super 8

Adi Shankar, who's produced films like "The Grey" and "Dredd 3D" apparently has plans for a new take on "The Expendables" using some of today's, or yesterday's, hottest action actresses. Dutch Southern has already been signed up to pen the script but no word yet on who would be in the film or when it would actually be happening. Two words. Kathleen Turner.

Ryan Lee, who you might remember from "Super 8", has been cast in the upcoming bully flick "White Rabbit". The film follows a young lad who starts to be haunted by a white rabbit, among other things, that he killed as a child. I had no idea you could bully animals. I thought they were just dumb beasts for our amusement and hunting pleasure. honestly I don't think a movie is going to change my mind on that now that I think about it.

No big surprise here but "Resident Evil: Retribution", the next chapter in the RE saga has been slapped with an R rating by the folks over at the MPAA. The big R has been handed down because of "sequences of strong violence throughout" so good news for fans of the series. I assume "mom hips" was also a big reason but you can't very well come out and say something like that can you.

And sad news today my friends. Tony Scott, brother of Ridley Scott and director of such classics as "Top Gun ", "True Romance" and "The Fan" has died after taking his own life this past Sunday.

There’s something about watching movie trailers that turns me into a cynical curmudgeon. Seemingly every time I walk into a theater, I find a new reason to lament the death of modern cinema. I don’t exactly know why watching Kevin James drive a talking gorilla to T.G.I.Friday’s or watching James Franco bring about the super-intelligent monkey apocalypse irritates me so much, but it does. Very rarely does a trailer come along that grabs my attention and makes me think “man, I HAVE to see that”. Of course, there has to be an exception.

This week we ride the nostalgia train back to 1979 and JJ Abram's summer blockbuster "Super 8".

Take "The Descent" and replace the monsters with creepy guys and add in more pillowing fighting and you've got "The Hike", a new horror flick from the UK that's got a sassy new trailer out for your viewing pleasure. Yes it looks a movie that's been done before but did I mention pillow fights? Alright the trailer doesn't really have any but I like to think it's going to happen... I've got a good feeling.

The good people behind "Super 8" have done an awesome job at not giving away the "big surprise" of the movie but mother of god over the past few days they've released enough clips to make me wonder if they give a crap anymore. Case in point is this new 6 minute chunk that's hit the tubes. I'm hoping by Friday they release the entire movie in clip form so I don't have to pay to see it. Keep your fingers crossed.

A gaggle of new "Conan the Barbarian" posters have been released and while I know the movie is going to be garbage I can't help but be excited. Except for the one that looks like a poster for a new gay porn, that one I won't get excited for, because that's not my thing. Not that there's anything wrong with that!

For those of you who thought the original "The Human Centipede" was too tame I've got some exciting news for your sick asses. Tom Six's second film in the series titled "The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)" has officially been banned by the UK film board. Apparently it's full of all kinds of sexual deviant type activities and was just too graphic to receive any kind of rating. Are you turned on now? Yeah you are you sick SOB.

50 Cent, better known as Curtis Jackson by his new acting buddies has been added to the cast of "Odd Thomas", which is scheduled to begin filming shortly. 50 will play a blind DJ who helps the lead charter, a short order cook with the power to speak to the dead. And yes I am on a first name basis with Mr. Cent, he lets me call him 50 when we hang out.

The first trailer for "Good Neighbors" has hit the tubes and much to my surprise the neighbors in the movie aren't good at all. In fact the one played by Jay Baruchel might be a murderer! Google him, you'll be even more confused. The other neighbor is in a wheelchair, I can't imagine he's the killer. And if he is I'm going to take these filmmakers for all they're worth because I came up with the idea first. You read it here! Avenge me!

A new clip from J.J. Abrams; "Super 8" has been released and word around campus is even more will be hitting the net in the near future. In fact by the time you read this there will probably be 75 more clips of the alien invasion flick out there somewhere. Let's ditch class and go find them!

Maggie Gyllenhaal and her adorable little turtle face have been cast in the lead role of the new supernatural flick "Voice From the Stone". In the movie Maggie (yeah her too) will play a nurse who begins taking care of a boy who's haunted by evil spirits. The movie is based on "Le Voce Della Pietra" by Silvio Raffo and let me tell you, if I was going to recommend one Italian horror novel, this would be it!

Evan Spiliotopoulos, who you know as the writer of the sequel to 75% of the greatest Disney cartoons has been tapped direct "Ouija". McG has already been announced as the director of the flick based on the Hasbro board game that has allowed me to speak to George Burns from beyond the grave. Every night I force him to explain to me what it was like on the set of "Oh, God!". I think he's starting to get pretty sick of it.

