Screen Junkies » Lionsgate http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:42:48 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 What The World Needs Now Is A ‘Power Rangers’ Reboot http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/what-the-world-needs-now-is-a-power-rangers-reboot/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/what-the-world-needs-now-is-a-power-rangers-reboot/#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 17:35:02 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261507 The wait is over.

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While we wait for technology that can render CGI versions of the Rugrats cast that don’t cause madness and leg-sweating, Hollywood has decided to move forward with a big screen reboot of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. Lionsgate has announced that they’re teaming with Saban to launch a new film franchise that will re-envision the property, however, it’s a shame this is only now gaining traction. Philip Seymour Hoffman would have been transcendent as Zordon.

No formal plans have been announced but it would be a blown opportunity if  Lionsgate went the Jon M. Chu route for the new take. There are only two men I trust to bring us a new Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.

 

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There’s More Story To Tell: ‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’ Sequel In The Works http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/theres-more-story-to-tell-texas-chainsaw-3d-sequel-in-the-works/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/theres-more-story-to-tell-texas-chainsaw-3d-sequel-in-the-works/#comments Mon, 07 Jan 2013 18:11:13 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=252702 The young ladies love some Leatherface.

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Leatherface‘s return to the theater this weekend surpassed expectations by taking the number spot with a haul of $23 million. Which means, another sequel will soon be on the way.

The real story, however, is how well the film was attended by the ladies. The audience was 52 percent female and 64 percent under 25 year-of-age. Lionsgate is reporting that a third of those young girls stated that they were there to see singer Trey Songz try his hand at acting. Horror films are notoriously cheap to produce and when they hit with audiences, it leads to profits larger than anticipated. It only makes sense to revisit the franchise. There aren’t any plot details for the sequel yet but it will likely involve running and chainsaws and maybe Ne-Yo this time around. (Box Office Mojo)

 

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Comic-Con 2012: Lionsgate Breaks Into TV With Graphic Novel ‘Wonderland’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/comic-con-2012-lionsgate-breaks-into-tv-with-graphic-novel-wonderland/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/comic-con-2012-lionsgate-breaks-into-tv-with-graphic-novel-wonderland/#comments Thu, 12 Jul 2012 16:13:45 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249716 Let the 2012 Comic-Con....BEGIN!

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Zenoscope’s graphic novel take on Alice in Wonderland, entitled simply, Wonderland, has emerged from a six-studio bidding war as a property of Lionsgate TV. If that phrase doesn’t sound right to you, you’re not alone, as Wonderland is among Lionsgate’s first forays into television, aside from Anger Management, Nashville, and NBC’s Dane Cook comedy Next Caller.

Brian Robbins, the executive producer of Smallville, one of those shows that you think was cancelled five years ago but is probably still on the air, will serve as EP of this new project as well.

No network has gotten on board with Wonderland yet, but expect (hope?) that it finds its way onto cable, as the adaptation is a sexual and dark take on the source material, which is actually pretty dark to begin with, though not all that sexual.

Sexy Alice? That sounds like a character tailor-made for Comic-Con.

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‘Leprechaun’ Reboot Gets A ‘Quote’ ‘Writer’ ‘End-Quote’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/leprechaun-reboot-gets-a-quote-writer-end-quote/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/leprechaun-reboot-gets-a-quote-writer-end-quote/#comments Fri, 01 Jun 2012 16:47:18 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249011 All those quotes mean I don't take this thing very seriously.

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Harry Wilkins, as the screenwriter of the upcoming Leprechaun film, you have your work cut out for you. He was found by the good folks at Lionsgate after the picked up one of his spec scripts, which is a cruel fate indeed – submitting your own creative work to a studio, having them accept it, only to get banished to the land of Leprechaun. Not the “land of leprechauns,” though. That’s Ireland, and it’s a fine place to visit.

In case this is all news to you, allow me to backtrack by saying that there’s going to be a Leprechaun reboot, which is funny, because nobody gives two shits as to whether the next Leprechaun is a reboot, sequel, prequel, reimagining, or just some terrible film that oozes out of the skin of the scaly monster that is the studio system.

Now’s as good a time as any to mention that Lionsgate has an ownership interest in Screen Junkies, in case it appeared I was playing favorites with my above comments.

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Tyler Perry To Take On Wall Street The Only Way He Can: By Masquerading As A Giant Black Lady http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tyler-perry-to-take-on-wall-street-the-only-way-he-can-by-masquerading-as-a-giant-black-lady/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tyler-perry-to-take-on-wall-street-the-only-way-he-can-by-masquerading-as-a-giant-black-lady/#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2012 00:58:57 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=244303 I wish I was alive to audit a college course on Black cinema when they reach "The Tyler Perry era," and the professor just sighs.

