Screen Junkies » Marcus Nispel http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 05 Sep 2014 17:53:55 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Marcus Nispel Sharpens His Blade For ‘Hack/Slash’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/marcus-nispel-sharpens-his-blade-for-hackslash/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/marcus-nispel-sharpens-his-blade-for-hackslash/#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2012 14:00:01 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=242677 He's risking a critical drubbing with a title like that.

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The movie powers-that-be have decided “yeah, okay” the comic book series Hack/Slash can be adapted for the screen. Additionally, Marcus Nispel has given his “yeah, okay” when asked to direct. The director of Conan and Friday the 13th will add to his oeuvre of people getting things chopped off of them with the project adapted from Tim Seeley’s comic.

Hack/Slash follows Cassie Hack, a young woman who survives a slasher’s attack, and with her gigantic Jason-y-looking friend Vlad, goes on the hunt to kill all slasher movie archetypes. It’s about time someone stepped in to do something about them. I’m sick and tired of our teens being impaled while humping or burned to death in sleeping bags.

People tend to be harsh toward Nispel’s films (and stupid head coverings), but he does have a talent for creating some pretty gory sequences. As long as the script isn’t totally dumbass, this shouldn’t be that bad. Plus, it would be nice to see Jason Mears getting some work. (THR)

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Conan the Barbarian http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/conan-2010/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/conan-2010/#comments Mon, 11 Jul 2011 19:25:17 +0000 Reza F. Director: Marcus NispelCast: TDBSynopsis: TBD 

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Director: Marcus Nispel

Cast: Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman, Rose McGowan

Synopsis: The tale of Conan the Cimmerian and his adventures across the continent of Hyboria on a quest to avenge the murder of his father and the slaughter of his village.

Release Date: August 19, 2011

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UK Trailer Provides A Less Bloody Look At ‘Conan the Barbarian’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/uk-trailer-provides-a-less-bloody-look-at-conan-the-barbarian/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/uk-trailer-provides-a-less-bloody-look-at-conan-the-barbarian/#comments Tue, 05 Jul 2011 21:17:23 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=218906 Plot points? Apparently this film isn't all just random violence.

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The new UK trailer for Conan the Barbarian gives us a new look at Marcus Nispel‘s film. This time, the focus shifts from watching dudes and monsters getting hacked to pieces to story details for some reason. Here we see Stephen Lang chewing the scenery as the angel of death that kills Conan‘s father and thus sets the young barbarian on his path. There’s also a lot of sword swinging, knife throwing, monster-battling, and text set against a fiery background for all you barbarian purists.

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Blood Spilled All Over The Place In ‘Conan’ Red Band Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/blood-spilled-all-over-the-place-in-conan-red-band-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/blood-spilled-all-over-the-place-in-conan-red-band-trailer/#comments Fri, 17 Jun 2011 17:51:44 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=216667 This should calm any fears that 'Conan' wouldn't get an R rating.

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There’s a new red band trailer for Conan online and there is just blood all over the place now. Seriously. We’re gonna need to call Harvey Keitel.

Any fears that this film would not be R-rated can now be stabbed through the neck with a sword and then twisted so that blood and throat shards splash outward in a dramatic fashion that times well with a heavy metal dude screaming about how he doesn’t take any crap. (IGN)

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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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‘Conan’ Director To Get Inside Your Head With ‘Backmask’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/conan-director-to-get-inside-your-head-with-backmask/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/conan-director-to-get-inside-your-head-with-backmask/#comments Mon, 09 May 2011 17:27:49 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=211124 'Backmask' will contain "paranoia, possession and the paranormal," but will it contain masks strapped to backs?

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After Conan the Barbarian, helmer Marcus Nispel getting back to his bread and butter: scaring people with low-budget films. Only this time, he’ll have some help from the master, Steven Schneider, one of the minds behind the Paranormal Activity series, Insidious, and the upcoming The Bay.

The two will be teaming up on Backmask, which is, hopefully, more than a fun-to-say gibberish word. How much more is anyone’s guess, as Nispel is only revealing that the movie involves “paranoia, possession, and the paranormal.” Hmm. That’s not much help at all. One could deduce (hope?) that the title indicates that there will be some sort of mask that is strapped to a character’s back, but perhaps that’s just wishful thinking on my part.

