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‘Harry Potter 6’ Pushed Back to Summer 2009 and New Photos + “Bolt” and “Twilight” Take Advantage of Delay August 19, 2008 5:56 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Bolt, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Movies, News, Photos, Twilight.
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Citing after effects of the writers strike as one of the reasons, Alan Horn, President and Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros. has announced that the studio has pushed back the release date of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince from November 21, 2008 to July 17, 2009.

“Our reasons for shifting ‘Half-Blood Prince’ to summer are twofold: we know the summer season is an ideal window for a family tent pole release, as proven by the success of our last ‘Harry Potter’ film, which is the second-highest grossing film in the franchise, behind only the first installment. Additionally, like every other studio, we are still feeling the repercussions of the writers’ strike, which impacted the readiness of scripts for other films—changing the competitive landscape for 2009 and offering new windows of opportunity that we wanted to take advantage of. We agreed the best strategy was to move ‘Half-Blood Prince’ to July, where it perfectly fills the gap for a major tent pole release for mid-summer.”

Walt Disney Pictures’ Bolt was the first film to take advantage of the delay, moving the animated film up five days from November 26th to November 21st. Summit Pictures was quick to follow, deciding to move its heavily hyped vampire drama Twlight from December 12th to November 21st.

You’ll find the press releases from Warner Bros. and Summit Entertainment, respectively after the jump, as well as some new photos from Harry Potter 6 after the jump.

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Comic-Con 2008: Disney/Pixar Panel on “Bolt” July 27, 2008 12:30 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Bolt, Comic-Con, Comic-Con 2008, Movies, News.
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At their panel for Disney/Pixar, Pixar showed off their next animated film, Bolt.  Here are the highlights courtesy ComingSoon.net:

  • Bolt is about: a Hollywood dog from an action TV series that actually believes his theatrical feats are real superpowers. However, he gets a harsh dose of reality when he thinks his little girl owner is kidnapped by villains and he ventures out of Hollywood.

Here’s a summary of the first scene screened:

The first scene was from Bolt’s TV show where he’s a dog with superpowers. When his owner’s father is kidnapped, Bolt and the girl (voiced by Miley Cyrus) go on a rescue mission. They’re soon attacked by a goon who quickly discovers you don’t mess with Bolt. A car traps them in an alley and as the goon races down to ram them, Bolt runs forward, lowers his head, and rams the car sending it flying in the air. He follows it with a cute scratch of his collar and some panting. Bolt and the girl are then attacked by three helicopters which spit out a dozen goons on motorcycles. The girl pulls out a scooter from her backpack, gives Bolt a rope, and tells him to run. A spectacular motorcycle chase then ensues. When Bolt is finally surrounded by dozens of bad guys in Humvees, the girl tells Bolt, “Speak.” He braces his paws, rears back, and lets out a sonic bark that blows them all away like a hurricane.

And here’s a final summary of the rest of the scenes screened:

We were treated to more scenes including one showing the other acting cats harassing Bolt (who thinks he still has superpowers, yet can’t get out of his trailer). John Travolta voices Bolt and does a pretty good job based on the little I saw. The cats were absolutely hilarious, but nothing compared to the hilarious hamster in a ball who aids Bolt. He’s a HUGE fan of Bolt and gleefully helps him escape from the dog catcher, then bust a friendly cat out of the pound. He gives an inspiring speech to Bolt about how he’s a symbol to millions, how he proves that no matter who you are, you can do the impossible…”as long as you’re AWESOME!!!!!” (OK, you’ll have to see it yourself.)

ComingSoon.net notes that after these scenes, the crowd roared with applause, indicating that the presentation went over very nicely and Disney/Pixar should be in for yet another solid box office outing this November.

Movie Trailer: “Bolt” June 27, 2008 4:54 pm

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Disney has released the first trailer for Bolt, the studios upcoming animated comedy

Synopsis
For super-dog Bolt (voice of John Travolta), every day is filled with adventure, danger and intrigue—at least until the cameras stop rolling. When the star of a hit TV show is accidentally shipped from his Hollywood soundstage to New York City, he begins his biggest adventure yet—a cross-country journey through the real world. Armed only with the delusions that all his amazing feats and powers are real, and with the help of two unlikely traveling companions: a jaded, abandoned housecat named Mittens (voice of Susie Essman) and a TV-obsessed hamster in a plastic ball named Rhino, Bolt discovers he doesn’t need superpowers to be a hero. Miley Cyrus (“Hannah Montana”) brings her vocal talents to the role of Penny, Bolt’s human co-star on the television series.

Bolt hits theaters on November 26, 2008.

New Poster: Bolt June 23, 2008 3:41 am

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A new poster for Walt Disney’s upcoming animated film Bolt has been released.  Co-directed by Chris Williams and Byron Howard, the film features the voices of John Travolta and Miley Cyrus.

Synopsis
For super-dog Bolt (voice of John Travolta), every day is filled with adventure, danger and intrigue—at least until the cameras stop rolling. When the star of a hit TV show is accidentally shipped from his Hollywood soundstage to New York City, he begins his biggest adventure yet—a cross-country journey through the real world. Armed only with the delusions that all his amazing feats and powers are real, and with the help of two unlikely traveling companions: a jaded, abandoned housecat named Mittens (voice of Susie Essman) and a TV-obsessed hamster in a plastic ball named Rhino, Bolt discovers he doesn’t need superpowers to be a hero. Miley Cyrus (“Hannah Montana”) brings her vocal talents to the role of Penny, Bolt’s human co-star on the television series.

Bolt hits theaters on November 26, 2008.

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