Barbershop 2

MGM’s Barbershop franchise is opening up again. Also after the jump:

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  • The final installment of Atlas Shrugged sets a release date
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Atlas Shrugged

That third Atlas Shrugged you didn’t ask for is on the way. Also after the jump:

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Remember when producer John Aglialoro had only four weeks to put a film based on Ayn Rand‘s novel Atlas Shrugged into production? He had owned the option for years, and if he didn’t get a film moving by summer 2010 he was going to lose it. Aglialoro had one director hired, Stephen Polk, and a script he co-wrote with Brian Patrick O’Toole. But Polk was fired at the last minute, and Paul Johansson (One Tree Hill), who was also hired to play John Galt, ended up directing.

The film… didn’t do well. Actually, it did OK at first when targeted at a very specific audience, based only on that audience’s interest in seeing Rand’s novel hit the screen. But even people predisposed to love Atlas Shrugged saw the film as a rushed, inferior product. Given the themes of Rand’s over-arching philosophy, we call that “irony.”

But, as promised last July by producer Harmon Kaslow, Atlas Shrugged: Part 2 went before cameras anyway, with a new cast and new director. Duncan Scott directs, and now Samantha Mathis takes over for Taylor Schilling as Dagny Taggart; Jason Beghe plays Henry Rearden; and D.B. Sweeney replaces Johansson as John Galt.

A teaser trailer for the film is now available, and you can watch the latest episode of this years-in-the-making multi-film trainwreck below. But the teaser doesn’t show much of the new cast, and proves that this installment will be aimed squarely at the Fox News / tea party audience that Aglialoro courted the first time out. Read More »

Here’s perhaps the most unusual collection of sequel news we’ll run this month. Let’s start with Atlas Shrugged: Part 2, which producers say will shoot this year and be ready for release in October, the better to take advantage of a charged pre-election political climate.

The first movie was made fast, with an unproven director (Paul Johansson of One Tree Hill, who also played John Galt) handling an adaptation of Ayn Rand‘s gigantic tome about American industry, economics and self-reliance. It did well for a moment in limited release, but was critically savaged and rejected in some respects even by Ayn Rand aficionados.

Producer John Aglialoro says that the second part of a planned three-film adaptation of Atlas Shrugged is going to happen, however. Thing is, it will have a different director in Duncan Scott (who produced an adaptation of Rand’s novel We The Living in 1986) and an all-new cast which will be announced within the next week. So… they thought the first movie sucked, too? [THR]

We’ll have further news when that cast is announced; for now, hit the break for info on much more routine developments that possibly impact the Avatar sequels, the currently-shooting Riddick sequel, and Ghostbusters 3. Read More »

This is simply beautiful. The first part of the movie adaptation of Ayn Rand‘s ‘love it or hate it’ novel Atlas Shrugged hit a few theaters early this year, and is now on DVD, the better to be the backbone of home drinking games. (Do a shot every time someone mentions metal or trains.)

But the DVDs are being recalled, because of something that was printed in the marketing copy on the package. Here’s the offending sentence: “AYN RAND’s timeless novel of courage and self-sacrifice comes to life…”

For those unfamiliar with Ayn Rand’s objectivist ideology, the explanation is after the break. Read More »

After Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 tanked both critically and commercially, producer John Aglialoro said publicly that he was having second thoughts about making the sequels. Film critics and moviegoers breathed a sigh of relief, and all but the most die-hard Ayn Rand fans moved on with their lives.

Now, however, Aglialoro seems to be feeling a renewed sense of optimism. According to producer Harmon Kaslow, Aglialoro is back at work on Part 2 of the trilogy, due out in time for next year’s election season. Read more after the jump.

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