If you picked up "Portal 2" yesterday then you probably already know this, but for those of you who have a day job and can't spend all night being called a "Noob" by some 11 year old Australian kid over XBox Live, it might be interesting to know that Mr. J.J. Abrams has included a pretty cool interactive trailer for "Super 8" in the extras section of the game. So maybe go pick up the game, huh? Or just Google the video... it's a lot cheaper.

John Luessenhop, who looks like a guy who would be described as "a quiet man" on a news report announcing he murdered his family and ate them, is in talks to possibly direct the upcoming "Leatherface 3D" hot pocket. The nugget is a sequel to the 2003 "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" remake. Did I mention the movie is going to be in 3D? And I talked about the creepy murderer director, right? Are you as excited as I am? Probably.

Leven Rambin has been cast in the upcoming flick "Hunger Games" in the role of Glimmer. Jennifer Lawrence will play District 12's Katniss Everdeen and the two will apparently battle to the death. This will apparently be the first film in a series that I have absolutely no idea about and if I'm being honest I haven't understood one thing I've talked about in this little blurb. I'm so confused.

Details on the plot of Rob Zombie's upcoming "The Lords of Salem" have finally been revealed and much to my surprise they have nothing to do with Salem Massachusetts. I kid! The plot revolves around a local DJ who unleashes an unholy curse on the town of Salem that a group of witches cast over 300 years ago. I bet this ruins their tourism also.

Stephen King and John Mellencamp have apparently had a musical in the works since 2006 titled "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" and good news kids, it'll hit Atlanta in just under a year. The play focuses on the rumors around the murder of 3 people in a small town in Mississippi and I know I said it before but I'm not sure you understand, Stephen King and John Mellencamp created this. Let that sink in.

According to a recent post on the official facebook page for "Trick 'r Treat", "Sam will return" which would lead the world to believe that the anthology series will see a sequel in the near future. Either that or they know something about a "Cheers" reunion. Either way I'm excited.

A new TV spot for JJ Abrams' "Super 8" has found it's way online and honestly I still have no idea what the movie is about but I think it's somewhere in between "Maximum Overdrive" and "E.T.". Of course I watched the video with the volume down and really only paid attention for a few seconds. "Bert the Conqueror" was on last night! If you want to know how that was I could give you a detailed run down.

Danny Boyle is supposedly being courted to direct a new werewolf flick set int LA called "Sharp Teeth". I assume this is because werewolves have teeth that are sharp and they will present them in a menacing fashion in the movie. That's the best I got folks, the Superbowl was last night, it's a slow day.

The producers who brought you "Twilight" have already picked up a new book trilogy called "Legend". The series will follow a young bugger called Day and his happenings as the country's most wanted criminal. It will also be a series of really awful films. Get excited.

All the world is giddy over the trailer for Steven Spielberg and JJ Abrams's "Super 8" that showed last night at the Super Bowl despite that fact that I have no idea what the hell is going on in it. I think there might be aliens who hate trains or cameras or I have no freakin clue. I can't wait for this one.

A new poster and synopsis for Paul Schrader's "The Jesuit" is now online and I have to admit I was way more excited about this one when I thought this was made by the guy who leads David Letterman's band. It does however feature Willem Dafoe, Paz Vega, Michelle Rodriguez and child kidnapping. So that's something to get excited about.

Columbia Pictures has announced that "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 3D" will hit theaters on February 17, 2012. I haven't received any sort of official memo from my office but I assume we'll be closed for the day in honor of this glorious event. Unless of course you're not going to see it in 3D, you only get a long lunch break then.

A gaggle full of new "Troll Hunter" clips have found their way online and they're full of troll goodness. For those of you not familiar with the film just think "The Blair Witch Project" but with trolls and without all the snot. Upgrade!

Elle Fanning and Kyle Chandler are the first two cast members to be confirmed in the J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg collaboration flick "Super 8". The film is rumored to be about a group of kids who film their high jinks on a super 8 camera in the 70's only to discover an alien in the film years later. I wonder if the same thing will happen 30 years from now when I finally watch my wedding video.

Some new stills of the new film "The Mortician" staring the one and only Method Man have been released. Did I mentioned the film is going to be in 3D? It's really implied at this point but I thought you'd be excited to know that you're going to get to see Method Man jump out of the screen and into your lap. Sinner.