The road to reclaiming stardom has been a rough one for Arnold Schwarzenegger with almost all of his recent films proving to be box office flops. Between The Last Stand, Escape Plan, Sabotage and now The Expendables 3, it really doesn’t seem like audiences are all that interested in seeing him kick ass in macho action movies anymore. Fortunately, his next project will find him going outside the box just a little bit. The film is called Maggie and it finds him playing a father who must care for his teenage daughter (played by Abigail Breslin) as she slowly turns into a zombie. Lionsgate announced this week that they have acquired North American rights to the film, but what they didn’t say up front is that they have also pulled it from the Toronto International Film Festival at the last minute. Hit the jump for more details.
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Cut it out. No, seriously — cut… it… out! If you grew up in the ’80s, you probably have fond memories of Full House, one of the most popular sitcoms of the day. The show ran on ABC from 1987 to 1995 and featured the exploits of the Tanner family, led by father and widower Danny who lives with his best friend Joey and his brother-in-law Jesse after the death of his wife. Together they help raise Danny’s three daughters: D.J., Stephanie, and Michelle. There really wasn’t much more to it than that, unless you count the theme song, which is amazing. Anyway, there are currently whispers over at Warner Brothers about possibly reviving the show nearly 20 years later. What is interesting is that this may not be a “reboot” per se… because, believe it or not, many of the original cast members are said to be involved.
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It’s one of those weeks where the biggest DVD and Blu-ray releases are TV-related as new seasons of heavy-hitters like The Walking Dead and Sons of Anarchy arrive in stores today. The only major film release is the Drew Barrymore / Adam Sandler rom-com Blended, but there are a few interesting indie releases including Richard Ayoade’s The Double starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska, period drama Belle and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s long-awaited The Dance of Reality. Also out this week are the Emmy-winning HBO film The Normal Heart, Criterion Collection releases of All That Jazz and Vengeance is Mine, and the Scream Factory Blu-ray for The Legend of Hell House. What are you picking up this week? Check out the full list of new releases after the jump.
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As Universal continues to talk about rebooting The Mummy franchise and taking it back to its horror roots, 20th Century Fox is bringing an Egyptian-themed horror film of their own to theatres later this year. Produced by Alexandre Aja, The Pyramid is the directorial debut of Aja’s long-time writing partner Gregory Levasseur (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes, Mirrors). It looks to be yet another low budget found footage-style horror flick with a cast of relative unknowns, but if they make good use of the ancient Egyptian mystique and claustrophobic environments it might end up delivering some effective scares. On the other hand, choosing an early December release date for a horror movie generally isn’t a good sign. The Pyramid hits theatres on Dec. 5th; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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In case you missed it last night, the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and, not surprisingly, Breaking Bad pretty much cleaned up. The AMC series won Outstanding Drama Series while Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn all took home acting awards as well. Julianna Margulies picked up Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for The Good Wife, while True Detective was shut out with the exception of an Outstanding Directing award for Cary Fukunaga.
On the comedy side, it was essentially a repeat of previous years as Modern Family won Best Comedy Series while Jim Parsons and Julia Louis-Dreyfus won the big acting awards (Parsons now has four Emmys, which ties him with Michael J. Fox and Kelsey Grammar on the all-time comedy actor list). Fargo won Outstanding Miniseries, taking advantage of the fact that it wasn’t in the same category as Breaking Bad. Billy Crystal also put together a special tribute for Robin Williams. Did you watch the Emmys last night and, if so, what did you think? Check out the full list of nominees and winners after the jump.
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0:00 – Intro
8:45 – Review: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
44:00 – Headlines: Chinese Theatres Displaying Text Messages on Screen During Films, Triplets and Bad Boys 3 Announced?
