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The Rock-itt : February 2010
- Big News out of this month that the two men that made the Spiderman franchise, the phenomenon that it is today, are no longer part of the franchise. Star of the film, Tobey McGuire, has followed director Sam Raimi, leaving the project due to creative differences with the film's distributors, Sony. It s believed that Raimi wanted to use lesser known villains that he felt would translate better in a film rather than the bigger names that Sony wanted. Instead of Spiderman Raimi will concentrate on the video game adaptation of World of Warcraft, while Tobey McGuire has bagged the lead role in the Lord of the Rings prequel 'The Hobbit'. - While Spiderman 4 will now come out a little later than expected, Sony have wasted no time replacing Raimi with young director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) who will head the re-imaging of the franchise as they take Spiderman and Peter Parker back to High School, With casting agents keen to get either Zac Efron (17 Again, High School Musical 1,2,3), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 Days of Summer, 10 Things I Hate About You) or Robert Pattinson (Twilight, New Moon, Harry Potter 4) for the lead role. - Australia's number 1 animation film, 'Happy Feet' is set for a second instalment which will be filmed in 3D and is set for a 2011 release with all the big names from the first returning, including Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams, and Nicole Kidman as well as adding Hollywood heavyweights, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon. Happy Feet is filmed and edited at Sydney's Fox Studios in Moore Park. - Director, Robert Zemeckis has gained a bit of a reputation the last few years as the king of CGI with films such as 'The Polar Express', 'Beowulf', and 'A Christmas Carol' but now 40 years after it was originally released, he's taking on The Beatles Yellow Submarine, which is scheduled to be released in 2012. While early information is still a little sketchy, it is understood to also be in 3D. - Last Issue we gave you all the big nominations for the kick-off event to the awards season 'The Golden Globes'. And in a wet night in Los Angeles the awards were shared throughout the big nominees. Avatar took out the best drama award while director, James Cameron took home the best director gong. Jeff Bridges was awarded with best actor in a lead role for 'Crazy Heart' (which is released in Australia February 18), Sandra Bullock beat out some tough competition to take out best actress in a lead role, while little known Monique took out best supporting actress for Precious, and Christoph Waltz was an easy selection for best supporting actor for his work in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds.