Posted on Thursday, September 10th, 2009 by David Chen
We’ve recently received word that a couple of productions have hit some pretty major road bumps. First up, according to Variety, Warner Brothers has pulled out of the Masters of the Universe project. Universe has had a pretty troubled history all around: When a script review for Justin Marks Grayskull: Masters of the Universe script first hit the web over a year ago, there was much rejoicing. Peter even wrote about five reasons why Marks’ live action He-Man might be cool.
Shortly afterwards, we learned that the project was basically dead, before it was resurrected with Kung Fu Panda director John Stevenson at the helm, along with producer Joel Silver. Now, Variety says, it turns out that “Mattel and WB didn’t see eye to eye over the direction of the project and made a mutual decision to let the option lapse this month.” Mattel is expected to shop the property elsewhere with Stevenson still attached. If I had to guess though, I’d say they won’t have the easiest time of it; in this economy, studios want sure bets, and a big expensive action/adventure flick based on a moribund property with a fairly unproven director could be a huge risk. Box office wise, you could either end up with Transformers, or Land of the Lost, and I might even lean more towards the latter possibility in this case.
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Mean Magazine has created a new series of online short films called CineMash, which lets celebrity talent mash up their favorite scenes from classic movies. In past weeks we’ve posted Sid and Nancy starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and directed by Marc Webb (the director of 500 Days of Summer) and Cheech & Chong enter the computer world of Tron to settle a heated debate about the price of cannabis. This week Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant of the notorious fake police square Reno 911! join forces with Aziz Ansari and Rob Huebel of Human Giant, the sketch comedy troupe, to recreate a pivotal scene from the cult favorite action flick Point Break. Check it out after the jump.
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As you probably know by now, Gallery 1988 will be holding their third annual pop culture art show Crazy4Cult 3D from July 16th (TONIGHT!!!) to August 8th in Los Angeles. Gallery1988 has given us permission to run an exclusive preview of some of the cool artwork which hasn’t been seen yet, that will be available at the show. After the jump we’ve included over 30 pieces of the awesome art you’ll see at the show. If you’re interested in buying any of the original art — make sure you’re there! If you want to order any of the prints, you can email Gallery 1988 at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at 323 937 7088.
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Posted on Thursday, March 12th, 2009 by David Chen
In this very special episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Peter Sciretta, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley are joined by writer/actor/director Kevin Smith to discuss Zack Snyder’s Watchmen. In this epic, 1 hour and 45-minute long discussion, the five of them delve into the faithfulness of the film adaptation, the effectiveness of the film’s soundtrack, the controversy surrounding the film’s ending, the sexuality of Rorschach, and the resemblance between Zack Snyder and Jesus.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 by David Chen
In this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss their interpretations of the ending of Contact, lament the length of the Funny People trailer, ponder the greatness of Chris Klein’s career, and discuss their Oscar reflections. Special guest Laremy Legel joins us from Film.com, and Myles McNutt drops by from Cultural Learnings to share his thoughts on the Oscars.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 by Kevin Kelly
It’s been 18 years since Point Break premiered, which is hard enough to believe in itself, but what’s even stranger is the staying power this movie has. In fact, just this past weekend, two of my friends went to go see Point Break Live! in Los Angeles, which is a comedic take on the film, complete with the actors hauling an unsuspecting guest from the audience to play the part Keanu’s Agent Johnny Utah. It helps that they’re fairly clueless and have to read their lines from cue cards.
When I interviewed director Kathryn Bigelow last year in Toronto for her new film The Hurt Locker, I asked her about the legacy of Point Break. She said, “I don’t know if it surprises me but… it’s very surreal. The permutations of once something has left your hands and enters the zeitgeist and how malleable it really is.” But why exactly does this movie keep popping up on the radar? Why Point Break Live! and not Reservoir Dogs Live! (note: do not steal my idea, that is going to totally be a cash cow for me) In today’s GeekBomb we find out everything about Point Break that you wanted to know, and then some.
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“This sequel is, like, so Hollywood.”
Surreal. It’s beginning to feel like I’m the windshield and Hollywood’s remakes and sequels are the insects. Jan de Bont (yes, Speed, Speed 2: Cruise Control) will direct a sequel to 1991′s Keanu Reeves/Patrick Swayze/Gary Busey starrer Point Break entitled Point Break: Indo. Yes, it’s a theatrical sequel from RGM and Essential Entertainment. IESB reports that Reeves and Swayze have most likely been asked to return. Bodhi lives! This wise-ass guy from my middle school cafeteria days owes me $5. IESB also has the official plot synopsis…
When Billy Dalton, military special ops and star surfer, is disqualified from the pro-surfing tour, he takes off for the coast of Bali looking for the perfect wave. While there he’s recruited by a private security force who are trying to find a gang known as The Bush Administration, surfing outlaws and modern day pirates who work like “The Ex-Presidents,” a bank robbing crew from Malibu twenty years ago.
The Bush Administration? Really? That rots my brain. Of note, however, is that the original screenwriter, W. Peter Illiff (Patriot Games, Varsity Blues and \m/) also penned this installment, so the bitchin’ dialogue should remain intact. The production company is also boasting that de Bont’s film looks to have the “most extreme action stunts ever caught on camera.” Hmm, cameo by MEG? Kidding.
As you may recall, a Point Break sequel has been kicked around for many months. I’m rather skeptical that Swayze will be back due to his health, and back in March Reeves spat on all sequels, so…maybe Lori Petty can return a la Sandra Bullock? But here’s hoping for a gnarly reunion, I know Busey is (even though his character already RIP’d). Too bad director Kathryn Bigelow has bigger fish to fry, like Iraq. Her original (she also helmed Near Dark and Strange Days) is still one of the most re-watchable popcorn movies of the ’90s; the action film equivalent to really, really good chewing gum, a nice contact buzz and the smell of Mr. Zoggs’s Sex Wax in the morning.
UPDATE: Stream the first Point Break in its entirety at HULU. via AzizIsBored
Discuss: What is Jan de Bont thinking? What are you thinking? What’s Gary Busey thinking?