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Posted by: CarolKoster on Aug. 15, 2003 11:22 am/pm

:coonskin: For those of you who are interested in the live action movies Disney and it's member companies make, or who are interested in Texas history, American history, war movies or patriotic movies:

"The Alamo" now has an official WWW site and has long had a fan WWW site up.  The trailer is now playing with "Open Range" (starring Kevin Costner) as of mid-August and you can also see the trailer online.  

Official site for the movie (and where you can see the trailer):

< >  Select "See the preview", something like that.  Preview is OK for "general audiences" and the film is not yet rated.  But if you know the story behind the battle of the Alamo be aware the film is supposed to be a realistic portrayal of the battle, and Gen. Santa Ana was not a kind man.  You have your choice of media players on the site and at what bandwidth you wish to view the preview.  If it doesn't work, it takes a long time for the preview to load properly so be patient, or you may have to update your particular player software with a download.

The fan site, with lots of references to the Alamo (books, etc.), news and a discussion area for fans, for the extras who worked on the movie (filming was at a specially built new replica of the Alamo complex outside of Austin, Texas, filming concluded in mid-June) and you learn all kinds of inside tidbits about the making of the movie there:

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The fan site, above, also has a link to the official movie site where you can see the trailer in its entirety and not the shortened electronic version you first see upon entering the fan site.  "Buzz" (advance talk) about "The Alamo" trailer on the fan site is generally positive to very glowing with a picky quibble here and there.

If you can tolerate crude humor (it's not for kiddies, OK?) and if you have some understanding of Texas and if you have a feeling and appreciation for what it's really like to make a movie, one of the extras on the film drew a series of comic strips that are howlingly funny.  Very crude (cuss words and frank attitudes are expressed in a satiric way) so be forewarned, and it's expressing more "in jokes" about what it was like to be an extra playing a member of the Mexican army in April, May and June in the Texas heat.  OK:  Go to < > and along the top menu bar select "Message Board", then select "Extras Holding Area" and as the first selection under topics "Alamo Comic Strip--Updated".  You will need Adobe Acrobat to view it.

Several on the Alamo fan site know their Texas and Alamo history to a T, a T that stands for "Texas".  Don't let that put you off.  As a matter of fact, it's said that this movie will take new looks at the legends of the battle as historians are now interpreting it today.  You may see points of view (in the film's script) of the townspeople and the Mexican army expressed.  Some historians doubt the famous "line in the sand" really took place, and that may be expressed in the movie.  And some historians now speculate there may be doubt as to how Davy Crockett actually died, instead of in the heat of battle perhaps captured by Santa Ana and excecuted.

Movie is not yet rated, but due to the level of violence in it the extras who worked on it speculate the movie might be rated PG-13, but that is just rumor at this time.  Movie is set to open Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2003.  It will be a Touchstone movie, not from Disney Pictures as originally thought.

P.S.:  I posted this and then checked both links I referred you to and can verify both links work.

P.P.S.:  Upon closer reading of posts on the fan site for "The Alamo" movie, the teaser/trailer is _not_ universally playing in front of "Open Range" which opened in theatres last week.  "The Alamo" trailer/teaser is viewable on the Internet, however.  And if you view the trailer and see/hear the character viewing outside the Alamo walls who remarks "We're going to need more men," that's Billy Bob Thornton, who plays David Crockett, so now you know how differently "The Alamo" will apparently portray its overall subject resemblance to "Davy Crockett" as Fess Parker portrayed that character for Walt Disney!  :coonskin:   --Last PPS was written and added to this post 8/16/03 by Carol Koster

Posted by: RichKoster on Sep. 18, 2003 12:31 am/pm

Film premiere is a reel deal for the Alamo

Disney's Touchstone Pictures will premiere Alamo on December 13, 2003 at San Antonio's Majestic Theatre.

