‘A Christmas Story 2′ Trailer: The Lamp is Back

See that “official sequel” stamp in the image above? That’s the mark of quality. There’s now a trailer for that direct to DVD sequel to A Christmas Story, and it proves that capturing the ineffable is just as difficult as we assumed it would be. Almost nothing in this trailer works (save for the Slinky joke) but I’ll suggest you hit the jump and take a look anyway. Read More »

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If ever a horror character deserved to be resurrected, it’s Chucky. The Good Guys Doll, who’s not good at all, made his debut in 1988 and was last seen in 2004′s Seed of Chucky. Since then a remake has been languishing in development hell, and a video game was rumored to be in the works. But now, finally, Chucky fans can rejoice.

Curse of Chucky, the previously announced sixth installment in the Child’s Play franchise, began filming in Canada Wednesday, aimed at a direct-to-DVD release. Brad Dourif (The Two Towers, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) returns as the voice of Chucky. The doll will stalk a character played by Dourif’s own daugther, Fiona Dourif, who will soon be seen in The Master. Read the plot description and see a behind the scenes image after the jump. Read More »

The last time we saw Amy Heckerling and Alicia Silverstone team up was for Clueless, a critical and commercial hit that launched the young actress to international fame. It’s an endlessly quotable teen classic that still holds up today, not to mention one of the freshest Jane Austen adaptations ever to hit the big screen.

Seventeen years later, the duo have reunited for Vamps, a cheeky take on the paranormal romance trend. The film’s been kicking around for a while — we first heard rumblings of it in 2009, and saw a batch of publicity stills last summer — and this fall, we’ll finally get to see the finished product. Don’t expect this one to be a Clueless-sized hit, however. It’s getting only a limited theatrical run before heading to DVD and Blu-ray a week and a half later. More details after the jump.

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If last week’s news of a direct-to-DVD A Christmas Story sequel had you wondering for the millionth time just who in the hell watches this crap, the answer, it turns out, is no one. (Well, Germain’s confession that he’d totally veg out to A Christmas Story 2 if it were in reruns on TBS notwithstanding.) And as such, Warner Bros.’ direct-to-video arm Warner Premiere is shutting down. In a statement announcing the shutdown, the studio cited the decline of the DVD market as the cause. More details after the jump.

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What do you get for the kid who has everything, including a Red Ryder BB Gun? Either a car, or a copy of A Christmas Story 2 on Blu-ray. Yes, whether you like it or not, a sequel to the seminal 1983 film about a young boy named Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) who pines for the aforementioned piece of hardware during the holiday season is coming to a store near you.

Directed by Brian Levant,  this movie follows Ralphie years later as he once again decides he has a big ticket item for the Christmas list: a 1938 Hupmobile Skyline Convertible. Braeden Lemasters plays the lead, Daniel Stern is the dad, Stacey Travis is mom and Valin Shinyei is the brother, Randie. The direct to Blu-ray and DVD film hits on October 30. Read more about the possibly unfortunate release after the jump. Read More »

When some moviegoers think of Universal, they think Universal Monsters. The Wolfman, Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Creature and more all featured in classic movies at the studio, and have since become Universal trademarks. 2012 is the 100th anniversary of the studio. To celebrate, they’re attempting to reinvent the Monsters brand in the home market, beginning with a reinvention of the Wolfman.

Werewolf: The Beast Among Us is directed by Louis Morneau (Joy Ride II) and stars Stephen ReaSteven Bauer,and Nia Peeples. It hits stores right in time for Halloween, October 9, and you can read more about it and check out the trailer after the jump. Read More »

Frank Miller, Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley helped change the comic book landscape when the first issue of their four-issue Batman reinvention The Dark Knight Returns was released in 1986. Those four issues have influenced film and television as well as comics; Christopher Nolan’s three Batman films are shaped to a great degree by the grim, violent vision of Batman put forth by Miller & Co.

The Dark Knight Returns has never been directly adapted to film or television, however, until now. Warner Bros. animation label DC Comics Premiere Movies is creating a two-part adaptation of the four-issue series. The good part is: Peter Weller (RoboCop) has been hired to voice Bruce Wayne and Batman. Read More »

The fact that the first Expendables was an R-rated affair didn’t stop it from underwhelming some, so Sly’s confirmation that Expendables 2 will be R, not PG-13, after all still isn’t a guarantee of quality — but it probably helps. Also after the jump:

  • Watch a trailer for the Starship Troopers: Invasion, the animated sequel
  • Men in Black 3 drops a new promo image.
  • TRON: Legacy orchestrator Joe Trapanese will return for TRON: Uprising

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