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MORNING NEWS ROUNDUP

Monday, March 16 by

This morning I woke up to discover that character actor Ron Silver had died of cancer at age 62.  Silver is probably best known for his work in dramas like The West Wing, Chicago Hope and as the villain in Timecop.  But he also made one of the funniest self-deprecating turns in unaired TV show history when he played the villain – and himself – in the Ben Stiller-created, Jack Black-starring Heat Vision Jack.  See the clip after the jump. And now, the rest of the news… Sam Raimi Talks Remakes & Evil Dead 4! (IGN) Awesome Concept Art from The Goon (/Film) ex-NFL'er Michael Strahan to Follow in OJ Simpson's Path – minus the murder part. (Variety) Thoughts on SXSW screening of Bruno.  Vassup! (AICN) Exclusive I Love You, Man Clip (ComingSoon.Net)

SCREEN TEST: NAME THAT VAMPIRE!

Sunday, March 15 by

 Turn off that Depeche Mode song and listen up!  We're giving away a free Special Edition DVD or Blu-Ray copy of Twilight, hitting stores Tuesday, March 21st.  And don't give us that, "but Twilight's a chick flick" BS.  You can always win the DVD, then give it to some girl, like you did with The Notebook.  (Or if you're a girl, give it to yourself, because you deserve it.)Here's what you gotta do:1) Sign up for a ScreenJunkies account.2) Watch the clip below.3) Email feedback@screenjunkies.com with a list of ALL 20 VAMPIRE MOVIE TITLES in the order they appear in the clip. AND INCLUDE YOUR SCREEN JUNKIES USERNAME IN THE EMAIL!!! The first person to get it right will be sent his or her copy of Twilight as soon as it hits the street.

BSG Recap: Daybreak, Part 1

Sunday, March 15 by

It’s right there in the title:  “Part 1.”  Of course this was going to be all setup for next week’s final confrontation, so, knowing that was our expectation, Ron Moore went on a bit of different route.  Here’s the thing: it doesn’t necessarily take an apocalypse caused by Sexy Killer Robots to make life totally suck.  Life can do that all on its own, as we shall see.Edward James Olmos gets to do the previouslies, which are:    •    Starbuck found her own dead body on Earth, which sucks, and after making the mistake, or “mistake,” of confessing her deadness to Gaius Baltar, he outs her.    •    Samuel T. Anders gets a bullet to the brain, and Starbuck, having been given the transcription to “All Along the Watchtow–  Is anybody paying attention?  Is there anybody who is watching this last batch of episodes who is a NEW viewer of Battlestar Galactica?  Because DO NOT start here. Start with the mini-series, for frak’s sake. Sheesh! 

FAST & FURIOUS 5: EUROPE?

Friday, March 13 by

Earlier today, Screen Junkies attended the Fast & Furious junket in Hollywood.  We had a chance to sit down at a roundtable Q&A with most of the principal cast, including Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Paul Walker and Vin Diesel, as well as director Justin Lin.  Probably the juiciest tidbit of information that came out of the sit-down was the hint of where the series might go – literally – should Universal decide to manufacture an even newer model.First up was Paul Walker, who seemed laid back and comfortable to answer everything thrown at him as candidly as possible.  When asked if he was already contracted out for another installment, Walker responded:"No but I've heard it. I've heard it in the rumor mill.  Like, I've spoken with executives at Universal at this point, and they're pretty serious about it.  They know where they want it to take place. They want to do it in Europe."

REVIEW: The Last House on the Left

Friday, March 13 by

What would you do if bad people raped and left your daughter for dead?  So spouts the basic message of the trailer for The Last House on the Left, and apparently, from the few clips shown, the answer is to kill them in as cinematically gruesome ways as possible (if it’s funny, that’s a plus).  Wes Craven’s original back in 1972 answered this question by showing us what completely disturbed, depraved, and downright terrifying places a human could go if pushed hard enough.  This remake misses the point – most of the killings wind up feeling like those clichés designed only to make you laugh and maybe cringe a little, but hardly ever scare you, and certainly not disturb you.  This much-hyped remake is something of a dud, and you can check out exactly why after the jump.

PANDORUM TRAILER

Friday, March 13 by

The new trailer for the upcoming Sci-Fi thriller, Pandorum has been garnering some interest around the 'Nets, so we thought it was high time we had it here on Screen Junkies.  The film stars Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster, and is schedule to open in September of 2009.   

