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Round-Up: Ghost Trek Feature Film, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, The Badger Game

21 hours ago | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

If you're a fan of Michael Plumides' Ghost Trek web series and have always wanted to see its characters and horror comedy style in feature film form, you can now help that longing become a reality, as an Indiegogo campaign for Ghost Trek: Confederate Ghouls is now underway. We also have exciting From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series news for Juan of the Dead fans, as well as theatrical release details for the hostage thriller, The Badger Game.

Ghost Trek: Confederate Ghouls: Press Release - "From the Executive Producer of Clive Barker's Nightbreed: Director's Cut comes the supernatural- horror-comedy, Ghost Trek: Confederate Ghouls.

My name is Michael G. Plumides, Jr. and I am a second generation filmmaker. My dad produced the first independent film in North Carolina, the Southern sexploitation cult classic entitled, Night of the Cat, released in 1973 (available on Something Weird Video). Some of you »

- Derek Anderson

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Steve Buscemi Refuses to Talk About Sandwiches and Wants a 'Con Air 2' in Reddit Ama

24 March 2015 2:29 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Louis C.K., Steve Buscemi, Neil Patrick Harris and More Salute New York City at 2014 'Made in NY' Awards To promote the new documentary he's co-producing, called "Check It," Steve Buscemi participated in a Reddit Ama on Monday. According to the actor, the documentary follows, "A gay street gang of 14-22 year olds struggling to survive in the city with the highest Lgbt hate crime rate in the nation. The directors, Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer, have been filming this amazing group of kids for the past three years and focus on a point in their lives when they've seen a ray of hope, in the fashion world." Buscemi promoted the film's Indiegogo campaign to help the directors raise funds to finish editing the film. He then answered various questions pertaining to his past films, his roles on television (including his favorites), what he thinks about a "Con Air" sequel and most importantly, »

- Travis Clark

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Wild Card Review

19 March 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Simon West

CastJason Statham, Milo Ventimiglia, Stanley Tucci, Michael Angarano, Sofia Vergara, Hope Davis, Anne Heche

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 92 minutes

Synopsis: Nick Wild (Statham) runs a private security business in Las Vegas, and he has a gambling problem. After crossing paths with a woman from his past he finds himself caught up with one of the local gangsters Danny DeMarco (Ventimiglia), and has one night to make it out of Vegas. 

Those who have seen the trailer will be expecting Wild Card to be yet another Jason Statham action film, full of explosive fight sequences and witty put-downs. Sadly all of the expected action is only what is glimpsed during the trailer, with the film more of a drama than all-out action movie.

That in itself wouldn’t be too bad were it not for the film’s distinct lack of direction. The opening sequence, which sees »

- Kat Smith

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Round-Up: Sharknado 3 Title & Release Date Revealed, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Casting Update, New Friday the 13th T-Shirt

18 March 2015 10:43 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

David Hasselhoff and Bo Derek are braving the storm with Ian Ziering and Tara Reid in The Asylum and Syfy's Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Featured in our latest round-up, the third installment in the tongue-in-cheek franchise has received a summer release date. We also have a casting update for the second season of Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, as well as a Friday the 13th 35th Anniversary T-shirt from Fright Rags.

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!: The third Sharknado film will splash onto the Syfy channel on Wednesday, July 22nd at 9:00pm Est:

Press Release (via TV by the Numbers) - New York – March 18, 2015 – Syfy and The Asylum today announced that the official title of the latest installment in the global pop culture sensation is Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! The two-hour original movie will devour the planet on Wednesday, »

- Derek Anderson

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Thn Interview: Director Simon West For ‘Wild Card’

16 March 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The man who brought us Tomb Raider, Con Air and The Expendables 2 is this week bringing us the latest Jason Statham vehicle, Wild Card. The film is a modern retelling of the 1986 Burt Reynolds film Heat which in turn is based on a novel by William Goldman. Nick Wild, played by Jason Statham, runs a personal security agency in Las Vegas. He is desperate to escape Vegas’ clutches but his gambling addiction is making that hard to do. After helping out a female friend he finds himself on the wrong side of the local mob and has to leave, or die trying.

