Friday, August 31, 2007
Charlie Haas - Purchased drugs as late as January 2007.
Chavo Guerrero - Purchased drugs as late as May 2006.
Edge - Purchased drugs as late as February 2007.
Funaki - Purchased Somatropin in March 2006.
Gregory Helms - Purchased drugs as late as February 2007.
John Morrison - Purchased five different drugs as late as February 2007 .
Mr. Kennedy - Purchased three drugs between October 2006 and February 2007, including testosterone, which is an anabolic steroid. Kennedy sternly claimed in a recent interview entitled 'WWE Stopped My Steroid Use' that he completely stopped doing steroids as soon as the WWE Wellness Policy was implemented. You can read the interview at this link.
Randy Orton - Purchased drugs as late as February 2007.
Umaga - Purchased Somatropin as late as December 2006.
William Regal - Purchased drugs as late as November 2006.
Of the ten listed, two currently hold WWE Championship belts, two more are involved in a major storyline, four more are active performers, and two are out indefinitely due to injury.
The following five WWE wrestlers were listed as being clients of the Signature Pharmacy as well, but their names didn't turn up on Sports Illustrated's list. It should be noted that Anthony Carelli aka Santino Marella didn't sign a contract with WWE until 2006, and the WWE Wellness Policy was implemented early that year, so it would be wise to assume that the following wrestlers haven't been totally cleared yet in regards to a possible suspension just because their names weren't listed in the Sports Illustrated article:
The following five wrestlers are no longer contracted to WWE. Three are deceased, one was recently released, and Stamboli's WWE status is unclear at the moment.
Confirmed today that Mike Bucci (Simon Dean) has now been fired by the WWE. U.E. wishes Simon Dean the best of luck in his future endeavors in TNA.
Also, Nick Dinsmore (Eugene) has been released.
On with the trailer! Click here!
Alright, here we go.
Now this movie has been getting torn the fuck up, negative reviews everywhere. Well people need to calm down. In every single negative review, they are comparing it to the original. You can't do that. If someone says, "Hey I am going to do my own version of it." Then you have to look at it like that. You have to imagine yourself, that the original movie does not exist, and this is the first time you are ever watching it. This review will not compare the original to the remake until the very end when I just give some simple thoughts. This is a review on Rob Zombie's Halloween.
Now this is not a comparison. This is backstory of sorts to let you all know where I am coming from. I am a HUGE Halloween fan. I own 3 versions of it on DVD, I have a Myers figure on my computer desk at home, I have the framed movie poster, I was Myers for Halloween when I was 14, this past summer I drove out to Pasadena to just check out the neighborhood where the original was filmed. I remember every detail of the first time I ever saw Halloween. So this review is coming from a major fan of the original. So lets forget John Carpenter ever made Halloween....
Halloween is good. The first half of the movie shows a little boy, Michael Myers, dealing with his loving sweet Mom, his annoying sister and abusive drunken step father. He has bullies at school that torment him every day, shits rough. On top of that he loves torturing and killing animals. He seems to find life easier when he is hiding behind his clown mask. So of course, you know where this heads to. And he ends up at Smiths Grove Mental Institution. Dr. Loomis is treating young Michael who does not really remember what happened. His Mom comes to visit him but not matter what Loomis does, or his Mom, Michael keeps getting more and more crazy. Till finally he reaches the stage we all know is coming. Michael stops talking, and starts to turn even more evil than before. We then hit fifteen years later. Myers is all grown up, has not spoken in fifteen years, passes his time making hundreds of masks, and Loomis has no other choice but to give up. Of course Halloween comes and Myers sees his chance and makes his escape. One of the victims during this escape is actually a very rare thing that happens in horror movies these days, you actually give a damn about the person he kills and feel sad.
Now that is about the first half of the movie, which is great. Then we get into the second half which is pretty rushed and honestly gets boring and turns into a typical horror movie. It is seriously almost like two different people wrote the movie. One person wrote a great first half and another person came along and wrote the second half, which is a step by step typical horror movie. And consists of tits and gore. Because they spent so long making a great first half, they don't really bother with any more character development. You don't really care about anyone thats dying anymore. You actually hope they do die so they'll shut the fuck up. Everything is rushed, Michael is out and he is stalking Laurie Strode and her friends and killing anything that gets in his way to his little sister Laurie, who from what it seems like, just wants a hug from her. Not much can be said about the second half than that, its just Michael Myers killing a bunch of people. And then it seems like Rob Zombie had no clue at all how to end it, so he just did some random shit then BAM credits. Now I was really enjoying the hell out of the movie, I was shocked at how good it was, but the ending just left a bad taste in my mouth and I left the theater scratching my head, seriously, I was. Now as far as the actors? Well the kid playing young Michael was great. Malcolm McDowell had some pretty rough dialogue to get through but, he managed. And since Clockwork Orange is my all time favorite movie, I am a bit biased. Scout Taylor Compton as Laurie was alright only because she was really hot. Danielle Harris and Kristina Klebe are pretty much what you expect they're gonna be like. And Tyler Mane does a good job of playing Michael Myers. The kills are good and disturbing, Ken Forees bathroom scene with Myers is funny until Myers attacks. But scares? Zero. There are maybe 2 or 3 moments where they try the jump scare with a loud noise. None of which actually made me jump.
So how does it stack up to the original? Well of course the original blows this one away. Which is a "no fucking shit" comment. Anyone that thinks this is better than the original is a moron. Sorry, but you are. So lets just say this.... I am very pleased Linda says "totally" and that the score from the original movie is back in this. And the simple fact is this, if you are a fan of the Halloween movies, you are a fan of Michael Myers, and what we got in this movie, was a different version of Michael Myers, but it was Michael Myers!! And he is up on the big screen at long last.
All in all, it is just a typical Rob Zombie movie to me. House of 1000 Corpses and Devils Rejects were decent. I saw them in the theater, and had zero urge to ever watch again. But what I am going to do, is what most people should do. Put this one on the shelf with Halloween 3, as it never existing. Rob Zombie came along, showed us what he would have done, and that was that. We can now move on. Every year for Halloween I will still be watching John Carpenters version. If you want a great experience, I would say go and watch the first half of this movie, then go home and throw on the original. And to all the people taking major shits and having a huge fucking panic attack over this movie, I will quote Rob Zombie in a way and let you think about it...
