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Barry Sonnenfeld hasn't directed much in the last few years. He started out in 1991 with The Addams Family and went on to make Men in Black, Wild Wild West, Men in Black II, and Rv most recently. MGM and United Artist have hired Sonnenfeld to direct The How-To Guide for Saving the World, an alien action comedy from newcomer BenDavid Grabinski. The script showed up on this year's Black List, which means it might not be that bad. "A non-action-hero guy not unlike me, in terms of manliness, and a woman who hates him find the book and have to save the planet from an impending attack," Sonnenfeld said. Not only has Hollywood become increasingly obsessed with alien scripts (like Battle: Los Angeles), but this sounds a lot like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. That's not really a bad thing, since I actually enjoyed that movie and wouldn't mind »
- Alex Billington
Barry Sonnenfeld is no stranger to saving the world, after two Men in Black films and, er, Wild Wild West. But now he's being called upon to save us all again, with the news that he's set to return to the big screen with The How-To Guide For Saving The World.The story centres on - as you'd expect from the title - an instruction manual for protecting the world from alien invasion left behind by a now-defunct secret group. It is discovered by what Sonnenfeld describes as "a non-action-hero guy, not unlike me in terms of manliness" and a woman who hates him, who have to work together to save the planet.The script's by newcomer BenDavid Grabinski, and it'll be Sonnenfeld's first feature directing gig since 2006's Rv, but let's draw a veil over that and focus on the fact that he used to make films like The Addams Family and Get Shorty, »
Marco Pennette (Samantha Who?) is at work on the book for a stage musical based on Hanna-Barbera’s classic Flintstones. According to Variety, the musical has been conceived by Warner Bros. Theater Ventures. Jeff Marx (Avenue Q) is writing the music and lyrics with Jake Anthony. Gary Griffin (The Color Purple) will direct with no casting as yet.
“Pennette's script will rely on contemporary issues,” the trade says. “Wilma, for example, mulls leaving Fred because he still acts too much like a caveman and hasn't adapted to more modern ways. Barney and Betty tackle fertility issues before deciding to adopt. Musical will also tackle global warming -- but in this case, as The Flintstones takes place before the ice age, the characters will confront ‘global cooling’."
The Flintstones is not the first television series headed for Broadway. We recently reported about The Addams Family coming next year. And then there's »
- Robert Greenberger
Variety reports that the major American TV networks are finally facing what many felt was an inevitability: advertisers are shunning TV ads as ratings for prime time shows continue to sink. Until recently, the strong economy allowed advertisers to continue to pay ever-increasing rates to showcase their goods on series with plunging ratings. Such moves were economically crazy but with an industry flush with cash, the argument was that such high profile advertising gave brands prestige. Now, however, advertisers are balking at paying such fees and are causing panic among network executives. Here's a suggestion: given how lousy most TV programs are, networks should simply start to show re-runs of classic series. One episode of The Addams Family would garner more viewer satisfaction than most of the high cost "comedies" being produced today. For more click here »
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Audiences will be invited to visit 1313 Mockingbird Lane once again as the long-delayed revamp of The Munsters, under the control of the Wayans Brothers, is finally inching forward. Shawn Wayans confirmed for MTV News that they’re nearly done with the third draft of the script.
“I’m almost ready. It’s almost ready to be shot. We had to finish this movie and now we’re going through our third polish on The Munsters.”
The project first surfaced for the comedy family in 2004 and the focus will be on the fish-out-of-water family. “If we do anything, maybe we’ll do a cameo, but we’re not gonna make The Munsters black all of a sudden,” Wayans said. “They’re gonna be green, white people just like they were in the TV show. Their characters are still who they were in the ‘50s. It’s just in modern day.”
- Robert Greenberger
Lots of genre-film news is starting to trickle out of the current American Film Market, including…
Martin Shore and Christopher Tuffin’s BloodWorks company will produce 2001 Maniacs: Beverly Hellbillys and 2001 Maniacs: The Hellbillys Have Eyes, with Robert Englund and (as the actress previously told us) Lin Shaye (pictured) reprising their villainous roles in at least the first of the two films. Im Global Home Entertainment has picked up the worldwide sales rights to both sequels.
• According to The Hollywood Reporter, Anchor Bay Entertainment has picked up the Kim Basinger-starrer While She Was Out and set a theatrical release for December 12, to be followed by a DVD debut next year. Written and directed by Susan Montford, with Guillermo del Toro as one of the executive producers, »
Charles Addams’ immortal family of kooks will be singing and dancing in the Windy City come late 2009. The performances for the yet-to-be-cast musical will begin November 13, 2009 at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre according to The Chicago Tribune. The formal opening date is expected to be a few weeks later in early December.
When The Addams Family production was first announced May 21, 2007 by Elephant Eye Theatrical they anticipated it being ready for the 2009-2010 Broadway season but that date may now slip a year.
The production is being written by songwriter Andrew Lippa and Jersey Boys writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. Improbable Theater founders Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch will direct and design.
“Chicago has instructive and enthusiastic audiences,” lead producer Stuart Oken told the paper. “Given our roots in the Chicago theater community, this was the only place we ever imagined doing our first production.”
Workshop productions to help shape »
- Robert Greenberger
Growing up in the South, I never saw horror fests or film fests anywhere near me. But nowadays the lucky folks in Louisville, Kentucky, have the Fright Night Film Fest to enjoy.
The 4th Annual Fnff is being held this Friday, August 15-Sunday, August 17. Guests include Mick Foley, Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, various Halloween, Chainsaw and Friday the 13th stars, Tiffany Shepis, and more, along with a reunion of Wednesday and Cousin It from "The Addams Family"! But the meat of the show is its film slate, and a good chunk of the lineup includes offerings from Patrick Rea and SenoReality Pictures including:
"Now That You're Dead" (Short) Friday Night at 11:30 (Screen 4)
The Empty Acre (review) (Feature) Saturday at 3pm (Screen 1)
"Paint Shaker" (Short) Sunday at 12:30pm (Screen 1)
"Torture Porn" (Short) Sunday at 2:30pm (Screen 1)
"Prisoner Exchange at Bannon's Lookout" (Short) Sunday 3:30pm (Screen 1)
The guys »
- The Woman In Black
8 items from 2008
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