Last week, Nu Image/Millennium Films announced that a fifth installment in the "Rambo" franchise is being planned. Along with the announcement, a storyline was provided. 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.
But Sylvester Stallone complained to Ain't It Cool News that the plot storyline provided was wrong! Here's the synopsis of the "Rambo V: The Savage Hunt" according to Stallone himself:
John Rambo could track anyone - or anything - on earth. Now the military desperately needs him for a mission that his ultrasensitive instincts tell him he should refuse. A beast is loose somewhere north of the Artic Circle. It has already decimated a secret research facility and annihilated a squad of elite military guards. And the raging creature is headed south toward civilization, ready to wreak bloody devastation.
It's a job that Rambo and his 22-year-old hunting partner, Beau Brady, can't turn down, but they and a team of highly-skilled special forces kill team discover that the prey is a terror beyond their wildest imagination - a half-human abomination created by a renegade agency through a series of outlawed genetic experiments. It has man's cunning, a predator's savageness, and a prehistoric power that has transcended the ages. And even if Rambo and Beau survive its unrelenting hunger for human blood, they'll still have to confront the grim reality that it may have grown immortal.
Huh you said? Rambo is going to fight a savage beast? Stallone has been heard saying that the beast represents the primal fear within us all. Okay, I'll buy that. But now, many fans are saying that "Rambo V" is very similar, thematically, to the novel "Hunter" by James Byron Huggins.
You see, Stallone owns the film rights to the book! Take a look at the official description of the novel "Hunter" and then decide:
And here is the official description of James Byron Huggins' "Hunter":
One of Hollywood's hottest action-film writers, James Byron Huggins is a master at keeping the action rolling and the pages turning. Here, the author of Cain ("may be the thriller of the year" -- BookPage), unleashes a lightning-quick tale that pits a man born out of his time against the future's deadliest creation.
Nathaniel Hunter could track anyone -- or anything -- on earth. Now the military desperately needs him for a mission that his ultrasensitive instincts tell him he should refuse. A beast is loose somewhere north of the Arctic Circle. It has already decimated a secret research facility and annihilated a squad of elite military guards. And the raging creature is headed south toward civilization, ready to wreak bloody devastation.
It's a job that Hunter can't turn down, but he soon discovers that his prey is terror incarnate, a half-human abomination created by a renegade agency through a series of outlawed genetic experiments. It has man's cunning, a predator's savageness, and a prehistoric power that has transcended the ages. And even if Hunter survives its unrelenting hunger for human blood, he'll still have to confront the grim reality that it may have grown immortal.
See? Do you agree with the fanboys? Is "Hunter" very close to the plot of "Rambo V?"
I still will give Stallone the benefit of the doubt, because you know what? He still can make an interesting film, even if it's the fifth movie of an otherwise aging franchise.
Let's wait and see. Oh by the way, the poster above is not being revealed until the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend. It's kind of primal isn't it?
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First it was Stephen Chow who said goodbye to the "Green Hornet" production (Jay Chou replaced him for the role of Kato), now, Nicolas Cage is following suit. The actor is not going to be the villain in the upcoming "The Green Hornet."
Co-written by star Seth Rogen, Cage said goodbye to the project because he and Columbia Pictures were not able to come to terms on a deal.
The studio declined to comment but they're on the hunt for a new big bad.
Being directed by Michel Gondry, the production just began principal photography in Los Angeles last week. Both Rogen and Chou are still headlining the project, alongside Cameron Diaz as the love interest.
As for Cage? I wonder what part of the deal he didn't like...hhhmmm....
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The Walt Disney Studios is going to open its gates to the public for an advance special engagement for "The Princess and the Frog."
This unprecedented event will hit both New York and Los Angeles!
From Nov. 25 to Dec. 13, celebrate Disney's newest animated musical. This bicoastal event will feature film screening plus interact with Disney's nine princesses, games, and much more!
I am excited to see this film. Set in New Orleans, the creators of "The Little Mermaid" and "Aladdin" offer a modern twist on the classic tale. Anika Noni Rose voices Tiana, a beautiful girl who meets a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again. Then that fateful kiss takes them on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.
The film opens nationwide on Dec. 11 but you can purchase your tickets right now for this advance special engagement. You can log on to www.princessandfrogtickets.com to buy your tickets.
