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'Pearl Harbor' Bombed

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Jul 31, 2001 | 6:53am EDT

First, the big budget. Then, the rumors of the even bigger budget. And so it goes for Hollywood's high-priced highly scrutinized. The latest to be subjected to whispers of lavish spending: "Pearl Harbor."

Today's New York Post reports that the WWII-themed Disney megaproject, already budgeted at a record $135 million, is "still upwards" of that amount and "could go higher." The budgetary estimates are credited to an unnamed "on-the-set mole."

Disney dismisses the Page Six item, essentially accusing the "on-the-set mole" of having no idea how the film's costs are being added up. (Meow.)

"Pearl Harbor," now shooting in Hawaii, features an ensemble cast led by Ben Affleck and Cuba Gooding Jr. and promises to sport an impressive array of bombs and other exploding things as choreographed by director/blower-upper master Michael ("Armageddon") Bay.

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