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'MacGruber!' The Creator of 'MacGyver' Wants to Stop the Movie. 'MacGruber!'

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 3rd 2010 1:08PM
Twenty seconds MacGruber!

So fans of the Will Forte/Kristin Wiig 'Saturday Night Live' sketch 'MacGruber' are counting down the minutes to the April release of the big screen version of the small screen parody. Or maybe we're not counting the minutes. This movie could suck like a Dyson vacuum cleaner. Or it could be really funny! Who knows? Movies based on 'SNL' sketches could easily go either way.

One person who doesn't want us to find out is Lee David Zlotoff. He created 'MacGyver' back in the 1980s and he wants to stop the movie from being released. Zlotoff has a deal to bring 'MacGyver' himself to the big-screen and doesn't want to see this parody there as well. Zlotoff's lawyer says that the film is "infringing on our rights." I wonder if the filmmakers neglected to get a thumbs up from Zlotoff and Paramount before making the movie? Zlotoff has also been a producer/writer on various shows, including 'NCIS,' 'Hill Street Blues,' 'Bret Maverick,' and 'Remington Steele.'

[via Pop Candy]

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Flight of the Conchords co-creator to direct the Muppets

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 29th 2010 7:03PM

The MuppetsJames Bobin has signed on to direct the new Muppet movie. Bobin co-created the television version of Flight of the Conchords (as opposed to the band itself, which was co-created by Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie).

So it's a writer who has predominantly worked in television who is directing a movie about a group of characters who became famous from a television show. The movie itself is co-written by Jason Segel, star of How I Met Your Mother, who is rumored to be a Muppet-maniac. I'm still waiting for his Broadway production of Dracula, the Puppet Musical.

As a Muppet fan myself, I'm happy about this piece of news. I have enjoyed Bobin's work on Da Ali G Show and Flight of the Conchords without being aware of his involvement. I just hope Bobin shows love and respect for the franchise and we don't end up with another Muppets' Wizard of Oz.

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MacGruber set loaded to the boobies with hotties

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 28th 2010 10:00AM
If you're excited about the new MacGruber movie and you're a guy, you might be excited to learn that the set is flooded with more hotties than the aftermath of a stripper avalanche.

Don't believe me? Check out this behind the scenes visit to the set with the film's director Jorma Taccone.

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Here's the trailer for MacGruber (MacGruber!)

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 19th 2010 2:30PM
Oh, this could be really funny or it could be really awful. It's MacGruber, the big-screen movie based on the Saturday Night Live sketch, and we know how often those things turn out well. By the way, this is a red-band trailer so it's NSFW (funny name for Val Kilmer's character though).

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Viewers can attend Sundance Festival via their TVs

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jan 18th 2010 6:30PM
The Sundance Film Festival is available on your TV on demand.If you're not cool enough (or smug enough) to head to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival this month, you can now watch key moments of the event via your TV on demand through the new video on demand service, Sundance Selects.

You can put on your overpriced, ugly ski boots and over-sized sunglasses while you pet your matchbox-sized dog -- pretending you're the up and coming star of a pretentious art house flick without leaving your living room. Sundance Selects is all set to send films from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival to a national audience for the first time.

You'll also get a first hand look at some of the live events that take place during the fest, as the on demand service "gives film lovers coast-to-coast the opportunity to experience a major film festival as it happens."

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Will Arnett says Arrested Development movie is underway

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 12th 2010 9:30PM
The big screen revival of one of TV's most talked about shows is underway, even if it seems harder to put together than an IKEA "Jerker."

Now it's been officially confirmed by Will Arnett, Michael Bluth's unsuccessful magician brother Gob, that even though the project still doesn't have a script, the gears are turning and plans are underway to start shooting this year.

Is it just me or will you only believe that this movie is going to be made until its sitting on my DVD shelf in between my Daily Show Indecision '04 box set and my Criterion collection edition of Robocop? I've had heavily medicated girlfriends that are more on-again, off-again than this project.

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Joe Carnahan's A-Team trailer hits the web

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 9th 2010 7:00PM
Have you been itching with the nervous anticipation of a meth head over the release of the big screen remake of The A-Team? Here's a hit of naloxone.

The trailer for Joe Carnahan's big screen remake of the popular action series has found its way to the web. Warning: plans may or may not come together during the actual film.

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Star Trek sequel in 2012?

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 9th 2010 11:00AM
Star TrekIt was announced that the sequel to the recent Star Trek movie is going to be released on May 29th, 2012. This means we'll be able to catch the next Star Trek movie before the world ends, according to the Mayans.

Of course, a sequel was inevitable due to the fact that Star Trek was pretty much the biggest (and in my opinion the best) movie of this past summer. Paramount likely signed all the actors involved to multiple-movie contracts, so getting them back isn't an issue.

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Star Trek reaches new unexplored universe of merchandising with waffles

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 5th 2010 8:00AM
No Star Trek fans, you aren't seeing an accidental divine image of the holy ones in that breakfast carb cake.