1:07:50 – Other Stuff We Watched: Roadracers, Inside Llewyn Davis, Into the Storm, Fight Club, Matador, Scarlet Street, The Big Heat, Night Moves, Milius, The Battered Bastards Of Baseball
2:05:45 – Junk Mail: Up and Coming Directors That Excite Us, Home Video Sales of Comic Book Movies, Manifesto Ruling on Where to File a Promo DVD, Favourite Horror Score + The Importance of Character in Comedy
2:28:20 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
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The legend of Bigfoot was already brought to life with a found footage horror movie earlier this year in Bobcat Goldthwait’s Willow Creek, but now we’ve got a second found footage Bigfoot movie heading to theatres in October. As it turns out, this one is coming from the director of The Blair Witch Project, the very movie that Goldthwait was trying so hard to emulate with his own film. However, where Willow Creek was more of an exercise in restraint and minimalism, Exists actually seems to be the opposite. The movie premiered at SXSW earlier this year where it picked up the Audience Award for the Midnighters program, so I guess that’s kind of a good sign. Exists arrives in select theatres and on iTunes on Oct. 24th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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After teaming up with HBO to develop and executive produce Boardwalk Empire a few years ago, it looks as though Martin Scorsese is getting ready to work with the cable giant on another new TV series, this time based directly on one of his own films. Scorsese’s 2010 thriller Shutter Island is one of his most successful movies to date, second only to The Wolf of Wall Street in terms of worldwide gross. It received somewhat mixed reviews at the time, partially due to the twist ending, but it sparked plenty of discussion over the various ways in which it could be interpreted. Now HBO wants to delve further into the mystery of Shutter Island with a prequel series and the author of the original novel, Dennis Lehane, is also on board with the idea. Hit the jump for more details.
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The end of an era is upon us once again as the digital age continues to accelerate the death of physical media. Publishing company Plume, a division of Penguin Group, has announced that the 2015 edition of Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide will be the final edition of the long-running series of books. Declining sales and the rise of the internet are to blame for the discontinuation of this once essential guide and long-standing pillar of film criticism. The first edition was published way back in 1969 and since then they have sold more than 7 million copies. The following is an excerpt from Maltin’s forward to the upcoming book, which explains why it will be the last one:
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The world of cinema lost another one of the greats over the weekend as British actor and director Sir Richard Attenborough reportedly passed away on Sunday. Best known to younger audiences for his portrayal of dinosaur theme park creator John Hammond in Spielberg’s Jurassic Park and its sequel, Attenborough had a career that spanned 60 years and also included winning Oscars for both Best Picture and Best Director for his 1982 film Gandhi. Other noteworthy performances in his extensive filmography include The Great Escape, The Flight of the Phoenix, Doctor Dolittle and the remake of Miracle on 34th Street. Attenborough was 90 years old.
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They say the cream rises to the top and that’s precisely how Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy found itself back at the top of the box office in its fourth weekend, which is a pretty rare occurrence in this day and age. The movie officially passed Transformers: Age of Extinction to become the highest-grossing movie of the summer (in the U.S., at least) and should soon pass both The Lego Movie and Captain America: The Winter Soldier to become the biggest movie of the year. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles dropped to #2 while If I Stay led the newcomers in third place with a respectable $16 million debut. Let’s Be Cops fell to fourth and When the Game Stands Tall rounded out the top 5. Meanwhile Sin City: A Dame to Kill For performed even worse than anyone could have predicted, opening in eighth place with just $6.5 million — 78% less than the original Sin City made back in 2005. At this point it’s starting to feel like Robert Rodriguez’s career is on life support and I think the chances of Sin City 3 happening just got pummeled into oblivion.
1. Guardians of the Galaxy — $17.6M
2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — $16.8M
3. If I Stay — $16.4M
4. Let’s Be Cops — $11M
5. When the Game Stands Tall — $9M
6. The Giver — $6.7M
7. The Expendables 3 — $6.6M
8. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For — $6.5M
9. The Hundred-Foot Journey — $5.6M
10. Into the Storm — $3.8M
As many theatres in North America continue to wage war against cell phone use in movie theatres (some more than others), it appears that a number of cinemas overseas are already admitting defeat. It’s no secret that there are plenty of countries around the world where people are even more addicted to their mobile devices than we are here. China, in particular, has more than 1.2 billion cell phone users and for many of those users, mobile devices also serve as their primary source of entertainment. So how do you convince them to get out to a theatre to watch a movie on the big screen? By recreating the mobile experience and adding annoying text messages on screen, that’s how!
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