Quick quote:
Come December, with all the nearby shops sporting Christmas decorations and endless strings of light, the mood at the Alamo will be far less reserved. On Dec. 13, a Saturday night, Disney's Touchstone Pictures will offer the world premiere of its feature film, The Alamo, starring Dennis Quaid as Sam Houston, Billy Bob Thornton as Davy Crockett, Jason Patric as Jim Bowie and Patrick Wilson as William Barret Travis.

"It will be a very interesting night in San Antonio," said David Stewart, director of the Alamo.

< Full details. >

Posted by: CarolKoster on Sep. 25, 2003 8:49 am/pm

According, this week, to the Alamo movie fan site, a brand new trailer will show starting this weekend promoting "The Alamo".  Might be with "Under the Tuscan Sun" but there is another movie opening this weekend from Touchstone, I forgot the title but it appeals more to men, where the fans on that site think the 2nd trailer is more likely to show.   "Entertainment Tonight" this week did a segment about the film, too.
Posted by: CarolKoster on Sep. 26, 2003 10:05 am/pm

The film opening this weekend where you can supposedly see the newest "The Alamo" trailer is "Cold Creek Manor", from Touchstone.

But you can see it online too:

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Select the first option for the theatrical trailer, you've selected the newest one (the one just out this weekend and the one I'm pointing you towards) if the time on it says 2:32 (two minutes and 32 seconds).  The older trailer is 2:12 (2 minutes 12 seconds).  Select also the photo montage, the third option on the page.  The music is new, might actually be from the movie, and this trailer makes "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" look like a summer frolic romp by comparison (and I LOVED PotC:TCotBP.)  It's OK for kids to see these trailers but the movie itself looks like it will be very intense and emotional.  This has Oscar and other awards written all over it.  At least IMHO, YMMV.  Absolutely stunning and awesome!!!!  Bound to be one of the "must see" movies of that time of year.  

Can also go here to the movie's fan site which has a link to the same clips:

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Entertainment Tonight's WWW site has a video clip of Leonard Maltin on "The Alamo" set interviewing Billy Bob Thorton and the actor portraying Col. William Travis.

UPDATE:  After I wrote and posted this I went deeper into "The Alamo" movie fan site discussion areas and they are now saying the "new" music in this newest version of the trailer is NOT from "The Alamo", it's three different scores from other movies.  But the glowing praise for the newest trailer keeps flowing on the fan site's discussion board.

Posted by: RichKoster on Oct. 28, 2003 9:21 am/pm

Whoa, this is HUGE NEWS!!!!!

The premEAR of Disney's "The Alamo" movie is not going to be on Christmas Day, but has been moved to next year -- 2004!!!!

Carol says, "What a shocker! Impact: This will not be an Oscar contender film (release before 12/31 to be so considered by the Academy). And this may postpone the premiere in San Antonio from early December to closer to the anniversary of when the real battle occured (March??)"

Official press release:

Touchstone Pictures' Epic Film 'The Alamo' Set for New April 2004 Release Date

BURBANK, Oct 28, 2003 -- Touchstone Pictures' highly anticipated and ambitious production of "The Alamo," has been given a new release date of April, 2004, it was announced today (10/28/03) by Dick Cook, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, and the film's director John Lee Hancock. "The Alamo" stars Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton, Jason Patric, Jordi Molla, Emilio Echevarria, and Patrick Wilson.

Commenting on the announcement, Cook said, "The decision to move 'The Alamo' to April 2004 was made at the request of the filmmakers, who felt they needed additional time to complete this great movie. Too often in Hollywood these days, release dates are set before a film has even completed shooting and it forces the director into a situation that compromises the work. Our experience working with John Lee Hancock has been so terrific and our belief in his opinions, talents and abilities so strong, that we felt his concerns about the looming release date warranted strong consideration. Ultimately, the end product is more important than the need to meet arbitrary deadlines for awards, etc. Audiences will have to wait just a bit longer to see 'The Alamo,' but we feel that the wait will be worth it and result in a motion picture that is superior and satisfying in every way."

