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By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 18, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 18, 2011 |

  • There are only a smattering of folks in the world familiar with Kyle Smith’s brilliant, hilarious, amazing Turkey Bowl, which premiered earlier this year at SXSW and will be released on various platforms in late June (at which point, we’ll post a review, but you can see Dan’s over at the Houston Press), so the outrage over Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg’s new film by the same name can’t be heard. At least until many of you get a chance to see Kyle Smith’s film, at which time I expect all of you to shake your laptops and iPads in protest. Kyle Smith’s film, which unfolds in real time, is about a touch football game an ensemble of 10 post-grad friends reenacts with one another every year (the winner gets a Turkey, even though the game is played in the Summer, and even though no one wants the damn thing — it’s all about bragging rights). Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg’s just announced Turkey Bowl project is being described as a ” neighborhood vs. neighborhood tackle game for bragging rights.” Warner Brothers bought the film based on a “pitch” from “30 Rock” writers Robert Carlock and Scott Silveri, and the football game in the film is supposed to include a lot of superstar cameos. Alec Baldwin has already signed on.

    Is it just a coincidence that a project with the same name and a similar premise was announced only months after the Kyle Smith’s Turkey Bowl premiered? Probably, as Silveri and Carlock also worked on “Friends,” which itself had a notable Thanksgiving episode involving a game of touch football. Either way, I do hope that Ferrell keeps the name because the confusion may result in a lot of people watching Kyle Smith’s film who otherwise would not have, which may hasten the inevitable cult status of Smith’s Turkey Bowl. (Source: Deadline)

  • Something is going on with the Amityville Horror franchise that I’m at a loss to explain. There are two reboots in the works, set to capitalize on the two biggest trends in horror right now: Found footage and 3D. The first, Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes sounds exactly like it is: A Paranormal Activity version of Amityville. It even comes from one of the Paranormal Activity producers, so writes Hitfix. That movie is scheduled for release in early 2012, and afterwards, in October 2012, The Amityville - The Legacy 3D will be released. That movie, based on Amityville: The Evil Escapes by John G. Jones, will see the Amityville curse applied to a different home. Afterwards, I’m sure we can all look forward to sequels to both.

  • Meanwhile, Peter Berg is set to capitalize on the popularity of the Navy SEALs, setting up his follow-up to Battleship, Lone Survivor based on the non-fiction book by Marcus Lutrell. It’s about a former SEAL and three squad mates who were sent into the Kush mountain region of Afghanistan to assassinate a Taliban leader in 2005, only to be ambushed, and forced to fight for their lives. Berg’s lead in Battleship, Taylor Kitsch, will also star in Lone Survivor, which Berg tried to make happen in 2009, but only got the greenlight after the death of Bin Laden. Hoo-ra. (Deadline)

  • Elsewhere, Mel Gibson — hot off the success of alienating everyone in America who doesn’t belong to the Klan — is in negotiations to join Kiefer Sutherland, Gerard Depardieu, and Thomas Jane in Sleight of Hand, about “a bunch of bungling burglars in Paris who inadvertently steal a rare gold coin belonging to a gangster.” (Variety)

  • Finally, I leave you with an image from Take this Waltz from director Sarah Polley, i.e, the coolest woman on the planet. The low-budget Canadian film stars Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, and Luke Kirby. It’s about a married couple (Williams and Rogen) whose lives are disrupted when the wife falls for another man (Kirby). Here, in this first image, Williams is clearly listening to Rogen’s back in an effort to detect the rasp responsible for that hack-y laugh of his. (IndieWire)


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