"Blair Witch Project" was a phenomenon and the filmmakers, Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick, were faced with a conundrum. How could they top its $250 million success?
Capitalizing on the film's worldwide buzz, the crappy "Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2" was released to a resounding thud!
Now, Sanchez and Myrick are planning a true sequel to the first "Blair Witch" although they admit they're still trying to figure out which direction to take.
Sanchez and Myrick revealed to BBC News:
"Ideally, each Blair Witch film would be a completely different kind of movie. We've thought about doing a film that takes place in the late 1700s and looks like a [Stanley] Kubrick movie with gritty looking people and lighting.
"But now, we're thinking about going back and and seeing what happened directly after the first film finished.
"I think it will have some kind of video element in it, but it won't be a first person hand-held movie."
As for the actors? The filmmakers revealed:
"I (Myrick) talk to Josh (Leonard) quite regularly and Mike Williams as well. Actually, he had a role in my last movie.
"Heather, I haven't seen in years. The last I heard, she had got out of the business and gone up north and is living on a ranch somewhere.
"Maybe she's still traumatised," he adds.
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My Super Funny One-on-One Interviews with the cast of "THE GOODS: LIVE HARD. SELL HARD." From Alan Thicke to Jeremy Piven, See What the Stars Reveal!
First of, have I told you how much I love this film? It's SUPER-FUNNY! But, the greatest comedies have underlying tones of despair, and the characters in "The Goods" certainly have lots of those, hence, the funnies
Make it the super funnies!
From the folks who gave us "Talladega Nights" and "Stepbrothers," "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard" is one of the best comedies of the summer, perhaps the year!
Directed by Neil Brennan from the script by Andy Stock and Rick Stempson, this film ain't a clunker! Paramount has great timing with the whole Cash for Clunkers program.
You'll find a new, perhaps, respect for used car salesman! "The Goods" opens this Friday, Aug. 14th, so don't miss it!
So I attended the press junket for "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard" and sat down with the cast. Here they are (click on pictures to see video):
Jeremy Piven (Don "The Goods" Ready) talked about:
*** HIS INVOLVEMENT WITH THE FILM
*** HOW IT GOT MADE
*** JEWS, QUEERS, ESKIMOS
*** WHY IT'S BETTER THAN THE HANGOVER
FUN FUN FUN! (Click on the picture to see interview video)
Ed Helms (Paxton Harding) and Alan Thicke (Stu Harding) talked about:
*** WORKING IN THE FILM
*** HAVING A BLAST...AND THEN...ALAN THICKE'S PHONE RANG
*** ED HELMS' BACKSTREET BOYS DANCE MOVES
THIS IS FUNNY AS WELL!
(Click on their picture to watch video interview)
Rob Riggle (Peter Selleck) and David Koechner (Brent Gage) talked about:
*** THEIR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE FILM
*** WORKING IN THE SET
*** BEING APPLES OF THE EYES OF THE OTHER CHARACTERS
*** FUN FUN FUN
(Click their picture to see video)
In this interview, Ken Jeong (Teddy Dang) and Craig Robinson (DeeJay) talked about:
*** THEIR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE FILM
*** AND THEN RAUCOUS FUN ENSUES!
*** WHY KEN DIDN'T GO NAKED IN THE FILM UNLIKE "THE HANGOVER"
*** CRAIG'S PALM SPRINGS EXPERIENCE
THESE TWO ARE HILARIOUS!
I LOVE THEM!
(Click on their picture to watch video)
Here's more info on "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard" from Paramount Vantage:
A crew of fast-talking, hard-living mercenary car salesmen are hired to save a failing small-town dealership in “The Goods: Live Hard * Sell Hard,” the new comedy from the makers of “Talladega Nights” and “Step Brothers.” Raunchy, risqué and politically incorrect, “The Goods: Live Hard * Sell Hard” is a 500-horsepower ride through a three day car sale.
Paramount Vantage Presents A Gary Sanchez Production A Kevin Messick Production “The Goods: Live Hard * Sell Hard” starring Jeremy Piven, Ving Rhames, James Brolin, David Koechner, Kathryn Hahn, Ed Helms, Jordana Spiro, Craig Robinson. The film is directed by Neal Brennan. Written by Andy Stock & Rick Stempson. The producers are Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Kevin Messick and Chris Henchy. The executive producer is Louise Rosner. The director of photography is Daryn Okada, ASC. The production designer is Stefania Cella. The film editors are Michael Jablow, A.C.E. and Kevin Tent, A.C.E. The costume designer is Mary Jane Fort. The music is by Lyle Workman. The music supervisor is Dave Jordan. This film has been rated R for sexual content, nudity, pervasive language and some drug material.
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Toy-based films are taking over Hollywood! Argh!!!!
"Transformers" franchise is a great success, "G.I. Joe" is right behind it, then coming up next we'll have Monopoly, Candyland, Battleship, Stretch Armstrong, View-Master, Max Steel, Hot Wheels and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
Argh part 2!!!
Now, Warner Bros. is toying with the idea of building a film based on Lego.
Dan and Kevin Hageman are writing the script for this family comedy (what else???) that will mix live action and animation. WB is not revealing the plot, but this we know -- it's an action adventure set in a Lego world!
Dan Lin, executive producer of the upcoming "Shorts" and "Sherlock Holmes" will be in charge of the film.
Do you know that many directors and producers have thought of making a movie based on Lego? But the Danish toymaker turned them all down because it's highly protective of it's building blocks brand!
The only movies that Lego has produced based on its brand are the direct-to-DVD animated flicks under its Bionicle line.
So what changed the toymaker's mind? According to Variety, the company sparked to Lin and the Hageman brothers' embrace of core values Lego wanted to include in a film, especially "a fun factor, creativity and that imagination has no boundaries."
So far, the film's been in development for more than a year and the filmmakers have been traveling to Denmark to piece the movie together!
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Summit Entertainment's threequel "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" has added a new cast member! Actor Jack Huston will be joining Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Bryce Dallas Howard in the third installment of the super popular vampire series based on Stephenie Meyer's novels.
Huston will be playing Royce King II, a human, yes, human that lived during the Great Depression.
The third film will be directed by David Slade, the guy who gave us "30 Days of Night" and the production will begin soon in Vancouver.
"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" is set for release June 30 of next year.
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Yay! Sylvester Stallone to be Honored at Venice Film Festival! Parts of "The Expendables" to be Shown!
Sylvester Stallone is set to be awarded with the, repeat after me, JAEGER-LECOULTRE GLORY TO THE FILMMAKER AWARD, at this year's Venice Film Festival.
It's an "auteur" award "dedicated to an artist who has left his mark on contemporary cinema." I agree with that about Stallone, don't you?
Takeshi Kitano, Agnes Varda, and Abbas Kiarostami were previous Jaeger-Lecoultre awardees.
Why are the event's organizers giving Stallone the award? They said:
"Through all of his movies -- even the ones he has not directed or are considered 'less important' -- Stallone has shaped his own character with much care, and reflected upon it, giving us an iconic exploration among the most coherent and lucid of contemporary America cinema.
"Stallone has shown an original eye and an auteur's determination. His is a cinema capable of tenderness even when dripping with blood."
The best part? There will be a sneak preview of some sequences of Stallone's new film he wrote and directed called "The Expendables." The film features Jason Statham, Jet Li, and Mickey Rourke.
The Venice Film Festival runs Sept. 2-12.
Congratulations Mister Sylvester!
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