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Though A Haunted House was dismissed by critics (“It’s like watching a snuff film,” commented The Austin Chronicle, “only it’s the audience who’s dying inside”), it made $60 million on a $2.5 million production budget, so a year later audiences were treated to more of the same. As the saying goes, Hollywood was just giving the audience what it wants, so if you’ve ever wondered aloud how such films could exist, don’t restrict you ire to the filmmakers.
This is by no means a recent phenomenon. In 1985, Leonard Maltin gave his shortest ever review when discussing another bungled comedy: “Transylvania 6-5000 stank. I’m Leonard Maltin, Entertainment Tonight.” The picture not only made its money back, »
- Ian Watson
We already know that there's reboot of the "Naked Gun" franchise in the works that will star Ed Helms (The Hangover, "The Office"). And now comes word from David Zucker, director of the original film, that the reboot will be very different from his movies. "It won't be like the 'Naked Gun' that I did. It may be good, but it won't be that kind of movie. They're going to use the title," he explained. "They asked me if I wanted to produce. They're nice people, but they don't want to do that style of spoof that I do. I would want somebody who had never been in an comedy. Ed Helms is very well known for three of the biggest comedies ever. I understand why Paramount is doing what they're doing. If my name was on it, I would be making all sorts of suggestions and trying to change it, »
Back in December 2013, we reported that Ed Helms signed on to star in Paramount's remake of The Naked Gun, although the initial story hinted that it may not be a straight-up crime procedural parody like the 1988 comedy classic The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad. The last we heard about the project was in January 2014, when screenwriter Robert Ben Garant insisted that it will be more of a "continuation" of the franchise than a reboot. Now, according to original Naked Gun director David Zucker, this new incarnation won't be a parody or a spoof, essentially confirming the original report. Here's what David Zucker had to say, when asked by Yahoo! Movies if he is involved in this updated version of The Naked Gun.
"I have no involvement in it. They own it and they wanted to do it with Ed Helms and two writers. It won't be »
As is expected nowadays, every film ever made has a remake/reboot/spinoff in development. Where some proffer to remain fiercely loyal to the original source material, others dare to venture elsewhere. It seems the latter option is being adopted for The Naked Gun remake, which we know will star The Hangover‘s Ed Helms. Aside from the obvious speculation – that Helms will play Frank Drebin or a similar character – there’s not been any hint at how this remake will adapt the original.
Director of the 1988 original David Zucker chatted to Yahoo! recently and in a roundabout way, confirmed that the style for the Helms version will be drastically different:
It won’t be like the Naked Gun that I did. It may be good, but it won’t be that kind of movie. They’re going to use the title. They asked me if I wanted to produce. »
- Gem Seddon
The new Naked Gun movie won't be the kind of spoof the rest of the others are. Er...
Nothing, in truth, that we read about the planned reboot of The Naked Gun movies has cheered us up thus far. The plan is for Ed Helms to take on the role of some descendant of Lt Frank Drebin, who of course was played by Leslie Nielsen across three movies, and the TV show Police Squad!
The new version? "It won't be like the Naked Gun that I did", David Zucker has revealed. Zucker directed the first two movies and produced the third. "It may be good, but it won't be that kind of movie", he said, adding that the producers this time will be veering away from "that style of spoof".
Which kind of begs the question: what's the point?
"They're going to use the title" and "they're nice people", Zucker continued. »
What will February bring to Netflix? "House of Cards" returns for its much awaited third season, but not until Feb. 27. If you can't wait for your Kevin Spacey fix until then, "Now: In the Wings on a World Stage" (2014), a documentary of Spacey starring in a production of Shakespeare's "Richard III," is available on Feb. 1.
And the 2004 "King Arthur," starring Clive Owen and Keira Knightley, isn't exactly Shakespearean, but look at how many great actors -- like Mads Mikkelsen, Ioan Gruffudd, Hugh Dancy and Joel Edgerton -- have gone on to much bigger things.
You can also stream "Joe," one of Nicolas Cage's best films in recent years; the overlooked indie "The Brothers Bloom" with Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody and Rachel Weisz; and the barely-in-theaters thriller "The Two Faces of January," starring Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst.
Here's a much larger rundown of what's new on Netflix in February 2015, provided by Netflix. »
- Sharon Knolle
February is nearly upon us and with it brings some exciting additions to Netflix's streaming lineup. Among the movies and TV shows set to stream on Netflix in February are RoboCop, Scary Movie 5 and Spartacus.. EW posted the list of movies and TV shows joining Netflix's streaming lineup over the course of February. Check it out below... February 1 Bleach the Movie: Hell Verse Dark Ride Departures (Season 12) Gimme Shelter Gucci: The Director Hot Pursuit Houseboat Into the Blue 2: The Reef Joe King Arthur Magic City (Seasons 1-2) M*A*S*H (Seasons 1-5) Naruto Shippuden: The Movie Now: In the Wings on a World Stage Proof Spartacus (Complete series) The Brothers Bloom We Could Be Kings We.re No Angels Zapped February 5-12 The Little Rascals Save the Day (February 5) Danger 5 (February 6) Ever After High: Spring Unsprung (February 6) Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead (February 7) Elsa & Fred »
Netflix has just released their lists of what films and TV shows we will see added in February…and what films and TV shows will vanish.
First, the good news: quite a few classic and popular TV shows are making the grade on the streaming service, including the first five seasons of Mash, Hawaii 5-0, and the new season of House of Cards. New additions to the film list include RoboCop, The Brothers Bloom, and Gimme Shelter. While there’s not a lot of quality stuff on offer, there are at least a few new films and TV shows that we can enjoy on the Netflix streaming service.
Now for the bad news: quite a number of favorites are going to vanish from Netflix come February 1. Among these are several James Bond films, Zodiac, Jane Eyre, and Dredd. The TV shows fare even worse, with tons of BBC shows expiring, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
8 items from 2015
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