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Countdown to Halloween #14: Beetlejuice

We’re almost in the home stretch, Halloween is just around the corner; what better time to summon everyone’s favorite bio-exterminator, Beetlejuice!

“Though I know I should be wary,
Still I venture someplace scary;
Ghostly hauntings I turn loose …
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!”

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – 2 AM Text Review

My buddy Aaron is a bartender for a certain movie theater here in Michigan, and on occasion, the theater will have advanced screenings for movies the Wednesday night prior to the film’s release. Well early this morning I got a few texts from my good friend about his thoughts on President Lincoln’s Vampire Slaying skills.

Aaron Stallings: Kronner, I’m texting you at 2am with no regard if you’re sleep or not to tell you that I want to have sex with this movie. It was f***ing sweet! Reminds me of zombieland.  – 1:58 AM

Aaron Stallings: Fast pace, kinda crazy, great effects, creepy characters, smooth villains… oh, and Abe Lincoln freeing my people. – 2:01 AM

Aaron Stallings: Oh, and 1 boob, but there’s was a little blood on it soooo… If that’s you’re kinda thing…  – 2:02 AM

He also informed me that he viewed the film with projection team, who are, as he put it, “Movie buffs. Like you”, and that they too seemed to share his excitement for the feature.   

I don’t know about you, but based on that review…I’m in.

Abraham Lincoln: The Most Ass-Kickingest President

The crazy success of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has created the market for a slew of similarly themed books starring historical or fictional characters versus the Occult. The first of these to hit the big screen will be Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, ahead of the proto-generator Pride and Prejudice and Zombies which isn’t scheduled to come out until 2013. Well, the trailer is out and the first thing that’s apparent is that AL:VH is swinging for the fences.

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Beetlejuice Returning to the Big Screen?

Growing up my sister and I had a VHS with both Beetlejuice and Short Circuit 2 on it. We watched the shit out of that tape, and for that reason, I was excited when I heard that Short Circuit was getting some new life breathed into the franchise. I got nostalgic and intrigued, but now, news of a possible Bettlejuice sequel moving forward dwarfs that. Beetlejuice was for sure one of my favorite movies as a kid.

It also spawned a cartoon I actually enjoyed too. Even if it didn’t make any sense…

If you’ve not seen Beetlejuice because you’re either too young or an idiot, let me fill you in. It stars one of the most underrated actors of all-time – Pre-Batman Michael Keaton. He plays a poltergeist for hire who haunts houses for other ghosts. The newly deceased couple that hires him to rid their home of the pesky living who moved in are played by Jack Donaghy Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis.

The family they are trying to push out, the Deetz family, is portrayed by Jeffrey Jones, as his wife Catherine O’Hara, and their daughter, the one who can see the ghosts, is the lovely Winona Ryder.

It’s been 23 years since the first movie came out, and there have been plenty of rumors about a sequel since then. The most recent come from Worst Previews:

We’ve been hearing about a “Beetlejuice” sequel for years. Even Michael Keaton and Geena Davis have been looking for ways to get the second installment off the ground.

Now comes word that David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith have just signed a two-year first-look producing deal at Warner Bros and one of their first projects is expected to be a sequel to “Beetlejuice.” The new film will not be a remake. The intent is to reboot it by advancing the storyline of the original.

“We first got to know Seth through his fantastic work on ‘Dark Shadows,'” said the studio. “And it immediately became a priority to expand our relationship with him. Seth introduced us to David. We firmly believe in their talents and are extremely excited to welcome them to the Warners family.”

Both Grahame-Smith and Katzenberg were attached as co-directors for “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” before Craig Gillespie got the job. 

Book Review – ‘Paul is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion’

In preparation for last week’s Paul McCartney concert at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit, Michigan, I picked up a copy of Alan Goldsher’s Paul is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion. Here’s the premise:

John, Paul, and George were…er…are zombies, with extraordinary powers like super strength and speed, mind control, and unprecedented musical ability. Ringo is a Seventh Level Ninja Lord. Together, they formed a band the likes the world had never seen: they eat their audiences, may or may not manipulate women, and sing some of the greatest rock and roll the world will ever know. All in the name of what John calls reaching the “Toppermost of the Poppermost”, which may or may not be a euphemism for taking over the world.

The style in which this piece of fiction is presented in much like a true biography would be, relying heavily on “interviews” with important people from the Beatles history, including Julia Lennon (who of course was reanimated by her son John), Mick Jagger (a cantankerous zombie hunter), and the all important “Fifth Beatle”, Sir George Martin (who opposed being turned undead).

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Emma Stone Might Star in a Movie That Could Get Made – ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ *Update*

It’s been a bumpy road for the screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  After a slew of fickle directors (including David O. Russell and Mike White) backing out of the project, as directors do, it was finally announced that Craig Gillespie (Fright Night) will be taking the helm.  Now, with the script reaching completion, we still have no definitive word on a female lead for the film.

Originally it was supposed to be Natalie Portman, which would have been awesome.  But she had to back out (some garbage about having a baby), and will be on the project as producer.  Then there were rumors of Mia Wasikowska, who recently played Jane Eyre in the film of the same name.  One period piece under her belt, why not another?  It doesn’t matter that I thought she was 14.  After that, it was all about Anne Hathaway.  That makes sense; because, really, what has Anne Hathaway not been in lately?  If a film lately has a 20-something female lead, I’m actually to the point where I’m surprised when she’s not in it.

 It now appears that we have moved on to Emma Stone.  How is this any more definitive than any other rumors we’ve heard so far?  Well, it isn’t.  It would only be super awesome if it were true.  She doesn’t necessarily strike me as a shoe-in for a film in the time period, but her role in Zombieland gives her a pretty good edge on this particular film.  She’s beautiful, she’s talented, and she has experience with the undead.  What more could you really ask for?

*Updated*

According to both Bleeding Cool and Deadline Emma Stone is now officially a no go for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies on film. Not much on why she isn’t doing the film but the bottom line is that she said no. That’s the bummer man.