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That’s right. In case you couldn’t tell what time it was based on the title, it’s “Madea o’clock,” BITCH! Tyler Perry is auteur-ing the shit out of another one of those delightful Madea movies, this time with Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection. I hope theaters have a special Tyler Perry reserve stockpile of apostrophes for their marquees.

According to Lionsgate‘s press release, Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Something Something will have Madea confronting a shamed Ponzi schemer played by Eugene Levy, his wife, played by Denise Richards, and his business associate, Tom Arnold.

Before I write any more, please put on some sunglasses so as not to be blinded this film’s starpower.

The press release offers up this promising nugget from Lionsgate’s President of Development, whose name is unimportant:

This is the ultimate fish out of water story, and I believe the funniest Madea story yet. We loved the witness protection concept from the second we heard it, but when Tyler cast comedy icon Eugene Levy and put him under the same roof with Madea and Uncle Joe, he took this movie to a whole new level.

I’ve never known anyone to refer to Eugene Levy as such a gamechanger before.

“I don’t know if this has legs. I mean, office romance comedies are a dime a dozen these days. What’s that? YOU GOT LEVY? HERE’S YOUR FINANCING!”

*empties bag of blood diamonds all over the Lionsgate conference table*

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Elizabeth Olsen Has A Crappy Vacation In ‘Silent House’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/elizabeth-olsen-has-a-crappy-vacation-in-silent-house-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/elizabeth-olsen-has-a-crappy-vacation-in-silent-house-trailer/#comments Fri, 06 Jan 2012 13:56:42 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=241652 Rest and relaxation my foot.

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After a few breakout hits at Sundance, everyone wants Elizabeth Olsen these days. So much so that she’s being stalked all over the place. In this trailer for Silent House, her dad is completely Facebook stalking her and then to make matters worse there’s someone or something inside her summer house trying to attack her.

This horror film is drawing rave reviews which means it must have a gimmick. Shot on the cheap as one continuous take, Silent House is a horror tale told in real time. Which means the viewer is essentially front row center as the main character spends the film trying to escape while more and more terrifying mysteries are brought into light. The film was sold to Lionsgate for $2 million after building good buzz at Sundance. That may not seem like a lot of profit in movie terms but keep in mind, they didn’t need to hire an editor.

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‘American Psycho’ Is Getting A Remake http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/its-been-11-years-so-american-psycho-is-getting-a-remake/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/its-been-11-years-so-american-psycho-is-getting-a-remake/#comments Thu, 08 Dec 2011 22:34:41 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=239216 That was fast.

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Some Lionsgate executive, presumably after receiving an understated, yet elegant, business card, remembered that the 2000 adaptation of American Psycho was a pretty cool movie. After confirming on IMDB that it had been at least ten years since the original was released, he said “Yeah, We could do that.” And the news of a remake began to lazily ooze forth, with no one really caring enough to clean it up, or even acknowledge its presence.

Following a conference among several other development execs at Lionsgate, they all agreed it didn’t really matter who wrote or directed the sequel ’cause, hey, American Psycho. So they bestowed both writing and directing duties upon one Noble Jones, a second-unit director from The Social Network, who just happened to be the next person to walk through the door into the conference room.

Expect news in the next couple days that the producers, not wanting to overthink things, have decided that Jason Bateman would make a pretty good Patrick Bateman.

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Lionsgate Brings ‘Dead Island’ Zombies To The Big Screen http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lionsgate-brings-dead-island-zombies-to-the-big-screen/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lionsgate-brings-dead-island-zombies-to-the-big-screen/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2011 17:55:35 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=230218 Lots and lots of undead gore.

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The trailer for the hit video game Dead Island caused quite a stir, and probably convinced at least one person to cancel his or her tropical vacation to avoid a possible zombie outbreak. The game has gotten pretty good reviews, too – which is why it should come as no surprise that Lionsgate is making a movie version. After all, video games are big, zombies are big, and people love the beach. Why not? Here’s a plot synopsis – and remember, always go for the head:

“The game centers on vacationers whose island paradise becomes a living hell when a zombie outbreak quickly spreads.  Cut off from the rest of the world, the survivors have only the available materials and the island’s natural ‘weapons’ to protect themselves from the vicious and growing legions of the undead. “

So it’s like Super Mario Sunshine, but with zombies. The movie will undoubtedly follow a similar line, and the filmmakers at Lionsgate promise to preserve that special Dead Island touch with a “focus on human emotion, family ties and non-linear storytelling.”  Also, lots and lots of undead gore.

