Never to let a Hollywood blockbuster go un-ripped off, The Asylum is at it again. After attempting (and probably at time succeeding) to fool DVD renters with “Transmorphers” (not “Transformers”), “Paranormal Entity” (not “Paranormal Activity”) and “Battle of Los Angeles” (not “Battle: Los Angeles”), those mockbuster folks get ready to carve themselves a piece of that swordsman pie.
With “Resident Evil” director Paul W.S. Anderson’s action-amped but period-appropriate remake of “The Three Musketeers” hitting theaters Oct. 21, The Asylum Home Entertainment responds with “3 Musketeers” on Oct. 25.
But, oh, how to tell them apart? The expensive one stars Orlando Bloom, Milla Jovovich and Oscar winner Christoph Waltz; The Asylum one stars (apologies to the word “stars”) Alan Rachins, David Chokachi and someone or something named XIN.
Here’s your official plot synopsis: “Alexandra D'Artagnan, junior NSA officer, uncovers a plot to assasinate (sic) the President of the United States and enlists the help of three infamous international spies to stop the threat.” No trailer yet, but you’ve been warned. —Rod Lott
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Not long after “Batman” changed Hollywood in the summer of 1989, every
studio wanted to have the next comics-based blockbuster. I remember
visiting Penn Square Mall’s multiplex (as I did often back then) and
seeing a poster for “Captain America.” The one-sheet was comprised of
little more than a close-up of Cap’s iconic shield and a promise to
arrive next summer.
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Many Christians’ condemnation of Hollywood is that Hollywood output
often condemns Christianity. “Higher Ground,” the directorial debut of
actress Vera Farmiga (“Source Code”), is not one of those movies.
The arresting ’70s crime classic was worth the wait.
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Far too young to catch it when it debuted in 1973, I’ve literally waited
decades to set my eyes on “Police Story,” the NBC anthology series that
broke the mold for cops on the tube by adding realism. Reading creator
Joseph Wambaugh’s recent episodic novels about Hollywood cops only
strengthened my thirst.
Pacino brings his brand of ‘Heat’ to our sweltering state.
“Say hello to my little friend!”
“Attica! Attica! Attica!” “I am the law!”
“You ever take a dump made you feel like you'd just slept for twelve hours?”
No doubt about it: Al Pacino is a living Hollywood legend, with an Academy Award on the mantle and his legacy in cinematic history secured.
So why, then, is he appearing next Friday night, Oct. 14 at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville? Does he owe Beverly D’Angelo several months’ child support or something?
Either way, he is, and you can be one of the 1,600 lucky people to have an audience with him. At 9 p.m. Oct. 14, Pacino will give a one-man show about his career, rife with backstage scuttlebutt and film clips. A Q-and-A will follow. If I could be there, I’d ask him about that time Ben Stiller portrayed Pacino auditioning for the kiddie film “Beethoven.” (Didn’t see it? Skip to the 7:53 mark ...)
Tickets are $85 to $150. Call 800-622-6317 or visit winstarworldcasino.com. —Rod Lott
CFN Gazette staff
This state is a veritable breeding ground for famous people, from Will
Rogers to Garth Brooks (although we don’t claim Chris Gaines). And for
general badassery, there’s Chuck Norris, who hails from south-central