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Animated 'Up' To Open Cannes Film Festival by Ann Oldenburg with Staff Contributions (USA Today, Disney, BBC News 14 May 2009 / ) -

The folks at Disney/Pixar are very happy today.

The Cannes Film Festival has announced that the studio's new movie, Up, will open the festival on May 13. In Up, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen fulfills his dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America, only to discover that he has brought with him his biggest nightmare, a 9-year-old Wilderness Explorer stowaway. It's the first time an animated film has opened Cannes, the first 3D film to open Cannes and Disney's first opening night film ever.

Fall TV: ABC Picks Up Robert J. Sawyer's Flash Forward Series by Matt Mitovich, TV Guide (TV Guide, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter 11 May 2009 / ) -

Marking its second fall season pick-up in as many days, ABC has granted a 13-episode order to Flash Forward, an action-drama based on Robert J. Sawyer's novel of the same name.

Starring Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), Flash Forward chronicles the aftermath of a global event in which everyone in the world blacks out for 2 minutes, 17 seconds, and has mysterious visions of six months into the future.

The series' pick-up is not surprising, as ABC has been teasing it for the past two weeks during episodes of Lost. On Thursday, ABC picked up the comedy Modern Family.

David Goyer and Brannon Braga (who co-wrote the pilot) will serve as executive producers alongside Jessika Goyer, Vince Gerardis, Ralph Vicinanza and Marc Guggenheim. Guggenheim and David Goyer will share showrunner duties.

Other members of Flash Forward's ensemble include Sonya Walger (Lost), John Cho (Star Trek), Jack Davenport, Brian O'Byrne, Courtney B. Vance, and Peyton List (Mad Men).

Flash Forward is expected to premiere in the fall.

Profiles In History Spring Auction Of Hollywood Memorabilia Brings In Over 4 Million Dollars by Press Release (Profiles in History 08 May 2009 / ) -

Harrison Ford's Blaster From Blade Runner, An Original 1931 Frankenstein Movie Poster, The Creature From The Black Lagoon Mask, Arnold Schwarzenegger's Mr. Freeze Costume Highlight Huge Sale.

Forrest J Ackerman's Estate Collection, An Archive of B/W and Color Negatives From the M-G-M, Fox, and Warner Bros. Vaults and a Screen Used Hunter-Killer From Terminator Also Big Hits With Collectors.

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Profiles In History Auction Of Over 200 Hollywood Wax Museum Figures Brings In Close To A Half Million Dollars by Press Release (Profiles In History, The Hollywood Wax Museum 08 May 2009 / ) -

The Last Supper, The Beatles, and Michelle Pfeiffer as "Catwoman" Lead The Cast; Michael Jackson's "Bad" Costume and The Jason Voorhees "Freddy vs. Jason Costume Among Buyer's Favorites.

Calabasas, CA - The Last Supper - Jesus and his 12 Disciples ($15,340), The Beatles! - John, Paul, George, and Ringo ($12,980) and Michelle Pfeiffer as "Catwoman" from Batman Returns ($8,260) were the top sellers at the Profiles in History auction of over 200 Hollywood Wax Museum figures. Bidders also scooped up Michael Jackson's costume from the 1988 Bad Concert Tour ($35,400) and Jason Voorhees' costume from Freddy vs. Jason ($8,260), also part of the Hollywood Wax Museum's collection. Wax figures of the cast of the M*A*S*H TV series ($7,670) and Charlton Heston as "Moses" from The Ten Commandments ($7,080) were other big sellers. In all, a total of $437,780 worth of wax figures, costumes, and memorabilia was sold in this historic for ever sale of wax figures in the Hollywood Wax Museum's 44 year history.

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