REAL GENIUS Headed to TV, Half Hour Series to be Produced by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison

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I’m probably too close to Real Genius to make an objective call as to whether it’s a great movie or not, but damn do I love it.  I often used to consider Val Kilmer‘s carefree but brilliant Chris Knight my spirit animal until I realized I was neither brilliant or carefree.  Martha Coolidge‘s 1985 comedy also gave us the great characters of Lazlo (played by Jon Gries), Jordan (Michelle Meyrink) and even Mitch Taylor (Gabriel Jarret) not to mention two all-timer douchebag villains in William Atherton‘s Jerry Hathaway and Robert Prescott‘s Kent.

I’m itching to watch that movie even as I type this.  Will Adam Sandler‘s Happy Madison, Sony TV, 3 Arts and NBC be able to recapture that excitement?  Hard to tell so far, but they’re going to have to try because they’re making Real Genius as a half-hour comedy.  Hit the jump for more on the Real Genius TV Show.

Trailer for Gia Coppola’s PALO ALTO Starring Emma Roberts, James Franco, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin, and Val Kilmer

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A trailer has been released for Gia Coppola‘s high school drama Palo Alto.  Based on a book of short stories by James Franco (who co-stars in the film), the film features interconnected narratives involving a soccer player (Emma Roberts) getting involved with her coach (Franco), a precarious friendship between two young men (Jack Kilmer and Nat Wolff), and a young woman (Zoe Levin) who bases her self-esteem on having sex.  This trailer doesn’t do anything for me, but that’s because I’m not really hooked by the subject matter.  That doesn’t mean I think the film will be bad.  It’s just not something that piques my interest at this point.  If you are fan of these kinds of movies, then you should probably put it on your radar.

Hit the jump to check out the Palo Alto trailer.  The film also stars Claudia Levy, Chris Messina, and Val KilmerPalo Alto opens in limited release on May 9th.

First Trailer for THE SPOILS OF BABYLON Featuring Jessica Alba, Haley Joel Osment, Kristen Wiig and Tobey Maguire

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At long last, the epic, sprawling, best-selling novel The Spoils of Babylon, from author Eric Jonrosh, will be adapted as a six-part mini-series for IFC.  If you haven’t heard of Jonrosh before, that’s likely because he doesn’t exist, rather he is a character being played by Will Ferrell, who is also an executive producer on the project.  Telling the tale of the mighty Morehouse family, The Spoils of Babylon will take viewers on a whirlwind adventure around the globe and across time.

The Spoils of Babylon stars Jessica Alba, Will Ferrell, Jellybean Howie, Val Kilmer, Tobey Maguire, Haley Joel Osment, Tim Robbins, Michael Sheen, Steve Tom and Kristen Wiig with a cameo by David Spade and the voice of Carey Mulligan.  The mini-series (edited down from Jonrosh’s original 22-hour version) will air on IFC starting January 9, 2014.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

First Trailer for James Franco Adaptation PALO ALTO Starring Emma Roberts, Nat Wolff, and Val Kilmer

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The first trailer for Palo Alto has been released online.  Based on a collection of short stories written by James Franco, the film revolves around the lives of a group of people in the titular California city, including a soccer coach (Franco), a teenage babysitter (Emma Roberts), and a pair of troubled kids (Jack Kilmer and Nat Wolff).  Written and directed by Gia Coppola, the film certainly looks peculiar.  Franco’s character strikes up a relationship with the younger Roberts, but it appears that she may also be involved with Jack Kilmer’s character.  It’s tough to suss out much from this brief trailer, but the appearance of Val Kilmer (yes, Jack is his son) is a highlight.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Zoe Levin, Claudia Levy, Chris Messina, Keegan Allen, Don Novello, and Talia ShirePalo Alto will premiere at the Telluride Film Festival this weekend.

