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SDCC 2008: Day 3 Round Up- EVIL DEAD 4, TERMINATOR: SALVATION, I AM LEGEND, More

Posted on 27 July 2008 by Rich Drees

This year’s San Diego Comics Con is winding down today, and much of the news from yesterday and today seem to be more comics and television focused than film. But there was still a few interesting announcements made, so let’s start of with the best one.

Evil Dead 4- While talking about his return to the horror genre with Drag Me To Hell, director Sam Raimi let slip that he is gearing up for a new installment of his Evil Dead series. Raimi stated-

I love working with Bruce Campbell and he’s like Allison [Lohman, star of Raimi’s Drag Me To Hell]. He’s super willing to do anything to make it right. He’s a very funny guy, but mostly he’s got this quality where he will physically do anything to get the shot done right, so I would love to work with Bruce again because I’d love to test those limits. I’d love to make another Evil Dead picture. And actually that’s in the wheelhouse. I’d like to work on it with my brother Ivan [Raimi] when he comes up next week.

Now if he can get this made as well as a film adaptation of Evil Dead: The Musical, then all will be right in the world!

Terminator: Salvation- The fact that it still is in production didn’t slow down director McG from attending the con to start drumming up interest for his upcoming Arnold-less Terminator sequel, which he states has now been given studio permission to go for an R rating. Joining him on the stage were cast members Bryce Dallas Howard, Moon Bloodgood, Anton Yelchin, and Sam Worthington. Star Christian Bale was off promoting some little art film that was opening in Europe this week. Newsarama has a pretty good report on the proceedings.

I Am Legend prequel- Speaking of unnecessary follow-ups, Francis Lawrence revealed that they are currently trying to come up with a storyline for a possible prequel to last year’s Will Smith film. Hopefully, they’ll be able to give some reasoning for his character’s entirely unexplained motivations in the film’s third act.

Suspiria remake- Director David Gordon Green told the folks over at ShockTillYouDrop that the script for his planned remake of Dario Argenta’s classic horror film Suspiria is finished and that he is looking for financing to make it happen.

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Aronofsky To Direct New ROBOCOP

Posted on 25 July 2008 by Rich Drees

Admitedly, when MGM first made noise that it was going to produce a new Robocop picture, I was not particularly excited by the prospect. While Paul Verhoeven’s original 1987 movie was a stunning film that combined violence with subtle social satire, the following two sequels failed to live up to their promise.

But now, the prospect of a relaunch of the franchise certainly sounds better than it did yesterday, as MGM has announced that Darren Aronofsky will be directing the film with David Self penning the screenplay.

Although MGM has not officially greenlit the film for production, they reportedly want it ready for a 2010 release.

Via Hollywood Reporter.

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Weaver Up For One More ALIEN Film

Posted on 07 July 2008 by Rich Drees

The past year and a half has seen the return of a handful of 80s cinema heroes. Indiana Jones, Rocky, Rambo and John McLain have all reappeared on the silver screen for one last swan song. And now, one more actor is looking to return to an iconic role for one last grab at action film glory- Sigourney Weaver.

In an interview with Briatin’s OK! Magazine, Weaver indicated that she would love to strap on a big gun and go hunting nighmare-ish xenomorphs as she did the four Alien films.

“I would definitely do another if I had a director like Ridley Scott and we had a good idea,” she says of the classic sci-fi movie franchise. “Ridley is enthusiastic about it.”

A new Alien picture with the original film’s director attached in some capacity? To that I say, “Bring it on!” Anything to erase the pain that is my memories of the two abominable Alien Vs. Predator films that the franchise has devolved into. I think with Scott’s involvement, we don’t have to worry about the story being substandard. And besides, there are too few proactive women’s roles in genre pictures. It would be nice to see more of the gals out there kicking tail instead of just functioning as arm candy, hostages or both.

Of course, there is that pesky little matter of Ripley being dead and all, but then again, that did not stop them from going ahead with 1997′s Alien: Resurrection.

For the time being, though, until we actually hear something about the studio hiring screenwriters for such a project, I think we can just file this one under “Idle Chatter.”

Via CinemaBlend

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PLANET OF THE APES Coming To Blu-Ray!

Posted on 14 June 2008 by Rich Drees

Ever wonder just how dirty the stinkin’ paws of those damn dirty apes were?

You’ll get your chance this fall when Twentieth Century Fox Home Video releases a giant box set of the classic Planet Of The Apes series of films on Blu-Ray disc.

The announcement was made last night at a screening of the 1968 film at the Jersey City Lowes by film historian and CinemaRetro publisher Lee Pfeiffer. Pfeiffer will be pennning a book with his CinemaRetro co-publisher Dave Worrall that will accompany the set. Previously, the pair wrote The Great Fox War Movies to accopany a DVD box set featuring The Longest Day, Patton and Tora! Tora! Tora!.

More details as they become available.

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Review: INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL

Posted on 22 May 2008 by Rich Drees

After almost 20 years, Harrison Ford is back as the fedora wearing, whip cracking adventuring archaeologist Indiana Jones. But was it worth the wait? Read our review to find out.

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New QUANTUM OF SOLACE Photos

Posted on 12 May 2008 by Rich Drees

Daniel Craig’s iteration of James Bond may be a little rougher hewn than his predecessors, but he’s certainly quick on the uptake on how to look suave under the most trying circumstances. Take this photo, one of a number of new images from the still in production upcoming Bond adventure Quantum Of Solace, that appeared over at Cinematical. Here, he looks as if he’s just out for a Sunday stroll instead of having just crossed some dessert after fighting off who knows how many bad guys.

To get the full context of how this picture fits in with Bond’s continuing mission to uncover the terrorist organization hinted at in 2006′s Casino Royale, we will have to wait until November 7.