"What would you rather have, a remake that tries to reinvent the franchise, or another Busta Rhymes kung fu Halloween movie? Thats what I thought."
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Other people quoted in the piece include Milo Ventimiglia, Jeph Loeb, Zach Quinto and Adrian Pasdar. The new season starts Sept. 24.This DVD box set includes all 23 season-one episodes on 7 discs along with several behind-the-scenes featurettes, mini-documentaries, 50 deleted scenes, select episode commentaries, the original pilot (w/ commentary), and a character map.
Go out, right now, and pick it up if you haven't already. If not for yourself, than do it to save the goddamn cheerleader. And if you don't.... well... you'll develop Peter Petrelli bangs, and have to live the rest of your life without seeing through your hair
Heroes: The Complete First Season is on DVD, at all DVD retailers nationwide.
"I have been working long, long hours," Kelly wrote this week. "The film is basically finished by the end of the day this Friday."
Kelly added that Sony, which is releasing the film, is putting the finishing touches on a trailer, which will debut "in the first week of September."
"I have seen it, and I can tell you that it is very action-packed, features three songs from the soundtrack, the entire cast of characters and a lot of one-liners," Kelly said. "Very exciting! Can't wait for everyone to see it."
Southland Tales takes place in near-future Los Angeles and follows a disparate group of characters on the eve of an unnamed apocalypse. Kelly promised news about a prequel graphic-novel compilation book and the film's soundtrack soon.
"We will be screening the film for the very first time in the coming weeks... so stay tuned," Kelly said.
Southland Tales, which stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Seann William Scott, opens on Nov. 9.
Danielle Harris topless nude scene in Rob Zombie's Halloween
Come back tomorrow for our review of, Halloween.
Danielle Harris bio, nudity review, pics and clips at MrSkin.com
**UPDATE** We have now found the full Danielle Harris nude in Halloween video.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
So leave her alone, I like her, shes our mascot, and I would do her in a heart beat. Miss Teen South Carolina, we salute you! Shaaaaaaaaaaaaaawing.
Monday, August 27, 2007
I was about 12 years old or so. And my parents owned a video store and my brother had recently showed me The Evil Dead. And I was craving more horror, and my Mom, who denies it to this day, suggested to me that I watch Halloween. No see I was 12 years old, but I wasn't stupid. I knew movies weren't real. I could handle some R rated horror madness. So later that night, my Mom laid back in the recliner, I sat on the couch. And got ready. My Mom turned to me and said, I know you know this, but this is only a movie, Ok? I shook my head, and that Pumpkin lit up the screen, that Halloween theme came on, and it was go time.
The movie ended, and I was scared out of my ever lovin mind. Fuck going to bed that night, wasn't going to happen. And I loved it. I needed more, craved more. The next day I demanded to watch Halloween 2. So I did. This dude that worked at my Moms video store warned me to not watch Halloween 3, I would just regret it and hate it. Well I said forget you buddy, I need more Halloween!!! Well yeah, he was right. Fuck Halloween 3.
Well 8 movies have come out. All about Halloween, well 7 technically. And I love 6 of them. Part 2 was great, Part 4 and 5 were awesome. Part 6 rules but only because it had some Paul Rudd greatness in it who kicked ass then and I am really glad hes a big name now. And H2O was the first one that I got to see in the theater, and even that one I loved. The moment when Jamie Lee sees Michael through that window in the door to me is one of the most iconic moments in movie history. Then of course came Halloween 8... with Busta Rhymes.... fucks sake. I knew right then that the franchise was dead, no more. Gone.
Then came the good news / bad news.... A new Halloween was going to be made. But... Rob Zombie was going to remake it. A fucking remake. Shit was so thrown in the air, and confused, I had no idea how to take it. I mean, Rob Zombie was alright, if anyone else was remaking this it would be a damn mockery. House of 1000 Corpses was just a crazy remake of Texas Chainsaw. Devils Rejects was just a remake of Natural Born Killers with a Thelma and Louise ending. And now instead of remaking something and calling it something else, hes just straight up remaking Halloween. Needless to say, I was pissed. Why a remake?! Why not just, make part 9 and have it go in a totally different direction? Restart the franchise with a new one! Ugh.
The day came when the trailer for Rob Zombies Halloween made its debut online. Well I was impressed. It looked like it could actually be good. Then I started thinking things out more and more. Well SOME remakes, are actually not all that bad, The Fly is great. The Hills Have Eyes was pretty good. And hell, John Carpenter himself did a remake of The Thing and it kicked ass and is remembered more than the original! But this is HALLOWEEN!! I have been reading some reviews that are just god awful from the sneak previews. I am trying to keep my mind open. I am hoping for the best. And people keep telling me "Dude, this doesn't mean that the original Halloween is gone." Well in a way, yes it will be. Look at The Thing, anyone remember the original? Not only that but from now on I have to alter the way I talk about Halloween, I now need to make it clear which Halloween I am talking about. This Friday I will of course be in line to see it, not because its a remake, but just because its Michael Myers. And hes in a new movie.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Nick Bollea aka Nick Hogan was in an auto accident in Downtown Clearwater, FL this evening around 7:30EST.
The passenger is in critical condition. Nick Hogan is in serious condition with a broken arm and head injuries.
Firefighters had to extract Bollea and his passenger, whose identity was not immediately released, from the wreckage. Both were flown to a hospital in nearby St. Petersburg, Florida, Shelor said.
"They're both down there. Nick's father is down there," he said.
Police said Bollea -- known to viewers as "Nick Hogan" -- was not as seriously hurt as his passenger, who was listed as critical.
"I will have this road closed for a minimum of four hours," he said. "It was a spectacular wreck." said the police chief.
This is probably the last actor I would ever see doing this kinda stupid shit, but whatever. Read on for the news story.
Actor Owen Wilson was rushed to hospital on Sunday after allegedly attempting suicide.
Star magazine and the National Enquirer claim the 38-year-old actor was taken to St. John's hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. by ambulance after police and paramedics responded to a 911 call from Wilson's home shortly after noon.
According to the report, a family member found Wilson with a sliced left wrist. He also allegedly took an unknown quantity of pills.
