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Archive: July, 2013

POSTED: Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 10:05 AM
Filed Under: Movies | Television
In this image released by Syfy, Ian Ziering, second left, and Cassie Scerbo battle a shark in the Syfy original film "Sharknado." The network is announcing a sequel to "Sharknado," which became an instant campy classic with its recent airing. The new film premieres in 2014. (AP)

Sharks will fly and impose mayhem again.

Syfy confirmed Wednesday morning that the network is making a sequel to last week's monster Twitter hit, Sharknado.

The premise of Sharknado 2 will involve flying sharks wreaking havoc in New York City, again as the result of an ecological disaster.

POSTED: Sunday, July 14, 2013, 11:14 AM

Cory Monteith, the "Glee" star who was found dead in his Vancouver Hotel room on Saturday, filmed what will now be one of his final film roles in Philadelphia last year.

"McCanick," directed by Josh C. Waller, starred Chestnut's Hill's David Morse and Warminster-naive Mike Vogel. Morse plays Eugene "Mack" McCanick, a detective who, along with his partner (Vogel), hunts a criminal recently released from prison (Monteith).

Greater Philadelphia Film Office chief Sharon Pinkenson referred to"McCanick" as a "microbudget" film and a labor of love for all involved when it was shooting in Philly. The film does not yet have public release date.

POSTED: Friday, July 12, 2013, 1:34 PM

Kids inhabit a world of imagination, a magical realm far from adult concerns.

It’s a world, for instance, where Britney Spears might leave behind all her luggage and sing for the Smurfs. Ready? Plunge right into this video.

Yes, those are Brit’s moussed sons flanking her in the theater: Sean Preston, 7 and Jayden James, 6. It wasn’t hard to get recruit Britney for the soundtrack of The Smurfs 2.  Her sons, she boasted in an interview, are “obsessed with the Smurfs. We’ve seen The Smurfs movie a million, trillion times.”

POSTED: Thursday, July 11, 2013, 9:52 AM
Siboney Lo gets down and dirty, from "Hidden in the Woods."

Calling all horror freaks: Two hardcore Spanish-language shockers – Hidden in the Woods, from Chilean scaremeister Patricio Valladares, and Memory of the Dead, from Argentine Valentin Javier Diment -- both fresh from the festival circuits will get their area premieres Thursday, July 18, at the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art. The double-bill comes courtesy of the Philly-based Artsploitation Films, PhilaMOCA and Danger After Dark.

Hidden in the Woods, with an English-language remake in the works (by Valladares himself, with Evie Thompson, Electra Avellan and Michael Biehn starring), is about two sisters and their deformed brother, tortured and held captive by their crazed drug-dealing dad, who make an escape into the Chilean forests. Gruesome, grisly stuff ensues. Siboney Lo and Carolina Escobar play the sisters in the 2012 original.

In Memory of the Dead,  a young widow (Lisa Henni) invites a few of her late husband’s closest friends over to her big, gothic manse, telling them that she plans, with their help, to summon her spouse back to life. But she’s got other plans – like the ritual sacrifices of her unsuspecting houseguests. Gory, funny, a salute to vintage Argento and Raimi…. an orgy of occult terror!

POSTED: Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 2:39 PM
Actor Ryan Reynolds attends the premiere of DreamWorks' "Turbo" at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in New York. (Photo by (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

10-year-old Faith King was the luckiest kid in New York City Tuesday night.

The Red Bank, New Jersey native interviewed Ryan Reynolds on the red carpet of the actor's upcoming movie Turbo for her video channel, KidzVuz. In the clip, Reynolds greets King with a high-five. "How you doing?" he asks. "Do you have a question, or do we want to just hang out, do some crisp high-fives and call it a day?"

King asks Reynolds two questions, one on which character trait the actor would like to work on most, the other on his favorite snack. A pensive Reynolds responds, "I think we can all use a little more patience. I get a little impatient sometimes and I wish I didn't."

POSTED: Monday, July 1, 2013, 4:18 PM
Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart is going all buddy comedy in his next movie, "Ride Along," with rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube.

The movie features Hart as a school security guard who tries to win over his potential future brother-in-law by joining him in a day on the job. Hijinks and short jokes surely will ensue.

Of course, if you read my column today, you know that Hart opens is new stand up movie "Let Me Explain" on Wednesday and will be in town on Thursday to host the Fourth of July Jam, featuring John Mayer, Ne-yo, Jill Scott, J. Cole, Grace Potter, Ben Taylor and Demi Lovato.

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