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With so many hard "R" ratings in today's MPAA ratings bulletin it's mildly comical to me that one of them is not Dracula Untold, the Luke Evans starrer that will take a new look at the blood sucking king of all vampires and deliver it in PG-13 fashion. Ugh. As for those hard "R" movies, let's begin with Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer of which he spoke with Collider regarding making a hard "R" rated film saying: The violence you witness is Denzel doing it and we're taking some visual effects and doing some things and you see something happen it's happening in front of you as opposed to cutting away and doing a bunch of tricks. It's in front of you. So it's hard not to make it a hard 'R' if you see a guy get punched and teeth wind up in someone's knuckles, you know what I »
- Brad Brevet
It was just over 20 years ago that the world went bonkers for Beanie Babies, Ty's simple stuffed animals full of, well, beans. Two decades after the Beanie bonanza, the critters aren't worth thousands like some had hoped, and many collections have been relegated to the basement closet. But the rise and fall of Beanie Babies hasn't stopped other stuffed animals trends. The digitally connected Webkinz took off in 2005, and now it appears to be Tsum Tsum's turn. Tsum Tsum are pill-shaped plushies of varying sizes with the faces of popular Disney characters, and they are selling out fast, reports The New York Times. »
- Kelli Bender, @kbenderNYC
San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule of events for Friday, July 25, following the Thursday schedule that was released yesterday. You can clickHere to view the lineup in its entirety, which includes numerous comic book panels and events, but we have pulled out all of the movie, DVD and TV-related panels for your convenience.
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Good mornin'! What's better than a panel of one Cartoon Network Comedy? Two cartoon network comedies! That's right fans, prepare yourself for double the comedy, double the fun and double the friends with Uncle Grandpa and Clarence! Join the always-entertaining cast and crew for a behind-the-scenes look at two of the newest hit shows on Cartoon Network. It's woooooorth it. Appearing from Uncle Grandpa are creator Peter Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa), Kevin Michael Richardson (Mr. Gus), and Eric Bauza (Belly Bag). Appearing from »
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find the top 10 cartoon cars; an honest trailer for Call Of Duty; Jingle All The Way – how it should have been; 53 surprising facts about your favorite romantic comedies; and the prequel version of the Guardians Of The Galaxy-style Star Wars trailer. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
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- Justin Vactor
The Big Show is currently on a break from WWE programming to film a new WWE Films project called Vendetta according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. The filming began last week with Jen and Sylvia Soska directing it. They also directed See No Evil 2 starring Kane that will be out later this year.
The story for Vendetta revolves around a detective (played by Big Show) who deliberately commits a crime in order to wind up in prison and enact revenge on the man who murdered his wife. Show previously starred in the WWE film Knucklehead and also had minor roles in Jingle All The Way, The Waterboy and MacGruber. While no return date has been given, WWE’s film projects usually take about six weeks to film. Sometimes it’s more than that, but that’s typical of how long the films take.
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- John Canton
James Cameron has fled the human world to spend a decade with his impossibly perfect space kittens. Arnold Schwarzenegger pretends he’s still thirty years old and in Mr. Universe shape, and that “pushing seventy” is nothing more than the body count of his latest film. Jamie Lee Curtis fell off the face of the Earth and reappears only to describe the pleasing effects of yogurt on her aching bowels. But twenty years ago today, these three visionaries came together for something truly special. That something was True Lies. Cameron’s 1994 Schwarzenegger action flick/rom-com/political thriller might not be as fondly remembered as The Terminator, nor as gleefully forgotten as Jingle All the Way, but it’s an important part of the Arnold Schwarzenegger canon. And it’s got at least one moment that will stand the test of time — the film’s thrilling conclusion, in which Schwarzenegger’s Harry Tasker keeps his daughter from falling »
- Adam Bellotto
WWE Studios and Lionsgate are teaming up on six new action films the two will co-produce.
Deal kicks off with “Vendetta,” that Jen and Sylvia Soska will direct. The Soska sisters recently completed “See No Evil 2,” starring WWE’s Kane, that Lionsgate will release this fall. Company will also distribute “Leprechaun: Origins” in August.
“Vendetta,” set to star Paul Wight, otherwise known as WWE’s the Big Show (see above), revolves around a detective who deliberately commits a crime in order to wind up in prison and enact revenge on the man who murdered his wife. Justin Shady wrote the script.
