This week on Blu-ray, Pixar’s latest comes to home video, one of the most popular sitcoms of all time finally gets an HD upgrade, and a visually arresting classic gets the Blu-ray treatment. Briefly:
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The first trailer for Clueless director Amy Heckerling’s vampire comedy Vamps has landed online. The film stars Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter as two eternally young vampires navigating the dating world. Though the premise doesn’t exactly have the most appealing logline, the trailer looks like the movie could be kind of fun. Heckerling’s Clueless-style goofiness is put to good use with the vampire stuff and Silverstone and Ritter have some great chemistry. Moreover, the supporting turns by Justin Kirk, Wallace Shawn, and Richard Lewis look pretty promising.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Sigourney Weaver, Dan Stevens, Marilu Renner and Kristen Johnston. Vamps will open in select theaters on November 2nd and hits Blu-ray and DVD on November 13th.
Two fairly promising genre films found homes today:
- Anchor Bay has acquired the rights to Amy Heckerling’s supernatural comedy Vamps, which stars Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter, with eyes on an October theatrical release.
- Focus World has picked up cult filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo’s alien invasion tale Extraterrestrial for a limited theatrical and VOD run beginning on June 15.
Hit the jump for more on both films, including full press releases.
The action thriller Abduction tells the story of Nathan Harper (Taylor Lautner), a high school teenager who has the uneasy feeling that he’s living someone else’s life. His therapist, Dr. Geri Bennett (Sigourney Weaver), tries to talk him through his intense nightmares, but when he stumbles upon an image of himself as a little boy on a missing persons website, he realizes his parents (played by Jason Isaacs and Maria Bello) are not his own and that his entire life is a lie. Targeted by a team of trained killers, he is forced to go on the run with the only person he can trust, his neighbor Karen (Lily Collins), who he’s had a crush on for years.
At the film’s press day, actress Sigourney Weaver spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about the fun of playing roles originally written for men, what she enjoys about working with younger actors like co-stars Taylor Lautner and Lily Collins, and that she would be interested in exploring this character more, if there were to be a sequel. She also talked about how fun it is for her to see the ways kick-ass women have evolved in film, what made her want to jump into the vampire genre for Amy Heckerling’s upcoming comedy Vamps, and how her next role will be as a professor of queer theory in a film called It Is What It Is. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
The first set photos from director Amy Heckerling’s (Clueless) vampire-themed romantic comedy (apparently this is a genre now) Vamps have hit the web. The film stars Alicia Silverstone, Sigourney Weaver, Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad), Malcolm McDowell, Marilu Henner and Justin Kirk (Weeds). The story centers on ““two young beautiful female vampires (Silverstone & Ritter) living the good nightlife in New York until love enters the picture and each has to make a choice that will jeopardize her immortality.”
If you’re wavering on whether or not this sounds remotely interesting to you, I’ll end with this: McDowell plays a geriatric Vlad the Impaler. Hit the jump to check out the set photos featuring Sigourney Weaver vamping it up.
In the comedy You Again, actress Sigourney Weaver plays Ramona, the highly successful, career-driven aunt of Joanna (Odette Yustman), who has flown in from Europe to attend her niece’s wedding festivities. When she arrives at the home of Joanna’s soon-to-be in-laws, Ramona quickly realizes that she and Gail (Jamie Lee Curtis), the mother of the groom, attended the same high school 30 years ago. And, while Joanna is the high school arch nemesis of Marni (Kristen Bell), the groom’s sister, Ramona and Gail share a rivalry from their own high school years.
