9 items from 2013
Embattled movie financier David Bergstein's lawsuit against Aramid Entertainment Fund, claiming it breached terms of a 2009 settlement of a loan dispute, was dismissed Aug. 5 by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, who ruled the same action cannot be amended or re-filed. Bergstein, who has been credited as a producer on films like The Whole Ten Yards and Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, had sought some $50 million in damages from Aramid, Screen Capital International, fund manager David Molner and related parties whom he blames for the 2010 involuntary bankruptcy of five companies he once ran. He says
- Alex Ben Block
There's obviously a market out there for sequels — just look at the summer movie release schedule and you'll find at least one a week. And hey, sometimes a film leaves us wondering what happens next.
But sometimes there are films that had no need for a part two, where audiences left the theater the first go-round and said, "I'm good." And in the case of these ten films, we've got the numbers to prove it!
Hollywood, heed our wisdom: Sometimes it's best to just leave well enough alone.
• "Dirty Dancing": $62,811,299
• "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights": $14,140,215
So you had the time of your life in 1987? Big deal. You can't relive the magic 17 years later by conceiving a half-hearted retread set against the backdrop of revolutionary Cuba. Really, this film has nothing to do with the original, save for a brief Patrick Swayze cameo. »
- Zach Laws
After three years of legal battles in bankruptcy court, Ronald Tutor and his former partner in the movie business David Bergstein have won an important legal victory that appears to open the door for Tutor to finally sell more than 500 movies that have been frozen for months by a legal injunction including The Whole Ten Yards, Woody Allen’s Sweet And Lowdown, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the Oscar-winning documentary Taxi To The Darkside. On Monday in Los Angeles, federal Judge Barry Russell issued a final order dismissing complaints for fraudulent transfer of movies and other things by four
- Alex Ben Block
It seems like Bruce Willis is the undeniable king of appearing in unnecessary sequels. His conscience as of late has to have gone something like this: “Parts in The Expendables 2 and GI Joe: Retaliation, yeah sure why not?” Or how about, “Another Die Hard movie that’s basically an insult to the fundamental ideas of the original? Well if there’s a lucrative paycheck involved, then okay.” And I know it came out nearly ten years ago, but don’t even get me started on The Whole Ten Yards. Now we’ve got Red 2, one of those head-scratching sequels that make you wonder how it was even an option until you check the box office returns on the original. The first Red movie was made for a modest $58 million and made upwards of $199 million in domestic and foreign ticket sales.
Maybe it was all those Red comic book »
- Sean Hutchinson
Red 2 will put the pop back in your popcorn. Remember the days when a summer film was about entertainment. Some explosions, a little chase, an errant snide comment, those were the good old days. If you’re looking to get off the brooding express and get back into your 10-year-old lovin’ Die Hard mindset, Red 2 is the film for you. The beauty of Red 2 is that it fulfills on the promise that The Whole Ten Yards failed to deliver on nearly ten years ago. Once again, Bruce Willis has the opportunity to bind together a cast of eccentric characters while not dominating the film himself. Willis is often at his best when he is at his subtlest. Still, it’s not a Willis film if he isn’t kicking a little butt. In one sequence, Willis is engaged in close quarters combat with the henchman of a villain played by Neil McDonough. »
Giving Us moviegoers enough thrills to possess the top spot at the North American box office last weekend, Evil Dead will have its UK debut on Thursday, April 18.
And in anticipation of the remake's arrival on British screens, Studiocanal and Vue Entertainment have teamed up to offer interactive photo-booth experiences in the foyers of some London cinemas.
This evening was the turn of North Finchley Vue Cinema, tomorrow (April 12) the activity is at Westfield Shepherds Bush Vue Cinema from 4.30pm to 8pm and on Saturday (April 13) it moves to Islington Vue Cinema from 2pm to 6pm.
There's also a cryptic challenge called The Cursed Word, which you can find on the official Facebook page.
Pages of The Book Of The Dead which contain parts of a 'cursed word' have been hidden. Players need to find all the pieces and translate the word into English for a chance to win a »
- David Bentley
At Risk Entertainment’s upcoming thriller, “Panic in 703”, has moved into preproduction and will shoot in Los Angeles, and Michigan.
The company is rumored to be in talks with actor Johnny Williams (Goodfellas, The Whole Ten Yards), and other talent. Larry Simmons (Locked in a Room) will be directing and producing along with Emerson Rogers Jr. and Brian Lassiter. “I look forward to working with Emerson and Brian, who have also been long time … Continue reading → »
Disney is already lining up a sequel to Oz: The Great and Powerful on the eve of its theatrical release tomorrow. Mitchell Kapner, who co-wrote the first screenplay with David Lindsay-Abaire, has been hired to pen the follow-up.
No story details have been released for the sequel, but there are a few things that the writer legally cannot include in the story. L. Frank Baum's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is in the public domain, which means the writer can use anything contained in that book. However, he cannot use any of the additions used by Warner Bros. in the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, such as Dorothy's ruby slippers.
The studio hired Mitchell Kapner to work on the sequel script months ago, a sign that Disney is very confident Oz: The Great and Powerful will be a hit. The movie stars James Franco as Oscar Diggs, a »
Just one week into March and we already have our second attempt at a winter/spring blockbuster as Disney jumps into the fray with their reinventing of the classic L. Frank Baum literary classics and a lower profile crime thriller that might get lost in its shadow. Oz The Great and Powerful (Walt Disney Pictures) Starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, Joey King, Bruce Campbell Directed by Sam Raimi ( Spider-Man and its sequels, The Evil Dead , Darkman and More); Written by Mitchell Kapner ( The Whole Nine Yards , The Whole Ten Yards ), David Lindsay-Abaire ( Rabbit Hole ) Genre: Fantasy, Adventure Rated PG Tagline: "The land you know. The story you don't." Mini-Review: Batman, James Bond and the X-Men have all »
9 items from 2013
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