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‘Hunger Games’ Sequel ‘Catching Fire’ Gets Release Date http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hunger-games-sequel-catching-fire-sets-release-date/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hunger-games-sequel-catching-fire-sets-release-date/#comments Mon, 08 Aug 2011 17:38:06 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=223902 You can nail down plans for Thanksgiving 2013.

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Lionsgate announced today that it will release Catching Fire, the adaptation of the second book in Suzanne CollinsHunger Games trilogy, on November 22, 2013, just in time for Thanksgiving. Studios are really on the ball recently with setting sequel release dates. Just last week Sony announced the release date of The Amazing Spider-man 2. I don’t have a French Bulldog wall calendar for 2013 yet, studios!

The Catching Fire announcement was made by Joe Drake, co-COO of Lionsgate and President of its Motion Picture Group. Said Drake of the date:

“The magical thing about the Hunger Games trilogy is that the books have such a vastly broad appeal.  The stories truly offer something for everyone, and the period around the Thanksgiving weekend is such an opportunity for families and friends to make an event of going to the movies.”

So rip off a turkey leg and bring it to the theater with you. There’s no time to enjoy the holiday with your family. Kids are murdering each other and you have to see who wins.

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‘The Hunger Games’ Trilogy Will Sensibly Be Four Movies http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-hunger-games-trilogy-will-sensibly-be-four-movies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-hunger-games-trilogy-will-sensibly-be-four-movies/#comments Wed, 01 Jun 2011 17:08:11 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=214257 'The Hunger Games' are going into extra innings.

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With earning extra amounts of money being all the rage nowadays, it only makes sense that The Hunger Games should plan to earn as much as possible. The perfect way to do that is by splitting the three-part story into four parts. It’s proved pretty lucrative for Harry Potter and will help Breaking Dawn earn all the moneys. It looks like Lionsgate is planning to follow a similar model with their biggest seller to date. In an article posted on Deadline, the studio told Wall Street to expect four films.

Assuming the films are good and have something epic to showcase, I’m all for it. But let’s be careful that this doesn’t become the norm in Hollywood. I’m perfectly content with Alvin & The Chipmunks capping it as a Shrillogy.

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‘Hunger Games’ Fills Three More Of Its Quadrillion Roles http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hunger-games-fills-three-more-of-its-quadrillion-roles/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hunger-games-fills-three-more-of-its-quadrillion-roles/#comments Sat, 28 May 2011 00:24:08 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213957 Who will play such oddly named roles as Venia, Flavius and the tongue-less Avox girl?

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The Hunger Games is coming, and the name of the game right now… is getting cast in The Hunger Games. These actors were hungry enough to get cast. They won the casting “game,” so to speak, and now we’re all hungry for Hunger Games news. Also: Hunger Games.

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Lionsgate hired three more actors for their adaptation of Suzanne Collins dystopian novel, already in production in North Carolina. Amber Chaney will play the speechless, tongue-less Avox Girl. Her pull-string action figure‘s gonna have a lot to say. Meanwhile, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence from X-Men: First Class) has found more folks to prep her for the Murderlympics, with Venia and Flavius to be played by Kimiko Gelman and Nelson Ascencio.

The Hunger Games slaughters its way into theaters March 23, 2011. (Lionsgate’s Twitter)

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UPDATED: Lionsgate Vs. Megan Ellison: The War For Terminator’s Future http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lionsgate-vs-megan-ellison-the-war-for-terminators-future/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lionsgate-vs-megan-ellison-the-war-for-terminators-future/#comments Fri, 13 May 2011 21:40:21 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=211730 Megan Ellison won the war!

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UPDATE: Megan Ellison won the war! Go, Megan Ellison!

Seems like The Terminator is always battling for the future. Now it’s time for Terminator to take a breather and let other folks battle over his future for a change. You earned it, big guy.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has come back to the Terminator franchise — [Insert "I'll Be Back" Joke] — and Fast Five direct Justin Lin is also attached. Interest is clearly heating up like a vat of molten steel, because Lionsgate has competition for buying the rights from hedge fund Pacificor: Megan Ellison. You may remember hearing about Ellison on this very website, because the wealthy heiress is financing tons of interesting projects, like Kathryn Bigelow‘s Osama Bin Laden movie and Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, along with last year’s True Grit. Lionsgate bid $29.5 million, but Ellison’s Annapurna Films bid higher. *Tension*

Who will control the new Schwarzenegger Terminator? Still waiting to see if Skynet throws in a bid. (Movieline)

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‘Expendables 2′ Teaser Poster Bursts Through Your Skull http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/expendables-2-teaser-poster-bursts-through-your-skull/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/expendables-2-teaser-poster-bursts-through-your-skull/#comments Thu, 12 May 2011 04:06:22 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=211757 I'm not sure I'd want anything bursting out of my skull, but seeing a chrome-plated "2" bursting out of a metal skull is pretty awesome.