The budget for Backmask is coming in at a scant $10 million, which was less than the combined budgets for detangler and sword-sharpening in Conan. However, with Schneider’s frugal sensibilities, $10 million could probably fund a trilogy and a thrill ride at Disney’s California Adventure. Because everyone likes amusement park rides about “paranoia, possession, and the paranormal.” (Deadline)

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First Look At ‘Conan’ Villain “Baldar” Zym http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/first-look-at-conan-villain-baldy-mczym/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/first-look-at-conan-villain-baldy-mczym/#comments Sat, 19 Mar 2011 01:56:50 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=202624 Stephen Lang ('Avatar') plays Khalar Zym, and he looks ticked off about something. Maybe the Rogaine didn't take?

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Conan The Barbarian is turning into some kind of ancient hippie fest. First we see a trailer that looks like a series of pot smoke visions. Now we get a balding, long-haired villain with a graying ponytail. What’s next? Does Conan travel around in a van?

Below is the pic of Khalar Zym in the remake of Conan The Barbarian, directed by Marcus Nispel (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre“). That’s Stephen Lang (Avatar) looking, perhaps, a little ticked off about something. Maybe it’s cause Zym takes no pleasure in killing Conan’s family and destroying his village. An ancient Middle Eastern warlord’s gotta do what an ancient Middle Eastern warlord’s gotta do. Nothing personal, just business.

The film slaughters its way into 3D theaters August 19th, along with stars Jason Mamao (“Stargate: Atlantis”), Ron Perlman and Rose McGowan. (Latino Review)

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‘Conan The Barbarian’ Is Smokin’ In Teaser Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/conan-the-barbarian-is-smokin-in-teaser-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/conan-the-barbarian-is-smokin-in-teaser-trailer/#comments Sat, 12 Mar 2011 01:24:06 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=201355 There are some gray dudes, a slave lady, and a nice helping of sword sound effects. So far, so good.

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The teaser trailer for Conan The Barbarian is online and it’s smokin’. No, not in a The Mask kind of way, with the Tex Avery impressions and the “Cuban Pete.” I just mean there’s literally a lot of smoke in the trailer for some reason. Nothing says “from an ancient time” like “here is a shit-load of smoke.”

Also featured: some gray dudes, a hot slave lady, and a nice helping of sound effects from the “Battles, Magic, and Swordplay: Movie Sound Effects Library.” Seriously, though, the trailer did pique my curiosity, and I’m looking forward to seeing more. Hopefully with less smoke and more folks. Topless folks, that is.

Conan The Barbarian is directed by Marcus Nispel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and stars Jason “Tempted” Momoa as the non-Arnold barbarian. The cast also includes Ron Perlman, Rose McGowan, and Stephen Lang. The film brutally invades theaters August 19th in 3D. (Collider)

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‘Conan The Barbarian’ Has One Of Those Motion Posters Everyone Seems To Like http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/conan-the-barbarian-has-one-of-those-motion-posters-everyone-seems-to-like/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/conan-the-barbarian-has-one-of-those-motion-posters-everyone-seems-to-like/#comments Thu, 03 Mar 2011 22:04:02 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=31526 Conan the Barbarian would like to remind you that he still has that biopic coming out this August.

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Conan the Barbarian would like to remind you that he still has that biopic coming out this August. And what better way to do so then by standing on a pile of skulls in front of the old Simpson/Bruckheimer animated logo?

Now for questions: are those the skulls of men he has killed or the skulls of those that he plans to avenge? And if they are skulls to be avenged, do you really have time to stand around on them? Get burying, Conan! However, if they do represent Conan’s victims, how are we to know that they are an actual pile and not just a sand mound with skulls on the top-side. That would be cheating. (IGN)

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New ‘Conan’ Set Pics Are Lookin’ Pretty, Pretty Good http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/new-conan-set-pics-are-lookin-pretty-pretty-good/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/new-conan-set-pics-are-lookin-pretty-pretty-good/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Some new photos from Marcus Nispel's Conan remake have been released and they look pretty good. Bleeding Cool got a look at what Nispel is cooking up and things are shaping up. The sets look pretty intricate and they really captured the sh*thole village aesthetic. This really is a testament to wizardry of color-correction and special effects. For instance, check out this before and after pic from the set. Simply amazing. More (actual) pics after the jump...

