THE STRANGERS to return, An American classic is 15 years old, a chance to catch up on LOST, and BILL MAHER’s back – just in time to save the world!
According to Variety, Rouge Pictures will move forward on a sequel to its hit horror film THE STRANGERS. No surprise here as the film did 56 million domestically on an economical production budget of just 9 mill. My point of concern would be the interest in a follow-up. There’s no doubt that Rouge Pictures cut one of the very best trailers for any film released this year and it really created anticipation but the film itself drew a so-so reaction. Some of the suspense scenes went on way too long with little or no break in the tension and the ending was pretty bleak which I know bummed out the mainstream crowd. Reports also have it that Liv Tyler will be back to headline. I’m somewhat surprised by that news as they would probably be better off selling the premise of the creepy villains as sort of anti-heroes to the SAW and HOSTEL crowd. I’m sure they’re hoping for a long and profitable franchise! If they can keep the budget under 10 mill, that will be a good possibility. Anyway, it will be interesting to see the direction they take the story in a second chapter.
Boy, how time flies -This upcoming weekend will be the 15th Anniversary of THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION. The movie, which was beat out for best picture in 1994 by FORREST GUMP, is a true American classic and the signature film in the careers of both Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins. I believe it will stand the test of time as it has to be considered one of the top 50 movies ever made! There’s also little doubt that its director, Frank Darabont, is of the great talents in Hollywood. Since the film was mostly shot at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio, there will be a three-day fan celebration starting this weekend on location. Good for them – this film deserves to be celebrated as it’s nothing short of a masterpiece. READ THE STORY
The Sci-Fi channel will begin airing LOST repeats every Monday night starting September 15th, starting with the show’s original pilot. As for new episodes on ABC – look for the new season to start early 2009. Like they say, all GOOD things are worth the WAIT!
One other bit of TV news of high interest – HBO’s BILL MAHER REAL TIME discussion show comes back tonight – Friday August 29th. Good to have you back Bill! Your voice is always welcome!
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