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James Wallace

by: James Wallace
August 12th, 2010

Director Todd Phillips (THE HANGOVER, OLD SCHOOL) and screenwriter Steven Conrad (THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS) are currently working to bring the famed and tragic life of John Belushi to the screen through a biopic set up at Warner Bros., who recently acquired the late comedian’s life rights. Phillips is only set to produce at this point, having not yet committed to directing. Belushi’s widow, who wrote her own memoirs about her husband entitled Belushi: A Biography, will serve as a producer on the film.

In 1989 – 7 years after his death – a biopic entitled WIRED was produced, starring Michael Chiklis as Belushi…yeah, I know…The Shield? The film was based off author Bob Woodward’s book Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi which, like the film, was unsuccessful due to its boycott by the comedian’s family and friends. (more…)

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
August 12th, 2010

According to W Magazine, two indie darlings may be teaming up for an adaptation of the Southern drama, penned by William Styron, called Lie Down In Darkness.

In an interview with the publication, WINTER’S BONE star Jennifer Lawrence said that she is “obsessed with that part,” and that she has “this feeling of protectiveness over characters I want to play. I worry about the – if someone else gets the part, I’m afraid they won’t do it right.”

She also goes on to say that she’s writing a letter to the film’s director, to “convince him that I should be in his movie.” Now, while this doesn’t mean anything more than that she is interested in the part, but after getting a part in WINTER’S BONE by flying out to re-audition the very night she was rejected, apparently if she puts her mind to it, she can truly get whatever she wants. (more…)

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
August 12th, 2010

Well, that is, if the thing ever gets made which, with the way TREE OF LIFE is going, may never happen.

A few months back, rumors began circulating that, after a photograph was snapped of both Brad Pitt and Terrence Malick, that the two were heading back into the studio for some work on the hotly anticipated project. Well, in a similar sort of rumor, we may have just found the lead for Malick’s next film.

According to Tulsa World, Ben Affleck, along with wife Jennifer Garner, was spotted in the auteur’s hometown, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, with Affleck allegedly looking for fishing equipment, as he was working on a film in which he would be a fisherman. (more…)

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
August 12th, 2010

This is how you put together a cast.

According to Showbiz411, Josh Brolin is set to join the cast of the upcoming Diablo Cody-penned film, YOUNG ADULT. Cody herself has said that the film follows a “woman stalking her high school sweetheart that has elements of humor, but it’s pretty serious.”

Brolin will be playing the film’s lead, which entails him being the former high school boyfriend, who just so happens to now be married and with kids, who our 30-something author, played by Charlize Theron, is so hellbent on stalking. (more…)

Sean Hunter

by: Sean Hunter
August 12th, 2010

Ryan Reynolds

How can you not want to fight over Ryan Reynolds’ chiseled manly abs of justice? Well, apparently studios can’t help it, in fact. As many of you already know, Reynolds just wrapped shooting GREEN LANTERN (which will be DC’s first attempt at a Marvel-type franchise). However, Reynolds has also been long-attached to the DEADPOOL movie that would aim to be a spin-off of X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE. I have been all for Reynolds in both costumed scenarios, but it looks like studios are not so keen on the idea.

Robert Liefeld, creator of Deadpool in the comics, sent out a message on Twitter regarding the prospects of Reynolds as DEADPOOL, and it’s looking a little bleak. (more…)

Sean Hunter

by: Sean Hunter
August 12th, 2010

James Franco

James Franco is a man of many skills. From actor to director, serious to comedic, film to television; Franco is the only one deciding his course. So it comes as no surprise that Franco is looking to dabble into the world of literature. In an interview with Esquire Magazine, Franco displayed a Twilight book proudly and noted that it was research reading for a new project of his. (more…)

Rusty Gordon

by: Rusty Gordon
August 12th, 2010

the expendables

Rating: 4/5

Writers: Dave Callaham & Sylvester Stallone (screenplay), Dave Callaham (story)
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Mickey Rourke, David Zayas, Eric Roberts
Studio: Lionsgate

Sylvester Stallone has been pounding in his fist and flexing his bicep in the action genre since the 1970s. So Sly definitely knows action, and he seems like a good choice to put together and lead an all-star team for violent entertainment, which is essentially what he did with THE EXPENDABLES, as he co-wrote, directed, and starred in the film. And this move did indeed turn out well, with THE EXPENDABLES being the explosive fun action fans would want it to be. (more…)

Symon Cordova

by: Symon Cordova
August 11th, 2010

Channing Tatum

Yet another film project to add on the ever-growing list of upcoming things for Channing Tatum, although this does sound interesting to say the least. Not only is Tatum starring in this film, but he is also set to produce along with GreeneStreet Films, DAS Films, and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment as a co-production, with financing between those companies.

The film in question is to be adapted from the novel by Craig Clevenger called The Contortionist’s Handbook. Check out the full story, after the jump! (more…)

Ronnita "Ronnie" Miller

by: Ronnita "Ronnie" Miller
August 11th, 2010

Christina Aguilera

No one is denying that Christina Aguilera can sing. Can she act? That remains to be seen. The first trailer for BURLESQUE was released about a week ago, and from that we learned that there is a world where burlesque dancing is a young girl’s dream and it can make you a star.

