Thursday, September 9, 2010

“Bruce Campbell Working on Expendables-Type of Horror Movie - Softpedia” plus 3 more

“Bruce Campbell Working on Expendables-Type of Horror Movie - Softpedia” plus 3 more


Bruce Campbell Working on Expendables-Type of Horror Movie - Softpedia

Posted: 08 Sep 2010 07:34 AM PDT

Now that Sylvester Stallone has effectively proved nostalgia and blowing up stuff onscreen sell better than your average film, cult actor Bruce Campbell is taking notes.

The star, who can now be see in the highly popular "Burn Notice" but became an icon with his part in the "Evil Dead" franchise, says he's working on making a horror movie in the vein of "Expendables."

That is to say, he reveals in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, he's thinking of a plot that will allow him to gather all big horror movie stars in just one production.

This film, he promises, would be so huge and so impressive not only for managing to bring them all together but also because of the plot, that audiences couldn't resist not seeing it in theaters.

Moreover, the actor already has a first draft of the script ready but, as he puts it, "it kind of blows," which means he's not showing it yet to anyone because he doesn't want to embarrass himself.

"Yeah, The Expendables, or more like the It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World of horror. I want to get so many horror movie stars that people can't possibly not see the movie. I want to give them other stuff to do," Campbell says.

"I want to have Kane Hodder be very particular about what he eats. I want Robert Englund to be a tough guy, like he knows tae kwon do or something. I want to find out the hidden sides of all these people. Some will play themselves, some will play alternate characters as well," the actor adds.

"I may approach Kane Hodder to play Frankenstein. He could be Kane Hodder himself fighting himself as Frankenstein. It could be crazy. It's a silly concocted story that we hope to do maybe in a year or so," he says.

One thing that stands in the way of this project becoming real sooner is Campbell' schedule on "Burn Notice," because producers are adding more episodes as they go, which means he has less time to work on something else.

"My breaks between Burn Notice have been getting tighter because they've been adding episodes. They're trying to trap me like a rat in the TV world, and I might just let them," says the star.

"There's a script, it just kind of blows right now, so no one's really seeing it. We gotta work on it. Definitely shoot in Oregon all on a stage. It's like the 300 of horror comedies. We want to make it a whole world. Someone's gotta take Frank down for good," Campbell also reveals. 

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Taylor Lautner settles suit about RV for movie set - Morning Journal

Posted: 05 Sep 2010 10:11 PM PDT

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawyer for Taylor Lautner says the "Twilight" star has settled a lawsuit with an RV dealership he claims didn't deliver a $300,000 coach in time for a movie shoot.

Attorney Robert Barta said Friday that McMahon RV of Irvine, Calif. will pay $40,000 to Lautner, who will donate it to Lollipop Theater Network, a children's charity.

The 18-year-old Lautner sued the dealership Monday, saying it missed a June deadline to deliver the 2006 Affinity Country Coach for use on the set of the movie "Abduction."

Dealership owner Brent McMahon had offered to compete in a push-up contest to solve the dispute.

A phone message seeking comment on the settlement was not immediately returned.

Lautner will reprise his role as Jacob Black in the two-part "Twilight" finale.

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Join Sr. Helen Prejean in Cambridge for a movie showing - Catholic Online

Posted: 07 Sep 2010 12:26 AM PDT

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BOSTON, MA (September 7, 2010) - It's a long while since I last saw the movie of Dead Man Walking, so I'm looking forward to watching the movie with a group of people getting together at a special showing in Cambridge, Massachusetts in September.

This is a special event. It's being organized jointly by the Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty (MCADP) and the Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project, aka the Play Project. All the proceeds from the night will go towards the Play Project.

The MCADP has become a major sponsor of the Play Project, enabling it to reach more students, more colleges and more communities across the country. Harvard, Yale, Marshall and a bunch of smaller colleges and high schools will be participating in the coming year, using the power of art to open up deep thought and discourse on the death penalty.

If it's been a while since you saw Dead Man Walking or if you've never seen it or if you'd simply like to come along and join the discussion, here are the details:

Where: Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA
When: Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 7pm

(Click the image on the right to get a copy of the event brochure.)

After the screening, we'll have a talk back session where I'll be joined by the Play Project's director, Steven Crimaldi. I'll also be signing copies of Dead Man Walking and The Death of Innocents.

Won't you join me?

Contact: Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project
http://www.dmwplay.org MA, 02108 US
Steven Crimaldi - National Coordinator, -617-263.7550
Keywords: Sister Helen Prejean, Dead Man Walking, Boston, Brattle Theatre, Harvard Square
Category: Catholic Organizations

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Summer movies hold their own - Houma Courier

Posted: 07 Sep 2010 07:00 AM PDT

Published: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 8:46 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 8:48 a.m.

But despite some gloomy grumblings, the multiplexes survived in pretty good shape.