Hancock commented, "Dick and Nina Jacobson have been 100% supportive of this film throughout the entire production process and I am thrilled that they have agreed to give me the necessary time to complete it to my satisfaction. The Alamo has, from a very early age, been the most important story of my life, so when I agreed to rewrite and direct the film, I set the bar very high, both for myself and the finished product. Post production on an epic ensemble piece takes time and no deadline, no prestige release date, no awards season is worth more to me than the movie being fantastic. I owe that to myself as well as the film."

Where myth meets history ... where legend meets reality ... the roads cross at San Antonio de Bexar and the small, ruined mission there: The Alamo. This new, action-packed retelling of the American legend shows there are at least two sides to every story -- and more -- when America's extraordinary figures are involved. Against all odds in the spring of 1836, less than 200 men -- men of all races who believed in the future of Texas -- held the fort against thousands of Mexican soldiers led by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna (Emilio Echevarria), ruler of Mexico and commander of its forces. Led by three men -- the young, brash Lt. Col. William Travis (Patrick Wilson); the violent, passionate James Bowie (Jason Patric); and the living legend David Crockett (Billy Bob Thornton) -- the Texians and their deeds at the Alamo would pass into history as General Sam Houston's (Dennis Quaid) rallying cry for Texas independence and into legend for their symbolic significance. "The Alamo" was produced by Mark Johnson, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, and executive produced by Todd Hallowell and Philip Steuer. Leslie Bohem and Stephen Gaghan and John Lee Hancock wrote the screenplay.

Source:Touchstone Pictures

Posted by: CarolKoster on Oct. 28, 2003 9:26 am/pm

The buzz on the < Alamo movie fan site > is that early audience test screenings show the movie as existing and edited now lacks emotional impact for the audience.  

They want the extra time to do it right, because they know they have to answer to Texans if they screw this movie up.

Also, in the general movie discussion forum < there > you can see another thread about how another site reports a test screening was  disappointing.

Posted by: CarolKoster on Oct. 28, 2003 9:28 am/pm

Big show biz news about this movie this evening, folks:  The premiere of "The Alamo" is being postponed from Christmas Day 2003 to April 2004!!!!!!!!!  They need more time to edit the movie.  Reading on The Alamo movie fan site (see earlier message in this thread for the URL) apparently very recent test screenings are showing the movie isn't involving the audience emotionally enough and there must be some negative audience reviews based on the test screenings.  So the movie-makers need more time to fix the problems.  Two impacts of this:  No premiere in early December in San Antonio (likely big news and a big disappointment there), and no potential Oscar nominations for this movie.  A movie, to be nominated for an Oscar, must have been released in New York or Los Angeles by December 31 of the prior year.  News apparently verified not only by Ain't It Cool News (a movie WWW site about news and rumors in Hollywood) as reported on The Alamo movie fan WWW site, but I also just saw a PRNewswire press release from Disney itself confirming the later premiere date.  Rich has been alerted to post the release here for you to see and a pointer to the discussion thread about the delay on The Alamo movie's fan WWW site.

Thought you might be interested.

