It’s a crazy, mixed up world and we are thankful for movies that offer proof. Slashfilm’s Weekend Weirdness examines such flicks, whether in the form of a premiere for a provocative indie, a mini review, or a look at a book on a filmmaker’s life.
Any self-respecting male should take a few moments each year to look to the life of Dennis Hopper for inspiration, and this doesn’t include watching the Hollywood renaissance man hold down his crazy button in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 or laughing in a haze at his hunt for candy in Thailand between ping pong bouts on Fishing with John. There are numerous reference books and movie history tomes available to familiarize and refresh on the actor and filmmaker’s invaluable contributions to film and counter culture. The latest is a coffee table book published by Rizzoli entitled Dennis Hopper & The New Hollywood that spans his acting career and allots a fair portion to his well-recognized black and white photography and personal art collection.
The timing of the release is ideal, seeing how last month Hopper was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in July his art work will be exhibited at the MoCA, marking the highly anticipated debut of new museum head Jeffrey Deitch. After the jump, I’ve included a few excerpts and cool page shots.
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Our Cali pals at Freshjive sent over two shirts to /Film from their 2010 Spring Collection featuring stark, eye piercing portraits of Harry Dean Stanton and Dennis Hopper. Spring is in the air and we look forward to rocking the proverbial shit out of these $26 tees watching random airings of Meatballs—which sure, starred neither actor—with take-out margaritas and the windows open. Like all of Freshjive’s new product, the shirts are not branded and are available for purchase at their online storefront. Check out the Hopper shirt and more details after the jump. Also, we’d be remiss not to note that Stanton is scheduled to appear at the New Beverly in L.A. on March 28 for a screening of Repo Man.
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It’s a crazy, mixed up world and we are thankful for movies, sans New Moon, that offer proof. Weekend Weirdness cocks its disoriented, nappy head to examine such flicks, whether in the form of a new trailer for a provocative indie, a review, or news of an excavated cult classic. The works discussed herein tend to make cinema a little more interesting, and in the best and worst cases do the same for life. In this installment: a doc on Norwegian black metal; a doc on the first Asian member of the Black Panthers; a forgotten Dennis Hopper outlaw flick from Down Under; and a dumb-catchy rap song from the Sudan about movies, birds and popcorn.
With the possible exception of Forever21-styled country music a la Taylor Swift, no other music genre is as stigmatized and sensationalized by acts of church burning and murda as Norwegian black metal. The documentary, Until the Light Takes Us, is a dedicated and almost clinical look at how Norway’s black metal scene was permanently transformed—and magnified—in the early ’90s by what are now infamous acts of violence and rebellion.
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Update #2: Our friends at The Quentin Tarantino Archives believe that the movie is being produced by A Band Apart, which has somehow been confused as a “Quentin Tarantino production”.
Update: Our friends at Production Weekly have provided us with more information about this project:
Michael Madsen & Bret Davidson were attached to direct together last year, Davidson wrote the script. Max, a retired war hero, sets to enjoy a weekend at his cabin. While riding his motorcycle on the way up he stops to give a helpful hand to a beautiful woman, Rita, whose car has broken down on the side of the road. He helps her to the nearest repair shop without knowing Rita’s current involvement with the most powerful influence in Las Vegas. Unbeknownst to him Max is soon to enter into the biggest battle for his life.
Celebrity gossip columnist Liz Smith is reporting a rumor that Sharon Stone is going to star in a movie for Quentin Tarantino titled Weekend. Supposedly the movie co-stars Jessica Biel, Lucy Liu, Dennis Hopper and Michael Madsen and it will be filmed in Serbia
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Fox News has the trailer for David Zucker‘s new political comedy An American Carol. This looks like a higher budget version of Uwe Boll’s Postal, which is sad since Zucker was once the mastermind behind Airplane! Tell me what you think in the comments below!
