Word around campus is that Neil Marshall will direct the film adaptation of the graphic novel "Kong: King Of Skull Island". The story is set after the original tale of King Kong and follows the events after Kong's body had disappeared. I have nothing sarcastic to say about this because it sounds awesome. I will though point out how ridiculous it sounded when Tim Curry said "gorilla" in 1995's "Congo".
I have absolutely no idea how the movie business works. I say this because Dimension films has just picked up the rights to "Horns", the big screen adaption of the Joe Hill novel starring Daniel Radcliffe. This confuses me because the film has been in the works for a while now and I assume has wrapped on filming so why the hell is it it just getting picked up? I mean I get it when it's some B-movie softcore porn flick but this is Harry Potter. Someone explain this to me? I don't understand things.
Screen Gems has bought the rights to "The Unsacred", a new supernatural thriller from writer Amanda Gusack. You might know her from the 2005 horror film "In Memorium" but most likely you recognize the name from my one man all drag stage show based on the life of John Cusack. Think about it for a second, it makes total sense.
Jason Blum, the guy who's produced every horror movie you've scene in the past 10 years, is teaming up with Kevin McCormick to bring "White Smoke" to life. As you might have guessed by the title the project will follow a number of spooky time events that put the Vatican on its heels. No word yet on when the project will see the light of day but Jeff Richard and Mark Bianculli are lined up to pen the script for the project. Priests, they're so hot right now.
I've wanted to punch a lot of people in the face over the past 35 years but I'll be the first one to admit that this California guy who punched a young convenience store worker because he didn't have enough money for his $1.41 cigar might have gone too far. Alright, he 100% did. You got me.
If you have any concerns about Spike Lee's remake of "Oldboy" being less then stellar, then Sharlto Copley is here to tenderly lull you into comfort. In a recent interview, the "District 9" actor praised the film for keeping true to the original and being very "gritty" and "dark". I don't know about you, but I trust anyone with an alien arm so I think we're going to be ok.
It's been over a year since we've heard anything about the small screen adaptation of "Powers," a comic book about a duo of cops who investigate criminals with super powers, but it looks like FX is still very much interested in making the show happen. A pilot for the show has already been filmed and shot down, but Charles Eglee has been brought in to do rewrites. Being that I'm a giant Egleehead, you know that I'm excited.
Producer Jason Blum found a big stinker with "The River," but bless his tender little heart for giving it another go with a new found footage series for MTV titled "The Experiment." The plot of the show has yet to be revealed, but I'm hoping for some sort of "Road Rules" tie in. Maybe they get Puck back on TV somehow. I don't know, I'm just spit balling here. Eric Nies maybe?
I don't toss around the term "ape shit" without some serious consideration, but I'm going to come right out and say it. People go "ape shit" for "Breaking Bad". So people are probably dry humping their meth dealers over the news that Dean Norris has joined the cast of Ridley Scott's "The Counselor." no word on what his role will be (I'm guessing actor), but the film is about a lawyer who tries his hand at the drug game with not so sexy results.
Well this is a new one. A Illinois man is in trouble for apparently exposing a group of kids to mercury after he tried to hide a broken bottle that contained 40 pounds of the deadly chemical in a sandbox. I've read the article four times and honestly I still can't figure out why he thought this was a good idea.
Wallace Langham always seems sassy to me so that makes him a perfect fit to play the roll of Saul Bass in the upcoming film "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of 'Psycho.'" I'm not going to tell you what the movie is about because that title might be the most direct thing I've ever read. I also have no idea with Saul Bass was "sassy" in real life but I like to think he was.
Let me get this on paper right now. If the end of the world comes and it looks like I might make it out alive but I'll have to live with Seth Rogan, I want you to just shoot me right in the face. Don't ask me if I really mean it, don't even think about it. Just pull the trigger. Even if Aziz Ansari is there, who's just been added to the cast of "The Apocalypse", an end of the world comedy which stars Ro-Gan. See how I made that happen? But seriously. Shoot me.
Oren Peli and Jason Blum, the producers behind "Paranormal Activity" are currently working on an untitled "Latino-themed" supernatural thriller. Now before we go any further let me point out that my wife is Puerto Rican so nothing I say can be considered racist.The story will focus on a pack of haunted tacos that terrorize a family of migrant workers. They must use the power of salsa to expel the demons and save their home/hut. I'm kidding of course, no details on the film have been released.
"Ender’s Game", the much anticipated adaptation of Orson Scott Card's beloved science fiction novel has had its release date officially pushed to November 1, 2013. I have no idea what the book is about but it sounds like there's tiny little fighter pilots so that's adorable.
When a shoplifting attempt goes wrong you have to make some quick decisions. Like this woman in Louisiana who had to choose between the items she was stealing or her baby. She chose the items she was lifting for the record. And for the record the items she was stealing were from a baby store. Which seems really stupid now.
In the new action flick "Area", which has a new trailer, Samuel Jackson plays the mastermind behind an online gladiator show where folks can vote on whether contestants get to live or die. Yes this is pretty much the same thing as "The Running Man", "Death Race" and countless other flicks but those have all been missing one thing. That's right, Samuel Jackson doing the same "I'm a bad as" shtick he did almost 20 years ago in "Pulp Fiction". I know the rest of those movies are going to suck after this.
Against my better judgment I've been on board for the "Fright Night" remake since it was announced. You know me, I'm an optimist. And from the first few trailers and clips I've been pleasantly surprised that the flick doesn't look that bad but I also realized I hadn't seen much of Peter Vincent, the lovably old timey horror host from the original. Well here's a new clip which is chock full of Peter and can someone tell me who the hell this Russell Brand looking ass-clown is? Booo on your "Fright Night". Boo!
Ethan Hawke has signed on to play the lead in a new found footage movie from Jason Blum, the producer behind "Paranormal Activity" and it's sequel. The film will reportedly have a budget of only 5 million and Hawke will play a writer who investigates murders and discovers home video footage that helps to unravel the details of one grisly crime. Jason Blum will play a producer who keeps doing the same crap and makes millions off of it.
The much discussed Kevin Smith hate letter to the Midwest in video form "Red State" will finally find it's way onto DVD and Blu-Ray on October 18th and now there's a gaggle of new details emerging around the special features. Audio commentary with Smith, Smith's Sundance speech, a making of documentary, and deleted scenes and posters both introduced by Smith. Sounds like like a lot of exciting stuff but you should know that anything including Smith is going to mostly be him shoveling Ring Dings into his giant gullet and rambling about being "underground" and "indie" because he charges people 70 bucks to see his movies.
In Real People News:
A Louisiana man is under arrest after he passed out drunk in his car and decided to let his 8 year old son take over the driving duties on their trip from Texas to Mississippi. Not going to lie this sounds more like something that deserves a slap on the wrist. I mean the guy did find a designated driver.