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I’m not sure I’d want anything bursting out of my skull, but seeing a chrome-plated “2″ bursting out of a metal skull is pretty awesome. This is the first ever teaser poster for Lionsgate‘s The Expendables 2 taken from a magazine at Cannes. The project hasn’t even started filming yet, but already it’s attempting to kick your ass with marketing.

A plot synopsis has also been released. It’s after the poster, in case you don’t want to spoil the “plot” of a movie about seeing people’s arm break in crazy ways. Sylvester Stallone will return (to star, not to direct) along with “most of the original cast,” though no specific announcements have been made. Judging from the plot synopsis, I can tell you one cast member who either won’t appear or will have very limited screen time. *Seals Lips*

The Expendables 2 burst into your skull August 17th, 2012. (FirstShowing, Cinema Blend)

The Expendables are back and this time it’s personal! After Tool (Mickey Rourke), the heart and soul of the Expendables, is brutally murdered on a mission, his comrades swear to avenge him. They’re not the only ones who want blood. Tool’s beautiful young and wild daughter Fiona embarks on her own revenge mission, complicating matters when she is captured and ransomed by a ruthless dictator plotting to destroy a resistance movement. Now Barney and the Expendables must risk everything to save her and humanity.

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Woody Harrelson And His Awesome Weed Join ‘Hunger Games’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/woody-harrelson-and-his-awesome-weed-join-hunger-games/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/woody-harrelson-and-his-awesome-weed-join-hunger-games/#comments Tue, 10 May 2011 23:44:46 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=211411 Harrelson will play Haymitch ("Hey, Mitch...'sup?") for Lionsgate's adaptation Susanne Collins dystopian tween-o-thon.

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Woody is kind of a strange name. The Hunger Games is full of characters with strange names. I can smell the synergy. Oh… no, wait, that’s hemp. Never mind.

It’s official: Woody Harrelson has joined the cast of The Hunger Games, the endlessly-buzzed about Lionsgate adaptation of the first in a series of popular, dystopian tween novels by Susanne Collins. Harrelson will play Haymitch (“Hey, Mitch…’sup?”), the drunken winner of the 50th Annual Hunger Games, which took place over 20 years ago. Is Haymitch just a code name his character chose, in place of Woody Boyd? Does The Hunger Games take place in the “Cheers” universe? If so, I’m way more interested. Also, if so, which year did Norm win?

The Hunger Games, directed by Gary Ross and starring Jennifer Lawrence, hunts people in theaters March 23, 2012. (Hollywood Reporter)

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Blood, Swords And Just A Hint Of Explosion In Classy ‘Conan’ Poster http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/blood-swords-and-just-a-hint-of-explosion-in-classy-conan-poster/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/blood-swords-and-just-a-hint-of-explosion-in-classy-conan-poster/#comments Tue, 10 May 2011 01:21:42 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=211252 How would he not have more cuts and bruises?

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I understand that Conan The Barbarian is a complete and total badass. Poin taken. However, in the newly released poster below, the man is shirtless, completely surrounded be armored dudes with spears and swords, plus arrows are flying his way. Yet, the only scratch I can see is a tiny little one near his waistline. I’ll believe that the guy can murder all these assholes and their friends & families in one afternoon, but one tiny cut? I assume his frowny-face is because he does not have a Spongebob Band-Aid for his barely noticeable boo-boo.

Lionsgate‘s Conan The Barbarian stars Jason Momoa, Stephen Lang and Ron Perlman. Directed by Marcus Nispel, it’s coming to you in GrimaceVision 3D on August 19, 2011. Conan‘s violence-filled quest is the last hope for saving the Hyborian world from the forces of evil. Meanwhile, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that “Conan The Librarian” exists. I bet that Conan at least got two or three paper cuts. (IGN)

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‘Hunger Games’ Gets Totally Foxface’d http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hunger-games-gets-totally-foxfaced/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hunger-games-gets-totally-foxfaced/#comments Sat, 30 Apr 2011 05:25:06 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=209898 Jacqueline Emerson, best "known" as voice on the animated cat-tastrophe "Father of the Pride" (see what I did back there?), will play Foxface in Lionsgate's upcoming adaptation.

