There has been a brief report published in The Hollywood Reporter about Elevate Entertainment. They describe it as a “full-service management company that includes talent, literary and reality departments as well as a development and production arm”.

Amongst the first signings are Vinnie Jones and Howard Chaykin. I don’t mention those two at random – though you’d be forgiven for not spotting the connection had I not made a headline out of it. After the break, what further details there are…

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VOTD: Naked Dawn

naked dawn

You’ve seen Red Dawn, but you haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen Naked Dawn, Jake Szymanski‘s new Funny or Die’s parody which stars Rob Schneider, Mena Suvari and Vinnie Jones. Can you imagine an 80’s action movie at a nudist’s camp? What if the Russians attacked the U.S.? What if Rob Schneider was our last hope? What if he was naked? NSFW! Watch it after the jump.
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Worst Idea Ever: Spoofing the Spoof Movie Genre

It was bound to happen eventually. We’ve had spoof movies about horror movies, teen movies, sports movies, disaster movies, epic movies, and now finally Hollywood is making a spoof of the spoof movie genre in David Murphy‘s Not Another Not Another Movie.

When a studio head (Chevy Chase) quits his job at a successful Hollywood movie studio, he is replaced by his ex-con brother Michael Madsen and their “equally inept gangster friend” (Vinnie Jones). David Leo Schultz plays a production assistant who is assigned to direct a spoof of the spoof movie genre, and Burt Reynolds plays an actor who is cast as the director of the movie within the movie. Confused? That’s only the beginning.

The film features a hand full of cameos from c-list actors playing themselves spoofing their “memorable” film roles. The list includes the guy who played the villain in Kindergarten Cop and the young African-American Marine on trial in A Few Good Men. Former Howard Stern lackey turned Tonight Show announcer “Stuttering” John Melendez also has a supporting role. Is there anyone outside of the people involved in the production that honestly believe this movie is a good idea?

source: THR

Year One Details Revealed

Jack Black talks Year One

Details have have been kept tightly under wraps involving the upcoming Judd Apatow-produced Harold Ramis (Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Groundhog Day) comedy Year One. All that has been revealed thus far is the cast and creative list behind the film, which includes Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin), Jack Black, David Cross, Vinnie Jones, Juno Temple, and Oliver Platt. Ramis co-wrote the script with The Office scribes Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. Oh, and the story is “set in biblical times”. Jack Black talked to Collider while promoting his upcoming film Be Kind Rewind, and spilled the beans:

“Year One is a biblical comedy. It’s about the old testament. I’m just a dude wandering through biblical times. I’m not a famous character that you would have heard of before. Me and Michael Cera are just sort of wandering through, and you get to see all these old stories from the Torah, told through Agnostic, sort of, eyes.”

It appears we might have a new controversial comedy that takes aim at religion (ala Monty Python’s Life of Brian), which may explain why details have been kept hush hush. Black also confirmed that the script was finished before the strike, and the project is plowing ahead without the constant rewrites that he is accustomed to. Year One is scheduled to hit theaters on June 19th 2009.

First Look: Hell Ride, City of Ember, The Bank Job, Australia, Fighting

I hate to do another compilation post, but I have a lot of first look production photos to show you.

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McLovin Cast in Year One

Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Christopher Mintz-Plasse will forever be known as McLovin. In the way that Seann William Scott will probably always be referred to as Stiffler. Plasse would probably be better off changing his name officially to McLovin.

Judd Apatow is trying to get Mintz-Plasse some more work in Hollywood, casting the SuperBad star in the 2009 Harold Ramis comedy Year One (no relation to the Frank Miller Batman graphic novel) starring Jack Black and Michael Cera. Oliver Platt, David Cross, Vinnie Jones and Juno Temple are also in final negotiations for the film.

Ramis co-wrote the script with The Office scribes Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. So what is the new movie about? Well… ummm its about the first year of… okay, we don’t have a clue. As it turns out, the studio wants the plot details to be kept under wraps (for now). All we know is it’s a comedy “set in biblical times” and that Platt is in talks to play a platform-shoe-wearing high priest, while Jones is on board to play a head palace guard named Sargon.

With Judd Apatow on such a roll as of late, we have to keep a close eye on all his upcoming projects. And Ramis has directed some of the best comedies of all time, including Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Groundhog Day, and Anaylze This (we’ll try to forget about Bedazzled, Stuart Saves His Family and Multiplicity). With an early Summer 09 release date, this is definitely one to watch out for.

Year One will hit theaters on June 19th 2009.

source: THR

Joe Carnahan Starts Comic Book Movie Rumors

juggernaut.jpgA couple weeks ago Joe Carnahan was debating publicly about what movie would be his next project. Would it be the Pablo Escobar bio Killing Pablo or the big screen adaptation of White Jazz? Earlier this week Smokin’ Joe posted a mysterious photo on his blog (seen to the right) of Juggernaut from the X-Men series of comic books. Joe posted only the following words with the photo:

“I’ll let you guys go nuts on this one…”

Rumors have started to circulate the fanboy message boards that Carnahan might be directing a new Marvel project, possibly even an X-Men spin-off movie. When I interviewed Joe last year for Smokin’ Aces, he dropped not one but three separate comic book references into the conversation. He gleefully told me how Jeremy Piven’s card throwing abilities were influenced by Daredevil comics, and how one moment in particular was influenced by a specific issue that he read as a kid. Joe even recited the issue number off the top of his head. So Joe clearly has (or had) an interest in comics, and a comic book adaptation could easily be in his future.

That said, I don’t think this is the case at all. My people are telling me that Carnahan is again prepping to film White Jazz next, possibly as soon as January. While I don’t know anything solid, I’m guessing that Carnahan just signed Vinnie Jones (who played Juggernaut in the recent X-Men: The Last Stand) to a part in the new film (George Ainge maybe?).

Movie Review: The Comdemned

The CondemnedWhat happened to all the bad action movies from the late 1980’s and early 1990’s? You know, the ones with Jean-Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal and Chuck Norris. The Condemned is the closest thing I’ve seen to those b-action classics in the last few years. And watching The Condemned I felt myself yearning for those type of films. But sadly The Condemned is not. Although it came very close.

The film stars former pro wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin as Joe Conrad, one of 10 inmates on death row who is chosen to be part of a real life Survivor. The show, which is being illegally broadcast on the internet, pits 10 condemned killers from all corners of the world up against each other. Nine will die, and the sole survivor will be given the gift of freedom. Imagine Battle Royale meets The Running Man, but on a lower budget and scale.
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The Condemned Poster, Movie Trailer and Stills Revealed

The Condemned

WWE won’t give up. They have their mind set on making a genre classic with a WWE wrestler in the lead role. Too bad, their track record has been pretty bad: See No Evil, a bloody horror/thriller starring Kane, and The Marine, an action thriller starring John Cena. Now comes a film starring the man that started the second wrestling revolution, Stone Cold Steve Austin. Check out the movie poster, stills, and a trailer after the jump.
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