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MGM to Unveil New Tentpoles (Movie company set to release Tolkien's The Hobbit!)
TheOneRing.net ^ | September 10, 2006 | Staff

Posted on 09/10/2006 5:10:57 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger

In a Variety article talking about MGM's move back into the tentpole business, the trade mentions a few highly-anticipated projects that are in the works:

Over the next few years, MGM is planning to release half a dozen films, some in the $150 million to $200 million-plus range. Studio is ready to unveil such high-profile projects as "Terminator 4"; one or two installments of "The Hobbit," which Sloan hopes will be directed by Peter Jackson; and a sequel to "The Thomas Crown Affair" with Pierce Brosnan.

It has already announced a "Pink Panther" sequel and the next 007 pic "Bond 22," due out in November 2008. "Rocky Balboa" unspools in February.

The pics are all franchises that MGM owns the rights to through its 4,000-title library. The goal is to release two or three tentpoles a year, all of which will be made with financial partners, including Wall Street money or other studios.


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This came from Variety, was picked up by Comingsoon.net, which was picked up by TheOneRing.net.

The exciting thing is, this thing is in the works now!

1 posted on 09/10/2006 5:10:58 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger
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To: Joe 6-pack; k2blader; Richard Kimball; nicmarlo; Uncle Vlad; tbird5; Borges; ConservativeDude; ...

Ye Narnia fans might find some excitement here!


2 posted on 09/10/2006 5:11:51 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (Lord, help me to be the Christian conservative that liberals fear I am.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
What in the hell do they mean by "tent pole" ? Is that a big money spinner that subsidizes all the sucky R-rated "artiste" films that nobody watches?

-ccm

3 posted on 09/10/2006 5:14:04 PM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Terminator 4? I assume Arnold is a bit busy these days. What a pathetic and mercenary project.


4 posted on 09/10/2006 5:16:36 PM PDT by Borges
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Tentpoles? Color me not knowing what that means... :~)


5 posted on 09/10/2006 5:17:19 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog (Head On. Apply directly to the forehead!)
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To: HairOfTheDog; RMDupree; ecurbh; 2Jedismom; RosieCotton; Ramius; Overtaxed

Fear! Fire! Foes! Awake!


6 posted on 09/10/2006 5:17:38 PM PDT by Corin Stormhands (HHD: Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
...It has already announced a "Pink Panther" sequel ...

Let's hope not. At least not with Steve Martin.

7 posted on 09/10/2006 5:17:45 PM PDT by FReepaholic (This tagline could indicate global warming.)
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To: HairOfTheDog

Hing the Hobbit Pole!


8 posted on 09/10/2006 5:18:43 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (The Hole Ping.)
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Ring Ping!!

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9 posted on 09/10/2006 5:19:13 PM PDT by ecurbh (Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/)
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To: ccmay
What in the hell do they mean by "tent pole" ?

Looking at the titles it must mean endless sequels and remaking old films due to the complete lack of creativity in Hollywood.

10 posted on 09/10/2006 5:20:21 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: HairOfTheDog

I believe tentpoles are blockbuster movies. The studio committs say 250 million and projects to make 700-1 bill. The revenue keeps the studio running for a few years, thus the movie holds up the tent that others can come inside.


11 posted on 09/10/2006 5:20:56 PM PDT by osideplanner
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To: Charles Henrickson

~chuckling~


12 posted on 09/10/2006 5:21:50 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog (Head On. Apply directly to the forehead!)
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To: osideplanner

That makes a good visual description, thanks :~)


13 posted on 09/10/2006 5:22:27 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog (Head On. Apply directly to the forehead!)
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To: ccmay
I'm not sure what they mean by "tent pole", but I THINK they mean that by creating new "episodes" of proven media performers, they will be able to not only generate sales for the new media, but will also cause a flurry of purchases of the original installments.

Stallone has been involved with a bunch of bombs, but Rocky is not really acting, so with a good script, Rocky as a trainer might work. The Hobbit will be a smash if Jackson directs.

14 posted on 09/10/2006 5:23:41 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (The most important thing is sincerity. Once you can fake that, everything else is easy.)
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To: USNBandit
As many remakes as there are now there were a lot more in the 30s, 40s and 50s..
15 posted on 09/10/2006 5:24:29 PM PDT by Borges
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To: DaveLoneRanger
there are some stinkers in there too. geez. pink panther.

well, at least they figured out the family friendly environment for movies. though i won't see some of those. geez.

16 posted on 09/10/2006 5:28:04 PM PDT by wildwood
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Why would they need two installments of the Hobbit? It was shorter than any of the LotR books.
17 posted on 09/10/2006 5:29:02 PM PDT by TheRealDBear
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Whoa! The Hobbit? Really? Put me down for three tickets!


