After acquiring the rights to Mortal Kombat this past summer, Warner Bros. is moving ahead with a new film version of the once popular video game. The game tells the story of an ultra-violent fighting tournament, the outcome of which decides Earth's fate. 2009 blacklist screenwriter Oren Uziel is in talks to flush away his new-found credibility by penning the script. Not to be a cynic but this seems like a tough one to inject with any real character or emotion. Let's not forget that this is a series built upon ninjas raining from the sky, punching monsters in the nads, pulling out spines, and cybernetic arms. All qualities that make for a great Japanese film, but over here they just lack nuance. (Bloody Disgusting)
Gladden Entertainment is looking to milk the cash-corpse that is Weekend at Bernie's. In addition to their announced Mannequin remake, the company is also looking to dig up and drag the famous cadaver around the Hamptons for another go-round. Between that and Short Circuit and Gremlins, the 80's are back and nothing is sacred. Fingers crossed we don't see Dax Shepard in a Raising Arizona remake anytime soon. The new Weekend at Bernie's is said to be a remake of the original with no cast or crew yet in place, and it may seem like an unnecessary do-over at first. However, I can totally see where they're coming from. The original Weekend At Bernie's left us with a lot of unanswered questions and now that film technology has finally caught up to the premise, perhaps we'll finally see an accurate depiction of a dead guy getting hit in the nuts by a buoy while waterskiing. (Moviehole)
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"Weird Al" Yankovic has signed a production deal with Cartoon Network to broadcast anything he wants on the channel. First up will be a live-action feature film that will NOT star the parodist. According to "Weird", the network asked that the project star a young protagonist. That's a shame. Where will they ever find a youngster with the charm and good looks of "Weird Al" Yankovic? Besides McLovin, of course. I just hope Wheel of Fish is on the primetime schedule. (Al's Blog via Coming Soon)
Naomi Watts has signed on to star opposite Daniel Craig in Jim Sheridan's Dream House. The title of the film is an ironic pun because the story is actually about a father that moves his family into a murder house. Way to go, Dad.Watts will play the family's neighbor in the small Connecticut town where it is apparently not rare for a house to make a father slaughter his family. Between this and The Haunting In Connecticut, the Martha Stewart State is getting a pretty bad rap. They're gonna have to amp up their key parties if they want to win me back. (THR)
Worst Strip Club Commercial Ever – Watch more Funny VideosThe free lunch buffet doesn't make up for this horribly produced local commercial. If you want to sell the goods of a strip club may I suggest showing more of the girls sans a skeezy guy with a ponytail. Or at least give me some shots of the mac 'n cheese bubbling atop a Sterno flame. Mmmm, look at all that Hep C.
This baby casts itself.Is Zach Galligan's phone about to ring for the first time in a decade (wrong numbers don't count)? Possibly. There's a flimsy rumor floating around the 'Netz that Warner Bros. is gearing up to make a third Gremlins film. Or maybe a remake. And maybe in 3D. Like I said, flimsy.What we do know is that remakes are hot right now and that Gremlins director Joe Dante is getting some positive buzz for his upcoming film The Hole. Though Dante has said in the past that he doubts he'll be welcomed back for another Gremlins film after the cartoonish direction he took with Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Does that mean we'll see a grittier Gremlins? Instead of water, will they reproduce when splashed with the blood of the innocent? Will Gizmo now be voiced by Christian Bale?? Actually, I kind of like that. Someone get Robert Rodriguez on this! (Market Saw)
Mel Gibson is to revenge movies what Jenna Jameson is to porn. The man has spent half of his career playing characters hell-bent on getting payback. To drive the point home, one of his movies is actually called Payback. In his latest film, Edge of Darkness, Gibson continues to indulge his sadistic revenge fetish. Based on the British T.V. series of the same name, the film follows a cop hunting down the men who killed his daughter. After all, for a revenge film to work the protagonist has to experience a great tragedy. And when it comes to tragedy, the loss of a child is at the top of the list. With that in mind, we thought we’d take a look at the greatest parental revenge films of all time. Mad Max (1979)
