There’s no month quite like January on the movie release calendar. It’s the worst. January is a month to catch up on the awards contenders released in the weeks prior and for studios to drop all their wide releases they have no idea what to do with. The reasoning is simple. There are no major vacations for one. And two, if a movie is really good, the studio would’ve either released it earlier over the holidays, or will hold it until the summer.
Basically, if a movie comes out in January, most of the time you know it’s going to stink. Over the past few years, however, the early calendar-dump months have been getting slightly more competitive. In the near future, we’re going to start getting legitimate blockbusters in March. But that’s a new practice. For the past several decades, January has been a horrible month to release movies.
With that knowledge, we decided to go back through history. Were there any really good movies released in January? The answer is “Yes,” but it’s not as many as you’d think. In fact, in the past 35 years, I found only about 30 films most people would consider “good.” We’ll mention them all below, then dive a bit deeper on the better ones. Below, read about the 15 best January movie releases of the past 35 years. Read More »
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Mike Myers has a documentary at the Toronto International Film Festival, but what’s the latest on the Austin Powers series? Read his response below, along with a bunch of other sequel news including:
- A sequel to Eli Roth‘s upcoming The Green Inferno is now in development. It’s called Beyond the Green Inferno.
- Director Zach Lipovsky explains how the Leprechaun film, Leprechaun: Origins, is a reboot and not a sequel.
- Billy Bob Thornton isn’t sure when Bad Santa 2 is going to happen.
- The main voice actors are set to return for The Croods 2.
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Briefly: World Wrestling Entertainment and Lionsgate have found a director for their reboot of the Leprechaun horror franchise. That man is Zach Lipovsky, best known for his starring role on Steven Spielberg’s TV show On The Lot. Lipovsky recently completed the SyFy Original Film Tasmanian Devils starring Danica McKellar.
Written by Harris Wilkinson, the reboot will star WWE star Hornswoggle (real name Dylan Postl, seen above) as the titular killer. Little is known about the reboot except the take is believed to be “darker” than previous entries. [The Wrap]
Posted on Friday, January 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
There’s been some talk already about whether Harrison Ford might return for the Blade Runner sequel, but now Sean Young would like to express her interest in the new film as well. Read her comments after the jump. Also:
- Expendables 3 will shoot this fall, says Dolph Lundgren
- Skyfall hits digital HD and then Blu-ray/DVD next month
- The Best Man sequel will bring back the original cast
- WWE’s new Leprechaun movie will be “a little darker”
- Flip through more images from Before Midnight
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Posted on Monday, June 4th, 2012 by Angie Han
In this current remake-happy cinematic climate, that Gone With the Wind is being eyed for a do-over isn’t much of a shocker — but the name behind it certainly is. In an interview with NextMovie, former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff expressed his desire to star in a remake of the classic romance from 1939, and even offered up one idea about the casting.
Hasselhoff told the site that his manager had been unhappy with him for signing on to the ultra-campy Piranha 3DD. “He wants me to do a Knight Rider film or Nick Fury, which I was supposed to do, or a remake of Gone With the Wind,” Hasselhoff said. Later in the conversation, he brought up the potential Gone With the Wind project again. “Hopefully the Gone With the Wind will come, hopefully something great will happen.”
Naturally, the conversation then turned to who could tackle the iconic Scarlett O’Hara role opposite Hasselhoff’s Rhett Butler. Hasselhoff suggested Rachel Weisz, though he initially referred to her as “Rachel Rice.” “I think she’s hot,” he said.
After the jump, WWE’s Leprechaun remake hires a writer and Robocop star Joel Kinnaman offers up new details.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 by Angie Han
So much for Beetlejuice being a reboot and not a remake. Now writer Seth Grahame-Smith it’s not a reboot either, but a straight-up sequel. Also after the jump:
- Madagascar 3 gets a cute new poster to go with its cute new trailer
- There’s a teaser for the upcoming teaser for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II
- Maggie Grace talks Taken 2 and not fixing things that aren’t broken
- Warwick Davis does not want a Leprechaun remake, but he has an idea for a sequel
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While that Child’s Play remake is still in limbo, audiences have grown accustomed to seeing pretty much every other popular horror film from the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties get remade. Now we’re moving into the Nineties. World Wrestling Entertainment Studios is teaming up with Lionsgate to remake the 1993 cult classic Leprechaun, which starred Warrick Davis and Jennifer Aniston, and was about a killer leprechaun trying to recover his stole pot of gold.
While no director, screenwriter or actors are attached, they’re hoping for a 2013 release. Read more after the jump. Read More »
On last night’s /filmcast, we asked you guys to name a third franchise film that was better than the original. One of the suggested contenders? Leprechaun 3. Well, wise guy, put on your disco slippers because Darren Lynn Bousman, the director of Saw 2, 3, 4 and Repo! The Genetic Opera, has issued a “call me” to Lionsgate for a new Leprechaun theatrical installment. Here’s what Bousman confessed to MTV…
“If Lionsgate is listening, give me Leprechaun. …Back to the old west,” Bousman said. “You send him in a time machine and transport him to the old west. There are gold rushes. There are gunfights. It’s awesome! I have the whole thing already worked out!”
Bousman said his dream flick wouldn’t be horror per se. The proposed Wild, Wild West setting would perfectly compliment other cherished Warwick Davis-vehicles like 1997’s Leprechaun in Space, 2000’s Leprechaun in the Hood (golden bars!), and the unreleased Leprechaun in OverTwittered Olympics. Anyone have the box set? If so, pass go. Your contribution to society is complete…until the next box set. Personally, I’m highly in favor of Bousman getting his way. Lionsgate, go play Asteroids with brain cells.
Discuss: Did you know that Leprechaun in Space is the only film in this esteemed franchise where our lucky dwarf doesn’t rap? Provide some fitting Wild Wild West lyrics below and I’ll include the dumbest entry in the post with credit.
Dumbest Leprechaun Rap Goes to Gajonka: “You ride shotgun on that wagon, yo, but I got me GOLD hidden in a grave out West. Let’s hit the saloon for showdown, we’ll see who’s best rebel—I’ll drop you with my lucky charms, yo.”