‘Ghost Rider’ Sequel Budget Trimmed?

These are tough economic times we’re living, and movie studios are changing their ways in hopes of adapting. Or at least, Sony is.

As you likely already know, there’s a Ghost Rider sequel in the works—carrying the tentative title Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance—and Crank directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor are helming it. Now it’s been given the official greenlight, but there’s a snag: it’s projected budget of $135 million has been cut down to a significantly lower $75 million. Read More »

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Last month it was reported that Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the mad men behind the two Crank films, were negotiating to make a Ghost Rider sequel, tentatively titled Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance. At the time we weren’t sure that Nicolas Cage would return, and it wasn’t a definite that Neveldine/Taylor were chips in. We now know the answer to both questions. Read More »

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Toy Story 3 Brazilian PosterThis week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley get extremely disappointed by Jonah Hex, speculate on the prospects of a Ghost Rider sequel, and wonder when movie studios will start delivering movies to people when they want, in the ways that they want them. Special guest Greg Mariotti joins us from Pixar Talk.

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The last we reported on the Ghost Rider sequel nobody wants, David Goyer had mentioned that the studio was using his 9-year old script as the basis. Our good friend Frosty over at Collider recently got a chance to speak with producer Mike De Luca about the sequel, and came away with a number of updates (which I’m sure the lot of you have been waiting for with bated breath). The film is tentatively titled Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance, and De Luca confirmed that director Mark Steven Johnson (Daredevil) and Eva Mendes won’t be returning.

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LOL: The International Steals Shot from Ghost Rider


/Film reader Tom H noticed that the same exact shot from Ghost Rider, was used in the new trailer for The International. Both films are produced by Columbia Pictures / Sony, so they obviously own the rights to the footage. In the Ghost Rider clip, which can be seen here, the car explodes as Ghost Rider rides by the car on his bike. In the International trailer, the Ghost Rider CG is absent, and the clip is shown right after someone enters something into an ATM machine. I’m assuming the clip is only used to make the trailer more exciting and won’t appear in the actual film. But you never know, last year we did find Michael Bay recycling footage shot for Pearl Harbor in Transformers.

We’ve written extensively about Mighty Muggs in past editions of Cool Stuff (Star Wars Waves 1 & 2, Indiana Jones, Waves 3 & 4 of Star Wars and even a couple Comic Con exclusives). Hasbro’s line of figures trying to capitalize on the Urban vinyl collectible figure craze have gotten popular, and we haven’t had a chance to catch up. So here is our chance to cover all the figures we missed.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Mighty Muggs

Hasbro has announced Wave #5 which focuses on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated movie and upcoming television series. Characters will include: Count Dooku, Asajj Ventress, Captain Rex, and Clone Wars Anakin. Click the above photo to enlarge. Marvel Comics has also launched a bunch of series of Mighty Muggs that we never got the chance to show you. Wave 1 included: Spider-Man, Iron Man, Wolverine, and Venom.

Marvel Mighty Muggs Wave 1

Wave 2 includes Thing, Hulk, Dr. Doom and Captain America.

Marvel Mighty Muggs Wave 2

Wave 3 includes Ghost Rider, Doc Ock, Thor, snd Spider-Man (Black).

Marvel Mighty Muggs Wave 3

And the best one of the batch is a Comic-Con Exclusive of Movie Suit Iron Man.

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And remember, Mighty Muggs are made from “100% Recycled Awesome”.

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300 Will NOT Break Box Office Records

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Fans rushed to the early showings of 300, drawing sell-out crowds. Imax reported that all 57 of its 12:01 a.m. Friday screenings had sold out as its advance ticket sales for the weekend hit a new record for the month of March. And many of the rest of the nation’s 600 theaters with early morning shows also played to capacity crowds. The movie opens today on 3,100 screens.

Fan websites are hoping that the movie will beat the R-Rated opening weekend reccord held by The Matrix Reloaded. Serious box-office analysts are predicting a $40-$50 million opening weekend, far below the $91 million record. But the studio itself is claiming a weekend gross in the mid-$30 million range is “a more accurate estimate of where things are going to go.” But may-be they are just downplaying the numbers?

Fandango is reporting that advanced sales are twice the rate of Ghost Rider, which opened two weekends ago with $45.4 million.

So even if the film does defy expectations, the only record it has a chance of beating is the March opening held by Ice Age: The Meltdown, which grossed $68 million.

Grindhouse Banner Revealed

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Last week a new Grindhouse movie trailer and Theatrical Poster hit the web. Now we bring you the new Theatrical Banner, which should be hitting your local multi-plex this week. Click on the picture above to see the banner at a higher resolution.

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New Grindhouse Movie Poster Revealed

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The new movie trailer hit on Thursday, and today we bring you the New Theatrical Poster.
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