MGM is playing a game, and it would like you, the viewer, to join it. The studio announced today that it’s reviving WarGames as a video game of sorts — or rather, an interactive digital short that “combines the narrative of a compelling movie with the responsiveness of a great game.”

That means viewers will get to determine the outcome, potentially making for a slightly different narrative every time you watch it. Get full details on the WarGames interactive short after the jump.  Read More »

Wargames remake

Sure, why not drop news of another reboot? The ’80s film WarGames, which originally starred Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy, is being remade by MGM. (The studio has already created a series of other remakes, including RoboCop, Carrie, and Red Dawn, and has Poltergeist and The Town That Dreaded Sundown to come.) Now the studio is poised to hire Dean Israelite to direct and Arash Amel to write the WarGames remake. Read More »

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Honestly, we might never see a better summer than 1982. Almost every single weekend, Hollywood released a would be classic: The Thing, Blade Runner, E.T., the list goes on and on. And when something is that successful, what does Hollywood do? Release a sequel, of course. That’s exactly what the Alamo Drafthouse is doing this summer.

After last year’s successful Summer of ’82 screening series, this year will mark the Summer of 1983 screening series. Starting with the 30th anniversary of Return of the Jedi, the Drafthouse’s various locations will screen movies such as Scarface, Risky Business, Octopussy, The Deadly Spawn, WarGames, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Jaws 3D and others.

Below, find out how to get tickets, see the poster and watch a trailer. Read More »

Here’s one more step in the career upswing of Paul Walker. As we wait for the action shenanigans of Fast & Furious 6 (and the inevitable seventh film) he’s lined up a starring role in the new version of video game series Hitman. And now he’s got another action pic — a remake of Banlieue 13, better known in the US as District B-13.

The remake is to be called Brick Mansions, and will be set in America rather than Paris. In an interesting twist, David Belle, the star of the original film and its sequel, will also appear. Walker’s character will be “an undercover detective chasing a weapon of mass destruction that was stolen by a drug dealer in the ghetto known as Brick Mansions. He seeks help from the incredibly agile Lino (Belle), who knows Brick Mansions better than anyone and is the only person not cowed by the drug dealers.”

Deadline says that Luc Besson and EuropaCorp set Camille Delamarre to direct; Delamarre edited Taken 2 and Colombiana.

After the break, Seth Gordon talks about his WarGames remake and the potential dramatic re-do of King of Kong, and we’ve got the first image from the remake of Danish TV series The Bridge, with the new version made by the director of Miss Bala. Read More »

If this collection of remake news bits is anything to go by, the ’70s and ’80s are back in full force. After the jump, the new Carrie dishes about Kimberly Peirce’s update, Ally Sheedy gets news of a WarGames remake, and Elijah Wood’s turn as a Maniac heads to Cannes.

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Briefly: That WarGames remake that has some fans up in arms now has a writer. Noah Oppenheim will script the film that Seth Gordon will direct for MGM. We still don’t know anything about the specific plan for the remake. When the involvement of Seth Gordon was reported, he was said to have “a wide berth to create a new take,” but we don’t know how that will manifest in the new movie.

We don’t know much about Oppenheim’s work as a screenwriter, either; his background is in TV production for Hardball with Chris Matthews and the Today show. His Jackie Onassis script got studio attention, but that hasn’t been produced yet. Still, we can keep making guesses about how this new version of the story will incorporate modern technology, gaming and the awareness of networking in general, and hopefully those guesses won’t be better than what MGM turns out. [THR]

How would a new version of WarGames work in the age of Anonymous and LulzSec? The original film was released in 1983, when hacking was, to most people, almost a sci-fi concept. So when Matthew Broderick played a kid who hacked into a government installation and almost started WWIII through what he thought was an innocent game of chess with a supercomputer, the movie earned a response more due to paranoid fears of political instability and technological dependence than because anyone really thought that a kid would hack the machine brain of the defense department.

But now we’re nearing a time when most people will have felt the effect of malicious hacking, whether through identity theft, phishing scams or the exposure of personal data (or, again, paranoid fear of it) thanks to something like the LulzSec attacks against Sony.

That means that it is a particularly good time to reboot WarGames, and MGM is moving forward with a plan that involves The King of Kong and Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon. Read More »

Leonardo DiCaprio To Reboot WarGames?


Production Weekly is reporting that Leonardo DiCaprio is looking to produce a reboot of the classic 1983 sci-fi hacker film WarGames. The original WarGames is a great geek flick, a flashback to the days when a 1200 baud modem was fast, and capable of destroying the world. Plus, this is a movie which features the first cinematic reference to a “firewall”. But could the story be updated to modern times without becoming the mess that was The Dead Code? I’m not quite sure.

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This Week in DVD is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy, Circuit City, and Fry’s.

