MGM’s money woes (the studio is up for sale) continues to delay production on Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. As a result, director/writer Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) has now officially departed from the project.
In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming The Hobbit, I am faced with the hardest decision of my life. After nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien’s Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these wonderful pictures.
I remain grateful to Peter, Fran and Philippa Boyens, New Line and Warner Brothers and to all my crew in New Zealand. I’ve been privileged to work in one of the greatest countries on earth with some of the best people ever in our craft and my life will be forever changed.
The blessings have been plenty, but the mounting pressures of conflicting schedules have overwhelmed the time slot originally allocated for the project. Both as a co-writer and as a director, I wish the production nothing but the very best of luck and I will be first in line to see the finished product. I remain an ally to it and its makers, present and future, and fully support a smooth transition to a new director.
The Hobbit, which will be released as two separate films, was scheduled to begin production in the summer with part one tentatively slated for a December 2012 release.
Here we have photos of Megan Fox and her bright pink bra arriving at LAX yesterday. The 24-year-old starlet looked kind of sad. Whether that was over dealing with the monkeys hired to keep us safe at the airport or her recently announced exit from Transformers 3 is anyone’s guess.
Think of every movie you have ever seen, good and bad. Now, imagine how much better those movies would have been if the lead roles had been played by hot chicks in bikinis.
First-time-director Geoff Klein overcomes the challenges of producing an indie-horror flick on the cheap by utilizing old-school scares and half-naked babes.
The film’s official synopsis reads:
When a bus-load of women’s soccer players get stranded on their way to a bikini car-wash fundraiser, they decide to set up shop in front of an abandoned gas station on the edge of town. Little do they know the place is the stalking-grounds for a homicidal maniac mechanic named Moe.
The slasher features plenty of slow-mo bikini car-wash shots, nudity, and sex. Genre babe Suzi Lorraine (pictured above) leads a cast that includes Cindel Chartrand, Kerri Taylor, Christina Sciortino, and Danielle Doetsch.
Bikini Girls on Ice is available for purchase now.
South African model-turned actress Tanit Phoenix may not have landed the role of love-interest in Michael Bay’s upcoming Transformers 3 movie (she sent in a video audition ala Heidi Montag), but she did score the lead in the straight-to-DVD-bargain-bin sequel Lost Boys: The Thirst.
I went up against some interesting American actresses, but Warner Bros and the producers loved my audition – and the director, Dario Piana and I got on so well – that they decided on me for the lead.
What I found very interesting about the Lost Boys script was that it showcases Vampires how they really are, blood sucking and evil, which somewhat dances around the fact that Twilight made their Vampires seem beautiful, but they really are not. I wanted to play a bad girl, and I finally got my chance.
Actress/model Kelly Brook stars as a skinny-dipping coed in director Alexandre Aja’s creature-feature reboot Piranha 3-D. Despite the film being one of this summer’s most eagerly anticipated popcorn-films, Brook isn’t quitting her day job.
The curvy 30-year-old looker has unleashed her bare bottom and 34-E’s in the July issue of “Loaded” magazine. Brook reveals to mag that she thinks her breasts are too big for her frame (blasphemy!) and that she fucks regularly to stay in shape.
Brook began her modeling career at the age of 16 after winning a beauty pageant her mother enrolled her in (Note to parents: It’s important to recognize and nourish the potential your daughter’s large breasts can have) .
Piranha 3-D arrives into theaters on Aug. 27. Brook’s horror creds include Survival Island, Removal, House of 9, and Ripper.
Keri Russell (”Felicity”) stars in Lightning Entertainment’s ripped-from-the-headlines thriller Grimm Love. The film is based on the true story of Armin Meiwes, a German homosexual man who was sentenced to life imprisonment after slaughtering and eating Bernd-Jürgen Brandes, a willing victim he met in an internet chatroom.
Take a look:
Meiwes met Brandes in 2001 after the latter answered Meiwes’ internet posting seeking out a male to be cannibalized. After numerous email exchanges, the deranged duo met on Christmas day to consume Brandes’ penis. Meiwes, who had fantasized about eating friends since the age of 12, has stated that he viewed the act as a form of communion, a manner in which to keep someone close.
But, back to the penis eating. It never actually happened because Meiwes ended up burning the member. Brandes, weakened by the loss of blood, swallowed pills and booze to numb the pain and was put in a tub.
Meiwes finally grew impatient waiting for Brandes to die, and stabbed him to death. He then hung Brandes on a hook and sliced him up into chunks. He videotaped the entire ordeal.
For the following 10 months, he fed on Brandes meat.
Meiwes was initially convicted for manslaughter and sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in 2004. However, after a retrial in 2005, he was convicted in 2006 to life imprisonment for being a sick fuck.
Meiwes has since become a vegetarian.
Grimm Love retells Meiwes story, but adds Russell character to make things less gay.
This is the film’s official synopsis:
Katie Armstrong, a young American woman studying Criminal Psychology in Germany finds herself inexplicably drawn to a murder case which would soon become the subject of her thesis. The psychology behind Oliver Hartwin, a homosexual cannibal killer who advertised on the Internet for a lover willing to be murdered and devoured as the ultimate act of love and self-sacrifice. As a woman whose past relationships have all failed, Katie doubts her own ability to find love and becomes obsessed with understanding their relationship.
While researching Oliver, Katie becomes entrenched in his life, and begins delve deeper and deeper into his past. She explores his childhood and the childhood of his victim looking for any clues as to what made him become what he is today. Piece by piece she fleshes them up by retracing both of their lives systematically. Their homes, their jobs, their relationships. From children into adulthood, she begins to lose herself in their story. With every new discovery, her emotions begin to get the better of her. Katie lets herself go, compulsively plunging into a deeply alienated lifestyle. This downward spiral culminates in the discovery of the video-tape made by Oliver recording the final moments of his victim’s life. Witnessing the courtship between the two men, and the final atrocity of the killing, Katie hits rock bottom. At the base of her own emotional sanity, she discovers the inner strength to pick herself and begin the smallest steps to rebuilding her life.
Grimm Love will be available on DVD, VOD, and digital download in the fall. The film costars Thomas Kretschmann (Wanted) and Thomas Huber (Aeon Flux) as cannibal and entree, respectively.
The “Hereos” star will play the film geek friend of Jill Prescott (Roberts), Sidney’s cousin.
Scream 4 is the start of a new trilogy that aims to frighten audiences while poking fun at modern day horror cliches much like the original did in 1996. Writer Kevin Williamson (“The Vampire Diaries”) is once again attached.
The Scream series has earned over $500 million in worldwide coin.
Paramount Pictures announced that Fox had been let go from the project last week. While the Fox camp states that she exited the flick out of her own volition, most believe it was her biting comments regarding Bay and the Transformers franchise that got her booted. (UPDATE: THE REASON FOR FOX’S FIRING FINALLY REVEALED)
Considering Whiteley has ZERO acting experience, I’m inclined to believe the latter. Now, if he would just replace LaBeouf for talking shit about Transformers 2 with Whiteley’s boyfriend Jason Statham and an Audi, this sequel could actually start to feel fresh.
Bay fucked met Whiteley last year when they worked together on a Victoria’s Secret commercial (see it here).
Emma Roberts has been cast as Jill Prescott (Sidney’s cousin) in director/producer Wes Craven’s soon-to-start-shooting Scream 4. She joins old-school regulars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette.