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‘Sausage Party’ co-director Conrad Vernon to helm ‘Toxic Avenger’ remake

One half of the directing team behind this month’s Sausage Party is set to direct a remake of The Toxic Avenger. The news comes to us via Variety who say that Vernon will team with screenwriters Mike Arnold and Chris Poole (Archer) who are rewriting the screenplay by Steve Pink and C. Mitchell.

Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz of Troma Films, creators of the original will executive the planned redo.

The Tromo classic, released in 1984, was directed by Kaufman and Herz and revolved around a 98-pound nerd (Mark Torgl) from New Jersey who lands in a vat of toxic waste and becomes a benevolent monster (Mitchell Cohen).

No word on when this one will kick into production, but we’ll keep you informed.

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Shirley Temple Family Gives $5 Million to Academy Museum

Shirley Temple Family Gives $5 Million to Academy Museum
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has received a gift valued at more than $5 million from the family of the late Shirley Temple Black. As a result, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has named its educational center The Shirley Temple Education Studio.

The studio will provide hands-on workshops in moviemaking techniques, as well as inspire creativity and critical thinking. A core feature will be its teen initiative, serving students from diverse backgrounds in the greater Los Angeles area.

In addition to financial support, the Temple gift included unique objects from the Hollywood career of the child star, including the miniature Oscar presented to her at the 1934 Academy Awards; the tap shoes and portable wooden practice-steps given to her by dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson for their stair dance routine in 1934’s “The Little Colonel”; and her first set-chair from Fox Studios.

Kerry Brougher is the Academy Museum director. The
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August 12th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Motel Hell, Proxy, The Toxic Avenger

For the second week of August, horror fans can look forward to a fun array of titles arriving on DVD and Blu-ray this week, including the Troma classic The Toxic Avenger, the cult classic Motel Hell from Scream Factory and the recent indie horror film Proxy.

Also arriving this week are the latest animated Batman feature, A Haunted House 2, a few more indie slasher films, including Crawl or Die and Bunnyman Massacre, as well as the long-awaited re-release of Santa Sangre on DVD from Severin Films.

Spotlight Titles:

Motel Hell Collector’s Edition (Scream Factory, Blu-ray & DVD Combo)

You really are what you eat with Farmer Vincent’s smoked meat in this creepy horror yarn that ’packs a punch that goes way beyond mere terror’ (Boxoffice). Vincent’s popular products contain a special ingredient that the psychotic farmer and his sister would literally kill to keep a secret! Starring
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‘The Toxic Avenger’ Blu-ray Review (88 Films)

Stars: Mark Torgl, Mitch Cohen, Andree Maranda, Cindy Manion, Gary Schneider, Robert Prichard, Pat Ryan, Dick Martinsen, Patrick Kilpatrick | Written by Lloyd Kaufman, Joe Ritter | Directed by Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman (as Samuel Weil)

For those who haven’t seen The Toxic Avenger, first of all why not? (stop reading this review and go pre-order the Blu-ray now), it is essentially the film that made Troma. Having picked up numerous films for distribution and being predominantly known for sex comedies such as Squeeze Play, Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman decided to lense their own horror film and thus The Toxic Avenger was born; in turn Troma became known for campy, over the top, “horror” movies and the rest, they say, is history.

The film tells the story of Melvin Junko, a health club janitor who is the butt of a cruel joke that goes horribly wrong after he is tricked
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Arnold Schwarzenegger in talks for Toxic Avenger remake

The reboot of the 1980s cult film Toxic Avenger has Arnold Schwarzenegger in talks. Steve Pink and Daniel C. Mitchell wrote the script for the film which is being produced by Elysium Films as well as Richard Saperstein, Akiva Goldsman, Charlie Corwin and Michael Benaroya. The story follows Melvin Ferd III, a skinny, feeble guy who falls into toxic waste and transforms into a creature who fights crime. Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman directed the original film which starred Andrew Maranda, Mitch Cohen, Jennifer Babtist, Cindy Manion and Robert Prichard. There were three films: The Toxic Avenger (1984), The Toxic Avenger Part II (1989) and The Toxic Avenger: The Last Temptation of Toxie (1989).
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Arnold Schwarzenegger in Talks to Star in Toxic Avenger Remake