Santa Monica Police refused to provide details but confirmed that a person was transported to hospital for treatment.
Wilson was reportedly transferred to another hospital in stable condition after his wrist was sutured and bandaged.
The star is currently filming Tropic Thunder in Hawaii with Ben Stiller and has two more films lined up. His movies include You, Me and Dupree and Starsky & Hutch. Wilson's relationship with Kate Hudson ended earlier this year.
Today, Summerslam is still one of the "Big Four" pay per views of the year, although is doesn't have the same special feeling it did in the beginning, this year WWE has at least done a good job making the event feel "special" with the return of Triple H, and even Rey Mysterio. Hopefully tonight will be one of the top pay per views of the year, which will also FINALLY hopefully end the reign of John Cena, and let a new era begin! If not, I'll be HUGELY disappointed, as its time for Cena to hit the door. Feel free to comment and share your own Summerslam Memories here.
Friday, August 24, 2007
I did not even bother with Alien Vs. Predator 1. And have no desire to see part 2. I loved Alien, loved Aliens, and loved Predator. Then to see 2 of the screens biggest bad asses go at it... in PG-13? Fuck that shit. On top of the fact that retard that made the first, didn't bother to bring the monsters creator, Stan Fucking Winston, on board to do the monsters for it, even made it that much more idiotic and pointless for me to watch. The only thing that this sequel has going for it, is Paul W S Anderson is not coming back to direct it. That guy could not direct his way out of a paper bag, sorry but everything he has made has been a pile of dog shit. Instead this one is made by the Strause brothers, who really haven't made anything else. They're both mainly visual effects guys, who most recently worked on 300. Either way, I have no desire to see this. But I can promise its better than the last movie.
Click here to be whisked away to the trailer. Lemme know how it is.
UPDATE: Well I just watched the trailer.... honestly, it looks decent, why the fuck didn't they make this one in the first place kinda decent? Just more proof that Paul W S Anderson sucks.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
NBC is getting into the ring with "American Gladiators," which has been revived by the Peacock for midseason.
The competition skein -- which featured players with names like Nitro, Turbo and Laser in its campy, early '90s syndie incarnation -- will be updated for the 21st century with new technology and twists. MGM TV, which was behind the original hit, is producing along with Reveille.
Peacock's interest in the revival actually predates the arrival of NBC Entertainment/Universal Media Studios co-chairman Ben Silverman, who began developing the project while still in charge of Reveille. Net confirmed last month that "Gladiator" was a priority at the net (Daily Variety, July 16).
"We've been circling around this property for a long time now," said Craig Plestis, exec VP of alternative programming, development and specials at NBC Entertainment. "It's truly what's not in the TV landscape right now. While everyone's zigging, I'm attracted to doing a zag."
Net wouldn't confirm the episodic order, but at least six segs are believed to be in the works. NBC could opt to launch the show as a one-week strip -- similar to how it bowed "Deal or No Deal" -- or as a weekly skein.
Airing in syndication from 1989-96, "American Gladiators" focused on physically fit amateur athletes who competed against the show's regulars (action stars, stunt professionals and pro athletes) in various physical strength and endurance competitions.
The show hit it big by showcasing David vs. Goliath-style battles in events such as the Joust, the Wall, the Eliminator and Hang Tough. Coincidentally, the original "Gladiators" shot its first several seasons at Universal Studios.
Plestis said he was particularly interested in the original U.K. version of "Gladiators," which focused even more on the characters and the behind-the-scenes stories of common folk going up against the show's powerful stars. The new "Gladiators," he said, "will have the scale, scope, different characters and family drama that the U.K. version had."
"We're not going to completely reinvent the wheel here," he said. "But we're making it better, faster and stronger."
Show will follow eight gladiators -- four men and four women -- as they take on contestants both male and female. This time, in a new wrinkle, the players will be given the opportunity to train for their match -- and viewers will be given a glimpse of their personalities prior to the actual competish.
MGM Worldwide TV co-prexy Jim Packer said reviving "Gladiators" was part of a strategy to mine the company's library and revive franchises for a new generation of TV viewers. Repeats of the original show are currently posting decent ratings on ESPN Classic, he noted.
"The timing to bring the franchise back is perfect, and NBC is the ideal home," Packer said. "It's a very big, grandiose type of show."
In the 10 years after "Gladiators" went off the air, Reveille managing director Mark Koops said, shows like "Fear Factor" raised the bar for stunt-driven shows, and thus it's more important than ever to find contestants with compelling backstories. Producers are currently scouting for new gladiators and hosts in addition to contestants. Koops will serve as an exec producer.
"Gladiators" marks the first co-production between MGM TV and Reveille. Under their arrangement, MGM Worldwide will handle international sales of the show, while Reveille will be in charge (with MGM's assistance) of selling new locally produced editions around the world.
Koops said Reveille is close to making several international deals, including co-productions in Australia and the U.K.
Besides Koops, exec producers include Reveille's Howard Owens, as well as "Fear Factor" alum David Hurwitz and original series creator Johnny Ferraro.
Titled "Ferris Bueller 2: Another Day Off," the movie places Ferris on the eve of his 40th birthday. The script was written by Rick Rapier, a screenwriter based in Arizona. Rapier provided "Stuck in the '80s" with an exclusive and complete copy of the 106-page script.
Is it good? I thought it was a blast. I read it in a single afternoon and was impressed with the care Rapier took with the original story and characters. The story has the same feel, humor and pace as the 1986 movie, which should please hard-core Ferris fans.
The movie fast-forwards Ferris' life about 20 years. In the years since high school, Ferris has turned his carefree "Life Moves Pretty Fast" motto into a motivational self-help career -- think Tony Robbins, only with a beret and sweater vest. His best friend Cameron is still at his side, managing his massive business.
But despite his phenomenal success, Ferris is a bit distracted on his 40th birthday (which, considering his massive fame, is being watched on pay-per-view TV by millions of devoted fans). He decides to take the day off, sending Cameron, his business associates and family into a frenzy.
Rapier says he hopes John Hughes would direct the movie and all the actors would return to reprise their original roles, including Matthew Broderick ("Ferris), Alan Ruck ("Cameron") and Jeffrey Jones ("Ed Rooney"). And what are the characters all up to now?
