It was a little before the half-way mark to Land of the Lost when a little kid started crying in the theater as the Sleestaks opened their reptilian beaks, revealing row after row of neat, razor-sharp teeth. We hadn’t even reached the scene in which Danny McBride’s misogynist, would-be casino maven, Will Stanton, stared directly into the camera while sitting in a swimming pool, tripping his fucking mind out on “narcotic” alien fruit-juice. The swimming pool was randomly parked on an inter-dimensional white sand desert sprinkled with a Viking ship, a broken-down Cessna, and a meta neon sign that blankly spells “Motel.” And as if exiting from Jeff Goldblum’s ear canal during a Jurassic Park hallucination, dinosaurs big and small were roaming the diverse terrain beyond. Land of the Lost is chockful of original, PG-13-hazing moments. And if you’re a parent and bring your kids to see it, you deserve a cool sticker.

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Land of the Lost

Steve Mason has checked in with the Friday night box office estimates. Pixar’s Up might end up winning the weekend, adding another $13.5 Million on Friday for an estimated $45 Million 3-Day. The Hangover took in an estimated $17 Million on Friday, headed for #2 for the weekend with $44 Million. The real loser this week is Land of the Lost, which made an estimated $8 Million on Friday, and is expected to end the weekend with only $23 Million. The movie was made for over $100 million. Star Trek remains in the top five, while Drag Me To Hell falls to #6 in the film’s second weekend. Full Box office estimates after the jump.

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Steve from Collider is a good friend of mine. At least a few times a week we talk about upcoming movies, TV shows, what gossip each of us have heard, and anything else we might find exciting. Since a number of our conversations cover things you also might find interesting, we’ve decided to start recording certain conversations as video blogs. Past video blogs have included The Future of the Batman Film Franchise, The Box Office Prospects of Watchmen and thoughts on the first 46 Minutes of Pixar’s Up.

We were recently talking about some of the movies coming out this summer and realized we should do some video blogs about the 2009 Summer Movie season. We were a little too ambitious, and thought we could squeeze two months worth of films into one blog, but as usually happens, we ran out of time. So the first part of our Summer movie preview was posted on Sunday (you can watch it here). In part 2, we take a look at the movies of June 2009: Land of the Lost, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Moon, Year One, The Hangover, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Please leave your thoughts on the movies of June 2009 in the comments below.

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Land of the Lost Movie Trailer

Universal has released a full length trailer for Land of the Lost on Subwayfreshbuzz.com. It’s basically an extended version of the teaser that played during the Super Bowl. We get to see more of the fantastical land in the alternative universe they become transported to. And it is that aspect of the movie that I’m most interested in. As I said in the teaser advertisement post, the comedy seems to be more of the same Will Farrell act that we’ve seen in film after film. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Hollywood premiered a batch of new movie-related television advertisments during the Super Bowl. If you missed any of them, or want to watch one of the commercials again, I have compiled a nice listing below. But what I’m really interested to find out which movie advertisement you thought was the best? Which got you the most excited? And Why? Leave your thoughts in the comments and place your vote in the poll below.

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Angels & Demons (30 seconds)
Fast & Furious (45 seconds)
GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra (30 seconds)
Land of the Lost (45 seconds)
Monsters vs. Aliens Trailer in 3D
Star Trek (30 Seconds)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (30 seconds)
Up (60 seconds)
Year One (60 seconds)


Cars.com Advertisement directed by Lars and the Real Girl helmer Craig Gillespie
Up – Adventures with Carl and Russell #1
Year One: Extended Sneak Preview (2 minute Clip)

Universal has released the Super Bowl advertisement for Land of the Lost. I’m impressed with some of the visuals, but the jokes and plot seem overwhelmingly generic. And I know that the footage in this teaser television spot is probably unfinished, but how bad does the blue screen removal around Will Ferrell’s head in the screen capture above look? Watch the television spot after the jump, and as always, tell me what you think in the comments below.
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New Posters: Land of the Lost & Fast and Furious

Universal has premiered a movie poster for their big screen take of Land of the Lost and the sequel Fast and Furious. Click on the images above to see the large versions on Cinematical and MTV. The Land of the Lost poster looks silly and CG’d, which goes right alongside my expectations of the film. The Fast and Furious poster looks like something a 5th grader created in photoshop, which makes sense because I’m expecting the film to have a 5th-grade-level of story construction.

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Land of the Lost Photo: Sleestak and Will Ferrell

The following image gives us the first close-up of the Sleestak named Enik from next summer’s $100 million incarnation of Land of the Lost starring Will Ferrell and Danny McBride.

The Sleestaks are a horned reptilian-insectoid species that inhabit the alternate world stumbled upon by Ferrell’s paleontologist and friends. In the original source material, Enik is a more evolved, pessimistic outcast of the Sleestaks that wears clothing and speaks.