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Some new photos from Marcus Nispel‘s Conan remake have been released and they look pretty good. Bleeding Cool got a look at what Nispel is cooking up and things are shaping up. The sets look pretty intricate and they really captured the sh*thole village aesthetic.

This really is a testament to wizardry of color-correction and special effects. For instance, check out this before and after pic from the set.

Simply amazing.

More (actual) pics after the jump…

 

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‘Conan’ Set Pictures: There Will Be Boobs http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/conan-set-pictures-there-will-be-boobs/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/conan-set-pictures-there-will-be-boobs/#comments Tue, 31 Aug 2010 20:28:19 +0000 Defy Media Watch out Andrew WK. It looks like Conan the Barbarian is getting into the partying hard business. These set photos from Marcus Nispel's remake show Jason Momoa's Conan cutting loose like some weird Charlie Sheen/Tom Sizemore hybrid partybeast. Mead-chugging. Shirtless piggyback rides. Bare breasts. This must be how Hugh Hefner partied when he was a boy in ancient Greece. Momoa is an animal! Could we have a contender for that Belushi biopic? Check out the Cimmerian orgy after the jump...

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Watch out Andrew WK. It looks like Conan the Barbarian is getting into the partying hard business. These set photos from Marcus Nispel‘s remake show Jason Momoa’s Conan cutting loose like some weird Charlie Sheen/Tom Sizemore hybrid partybeast. Mead-chugging. Shirtless piggyback rides. Bare breasts. This must be how Hugh Hefner partied when he was a boy in ancient Greece.

Momoa is an animal! Could we have a contender for that Belushi biopic?

Check out the Cimmerian orgy after the jump…

 

 

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Pic of Jason Momoa as ‘Conan’ in Mid-Swing http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/pic-of-jason-momoa-as-conan-in-mid-swing/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/pic-of-jason-momoa-as-conan-in-mid-swing/#comments Sat, 03 Jul 2010 16:06:03 +0000 King of NY 'Bout time we see Jason Momoa causing pain as Conan the Barbarian. The first pic released showed him, what looked like, smelling a fart, completely not covered in someone else's blood. I'm not sure why water is spraying at him in the above pic, but my guess is one of those barrels they place on the side of the highway clipped him while he was trying to make the exit, and he had to lay the smackdown. If this movie is about Conan battling an army of road barricades it's going to be awesome. (/Film)

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‘Bout time we see Jason Momoa causing pain as Conan the Barbarian. The first pic released showed him, what looked like, smelling a fart, completely not covered in someone else’s blood. I’m not sure why water is spraying at him in the above pic, but my guess is one of those barrels they place on the side of the highway clipped him while he was trying to make the exit, and he had to lay the smackdown. If this movie is about Conan battling an army of road barricades it’s going to be awesome. (/Film)

 

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Hey, Look at Jason Momoa as Conan http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hey-look-at-jason-momoa-as-conan/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hey-look-at-jason-momoa-as-conan/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Here's a shot of Jason Momoa being man-handled by the wardrobe department in the new Conan flick. "Make the leather peck-strap tighter!" director Marcus Nispel proclaims off-screen. How does it look now, Mr. Nispel?Marcus Nispel evaluates peck-strap tightness. "Tighter!"The man loves restrictive accessories. Check out more pics after the jump, including what I can only imagine is a grip in Nispel's timeout cage.

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Here’s a shot of Jason Momoa being man-handled by the wardrobe department in the new Conan flick. "Make the leather peck-strap tighter!" director Marcus Nispel proclaims off-screen. How does it look now, Mr. Nispel?

Marcus Nispel evaluates peck-strap tightness.

"Tighter!"

The man loves restrictive accessories. Check out more pics after the jump, including what I can only imagine is a grip in Nispel’s timeout cage.