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When I first heard the word “foxface,” I assumed it was either a character from a syndicated newspaper comic strip or a very dirty sex move. (“You wanna foxface tonight? I’d be so into that.”) However, most teens know that Foxface is another goofily named character from The Hunger Games. It’s the ultrahot, post-apocalyptic novel-turned-movie that will star Jennifer Lawrence and whose every casting notice is worthy of a thousand news blog posts like this one you are reading right… now.

Jacqueline Emerson, best “known” as voice on the animated cat-tastrophe “Father of the Pride” (see what I did back there?), will play Foxface in Lionsgate‘s upcoming adaptation. Ironically, given her biggest credit, Foxface’s character never says a word in the book, though she’s supposedly very clever. I guess while everyone else in the Hunger Games is yap-yapping away, she’s out there killing people and winning in silence. I can respect that. Meanwhile, stunt actor Chris Mark has been cast as her “fellow District 5 tribute,” who is not given the dignity of a name.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Banks confirmed she’s playing Effie Trinket via Twitter. May it go well for her. (EW)

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‘Devil’s Double’ Trailer Contains Twice The Kickassitude http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/devils-double-trailer-contains-twice-the-kickassitude/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/devils-double-trailer-contains-twice-the-kickassitude/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2011 01:58:53 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=209044 Is this the real trailer for Dominic Cooper's 'The Devil's Double', or was this trailer hired by a twin trailer to pose as it in public?

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Is this the real trailer for The Devil‘s Double, or was this trailer hired by a twin trailer to pose as it in public? The answer: it’s the real trailer. The fake one has a small mole above its play button.

The above trailer for Lionsgate‘s Th Devil‘s Double kicks some serious ass. Dominic Cooper plays Saddam Hussain’s son Uday, and Latif Yahia, a lookalike he forces to be his body double. The trailer’s like a Whitman’s Sampler of Badassery: gun play, reckless abuse of power, women who will sleep with you for said power, more gun play. There’s also that mustachioed guy George W. Bush didn’t like so much. The film’s been called “Scarface of Arabia,” so if you’re ready to say As-Salamu Alaykum to Uday’s little friend, definitely check out the video.

The Devil‘s Double was directed by Lee Tamahori (Die Another Day) and invades theaters July 29th.

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‘Hunger Games’ News You Can Now Use: Paula Malcomson Cast http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hunger-games-news-you-can-now-use-paula-malcomson-cast/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hunger-games-news-you-can-now-use-paula-malcomson-cast/#comments Sat, 23 Apr 2011 02:37:54 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=208721 Sound the 'Hunger Games' alarm. There's more 'Hunger Games' news.

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Sound the Hunger Games alarm. There’s more Hunger Games news. Everyone, slide down the Hunger Games Fireman’s pole and listen up:

The Hunger Games is all about a group of teens with odd names you love and care about, like Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Prim (Willow Shields). But who gave them those goofy, post-apocalyptic monickers? I assume their mother, who it’s now confirmed will be played by Paula Malcomson from SyFy‘s “Caprica.” If the movies are like the books, and who knows if that’ll be the case, Malcomson’s character is worried about her children participating in the life-threatening Hunger Games. Even in the future, moms worry too much.

Other actors in Lionsgate‘s adaptation of the Suzanne Collins novel include Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and possibly John C. Reilly & Elizabeth Banks. Now for the deadliest game of all: waiting and reporting on more Hunger Games news. (Hollywood Reporter)

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Lionsgate To Show The Dark Side Of The Hot Nurse Fantasy http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lionsgate-to-show-the-dark-side-of-the-hot-nurse-fantasy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lionsgate-to-show-the-dark-side-of-the-hot-nurse-fantasy/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2011 15:45:00 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=207278 Just when you thought it was safe to be seduced by a ridiculously hot nurse.

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Looks like Dr. Giggles and The Dentist will have a new member amongst their distinguished ranks. Lionsgate have, by the power vested in them, accredited Doug Aarniokoski to helm the horror thriller The Nurse 3D.

The story follows “a  smoking hot nurse” who does normal nurse stuff during the day, but then spends her nights seducing and murdering philandering men. Umm, no. Don’t do that. Philandering rules, and to all of a sudden murder a guy because of it is a real dick move. Can’t she just like steal their pants, or something? The embarrassment alone would be enough to teach a lesson. (Deadline)

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Lionsgate Is Not Afraid Of Levinson’s ‘The Bay’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lionsgate-is-not-afraid-of-levinsons-the-bay/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lionsgate-is-not-afraid-of-levinsons-the-bay/#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2011 21:30:35 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=207163 Just when you felt it was safe to go back in the water...it STILL wasn't safe to go back in the water!

