Briefly: When Lionsgate bought Summit, we heard that there could be a continuation or re-do of the Twilight series at some point in the future, and one of the possibilities seemed like it could be based on TV.
Now we can add a few more possible film-to-TV developments to Lionsgate’s list. In a conference call today, CEO Jon Feltheimer said that two properties acquired in the Summit buy, Red and Step Up, are in consideration for TV development alongside The Expendables. While Deadline notes that the Stallone action films weren’t explicitly mentioned by Feltheimer today, the site has been told that’s on the list as well.
Developing The Expendables would seem to hinge on what talent could be corralled for the show. Maybe Chuck Norris could make this his coda to Walker, Texas Ranger. Or Terry Crews could make it his own. Since the film series is all about the big collection of name actors, doing the show without that cache doesn’t seem to have much of a point. Red is in a similar position, as the name actors in that film (one of whom, Bruce Willis, is also part of The Expendables) were the biggest draw for many audiences.
Even before The Expendables opened last year, we heard that a sequel was likely to happen. And a sequel still seems very much on the boards, but new info paints it as a very different project than we previously expected.
Millennium Films is moving forward with the second film, but the script is by David Agosto and Ken Kaufman, rather than Sylvester Stallone. Sly also directed the first film, but the company is now looking for someone else to direct the follow-up. Read More »
Our friends the Fine Brothers have filed the latest episode of their popular “Spoiler” series — 50 Movie Spoilers of 2010 in 3 Minutes, in one take. You might remember that we’ve featured their videos 50 Christmas Movie Spoilers in 3 Minutes, 100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes, Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History, 50 spoilers of 2009 in 4 minutes, 100 Horror Movie Spoilers in 5 Minutes, 50 Disney Spoilers in 3 Minutes and 50 Comedy Spoilers in 3 Minutes. Hit the jump to watch their latest. And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.
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As the movie industry evolves, so to do the Razzies. The anti-Oscars, which infamously recognize the worst movies of the year, have announced their short list of eligible films which includes a brand new category: Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3D. What films are eligible for that award as well as Worst Film of the Year and more? Find out after the jump. Actual nominations will be announced January 24, the day before Oscar nominations. Read More »
Twitter has released their 2010 Top Twitter Trends Analytics which includes a list og the top 10 tweeted about movies of the last year. The most talked about film of 2010 on Twitter? Christopher Nolan’s Inception. Hit the jump to see the full list.
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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED
The Disappearance of Alice Creed opens with two men prepping for what we can only assume—given the title of the film (despite any revelations about its meaning that may come later)—is a kidnapping. We assume correctly. They pull a girl into a van, tie her to a bed, strip her of all her clothes, snap photos of her, and put new clothes on her. All of this takes places without any dialogue, or any understanding of who these people are, how they know each other, or what their motivations are. The less you know about what happens from that point forward, the better. This is the sort of assured, smartly crafted thriller that puts filmmakers on the map. I’m not sure how it will play on repeat viewings, when it no longer has its clever plot turns to bolster it, but in any case it deserves to be seen. The amount of tension writer/director J Blakeson generates with just three actors and one location is pretty remarkable, especially for a first-time director. His actors are equally deserving of credit; the film asks a lot of them, relying heavily on the interplay between the characters, and they rise to the challenge admirably. It’s unfortunate that the movie didn’t get the US theatrical release it deserved, but consider yourself lucky; now you have the privilege of experiencing it free from spoilers, the way it was meant to be seen.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Commentary with writer/director J Blakeson, Deleted Scene, Extended Scene, Outtakes, and a Storyboard Comparison.
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One of my favorite pop culture artists in a cartoonist named Dave Perillo. You’ve seen his work featured in many past editions of Cool Stuff and all those Crazy4Cult art show pieces. I just love his retro style, and have at least ten of his prints hanging on the walls of /Film HQ (well, actually, I havent hung most of them, but when I start hanging my framed prints, this will be literally true). His latest creation is titled “Expendable”, but isn’t actually for the movie Expendables but instead old school Star Trek and the always expendable Red Shirt Starfleet Officer. See the whole piece of art after the jump.
Teefury is selling the design on a t-shirt today for only $9 plus shipping. The tee will only be on sale today only so get it while you can.
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Beloved B-movie actor/God Bruce Campbell is making a sequel to My Name is Bruce. To many that decision may seem odd, considering that not even diehard fans of ‘The Chin’ were terribly blown away by the first film, and Campbell has been scrupulous enough in his project undertakings that he passed on a sequel to Bubba Ho-tep, but after reading his description of the sequel, entitled Bruce Vs. Frankenstein, I can see why he’s insistent on making the film. Read More »
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Cinema has entered a new dawn. It arrived a while ago, actually, and you may not have even noticed.
I’m not referring to the recent surfeit of remakes, sequels and adaptations, or the rebirth and subsequent profusion of superhero movies, or even the resurgence of 3D. No, I’m talking about the evolution of a burgeoning subgenre in cinema: meta films, aka movies about movies. Whether you’ve seen it or not, these self-reflective satires, parodies and homages have become a recurring staple of the aughts, and slowly but surely, the landscape of modern cinema is changing because of them. Read More »
As Sylvester Stallone reigns supreme at the box office yet again, the sting of Scott Pilgrim‘s failure to resonate with the public only deepens. Strange how both films attempt to appeal to similar filmic influences, yet the divide amongst audiences has been so wide.
It’s possible that this is a result, however subconscious, of a contrasting appreciation for the way the films choose to define its men, with the reverence for the long-lost form of the burly ’80s action hero speaking more to people than the modern promotion of the geek hero. In this way, The Expendables and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World are on opposite sides of a cultural rift. Scott is a character whose manhood is not impugned by his scrawniness, awkwardness or geekiness, making him the sort of “badass” hero that could only exist in a post-Internet world. The characters in The Expendables, meanwhile, can essentially be seen as a plea to return to the male image as it was once celebrated, when masculinity was defined by muscles, scars, motorcycles, booze, tattoos and mindless acts of violence.
If this is indeed the case, and the box office can be deemed accurately representative of what constitutes a real man, the message audiences are trying to tell us here is simple: The men of today are gay; long live the six packs and mullets of yesterday. Read More »