Sunday, 16 January 2011

Mixed Bag part 4

So time for another mixed bag addition of the blog this time featuring the latest news from the UK Box office and movie news on three low budget films coming out this year. (one direct to DVD)                 
UK BOX OFFICE           

1. The King's Speech       £3.52m
2. 127 Hours              £2.17m
3. Little Fockers              £1.8m
(Isn't it about time this franchise focked off?)
4. Gulliver's Travels         £1.55m
5. The Next Three Days  £1.05m

Girl On A Bicycle

I came across this film by way of a referral by an acquaintance of mine who thought it was an interesting project. Here's the synopsis from the production company's website.

Paolo, an Italian Tour Bus driver, living in Paris and very much in love with his German girl-friend Greta, proposes marriage to her, only to encounter, the very next day, a Girl On A Bicycle, Cécile. She is a gorgeous young French woman with a glorious smile.
An Italian to his very core, Paolo finds that he is unable to get the image of this beauty out of his head. Following an almost unending series of bad advice given to him by his best friend, Jean-Michel, Paolo attempts to meet Cécile to put an end to his obsession and ends up hitting her with his tour bus. Since Cécile has two fatherless children aged four and six and now a broken arm and a broken leg, Paolo, who was reluctant to have children of his own, finds himself, not only having to care for Cécile, but to become a “father” to her children.
As Paolo races back and forth between his two lives day and night, trying to hide his misadventures with the beautiful Cécile from Greta, one lie builds upon another, until his life is totally upside-down. Will Love conquer all?
Doesn't really sound  like my cup of tea but a little more digging around and I discovered more about the project. It's the directorial debut of screenwriter Jeremy Leven who wrote The Legend Of Bagger Vance, My Sister's Keeper and The Notebook and features in some way or other Paddy Considine star of Dead Man's Shoe's, In America and of course Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee although this is only confirmed on IMDB not the production company's own website. In the lead role is Vincenzo Amato the star of Soundtrack, Golden Door and Respiro as well as appearing in the dreadful Did You Hear About The Morgans? We did hear about it and it was crap, lol. I still don't get what I was supposed to like about the flick other than the puzzle of what role Paddy Considine play?
River Of Darkness
(Direct to DVD)

River Of Darkness is a horror film made by North Shore Productions on a budget of $3.26m and stars 3 professional wrestlers which doesn't make for the recipe of a great film on paper or on screen for that matter. It's directed by Bruce Koehler who's previous film End Game also starred River Of Darkness leading man Kurt Angle.

Plot, eh..... em...-coughs- I think basically three giant hillbilly brothers kill a lot of people and Sheriff Will Logan (Kurt Angle) has to track them down and beat them down or something like that. Anyway it stars as I said Kurt angle the Olympic gold medalist, pro wrestler and star of End Game and also features Kevin Nash the 7 foot ex pro wrestler who appeared in The Punisher and The Longest Yard remake. It also feature Sid Eudy the near 7 foot ex pro wrestler better known as Psycho Sid and Bill Laing actor/stuntman who appeared in The Mothman Prophecies and Unstoppable.

So why do you mention this film? I hear you ask well I'm a big fan of low budget horror movies yep that's right the guy that wrote the blog post on French Cinema also loves cheap n cheerful horror who'd of thunk it? I'm also a fan of the lead in this movie and believe given the right project he could create a good acting career for himself as he has great integrity.
Bruce Vs Frankenstein
The sequel to My Name Is Bruce sees the greatest B-Movie Icon ever Bruce Campbell match wits(?) with Mary Shelley's legendary monster and I for one can't wait. As a fan of low budget horror (as stated above) I am of course an even bigger fan of it's top star Bruce Campbell who in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times had this to say about the project.
Yeah, it’s “The Expendables, or more like the It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World of horror. I want to get so many horror movie stars that people can’t possibly not see the movie. I want to give them other stuff to do. I want to have Kane Hodder be very particular about what he eats. I want Robert Englund to be a tough guy, like he knows tae kwon do or something. I want to find out the hidden sides of all these people. Some will play themselves, some will play alternate characters as well. I may approach Kane Hodder to play Frankenstein. He could be Kane Hodder himself fighting himself as Frankenstein. It could be crazy. It’s a silly concocted story that we hope to do maybe in a year or so. My breaks between Burn Notice have been getting tighter because they’ve been adding episodes. They’re trying to trap me like a rat in the TV world, and I might just let them. There’s a script, it just kind of blows right now, so no one’s really seeing it. We gotta work on it. Definitely shoot it in Oregon all on a stage. It’s like the 300 of horror comedies. We want to make it a whole world. Someone’s gotta take Frank down for good.”
Rumours are rife on the web that Sid Haig, Robert Englund, Kane Hodder and Tony Todd will all appear alongside Bruce as well as a proposed cameo from Sam Raimi to round of the cast but nothing is signed yet. Burn Notice keeps Campbell busy these days so it all depends who is available when he gets the time to shoot it but when anyone signs on to this project I'll post the news here for the 1 or 2 people who are probably interested anyhoo..

Thanking You
The Housebound Writer                  

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