Looks like Russell Brand has a new excuse to go flirt with the crones on The View. He'll be loaning his British accent to the upcoming live-action/CGI hybrid flipper-baby I Hop, from director Tim Hill of Garfield and Chipmunks infamy. In the film, Brand voices the Easter Bunny who is accidentally injured by James Marsden's Fred, an out-of-work slacker. Fred must then take in the Bunny until he recovers. At first it's rough going but in the end they both learn some important life lessons. Awwwww. I smell a sitcom! Or something far, far worse!!! Everyone check your shoes. (THR)
Alan Horn, the President of WB Studios, crushed dreams the other day by announcing in a Variety article that Part 1 of The Hobbit most likely won't be released until late 2012, a full year later than expected:Once the script for the second film is in — Jackson and his longtime collaborators Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens are working on it with Del Toro — New Line will work up a budget for both films and start casting. New Line exec Michael Disco, who was once Emmerich's assistant, will oversee for the studio.Horn won't predict when the first of the two "Hobbit" films will be out, but says the most probable scenario would be a release in the fourth quarter of 2012.In my mind, the most important thing to take from the above quotes is that a man named Michael DISCO is overseeing for the studio. I refuse to accept that as a surname unless you're a C-list porn star. Either this is going to be the grooooviest adaptation of a J.R.R. Tolkien novel ever, or Bilbo's going to pull of a money shot that will make Peter North blush.
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UNIVERSAL CITY – The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, spin-off of Late Night with Conan O'Brien, born June 1st, 2009. The show lowered the curtain and ended its run January 22nd, 2010, just seven months after its debut.O'Brien's Tonight Show proudly graced the airwaves until its ownership was recalled by hacky comedian Jay Leno, the show's slippery former host, much to the chagrin of many fans. The show found its groove and ratings-gold when the long-hectored host stood up to network brass and refused to move to a worse timeslot. O'Brien's monologues and sketches leading up to his final episode took NBC apart in spectacular fashion both sardonically and financially. The entire saga has been a PR nightmare for NBC, whose out-of-touch business tactics have redefined the term "screwing the pooch."The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien is survived by Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and house band Max Weinberg and the Max Weinberg 7, and remembered fondly by comedy fans below the age of 79. In lieu of flowers, please send a steaming pile to Jay Leno's offices.
Like Seann William Scott and Billy Bob Thornton, and Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Chevy Chase before them, Jonah Hill and John C. Reilly have joined the ranks of sons and suitors sparring in The Great MILF War. In the trailer for The Duplass Brothers' new film Cyrus, we see Reilly drop his Will Ferrell impression in favor of a fresher, more self-referential Seth Rogen impression in order to play a down-on-his-luck guy who woos Marisa Tomei only to be repeatedly c-blocked by Jonah Hill, who plays her adult son. It looks pretty funny and unsettling and avoids the bee's nest to the groin approach to comedy that these movies often cater to. If you're into that sort of thing you'll have to wait for Brendan Fraser's Furry Vengeance. It's the true tale of what happens when a man's hairplugs rise up against him. Check out the trailer after the jump. Or if you're at Sundance, go see the film.
Keri Russell hit it big playing Felicity on one of J.J. Abrams's first shows Felicity. Her hair was such a major part of her and the show’s appeal that rating plummeted when she cut it short, thus proving audiences don't understand how hair works.A word from Keri: "People still take (the haircut) really personally. They come up to me at breakfast places like, 'When are you growing your hair back?"It grows back, crazies! It's not like she hacked her arm off. I can understand how a stump would be off-putting, but let the woman have short hair.Check Keri out with long locks after the jump.
