Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Production Begins on ‘Resident Evil: Afterlife’

Screen Gems and Constantin Film announced today that Resident Evil: Afterlife has begun production in Toronto, Canada.  Resident Evil: Afterlife is the fourth Resident Evil film but the first to be shot and released in 3-D.

“The Resident Evil franchise has successfully entertained audiences around the globe and we are pleased to bring yet another installment to fans with the same creative team, but this time in 3-D,” Screen Gems’ President Clint Culpepper said.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Terminator rights up for sale again (but don't worry...much)

The rights to the Terminator franchise are up for sale again, but there's probably not too much reason to worry about whether there will be another movie or not. After all, the rights have had many owners over the years, starting with Helmdale Films and producer Gale Anne Hurd in the 1980s who eached owned a 50% stake.

Next came Mario Kassar and Andrew Vajna's Carolco Pictures, which picked up Helmdale's half in 1990. When Carolco filed for bankruptcy in 1997, Vajna and Kassar formed C2 Pictures and bought the rights again, also acquiring Hurd's 50%. Then in 2007 they sold the rights to Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek, who apparently own several companies that all have some piece of Terminator and that are also all in bankruptcy.

The LA Times reports Anderson and Kubicek probably have many options for Terminator, like taking on investors or just selling the franchise outright. There is no word yet on how this effects Terminator movies 5 and 6, which Terminator: Salvation director McG is working on, but even if those movies don't go forward, as history shows it's a safe bet that whoever ends up with rights will figure out a way to make another film.

Terminator rights up for sale again (but don't worry...much) | SCI FI Wire

Producer: Don't Give Up On The Sarah Connor Chronicles!

Like the embattled resistance against Skynet, fans of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles have refused to surrender. They've rented a mobile billboard for the canceled Fox show this week. And now producer James Middleton tells io9 there's reason for hope.

The Sarah Connor Chronicles went off the air last May, and seems unlikely to come back to television. But fans have become increasingly focused on the idea that the show could have a direct-to-DVD movie sequel. The show's creator and showrunner, Josh Friedman,told us back in May that the show was over, and unlikely to be revived.

But fans have kept clamoring for a direct-to-DVD continuation. So we decided to ask producer James Middleton (who also produced Terminator Salvation) if there was any hope whatsoever that fans might get their wish. Have there been any meetings about a direct-to-DVD sequel, or other continuation? Middleton responded via email:

The quick answer is, yes, there have been many discussions. I can't go into more detail about the subject until I have something truly substantial to report. What the fans should know is that I hear them and I too would love to see T:SCC come back in some form.

So it sounds like there's reason to hope after all. At least, the reference to "many discussions" sounds encouraging, as does the notion that Middleton may actually have something "substantial" to report at some point. So fingers crossed!

And here's a better look at that mobile billboard, which drove around near the Warner Bros. studio offices for three days this past week:

Sunday, September 27, 2009

‘Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring’ Score Live in New York

Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings concert

If you’re a film score buff and you live in New York, you’re going to love this.

On October 9 and 10 the Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring score will be performed live by more than 300 musicians while the movie plays on a 60-foot screen at the Radio City Musical Hall in New ...

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

‘Flash Forward’ is the New Kid on the Block

Flash Forward

As was expected, ABC’s new sci-fi drama Flash Forward has run away with the ratings in its premiere episode.

The show dominated the rankings pecking order on Thursday night, easily crushing its competition by dragging in 12.4 million viewers.  Flash Forward’s strong debut helped ABC to dominate all other networks for Thursday’s ratings.  With continued performance like that an early second season announcement would not be a surprise.

Source: Variety

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‘V’: ABC to Split the Series, Production Halt Continues


Since ABC first announced they were rebooting the 1980’s sci-fi alien invasion series V it seems all we’ve heard about the production has been negative.

In the latest announcement, ABC have told EW that they are now only going to air the first four episodes before they’ll take it off their schedule, and that the final episodes of season one won’t return until after the Olympics in March.

Further, production

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

‘Dune’ Remake: Peter Berg Aims For Hard PG-13 Rating


Director Peter Berg has updated MTV on his plans for his feature film version of Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci fi novel Dune.

In addition to what we learned in April and in August, Berg has now confirmed the studio will be aiming at a “hard PG-13″ rating with the potential for more than one film.

“There’s definitely a franchise potential,” Berg said, calling Josh Zetumer’s 200 ...

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‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ No.1 on DVD Charts

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Rentrak Corporation has announced the Top 10 DVD Sales and Rentals for the week and X-Men Origins: Wolverine has landed the no.1 spot in both categories.

The statistics are based on estimated consumer spending according to data collected for the week ending September 20, 2009.

The first season of Fringe came in at no.8 and the third season of Heroes came in at no.9.

Here’s links to the various releases: X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Two-Disc ...

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

‘Transformers 3′ Release Could Get Pushed Back to 2012


Bumble Bee wonders when he'll cry next: 2011 or 2012?

Bumble Bee wonders when he'll cry next: 2011 or 2012?

In March of this year Paramount announced that Transformers 3 would be released on July 1, 2011.  The next day Transformers director Michael Bay publicly announced there was no way he could be involved with the movie if it was to be released any time prior to 2012.

Now it seems there is a possibility that ...

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Patrick Swayze Dies At Age 57 - Entertainment News Story


A publicist for Patrick Swayze says the "Dirty Dancing" actor has died.

Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late January 2008

Patrick Swayze Dies At Age 57 - Entertainment News Story - WLWT Cincinnati

Katee Sackhoff is as clueless about Starbuck as everyone else

Katee Sackhoff is as clueless about Starbuck as everyone else

Katee Sackhoff is as clueless about Starbuck as everyone else

If you're hoping that the actress behind Kara Thrace can shed light on her character's journey from drunken hotshot pilot to the saviour of mankind, think again. For Katee Sackhoff, the mysteries surrounding her Battlestar Galactica role aren't annoying—they're essential.

