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Samuel L. Jackson Joins Latest Remake of Classic Horror 'The Blob'

Another day, another remake. This time it's The Blob, which has been remade once (or twice) before. The original The Blob is a horror classic from 1958, and it was remade in 1988 into a just-as-good-if-not-better sci-fi thriller. Now they're working on yet another remake at Goldcrest Films with Simon West (Con-Air, The General's Daughter, The Mechanic, Expendables 2) attached to direct. If they want to keep everything nice and neat, this next one should debut in 2018 then it'll be 30 years between each remake. The latest news is that Samuel L. Jackson has been officially cast in the new film, playing a biochemistry professor. "I have been waiting to work with Samuel L. Jackson my whole career. He is a unique talent in the industry, definitely one of a kind. I am so pleased that we will finally get to collaborate on this project," said Simon West via press release. This new The Blob
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The Blob remake lands Con Air director

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Simon West is to direct the remake of The Blob, and promises to use modern CGI to realise its potential...

To the people who had been requested a remake of The Blob? Someone out there, whoever you are, has granted your wish.

Producers Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten are behind this one, and they've hired Simon West to direct the movie. West remains best known for the mighty Con Air, although he's also directed the likes of The Expendables 2, The General's Daughter and The Mechanic.

Production begins this summer on the new film, which Goldcrest Films is backing. West has said, in a slightly worrying statement, that "with modern CGI we can now fully realise the potential of The Blob". Hmmm.

The rest of his statement reads: "The world I create will be totally believable, immersive and emotionally satisfying. It’s a thrill to introduce an enduring icon to
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Summer Movies Flashback 1999: 'South Park' surprise and scathing 'Star Wars' reactions

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Summer Movies Flashback 1999: 'South Park' surprise and scathing 'Star Wars' reactions
Our continuing look back at some of the biggest summers we've lived through takes us back 15 years to one of the best recent movie seasons overall. In honor of the 2014 summer movie season, Team HitFix will be delivering a mini-series of articles flashing back to key summers from years past. There will be one each month, diving into the marquee events of the era, their impact on the writer and their implications on today's multiplex culture. We continue today with a look back at the summer of 1999. It was the summer I became Moriarty. To be fair, I had been contributing to Ain't It Cool for a little while already by that point, and I had been slowly but surely embracing the potential of the website and the audience that I was reaching. I had already taken a few trips to Austin, including a memorable stay at the third Quentin Tarantino Film Festival,
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Director Simon West: Stolen, Con Air, Rick Astley and more

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Interview Ryan Lambie 5 Aug 2013 - 06:59

With his latest film, Stolen, out now, director Simon West talks to us about Con Air, Jason Statham, Expendables 2, Rick Astley, and more...

Although it's always a pleasure to talk to a filmmaker about their work, it's not often you get half-an-hour or so to really go into a more detailed conversation about their career to date. It was a real treat, then, to be able to talk to director Simon West about such a huge range of topics, from working with Nicolas Cage and Jason Statham to his transition from working in commercials to making the 90s summer blockbuster Con Air for producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

Throughout, West was generous, funny and full of great stories, and he didn't even mind when we brought up the subject of his music video for Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up - an 80s chart
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Another TV spot for The Expendables 2 explodes online with Stallone, Willis, and Ah-nuld.

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Another TV spot has blasted online for the upcoming action smorgasbord The Expendables 2, featuring all the action stars you could possibly handle for a few hours (or less).  Directed by Simon West (Con Air, The General's Daughter) the film has a much sleeker look than the first entry, which was helmed by Stallone.  In addition we have more of Willis and Schwarzenegger, and new additions Van Damme, Hemsworth, Yu Nan, and Chuck Norris with his beard providing some thrills as...
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First Poster And Images Debut For Nic Cage Thriller 'Stolen' (Not Pictured: A Bunch Of Screaming)

While a definitive release date has yet to be locked down, a poster and a collection of stills have debuted for the new Nicolas Cage thriller "Stolen" (formerly "Medallion," which made it sound like a negligible Jackie Chan movie), with the appropriately Nic Cage-y tagline: "12 hours. $10 million. 1 kidnapped daughter." We're not sure about the math, but we're certainly excited about the movie!

"Stolen" was written by David Guggenheim, who has sold a number of buzzy scripts in the past few months, including this past spring's drab Denzel Washington/Ryan Reynolds actioner "Safe House" and "Narco Sub," about a drug running via submarine that at least has a tenuous attachment from Tony Scott. "Stolen" concerns a former thief (Cage) racing to save his daughter who has been kidnapped and (wait for it) stashed away in the trunk of a taxi cab. Now we're cooking! The film co-stars Malin Akerman, Danny Huston
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Simon West to Helm 'Dust & Glory' Car Racing Romantic Adventure