18 posted on 09/10/2006 5:31:56 PM PDT by Monkey Face (The REAL sister of the REAL redhead. REALLY!)
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To: ecurbh

Could be cool!


19 posted on 09/10/2006 5:34:06 PM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Studio is ready to unveil such high-profile projects as "Terminator 4"

Terminator 3 was horrible. T-2 was mediocre. T-1 was awesome

one or two installments of "The Hobbit,"

Who produced Lord of the Rings? That's who should do "The Hobbit"

A sequel to "The Thomas Crown Affair" with Pierce Brosnan.

What a waste of celluloid.

It has already announced a "Pink Panther" sequel

PP series were always good for a laugh.

the next 007 pic "Bond 22,"

Bond has never been worth the ticket price without Sean Connery and Roger Moore.

"Rocky Balboa" unspools in February.

Remember the scene against the Soviet fighter? There are some giant Russian heavyweights now.

20 posted on 09/10/2006 5:38:28 PM PDT by fso301
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To: TheRealDBear
Why would they need two installments of the Hobbit? It was shorter than any of the LotR books.

It's the last cash cow from Tolkien's pen, so they want to milk it. Also, they had to cut out huge swaths of LOTR to make it fit into the movie time frame and even then, they were long films.

I've wondered why they haven't done the same thing with the Harry Potter series. When you have something that you KNOW is going to be a hit if done correctly, why not film the whole thing at once, then cut it for two movies, releasing one for the big Christmas season, and one for the summer season?

21 posted on 09/10/2006 5:44:16 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (The most important thing is sincerity. Once you can fake that, everything else is easy.)
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To: Richard Kimball

There's still The Sil - which I would love to see made into a movie.


22 posted on 09/10/2006 5:53:47 PM PDT by TightyRighty
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To: DaveLoneRanger
If they are into remakes (since there is no more original thought in Hollyweird anymore), how-bout a remake of Blazing Saddles!!

Now there would be a tough cast of characters to duplicate.
23 posted on 09/10/2006 6:00:13 PM PDT by MaDeuce (Do it to them, before they do it to you! (MaDuce = M2HB .50 BMG))
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To: All

I am looking forward to Casino Royale.

Ive heard great things about test screenings of it, and there is a brand new trailer out there on youtube, released in the last couple of days, that kicks major ass.


24 posted on 09/10/2006 6:04:50 PM PDT by Armedanddangerous (Paranoid? I'm carrying a Glock 17, an extra magazine and a knife, why would I be paranoid?)
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To: MaDuce
First, I'm not sure that a Jewish guy could do that show in today's political environment. Second, much of what made Blazing Saddles so funny was that it was so shocking. The farting around the campfire sequence was the first time a fart had been done in a major motion picture. The Incredibles was the first kids movie I can recall in about fifteen years that doesn't have a fart joke in it.

Besides, I think Mel Brooks did that movie as well as it could have been done. One thing you nailed was that Brooks probably did a better job casting movies than almost any other director. In Young Frankenstein, you had Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Terri Garr, and Madeline Kahn, none of whom were major stars at the time. It was just a brilliant ensemble cast.

Just as a side note, Matthew Broderick has tried in the last few years to recreate roles originally created by master performers, who did them perfectly the first time, specifically Gene Wilder in the Producers and Robert Preston in the Music Man. I haven't seen the Producers, but the Music Man was almost painful to watch. Broderick made it look like a high school play.

25 posted on 09/10/2006 6:09:38 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (The most important thing is sincerity. Once you can fake that, everything else is easy.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I want my John Carter of Mars movies!


26 posted on 09/10/2006 6:12:56 PM PDT by ElTiante
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To: Richard Kimball
I like Matthew Broderick in some stuff, but you're right about The Music Man. It *was* painful. Robert Preston came across as a loveable rascal who you could see someone falling in love with. Matthew Broderick...came across as a sleazy snake-oil salesman without any appeal at all, even after he was supposed to have had his change of heart. He was almost creepy. And the choreography in the original was much better, IMO.

Of course, having had the original one on an LP that we pretty well wore out, and the DVD of The Music Man being the first DVD I ever bought...I'm a tad biased, I admit.

27 posted on 09/10/2006 6:15:11 PM PDT by RosieCotton
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Kewl...hopefully this happens, and gets done well! I worry a bit because it's a different company, though. What if PJ isn't allowed to direct for them?