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Barry Levinson isn’t too old to get gritty. His horror-thriller The Bay has been picked up by Lionsgate, with no word yet on release dates. The Bay tells the story of a parasite that originally exists in a lake, then fish, then people, carrying with it an untreatable disease. The story will be told using the “found footage” presentation that worked so well for both The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield.

Levinson wrote the screenplay with Michael Wallach, so it’s a safe bet that he wouldn’t have too much trouble getting this project pushed through, especially considering the low budget of these types of films. Levinson has proven to be scattershot in his project selections over the last decade, and we all hope that that this cinematic release can offset his last two features, Man of the Year, and What Just Happened.

This project was originally shopped as Isopod, but has since been adopted as The Bay, despite what those rascals as IMDB would have you believe. Hopefully this project will find Levinson back in his old form. (THR)

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Craig Gillespie Back From The Dead To Direct ‘Pride And Prejudice And Zombies’? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/craig-gillespie-back-from-the-dead-to-direct-pride-and-prejudice-and-zombies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/craig-gillespie-back-from-the-dead-to-direct-pride-and-prejudice-and-zombies/#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2011 01:43:04 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=205538 Gillespie seems to have eaten his way back to the front of the horde to direct Jane Austin, but with zombies.

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Months ago, it looked like director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) was at the front of the horde to helm Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Then Lionsgate turned their attention to fresh brains like the team-up of author Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg, the son of some other guy named Katzenberg. Lenny Katzenberg, I think.

However, Gillespie seems to have eaten his way back to the top of the list. The rumor is that Lionsgate has told all the other potential directors “thanks, but really no thanks,” and that Gillespie will soon be signed. Jane Austen but with zombies, here he comes? We’ll soon find out. (Deadline)

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Tyler Perry To Create Another Madea-less Movie For Some Reason http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tyler-perry-to-create-another-madea-less-movie-for-some-reason/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tyler-perry-to-create-another-madea-less-movie-for-some-reason/#comments Tue, 05 Apr 2011 00:58:27 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=205338 Perry will write, produce direct, do makeup for and star in 'Good Deeds'. The title is a pun - see if you can figure it out by reading the plot description.

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Not that I enjoy Madea, or would pay to see her say “hallelujer” when all the different family crises neatly resolve by the end of her films, but seeing Tyler Perry without a dress and lady makeup is just boring. Still, his movies are profitable whether or not he’s dressed as an old lady dressed as Snooki, so get ready for the next Tyler Perry adventure.

Perry will write, produce, direct, do makeup for and star in Good Deeds. The title is a pun. See if you can figure it out: the film concerns Glen Deeds (did you catch it?), a successful businessman who must choose between his high class fiancée and a “down-on-her-luck” single mother who floats his boat Knowing romantic comedies, I assume he’ll end up with the rich woman he was intending to marry in the first place. That sounds more logical.

Good Deeds will be released by his new perma-home Lionsgate, and production begins late this month. (Variety)

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Lionsgate Agrees To Keep Making Tyler Perry Movies For A Really, Really Long Time http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lionsgate-agrees-to-keep-making-tyler-perry-movies-for-a-really-really-long-time/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lionsgate-agrees-to-keep-making-tyler-perry-movies-for-a-really-really-long-time/#comments Thu, 31 Mar 2011 19:57:40 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204783 Tyler Perry's t-shirts are as witty and fun as his films.

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You know that old saying, “If you love Tyler Perry, set him free. And if he comes back, he’s yours forever?” Well, he’s Lionsgate‘s forever. Or at least a really, really long time.

After venturing out on his own for I, Alex Cross, gigantor has returned to Lionsgate with an exclusive contract promising two new Madea movies and a whole bunch of other excellent work, including something called We the Peeples, which I can tell from the name is going to be uh-mazing.

Because I’m too forlorn from this news to come up with anything prosaic, here’s a list of things we can expect to see Madea doing for years and years and years to come:

  • Ride a bus
  • Put on more “church clothes”
  • Slap a young ‘un
  • Provide a quick “info-taining” segment before every screening about what is and isn’t appropriate behavior in movie theaters, sparing white theater managers an awkward moment with their patrons
  • Be gassy
  • Gross $150 million domestically and about $0 in Europe
  • Be sassy
  • Offset a significant amount of the progress made by the civil rights movement

(Deadline)

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‘Wolf Creek’ Director Planning An Even Worse Vacation http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wolf-creek-director-planning-an-even-worse-vacation/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wolf-creek-director-planning-an-even-worse-vacation/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2011 17:43:20 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204461 With an address like '6 Miranda Drive', you're just begging to be haunted.

