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 Posted:   Nov 25, 2013 - 8:22 AM   
 By:   fisch   (Member)

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25

DOCTOR WHO: THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR---the first BBC One ratings show 10.2 million viewers tuned in for the 50th anniversary special which is second only to the Christmas 2010 episode.

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION---photo released of the sequel featuring the new Optimus Prime.





FLEMING---director Duncan Jones (SOURCE CODE, MOON) has left the Ian Fleming biomovie to direct WARCRAFT.





ROAD HOUSE---remake of the 1989 Patrick Swayze movie is underway with director Rob Cohen (THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS, XXX).





JOHN LANDIS---the director (ANIMAL HOUSE, TRADING PLACES) commented on current Hollywood movies,

"Some of us were very lucky. I started to make movies for the studios in the '70s. They were dying, but at least they were still studios.
There are no original ideas. What there is -- and this is something no one understands -- is that it is never about the idea, it is about the execution of the idea. The film studios are all now subdivisions of huge multinational corporations.
Time Warner, British Petroleum, Sony -- these aren't companies, they are f*cking nations. They are these giant international things that don't pay taxes. It's ridiculous. They're like pirates. It really has to do with desperation, because they don't know how to get people into the theaters, so they bring back 3D and make all this kind of sh-t.
It's very common now to spend more money selling a movie than making a movie. So the reason they make remakes and sequels is because they're brands, like Coca Cola.
They remake movies because they have presold titles. It's tragic, because you have things like Tobe Hooper's THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE which is a brilliant movie, and yet the remakes have made a lot more money."
When I did ANIMAL HOUSE,I could point at the studio and tell you who owned it: Lew Wasserman was Universal, David Begelman was Columbia, Arthur Krim was United Artists, Steve Ross was Warner Brothers.
I don't know who owns these companies now. There are no individuals who say, 'Sure, I'll take a risk.' Because the risks are now huge. Many of my movies made more money the second, third, or fourth week, because we used to have what we call word of mouth. Now if a movie doesn't make money its first two days, you're f*cked!
There will always be good movies being made. It's just harder and harder to see them. And the studios are no longer interested in making good movies -- they're interested in movies that will bring you in."

THE WALKING DEAD---Andrew J. West (GREEK) will guest star as a character who is a "remix" of a character from the comic book. West might be promoted to a full cast member.

JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME---Van Damme has two new movies underway. ENEMIES CLOSER is about a forest ranger/ex-SEAL who teams up with a rival after a drug cartel forces him to locate a missing drug shipment in the wilderness of the US/Canadian border. WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE is about an unstable ex-Marine who is stranded in the jungle of a corporate island retreat with office workers he's supposed to teach.

WITCHES OF EAST END---Lifetime renewed the series for Season 2.

BLANCO---Cinemax pilot underway about a double-crossing criminal/informant who uses his position to build a criminal empire. Shiloh Fernandez (EVIL DEAD) stars.

HAUNTED HOUSE---untitled ABC unscripted pilot about haunted houses from Blumhouses Productions (INSIDIOUS).

MOON KNIGHT---a new comic book featuring the Marvel Comics superhero returns in March, 2014 and is set in New York.

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2013 - 9:01 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

JOHN LANDIS---the director (ANIMAL HOUSE, TRADING PLACES) commented on current Hollywood movies,

"Some of us were very lucky. I started to make movies for the studios in the '70s. They were dying, but at least they were still studios.
There are no original ideas. What there is -- and this is something no one understands -- is that it is never about the idea, it is about the execution of the idea. The film studios are all now subdivisions of huge multinational corporations.
Time Warner, British Petroleum, Sony -- these aren't companies, they are f*cking nations. They are these giant international things that don't pay taxes. It's ridiculous. They're like pirates. It really has to do with desperation, because they don't know how to get people into the theaters, so they bring back 3D and make all this kind of sh-t.
It's very common now to spend more money selling a movie than making a movie. So the reason they make remakes and sequels is because they're brands, like Coca Cola.
They remake movies because they have presold titles. It's tragic, because you have things like Tobe Hooper's THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE which is a brilliant movie, and yet the remakes have made a lot more money."
When I did ANIMAL HOUSE,I could point at the studio and tell you who owned it: Lew Wasserman was Universal, David Begelman was Columbia, Arthur Krim was United Artists, Steve Ross was Warner Brothers.
I don't know who owns these companies now. There are no individuals who say, 'Sure, I'll take a risk.' Because the risks are now huge. Many of my movies made more money the second, third, or fourth week, because we used to have what we call word of mouth. Now if a movie doesn't make money its first two days, you're f*cked!
There will always be good movies being made. It's just harder and harder to see them. And the studios are no longer interested in making good movies -- they're interested in movies that will bring you in."


I used to blame the studio's, but then I realized they wouldn't be doing this if they weren't bringing in the business. There's no reason for them to make good films. People will eat up any crap handed to them. Same with the music business. It is what it is.

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2013 - 10:45 AM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Thank you, Mr. Landis - especially for reminding everyone that what matters is (to reference Roger Ebert) not so much what a movie is, but how it is.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2013 - 11:32 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

ROAD HOUSE---remake of the 1989 Patrick Swayze movie is underway with director Rob Cohen (THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS, XXX).

Ghost, Red Dawn and now this?* What Swayze movie's going to be done next, Next Of Kin?

*Yes, there's a remake of Ghost. Muted trailer:



The entire movie:

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2013 - 12:26 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

The Landis comments mirror very much what Joe Dante told me in my interview with him (that I posted earlier).

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2013 - 12:41 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

ROAD HOUSE---remake of the 1989 Patrick Swayze movie is underway with director Rob Cohen (THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS, XXX).

And they'll probably make it "dark and gritty," too. roll eyes

 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2013 - 2:29 AM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25

FLEMING---director Duncan Jones (SOURCE CODE, MOON) has left the Ian Fleming biomovie to direct WARCRAFT.


Leaving a bio dramatization of Ian Fleming for BuckCraft? Really? I might hypothesize $money$ on this one?...

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2013 - 2:57 AM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25

FLEMING---director Duncan Jones (SOURCE CODE, MOON) has left the Ian Fleming biomovie to direct WARCRAFT.


Leaving a bio dramatization of Ian Fleming for BuckCraft? Really? I might hypothesize $money$ on this one?...


Putting money entirely aside, I can easily see plenty of people (including not just those who watch movies, but those who make them as well) just being more interested in a WarCraft movie than a biopic about Ian Fleming. That's not to say that the one is inherently more interesting than the other; it's just that it's undoubtedly more interesting to at least some individuals. Perhaps he's one of them.

 
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