- Ferris' sister Jeannie (Jennifer Grey) is married to the boy she met in the police station (Charlie Sheen).
- No longer a school administrator, Rooney is still stalking Ferris for revenge.
- The economics teacher played by Ben Stein now is an airline gate representative.
- Ferris' girlfriend Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara) is a Hollywood star going through a rough marriage.
Can the movie be made? Right now, that's completely up to Hollywood. Rapier says several players in the movie business have read the script, with various reactions. One executive who passed on the script said he didn't like the idea that Ferris was profiting from his persona, Rapier said.
The big questions are whether Hughes can be talked into returning the director's chair and whether a studio will take a chance on a script from a relatively unknown writer. Personally, I think the Ferris legacy is too tempting to resist.
Come on, Hollywood. Take the chance. After all, as our hero says, "Life goes by pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
In the ensemble drama, Biel will be portraying a stripper, a role that's coming with all the p "The actress, 25, signed a contract that explicitly details the bare minimum fans will see – including shots of her breasts (nipples from the front and side) and her butt (side view only)."
**Update** They're finally here, check out the screen caps of Jessica Biel Nude in Powder Blue!
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Michael Bay Says No to Transformers 2
Transformers director Michael Bay has responded to Paramount/DreamWorks' decision to become exclusive to HD DVD instead of releasing movies on both Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD:
Bay said: "I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For them to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks! They were progressive by having two formats. No Transformers 2 for me!"
Will this change Paramount/DreamWorks' mind about at least releasing Transformers also on Blu-ray Disc? We're not sure, but we have a feeling Mr. Bay isn't the only unhappy one. Yesterday's press release itself concluded with a note that read, "Today's announcement does not include films directed by Steven Spielberg as his films are not exclusive to either format."
Monday, August 20, 2007
Californication has the balls to say things on TV that no one else is saying.
Picture it like this - on Entourage, Ari Gold has the occasional great one liner, that leave you cracking up - now picture this - an ENTIRE 30 minutes of that same type of hilariousness! David Duchovny performs over and over, leaving my face sore from laughing by the end of the show. The supporting cast is great, with a bunch of familiar faces, and there's a plethora of young, beautiful, and often times naked women along for the ride.
People, if you haven't seen this show yet, what the hell are you waiting for? Order Showtime, watch it, and then thank me later. Californication is here to stay, and you'll only kick yourself if you waste any more time before getting hooked on it.
Ugh fuck it. Im going to go to the store and buy an HD DVD player, they way Ill have a BluRay, DVD, and HD DVD player, and everyone else can just kiss my ass. Anyways, here is THIS press release on the whole Fox and MGM Fiasco. And after this, no more BluRay or HD DVD news unless its some sweet kick ass news.... Cause now I am just annoyed. As for which I think kicks ass... Well I will take Die Hard on BluRay over Shrek Shit 3 on HD any fuckin day. How about you?
Fox and MGM Unveil Blu-ray Exclusives
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE) today unveiled an aggressive global Blu-ray Disc release strategy including 29 new release and "must-have" catalog titles that runs through the end of the 2007 calendar year. Among the many highlights of the impressive worldwide slate are six day & date BD/DVD new theatrical releases from Fox including the $241 million box-office family favorite Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and the $335 million box-office action powerhouse Live Free or Die Hard, four day & date BD/DVD (U.S. only) new theatrical releases from MGM, 19 'must-have on BD' films from the two studios' libraries, Fox's first-ever TV release on BD - "Prison Break" -- and Fox's intention to release at least one state-of-the-art title per month featuring numerous BD 'firsts.
The only high-definition packaged media universally supported by the film, music, gaming and computer industries, BD is the #1 selling high-definition packaged media. In fact, on a worldwide basis, BD is averaging nearly 70% market-share per week of all high definition titles sold this year and, in the U.S., it is out-performing HD DVD by a margin of 115%.
"Given that Blu-ray has consistently outsold HD DVD all year, and this is the case for any titles released by any studio in both formats, we believe that the time is right for us to accelerate our activities and help convert the nearly 60 million high definition households worldwide into Blu-ray households," noted Mike Dunn, President Worldwide, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. "By the end of this calendar year there will be expansive availability of technically vibrant releases featuring never-before-seen, advanced BD-J interactivity as well as a broad offering of playback devices at attractive prices that will prove to any doubting consumers once and for all that Blu-ray is the only way."
"And as Blu-ray support continues to grow stronger, it has become survival of the fittest which is most apparent in the retail landscape where our eager and growing global Blu-ray consumer base has caused a shift that is forcing the allocation of more space to the format that is selling the best. And, in many recent instances of note, top retailers in North America are choosing to promote the Blu-ray format exclusively in their stores," continued Dunn.
Among the BD industry 'firsts' from the studios' upcoming global release slate are picture in picture capability, enhanced viewing and surround sound modes with the ability to mix and match picture and sound, direct access to in-movie features through one of the four colored buttons on the BD remote and the most technically vibrant BD-Java interactive multi-player challenge and trivia games to date. The studios' slate also takes full advantage of BD-Live functionality this fourth quarter. Internet-connected consumers will enjoy unique, title specific "web-enabled" interactive features and games and "web-exclusive" downloadable content with the ability to connect and interact with other broadband BD users worldwide.
Cementing its leadership position within the industry - previous BD releases Night at the Museum and X-Men: The Last Stand rank in the Top 20 best-sellers - the vast majority of the studios' upcoming global slate will be presented on 50 GB dual-layer discs with advanced BD-J interactivity and feature numerous Blu-ray exclusive high-definition bonus materials that further realizes BD's incredible potential. Consumers will enjoy the superior video and audio elements of AVC encoding and Lossless HD audio on many of the coming titles as well as enhanced and integrated menus, personal scene selections, search indexing, trivia and other title specific games and high-definition bonus materials.
Upcoming BD-J features exclusive to priority catalogue titles from Fox and MGM include an "Alien Scavenger Hunt" (Independence Day) that challenges players to earn points by identifying the correct number of aliens in select scenes to unlock additional bonus features; a "Global Warming Trivia Track" (The Day After Tomorrow) where users must correctly answer questions about global warming to keep the Earth's temperature from rising and being destroyed; and a historical and geographical pop-up map (Master & Commander) that tracks the location of Captain "Lucky" Jack Aubrey and his enemies.