Arnold Schwarzenegger is lining up another lead role, and this one’s a bit of a departure from his hardened characters of late. The Governator is in talks to star in director Steve Pink’s (Hot Tub Time Machine) remake of the 1984 cult classic The Toxic Avenger. The original film featured nerdy janitor Melvin (Mark Torgl) being tossed into a barrel of nuclear waste by a pack of bullies. He then became the hideous, yet superpowered Toxic Avenger (Mitch Cohen). Interestingly, Schwarzenegger is looking to play a character that is not the titular avenger, so don’t expect some major makeup job in Schwarzenegger’s future. He'll take on the role of "The Exterminator" (clever), a former black ops agent, who trains Toxie to use his powers for good. Together they take on the lurking menace created by the polluters, and the polluters themselves. John Travolta has previously been rumored
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John Travolta Could Headline Toxic Avenger Remake

This summer Colin Farrell stepped into the amnesiac action hero role originated by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall. This fall Karl Urban will take to theaters in Dredd, playing a part previously defined by Sylvester Stallone and Richard Waters. And next summer Joel Kinnaman will be the new (and improved?) Robocop, following in the clunking footsteps of Peter Weller and Robert John Burke. But beyond that John Travolta could re-define the role originated by Mitch Cohen in 1987's The Toxic Avenger. Obviously, the last possibility is strange on a few levels. First up, when a reboot is discussed, it's often with a mind to bring in young audience unfamiliar with the prior version. To attract this crowd, it's frequently a young, and often rising star that is attached to the project, not an established and aging A-lister. Then, there's the fact that of all the titles above The Toxic Avenger
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Stupid Rumor of the Day: John Travolta to Lead The Toxic Avenger Remake?

Is John Travolta about to pick up the mop and slop bucket in the leading role of The Toxic Avenger remake? Probably not, but that's the rumor of the day. The original 1984 film from Troma Entertainment featured nerdy janitor Melvin (Mark Torgl) being tossed into a barrel of nuclear waste by a pack of bullies. He then became the hideous, yet superpowered Toxic Avenger (Mitch Cohen). The remake, directed by Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) from a script by Daniel C. Mitchell, has apparently been re-imagined as a family-friendly, pro-environment PG-13 flick (completely different from the original B-film that was filled with nudity, sex and grotesque violence). Travolta simply does not fit as the hero of this picture, but hit the jump for what role may suit him, along with the synopsis and trailer for the original film. The original The Toxic Avenger featured a gang of criminals running wild in the city.
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Troma Review - The Toxic Avenger (1984)

The Toxic Avenger, 1984.

Directed by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz.

Starring Mitch Cohen, Mark Torgl, Andree Maranda, Jennifer Prichard, Cindy Manion, Robert Prichard and Pat Ryan Jr.

Synopsis:

A mild-mannered janitor is transformed into a mutated 'Monster Hero' and sets out to clean up the town of Tromaville, New Jersey.

When looking back in the annals of Troma Entertainment, there is one film that you simply cannot ignore. A film that turned a company around and gave them a mascot that would last them to this day – The Toxic Avenger.

Despite The Toxic Avenger being the turning point for Troma where they decided to solely focus on making horror movies, there is a lot to be admired in the film in terms of comedy. Although very cheesy and hack, The Toxic Avenger is a very funny movie that can easily make you laugh out loud 6 or 7 times. From its incredibly
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Top 7 Movie Bands I Wish Really Existed

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.

I’ve heard my share of great music in movies, bought more than one soundtrack that’s introduced me to a band I’ve grown to love. I’ve heard songs in a context that makes me think of it in a new way. But sometimes, the band I love doesn’t really exist outside the world of the movie. Some bands are too over-the-top, too fabulous, or too truly, truly, truly outrageous to live in the real world. This Top 7 list is dedicated to Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) from Forgetting Sarah Marshall and now Get Him to the Greek.

