Summerscreen is Back: Now with Zombies!

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The L Magazine’s Summerscreen film series in McCarren Park announced their lineup today and yup, we’ve got zombies! And Jim Carrey. This year marks the film’s first year out of the pool, and it looks like they’re setting up at the ball fields closest to Turkey’s Nest in McCarren Park.

The films will be shown at dusk on Wednesday nights starting July 8th and area restaurants will be on hand to sell food and beverages. Admittance is absolutely free.
This year’s lineup of films includes:
July 8: Reality Bites
July 15: Evil Dead 2
July 22: 24 Hour Party People
July 29: Wild at Heart
August 5: Fame
August 12: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

More info at summerscreen.org.
[Photo by the conklins on flickr.]

Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus

It looks like Debbie Gibson’s career is going awesome:

[thanks Derek]

The New Woody Allen Trailer

I’m actually pretty excited about seeing Larry David star in a Woody Allen film. Plus it’s great to see Allen back in New York. From The Observer

“It used to be Diane Keaton with me—she always used to tell me, ‘I’m terrible, I’m awful, I can’t do it, you should get someone else.’ And she was always brilliant. Well, Larry is like this,” said Woody Allen via telephone from his Upper East Side apartment last week. The 73-year-old director was discussing his new movie Whatever Works.
‚”I gave him every opportunity to get someone else, [said David]. I was kind of uncomfortable. I was out of my comfort zone,” he said. Then he laughed. ‚”Of course, the comfort zone is not very big! I take one step to the right and I’m out of my comfort zone.”
Whatever Works is Woody Allen exactly as you want your Woody Allen to be. It’s witty, dark, poignant, zany and hilarious, and showcases a New York filtered through the Allen lens as we’ve never seen it before. Meaning, forget the Upper East Side! This film creeps through the crooked and narrow streets of the Lower East Side and Chinatown, knishes to hanging chickens.
And as for Mr. David … he indeed pulls it off and then some playing Boris Yellnikoff, a half-suicidal almost‚ÄìNobel Prize‚Äìwinning physicist who suffers from night terrors (he wakes up with strangling death screams) and minor OCD (he washes his hands and sings ‚”Happy Birthday”–twice!–in order to kill all the germs), then tosses it all away (literally) and considers the majority of Earth’s population too stupid and meaningless to even deal with.


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Cymbals Eat Rooftop Films

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Rooftop Films’ opening night party is a week from today, and tickets are going, going, (almost) gone! It’s short films with a Cymbals Eat Guitars / open bar sandwich.
The deets:

FRIDAY, MAY 15, 8pm
This is What We Mean by Short Films
Opening Night
We kick off our 13th year of ‚”Underground Movies Outdoors” with short films that don’t take long to astonish, amaze and inspire.
Venue: on the roof of the Open Road Rooftop
Address: 350 Grand Street @ Essex (Lower East Side, Manhattan)
8:00PM: Doors open
8:30PM: Sound Fix presents live music by Cymbals Eat Guitars .
9:00PM: Films
11:30PM – 1:00AM: Open Bar at Fontana’s (105 Eldridge St), courtesy of Radeberger beer
Tickets: $9 at the door or online at going.com

Also, programmers have released the summer schedule through June, which includes a slew of dates around the LES and SoBro but so far only one date (Thursday, June 11) in Williamsburg! Hopefully we’ll get a few more in July and August. June at the Automotive High School is buggy, anyways…(right?).

Rejected Gladiator 2 Script Leaks… Did We Mention Nick Cave Wrote It?

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Okay. This already wins the award for the most bizarre story of the week. First off, why the hell would Ridley Scott ask mopey rock icon Nick Cave to write a script? Why would Cave agree to said project. After agreeing to write the thing, how could Cave have thought that including a scene where Maximus battles the Vietcong with a flamethrower would be a good idea? And of course the largest elephant in the room… why in God’s name do we need Gladiator 2? Most of us are still traumatized by the steaming pile of crap that was the original.
Gone Elsewhere has been generous enough to provide a synopsis of some of the script’s highlights. After being meeting Roman Gods in the afterlife and being reincarnated, Maximus starts kicking some major ass:

Middle Eastern Battlefield: Maximus stands surrounded by hundreds of Crusaders as they battle a Muslim army. Everyone dies around him, only Maximus remains untouched.
– Europe: Maximus battles tanks in World War 2.
– Vietnam: Maximus battles Vietcong with a flamethrower.
– The Pentagon, Present Day: Maximus washing his hands in a men’s room sink. He stars at himself in the mirror… reflecting. Mordecai stands behind him… whispers: “Until eternity itself has said it’s prayers.” Maximus exits; proceeds into a large war room containing a dozen men in suits.

This sounds so bad actually, we must admit our curiosity is piqued. Thankfully, Gone Elsewhere puts things in perspective.

This is not a reflection on the quality of the piece, but I’m not really interested in seeing a sequel to Gladiator featuring elements of mythology and the supernatural. They weren’t present in the first film and they simply feel out of place here.
It’s like making an action-packed follow-up to Schindler’s List with a cryogenically-frozen Liam Neeson helping to save a doomed alien species 10,000 years in the future. Sure, there might be an interesting story there… but it doesn’t make sense given the pre-established universe.

We’re trying to locate the script, so link us up in comments if you find it!

The May 2009 Movie Preview

by Dave Thomas
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As is becoming the norm, May looks to be the most densely-packed event picture month of the summer.
MAY 1
BATTLE FOR TERRA
WHAT’S THE PITCH?
The human race invades a peaceful planet because our planet done got blow’d up.
WILL IT SUCK?
Early buzz is good. Garnered some praise on the festival circuit.
HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
It’s got balls to open against Wolverine. And that’s about all it has going for it. $5mil.
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GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST
WHAT’S THE PITCH?
A Christmas Carol, but with exes.
WILL IT SUCK?
Before you scoff that this is just another silly Matthew McConaughey romcom, remember this. This is coming from Mean Girls, Freaky Friday, Spiderwick Chronicles helmer Mark Waters. It is however, also coming from the writers behind Rebound and Four Christmases. Okay. You can go back to scoffing.
HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
THIS is how you compete with Wolverine. $71mil.
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X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE
WHAT’S THE PITCH?
Wolverine Begins
WILL IT SUCK?

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Korean Abdul-Jamar [sic] in GRIFT

Coming soon to a theater near you…
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But one thing. It’s Korean Abdul-JABBAR man. Get your hipster grifter shit straight. And can this be the last we ever mention her? Now that the meme has reached street art status I think we can pack it all up in our fanny packs and call it a day. Spotted in W’burg by Delete Yourself.

Michael Bay Signs $50M Deal To Fuck Up 'Thundercats'

We’re just happy when anybody makes fun of Michael Bay or Jerry Bruckheimer. From the Onion [via]

“I couldn’t be more excited to completely fuck this up,” said Bay, who plans to begin production on destroying the live-action adaptation next month. “ThunderCats has a great story, endearing characters, action, adventure, space-travel, and fantasy. It will be an honor to run it into the ground.”
“I’ll use every directorial tool I have to suck the very life and charm out of this beloved cartoon,” added Bay, claiming that the film could turn out to be the most colossal piece of shit he’s ever worked on. “I won’t rest until I get every last scene exactly wrong.”

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