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 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 10:31 AM   
 By:   fisch   (Member)

MONDAY, AUGUST 19

BEN-HUR---an "inside source" said Timur Bekmambetov (WANTED) is in talks to direct the MGM remake of the Oscar-winning 1959 movie which starred Charlton Heston. MGM and Bekmambetov's representatives refused to comment on the report. The script is by Keith Clarke (THE WAY BACK).
Also, Bekmambetov is the producer of the new horror movie SQUIRRELS in which a man returns to his hometown to investigate his father's mysterious death and encounters an army of flesh-eating squirrels.





GHOST SHARK---review of Syfy's latest shark movie which stars Mackenzie Rosman (7TH HEAVEN) and Richard Moll (NIGHT COURT). It premiers on August 22.

"We begin on a boat at night. A bunch of hillbillies who seem to have wandered over from Duck Dynasty are fishing in an attempt to win a $30,000 prize. When a great white shark kills their prize before they can reel it in, they kill it by snagging the shark with a crossbow and then plopping a grenade into its mouth. Almost immediately the shark turns into a ghost and kills everyone on the boat.
Cut to teenagers at the beach. Ava (Mackenzie Rosman), Blaise (Dave Davis), and their friends are swimming and enjoying rides on a jet ski. The translucent ghost shark ruins the fun by biting a girl on the jet ski in half. Of course, when the teens tell the sheriff that a see-through shark is the killer, they are laughed at. He will become a believer soon enough. This shark is (apparently) out to kill the entire town and get its vengeance..."





THE TWILIGHT ZONE---Joseph Kosinski (OBLIVION, TRON: LEGACY) will direct the movie based on the classic Rod Serling tv series.





THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2---new photo released teasing The Sinister Six might be in the sequel, Earlier, director Marc Webb said, "I'm a fan of The Sinister Six. I'll say that. I think if you pay attention to the second movie, you'll see hints of what's to come."






THE HOBBIT: DESOLATION OF SMAUG---new poster released for the movie.





X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST---first official photo of the movie was released after filming just concluded in Montreal.





CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER---Samuel L. Jackson said about Robert Redford's role in the sequel, "He's part of that World Security Council I was talking to in (THE AVENGERS), just he wasn't there. We also know each other because we've been comrades for a very long time. There's some stuff that's said that gives you an idea of how he's been part of that environment for a long time and the kind of guy he was."

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY---Gregg Henry (SLITHER) confirmed he will appear in the movie in an undisclosed role.

SUPERMAN VS. BATMAN---Nathan Fillion (FIREFLY) commented on rumors he's a candidate to play Batman by denying he's been approached and added, "I think I'd make an excellent Bruce Wayne; I think I'd make a terrible Batman."

BREAKING BAD---video of Bryan Cranston's Preparation H tv commercial from the 1980s.

Link: http://www.vulture.com/2013/08/watch-bryan-cranstons-eighties-preparation-h-ad.html?mid=imdb


TED 2---Mark Wahlberg and Seth McFarlane are returning for the sequel with McFarlane saying, "We're aiming for a 2015 Passover release date." It's not known if Mila Kunis is returning.

MARVEL---Mark Millar, consultant to 20th Century Fox, said the X-Men might meet The Fantastic Four in a movie, "Without question I think you have to see some of these guys showing up in each other’s movies. I think the most exciting thing in superhero movies, until The Avengers came along, was when Nick Fury showed up in Iron Man. Even though it was a guy with an eye patch it was really cool – and I expect we will see more of that."

RED BLOODED AMERICA---Bradley Cooper is in negotiations to star and produce this Lance Armstrong biomovie.

FALLEN---movie underway based on the novel series starring Addison Timlin (CALIFORNICATION) and Jeremy Irvine (WAR HORSE).

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 10:44 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

GHOST SHARK---review of Syfy's latest shark movie which stars Mackenzie Rosman (7TH HEAVEN)

What is it with the Camdens and horror movies? Jessica Biel did The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Beverley Mitchell was in one of the Saw movies, and now this (not to mention their extremely unlikely mutual mother* in Child's Play).

*As Television Without Pity pointed out, there is NO WAY Mackenzie Rosman could be the genetic result of Stephen Collins and Catherine Hicks what with her being so much darker than the others...

 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 11:09 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)





Are you sure this isn't a scene from Ghost Shark?

 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 11:27 AM   
 By:   OnlyGoodMusic   (Member)

Sequels, reboots, remakes - YAAAAAAWWWWWWNNNNNNNN!

I can write the review for the BEN-HUR remake right now .... !

 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 12:11 PM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

I can write the review for the BEN-HUR remake right now .... !

No surprise, after all the remake has been released 54 years ago.

 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 12:36 PM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

No surprise, after all the remake has been released 54 years ago.


Yes and no. A lot of the 1959 version was indeed a rehash of stuff in the 1925 Niblo version, but the original novel is a classic and can be 'adapted' ad infinitum, it's a book before it's a film. Remakes should NOT be 'remakes' but rather new workings of the book.

It has so many allegorical layers, it would be a hard job to create a really AWARE 2013 version, and one imagines they probably won't. Another 'Gladiator' type cock-fest of machos in leather probably. It's maybe a job for Spielberg, whose Jewish awareness and Joseph Campbell mythic understanding might get all the layers. It's NOT a job for Ridley Scott.

But you never know. They might be responsible and use their intelligence.


