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Veteran comedy actor Steve Guttenberg is starring in the indie comedy “Lookin’ Up,” currently shooting in Los Angeles, Variety has learned exclusively.
Guttenberg portrays a bank teller who loses his job to an Atm and decides to murder his wife who’s cheating on him, his mother-in-law and his daughter, who has sold his beloved dog. His plans fail but he winds up being blamed when the women wind up dead in a series of bizarre mishaps.
The script was written by 88-year-old actor-writer Marvin Kaplan (“It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” and the “Alice” series). Johnny Crear is the producer. The director is T.J. Castronova (“Tales of The Dark Side”).
- Dave McNary
After turning some of its amusement park rides into feature films, Disney is at it again with plans of making a new movie based on "Tower of Terror," which is one of the company's most popular rides. The ride is connected to the original "Twilight Zone" TV series and features an introduction by the late Rod Serling inviting park-goers to enter a hotel that has ghosts and dropping elevators. The ride also contains lots of references to actual episodes. The movie will have nothing to do with "The Twilight Zone," mostly because there was never an episode about elevators and because the TV series is not a Disney property. The story of the ride focuses on five people in a hotel, who take an elevator and disappear after being hit by lightning. "Big Fish" writer John August provided the treatment and Disney is now searching for a writer to turn it into a screenplay. »
With Disney already developing a movie adaptation based on their theme park attraction Jungle Cruise, the studio is also moving forward with another theme park-based movie, Tower of Terror. Deadline reports that the studio is currently seeking screenwriters, who will write the script based on a treatment by John August. Both John August and producer Jim Whitaker took their idea to Disney, and the studio sparked to their take.
The attraction opened at DisneyWorld's Hollywood Studios in 1994, which is based on the anthology series The Twilight Zone. The attraction is set at the fictional Hollywood Tower Hotel, where visitors step inside an elevator, where they're told stories about several people who have disappeared in that very same elevator over the years. The movie adaptation will follow a group of five people, who enter an elevator in a posh hotel. They all disappear after the hotel is struck by lightning. The »
Disney is seeking a screenwriter to develop a feature film adaptation of "Tower Of Terror," one of its longest-running and most popular rides in its theme parks.
The story involves five people in a posh hotel who take an elevator and disappear after it is hit by lightning. "Big Fish" scribe John August has penned a treatment for the potential film, which is being dubbed a haunted house movie.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Disney's penchant for turning theme park rides into movies didn't start with "Pirates Of The Caribbean" (though, that is when they began spending insane piles of money on such fare). Back in 1997, they made their first real attempt with the made-for-tv "Tower Of Terror" starring Steve Guttenberg and Kristen Dunst. Someone named D.J. MacHale wrote and directed the movie and didn't do much after, and the movie itself hasn't really lived on either. But the Mouse House will start over. Read More: Kirsten Dunst Says 'Midnight Special' Will Screen At SXSW 2016, Is Co-Writing A Dark Comedy She Plans To Direct Deadline reports that John August ("Big Fish, "Dark Shadows") has been hired to write a new movie based on the spooky theme park ride. There's no word yet on what the actual plot might entail, except that it »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The pint-sized burlap-clad Sam is back in the four-part graphic novel Days of the Dead from Michael Dougherty, the creator of Trick 'r Treat. Also: release details for Lavalantula, an excerpt from Mark Morris' The Society of Blood, and a special Halloween weekend iTunes release for Crazy Bitches.
Trick 'R Treat Graphic Novel: "From the twisted imagination of Trick ‘r Treat creator Michael Dougherty (director of the upcoming Krampus and Trick ‘r Treat 2 and screenwriter of X-Men 2 and Superman Returns) alongside a top-notch team of creators including writers Todd Casey and Zach Shields (Krampus), Marc Andreyko (Batwoman) and artists Fiona Staples (Saga), Stephen Byrne (Buffy/Angel), Stuart Sayger (Bram Stoker’s Death Ship) and Zid (Son of Merlin) comes this 4-part collection that paves the way for the Trick ‘r Treat film sequel.
