By MIKE FLEMING | Wednesday November 17, 2010 @ 5:16pm EST
Right before the liftoff of Apollo 18, Spanish filmmaker Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego has stepped into direct the Timur Bekmambetov-produced film which The Weinstein Company won in a bidding battle during AFM. Trevor Caewood was originally attached to direct the film, which was scripted by Brian Miller.
Lopez-Gallego had an existing relationship with Dimension's Bob Weinstein from when that label released his film King of the Hill. The production is on a very tight leash, since the film has been dated for a March 4, 2011 release date. Caewood was going to use his vfx company for the visual effects, but it became clear that because his company is busy on other projects, adding Apollo 18 would make it difficult to make the date. Bekmambetov will instead take the vfx in-house through his Moscow-based facility, Bazelevs, where the Apollo 18 work will be completed in time for its March release date before the studio focuses on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which Bekmambetov is directing for Fox. Deadline was first to reveal that TWC was acquiring Apollo 18, a documentary-style feature that is based on "found footage" from Apollo 18's undocumented and covert mission to the moon, which revealed evidence of an alien life form.
Harry Potter Fans To Gather In Downtown Sacramento For Movie Premiere And Scavenger Hunt
(?)Thursday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m.
November 10, 2010
Wizards, goblins, and Harry Potter fans are expected to gather in Downtown Sacramento later this month for the premiere of " Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" but before they do, followers will have a chance to win prizes and participate in a scavenger hunt.
On Thursday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. Harry Potter fans are invited to meet at the Downtown Ice Rink at 7th and K Streets for the Harry Potter 7 Horcrux Hunt.
The hunt takes teams of self-proclaimed Harry Potter experts through seven locations across downtown Sacramento.
Special items called "horcruxes" will be placed at each location. Participants will be asked to solve a riddle to reveal each location. Each scavenger stop will have special offers and discounts for team members.
Teams will need to visit all seven locations, in no particular order and complete all tasks by 11 p.m.
All finishing teams will be entered to win a grand prize that includes a party for 10 people at the Esquire IMAX Theatre and Downtown Ice Rink, $100 gift certificates and Harry Potter t-shirts.
When finished, teams are asked to head to the Esquire IMAX Theatre,in time for the midnight premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1.
Organizers ask that teams have at least one smartphone with internet capabilities and a Twitter account.
Players in costumes will get an extra entry in the grand prize drawing.
The Horcrux Hunt is sponsored by the Esquire IMAX Theatre and the DSP Downtown Ice Rink.
Information on the scavenger hunt can be found at http://www.facebook.com/esquireimax?v=app_6009294086.
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