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The Random – Laverne & Shirley, Bubo in Clash of the Titans, Salvation Boulevard, Vacation, Unknown White Male, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Earthbound, Vamps, Transformers 3

Posted by LiveFor on February 11, 2010

Valentine’s Day director Garry Marshall created the classic Happy Days spin off sitcom Laverne & Shirley, which starred Cindy Williams and Garry’s sister Penny Marshall as Milwaukee brewery workers.  Extra talked to Marshall who claimed that a film adaptation may be in the works with Jessica Biel and Jennifer Garner as the duo.

Variety are saying that Pierce Brosnan, Ed Harris, and Jim Gaffigan will star in indie feature Salvation Boulevard. The comedic thriller is set in the world of mega-churches in which a former Deadhead-turned-born again-Christian finds himself on the run from fundamentalist members of his mega-church who will do anything to protect their larger-than-life pastor.

New Line has hired screenwriters Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (Sam Weir from Freaks and Geeks!) to write the new Vacation film according to Variety.  The story will focus on Rusty Griswold, now a grown man, who decides to take his own wife and kids on a road trip to Wally World before it closes forever. Chase is expected to reprise his role as Clark Griswold, now a grandfather. It will be closer in tone to Planes, Trains and Automobiles than the previous chapters.

Filming has begun on Jaume Collet-Serra’s (Orphan) next project Unknown White Male in Germany.  The film stars Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List, Clash of the Titans), Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds), January Jones (Mad Men), Aidan Quinn (The Book of Daniel), Bruno Ganz (The Reader, Downfall) and Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon) –  Liam Neeson stars as Dr. Martin Harris, who awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife (January Jones) suddenly doesn’t recognize him and another man (Aidan Quinn) has assumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by mysterious assassins, he finds himself alone, tired, and on the run. Aided by an unlikely ally (Diane Kruger), Martin plunges headlong into a deadly mystery that will force him to question his sanity, his identity, and just how far he’s willing to go to uncover the truth.

According to Variety screenwriters Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith are to write a remake of the 1982 musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.  The 1982 version (based off the 1978 Broadway play of the same name) starred Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton as a town sheriff and madame who team up to stop a crusading TV personality from shutting down the local whorehouse. 

THR is reporting that Richard Matheson’s 1982 novel Earthbound is heading to movieland. This will join adaptions of his other books I Am Legend, The Shrinking Man and What Dreams May Come. Earthbound is described as an “erotic ghost story” about a married man who starts an affair with a young stranger, only to realize that she may actually be the ghost of a long-dead woman driven by something more than earthly passion.

Screen Daily have the news that Alicia Silverstone will reunite with Clueless director Amy Heckerling in a film called Vamps“ a modern-day tale of two young female vampires living the good life in New York until love enters the picture and each has to make a choice that will jeopardize their immortality.” Krysten Ritter (Confessions of a Shopaholic, Veronica Mars, Breaking Bad) will be the other Vamp alongside Silverstone.

Tyrese Gibson has confirmed that he will be back as Sgt. Epps in Michael Bays Transformers 3. In a post on Twitter, he confirmed by saying that “Yes I will for sure be in Transformers 3.. Get Ready!! Epps is here to STAY!!”.

Bubo the mechanical Owl has a cameo in Louis Leterrier’s remake of Clash of the Titans. Film School Rejects had the news, but it is not clear whether his scenes will make it into the final cut.

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Hello Griswolds! Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo are back for Hotel Hell Vaction

Posted by LiveFor on February 4, 2010

No, they are not back for the rumoured new Vacation film. Instead Chevy and Beverly are back for a new ad campaign for HomeAway Vacation rentals to be shown on 7th February at the 2010 Super Bowl.

The video below (for however long it stays up) is the teaser for the ad. Always nice to see Chevy Chase.

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Hardware gets a sequel – Hardware 2: Ground Zero

Posted by LiveFor on December 18, 2009

You may or may not remember 1990’s Hardware by Richard Stanley. Hell some of you may not have even been born back then!

The film starred Stacy Travis and Dylan McDermott. Set in the future and was about a woman who’s soldier boyfriend left her a gift – the heard of a robot killer. The robot came back on line and started to rebuild itself before hunting the woman around her apartment.