:-\


28 posted on 09/10/2006 6:16:31 PM PDT by RosieCotton
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Notice that EVERY SINGLE ONE of those films mentioned is a sequel to a previous film or film franchise! Are there no new ideas in Hollywood anymore? (BTW I saw one last night; "Idiocracy" by Mike Judge, but the studio isn't promoting it).


29 posted on 09/10/2006 6:19:58 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: TheRealDBear

Was thinking the same thing--and not even a whole three hours.


30 posted on 09/10/2006 6:21:48 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: RosieCotton
I think the original Music Man was one of the greatest movies ever made. Every single character was so finely crafted. Paul Ford as the mayor was one of my favorites: "Mrs. Shinn.........will recover."

Shirley Jones as Marion, Buddy Hackett, Harry Hickock, the Buffalo Bills, every single character was a work of art.

31 posted on 09/10/2006 6:22:09 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (The most important thing is sincerity. Once you can fake that, everything else is easy.)
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To: Richard Kimball
When you have something that you KNOW is going to be a hit if done correctly, why not film the whole thing at once, then cut it for two movies, releasing one for the big Christmas season, and one for the summer season?

That's exactly what they did with Pirates of the Caribbean II and III, though they are holding PotC3 for next summer.

32 posted on 09/10/2006 6:22:24 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: Richard Kimball
First, I'm not sure that a Jewish guy could do that show in today's political environment. Second, much of what made Blazing Saddles so funny was that it was so shocking. The farting around the campfire sequence was the first time a fart had been done in a major motion picture.

One of these days, I'm going to have to watch that movie with a notepad and pencil, just to note the number of times that "the 'N' word" is used... One of the funniest scenes was when Taggert (Slim Pickens) tell's Heddy That's Hedley Lamar why he's wearing a bandage on his head... "That uppity n...r went and hit me in the head with a shovel." That line's a classic, in the way it was told. BTW, I could have sworn that Boris the Hangman was Jonathan Winters: It wasn't. It was Robert Ridgely, who played "Colonel James" in Boogie Nights.

It was just a brilliant ensemble cast.

I think that's always been one of Mel Brooks' strongest points, writing for an ensemble cast. After all, he was one of the writers for "Your Show of Shows." Another stroke of genius for Blazing Saddles was getting a bunch of real Western actors to play in the movie. Slim Pickens was amazing.

Mark

33 posted on 09/10/2006 6:25:36 PM PDT by MarkL (When Kaylee says "No power in the `verse can stop me," it's cute. When River says it, it's scary!)
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To: TightyRighty
There's still The Sil - which I would love to see made into a movie.

It would take 40 movies to put The Silmarillion onscreen.

34 posted on 09/10/2006 6:29:42 PM PDT by Invisible Gorilla
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To: FreedomCalls
I saw Pirates this summer, and a couple of things hit me. First, it wasn't profane or gross. Second, it didn't push a political viewpoint. It was a lot of fun, and reminded me of the late fifties/early sixties movies Disney used to make, like "Treasure Island" and "20,000 Leagues under the Sea," but with upgraded special effects.

I think Disney was surprised at the success of the first Pirates, but they really stepped up to the plate with their sequel.

35 posted on 09/10/2006 6:30:16 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (The most important thing is sincerity. Once you can fake that, everything else is easy.)
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To: FreedomCalls
Notice that EVERY SINGLE ONE of those films mentioned is a sequel to a previous film or film franchise!

Well, I'm willing to forgive them for "The Hobbit." Let's face it, the previous versions (all animated) really sucked. I would LOVE to see the prequel to LotR, directed by Peter Jackson. I can't wait to see Smaug!

Mark

"Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for we are subtle, and quick to anger..." Gandalf the Gray

"Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup..." Smaug the Dragon

36 posted on 09/10/2006 6:31:14 PM PDT by MarkL (When Kaylee says "No power in the `verse can stop me," it's cute. When River says it, it's scary!)
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To: MarkL
I'm trying to imagine the reaction today to the scene where they pulled the horses out of the quicksand and left the blacks in. What a lot of people would miss today is that it wasn't the blacks that were being made fun of. It was the racism.

My favorite lines:

"Don't shoot him. You'll only make him mad."

"Pardon me while I whip this out."

BTW, Brooks talked about one scene that was cut short because they got cold feet. In the sequence where Madeline Kahn is in the dark with Cleavon Little and says, "it's twue! It's twue!" the next line was supposed to be, "Quit sucking on my elbow!" Also, the Cleavon Little part was originally written for Richard Pryor, but the studio was worried because Pryor was starting to have the drug problems, etc.

