New Writer Hired for G.I. Joe 3

Can we get her back please?

Yo Joe! Paramount Pictures, who recently announced the next G.I. Joe film would release about two years from now, have just hired screenwriter Jonathan Lemkin to take over the script from Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman, Divergent). Continue reading

Olivia Munn is Riding Along

UPDATE: Ken Jeong will also be in the film, playing a computer hacker who fancies himself a ladies man but who also is key in solving the case that Cube and Hart are working on.

This year’s “urban” buddy cop comedy Ride Along was a huge hit in the US when it premiered earlier this year, so naturally it’s getting a sequel. Two of the original’s four (!) screenwriters, Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (also Clash of the TitansÆon Flux, R.I.P.D.) return for the sequel which will again center on security guard Ben Barber (Kevin Hart, Scary Movie 3 & 4) and his would-be brother-in-law, tough Atlanta cop James Payton (Ice Cube, 21 Jump Street) and also be directed by Tim Story (also Fantastic Four 1 & 2).

According to The Hollywood Reporter, former Attack of the Show! co-host, The Newsroom actress and infamous Brett Ratner shrimp fling Olivia Munn (also seen in Magic Mike) will join the anticipated sequel as a Miami homicide detective and love interest for Ice Cube’s character. Perhaps not coincidentally, the 33 year-old actress’ latest film, the “true horror” pic Deliver Us from Evil, is just about to release Stateside.

What do you think of Munn’s addition to the film? Does she have the chops to plays it up with Cube & Hart? Or will she just be token eye candy? Watch some of her early AotS comedy after the jump and sound off in the comments! Continue reading

3 Seijun Suzuki films head to Blu-ray

French home video distributor Elephant Films revealed on its Facebook page it will release three of famed Japanese director Seijun Suzuki’s films to the high definition format as part of its Cinema Master Class collection. Of the three, only Branded to Kill already got a release (from the Criterion Collection in 2011), while the two others, Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell, Bastards! and Youth of the Beast will be new to the format.

Unfortunately, the Cinema Master Class’ previous releases indicate that it is unlikely these discs will hold English subtitles, but this is definitely good news for anyone who masters Japanese or French and a potential sign that other distributors around the world may get these films out there as Elephant Films indicates the copies are “pristine”.

Not as widely known as other Japanese masters, the 91 year-old Suzuki (who retired in 2006) is nevertheless an important and influential figure of the medium, particularly celebrated for his surreal gangster films, whose work has been championed by filmmakers such as Jim Jarmusch (Broken Flowers), Takeshi Kitano (Zatoichi), Wong Kar-wai (In the Mood for Love) and Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction).

The films will hit French (and online) stores on November 4th. Check out the subtitled trailer for Youth of the Beast after the jump and sound off in the comments. Continue reading

R.I.P. Paul Mazursky (1930-2014)

Acclaimed writer, director and occasional actor Paul Mazursky passed away Monday in Los Angeles from a pulmonary cardiac arrest. He was 84.

The five-time Oscar nominee started out as an actor in Stanley Kubrick’s first fiction film Fear and Desire at the age of 22, after being noticed in a play. 1969 saw the release of his first directorial effort, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, starring Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Elliott Gould and Dyan Cannon, which he also wrote and was nominated for four Academy Awards.

His last work as a director is the 2006 documentary Yippee and he had also remained active as an actor, recently appearing on the TV show Curb Your Enthusiasm and voicing a character in Kung Fu Panda 2.

Our thoughts go with Mr Mazursky’s family and friends, including his widow Betty and daughter Jill. If you are unfamiliar with his work, I’ve included an interview and a few trailers after the jump. Continue reading

Shocker: Fox cancels Hieroglyph before Premiere

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As one show resurrects another finds itself stillborn. In an unexpected turn of events, Fox, who had made a big deal earlier this year of bypassing the traditional “pilot season” for its shows, has cancelled its ambitious Ancient Egyptian drama Hieroglyph before it ever made it to the air.

Only the pilot was shot, but Fox executives reportedly didn’t like where the scripts for further episodes where going…which is ironic as they had initially given the show a 13 episode straight commitment.

Cancelling a greenlit show before it premieres is an extremely rare move from broadcasters, expecially for such ambitious shows as this. Fox had actually pulled the same move last year with Us & Them, starring Jason Ritter (Freddy vs. Jason) and Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls), as had NBC with its Dane Cook vehicle Next Caller, but those were both comparatively “small” comedy shows.

Find out more about the show that will never be and watch its trailer after the jump. Continue reading

Community Gets a Sixth Season

Troubled but fan favorite comedy show Community will finally return for a sixth season through the Yahoo Screen sgtreaming service, after talks with Hulu broke down following its cancellation by NBC.

I’ve never watched the show but it has a passionate following and it’s always good news when a story gets to go on and complete its story the way it’s intended to. Creator Dan Harmon had this to say:

I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo. I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online. I vow to dominate our new competition. Rest easy, Big Bang Theory. Look out, Bang Bus!