Star Trek's never ending cavalcade of memorabilia already knows no limits, but this truly has gone where no ad man has gone before. Eggo released a line of official "limited edition" Star Trek waffles to coincide with the J.J. Abrams' Star Trek movie.

They feature images of the new cast, the Star Trek insignia and even the ol' Enterprise herself in all of its buttery glory. I wonder if they released any of the waffles with any special filling. Biting into a raspberry waffle as a "red shirt" falls to his or her doom would make for a mentally unbalanced breakfast.

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The Sex and the City 2 movie trailer is out!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Dec 23rd 2009 5:04PM
Sex and the City 2In mid-October, spoilers about the Sex and the City movie sequel started to leak as shooting begun. It won't spoil the fun if I confirm that the four ladies -- Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall and Kristin Davis -- are back and so are Chris Noth, Evan Handler and Jason Lewis.

Today, it's time to open your first Christmas gift as the first Sex and the City 2 trailer has been released!

Trailer and a few slight spoilers coming up!

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Avatar technology being used for new Jackass movie

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 21st 2009 8:02PM
James Cameron's Avatar has created new filming techniques and heralded a new age of storytelling and artistic endeavors. And it's being used to film evolution's little mistakes getting hit in the beanbag with a golf club.

MTV's Jackass will reportedly take Cameron's film techniques and implement them into Jackass 3D, the third movie installment based on the popular TV stunt comedy show.

The show's chief jackass, Johnny Knoxville, said in a press release that they would use the technology to take the camera where no camera has gone before: "up Steve-o's butt." I'm sure a 3D version of that will do wonders for Milk Duds sales at the concession stand.

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Pee Wee's Playhouse movie has a script, but does it have a screen?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 15th 2009 2:00PM
Pee Wee HermanNow that Pee Wee Herman's big comeback is officially in full swing, more news is coming down the pike and today's secret word is "movie."

Pee Wee told the press he has a script for a movie (AHHHHHHHH!) based on his popular Saturday morning kids' show Pee Wee's Playhouse. He said the movie (AHHHHHHH!) would bring back all of the show's original characters and take them out of the playhouse and into the broader, fictional world of "Puppetland." It's also described as a family-friendly movie (AHHHHHHH!), although judging from the reaction my old man had to the show when I watched it as a kid, "family-friendly" might be a loose term for this movie (AHHHHHHH!).

A Pee Wee's Playhouse film has always been lurking around in development hell. An earlier version with Johnny Depp as the title character was being shopped around way back in 2007. If Pee-Wee's Playhouse became a mo.., er, feature film, would you watch it?

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Entourage, the movie?

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 4th 2009 9:31AM

EntourageMark Wahlberg has stated in an interview that he believes that Entourage, the HBO show in which he serves as executive producer, has two more years left in its television life before making the jump to the theatrical screen. The show has just been renewed for a sixth season.

It's not a bad idea, although the concept of a Hollywood insider movie has been done in Hollywood movies before, most notably with Robert Altman's The Player. However, it's been 17 years since that movie was released, so its ripe for recycling (It's surprising it hasn't been redone yet).

HBO has seen tremendous success with one of its franchises moving to the big screen, Sex and the City (which has a sequel on the way). On the other hand, The Sopranos hasn't made it to the big screen yet for some reason. Perhaps David Chase didn't want to ruin a perfect ending to the series.

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American Gladiators movie has a plot, and no, we're not kidding

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 21st 2009 10:02AM
American Gladiators MovieIf you are counting the seconds until the new big screen remake of American Gladiators hits a theater near you, please seek immediate medical attention or the nearest clergyman for guidance.

Screenwriter Peter Iliff has developed a script for the project. The TV tough guys and gals will be turned into "superheroes" in the new movie.

That's it? Isn't that obvious? What the hell else were they going to be?

- A bunch of muscleheaded meatwads pretending to be British nannies in order to see their estranged children.

- Sinewy wimp-eaters who must constantly pull a bus with their teeth at a speed of at least 30 mph or it will explode.

Or perhaps the storyline could go something like this: A ruthless mob boss looking to bump off a key witness traveling overseas plants twelve Gladiators injected with anger inducing pheromones on his plane and unleashes them over the ocean.

Feel free to share your own ideas for this movie in the comments below.

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TV Squad Video: Starship Enterprise orbits Griffith Park

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 18th 2009 2:05PM
If you're like me, and I know I am, you've wondered what it would like if the U.S.S. Enterprise descended on the Hollywood Hills.

Fortunately, Paramount held the big DVD and Blu-ray release party for J.J. Abrams' Star Trek movie at the Griffith Park Observatory Monday night, and the Enterprise took up a standard orbit around the famous planetarium landmark.

While the film's creators and cast mingled inside the observatory, a high-definition multimedia system projected video images of Trek visual effects up against the building's walls.

So, for a few moments, the Enterprise (almost to scale) swooped in for a visit before heading away at warp factor one.

Enjoy a glimpse of it below.

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