Page 2 for April 24th 2008

X-Files XzibitHere is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!

Collider has the first photos of Xzibit from X-Files: I Want to Believe.

Film School Rejects has obtained footage of the Ninja from Ask a Ninja talking about Fanboys.

Shock has a couple borring photos of Megan Fox on the set of Jennifer’s Body.

Actress Lindsay Lohan’s 14-year-old kid sister, Ali, has been cast in a film based on R.L. Stine’s pre-teen book series “Mostly Ghostly.” [THR]

Last week at a Back to the Future screening in Florida, writer/producer Bob Gale announced that Universal was working on a Blu-ray release of the classic 80′s film: “I dont’ know when it’s coming out yet, but I was involved in the mastering of this tape, so I can tell you that it looks absolutely beautiful!” [bttf]

Speed Racer in Times SquareKungFuRodeo has a photo of the Speed Racer advertisement in Times Square.

You can now listen to Fergie’s Sex and the City theme, but why would you want to. [badandugly]

Fox 2000 has hired Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman to write a re-imagining of Brian De Palma’s 1978 supernatural thriller The Fury. [scifi]

Adriana Barraza
(Babel) has been cast in Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell. [Bloody-disgusting]

Juno generated an estimated $8.4 million in its first week of release on DVD. [THR]

Christina Ricci feels that the marketing campaign for Black Snake Moan exploited woman. No duh! [starpulse]

Yoko Ono has filed suit against the filmmakers of “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed,” for the unauthorized use of John Lennon’s classic 1971 song, “Imagine.” [theplaylist]

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Kevin Smith Outraged Over Grindhouse Failure

Kevin SmithClerks director Kevin Smith had a lot to say about America’s decision to see Wild Hogs over Zodiac on his new podcast (SModcast) a couple weeks back. Now the director is outraged over this weekend’s box office results.

“What’s Costner’s line in J.F.K. again? ‘God, I’m ashamed to be an American today…’” wrote Smith. “Perhaps that’s overstating it a bit, but for me? It applies in this situation.”

“I’d say the problem was America most definitely was at the movie theaters this week – which is why the stuff that grossed higher than Grindhouse… grossed higher than Grindhouse,” Smith wrote. “That’s the third fantastic film of the year which has failed to attract the audience it richly deserved in its opening week. Add Grindhouse to a list that includes Black Snake Moan and Zodiac.”

I agree with Smith’s comments (with exception of Black Snake Moan). I don’t understand the recent disconnect with good films and America’s movie-going decisions.

Black Snake Moan

Black Snake Moan has been moved back a week while Balls of Fury has been pushed back five months. Let’s take a look at why.
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Meta Sundance: It’s COLD out there

Sundance 2007It’s extremely cold at Sundance this year, and I’m not the only one who is complaining.

Entertainment Weekly takes a look at the 11 most influential films to premiere at Sundance.

Cinematical’s James Rocchi gives his early review of Black Snake Moan: “Black Snake Moan isn’t a bad film; it’s just not as well-conceived and well-structured as Hustle and Flow.”

It seems like only a year ago when This Film Is Not Yet Rated premiered at Sundance. Well this year the MPAA is trying to fix their image. For the first time in its 38-year history, the group has announced that they will make its ratings rules and regulations public. It will also describe the standards for each rating, and detail the appeal process. Yahoo reports that “[The MPAA] plans to publish the identities of its senior raters.MPAA chairman Dan Glickman and CARA chairwoman Joan Graves will discuss the planned changes over breakfast Sunday with filmmakers, producers and directors at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

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