5 items from 2012
If there is something Marlon Wayans seems to be successful at, it’s spoof movies. So it comes as no surprise that when his latest stab at satire, Haunted House, was close to completion, went looking for a distributor, Open Road Films (along with Endgame Entertainment), jumped in and acquired all U.S. distribution rights.. Wayans, co-wrote, co-produced and starred in the Im Global’ genre label Octane, production. Besides Wayans, Haunted House also stars Cedric The Entertainer (Madagascar), Nick Swardson (Just Go with It), and David Koechner (Waiting). »
- Kerry Fleming
A Santa Monica office property that houses an outpost of talent agency Innovative Artists has sold for $6.3 million. The deal for the property at 1617 Broadway St. closed in mid-July. The buyers were a group of investors led by Jay Rifkin, a film producer whose credits include Waiting..., Hesher and Incident At Loch Ness. The seller was Szs Crossroads Associates LLC, the entity of undisclosed investors. Innovative's headquarters are nearby in Santa Monica on 10th Street; the company occupies the third floor of the Broadway Street building, where it houses its production department. Innovative has about five
- Daniel Miller
If you made a crappy movie in the past thirty years, your reward apparently is a flashy, supposedly less crappy reboot. The latest victim in this onslaught is Highlander. I was under the impression that there could be only one, but now it has been announced that Ryan Reynolds has been cast in the remake’s titular role.
I find Reynolds to be as dull as a bag of bricks in most movies, the gross-out restaurant comedy Waiting excluded. It would have been much more compelling to see the Green Lantern series continue, while they tackled the character’s recently announced sexual orientation. Granted, they made way too big a deal out of that “groundbreaking” addendum to the hero’s story, but it would certainly liven up what was a miserable beginning to a potential Lantern franchise. But I digress.
Reynolds will play Conner MacLeod, a Scottish swordsman who is »
- Gideon Resnick
In "Piranha 3Dd," which hits theaters this Friday, the community of Lake Victoria is besieged by another swarm of prehistoric, man-eating fish. In the first film, it was drunken spring breakers who fell victim to the gory attacks. This time around, it's the partygoers at the Lake's "Adults Only" water park Big Wet (which happens to be watched over by stripper lifeguards and celebrity spokesman David Hasselhoff). The piranha invade thanks to an illegal river pump Ok'd by the park's dirtbag owner, Chet, played by none other than "that guy!" comedic scene-stealer David Koechner. (You might remember him as the sleazy Todd Packer on "The Office" or the sleazy boss from "Waiting..." or the sleazy boss from "Final Destination 5.") Koechner spoke with Moviefone and explained how to convincingly portray a slimeball that unwittingly unleashes a stomach-churning monster massacre -- and how to do it while not being distracted by the constant on-set nudity. »
- Eric Larnick
Anchor Bay Films has acquired the rights to Mac and Devin Go to High School, featuring rappers and hip-hop stars Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa. The high school comedy features Khalifa as Devin, an overachieving academic type with Dogg playing the antithetical character, Mac, a 15th year senior who becomes infatuated with his substitute teacher. When Devin struggles to write his valedictorian speech, citing lack of life experience, the two find a way to help each other out. Mac and Devin Go to High School, directed by Dylan Brown (Boss'n Up) also stars Mike Epps (The Hangover), Andy Milonakis (Waiting), Affion Crocket (Never Back Down) and a voiceover from Mystikal. As long as Snoop brings his green hat, I'm sold. Hit the jump for more on the project. THR reports that the pop group Far East Movement will also have a cameo in Mac and Devin Go to High School. »
- Dave Trumbore
5 items from 2012
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