20th Century Fox will now send out Gulliver's Travels on Christmas Day instead of on December 22. The 3D release would have had to compete with Little Fockers and True Grit on the 22nd.

Buzz for Gulliver's Travels has not been overwhelmingly positive, so Fox obviously needs a little more time to sell the Jack Black vehicle to the public.

According to's most recent WebWatch report, Gulliver's holds only a 1.09% market share of online opinions among unreleased films. Also, the comedy's most active Facebook page has only a little more than 300 supporters. That's a disastrous number for a film that's less than a month away from hitting theaters.

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Beverly Hills, CA -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films have been selected as semifinalists for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 83rd Academy Awards®.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

Alice in Wonderland

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Clash of the Titans

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1



Iron Man 2

The Last Airbender

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Scott Pilgrim vs the World

Shutter Island

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Tron: Legacy


In early January, the members of the Academy's Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee, who selected the semifinalists, will narrow the list to seven.

All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 15-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films on Thursday, January 20. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on January 25 at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on February 27 at the Kodak Theatre.


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1/3/10 Update: Jodie Foster is joining Matt Damon and Sharlto Copley in Elysium, the new sci-fi flick from director Neill Blomkamp (District 9).

12/10/10 Update: Matt Damon is reportedly in early negotiations to star in Neill Blomkamp's Elysium. The actor will next be seen alongside Jeff Bridges and Josh Brolin in True Grit, which opens on December 22.


Director Neil Blomkamp and Sharlto Copley, his District 9 star, are teaming up again on a new sci-fi flick titled Elysium. While the project has yet to find a home at any studio, there is reportedly plenty of interest. Elysium will take place far into the future on a distant planet.

District 9 turned into a massive $211 million worldwide hit in August 2009 before snagging an Oscar nod for Best Pic, so it's no surprise that studios are clamoring to house Blomkamp's next effort. Sticking with Copley may make Blomkamp more comfortable, or it may just bring about unfair comparisons to District 9.

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WASHINGTON -- An entertainment industry coalition representing the major studios and the independent motion picture and television programming industry today filed an amicus brief in the case of Viacom v. YouTube. The brief filed by the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) and the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) urges the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to overturn a lower court ruling that dismissed Viacom's lawsuit against YouTube.

"The decision of the lower court, if not overturned, will allow businesses to profit by inviting massive amounts of online copyright theft and avoid liability simply by turning a blind eye to the direct, illegal effects of their business models," said Daniel Mandil, General Counsel and Chief Content Protection Officer of the MPAA. "We are confident that the Court of Appeals will recognize that the lower court's decision was entirely inconsistent with the Supreme Court's unanimous decision in Grokster and with the plain language of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The MPAA is committed to protecting the jobs of the 2.4 million Americans in all 50 states who depend on the entertainment industry for their livelihoods. We do so in Congress, in the State Houses, in cooperation with law enforcement agencies and, as we are doing today, in the courts."

"Cooperation between service providers and rights holders in the fight against online infringement is critical to the development of meaningful, legitimate business models in the digital arena," said IFTA President-CEO Jean Prewitt. "If allowed to stand, the lower court decision will curtail drastically the service providers' responsibilities and incentives to participate meaningfully in the effort to build the legal marketplace and this is of serious concern to IFTA, its members and the entire independent film and television community. We join others in the industry in urging the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse the lower court's decision."

The full text of the amicus brief is available at


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