The Good

(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Special Editions)
From White Castle to Guantanamo Bay, Harold & Kumar’s adventures have grown just a tad more ridiculous since the last time we saw them. The clever balance of high brow/low brow gags and biting racial commentary are intact though, and those two things (along with John Cho’s and Kal Penn’s engaging performances) help immensely in making this one of the funnier and more respectable comedies of the past year.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The two disc edition includes two commentaries, 27 additional scenes, a short documentary, and an interactive feature where you can alter the course of the film.

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*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores.

What? Three Mini Posters
Where? Best Buy

Directed by Martin Scorsese, this documentary gives an up close and personal look at the rock and roll band The Rolling Stones as they deliver two 2006 performances that took place during their A Bigger Bang tour. This should be a no brainer: if the concept sounds appealing to you, you’ll like it, and if it doesn’t, you won’t.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Four extra songs.

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What? Save $9 when you buy both DVD and soundtrack.
Where? Best Buy

Perfectly balancing elements of humor and suspense, this classic ‘80s thriller starring Matthew Broderick takes an improbable premise (a teenage slacker inadvertently starts what could result in a Nuclear War by hacking into a Defense Department computer) and makes it work. An improvement in terms of extras, video, and audio, this DVD is a must buy for fans who haven’t yet gotten their hands on a copy.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: A commentary and four documentaries.

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Alex Proyas received major acclaim for his work on The Crow, but one movie everyone seems to gloss over is Dark City, a truly fantastic sci-fi thriller. If you haven’t yet checked it out, here’s your chance, as the film is now being released as a director’s cut that runs 15 minutes longer and features improved special effects and a new sound mix. According to everything I’ve read so far, these things have taken a great film and made it even better.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Three commentary tracks, an intro by Alex Proyas, two featurettes, and more. Apparently the DVD also holds the theatrical cut of the film, but the only confirmation I’ve been able to find on that is for the Blu-ray version.

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The Bad

While Neil Marshall brought back terror and suspense to the horror genre with The Descent, one of the best movies of the past few years, Doomsday has no intention of maintaining that sense of quality. Instead, it harkens back to various classic B-movies, paying homage to films like Mad Max and Escape from New York. This might’ve worked, too, but the film is far too uninteresting and derivative to engage you on the same level that those films did.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Both the unrated and theatrical cuts of the film, a commentary, and two featurettes.

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(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Special Editions)
A perfect follow-up to the cinematic fart that was Step Up 2 The Streets, Never Back Down is equally inept in all the right ways, amounting to yet another hilarious and satisfying “Shit Movie of the Week” (which you can check out on this past week’s After Dark podcast episode).
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The single-disc edition will include a commentary and deleted/extended scenes. The two-disc will also include those things, plus both unrated and rated cuts of the film, training webisodes, and 2 featurettes.

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*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores.

What? 3-Disc Edition with bonus disc ($22.99).
Where? Target

Having not yet seen this long-awaited sequel to The Lost Boys, it’s probably a little presumptuous of me to assume it sucks. So be it. If you had watched that trailer, you’d be presumptuous too.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Two featurettes (one of which is “Edgar Frog’s Guide to Coming Back Alive”), alternate endings, and four music videos.

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Other noteworthy DVDs available this week…
The Band’s Visit – Witchblade (The Complete Series) – Stargate: Continuum – WarGames: The Dead Code – Freakazoid (Season 1) – Beverly Hills, 90210 (Season 5) – The Hills (Season 3) – Inglorious Bastards (3-Disc Special Edition) – Law and Order: SVU (Season 7)

Discuss: What are you planning to rent or buy this week?

The Specials
NOTE: Some deals may be in-store only.

Exclusive: Deluxe Edition of The Hills (Season 3) with photo book and bonus footage disc ($29.99).

$18.99 – Heroes (Season 1), Battlestar Galactica (Season 2.5)
$9.99 – Northern Exposure (Season 1)

$4.99 – Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Clerks II, Super Troopers, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bottle Rocket, Go, and much more…

$12.99 – The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Monster’s Inc, Toy Story (10th Anniversary Edition)

Exclusive: 50 free songs and 1 free audio book with purchase of The Hills (Season 3) ($26.99).

