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Sandler’s Happy Madison Turns To Horror



Happy Madison

Happy Madison, the film production company lead by Adam Sandler, is looking to head in a new direction. Despite previously being focused on funny stuff Sandler and comedy have decided to try a darker genre, says Hollywood Reporter:

The company known for comedies has signed on to produce a genre project, a thriller titled “Shortcut,” as the inaugural picture of a nascent genre label it’s calling Scary Madison.

The movie centers on two brothers who come upon a rarely used shortcut in their new town — and soon discover the reasons why it’s so rarely used. Andrew Seeley, Shannon Woodward and Dave Franco will star.

Why it’s so rarely used? You mean like the bridge is out? Or the light is really long if you just miss it? I don’t know, the options are limitless though.

This could be good though. Happy Madison isn’t known for their top notch comedies, but they still churn out some chuckles and rental worthy movies. Hopefully they can at least do the same for the scary movie genre.

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Samuel L. Jackson To Produce CBS Series



Samuel L. JacksonSamuel L. Jackson has conquered the film genre, so now he’s turning his sights to the land of television. CBS announced today that Jackson and his studio, Uppity Films, will be developing and producing a new series as part of a two year deal with the eyeball network.

Jackson said he opt’d to go with CBS over the other unnamed network after a sit down with the CBS Paramount Network studio president David Stapf. Stapf was impressed with Jackson because he watches their network and “CSI” in particular. Hey, I watch CSI! Can I make a show?

No details yet on what the show is or will be about. I’m guessing it won’t be animated like his current TV show with Spike, “Afro Samurai”, which returns in the fall for another season.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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The Foot Fist Way Release Expands To New Cities



The Foot Fist Way

Last weekend Danny McBride and director Jody Hill’s comedy “The Foot Fist Way” hit theaters in LA and NY as part of its limited release. Despite only being open in 4 theaters it managed to earn over $9,000 a theater, that’s better than last weekend’s #3, “The Strangers”. Lucky for us “Foot Fist Way” is branching out to a lot more theaters for its second week in release.

Here is a list of the theaters where you’ll be able to find it starting today, June 6:

AUSTIN at the ALAMO LAMAR 6
BOSTON at the KENDALL SQ. 9
CHICAGO at the AMC RIVER EAST 21
DALLAS CITY at the ANGELIKA
DETROIT at the UPTOWN 8
MADISON at the MADISON 4
MINNEAPOLIS at the LAGOON 5
PORTLAND at the REGAL FOX TOWER 10
RALEIGH-DURHAM at the CHELSEA 3
SAN DIEGO AMC MISSION VALLEY 20
SAN FRANCISCO at the SHATTUCK 10
SAN FRANCISCO at the AMC METREON IMAX 16
SEATTLE at the VARSITY 3
WASHINGTON, DC at the AMC GEORGETOWN 14

I’ve already picked out my theater and have plans to go watch it this weekend. Check out the red-band trailer below for “The Foot Fist Way” and you’ll want to do the same. Warning, this trailer is NSFW:

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Bruce Willis Considering Kane & Lynch Videogame Movie



Bruce Willis
Hollywood just can’t get enough of the videogame adaptations these days. Most are flops (Bloodrayne, Hitman) but some can turn out pretty well (… um, I’m sure there were good ones somewhere). Lionsgate is hoping the addition of Bruce Willis to the cast of “Kane and Lynch” will help shift it into that latter category. If he decides to take it, Willis is take on the role of Kane:

Willis will play Adam “Kane” Marcus, a mercenary who makes an unlikely alliance with a schizophrenic killer named James Lynch. The duo is forced on a mission to retrieve a stolen microchip.

The script, written by Kyle Ward and produced by Adrian Askarieh and Daniel Alter of Hitman, will be directed by Simon Crane. This would be Crane’s directorial debut, should it happen. Crane previously worked as a stunt director for “Hancock,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” “Troy,” and “X-Men: The Last Stand.”

Kane & Lynch sounded like a cool premise, but, like most games these days, I completely missed it. Hopefully the movie will have a little more draw to it.

Source: Variety

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Michael Bay Set To Adapt Ouija Board



Ouija boardI hate Michael Bay just as much as I hate the dead, those space consuming do-nothings. So what happens when you mix the two together? You get one pretty agitated guy sitting right here.

As part of Hasbro and Parker Brothers’ big plans for adapting a half dozen board games into movies (yes, you read that correctly) Ouija is up to bat for its big screen debut. One might ask, what kind of movie could you make about a piece of wood that sits on the floor and gets boring after about 30 seconds of arguing, “who is pushing it? Stop pushing it!” Lucky for you I have both answers, or maybe that’s unlucky for you.

Michael Bay’s “Platinum Dunes” movie label is set to adapt everyone’s favorite only game for contacting the dead while David Berenbaum has signed on to write the screenplay. Berenbaum wrote “Elf” which wasn’t bad but wasn’t great either, so that’s not giving me a lot of confidence so far. And the plot?

Although the specific log line for the film is being kept under wraps, the film will be a supernatural adventure with the Ouija board playing an integral part of the story. The movie is not taking a “Jumanji”-like approach, which involved a game coming to life.

I’m wondering if they’ll backtrack on this one and make it exactly like Jumanji. I mean, how else can you really make a movie about a board game?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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