The entertainment industry has had to re-evaluate a lot of its
projects, with many New York based movies and TV programmes only returning
to filming in the last week. Re-shoots have been ordered for many movies including
Spiderman and The Time Machine. This has led to the new time travel film's
release date been pushed back from Christmas Day until February in the US.
Box office sales were not really affected in the first weekend
after the disaster, with feel-good Keanu Reeves baseball movie, Hardball coming
in at number one. The second weekend however was a different story. Ticket
sales were at a 10-year low, but this was due to the screening of the American
Heroes charity fundraiser. Things started to return to normal this weekend
with the Michael Douglas thriller Don't Say a Word topping the charts taking
a very good $18 million, with other new releases Zoolander and Hearts in Atlantis
also doing well.
The tragedy of 11th September has affected everyone and it is
surprising how many people know someone who was either there or where supposed
to be there. I myself had a friend in New York harbour at the time, which
bought home the severity of the situation. Seeing the images in the papers
and on the television were truly horrifying and distressing but to also have
a close friend there made the situation all the more terrifying.
Witnessing the whole event for the deck of his ship, my friend
Roger Spragg took these remarkable pictures.
Movies take a backseat
After the extremely terrible events that took place on Tuesday
11th September in New York, Washington and Pittsburgh, the movie industry
has removed movies and images it deemed inappropriate in light of the current
Both the teaser trailer and the promotional poster for next
years Spiderman movie, have been removed from cinemas and the Internet because
if its use of the twin towers of the World Trade Centre. The movie's promoters
Sony felt that this was the best course of action, due to the tragic state
Warner Bros and Touchstone Pictures have postponed the releases
of Collateral Damage and Big Trouble.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's Collateral Damage features the destruction
of an entire building in Los Angeles by a terrorist bomb. The movie, which
should have opened on October 5th, has now been delayed indefinitely with
no release date planned within the next three months.
Big Trouble, a new comedy starring Tim Allen and directed by
Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black) has had its September 24th premiere postponed,
due to having a scene, which involves a bomb on a plane.
Key scenes in next years Men in Black II have been scrapped
and rewritten, as they were due to be filmed in around the World Trade Centre.
In Britain, Warner Bros have withdrawn Swordfish, the current
action movie starring John Travolta, from cinemas because of its terrorist
content and the beginning scene of an entire city block been destroyed.
I'd just like to say that my heart felt sympathies go out to
anyone who has been affected by this terrible act of extreme violent and to
the American people. A close friend was in New York harbour at the time and
witnessed the entire event, luckly he was not hurt but things could have been
so different. It is just totally over whelming how many people this has affected
by this monumental event that will go down as one of the most evil acts in
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