Posted by: CarolKoster on Oct. 29, 2003 7:04 am/pm

More buzz from The Alamo film fan site:  One poster came up with the speculation that not only is the movie behind in its editting and musical score composition, but the change in premiere date to April 2004 would put the new premiere closer to anniversary dates in Texas history honored in the film.  The Alamo fell March 6.  I think the Battle of San Jacinto (which ends the movie) was in April.  April is a less "hot" month for big movies to come out.  April would get The Alamo away from December 2003 big movies like Tom Cruise's Seven Samarai and Lord of the Rings.  Test screenings had mixed reviews:  Test screenings were done in California and not Texas, and reaction to an historical movie was not what the filmmakers or Disney (Eisner is said to have attended the test screening) were hoping for.  Postponing the movie to the spring would allow more members of the Academy to see it in theatres and not via the controversial screening DVDs (piracy concerns), even though that puts off potential Oscar caliber performances for consideration for more than a full year.  They also point out it's unsual for a film of this budget and complexity to be released so soon (6 months or less) after principal shooting ended.  Partipants on the discussion forum are hoping the filmmakers don't go back and create a mushy love triangle between Alamo defenders and some lady character to heighten the "emotions" of the film, they primarily want the history to be depicted and Alamo defenders honored.  Some see the delay and call for re-edit as a pandering to the age 15-25 crowd who wants to see a movie 12 times in a row in theatres and who view movies as mind-candy than artistic attempts to explore serious subject matter.  There is a lot of shock, anger, disappointment.  They hope the delay will make for a better-made movie.  Some are disappointed that on Christmas Day they'll actually have to spend time with their families instead of at the movies as they'd planned.  ;)   I'm disappointed, too, 'cause my late father was from San Antonio and I grew up visiting the Alamo there, also grew up with the image of Fess Parker starring as that character on Wonderful World of Disney.  I hope moving the premiere later creates a stunning epic of battle and patriotism for all to enjoy and for Texas, San Antonio and the nation to be proud of.   Made sense to me to premiere the movie close to actual historic anniversaries for Texas liberty, anyway, but then again who at Disney would listen to me or anyone else with common sense? ;-) :flag:  :coonskin:
Posted by: RichKoster on Oct. 29, 2003 2:49 am/pm

Disney Delays 'Alamo' Release

Take a look at this < Los Angeles Times article >. It sums up very well what's going on with the changing of the movie's premEAR date.

Posted by: CarolKoster on Oct. 29, 2003 3:12 am/pm

< Box Office Mojo > has a discussion forum on their WWW site.  They are speculating The Alamo movie suffers from not being very good to begin with and from the crushing blow the Lord of the Rings sequel debutting in December will cause movies released after it.  They complain the holiday movie season is too crowded and want other studios to move their movies out of the month or the season, as Disney did with The Alamo.  About the movie not being good, the promos and teasers for it on Disney's official WWW site for the movie look good to me.  But The Lord of the Rings franchise is a very very strong one and that film is likely the goliath this season to stay clear of.  What a shame.  I still hope for good things for The Alamo film, maybe being released closer to the commemorative dates in March-April celebrated in the film will uptick its box office vs. being released at Christmas 2003.
Posted by: RichKoster on Oct. 29, 2003 5:01 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

Over on the < Alamo movie fan site >, Mr. Peabody posted his "translation" of the official PR news release quoted above. He's given me his permission to repost it here for all the Disney EchoEars to see.

From: Mr. Peabody

Let me take a Bowie knife and slice through that PR crap!

"We previewed the first edit of Disney's 'The Alamo' to the target movie audience of youngsters ages 15 to 25 and the drama and epic scale of this legendary battle went way over their heads. kids hate history and there wasn't any gunplay like 'The Matrix' or violence like 'Kill Bill'. Perhaps we should of went for an adult audience like Kevin Costner did in 'Open Range' but were in the business to make money, not lose money. Adults go to a movie once or twice. But the kids go to the movies 12 or 15 times like the little sheep that they are!

We have ordered director John Lee Hancock to go back into the editing room and present an edit that appeals to our dimwitted demographic. John Lee is upset with our decision, but if he wants to work in this town again he'll grin and bear it! John Lee also directed the Disney family film 'The Rookie' own it today on DVD and VHS!

We apologize to those who have patiently waited for the release of 'The Alamo' but you are a small demographic! We also apologize to Billy Bob Thornton and Patrick Wilson who gave Oscar worthy performances. While on the subject of the Oscars, the conspiracy to give Tom Cruise an Oscar for best actor gains new ground! Our demographic will see Cruise in the action packed film 'The Last Samurai.'

Again, we express our heartfelt regret to the fans of the Alamo (yeah, right) as conciliation we invite you to visit Disney World in Orlando and Disneyland in Anaheim. Unfortunately, we also insist that you pay our exorbitant ticket prices.

To the fans of the Alamo and dramatic film, we look forward to releasing 'The Alamo' in April 2004. However we just might withold the release again, as getting as many teenagers to be repeat ticket buyers takes precedence over all else.

Enjoy the winter season. And don't forget to take the little ones to Disney's 'Brother Bear.' We must make the next generation repeat ticket buyers."