People do tend to rehash and plunder earlier adaptations in these films, and hope no-one notices. Even someone of the stature of Anthony Burgess could steal scenes from 'The Ten Commandments' (like the presentation of Pharaoh's dead son to the idol) and rehash them for the very intelligent 'Moses the Lawgiver', scenes that are not from Exodus or his own psyche. He nicked a few ideas from 'King of Kings' for the infinitely better 'Jesus of Nazareth' too (like Judas Iscariot's link with the zealots), that are clear influences plotwise.

The temptation is just too great I suppose. The 2010 Canadian 'Ben-Hur' took its cues from the 1959 film, far more than from the novel, though there are elements of the original novel revived and cheekily 'brought up to date'.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 12:37 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I can write the review for the BEN-HUR remake right now .... !

No surprise, after all the remake has been released 54 years ago.



It was only 34 years between the BEN-HURs of 1925 and 1959. More than enough time has passed for another one, although that alone is not a sufficient reason for making one.

 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 1:33 PM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

It was only 34 years between the BEN-HURs of 1925 and 1959. More than enough time has passed for another one, although that alone is not a sufficient reason for making one.

I fully agree. The 1959 one was huge then and I don't see how it could work if a new version tried to super-size it. There would need to be a different direction, different from both the 1925 and the 1959 ones, not making it even bigger.

 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 1:39 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

You're all forgetting the 2010 version! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2009776/

Anyway, whether or not we could use a new Ben-Hur, the fact that Timur Bekmambetov's doing it means I won't be seeing it. The guy's a rubbish director. Like Paul W.S. Anderson, his name attached to a project will keep me away even if it's something I might otherwise be interested in.

And speaking of the wrong guy for the job -- Joseph Kosinski for The Twilight Zone? Gag.

And sorry for the continued negativity, but is that Hobbit poster meant to make people want to see the film?

 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 5:29 PM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)





Are you sure this isn't a scene from Ghost Shark?





Apparently their quest leads them to a water park.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 8:32 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)



Apparently their quest leads them to a water park.



Yep.
"The Fellowship Of The Six Flags"

 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 9:39 PM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)



Apparently their quest leads them to a water park.



Yep.
"The Fellowship Of The Six Flags"





Problems arise when it turns out that Bilbo is not tall enough to ride this ride.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 9:47 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Problems arise when it turns out that Bilbo is not tall enough to ride this ride.


Awesome! It sounds like a story that should only take a mere 4 movies to tell!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 10:23 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

You're all forgetting the 2010 version! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2009776/


I have to admit that I never even heard of this 2010 Canadian-produced BEN-HUR, although it reportedly played on ABC in the U.S.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 10:34 PM   
 By:   Reeler   (Member)

GHOST SHARK---review of Syfy's latest shark movie which stars Mackenzie Rosman (7TH HEAVEN) and Richard Moll (NIGHT COURT). It premiers on August 22.

"We begin on a boat at night. A bunch of hillbillies who seem to have wandered over from Duck Dynasty are fishing in an attempt to win a $30,000 prize. When a great white shark kills their prize before they can reel it in, they kill it by snagging the shark with a crossbow and then plopping a grenade into its mouth. Almost immediately the shark turns into a ghost and kills everyone on the boat.
Cut to teenagers at the beach. Ava (Mackenzie Rosman), Blaise (Dave Davis), and their friends are swimming and enjoying rides on a jet ski. The translucent ghost shark ruins the fun by biting a girl on the jet ski in half. Of course, when the teens tell the sheriff that a see-through shark is the killer, they are laughed at. He will become a believer soon enough. This shark is (apparently) out to kill the entire town and get its vengeance..."


Of all the movie news I've read this one just might take the cake. Beyond bad.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 11:02 PM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

They should get Ridley Scott to do the new BEN-HUR.

Though he already dealt with Rome in GLADIATOR, and I read that all he really likes is to create environments...

Of course, there'll never be another Miklos Rozsa score for it....

Sad.

 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2013 - 1:06 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I found the opening theme to SQUIRRELS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNbFX407LUI

 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2013 - 5:05 AM   
 By:   OnlyGoodMusic   (Member)

I can write the review for the BEN-HUR remake right now .... !

No surprise, after all the remake has been released 54 years ago.


I was merely hinting that, generally, remaking an established, multi-award winning classic cannot end well for its remakers. Sadly you didn't get that.

 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2013 - 5:22 AM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

GHOST SHARK---review of Syfy's latest shark movie which stars Mackenzie Rosman (7TH HEAVEN)

What is it with the Camdens and horror movies? Jessica Biel did The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Beverley Mitchell was in one of the Saw movies, and now this (not to mention their extremely unlikely mutual mother* in Child's Play).


Yep. From the looks of it, it seems Miss Rosman drew the short straw for horror movies, and considering that her on-screen brothers were the protagonists in the first two BOOGEYMAN movies, that's quite sad...but not as much as the fact that I know about the first two BOOGEYMAN movies enough to cite that fact.

Also, I didn't know Johnny Depp was in the new X-MEN movie! Bitchin'!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2013 - 5:38 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

No harm in revisiting Ben-Hur, the trouble is, no matter how well they do it, we're going to be in computer pixel land. The great thing about the 50's version is that it was all real (well real sets & people, the model ships were bad, but what a chariot race!) & there's no actor around can can fill Heston's boots.

I loved Captain America becouse it was set in the forties, & the design was based on all those great forties serials. Set in the modern day, I don't think I'll bother.

 
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