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Movie News Tuesday: 17 June 2008

'Death Race' Remake Gets a Trailer

Ever since it was announced, fans have been anxiously awaiting any word on what noted genre journeyman (read 'hack') Paul W. S. Anderson would do to the beloved '70s road rage classic. Well, here's your chance to see the brand new trailer - and oddly enough, it doesn't look too bad. Much better than Alien vs. Predator or Soldier, anyway. [Yahoo]

New 'Punisher' is Teased as Well

While we aren't sure who mandated a sequel, Lionsgate is unleashing another take on the mob-fighting vigilante this December. This time around, Thomas Jane is out, and Ray Stevenson (HBO's Rome) steps in as the title character. Green Street Hooligan's Lexi Alexander is behind the lens. [IGN]

Bill Maher's 'Religulous' Also Gets the Preview Treatment

Anyone who has watched the recent season of Real Time knows that host Maher has been carefully touting his anti-God documentary. Lionsgate finally gives us a taste of what we can look forward to come October. With Borat's Larry Charles in charge, we could be in for a brilliantly blasphemous romp. Check out Apple and the official website for more.

'StepBrothers' Gets Red Banded After the drubbing they took this past year - Will Ferrell with the underappreciated Semi-Pro, John C. Reilly with the overlooked biopic spoof Dewey Cox - both actors could sure use a quasi comeback. This sibling rivalry comedy from Andy McKay may help, especially after viewing the more "adult" oriented preview. [Trailer Addict]

Herzog's 'Lieutenant' Still Going Strong - from Variety

Even with Abel Ferrara wishing him a speedy journey into the mouth of Hell (literally) Werner Herzog still seems intent on remaking (or in his own words, 'reimagining") the controversial 1992 drama. Nicholas Cage is already slated to stand in for Harvey Keitel, and now it seems Eva Mendez may be cozying up to her Ghost Rider costar as well. [Variety]

Krofft's Bringing More Saturday Morning Classics to the Big Screen - from IESB.net

With Land of the Lost already set for the big screen treatment, it seems those purveyors of classic '60s/'70s psychedelic kid vid, Sid and Marty Krofft are bringing more of their oddball offerings to a Cineplex near you. Apparently, H.R. Pufnstuf and Sigmund (of 'the Sea Monsters' fame) are next up. [IESB.net]

'Robotech' Relaunch Gets Unusual Scripter - from the Hollywood Reporter

Last seen dealing (badly) with Stephen King's Dreamcatcher, famed filmmaker/writer Lawrence Kasdan is rumored to be scribbling the celluloid version of the popular '80s anime staple. With his work on the new Clash of the Titan's remake, it marks the icon's return to his roots (he did pen Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Empire Strikes Back, after all). [Hollywood Reporter]

DVD releases of Note for 17 June

Be Kind Rewind

The Carmen Miranda Collection

Classe Tous Risques - Criterion Collection

Fool's Gold

Joy Division - Read the SE&L Review HERE

The Nude Bomb

Super High Me

Under the Same Moon

Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins - Read the SE&L Review HERE

Box Office Figures for Weekend of 13 June

#1 - The Incredible Hulk: $54.9 million

#2 - Kung Fun Panda: $33.8 million

#3- The Happening: $30.8 million

#4 - You Don't Mess with the Zohan: $16.8 million

#5 - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: $13.2 million

#6 - Sex and the City: $10.3 million

#7 - Iron Man: $5.1 million

#8 - The Strangers: $4.1 million

#9 - The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian: $3.1 million

#10 - What Happens in Vegas: $1.7 million

Films Opening This Week:

General Release:

Get Smart - the classic Mel Brooks/Buck Henry sitcom from the '60s get the big screen treatment, this time featuring Steve Carell as Maxwell Smart and Anne Hathaway as 99. Rated PG-13

The Love Guru - Mike Myers returns to live action comedy with this story of an American born shaman raised by Hindus. He is called in to save a hockey star's failing marriage/career. Rated PG-13

Limited

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl - it's the Depression, and our title heroine struggles mightily to save her family, and her friends, from financial ruin. Based on the popular doll line, with Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin in the lead. Rated G

Brick Lane - while it may seem like the standard story of an arranged marriage in free fall, Monica Ali's novel provides a provocative backdrop for this take on the material. Rated PG-13

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