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Greg Mclean who previously directed the torture-core flick Wolf Creek and the giant crocodile film Rogue is hard at work on a new project. Thank You For Being A Friend: The True Story Of ‘The Golden Girls will be the director’s third feature. Just kidding. He’s sticking to horror, you guys.

Up next for Mclean is 6 Miranda Drive. The micro-budget film is part of Lionsgate‘s new initiative to make cheaper films in the hopes that they will yield gigantic profit. It tells the story of a family who unknowingly bring a supernatural force home with them when returning from vacation. The unseen evil feeds off their fears and secrets. And that is exactly why I refuse to go to Steamboat Springs. That and the pollen. Definitely pollen first, ghosts second. (Deadline)

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Lo, As The Prophecies Foretold, Craig Robinson Is The Antichrist http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lo-as-the-prophecies-foretold-craig-robinson-is-the-antichrist/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lo-as-the-prophecies-foretold-craig-robinson-is-the-antichrist/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2011 16:02:50 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204437 And there shall be bees of great length, and blood shall drip all over everything.

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Just as Nostradamus predicted, the Antichrist is upon us, and he is Craig Robinson (Hot Tub Time Machine was the first omen). Even worse, he’s an executive producer, as well. The movie is called Rapturepalooza, and it’s a comedy from Lionsgate set about a year after a Biblical apocalypse wipes half of the Earth’s population away:

“Ben and Lindsey try to reestablishing their sandwich cart business. Beyond the occasional blood rainstorm and talking locusts that surface occasionally, the sandwich sellers have a new problem: the Anti-Christ (Robinson) decides he wants to take Lindsey as his bride.”

This sounds a little like an indie-comedy version of Little Nicky, the Adam Sandler movie about the devil‘s son that featured Henry Winkler covered in bees. Still not that good though, so hopefully Rapturepalooza will be better.

No info on the rest of the cast yet – maybe some of the Phelps clan want to get into acting? (via Deadline)

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Janet Jackson Gets To Make A Movie Now http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/janet-jackson-gets-to-make-a-movie-now/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/janet-jackson-gets-to-make-a-movie-now/#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2011 01:35:40 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=201847 The Queen of the Malfunctioning Wardrobe scored a 1-picture deal with Lionsgate. I want to know how nasty it will be.

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Ever leave the movie theater and think, “that was okay, but what if Janet Jackson had made that movie instead? Wouldn’t that be better?” No? Not once? Well, Lionsgate thinks you thought that, because the studio just gave her a movie deal.

Jackson has starred in several Tyler Perry films for the studio, including Why Did I Get Married?, Why Did I Get Married, Too? and Madea Goes To Mars. Okay, I made up one of those titles, but I bet you can’t guess which one it was.* While you’re figuring it out, the Queen of the Malfunctioning Wardrobe had this to say about her 1-picture deal:

“My experiences of working with the creative group at Lionsgate have been powerful and exciting,” Jackson said in a statement. “We’ve made three films together so far, directed by the gifted and prolific Tyler Perry. There is genius at this studio in every department. They don’t just make films, they nurture artists who want to make great films.”

No argument about the “prolific” part. Also, no word on what the project will be, or even how nasty it will be. Only that she’ll be in control of the development process and is attached to produce. (TheWrap)

*It was Why Did I Get Married, Too?

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‘Wrath Of The Titans’ To Face Monstrous New Teen Girl Franchise http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wrath-of-the-titans-to-face-monstrous-new-teen-girl-franchise/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wrath-of-the-titans-to-face-monstrous-new-teen-girl-franchise/#comments Tue, 15 Mar 2011 04:22:01 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=201654 The Kraken was nothing compared to tween girls desperately in need of a new 'Twilight'. Even so, Warner Bros is acting bravely, pitting their 'Titans' against 'Hunger Games'.

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The Kraken was nothing compared to tween girls desperately in need of a new Twilight. Even so, Warner Bros is acting bravely, pitting their Titans against Hunger Games.