PANDORUM

Friday, March 13 by

Director: Christian Alvart Cast: Cam Gigandet, Ben Foster, Dennis Quaid, Norman Reedus, Cung Le Synopsis: A pair of crew members aboard a spaceship wake up with no knowledge of their mission or their identities. Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy Release Date: September 4, 2009

FREIDA NIGHT LINKS

Friday, March 13 by

Slumdog's Freida Pinto: Bollywood Bond Girl? (The Playlist)Alexandra Shadowens Is Today's Spank Bank Deposit (GorillaMask)Creepy Photos for Friday the 13th (I-Am-Bored)Ryan O'Neill Is To Acting What Red Bull Is To Beverages (Film Drunk)Why Did Nobody Tell Me About Natalie Bush (MoonDog)A Bitchy Take on Mickey Rourke's Resurrection (Pajiba)

Friday the 13th Weekend TV Preview

Friday, March 13 by

It's the 13th, it's Friday, and the moon is 91% full…Things gonna happen extra weird for you today, what with it being the second freaky friday in a row. Watch out!–dogs will be able to jump extra high, babies will stare at you, and your bike just might blow up if you try riding it.  Luckily for you, TV laughs defiantly in the wretched face of superstition, offering a no-nonsense weekend of black cat bootin,' astrology free programming of superb (and almost over!) Sci-Fi drama, robots, football, and a little methamphetamine. Take charge of your destiny this Friday the 13th, by staying the hell inside! Your preview after the break.

10 HOTTEST PLAYBOY GIRLS ON FILM

Friday, March 13 by

Fox's Searchlight's Miss March opens today, and in its honor, Screen Junkies decided to post a list of our favorite Playboy girls who've graced the silver screen – and many, many times more on home video.  The rules were simple:  If you posed for Playboy first and then in a film, congrats.  You're SAG-eligible and now therefore eligible for our list.  (Maybe SAG is the wrong acronym, here).  On the flip side, if you were already an actress and then felt compelled to see yourself naked in print, then you're also up for our top ten.And if you're Kim Kardashian, well, somehow, you ended up in a movie (albeit Disaster Movie).  We'll throw you a bone.  Drumroll please…#10 SARA JEAN UNDERWOOD

INDIANA JONES & THE INAPPROPRIATE TOUCHING

Friday, March 13 by

This morning, Cinematical gave us some telling tidbits from that downloadable Indiana Jones transcript we linked to a few days back.  Apparently there was a pretty glaring section dealing with the original intent of Marion and Indy's relationship that isn't quite the squeaky clean serial fun that we remember Raiders of the Lost Ark having.  Start running a hot shower because when you finish reading this, you'll want to stand under it fully clothed.Here's a segment from the transcribed conversation:George Lucas: I was thinking that this old guy could have been his mentor. He could have known this little girl when she was just a kid. Had an affair with her when she was eleven. Lawrence Kasdan: And he was forty-two. 

MORNING NEWS ROUNDUP

Friday, March 13 by

This morning, The Hollywood Reporter tells us that the classic Stephen King story, It, will be making a leap to the big screen.  The 1990 TV movie adaptation was probably the best TV movie ever made (next to anything Meredith Baxter Birney puts out), and scared the ever loving crap out of me.  I can only imagine what a rated R film could do – but I always knew Pennywise the Clown would be back for me now that I'm an adult.  Dave Kajganich (The Invasion) is set to write the script for Warner Bros.  And now for some news that doesn't summon dark memories from my childhood:Jonah Hill to scribe 21 Jump Street for big screen.  (Film Drunk)Pics from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (ComingSoon.Net)Stimulus Package Movie Night (Film.com)SXSW Update: Troll 2 Gets Its own documentary! (Aint It Cool)

Michael Wonka and the Paper Factory

Friday, March 13 by

Michael has another one of his brilliant ideas, this one involving sending out five golden tickets randomly to their clients, entitling the finder to 10% off their paper for that fiscal year. Unfortunately, he hides all of them in one shipment, so one company gets 50% off, as Michael wisely failed to include "limit one per customer" on any of the tickets. He must figure out a way to pin the blame on somebody else before a pissed off David Wallace shows up, and you can find out exactly how in this week's Office, right ater the jump.

DOES MARVEL STUDIOS HAVE A DEEP THROAT?

Thursday, March 12 by

Ain't It Cool just broke a story this evening with insider information on some of the upcoming Marvel Studios releases whose release dates that Screen Junkies covered this morning.  It seems as though there's a spy among the True Believers at Marvel, and this "Fuzzy Dunlop" has given us some very interesting tidbits on casting, directors and those Fox remakes of Fan 4 and Daredevil we keep hearing about.  Boiled down bullet points after the jump.

ELMO LOVE THURSDAY NIGHT LINK DUMP!

Thursday, March 12 by

Do Not Talk About Retarded Fight Club (Film Drunk)Hottest TV Cops of All Time (Pajiba)Flow Chart of a Dog's Mind (Holy Taco)Siouxsie R should be Rated X.  (Gorilla Mask)Ricky Gervais + Elmo on Sesame Street (I-Am-Bored)IFC Horror Films Blowout!!! (Dread Central)

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