The production sees Statham and West re-team for the third time, having previously worked together on both The Mechanic and The Expendables 2. Although known for his big Hollywood action flicks, West is actually British and started out directing commercials and worked on several high profile BBC shows including Bleak House. »

- Kat Smith

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Simon West's 'Salty' sets UK crowdfunding record

16 March 2015 4:41 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Con Air director’s film has banked £1.8m ($2.7m), according to the production.

Simon West’s action-comedy Salty has become the most successful UK film on a crowd-funding platform to date, raising £1.9m ($2.8m), according to the production.

The film hit its crowdfunding target of £1.8m ($2.7m) on March 14 with additional investment available until next weekend.

The project is raising money through platform SyndicateRoom with investors promised a stake in the film’s profits.

The rest of the film’s $10m budget is due to be raised through angel investment, tax credit returns and pre-sales.

Carnaby handles sales on the film and has inked pre-sales with Indonesia (Pt Prima Cinema), Bulgaria, Czech Republic & Slovakia, Former Yugoslavia, Hungary and Romania (Prorom), Poland (Kino Swiat), Israel (Five Stars), Middle East (Gulf Film) and Turkey (Central Park).

Salty, adapted by Mark Haskell Smith from his novel of the same name, follows an ageing rock star whose holiday in Thailand takes a »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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See Wild Card, starring The Statham, early and for free!

12 March 2015 11:26 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Join us for a night of beer, pizza and Statham, as we present a London preview screening of Wild Card...

Arriving in cinemas on Friday March 20th in the UK is the new film from the mighty Statham. We like Jason Statham a lot, regular readers may be aware, and his latest project is Wild Card, a remake of the Burt Reynolds 80s movie Heat (no, not that Heat). With a screenplay from William Goldman and Con Air director Simon West at the helm, the film follows The Statham as recovering gambling addict Nick Wild, who ends up in trouble with the mob.

As a consequence, there is fighting, playing cards and a bit a fruity language.

Here is the poster for the film...

To salute the return of The Statham to the big screen, we're putting on a special preview screening in London - around the Oxford Street area - on Thursday 19th March. »

- simonbrew

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New Projects: ‘Star Wars’, Kathryn Bigelow, and The Blob

12 March 2015 1:26 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Disney has become well aware that even releasing just the tiniest hint of news about Star Wars is enough to send the blogs into a feeding frenzy. One of those bad habits is studios staking a claim on a calendar date far out in the future. And they’ve now revealed that the release date for Star Wars: Episode VIII will be May 26, 2017. Rian Johnson has also officially been confirmed to direct the film, with Josh Trank in line to direct yet another standalone film. No word on a subtitle for Episode VIII just yet, but one of the other unknown, nebulous Star Wars projects does; the first of the Star Wars spinoffs starring Felicity Jones is now known as Rogue One. I’ll leave that to you in the interwebs to figure out what that vague title actually refers to.

After making two of this generation’s defining war films, »

- Brian Welk

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Director Simon West to Explain ‘Where The Blob comes from’

11 March 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Director Simon West has a history of action—Con AirTomb RaiderThe Expendables 2—and when he has dipped into our realm, it resulted in the truly terrible remake of When A Stranger Calls. So it’s not surprising the filmmaker seems reticent to call his upcoming The Blob remake horror, or that he plans to physically distance the film by making…

The post Director Simon West to Explain ‘Where The Blob comes from’ appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Samuel Zimmerman

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'From Dusk Till Dawn' Season 2 Brings in Danny Trejo

11 March 2015 11:55 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

El Rey Network and Miramax announced today that Danny Trejo (Machete, Machete Kills) has joined the sophomore season of Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. Trejo has been cast in the roll of "The Regulator," a horrifying agent of evil who has been summoned to perform a deadly errand. Trejo appeared in the From Dusk Till Dawn film franchise as "Razor Charlie."

