It’s well established by now that studios are willing to pay a high premium for established brands — books, TV shows, board games, really anything that might sound remotely familiar to moviegoers. When the investment pays off, we get record-breaking gems like The Avengers. But when it doesn’t, studios and moviegoers lose hundreds of millions on stinkers like Battleship.

What if, then, you could capitalize on recognizable names without actually paying for any rights? That’s what an outfit called The Asylum is doing. Their newest direct-to-DVD “mockbuster” is Age of the Hobbits, a hilariously low-rent affair that has nothing whatsoever to do with Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Unfortunately for them, a court has now blocked Age of the Hobbits‘ planned December 11 release, citing the “likelihood” of consumer confusion. The trailer after the jump offers a peek at star Bai Ling and the other goofy delights we’ll be missing.

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The Love Ranch
The first movie trailer for Ray/An Officer and a Gentleman helmer Taylor Hackford‘s new film The Love Ranch is now online. The indie drama is based on true events, and tells the story of the married couple who opened the first legal brothel in Nevada. The film stars Helen Mirren, Joe Pesci, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Gina Gershon, Taryn Manning, Bryan Cranston, Bai Ling, M.C. Gainey, and Scout Taylor-Compton. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Crank 2: High Voltage Cast Announced

CrankCrank 2: High Voltage is set to begin shooting on April 28th in Los Angeles and the casting announcements were made over the weekend:

  • Jason Statham returns as hitman Chev Chelios
  • Amy Smart returns as his girlfriend Eve
  • Dwight Yoakam returns as Doc Miles
  • Efren Ramirez returns, but as a character named Venus (Ramirez played Kaylo, who died in the original film)
  • Clifton Collins Jr. has been brought on board to play Chelios’ nemesis
  • Bai Ling has also been brought on board

Crank 2 begins seconds after the end of the original film. Chelios must face a mobster who has stolen his nearly indestructible heart and replaced it with a battery-powered robotic heart which requires regular jolts of electricity to keep working.

Mark Neveldine has plans to introduce a new moving bullet-time camera rig which he invented for the production. It should be insane, but what else do you expect from Neveldine/Taylor.

source: Variety

New Southland Tales SFX Photos, Trailer Coming Soon

Southland Tales

Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales will hit theaters in November, and the theatrical movie trailer will premiere soon. Richard has said it will be online the first week of September. Although, there is some people online speculate that the trailer might be attached to Right at You Door, which hits theaters tomorrow.

In the meantime, our friends at FirstShowing have posted another round of new photos, which includes some new FX shots.

Southland Tales

Southland Tales

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