"Somebody tell Pesci to get off my wife's leg."Martin Scorsese is reteaming with producer Graham King (The Departed) to adapt The Invention of Hugo Cabret as his next project after Shutter Island. The Brian Selznick book is being adapted by John Logan and tells the story of a 12-year old orphan who lives in a Parisian train station who tries to fix his dead father's broken robot. I'm interested to see what Scorsese does with this youth-slanted source material. Up until this point, children have had to rely on Sesame Street characters acting out scenes from Casino if they want to enjoy the director's work. Man, that Ernie is not to be f*cked with. (Variety) Bert and Ernie Join the Mafia – Watch more Funny Videos
It's so refreshing to wake up and see a story about the non-Tonight Show Conan. Lionsgate has cast the lead for their upcoming remake of the barbarian classic Conan. And the new barbarian is…. some dude! His name is Jason Momoa. You know him. He's in all those Stargate: Atlantis commercials. He's the Lenny Kravitz-looking guy. The one with the smelly hair. On top of that his resume includes being Lisa Bonet's babby-daddy, Baywatch, and Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding. He beat out Twilight's Kellan Lutz and Supernatural's Jared Padalecki for the role based on his running-in-slow-motion prowess. Filming is scheduled to begin mid-March in Bulgaria with Marcus Nispel behind the camera. Say what you will, at least it's not Brett Ratner. We'll keep you updated when the rap-rock accompanied trailer premieres. (Deadline Hollywood)
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Leonardo da Vinci and Christopher Columbus can rest easy in their graves, as The Jersey Shore season finale airs tonight. I'd like to pretend the above video of the guido cast's auditions is a eulogy for the show, but I realize the world will have to endure several more years of the pop culture "phenomenon." Wouldn't you know it, the guys talk about bangin' chicks and the girls talk about gettin' banged by guys. Normally I don't mind ill-pronounced bangin' talk, but bangin' often leads to the proliferation of a species, and I'm pretty sure spawn from The Jersey Shore folks would signal the apocalypse. (AOL)
The red band trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine is here to give us a swearier/boobier look at what we've already seen. It stars John Cusack, Rob Corddry, and Craig Robinson as the characters from The Hangover, as well as Clark Duke as a kid that looks like a koala or a young Charles Nelson Reilly. You can catch the movie in theaters on March 19th. You can also catch hepatitis from a toilet seat, which I would gladly do over watching this movie. (Coming Soon)WATCH THE NSFW TRAILER AFTER THE JUMP…
Those of you who prefer Sam Worthington to protrude unnaturally from the screen may be in luck. In the wake of Avatar's box office death-grip, Warner Bros executives are now considering converting the epic to 3D. Within the next 10 days, they will screen a few converted scenes and then make the call whether the full conversion is worth it.A possible reason for the upgrade is that DreamWorks Animation’s big kid-friendly feature How to Train Your Dragon is also releasing over the March 26th weekend. If Titans wants a bid at number one, they'll need the higher-priced tickets. But between Dragon and Avatar (which will probably still be crushing all who oppose it) will there be enough 3D screens?Like Warners, I'm not 100% on-board with the conversion. At first, it seems like a good idea to have Liam Neeson's Kraken swinging in your face. But, I don't know. It might just be too much Kraken. (THR)
Kate Walsh was one of the many hot doctors on Grey's Anatomy until she got her own show, Private Practice, where she's the main hot doctor. She also played Drew Carey's girlfriend once, but that's gross. A word from Kate: "Do I give off a girl-on-girl vibe? Other chicks seem to love me!"I say go with it. See what happens. If it doesn't feel right your intuition is probably wrong and you should just continue. Go with the flow of the pics after the jump.
