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July 19, 2009
Source: Bloody Disgusting
Alex Winter's The Gate Remake secures German Funding
By Alex Billington
"Another day, another remake. But this is one I'm actually looking forward to seeing. Way back in February we wrote about a remake of Stephen Dorff's 1987 creature feature The Gate that was going to be directed by one Bill S. Preston, Esquire, aka Alex Winter. At the time this was only in the early development stages, however, Bloody Disgusting has confirmed that H20 Motion Pictures, the production company behind this remake, has received the funding it needs to get this into production this year. Multiple German investors have given them roughly $3.1 million to make this Germany's first 3D live action film. Anyone excited?
The Gate, directed by Hungarian filmmaker Tibor Takács and starring Stephen Dorff, was about three kids who accidentally release a horde of nasty, pint-sized demons from a hole in their backyard. I guess you could say it's kind of a cult classic now, but apparently it was pretty scary when it came out in 1987. After starring in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Winter directed Freaked and the indie thriller Fever. Shooting on this remake will start this summer at a studio in Cologne, Germany. The visual effects will be handled by Pixomondo, whose recent work includes Roland Emmerich's 2012 and James McTeigue’s Ninja Assassin.
As I said at the start, I'm actually looking forward to this, beyond the fact that it's being directed by Bill from Bill & Ted. It's got a modestly small budget and a great little concept, which is just about everything it needs to become a badass remake. Although as always I'm worried about the 3D. We'll be following this closely!"
February 11, 2009
Pray it's not too late
Source: Slash Film
Alex Winter to remake 1987 horror flick The Gate in 3D
By Hunter Stephenson
"A few years ago, rumblings started in regards to a remake of the 1987 floor-bursting creature feature The Gate. According to Production Weekly’s reliable Twitter, it’s now moving forward with director/un-Ted, Alex Winter, at the helm and will satiate today’s masses with devilish imps in glorious 3D. With no real evidence whatsoever, Devin at CHUD suggests that original star, Stephen Dorff, is free to reprise his role. Hey, he worked with Christian Bale on Public Enemies: he can obviously still deal with a hell hole…bad jk.
The original PG-13 film is a nostalgia boner for many thanks to the suburban setting, a large helping of stop-motion effects, and a plot that spoofs the then-controversy over heavy metal. It also exploited the golden days when kids were fascinated by mysterious holes in the ground that, sadly, they often dug themselves. See also: The Pit. Last year, Winter was hired to pen Howard Stern’s endless wet dream/remake of Rock ‘n’ Roll High School and probably failed to see Lost Boys: The Tribe because it was an abortion."
September 9, 2008
gabba gabba hey !
Howard Stern is revisiting "Rock 'n' Roll High School."
The shockjock is producing, along with Larry Levinson, a remake of the 1979 film. Alex Winter, best known for playing alongside Keanu Reeves in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure," has been hired to script it. Pic was about a group of rebellious students who, with the help of punk rock band the Ramones, thwarted a repressive, rock-music-hating principal.
Stern, while busy hosting and programming two daily channels on Sirius Satellite Radio, is now partnered on two films with Levinson.They also are working on a remake of the raunchy Bob Clark-directed 1982 comedy "Porky's" that could start production in the fall. Stern got involved because he was a fan of both pics.
While Winter still acts, he spends most of his time as a writer and director. He has directed numerous musicvideos and commercials, created segments for Jimmy Kimmel's latenight show and helmed "Ben 10: Race Against Time" for the Cartoon Network. Winter also scripted a feature about Napster and its creator, Shawn Fanning, for MTV Films. "I've now done so much stuff in musicvideos, and the Napster movie, that the chance to bridge music and comedy was something that intrigued me," Winter said. "This movie seemed so ripe for a remake."
Development is being funded by Levinson's Stonewerks Motion Picture Group, whose Dan Gross will also be involved as a producer.
November 15, 2007
the Scenes of
Ben 10: Race Against Time
September 26, 2007
I just like to read the TV Guide.
Read the TV Guide, you don't need a TV. ..."
August 1, 2007
10 Live Action
July 15, 2007
Bill and Ted adapt to 2007
On July 11 the L.A. Times reported that MGM is developing a straight-to-DVD revisiting of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. Unfortunately this movie will NOTstar Alex Winter or Keanu Reeves and it will NOT be written by the original film writers Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson. The article states that an outline for the film has been submitted by Gabe Grifoni and Suzanne Francis, who co-wrote the yet-to-be-released 2007 film Wieners.
I'm not sure if this revisiting will be a sequel, remake or complete spin-off. But what I do know is that this is just another way for the studio to earn an extra buck by using another 80's cult classic for a straight-to-DVD release.
Read the L.A. Times article here
April 14, 2007
A Lost Boys Sequel Statement
Vampires?! Oh Come on ...
Don't mess with this cult classic
If you feel the same then sign the petition at: petition.lostcave.net
This site is hosted and maintained by my friend Sarah, and she's wonderful.
Links to news about the sequel:
February 20, 2007
Saul of the Mole Men is a live action show created by Craig Lewis, writer on The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. The series first aired February 11, 2007 on Adult Swim. Adult Swim is the adult-oriented television programming block on Cartoon Network in the United States, featuring absurdist and often ribald comedy in contrast to the tamer daytime Cartoon Network.
The series is described as "an ultra-patriotic Land of the Lost set in the center of the Earth," and is directed by Tom Stern and stars Josh Gardner as an idiot geologist stuck in the middle of the earth with mole man creatures. Josh Gardner is known for his previous collaboration with Tom Stern on Gerhard Reinke's Wanderlust.
provided the music for the show and
Click here for the official site.
February 19, 2007
|Cartoon Network will
produce two movies based on its series Ben
10, the network says.
