6 items from 2010
Joe Dante started out as Roger Corman’s guy, leading to his first feature, helming Piranha. Uncredited work on Rock ‘n’ Roll High School followed, with his breakout The Howling officially put his name on the map in '81. At that point, Steven Spielberg started taking him more seriously, and not just as the dude who ripped off Jaws. He truly made his presence known with the Spielberg produced Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) and the smash hit Gremlins (1984). After that, he was minted...at least for a few years. Subsequent hits such as the kids' sci-fi/fantasy film Explorers and Dennis Quaid star-making vehicle Innerspace (different movie than Dreamscape) made sure that the grandkids would be set up for college, while flops such as Amazon Women on the Moon, The ‘Burbs (which is now a cult classic and continues to generate revenue, just bombed at the box office), and surprisingly, »
Director Joe Dante is responsible for some of the greatest films of the 80’s and 90’s – The Howling, Gremlins, Explorers, Innerspace, Amazon Women on the Moon, The Burbs, Gremlins 2, and Matinee. His filmic output lessened somewhat in the past decade, but now he’s back with his latest film The Hole (in 3D).
Life couldnt possibly get worse, or so thought 17 year old Dane and his 10 year old brother Lucas, when their single mother Susan uproots them from New York City to the sleepy little town of Bensonville. For Dane the only exciting thing about their new town is the beautiful girl next door, Julie. With Susan spending more and more time at work, Dane and Lucas are left unattended to explore the depths of their eerie new residence.
With Dane paying more attention to Julie, he has far less time and patience for his little brother. But then »
With his role in Marvel's Iron Man 2 Sam Rockwell has got one-half of appearing in the comic book world's two big superhero universes but with today's out-of-the-blue casting news, he's set to add the DC Comics side ot his repertoire. But here's where it gets really, really kooky: Rockwell is going to be playing the Dark Knight himself, Batman.
Before you imagine what kind of Terminator Salvation-esque expletive rant Christian Bale might be having right now, know that the Rockwell-as-Batman role will be in a comedy movie comprised of different segments. The movie is going to be an ensemble piece featuring different directors and actors in skit comedy like the 1970s' Kentucky Fried Movie or the '80s Amazon Women on the Moon films. There's already a whack of talent lined up to star in the as-yet untitled flick including Elizabeth Banks (who'll also direct one of the »
- Patrick Sauriol
Because it has been a minute since anyone had much to say about the next James Bond movie, a couple of rumors -- one already debunked, the other possibly based at least vaguely in truth -- have cropped up. In the interest of keeping the record as clean as possible, I present both for your entertainment. Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger) has reportedly been cast in Bond 23, and Olivia Wilde has supposedly been approached to be a Bond girl. So, as the question was so concisely put in Amazon Women on the Moon, is all this bullshit...or not? Yahoo UK may be passing the rumor that Freida Pinto has been cast as a Bond girl, but reps for the actress are already denying it, via Ace Showbiz."I would like to confirm that as of today, Freida Pinto has not been approached »
- Russ Fischer
I might be biased about this news. Any press release that mentions "Kentucky Fried Movie" has me instantly sold. Said release popped into my e-mail yesterday from Relativity Media. They're working with Peter Farrelly, frequent Farrelly co-conspirator Charles Wessler and GreeneStreet Films on an "Untitled Comedy" -- wouldn't it be great if they kept that title? -- which is described as "a unifying storyline for a series of sketch comedies in the vein of the 1970s hits 'Kentucky Fried Movie' and 'Groove Tube.'"
They forgot "Amazon Women on the Moon," which for my money is the best of that bunch. No matter. The news here is that the cast is massive and the behind-the-lens talent -- some of whom have already completed their work -- is equally massive. Find the full list (so far) after the jump.
- Adam Rosenberg
We don't see too many sketch-style comedy features in the vein of Kentucky Fried Movie or Amazon Women On The Moon anymore, but there's one in the works with some top-tier talent. It's unknown what will be the underlying "story" that will string together the sketches of this untitled comedy (which, conceivably, could end up being called Untitled Comedy), but several filmmakers have already completed their segments. Directors who have comic chunks in the can so far are Peter »
- Dave Davis
6 items from 2010
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