Thanks to author William Peter Blatty and the creative team that brought his novel to the big screen, The Exorcist brought the ritual of exorcism (and projectile vomiting) into pop culture glory. Since then, we've seen quite a few movies about demon possession, and on Friday, we'll see the latest – The Last Exorcism.
Forgive my cynicism, but I kind of doubt that it will be the last. After all, even after The Exorcist III, Morgan Creek Productions still felt it was a viable franchise and made not one, but two movies, almost exactly alike, with the same actor, as prequels to the original.
With that in mind, we created a little board game that you can play when you see The Last Exorcism, but, it'll be dark in the theater, so bring plenty of flashlights.
Good news for people who like Adam Sandler comedies (you know who you are). Katie Holmes and Al Pacino are in talks to join Sandler's new film, Jack and Jill.
Considering that their film credits include The Godfather, Glengarry Glen Ross, and Batman Begins, Holmes and Pacino make an impressive pair. But not nearly as impressive as the pair Sandler has lined up to write and direct the film, Steven Koren and Dennis Dugan. Their film credits include such classics as Evan Almighty, Grown Ups, and You Don’t Mess with the Zohan. Holy crap!
What the hell happened to Adam Sandler's movies? Back in 1995, I remember watching Happy Gilmore after school and laughing my ass off. But now, fifteen years later, it seems like all of his projects are geared toward 12-year olds. What changed? I can't wrap my head around it. (/Film)
Grindhouse has already been responsible for two spin-off films: Machete and Hobo with a Shotgun. Now Eli Roth has confirmed that he will bring that total to three with a full-length adaptation of his Grindhouse trailer, Thanksgiving.
I’ve been working on the script with my co-writer, Jeff Rendell, who plays the pilgrim in the trailer. And it’s me imitating Jeff’s voice [for the narration]. But Jeff has been working. I said that his deal is he has to work on the script while I’m promoting The Last Exorcism, and as soon as I’m done in mid-September he’s going to fly to California, we’re going to sit down, and bang out the script.
I guess it shouldn't be surprising that most of these trailers are being turned into features. Hollywood is already scraping the bottom of the barrel with adaptations of friggen boardgames. Thanksgiving looks like Citizen Kane in comparison. (Cinema Blend)
Fox Searchlight has dropped the trailer for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours. James Franco stars as Aron Ralston, the climber who amputated his own arm after bring trapped between rocks for almost five days. It's one of those feel good movies. At least the parts with Kata Mara.
Simon Beaufoy, who also worked with Boyle on Slumdog Millionaire, wrote the screenplay, and has said that there is no dialogue for an entire hour of the story. Psssshhhh, nice job "writing," Simon. Can we get serious for a second though? I'm excited to see this film. I love the energy and unique storytelling of Slumdog, and I hope 127 Hours brings the same entertainment value without inducing too many cringes. Crushed appendages are just plain yucky. But fortitude in dire straits is yummy.
127 Hours hits theaters November 5, 2010.
Check out the trailer after the jump…
The kid stays in the picture! Of course, the "picture" in question is The Social Network, and by "kid" I mean a controversial coke party scene featuring Justin Timberlake. According to Vulture, the scene in question features Napster co-founder Sean Parker (Timberlake) at a party where two girls offer coke to guests via their naked breasts. One of the girls is only 17. Director David Fincher has decided to leave the scene in the film despite the fact that a researcher involved in the production has admitted it is almost entirely fictional.
Representatives for Facebook have taken issue with the scene as well, but are you really going to trust what they have to say? They also claim to do everything in their power to keep predators from accessing their network, but I've never received so much as a warning.
Diora Baird, arguably the sexiest woman on Earth, Elisabeth Rohm, and the not hot chick Harold Parrineau have been cast in 'Transit'. THR has more details but I'll preface this block quote by saying it doesn't expand on Diora's perfect measurements:
Antonio Negret is directing the drama about a band of thieves on the run from a bank robbery and the suburban family they come across during their escape. When the criminals stash their stolen money in the family's SUV at a rest stop, the road trippers unwittingly draw the murderous band of outlaws on their trail.
Note to thieves: don't stow your money in a location that has the ability to leave with it. A better option would have been to safely tuck it away in Diora's cleavage. Look, I'm sorry to go on about her, but the woman should be behind velvet ropes in a museum. Or a strip club. Whichever one allows greater access.
Taylor Lautner is howling mad at an RV company for not delivering his trailer on time. Get it? I said "howling mad" because he plays a wolf boy in those awful movies. *sigh*
At any rate, Lautner is so distraught over the matter that he has filed a lawsuit against the company, McMahon's RV, claiming both "annoyance" and "emotional distress."
