As long as there are successful Hollywood franchises, there will be rip-offs. This is true in America, where companies like the Asylum have built an entire business model around making movies that look just similar enough to major blockbusters to confuse grandparents and stoners. However, it’s especially true on the international stage, where scrappy filmmakers all over the world have been abusing copyright for decades now. I highly recommend Remake, Remix, Rip-Off, a wonderful documentary about the anarchic world of Turkish cinema in the ’60s and ’70s if you want so see examples of some truly, beautifully shameless filmmaking.
But today, we’re turning our eyes to China, who have produced a Kung Fu Panda rip-off that looks like it clawed its way out of the deepest recesses of your nightmares. And because the universe is cruel (or because parents will confuse it with the other movie about the martial artist panda bear and will pick it up without knowing better), it’s getting an American release courtesy of Lionsgate.
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Posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2012 by Angie Han
With the fall movie season well underway, we have new promos for two releases due out in November. The first is a 90-second spot for Flight, Robert Zemeckis‘ long-awaited return to live action. Denzel Washington stars as a pilot who’s lauded as a hero when miraculously saves a plane full of passengers with a deft crash-landing. But as an investigation digs deeper into the circumstances surrounding the incident, the story and his life begins to unravel.
The other is an extended TV spot for Rise of the Guardians, a DreamWorks Animation tale about all the mythological figures of childhood imagination — Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, etc. — banding together to save the world from an evil spirit called Pitch. Watch both videos after the jump.
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Back in September, Bobcat Goldthwait‘s new film God Bless America premiered at TIFF, where Peter called it “a biting deconstruction of American culture” and “a pitch-black comedy that is crude, violent and intelligent.” Magnolia picked up the film almost immediately, and now we’ve got premiere info and a new poster.
God Bless America, in which a guy named Frank snaps just a little bit, leading him to go on a cross-country killing spree aided by a 16 year-old girl (Tara Lynn Barr), will hit VOD and digital platforms on April 6 and then open in some theaters starting May 11.
Hit the break for a more extensive plot description and the new poster. Read More »
The latest buy out of TIFF is a good one: Bobcat Goldthwait‘s new black comedy God Bless America has been bought by Magnet for release in 2012. This is the same company that got behind Goldthwait’s last film, World’s Greatest Dad. So once God Bless America got a great reception at TIFF it was, if not a given, then certainly a pretty good bet that the company would get behind this new film, too.
God Bless America will be released theatrically and on VOD at some point next year; hopefully we’ll have a trailer and full scheduling info soon. Meanwhile, the press release from Magnet is below. Check out what Goldthwait said about the film not long ago, and read Pete’s rave review of the film from TIFF, too. Read More »
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Of all the potentially great films showing at TIFF this year, perhaps the one I’m most excited for is Bobcat Goldthwait‘s God Bless America. There are good films and great films, and then movies that somehow seem made to tap directly into your own sensibilities and perspective. Goldthwait’s last film, World’s Greatest Dad, was one of those.
So I’m hoping that God Bless America, a comedy in which a middle-aged guy kills a teen reality TV star, might have some of the same appeal. (For me, at least.) In anticipation of the film’s premiere at Toronto, Bobcat Goldthwait is talking about what to expect from the movie and, to some extent, his own comic legacy. And there’s a poster for the movie, though it isn’t a great one. Read More »
There’s a lot of small casting news today. Let’s kick off with word that Spongebob Sqaurepants himself, Tom Kenny, will once again lend his voice to a robot in the third Transformers film, Dark of the Moon. He voiced Skids (one of the generally reviled ‘racist’ bots) and Wheelie in the last film, but we don’t know what character(s) he’ll be voicing this time. [Popeater]
After the break, Frances McDormand voices a rare villain role, and the Sam Raimi-produced Dibbuk Box gets a lead. Read More »
Amidst other new projects, Disney is prepping the a new theatrical Winnie the Pooh film, and the first two stills have been released. They’re quite nice, and more than other recent films featuring characters created by A.A. Milne, they echo the lovely hand-drawn qualities of the classic Pooh films from Disney. Read More »
Jennifer Hudson made a splash on American Idol, then quickly went on to win an Oscar for her debut role in Dreamgirls, but we haven’t seen much of her onscreen since. Now she’s got a follow-up role to her big breakthrough: in Winnie, she’ll play Winnie Mandela, wife to South African president Nelson Mandela.
Directing is South African filmmaker Darrell J. Roodt, who was behind Yesterday and Sarafina! The script is from Roodt, Andre Pieterse and Paul L. Johnson, from the biography Winnie Mandela: A Life, by Anne Marie du Preez. Winnie Mandela fought apartheid alongside her husband, and was jailed for demanding his release, but she faced legitimate legal troubles down the road. Variety also reports that Hudson is expected to sing the theme for the film.
After the break, another Winnie movie, more for the Christina Aguilera film Burlesque, and Stephen Root bolsters two already solid casts. Read More »