Trejo has had a prolific career in the entertainment industry, yet his road to success has been hard earned and anything but typical, spanning imprisonment to helping young people battle drug addiction, to acting and producing. Trejo has starred in dozens of films including Desperado, Heat, the From Dusk Till Dawn film series, Con Air, Once Upon A Time In Mexico, the Spy Kids movies, Grindhouse, Machete, Machete Kills, Dead in Tombstone and Muppets Most Wanted. He can be heard as The Voice of Skeleton »

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Danny Trejo to Appear in From Dusk Till Dawn Season 2

11 March 2015 9:05 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Given his relationship with Robert Rodriguez, it may be more surprising that he didn't appear in the first season. However, it has been officially announced that Danny Trejo will be appearing in Season 2 of From Dusk Till Dawn as a new villain known as The Regulator:

"Austin, TX- March 11, 2015 -- El Rey Network and Miramax announced today that Danny Trejo (Machete, Machete Kills) has joined the sophomore season of Robert Rodriguez's "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series."  Trejo has been cast in the roll of "The Regulator," a horrifying agent of evil who has been summoned to perform a deadly errand. Trejo appeared in the "From Dusk Till Dawn" film franchise as "Razor Charlie."

Trejo has had a prolific career in the entertainment industry, yet his road to success has been hard earned and anything but typical, spanning imprisonment to helping young people battle drug addiction, to acting and producing. »

- Jonathan James

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'Blob' Compared to 'Alien', Remake Will Get a Backstory

10 March 2015 2:28 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It seems like Hollywood has been trying to remake The Blob ever since Kevin Dillon and Shawnee Smith last faced the deadly gelatinous alien all the way back in the 1988 remake. For a long while, it looked like Rob Zombie was going to resurrect the classic sci-fi title as a new franchise, but that version of the movie never moved forward. Last year, it was announced that The Expendables 2 and Con Air director Simon West would be taking the helm. Now, talking with Den of Geeks, he has opened up about his plans. And it sounds like this will be a much-more action oriented horror outing.

This reboot will actually give The Blob a backstory. The monster at the center of this new tale is compared to the Xenomorphs from Alien and the interplanetary hunters from Predator. And this oozing slime will be just as believable as the dinosaurs in the original Jurassic Park. »

- MovieWeb

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Simon West’s The Blob Will Be ‘More Along The Lines Of Alien And Predator’

10 March 2015 1:07 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Director Simon West has dropped a gamut of new details of his forthcoming reboot of The Blob. The remake was announced in January of this year and at the time, the Con Air helmer revealed that his take on the 1950s classic would embrace current technological advances to truly revitalize the seminal property. “With modern CGI we can now fully realize the potential of The Blob,” he stated at the time, and has since followed up that tidbit while chatting with the folks over at Den Of Geek.

The 1958 original starred Steve McQueen as a youngster in a small Pennsylvanian town overrun by a gelatinous goop – The Blob – that begins to transmogrify as it consumes the townsfolk. Will West’s version spin that similar fable or follow the 1988 remake?

Yeah, it’s definitely going to be on a much bigger canvas than the originals, which were much more small, niche genre horror movies. »

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Simon West’s ‘Blob’ Remake Will Give the Blob More Backstory

10 March 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

A few months back, news broke that Con Air director Simon West was going to be remaking The Blob. It sounded like a smart move as The Blob is a horror franchise that’s somehow simultaneously incredibly well-known, but also not incredibly popular. Everyone has heard of it and knows the premise just based on the title, […]

The post Simon West’s ‘Blob’ Remake Will Give the Blob More Backstory appeared first on /Film. »

- Germain Lussier

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"Blob" Remake To Be More "Alien"-Esque

10 March 2015 11:14 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The original 1958 indie sci-fi horror film "The Blob" depicts a growing alien amoeba that eats citizens of a small Pennsylvania community. The 1988 remake helmed by Chuck Russell though plays up the horror angle more, using gruesome but inventive make-up effects to portray the creature.

Filmmaker Simon West ("Con Air," "The Expendables 2"), the man at the helm of the newest incarnation, tells Scree Relish that the upcoming second remake will have more of a sci-fi and suspense feel to it which means the creature itself will not be seen much:

"It's going to be much more sci-fi than the original. It's a bigger scale type of movie. It's more Alien meets Predator and designing the creature is a long and involved process cause its very sophisticated. It's not going to be the goo pouring through windows. So, that’s taking a while to design and construct that."

