Whether we like or not (we don’t), there’s going to be a remake of John Landis‘ horror-comedy classic An American Werewolf in London. But unlike most other remakes, this one is going to stay in the family: John Landis’ son Max Landis is penning the screenplay. The younger Landis took to his Twitter account to provide a a brief update on his American Werewolf remake, and reveal how it differs from his father’s original.
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(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to what’s new on Blu-ray and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)
Before we kick November to the curb, there’s a slew of great Blu-rays you might want to snap up for your viewing pleasure. As always, we encourage you to remember that while there’s plenty of digital media out there, physical media is still an essential part of a balanced entertainment diet. You can’t beat something tangible, folks. Or maybe you can. But I’m going to hold onto this stubborn belief as long as humanly possible!
This week’s Blu-ray roundup features Kathy Bates breaking a leg (or two), a killer Santa Claus, Kirsten Dunst getting high, a goofy yet inventive space adventure, the best performance of Robert Pattinson’s career, and Jeff Goldblum doing his Jeff Goldblum thing. Here are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.
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An American Werewolf in London, one of the best horror-comedies ever made, was cursed with an abysmal sequel in 1997 with An American Werewolf in Paris. Original American Werewolf director John Landis wasn’t involved with that follow-up, but the filmmaker has recently revealed he originally scripted his own sequel to his 1981 classic. In a new interview, Landis reveals the unused details for his potential An American Werewolf in London sequel.
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(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)
Summer is over. Good riddance, I say! Bring on chilly weather, heavy jackets and pumpkins as far as the eye can see. I’m talking thousands of pumpkins here, people. As the warm weather subsides and the cooler weather prevails, it’s time to once again shun the outdoors, bundle up with your blankets and stream some movies. In this edition of Now Stream This, we have a classic from Akira Kurosawa, a spy thriller for people who have no interest in seeing the new Kingsman movie, Al Pacino hamming up, the best horror-comedy in film history, and more! Let’s get streaming
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An American Werewolf in London is a horror classic that hit a chord with audiences that couldn’t be struck twice. It spawned the abysmally received An American Werewolf in Paris nearly 16 years later, and it seemed like the franchise was dead in the ground.
But in the age of remakes and cinematic universes, it was inevitable that we’d get a remake. Possibly an An American Werewolf in London remake by the son of the first director, no less. But rather than a case of classic Hollywood nepotism, it seems like John Landis, the director of the original film, has strongly advised his son Max Landis against tackling the remake.
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Michael Jackson‘s Thriller is perhaps the greatest music video of all time. It was the first music video of its kind, created as a nearly 14-minute short film that happened to have a chart-topping song playing throughout. The music video was such a publicized spectacle that it premiered at the AVCO Theatre in Los Angeles in 1983 and went on to sell out every night for three weeks straight. Thriller is also the only music video to be inducted into the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, which is a pretty big deal.
Now fans will get to experience Thriller as they never have before when it screens in 3D at the Venice Film Festival. After being announced back in 2014, the 3D conversion of the music video directed by John Landis is finally ready for audiences to see it. Find out more about Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D below. Read More »
Wonder Woman is unquestionably the movie of the moment, but when you take a step back and look at the larger film industry, Marvel Studios is still sitting pretty. They already released Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to great acclaim last month, they have Spider-Man: Homecoming (which is technically a Sony release) coming out soon, and the exciting-looking Thor: Ragnarok is on deck for November. Oh, and don’t forget about Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and another Avengers movie next year. There’s no doubt that they’re in a creative groove right now.
But director John Landis isn’t impressed. In a new interview, the man behind National Lampoon’s Animal House, The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London, and Three Amigos says he’s “bored shitless” by the MCU films. Read the John Landis Marvel comments below to find out why.
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If you had asked me ten years ago if Kevin Smith would ever have a chance to make a Mallrats sequel, I would have bet against it. And that’s coming from someone who loved the movie and still has a special spot for Smith’s “sophomore bellyflop.” But Smith has not only written Mallrats 2, but it’s also now five hours long and takes the form of a television series (which will probably end up on a cable or streaming network due to graphic language). What will the 10-episode half-hour comedy series be about? Learn details about the Mallrats 2 plot and find out why it became a television series rather than a movie, after the jump.
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For the past few years, there’s always been some kind of rumor about the original Star Wars theatrical cuts being made available on Blu-Ray for the first time ever. The most recent rumor pointing to such a release came over a year ago, and since then we’ve even seen some cool fake mock-ups for Blu-Ray covers for the hopeful releases.
However, nearly three years ago, we laid out why it wasn’t likely that Disney would be releasing a box set of the theatrical cuts of the original trilogy anytime soon, mainly because 20th Century Fox still owns the release rights to both the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy until 2020.
Making matters even more complicated is that Fox actually owns the rights to A New Hope “in perpetuity in all media worldwide.” That means they’ll never lose the rights to Episode IV, so unless they come to some kind of deal with Disney, a box set release of all the movies, including the original theatrical cuts, isn’t in the cards.
Well, this rumor has cropped up yet again, though it’s somewhat more credible this time than previously. Find out more about the Star Wars theatrical cut Blu-Ray below. Read More »
This past week, the reboot of Vacation hit the big screen, but it’s not a National Lampoon production anymore. The once thriving name in laughs has since become mostly a comedy memory, known for introducing us to bold and controversial material, future film and television stars, and a film franchise that took us into one of the craziest fraternities and also on one of the best road trips in the history of cinema.
Now a new documentary called Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon is on the way to theaters and VOD after a premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and the first red band trailer is now online. Watch the National Lampoon documentary trailer after the jump! Read More »