You knew this was coming. Did you think the first trailer for Piranha 3DD exhibited far too much good taste? (Unlikely, but you never know.) If so, this red-band version… actually will probably leave you thinking the same thing. It is more or less the same trailer, with perhaps a bit more blood and quite a few added naked people. One doesn’t hire strippers as lifeguards to have them keep their suits on, I suppose.

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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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Contrary to the quote I’ve chosen to headline this article, I kinda do like this. Something tells me I shouldn’t, and some of what is shown off in the trailer for John Gulager‘s Piranha 3DD is unremittingly awful. The very concept is pretty embarrassing. But the 2010 Piranha 3D was a movie that made me laugh like crazy. Sometimes I laughed with it, and sometimes at it, but since the whole enterprise was an unvarnished piece of exploitation I don’t think that distinction matters much.

The sequel appears to have one ambition, which is to make the exploitative aspects of the 2010 movie seem timid. This trailer makes Piranha 3DD look dumb and gross — not just blood and guts gross, but “I hope my mom doesn’t know I’m enjoying this” gross. It also makes the film look like one that I’ll howl at once again, possibly in pure disbelief that anyone paid for and acted in it.

All that said, while there is nothing in this trailer that is technically not safe for work, some workplaces will probably be a lot less tolerant than others about rolling this one. Check it out below. Read More »

Everything gets a sequel now: big tentpole event films, popular TV shows, and low-rent horror films. Especially low-rent horror films. After the break you’ll find:

  • The latest minor rumblings on J.J. Abrams’ sequel to Star Trek,
  • Word on a new version, a ‘requel’ if you will, of Killer Klowns From Outer Space,
  • Assurance that Piranha 3DD isn’t getting dumped on video in the US,
  • Turtle’s comments about an Entourage movie,
  • and the first image of Jemaine Clement in Men in Black III.

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‘Piranha 3DD’ Scream Awards Teaser Trailer

Here’s the first teaser footage from Dimension’s Piranha 3DD, the sequel to Alexandre Aja’s revival of the Piranha series. If this teaser is to be believed, Feast director John Gulager hasn’t changed the formula at all, so this sequel has some sort of story (featuring David Hasselhoff) partially pushed to the background as another group of partying bikini-clad beach babes gets chewed up by hungry prehistoric fish.

We see a glimpse of returning actors Christopher Lloyd and Ving Rhames, the latter of which comes bearing a Robert Rodriguez touch. That, and the whole tone of this teaser, makes Piranha 3DD look like something that might appeal to anyone who enjoyed the low-brow silliness of the last movie. In other words, this is exactly what you expect it to be. Oh, and it is mildly NSFW, as the title suggests. Read More »

Thursday has been another day of release date dominoes. First Disney shuffled around a few dates including the resurrected Lone Ranger and Patty Jenkins-helmed Thor 2. Now Warner Bros. has moved up Guillermo Del Toro‘s sci-fi action epic Pacific Rim from July 12, 2013 to May 10, 2013. In more immediate news, The Weinstein Company has pushed their Michelle Williams film My Week With Marilyn back from November 4 to 23 and, as a result, Piranha 3DD is now off that date. The horror sequel is now slated for the discouragingly vague “2012.” Read some possible reasons for all of these shifts after the jump. Read More »

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.

Piranha 3DD has one more potential victim: Katrina Bowden, who plays the equally tiny, hot and self-absorbed assistant Cerie on 30 Rock, is now part of the cast. I don’t think I need to run down all the obvious potential perks of this casting for fans of her character on that show. I mean, we don’t need to get all lascivious here. But yes, she’ll be better to look at than David Koechner. The film also features Gary Busey, Danielle Panabaker, Matt Bush, Chris Zylka, Meagan Tandy, Paul James Jordan, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Hector Jimenez, Adrian Martinez, and Clu Gulager, and is shooting now in North Carolina. Still waiting to hear about the porn starlets that will be cast; Piranha has a reputation to maintain, after all.

After the break, the rather inexplicable remake of Nicolas Winding Refn’s great crime movie Pusher gets a remake cast, and an endorsement from Mr Refn. Read More »

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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 »