If estimates hold, North American grosses should total $4.35 billion from May 7 — the day season starter "Iron Man 2" opened — through Labor Day. That's either a little above or a little below summer 2009's record haul, depending on whether analysts are comparing 18 weeks or the extra 19th week the calendar gave last year's frame.

Regardless, this year's dollar amount was greatly boosted by higher-priced tickets for 3-D and IMAX-sized exhibitions. Attendance — the actual number of tickets sold — was at its lowest summer level since 1998.

"We can't have blockbuster, record-breaking summers in terms of attendance every year," observed Hollywood.com's box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian. "But I think this is a wake-up call to the industry that audiences are smarter than they're given credit for."

Indeed, the cry heard constantly throughout this summer season was that, with a few exceptions such as "Toy Story 3" and "Inception," studio releases just weren't worth the attention of many recession-battered filmgoers.

Final figures show that the box-office story was more nuanced than that. But a parade of early-season disappointments — "Robin Hood," "Shrek Forever After," "Prince of Persia," "Sex and the City 2," "Marmaduke," "Killers," "The A-Team," "Jonah Hex," "Knight & Day" — soured the atmosphere and made audiences think harder before spending precious entertainment dollars.

"It seems like it's been a summer where people were a lot choosier as to what they saw," noted Reagen Sulewski of the website boxofficeprophets.com. "If your concept looked good going in, people bought tickets. But if there were question marks around it, people stayed away."

Apparently, "Toy Story 3" looked really good coming and going. Although the Disney-released sequel to the movie that started the whole Pixar computer-animated phenomenon didn't start super-impressively — its opening weekend gross of $110,307,189 was just the eighth-highest summer bow of all time — it went on to become the first cartoon feature to make $1 billion worldwide, and led the North American pack with $408 million and counting.

The stereoscopic upcharge was a factor in "TS 3's" dominance. But 3-D began to lose its glow by summer's end (more on that in a moment), and played no part in the summer's second-, third- and fourth-biggest films' popularity.

"Iron Man 2," though not considered the artistic success the "Toy Story" sequel was, placed solidly in the No. 2 position domestically with a little over $312 million. That was a few million under the beloved first film in the series, but "IM2's" $622 million worldwide gross was substantially more than the 2008 movie's.

"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" came in third and, well, eclipsed the previous two films in the virgins-and-vampires series, but still failed to crack the $300 million domestic gross barrier.

And the happiest surprise of the summer was the fourth-place finish of the original sci-fi puzzle piece "Inception." There was great concern going into the season that Christopher Nolan's mind-bender would be too smart and good for degraded mass audience taste. As it turned out, most moviegoers were starving for quality, originality and intelligence after two months of nearly nonstop mediocrity.

Which is not to say that the tried-and-true didn't still have its cinematic comfort-food appeal.

Though it still hasn't cracked the $100 million domestic barrier, Sly Stallone's old school, old guys actioner "The Expendables" beat the snot out of youth culture adventures such as "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World."

And a reboot of the 1980s "Karate Kid" franchise, while expected to do well, surprised observers by making a much better-than-anticipated $175-plus million.

Plus, the summer's top three films were all sequels, and "Shrek Forever After" held the fifth spot for weeks before getting displaced over Labor Day by the original hit 'toon "Despicable Me."

"We want to be in business with people who make big, broad, worldwide commercial movies," said Don Harris, executive vice president and general sales manager of Paramount Pictures, which was powered to this summer's market share championship by the "Iron Man," "Shrek" and up-from-TV "Last Airbender" franchises.

But Harris acknowledged that, to have a truly successful summer, new ideas need to catch on, too.

"From an overall health of the business standpoint, you've got to have good, new, creative movies being made," Harris said. "You've got to have an 'Inception' to sit next to an 'Iron Man 2.'"

As for that great new innovation of the last year or so, 3-D clearly helped some summer movies make impressive extra profits. But its limits as hit insurance were also exposed by such late-season entries as "Step Up 3-D," "Piranha 3-D" and the family sequel just about everyone agreed was the biggest mistake of the year, "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore."

"This was the first summer when there were enough 3-D screens out there," Harris explained. "It was interesting to watch the reaction to the various movies. You had some where the movies seemed to really overperform because of the 3-D. Then you had others where there seemed to be reticence on the part of parents, if you will, to spend the extra money for a young child handholder kind of movie."

In the end, there were some tears, a few cheers and tidings of better luck next year.

"There certainly were mistakes," moviecitynews.com editor David Poland said of the 2010 season. "Going into the summer, it was not the most exciting lineup. But I think the biggest thing is that there were more high-profile movies that didn't do the kind of business that they were expected to.

"But the summer was pretty much the same summer we've had for years," Poland added. "It's going to be a little bit up money-wise and ticket sales are going to be 2 to 3 percent down. That's the way it's been for a decade."

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