New Piranha 3D movie takes cue from original

The new Piranha 3D movie is inspired by the classic movie from the late 70s. The style is still campy and the second Piranha movie actually gave rise to the most successful movie director of all time (aka King of the World). To understand the genesis of the new Piranha 3D movie, we must go back  in time to the original.

Following the release of Jaws, legendary exploitation-movie producer Roger Corman hired fledgling director Joe Dante to direct a rip-off movie about small, killer fish. The result was 1978?s gore-drenched, but tongue-in-cheek Piranha, which cost less than $1 million to make and grossed around $14 million in the U.S. alone. The sequel, 1981?s Piranha II: The Spawning, was directed by first-time film-maker James Cameron. The future Avatar and Titanic auteur was fired midway through the film’s shoot in Jamaica, and the movie was not a commercial success. But this disappointing experience did inspire Cameron to write his breakthrough movie, Terminator.

To say James Cameron has enjoyed more success over the past three decades than has the Piranha franchise is putting matters very mildly indeed. The only “new” Piranha movie made between 1981?s Piranha II and this week’s Piranha 3D was a Mila Kunis-starring remake of Joe Dante’s original which Roger Corman produced for cable in 1995.


Visual effects jobs vanish to outsourcing

Visual effects are the bane of Hollywood movies and jobs in the industry are starting to disappear to more distant locations. As global competitors creep up on Hollywood's expensive salaries, studios want to maximize their investments and save money. So how bad is it in the visual effects industry if you're considering a career?

If you want to see the names driving Hollywood's growth, you have to stay for the movie's credits. The very end of the credits. After the actors and electricians — sometimes even after the people who serve the tacos on set — come the visual-effects artists. These are the people who make superheroes fly and cities fall into the ocean, and the effects-reliant films they work on, like Avatar and the Harry Potter franchise, are Hollywood's biggest moneymakers. 

Their place in the credits says something about visual effects (VFX) artists' place in the Hollywood pecking order. Ironically, just as they are peaking in creativity and propelling box-office hits, VFX companies are facing a crisis years in the making. Thanks to fierce global competition, the hangover from Hollywood labor unrest and a lack of negotiating power with studios, many VFX firms are closing up shop or outsourcing to stay afloat.

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Piranha 3D movie already has sequel in the works before release date

Prehistoric killer fish will get another chance to sink their teeth into audiences in an upcoming sequel to "Piranha 3D."

Dimension Films, which released the over-the-top thriller this past weekend, announced Monday that part two is in the works.

"Piranha 3D" didn't have a great opening, debuting in sixth place at the box office with $10.1 million. But it got an overwhelmingly strong critical reception, earning 81 percent positive reviews on the Rotten Tomatoes website.

The movie follows a pack of piranha unleashed on spring breakers partying on an Arizona lake. Mass carnage ensues. Elisabeth Shue, Ving Rhames and Jerry O'Connell star.

Could ‘Social Network’ movie affect Facebook’s brand?

It's a coming attraction that Facebook could do without.

The Social Network, due in movie theaters Oct. 1, is a cautionary tale about the founding of one of tech's biggest successes, with the tagline: "You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies."

Trailers are now running nationwide. The Columbia Pictures presentation, written by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) and directed by David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Zodiac), opens the 48th New York Film Festival on Sept. 24. Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland) plays Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

The screenplay has been floating on the Internet for months, but few have seen the picture.


Situation on ‘Jersey Shore’ to make $5 million

The ab-tastic star of MTV's reality show 'Jersey Shore' is on the fast track to make some real money. With endorsement deals in the works, Mike Sorrentino's payday is set to be more than most TV stars working today. That's because the show is a breakout hit that has saved MTV from the doldrums of TV ratings.

As the sophomore season of MTV's pop-culture phenomenon "Jersey Shore" continues to gobble up the biggest ratings the network has seen in seven years -- answering the prayers of the many of its executives who spoke of a gloomy prognosis before the "Shore" -- breakout star Sorrentino (aka the Situation) has jumped at the opportunity to capitalize on his fame. By year's end, the 29-year-old stands to earn more than $5 million, a source familiar with his finances told THR.


Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks to team for a new movie

A new post-9/11 movie is in the works from a big studio and the rumor is that Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks are being corralled in being in it together. Warner Bros is looking to bring both Oscar-winning stars together for the first time in 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close'.

Warners, the lead studio on the project, indicated it has made offers to the thesps but is not yet in formal negotiations. And the studios have not yet greenlit the project. The Jonathan Safran Foer novel, set in 2003, centers on a 9-year-old boy who finds a key in a vase that belongs to his father -- who perished in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks -- and searches to find the lock that goes with it. It was one of the first American novels to incorporate the Sept. 11 events into the plot.

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Legal Issues in Documentary Film Production

The entertainment industry can be a legal minefield.  And while the legal issues that face documentary filmmakers may not be unique, documentarians — who typically work on shoestring budgets, rely heavily on preexisting copyrighted materials, and often say things that moneyed and powerful interests don’t want to hear — are uniquely vulnerable.  With that in mind, here’s a “top 5” list of legal issues that you should know about when planning, making, and selling your film.


Pay TV lose subscribers to online destinations

So you're tired of paying hefty cable bills for your pay TV options? Join the crowd - supposedly everyone is feeling the pinch in this economy as loads of subscribers are abandoning cable TV for watching TV online. The movement has been gaining steam but it's not yet a tipping point for the cable industry as is still controls content from playing online.

The subscription television industry—including cable, satellite and telecommunications companies—suffered its first drop in total subscribers in the second quarter, according to research firm SNL Kagan.

The firm cited the weak U.S. economy as the main culprit for the decline, along with the aftereffects of the government-mandated transition to a digital broadcast spectrum. The stumble comes at a fragile time for the TV business as it navigates the transition to digital media.

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Vince Vaughn and Kevin James find themselves in ‘The Dilemma’

A new comedy by director Ron Howard has Vince Vaughn and Kevin James playing friends who are tested in matters of fidelity. Jennifer Connelly and Winona Ryder play their significant others. Howard has been directing the comedy all summer long in Chicago and it's due to open in theaters January 14, 2011. The above is the first image released of the film.

Jennifer Aniston – Should She Quit Movies?

Jennifer Aniston loves to be in movies but do the movies love her? Apparently not. She is suffering box-office roadkill with most of the movies in her career. Does that mean she needs to return to TV land?

The former Friends actress’ new film,The Switch, has bombed at the box office!

The flick — which also stars Jason Bateman — landed at eighth place in its debut weekend, grossing just $8.1 million, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The Switch was bested by Twilightspoof Vampires Suck (#2, $12.2 million) Bow Wow’s Lottery Ticket (#4 with $11 million) and Piranha 3-D (#6, $10 million). Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables took the top spot at $16.5 million, with Julia RobertsEat, Pray Love landing at #4 in its second week.


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