$3.99 – Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, The Punisher (Extended Cut), Lord of War (2-Disc Special Edition), Jarhead, The Player, The Mask, Brokeback Mountain, Friday Night Lights, Mad Max, Runaway Jury, Inside Man, Dawn of the Dead (2004), Unleashed, Doom, Bruce Almighty, Waiting, Cujo (20th Anniversary Edition), Cinderella Man, Bug, Accepted, Hoosiers, Bend it Like Beckham, Akeelah and the Bee, The Interpreter, Assault on Precinct 13 (2005), Dirty Dancing (20th Anniversary), and more…

$3.99 – Big Trouble in Little China, All the Right Moves, Cocoon, and more…

$4.99 – Man on Fire, Alien 3, Donnie Darko, Die Hard, and more…

$6.99 – The Full Monty (Fully Exposed Edition), The Hustler (Two-Disc Collector’s Edition), The Verdict (Two-Disc Collector’s Edition), The Passion of the Christ, All That Jazz (Music Edition), Napoleon Dynamite, X-Men 1.5, and more…

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

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Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!

I Love You Philip Morris billboard

Cinematical has a photo of the I Love You Philip Morris billboard at Cannes.

Adam Brody talks to IGN about his preparation for the now defunct Justice League movie.

National Lampoon’s Homo Erectus
looks horrible. Check out the red band movie trailer on Trailer Addict, if you dare!

Temple of Doom Icon Set

IconFactory has released their Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Icon Set.

Uwe Boll told RT what his five favorite films are – and, considering he’s the man who cast Tara Reid as a brilliant archaeologist and made such clunkers as BloodRayne and Dungeon Siege, his picks are kind of surprising. (Apocalypse Now, Dances With Wolves, Clockwork Orange, Citizen Kane, and The Searchers.)

Killdroid: A Mechanical Love Affair

io9 has a first look at Killdroid: A Mechanical Love Affair.

Defamer counts down the Top Five Most Cringeworthy Facial Hair Moments in Cinematic History.

The Strangers Movie PosterThe new poster for The Strangers is kinda creepy. [bloody-disgusting]

AICN has the first test screening review of Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno. The reviewer says “it’s similar to “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” – it’s a raunchy sex comedy that also wants to have a sweet romance at its center” and claims the hillarious dialogue is “some of the strongest stuff I’ve heard from Smith in years”, but says “the heart of the movie doesn’t really fly”. Sounds to me like something that might be fixed in editing. It’s also revealed that Justin Long makes a cameo.

Lucasfilm has announced that “Star Wars Weekends” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will give a sneak peek at Star Wars: The Clone Wars , coming to theaters on August 15th. [ComingSoon]

FirstShowing takes a look at the 10 Best and Worst Rappers Turned Movie Actors.

Before you watch the documentary on the new special edition of Raiders of the Lost Ark, beware that a certain character’s identity, which may or may not be a spoiler from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, is revealed on screen. [filmchat]

The Movie Blog
lists Five Ways Iron Man was better than Batman Begins.

Friday the 13th

Bloody-Disgusting has the first photo from Platinum Dunes remake of Friday the 13th.

Lance Henriksen (Near Dark, Pumpkinhead) has completed a cameo for Jennifer’s Body. [Shock]

City of Ember Movie PosterCinematical has the teaser poster for City of Ember. Meanwhile Fox Walden has launched the official teaser website at CityofEmber.com.

CinemaBlend has details on the 25th anniversary dvd release of WarGames.

Rotten Tomatoes Names Harrison Ford‘s Ten Best Film Characters.

ABC News lists Five Science Fiction Movies That Get the Science Right.

Diablo Cody will be the next guest programer at Hollywood’s New Beverly Cinema: “To me, the movie night I keep hyping, because I’m so excited about it, is Little Shop of Horrors, the ’86 version, and Labyrinth. And I’m going to do Nightmare on Elm Street 3 with Fright Night. Midnight Madness with Wet Hot American Summer. I’m gonna try and get both Reitman’s in and do an Ivan and Jason double-bill.” [shock]

Zap2It has script reivews of Fox’s two new shows – JJ Abrams’ Fringe and Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse.


Rejects has this fan art showing what the movie version of War Machine might look like in the Iron Man sequel.

Arcade Fire will be scoring Richard Kelly’s The Box. [playlist]

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa will be released into IMAX® theatres worldwide on November 7, 2008. [CS]

Audrina Patridge, one of the stars of MTV’s The Hills, will make her feature debut opposite Chris Carmack and Laura Vandervoort in the Charles Winkler-directed Into the Blue 2. [THR]

Jessica Alba as Charlie Chaplin

Jessica Alba does her best impersonation of the iconic Charlie Chaplin in the June 2008 issue of Allure. [justjared]

The CW has given a 13-episode midseason renewal to Reaper. [variety]

Andras Hamori’s H20 Motion Pictures has greenlit The Gate — 20 Years Later, a sequel to the 1987 horror film that terrified me as a child. [bloody-disgusting]

eboy los angeles

eBoy‘s latest poster takes on Los Angeles.

The Mythbusters will take on Indiana Jones.

Rotten Tomatoes takes a look at New Line’s 40 years of independence (before getting gobbled up by WB), 25 movies to celebrate their legacy.