It’s not often you’ll see Piranha 3DD and Anna Karenina mentioned in the same breath, but every film needs a release date, no matter how trashy or elegant. After the jump, check out new release dates for those two movies, plus Henry Cavill‘s The Cold Light of Day, Robert Pattinson‘s Bel Ami, and the comedy Lola Versus.

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David Hasselhoff has become the latest actor to join Piranha 3DD, the sequel to last year’s Piranha 3D (which in turn was a remake of the 1978 film Piranha). The new cast looks just as enjoyably eclectic as the last one — in addition to returning stars Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames, and Paul Scheer, 3DD will also feature Katrina Bowden (30 Rock), Gary Busey (Point Break), Danielle Panabaker (The Crazies), David Koechner (Anchorman) and Matt Bush (Adventureland).

Here’s the plot synopsis — not that the premise is terribly difficult to figure out:

There’s something in the water . . . again. And this time no one is safe from the flesh eating fish as they sink their razor sharp teeth into the visitors of the best summer attraction, The Big Wet Water Park.

Piranha 3DD is currently shooting in Wilmington, NC under the direction of John Gulager (Feast). The film will open November 23, 2012. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump: A plagiarizer, an Italian bird scientist, and a host of Hollywood stars.

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Briefly: Now, finally, we can all breathe a tremendous sigh of relief. Just when it looked like Piranha 3DD might be a contractually-obligated sequel with a mostly uninspiring cast, we now know that it will probably be a coffer-filling sequel with a slightly more entertaining cast. Because Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames and Paul Scheer have all agreed to reprise their roles. Paul Scheer was actually supposed to die in the first film, but that scene was cut, so movie magic, in addition to contractual magic, means that he gets to fight fish another day. How does the Ving Rhames character return? Uh…a twin? Android replicant? Rapid cloning, perhaps?

Cameras are in or near the water in North Carolina right now, with a November release date set. The first film had some silly gore that went so far over the top that I couldn’t help but laugh. Hopefully under the direction of John Gulager (Feast) this one will go even further into blood-red waters.

Now this is more like it. The basic cast of Piranha 3DD was announced earlier this week, but aside from the laughter inspired by the film’s title, which is so silly it defies all ridicule, the general response was a shrug. Without some of the better actors from the first film (Richard Dreyfuss, Ving Rhames, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd, Adam Scott and even Jerry O’Connell — in other words, the entire top-billed cast) this sequel seems like little more than the reflex action of the sequel-happy Dimension Films. And now that Gary Busey has been added there is no reason to reverse that opinion, but at least some parts of the movie are now more likely to be a lot of fun. Read More »

What more do you need to know about the sequel to Piranha 3D, other than the fact that this one is called Piranha 3DD? Title should tell you everything you need to know. Still, here’s some news from The Weinstein Company: the film is shooting now under the direction of John Gulager (Feast) with a cast that includes Danielle Panabaker (The Crazies), Matt Bush (Adventureland), Chris Zylka (The Amazing Spider-Man), David Koechner (Anchorman), Meagan Tandy (Unstoppable),  Paul James Jordan, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Hector Jimenez, Adrian Martinez, and Clu Gulager. Read More »

Piranha 3D made a big enough splash at the box office to ensure the film will recoup the film’s estimated $24 million budget. The film ended it’s run with over $65 million worldwide, and will likely make a bunch more on DVD/Blu-ray/tv deals. After the opening weekend, Dimension Films issued a press release announcing that they are already developing a follow-up with with director Alexandre Aja and producer Mark Canton returning. Canton gave the following quote: “We are thrilled that audiences are not just loving PIRANHA 3D, but cheering for it. And it’s fantastic that so many critics are really getting the movie and recommending it. We can’t wait to get to work on the sequel.”

I assumed we wouldn’t see a sequel for a couple years, until they had a script in hand (at very least). Well it appears the Weinsteins are borrowing from the Saw release model and hope to have the sequel in theaters for Summer 2011. But the release model isn’t the only thing they are “stealing” from the Saw series…

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John Gulager to helm Feast Sequels?

FeastIt looks like Project Greenlight “winner” John Gulager might return two Feast sequels. I ran by Gulager while leaving The Mist panel at the San Diego Comic-Con, but didn’t have time to stop and talk. Now I wish I had.

Feast 2 and 3 are coming together, with [director John] Gulager back,” Feast co-screenwriter Marcus Dunstan told Fangoria. “Neo Art & Logic is producing again, and if they let us get away with the vulgarities we’ve currently scripted, and if we don’t get deported, we just may have the NC-17-rated monsterfest that was only hinted at in the first film.”

Peter and Feast director John Gulager at Sundance 2006From what I understand, feast was a modest success on DVD thanks to it’s low budget. I’m sure if you take Blockbuster out of the equation (due to an NC-17) it would be harder to turn a profit on the sequels. So an NC-17 rating is probably just hype or wishful thinking, but it doesn’t make sense in the business world. UNLESS the studio releases separate R-Rated and Unrated cuts of the film.

I’m also glad to see Gulager is still getting some Hollywood work. He’s actually a pretty good director, despite what the reality show tried to portray. I met and sat with him during a screening of This Film is Not Yet Rated at Sundance a couple years back. Him and his wife were very nice (photo left).

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