 

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Rose McGowan Joins ‘Conan’, Peace-Outties on ‘Red Sonja’? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/rose-mcgowan-joins-conan-peace-outties-on-red-sonja/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/rose-mcgowan-joins-conan-peace-outties-on-red-sonja/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Nerds have been on the verge of bonerdom since the above Red Sonja poster was released at Comic-Con in 2008. The status of that project has been unknown since then because Rose McGowan and Robert Rodriguez aren't banging genitals together anymore. Today, news that the actress has been cast in the Conan remake may finally trumpet that project's demise.McGowan has signed on to play a half-woman/half-witch opposite Fake Lenny Kravitz in Marcus Nispel's remake. Does this mean that Red Sonja is officially D.O.A. or does her agent only hang out with geeks and this role will serve as a taste of things to come? As of right now, it's too soon to tell if she will follow Brigitte Nielsen's career path or what the status is of her sleeping with Lil Wayne in season 26 of "The Surreal Life." (Variety)

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Nerds have been on the verge of bonerdom since the above Red Sonja poster was released at Comic-Con in 2008. The status of that project has bee unknown since then because Rose McGowan and Robert Rodriguez aren’t banging genitals together anymore. Today, news that the actress has been cast in the Conan remake may finally trumpet that project’s demise.

McGowan has signed on to play a half-woman/half-witch opposite Fake Lenny Kravitz in Marcus Nispel‘s remake. Does this mean that Red Sonja is officially D.O.A. or does her agent only hang out with geeks and this role will serve as a taste of things to come? As of right now, it’s too soon to tell if she will follow Brigitte Nielsen’s career path or what the status is of her sleeping with Lil Wayne in season 26 of "The Surreal Life." (Variety)

 

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Stephen Lang Considering ‘Conan’ Villian Role http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/stephen-lang-considering-conan-villian-role/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/stephen-lang-considering-conan-villian-role/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 "i'm a real tyrant without my morning cup of joe."After his breakthough as a scarred-up badass in Avatar, Stephen Lang is carving his niche as Hollywood's go-to son of a bitch. Colonel Quaritch has been offered the role of head bad guy in Marcus Nispel's Conan remake. The character, Khalar Singh, is a cruel warlord and former comrade to Conan's miniature dog-loving dad.This sounds like an exciting bit of casting in an otherwise unexciting film. Although it could be dangerous to the plot as I'll probably root for Lang over Jason Momoa. But only because I'll always root against white guys with dreads. Just make my coffee, Smelly.Lang was terrific in Avatar and I'm glad that's leading to more work. And before you rush to comment that he's essentially playing the same role, allow me to point out that this time he'll have a sword. It's a subtle difference. (Latino Review)

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"i’m a real tyrant without my morning cup of joe."

After his breakthough as a scarred-up badass in Avatar, Stephen Lang is carving his niche as Hollywood’s go-to son of a bitch. Colonel Quaritch has been offered the role of head bad guy in Marcus Nispel’s Conan remake. The character, Khalar Singh, is a cruel warlord and former comrade to Conan’s miniature dog-loving dad.

This sounds like an exciting bit of casting in an otherwise unexciting film. Although it could be dangerous to the plot as I’ll probably root for Lang over Jason Momoa. But only because I’ll always root against white guys with dreads. Just make my coffee, Smelly.

Lang was terrific in Avatar and I’m glad that’s leading to more work. And before you rush to comment that he’s essentially playing the same role, allow me to point out that this time he’ll have a sword. It’s a subtle difference. (Latino Review)

 

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Mickey Rourke is Conan’s Papa http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mickey-rourke-is-conans-papa/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mickey-rourke-is-conans-papa/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 World's Greatest Dad.It was rumored some time ago that Mickey Rourke would portray Conan's dad in Marcus Nispel's upcoming Conan remake. The dealmaking fell through at the time but the producers likely sweetened the pot by offering a bag of sweetened pot (it's like kettle corn for your lungs). Now Rourke is close to signing on. As reported before Conan stars Fake Lenny Kravitz (with Leo Howard playing Lil' Conan) as he goes on a quest to avenge the slaughter of his people.This casting makes perfect sense. If Rourke were to have a child, there's no way that kid wouldn't grow up to have dreadlocks and a sword collection. (THR)

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World’s Greatest Dad.

