“It was a pleasure to burn.”

Fahrenheit 451

For many fans of Ray Bradbury, this line resonates (and perhaps continues to resonate anytime they see a book) in the minds and hearts of all who contemplate the future of published literature, especially with the current explosion of growth of paperless technology. The opening line of Fahrenheit 451 eeriely introduces the destruction of books, and leaves an indeliable implication of future. One of my favorite books. The movie version, made in 1966, starring Oskar Werner and Julie Christie… not so much. THANKFULLY, (I happened to stumble upon this, because I wondered the rating of the 1966 movie which you can read about here) they are remaking it! I am definitely curious how it will turn out with today’s creativity and technology, as well as acting talent. It is slated for a 2010 release, and you can keep up with it on the Fahrenheit 451 (2010) page.

Of course, what REALLY sparked my interest was a list a found on Yahoo: Top 30 Sci-Fi Films of All Time.

If you check it out, there are some really surprising choices (as well as sci-fi staples). What really baffled me was the positioning of some of the choices, as well as obvious films which weren’t included. In the upcoming days, Chaz, the movie expert of the heap. and myself will try to right the wrong, and come up wth our own list, so make sure you come back! And if you want, leave a comment about movies that you want to see on the list, feel shouldn’t be on the list, or about the positioning of movies on the list!

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The Rant I

potter

Welcome to The Rant. Some of you are going to enjoy this little segment of the blog, where I find something and pretty much just go off about it. To the faint of heart, or those who just don’t like complaining, please feel free to read the rest of the blog! (It’s much more positively toned!). Anyways, the current rant: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (HP6) being delayed by more than half a year till summer of 2009.

I read about this last night, and was pretty disappointed to hear this. Then again, I am not a die hard Harry Potter fan, (or a “potter head” as we like to call them here at the heap.). No, leave it to my sister to have a Tourrettes-like outburst, not to mention the launching of projectiles my way for delivering the bad news. Then of course, I was also talking to Angel, who does a lot of “potter” herself, and there was another outburst there. So I dedicate this rant to both of them, my two favorite “potter heads.”

What I am upset about is the rationale behind the decision. Don’t get me wrong, I do like Harry Potter, but this news wouldn’t be enough to motivate me to write in protest. No, rather, I am very much against Hollywood Business. If you want to read the finer details, you can read about them here.

So the facts are these: HP6 was slated for a November 21st release, but is now scheduled to open July 17, 2009. Here is the quote by Alan Horn, Warner Brothers president and COO: The move was made to take advantage of an open weekend in Hollywood’s busy summer season. The film had been on schedule, and the change was not due to any production snags… He goes on to say that the movie is even completely done and that it is “fabulous.”

So essentially, it was done in an effort to make more money. I guess being around Thanksgiving isn’t advantageous enough. You know what? Let’s go through HP release history and statistics.

HP1: Opened Nov. 16, 2001, 90 mil opening weekend
HP2: Opened Nov. 15, 2002 88 mil
HP3: Opened Jun. 4, 2004 93 mil
HP4: Opened Nov. 18, 2005 102 mil
HP5: Opened Jul. 11, 2007 77 mil

Any way you look at it, its a lot of money. I’m not sure that pushing the movie back to the summer will make too much of a difference. Harry Potter already has a cult-like following and people will go see it. Well what can you do. My favorite headline I found after glancing at the IMDB website? 16 year old explodes due to delay of Harry Potter 6

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