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Or, more importantly, is "Flashdance" ready for Broadway? The stage adaptation of the sexy '80s flick sunk in London, but it's headed to the Great White Way next fall after a considerable makeover.
The movie was directed by Adrian Lyne, who has quite a number of steamy films under his belt, like "Nine ½ Weeks," "Fatal Attraction," "Indecent Proposal" and "Lolita," while the script was written by Thomas Hedley Jr. and Joe Eszterhas, who is responsible for "Basic Instinct" and "Showgirls," among other things. It's rated R all the way, and while the London stage production sounds like it didn't shy away from the more adult aspects of the story, it didn't quite work either.
The producers are rejiggering it so it's less about arc welding and stripping and more about the love story between the two leads, Alex and Nick. The movie was more about Alex (played by »
- Jenni Miller
Germany's Marc Vorlander gained instant notoriety in March of 2010 when a trailer for his sequel to Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls arrived online, leaving audiences at a loss to decide whether the whole thing was an elaborate prank or if Vorlander was serious about his perplexing creation. Vorlander insists that everything was on the up and up and his output since bears that out, his subsequent work all bearing the same distinct style.And Vorlander is back now with his latest creation, Candy's Room: Soleil Noir, now out on the festival circuit. And the trailer ... yeah, it pretty much defies description. Take a look below. »
A remake of Starship Troopers is on the way. Producer Neal Moritz is to work on the reboot following his remake of Total Recall, reports Vulture. Both original films were directed by Paul Verhoeven, whose other works include RoboCop, Basic Instinct and Showgirls. Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz are attached as screenwriters. The pair worked together on the scripts for Thor and X-Men: First Class and many episodes of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Fringe. (more) »
- By Hugh Armitage
Somewhere, buried deep in the heart of Hollywood, a pulsing brain bug is slowly making plans to remake every move ever produced. Well, the image is fitting at least, since someone is now planning to tackle a new version of Starship Troopers. First splattering across our screens in 1997, Starship Troopers remains one of the most fun entries in the Paul Verhoeven blood, boobs ‘n’ bombs era that also spawned the likes of Basic Instinct, RoboCop and Showgirls (we didn’t say the bombs were all on screen, now did we?) For all its Ott action, Troopers managed to be a satire of Robert Heinlein-style sci-fi, albeit with a subtlety bypass, since Verhoeven’s Hollywood output wouldn’t know what subtlety meant even if it had Word Of The Day toilet paper. The movie finds mankind in conflict with giant, marauding bugs, who enjoy swarming human armies and launching giant plasma poops into space. »
What Paul Verhoeven movie will Hollywood remake next? A remake of Total Recall opens next year. A Robocop remake is on track for 2013. Now comes word that the producer of the Fast & the Furious movies is readying a reboot of Starship Troopers.
NY Magazine’s Vulture is reporting that Sony super-producer Neal Moritz (also the producer of next year’s Mars-less Colin Farrell remake of Total Recall) has hired screenwriters Edward Miller and Zack Stentz (Thor, X-Men: First Class) to get cracking on a remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1997 campy, ultra violent, extremely loose film adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s science fiction classic novel Starship Troopers.
No word if the approach to the material will be over-the-top along the lines of the 1997 feature or more serious-minded like that of the original source material. Oh, who are we kidding? We all know this reboot will probably have even less in common »
Producer Neal Moritz is looking into a reboot of the 1997 sci-fi cult classic and have assigned "Thor," "X-Men: First Class" and frequent "Fringe" writers Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz to do the script according to Vulture.
Based on a novel by Robert A. Heinlein, Verhoeven's film followed a futuristic military unit as they progress from recruit to infantry to ranking officers against the backdrop of an interstellar war between mankind and a giant arachnoid species known as "the Bugs".
The film boasted impressive Oscar nominated visual effects, gory violence, healthy doses of male and female nudity, a cast of young unknowns with oodles of sex appeal, and a tone that blended war-time action with an often campy skewering of fascism - the »
- Garth Franklin
New York — Is Nc-17 really the kiss of death? Will the merest flash of naked flesh or the softest moan from hot, sweaty bods doom a film to celluloid purgatory? Granted, only one movie with the adults-only marker (no one under 17 admitted) has become a box-office hit ("Showgirls"), some have won critical acclaim. "Midnight Cowboy," released before Nc-17 with an X rating, even won a best picture Academy Award.
With director Steve McQueen's hotly anticipated "Shame" opening this weekend with an Nc-17 rating and Oscar buzz, I thought it the perfect opportunity to take a look at other Nc-17 movies that are worth seeing. Believe it or not, there are more than you may think.