Hey, Disney! As we say in Boston: "Screw!"

-- Mr. Peabody

Posted by: RichKoster on Oct. 29, 2003 6:44 am/pm

It's no go for 'The Alamo' as Disney postpones film

An article about Disney's decision to postpone the opening of The Alamo in the Orlando Sentinel.

< Full details. >

Posted by: RichKoster on Oct. 29, 2003 9:49 am/pm

Carol alerted me to an error in the link I posted above, which I just fixed. Note, though, that free registration is required to view the Orlando Sentinel article.
Posted by: RichKoster on Oct. 31, 2003 12:14 am/pm

Studio delays release of "Alamo"
This article by New9 San Antonio has a video link to the news report which includes some of the Alamo's trailer.

< Full details. >

FORGET "The Alamo" — for now
Speculation that the reason for the delay: “some industry watchers suggest includes cutting the reported 2-hour, 45-minute running time,” and the lukewarm reaction by some test audiences.

< Full details. >

Note that in the link directly above this line, the article gives a tentative world premEAR date of March 27, 2004: "The invitation-only premiere tentatively has been rescheduled for March 27. 'The Alamo' is expected to have its theatrical release in April."

Posted by: RichKoster on Nov. 10, 2003 1:07 am/pm

Disney Shoots Itself in Foot at the Alamo

Quick quote:
ALAMO hero Davy Crockett has been portrayed as a "coward" in a Walt Disney movie.

Now the £51 million epic, due to be released on Christmas Day, is to be reedited and new scenes shot following uproar in the US.

Tennessee-born hero Crockett - of direct Irish-Scots Presbyterian descent, whose ancestors emigrated from North Tyrone-East Donegal - is depicted as a coward who has little stomach for fighting.

Portrayed in the original 1950s movie by actor Fess Parker as making a brave last stand at the Alamo and refusing to surrender to the Mexican army, in the new movie about the 1836 San Antonio massacre Crockett is shown begging for his life in front of General Santa Ana.

The Corpus Christi Times in Texas said: "Any Texan worth his lizard skin boots and Willie Nelson albums knows better than to smear the legend of Davy Crockett."

The release of The Alamo - which stars Billy Bob Thornton as Crockett - has been put back after preview audiences complained it was "too politically correct" and pointed out that Disney had tried to portray the Mexican side sympathetically to appeal to Mexican-Americans and other Hispanics living in the US.

< Full details. >

Posted by: CarolKoster on Nov. 10, 2003 1:34 am/pm

The link in Rich's post just above takes you to a Northern Ireland news WWW site.  I wonder if anyone from that site was at any of the test screenings of it in recent months?  Since I wasn't at a test screening I don't know precisely what had audiences lukewarm towards the project other than what I read on Disney fan sites, The Alamo movie fan site and general movie fan fan sites.  From what I've read the re-editting has to do more with the length and lack of emotion in the movie.  When Fess Parket swung around Ol' Betsy as he stood his last in Disney's 1950s Wonderful World of Disney depiction of The Battle of the Alamo, it wasn't exactly based on detailed voluminous information from eyewitnesses who survived the battle.  Current historic research, based on the de la Pena diary (a Mexican soldier who was there) seem to point that Crockett was captured and executed, facing his death front ways like a "hero" would vs. being shot in back as if fleeing.  Even the official Alamo WWW site operated by the Daughters of Texas will acknowledge it's still not entirely clear how any of the Alamo defenders individually met their fates.  Look up on the Discovery Channel WWW site for a show called "History's Mysteries" and they did a whole show trying to probe some of the ambiguous historical record about the Alamo battle and Crockett's end (the show's results were inconclusive, but the intrigue made you watch! ).  The news Rich points to above may or may not be factual, but the tone of the article seems to me like 'piling on' top of Disney.
Posted by: RichKoster on Nov. 10, 2003 1:42 am/pm

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When Fess Parket swung around Ol' Betsy as he stood his last in Disney's 1950s Wonderful World of Disney depiction of The Battle of the Alamo, it wasn't exactly based on detailed voluminous information from eyewitnesses who survived the battle.

