Monday, September 24, 2001  Volume 67, Issue 23


Films that will be postponed

By Sally M. Hill
Daily Cougar Staff

It may seem trivial to care about what's happening in Hollywood and how movie schedules have changed in light of the barbaric
acts of Sept. 11.

Nonetheless, the movie industry is a big part of our economy and it does provide people with joy, escapism and even intellectual

Marni Grossman/Paramount Pictures

The new Chris Rock and Anthony Hopkins film Bad Company was just one of dozens of films that will be postponed due to the recent terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.

Movies are something to do. Movies are something normal and routine. Movies are something to look forward to, especially for film
lovers like me.

Within hours, maybe minutes, of the World Trade Center's twin towers collapsing, film studios were rethinking how movies should
be made, marketed and released.

Margaret Stratton, a former theater manager and current studio public relations representative in Houston, understands why the
Touchstone Pictures release of Big Trouble was pushed from last Friday until sometime in 2002.

"It was funny on Monday (Sept. 10) when I saw it," Stratton said. "But on Tuesday it was no longer funny."

The Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black, Get Shorty) comedy, starring Rene Russo and Tim Allen, involves a neutron bomb and a
handgun getting past airport security.

Touchstone has another movie in limbo. The Christmas release of the Chris Rock and Anthony Hopkins film Bad Company has
been pushed way back because, in the plot, New York City is targeted with a nuclear bomb.

Jeffey Wells at said there's a line -- delivered by a terrorist -- about turning Wall Street into a piece of charcoal.

Some theater owners, not the distributor, decided Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 should be pulled from release. The low-budget,
apocalyptic Christian-themed film starring Michael York and Michael Biehn still opened at many theaters nationwide Friday.

On the other side of the budget spectrum, the estimated $90 million Arnold Schwarzenegger film Collateral Damage was slated to
open Oct. 5, but has been pushed back indefinitely because, in the film, terrorists bomb a tall building in Los Angeles.

The Oct. 21 release of Dreamworks' The Last Castle has not changed, but its ads have. The commercials showed an American flag
flying upside-down (a symbol of distress) -- but not anymore.

Spider-Man trailers have been removed from theaters because of a scene with a giant spider web strung between the World Trade
Center towers.

Shot just for the ad, the scene was never to be shown in the movie, which is scheduled to open in May.

Denzel Washington's latest, Training Day, was supposed to open last Friday, but was pushed to this Friday because Warner Bros.
thought promoting the film would be too difficult in the days following the attack.

Other movies without terrorists or sensitive subject matter have questionable release dates.

Edward Burns' (The Brothers McMullen) relationship film Sidewalks of New York has been pushed back to November.

Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York is still slated to open Dec. 21, but according to the Daily Film Digest at, there is
doubt the acclaimed filmmakers' latest effort will open this Christmas because of "concerns over the gritty drama's heavy subject

Men in Black 2 is still supposed to be released on July 3, but the ending will be different than planned. The original climax involved
the World Trade Center.

Only history will be able to accurately reflect exactly how the attack and its aftermath have affected us internationally, nationally,
locally and personally. No doubt, a movie will be made in the future telling us how to think about this time in history.

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