- Marc Graser
Everyone has their heroes…some look up to fictional characters, some look up to fireman and police officers, I however, looked to Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ever since I first laid eyes upon The Terminator (and wiped them at the heart wrenching conclusion of Terminator 2: Judgement Day) at the strangely young age of seven, Schwarzenegger has been a hero that I have worshipped every day of my life through think and thin. The astounding accomplishments of the Austrian oak (Mr Universe, Hollywood actor, Governor of California) alone are enough to warrant respect and admiration from anyone. However to me, Schwarzenegger is the Hollywood superstar and the determination, discipline and talent that lead him to those amazing accomplishment’s, is why he is my hero.
In early March I had the fantastic, once in a lifetime opportunity, to attend a press conference in the beautiful Savoy Hotel, for Schwarzenegger’s new film Sabotage. »
- Ben Read
The spate of TV shows currently being adapted from films could learn a great deal from FX’s Fargo…
Twelve Monkeys. Scream. From Dusk Till Dawn. Fargo. Us networks are steadily transforming the TV listings into the ‘New Releases’ shelf of a 1996 Blockbuster. We can either stamp our feet with ‘why aren’t there any new ideas?’ rage whenever a new film-to-tv adaptation is greenlit, or we can do what we’ve always done with new shows: sift through the pile to see what actually works.
Fargo, nearing the halfway point in its Us and UK broadcasts, works.
Messing with a much-loved, much-respected film like Fargo was a risk. Screw up a TV version of Jingle All The Way and who’ll care, but screw up Fargo? You’d be the devil himself. NBC’s Warren Littlefield, now producing the FX series, passed on a Fargo TV pitch in »
It was quite the week in professional wrestling, we had a beloved cartoon figure show up on Raw and go over Damien Sandow, we received a special visit from the star of Twins and Jingle All the Way and we had the most popular wrestler on the roster, and the probable WrestleMania main-eventer staying at home. Seems like a few odd choices, but hey, what do I know? Maybe devoting 45 minutes of TV time this week to Triple H and Stephanie is what’s best for business.
Time is running out, and WWE is fumbling badly on its run to WrestleMania. Did Vince McMahon forget when the show airs? Meanwhile Tna actually had one of their best episodes in months, but that’s really not saying too much. This may sound negative, but hey, this is about the worst of the week, so let’s take a look »
- Andrew Soucek
If we were to discuss the best Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, there are only a few titles really worth considering. His best Rotten Tomatoes score -- with a 100% fresh rating -- is The Terminator. And his highest grossing movie of all time (domestically, internationally and adjusted for inflation) is Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Both of those movies are his two highest rated features on IMDb based on user votes. One or the other of the first two Terminator movies is easily crowned his best movie, but he's made plenty of guilty pleasures. You probably have a personal favorite regardless of whether it's a good movie or not. Maybe you really like Schwarzenegger's comedies like Twins or Kindergarten Cop or Jingle All the Way. There are also all...
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YouTube isn't just a great place to find cat videos and people making fools of themselves. It's also a great place to reminisce. Here are five auditions by children who made their marks in film. Jake Lloyd - Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) Jake Lloyd was about 7 years old when he went out for the role of young Anakin Skywalker in the prequel to the original Star Wars trilogy. He won the multi-country audition process that spanned 3 years and involved more than 3,000 children. Although Lloyd had previously worked on other films, most notably Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Jingle All the Way (1996), the role of the boy Vader seemingly so defined him (and, unfortunately, led to a lot of harsh childhood teasing) that he...
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After partnering with Warner Bros. on the French production “Les Reines Du Ring,” which was released theatrically in the country last summer, WWE Studios has acquired U.S. distribution and worldwide remake rights to the comedy.
Jean-Marc Rudnicki directed the film about a mother attempting to reconnect with her estranged son who is a passionate WWE fan. To grab her son’s attention, she embarks on a rigorous training program to become a WWE Diva and enlists her colleagues at a supermarket to join her journey to become the “Queens of the Ring.”
Fabrice Goldstein, Antoine Rein and Thomas Langmann (“The Artist”), produced the comedy, that starred Marilou Berry, Nathalie Baye, Andre Dussollier, Audrey Fleurot, and featured WWE stars Mike “The Miz” Mizanin and Eve Torres.
- Marc Graser
The major studios may have shuttered their independent film banners, but studio digital divisions are starting to borrow some of the release strategies used to roll out smaller-budgeted movies.