7. Mitch and Mickey from A Mighty Wind (2003)

Recap: Christopher Guest’s mockumentary about a folk reunion concert features many of his regular collaborators, including Eugene Levy as Mitch Cohen and Catherine O’Hara as Mickey Crabbe. They used to be a couple,
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"The Toxic Avenger" is Coming Back

A remake of "The Toxic Avenger" is in the works and will be produced by Akiva Goldsman, Richard Saperstein and Charlie Corwin. Original Media has acquired the rights to franchise that includes sequels, an animated TV series and comic books. The company will finance the development of a script. Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman directed the 1984 original, which starred Andree Maranda, Mitchell Cohen, Pat Ryan Jr., Jennifer Baptist, Robert Pritchard, Cindy Manion, Gary Schneider and Mark Torgl. The film is set in Tromaville, New Jersey - a small American town, terrorized by criminals. Among the residents of Tromaville is Melvin, a nerdy emaciated janitor at the local health club. A gang of thugs devise a cruel hoax that goes horribly wrong as Melvin is cast through a third story window...
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The Toxic Avenger is Coming Back

A remake of The Toxic Avenger is in the works and will be produced by Akiva Goldsman, Richard Saperstein and Charlie Corwin. Original Media has acquired the rights to franchise that includes sequels, an animated TV series and comic books. The company will finance the development of a script. Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman directed the 1984 original, which starred Andree Maranda, Mitchell Cohen, Pat Ryan Jr., Jennifer Baptist, Robert Pritchard, Cindy Manion, Gary Schneider and Mark Torgl. The film is set in Tromaville, New Jersey - a small American town, terrorized by criminals. Among the residents of Tromaville is Melvin, a nerdy emaciated janitor at the local health club. A gang of thugs devise a cruel hoax that goes horribly wrong as Melvin is cast through a third story...
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The Toxic Avenger is Coming Back

A remake of The Toxic Avenger is in the works and will be produced by Akiva Goldsman, Richard Saperstein and Charlie Corwin. Original Media has acquired the rights to franchise that includes sequels, an animated TV series and comic books. The company will finance the development of a script. Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman directed the 1984 original, which starred Andree Maranda, Mitchell Cohen, Pat Ryan Jr., Jennifer Baptist, Robert Pritchard, Cindy Manion, Gary Schneider and Mark Torgl. The film is set in Tromaville, New Jersey - a small American town, terrorized by criminals. Among the residents of Tromaville is Melvin, a nerdy emaciated janitor at the local health club. A gang of thugs devise a cruel hoax that goes horribly wrong as Melvin is cast through a third story...
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The Toxic Avenger Remake in the Works

The Toxic Avenger goes greenOriginal Media is planning to remake 1984's The Toxic Avenger about a green, environmentally conscious superhero, acquiring rights to the franchise that includes four sequels, an animated TV series and comic books.

According to Deadline, the film will be produced by Akiva Goldsman, Richard Saperstein and Charlie Corwin.

Lloyd Kaufman directed the 1984 original, which starred Andree Maranda, Mitchell Cohen, Pat Ryan Jr., Cindy Manion, Gary Schneider and Mark Torgl.

The original film revolved around a Tromaville Health Club mop boy Melvin, who was a gentle wimp whose trusting ways made him easy prey for gym thugs and eventually got him immersed in a vat of toxic waste. The radioactive swill transformed Melvin into Toxie, a misshapen superhero who wreaks havoc on polluters in New Jersey and whose improved muscle tone improved his standing with the chicks.

The remake is expected to be a family friendly PG-13 action comedy.
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Is Guest Done with the World of Mockumentary?

There's not much that I love more than the comedic mind of Christopher Guest. No man, not even retro Mel Brooks, has made me cry with laughter like Guest -- the wacky dancing of Corky St. Clair, the dysfunctional yuppiedom of the Swans, the bleary sadness of Mitch Cohen, and the plastic surgery of Marilyn Hack. But For Your Consideration might be the end.

In a discussion with MTV, Jane Lynch revealed some good, and not so good news about the world-o-Guest. On the bright side, it seems like Waiting for Guffman might be headed to Broadway, which is just about the best idea to come out of the world of movies-on-Broadway. Unfortunately, she also says that she thinks Guest's done making movies: "I haven't heard any rumblings. Parker Posey and I have put our heads together and decided we think it might be over." Granted, this is only rumor at this point,
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A Mighty Wind

A Mighty Wind
Opens

Friday, April 18


While it doesn't quite reach the blissfully inspired heights of "Best in Show" or "Waiting for Guffman", Christopher Guest's latest nevertheless makes a worthy addition to his canon of brilliantly improvised mockumentaries.

