Slapstick star Leslie Nielsen was in Madrid last week to attend the world premiere of director Javier Ruiz Caldera’s Spanish cinema spoof Spanish Movie. The 83-year-old, who admits that the word “gracais” is the extent of his Spanish vocab, plays a bumbling doctor in the film.
"You can tell me. I'm a doctor."
Expected to be a major hit in Spain, Spanish Movie parodies many of the country’s biggest blockbusters, including Guillermo Del Toro’s El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth), Juan Antonio Bayuna’s El Orfanato (The Orphanage), Alejandro Amenabar’s The Others, and Juame Balaguero and Luis Berdejo’s Rec. The Coen Brothers Oscar-winning film No Country for Old Men, starring Spanish actor Javier Bardem, is also spoofed.
Part one of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, based on the final book in author J.K. Rowling’s beloved series, won’t be in theaters until a year from now, but the following teaser trailer (featuring introduction by director David Yates and producer David Heyman) is now circulating the web. Enjoy!
Summit Entertainment and actor Brad Pitt’s production studio Plan B are teaming up to resurrect the legend of Dracula. Vlad is written by “Sons of Anarchy” actor Charlie Hunnam and is said to be more action-oriented than Summit’s current brooding-vampire franchise hit Twilight. Music video director Anthony Mandler is negotiations to direct.
Vlad bases its story on that of historical figure Vlad the Impaler, the prince of Wallachia, known for the sadistic torture and murder of his enemies. Horrific accounts of Vlad’s rule detail fields filled with the rotting bodies of men, women, and children impaled on tall wooden stakes. His notorious blood lust served as the inspiration for novelist Bram Stoker’s Dracula.