I try to be open-minded about remakes, and maybe, somehow, I’ll get around to being slightly more open-minded about this one. But for the time being, the idea of Ehren Kruger scripting a remake of David Cronenberg‘s Videodrome for commercial director Adam Berg¬†pretty much sucks from every angle. That’s the Ehren Kruger who wrote the last two Transformers movies, and is scripting the fourth, by the way.

Berg’s biggest calling card to date is a Phillips commercial tracking through a frozen moment in a cops and robbers shootout. See that below. A nice little piece of film, to be sure, but there was never a point during the commercial’s runtime where I thought “let this guy play with one of the most unique pieces of filmed science fiction.” But Universal has been convinced to do just that, following through on the remake idea none of us ever figured would actually happen. “Death to Videodrome,” indeed. (Serious gore at that link.)

Read a bit more about the plans for the Videodrome remake below.

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Now that Twilight is almost over, Robert Pattinson is on the verge of being able to move on to the next phase of his career — presumably one in which he won’t be tied to a franchise he evidently despises. David Cronenberg‘s new film Cosmopolis could end up being the anti-Twilight, and Pattinson is embracing chances to promote it.

Contacted to do a promo photo shoot for Premiere France, Pattinson was asked about doing some still image nods to earlier Cronenberg films. He embraced the idea, and evidently pushed the images to go even weirder than originally planned. Check out the results, and name the films being referenced, below. Read More »

Cool Stuff: Product Placement T-Shirt

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Dutch Southern has a new t-shirt called “Product Placement”, a design created by Josh Eacret.

It’s a tribute to the fake products and companies found in movies, and to the filmmakers who didn’t want to sell out or get sued by real corporations.¬†Each logo is accurately recreated in painstakingly detail by Josh Eacret’s hand.

After the jump you can find a complete listing of the fictional companies listed, and which movies they appeared in.

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Universal to Remake Videodrome

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“Why?” is my first , second and third thought to come into my head after learning that Universal Pictures is going to remake David Cronenberg‘s 1983 sci-fi horror film Videodrome. What’s the point? The original film is a cult hit, considered one of the weirdest films of all time, and let’s not forget, the tenth most sampled film in music. An update with someone other than Cronenberg at the helm will most likely result in a generic Hollywood sci-fi horror film, and nothing more. Oh, and did I mention that Cronenberg is not involved in the movie at this point?

Ehren Kruger has been hired to write the screenplay, which will modernize the concept, and according to Variety, “infuse it with the possibilities of nano-technology and blow it up into a large-scale sci-fi action thriller.” Kruger is probably best known as the screenwriter who wrote the American remake of The Ring. His filmography is filled with a lot crappier films, including Scream 3, Reindeer Games, Imposter, The Ring Two, The Skeleton Key, The Brothers Grimm and Blood and Chocolate. I could point out the many reasons why Kruger is probably not the right guy to write a remake of Videodrome, but I think that would be far too obvious.


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