No, but it's what we believe!

And no retelling of the story will have us forget what Walt taught us when we Remember the Alamo!

That might be the trouble that the new movie is having...

Give 'em heck, Davey!

Posted by: RichKoster on Nov. 10, 2003 1:46 am/pm

Producer OK with 'Alamo' delay

Quick quote:
Brian Grazer, who with Ron Howard is a producer on "The Alamo," said the delay is a good thing.

"It was a decision that was made by Disney. I thought it was courageous. I was happy they did it," he said. "They needed to work more on the movie, to cut time out. I think it'll become a more resonant film when it's shorter, focusing on some of these amazing sequences that John Lee (Hancock) did shoot."

< Full details. >

Posted by: CarolKoster on Nov. 10, 2003 2:03 am/pm

Folks on The Alamo movie fan site don't seem aware of the above Northern Ireland news article.  Folks over there are still discussing the delay of the movie to April 2004.  Someone worked a sci-fi convention in Orlando that attracted some Hollywood professionals who were familiar with The Alamo movie project.  They told the one who posted tht the delay of the project should not be viewed as a bad thing, that it should be viewed as good for the quality of the movie they are trying to make.
Posted by: CarolKoster on Nov. 10, 2003 2:13 am/pm

The < official The Alamo movie WWW site > has been revised for the new premiere date.

And here's < the unofficial Alamo movie fan site discussion area >.

Posted by: RichKoster on Nov. 10, 2003 3:24 am/pm

I edited Carol's message, directly above this one, providing links.
Posted by: CarolKoster on Nov. 10, 2003 6:34 am/pm


On the redesigned official The Alamo movie WWW site is an Educator's Guide, downloadable in full color in PDF format.  This is fascinating stuff.  Know anyone who teaches upper middle school, junior high school or high school history or social studies?  Is the Alamo or 1830s American history part of the curriculum this year?  At least take a look.  This is impressive.  (At least it looks impressive to me.....whether it's useful or relevant in a classroom, that's for teachers to decide.)

Attention Disney WWW fan site fans:  How cool is this?  The official The Alamo movie WWW site has a links page, and on it are links to the historic shrine in well as The Alamo movie fan site!  Disney (actually Touchstone Pictures) is pointing to a fan WWW site on one of it's movie's official WWW site!  Like I exclaimed before, how cool is that?

Posted by: RichKoster on Nov. 10, 2003 8:41 am/pm

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Disney (actually Touchstone Pictures) is pointing to a fan WWW site on one of it's movie's official WWW site!

I guess that makes it an official unofficial website!

Posted by: Goofyteer on Nov. 10, 2003 9:19 am/pm

It's a good thing they moved up the Alamo release date! I went to see The Matrix Revolutions for the heck of it last Wednesday (wow that's a record for me! 2 movies within one month!  :laugh:  ) and they had the trailer for The Alamo playing. When it stated that the release date would be December 25, the audience I was with burst out laughing and one guy shrieked, "Are they INSANE?" :uhoh:

I was afraid for a while there that the release date just might cause too many sarcastic wisecracks with the press and public. Good thing they upped it.  :mickey:

Posted by: CarolKoster on Nov. 14, 2003 7:45 am/pm

The History Channel apparently is proceeding with plans to show a 2-hour documentary that details the Alamo battle and the making of "The Alamo" movie, even though the premiere was moved away from December 25, 2003 to April 2004 recently.

If you're interested, The History Channel has a site up about the 2-hour show that has clips from the documentary as well as from the film.  The 2-hour documentary will be hosted by Dennis Quaid, the actor who portrays Sam Houston in the movie.  There are educational resource links, too.

The documentary will air Tuesday, December 16, 2003 at 9 pm Eastern, 8 pm Central, 7 pm Mountain, 6 pm Pacific, lasts for 2-hours, and will be repeated on December 20th.  Check History Channel listings or your favorite source for cable TV/satellite listings for exact time and channel assignment for you and your viewing area.  You can also click on the History Channel page for them to send a reminder to you via E-mail to watch the show.  As for children, consider the subject matter and view the clips on the site to determine this show's suitability for every member of your family.