In chronological order:
_"Last Tango in Paris" (1972): For me, it's one of the best in the Nc-17 line-up. It was originally released with an X rating, which became Nc-17 when it was rereleased »
• As featured in our Las Vegas city guide
"One for all – and all for Kicks!" The original Rat Pack movie: Frank, Dino, Sammy, Joey and their finger-poppin', all-drinking, all-smoking coconspirators are present and politically incorrect, alongside a Dames' auxiliary comprised, swooningly, of Shirley MacLaine and Angie Dickinson. Eleven former paratroopers assemble to rob five Vegas casinos in a single night, carrying the loot away in garbage trucks. The cast filmed all day and schticked it up onstage at the Sands hotel nightly, so the movie has a tired, hungover feel to it, but the vanished Vegas of 1960 – the old Sahara and Riviera Hotels, and Bugsy Siegel's own Flamingo – shines forever on celluloid. »
- John Patterson
From thinky political fare to prehistoric bugs and that cute-as-a-button Emma Stone, here are six things you might want to check out this Saturday night.
8 pm Republican Presidential Primary Debate (CBS) | CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley and National Journal correspondent Major Garrett moderate a discussion that will focus primarily on national security.
8 pm We Have Your Husband (Lifetime) | Teri Polo (Man Up) and Esai Morales (Caprica) star in this chilling true story of a woman’s fight to get her husband released from the hands of kidnappers in Mexico. P.S. Is this a Top 5 Lifetime movie title or what? »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Michael Fassbender, Shame Steve McQueen's Shame, a look at a man suffering from what some refer to as "sex addiction," has been screwed with an Nc-17 rating by the censors at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). That means no one under 17 is allowed to watch Shame at a movie theater in the United States. Shame is thus joining an illustrious — and at times not all that illustrious — list of Nc-17 movies, including Ang Lee's Lust, Caution; Phillip Kaufman's Henry & June; Pedro Almodóvar's Bad Education (gay sex is always a big no-no for teens); and, er, Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls. [Nc-17 Movies and the Oscars.] As a result of the MPAA's decision, which can seriously dampen a film's box-office performance, outrage has poured out on Twitter and other social media. But really, wasn't the MPAA's Nc-17 rating exactly what everyone had been expecting from those torture-porn aficionados who freak out at the sight of a dangling penis? »
- Andre Soares
The 25-year-old rapper-turned-actor and star of the film Weekender
Rapper? I know, so clean cut, so James Dean-esque, but he has a damn fine singing voice and he also plays the drums, hence the guns.
Phwoar. Stop it. You've seen him in Miliband of Brothers and the BBC's Bassey biopic, but look forward to seeing a whole lot more of him in the future – the "period sci-fi drama" Dimensions, co-starring Camilla Rutherford and Patrick Godfrey; Roland Emmerich's Anonymous, on the life of Shakespeare; and Anna Karenina, opposite Jude Law and Keira Knightley. Our favourite role so far is as a 90s raver in the film Weekender.
He says: "I wish I looked a bit more like Bruce Springsteen – I'd love to play him in a biopic of his life. »
- Shahesta Shaitly
There is one irrefutable law in Hollywood: if something succeeds, then everybody else jumps on it like sharks on chum.
The runaway success of "The Lion King" 3D re-release has studios diving through their archives to see what classics they can update and repackage. And why wouldn't they? After 17 years on the shelf, "The Lion King" has spent two weekends atop the box office chart and raked in over $65 million. Not bad considering that high-profile summer releases are still rolling out (sorry, "Drive").
So get ready for some not-so-new 3D releases including:
The first two on the list are confirmed with "Titanic" coming in April and "Star Wars" hitting in February, while the next two are in the works as confirmed by the studios themselves. But here's what we want to see re-released in 3D.
"Showgirls 3D" -- imagine the sheer »
It's been more than 60 years since Charlton Heston channeled Moses for the Cecil B. DeMille epic "The Ten Commandments," and at least half that long since some of us graduated from Hebrew school, so maybe it's time for a little refresher course on the guy who led the Jews outta Egypt. No? Well, Warner Bros. begs to differ.
According to Deadline, the studio has approached Steven Spielberg to tackle a gigantic new project about the life of Moses called "Gods and Kings." Although it does cover a lot of the same Torah tales of Moses, it's not trying to be a remake of the DeMille epic. The screenplay for the latter was based on a number of sources and research, while "Gods and Kings" goes straight to the Old Testament itself as its source.
Spielberg would be a natural fit for the project because he's a master of the Giant Epic Project, »
- Jenni Miller
Release Date: Nov. 8, 2011
Price: Blu-ray $24.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
The Blu-ray debut of David Lynch’s (Dune) visionary cult film Blue Velvet, on its 25th Anniversary, is highlighted by the long-awaited unveiling of more than 50 minutes of deleted scenes from the movie that were thought to have been lost for the past 25 years.
The provocative and bizarre 1986 mystery-drama digs into the darkness and danger that lies beneath the surface of a serene small town.