Listed below are the upcoming Blu-ray Disc releases from Fox and MGM excluding new theatrical day & date BD/DVD releases.
(The list includes the titles, followed by the North American release date and then the international release date.)
TITLE N.A. RELEASE INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
MASTER & COMMANDER OCT. 2 OCT.
THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW OCT. 2 NOV.
FROM HELL OCT. 9 OCT.
THE FLY (1986) OCT. 9 Q1 08
EDWARD SCISSORHANDS OCT. 9 NOV.
28 DAYS LATER OCT. 9 North America Only
ROBOCOP (MGM) OCT. 9 DEC.
AMITYVILLE HORROR (1979) (MGM) OCT. 9 North America Only
BATTLE OF BRITAIN (MGM) NOV. 6 Q1 08
A BRIDGE TOO FAR (MGM) NOV. 6 Q1 08
I, ROBOT NOV. 13 Q1 08
DIE HARD NOV. NOV.
DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER NOV NOV.
DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE NOV. NOV.
RED DAWN (MGM) NOV. Q1 08
MR. AND MRS. SMITH DEC. 4 DEC.
INDEPENDENCE DAY DEC. 4 DEC.
CAST AWAY DEC. 4 North America Only
RONIN (MGM) DEC. 4 DEC.
Blu-ray Disc is a next generation optical disc format developed for high-definition video and high-capacity software applications. A single-layer Blu-ray Disc holds up to 25 gigabytes of data and a dual-layer Blu-ray Disc holds up to 50 gigabytes of data. This greater storage capacity enables the Blu-ray Disc to store over six times the amount of content than is possible with current DVDs, and is particularly well-suited for high definition feature films with extended levels of additional bonus and interactive material. Blu-ray also features the most advanced copy protection, player backward compatibility with the current DVD format, connectivity and advanced interactivity.
Fox takes advantage of the next generation format's high definition technology and advanced functionality to present its titles with the highest quality audiovisual elements. Showcasing picture quality with six times the resolution of DVD and theater quality "uncompressed" audio for the purest digital sound, the cutting-edge discs also feature enhanced and integrated menus, games, high-definition bonus materials and Java-encoding for more dynamic and sophisticated interactivity.
You know what, fuck it. I am bringing back VHS. Who is with me?!?!?!
Just the other day, it seemed that Disney had delivered the death blow to HD DVD. Saying that they will begin releasing their Disney Classics and other Disney titled on BluRay only. Well... today comes news that Paramount and Dreamworks Animation are going exclusively to HD DVD. Transformers will NOT be coming to BluRay. As well as a slew of other awesome movies. Good grief this is insane. But hey, for about 1,200 you can go and buy the HD/BluRay in one player? Ugh. This is crazy, read on to read the official press release.
Los Angeles, CA, August 20, 2007 – Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) and DreamWorks Animation SKG (NYSE:DWA), each announced today that they will exclusively support the next-generation HD DVD format on a worldwide basis. The exclusive HD DVD commitment will include all movies distributed by Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Nickelodeon Movies and MTV Films, as well as movies from DreamWorks Animation, which are distributed exclusively by Paramount Home Entertainment.
The companies each said that the decision to distribute exclusively in the HD DVD format resulted from an extensive evaluation of current market offerings, which confirmed the clear benefits of HD DVD, particularly its market-ready technology and lower manufacturing costs. Paramount Home Entertainment will launch its exclusive HD DVD program with the release of the blockbuster comedy hit “Blades of Glory” on August 28th and follow with two of the biggest grossing movies of the year “Transformers” and “Shrek the Third”. These three titles alone represent more than $1.5 billion in box office ticket sales worldwide.
“The combination of Paramount and DreamWorks Animation brings a critical mass of current box office hits to consumers with a line-up of live action and animated films that are perfect for HD DVD,” stated Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, which is currently the leading studio in domestic box office. “Part of our vision is to aggressively extend our movies beyond the theater, and deliver the quality and features that appeal to our audience. I believe HD DVD is not only the affordable high quality choice for consumers, but also the smart choice for Paramount.”
“We decided to release “Shrek the Third” and other DreamWorks Animation titles exclusively on HD DVD because we believe it is the best format to bring high quality home entertainment to a key segment of our audience – families,” stated DreamWorks Animation CEO, Jeffrey Katzenberg. “We believe the combination of this year’s low- priced HD DVD players and the commitment to release a significant number of hit titles in the fall makes HD DVD the best way to view movies at home.”
With the rapid increase of HD TV screens in households, and audiences wanting to enjoy the total entertainment experience, HD DVD has emerged as the most affordable way for consumers to watch their movies in high definition. In addition to pristine quality, HD DVD also offers consumers the chance to personalize the movie-watching experience, to interact with their movies and even to connect with a community of other fans.
Paramount Home Entertainment will issue new releases day and date as well as catalog titles exclusively on HD DVD. Today’s announcement does not include films directed by Steven Spielberg as his films are not exclusive to either format.
About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. The company’s labels include Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV Films, Nickelodeon Movies and DreamWorks Studios. PPC operations also include Paramount Digital Entertainment, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., Paramount Studios and Worldwide Television Distribution.
About DreamWorks Animation SKGDreamWorks Animation is principally devoted to developing and producing computer generated, or CG, animated feature films. With world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced CG filmmaking technology and techniques, DreamWorks Animation makes high quality CG animated films meant for a broad movie-going audience. The Company has theatrically released a total of fourteen animated feature films, including Antz, Shrek, Shrek 2, Shark Tale, Madagascar, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Over the Hedge, Flushed Away, and Shrek the Third. DreamWorks Animation’s newest release, Bee Movie, opens in theaters November 2, 2007.