- Tamika Jones
Confession: all of us at Icons of Fright love Mike Mendez. A friend of the site and an overall great filmmaker, he’s able to jump from one type of genre film to a completely different kind, all while making every single film an entertaining and wild time. In between films like The Convent, The Gravedancers, and various other, Mendez directed the 2013 horror comedy Big Ass Spider, a film that could have very easily been passed off as yet another awful Sharknado-like film, but was elevated into something really fun and special with great performances, tons of horror industry cameos and something that a lot of the other syfy-like films lacked: heart. It was easy to get on board with that film, so when it was announced that before jumping into both his action film The Last Heist and his segment in Tales Of Halloween, Mendez had signed on to direct another creature film, »
- Jerry Smith
There is a saying in Baltimore that crabs may be prepared in fifty ways and that all of them are good. • H.L. Mencken
“There is only so far that you can push people into a corner… We’re frustrated and that’s why we’re out there in the streets.” • Charles, Member of the Crips gang
“I would never want to live anywhere but Baltimore. You can look far and wide, but you’ll never discover a stranger city with such extreme style. It’s as if every eccentric in the South decided to move north, ran out of gas in Baltimore, and decided to stay.” • John Waters, Filmmaker and Writer
“This is a skewed portrayal of the protests; it is what the media chose to portray – the media that consumers bewilderingly seem to want. The real revolution is thousands of people across America standing in solidarity against police brutality. »
- Mindy Newell
Jessie Robertson reports from the Cincinnati Comic Expo…
Last weekend, the Queen City (located in scenic Ohio) hosted its annual comic and sci-fi expo and the crowd was huge! I got to visit over the weekend and take in the sights, sounds and Stormtroopers all around us. It’s a great time to be in Cincinnati, the Bengals are 2-0, the political scene is heating up and there was plenty of grilled cheese donuts and spaghetti with chili dumped on top of it, so what could be better than adding in some celebrities from the 80’s and plenty of cosplay!
- Jessie Robertson
Because why Not make Disney's Tower of Terror ride into a movie, they're making Disney's Tower of Terror ride into a movie. Or at least, they're trying (allegedly). Ever since the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies made 9 billion gajillion dollars at the box office, Walt Disney Pictures has been searching desperately for their next amusement park ride-turned-blockbuster movie franchise, and the results have been...bad. They've been bad, you guys. I'm not going to sugarcoat this. Cases in point: "The Haunted Mansion." (Bad.) "The Country Bears." (Bad.) "Tomorrowland." (Bad.) But they're not giving up! Those intrepid Disney executives are going to find the next mega-hit franchise if it kills them. They are literally sweating over this. Pools of sweat, everywhere. They are drowning in it, people. Help Them. A few other things you need to know: 1. The project was first rumored in 2009. 2. Tim Burton's frequent screenwriter John August ("Big Fish, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Speaking to Digital Spy, Guttenberg revealed that he'd love to be involved in the new Police Academy in some form.
"Of course," he said. "Police Academy is so dear to my heart and has given me such great success - I was very lucky to be in four of the seven of them and they were extraordinarily successful, and added a great amount of heat to my career - so I'm thrilled that they're going to do another one."
Guttenberg, who played rascally cop Mahoney in Police Academy, added that he sees the planned remake as a compliment to his original comedy. »
Just a few days after Lavalantula debuted on Syfy this weekend, the cable network has given the green light for a sequel, entitled 2 Lava 2 Lantula. The title is a reference to Universal Pictures' 2003 sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious, but don't hold your breath for high-octane racing action in 2 Lava 2 Lantula. Syfy will release 2 Lava 2 Lantula as a 2016 summer movie, but no cast members or filmmakers have been confirmed quite yet.