During a press conference at the film’s press day, Sigourney Weaver talked about working with Jamie Lee Curtis, rehearsing for the dance sequence in the film, and how the things that happen in high school really do affect you later on in your life. She also gave an update on her upcoming projects Abduction, Vamps, The Cold Light of Day, Avatar 2 and Ghostbusters 3. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
Three more actors have joined Amy Heckerling’s (Fast Times at Ridgemont High) vampire-romantic-comedy Vamps. Already featuring the likes of Alicia Silverstone, Sigourney Weaver, Krysten Ritter (She’s Out of My League), Wallace Shawn, and Justin Kirk (TV’s Weeds), the film tells the story of “two young beautiful female vampires (Silverstone & Ritter) living the good nightlife in New York until love enters the picture and each has to make a choice that will jeopardize her immortality.” The story of my life…
Now joining the film will be Marilu Henner (the 70s TV series Taxi), Zak Orth (The Other Guys), and Malcolm McDowell. Henner will play Angela, a terminally ill woman who is “awakened” to her former attractive self; Orth as Renfield, a young/nerdy friend of Silverstone & Ritter’s; and McDowell will portray a knitting-friendly, velvet jogging-suit wearing Vlad the Impaler (amazingly that’s exactly how my high-school history books portrayed him). Hit the jump for the full press release.
Four delightful actors have joined the cast of Amy Heckerling’s vampire-romantic-comedy Vamps. The film stars Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter (She’s Out of My League) as a pair of vampires enjoying the New York nightlife until “love enters the picture and each has to make a choice that will jeopardize their immortality.” Sigourney Weaver also stars as the vampire queen Cisserus.
The gents joining the movie are Wallace Shawn as Dr. Van Helsing, a well-known vampire expert and hunter; Justin Kirk (Weeds) as Vadim, a Russian vampire always on the prowl for a good time; Dan Stevens (The Turn of the Screw) as Joey Van Helsing, a college student smitten with Stacy (Ritter) and; and Barry (The Wrestler) will portray Ivan, loyal assistant of blood-thirsty vampire Cisserus’ (Weaver). I repeat: Wallace Shawn is Van Helsing. I must see this movie now. Hit the jump for the full press release.
We have two quick cuts of casting news for you today. First up, Olivia Wilde (House) has joined the cast of the political satire Butter. She takes the role that was originally offered to Kate Hudson so the film has definitely traded up (Hudson decided to do the Ginnifer Goodwin romcom Something Borrowed instead). According to Movieline, Wilde will play “a tattooed stripper with a Betty Page hairdo who’s also the mistress to a term-limited butter-carving champion (played by Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell). The film is a satirical take on the 2008 Democratic Primary. Jennifer Garner will play Burrell’s wife who wants the title of Butter-Carving Champion for herself but has to compete with a young African-American child (Yara Shahidi). Alicia Silverstone has also joined the cast and will play Shahidi’s adoptive mother.
Wilde has also signed on to star alongside Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens. She’ll next be seen in theaters this December in Tron Legacy. As for Silverstone, she recently re-teamed with her Clueless director Amy Heckerling for the vampire film, Vamps.
Hit the jump for news regarding Kevin Bacon’s casting in the untitled Steve Carell-Ryan Gosling comedy.
Sigourney Weaver has signed on to co-star in the vampire romantic-horror-comedy Vamps. Directed by Amy Heckerling (Clueless), the, “modern-day story focuses on beautiful young vampires (Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter) who are living the good nightlife in New York until love enters the picture and each has to make a choice that will jeopardize their immortality.”
Weaver will play “Ciccerus, the bloodthirsty vampire who turned the two ladies into creatures of the night.” And by “creatures of the night,” I’m assuming Heat Vision means vampires and not prostitutes (although, I suppose the two aren’t mutually exclusive).
I look forward to reporting who will be cast as the male lead in the film so I can fail at trying to avoid the phrases, “will be sucking on,” and “getting sucked.”
Does anyone remember Alicia Silverstone, or for that matter director Amy Heckerling? It seems like forever since we’ve heard from of either of the main forces behind Clueless (and admit it, you love that movie too), but now they’re reuniting and – like just about everyone else in the movie world – they have vampires in mind.
Hit the jump to find out exactly what they’re cooking for Vamps, and who will be Silverstone’s female co-lead.