On the one hand, he allegedly paid $300,000 for the trailer, so I can sort of see his point. On the other hand, he paid $300,000 for a trailer, and someday he'll use it to bang more chicks than I will ever meet even though he looks like one of the rats from those old Quizno's ads. When I look at it that way, I'm more inclined to hope the trailer catches fire while the rich, pretty boy, crybaby is inside. (TMZ via Movie Line)
Arielle Kebbel has been the go to pretty young blonde thing for D-List movies, from Soul Plane to this month's Vampires Suck. We don't hold that against her though because as you can tell from the above pic she is definitely hot, even if her movies sometimes suck. Vampires.
A word from Arielle: "I'm struggling to let go of you… This might be the hardest thing I'll ever have to do."
So many ladies have felt what you are feeling right now. All I can say is, time heals all wounds.
More pics of Arielle after the jump…
City Island starring Andy Garcia and Julianna Margulies releases on DVD and Blu Ray tomorrow, Tuesday the 24th, and Screen Junkies wants you to see it so we're giving away a 3-Month subscription to Netflix! You can add City Island to your queue and move it to the top spot above all that weird animated stuff and old "Murphy Brown" episodes you've been meaning to catch up on.
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In 30 years, wearing 'Blueface' will be considered racist.
Good news for Avatar fans! You now have a reason to live for at least three-to-four more years (besides those yearly trips to Branson with your mother).
In an interview with the New York Post, director James Cameron said he's still in the "tons of notes" stage of his production of Avatar 2, and the sequel won't be completed until at least 2014. But it may be worth the wait, since the director plans on filming the third installment at the same time.
"Right now, the thinking is that [Parts] Two and Three are going to be done together," he said. "They'll be released separately, probably a year apart or maybe even two, but they'll be done in a bunch. I'm mapping out the story line right now, so there's a proper arc that plays out over two films but buttons nicely at the end of Two, so you don't get this horrible second-act/end-of-'The Matrix' feeling."
What a jerk! The only feeling I had at the end of The Matrix Reloaded was one of pure euphoria. Granted, I watched the film on a return flight from Mexico, and a condom full of "Blanco" had ruptured in my large intestine, but still. Cameron should keep his opinions to himself. (Cinema Blend)
Doug Liman is officially on board to direct All You Need Is Kill, Empire Online is reporting. Based on the 2004 sci-fi novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, the film will follow the story of a soldier who is killed while fighting aliens, but finds himself caught in a time loop, reliving the events leading up to his death over and over again. With each subsequent death, the character improves his skills while attempting to break the cycle.
This really makes me mad. Warner Bros. acted like I was nuts when I pitched them my idea for a mash-up of Starship Troopers and Groundhog Day. They kept telling me things like "you're not authorized to be in here" and "put your pants back on." Well, we'll see who's crazy when they get a call from my lawyer, Robert Kardashian.
I prefer this version. It's less talky and John Williams's score on piano sounds quite foreboding.
Here are today's silent links.
Spike Lee On How BP Is Worse Than The Mafia (Moviefone)
New York City Alligators–From Sewer To Supper (Asylum)
8 Most Badass Flowers In Video Games (Ranker)
How To Make An Epic Chinese Traffic Jam Even Worse (HolyTaco)
4 Minutes Of Werner Herzog/David Lynch's 'My Son, My Son' (FilmDrunk)
Top 20 Movie Badasses (Maxim)
Good 'Ole Fashion Wilderness Brawl (BarStoolSports)
10 Books Lindsay Lohan Read While In Prison (EgoTV)
5 Instant Netflix Television Series Recommendations (Pajiba)
Two Obscure Actors In A Series Of Incredible Roles (Unreality)
Hiroshima Carp Catch Of The Year–The Sequel (TotalProSports)
Courtney Love's Twitter Meltdown (Smosh)
Rachel Bilson Tiny Bikini Pics (CelebJihad)
Firemen Ghost Ride Their Fire Engine (BroBible)
KJ Noons Isn't A Dirty Fighter; He Just Plays One On TV (CagePotato)
'Machete' Star Danny Trejo Gets Wild With Bloody Thirsty Pictures (PopEater)
Your Earthquake-Proof Bed (MadeMan)
Good news for people who like breasts and carnivorous fish! A sequel for Piranha 3D is officially in the works.
Despite a slower than expected start at the box office, the film did fairly well when considering its budget was only $30 million. Couple that with an overwhelmingly positive critical reception, and it's easy to see why the Weinsteins and Co. signed off another installment.