New Images and Full Voice Cast for PLANES Announced; Includes Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese, and More [UPDATED]

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Last month, we reported that Dane Cook would lead the voice cast of Disney’s Cars spin-off, Planes.  His character, Dusty, dreams of being a racer, but because he’s not built for it, he turns to a seasoned naval aviator to help him take on the defending champ of the racing circuit.  Today, Disney has announced the actors voicing the supporting characters.  It’s a surprisingly large cast that has Top Gun‘s Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards voicing fighter jets, which is a nice touch.  The voice cast also includes Stacy Keach, Cedric the Entertainer, Teri Hatcher, Brad Garrett, Roger Craig Smith, Gabriel Iglesias, Carlos Alazraqui, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese, Priyanka Chopra, Sinbad, Brent Musburger, and ESPN’s vile radio host Colin Cowherd.  Cowherd voices blimp “Colin Cowling”.  It is currently unknown if the blimp will engage in race-baiting.

Hit the jump to check out images of all the supporting characters.  Planes opens in 3D on August 9th. [Updated: We've added a press release, which contains details on the new characters]

WILLOW 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Trailer; WILLOW Available for the First Time on Blu-ray March 12, 2013

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Written in part by George Lucas and directed by Ron Howard, the swords-and-sorcery fantasy epic, Willow, will be available on Blu-ray for the first time on March 12, 2013. The 25th anniversary release of the film starring Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer and Joanne Whalley will feature a fully-restored edition along with never-before-seen deleted scenes, Davis’ personal video diary and a “making of” featurette with an introduction by Howard. Hit the jump for the new Blu-ray trailer for Willow and the full press release.

TOP GUN Set for IMAX 3D Release

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Though development on a sequel to Top Gun appears to have stalled following the tragic death of director Tony Scott, it appears that the 3D re-release of the original will be getting the largest possible exhibition.  We’ve long-known that Scott’s 1986 classic was getting a 3D post-conversion, but Paramount Pictures announced today that the film will be released exclusively in select IMAX 3D screens for a limited engagement starting February 8th.  Fans now have a chance to see that intense slow motion volleyball fighter pilot action on the big, big screen.  Hit the jump for the full press release.

Val Kilmer Latest to Join Terrence Malick’s New Film; First Images of the Actor Wielding a Chainsaw on Set

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Director Terrence Malick’s currently-shooting untitled film set within the Austin music scene isn’t exactly lacking in actors, but we all know that just because you shoot scenes for a Terrence Malick movie doesn’t mean you’ll actually be in a Terrence Malick movie.  The latest actor to possibly join the cast is Val Kilmer, and based on images of the actor on set, I’m really, really, really hoping he makes the final cut.  Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale and Michael Fassbender star the pic, and we’ve previously seen images of Mara shooting scenes while “performing” on stage with Black Lips.

Kilmer recently filmed some scenes onstage with Mara and Black Lips, and in true Val Kilmer fashion he didn’t exactly play it straight.  Images show him using a walker, cutting his own hair, and wielding a chainsaw next to Mara.  I’m not sure if his role is more of a manifestation/presence than an actual person (which isn’t out of the question for a Malick pic), but this is some wonderfully weird stuff.  Hit the jump to take a look.

Concept Art from Failed WILLOW Animated Series

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The 1988 Lucasfilm fantasy Willow apparently had aspirations for the small screen as an animated series. We’ll blame the lackluster box office for the failure of the project, but we can still take a look at some concept art that was drafted along the way. Directed by Ron Howard and written by George Lucas, the feature film followed the dwarf-like character Willow (Warwick Davis), barbarian Madmartigan (Val Kilmer) and warrior princess Sorsha (Joanne Whalley) as they attempted to protect an infant from the diabolical plans of an evil queen (Jean Marsh). It’s a classic swords-and-sorcery flick with some great moments; it even managed to garner two Academy Award nominations (for Sound Effects Editing and Visual Effects). While it’s a shame that I can’t relive the childhood memories of watching an animated Willow on Saturday mornings, these images provide a nice glimpse of what could have been. Hit the jump to check them out.

