pun.

And while we're comparing "Burlesque" to trash of the past, it isn't the abject failure that Mariah Carey's similar "Glitter" was, but that's mainly because it has better production values.

Aguilera's romantically named Ali Rose is bathed in warm, golden light wherever she goes. This includes the opening sequence in which she leaves the dingy Iowa diner where she works as a waitress (but not without belting out a bluesy tune first), gathers her meager belongings, traipses through the trailer park she's called home, then crosses a railroad bridge and steps through a hole in a chain-link fence en route to the bus station.

Once in Los Angeles, she literally stands on the corner of Hollywood and Vine, holding a list of want ads for backup singers and dancers. Then she stumbles upon The Burlesque Lounge on Sunset Boulevard, an aging theater where the ageless Cher rules as the proprietress and headliner, Tess. Ali's hooked the second she walks in the door, and insinuates herself from cocktail waitress to backup dancer to featured star in the blink of an eye. (Alan Cumming is depressingly underused as the lounge's host, in a halfhearted nod to "Cabaret.")

From there, the rest of "Burlesque" plays like an extended version of the "Lady Marmalade" video, with a few contrivances to provide vague conflict. There's never a doubt that the plucky, determined Ali will win over Tess and her obligatory best gay pal, stage manager Sean (Stanley Tucci, who has an effortless rapport with Cher). When jealous bad-girl Nikki (Kristen Bell) threatens to stand in the way of her fame, we know Ali will triumph anyway. When Tess is on the verge of eviction, we know she won't have to sell the place to a predatory real estate entrepreneur (Eric Dane).

And when Ali meets eyelinered bartender Jack ("Twilight's" Cam Gigandet), who's really a sensitive, aspiring musician, it's only a matter of time before they fall for each other - in chaste, tastefully lighted love scenes, of course.

"Burlesque," a Sony Screen Gems release, is rated PG-13 for sexual content including several suggestive dance routines, partial nudity, language and some thematic material. Running time: 116 minutes.

Grade: C

 

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