37 posted on 09/10/2006 6:36:49 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (The most important thing is sincerity. Once you can fake that, everything else is easy.)
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To: Richard Kimball
I actually got a good friend of mine to watch the movie, he's Black, and he was PISSED OFF! He couldn't believe what they were doing in that movie! After a VERY short conversation, I told him that he needed to actually listen to and understand the dialog. His first reaction was at the words themselves. Once he started actually listening to the diaglog, he remarked to me, "those white people are dumber than s**t!" And he started laughing. He told me that he thought it was a funny movie, but was uncomfortable due to the language. Thank you PC language autocrats!

Mark

38 posted on 09/10/2006 7:02:49 PM PDT by MarkL (When Kaylee says "No power in the `verse can stop me," it's cute. When River says it, it's scary!)
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To: TightyRighty

I am VERY doubtful that the Silmarillion would ever be made into a film. Not enough of a market, and the special effects would be enormous. Plus, you'd have to pick just one story to tell. After all, the whole Downfall of the Lord of the Rings and the Return of the King tale was just one tale among many that Tolkien chose to flesh out to the extent he did.


39 posted on 09/10/2006 7:12:37 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (Lord, help me to be the Christian conservative that liberals fear I am.)
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To: Richard Kimball

Political correctness has destoryed any chance of a movie like that ever coming out again.
Nobody is allowed to laugh as themselves anymore or make fun of any minorities anymore all in good fun.

"Baby, I am not from Havana." line from blazing saddles. Brilliant.


40 posted on 09/10/2006 7:12:49 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Excellent news! I only hope that Ian Holm and Ian McKellan both sign on to play Bilbo Baggins and gandalf, respectively.

This time around, Peter Jackson really would have a legion of Dwarves, fully armed, and filthy....


41 posted on 09/10/2006 7:30:53 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout hearts!!)
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To: MarkL

I don't think Blazing Saddles could be made today.


42 posted on 09/10/2006 7:35:07 PM PDT by Liberal Classic (No better friend, no worse enemy. Semper Fi.)
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To: MarkL
"those white people are dumber than s**t!"

They're people of the land, the common clay of the new west. You know... morons.

43 posted on 09/10/2006 7:45:24 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Bean Counter

I was disappointed they cut the entire return of the hobbits to fight for the Shire...that's a story in itself. I'm sure they could get at least two movies from Hobbit though. So much ground to cover. Can't wait for that.


44 posted on 09/10/2006 7:59:52 PM PDT by ElCid89 (the corps...the corps...and the corps...)
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To: ElCid89; Tom Bombadil
I was disappointed they cut the entire return of the hobbits to fight for the Shire

Yeah, and Tom Bombadil.

That was PJ's decision. He said the scenes with Tom Bombadil had nothing else whatever to do with the story (I think Tolkien wrote a separate book of poetry about Tom Bombadil) and he didn't like "The Scouring of the Shire" because he said it was too much of a downer. Not that those scenes were filmed and cut.

45 posted on 09/10/2006 8:06:11 PM PDT by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 83-87)
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To: ecurbh

Ring Ping, indeed. That will get us back to the movie theaters..


46 posted on 09/10/2006 8:08:06 PM PDT by osagebowman
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To: FreedomCalls

I agree, most Hollywood films are tripe. I don't go to see most of them.

If you want an air of originality, one movie I really enjoyed was Nanny McPhee. The trailer didn't seem all that appealing. But check it out. It's really great.


47 posted on 09/10/2006 8:13:51 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (Lord, help me to be the Christian conservative that liberals fear I am.)
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To: Richard Kimball
The farting around the campfire sequence was the first time a fart had been done in a major motion picture.

My Mama and Daddy went to the drive in to see that movie with my oldest brother and his wife. The men were in front, and the ladies in back. My Mama said she'd never see my Daddy or my brother laugh so much in all her life. She and my s-i-l thought THEY were funnier than the movie, and that's saying a lot!

48 posted on 09/10/2006 8:22:26 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Alouette

I remember reading that about Tom Bombadil. It really didn't have much to do with the rest of the movie, but it would be a good story. I doubt they'll make it any time soon....maybe it's a thought for the future after the "Hobbit" movies.


49 posted on 09/10/2006 8:41:33 PM PDT by ElCid89 (the corps...the corps...and the corps...)
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To: Alouette

I regret that the Return of the King didn't have the scouring of the Shire also. However, I think it would have made the movie just too long. I believe there is a message in it, though, that wars in far away lands have consequences near to home -- and the lack of that part weakend the denouement of the story somewhat.

I think in the extended DVD release there's a hat tip to Tom in some lines spoken by Treebeard.


50 posted on 09/10/2006 8:57:13 PM PDT by Liberal Classic (No better friend, no worse enemy. Semper Fi.)
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