Troma's "Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead" - link to the official site. If you're into low-budget horror, chances are you've been influenced, one way or the other, by Lloyd Kaufman, director, producer and co-founder of Troma Films. Apparently Troma hit some hard times after they botched up the funding on "Tales from the Crapper" and he funded "Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead" on his and his wife's retirement money. The film has been did well on the festival circuit, is now playing in select theaters and will eventually hit the DVD shelves... and it's made money and, subsequently secured a future for Troma... and what would this world be without Toxie?
Branded Entertainment is Upon Us - Link to article at VideoNuze.com. Yes, this is an article that concentrates on advertising and creating storylines that extend from TV ads, to websites and on through other advertising mediums for brands, but... could this be the start of something? Isn't The Apprentice just a big, long advertisement? How long is it before there's branded scripted shows? They already do product placements and sponsor programming, how long until brands are woven into the scripts and storylines of films? You know the studios would take the money... So, with so many filmmakers looking for funding and so many advertisers looking to reach a fragmented marketplace... it's not going to be that far into the future when you see advertisers paying filmmakers for exposure to their audience. Leatherface with a Stihl chainsaw, Freddy with Wilhsire blades, Smith and Wesson guns, people using Nokia phones... it's coming and you'll take the money, you know it.
"Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins" - link on http://www.comingsoon.net/. I found out a while ago that Patrick Bateman himself, Christian Bale, had signed on to play the role of John Connor in the next Terminator film, but I didn't know the whole project was this far along. I guess the film takes place after the events of T3 and focuses mainly on the war between humanity and Skynet. They will also expand on how Arnie's model, the T-800, was developed. Unfortunately, it's being directed by McG, who's most well known for doing the Charlie's Angels films and music video's.
Haunted Movie - Independent films - done for the sheer fun of creating something from nothing - link to Don Patterson's site. I thought I'd try and draw some attention to Don Patterson... who's an indie filmmaker based in Ohio. You should check out the trailers that he's put together, good production value and great post-production work. Check his site out and if you're in the area and looking to get involved in indie film, send him an email.