April 23, 2014

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‘Piranha 3D’ heads for the beach again in part II

HollywoodNews.com: Following in the footsteps of another celebrity fish, “Jaws,” “Piranha 3D” wants to take its hunger to another beach – in a sequel.
Dimension announced that it would make a follow up to the film which ranked sixth this past weekend in a crowded marketplace, making $10.1 million.
Mark Canton is set to produce again, though it isn’t confirmed that Alexandre Aja will be back to helm. “Piranha” is based on a series of cult films that began in 1978. The new reboot stars Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O’Connell, Ving Rhames and in a tip of the hat to “Jaws” – Richard Dreyfus.
“I’m delighted because the sequel is something we’ve clearly been talking about,” Canton told Variety, “With the really popular response of the audience, both here and in England, it has cemented our going to the script phase. We know it was a bifurcated weekend at the domestic box office, but we had the lowest drop of any film on Sunday night.”
Dimension is the sister label to the Weinstein Co. known for its action and horror films i.e. “Sin City” and “Scream.”
The label’s commitment to a sequel signifies its faith in the long term prospects of “Piranha 3D” at the fall box office.
Photo Credit: Weinstein Co.
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‘Piranha 3D’ actress Kelly Brook: ‘My role is that of a Girls Gone Wild girl’

HollywoodNews.com: If you’re going to act in a 3D monster movie about killer fish and bikini-clad protagonists, don’t think too hard about it.
Kelly Brook literally let herself ‘go’ in all sense of the word during the remake of Weinstein Co.’s “Piranha 3D,” directed by Alexandre Aja.
“It wasn’t apologizing for what it was. It was a big sexy movie. My role is that of a ‘Girls Gone Wild’ girl,” the British actress tells Collider.
In the film, Brook plays Dani, and gets to have underwater sex with porn thespian Riley Steele.
“You have to come with abandonment and give yourself to the director, what the story is and what it takes. You can’t start being prudish about nudity and bikinis. I think you have to just go for it and hope that they’re going to make you look the best you can look,” exclaimed Brook.
In its first day at the box office, “Piranha 3D” chomped up $3.6 million in fourth place, tying with last week’s Julia Roberts opener “Eat Pray Love.”
The film was released by Weinstein’s genre label Dimension which has a history with horror fare. Currently, the logo is lensing “Scream 4.”
Photo Credit: Splash
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“Piranha 3D” makes its case for Best Picture consideration in viral clip

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Did “Piranha 3d” really kick-start 2010’s “For Your Consideration” awards campaign?
Yes. Kind of.
Click on over to “Funny or Die” for an amusing pitch by Adam Scott, Kelly Brook and “Hollywood treasure” Jerry O’Connell to members of the Academy on behalf of Alexandre Aja’s “Piranha” remake, which hits theaters Friday, Aug. 20.
In the clip, the cast pokes fun of the Oscars, the Golden Globes, Pixar’s awards dominance, “Inception,” 3-D technology, and their own film. They even hits more than a few targets.
If “Piranha” is half as funny as this tongue-in-cheek spoof clip, it should out-gross “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” this weekend.
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Richard Dreyfuss reveals why he made ‘Piranha 3-D:’ “to get money”

On Tuesday, Richard Dreyfuss spoke with reporters about his new film The Lightkeepers, a modest comedy about two men who hole up in a lighthouse to escape the world only to be confronted by their past. In addition to talking about that film, Dreyfuss briefly discussed his participation in the thriller Red and Piranha 3-D, where he reprises one of the roles that made him famous, Jaws’ enthusiastic ichthyologist Matt Hooper. The actor, who at 62 no longer has time for varnished truth, offered the following unusually candid details about his involvement in the pair of upcoming projects.
Hollywood News: You indicated you like a comfortable set. What was it like to work with Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman on Red, where they seem like old hands who could hyptothetically make the experience very relaxed?

Richard Dreyfuss: It was great. It was a very rare experience for me to work with people who had such high reputations altogether. In that way, it was great. But, I was only on the film for about four days.
Hollywood News: What is your role in the film?

Dreyfuss: The political cabinet member villain. Apparently, that’s what I do, nowadays.
Hollywood News: Why did you take a role in Piranha 3-D? Was that a tribute to Jaws?

Dreyfuss: I had said no because I didn’t want to make fun of my own career. I was on the phone with Bob Weinstein and he said, “We can give you a lot more money,” and I told him what I was involved in. I was describing to him this [idea of] bringing civics back, so that people understood their own civic authority. Because if we’re bound only by ideas and don’t teach them, we’re not bound. And, he interrupted and said, “If it hadn’t already been written, I would have said, ‘You had me at civics.’” He wrote a check that was this big to the Initiative, and I said, “Okay, I’ll do the film.” And their names are going to be on the bottom of the website, permanently.
Hollywood News: Who do you play in the film?

Dreyfuss: I play Matt Hooper. I play the older Matt Hooper, who escaped being eaten by the shark and is now eaten by a bunch of piranha fish.
Hollywood News: Was it an opportunity for you to bring some gravitas to something that might otherwise be superficial fun?

Dreyfuss: No, it was an [...]