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Box Office – Evil Dead Groovy, Jurassic Park 3D Anything But ExtinctIt was a big weekend for Hollywood with three films coming in at over $20 million and a 3D re-release nipping at their heels. But it was Evil Dead that swallowed the box office’s soul in a big way.

The ultra gory remake of the horror classic Evil Dead was the easy winner at the box office sitting atop with $26 million. The Sony TriStar/FilmDirect/Ghost House production did $1.8 million alone just in midnight sneak preview sales. Not only has the redux already made its reported $17 million budget back, that’s more than the original The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn, and Army of Darkness combined.

The year hasn’t been great for Hollywood so far, but it’s shaping up that one of the biggest winners of the first quarter of 2013 will be Sam Raimi, director of the global blockbuster Oz: The Great and Powerful and producer of this remake of the film that pretty much launched his career three decades ago.

What now will remain to be seen is whether Evil Dead has legs or if they’ll get lopped off like so many limbs in the film. Horror movies tend to drop off big in the second weekend, and odds are it could be really big for Evil Dead considering it only garnered a very disappointing “C+” Cinemascore, an indication that word-of-mouth is not particularly strong. Could that be a backlash to the bold marketing that showcases a poster declaring the film will be “The Most Terrifying Film You Will Ever Experience”? You want to talk about setting the bar so insanely high you’re practically begging for a backlash.

These days you don’t even need to go the remake route anymore to milk a few more dollars out of a name property. Not when you can convert it to 3D and re-release it to theaters 10-20 years later. Trailing behind Evil Dead, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and The Croods in fourth place with $18.2 million was Jurassic Park 3D – the adventure 30 million years in the making, now a 3D conversion 20 years in the making. That opening is better than both Titanic and Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace did the opening weekends of their 3D conversion re-releases.

3D dinosaurs > 3D shipwrecks > 3D Jar Jar Binks.

When you take into consideration that Jurassic Park already grossed more than half a billion dollars in 1993 dollars upon first release, this 3D revival is merely extra gravy on an already mega profitable gravy train and an appetite wetter for next year’s Jurassic Park 4.

Should also make note that while it may be on its way out of the top 10, Brad Anderson’s thriller The Call has proved to be a minor hit, taking in around $43 million. Halle Berry should call Vince McMahon to tell him WWE Studios finally helped produce a money winner.

Next weekend we’ll see how well Evil Dead holds. More importantly, we’ll see how many suckers actually flock to see Scary Movie 5. You know who you are. Don’t be that person.

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Michael Bay Adapting Duke Nukem with John Cena in Talks For Lead Role

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I think we can all agree that this may very well be one of those times when we see an announcement and go, “Huh… That actually makes 100% sense and I’m completely behind it!”

It’s been announced that the classic FPS shooter series Duke Nukem is getting a film adaptation out of Paramount with Platinum Dunes, the company owned by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller, producing the movie. As of now, there is no script but the plan is to have WWE superstar John Cena taking on the lead role. As of now, it’s still in early stages but this is actually very exciting news as this combination seems like a match made in heaven.

Just think about some of Bay’s films, like Transformers, Bad Boys, The Rock, The Island, etc… Now imagine that kind of gleeful explosive action as the backdrop for Cena to kick untold amounts of alien ass. For those who worry that Bay won’t go hard enough in terms of violence or offensive language, don’t forget that both Bad Boys films as well as Pain & Gain were rated R for very good reasons.

Duke Nukem was originally released back in 1991 in the self-titled game made by Apogee Software. The character has since been in multiple sequels, although there are only four titles to the main storyline, and spin-offs as well as appearing in cameos in other games such as Death Rally, Blood, Serious Sam 2, Balls of Steel and can be seen in the trailer for Ready Player One. Nukem’s last video game appearance was 2011’s Duke Nuke Forever, a game that went through countless delays only to be met with critical panning upon release.

Horror fans who have played Duke Nukem will recognize many of the character’s iconic one-liners as being lifted from several horror films. Quotes from They Live, Army of Darkness, Aliens, Predator, Jaws, Full Metal Jacket, Evil Dead 2, and many more. The references were littered throughout and many delighted in their homages. However, Bruce Campbell wasn’t a fan when asked about the game back in 1999. He told IGN, “…they’re rip-off artists. Let them get their own damn material. It’s called hiring a writer.” [Source].

That being said, how cool would it be if Campbell made an appearance in the film to put Cena’s Duke Nukem in his place should he use one of those quotes? Apart from being a treat for fans of the games, it’d be a great moment in a film that’s meant to be chock full of bravado, machismo, and strong chins!

Coming back to Platinum Dunes’ adaptation, we’ll be keeping a very close eye on this project! In the meanwhile, why not tell us your favorite Duke Nukem moment in the comments!

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Ellen Page and The Cured Come Home to VOD

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We’ve been talking about the new zombie flick starring Ellen Page entitled The Cured for quite some time now, and we’ll soon be able to sink our teeth into it courtesy of IFC Films.

The flick stars Page (Juno, Hard Candy), Sam Keeley (Anthropoid, In the Heart of the Sea), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Avengers: Infinity War, The Infiltrator), and Paula Malcomson (The Hunger Games trilogy, “Ray Donovan”) and is directed and written by David Freyne in his first feature film. Look for it in theaters and On Demand on February 23, 2018​.

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What happens when the undead return to life? In a world ravaged for years by a virus that turns the infected into zombie-like cannibals, a cure is at last found and the wrenching process of reintegrating the survivors back into society begins. Among the formerly afflicted is Senan (Sam Keeley), a young man haunted by the horrific acts he committed while infected. Welcomed back into the family of his widowed sister-in-law (Ellen Page), Senan attempts to restart his life—but is society ready to forgive him and those like him? Or will fear and prejudice once again tear the world apart? 

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#Brainwaves Episode 74 Guest Announcement: Creature Designer Mike Hill – The Shape of Water and More!

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We’re getting monstrous on Episode 74 of Brainwaves Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio as joining us will be award-winning artist, filmmaker, and creature designer Mike Hill, whose work you can see right now in a little film called The Shape of Water.

Join us this coming Wednesday, January 24th, at 8:00PM PT/11:00PM ET for all the shenanigans fit to be had!

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