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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Apr 19, 2013

Big Hollywood Releases In The U.S. Summer Threaten Local Films At The Box Office

LOCAL PRODUCERS should be warned that the U.S. releases in their coming summer season will soon be shown here and they should avoid clashing with these giant movies. Here are some of them.

“Iron Man 3” – The third instalment, again with Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow. “After Earth” – Another post-apocalyptic sci-fi flick with Will Smith, directed by M. Night Shyamalan whose works after “The Sixth Sense” were all disappointments. “Man of Steel” – The new Superman movie with Henry Cavill in the title role.

“The Great Gatsby” – Remake of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel starring Leonardo DiCaprio from the director who did “Moulin Rouge”. “The Heat” – A buddy cop action-comedy flick with women cops, Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. “Pacific Rim” – A monster movie with giant robots fighting giant sea monsters, starring Charlie Hunnam and helmed by Guillermo del Toro. “White House Down” – About terrorists attacking the White House (just like “Olympus Has Fallen”) with Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx.

“The Lone Ranger” – From the makers of the “Pirates of the Carribean” hit series, with Armie Hammer in the title role and Johnny Depp as his sidekick Tonto. “White House Down” – Like the current “Olympus Has Fallen”, this is another movie about the White House being attacked, starring Channing Tatum. “The Hangover, Part III” – Again with Bradley Cooper and the gang. “The Fast & The Furious 6” – Again with Vin Diesel. The new “Star Trek” franchise movie, “Into Darkness” – Once again with Chris Pine as Capt. Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock.

Then there are the new animated cartoon flicks, “Epic”, “Turbo” and sequels to “The Smurfs”, “Monsters Inc.” and “Despicable Me”. One movie intended for summer release was shelved, “World War Z”, which shows Brad Pitt battling zombies. It will have to undergo some reshoots first as those who’ve seen its test screenings say it’s a nightmare from start to finish.