Category Archives: BIZ BUZZ

KILLBOTS, minus the KILLBOTS?

Don’t fix that which is not broken…especially true for killer robots of the shopping-mall-security-variety.

These villains of Jim Wynorski’s 1986 cult classic Chopping Mall are of course high-tech security robots that go on a killing spree inside of a shopping mall, dubbed “Killbots.”(which was the original title of the film). But there’s a Chopping Mall redux in pre-production, and the man behind the remake says the script does *not* feature killbots.

In an interview with Nightmare Toys last week, Robert Hall (Laid to Rest) gave an update on his much-derided Chopping Mall remake, detailing the massive deviation from the original.

My version of CHOPPING MALL that I wrote is totally supernatural,” Hall told the show. “It’s more The Fog set in an abandoned mall than it is robots. Instead of killer robots, they are these mannequins that are possessed by the souls of dead slaves that worked at the plantation that the mall was built over.”

Sorry guys… purists,” he added. “I have a different take. Which [Roger Corman] really, really likedDo need to get that underway.”

Hall also said that he’s not sure if he’s even retained the aforementioned remake rights to Chopping Mall, so perhaps this fairly stupid and ill-advised plan of removing the one thing that makes this slasher classic unique will earn it a place in development hell along with the much-beleaguered Hellraiser remake, where it belongs. Despite this glaring oversight and uncertainty, he’s (foolishly?) hoping to get his planned remake off the ground in the near future. But I woulsnt hold your breath.

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BLACK PANTHER CAN’T STOP, WON’T STOP…

From gizmodo.com –

Although estimates indicate Black Panther’s historic 5-week run at the top of the US box office ended this weekend with Pacific Rim Uprising taking the top slot, T’Challa claimed another crown in the process. Black Panther has pulled in an estimated $630.9 million as of this weekend so far, pipping 2012’s Avengers to become the highest grossing superhero movie in U.S. history (Not accounting for inflation).

It’s the latest in a string of records the movie has taken since it launched last month, and it’s not just domestically that Black Panther is soaring. Globally the film has now pulled in just over $1.2 billion, and by the end of the weekend is expected to surpass Iron Man 3 to become the third-highest grossing comic book movie worldwide—only surpassed by Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Black Panther’s cinematic success means so much more than oodles of cash for Marvel—its loud, proud proof that diverse blockbuster can’t just succeed, but become some of the biggest films in history. Let’s hope an era of diverse, brilliant blockbuster films is just beginning.

Platinum Dunes Producers Update on Current Status of the ‘Friday the 13th’ Franchise

 

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That one still hurts every day,” says Andrew Form.

Last March, production was *supposed* to begin on a new reboot of the Friday the 13th franchise from Platinum Dunes, with Breck Eisner (The Crazies) directing a script penned by Aaron Guzikowksi (Prisoners). The Paramount/Platinum Dunes production, of course, was shut down before filming began; we haven’t heard a peep from Jason since.

As most are aware by now, the rights for the Friday franchise are set to revert back to Warner Bros./New Line sometime this year, with a lawsuit from Victor Miller, the original film’s writer, in the works that could prevent even them from bringing Jason back to the big screen anytime soon. Amid all this, Arrow caught up with Platinum Dunes producers Brad Fuller andAndrew Form for a little chat about Friday the 13th, which updates us on the general status of the franchise at this particular point in time.

One of the biggest heartbreaks of the last couple years was that we were about to make that movie and it fell apart. That still hurts,” Fuller admitted. “The fans reach out to us; Andrew doesn’t really engage because he’s not on Twitter, but I am and I hear from the fans and that’s all they ask about. We get asked about that more than anything else.”

He continued, “Fans think it’s so simple, that if we want to make the movie we can go make it, and that’s just not the case. There are rights issues; originally, Warner Bros. owned the rights, then Paramount had them for a couple of years, and now I think the rights are reverting back to Warner Bros. At the same time, there’s this on-going lawsuit with Victor Miller. If there’s a lawsuit hanging over the rights, it’s problematic, you can’t really make the movie until that gets settled. And now the movie is at New Line, and we’ve made a lot of movies with those guys, but that’s not our home studio anymore.

So the question is, [does New Line] want to make the movie with us? If they want to make that movie with us, we will drop what we’re doing to make that movie. We had such a great experience making Friday the 13th, it was a dream come true to watch those movies as a kid and then be a part of it. So I don’t really have a clear answer.”

Form, meanwhile, offered only sadness about the death of the Guzikowski/Eisner iteration of Dunes’ Friday the 13th reboot that came so close to happening. “That one still hurts every day,” he told the site “We were a couple of weeks from filming on that one, Guzikowski wrote an unbelievable script, we found the camp… That one still hurts.”

For now, Jason Voorhees remains dead at the bottom of Crystal Lake.

