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There has been talk in the last couple months that War of the Gods, the new film from Tarsem Singh, might be retitled. Dawn of War seemed to be an option at one point. Now the film has been given a new title — Immortals — and has gained a few new cast members as the shoot begins in Montreal. Read More »

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Stephen Dorff Joins Tarsem’s War of the Gods

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Stephen Dorff (Blade, Public Enemies) is the latest actor to join Tarsem Singh‘s War of the Gods, a new Greek mythology epic which will be filmed in a like 300.

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Somewhere

Our friends at Collider scored a shitload of early promotional images and posters from the American Film Market. You can head on over to Collider to see all of the images, but I thought I’d profile a few of the projects that I’m more looking forward to. After the jump you will find photos of Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning, Noah Baumbach‘s Greenberg starring Ben Stiller and The American starring George Clooney,
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And here I thought the Blade franchise was dead in the water after Blade Trinity’s abysmal failure. Stephen Dorff, who played the villain Deacon Frost in the first film, mentioned to the Sunday Mail last year that a prequel trilogy spearheaded by Blade director Stephen Norrington was in the works:

It will be a prequel to the Blade movies, Deacon’s story. It’s a new trilogy the director has created. It will be cool. We hope to shoot the first film next year. Frost is a character I have never been able to shake.

Without further confirmation from Norrington, we’ve pretty much treated the news as rumor, but today he admitted to Comics2Film that a prequel film is indeed in the works (as soon as he finishes his Crow reboot). Norrington mentions that the project isn’t exactly like Dorff described, but it’s close. He goes on to say that it “has evolved into a very interesting story,” and that “the linkage to Blade is still big in the equation.”

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I understand the role remakes play in Hollywood and for the most part I’m fine with it. But when I can’t get through a single work day without reporting on another remake, the grind gets a old. Today it’s a corker: Bloody-Disgusting reports that Alex Winter (yeah, that Bill and Ted Alex Winter) has found financing for his proposed 3D remake of The Gate, which origially starred a very young and round-faced Stephen Dorff as a kid who finds a gate to a prison containing ancient demons. Naturally, they want to take over the world, just like the army of remakes we’ve been facing down for the last few years. Read More »

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Yes, Party Boy. In a bit of casting news already earning groans from snobs and wooo’s from slobs, Jackass‘s Chris Pontius will co-star in Sofia Coppola‘s ode to Hollywood’s storied Chateau Marmont hotel, Somewhere. Pontius will play “Sammy” in the 2010 flick, best friend to the main character, a “hard living actor,” to be played by Stephen Dorff, of S.F.W. fame. Further casting choices have not been announced. Dakota’s younger sister, Elle Fanning, plays the daughter to Dorff’s character, who causes him to “reexamine his life after a surprise visit.” Twinkle, twinkle.

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Sofia Coppola has announced that she will be returning to the big screen with a dramedy she wrote titled Somewhere. Her fourth film will star Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning, and centers on Hollywood’s iconic Chateau Marmont, the hotel of choice of many tabloid-friendly celebrities. The story is about a “bad-boy actor” who gets an unexpected visit from his 11-year-old daughter, and is forced to reexamine his life. Sounds like Dorff is being set up for a Mickey Rourke-like performance.

Coppola calls it “an intimate story set in contemporary Los Angeles,” while Focus Features CEO James Schamus describes it as having all the “witty, moving and empathetic qualities that characterize all [of Sofia’s] work.” I was a big fan of Coppola’s earlier work, but very turned off by Marie Antoinette. With Somewhere it sounds like Coppola is returning to some of the settings and themes that earned her acclaim with Lost in Translation. Elle is a fantastic child actress, although Dorff is no Bill Murray, but who is? The film is scheduled to begin production in June.

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Alex Winter to Remake The Gate in 3D!

A few years ago, rumblings started in regards to a remake of the 1987 floor-bursting creature feature The Gate. According to Production Weekly’s reliable Twitter, it’s now moving forward with director/un-Ted, Alex Winter, at the helm and will satiate today’s masses with devilish imps in glorious 3D. With no real evidence whatsoever, Devin at CHUD suggests that original star, Stephen Dorff, is free to reprise his role. Hey, he worked with Christian Bale on Public Enemies: he can obviously still deal with a hell hole…bad jk.

The original PG-13 film is a nostalgia boner for many thanks to the suburban setting, a large helping of stop-motion effects, and a plot that spoofs the then-controversy over heavy metal. It also exploited the golden days when kids were fascinated by mysterious holes in the ground that, sadly, they often dug themselves. See also: The Pit. Last year, Winter was hired to pen Howard Stern’s endless wet dream/remake of Rock ‘n’ Roll High School and probably failed to see Lost Boys: The Tribe because it was an abortion.

Discuss: C’mon, this is one remake you can’t really get mad at, amirite?