In the latest example of an old TV show being mined for material to produce a feature film, there’s now development on a Green Acres movie based on the ‘60s sitcom of the same name.
My first thought was to wonder whether or not Green Acres really means anything to people now. People over 30 or 35 know the show, if only from Nick at Nite reruns, but it probably isn’t anyone’s favorite. Kids getting into movies now might not even know what Sam Jackson’s line in Pulp Fiction is all about.
But that might not matter. We’re in the middle of a culture war, after all — or so Fox News says. The story of a Manhattan couple that heads to the country so the husband can indulge his dream of running a farm might make for primo comedy. Someone could probably make a few bucks off a comedy that pokes fun at a situation where city folk moving to middle America, especially if it has a slightly familiar name.
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Antoine Fuqua directed Denzel Washington in The Equalizer last year, but Sony has been slow to roll out any footage. Now we’ve got an official poster and a set of images, along with what appears to have been a pretty good “viral” marketing gag that was placed in the New York Times over the weekend. The film updates the ’80s TV show, with Denzel as a former special ops guy who “donates” his skills to those in need. Check out the new Equalizer images below. Read More »
Several times in the past, Baz Luhrmann has shown a tendency towards tweaked applications of tropes from western movies. So there’s a weird and somewhat thrilling sense of appropriate convergence to the fact that Luhrmann is now in talks to direct Kung Fu for Legendary. The original TV show, which first ran from 1972 to 1975, starred David Carradine as Caine, a Shaolin monk who roamed the American west, and has lived in pop-culture memory in no small part thanks to Quentin Tarantino’s fandom. There will be some changes in the new version, but with Luhrmann as director, there will be no shortage of great-looking visions. Read More »
The Entourage movie doesn’t open for 15 months, but production is well underway. In fact, the film opens on the same day as Jurassic World, and Entourage will be in the can before director Colin Trevorrow shoots a foot of film on the dinosaur sequel.
The writer and director of Entourage, Doug Ellin, has been doing a pretty amazing job documenting the production via Instagram. He’s put up plenty of images of his principal cast – Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrera, Kevin Dillon and Jeremy Piven – but also revealed a slew of cameos and plenty of returning stars who played key roles in the eight seasons of the hit HBO show.
Below, check out some Entourage set photos. Read More »
Jon M. Chu has made or been linked to multiple ’80s cartoon revivals. There’s his G.I. Joe film, and then the Masters of the Universe movie he was attached to direct at one point. Now Chu, along with producers Jason Blum and Scooter Braun and Hasbro, has announced an intention to make a live-action Jem and the Holograms movie.
The original cartoon (and the toy line it promoted) was about of Jerrica Benton and her rock and roll alter-ego, Jem, who fronted a band called The Holograms. Based on Chu’s announcement of the project, the aim will be to keep some of the core idea while updating it for a modern telling. And the director and his producers are looking to recruit fan input for the project. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 by Angie Han
For most of the past year, the conversation surrounding Rob Thomas‘ Veronica Mars has been about the way it was made. Now that the film premiere has finally arrived, though, the talk can turn to what he’s made. In an ideal world, Veronica Mars would serve the dual purpose of satisfying existing Marshmallows, as Veronica Mars devotees call themselves, while making new ones.
On the first count, I can say as a longtime fan (I was one of the 91,585 who contributed to the Kickstarter) that the sequel just about lived up to my expectations. On the second, it’s harder to judge. For all its imperfections, though, it unmistakably delivers in one respect: It left me wanting much, much more.
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It’ll be a couple more weeks until you can see the Veronica Mars movie — a film even the creators of the original TV show thought might never happen. To make the wait just a bit easier, you can watch the Veronica Mars opening sequence right now. The scene recaps the TV series to some extent, and so also serves as a good primer for those who never watched the show. Read More »
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