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5 items from 2010

Are zombies the new vampires in Hollywood?

8 September 2010 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

What's that shambling over the curb toward the local theater? No, behind the vampires. Could it be a stampede of the undead about to take over Hollywood?

AMC's new drama series "The Walking Dead" debuts on Halloween, and more than a half-dozen zombie-related feature projects are on their way to theaters -- including Friday's "Resident Evil: Afterlife" -- or in development at the studios. With this many flesh-rotting grave-jumpers on tap, could zombies be making a run -- or, perhaps, a very slow, clumsy walk -- at the pop culture crown?

"Zombie movies, much like zombies, could become this horde that just marches across the world," said Rhett Reese, who co-wrote last year's breakout hit "Zombieland" with Paul Wernick.

The movie, TV and publishing industries have been feasting on vampires for material the past few years. But like every profitable trend, the obsession with bloodsuckers must eventually head back into »

- By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit

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American Pie 7 Donnie Darko 2

30 July 2010 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In the world of direct-to-dvd sequels that's shortly to bring us Lost Boys 3, all an enterprising studio needs is the rights to a good title and a director who's willing to work fast

Lost Boys 3, the second sequel to Kiefer Sutherland's 80s vampire hit, is coming out later this year. What? You missed Lost Boys 2? Don't worry, so did Kiefer (although it does feature his half-brother Angus). Lost Boys 2, which went straight to DVD in 2008, is a poor retread of the original, but recouped its $5m budget in less than a month, paving the way for a third film. Welcome to the world of DVD sequels, where profits are high, stakes are low, and quality lower.

Back in the 90s, the direct-to-video sequel industry mainly produced animated or family films, with Disney in particular happy to churn out weak sequels for everything from Bambi to Pocahontas. However, the decreasing »

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"Operation: Endgame"- One Killer Day At The Office

30 July 2010 12:44 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Now available on Blu-ray DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment, director Fouad Mikati’s “Operation: Endgame” focuses on two rival teams of government killers, who work out of a top-secret underground facility and use code names from the Tarot deck.

"...When new hire 'The Fool' joins the group, he arrives for his first day only to discover that the boss has been murdered and the office has been locked down and turned into a ticking time bomb. He must survive his ambitious co-workers, find the killer, and discover a way out before the whole place explodes..."

Cast includes actors Maggie Q ("Nikita"), Adam Scott (“Party Down"), Brandon T. Jackson ("Tropic Thunder"), Beth Grant ("Crazy Heart"), Bob Oedenkirk (“Breaking Bad"), Michael Hitchcock ("Waiting For Guffman"), Ving Rhames ("Pulp Fiction") and Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested Development").

Bonus features include *Behind The Scenes" featurette, an alternate opening, alternate ending and theatrical trailer.

"Operation: Endgame" is »

- Michael Stevens

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Anchor Bay picks up 'Operation: Endgame'

23 February 2010 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Anchor Bay Films has acquired distribution rights in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia andd New Zealand, to Fouad Mikati’s action-thriller "Operation: Endgame," starring Zach Galifianakis, Rob Corddry, Odette Yustman, Emilie de Ravin and Ellen Barkin.


Endgame centers around two rival teams of government assassins.


The film was produced by Michael Ohoven of Infinity Media and Richard Kelly of Darko Entertainment. Infinity's Kevin Turen and Darko's Sean McKittrick also served as producers.

A third quarter release is planned.

Ohoven negotiated the deal with Bill Clark, Kevin Kasha and Richard Turner for Anchor Bay. »

- By Gregg Kilday

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Exclusive: Tucker Max Brings the Party to Life with I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

26 January 2010 12:15 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Tucker Max talks about the adaptation of his best-selling book, his new book and more Back in 2002, Tucker Max was just a guy who was bored being a lawyer and relaunched his initial website TuckerMax.com, which started as a bet from his friends during law school, and the new site exploded. The new site lead into the best-selling 2006 book I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, which Max adapted with Nils Parker to the screen. The DVD will be released on January 26 and I was given the chance to speak with Max over the phone to talk about his film. Here's what he had to say.I heard the whole thing started with your website that you launched on a bet. I was curious what that bet actually was and was the bet with (co-writer/co-producer) Nils (Parker)?Tucker Max: Oh no, it was before I knew Nils. »

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