I’m still unconvinced by what I’ve seen so far from BURLESQUE. It has GLITTER or SHOWGIRLS potential at best in my opinion. Now there is a clip from the film that really drives home that point. The clip features Aguilera alone in a room belting out “Something’s Got A Hold On Me.” I still prefer the Etta James version of this song, because I don’t feel like Aguilera brings anything new to the delivery. I find it hard to believe that she is painfully in love, her movements and performance are too stiff and you can tell that she is performing to a recording of herself singing. Check out the clip after the jump. (more…)

Ronnita "Ronnie" Miller

by: Ronnita "Ronnie" Miller
August 11th, 2010

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS

It’s about that time again. Time for the next installment of the HARRY POTTER series, that is. ”All roads lead to Hogwarts” this November and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Harry, Hermione, and Ron (Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint respectively) are all grown up now and it shows. It’s about to get real, as they say. And this featurette does help to build the excitement. At the very least, it’s far more interesting than all those news reports about Emma Watson’s new hairstyle.

At about two minutes long, the featurette focuses on the cast and crew and their thoughts on the story. Not too much time is spent on the plot of the film, but the music and footage is enough to convey just how action-packed it will be. You can see the featurette after the jump. (more…)

Drew Tinnin

by: Drew Tinnin
August 11th, 2010

MGM’s official moto “Ars Gratia Artis” is Latin for “Art for Art’s Sake.” Now, it’s “Art for Art’s Sake as long as it keeps bringin’ in the cash” (“Ars Gratia Monetas”?). Spyglass Entertainment is thinking about bailing out the studio (MGM is almost $4 billion in debt), and if they do, Spyglass (mostly known for joint ventures with other studios) will officially become a part of movie history. Metro PicturesGoldwyn Pictures Corporation, and Louis B. Mayer Pictures combined like a Hollywood version of Voltron to form the legendary studio MGM way back in 1924.

But, mostly due to sagging DVD sales (MGM’s back catalog used to rake in hundreds of millions each year), the  studio’s history is in serious jeopardy of coming to an end. (more…)

Drew Tinnin

by: Drew Tinnin
August 11th, 2010

On Wednesday, June 23rd, Landon Donovan scored an epic goal in the final minute of stoppage time against England, sending the men’s US Soccer team into the second round of the World Cup…where they lost against Ghana. Then, all of Africa (and the world) watched as Ghana lost against Uruguay in penalty kicks – a game that was one of the most dramatic, heart-wrenching losses in World Cup history. When the US and Ghana played, over nineteen million people watched, making it the most viewed soccer match ever in North America. That has led to some soccer fans (and movie executives) to start thinking that maybe the sport is finally ready to enter the big leagues of other national pastimes like baseball and football (Go Cowboys!).

Find out what Hollywood is doing with this, after the jump.

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James Wallace

by: James Wallace
August 11th, 2010

What happens in world that feasts on pop culture and vampire lore, from TWILIGHT to TRUE BLOOD to Buffy? Specifically, what’s that like for the actual vampires that inhabit this society? Well, I’d say it would be pretty easy for them to blend in at places like Hot Topic…maybe even comic book and genre conventions? At least that’s the world that MY SUCKY TEEN ROMANCE proposes, the latest effort from teenage auteur – and Gordon and the Whale bestie – Emily Hagins.

You may remember hearing of Miss Hagins last year, when the festival favorite documentary ZOMBIE GIRL: THE MOVIE was a making the rounds – chronicling the trials and tribulations of the then 12-year-old aspiring filmmaker as she set out to make her first full-length feature, an ambitious zombie flick entitled PATHOGEN. You may also remember Emily writing an awesome guest review for us around this time last year for George Romero’s SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD (which I suggest you check out HERE)!

Now at the ripe young age of 17, with three features under her studded belt, a slightly bigger budget (which she raised herself through donations), and a little help from a few friends in the business including make-up FX artist Doug Field (ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE, MACHETE), Emily has traded the flesh eating undead for the blood sucking kind with MY SUCKY TEEN ROMANCE. The film, which Emily wrote and directed, sees real life vampires attempting to blend in with reel life vampires (I.E. – kids in vampire cosplay) at a sci-fi convention so that they may hunt the unassuming fanboys and girls. Think wolves in sheep’s clothing…with the sheep being pale and covered in glitter so they sparkle in the sun.

Check out the impressive first look at the film after the jump, along with the official synopsis, and a few words about MY SUCKY TEEN ROMANCE from Emily herself! (more…)

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
August 11th, 2010

I was originally going to give this first trailer for the Brothers Strause’s SKYLINE the Audio-Free treatment, but I didn’t know how to snark on something that I am so genuinely anticipating. Also, I was too afraid to pen observational giggles. SKYLINE is the brothers’ next big Hollywood film after 2007′s AVPR: ALIEN VS. PREDATOR – REQUIEM. It follows a cast that includes Donald Faison, Eric Balfour, David Zayas, Scottie Thompson, and Brittany Daniel during some strange times in my fair city of Los Angeles. Okay, fine, I’ll tell you – it involves strange lights (that do not just shine). And flying bodies. And aliens (I presume). Also, this teaser references Stephen Hawking, so I am sold.

After the break, check out the teaser trailer for SKYLINE. (more…)

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
August 11th, 2010

This contest is now over!  Please check your email to see if you’ve won!

Want to see the new indie thriller THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED before it disappears from theaters? How ’bout for free? That’s a pretty cheap ransom! Check out the film courtesy of Gordon and the Whale and Anchor Bay by entering to win Run-of-Engagement passes, good for you +1 guest to see the showing of your choice Monday-Thursday in the DFW area. 10 lucky winners will be selected by this Friday, August 13 and receive their passes via mail. All you have to do is fill out the film below, complete with your name, a valid email address, and a valid physical address (P.O. Boxes not permitted)! (more…)

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