Nicolas Cage is getting a "My Bloody Valentine 3-D" treatment.
The actor just signed to star in Nu Image/Millenium Films' "Drive Angry" from the writing-directing team of "My Bloody Valentine," Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer.
Lussier will direct from a script he co-wrote with Farmer. According to The Hollywood Reporter:
The story centers on a man (Cage) driven by rage who is chasing the people who killed his daughter and kidnapped her baby. The vendetta/rescue spins out of control as the chase gets bloodier by the mile, leaving bodies strewn along the highway.
The film sounds like a bloody videogame! Oh, and "Drive Angry" will be shot and released in 3-D!
The film is being planned to go into production in April in Louisiana.
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John Rambo is getting ready for his fifth mission!
Sylvester Stallone is going to star and direct in the fifth installment of "Rambo" from Nu Image/Millennium Films.
The fourth film of the franchise released in 2008 grossed $42 million domestically and $113 million overseas.
The Rambo character first appeared in the 1982 film "First Blood," then in 1985 in "First Blood II," in 1988 in "Rambo III," and in 2008 in "Rambo."
The plot of the fifth film has Rambo fighting human traffickers and drug lords to rescue a young girl abducted near the U.S.-Mexico border.
Shooting for "Rambo 5" is set to begin in the spring.
Currently, Nu Image/Millenium and Stallone are busy working on post-production for the upcoming film "Expendables." Stallone wrote and directed and starred in the project. Jason Statham, Jet Li, and Mickey Rourke also co-star with cameos from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis. "Expendables" is set for release April 23.
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"The Final Destination" became the top movie destination during the final weekend at the summer box-office.
The fourth film in the "Destination" franchise from Warner Bros. and New Line debuted at the No. 1 spot with $28.3 million. Shown in 3-D and in 3,121 theaters, the scary flick easily beat out Michael Myers in "Halloween 2."
Both horror films were not shown to critics, but this type of movies has built-in audiences to support the genre. Not getting much love though is Rob Zombie's "Halloween 2." The sequel to his far-better "Halloween" film debuted at No. 3 with $17.4 million 3,025 theaters.
Previous weekend's box-office champion, Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" slipped to second place with $20 million. But the film raised its domestic total to $73.8 million after just 10 days in theaters. Overseas, "Inglourious Basterds" has grossed an estimated $19.4 million from 31 countries for a foreign total of $59.1 million. Worldwide total is a healthy $132.9 million.
Not doing so well is Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock." The film only grossed an estimated $3.7 million from 1,393 theaters to debut at No. 9. It's still a great film, and it deserves to be seen!
(To see my "Taking Woodstock" movie review and interviews with cast including Emile Hirsch, Liev Schreiber, Demetri Martin, and Jonathan Groff, click here)
Here's the estimated Top 10 Box Office films for weekend of Aug. 28:
1. "The Final Destination," $28.3 million.
2. "Inglourious Basterds," $20 million.
3. "Halloween II," $17.4 million.
4. "District 9," $10.7 million.
5. "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," $8 million.
6. "Julie & Julia," $7.4 million.
7. "The Time Traveler's Wife," $6.7 million.
8. "Shorts," $4.9 million.
9. "Taking Woodstock," $3.7 million.
10. "G-Force," $2.8 million.
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Rob Zombie successfully rebooted "Halloween," now, he's setting his sights on "The Blob." Zombie is writing, directing, and producing a remake of the 1958 horror classic that featured Steve McQueen.
Production is set to begin this coming spring.
You remember the original film don't you? An object from space crashes into a field, and in it is red blob-thingie that absorbs humans and it grows, and grows, and grows.
Zombie's take on "The Blob?" He tells Variety:
`My intention is not to have a big red blobby thing, that’s the first thing I want to change. That gigantic Jello-looking thing might have been scary to audiences in the 1950s, but people would laugh now. I have a totally different take, one that’s pretty dark.'
Okay, I get it. Zombie wants to change the make-up of how the Blob looks, but the trick is -- the updated Blob must have some similarity to the old one, or the film cannot be called "The Blob" anymore, but maybe "The Orb," or "The Object!"
Zombie further explains why he wants to work on "The Blob" remake:
`I’d been looking to break out of the horror genre, and this really is a science fiction movie about a thing from outer space,' Zombie said. `I intend to make it scary, and the great thing is, I have the freedom once again to take it in any crazy direction I want to. Even more than `Halloween,' where I had to deal with accepted iconic characters like Michael Myers and Laurie Strode. `The Blob’ is more concept than specific storyline with characters, so I can go nuts with it.'
So what does Zombie say of his "Halloween 2" now out in theaters but was hidden from critics by Dimension films?
`I feel good about `H2’ in that it’s far superior to the first film I made, and has no relationship to anything that came before it, or that was in the John Carpenter film,' Zombie said. `My job as director is to carry out my vision. I won’t be pushed around or persuaded in any other direction, and I tell them if that doesn’t work, save the heartache and fire me right now. When you’re out there shooting at 4 AM, you can’t remember notes you got from somebody months ago. What I’m told is, we want you to do your thing, so go for it.'
For now, let's take a look at the original "The Blob" trailer and imagine how Zombie can zombiefy the film.
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Director Ang Lee ("Brokeback Mountain," "Lust, Caution") returns with "Taking Woodstock," an adaptation of Elliot Tiber's autobiography "Taking Woodstock: A true story of a riot, a concert and a life."
Adapted by James Schamus for the big screen, I suggest you take a far out trip with "Taking Woodstock." Peace!
(For a full written movie review of "Taking Woodstock," click here. For interviews with the cast including Emile Hirsch, Liev Schreiber, Demetri Martin, and Jonathan Groff, click here)
Persons of interest
* Demetri Martin .... Elliot Tiber aka Eliyahu Teichberg
* Liev Schreiber .... Vilma
* Emile Hirsch .... Billy
* Eugene Levy .... Yasgur
* Imelda Staunton .... Mrs Tiber
* Katherine Waterston .... Penny
* Kevin Sussman .... Stan
* Skylar Astin .... John Roberts
* Kevin Chamberlin .... Jackson Spiers
* Gabriel Sunday .... Steve
* Jason Antoon .... Abbie Hoffman
* Henry Goodman .... Mr Tiber
* Jonathan Groff .... Michael Lang
* Boris McGiver .... Doug
* Michael Zegen .... Bernie
* Will Janowitz .... Chip Monck
* Clark Middleton .... Frank
* Adam Pally .... Artie Kornfeld
* Andy Prosky .... Bob
* Sondra James .... Margaret
* Darren Pettie .... Paul
* Michael Izquierdo .... John Morris
* Jeremy Shamos .... Steve Cohen
* Stephen Kunken .... Mel Lawrence
* Patrick Cupo .... Charlie
* Anthoula Katsimatides .... Esther
* Elliot Tiber .... Author: Taking Woodstock: a true story of a riot, a concert, and a life
* Tom Monte .... Screenwriter
* James Schamus .... Screenwriter
* Ang Lee .... Director
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