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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Carrie

A couple generations after Brian de Palma first brought it to the big screen, Stephen King‘s Carrie is getting a new cinematic interpretation this fall by director Kimberly Peirce. The first teaser trailer hit all the way back last year, and we’ve had plenty of blood-soaked posters since then, but now we finally have a full-length trailer that offers a better idea of Peirce’s updated vision.

This version of the tale stars Chloë Grace Moretz as the telekinetic teen, and Julianne Moore as her unhinged religious mother. Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday, Ansel Elgort, Alex Russell, and Judy Greer also appear. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

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Remakes of decades-old films are a common sight at the multiplex these days, but even by those standards Identity Films and Flat Penny Films are reaching pretty far back. The two companies have just acquired the rights to Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning play State of the Union, which was adapted into a movie by Frank Capra in 1948.

That picture starred Spencer Tracy as a presidential candidate backed by a newspaper magnate, played by Angela Lansbury. Katharine Hepburn portrayed Tracy’s estranged wife. While State of the Union isn’t really considered a career highlight for any of them, they still leave some big shoes for the new cast to fill. [Variety]

After the jump, things take a turn for the spooky with new Carrie and Evil Dead images.

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‘Carrie’ Teaser Trailer: Burn, Bullies, Burn!

MGM and Screen Gems just debuted footage from Kimberly Peirce‘s new film version of Stephen King‘s debut novel Carrie at the New York Comic Con over this past weekend, but isn’t wasting any time getting something online. While fans often have to wait months (or more) before seeing trailers that play at the San Diego Comic Con, a teaser trailer for Carrie is now online.

The trailer cuts right to the chase, too, with a slow flight in to the burning hell unleashed by Carrie White (Chloe Grace Moretz) after her first high school prom experience goes, er, badly.

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Just because we’ve already seen and loved the original Carrie, Robocop, and Evil Dead doesn’t mean we can’t be curious about the remakes. Today we have teaser posters and footage descriptions for Fede Alvarez‘s Evil Dead and Kimberly Peirce‘s Carrie, thanks to the Sony panel at New York Comic-Con, and a peek at Alex Murphy’s new ride from Jose Padilha‘s Robocop. Hit the jump to get an eyeful.

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Spike Lee is turning to some familiar faces to help round out the cast of his Oldboy remake. After adding his Do the Right Thing star Samuel L. Jackson a few weeks back, Lee is turning to his Red Hook Summer actor Nate Parker for another supporting role. The up-and-comer’s other credits include ArbitrageRed Tails and The Secret Life of Bees.

A remake of Chan-wook Park‘s hit South Korean thriller, Oldboy centers around a man (Josh Brolin) out to exact revenge on the person who kidnapped and imprisoned him for mysterious reasons. Sharlto Copley plays the villain, while Elizabeth Olsen co-stars as a woman who aids and romances Brolin’s character. Parker is in talks to play a doctor colleague of Olsen’s. Oldboy will shoot this fall, likely for a 2013 release. [Variety]

After the jump, Carrie and The Evil Dead get synopses, and José Padilha responds to talk of Robocop difficulties.

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Part of the narrative surrounding the creation of Kimberly Peirce‘s new adaptation of Stephen King‘s debut novel Carrie is that the film will hew closer to the novel than did Brian De Palma’s classic version, and therefore differ substantially from it. That may end up being true, and yet the first two official photos from the film highlight the similarities between Peirce’s new version and De Palma’s original.

Which is to say, here we’ve got one photo showing Carrie (Chloë Grace Moretz), after being doused in pig blood at the climax of her first prom experience, which is also the beginning of the story’s violent explosion of repressed young sexuality and frustration. The other shows Julianne Moore as Carrie’s rigidly religious mother, who acts as the girl’s primary repressor. See both images in full below. Read More »

I think the film With a Friend Like Harry (aka Harry, He’s Here to Help), a French thriller originally released in 2000, probably has a higher profile in France and Europe than it does here, which makes it good fodder for a US-based remake.

The movie follows a young middle-class couple who run into Harry, who purports to be a high school friend of the husband. Harry and his young girlfriend end up spending time with the couple, and Harry’s intentions soon start to seem less than perfectly friendly. The film was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2000, and won Cesar Awards in France. And now it will be remade in the US by Kimberly Peirce, who is currently doing her own new version of Stephen King’s Carrie. Read More »

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