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TERMINATOR 4 Looking For PG-13 Rating

Posted on 05 May 2008 by Rich Drees

Production kicks off today on the next installment of the Terminator franchise, Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins, and the producers have announced that they are abandoning the franchise’s R rating territory for the more box office friendly PG-13 rating.

As reported in Variety, the honchos at Halcyon, the production company that scooped up the Terminator franchise rights in 2007 when Carlco went out of business, have made the decision in an effort to maximize the amount of money the film will rake in. They don’t think that the change will dramatically effect the film, noting “The ratings have changed. The PG-13 has increased in intensity.”

This news does nothing to bolster my continually dropping confidence level in the film. As I have stated before, I think that James Cameron’s two Terminator films are as finely crafted a bit of genre storytelling as can be found. They compliment each other in such a way that no further exploration of their world was needed. Which is just one of the reasons I didn’t like Terminator 3 and have had trouble being engaged by the recent Terminator: The Sarah Conners Chronicles television series. They just completely negate the first two films in both story and theme and come across as nothing more than a grab for a quick buck. It is a feeling that that nothing the article states allays.

The Variety piece points out that last summer’s PG-13 return to the previously R rated Die Hard franchise, Live Free Or Die Hard, was the most successful entry in the series, grossing approximately $382 million worldwide. Of course, the article neglects to mention that the last Die Hard film had come out in 1995 and grossed $361 million worldwide and that the first two Die Hards grossed $138.7 and $239.5 million respectively. When one factors in the rise in ticket prices since the initial Die Hard was released in 1988 and the fact that the original three movies were released on at least 25% less screens than Live Free Or Die Hard, the argument that the film was so successfully because of its PG-13 rating doesn’t seem that strong. And this is leaving out the complaints from the franchise’s fanbase that last summer’s film lacked some of the edge that the original three had.

Instead, Variety touts the producers being excited that the lower rating will allow for producers to make some cash on the side through licensing agreements for action figures and the like.
Yes, Hollywood is a business first and a truly artistic endeavor a distant second. And as a business, I am constantly dismayed by how the studios constantly seem to mismanage their franchises, only focusing on the immediate profit and not the long term one. As such, decisions are made that ultimately hurt the viability of their continuing franchises. Two years ago, Twentieth Century Fox rushed the production of X-Men 3 through in order to meet a release date, resulting in a film with an unpolished script that failed to live up to the promise of the first two films. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 from last summer met a similar fate, though the culprit here was the studio’s insistence of shoehorning the fan favorite villain Venom into the movie.

So the question becomes this- Does a studio want to maximize profit potential on one film or does it want to earn a smaller profit on that film, but insure that there is a solid audience for a series of films that will dependably generate that profit every couple of summers, for years to come? Maybe catering to a franchise’s fanbase is something that the studios should keep in mind, as happy fans are loyal fans at the box office.

Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins begins stealing money out of your wallet on May 22, 2009.

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STAR TREK Goes To Superhero High School

Posted on 18 March 2008 by Rich Drees

AintItCool has a set of spy photos taken yesterday of some location shooting for J J Abrams upcoming Star Trek franchise reboot. The production was filming in front of Cailfornia State University at Northridge’s Oviatt Library, trying to go incognito under the false title Corporate Headquarters. With the Starfleet logo on the lightpost banners, they clearly were not fooling anyone, hence the leaked pictures.

If you look at one of the pictures in the group, reproduced here at right (click to make bigger), you may notice that the Library looks familiar. That’s because it was also used as the location for the front of the superhero high school in Disney’s 2005 film Sky High! (You can also see a picture of the Library when it isn’t moonlighting as a filmset at its Wikipedia entry.)

While it is true that some locations are used repeatedly, there’s often a disconnect for sharp eyed filmgoers when the same place is supposed to be in different locations in different films. It’s bound to happen occasionally, as not all films have the budget to film in the locations they are set in. Jack Nicholson’s Manhattan publishing office in Wolf can look suspiciously like the rundown Los Angeles apartment building in Bladerunner, because both films shot their scenes in LA’s famous Bradbury Building. More recently, viewers of the television series Heroes became familiar with an alleged Manhattan location called “Kirby Plaza,” complete with a distinctive red sculpture, during the show’s first season finale. However, if they went to see Rush Hour 3 a few months later, they may have been surprised to see Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker race through the exact same plaza in an action sequence set in Los Angeles.

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RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN Gets More Runners

Posted on 17 March 2008 by Rich Drees

Carla Gugino and Frank Marshall have joined the cast of Race To Witch Mountain, according to a Hollywood Reporter story published over the weekend. According to the story, Gugino will play a UFO expert who helps Las Vegas cab driver Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson get two psychic siblings to the titular mountain to escape shadowy government-types who want to experiment on the kids. The wild-eyed Marshall will be playing a government and UFO conspiracy theorist, presumably with wild eyes, who also helps Johnson and the kids.

Yesterday, while my wife and daughter were watching John’s recent film The Game Plan on pay-per-view, I once again pondered why the wrestler-turned-actor has seemingly turned his back on a promising career in the action genre for such family fare as Witch Mountain and the upcoming Tooth Fairy. Was it the withering reviews for Walking Tall (2004) and Doom (2005) that made him seek another acting avenue? Who knows? At least we’ll have him spoofing his tough guy persona this summer in Get Smart.

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INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL Poster

Posted on 10 March 2008 by Rich Drees

Movie poster artist Drew Struzan has become famouse among film fans in part for the artwork he contributed to the advertising campaign for the Indiana Jones films. It’s nice to see that even he is back for the new Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skulls, turning in the great artwork you see below. Needless to say, it doesn’t appear as if Spielberg, Lucas and company are as concerned now about certain spoilers concerning the titular Crystal Skull.

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