It’s a McInferno for Rose

Following the success of her latest comedy The House Bunny, Anna Faris recently decided to drop out of the more serious-minded Inferno, a biopic of porn star Linda Lovelace, and apparently Rose McGowan (Grindhouse) is now set to take her place. Wikipedia says:

Linda Susan Boreman (January 10, 1949 – April 22, 2002), better known by her stage name, “Linda Lovelace,” was a porn actress who was famous for her performance of deep throat fellatio in the enormously successful 1972 hardcore porn film Deep Throat. She later denounced her pornography career, claimed that she had been forced into it by her sadistic first husband and for a while became a spokeswoman for the anti-pornography movement.

The movie will mark the second feature for writer/director Matthew Wilder after this year’s William J. Frick biopic Your Name Here, and is set for release sometime in 2009. Who’s the better potential porn star, Faris or McGowan? I don’t like McGowan but she seems a better fit to me.

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New Trailer: Paul Blart – Mall Cop

Basically Die Hard in a mall, comedy-style, Paul Blart: Mall Cop follows an incompetent mall security guard who rises to the occasion when a bunch of bank robbers take over the commercial center where he operates since he’s the only one who can take them on.

Directed by Steve Carr (Are We Done Yet?), Paul Blart: Mall Cop stars Kevin James (I Now Pronouce You Chuck & Larry) in the titular role alongside Jayma Mays (Epic Movie) and Erick Avari (Postal) among others. Buzz for this film hasn’t been very positive thus far, but considering it’s made by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison (this summer’s hit The House Bunny), who knows it might actually be a pleasant surprise.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop was co-written by James and Nick Bakay (two episodes of ‘Til Death) and will premiere in the US on January 16th, 2006. What do you think of this new trailer? Its certainly better than the previous one. Kevin Smith originally had a similar idea entitled Mallrats 2: Die Hard In A Mall, should he sue?

Eagle Eye wins weekend in the US

As expected, Eagle Eye, the new thriller from Disturbia director D.J. Caruso took the top spot at the US box-office this weekend, making more than 29 million bucks. The romantic comedy Nights In Rodanthe came in second while last week’s big winner Lakeview Terrace dropped to third place. Finishing up the top 5 are the Christian-themed drama Fireproof, which did incredibly well consider its theater count, and Burn After Reading, which is holding quite well. Interestingly, Miracle At St. Anna, the World War II film from Inside Man director Spike Lee flopped big time, entering at number 9 with only three and a half million.

Full top 20 with earnings after the jump. Continue reading

Truckload of Links of the Week

The /Filmcast and the /Filmcast: After Dark.

/Film‘s David Chen interviews Eagle Eye director D.J. Caruso here and star Michelle Monaghan here.

Director M. Night Shyamalan is pondering an Unbreakable sequel here.

Shia LaBeouf (Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull) will star in the thriller Dark Fields here.

Keira Knightley (The Duchess), Eva Mendes (The Women), Guillaume Canet (The Beach) and Sam Worthington (Rogue) will star in “modern love story” Last Night here.

Anna Faris (The House Bunny) drops out of pornstar biopic here and lends her voice to a new animated flick here.

Another Fantastic Four cast member is doubtful a third film will happen here.

Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau (The Break-Up) will team up once again for Couples Retreat here.

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julianne Moore are game for a sequel to The Big Lebowski here.

Michael Douglas (King Of California) is a Solitary Man here.

Bruce Willis (the Die Hard films) will direct his first film here.

David Spade (The Benchwarmers) will star in Divorced Guys here.

Another 80s horror flick getting remade, watch the original’s trailer

Apparently, American movie producers made a bet they could remake every single horror film from the 70s and 80s in the next ten years, as a remake of the 1983 not-so-classic The House On Sorority Row will start shotting next month in Pittsburgh.

Retitled simply Sorority Row, the film will star Rumer Willis (The House Bunny), daughter of Bruce Willis (the Die Hard films) and Demi Moore (Mr. Brooks), Jamie Chung (ABC Family’s Samurai Girl), Briana Evigan (Step Up 2 The Streets), Audrina Patridge (MTV’s The Hills) and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia in Star Wars).

In the original film, seven sorority sisters accidentally kill their house mother while playing a prank on her, but decide to hide the body in the pool because they want to have a graduation party before dealing with it. Naturally someone at the party starts killing the girls one by one.

