Carrie

When we first reported on the Naked Gun reboot, we wrote that star Ed Helms was “the new Leslie Nielsen.” As it turns out, that’s not quite accurate. Hit the jump to find out the relation between Helms’ character and Nielsen’s. Also:

  • The Tekken prequel gets a title and a star
  • Brad Fuller offers plot details on The Purge 2
  • … and hints at a Jason-free Friday the 13th
  • … and shuts down those TMNT alien rumors
  • Kimberly Peirce doesn’t want more Carrie movies
  • Ron Howard confirms Chris Pratt for Jurassic World
  • Watch the A Haunted House 2 trailer at your own risk
  • HBO is already working on the Normal Heart sequel

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Have you spent the last 18 years wondering what happened to Pauly Shore‘s character after the events of In the Army Now? Well, too bad, because he plans to tell you anyway. Also after the jump:

  • Hatchet 3 rounds out its cast with several horror movie stalwarts
  • Piranha 3DD releases a hilarious making-of video on Funny or Die
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger slips details about his Expendables 2 shoot
  • Should a possible Men in Black 4 be called People in Black?
  • Star Trek 2 will bring back a small supporting character
  • Timo Vuorensola will further explore the world of Iron Sky

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I won’t even try to pretend there’s a unifying theme among these films, aside from the fact that they’re all under-the-radar spring entertainments. After the jump, watch trailers for the found-footage scarefest Area 407, the unabashedly nasty thriller The Aggression Scale, the Martin Scorsese-produced documentary Surviving Progress, and the adorable puppy drama Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog. Like I said — they’ve got little in common.

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One of the films announced today as part of the SXSW 2012 Midnight lineup is The Aggression Scale, from director/editor Steven C. Miller (Automaton Transfusion) and writer Ben Powell. The film is called “an 80′s influenced thriller with teenagers as the heroes,” and comes from Snowfort Pictures and producer Travis Stevens, who is behind A Horrible Way to Die and Jodorowsky’s Dune.

The film stars a great lineup of new and veteran genre and not-quite-mainstream actors: Fabianne Therese (John Dies at the End), Ryan Hartwig (The Thompsons), Dana Ashbrook (Twin Peaks), Derek Mears (Friday the 13th), Jacob Reynolds (Gummo), Joseph McKelheer (The Hamiltons) and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks).

We’ve got the exclusive poster premiere below, as well as some stills and the first trailer, all of which were released today. Read More »

Oliver Stone is assembling Savages, which adapts the book of the same name by Don Winslow and has Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch set to star as best friends and pot growers who get roped into working for a drug cartel when the bad guys kidnap their friend/girlfriend.

Salma Hayek is a possible pick to be the matriarch of the drug cartel, and Benicio Del Toro is now signing on to play the cartel’s enforcer, who sets the kidnapping, and therefore the plot, in motion. Some script work is being done now by Oliver Stone, Don Winslow and Shane Salerno, and there are ongoing discussions with a couple of studios to pick up the project — Universal seems like the likely home right now. [Deadline]

After the break, new gigs for Emma Robers, Kenan Thompson and the new Jason Voorhees, Derek Mears. Read More »

There was a time long ago when such a photo would have qualified as the forefather of the spoiler; alas, Jason Voorhees will have to reveal more than his mongoloid mug to impress in the era of TMZ. HorrorBid has the first look at actor Derek Mears unmasked and made-up as the Crystal Lake Killah in Platinum Dunes‘ 2009 reboot of Friday the 13th. At first glance, there’s a little facial reconstruction in the eye area, but overall not a huge stretch from what’s come before. And IMHO not half as scary as the remake’s Young Jason.

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Jason

At the bottom of a lake sits a film a la Rudy or The Rookie about a guy who conquers an Everest of doubt to fulfill his lifetime dream of playing Jason Voorhees in the latest Friday the 13th film. According to Bloody Disgusting, horror fans can add one more name to the legacy behind Crystal Lake’s lumbering, hockey-masked lothario; actor Derek Mears will play Jason in the 2009 reboot from director Marcus Nispel and Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes. Mears is 6’5″ and previously starred as a misogynistic mutant in The Hills Have Eyes 2.

The last actor to suit up on screen as JV was Ken Kirzinger in the quite satisfying $82 million grossing hit Freddy vs Jason. Wait a second, Mears resume reads like a rap sheet: Thug #1, Bounty Hunter #3, Inmate #1, Skinhead #1, Mugger, Little Ed, the Milk Man. This guy has earned his entitlement to grip the world’s most famous machete.

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