The Chinese market is becoming very important to Hollywood; China-centric scenes were added to the Chinese release of Iron Man 3, and a role in the upcoming Transformers 4 was being raffled off on a Chinese reality show earlier this summer, and that’s just two examples. And now nerdery is pegging its hopes on a follow-up to Pacific Rim on the average Chinese film-goer as the film opens in the country this week, but not all is cozy between Tinseltown and, um, Chinatown, as one might think.

Both Variety and Deadline are reporting that there’s a showdown on the horizon between Hollywood and the Chinese government over how much money America studios get back from Chinese movie tickets. As it is, Hollywood makes back 25 per cent on the all tickets sold in China, but China’s government is now thinking their getting screwed and want to send back a little less money to Hollywood with a new tax called VAT.

Obviously, Hollywood doesn’t like the idea of getting less money, so its a deadlocked dispute that’s gone nowhere fast the last couple of months. Enter a United States Trade Representative who is now working with the MPAA and their “counterparts within the Chinese government to resolve the issue.” Good luck with that because there’s only so much money, and it seems that everyone wants more of it.

As for Pacific Rim, and the odds for a sequel, things are looking up. The film made $9 million since opening on Wednesday, which is a very good number for the Chinese box office. Pacific Rim has so far made over $225 million worldwide, barely $90 million of that at the domestic box office. So all eye’s turn to China to see if they can push the film into greener territory (the film cost around $190 million to make), and Pac-Rim is still slated to open in several other markets across the globe later this month.

So hope lives! Maybe not so much for Hollywood getting more money out of China, but hey, we never thought we’d get a fourth season of Arrested Development either. Pigs can fly!

More news as it develops.

Source: Bleeding Cool

After the shit show that was my high school production of the musical, Little Shop of Horrors, I thought that would be the last of it I’d see in my lifetime.  I thought I’d escaped it.  Apparently not.

Warner Bros. is considering remaking it, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt producing and starring and possibly with screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa writing the thing.

Some sources are saying that JGL and Aguirre-Sacasa are great choices to get this show on the road; one can sing and act and the other is a decent writer.  Whether or not that is the case, I’d like to call attention to the fact that this is another remake out of the 73628 we’ve seen recently.  Even if this is the right time with the right people…  What the goddamn fuck happened to Hollywood creativity?  The magic of Hollywood apparently now lies in re-creation.

This story has received quite a bit of love over the decades: it started in the 1930s and became two movies, a musical play and an animated series.  Now… it’ll be another musical movie.  Go figure.

We may soon have yet another adventure in the little shop, little shop of horrors where suddenly, Seymour has completely disappeared and ohmygoddon’tfeedtheplants.

Check out the trailer of the 1986 Warner Bros. rendition of Little Shop of Horrors.

Source: /Film

Earlier in today, we mentioned that Universal Studios would possibly replace the dated Jaws ride with more Harry Potter shit.  We can now confirm that the expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be a reality. In addition to adding new HP stuff to the Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Universe will also bring the magic to it’s west coast theme park.  Read the full press release from Universal after the jump:


We’ve got our very first look at the upcoming Transformers ride for Universal Studios! Transformers: The Ride will be a 3D experience that will open at Universal Studios Singapore in December 2011 and Universal Studios Hollywood in Spring 2012. I’d definitely check this out in a heartbeat if I was anywhere near Singapore or Hollywood, but, alas…

The two pictures above show the orientation room and the All-Spark Vault at Universal Studios.

According to Thierry Coup, the creative director behind the ride:

“The technology at TRANSFORMERS The Ride is something the world has never experienced before in an attraction. The motion base simulator system integrated into the ride vehicle is state-of-the-art, together with ILM photo-realistic 3-D projections, will create an experience that is going to be a thrilling breakthrough in ride experience.”

And, below, we’ve got a teaser video for the ride as well as an introduction video.

Dammit! He-man Movie Back On, New Script Coming Soon

He-Man says “Hey”.

Yep, talk of a He-Man movie has reared it’s ugly head again. Mind you, I am a huge Masters of the Universe fan. It’s like my go-to cartoon. In fact, the only stuff I purposely go out and buy (if you consider Ebay as going out) anymore is He-Man related merch. So, being that I am a die-hard fan, I won’t a accept a movie that’s anything less than an EPIC, high-budgeted, stylistic, Sci-Fi, fantasy, action flick that’s dark and bleak with a modicum of humor (for the kiddies). 300 meets Lord of The Rings. Since He-man is just too weird and perhaps too gay (quite a few homo erotic undertones), anyone besides Peter Jackson or Guillermo Del Toro will royally fuck it up. But I digress.