It was rumored some time ago that Mickey Rourke would portray Conan’s dad in Marcus Nispel‘s upcoming Conan remake. The dealmaking fell through at the time but the producers likely sweetened the pot by offering a bag of sweetened pot (it’s like kettle corn for your lungs). Now Rourke is close to signing on. As reported before Conan stars Fake Lenny Kravitz (with Leo Howard playing Lil’ Conan) as he goes on a quest to avenge the slaughter of his people.

This casting make perfect sense. If Rourke were to have a child, there’s no way that kid wouldn’t grow up to have dreadlocks and a sword collection. (THR)

 

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Little Kid Cast as Pre-Barbarian Conan http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/little-kid-cast-as-pre-barbarian-conan/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/little-kid-cast-as-pre-barbarian-conan/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Last month we reported that Fake Lenny Kravitz had won the role of the titular barbarian in Marcus Nispel's remake of Conan. Today comes word that the role of young Conan will be played by Fake Joey Lawrence. Child actor Leo Howard, who was seen on screens as a little ninja in G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, will portray the miniature barbarian for the first reel of the movie. Congratulations to Leo. And I'm not just saying that because he harnesses the ability to kick me in the face. In fact, I'll give him my unlimited approval if he takes out Jaden Smith at the All Valley Karate Tournament.  (Latino Review)

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Last month we reported that Fake Lenny Kravitz had won the role of the titular barbarian in Marcus Nispel‘s remake of Conan. Today comes word that the role of young Conan will be played by Fake Joey Lawrence. Child actor Leo Howard, who was seen on screens as a little ninja in G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, will portray the miniature barbarian for the first reel of the movie. Congratulations to Leo. And I’m not just saying that because he harnesses the ability to kick me in the face. In fact, I’ll give him my unlimited approval if he takes out Jaden Smith at the All Valley Karate Tournament.  (Latino Review)

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Fake Lenny Kravitz Cast as ‘Conan the Barbarian’ Lead http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fake-lenny-kravitz-cast-as-conan-the-barbarian-lead/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fake-lenny-kravitz-cast-as-conan-the-barbarian-lead/#comments Fri, 22 Jan 2010 13:24:47 +0000 Defy Media 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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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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MARCUS NISPEL TO DIRECT ‘CONAN’ UPDATE. NO MORE BRETT RATNER. http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/marcus-nispel-to-direct-conan-update-no-more-brett-ratner/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/marcus-nispel-to-direct-conan-update-no-more-brett-ratner/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 BY THE ANVIL OF CROM! Usually, news about a guy who’s made a career out of directing remakes is not very exciting; it’s kind of annoying.  The knock on them is obvious:  they're never as good as the source material, and they're usually flashy flicks that lack substance. That's what makes this piece of news so darned interesting.  It was announced that Marcus Nispel, the guy who remade both The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the Thirteenth, is on board to direct a remake of Conan.  Yeah, it's a lackluster little bit of information but it's good news.  Why?  Because now we know Brett Ratner isn't touching the movie any more.

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BY THE ANVIL OF CROM!

Usually, news about a guy who’s made a career out of directing remakes is not very exciting; it’s kind of annoying.  The knock on them is obvious:  they’re never as good as the source material, and they’re usually flashy flicks that lack substance.

That’s what makes this piece of news so darned interesting.  It was announced that Marcus Nispel, the guy who remade both The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the Thirteenth, is on board to direct a remake of Conan.  Yeah, it’s a lackluster little bit of information but it’s good news.  Why?  Because now we know Brett Ratner isn’t touching the movie any more.

Variety has reported that at one point in time both the Wachowski Brothers (Siblings maybe? I don’t know, anymore) and Robert Rodriguez were being courted before Ratner (the former much more competent than the latter), it is still nice to know…

that anyone other than The Rat is doing a flick that could be potentially cool.  Nispel doesn’t seem like a masterful filmmaker or anything, but he’s got that little fact that he didn’t ruin the X-Men franchise going for him in my book.

Honestly, if Brett Ratner’s career was halted by an army of remake filmmakers, well, I’d be very pleased.  Even if Conan is awful, Nispel’s effort should be respected by all for ensuring Ratner did not make the movie.
 

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