Sneer's to you, Joel Silver for having the foresight to re-boot John Carpenter's wickedly fun Escape from New York and expand it, Peter Jackson-style, into a trilogy. Now you and Studio Canal just have to find a young-ish Snake Plissken who can carry three three films with the same sardonic charisma that made Kurt Russell such a joy to behold on the big screen. According to Deadline, the first of the three movies will be an origin story — perhaps one that shows how Snake got the eyepatch and how New York City became a maximum-security prison, or whatever plot twists Silver wants to throw our way since, according to the report, The Matrix producer is planning an "entirely new take" on the story. more »
Neatly balancing brightly sentimental comedy with slightly edgier funny business, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone pulls off the impressive trick of generating laughs on a consistent basis while spinning a clever scenario about rival magicians waging a Las Vegas turf war with a wide multi-demographic appeal. And while it may fall short of working B.O. magic when it hits theaters March 15, the pic — which played well with the opening-night crowd at the SXSW Film Festival — could wind up generating steady biz on a long-term basis rather than pulling a quick vanishing act. more »
The Red Band trailer for Kick Ass 2 has hit the blogosphere, and it's pretty blue thanks to the new villain's handle that Christopher Mintz-Plasse adopts for this sequel. Red Mist is now The Mother Fucker, with a glam-rock costume that, weirdly, calls to mind Kiss and Liza Minnelli.
Triple-named threats Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass) and Chloe Grace Moretz (Hit-Girl) are back and all grown up, and, this time around, they're joined on the superhero side by Jim Carrey's lantern-jawed Colonel Stars and Stripes. and his ball-busting guard dog. Ouch. Check out MTV's exclusive clip below and the hot poster for the film.
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If you need further evidence that Marvel is winning the battle against DC on the comic-book movie front, consider the latest Internet chatter about the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Latino Review, which knows how to work that fan boy beat, reports that Marvel has inquired about the availability of both Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler for the movie, which is slated to hit theaters on Aug. 1, 2014. more »
At long last, the Paranormal Activity/found footage horror hits are getting their own comedy spoof in the form of the Marlon Wayans vehicle A Haunted House — Paranormal Hacktivity, anyone?
Also in Tuesday morning's round-up of news briefs: Paramount hosts an interactive event for its Oscar hopeful; Sony sets new release dates for Robocop and Elysium; And over in India, two of Bollywood's biggest stars tie the knot.
Also in Thursday morning's round-up of news briefs, Kristen Stewart's Snow White and the Huntsman tops disc sales. An Islamist in Pakistan demands anti-Islam filmmakers be turned over. And, a Pink Panther star dies.
Is it me or does Jim Carrey look like he's dying a thousand deaths in the video below as he kills time on the set of Kick-Ass 2 in Toronto looking like the result of a night of passion between the Riddler's mom and Sgt. Rock. That actually could be a good thing since stand-up comics, which Carrey was before he became an ac-tor, are great at converting humiliation and flop sweat into moments of brutal and dark comic brilliance — a tone that certainly worked for the first Kick-Ass movie. more »
Also in Tuesday afternoon's round-up of news briefs, AMC Entertainment's acquisition is now complete. After Dark Films eyes a horror. The Dark Knight Rises passes another box office milestone. And Jim Carrey is confirmed for a Kick-Ass role.
Also in Tuesday morning's round-up of news briefs, the New York Film Festival will debut a portion of a new Oliver Stone project. Paramount nabs Kevin Costner for Kenneth Branagh project. Jim Carrey is being courted for super-hero project. And Italian television warns of a "racy" Venice lineup.
If you worship at the altar of tabloid courtships, you know that Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes have been linked romantically since working together on Derek Cianfrance's crime drama The Place Beyond the Pines earlier this year. But thanks to a new Funny or Die video, gossip hounds won't have to wait until 2012 to see the rumored couple together onscreen. Check out the pair's first official collaboration below, appropriately titled "Drunk History Christmas."