An American Carol is a comic retelling of A Christmas Carol, but instead of Ebenezer Scrooge, we have a cynical, anti-American documentary filmmaker named Michael Malone (extremely subtle), who sets out on a crusade to abolish the July Fourth holiday with his film Die You American Pigs. On the fourth of July, he is visited by three ghosts who tey to show him the meaning of Independence, instead of Christmas. Chris Farley’s brother Kevin Farley stars as the filmmaker, alongside Kelsey Grammer as General Patton, Jon Voight as General Washington, Leslie Nielsen as himself, Bill O’ Reilly as himself, Dennis Hopper, and James Woods. Vivendi Entertainment is releasing the film on 2000 screens on October 3rd 2008.
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Vivendi Entertainment picked up the U.S. rights to David Zucker‘s new comedy An American Carol. Imagine for a moment, a retelling of A Christmas Carol, but instead of Ebenezer Scrooge, we have a cynical, anti-American documentary filmmaker unsubtlely named Michael Malone, who sets out on a crusade to abolish the July Fourth holiday with his film Die You American Pigs. On the fourth of July, he is visited by three ghosts who tey to show him the meaning of Independence, instead of Christmas. If you were a Hollywood studio executive, and heard this pitch, would you greenlight the film?
Zucker is known as the mastermind behind Airplane! and the Naked Gun films, but also the last two Scary Movie films. Chris Farley’s brother Kevin Farley stars as the filmmaker, alongside Kelsey Grammer seen above as General Patton, next to Jon Voight as General Washington. Also, Leslie Nielsen as himself, Bill O’ Reilly as himself, Dennis Hopper, and James Woods. Call me a liberal, but this just sounds lame.
“Joleen is a woman stuck in yesterday.” The trailer for Sleepwalking, the new film starring Charlize Theron, Nick Stahl, AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Hopper and Woody Harrelson, exemplifies a terrible grasp on the power of italics. As for the rest, it’s sad to say as the cast is eclectic and has stories for days, but I’m ready to flick this film off to the overpopulated land of promising-indies turned unnecessary-and-forgotten-bummers.
Theron plays a rolling stone mother, Joleen, who abandons her daughter (Robb) to take off on the road with a random guy, right after the two move in with her younger brother (Stahl). So, the younger brother must care for the neglected daughter, and after a confrontation with his and Joleen’s crazy father (Hopper), he realizes he needs to be this young girl’s dad. Not sure where Woody comes in, but he offers some proto-Woody advice in the trailer. I can go either way when Theron explores a “crushed with eyeliner” role, but nothing shown here clicks, especially the character intros. And the wild horse(s) was a bit much, as well (Thanks Eric).Â
Sleepingwalking, directed by the other Bill Maher, opens on March 14, 2008.
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I hate to do another compilation post, but I have a lot of first look production photos to show you.
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Pop quiz, hotshot. There’s a bomb on a bus. Once the bus goes 50 miles an hour, the bomb is armed. If it drops below 50, it blows up. What do you do? What do you do?
The Guardian has revealed that 20th Century Fox has plans to make a third Speed movie, which will feature returning star Dennis Hopper. Here is what the article says:
“He certainly isn’t in the mood to discuss any of the half a dozen films he is due to appear in this year, a roster which is due to include a performance in Speed 3, even though I have plenty of questions about that. Surely his character Howard Payne died in a decapitation incident in the last reel of Speed 1? “It’s a river of shit,” he tells me pleasantly but firmly, “from which I have tried to extract some gold.”
So there you have it. No word on if Speed helmer Jan de Bont will return for the third film. Bont is in preproduction on Meg, a monster flick which involves the Carcharodon Megalodon, the 70 foot, 40 ton prehistoric cousin of the great white shark. The movie has supposedly been on hold because New Line were busy working on Rush Hour 3. But now with Ratner’s film set to hit theaters, I would think that Bont would be contractually obligated to go into production on Meg. Also no word on if Speed series stars Keanu Reeves and/or Sandra Bullock will also return. Let’s just hope for no Boats this time around.
My big concern is the obvious one which has already been asked: How will they bring Dennis Hopper’s character Howard Payne back from the dead? Could Speed 3 be a prequel or spin-off? One thing is for sure, Hopper isn’t talking.