Since the fourth dimension is time, I'm assuming Piranha 4D will involve the piranhas taking control of some sort of water-based time machine and traveling back to the Old West. Unless, of course, they end up naming it Piranha 3D Part 2, which would just be stupid. (Cinema Blend)
Public Transit is a b*tch.
After letting Tower Heist sit on the shelf for almost four years, Universal has given it the green light with Ben Stiller starring, Brett Ratner directing, and Imagine's Brian Grazer producing. Because if anyone can make a project work that hasn't been working, it's the mastermind behind X-Men 3. Deadline has the deets:
Ben Stiller stars as the overworked manager of a luxury building who, along with other staff, lost their pensions to a Bernie Madoff-like Wall Street crook. It so happens that the fraudster is being held under house arrest in the luxury penthouse apartment upstairs, and the manager and four cohorts figure a heist will make them whole.
Bumbling, inept idiots try to pull off a major heist. Have we not seen this concept countless times already? And not that I have anything against Stiller, but I don't understand why he'd want to play this type of character again. He's already been a bumbling security guard twice in the Night at the Museum movies, and a bumbling (insert occupation) in almost everything else. Now he's relying on Ratner to save a stale concept. Unless that concept is a cupcake, I'm not seeing him succeeding.
For those of you who think the Bangladeshi Incredible Hulk was the last word in foreign made Hulk knock-offs, prepare to have your pathetic world shattered. Behold, the Indian version of The Hulk (a.k.a. Athisayan), from director Vinayan T. Rajendarum.
The clip below depicts a ten-year-old boy with Hulk-like superpowers who goes on a murderous rampage. He then commits suicide by walking into the ocean while his family looks on in horror. Pretty dark stuff for a film that bills itself as a family comedy. But in all fairness, it's still funnier than The Back-Up Plan and When in Rome combined.
Watch the Indian Hulk lay the smack down after the jump…
Gianna Michaels, like many hard working adult film stars, came from the fast food industry before being discovered for her natural talents. They have led her to several adult industry awards and a small part in Piranha 3D, where she is eaten by the carnivorous fish while parasailing nude, of course.
A word from Gianna: "I worked at a hamburger joint up in Seattle called Dick's."
I won't comment on the irony.
More pics of Gianna after the jump…
Tom Hanks is considered one of the "nicest" guys in Hollywood. Sandra Bullock has the same "nice guy" image, but with a vaginal twist. Now comes word the pair may star in Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, thereby creating an overwhelming pile of nice-ness unlike anything the world has ever seen.
As if that wasn't nice enough, Eric Roth is adapting the script, which tells the story of a young boy who lost his father on September 11th. Terrorist attacks aren't very nice, but considering Roth also adapted the screenplay for a little movie called Forrest Gump, this film will probably be oozing with so much niceness that I'll have to punch my grandma in the face just to even things out.
I love you, Nana. (First Showing)
USAToday has a first look at Ron Howard's new film, The Dilemma. It stars Vince Vaughn as a guy who discovers that his best friend's (Kevin James) wife (Winona Ryder) is cheating on him with Channing Tatum. Not the real Channing Tatum, but the character he plays. In case you're confused as to where this movie came from, it used to be called Cheaters.
It's great to see Ron Howard taking on a comedy again. I've grown weary of his religious projects with Tom Hanks in long, stringy hair. Hopefully The Dilemma will be more Parenthood than EdTV. I'd also like to mention that the above scene takes place at Chicago's famous hot dog joint, Weiner Circle. A more dangerous place to bring Vaughn and James I cannot think of.
A captain never gets a minute to himself.
Someone named BigSugar imagined what it would be like if a development exec asked them to write a movie based on Slinky, the big metal coil for kids. The truly frightening part is with all the board game and Magic 8 Ball movies in development, this meeting is probably scheduled for a writer for Monday. (JohnAugust)
Here are your weekend links.