Police Academy stars Steve Guttenberg, Leslie Easterbrook, Marion Ramsey and Michael Winslow reunited to star in Lavalantula, and the hope is to bring them all back. The story follows a "washed up 90s action hero actor" played by Steve Guttenberg, who joins forces with Leslie Easterbrook and Michael Winslow's characters to stop a monstrous swarm of bloodthirsty lava-breathing tarantulas who burn their victims alive. The supporting cast includes Nia Peeples, Danny Woodburn, Ralph Garman, Marion Ramsey, Jon Mack, D.J. Pierce and Patrick Renna. »
Syfy is looking to build another monster mashup franchise, greenlighting a sequel to original movie Lavalantula, which premiered on Saturday as part of Sharnado week. Set for summer 2016, the Lavalantula sequel, from Cinetel Films, will be titled 2 Lava 2 Lantula! The original movie saw Steve Guttenberg star as Colton West, a 90s action movie star who is on the waning end of his career and in trouble with the law when volcanoes erupt in the Santa Monica mountains. The… »
Omar Sharif in 'Doctor Zhivago.' Egyptian star Omar Sharif, 'The Karate Kid' producer Jerry Weintraub: Brief career recaps A little late in the game – and following the longish Theodore Bikel article posted yesterday – below are brief career recaps of a couple of film veterans who died in July 2015: actor Omar Sharif and producer Jerry Weintraub. A follow-up post will offer an overview of the career of peplum (sword-and-sandal movie) actor Jacques Sernas, whose passing earlier this month has been all but ignored by the myopic English-language media. Omar Sharif: Film career beginnings in North Africa The death of Egyptian film actor Omar Sharif at age 83 following a heart attack on July 10 would have been ignored by the English-language media (especially in the U.S.) as well had Sharif remained a star within the Arabic-speaking world. After all, an "international" star is only worth remembering »
- Andre Soares
Following last night’s premiere of Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, Syfy has released a first trailer for its next ridiculous monster movie Lavalantula, which sees Steve Guttenberg and the cast of Police Academy taking on a clutter of fire breathing spiders! Check it out here…
See Also: Syfy confirms Sharknado 4, viewers to determine what happens next
Lavalantula sees Guttenberg starring alongside Police Academy’s Leslie Easterbrook, Michael Winslow and Marion Ramsey, while the cast also includes Nia Peeples (Pretty Little Liars) and Ralph Garman (Sharktopus). It is set to premiere on Syfy on Saturday, July 25th.
- Gary Collinson
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s The Office gave us so much, not least its intermittently excellent Us remake and the many other sitcoms it inspired. Its hand-held single camera style and wryly observed mundanity became so seminal that for a period in 2009, it was technically illegal to launch a new Us sitcom that didn’t emulate them.
Thus arrived Modern Family and Parks And Recreation, two shows filmed in the mockumentary style for no discernible reason besides a love of The Office and its Us remake. (Parks And Rec grew out of NBC originally »
Sharknado 3 may be the big buzzed-about Syfy movie premiere this week, but sharks aren’t the only scary creatures hitting that network’s airwaves. That other go-to standard for animal horror movies — spiders — also make an appearance with the debut of the original film Lavalantula on July 25. As you can tell from its name, the film — directed by apparent spider-movie expert Mike Mendez, who also helmed Big Ass Spider! — is about tarantulas that spit lava, naturally. “It’s based on a true story,” deadpans star Steve Guttenberg during our interview. “A volcano erupts in the Santa Monica Mountains, and … Continue reading →
- Jeff Pfeiffer
Death is inevitable. That’s a universal truth we all learn at a very early age and as we get older, the reality of that truism becomes more and more evident with each passing day. But what if you didn’t have to die? What if you could live forever? That wish fulfillment was precisely what a then up-and-coming filmmaker Ron Howard explored back in 1985 with his wondrous fable, Cocoon. It’s a remarkable film for many reasons, but what has always made it so memorable for me was the way Howard managed to create such a vivid, dignifying and endearing portrait of octogenarian life that demonstrated how the elderly can still enjoy a fulfilling existence even if the rest of the world no longer recognizes their vitality.
This month, Howard’s wondrously heartfelt fable turns 30 and it feels like the perfect time celebrate this remarkably unique film that defied the odds for many reasons, »
- Heather Wixson
Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s. But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans. The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures. Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The »
- Andre Soares
A few nights ago, Warner Bros. hosted a very canny event that our own Louis Virtel attended at the Playboy Mansion, a screening of "Entourage" that may have felt like virtual reality for those who attended. While I doubt being surrounded by scantily clad bunnies influenced Louis one way or another on the film, it's likely you'll see a number of reviews that are perhaps more enthusiastic than they would otherwise be, and it'd be hard to blame anyone who fell for it. One of the reasons the setting seemed so right for that particular film is because much of the charge of "Entourage" is watching the core ensemble swagger their way through Hollywood, doing whatever they want and rarely if ever facing any consequences as a result. It's always presented with a wink and a smile, just a case of boys being boys. We live in a world right »
- Drew McWeeny
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