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From what is on the History Channel WWW site about this documentary so far, if you are at all a history fan, a Western movie fan, if you want your notions about history and historic figures to be updated and challenged, if you are interested in the detail of research that took place to recreate the Alamo and 1830s San Antonio for the movie set, or in behind-the-scenes of movie making, check out this WWW site and then make a point of seeing this show.   It's a great site!  

Posted by: CarolKoster on Nov. 14, 2003 8:21 am/pm

For those of you into historical discussions on C-SPAN the Texas Book Fair (held last weekend in Austin TX) segment featuring authors of books about the Alamo will air Saturday afternoon November 15 at 6:30pm Eastern, 5:30pm Central, 4:30pm Mountain, 3:30pm Pacific times for 30-minutes.  Or check on C-SPAN and your cable/satellite TV listings for time and channel assignment for you and your area.  The movie and it's delay in premiereing, and the controversy of the historical record about the Alamo battle, and popular culture surrounding the Alamo, are all likely topics.
Posted by: CarolKoster on Nov. 17, 2003 1:04 am/pm

Regarding reports in United Kingdom newspapers recently that Disney was re-editting "The Alamo" about David Crockett being portrayed a coward for fleeing the Alamo siege:  Disney issued a statement (summarized in a thread on The Alamo Movie fan site, see earlier citations of the URL) denying it.  Disney is said, in that official statement, to be giving the film more time in post-production to make it a better less rushed movie.
Posted by: CarolKoster on Nov. 20, 2003 10:55 am/pm

New premiere date is March 27, 2004.  When the movie goes into wide-release hasn't been announced yt.  March 27 date is according to The Alamo movie fan site.  Premiere is the week before NCAA Final Four basketball playoffs also taking place in San Antonio.
Posted by: RichKoster on Nov. 20, 2003 1:21 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

You have got to go to < this website > and see the Battle of the Alamo portrayed by plush toys!

The Players
Davy Crockett: Abdul the Great
Jim Bowie: Maurice the Goose
William Travis: Big Bunny (Roger Rabbit)
Santa Anna: Lizard
Troops: Slamasaurus
Special Guest: Nora Duck

Posted by: RichKoster on Nov. 20, 2003 1:42 am/pm

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New premiere date is March 27, 2004.  When the movie goes into wide-release hasn't been announced yet.  March 27 date is according to The Alamo movie fan site.  Premiere is the week before NCAA Final Four basketball playoffs also taking place in San Antonio.

Thanks for the update, Carol!

Posted by: CarolKoster on Nov. 21, 2003 8:53 am/pm

According to discussion forums on Box Office Mojo the wide release date for "The Alamo" is set for April 9, 2004. The movie's world premiere is set for March 27.

Here's a link to an article about Billy Bob Thornton, who plays David Crockett in "The Alamo", and Thornton's response on why the premiere of the movie was delayed from Christmas 2003 to April 2004.

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For those of you in Texas or with access to a newsstand with out-of-state magazines, look up the December 2003 issue of Texas Monthly, published by Emmis Communications.  On the cover are two of the stars of "The Alamo" and articles discussing the movie.  It's too bad the premiere got delayed.  Folks on The Alamo movie fan site are raving about the articles and how good they are.  The magazine is shipping to subscribers now and should be on newsstands in a few days.

Posted by: CarolKoster on Nov. 29, 2003 11:04 am/pm

According to the Alamo movie fan site, another site called has an article about how the various Hollywood movie studios are buying ad time in the 2004 Super Bowl to promote 2004 movies.'s article speculates that for Disney supposedly buying two 30-second commercial slots in the 2004 Super Bowl, that one of those commercials will go to promote "The Alamo" movie premiering in April 2004.  Article is dated late-November 2003 at if you want to read more, or follow links found in archives of The Alamo movie fan site on the WWW.

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