Did you know that the classic 1986 Frank Oz-directed film Little Shop of Horrors originally had a completely different ending that test audiences absolutely hated? It was received so poorly that they had to change it.
Well, that original 23-minute ending will be included in a theatrical release of Little Shop of Horrors: The Directors Cut being put on by Fathom Events.
This original ending was the same ending in the stage play and in Roger Corman's 1960 film. It involved the man-eating plant Audry II killing Seymour and Audrey and terrorizing New York City. The Audrey II basically wins at the end!
Test audiences hated it, though. It was just too dark for them and they didn't like seeing the two lovable lead characters played by Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene being killed off. When Oz talked about it he said:
“For every musical number, there was applause, they loved it, it was just fantastic…until Rick and Ellen died, and then the theatre became a refrigerator, an ice box. It was awful, and the cards were just awful. You have to have a 55 percent ‘recommend’ to really be released, and we got a 13. It was a complete disaster.”
This original ending was an expensive undertaking as it apparently cost $5 million to develop. It involved a whole visual effects team to bring it to life. It was the cost of this original ending putting the budget over $30 million, which made it the most expensive film produced at Warner Bros. at the time, and then they didn't even end up using it. Oz went on to say:
“I learned a lesson: in a stage play, you kill the leads, and they come out for a bow — in a movie, they don’t come out for a bow, they’re dead. They’re gone, and so the audience lost the people they loved, as opposed to the theater audience where they knew the two people who played Audrey and Seymour were still alive. They loved those people, and they hated us for it.”
If you're a fan of Little Shop of Horrors and you want to see this original ending on the big screen, the Directo's Cut will be in theaters on October 29th and October 31st. Tickets go on sale September 29th at the Fathom Events website.
If you've never seen the original ending, you can check it out below along with a trailer for the upcoming director's cut. Thanks to /Film for the heads up on this!
A show whose premise is based on blood and guts walking the earth comes with certain expectations of violence, but last year's Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead shocked even long-time fans with its gore. During a recent interview executive producer Gale Anne Hurd explained how the show was merely honoring its comic book roots as authentically as possible.
"Look, this is the thing, this is a show that comes from a comic book," Hurd pointed out. "The only thing that we changed up in that episode is that two died instead of one. Issue 100 of the comic book was incredibly violent."
In the seminal issue, the villain Negan beats Glenn to death with a bat wrapped in barbed wire. Because Glenn had become such a staple in the series, many had thought he would pull through any situation, with his death signaling just how terrifying Negan could be.
The AMC series not only honored Glenn's (Steven Yeun) death, but surprised comic fans by including Abraham's (Michael Cudlitz) death at the hands of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) to raise the stakes even higher.
"For people who are fans of the comic book ... We've got to remember, without them, we wouldn't be making the show," Hurd confessed. "It's important to embrace that fandom. There are shots that are directly, once again, panels from the comic book. But, that didn't mean that the show, from that point on, maintained that level. It was setting up this character, it was an homage to the comic book, and it set us on course for an all-out war for this season."
The Walking Dead returns for its 8th season on October 22, 2017. The Season 8 premiere will also be the AMC series' 100th episode.
Good news for all you Liam Neeson fans, while at the red carpet premiere of the new film, Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House, Neeson told Variety that he will return the action genre. When asked about the recent news that he was retiring from action movies, Neeson laughingly said:
“It’s not true, look at me! You’re talking in the past tense. I’m going to be doing action movies until they bury me in the ground. I’m unretired.”
It had been previously reported that the Taken star felt he was getting too old to lead such physically demanding films where he's fighting and caught in the middle of gun battles:
“The thrillers, that was all a pure accident. They’re still throwing serious money at me to do that stuff. I’m like, ‘Guys, I’m sixty-f---ing-five.’ Audiences are eventually going to go, ‘Come on.’”
In Neeson's latest role he is playing Mark Felt, the man more commonly known as “Deep Throat,” who blew the whistle on the Nixon administration during the infamous Watergate scandal.
I don't know about you all, but I am pretty excited to hear that Neeson isn't planning on going anywhere. He's just one of those actors that it's easy to believe they are a badass.
James Cameron has his hands full these days, with production on the Avatar movies in production and working on Terminator 6 with director Tim Miller. In a recent press conference, Cameron joined Miller on stage to talk about their work on the next Terminator film that is set to pick up the story after Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Below is a segment of the THR interview in which he says "we're gonna make three really f*cking great movies":
ABC's Agents of SHEILD has had its ups and its downs, but it turns out that Disney has believed in the show even when it was performing at its worst. The most recent season of Agents of SHIELD was much better than seasons of the past.
However, Agents of SHIELD seems to have no clear plans for any sort of crossover with the cinematic universe in the near future. Variety reports that ABC was all but ready to cancel Agents of Shield after its fourth season, and would have done so if not for Disney pulling rank and forcing its renewal. There is no specific reason why it was almost canceled, though ratings may have had something to do with it.
It's kind of neat to see higher-ups believe in a show even when it isn't performing as hoped. Some of the best shows in television history weren't necessarily the most watched. Good on you Disney.
The show’s fifth season is due to premiere later this year. Are you a fan of the show and happy to hear that Disney stepped up to save it from being canceled?
Since Stranger Things was released, we've seen a ton of great fan-made art and videos made. Well, now Netflix has released their own official "fan-made" trailer. It's done in the style of a classic 1980s rom-com called "Love in the Upside Down". It tells the story of two very different teenage guys trying to win over her heart of a girl named Nancy. It turned out great and I'm sure you'll get a kick out of it.
There's no doubt that Stranger Things season two will revisit this little teenage love triangle in some capacity. Season 2 will be released on October 27th.