Are you ready for a "romance adventure" project (haven't heard that in a long time) wrapped in a car racing movie to be directed by the action filmmaker currently shooting The Expendables 2? THR is reporting that Simon West, who also directed Con Air, The General's Daughter, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, The Mechanic and Nicolas Cage's Medallion, which was just retitled to Stolen, is in negotiations to direct the film Dust and Glory. Produced independently by Top Cat Media and Blue Star Ent., the story is set during the 1950s' REDeX trials, which covered over 10,000 miles of the toughest racing terrain in Australia, maybe the world. This actually sounds kind of cool, especially if West delivers some good action. Dust and Glory is described a cross between Mad Max and Jewel of the Nile. Here's some info on the real Redex trials down in Oz. The screenplay, by newcomer
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Terry Crews Dominates 'Expendables 2' Set Photos

Despite the very unfortunate accidents involving the death of one stuntman and another in critical condition, 'The Expendables 2' is pushing through with production in Bulgaria. A couple of set photos have leaked out in the past, one featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Bruce Willis, and the other Chuck Norris, Dolph Lundgren, and Terry Crews. This new batch of set photos -- which come from Movie Web -- are very Crews intensive. As usual, he's looking absolutely enormous. Amid the familiar crew, there's the first shot of Ufc veteran, Randy Couture on the sequel set. He reprises his role as Toll Road from the original 2010 smash-hit. Unlike most sets photos that have the actors snapped from a distance and in strange predicaments, everything about 'The Expendables 2' is posed for the most part. Those Bulgarian photographers must be extremely charming. Perhaps their aggressive American counterparts
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John Travolta and Chuck Norris Pack Heat, Fiber Pills For 'Expendables 2'

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Arthritis, joint pain, Aarp… explosions.

These are the things that should be popping into your head (and the head of whoever insures the production) when you think of "The Expendables," Sylvester Stallone's sly nod to the cheesifying action films of his '80s heyday.

Last year's bone-crushing, bad-guy impaling trip down memory lane proved that wicked old action stars can still kick it like they used to as long as people dig seeing big, beefy Republicans punch and shoot at each other (we do). Now the inevitable sequel is coming down the pike, and according to The Playlist more aging icons may prove the easy accessibility of steroids.

John Travolta and Chuck Norris are the latest shuffleboarders to potentially cast their crutches to the side and strap on their Uzis for "The Expendables 2," which will begin lensing shortly in Bulgaria for an August 2012 release. They'll be joining surviving vets Stallone,
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Simon West To Direct The Expendables 2

Simon West To Direct The Expendables 2

According to Deadline, Simon West just signed on to direct The Expendables 2, the sequel to Sylvester Stallone’s 2010 action pic. Not only did the geriatric-on-‘roids actioner warrant a sequel, but the pick of West comes after a long and laborious search. After Sly made it known that he would not be directing the sequel himself, a supposed list of top directors went into the vetting. West wins out, and it's far from bad news for the film. West has some great action pics under his belt, like Con Air, The Mechanic, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and The General's Daughter.

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'Con Air' Director Simon West Set to Take Over on 'The Expendables 2'

This could either be a very good sign, or an early warning. Deadline is reporting that Millennium Films / Nu Image may finally have found a replacement director for Sylvester Stallone for their upcoming sequel, The Expendables 2. Apparently their top choice is Simon West, a British director known for big action in Hollywood, with a filmography including Con Air, The General's Daughter, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Jason Statham's The Mechanic from last year. Production is schedule to start this summer and will bring back most of the original cast, including Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews and Jet Li. It was recently announced by Lionsgate that The Expendables 2 would be hitting theaters on August 17th, 2012 next summer, and that logo image above comes from an early sales promo poster we found in Cannes. I think Simon West may actually be a good choice, as he'll bring
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Simon West To Direct 'Expendables 2'

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Simon West To Direct 'Expendables 2'
Exclusive: After a long search, Simon West is the choice to direct The Expendables 2, the sequel to the 2010 surprise hit action film. West, who most recently directed the CBS Films remake of The Mechanic with Jason Statham and Ben Foster, also directed Con Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and The General's Daughter. Production begins in the summer. The sequel is expected to have back an original cast that includes Sylvester Stallone, Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews and Jet Li. Stallone directed the original, which grossed $275 million worldwide, $103 million domestic. The film's produced by Millennium Films and will be released by Lionsgate. West is repped by CAA.
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The Expendables 2 Signs Simon West to Direct

Simon West has been signed on to helm the upcoming action movie sequel which is set for a Summer 2012 release. Simon West will helm the next Expendables film; taking over for Sylvester Stallone who directed the first film. West previously directed CBS Films remake of The Mechanic with Jason Statham and Ben Foster. He also directed action films Con Air and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, as well as The General's Daughter. Planning for Expendables 2 began before the first film even arrived in theaters. While plot details remain a mystery for fans, the studio is nonetheless hard at work preparing the next film in what Stallone hopes to be a trilogy. Writing team David Agosto and Ken Kaufman have recently completed a draft for the sequel script, and Stallone has stated he would like to see Arnold...
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Geek shows and movies on UK TV in the coming week

Have I Got News For You is back, Breaking Bad ends in the UK for now, and The Walking Dead walk again in the UK. Plus films! Lots of them!

