Nearly 30 years ago, Bill Preston and Ted Logan stepped into a time-traveling phone booth and wreaked havoc on history. But in the process, they taught us an important lesson: Be excellent to each other.
It’s a simple, jovial message from two pure-hearted lunkheads, one that has resonated in the decades since Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure became a cult classic. Original stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter have since moved on — Reeves to breaking the bones of assassins, Winter to his tech and political activism – but it’s always excellent to revisit the cult comedy. And the latest jaunt back in time comes courtesy of one of Bill and Ted’s creators himself, writer Ed Solomon.
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There are a whole lot of great people in Rapture-Palooza, written by Chris Matheson (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure) and directed by Paul Middleditch (Separation City). The film features Anna Kendrick and John Francis Daley as a young couple navigating the slightly hellish landscape of Earth after the Rapture. Craig Robinson is the Antichrist, and Rob Corddry, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Thomas Lennon, Ana Gasteyer, John Michael Higgins, and Tyler Labine are on hand, too.
Like I said, a lot of great people… so we’ll just pretend for a while that the film looks a lot better than this red-band trailer makes it out to be. Knowing that this was written by the guy who created Bill & Ted helps, and this trailer seems to be angling for some of that spirit, and the weirder moments of the Harold & Kumar movies, too. But a lot of Rapture-Palooza looks a bit like Birdemic, only with recognizable actors. That might be good; a lot of people seem to like Birdemic.
There’s a lot of bad language in here, which is what earns the red-band status. Whether the language adds to the jokes is something we’ll let you decide. (I do like the vulgar crow.) Read More »
It’s a good week to be John Francis Daley. His show Bones (which I still refuse to watch because it is not a continuation of the Snoop Dogg ‘horror’ film) was just renewed for a seventh season, and now he’s been cast with Anna Kendrick in the Lionsgate post-apocalyptic romantic comedy called Rapture-Palooza. That’s the film where Craig Robinson plays the Antichrist who wants to take Anna Kendrick’s character to be his wife. Read More »
Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2011 by Angie Han
A year ago, Keanu Reeves said in an interview that he was “trying” to get a third Bill & Ted film made, and we weren’t sure if he was joking. In retrospect, I’m not sure why we were doubtful — it seems like every other popular film from the ’80s and ’90s is getting a reboot, remake, or sequel, so why not Bill & Ted? Over the past year, he and former co-star Alex Winter have mentioned Bill & Ted 3 in various interviews, and now some real progress has been made on the project: According to Winter, the script has now been completed. Read more after the jump.
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When Paramount picked up Paranormal Activity, which turned out to be a smash hit, the company helped push forward the idea of major studios making films on shoestring budgets. Paramount has been developing a program to make microbudget movies, and now Lionsgate has announced a ‘microbudget’ initiative that will ideally generate up to ten films per year. Lionsgate’s version of ‘microbudget’ is a little different than most — these are budgeted under $2m. That’s a lot less than what most studio films cost, but the term usually conjures up films costing around $100k.
Regardless, info is out on the first three Lionsgate movies. One is Rapturepalooza, starring Craig Robinson (Hot Tub Time Machine, The Office) as the Antichrist. More info on that and two others, after the jump. Read More »
How did a third Bill and Ted movie become the ’80s sequel that keeps coming up? Is there that much nostalgia for the middlebrow comedies of twenty years ago? Evidently so, as Keanu Reeves said during the Toronto Film Festival, “I’d love to play the role, I’d love to work with Alex [Winter] and [writers] Chris and Ed again, and we’ll see what they do.”
And now Alex Winter says that there is indeed an idea in play for a third film, and that a script is underway right now. Read More »