The new album is coming along quicker and smoother than any record we've ever done, and the excitement of being with a new label with many possibilities has me writing non-stop. I'm still coming up with music for the new record, which the band and I are reluctant to elaborate on the details of the material and direction because it raises and/or lowers fan's expectations but it's obvious in typical CKY fashion that if we didnt feel it was better than what we've done in the past that it wouldnt be worth working on. Some of the song titles we're working with are "Hellview III: Hellions on Parade", "Karma Works its Way", "Underappreciated", "Making Contact", "...And She Never Returned", "The Boardwalk Body", "There's Two of Me" and other classics to be. Our work ethic has been more along the lines of Volume 1 and IDR where we tend not to overexamine things and just go with what sounds great right away. There's still a lot of work to do but the album will easily be out by March/April '08.And if that is not enough to get you excited, how about the fact that tickets just went on sale Saturday for Viva La Bands, a concert featuring... CKY.... and GWAR!!!!!!!!!!!
Sandy Downs - Idaho Falls, Idaho 08/18/2007
Rams Head Live - Baltimore, MD 09/24/2007
Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ 09/25/2007
Norva Norfolk, VA - 09/26/2007
House of Blues - Myrtle Beach, SC 09/28/2007
Revolution - Fourt Lauderdale, FL 09/30/2007
House of Blues - Orlando, FL 10/01/2007
Jannus Landing - St. Petersburgh, FL 10/02/2007
House of Blues - Dallas, TX 10/04/2007
Verizon Wireless - Houston, TX 10/05/2007
Sunset Station - San Antonio, TX 10/06/2007
Marquee - Tempe, AZ 10/08/2007
Joint - Las Vegas, NV 10/09/2007
soma. - San Diego, CA 10/11/2007
Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA 10/12/2007
Warfield - San Francisco, CA 10/13/2007
Salt Air - Salt Lake City, Utah 10/15/2007
Fillmore - Denver, CO 10/16/2007
Cains - Tulsa, OK 10/18/2007
Pops - St. Louis, MO 10/19/2007
Beaumont - Kansas City, MO 10/20/2007
Myth - Minneapolis, MN 10/21/2007
Congress - Chicago, IL 10/23/2007
Eagles Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI 10/24/2007
LC Pavilion - Columbus, OH 10/26/2007
Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, OH 10/27/2007
Harpo's - Detroit, MI 10/28/2007
The Docks - Toronto, ON Canada 10/30/2007
Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA 10/31/2007
Roseland - New York City, NY 11/02/2007
The Palladium - Worcester, MA 11/03/2007
For more info on tickets, and other bands, head to VivaLaBands.com
To think that just a few months ago no one knew who Judd Apatow or Seth Rogen were is pretty amazing. Sure, they'd done The 40-Year Old Virgin, but Steve Carell got all the credit for that one. Then came Knocked Up, an inexpensive, critically reviewed box office smash that remained in the top ten for ten consecutive weeks. Two months later, here comes Superbad, and it's more of the same: raunchy but "sophisticated" humor, a sharp screenplay and a great, little-known cast. Apatow, Rogen and others have, in one summer, cemented themselves as the guys to go to when it comes to comedy.
Superbad is this decade's American Pie, only it is punchier and less-slapstick driven. There's no nudity, unfortunately, but there's not much of a place for it, either. The movie is about two losers trying to get laid before the end of high school, but director Greg Mottola and writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg don't try to fill the film with pie-filling pranks and get-laid-quick schemes. Considering that the two lead characters are named Seth and Evan, it is safe to assume that Superbad is based slightly (hopefully just slightly) on real experiences, and it plays out as such. Despite being crude and full of hijinx, Superbad is a pretty grounded and believable film, which makes it all the funnier.
Jonah Hill (the chubby one) is terrific as the fast-talking schemer with a dick-drawing problem, and paired with the more quiet Michael Cera we have one of the best on-screen buddy duos in quite a while. Both actors are at the top of their game here, and this should cement them as cult icons. Of course, Christopher Mintz-Plasse steals scenes as the extremely nerdy and awkward Fogell, already known for months as McLovin.
The movie is downright hilarious and has plenty of laugh-out-loud scenes throughout. As one might imagine, the first act is the funniest, but the movie is great throughout, though it does falter in a few parts halfway through. There are a couple scenes that aren't very funny and the story begins to drag, but Superbad picks itself up every time. At nearly two hours, the movie could have benefited by cutting out about ten minute or so.
Superbad is a great way to end the summer, and despite lacking any nudity, it will forever be one of the best R-rated teen comedies. Highly recommended to anyone who doesn't mind a lethal dose of swearing. I say Superbad, is Super Good.
Author's note: A few weeks ago our own Random Villain got to see a sneak preview of the movie. Click here to see his review, and compare our notes to see if we had the same thoughts!
Sunday, August 19, 2007
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Saturday, August 18, 2007
Disney plans to start releasing all their classics onto Blu Ray. Which is a major step. Pinocchio was put on VHS when people were questioning it and VHS exploded. When DVD was also questioned, Disney put out Snow White And The Seven Dwarves and well, DVD pretty much erased the existence of VHS. And now Disney plans on releasing Sleeping Beauty onto Blu Ray next Fall. Now I do not think that DVD will be gone, I am sure DVD will be around for a long long time and will still remain the top format for home entertainment. But when it comes to HD vs Blu Ray. I think Blu Ray is tops. Blu Ray 1. HD DVD 0.
Here is the actual article from the news...
Disney Announces Blu-ray Title Wave Coming '08
The studio announced the first animated Platinum coming to Blu-ray will be the timeless treasure Sleeping Beauty. Releasing Sleeping Beauty on Blu-ray marks a milestone for the format as these titles are not released until a format has been proven both technologically and in terms of consumer acceptance - and Disney's animated releases in the past have been a major catalyst for any format's growth. Pinocchio's release on VHS and Snow White's release on DVD marked major growth milestones for both of those formats. The Sleeping Beauty Blu-ray Disc release will also include a virtual castle and multi-player activities - both utilizing the BD-Live technology.
"The Platinum titles are the crown jewels of the Disney Studios and we do not take releasing them lightly on any format. The proven Blu-ray technology has allowed us to take our films to new heights, fully utilizing the larger capacity and interactive capabilities for an incredible all-new consumer experience," commented Bob Chapek, President of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.
In addition, WDSHE announced the special edition release of the action-adventure blockbuster National Treasure, which will become the studio's first BD-Live Blu-ray Disc title. In addition, the studio will bring two of its treasured family classics to Blu-ray Disc, Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, both of which will feature full motion picture-in-picture bonus features.