The long running comedy panel series, Have I Got News For You, which began in 1990, returns for its forty-first series of goes at politicians and the more bizarre aspects of news and life tonight, Friday, April 8th at 9:00pm on BBC1. Team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton return to their chairs and the premiering guest host is the cheery Jack Dee, in the first of nine episodes in this latest series.

Also tonight, Friday, April 8th, but a little later at 11:25pm on 5Usa, is the series 2 finale of the excellent Breaking Bad. We haven't heard when series 3 might reach us, but if you have any plans to watch when it does, you'll want to be sure
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Danny Huston Dons A "Medallion"

Danny Huston has closed a deal to join the kidnapping thriller "Medallion" for Nu Image/Millennium Films reports The Playlist.

Nicolas Cage plays a former master thief who has only a few hours to find his daughter when she is kidnapped and locked in the trunk of a New York taxi cab. Details on Huston’s role have not yet emerged.

David Guggenheim (”Safe House”) penned the script while Simon West ("Con Air," "The General's Daughter") will direct. Shooting kicks off mid-March in New Orleans.
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Movie Review: Battle: Los Angeles (2011)

A scene from Battle: Los Angeles

Photo: Columbia Pictures With Battle: Los Angeles screenwriter Christopher Bertolini (The General's Daughter) and director Jonathan Liebesman (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning) have created a video game of a war film by mashing together Black Hawk Down and District 9 with an invasion to match War of the Worlds. Does that mean it's good? I enjoyed it for what it was, but I wouldn't necessarily call it good.

This film can't match the intensity of Black Hawk Down despite trying to be as chaotic and fast paced. It doesn't delve into the politics or morals of District 9 even though desperately clinging to the idea of what it means to be human. And it doesn't reach the scope of War of the Worlds as it turns into another film hell bent on destroying and saving Los Angeles as the rest of the world
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New Preview Clip from Battle: Los Angeles

A new preview clip from director Jonathan Liebesman (The Killing Room) new sci-fi movie, Battle: Los Angeles, has been released. Written by Christopher Bertolini (The General's Daughter), Battle: Los Angeles is inspired by the 1942 "attack" on Los Angeles that made headlines nationwide and is considered by many UFOlogists and conspiracy theorists as proof of an "alien agenda" on Earth. Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Michael Pena, Bridget Moynahan, Lucas Till, and Ne-Yo star. Battle: Los Angeles opens March 11th! Follow me on Twitter! If you dare...
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First Engagement: Marines vs. Aliens in New Battle: Los Angeles Preview Clip

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In previous clips and trailers, we've seen "meteors" splashing down off the coast of Santa Monica and gi-normous spaceships rising up from beneath buildings in L.A., but in the latest preview clip from director Jonathan Liebesman's (The Killing Room) upcoming sci-fi movie, Battle: Los Angeles, we get our first look at human-alien combat.

Written by Christopher Bertolini (The General's Daughter), Battle: Los Angeles is inspired by the 1942 "attack" on Los Angeles and centers around a group of Marines who lead the fight against an alien invasion. In this new preview clip, a squad of Marines led by Staff Sergeant Michael Nantz (Aaron Eckhart) enounter the aliens in their subterranean den beneath the streets of L.A. in a scene eerily similar to the first engagement between Colonial Marines and the xenomorphs in James Cameron's Aliens.

Next Showing: Battle: Los Angeles opens March 11

Battle Los Angeles - Based on a True Story
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Check Out Malin Akerman's "Medallion"

Malin Akerman ("Watchmen") is in negotiations to join the kidnapping thriller "Medallion" for Nu Image/Millennium Films reports Reuters.

Nicolas Cage plays a former master thief who has only a few hours to find his daughter when she is kidnapped and locked in the trunk of a New York taxi cab.

Akerman will play Cage's former girlfriend and a former bank robber who agrees to help him save his daughter.

Shooting will kick off mid-March in New Orleans. Simon West ("Con Air," "The General's Daughter") will direct.
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Six Battle: Los Angeles Featurettes: Truth or Fiction?

Written by Christopher Bertolini (The General's Daughter) and directed by Jonathan Liebesman (The Killing Room), Battle: Los Angeles is inspired by the 1942 "attack" on Los Angeles that has become known as "The Battle of Los Angeles," an incident which involved the U.S. military strafing the skies over L.A. with anti-aircraft fire for more than an hour without ever hitting any targets. At the time, the U.S. military thought we were being invaded by the Japanese. Today, the incident has been ruled a "false alarm" triggered by "war nerves," but many believe that the military was shooting at a UFO or multiple UFOs (and a photo that ran in the L.A. Times appears to show spotlights focusing on a flying saucer). Check out these featurettes from Reelz Channel to separate the truth from fiction... Battle: Los Angeles stars Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Michael Pena, Bridget Moynahan, Lucas Till,
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