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Sequel News: Romy and Michele, Planet of the Apes and More

Planet of the Apes: The apes will rise again in 2011 when Fox delivers a Planet of the Apes prequel. The movie - currently titled Rise of the Apes - will have photo-realistic apes incorporated into the cautionary tale. The story, written by The Relic‘s Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa, will explain how genetic engineering experimentation lead to the apes’ development. The Rupert Wyatt-directed film will be set in present-day San Francisco.

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First Look: 30 Days of Night Sequel

Kiele Sanchez as Stella Oleson

The first image from the 30 Days of Night sequel, Dark Days, is out and fails to make an impression on me.

Kiele Sanchez replaces Melissa George as our heroine, Stella Oleson, wielding a particularly large knife. While the movie may be a direct adaptation of its graphic novel origin, this photograph recalls the typical Friday the 13th cinematography.

A fan of the novel, I’m hoping that more images say otherwise. I’m still not buying Sanchez’s portrayal, either.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: September 15, 2009

Here are some of the options available this Tuesday:

Wolverine Blu-ray

  • The 13th Warrior: DVD
  • Amadeus (Director’s Cut): Blu-ray
  • An American Werewolf in London (Full Moon Edition): DVD, Blu-ray
  • Army of Darkness (Screwhead Edition): Blu-ray
  • Child’s Play: Blu-ray
  • Deadgirl: DVD
  • Deep Impact: Blu-ray
  • Easy Virtue: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Fame: DVD
  • Friday the 13th, Part VII: The New Blood: DVD
  • Friday the 13th, Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan: DVD
  • Grace: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Hero: Blu-ray

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Sequel News: Eclipse, Iron Man 2, Scream and More

Alvin and the Chipmunks

Alvin and the Chipmunks: You can look forward to a few new characters in the family-oriented sequel. Chuck‘s Zachary Levi has signed on to play Jason Lee’s cousin in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. (Yes, Squeakquel.) Meanwhile, the furry little guys will be introduced to Brittany, Jeanette and Eleanor (a.k.a. the Chipettes) - their female rivals/counterparts.

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Box Office Breakdown: Madea Sets Record for Lionsgate

Madea Goes to Jail

While Slumdog Millionaire was making news for India, Tyler Perry was busy breaking records for his studio.

The latest installment in Tyler Perry’s franchise surpassed all expectations this weekend. , with its $41 million premiere, was the box office’s biggest opener since November’s Twilight. It was also the best debuter for Lionsgate…ever. (October 2006’s Saw III was the previous topper at $33 million.)

Unfortunately, Friday the 20th didn’t go as well for Friday the 13th. After only one week on the charts, last weekend’s record breaker dropped a frightening 81% to 6th place.

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Box Office Breakdown: Friday the 13th Slashes the Holiday Competition

Friday the 13th

Twelve turned out to be a lucky number for good old #13.

Blood-thirsty audiences helped push into the record books this holiday weekend. (There’s no better way to spend a Valentine’s Day than scared in your honey’s arms.) The franchise’s twelfth installment scared up $43.6 million over the last four days to become the top horror opener of all time. Friday also had the second best showing ever for a President’s Day weekend debut. (Ghost Rider pulled in $52 million in 2007.)

The horror film wasn’t the only newsmaker this February. , this week’s sixth-place finisher, added on another $13.8 million to officially break the $100 million mark. (The comedy currently stands at $112.3 million.) That’s the first time a January opener has ever done that.

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In Theaters This Weekend: February 13, 2009

The International

Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend:

  • Confessions of a Shopaholic (PG): starring Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, Krysten Ritter (directed by P.J. Hogan)
  • Friday the 13th (R): starring Derek Mears, Jared Padalecki, Amanda Righetti (directed by Marcus Nispel)
  • The International (R): starring Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl (directed by Tom Tykwer)
  • Gomorrah* (NR): starring Toni Servillo, Gianfelice Imparato, Salvatore Abruzzese (directed by Matteo Garrone)
  • Two Lovers* (R): starring Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, Vinessa Shaw,  (directed by James Gray)
  • Under the Sea 3D* (G): narrated by Jim Carrey (directed by Howard Hall)

*limited release

Jason Voorhees is Back for More in Friday the 13th

When it comes to horror movies, if clearly out of fresh ideas.

The man behind The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), The Amityville Horror (2005), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006) and The Hitcher (2007) is back at it again. Come 2009, we’ll get to see the latest remake (or “re-imagining”) the producer has kindly churned out for us.

Although there have already been 11 installments in the slasher franchise, Michael felt it was time to update Friday the 13th once again. Unfortunately, I’m having a hard seeing how this trip to Camp Crystal Lake is going to be any different from the rest. (Did I mention Bay is also planning to bring A Nightmare on Elm Street back to the screen?)

will take another stab at the box office on February 13th, 2009.

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Another Delay for Tom Cruise and Valkyrie

Tom Cruise, ValkyrieRight now, is somewhere hoping the third time really is a charm.

After initially receiving a June 27 release date, the actor’s next film is now scheduled to open next year.  That’s after Valkyrie had already been pushed back to the fall for production reasons.

Although an October premiere might have been given the film Oscar consideration, the studio claims the new Feb. 13th slot will be in the best interest of the WWII drama.  That decision will allow Cruise to take advantage of the President’s Day weekend.

Two films once slated for that same 2009 date have since made other plans (The Pink Panther 2, The Wolfman).  While these departures may have allowed Valkyrie to slip right in, that Friday will still have stiff competition.  Confessions of a Shopaholic (starring ) and the latest version of Friday the 13th will also be fighting for audience dollars.

Directed by Bryan Singer, Valkyrie also stars Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh and .

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Director Attached to ‘Friday the 13th’ Remake

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Horror, Sequels, Upcoming Releases,

Hockey MaskAs we mentioned before, Hollywood is planning yet another classic horror film remake. Now we have a name attached to the latest redo.  Marcus Nispel, the power behind the 2003’s , is in talks to do the same thing with the franchise.

This time, the story will focus more on Jason and not his mother (as the first Friday did). In other words, they’re going to change the story.  While millions of B-movie horror fans will be disappointed, new fans will be created. With the current writer’s strike raging on with no end in sight, fans can expect to see a lot of these new remakes making their way to theaters. Great.

The new Friday movie will begin production sometime this winter.

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