"The strides that we've made with this format are just the tip of the iceberg and we are confident that consumers will be astounded by the level of entertainment that can only be achieved by using the maximum capacity of the Blu-ray Disc format. All of these wonderful titles will appeal to the ever growing Blu-ray market and we are extremely proud to offer these in the most pristine and robust presentations ever for Disney fans around the globe," continued Chapek.
This exciting slate of Blu-ray Disc releases will begin with The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in spring 2008, followed by National Treasure in summer of 2008 and culminating with Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo and Sleeping Beauty in fall 2008.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Cause I can promise that these are not meant for human eyes yet. These are PLOT SPOILIN AWESOME IMAGES! WHERE DID THEY COME FROM?
I'll never tell.... any of you!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Len Wiseman is all but got the spit handshake from New Line to join Gerard Butler as Snake Plissken in the remake, ugh, to Escape From New York. John Carpenter will be Executive Producer on this as he was on The Fog... Yeah, The Fog remake, remember that? "Black Hawk Down" writer Ken Nolan is doing up the script. Which hey, I enjoyed Black Hawk Down. I even enjoyed Len Wisemans Live Free Or Die Hard. And any sane person in this world loved the hell out of Butler in 300! So it can't be all that bad.... right? I just hope that in this remake, they explain exactly what happened with Snake in Cleveland.
I'm just wondering exactly what movie that Carpenter made that won't be getting remade at this point. But I swear if they go near remaking They Live, there is going to be hell to pay...
Even more than most roles, Hank had to have been a challenge to cast. It wasn't enough to find a star who could do comedy and drama equally well. He also had to have enough sexual appeal to make us believe he could seduce so many women — and enough charisma to stop us from resenting him for it.
How lucky for Californication that it found David Duchovny, who makes the unlikeliest twists believable and the most heinous behavior forgivable. And how lucky for Showtime that it found Californication, which may just be the perfect match for Weeds — and gives Showtime one of the best sitcom combos on cable.
When we meet Hank, he's suffering from a crisis of faith brought on by a Hollywood system that turned his thoughtful novel God Hates Us All into a romantic comedy starring "Tom and Katie." His solution to his writer's block is to win back ex-girlfriend Karen (Natascha McElhone), the mother of his precocious 12-year-old daughter, Becca (Madeleine Martin). That will not prevent him, however, from having sex with a bookstore pickup — played by an all-grown-up Madeline Zima, the youngest daughter in The Nanny.
He may be sexually loose, but Hank is not unprincipled, which helps keep the character from becoming reprehensible. This is a man who, when caught cheating with a married woman, pauses to give the husband a lesson in pleasuring his wife — which while not nice is kind of noble. Or at least funny, as is a terrible blind date set up by his agent (Evan Handler).
If you haven't guessed by now, Californication is an adult comedy, and a premium cable one at that, so few holds are barred. The language is earthy, the situations border on the obscene (what is it with TV and nun fantasies this summer?), and partial nudity is not just expected, it's apparently required.
Granted, pay cable exists to give a paying audience what it wants. Still, exposing the breasts of four women in one half-hour does seem to go beyond freedom to exploitation.The show is not designed to appeal to prudes, but the writing and the acting are too good to be wasted on the prurient.
I've got my DVR series recorder set, as I look forward to what new situations Hank can get himself in to, and out of, this season. Look for Californication, every Monday night following Weeds, on Showtime at 10:3o, 9:30 central.
Monday, August 13, 2007
The rumors of such a meeting started back somewhere in the early part of the decade, with later reports in the trades that Sam (Evil Dead) Raimi and Bruce Campbell were getting in on the talks with New Line. Scripts and treatments, all purported to be the “real” one flew fast and furious around the internet, and in the end…nothing happened.
In November, DC and Dynamite Entertainment will re-team for another crossover between their respective licensed properties for a six-issue Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash miniseries written by James Kuhoric with three interlocking covers by J. Scott Campbell for #1, and covers by Eric Powell for #2-#6.
And the best news about the miniseries? It’s not some new take a meeting between the three. Nope – the six issues will tell the story of the movie that was could have been. One more thing that makes this whole deal interesting? That original treatment for the Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash movie that the miniseries will be pulling from? Written in 2003 by a guy named Jeff Katz (formerly at New Line and now at Fox). Yep – the same Jeff Katz that’s currently co-writing Booster Gold with Geoff Johns for DC.
Things just have a way of coming around, don’t they?
While we’ll be talking to Kuhoric later this coming week, we sat down with Katz to talk about the secret origin behind the story, the movie that could have been, and the comic that will be.
Newsarama: Jeff, let’s start at the start – this wasn’t a blind pitch at first was it? This was going to be a movie when you started on it, right?
Jeff Katz: Exactly. What you’re going to be getting in this miniseries, barring whatever creative choices the writer makes in terms of adapting is what New Line was planning on Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash to be. That was always the plan.
NRAMA: And how did you get involved with it all?
JK: When I started as an intern at New Line, my two goals were to work on Freddy vs. Jason and to bring Evil Dead back. Sam Raimi and Bruce and all of those guys went to the same high school that I did in Detroit, and Sam’s family were my next door neighbors growing up, so there was just that connection that I had to the property. It all made a lot of sense. So even before Freddy vs. Jason coming out, I was in their ears talking that if they did a sequel, they had to get Ash involved.
Frankly, it was a bit of a pipe dream. The movie came out, performed really well, and they started talking about a sequel, and from the get-go, we were all saying, “It’s Ash time.” I did about a thirty page treatment for the potential sequel, turned it in, and they all backed it. Negotiations were started – I met with Bruce and Rob Tappert [Evil Dead Producer] and we came close to a deal two or three times.
NRAMA: So what happened?
JK: The everyday realities of deal-making in Hollywood, sadly. It just never got done. Had those deals all closed, this was going to be the movie. After some time passed and the Ash thing had gone away, we kind of all knew it couldn’t happen, and by that time, the treatment had made its way to the internet, so the idea of this movie was out there, really, being supported by the fans for years.
Somewhere in all of that, the New Line licensing guys started talking about doing it as a comic book. So it had been bandied about for a couple of years while I was at New Line, and I was trying to encourage it along as best I could, knowing that was the only way it was going to see the light of day. I’m a fanboy for these franchises, so I wanted to see it produced in some form or another as much as anybody, and lo and behold, here it is.