While Yahoo CMO Kathy Savitt added the following:

Yahoo is all about connecting the best creators to the audiences who love their work. Community has an incredibly passionate and loyal fan base who have fought hard to keep this amazing show alive. We couldn’t be more excited to work with Dan, Joel, and the entire cast, as well as Sony, to deliver a great season 6.

Excited?

EXCLUSIVE: French singer to star in Jackie Chan’s next

UPDATE: French media has been citing this article left and right, which led to Lorie Pester’s talent agency ECI to tweet one of the articles. If that’s not a confirmation I don’t know what is…just remember, you heard it here first!

French singer/actress Lorie Pester has been cast opposite Jackie Chan in the action extravaganza Dragon Blade, currently shooting under the direction of Daniel Lee (Black Mask, 14 Blades,…), we can exclusively report.

The historical epic, which also stars American actors John Cusack (Being John Malkovich) and Adrien Brody (The Pianist), is set to be China’s most expensive production to date with a budget of $65 million. It tells the story of a Roman general (Cusack) who disappears into Han Dynasty China with his 1,000 man legion and is hunted down by Tiberius (Brody), another Roman general. Chan plays a Chinese commander who teams up with Cusack.

Pester spent most of last week shooting scenes for the film in the Gobi desert. It is unclear at this point what role she is playing, but it is safe to say her character is connected to Cusack’s in some way as the two seem to have become fast friends based on their flurry of tweets.

Nevertheless this casting is sure to mark a turning point in the career of the young woman, who has been written off by many in her home country but may end up being an action star to watch. Continue reading

We’re back!

Over five years after its demise, I’m proud to announce The Movie Planet is rising from the ashes like a digital phoenix. It’s been a long time coming and the site almost came back several times over the past few years, but here we are and hopefully will go on! Stay tuned for the exclusive which prompted this relaunch.

New Pictures: The Last House On The Left

Friday The 13th isn’t the only Sean S. Cunningham-related remake to come out next year. Indeed the 66 year old filmmaker served as a producer on The Last House On The Left, the controversial 1972 writing/directing debut from good friend Wes Craven (Red Eye). Noted for its incredibly graphic scenes and made for less than $90000, the film has long been unavailable in several countries such as the UK and Australia until recently due to censorship.

Now thanks to the success of the recent remake of Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes, several other remakes of the horror master’s movies are being planned, the first of which is obviously The Last House On The Left, courtesy of Rogue Pictures. Produced by Craven and Cunningham, the film marks the second feature directing effort (and first English-language movie) for Greek director Denis Eliadis (Harcore) while the screenplay was adapted by newcomer Adam Alleca and Carl Ellsworth (Disturbia).

Like the original, the new movie will feature a gang of criminals who kidnap, rape and murder a couple of teenage girls before unknowingly seeking refuge at one of the girls’ parents’ house while hiding from the police. The parents then realize who their guests are and decide to have their revenge. The remake stars Sara Paxton (Superhero Movie), Monica Potter (Saw), Garret Dillahunt (The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford) and Tony Goldwyn (The Last Samurai) among others and will be released sometime next year. I’ve included the 1972 film’s trailer after the jump.

Fun Fact: The 1972 original was heavily inspired by the Ingmar Bergman-directed 1960 Swedish film The Virgin Spring, winner of the Best Foreign Film Oscar and Golden Globe in 1961.

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New Trailer & Poster: Friday The 13th

Friday The 13th is undoubtedly one of the biggest, most enduring and recognizable horror franchises in movie history. It all started with John Carpenter‘s seminal 1978 slasher Halloween (recently remade by Rob Zombie) which paved the way for the 1980 release of the original Friday The 13th. Directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by Victor Miller and Ron Kurz, the film was a big success (in no small part thanks to its tiny $700000 budget) and eleven movies later the producers decided it was time to reboot the franchise.

Enter Platinum Dunes, a production company headed by Michael Bay (director of Transformers), Brad Fuller and Andrew Form that specializes in horror movies (mainly remakes) much like the Joel Silver/Robert Zemeckis-headed Dark Castle Entertainment and the Sam Raimi-headed Ghost House Pictures. Originally in talks with Jonathan Liebesman (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), Platinum Dunes finally chose to put Marcus Nispel (Pathfinder) in charge, the director who provided them with their best received film, the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Written by Freddy Vs. Jason scribes Damian Shannon & Mark Swift, the film will reportedly not be a direct remake but will instead take elements from the first three films in the franchise and go in its own direction. The movie stars Jared Padalecki (The CW’s Supernatural), Danielle Panabaker (CBS’ Shark), Amanda Righetti (Role Models), Travis Van Winkle (Meet The Spartans), Aaron Yoo (Nick And Norah’s Infinte Playlist) and Derek Mears (The Hills Have Eyes 2) among others.

It will premiere on February 12th, 2009 in Argentina, Germany, Portugal, Russia and the Netherlands, and come out the next day in a few other countries including the USA and the UK. You can check out four pictures from the new flick here and I have included the trailers for the first three films of the franchise after the jump. Don’t forget to tell me what you think in the comments.

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