THANOS RISING

Only eight or so weeks until AVENGERS INFINITY WAR hits cinemas and the Face Eaters are planning a screening event on premiere night here in sunny Grand Junction, CO. Any and all are welcome to attend, though given the fact that I alone am the only one who writes or reads anything on this site, it’ll likely just be Face Eaters who attend. This has been 10 years and 18 films in the making. Never before in the history of the moving image has there been a more cohesive and connected narrative spanning so many films in such a short time. It took merely 10 years to get to film # 19 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As a comparison, Star Wars has taken over 35 years to get to just 9 films (11 if you include EWOKS:Battle for Endor and The STAR WARS Christmas Special, which you really should). Every single Marvel film in the current MCU has been #1 in the Box Office the weekend it pened, was certified fresh on rottentomatoes.com and was a huge money maker, always tripling it’s money back at minimum. This culmination is gonna be one for the record books and hopefully we see you there for this most excellent of film battle royales. Can Earth’s mightiest heroes stave off complete destruction by the mad Titan Thanos and his sinister Black Order? AVENGERS INIFINITY WAR opens in theaters April 27th, and we will be there opening night to see the fireworks at Carmike Cinemas..

 

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STRANGER THINGS SEASON 2 JUST DROPPED 4 DAYS EARLY

All our friends are back for another supernatural spin round the wheel of dark happenings in their small town with the debut of STRANGER THINGS Season 2. And while the initial plan according to netflix as recently as 3 days ago was to release the much anticipated follow up to last years cultural behemoth, the season have arrived and we have watched most of it. It’s maybe not better, but certainly ad good as the first season as far as we can tell. But don’t believe us. What are you waiting for?? Go and binge watch that shizzle!!

 

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ROCKY HORROR AT THE AVALON, HALLOWEEN NIGHT

Hey there, always a pleasure.

The Historic Avalon Theater here in Grand Junction, Colorado, will be hosting a wonderful soiree where they shall screen “THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW” on Halloween Night. October 31st. Pre party @ 6:30, Screening starts @ 8:00. Should be so very.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN KIDDIES,

 

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TOP HORROR PICK OF 2017, THUS FAR…

The Autopsy of Jane Doe, despite it’s mis-leadingly lurid title, is a smart and stylish psychological horror film blended with subtle supernatural elements that manages to offer a fresh take on its subject matter. The sophomore effort from Andre’ Ovredal, director of the amazing found footage film, TROLL HUNTER once again shows a flair for narrative cohesion and an eye for comedic timing as well and it’s our top pick of 2017 this far. We cannot recommend this one enough. For its part, Rotten Tomatoes, reports that 87% of 83 surveyed critics gave it a positive review; the average rating is 6.7/10. The site’s consensus reads: “The Autopsy of Jane Doe subverts genre expectations and delivers a smart, suggestively creepy thriller that bolsters director André Ovredal’s growing reputation.” Agreed. But its a film with a secret, and to say more would risk spoiling it, so just enjoy!! We give it an A-, check it out ASAP.

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MANIFEST DESTINY

You should be watching Westworld. No two ways about it.

Yes, it IS based on that semi-forgotten Yul Brenner vehicle from the late 70’s written and directed, if you can believe it, by Michael Crichton. Conceptually it was sorta of a dry run at Jurassic Park with wild west villains instead of dinos, but don’t let that dissuade you. The first season of the show is amazing. Well written, captivating, puzzling and daringly meta. Anthony Hopkins, Rachel Evan Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton and Ed Harris star. Oh, and the show is run by “Memento” co-scribe and brother of Christopher, Jonathan Nolan. Get on it!!

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ADDICTED TO THE RIOT

It turns out our intrepid man-about-town, Mr. Josh L., was correct is his deduction that Jane’s Addition will be another of the bands that will comprise the amazing three day lineup of this years RIOTFEST. Other announced groups include SLEATER-KINNEY, WEEN, NAS, and Facecon.org favorite FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS, to say nothing of the pent-ultimate set of the festival, a three decades in the making reunion of the original MISFITS. THAAAAAAAT’S RIGHT FOLKS!! Wolfgang Von Frankenstein, Jerry Only and of course, Glenn Danzig himself will perform. More artists are to be announced in the coming weeks, so Keep tuned to this site for more cultural musings on the happenings at this year’s RIOTFEST. And don’t forget to go to riotfest.org for tickets, which are available on a per day or full three day basis. This one is gonna be a large one.

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so…guy walks into a bar, and then, THE FUCKING MISFITS ARE REUNITING FOR RIOTFEST!!

HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT!

The Pentultinate horror punk group, the one by which all others have been measured, the band who hasn’t performed together since 1983 is going to reunite for two dates that make up this year’s RIOTFEST. Having dropped Toronto from it’s schedule this year, RIOTFEST will only happen in TWO cities for three days each. The first wave of band’s performing will be announced tomorrow via the official RIOTFEST website but a video on the website giving some clues has left at least one of our writers here to believe that JANE’S ADDICTION may also be there. Fingers crossed. For the uninitiated, Denver’s RIOTFEST will be this upcoming labor day weekend, and since the announcement of this most amazing of news, tickets have been being bought up en-masse’ so it’s a good idea to hop over to your local e-ticket website and drop your sheckles on down, son, before the opportunity to see this crazy shit in person will have forever escaped your grasp…….BITCH. MWUAHAHAHAHA!!!

THE FUCKING MISFITS BITCH!!!

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