NRAMA: In terms of where it died at New Line, it was still just a pitch, right? It wasn’t that it had Sam and Bruce officially attached?
JK: Bruce was in. We thought we were very close to making a deal on a couple of occasions, and just ultimately, we couldn’t get it done. That’s just the nature fo Hollywood. You’ve got to get numbers to work. In this case, they were going to be bringing in three franchises that, because of the way they’re set up and the people involved, just made for a very tricky deal, ultimately. That was just the business reality of it.
Creatively, while I can’t speak for Sam and his guys, we were all on board and ready to rock at New Line. There was a lot of enthusiasm for it. To their credit, this was something that everybody at New Line “got” very early. Not to mention that there was enthusiasm from the international end, because Evil Dead has recognition overseas. Literally, we tried to make this happen over the course of a couple of years.
It was disappointing at the time not to get it done, but at the same time, I was very proud of the fact that, as a guy who grew up as a fanboy for these things, such a fanboy movie that was really a great big “thank you” to the fans of all the franchises got that close to being made. Now, when I see the comic book – I’m just really proud that it’s finally getting out there.
NRAMA: Were you involved with New Line looking to turn it into a comic book?
JK: I think they had always talked about using my treatment as a launch pad for the comic, and at one point – after the Booster Gold stuff started to happen, it was very much the idea that I would write it, but then ultimately, my Fox negotiations were gong on, and it was a victim of my move more than anything. So again, the project was kind of hit by the reality of deal making in Hollywood, I guess. But I think it’s wonderful that they’re moving on and getting it out there. It’s very fulfilling to see it get out there, and I think it’s very true to the spirit of the three characters.
NRAMA: On that note, and with the caveat that James Kuhoric and some other cooks will be in the kitchen on the story, give us the broad strokes – what was your story about, and how would they eve meet up in the first place?
JK: The thing that gave us our “in” was the film that brought Freddy and Jason together in the first place, which was Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday. It’s a pretty well known thing among film geeks that there’s a scene in that movie that has a couple of big Easter Eggs in it. In the scene, you’re in the basement of the Vorhees house, and the crate from Creepshow is down there, there’s a dagger from another movie down there, and the Necronomicon from Evil Dead is in the basement.
So it makes all kinds of sense – Ash is after the Necronomicon, the Necronomicon has the power to revive Freddy and Jason, and it makes a ton of sense that the three of them would come to loggerheads over the same thing. And for Freddy, coming off of Freddy vs. Jason, he’s trapped inside Jason’s subconscious, hanging on by a string, so the Necronomicon is his ticket out, and not only out, but his ticket to being more powerful than ever before.
I’m not sure if it will be in the comic itself, but I put a beat in the treatment which was a total Watchmen rip-off where Freddy details his whole plan, and the heroes tell him how they’re going to stop him, and he says, “Stop me? I did it ten minutes ago.” A total Ozymandius play. I will completely cop to that.
NRAMA: You’re coming close to creating your own classification of nerd…
JK: It’s a wonder I’ve ever had a girlfriend in my whole life.
But yeah – the Necronomicon was there, and existed in the continuity of the films, so it made perfect sense that these guys would face off over it. And the cool thing is that Jason is being manipulated for a good portion of the story by Freddy, but in the same way, you’re going to see a certain level of wish-fulfillment on the Jason end – because of the powers of the Necronomicon - which will prove interesting. The Necronomicon really gave us a really large way to be able to bring these worlds together and create the big action that fans wanted to see.
From there, for the treatment, it became a matter of what are the Easter Egg moments that we could give the fans? Watching Ash fight the jump rope girls, for example. There’s Ash versus Jason in the S-Mart sporting good department. The hand from Evil Dead 2 putting on Freddy’s glove and chasing Ash. Basically, Ash has come to Crystal Lake under the guise of an S-Mart employee coming to work at the Crystal Lake S-Mart.
NRAMA: And that itself is following the whole rebuilding of Crystal Lake which was needed after the fight in Freddy vs. Jason…
JK: Right – they were remaking Crystal Like into Forest Green in Jason 6 - they’re trying to move away from the whole “Crystal Lake” stigma, but yeah – after the fight in Freddy vs. Jason, Crystal Lake was pretty much done. Now they’re redeveloping it to make it a palatable place for people to live, and Ash has chased the Necronomicon there after all of these years, and is going in under he guise of Ashley Williams, S-Mart employee to finally end this once and for all – only to find that he’s got the two biggest, baddest icons of horror standing in his way.
And hijinks ensue.
NRAMA: What was the tone that you were going after with your treatment? After all, all of these franchises started as straight-out horror, and only introduced black humor or campy humor in their later installments…
JK: It has doses of everything – it’s a pretty straight, epic horror match up. A three-way dance, so to speak, between these guys. But – you can’t have an Ash movie without Ash’s one-liners, and I think everyone wants to see Ash and Freddy talking smack to each other. That’s too good an opportunity to pass up. At the same time, one of the things that Freddy vs. Jason did well was return these guys to the roots of what made them scary in the first place – we certainly didn’t want to lose that. So the violence and the stakes are very real and very big, but at the same time, it’s a lot of fun and crazy, with some over the top action.
By the time these three guys are going at each other in the end on an ice-covered Crystal Lake, all hell has broken loose.
NRAMA: Going back specifically to the treatment – how do you end a story like this?
JK: The whole ending was folded into a larger plan that Ash was going to “kill” these two characters and drive off into Evil Dead 4. The whole point was how to justify putting these characters to rest, and the only way that fans would ever accept it is if they’re killed by an icon of equal measure. There had been a debate as to whether or not we should have gotten Michael Myers to fight Freddy and Jason, and have the ending go out with all three of them dying, but we all came to the conclusion that the fun of it was having the hero take the guys out.
For me personally, the best Freddy and Jason movies were the ones where you had a clear hero – like in Dream Warriors or the Tommy Jarvis stuff, going against these guys. For many of the last sequels, the villains were the heroes – you were actually rooting for the villains to kill the kids. This movie was about returning it to the way that it should have been, where you’ve got a hero that you’re rooting for to get out alive
...hopefully with one good arm.