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When Wes Craven wanted to break into Hollywood, he and producer Sean Cunningham whipped up $90,000 to film a brutal revenge thriller called The Last House on the Left. Almost 40 years later—and after Freddy Kreuger, ghost-masked killers, hills with eyes and people under the stairs—Craven is producing a remake of his first movie and is shepherding an upstart new filmmaker, Dennis Iliadis, into Hollywood. (Spoilers ahead!)
The upcoming remake of Last House tells a story that's similar to the original: A group of escaped convicts takes refuge in a home that happens to belong to the parents of a girl they brutalized earlier. When the parents find out, they take bloody revenge.
Nicolas Cage told reporters that his upcoming film Knowing delivers the good as both an entertainment spectacle and a thinking-person's film. He also said that his role as a scientist required no research whatsoever and that he dedicated the film to his teenaged son Weston.
Directed by Alex Proyas, Knowing stars Cage as John Koestler, a professor who realizes that the numbers on a sheet of paper pulled from a long-buried time capsule are prophecies of disasters from the past and to come. As the story progresses, Koestler is joined by his young son (Chandler Canterbury) and an initially reluctant ally, Diana (Rose Byrne), in a race to prevent the disasters predicted to happen imminently from actually occurring.
Cage spoke about the movie in a press conference this past weekend. Following are edited excerpts from the first part of a two-part Q&A with Cage. (Warning: spoilers ahead!) Knowing opens March 20.
SCI FI's Ghost Hunters heads to Philadelphia and New Hampshire and investigates places such as Betsy Ross' house and the Hansom House when it returns for a new season on Wednesday.
"We're getting into more of the homes again, but we're still doing the big locations," said star Grant Wilson, who participated in a conference call with fellow ghost-hunting plumber Jason Hawes about the upcoming fifth season. "We've brought in new equipment, and that yields new types of evidence."
"We got some strange things this year," Hawes added. "We caught some great evidence and great visuals and great audio. Some other neat little things."
Star Ocean's melding of real-time combat, space opera and Japanese role-playing game tropes warps its way to the Xbox 360 with The Last Hope. Jumping ship from Sony's PlayStation 2, this franchise prequel chronicles humanity's first steps into the vast "Star Ocean" of space.
It opens with the triumphant launch of Earth's first starship fleet, but disaster strikes in transit, scattering the ships and sending yours crashing into its alien destination. Once on the surface, you assume the role of the swashbuckling young helmsman Edge Maverick, and in short order meet your first alien race, get promoted to the captain of a newly repaired ship and set out to explore the galaxy once more.
The not-safe-for-work blog Regretful Morning has posted a safe-for-work article titled "8 Confessions of a Star Wars Galaxies Customer Support Representative."
The site's founder, who goes only by "Jason," used to work at Sony helping irate players of the Star Wars-themed online RPG.
In a six-figure deal, DreamWorks Animation has optioned rights to Dinotrux, an illustrated children's book that will be developed as a CG-animated film, Variety reported.
Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard have recruited Kristen Connolly (Revolutionary Road), Chris Hemsworth (Star Trek), Anna Hutchison (Underbelly), Fran Kranz (The Village) and Jesse Williams (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2) to join them in The Cabin in the Woods, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Richard Jenkins (The Visitor) and Bradley Whitford (Bottle Shock) had already signed in for the United Artists horror film.
Rebecca Romijn is back at ABC, signing on to headline its drama pilot Eastwick, Variety reported. Romijn, who most recently starred on ABC's Ugly Betty, will play Roxie, the lead character on Eastwick.
The series will revolve around three women who discover they have mystical powers when a mysterious man comes to town.
The Australian newspaper The Herald Sun reported today that Sam Worthington, who'll be appearing on screen in two high-profile sci-fi flicks this year—Terminator Salvation in May and Avatar in December—may replace Christian Bale in a third Dark Knight flick.
The paper states that "industry gossip" has the Australian actor "tipped" as the next Batman. However, it's important to note that since a third film hasn't even been discussed yet, it's premature for any casting decisions to be made.
In an exclusive SCI FI Wire interview, Lucy Lawless shares how her role in Crackle.com's Angel of Death, Ed Brubaker's first Web series, began as a favor to friend and co-star Zoe Bell.
Bell portrays Eve, an assassin whose knife to the head on a job gone bad forces her to see ghosts and seek revenge. Lawless is Bell's "experienced" neighbor, helping her in her time of need.
Nicolas Cage told reporters that he's got several genre films on the way, including the animated features G-Force and Astro Boy and a live-action film, The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Cage also confirmed that he's interested in reprising his role as Ben Gates in a third National Treasure adventure, but added that he's not sure when it might go before the camera.
Cage made his comments during a press conference in New York City, where he was promoting his latest SF film, the March 20 release Knowing.
Following are edited excerpts from the conversation.
John Cho, who takes over the role of Hikaru Sulu in J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Trek, jokes that he's changing Sulu up: "Sexy. Very sexy."
No, seriously. Cho has a lot of respect for the character and George Takei's interpretation of him in the original 1960s TV show and subsequent movies. (Spoilers ahead!)
"George's Sulu was a veteran, and he was always in control of the ship," Cho told reporters in a group interview in Los Angeles last week. "And ... since this is his first mission, he's thrust into the position of helmsman by accident, and all of these things are happening. ... He's not supposed to be on the ship; he's not supposed to be doing all this stuff. So ... I wanted this Sulu to be a little bit more innocent, a little bit younger and a little bit more caught off guard by all of this stuff. And I felt like it would be a nice way to begin that arc, since we're going back in time."
Producer Donald De Line talked with ComingSoon.net about his long-in-development movie based on the DC Comics character Green Lantern, which just had its release date set for Dec. 17, 2010.
Garret Dillahunt said that he'd be happy to be in any movie associated with Cormac McCarthy, who is easily one of his favorite writers and who authored The Road, the post-apocalyptic thriller that has been adapted into a film in which Dillahunt has a small role.
"No one writes better stories than Cormac McCarthy," Dillahunt (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) said in an exclusive interview with SCI FI Wire last week. "I think Cormac had just had his son [when he wrote The Road]. He had his son fairly late in life, and there was a fire on the hill, and he was watching it from his back door, and his mind just started to wander."
A roundup of some the recent and upcoming sci-fi and genre Blu-ray releases.
Donnie Darko. Feb. 10 (Fox Home Entertainment, $29.99). This two-disc set offers two chances to be confused by its labyrinthine tale of a teenager struggling to understand a series of bizarre visions. In addition to featuring both versions of Kelly's directorial debut, multiple commentaries, featurettes and documentaries delve into Donnie's dark world. Beyond an upgraded transfer, this set seems designed only for die-hard fans or folks looking to condense their collections.
Pinocchio. Mar. 10 (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, $35.99). Disney's second animated feature returns to home video in a gorgeous, encyclopedic set. The transfer alone is beautiful enough to cause sensory overload, but a commentary, a trivia track, a making-of documentary and multiple featurettes provide background and perspective on the benchmark film. An essential addition to your entertainment library whether you're a Disney-phile, an animation fan or just a moviegoer who loves great, beautiful storytelling.