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Red Dawn Remake Changes Its Villains To North Koreans

A major change will be made to the upcoming, already-shot remake of Red Dawn: It's villains! In a move that could be considered groundbreaking (or borderline racist) the post-production team will edit and digitally alter the film to change its original invading forces from the Red Chinese Army to the North Koreans! (And maybe make them shoot first in the Cantina?)

The move comes in the aftermath of massive backlash from the state-run Chinese press, which have taken offense to the film as an attempt to "demonize" their country. Also, fearing more backlash from ethnic Chinese Americans, the move was clearly designed to solidify the film's antagonistic forces with a more universally-despised regime. Although it was done in the spirit of bowing to political pressure, the decision was a paradoxically bold move. Will it pan-out for this delay-plagued, political hot potato of a remake?

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The Beatles Yellow Submarine Remake Is Sunk

It seems that the marketing juggernaut of The Beatles has hit a rare unfortunate snag. The plans for a 3D remake of their classic 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine have essentially been trashed. With the man behind Back to the Future, Robert Zemeckis as producer, 16 Beatles songs, and cutting edge 3D tech, the film had been in planning stages well before Avatar-mania of late 2009. So, is this a sign that The Beatles' popularity may be slipping? Think again! Oddly enough, the blame for this debacle can be firmly placed on the horrific box-office performance last weekend of animated feature Mars Needs Moms. -- Say wha?

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Men In Black III Was Shooting Without A Script?

Could it be that upcoming threequel Men in Black III was shooting without a script? Well, according to The Hollywood Reporter, this seems to be the case.

It appears that the film's much-discussed drama surrounding the time-travel oriented script has created a lot more behind-the-scenes drama than was previously thought. It's been known for some time that filming commenced late last year, and before the production took a hiatus just before the Holidays, the entire first act of the film taking place in the "present day" had been completed. -- Yet, they've been on that hiatus ever since while attempts have been made to polish the script.

As it turns out, the shooting done last year, ordered to the dismay of director Barry Sonnenfeld, was hastily done to qualify for a tax break from the state of New York, which saved the production about $35 million. That's all well and good, but it turns out, that the prospect of tax breaks led one of the biggest franchise movies out there to work with barely 1/3 of a script! So, where does that leave things now?

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Iron Man 3: Shane Black Lays Down Details

Iron Man 3 writer/director Shane Black already has a vision for his upcoming take on Marvel's crimson clad conqueror, and recently speaking to Ain't It Cool News, he's let it loose. With the crossover buildup consisting of Thor, Captain America, and The Avengers all lined-up on deck, it seems a bit odd to be looking past them. However, for Black, he proceeds with the knowledge that he's taking on not only one of the hottest comic book franchises ever, but a franchise that is now directly tied into the storyline canon of at least four other films. (With the Avengers crossover strategy officially beginning with 2008's The Incredible Hulk.) Once a prominent action film scribe, Iron Man 3 will soon find Black directing what will be only his second feature film. While he will be meeting with star Robert Downey Jr. to flesh out the story, Black's vision will apparently take Iron Man away from the bells and whistles of computer-generated robots and explosions and more into the pathological dramas we've seen in Christopher Nolan's Batman films. So, will Robert Downey have to get emo and practice a gravelly voice?

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Google Before You Tweet

Moye
Posted March 8, 2011 - By Moye Ishimoto

We heart this letterpress print from illustrator Joe Newton. Sadly, it's sold out but that doesn't mean you can't heed its advice. Google before you tweet, people!

Google Before You Tweet

Ray Stevenson Returning As The Punisher?

Could it be that Ray Stevenson is not done with his role as The Punisher? It seems that the actor, who portrayed the brutal, grief-stricken, gun-toting, vigilante in 2008's Punisher: War Zone may be in the running to return to the property, now that Marvel Studios has regained the film rights to its character.

Marvel already has him cast in this May's Thor and as he tells The Playlist, he could very well be back to shooting criminals in the face. Of course, it should be noted that the significance of such news is rooted in the fact that War Zone performed nothing short of abysmal at the box-office and it was also considered a creative failure to boot. With a production budget of $35 million, the film barely grossed over $10 million worldwide, resulting in a $25 million cost/net deficit. -- A failure in the most definitive sense.

So, the question you may have on the tips of your tongues, is why the hell would Marvel want to bring back the star of a franchise-raper like War Zone? Well, apparently, while the film was considered craptacular, they like what they've seen of the actor.

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Mortal Kombat Live Tour

The demo for Mortal Kombat comes out tomorrow and for the first time in over fifteen years, I'm excited about something with "Mortal Kombat" in the title. The upcoming game looks violent, dark and bloody, everything a Mortal Kombat game should be. Of course, being a fan of MK, I'm familiar with disappointment. Every game after Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 sucked, the second movie sucked, and the biggest suck of all was the Mortal Kombat Live Tour.

Back in the day, when Midway Games ruled the coin-op roost and you couldn't talk about video games without someone excitedly bringing up the gory fighter, the marketing gurus (we're assuming) at the now defunct developer came up with the idea of draining even more quarters from rabid fans by taking the most brutal video game franchise in history and turning it into a family friendly stage show. It sounds like a horrible idea (and it was), but it certainly raked in the cash. I'm ashamed to say it, but it got my allowance, and lest you think it just appealed to kids, the tour managed to draw throngs of single, adult males to the Great Western Forum when it rolled through Los Angeles. We should have known we weren't going to see the bloodshed and fatalities we were hoping for at an all-ages event, but I guess we were so blinded by our passion for MK, the thought never occurred to us.

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Star Wars Films To Hit Theaters Again In 3D

It's official: The Star Wars films will begin their 3D-powered theatrical return with Episode I: The Phantom Menace on February 10, 2012. The announcement from Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox has promised that through the re-release of the 1999 prequel launch film, we will get to see "some of the Saga's most stunning and spectacular sequences -- from the Naboo invasion to the Tatooine Podraces to the climactic lightsaber battle between Darth Maul and the Jedi." Undoubtedly, whatever one might think of the prequel trilogy (and this film in particular,) we should expect the massive phalanx of shot-for-shot digital visual effects to shine in even more impressive ways. -- Right?

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The Glitch Mob & Ray Stevenson on AOTS Tonight

Tonight on Attack of the Show, we welcome The Glitch Mob for an in-studio demo of their music for Musical Playtime. We'll explore how the trio mixes and remixes experimental music, plus all the production tools they use. Ray Stevenson also stops by to talk about his new film, Kill the Irishman, which follows the true story about an Irish mobster targeted by the Italian mafia in Cleveland. We explore the history of the Sega CD on a new Tales from the Console Graveyard and more, tonight at 7PM.

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Ridley Scott Clears The Air On Prometheus; More Added To Cast

Prometheus director Ridley Scott has finally come forward to make sense of the plethora of rumors circulating about the film's plot. The big news: The film will not be a prequel to the Alien series. Originally intended as a set of prequels for the Alien franchise, the project would be scrapped in favor of an altered form of Lost mastermind Damon Lindelof's script, which would eventually become Prometheus. However, rumors seemed to persist that the film would maintain its connection to the Alien universe and its status as a prequel, even with a recent story alleging a leaked plot focusing on the origin of the Alien Xenomorphs. All of that, however, came to an end when Scott spoke to The Daily Mail at a Sunset Boulevard set pre-Oscar get-together where he made clear the film's status as an original storyline. With that finally put to bed, the cast of the film, which confirmed stars Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, and Michael Fassbender is already continuing to grow with the announcement of three more acquisitions. How is the transformed project shaping up?

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