A spot-on parody of '60s folk music and its acoustically leaning purveyors, "A Mighty Wind" also functions as something of a "This Is Spinal Tap" reunion, with Harry Shearer joining ensemble regulars Guest and Michael McKean to form the Folksmen, a Kingston Trio-esque outfit who get back together three decades later along with other groups for a PBS-style concert special.

Fans of the previous Guest pictures will no doubt rise to the occasion, though, with folk music admittedly not carrying the contemporary commercial appeal of, say, competitive canines, "Wind" will probably be doing a serious chunk of its business on DVD.

Determined to organize a fitting tribute to his late folk-artist-manager father, the fastidious Jonathan Steinbloom (Bob Balaban) teams with Public Broadcasting Network executive Lars Olfen (Ed Begley Jr.) to put on a show featuring his dad's most popular acts.

Filling the bill, in addition to the above-mentioned Folksmen, would be the excruciatingly sunny New Main Street Singers (think the New Christy Minstrels or The New Seekers) and Mitch & Mickey (Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara), a romantic duo clearly inspired by Canadian folkies Ian & Sylvia.

That's the plan, anyway. But while the Folksmen's Alan Barrows (Guest), basso Mark Shubb (Shearer) and Jerry Palter (McKean) survived the '60s relatively intact, the same can't be said for poor Mitch Cohen, who had been doing an extended sanitarium gig prior to finding out whether or not he and his former wife (now married to a catheter salesman and model train enthusiast played by Jim Piddock) can conjure up any of the old magic.

The New Main Street Singers, meanwhile, were known as the Main Street Singers until all but one of their original members (Paul Dooley's George Menschell) died. The "neuftet" is now fronted by Terry Bohner John Michael Higgins) and his lovely wife Laurie (Jane Lynch), who in their spare time are deeply immersed in a religion guided by the power of colors.

Will the show go on?

Only Guest and Levy, who again share scripting duties, know for sure, while their dream ensemble come up with their own winning lines.

While the satirical element is again very finely tuned, Guest clearly has a great deal of affection for the music and the musicians, which translates into a kinder, gentler brand of parody. There's even a moment in the film, provided by O'Hara and Levy, that's downright touching.

Not that there's any shortfall in the laughter department. In addition to those already cited, Fred Willard, who practically stole "Best in Show" as an outrageous commentator, turns up here as a spiky-haired comic-turned-talent manager whose questionable claim to fame involves coining dumb catchphrases like "Wha' happened?"

And the always welcome Jennifer Coolidge puts in a couple of too brief but memorable turns as half of a public relations team (the other is played by Larry Miller) who speaks with a vague European accent and whose offhanded observation about model trains is a comedy keeper.

So are the pitch-perfect songs. Not since "Nashville" has a cast done such a good job of providing their own tunes, especially the irresistibly hokey "Old Joe's Place" (penned by Guest, Shearer and McKean) and O'Hara's destined-to-be-immortal "The Catheter Song".

A MIGHTY WIND

Warner Bros. Pictures

A Castle Rock Entertainment presentation

Credits:

Director: Christopher Guest

Screenwriters: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy

Producer: Karen Murphy

Director of photography: Arlene Donnelly Nelson

Production designer: Joseph T. Garrity

Editor: Robert Leighton

Costume designer: Durinda Wood

Music producer: Jeffrey CJ Vanston

Cast:

Jonathan Steinbloom: Bob Balaban

Lars Olfen: Ed Begley Jr.

Amber Cole: Jennifer Coolidge

Terry Bohner: John Michael Higgins

Lawrence F Turpin: Michael Hitchcock

Mitch Cohen: Eugene Levy

Laurie Bohner: Jane Lynch

Jerry Palter: Michael McKean

Wally Fenton: Larry Miller

Mickey Devlin Crabbe: Catherine O'Hara

Sissy Knox: Parker Posey

Mark Shubb: Harry Shearer

Naomi Steinbloom: Deborah Theaker

Mike LaFontaine: Fred Willard

George Menschell: Paul Dooley

Leonard Crabbe: Jim Piddock

Running time -- 92 minutes

MPAA rating: PG-13

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