It's Official! Sylvester Stallone to Return as John Rambo for Fifth Film! 

John Rambo is getting ready for his fifth mission!

Sylvester Stallone is going to star and direct in the fifth installment of "Rambo" from Nu Image/Millennium Films.

The fourth film of the franchise released in 2008 grossed $42 million domestically and $113 million overseas.

The Rambo character first appeared in the 1982 film "First Blood," then in 1985 in "First Blood II," in 1988 in "Rambo III," and in 2008 in "Rambo."

The plot of the fifth film has Rambo fighting human traffickers and drug lords to rescue a young girl abducted near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Shooting for "Rambo 5" is set to begin in the spring.

Currently, Nu Image/Millenium and Stallone are busy working on post-production for the upcoming film "Expendables." Stallone wrote and directed and starred in the project. Jason Statham, Jet Li, and Mickey Rourke also co-star with cameos from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis. "Expendables" is set for release April 23.

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"The Final Destination" Beats Michael Myers and Hippies at Box-Office! 

"The Final Destination" became the top movie destination during the final weekend at the summer box-office.

The fourth film in the "Destination" franchise from Warner Bros. and New Line debuted at the No. 1 spot with $28.3 million. Shown in 3-D and in 3,121 theaters, the scary flick easily beat out Michael Myers in "Halloween 2."

Both horror films were not shown to critics, but this type of movies has built-in audiences to support the genre. Not getting much love though is Rob Zombie's "Halloween 2." The sequel to his far-better "Halloween" film debuted at No. 3 with $17.4 million 3,025 theaters.

Previous weekend's box-office champion, Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" slipped to second place with $20 million. But the film raised its domestic total to $73.8 million after just 10 days in theaters. Overseas, "Inglourious Basterds" has grossed an estimated $19.4 million from 31 countries for a foreign total of $59.1 million. Worldwide total is a healthy $132.9 million.

Not doing so well is Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock." The film only grossed an estimated $3.7 million from 1,393 theaters to debut at No. 9. It's still a great film, and it deserves to be seen!

(To see my "Taking Woodstock" movie review and interviews with cast including Emile Hirsch, Liev Schreiber, Demetri Martin, and Jonathan Groff, click here)

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box Office films for weekend of Aug. 28:

1. "The Final Destination," $28.3 million.

2. "Inglourious Basterds," $20 million.

3. "Halloween II," $17.4 million.

4. "District 9," $10.7 million.

5. "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," $8 million.

6. "Julie & Julia," $7.4 million.

7. "The Time Traveler's Wife," $6.7 million.

8. "Shorts," $4.9 million.

9. "Taking Woodstock," $3.7 million.

10. "G-Force," $2.8 million.

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Rob Zombie to Slice and Dice "The Blob" Remake! 

Rob Zombie successfully rebooted "Halloween," now, he's setting his sights on "The Blob." Zombie is writing, directing, and producing a remake of the 1958 horror classic that featured Steve McQueen.

Production is set to begin this coming spring.

You remember the original film don't you? An object from space crashes into a field, and in it is red blob-thingie that absorbs humans and it grows, and grows, and grows.

Zombie's take on "The Blob?" He tells Variety:

`My intention is not to have a big red blobby thing, that’s the first thing I want to change. That gigantic Jello-looking thing might have been scary to audiences in the 1950s, but people would laugh now. I have a totally different take, one that’s pretty dark.'

Okay, I get it. Zombie wants to change the make-up of how the Blob looks, but the trick is -- the updated Blob must have some similarity to the old one, or the film cannot be called "The Blob" anymore, but maybe "The Orb," or "The Object!"

Zombie further explains why he wants to work on "The Blob" remake:

`I’d been looking to break out of the horror genre, and this really is a science fiction movie about a thing from outer space,' Zombie said. `I intend to make it scary, and the great thing is, I have the freedom once again to take it in any crazy direction I want to. Even more than `Halloween,' where I had to deal with accepted iconic characters like Michael Myers and Laurie Strode. `The Blob’ is more concept than specific storyline with characters, so I can go nuts with it.'

