They’ve been a long time coming, but Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are reaching the climax with Fifty Shades Freed, opening wide this Friday. And if history is any indication (Grey and Darker are 25% and 10% respectively on the Tomatometer), Freed won’t be hitting the spot with critics, prompting this week’s gallery of the most Rotten movie trilogies ever.
The LA Times reports that Clark was driving along the Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades when he was hit head-on by a drunk driver at 2:20am. Clark’s 22 year-old son Ariel was also in the car and died.
Clark was a prolific filmmaker whose works spanned four decades; he wrote, produced, and directed films from a wide variety of genres, including "Porky’s" (1982), "A Christmas Story" (1983), the Dolly Parton–Sylvester Stallone comedy "Rhinestone" (1984), and the more recent "Baby Geniuses" (1999) and "SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2" (2004).
Though his more recent projects tended towards family-oriented comedy and drama, Clark started out in the 1960s and ’70s making independent and horror films like the transvestite dramedy "She-Man" (1967), "Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things" (1972), zombie pic "Deathdream" (1974), and the original "Black Christmas" (1974).
Clark had several projects in the works, including a remake of his "Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things," the spring break-themed comedy "Spring Broke," and the dark comedy "There Goes the Neighborhood."
Clark was 67.
Source: LA Times
If you enjoyed the comedic partnership of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in "Talladega Nights," then you’ll be pleased to learn that Sony has signed both goofballs to co-star in "Step Brothers," which will be co-written by Adam McKay, Ferrell’s partner on "Anchorman" and "Ricky Bobby."
From IGN FilmForce: "Columbia Pictures, the studio behind "Talladega," snapped up the pitch in preemptive deals for the script and its stars’ salaries. McKay and Ferrell will write the script for producers Judd Apatow and Jimmy Miller.
Variety says "Ferrell and Reilly will play coddled guys who live with their respective single parents. Their folks fall in love and marry, making the guys stepbrothers."
Director Bob Clark ("Porky’s," "A Christmas Story") has announced that he will go back to his teen-sex-comedy roots to direct "Spring Broke," which is about three college students who travel to Cancun to get some action.
Some preliminary trailer shooting took place over the weekend in Atlanta, GA (at "The Atrium"). Some celebrities signed onto the project who were reported on set include Gbenga Akinnagbe, star of the upcoming season of HBO’s "The Wire," and Tom Pelphrey, star of CBS’s "Guiding Light."
Both films are currently in development and should be released around the same time.
Popular shock-jock Howard Stern ("Private Parts") mentioned several years ago that he was planning to produce a remake of Bob Clark‘s original "Porky’s," and it now looks like the project just might be moving forward: Mr. Stern has partnered with producer Paul Bronfman to bring "Howard Stern’s Porky’s" to the big screen.
Mr. Bronfman indicated that the new screenplay is "on its fifth or sixth draft" — which is probably four more drafts than a remake of "Porky’s" really needs. But with Howard Stern involved, at least we won’t have to worry about the possibility of the new "Porky’s" being rated PG-13.
You know the horror-remake machine is getting a little crazy when a title like "Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things" is being suited up for a revisit, but that’s precisely what writer/director Bob Clark plans to do. Clark’s "Black Christmas" is already being remade by James Wong and Glen Morgan, so remaking his 1973 "Children" only seems the next logical step for the filmmaker.Best known for directing "Porky‘s" and "A Christmas Story," Bob Clark has spent the past few years making the "Baby Geniuses" movies … so maybe a horror remake is actually not that bad of an idea.
The writing/producing/directing team of James Wong and Glen Morgan ("Final Destination," "Willard") has been commissioned to mount a remake of the 1974 cult classic "Black Christmas." Production is scheduled to begin this September, and producer Steve Hoban says "It’s going to be a classic horror film, but it won’t be a gorefest … This is an era of paranoia, so I think the timing could be really good, because this is a film all about paranoia."The original "Black Christmas" was directed by Bob Clark ("Porky’s," "A Christmas Story") and starred Keir Dullea ("2001: A Space Odyssey"), Olivia Hussey ("Romeo and Juliet") and Margot Kidder ("Superman").