Richard Saperstein and »

- Garth Franklin

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Simon West Says His 'The Blob' Remake Will Be Like 'Alien,' 'Predator,' And 'Jurassic Park'

10 March 2015 9:35 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Back in January it was announced that Simon West was being given the keys to direct a remake of the horror classic "The Blob." The news garnered some attention, but didn't exactly make huge waves, probably because West isn't the most exciting name to be talking about. His debut with the action classic "Con Air" has forever remained his high mark, with a serious dip in quality ever since, culminating in this year's forgettable Jason Statham flick, "Wild Card," which was barely released into theaters. But West is talking a big game about what he plans to do with the Steve McQueen starrer. He promises a "bigger canvas" and a movie more rooted in "sci-fi," and then sets a pretty high bar for himself to clear. "The blob itself will be more sophisticated, more along the lines of 'Alien' and 'Predator,' and things like that — much more science-based, the »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Blob remake: "along the lines of Alien and Predator"

10 March 2015 6:37 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Exclusive: director Simon West talks to us about reinventing The Blob - with a tip of the hat to Alien and Predator...

In January, it was revealed that Con Air director Simon West had signed on to direct a remake of The Blob, the 1958 film which has already spawned a sequel (1972's Beware! The Blob) and a really underrated 1988 sequel.

As part of the latest remake's announcement, West was quoted as saying, "With modern CGI we can now fully realise the potential of The Blob".

This got us thinking: what is the potential West sees in The Blob? Would he use CGI to create, say, a massive, skyscraper-flattening monster - one that would have been difficult to convincingly achieve years ago? Or something else entirely?

West's currently promoting the UK release of his latest film, the thriller Wild Card starring Jason Statham. During our chat with the director about this latest Statham joint, »

- ryanlambie

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Simon West says his remake of The Blob is “Alien meets Predator”

10 March 2015 5:57 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It was revealed last month that Simon West (Con Air) would be taking on the next big screen remake of The Blob, which he looks to get underway once the promotional tour for Wild Card is out of the way. He’s also got plans to take his version away from previous attempts.

“[It] takes a little more planning because we’ve got to design the creature,” he told Screen Relish. “It’s going to be much more sci-fi than the original. It’s a bigger scale type of movie. It’s more Alien meets Predator and designing the creature is a long and involved process cause its very sophisticated. It’s not going to be the goo pouring through windows. So, that’s taking a while to design and construct that.”

The Blob first hit screens back in 1958 and is notable for launching the career of Steve McQueen. It was »

- Luke Owen

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‘Expendables 2′ Director Simon West Teams with Carnaby on Action-Comedy ‘Salty’

9 March 2015 4:02 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — London-based Carnaby Sales & Distribution has boarded Simon West’s action-comedy “Salty” as worldwide sales agent. West’s credits include “Con Air,” “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” and “Expendables 2.”

The production, which West describes as “The Hangover” meets “Get Him to the Greek,” is in final negotiations with an A-list cast and pre-sales have already been secured with distributors in several major territories, Carnaby said. Pic will start to shoot later this year.

The film follows an ageing rock star, and reformed sex addict, who is persuaded to take a holiday by his wife, a former supermodel. Things take a turn for the worse when she’s kidnapped by Thai pirates raising money to buy a new boat.

The screenplay, which is adapted from Mark Haskell Smith’s novel, is written by Haskell Smith (TV series “Star Trek Voyager” and “The Magnificent Seven”) and Toby Davies (“The Mitchell and Webb Look, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Carnaby to sell Simon West's Salty

9 March 2015 3:32 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Carnaby to be world sales agent on action-comedy from the director of Con Air and Expendables 2.

London-based Carnaby Sales & Distribution has partnered with Simon West Productions as worldwide sales agent on action-comedy Salty,which is set to begin principal photography in Thailand from Q4 2015. 

Directed by Simon West (Con Air, Expendables 2), the film follows a reformed sex-addict muso who is persuaded to take a holiday in Thailand by his wife, a former supermodel. Things take a turn for the worse when she’s kidnapped by Thai pirates raising money to buy a new boat.

Mark Haskell Smith’s original script, adapted from his novel of the same name, has been reworked by West and comedy writer Toby Davies (That Mitchell and Webb Look).

The sales agreement was struck by Carnaby joint CEOs Sean O’Kelly and Andrew Loveday, together with West, Harry Stourton and Jib Polhemus of Simon West Productions.

Pre-sale negotiations »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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