Adapted by screenwriting duo Pete Goldfinger & Josh Stolberg (2 episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender), Sorority Row will change the initial accidental death to one of the sorority sisters rather than the house mother. The film is expected to be rated R in the US and will be directed by Stewart Handler (Whisper).

From the looks of the first film’s trailer (above), and its reputation, this remake doesn’t have much to live up to and could easily surpass the original. But then again, so could Prom Night and we all know how that turned out.

Fun Fact: The first film’s writer/director, Mark Rosman, went to direct 11 episodes of Lizzie McGuire and several Hilary Duff movies…WTF?

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Burn After Reading wins weekend in the US

Four movies opened wide in the US last Friday, and all four of them went on to make decent money during the oh-so-critical weekend, ending a seven-week long box-office slump. Burn After Reading, the latest from the acclaimed Coen brothers Ethan and Joel (No Country For Old Men) took the top spot, followed by The Family That Preys, the latest from the incredibly prolific and popular Tyler Perry (Meet The Browns) who apparently made his best film yet…why don’t his films get released overseas? Finishing up the top 5 are the thriller Righteous Kill, the chick flick The Women and the apparently actually good The House Bunny, which is holding up very well in its fourth week of release. Last week’s number one however, Bangkok Dangerous, tumbled down to eighth place.

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ABC unveils five new shows for midseason (also, Lost news)

American network ABC has picked up five shows to premiere mideason. According to Wikipedia:

In North American Television a midseason replacement is a television show that premieres in the second half of the traditional television season, usually between January and April. Midseason replacements usually take place after a show that was in the fall schedule was canceled, put on hiatus or had a shorter season than other shows and the timeslot needs to be filled. Some midseason replacements get canceled like the shows they replaced, but others have gone on to be very successful.

First up we have Castle, a drama created by Andrew W. Marlowe (Hollow Man) starring Nathan Fillion (Waitress), Monet Mazur (The House Bunny) and Stana Katic (Quantum Of Solace). Fillion stars as a writer of horror novels who helps the NYPD on some cases. Mmmh, sounds pretty standard but who knows? Castle‘s pilot was directed by Rob Bowman (Elektra).

Next is The Unusuals, also a drama, created by Noah Hawley (6 episodes of Bones) and relating the daily happenings of a police station. The Unusuals stars Harold Perrineau (Lost), Adam Goldberg (2 Days In Paris), Amber Tamblyn (The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants 1 & 2) and Jeremy Renner (28 Weeks Later), and its pilot was directed by Stephen Hopkins (The Reaping).

Third is Cupid, a drama created by Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars), who’ll be remaking his own, eponymous, failed show from 1998. Bobby Cannavale (Diminished Capacity) will play Trevor Hale, a man convinced he was sent to Earth by Zeus in order to make people love each other. Rounding up the cast are Camille Guaty (Las Vegas) and Sarah Paulson (Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip). It’s interesting that this project has been greenlighted as ABC is the network that cancelled the original show.

In fourth we have Better Off Ted, a comedy created by Victor Fresco (4 episodes of My Name Is Earl), about a morally upright man living in a morally corrupt world. The series stars Jay Harrington (Desperate Housewives) and Andrea Anders (The Class). The pilot was directed by creator’s relative Michael Fresco (12 episodes of Earl).

Last is Single With Parents, a comedy created by Kristin Newman (2 episodes of How I Met Your Mother) in which a thirty-something year old woman played by Alyssa Milano (Charmed) attempts to take control of her life by distancing herself from her family, friends and work. Beau Bridges (Stargate SG-1), Eric Winter (Days Of Our Lives), Amanda Detmer (What About Brian) and Stella Hudgens (Vanessa Hudgens’ sister) round up the cast. The pilot was directed by Michael Engler (6 episodes of 30 Rock).

I’ll give them all a try, but honestly, none of them seem that interesting to me, what do you think?

Michelle Rodriguez scuttling back to the island

In related ABC news, it has been reported that Michelle Rodriguez (Battle In Seattle) will be back in an episode of Lost‘s fifth season. Michelle’s character, Ana-Lucia Cortez, was introduced at the end of the popular show’s first season and played a prominent part in the second. It is unclear how Michelle’s appearance will play out, but knowing Lost, you can expect anything.

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