So what does Zombie say of his "Halloween 2" now out in theaters but was hidden from critics by Dimension films?

`I feel good about `H2’ in that it’s far superior to the first film I made, and has no relationship to anything that came before it, or that was in the John Carpenter film,' Zombie said. `My job as director is to carry out my vision. I won’t be pushed around or persuaded in any other direction, and I tell them if that doesn’t work, save the heartache and fire me right now. When you’re out there shooting at 4 AM, you can’t remember notes you got from somebody months ago. What I’m told is, we want you to do your thing, so go for it.'

For now, let's take a look at the original "The Blob" trailer and imagine how Zombie can zombiefy the film.


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Watch "Taking Woodstock" Movie Review! Love, Peace, and the Countercultural Revolution! 

Director Ang Lee ("Brokeback Mountain," "Lust, Caution") returns with "Taking Woodstock," an adaptation of Elliot Tiber's autobiography "Taking Woodstock: A true story of a riot, a concert and a life."

Adapted by James Schamus for the big screen, I suggest you take a far out trip with "Taking Woodstock." Peace!

(For a full written movie review of "Taking Woodstock," click here. For interviews with the cast including Emile Hirsch, Liev Schreiber, Demetri Martin, and Jonathan Groff, click here)

Persons of interest

* Demetri Martin .... Elliot Tiber aka Eliyahu Teichberg
* Liev Schreiber .... Vilma
* Emile Hirsch .... Billy
* Eugene Levy .... Yasgur
* Imelda Staunton .... Mrs Tiber
* Katherine Waterston .... Penny
* Kevin Sussman .... Stan
* Skylar Astin .... John Roberts
* Kevin Chamberlin .... Jackson Spiers
* Gabriel Sunday .... Steve
* Jason Antoon .... Abbie Hoffman
* Henry Goodman .... Mr Tiber
* Jonathan Groff .... Michael Lang
* Boris McGiver .... Doug
* Michael Zegen .... Bernie
* Will Janowitz .... Chip Monck
* Clark Middleton .... Frank
* Adam Pally .... Artie Kornfeld
* Andy Prosky .... Bob
* Sondra James .... Margaret
* Darren Pettie .... Paul
* Michael Izquierdo .... John Morris
* Jeremy Shamos .... Steve Cohen
* Stephen Kunken .... Mel Lawrence
* Patrick Cupo .... Charlie
* Anthoula Katsimatides .... Esther
* Elliot Tiber .... Author: Taking Woodstock: a true story of a riot, a concert, and a life
* Tom Monte .... Screenwriter
* James Schamus .... Screenwriter
* Ang Lee .... Director

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Sorry Boys and Girls, "Halloween 2" and "The Final Destination" Were NOT Shown to Critics! 

So in this final weekend of summer at the movies, we are being treated to two big horror films from two big horror franchises. But, I hate to report that Dimension Films ("Halloween 2") and Warner Bros. ("The Final Destination") decided to not show those two movies to critics.


We can speculate, but normally, when studios try to hide their pictures from the prying eyes of critics, it means they're not proud of their product.

I did enjoy director Rob Zombie's take on the "Halloween" franchise. His 2007 reboot was equal parts haunting and creepy. That's why I can't figure out why Dimension did not screen the sequel to critics.

As far as "The Final Destination?" I truly hope it's THE final destination for this franchise. It's been ran to the ground. The first movie was sort of interesting, but the remaining ones were all pedantic.

And you know what? I'm a big horror buff! I love anything horror, from movies to TV to books! So I'm game with the genre. I will watch these films later on and give you a full review!

So what's left for new movies at the box office this weekend? Ang Lee's trippy film, "Taking Woodstock." I suggest you watch that movie instead.

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