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Is Spaceballs 2 finally happening? Fans are asking that question in earnest today, as posters for the sequel mysterious appeared in New York. Last year, original director Mel Brooks teased that he was actually moving forward on a Spaceballs sequel to capture some of the hype surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And he even had a title, Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money. Here's what he had to say about a follow-up to his 1987 classic Spaceballs.
"If I did a movie that came out right after Star Wars comes out - maybe a couple of months later - I'd have a big weekend, you know? No matter what, even if it fell on its ass and didn't get its money back...but that first weekend, the anticipation of seeing Spaceballs 2, would...I still have Daphne Zuniga and I still have Rick Moranis if he'd do it, and I've still got me. »
Gary Rydstrom is Oscar nominated for sound mixing on thriller “Bridge of Spies.” Among the films for which he received his 17 previous noms (and seven wins) were mega-hits like “Jurassic Park,” “Titanic” and “Saving Private Ryan.” The first time his name popped up in Variety was for work in a comedy — in our review of 1987’s “Spaceballs.”
Do you remember that review?
Oh, God yeah! To get credit on a film, and then mentioned in the press — I thought, “I guess I’m actually working in the industry!” That took a while to sink in. I have always felt close to every movie that I worked on, so I get nervous reading reviews.
How did you get started?
I went to USC film school, and a teacher, Ken Miura, was a favorite of George Lucas. So I was recommended, and started working at Lucasfilm around the time of the “(Return of the) Jedi” release. »
- Tim Gray
Ahead of its release next week, a new trailer has arrived online for director David Michael Conley’s coming of age drama Who’s Driving Doug, which stars Rj Mitte, Paloma Kwiatkowski, Daphne Zuniga and Ray William Johnson. Take a look below after the official synopsis…
Doug (Rj Mitte of “Breaking Bad”) is an intelligent but sheltered college student with muscular dystrophy. His static life changes forever when he hires underachieving classmate Scott (Ray William Johnson of “Equals Three”) as his driver. Doug agrees to accompany Scott on a road trip to Las Vegas in order to escape his oppressively loving mother (Daphne Zuniga) and to get closer to his college crush Stephanie (Paloma Kwiatkowski of “Bates Motel”), who ends up tagging along. At the height of the journey, a tragic series of events tests their bond and opens the road to self-discovery. Drugs, gambling, and romance await the three »
- Amie Cranswick
This past weekend we here in Washington DC got a lot of snow. Um… “A whole lot of snow”? …Okay, how about, “a metric ton of snow”? Ooh… “The fourth heaviest snowstorm dating to 1884.” There. I think that sums it up nicely.
Given this, I (not even kidding) have not left my home in five days (but I’m still sane! No really, I promise! The purple bunnies in my pantry told me so.) And of course, being a very practical person, since I knew the storm was coming I ensured I was well-stocked with all the necessary items beforehand. But then, around the end of Day 1, as the snowdrifts began inching into the two-foot range on my windowsills, I began to wonder what I would do to entertain myself if the power went out (taking with it, one might assume, the Internet).
“Ah-ha!” I said to myself. “I have »
- Emily S. Whitten
Exclusive: Das Films, Myriad Pictures and Bowery Hills Entertainment’s dance pic Heartbeats has just begun production in India ahead of the start of sales at the Efm in Berlin. Professional dancer Krystal Ellsworth (Fame, Iron Man 2), Indian actor Amitash Pradhan and Paul McGillion and Daphne Zuniga are headlining the cast. Step Up creator Duane Adler wrote the script and is directing. Check out the first-look photos above and below. Heartbeats tells the story of Kelli… »
Professional dancer Krystal Ellswort, rising South Indian star Amitash Pradhan, Paul McGillion and Daphne Zuniga have joined Myriad Pictures, Das Films and Bowery Hills Entertainment’s Heartbeats. Myriad will handle sales in Berlin.
Writer-director Duane Adler has begun production in Mumbai on the tale of a feisty female American hip hop dancer who travels with her family to India and falls in love with a young man and a new style of dance.
Justin Chon, Salman Yussuf Khan, Kishori Shahane and Mohan Kapur round out the cast. Producers are Sriram Das, Andrea Chung and Karine Martin. Myriad’s Kirk D’Amico serves as executive producer alongside Julie Stadler and CEO Brian Williams of co-financier Dance Network.
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6 items from 2016
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