Joseph Kahn's Power Rangers Short Film

This morning Adi Shankar released Power/Rangers, a “bootleg short film” directed by Joseph Kahn (Torque, Detention), co-written by Dutch Southern (Bad Turn Worse) and starring James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek) and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica). Described as “a twist on the Power Rangers mythos”, the short film is a a well crafted brilliant fx-heavy send-up of dark and gritty fan films while also somehow being a fun addition to the genre. Watch the R-rated Power Rangers short film after the jump.

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Bad Turn Worse trailer

This new trailer for Bad Turn Worse opens with a reference to crime fiction writer Jim Thompson, and the reference to the guy who wrote The Getaway and The Killer Inside Me sets the tone for a story that indeed seems to go deep into dark territory. There are a few kids (Jeremy Allen White, Logan Huffman, and Mackenzie Davis) and one very bad man played with grinning malice by Mark Pellegrino. Put those people together with the lure of easy illicit money and things get really messy. Check out the excellent new Bad Turn Worse trailer below. Read More »

We Gotta Get Out Of This Place header

In today’s Hollywood, unless a poster is sold online, odds are it stinks. The marketing for most films has become so generic that any kind of artistic expression of what a film is in its advertising has all but gone away. Every once in a while, however, a poster pops up to challenge that belief. That’s the case with We Gotta Get Out Of This Place, directed Simon and Zeke Hawkins.

The film will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and follows three teens who leave their small town and turn to a life of crime. It’s written by Dutch Southern, who is also writing the female Expendables film, and the poster was designed by Eisner Award winning artist Sean Phillips.

You could know nothing about the film, see this poster, and want to see the movie. And isn’t that what a great poster is supposed to do? Check it out below. Read More »

Katee Sackhoff is the latest actress to join the female take on The Expendables, written by Dutch Southern and produced by 1984 Private Defense Contractors. She joins Gina Carano as the second member of the team, both cast before a director has even been named. The film has been described as a similar idea to The Expendables in that it’ll team up a bunch of female action stars.

Sackhoff is best known for playing Starbuck on the recent version of Battlestar Galactica, will soon appear in the new Riddick and was on 24, Bionic Woman and more. Read More »

In a move that will surprise no one, former MMA fighter and Haywire star Gina Carano has just been cast in a still untitled film pitched as “The Female Expendables.” The project, which will be produced by Adi Shankar‘s company 1984 Private Defense Contrators (The GreyMachine Gun Preacher, Killing Them Softly) came together last month after the successful opening of The Expendables 2. Dutch Southern is writing.  Read More »

Briefly: The Expendables 2 made a reasonable showing when it opened a relatively slow weekend this past Friday, and so we presume that plans for another similar film announced last week are still going through. Adi Shankar‘s company 1984 Private Defense Contrators, which co-financed films such as The Grey, Machine Gun Preacher, and Killing Them Softly, has hired Dutch Southern to write what is being called a female riff on The Expendables.

Variety says that Shankar will fully finance and produce this film, and that the company is already talking to “several prominent actresses affiliated with the action genre.” Without knowing any of those names — people like Linda Hamilton, Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis and even Lucy Lawless come to mind — it’s difficult to gague what to expect from this. Will Shankar turn to someone like Cynthia Rothrock, who toplined loads of late ’80s and ’90s action films, often for the direct to video market? There aren’t nearly as many big female action stars from the ’80s and ’90s as there are male, and I can’t even guess who would be willing to sign on the dotted line first.