In Los Angeles, fans will enjoy the experience at the Walt Disney Studios; and in New York, inside the historic Ziegfeld Theatre!
Following the film, fans on both coasts will also be treated to The Ultimate Disney Experience, an exciting extravaganza that will feature—for the first time ever—all nine of the Disney princesses (including the film’s Princess Tiana, Disney’s newest princess), as well as exciting Bayou games, movie archives, how-to presentations from Disney animators, Studio tours (for L.A. guests) and more. Tickets went on sale at midnight last night.
Here's the breakdown of this magical experience:
PRINCESS POWER -- All nine of the Disney princesses will come together for the first time ever, welcoming Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Belle, Ariel, Pocahontas, Jasmine, Mulan and of course, Disney’s newest princess, Tiana.
FUN ‘N GAMES -- The Experience will feature opportunities to swing on ropes, climb trees, play games and race through the Bayou Adventure, plus a New Orleans’s Bead Toss, Naveen’s Leap Frog, video games and more.
HOLLYWOOD HEIRLOOMS -- Disney movie archives will be on display for the first time ever, including props and costumes from a variety of films like “Mary Poppins,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” trilogy and more.
MOVIE MAGIC – Guests can learn movie magic from real Disney animators who will be on hand teaching guests how to draw a character from the film.
PICTURE THIS – Guests can put themselves in the movie at Kodak photo locations. Kodak photographers will capture guests’ images and place them in a scene from the movie.
INSIDER’S GLIMPSE -- Burbank guests will also have the rare opportunity to tour the Studio lot.
Here's more on this exciting event, and see you there:
Several shows will be presented daily on both coasts from Nov. 25-Dec. 13; show times are 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., with a 9:30 p.m. show available select dates. Tickets go on sale at midnight Sept. 8, featuring three options for Disney fans wishing to experience “The Princess and the Frog” and The Ultimate Disney Experience in New York or Los Angeles. Group general admission tickets (for groups of 20 or more) are $20 each, general admission tickets are $30 each, and royal seating (a reserved seat, “The Princess and The Frog” Mardi Gras beads and an exclusive limited-edition collectible lithograph from “The Princess and The Frog”) is $50 per ticket. Guests can call 1-800-DISNEY6 or log onto www.princessandfrogtickets.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
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“9” was originally an Academy Award-nominated 2004 short film by director Shane Acker. With help from directors-turned-producers Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”) and Tim Burton (“Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Corpse Bride”), Acker adapted his short film into a full-feature animated fantasy.
Written by Pamela Pettler, “9” is a post-industrial fable where machines are the enemies. The film is set in the not-so-distant future. The Great Machine, an invention that was supposed to help mankind, enabled the world’s machines to turn on humans and sparked social unrest. Humans are no longer walking the earth.
The only hope is a patchwork doll named 9 (voiced by Elijah Wood) who is given the spark of life by a scientist during the final days of humanity. 9 displays leadership qualities that may help save the legacy of civilization. Read More...
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"The Final Destination" beat Sandra Bullock and Gerard Butler to claim the top spot for the second week in a row. The fright flick took in $15.4 million over the four-day Labor Day weekend and remained the No. 1 box office film.
"The Final Destination" has raised its 11-day to total to $50.6 million. Warner Bros. must be proud!
Meanwhile, Quentin Tarantino's World War II revenge fantasy film "Inglourious Basterds" came in a close second with $15 million. So far, the film has made $95.2 million in its third weekend.
Debuting at No. 3 with $13.9 million was Sandra Bullock's so-so comedy, "All About Steve" with Bradley Cooper and Thomas Haden Church co-starring.
Another new release was Lionsgate's "Gamer" starring Gerard Butler. It only sold $11.2 million of box office tickets and came in at No. 4.
But the sad story of the weekend belongs to Miramax's "Extract." The funny movie only pulled in $5.3 million to debut at No. 10.
Here's the estimated list of the Top 10 films at the box office for Labor Day weekend of 2009:
1. "The Final Destination," $15.4 million.
2. "Inglourious Basterds," $15 million.
3. "All About Steve," $13.9 million.
4. "Gamer," $11.2 million.
5. "District 9," $9 million.
6. "Halloween II," $7.1 million.
7. "Julie & Julia," $7 million.
8. "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," $6.7 million.
9. "The Time Traveler's Wife," $5.5 million.
10. "Extract," $5.3 million.
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