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The short story goes... in August 2011, Eddie Murphy teamed up with director Alex Zamm (Tooth Fairy 2, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2) to make a live-action version of the classic cartoon Hong Kong Phooey. We must have missed the announcement of the project, because, I checked the S&A archives and didn't find any posts on it. Over a year later, the movie obviously hasn't happened; will it? I dunno. I don't think I particularly care either, especially if the video below is anything to go by. All that's left of the project is some test footage that was shot for it, and that has surfaced. Apparently Zamm released the footage online, via his Vimeo »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Last year, Warner Bros announced that it is developing a live-action "Hong Kong Phooey" film, to be directed by Alex Zamm ((Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, Tooth Fairy 2) and voiced by Eddie Murphy. It's not clear what the status of the project is, but Zamm has now unveiled test footage from the movie. Check it out below, in addition to footage from the live-action "Marvin the Martian" movie, which Zamm has been also attached to. "Hong Kong Phooey" revolves around a mild-mannered dog, named Penry, who, after stumbling into a mystic ceremony, is accidentally granted mystic powers, including the ability to walk, talk, and do kung fu. Under the tutelage of his kung fu master and with the help of his sidekick, Spot the cat, Penry dons a costume and becomes a crime fighter. "Marvin the Martian" movie was announced back in 2008 and is based on a classic "Looney Tunes" character. »
Director Alex Zamm has produced some of the most asinine movies you ever saw on a DVD shelf. From Carrot Top's Chairman Of The Board to Inspector Gadget 2 to Tooth Fairy 2 and an upcoming new version of The Little Rascals, Zamm is essentially the go-to guy for all those Dtv sequels and prequels that leave you shaking your head with "just why?" rolling off your tongue. With that said, I have to give Zamm at least a little credit for this test reel for adaptations »
- Paul Shirey
File this one under “I’m sorry, what?” Universal already made some unexpected mint with their Three Stooges reboot from earlier this year, so why not give that same treatment to something like, oh, how about The Little Rascals? What, you don’t care about The Little Rascals? Moviehole (via Cinema Blend) reports that Universal is rebooting the classic ’30s and ’40s television show Our Gang for a new feature that will also draw inspiration from the 1994 feature film that attempted to make the cute-kids-being-tricksters trope feel more modern, with surprisingly okay results (that one also came from Uni). The film doesn’t yet have a cast, but they’ve lined up one heck of a director. The new Rascals will be helmed by one Alex Zamm, possessor of one of the most boggling resumes in current circulation. Hey, someone needs to direct the straight-to-video Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, right? Right »
- Kate Erbland
Universal Pictures has found its director for its planned reboot of The Little Rascals, handing the reins to Alex Zamm. Now, be honest. Raise your hand if you knew that Universal had designs on an Our Gang reboot. And keep them raised if you.ve ever heard of Zamm. Not too many of you out there, it seems. Zamm.s directorial credits include . are you ready for this? . Carrot Top.s Chairman of the Board from 1998, as well as the straight-to-dvd sequels Inspector Gadget 2, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 and Tooth Fairy 2 with Larry the Cable Guy. Moviehole, which breaks the news of Zamm.s hiring, says that the Rascals movie will begin filming in Los Angeles next month, once casting has been completed. The new Rascals movie will be based both on the old Our Gang television show from the late 1930s and .40s, as well as the »
When we first announced the season finale date for "The Vampire Diaries", May 10th seemed a long way off, but now? Not so much. To help ease the pain a bit, we have some preliminary details of what we can expect from the episode along with a look at some people we've been curious about for quite some time: Jeremy and Elena's parents!
Thanks to TV Guide, here's your first look at Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert, portrayed by James MacDonald (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, "Love Bites") and Erin Beute (Tooth Fairy 2). "One of the things we want to do in the finale is explore a time for Elena when life was simpler," says executive producer Julie Plec. "She had parents and no vampires in her life."
The episode, which will also feature the return of Sara Canning as Aunt Jenna, includes the accident in which the family car veered off a bridge. »
- The Woman In Black
Another week, another Monday. So it’s time for the rundown of DVDs and Blu-rays hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s another packed week, with plenty of movies waiting to take you money, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, March 12th 2012.
Pick Of The Week
Four friends embark on a camping trip to an isolated wilderness to shoot a documentary one of them is making. On the first night the group hear blood-curdling cries and see unexplainable shadows surrounding the camp causing them to question whether they should leave. Suddenly the night takes a terrifying turn when one of the group goes missing and the remaining three realise they are being brutally hunted… but by what? Review.
And the rest…
Straw Dogs (DVD/Blu-ray)
A young couple (James Marsden and Kate Bosworth »
Game of Thrones - The Complete First Season I just started watching this series a couple of days ago and knocked out four episodes in one quick clip and the show itself is great and I imagine those that haven't read the books are loving it. However, I wanted to be sure to read the first book before watching this season and having done so I must admit, for as good as they have done in condensing a ton of material it just doesn't compare. I know it's cliche and obvious to say "the books are better" but in this case there is a massive difference even though so much of what they have done works so well.
All that said, HBO has put together an impressive package for fans and those looking for more detail about the characters and world "Game of Thrones" explores. This includes in-episode guides that »
- Brad Brevet
Larry the Cable Guy only wants the best for the insides of your children’s mouths. In a publicity move in support of Tooth Fairy 2, a film that is as unlikely as a large redneck supporting the oral well-being of the nation’s youth, the comedian and co-star Brady Reiter have created “a Public Service Announcment (PSA) which teaches children the importance of good oral health care. Dental health professionals from across the country will get the exclusive first look of the PSA when it debuts at the America’s Tooth Fairy Celebration of Smiles event February 23, 2012 at the Chicago Hyatt Regency-McCormick Place.” “We always look for partnerships that can help compliment and expand the story of our projects,” explains Mary Daily, President and Cmo, Ww Marketing, from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. “Larry the Cable Guy as the Tooth Fairy lends itself to great family fun and partnering with the National Children’s Oral Health »
- Neil Miller
Remember that movie “Tooth Fairy” which starred Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a hockey player who’s forced into tooth-collecting servitude by none other than Stephen Merchant? If not, don’t feel bad. Unless you’re under the age of five and/or have atrocious taste in motion pictures, there’s a very strong chance that you missed it. Trust me when I say that you can live without it. Apparently someone thought we needed a sequel, one that stars “comedic genius” Larry the Cable Guy. Are we that desperate for entertainment these days that we’re getting follow-ups to movies nobody cared about in the first place? It would appear so. If this tells you anything, Amazon is currently selling “Tooth Fairy 2″, “Hop”, and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” together as one of their taste-tailored package deals. If you’re the sort who’s interested in such a thing, »
- Todd Rigney
This sales sheet for Tooth Fairy 2 starring Larry the Cable Guy brings out a lot of emotions in us, but perhaps the most fascinating thing about it is how it shouts the question of the decade, "Can Larry Handle The Tooth?" at the top, only to quietly answer it two-thirds of the way down the page. Spoiler alert, copy writers! Guess we don't need to rent the movie now. And we were so excited... [via DVD Active and @williambgoss]
- Peter Hall
11 items from 2012
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