Thanks to a release date change, Clash of the Titans 2 will go head-to-head at the box office with the red hot dystopian teen novel-turned-Lionsgate-is-praying-franchise Hunger Games. They will now both open on March 30th, 2012. I guess the thinking is that teen girls will go see Hunger Games, and teen boys will see Wrath of the Titans – but what about teen couples? Will the decision of what movie to see that weeken break apart poor Tyler and Jessikka? Nah, probably Jessikka will win, freezing plans for any and all make-out sessions unless her hunger is satiated.

Damn you, Jessikka. Damn you and your crazily spelled version of a perfectly good first name. (Deadline)

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Jennifer Lawrence Winnning Dystopian Catfight For ‘Hunger Games’ Lead? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jennifer-lawrence-winnning-dystopian-catfight-for-hunger-games-lead/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jennifer-lawrence-winnning-dystopian-catfight-for-hunger-games-lead/#comments Sat, 12 Mar 2011 04:33:24 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=201387 Every young actress in Hollywood is after the lead in 'Hunger Games', based on the first in a series of dystopian novels by Suzanne Collins, that are apparently similar to - what else? - 'Twilight'.

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Every young actress in Hollywood is after the lead in Hunger Games, based on the first in a series of dystopian novels by Suzanne Collins, that are apparently similar to – what else? – Twilight. You’d think every studio executive was bitten by vampires, the way these Twilight wannabes keep coming. And who can blame actresses like Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Abigail Breslin (Zombieland) for wanting a little chunk of that Twilight change.

However, it looks like one actress is emerging victorious. 20-year-old Jennifer Lawrence has Winter’s Bone-d her tough competition and is currently the closest to nabbing the part. Lawrence would play Katniss, a young girl in a shitty future, participating in a televised survival death match. I assume many of the ripped male contestants in these so-called “Hunger Games” compete with their shirts off. Maybe that’s why the Oscar nominee is so anxious for the role? It’s why I’ll probably be anxious for it to leave theaters as soon as possible.

Hunger Games will be directed by Gary Ross (Pleasantville) for Lionsgate. (Variety)

Update: Sources at Lionsgate claim Jennifer Lawrence has not been given an offer, but is pulling ahead of the pack. So Steinfeld still has time to shoot her in the belly.

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Fifth Season Of ‘Mad Men’ Still Not Guaranteed http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fifth-season-of-mad-men-still-not-guaranteed/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fifth-season-of-mad-men-still-not-guaranteed/#comments Mon, 24 Jan 2011 19:18:56 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=21758 Matthew Weiner hasn't begun work on the fifth season of "Mad Men."

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Mad Men” has been a favorite of both critics and viewers of quality television for four solid seasons. And up to now, it’s been all but assumed that we’d be seeing at least a fifth season that could also serve as a “final season,” wrapping up all of the show’s disparate plotlines and thematic elements in a way that would surely satisfy all the fans of the show (except the ones on the internet). But now, show creator Matthew Weiner is telling Entertainment Weekly that he hasn’t begun working on the show’s fifth season while contract negotiations between AMC, the home of “Mad Men,” and Lionsgate, the production company take place. It looks like Weiner wants to continue working on the show, but is having to wait while financial issues between all the parties involved get worked out. Here’s Weiner on his vision for the show:

“I have every intention of making the show when they decide to work out their business with Lionsgate. I can’t wait to come back to work. I have said over and over in public that I want the show to go on and on and on until it has worn out its welcome with viewers and we can’t think of anything more for the characters to do.”

Weiner then took a contemplative sip of his Old Fashioned, stared off into the distance with a mixture of regret and longing, and sexually harassed his secretary.

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan To Bust A Jewish Ghost http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jeffrey-dean-morgan-to-bust-a-jewish-ghost/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jeffrey-dean-morgan-to-bust-a-jewish-ghost/#comments Thu, 13 Jan 2011 19:10:19 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=16086 It's hard enough raising kids today without your daughter going off and getting herself possessed by a benevolent spirit. It's not like they make a manual for that.

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It’s hard enough raising kids today without your daughter going off and getting herself possessed by a benevolent spirit. It’s not like they make a manual for that.

That’s why it looks like Jeffrey Dean Morgan will have to think on his feet when he stars in Dibbuk Box. The movie stars Morgan as a recently-divorced dad who notices strange behavior in his daughter after she buys an antique box from a yard sale. The heirloom turns out to be a box built to imprison a dibbuk – a spirit from Jewish folklore that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host. In other words, it’s a total jerk.

The Sam Raimi-produced Ghost House film will fill Lionsgate‘s Halloween release slot left empty by the now completed Saw series. Look for it on DVD and Blu-ray in time for Hanukkah. (Variety)

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