Surprise! Another Stephen King story is being adapted for our viewing entertainment! Deadline reports that his novella N will be adapted into a TV series called 8. The story was published in his Just After Sunset short story collection.
The pilot episode will be helmed by David F. Sandberg, who also directed Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation. The series will also be written by Andrew Barrer and Gabe Ferrari, who both worked on Marvel's Ant-Man and The Wasp. There's a solid team of talent behind this show, so it should turn out great!
The story takes place in Maine "where a group of eight imposing stones contains an ancient evil so terrifying that it can drive visitors mad. In the summer of 1992, three teenagers escaped the malicious force, and are confronted 25 years later."
I've never read this story, but it sounds awesome! I'll have to read it! It sounds like a great concept that will make for a great series.
Here's a more details plot summary but it contains major spoilers for the story so don't read it if you don't want anything spoiled for you:
In the outer circle of a nested narrative, a woman named Sheila writes to her childhood friend Charlie about her brother Johnny, a psychiatrist who recently committed suicide. Sheila suspects it was due to a patient Johnny referred to in his notes anonymously as the eponymous "N."
In the inner circle of the narrative, N. is diagnosed by Dr. John Bonsaint as suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder and paranoid delusions related to "keeping balance". N. has become convinced that a circle of stones in a field on the outskirts of a nearby town, Ackerman's Field, contains a potential doorway to another reality, where a terrifying monster, repeatedly said to be a "helmet-headed" being named Cthun, is trying to break through. A warning sign of the monster's imminent penetration (best described as a place where the walls between realities are thin, or perhaps breaking down) is when a person viewing the field sees seven stones, when there are in fact eight. N's belief, shared by those who came before him, is that verifying the presence of eight stones when he is in the field, and his obsession with order when he is absent, somehow strengthens the barrier between our world and the one Cthun dwells in, but that it is a perpetual and exhausting struggle. N.'s obsession eventually leads to his death by suicide, despite Johnny's best efforts.
Following a mysterious compulsion, John goes out to the field to see the stones for himself, he begins to suspect that N. might not have been delusional after all when he suffers from the same symptoms as his patient. Most notable are his obsession with numbers: odd numbers are bad, especially prime ones, even ones are safe, especially if they have a lot of factors, and if the sum of their digits is also even. The effect recedes as winter sets in, since the level of danger seems to be synchronized with the solstices (winter is safest, summer is most dangerous). However, as June approaches, John is driven to madness, and finally kills himself.
A newspaper clipping reveals Sheila's fate: after she read her brother's manuscript, she jumped from a bridge near Ackerman's Field and killed herself, in a manner identical to her brother. A copy of an e-mail indicates that Charlie intends to visit the field in Maine.
Hot Topic and Her Universe have released a new fashion line and this one is inspired be Studio Ghibli's classic animePrincess Mononoke. There are all kinds of different styles including the wolf sweater. I imagine that will be the top seller, but I also don't think a lot of people would wear it outside of a geek convention setting. Would any of you?
These geek culture inspired clothes that Hot Topic and Her Universe are coming up with are pretty cool. These are all currently on sale now. If you're interested in buying, click here.
A couple new posters have been released for director Steven S. DeKight's Pacific Rim Uprising. One of the posters offers us our first good look at Scott Eastwood in the film. As you can see, he's all suited up and ready ride into battle piloting his Jaeger the Gypsy Avenger. He and John Boyega's characters are co-pilots in the story. We got our first poster featuring Boyega's character earlier this week. I've also included another poster for the film that you can check out below. It's more of a stylized piece that comes with the tagline, "Rise Up".
It’s been ten years since The Battle of the Breach and the oceans are still, but restless. Vindicated by the victory at the Breach, the Jaeger program has evolved into the most powerful global defense force in human history. The PPDC now calls upon the best and brightest to rise up and become the next generation of heroes. When the Kaiju threat returns, we will be ready.
Pacific Rim: Uprising is being directed by Steven S. DeKnight (Daredevil) and it also stars Jing Tian (The Great Wall, Kong: Skull Island), Wesley Wong (Buxiude Shiguang, Sorry I Love You), Lily Ji (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Lan Yingying (Surgeons Story, Empresses in the Palace), Qian Yongchen (The War of Beauties, The Golden Age of the Leftover Ladies), Zhang Jin (Ip Man 3, Kill Zone 2), and newcomers Cailee Spaeny and Chen Zitong.
Pacific Rim: Uprising will be released intheaters on March 23th, 2018.
We've got another trailer here for you to watch for director Alexander Payne's new comedy Downsizing. I've always enjoyed the films that Payne has made such as Sideways, Election and The Descendants, but this one is so different from anything that he's down before as it deals with people shaking themselves down to five-inch-tall people so that they can live a better a life. It's so odd, and that why I love what I'm seeing!
The movie stars Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig as a couple who decide to undergo the shrinking process. Here's the synopsis with some additional details:
Downsizing imagines what might happen if, as a solution to over-population, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall and propose a 200-year global transition from big to small. People soon realize how much further money goes in a miniaturized world, and with the promise of a better life, everyman Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in Omaha in order to get small and move to a new downsized community — a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.
When previously talking about the film, the director compares his film to something you might see in Black Mirror, but without the sci-fi feeling:
"The basic premise is a very delicious one, and it’s the premise that saw Jim and me through the many years to get this made… it’s very much like the previous movie Jim and I did, in that it takes something inherently absurd and ridiculous, but tells it with utter earnestness… kind of like what you see in Black Mirror. Some episodes of Black Mirror take a premise and run with it, but I’m not interested in the science fiction feeling; I always aspire to make a Hal Ashby or a Robert Altman movie, and the plot has a certain episodic structure."
The film has a great cast that also includes Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Laura Dern, Alec Baldwin, Jason Sudeikis, Neil Patrick Harris, and Udo Kier.