The last word we heard on the project was over a year ago when two new writers were hired to re-write a script by Justin Marks (who apparently wrote Heman as a warrior astronaut and had Skeletor wearing a metal mask ala Doctor Doom). Predators screenwriters Mike Finch and Alex Litvak, are the ones working on the most recent draft.

Now, according According Sony Vice President DeVon Franklin the He-Man film adaptation Masters of the Universe is not only still on, but the script should be turned in very soon. He expressed his excitement for the film saying,

One of other things I’m really excited about is we’re doing a reboot of the 1980s franchise Masters of the Universe. The He-Man franchise. Very excited about that. Should have that script very soon. I’m praying that we can start figuring out how we’re going to make it.

“start figuring out how we’re going to make it”? Oi, fuck me with a black dildo why don’t you (please don’t). That’s not a show of confidence. Not at all. It’s almost like he’s admitting “yea were gonna have zero budget and we’re gonna make it as kid friendly as possible”. I’m of course putting words in his mouth. I have no idea what he thinks or what his intentions are, but knowing Hollywoods aptitude for adapting and ruining 80’s cartoon franchises, I’m sure my assessment is not far off.

I can only hope the writing team and creatives behind this wish to preserves the heart of the source material, take it in a new direction, and add a bit of mythos and depth. Perhaps something representational to the nerd fan art above. That would be nice.

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe started out as a toy line that spawned a popular animated series that ran from 1983 to 1985. They later created a couple animated TV remakes, and a memorable live-action film in 1987, which stared Dolph Lundgren. Frank Langella was the shit as Skeletor!

Source: Cross Walk

I wrote about the outrage of TV’s most spectacular Batman, Adam West not having a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame back in March. Thankfully those boneheads finally got their act together and when they made the announcement on Tuesday, Adam’s name was on the list. Hooray! He’s joined but a varied list of celebrities ranging from The Simpson‘s creator, Matt Groening to Jennifer Aniston. Oddly, she’s listed in the film category and not the television one. Umm…Friends has been her only real hit, right? Or is there some award winning Jennifer Aniston film I’m forgetting? Whatever..::cough:: overrated ::cough::

But Adam finally being awarded his star is real victory. As is fellow television icon, Walter Koenig, finally getting one. Basically, this was a good round for geek icons. Which only means we nerds have done something right for these guys to get the honor they deserve, so, go us!

Below you can check out the video from the original Kickstarter campaign to get Adam West a star as well as funding for the a documentary about the 82 year old icon. Seriously guys, he’s 82 and only now recieveing a star! WTF!?!. Well, I guess it’s better than poor Richard Burton whose only now getting one, posthumously.

Over 2400 stars are currently on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with an average of 20 added each and every year. Directors, fictional TV shows and even an entire crew of intergalactic heroes are a part of this tradition…well almost. The entire cast of the original Star Trek has their own star but where the hell is Walter Koenig‘s piece of the walk? That’s easy, it’s getting shined up for this year’s Walk of Fame ceremony trekkies.

The last of the crew of the starship Enterprise is finally receiving his very own star to walk on, being honoured at a ceremony some time this year. Koenig, who played the young Russian Pavel Chekov in Star Trek, as well as the brutal Alfred Bester in Babylon 5 is the last of the original cast to recieve a star on the legendary Walk of Fame, even years after creator Gene Roddenberry.

StarTrek.com wrote:

“I certainly do feel honored,” Koenig told us. “It means that my modest body of work has some meaning and has been acknowledged. That’s always a very nice feeling.”Countless Star Trek fans pushed hard to make today’s news a reality, and Koenig had a special message for them: “They’ve been incredible and I’m deeply grateful for their support,” he said. “Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

The nominees for the Walk of Fame are voted for by the people which is weird because this means that Koenig could have earned his place years ago. The man was tortured by Khan and it took this long for his fans to recognize that sacrifice, what a rip off. Thankfully he can finally call one of those stars his own. The votes for 2013 are still open and can be voted for here, you can vote for your favorite actor, director, producer, writer and yes, even fictional character. That means a Harry Potter star in 2013 bitches.