After turning to Kickstarter to successfully raise over $5.7 million from more than 91,000 people for a feature-length adaptation of the WB-cw TV show, the studio has kept its promise, renting 270 theaters to show the film starting March 14. Most of those are operated by AMC, while 10 are independently-run screens.
But with a small but rabid fanbase, known as Marshmallows, for “Veronica Mars,” Warner Bros. and Thomas know they will make most of their money by renting and selling the film on video-on-demand and online platforms at the same time as the film plays in theaters. »
- Marc Graser
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Monuments Men. Is it New, Gentler Hollywood’s answer to The Dirty Dozen? Sadly, yes. Throughout film history, ticket buyers have demanded that their men be tough, strong, and human (except for the eighties but everyone was on cocaine back then, so we press on). Today Hollywood has determined that we want more. We still crave/need action heroes, just not recycled old ones. And in order to bring in the women, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and/or Matt Damon should ideally be involved.
Hey Hollywood, we need a new Dirty Dozen. You remember? That 1967 ensemble war movie notable that pretty much created the 70′s action genre with Average Scrawny, Tough Guy-type protagonists, such as Dirty Harry, Travis Bickle, Burt Reynolds and gave new life to a war genre diluted by hippie love and The Beatles.
Your dad will tell you that the original Dirty Dozen were criminals first, »
- jay royston
What a week, huh? After weeks of relatively slow movie news, things picked up steadily this week as we were treated to casting announcements, new release dates, and some fun surprises along the way. Sure, there were no big tentpole casting announcements, like in the last few weeks, but we do have a lot of good news for you this time around including new faces for Fox’s Gotham TV show, someone to lead the way for CBS’ How I Met Your Mother spinoff, and news about upcoming Tarzan and Jungle Book films.
The week got off to a sad start when we learned that beloved Hollywood icon and former child star Shirley Temple has passed away, leaving behind one of the most unique legacies in Hollywood history. But before we get there, let’s take a look at some of the other announcements that filled our RSS feeds over the last seven days… »
- James Garcia
Put That Cookie Down: The Sequel. It’s the sequel we’ve all been waiting for, I guess: Jingle All The Way, the perennially popular 1996 Christmas caper which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, is to get the sequel treatment. Eighteen years after the original, 20th Century Fox have finally listened to the will of the people (or at least, fans of Youtube remixes) and have commissioned a follow-up film to the enjoyably naff festive classic. »
If you’re a fan of World Wrestling Entertainment, you know that WWE is more than just a wrestling company. They consider themselves to be a company that has a wide reach in all genres of entertainment. One of their areas of focus is the WWE Films division.
On Tuesday, WWE sent out a press release regarding two films that will star WWE performers. Here’s the first one.
WWE Studios and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment today announced the next two films that will begin production as part of their continued collaboration. This March, cameras will start rolling on “Jingle All the Way 2,” the sequel to the 1996 hit comedy “Jingle All the Way.” Starring Larry the Cable Guy (“Tooth Fairy 2,” “Cars”) and featuring WWE Superstar Santino Marella, the film is directed by Alex Zamm (“Tooth Fairy 2,” “Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts”) and will release this 2014 holiday season. »
- John Canton
WWE Studios and Twentieth Century Fox are partnering on a pair of sequels - a sequel to the 1996 Schwarzenegger holiday comedy "Jingle All The Way" and a fourth film in the Dtv "The Marine" franchise.
Larry and Zamm previously worked together on another direct-to-disc & VOD comedy sequel based on a theatrical release with a major action star - "Tooth Fairy 2".
Meanwhile, WWE's Mike 'The Miz' Mizanin and Diva Summer Rae will star in "The Marine 4". Mizanin returns to the franchise following his effort starring in the third film last year.
Like the various sequels in the series, it'll go direct to disc and streaming later in the year.
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- Garth Franklin
A sequel to the greatest Christmas film of all time is finally being made, without its original star.
It's Turbo Time again. But not the Turbo Time you remember. That Turbo Time is gone forever, like a a fart from Ted the Reindeer in the winter wind. Admit it: Jingle All the Way is a guilty pleasure that is best consumed in secret every holiday, like cheap boxed wine. Even now, the classic lines from that film are running through your head with a bad Austrian accent tied to it.
If you felt a great disturbance in the Force today, it was because millions of Jingle All the Way fans screamed out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. It came as news broke that Twentieth Century Fox and WWE Studios (yeah, there's a movie studio for a fake sport) were teaming up on a Jingle All the Way sequel. It »
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