Last year Shout! Factory’s horror branch Scream Factory came out of the corner swinging. They dropped a series of well-received releases focused mainly on 1980s films that hadn’t been shown any love on home video, including Halloween III: Season of the Witch and Tobe Hooper‘s The Funhouse. Their first release for 2013 is Wes Craven‘s 1981 tale of farmland terror Deadly Blessing – a film that’s never been released in the U.S. on DVD or Blu-ray. Find out how this overlooked, pre-Nightmare on Elm Street film fares on Blu-ray after the jump.
Sony’s move to release one of the greatest science fiction action films ever made on blu-ray just around the time they put out their all-flash-and-no-substance remake in theaters may only prove to be more of a backfire than anything else. Other than pocketing some cash off the newly tricked-out Total Recall disc, this only proves how vapid, empty and utterly useless the current theatrical release is. But enough about the trash. Let’s talk about the good version after the jump.
It’s been a little while since we had a porn star update, so here’s a new poster featuring Linda Lovelace. Technically, it’s Amanda Seyfried portraying Linda Lovelace in this new poster for the indie biopic, Lovelace. Splitting hairs. It’s not as provocative as you might expect, but I’m reserving some hope that, as the movie gets closer to release (unexpected pun!), the material gets more and more risque. If that wasn’t the plan, it’s something the Lovelace marketing team might want to consider.
Then again, it’s not all about the sex appeal, since a good portion of Lovelace deals with the abusive relationship between the porn star and her husband, Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard). You can take a look at previously released images, set photos and posters here. Lovelace also stars Sharon Stone, Adam Brody, Chloe Sevigny, Juno Temple, Sarah Jessica Parker, Chris Noth, Robert Patrick, and James Franco. Hit the jump to see the new poster.
It’s always a fun treat when a now-famous actor pops up in a small role in an older movie you haven’t re-watched in a while. We previously posted a “Before They Were Famous” supercut, but now someone has edited together a montage of actors in their very first feature film roles. While you’re most likely aware of the majority of these appearances, I’m willing to bet you’ll find at least a few surprises in this video. I had no idea Jon Hamm was in Clint Eastwood’s “old guys can be astronauts too” movie Space Cowboys, but I now feel compelled to move the pic to the top of my Netflix queue.
Watch Jack Nicholson, Woody Allen, Emma Thompson, Zach Braff and many more make their feature debut after the jump.
Coming off a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for last year’s Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen is gearing up to star in a movie that he won’t direct. Variety reports that Allen is set to join John Turturro’s indie comedy Fading Gigolo. Turturro wrote and will direct the project, which finds Turturro and Allen “playing cash-strapped best friends who decide to go into the gigolo business together and subsequently attract the suspicion of the hasidic Jewish community in which they live.” Allen pimps out Turturro’s character who falls for a Jewish widow. It’s a pretty outlandish premise, but it’s not hard to see why Allen signed on. The guy has an impeccable sense of humor and pairing him with Turturro seems like a perfect match.
Sofia Vergara is also in talks to take a supporting role in the film alongside Sharon Stone, with the two playing customers of Turturro and Allen’s gigolo business. Allen hasn’t acted in a film he didn’t direct since 2000’s Picking Up the Pieces, but he stars this summer in his latest film as a writer-director, Nero Fiddled. Production on Fading Gigolo is set to begin this April in New York.
We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this afternoon. First up, Catherine Keener is set to join Tom Hanks in the Somali pirate pic Captain Phillips. Hanks stars as real-life ship captain Richard Phillips who allowed himself to be taken hostage by Somali pirates in exchange for the safety of his crew. Variety reports that Keener will play Phillips’ wife Andrea. In the hands of a lesser filmmaker, Phillips’ story could easily turn into a Movie of the Week cheese-fest, but The Bourne Ultimatum and United 93 director Paul Greengrass is at the helm which makes me very, very happy. Furthermore, the team from The Social Network (Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti, and Kevin Spacey) is onboard to produce. Greengrass will direct from a script by Billy Ray (Shattered Glass), based on Phillips’ memoir.
Hit the jump for casting news regarding Sharon Stone in Tony Kaye’s (American History X) thriller Attachment. Captain Phillips opens March 22nd, 2013.
With Rooney Mara (Youth in Revolt) set to star as rebellious hacker Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo next week, we thought we’d take a look back at past female badasses in cinematic history. Noomi Rapace nailed the role in the original Swedish version, so Mara will have a lot to live up to. Not only will she be compared to the performance of her predecessor, but also to the relatively few female heroines that came before her. Will Mara equal or surpass Rapace? Can she hang with the baddest ladies in movie history? Will she impress us enough to fight her way to the top? Hit the jump to check out our selection of the five most badass female leads of all time.
