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A glance at the Fall Movie Season

HollywoodNews.com: When we pundits and critics wring our hands about the death of original cinema, we are frankly talking mostly about the big-budget tent-poles and/or genre films that are released by major studios. In truth, there are plenty of films that qualify as original that are released year-round. We obsess on the remakes and reboots because they generally fall in the film-nerd-friendly genres that we obsess over.
But there are plenty of original films out there for those who want to obsess on more than just the comic book adaptations, the animated films, and the sci-fi and horror genres. Of the 98 films coming out between September and December (according to this week’s Entertainment Weekly ‘Fall Movie Preview’), only eighteen would theoretically qualify as a sequel, a remake, franchise revamp, or spin-off of a known property. They are -
In September, we have just the re-release of The Lion King in 3D, plus the Rod Lurie remake of Straw Dogs. In October, we have a Footloose remake, a prequel to The Thing, Paranormal Activity 3, a 3D-revamp of The Three Musketeers, and Johnny English Reborn. As we get into the holiday season, November brings us the Shrek spin-off Puss in Boots, A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas, Happy Feet Two, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn part I, The Muppets, and Piranha 3DD. Finally, December brings us New Year’s Eve (technically a spin-off to last year’s Valentine’s Day), Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, David Fincher’s remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
Assuming I didn’t miss anything, that’s one re-release, one prequel, two spin-offs, two franchise revamps, three remakes, and nine sequels. That gives us just 18% of the film releases during the last third of the year that don’t qualify as at least somewhat original (by which we mean either completely original or adapted from a book, a play, or some other medium).
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“Piranha 3D” sequel dives into production

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: What would you call a sequel to last summer’s “Piranha 3D,” a gory and graphic but downright fun horror comedy?
“Piranha 3DD,” of course.
Dimension Films has started production on the sequel, with principal photography currently underway in Wilmington, N.C. John Gulager, who helmed “Feast,” will direct. The original film did OK in the States ($25M) but earned an additional $58M overseas.
From the release:
There’s something in the water . . . again. And this time no one is safe from the flesh eating fish as they sink their razor sharp teeth into the visitors of the best summer attraction, The Big Wet Water Park.
Featuring a talented ensemble cast including Danielle Panabaker (THE CRAZIES), Matt Bush (ADVENTURELAND), Chris Zylka (THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN), David Koechner (ANCHORMAN), Meagan Tandy (UNSTOPPABLE), Paul James Jordan, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Hector Jimenez, Adrian Martinez, and Clu Gulager. More cast members will be announced soon.
“Piranha 3DD” is scheduled to be in theaters nationwide on Nov. 23, 2011.
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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.
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This Week In Movies – ‘The Switch,’ ‘Piranha 3D,’ ‘Vampires Suck’

By Pete Hammond
HollywoodNews.com: The late August clearance sale began for studios this weekend when no less than five wide releases opened, some of rather dubious critical distinction, but not one of them could dislodge last week’s barn -burner winner, “The Expendables” for the top spot at the box office. It’s an unusual situation to be sure when a Sylvester Stallone action film that also features plum parts for the past-their-prime likes of Dolph Lundgren and Jet Li can grab the brass ring not just one, but two weeks in a row. Thanks to the smart distribution strategy of Lionsgate, following a pattern set by the similarly themed “Inglourious Basterds” last August, “Expendables” became a prime example of a movie filling the right “slot” in a release schedule rather than the other way around. Now it seems like studios stake a claim to a date that has worked for a certain type of film and then tailor their product to fit it. David Spitz, Executive VP of Distribution for Lionsgate says they saw an opening for “Expendables” and agressively planted their flag there seeing only the female oriented “Eat Pray Love” (which declined only 45% this weekend to 3rd place grossing an okay $43 million so far) as major competition. Spitz says he wasn’t worried about that film.

“We saw there was an opening where ‘Expendables’ could play very well and went after it. ‘Eat Pray Love’ was just alternative programming but when ‘Scott Pilgrim’ suddenly came on to our date we were a little concerned but we stuck to our guns (literally),” Spitz told me. Turns out he didn’t have to worry about the Michael Cera comedy, ‘Pilgrim’ at all which plummeted 53% from its already anemic $10 million opening last weekend to total just $20 million after 10 days. At a cost of $15 million this film could eek out a profit, but the problem is the ACTUAL production cost was more like a whopping $85 million. Ouch. On the contrary the more cost conscious “Expendables” expanded on its $35 million dollar opening last week to gross another $16 million this weekend for a sweet $65 million total so far. Sly is back pushing big explosions and nostalgia for 70’s and 80’s action stars to a certain $100 million- plus boxoffice in the weeks ahead.

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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.”
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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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Steven R. McQueen talks to us about upcoming “Vampire Diaries” season

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We had the opportunity to interview “The Vampire Diaries” star Steven R. McQueen this morning. He has a meaty role (pun intended) in the upcoming horror comedy, “Piranha 3D.”
McQueen comes from a royal Hollywood family. He’s the grandson of iconic actor Steve McQueen, and son of Chad McQueen. Of course, most people know him for his work on The CW’s hit television show. McQueen plays Jeremy Gilbert, the adoptive younger brother of Nina Dobrev’s character, Elena.
We’ll have much more on “Piranha” next week, ahead of the film’s Aug. 20 opening. But before we let McQueen go this morning, we had to ask him about the second season of “Vampire Diaries,” which is set to begin on Sept. 9.
“Obviously I can’t say whether he makes that change or not,” McQueen told me, referring to an unanswered question from the show’s first season about whether the previously human Jeremy turned into an undead vamp for season two.
“But I can say that Jeremy has been pushed around a lot. He lost the girl he loved. Both girls he loved, in fact. He lost his parents. And he has been betrayed by the one family member that he has left. Rather than kind of wearing his heart on his sleeve and allowing himself to get pushed around, he starts to push back and stand his ground. He also begins to become a little more cold and calculated.”
When asked if he enjoyed taking Jeremy down these darker avenues, McQueen told me, “Oh yeah. Jeremy has been one of the most favorite characters I’ve ever played, just because he has gone through so much, and he has been forced to make so many changes. You can only be hurt for so long before you turn hard. And that has been interesting to see his progression as the series has gone along.”
Expect to see a lot of McQueen in the coming week, with “Piranha” hitting theaters on Aug. 20, and “The Vampire Diaries” returning to the airwaves in September.
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Kelly Brook appearing on British teen drama ‘Skins’

HollywoodNews.com: Kelly Brook has scored a new part in British teen drama ‘Skins.’
The 30-year-old will play a fitness instructor called Jemima in an episode of the TV show. Brook has filmed her cameo part this week. An insider told British newspaper The Sun: “Kelly is very funny in it. She is great as a really sexy fitness instructor who drives the boys wild.” This is the fifth series of the show which hits E4 in January. Kelly has also been busy recently launching her new horror film Piranha 3D.
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Piranha 3D releases new poster similar to ‘Jaws’

HollywoodNews.com: Piranha 3D is the latest horror film set to hit theaters on August 20th, but they’re not letting the high tech production sway them for the poster.
The film has just released a new poster for the film that is pretty much an imitation of the classic “Jaws” poster. Nonetheless, it is just as effective as it was back then and definitely serves the purpose. According to IMDB the film is about the following: “After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area’s new razor-toothed residents.”
What do you think of the new poster?
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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 [...]