I think that makes sense but if not here is the official synopsis:

Jill lives in a war-torn and alien world. She is given the remains of a Mark 13 Cyborg, a killing machine found on radioactive waste ground by a friend. Once the Cyborg is in her flat it begins to rebuild itself with household equipment and and now it’s capable of doing its job…..killing!

I remember watching it way back when. I enjoyed it although felt it was a little slow in places.

I was recently remastered and released on Blu-Ray so worth a look if you like indie sci-fi.

Quiet Earth have come across the script for the sequel, Hardware 2: Ground Zero, by Stanley. You can download it here. The basic plot is this:

The Mark-13’s are in mass production. The US government is employing them to patrol the US-Mexican border and deal with illegal aliens. Shades returns to Earth after a series of space flight assignments. Feeling alone in the world, he decides to seek out Jill, who’s now living in a hippie colony in Splendora, Texas. The colony consists of ‘destructuralists’, who beseech the human race to abandon all technology and re-unite with nature. As Shades and his newly-found companion, battle-scarred vet Lyle Maddox arrive to Splendora, they find Jill earnestly believing in the cause, but even she is oblivious to what ultimately lies beneath the peaceful colony. Something big enough to attract a phalanx of Mark-13 droids as well as a Mexican guerilla leader, who thinks he’s channelling the spirit of Emilio Zapata…

Sounds good in an army of killer robots causing mayhem kind of way.

Hardware [Blu-ray] Amazon UK
Hardware (Blu-ray) at Amazon USA

An interesting side note while I perused wikipedia (so it may not be true):

The film is based on a 2000 AD comic called SHOK! Walter’s Robo-Tale. In the comic version, the robot head part is recovered from the bloody aftermath of the Cursed Earth Saga (almost making Hardware the first Judge Dredd movie ever). The original theatrical release did not mention the comic book despite heavily plagiarizing its storyline. Following legal action a notice was added to later versions and the strip’s creators, Steve MacManus and Kevin O’Neill, now get full writers’ credits.

It is now considered to be the first 2000 AD movie spin-off, followed by the better-known Judge Dredd.

Richard Stanley is currently shooting an end of the world type film called Vacation starring Smallville’s Tom Welling.

Vacation is the story of a coke-addicted banker who travels with his stripper girlfriend to a seedy Middle Eastern resort. Their own personal problems soon pale before the disaster that strikes in the form of freak solar storms that eradicate all means of communication, leaving them stranded in an extremely hostile environment.

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National Lampoon to have another Vacation?

Posted by LiveFor on October 7, 2009

141410__vacation_lAh, National Lampoon’s Vacation. Classic Chevy Chase. European Vacation not so good, but Christmas Vacation is another classic and gets played every Christmas in our household. However, as a series I thought it had run its course.

Not so say the money men as, according to THR, New Line is developing a sequel to the 1983 comedy classic, with David Dobkin attached to produce and possibly direct.

New Line is meeting with writers to write the script but the basic plot is this – Rusty Griswold, the son of Clark Griswold, the protagonists of the initial movies and portrayed by Chevy Chase. The younger Griswold is now a father in his own right and takes his family on a road trip vacation.

The characters would acknowledge that first trip, making the movie more of a sequel than a reboot.
Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, who played the mom in the original movies, will have room to make appearances as grandparents, providing a sense of continuity, though no deals are in place.

National Lampoon is no involved at this stage, as Warners controls the characters and the title.

New Line is taking meetings with writers this week, hoping to make a movie that skews more towards “Planes Trains and Automobiles” or “Little Miss Sunshine” than “RV” or “Are We There Yet?” which sounds a bit promising than initially thought.

Not sure if this is a good idea. All depends upon how good the script good be and who they get to play Rusty. Anthony Michael Hall (The Dead Zone, Weird Science, The Dark Knight) played him in Vacation so he could play him all grown up. Jason Lively played him in European Vacation and Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory) played him in 1989’s Christmas Vacation. Out of Hall and Galecki I think the latter would be the best bet for the kind of character they seem to be going for.

In a perfect world though I would like to see Ryan Reynolds play Rusty as he was practically a young Chevy Chase in actions and delivery in the first Van Wilder movie.

However, this is all speculation on my part.

Do you want to see a new Vacation film? Who should play Rusty?

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