‘Dead Island’ Film Rises Again

Dead Island movie

Remember Dead Island? Even non-gamers probably checked out the much-praised trailer that featured the non-linear story of a young girl’s descent into undead-dom. Movie rights to the game series were snapped up quickly after that trailer debuted, but that was in 2011. Actually making the movie has been a more difficult thing than making the first rights deal.

Now Dead Island is back, even as the next numbered game sequel crawls towards a 2015 release on next-gen consoles.  Read More »

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Star Wars jizz

Do you know what form of music was played by the cantina band in Star Wars? It’s called Jizz. No, really. Star Wars jizz was gently established in the Return of the Jedi novelization, which mentioned “jizz-wailers,” and then cemented in an Expanded Universe short story anthology called Tales From the Mos Eisley Cantina.

The first story in that book focused on the cantina band (Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes, if you want to be precise) and their mastery of jizz. I could tell you more, but there’s a great short documentary that will explain it all. Watch below. Read More »

Mudbloods trailer

People play Quidditch in real life. Seems weird, but who am I to tell people how to spend their time? The game is a bit different without magic, of course. OK, it’s a lot different. No flying brooms, no buzzing snitch. But a dedicated group of people have figured out a way to translate the game into our muggle world in a way that works for them. The documentary Mudbloods follows some of these players as they work their way towards the recently-founded Quidditch World Cup. Watch the Mudbloods trailer after the jump.

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Soul Reviver Movie

It’s too soon to call it a trend, but between the adaptation of Death Note (which Gus Van Sant was erroneously said to be part of) and now this new adaptation of Soul Reviver, are we about to see more US interest in bringing anime and manga stories to the screen? Regardless, The Last Samurai producer Marshall Herskovitz and director Ed Zwick are putting together a Soul Reviver movie, adapting the supernatural action series created by Tohru Fujisawa and Manabu Akishige

The series features a vision of the world in which “the dead can be brought back to life, if their souls can be restored before disappearing into the void.” Between life and the void, former detective Jin Ryuusuke and dead high school girl Sekimachi Kurara salvage souls before they are gone forever.

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Will Ferrell as Russ Meyer

In 1970, soft-core exploitation maestro Russ Meyer and film critic Roger Ebert collaborated on a film that Ebert later characterized as one “that got made by accident when the lunatics took over the asylum.” Beyond the Valley of the Dolls was originally intended to be a sequel to the melodrama Valley of the Dolls, but in the hands of Meyer and Ebert it became something else. Ebert calls it “a satire of Hollywood conventions, genres, situations, dialogue, characters and success formulas.” It’s a bizarre curio of a very different Hollywood.

Naturally, the story of its creation is going to be a movie, called Russ & Roger Go Beyond. Will Ferrell is looking like the actor who will play Russ Meyer in a project that doesn’t yet have any other creative talent attached.

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Deadpool test behind the scenes

The biggest leak of the last week might not be the pre-release torrent of The Expendables 3, but the bootleg of Deadpool test footage. Shot years ago, this short sequence features Ryan Reynolds in digital costume as the “merc with a mouth.” He cracks a few jokes, then cracks a few heads, before decaptiating a bad guy and waving hello to Tom Rothman, who at the time was head of Fox’s movie division.

We haven’t posted the footage because it still hasn’t been officially released. I’m sure you saw it anyway (that’s a screenshot, above), and now you can see Ryan Reynolds on set, in “costume” in a Deadpool test behind the scenes shot.  Read More »

Bond 24 Purvis Wade

Bond 24 will bring Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes back into the world of globe-trotting espionage, but the screenwriting credit may not be what we were expecting it to be. While John Logan also made the leap back into Bond after Skyfall, the script turned in may be getting more of a work-over than previously suggested. Rewrites on big movies happen all the time, and weeks ago it was reported that Neil Purvis and Robert Wade, who have worked on many Bond films in the last fifteen years, were doing a “last-minute rewrite” on Logan’s Bond 24 script. 

Now the report is that rewrite is more like a total overhaul. Or, as one report puts it, a “rescue.” Read More »

Elsa in Once Upon a Time

The animated film Frozen is moving to live-action thanks to the show Once Upon a Time, and we’ve got a batch of official images of Elsa (Georgina Haig) and Kristoff (Scott Michael Foster), along with (perhaps) Sven as they’ll appear in the show.  Read More »

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