Back in April, we praised director, Brad Silberling (Casper, Lemony Snicket’s), for choosing men-in-suits over CGI for the Sleestaks, in keeping with the campy ’70s Sid & Marty Krofft TV series. Pretty cool costumes aside, I’m getting a slight Mars Attacks vibe based on what I’ve seen, heard and read about this film. Too soon? Sure, that’s fair. But the studio lowered the budget by $25 million before the production started, and I still wonder how much they questioned this material’s built-in nostalgia factor. We’re in the early stages, and writing about this movie already requires an inhaler and a spy glass. Somewhat surprisingly, this marks Ferrell’s first foray into the land of big, special effects-driven summer adventure films. Same goes for Danny McBride and his well groomed mullet. What do you think of the pic and any takes on the film and material?

via Collider, First Showing

First Look: Sleestaks from Land of the Lost

Sleestaks in Land of the Lost

Last month we posted photos of Will Ferrell on the set of the big screen adaptation of Land of the Lost. Tonight USAToday brings us the first official production photo from Brad Silberling’s upcoming film.

The photo gives us a first look at the Sleestaks, villainous one-horned lizard creatures, who surface in a temple where Ferrell’s character and his two companions (Danny McBride and Anna Friel) are “hoping a giant crystal will return them to their own dimension.” Silberling fought to keep the Sleestaks man-in-suit, and thank goodness he did, because they are probably funnier that way. And besides, did you really want non-human shaped computer generated designs? The film version of the Sleestak can draw quills from their spines and fire them like arrows instead of carrying crossbows as they did in the original television show.

Ferrell plays Dr. Marshall, a wacky scientist who ends up the laughingstock of the scientific community after attacking the quadriplegic and wheelchair-bound Stephen Hawking while being interviewed on Anderson Cooper 360. Dr. Marshall is reduced to becoming a tour guide at the La Brea Tar Pits, the only scientific job that would take him. A young hot scientist played by Anna Friel convinces Dr. Marshall to go with her on an expedition which no doubt takes him to the Land of the Lost.

Land of the Lost is currently shooting on multiple sound stages at Universal Studios. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on July 17th 2009.

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Will Ferrell‘s R-rated ABA romp, Semi-Pro, opens today and is expected to do boffo business. Buzz is good, but not spectacular. Nobody’s calling the film a comedy classic, and it arguably could have been. Great source material. The actor took a time-out from picking his ‘fro to chat with AICN twice about his upcoming mega-budget sci-fi comedy Land of the Lost, as well as eulogize a few other projects. Directed by Brad Siberling, who did Casper and Moonlight Mile, I’m still not sure what to expect from this 2009 film that pits Ferrell against CGI dinosaurs, especially when it comes to tone. Ferrell alludes to it being less like, I dunno, The Flintstones but doesn’t clarify much more…

“[Land of the Lost] will be PG-13, which I understand why that is and yet we still want [edge]. …It’s right up to an R and we are going to pull that line with the studio, because I already had an experience with Kicking and Screaming. Kicking and Screaming was supposed to be more of a Bad News Bears type comedy and they kind of [made it lame and made it PG].”

One film that I think Ferrell is perhaps born to star in (but apparently will not) is a film adaptation of A Confederacy of Dunces, widely cited as one of the best American novels ever written. While I’m of the belief that The Catcher in the Rye should never be put to film, after seeing Stranger Than Fiction, a dramedy that is still widely underrated, I remain convinced that Ferrell can do justice to Dunces‘ main character, the eccentric, 30-year-old ne’re-do-well Ignatius J. Reilly. A few years ago Ferrell was attached, along with Natasha Lyonne (a clever choice for the love interest Myrna Minkoff), with David Gordon Greene (The Pineapple Express, George Washington) to direct. Might it still happen…?

“As far as I know [an adaptation] is gone. …It’s a mystery. For some reason that’s a very scary project for people to take on and I don’t know why, but yeah I have no idea. The script…I loved it. …I think that’s such a big piece to tackle, that I think for a script, they didn’t have every single scene in the book, but it was a really nice effort, but I don’t know what to tell you.”

And from a literary classic to a beer pong/bong classic, wassup with Old School 2?

“I read [the script]. Some super funny set pieces, but I don’t know. I think Vince [Vaughn] had the same reaction. We’re just kind of doing the same thing again. It was like us going to Spring Break, but we’ve got to find this guy who’s the head of a fraternity. Once again, funny things but it’s just us once again back in a fraternity setting. It just felt like it was repeating. But watch, I’m over thinking it.”

And like a dingleberry stuck to a long and winding news item, Ferrell updates us about Elf 2: It’s dead.

Discuss: If you had to spend eternity watching and rewatching a Will Ferrell sports comedy that still hasn’t been made, would it be: The Untitled Will Ferrell Polo Movie or the Untitled Will Ferrell Sumo Wrestling Movie? I choose: UWF Polo.