It was a little before the half-way mark to Land of the Lost when a little kid started crying in the theater as the Sleestaks opened their reptilian beaks, revealing row after row of neat, razor-sharp teeth. We hadn’t even reached the scene in which Danny McBride’s misogynist, would-be casino maven, Will Stanton, stared directly into the camera while sitting in a swimming pool, tripping his fucking mind out on “narcotic” alien fruit-juice. The swimming pool was randomly parked on an inter-dimensional white sand desert sprinkled with a Viking ship, a broken-down Cessna, and a meta neon sign that blankly spells “Motel.” And as if exiting from Jeff Goldblum’s ear canal during a Jurassic Park hallucination, dinosaurs big and small were roaming the diverse terrain beyond. Land of the Lost is chockful of original, PG-13-hazing moments. And if you’re a parent and bring your kids to see it, you deserve a cool sticker.
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Last month we learned that there is still hope for another Lemony Snicket movie. Director Brad Silberling said that he “would love nothing more” than to direct another Snicket film, and admitted that he is “in constant touch” with a screenwriter about the possibility. One thing we didn’t touch on was Silberling’s statement that the movie sequel “may take a wildly different form.” Wildly different form? What could that mean?
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When the big screen adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfourtunate Events was released in 2004, the plan was to produce more films based on the best selling children’s book series. But the film was not as successful as the studios had hoped, only becoming profitable on DVD. CineFools talked with Land of the Lost director Brad Silberling, who says there is still hope for a sequel.
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JFX gives us out first look at Will Ferrell in Universal’s upcoming adaptation of Land of the Lost.
Ferrell plays Dr. Marshall, a wacky scientist who ends up the laughingstock of the scientific community after attacking the quadriplegic and wheelchair-bound Stephen Hawking while being interviewed on Anderson Cooper 360. Dr. Marshall is reduced to becoming a tour guide at the La Brea Tar Pits, the only scientific job that would take him. The first look photo above is taken just before a young hit scientist played by Anna Friel convinces Dr. Marshall to go with her on an expedition which no doubt takes him to the Land of the Lost.
Brad Silberling’s Land of the Lost is scheduled to hit theaters on July 17th 2009.