Via: Blastr

Schwarzenegger. Ass. Possible New ‘Terminator’.


Do you feel that everything that needed to be said about the robot apocalypse was addressed in Terminator 1 and 2? Man invents machine. Machines become self aware. Machines rebel. Naked people travel through time. Some guy named John Connor is Jesus. Really, what more needs to be said? Obviously a lot, because Terminator: Rise of the Machines and Salvation happened.  If we’ve learned anything from Terminator it’s that Linda Hamilton is perhaps the ugliest woman (Incidentally, she starred in televisions Beauty and the Beast. She played Beast) in the world and that history is doomed to repeat itself.

More shape-shifting robots and Arnold Schwarzenegger bare ass is on it’s way. Well, at least if Arnold, director Justin Lin and screen writer Chris Morgan have anything to say about it.

Since ruining California wasn’t enough Arnie is getting back into acting. To be fair, he did say “I’ll Be Back”! With ‘the governator’ on the prowl deadline is throwing out reports that the hollywood machine is once again going back for sloppy seconds (well sloppy 5ths) in the Terminator franchise. In some kind of asshole name drawing contest Universal, apparently, wants Fast Five director Justin Lin and screenwriter Chris Morgan to tap into the world James Cameron started, which McG later ruined.

Deadline’s story really doesn’t have much else on the subject. There’s no guarantee that Schwarzenegger would return, Lin has a commitment to Summit to direct the new Highlander and the franchise doesn’t even have a deal in place with a distributor. So this is all hollywood hootenanny.

If a film were to happen, it might be draw from the treatments by co-founder of Terminator, William Wishe that McG had in the pipeline if Salvation, ya know… not tanked, Here’s how Deadline describes those treatments:

His version continued the post-apocalyptic battleground scenario from Terminator Salvation, but added in the element of time travel. There was a reunion for Sarah Conner and Kyle Reese beyond their brief encounter in the original, and a role for Schwarzenegger in the finale. There were also plenty of hi-tech killers, including a swarm of “Night Crawlers,” 4 1/2-foot tall border sentries that are set like mines to spring up out of the ground and ambush rebel fighters with 10 MM pistols built into their wrists, and fingers and feet that are razor sharp. Also fresh off the Skynet assembly line in Wisher’s version are new shape-shifting cyborgs that can morph together in Transformers-like mode, and are more lethal than anything seen in previous Terminator installments. The blueprint also set out a resolution in mankind’s struggle with Skynet.

The world does not need another Terminator film. Besides, every company that has produced a Terminator film has gone bankrupt. Won’t they learn? Personally, my vote for an 80’s revival should go to Red Heat and Kindergarten Cop.

source: Deadline’s

zz3af653e8 (1)Man, oh man. If only Hollywood wasn’t the cruel bitch that she is we might have seen a soft side of Boba. It can give him a back drop story too. He moved to earth, hooked up with Jennifer Aniston and then suffered through a bad divorce. He then decides that he should give up on his aspirations on water color art, in which Aniston had motivated him towards, and falls back into bounty hunting. But not as high of a caliber, just for the U.S, catching everyday misdemeanors. “Until one day, he gets his dream job when he is assigned to track down his bail-jumping ex-wife, reporter Nicole Hurly (Jennifer Aniston). He thinks all that’s ahead is an easy payday, but when Nicole gives him the slip so she can chase a lead on a murder cover-up, Boba realizes that nothing ever goes simply with him and Nicole. The exes continually one-up each other – until they find themselves on the run for their lives. They thought their promise to love, honor and obey was tough – staying alive is going to be a whole lot tougher.” Ok, so what if half of this was paraphrased from the imdb synopsis? Ahhh, what’s the use? This would be an awful movie. Boba would catch Aniston too quickly and she wouldn’t be able to “one-up” him. The guy has a fucking jet pack. Enough said. But it’s still a very humorous idea, and i would easily pay 20 bucks to see this movie, just to see Aniston smacked around a little bit. Maybe, even a little rougher than the critics bitch slapping Sandra Bullock for her performance in All About Steve. Man that movie sucked. All that aside, this fictitious poster is super bad ass. ENJOY!

Source: Slashfilm