Robert Luketic Directing ‘The ExpendaBelles’

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While Avi Lerner and Millennium Films were once reportedly on the hunt for a female director to call the shots on The ExpendaBelles, they’re going to settle for the guy who directed Legally Blonde. Robert Luketic is now set to make the all-female riff on The Expendables. And the choice makes a certain sort of sense, as the film was scripted by Legally Blonde writers Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith.

The real news here might not be that director hire, however, but the film’s plot, which is below. Read More »

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Director Unearthed for ‘Day of the Dead’ Remake

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Briefly: George Romero’s Day of the Dead, the third of his original loose trilogy of zombie films and in some ways the strangest, hasn’t been left in a grave to journey quietly into movie eternity. It has been ravaged by a sorta-sequel and a sorta-remake (from 2005 and 2008, respectively) and now will be exhumed once more for another remake.

Millennium Films, which has some hand in the first remake, now has Mark Tonderai (House At The End Of The Street) to do a modern version. He scripted with Lars Jacobson. Deadline reports that the new film takes place some time after a viral outbreak has destroyed most of humanity, “a group of scientists and survivors attempt to find a cure, and instead open Pandora’s box.”

Producer Christa Campbell (Texas Chainsaw 3D) said earlier this year “These are not going to be zombies climbing walls and doing back flips like in World War Z.” But then World War Z went on to make hundreds of millions of dollars, and that has a way of changing minds. So who knows what we’ll see here. No cast has been announced.

Olympus Has Fallen

It took the Die Hard franchise five installments to send its hero overseas, but Olympus Has Fallen, a.k.a. “Die Hard in the White House,” will get there considerably faster. According to a new report, Nu Image and Millennium Films are reuniting the entire principal cast of the first movie — including Gerard ButlerAaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman – for London Has Fallen, set in, you guessed it, London. Hit the jump for more plot details.

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Meryl Streep

You’d think The Expendables producer Avi Lerner might look to certain names for his “all-female Expendables” offshoot film, which for now he’s calling The ExpendaBelles. Sigourney Weaver, maybe, or Linda Hamilton.

But he’s shooting for the moon, and he’s trying to get there on starship Streep. Yep, Lerner says he’s in talks with Meryl Streep to join his modern bacchae. Clearly he’s a fan of The Iron Lady, and probably Hope Springs. Read More »

Hercules The Legend Begins

It can’t be easy for an up-and-coming star to go up against a huge star like The Rock under even the best of circumstances, and I’m not sure Hercules: The Legend Begins counts as “the best of circumstances.”

To be fair, we haven’t seen footage for Brett Ratner and Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules just yet, so it’s possible that it’s no better than this competing version by Renny Harlin and Kellan Lutz. But Hercules: The Legend Begins looks pretty lackluster in its own right, more like a cheap 300 ripoff than anything else. Check out the new trailer and judge for yourself after the jump.

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Hell Baby

R-rated jokes can be a good tool for a comedy filmmaker to have in their arsenal. There are some gags that simply don’t work when they’re toned down to satisfy the MPAA. But that doesn’t mean ruder, cruder, and lewder necessarily translates to funnier. A limp comedy is still a limp comedy, no matter how many bare butts, dick jokes, and blood splatters you toss in there.

Case in point: Last month’s green-band trailer for Hell Baby was pretty hit-or-miss, to put it generously, and I’m not sure that ratio’s much improved in this new red-band trailer. More boobs are on display, though, so there’s that. Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant direct, and Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Riki Lindhome, and Keegan-Michael Key star. Hit the jump to watch the NSFW video.

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Lovelace

Amanda Seyfried‘s covered more genres in the few of years than some actors do in their entire careers. She’s done an indie drama (The End of Love), a thriller (Gone), a musical (Les Misérables), a romcom (The Big Wedding), a kids’ cartoon (Epic), and now, she’s gonna do porn. Er, that is, a movie about porn.

Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein‘s Lovelace chronicles the story of Linda Boreman, who became an international sensation after changing her name to Linda Lovelace and starring in the crossover porn hit Deep Throat. Seyfried plays the title character, while Peter Sarsgaard co-stars as her husband/Svengali Chuck Traynor. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

Update: While the original embed was removed at the studio’s request, the official version has been released and can be found below.

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Briefly: Lionsgate/Summit has given new dates to two Sylvester Stallone films. The first is Sly’s latest team-up with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Once called The Tomb, the picture is now titled Escape Plan, and the studio has bounced it from September 13 of this year to October 18. On the new date, it will go up against are Carrie, Don Jon and Seventh Son.

Escape Plan is directed by Mikael Håfström, and follows a security expert (Stallone) who must escape a high-tech prison built to his own specifications. Schwarzenegger plays an inmate in the high-tech, secret facility, and the cast also features Jim Caviezel, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio and Amy Ryan.

Meanwhile, we don’t know for certain whether or not Schwarzenegger will end up alongside Stallone, Jason Statham, Jackie Chan, Wesley Snipes, Nicolas Cage and Milla Jovovich in The Expendables 3, but we do know the release date: August 15, 2014. Patrick Hughes (Red Hill) will direct when the sequel goes into production late this summer.

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