Tenacious D Returns in Cameo-Filled Video for “To Be the Best”

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It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen anything from Jack Black and Kyle Gass’ greatest rock band of all time, Tenacious D, but the dry spell has now come to an end. The duo has released a video chronicling their return and teasing their new album, Rize of the Fenix. The video begins with an Extra special covering the demise of Tenacious D following the box office failure of Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, then brings on a slew of celebrity cameos (Val Kilmer! Dave Grohl! Josh Groban?) that help bring the band back to its former glory. It’s pretty funny and definitely worth your time, especially for the Val Kilmer awesomeness.

Hit the jump to watch the video. The band’s new album, Rize of the Fenix, will be released on May 15th.

Casting Call: Val Kilmer and Radha Mitchell Join D.J. Caruso’s THE GOATS; Toby Kebbell Heads to THE EAST

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this afternoon. First up, Val Kilmer, Radha Mitchell (Silent Hill) and Kate Maberly (Finding Neverland) have joined the cast of D.J. Caruso’s indie The Goats. Based on the young adult novel by Brock Cole, the story centers on two kids who are stranded on Goat Island following a summer camp prank. Rather than return to camp, the duo set out on their own adventure and run away. Chandler Canterbury (Knowing) and Annalise Basso (Bedtime Stories) are set as the two young leads. Variety reports that Kilmer and Mitchell will play parents, with Maberly taking on the role of a camp counselor. Production on Caruso’s passion project began today in Georgia. Hit the jump for the casting news of Toby Kebbel in Zal Batmanglij’s The East, and a synopsis of The Goats.

TIFF 2011: TWIXT Review

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Francis Ford Coppola’s Twixt wants to take pot shots at every kind of horror story by working under the guise of being a bad horror movie.  Coppola mocks Edgar Allan Poe, Steven King, vampire stories, and 3D but his criticism is rarely playful.  Twixt wants to keep things silly and fun in the “real” half of the story but then wants act superior when it comes to the ethereal aspects of its tale.  The result is a film that’s always campy, somewhat lazy, and more than a little tiresome.

Promo Trailer for Francis Ford Coppola’s TWIXT

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We’ve raved about the Twixt presentation we saw at Comic-Con and a similar version of the promo trailer we saw has gone online.  During the presentation, the promo trailer was reedited multiple times with different music, and this is yet a new cut, but it still conveys the gist of what we saw.  You can see that the movie looks all over the place but all those places look interesting and it’s one of the many reasons why Twixt has me intrigued.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film stars Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern, Elle Fanning, and Ben Chaplin.  Twixt will play at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

New Images and Set Photos from Francis Ford Coppola’s TWIXT

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Every time I write about Twixt, I’m probably going to rave about the film’s presentation at Comic-Con.  I would sit through five Total Recall presentations just to get something as interesting and as fun as Twixt.  I have no idea if the movie will be any good or not or even what the movie will be.  Due to the way it will be “performed”, the version you see of Twixt (which will be partially in 3D) may be different than the version someone else sees.  It’s a fascinating experiment but it also looks like it could be damn entertaining.  If I make it up to Toronto for this year’s film festival, there are plenty of films I want to see and Twixt is near the top of the list.

New images from the film have gone online along with a few new set photos.  Hit the jump to check them out.  Twixt stars Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern, Ben Chaplin, and Elle Fanning.

Four Bloody Promo Posters for Francis Ford Coppola’s TWIXT

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If you were around these parts during Comic-Con, you may have already read about writer/director Francis Ford Coppola’s highly engaging Hall H panel for his new film Twixt. While I was off doing interviews somewhere with someone, the five-time Oscar winner was entertaining audience members with a live-cut of the film with the help of his iPad and musician Dan Deacon. It was also then that he revealed his plan to tour with the pic and essentially DJ the film via on-the-spot editing to be determined by audience reaction. Take that, 3D…

With all of this experimentation in mind, four promotional posters for Twixt have now landed online and can be viewed in all of their bloody glory after the jump. Starring Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning, Bruce Dern, and Ben Chaplin, the film will tell the story (in one way or another) of a declining writer (Kilmer) who becomes caught up in a small town murder mystery while on his book tour. The film will premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival which runs from September 8th – 18th.

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