Six Second Review: 'The Switch' (Moviefone)
Crack Dealer Celebrates 13th Birthday In Jail (Asylum)
The 12 Greatest Real-Life Superheroes Of All Time (Ranker)
25 Pictures Of Women Doing Manly Things (HolyTaco)
'Super-Hip' Seattle Pastor Doesn't Like Twilight (FilmDrunk)
It's Beer Fest Season! (Maxim)
Back To School Shaping Up To Be Cool (BarStoolSports)
Classic Comic Book Ads (EgoTV)
Juliette Lewis Career Assessment (Pajiba)
Alternate Ending TO Popular Movies (Unreality)
Give'em Your Balls, Oakland A's Ball Boy Picks Up Chicks (TotalProSports)
3D Movie Revamps We'd Like To See (Smosh)
Justin Bieber Has Sex With A Manatee (CelebJihad)
15 Words For Vagina That Women Hate (BroBible)
Kimbo Slice To Make A Lot Of Money As A Mediocre Boxer (CagePotato)
DJ Marc Mysterio Sues Brandy For Millions (PopEater)
Snoop Dogg Blows Up Armored Truck (MadeMan)
Adam Scott is so certain that you'll like his new film Piranha 3D that if you don't, he'll personally come over to your house and act out his scenes for you and yours friends. At least, that's what he tweeted yesterday. Today, he laid out the stipulations for Vanity Fair, which I'm betting most of you would willingly abide by for his visit:
“Few things: Will need the aforementioned firearm and fish. Will also need local Elisabeth Shue look-alike to run dialogue with, a plaid shirt, two high-fives (one before we run the scenes, one after), peanut M&M’s, a map with the closest Red Roof Inn circled on it (I won’t be staying there, I just like knowing where it is. I’ll be staying with you), a 700-word essay on why you neglected to recognize that Piranha 3D totally f**king shreds, Perrier, a quick guitar lesson, one grenade, dinner with your family, and directions to the airport.”
The only request I have a problem with is the 700-word essay. If there's one thing I can't stand in this world, it's mandated writing. When I put fingertips to keyboard it's on my own terms, Scott. (Movieline)
Bosnia Rambo possesses the artillery, brawn, and balls to take down whatever enemy may cross his path. The only problem is he's not shooting his bullets and arrows at anyone. It's just Bosnia Rambo, firing off into nothingness and crouching down low so a snake can slither its way across his rifle. Sure, snakes can make anyone look bad-ass, but present enemies really hit home that fact. If the director would just cut in some shots of some other dude firing back this video would be exxxtreeeeeeme!
Check out Bosnia Rambo in action after the jump…
Tim Burton will reunite with Ed Wood screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski to bring dark humor and spiral staircases to the 3D stop motion animated The Addams Family. The new adaptation will be more faithful to the original Charles Addams drawings in The New Yorker, and less faithful to Christopher Llyod. The writers want "the tone to be as darkly funny and subversive as the Addams drawings, and we've come up with an approach that nobody has ever done before."
This pairing gets a huge thumbs up on my end. Ed Wood might be my favorite Tim Burton movie ever, and Alexander and Karaszewski also wrote The People vs. Larry Flynt, another fantastic biopic. The Addams Family seems to be more in Burton's wheelhouse than in the writers's, but perhaps they can rein Burton in when he decides that EVERYTHING needs to look like a bad LSD trip. (Deadline)
Whoever wins, Sesame Street loses. (Shawn King)
Riley Steele, a current popular star in the porn biz, makes her official big screen debut with Piranha 3D. From nude underwater swimming with Kelly Brook and making out with Jessica Szohr, the movie puts her adult entertainment assets to good use.
A word from Riley: "What matters most is how you see yourself."
Naked or clothed? Because there's a world of difference.
More pics of Riley after the jump…
David Slade, director of Twilight Eclipse, 30 Days of Night, and Hard Candy, is the lead contender to helm the sequel to the X-Men Wolverine spin-off, the aptly titled, Wolverine 2. His sole competition is Robert Schwentke, who last directed The Time Traveler's Wife, and has the upcoming Bruce Willis vehicle, Red. Hugh Jackman himself will pick the winner, so let the ass-kissing begin. According to Vulture, "A well-placed source inside the production insists: 'It's going to be Slade.'" Looks like someone already sent a fruit bouquet to someone else's house.
I suppose I'd prefer Slade to Schwentke since I'm a big fan of Hard Candy and he made the least sh*ttiest Twilight movie, but I feel strongly that the sequel to Wolverine couldn't be any worse than the original no matter who's directing.
Oh no. I've gone and done it again. I've said the words that release the evil genie who travels on a bed of Cheetos dust.
Paramount has forked over one million bones to Art Marcum and Matt Holloway to reimagine a new live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. The studio wants this to be their next massive franchise, like Transformers, and to get the ball rolling ASAP. Considering it's been in development since last year, they're off to a slow start. Paramount's itching for a first draft by October so they can get it out to directors for a 2012 release. Never mind taking precious time to develop the story and characters. There's money to be reaped!
Writers Marcum and Holloway wrote the first Iron Man and just finished the Highlander reboot. They seem like the perfect pair for a reimaging of films that are very near and dear to my heart. Except for the stupid third one where the TMNTs go to Japan. Who dare debate me on The Ooze being the best film in the 90s live action trilogy? Draw your sais in the comments section. Also check out Michelangelo giving SJ a shout-out after the jump. (Deadline)