Dimension goes Extreme straight-to-DVD

Dimension Films, the specialty branch of The Weinstein Company (previously Miramax) has greenlit eighteen straight-to-DVD flicks for its Dimension Extreme label which are budgeted at 3 to 6 million dollars each.

TWC co-chairman Bob Weinstein said the films, mostly sequels, prequels, remakes or spinoffs of TWC/Dimension titles, could debut in a particular ancillary arena — DVD, VOD, TV or the Web — depending on a closer look as they near release.

Thus expect new movies in the worlds of Hell Ride, Children Of The Corn, Midnight Man, Piranha, Halloween, etc…

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Movie Of The Day: The Butterfly Effect 2 (2006)

One of the many straight-to-DVD cash-in sequels that have been coming out at an increasing rate in recent years (though it did get a theatrical release in some countries), The Butterfly Effect 2 has virtually no connections to the 2004 original, except for a vague useless mention of that film’s events, and some common crew, mostly in the producing, casting and music departments.

Written by Michael D. Weiss (Journey To The Center Of The Earth 3D), The Butterfly Effect 2 pretty much follows the first film’s formula of a guy who discovers he has the power to alter his past and uses it to save the woman he loves and to try and make his life perfect.

The film stars Eric Lively (Live!, also Gossip Girl star Blake Lively’s older brother), Erica Durance (The CW’s Smallville), Dustin Milligan (The Messengers) and Gina Holden (Final Destination 3) among others and was directed by John R. Leonetti (Mortal Kombat: Annihilation). Trailer and review after the jump. Continue reading

Are you ready to Bring It On yet again?

Since it was only a matter of time, a fifth entry in the cheerleading franchise Bring It On is currently filming, and like the previous three sequels is undoubtedly aimed at the straight-to-DVD market. Why you ask? Because they’re not expensive to make and bring in considerable profits, that’s why! As for the quality, I have no idea, as while I admit I own all four films, I’ve only seen the original theatrical one. From what I hear the sequels are actually rather decent though, except for entry n°2, Bring It On Again.

So the main question is, who will be the hot blonde cheerleader this time around? 1 had Kirsten Dunst (the Spider-Man films) and 3 had Hayden Panettiere (NBC’s Heroes) while 2 & 4 had virtual unknowns (their biggest names were One Tree Hill‘s Bethany Joy Galeotti in 2 and High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale’s older sister Jennifer in 4, both in supporting roles). So chime in, which young blonde star would you like to see in a cheerleading outfit, shaking her pom-poms at you?

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Links of the Week

The /Filmcast and the /Filmcast: After Dark.

Guy Ritchie (Snatch) sheds some light on his Sherlock Holmes project starring Robert Downey Jr. (here)

Cast & crew discuss the new Death Race movie (here)

Kevin McKidd (Dog Soldiers) may be cast in the new Highlander reboot following the fifth film’s failure. If cast, McKidd will be the first actual Scotsman in the role (here)

The Top 10 Coolest Commercials By Movie Directors. Supposedly (here)

Kick-Ass cast compared to comic book source material (here)

Vin Diesel (Babylon A.D.) destroys this summer’s other heroes (here)

A movie called Ninja Cheerleaders came out. Seriously (here)

Bonus: Audrina Patridge bikini pictures…oh yeah (here)

Paramount Famous Prods. created, slew of DTV sequels to ensue

Paramount is renaming its straight-to-dvd division. The goods news? Prepare for Without A Paddle: Nature’s Calling, Road Trip 2: Still Trippin’, Mean Girls 2: Meaner Girls, Bad News Bears 2: More Bad News and Naked Gun 1/4: Can’t Get More Naked Than This and Grease 3.  The bad news? They’re calling it “Paramount Famous Productions”. Seriously is that the stupidest name for a movie company or what? Nikki Finke reports:

The newly christened Paramount Famous Productions has been actively developing an inaugural production slate. Now PFP prez Louis Feola says that, starting in 2010, the division expects to release 5 to 6 films annually with titles to encompass a mix of sequels, prequels and remakes based on the libraries of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, DreamWorks Pictures, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies. PFP also wants to work closely with Viacom-owned cable networks such as BET, Comedy Central and Spike TV to develop filmed entertainment content.

Louis Feola used to have the same job over at Universal which means he’s the guy we should thank for all those American Pie and Bring It On sequels. I don’t have anything against straight-to-dvd sequels really, but this batch seems pretty uninteresting. Grease 3 will probably be a High School Musical ripoff, Mean Girls 2 will probably be watchable as long as they get some hot girls, and they better get Leslie Nielsen for Naked Gun 4, for obvious reasons. Mr Feola, if you’re reading this, how about The Haunting 2? Here’s a movie which can easily be better than the original!

So, what films from the Paramount family would be a good fit for straight-to-dvd sequel goodness? Discuss!

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