We can finally forget about The Tribe. Lost Boys: The Thirst is what a follow up to The Lost Boys should be. That’s not saying it’s anywhere near the level of the 1987 Joel Schumacher classic. Far from it. But when news broke that sequels to The Lost Boys were going straight to DVD, a drop in quality was a forgone conclusion. Our only hope was that the films tied into the original, paid respectful homage to it and included a bunch of dumb fun. Lost Boys: The Tribe didn’t. The Thirst, on the other hand, does and there by cleanses the palate of its awful predecessor. It’s not a “good movie” but it’s fun and Lost Boys fans can breath a sigh of relief that this third film attempts, and mostly succeeds, to do right by them. Hit the jump to read our exclusive review before it hits Blu-ray October 12.
The Virginity Hit wants to be a hilarious comedy. It also wants to be a poignant coming-of-age story. And if you want to call it a commentary on voyeurism in the digital age, it’ll wear that hat too. The problem with trying to be all of these things simultaneously is it never truly nails any of them; it sort of hovers in the middle of the pack, unsure of what to be next. Filled with realistic, relatable characters, the filmmakers should be commended for putting a new spin on a tried and true genre, but the end result of this Blair Witch Project/Superbad hybrid is more depressing than funny. And in a comedy, that’s a bit of a problem. Hit the jump to read more.
With Fantastic Fest 2010 in Austin, Texas mere weeks away, the third wave of films playing the festival has been announced. Among the highlights are Darren Bousman’s thriller Mother’s Day starring Rebecca De Mornay, Guy Moshe’s Bunraku with Woody Harrelson and Josh Hartnett and Red, starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and many more. Add these to the previous announcements of the World Premiere of Sharktopus, special screenings of Let Me In, Buried, Stone, I Spit on Your Grave and more, Fantastic Fest certainly sounds like it’ll live up to its name.
Hit the jump for more details on the third wave including two repertory screenings featuring Bill Pullman.
Thanks to the fans, it seems that Anchorman 2 might still have a heart beat, albeit it a faint one. Collider exclusively talked to director/producer Adam McKay at the premiere of the reality comedy he co-produced The Virginity Hit, which opens in limited release Friday [and opens in wide release on September 24th], and we asked if the fervor and outcry that followed his tweet that “Paramount basically passed on Anchorman 2” helped open the studios eyes at all.
Hit the jump to read his response and also get the latest status updates on The Boys, the HBO series I Don’t Care About Your Band and find out if he’s open to The Other Guys 2.
While it might not quite be Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash, Bruce Campbell wants to make an all star horror movie in the vein of The Expendables. The Evil Dead actor spoke to the Los Angeles Times [via Screen Rant] recently and said that he hopes to make a sequel to My Name is Bruce called Bruce vs. Frankenstein and populate it with “so many horror movie stars that people can’t possibly not see the movie.”
Hit the jump for more details.
No, it’s not a trap. Admiral Ackbar was very nearly crowned the new mascot at the University of Mississippi. Monday night, ESPN premiered a commercial that makes light of the situation but it is, in fact, a true story. In February, the students of Ole Miss voted to change their mascot from the dated “Coloniel Reb” and Ackbar, the Mon Calamari who leads the Rebel Alliance in their attack against the second Death Star in Return of the Jedi, garnered a lot of support. The talk got so serious that Lucasfilm even released a brief statement embracing the idea:
“Lucasfilm is flattered that our Star Wars fans at the University of Mississippi are considering electing Admiral Ackbar as their mascot. The last time we checked in with Admiral Ackbar he was leading the Rebel Alliance Fleet on a critical mission so it will be difficult for him to show up for the games!”
Ultimately, Ackbar’s nomination spawned a lot of backlash and he wasn’t one of the final nominees. The contest is still ongoing. But the commercial still rocks. Check it out after the jump.
Filming on Transformers 3 was suspended Thursday after a stunt gone awry reportedly resulted in the serious injury of a 24-year-old extra in East Chicago. The Michael Bay action sequel was shooting an elaborate car stunt on a closed highway when a cable connecting two cars snapped, whipped around and the car crashed. The woman inside the car, Gabriella Cedillo, wasn’t a member of the stunt team and was airlifted to the hospital. [Update: The AP reports that she is in critical condition.]
Hit the jump for more details and some video footage of the accident scene.
As the 25th anniversary of Back to the Future rolls on, the news just keeps coming. In June, we reported that Telltale Games would be making a brand new game based on the classic 1985 time travel hit and now a newly revealed image provides the first taste of what the game might hold. In addition to an image of the main characters, co-writer and producer for the series, Bob Gale, told the paper that the plot of the game will be based on five “episodes” and that the DeLorean, Hill Valley and various characters from the movie will appear. Also, Christopher Lloyd will return to provide the voice of Doc Brown.
Add this to the fact that the UK is getting a theatrical re-release, the brand new Blu-rays are coming out,and a week-long celebration is happening in Los Angeles and Back to the Future seems to be just as popular as it was 25 years ago.