Juno Temple, Wes Bentley, and Sharon Stone are set to join the cast of Lovelace. Amanda Seyfried stars as Linda Boreman, aka porn star Linda Lovelace. The biopic follows Lovelace “through the production of Deep Throat, her abusive relationship with Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard) and eventual spearheading of the feminist anti-pornography movement.” According to Variety, Temple, Stone, and Bentley will play Lovelace’s best friend, mother, and second husband, respectively.
Andy Bellin (Trust) adapted the screenplay from The Complete Linda Lovelace, a biography by Eric Danville. Hit the jump for more background on the story.
Dual Linda Lovelace biopics are in the works, and one of them just nabbed Sharon Stone. The actress tells AP that she’s joined the cast of Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story. Inferno is the one that almost starred Lindsay Lohan, but now Malin Akerman is set in the leading role. Matthew Wilder will direct. Lovelace came to prominence after her starmaking performance in Deep Throat, later claiming that she had been forced into the pornography business by her abusive husband. The competing biopic in the works, Lovelace, has Amanda Seyfried set as the starlet, with Peter Sarsgaard in talks to play her husband Chuck Traynor. Stone will move on to Inferno after filming the thriller The Mule.
Big Beach has culled an eclectic cast to play immortals in the adaptation of Marie Phillips’ Gods Behaving Badly: Christopher Walken (Zeus), John Turturro (Hades), Sharon Stone (Aphrodite), Edie Falco (Artemis), Phylicia Rashad (Demeter), Nelsan Ellis (Dionysus), Gideon Glick (Eros), Henry Zebrowski (Hermes), Rosie Perez (Persephone). Movieline passes along the official synopsis:
The film tells the story of the Greek Gods, alive and well and living in a brownstone in New York City, as they cross paths with a young couple, Kate and Neil. The intersection of the Gods and the mortals threatens not only the couple’s budding relationship, but the future of everything else.
Alicia Silverstone and Ebon Moss-Bachrach will play the young couple. Admittedly, this cast would be more impressive in a year that begins 199_. Regardless, this sounds like a fun project. Production begins this month in New York on Gods Behaving Badly, the directorial debut of Big Beach co-founder Marc Turtletaub.
There was a sense in 2007 that we were never going to get The Larry Sanders Show in its entirety on DVD. Sony was struggling to get the music rights and so they put out the first season on DVD and then a “best of” that harvested 23 (out of 89) of the show’s greatest episodes, while also getting star Gary Shandling to host some of the most amazing Q&A’s ever produced for DVD. Leave it to The Shout Factory! – those artists of TV box sets – who cleared all the red tape so we can now have the complete six-season, eighty-nine episode run in a gorgeous box set that includes all previous supplements, and adds new content.
Gary Shandling stars as Larry Sanders, a talk show host dealing with the passive aggression of Hollywood, and his support staff – with producer Artie (Rip Torn) and sidekick Hank Kingsley (Jeffery Tambor) his main collaborators. The show follows the last six years of the show as it goes from being a reasonably successful late night talk show spot, to one where the network is looking for a younger voice, with that voice being Jon Stewart. That Stewart plays himself shows how much the show blended reality and comedy. My review of The Larry Sanders Show: The Complete Series on DVD after the jump.
We have a bit of casting change-up for you this afternoon. Deadline reports that Adrien Brody and Sharon Stone are replacing Sam Rockwell and Kim Cattrall in the religious comedy Sweet Baby Jesus. While I’m always bummed when Rockwell leaves a project, Adrien Brody is no slouch and Sweet Baby Jesus has a solid premise: “Joe (Brody), a guy who finds himself accompanying his pregnant teenage girlfriend to Bethlehem, Maryland during the 1970s. His girlfriend’s name is Mary (Pixie Lott) and soon the town is agog that it’s about to witness the Second Coming.” Stone will play Mary’s mother. Sean Brosnan (son of Pierce Brosnan) has also joined the cast, and Bette Midler is still on board to play the innkeeper.
We have three quick pieces of casting news for you today. First up, Deadline reports that Cameron Diaz and Benecio Del Toro have signed on to co-star in the romantic comedy An Ex to Grind. Next, Production Weekly tweets that Billy Crudup and Toby Jones will join Zooey Deschanel in Bruce Beresford’s biopic Enchantress of Numbers. Finally, PW also tweets that Kurt Russell, Adrien Brody, and Sharon Stone have come on board Rupert Wainwright’s historical drama Waco.
Hit the jump for details on all three projects.