Asked whether she could shed any light on Starbuck's past, Katee Sackhoff had this to say:

"No. There's no reason to find out who or what she was. I don't think that's something that Ron [Moore] ever wanted. Who Starbuck was as a metaphor was always up in the air. She was always on this self discovery of trying to find herself the entire run of the show. I think it's poetic justice for her to end the way she did. There's no point in trying to figure it out, I think that would ruin what was a very simple end for her."

Katee Sackhoff is as clueless about Starbuck as everyone else | SCI FI Wire

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Rumor: Bruce Campbell to Play Mysterio in ‘Spider-Man 4′

(left) Mysterio and (right) Bruce Campbell in Spider-Man 2

(left) Mysterio and (right) Bruce Campbell in Spider-Man 2

Bruce Campbell has unveiled that he may have a bigger role in Spider-Man 4 than any of the minor roles he previously played in the first three films.

Apparently he’s been told he has a major part and, although he admits he knows nothing more than that, speculation is high that ...

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‘True Blood’ Wins an Emmy for Outstanding Casting

True Blood wins an Emmy for 'Outstanding Casting'

True Blood wins an Emmy for 'Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series'

HBO’s True Blood has won an Emmy award for ‘Outstanding Casting For A Drama Series’.

The immensely popular series defeated Damages, Friday Night Lights, Mad Men and The Tudors to win the award.

Congratulations go to casting directors Junie Lowry Johnson and Libby Goldstein.

The second season finale of True Blood, S02E12 ‘Beyond Here Lies Nothin’, airs ...

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This is great news I love this!!

Friday, September 11, 2009

'Vampire Diaries' Stars Arrested for Allegedly Flashing Motorists in Georgia

The show is not even a hit and the actors are going nuts already, LOL wow!

Four young stars from the CW Network’s hot new show The Vampire Diaries were busted for flashing motorists from a bridge, has learned.

PHOTOS: Click here to see their mug shots.

Drivers in Forsyth, Georgia got an eyeful on August 22 as they drove past the intersection as the shapely young stars were doing a promotional shoot .

Stars Nina Dobrev, 20, Candice Accola, 22, Kayla Ewell, 24, and Sara Canning, 22, all ended up sinking their teeth into some jail food after they were charged with disorderly conduct charges.

Photographer Tyler Shields and actress Krystal Vayda – who does not appear on the show – were also charged.

According to the police report from Monroe county Sheriff’s Department, Deputies Morgan and Jackson responded to a call at Rumble Road Bridge at 3.42 pm on August 22 after reports that several kids had been hanging and flashing from the bridge at the I -75 northbound intersection.

The officers reported that when they arrived on the scene they made contact with five females and one male standing on the bridge.

Officer Morgan checked his cameras they discovered various images of females hanging, sitting and straddling the bridge.

One photograph even showed one female being held by her legs by the other female as if they were trying to throw her over.

The officers then instructed them to show some identification before taking them to the Sheriff’s Office and booking them for disorderly conduct.

Tyler Shields posted $4.000 in fines and described the police as having a "flair for the dramatic."

Vampire Diaries premiered on the CW Network last night and averaged 4.84 million total viewers, according to Nielsen overnights.

'Vampire Diaries' Stars Arrested for Allegedly Flashing Motorists in Georgia - Celebrity Gossip | Entertainment News | Arts And Entertainment -

Judge Awards Halcyon Relief to Make ‘Terminator 5′

Terminator Salvation

During a Los Angeles bankruptcy hearing Judge Ernest Robles has helped Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek, the producers behind Terminator Salvation, to keep their struggling Halcyon Company operating.

The ruling gives Halcyon some much needed breathing space to continue development of Terminator 5.

Here’s the story in a nutshell.

In 2007 California based hedge fund Pacificor lent Halcyon $30M so that they could acquire the rights to the Terminator franchise.  Halcyon state the lender then deliberately ...

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Warner Bros. Walk Away From ‘Grayskull’

Dolph Lundgren in the 1987 film 'Masters of the Universe'

Dolph Lundgren in the 1987 film 'Masters of the Universe'

The Warner Bros. live-action Masters of the Universe film, Grayskull, was scheduled for release in 2011.  That’s not going to happen.

Warner Bros. has just parted company with Mattel after the two failed to agree on the direction of the project.

Masters of the Universe is a popular Mattel franchise that was created 28 ...

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

‘Judge Dredd’ Feature Film Update

Early concept art for the new 'Judge Dredd' film

Early concept art for the new 'Judge Dredd' film

Back in December 2008 we learned a new live-action Judge Dredd movie was given the green light by DNA Films. Production was scheduled to start in 2009 however since io9 debuted some original concept art for the film news has been scarce.

At last we have something.  Thanks to ...

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Rumor: ‘Resident Evil 5′ a Reboot Without Milla Jovovich?

Milla Jovovich as Alice in 'Resident Evil'

Resident Evil: Afterlife is the fourth movie in the Resident Evil franchise.  It will be filmed in 3D and will be released August 27, 2010.

Director Paul W.S. Anderson recently confirmed Resident Evil: Afterlife would be the first in a new Resident Evil trilogy, adding that he regarded the next film as ...

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Fox Announces Reboot of ‘Fantastic Four’

Fantastic Four

Back in March we heard of plans to reboot Fantastic Four, but now 20th Century Fox have made it official.

The announcement comes hot on the heels of Disney’s announcement that they’re acquiring Marvel.  I can’t say if there’s really any connection however, since Fox have perpetual rights to make Fantastic Four movies for as long as, well, as long as they’re making Fantastic Four movies.  If they keep ...

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