But, did you know this isn’t the first time Marty and Doc have appeared in a video game? Hit the jump to see the reason why Telltale Games had to give this franchise a game worthy of the name Back to the Future.
Way back in the days before Jar Jar Binks, Neo or Tyler Durden, the Academy Awards were held on Monday nights. Then, in 1999, the biggest night on the Hollywood calendar shifted to Sundays. Well, according to The Hollywood Reporter, if the National Football League expands their current 16 game schedule to 18 games, the event will move back to Mondays.
The extra two games, which the NFL owners want but players don’t, are still up for debate. If they are added though, it wouldn’t be until the 2012-2013 season at which point the NFL season would be two weeks longer. And since most NFL games are on Sundays, the Oscars would move to avoid a primetime bottleneck for their highly rated event.
Considering what it represents and the amazing stuff it predates, Dominic Sena’s 1993 film Kalifornia deserves a better Blu-ray release. This bare bones disc contains only a trailer and an unrated version of the film that runs three minutes longer than the theatrical version. That’s pretty insane considering the film could be considered a precursor to Brad Pitt’s crazy roles in Se7en and 12 Monkeys, Lewis’s role in Natural Born Killers, Duchovny was just about to break with The X-Files (the movie and show premiered within a week of each other) and Sena went on to super stardom with films like Swordfish and Gone in 60 Seconds. Well, maybe not the last two. Hit the jump for more.
Lost might be over, but it’s certainly not forgotten. This weekend in Santa Monica, ABC and Profiles in History hosted Lost: The Official Show Auction & Exhibit and, according to unofficial math, it took in almost $2 million dollars. That’s double the $1 million estimate Joseph Maddalena, President of Profiles in History, gave us when we previewed the auction.
The most expensive item sold was the DHARMA Van, which went for $47,500. There was then tie for second place between the Lighthouse wheel and mirrors and Faraday’s Journal which both brought in $27,500. Hit the jump for some more highlights from the auction.
Ever since John Cho spotted Stiffler’s Mom in American Pie, the term “MILF” has been a part of popular culture. Soon, one of the poster women for the term could star in a movie that’ll give it a whole new a new meaning. Carla Gugino — star of Watchmen, Sin City and the upcoming Sucker Punch — is in talks to star in MILF, which in this case will stand for “Mothers I’d Like to Fight.” Franck Khalfoun (P2) is set to direct with Piranha 3D director Alexandre Aja on board as producer.
According to the 24 Frames, Gugino would play a woman recently recent from prison, hellbent on revenge, who “returns to the street to take care of some unfinished business.” Gugino will next be seen opposite Dwayne Johnson in Faster, which opens on November 24th; Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch hits theaters on March 25, 2011.
There’s not a more poetic way to end the epic journey called Lost than to sell the whole thing back to the fans. That’s what ABC and Profiles in History is doing with Lost: The Official Show Auction & Exhibit, taking place August 21-22 in Barker Hanger at the Santa Monica Air Center in Santa Monica, CA.
You name it, you can probably buy it. The Dharma Van, Sawyer’s glasses, Mr. Eko’s staff, Charlie’s Driveshaft ring, Locke’s backgammon set and more. Even the smaller niche stuff like character passports, Walt’s Spanish Flash comic book and Vincent’s leash are going to be there, not to mention virtually every single outfit worn by the cast, pieces of Oceanic 815 and more. All used on set, in Hawaii, during the filming of every season of Lost. These are the real deal.
We got a sneak peak at the props and spoke with Joseph Maddalena, President of Profiles in History, who was on set for all of season 6, cataloging and safe guarding them specifically for this auction. Hit the jump to read more.
In his Star Wars Celebration V interview with Jon Stewart Saturday, George Lucas announced that all six Star Wars films will finally make it to Blu-ray in Fall 2011. Not many details have been released just yet, but there will be documentaries and deleted scenes, including a long rumored sequence from Return of the Jedi where Luke makes his green lightsaber. (Update: We now have footage of this deleted scene that they played at the event after the jump.)
It was confirmed that the original trilogy Blu-rays will use the Special Edition remasters from 2004. Lucas said that releasing the original versions on Blu-ray is “kind of an oxymoron because the quality of the original is not very good.” He elaborated,
“You have to go through and do a whole restoration on it, and you have to do that digitally. It’s a very, very expensive process to do it. So when we did the transfer to digital, we only transferred really the upgraded version.”
Whatever you say, George. Hit the jump for some more details.
When the announcement was made that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows would be adapted into two movies, everyone wondered where the split would be. By that time, most Potter fans had already read the seventh and final book of J.K. Rowling’s epic series and come to terms with the beloved characters on the page. But Warner Bros. still had plenty of work to do before they could retire the characters on the big screen, too.
You can find out where the split takes place, and check out some awesome new images from the film, after the jump.