Conan O'Brien has redefined the term "fu@% you money." Hours ago, he finalized his exit deal with the network that will pay him $32.5 million, executive producer Jeff Ross $4.5 million, and his staff $8 million. On top of that, he convinced the network to cave on their mitigation clause, meaning he can set up shop elsewhere and keep NBC's payout. Ouch. No word on whether he'll be able to bring his characters.To make matters more costly for NBC, on last night's show he announced that for the remainder of the week he will introduce “new comedy bits that aren’t so much funny as they are crazy expensive.” Much like Evan Almighty. To kick things off, O'Brien "purchased" a Bugatti Veryon, the world's most expensive car, and dressed it like a mouse while pumping "Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones. Not a funny bit (but still funnier than Leno) but a very costly bit. So costly in fact that NBC has yanked it from Hulu and NBC.com for fear of paying music royalties. Luckily I decided to forego a day's worth of my exorbitant blogger pay to bring the clip to you. Enjoy! (NY Times)
AMC told the director of The Shawshank Redemption that it's okay to make his show about zombies! Yippee! Last August we reported that Frank Darabont sold a pitch to adapt the graphic novel The Walking Dead for the small screen, and now after writing the script he's gotten the go-ahead to direct the pilot. That doesn't mean it will necessarily become a series, but if you consider the fact that Darabont will most likely make a kick-ass pilot there's a pretty good chance we'll get to witness at least one full season.The story follows a group of people, led by a small-town Kentucky Police Officer named Rick Grimes, trying to survive in a world overrun by zombies. But unlike most zombie films, the books are more character centric.It's good they decided to focus on the people who aren't rotting. A series about folks bumping into each other and eating brains would get awfully tedious and most likely cancelled after one episode. (THR)
Just before the credits rolled on Iron Man, Tony Stark revealed to the world that he is indeed the armored hero. In the sequel, the filmmakers explore the effects of living in public view by likening the life of a superhero to that of a celebrity. Director Jon Favreau discussed this parallel with the Los Angeles Times: "Robert had strong points of view on these things. He was propelled quite publicly to a much more successful station and we were able to draw upon that. We were able to comment on the phenomena of celebrity as we know it today."… "It allowed us to draw upon our experiences and certainly Robert's experiences." Robert's experiences? Does that mean that we can expect to see Iron Man blow rails off hookers while wearing a Wonder Woman costume? Seems to me that's what he's hinting at. You can quote Favreau on this one you guys. (LA Times)
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Director Rodrigo Cortés unveils Buried this week at Sundance and now we have a short trailer. Well, it's more of a Flip video really. Whereas most YouTube journals discuss cute boys or the tedium of schoolwork, this one gets a lot more bummerific by discussing being buried alive in Iraq with only 90 minutes to live. LOL, I guess. It's still funnier than Lisa Nova.No word yet on a wide release date but expect one soon. It seems like an interesting movie with a strong premise. Haven't we all wanted to see Ryan Reynolds in a coffin at some point? (MTV)Dig the trailer up after the jump…
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Will Ferrell helped Conan O'Brien start his run on The Tonight Show, and now he's going to help him end it. Conan will be retiring from NBC this Friday night after calling the network home for seventeen years. When Ferrell appeared on Conan's first Tonight Show episode he was carried out on stage by Egyptian slaves. This time I'm hoping he carries out a box of Molotov cocktails and him and Conan go apeshit on that shiny new studio Jeff Zucker built him. Sure, audience members might be harmed in the process, but there's nothing like a few charred tourist corpses to get your point across.Here is Conan's final guest line-up:Wednesday, Jan. 20: Adam Sandler, Joel McHale and musical guest Joss Stone Thursday, Jan. 21: Robin Williams and musical guest Barry Manilow Friday, Jan. 22: Tom Hanks, Will FerrellTom Hanks is going to be there, too?! Oh man, that place would burn to the ground. (Movieline)
I didn't watch The O.C. and I don't watch Gossip Girl, so I had no idea who Willa Holland was until I looked up the Legion credits, but I have to say I'm awfully glad I know now. She's only 19-years-old, but in all the states that are part of the Union that's what we here at Screen Junkies like to call legal. A word from Willa: "I was at (Steven Spielberg's) house, playing with his kids."It's amazing how he'll just let anyone from off the street come in, make a sandwich, use his facilities, sleep in his bed, and play video games with his kids. He just can't be home when you do it.Check out more pics after the jump when no one else is home.