The “serenity” comes in the form of clean-cut Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan, Showgirls), who realizes his Mayberry-like hometown is far from innocent when he discovers a human ear in a field. With the help of a local gal (Laura Dern, Everything Must Go), Jeffrey begins an investigation that catapults him into an alluring, erotic murder mystery involving a disturbed nightclub singer (Isabella Rossellini, Death Becomes Her »
Mel Gibson will develop a film with screenwriter Joe Eszterhas for Warner Bros. on Jewish hero Judah Maccabee.According to Variety, Gibson will produce through his Icon Productions shingle and has an option to direct and star in the film if he chooses.Eszterhas, who will write the script, is the screenwriter behind such sexually charged films as "Basic Instinct," "Flashdance" and "Showgirls" as well as the dramatic thrillers "Music Box" and "Betrayed."Maccabee was one of the legendary Jewish warriors who, along with his father and four brothers, led a revolt against the Greek-Syrian Seleucid Empire and King Antiochus IV, who had conquered Judea in the second century B.C. and had outlawed Jewish religious practices.The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah celebrates the Maccabees »
- Adnan Tezer
In what seems like a move to get back in the good graces of those offended by his anti-Semitic remarks made during his highly publicized arrest in 2006, actor and filmmaker Mel Gibson is working on a film that will tell the story of Jewish warrior Judah Maccabee. Deadline reports Warner Bros. has made quite a strange move in getting Gibson to work with Basic Instinct and Showgirls writer Joe Eszterhas to script the revered story about how Maccabee teamed with his father and four brothers to lead the Jewish revolt against the Greek-Syrian armies that had conquered Judea in the second century B.C. Of course, religious material like this isn't outside of Gibson's wheelhouse after his tackling of The Passion of the Christ, and Maccabee isn't much of a far cry from William Wallace in Braveheart either. Frankly, I'm less confused by Gibson's hiring for this »
- Ethan Anderton
All together now: hoo boy. Despite Mel Gibson’s anti-semitic remarks coming to light in 2008…then again in 2009…and then maybe once or twice in 2010…Mel Gibson’s Judah Maccabee movie, about the historical Jewish hero, is on the way from Warner Bros. At least we can safely say this doesn’t sound any crazier than The Beaver. That being said Gibson hasn’t been seen in public making vicious anti-woodland creature remarks. Yet.
Gibson is working on the film with screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, who has reportedly been lauded for his work in bringing attention to the atrocities of the Holocaust. On the other hand, Eszterhas also wrote Showgirls. Any chance this film is Mel’s way of saying, “Sorry about all that horrible stuff I said about you guys over and over again?” If so, maybe next he’ll be bringing us Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass biopics to make up for… »
- Halle Kiefer
In a shocking development this week, Warner Bros is backing an untitled feature about Jewish icon Judah Maccabee that will involve controversial actor Mel Gibson. And, if that isn’t enough crazy for you, the script will be written by Basic Instinct and Showgirls screenwriter Joe Eszterhas.
According to Deadline, Gibson will “collaborate” on the script, produce the film through his Icon Productions company, and possibly direct. If he does get behind the camera, it will be his first time directing since 2006’s Apocalypto. But his provocative 2004 film The Passion of the Christ is getting the most attention now, due to its unfavorable depiction of Jews in the brutal retelling of Jesus’ crucifixion. Gibson has been blasted for their portrayal, as well saying “f*cking Jews” and “the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world” during his 2006 DUI arrest. And that’s only the anti-semitic things he »
- Jeff Leins
Hollywood Legend Mel Gibson (Braveheart, Lethal Weapon) is working with screenwriter Joe Ezsterhas on a as-of-yet-untitled project for Warner Bros. Gibson who has seen his star stock fall over the last few years (due to problems in his private life that have unluckily for the star played out in the tabloids), is said to be determined to put that right and concentrate on his movie career. We last saw him give a raw emotional performance alongside Jodie Foster in The Beaver. Despite being a disappointment at the box-office, his performance was given a standing ovation when it premiered at Cannes.
Joe Eszterhas, (the outspoken screenwriter of Basic Instinct and Showgirls who was at one time the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood) seems like surprising choice to tell the story of the Jewish legendary hero Judah Maccabee. It is yet unknown whether Gibson will direct the project but he and his »
- Craig Hunter
Maccabee, his father and four brothers teamed to lead the revolt against the Greek-Syrian armies that had conquered Judea in 2nd century B.C., Eszterhas is expected to write the script while Gibson will produce through his Icon Productions and has first option to direct.
The idea of Gibson and the writer of "Showgirls" & "Basic Instinct" working on a film deeply rooted in Jewish lore and spirituality has understandably raised a lot of eyebrows. In fact Reuters reports that The Anti-Defamation League has quickly raised objections to the film citing Gibson's past history as well as his controversial take on "The Passion of the Christ".
Yet this is not a new story. Back in 2005 there was word that Gibson was planning a biopic »
- Garth Franklin
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