Alex Winter, star of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and a voice actor on Saul of the Mole Men will direct a live-action Ben 10 feature that will premiere in December. Winter stated at the 2007 Upfront presentation that he wants "this thing to look like X-Men," an epic adventure that will be "more cinematic than cartoony" and appeal to all ages. Casting on the film is under way and the production is expected to wrap in October. CG effects and characters will be used, but Winter promises the film will feature "no Jar Jar." Winter previously directed a CG animated global advertising campaign for Tony the Tiger, and expressed a deep interest in the rapidly advancing technology.
An animated feature film based on the Ben 10 series will precede the live-action film with a November release. In the animated film, Ben accidentally sets the Omnitrix on self-destruct and must find its creator to shut it down. CN's Michael Ouweleen described the film's villain as "like Darth Vader without the sense of humor."
Read the article here
Cartoon Network Messageboard
Quote: "I don't know how the live action movie will turn out, but I was impressed with Alex Winter's enthusiasm for the project. He seemed to be coming at it from the perspective of a sci-fi fan, eager to make something that would satisfy the Ben 10 fanbase. It sounds like the budget may be a little tight, as he talked about making the CG low quantity but high quality. He does have some background with CG so hopefully he can deliver there. Besides he said that if he failed to make a satisfying film his son, a Ben 10 fan, would kick him out of the house."
February 14, 2007
In episode 13 of the forensic investigation series 'Bones' Alex had a guest appearance as Monte Gold Internet Kingpin, aspiring Hugh Hefner and head honcho of a website called ‘Hotty Student Body’. Yeah... Monte is quite a character. A real bad guy. Monte tours the country on a bus to hustle college girls and try to make them pull off their shirts after a few drinks. When the body of a young student is found - raped, murdered and fed to an alligator - Monte is (of course) the prime suspect.
It’s been a long while since we’ve last seen Alex as an actor. And it was fun to watch him play a real bad to the bone pimp (or should I say ‘entrepreneur’?) like Monte. Hopefully this part in ‘Bones’ will lead to more acting in the future.
January 31, 2007
The Girl in the Gator
The episode of BONES with Alex in it, will air on the 7th of February.
The episode is titled : "The Girl in the Gator" and this is the description: after Booth's gun is taken away because he maliciously shot a clown ornament on an ice cream truck, Brennan must go to Florida alone to investigate the death of a college student whose body is found inside an alligator (.. what an awful way to kick the bucket).
Cast: Emily Deschanel as Dr. Temperance Brennan; David Boreanaz as FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth; TJ Thyne as Dr. Jack Hodgins; Michaela Conlin as Angela Montenegro; Eric Millegan as Zack Addy; Tamara Taylor as Dr. Camille “Cam” Saroyan.
Guest Cast: Stephen Fry (Jeeves and Wooster, Blackadder) as Dr. Gordon Wyatt; Eddie McClintock as FBI Agent Tim Sullivan; Alex Winter as Monte Gold; Eamonn Roche as Lloyd; Eric Jungmann as Eddie; John Lacy as Bill Dowd; French Stewart as Isaac Horn; Jami Miller as Judy Dowd; Kelly Kruger as Abigail Sims; John Maynard as Ice Cream Truck Driver; John Eric Bentley as Park Ranger; Emeka Nnadi as Alan Simmons.
For all the foreigners amongst us (including moi), here's the official website for the show: http://www.fox.com/bones/
They do play episodes online as well so you might be able to watch it online after it airs!
January 8, 2007
Hanging out with Keanu
|British rag mag The Sun caught Alex and Keanu on camera, when they grabbed a bite to eat at Koi restaurant in LA on January 6.|
November 24, 2006
We're strange people us Europeans .... we talk funny, have unusual eating habits and we can appreciate a good football match. But other than that we're exactly the same as the Americans. Another revealing fact is that we watch the same TV series. The Fox hit series BONES for example (starring David Boreanaz) is quite popular over here. According to the IMDb Alex recently made a guest appearance on this series. It will be great to see him act again and I'll definitely be on the lookout for the episode with Alex, as undoubtedly most of his fans will be.
November 11, 2006
Save the Internet
PSA campaign for savetheinternet.com
The Rise and Fall and Rise of Napster
|Alex is currently working on a movie for MTV Films about Napster icon Shawn Fanning. The film will portray the rise and fall and rise of the mp3 files sharing program. Napster founder Shawn Fanning himself will be very involved.|
August 17, 2006
Bill for President
It's the bullies versus the nerds. The homecoming queens versus the bookworms. The popular kids versus the outcasts. Who rules the school? Go back to school at UGO.com. Vote for Bill and Ted as your favorite candidates for Class President and have a chance to win an all-expense trip to Cancun, Mexico.
first election round ends on August 29.
April 24, 2006
Vail Film Festival
The Vail Film Festival was held from March 30 - April 2, 2006 at America's top rated ski resort in Vail, Colorado. The festival screened 75 films from around the world, including 20 feature films, premieres as well as 55 documentaries, short films, animated films, and television pilots. Besides screenings the festival also featured workshops, seminars, discussions with award winning actors, writers and directors, festivities, VIP Parties and live music. The Vail FIlm Institute was founded in January 2003 by actors, filmmakers and and dedicated film enthusiasts to foster new filmmakers and encourage innovative filmmaking. The first annual Vail Film Festival, conceived and staged by the Vail Film Institute, was held in Vail, Colorado from April 1 – 4, 2004.
This year's festival marked the world premiere of 16 films, including The Naked Ape, 10 MPH, Keep Your Distance, Outside Sales, Stalking Santa, Jam, Snowblind, Bon Apetit, Fast Talkers, By The Wayside, Zombie Prom, One Per Cent, Altered By Elvis, The Death of Salvador Dali, No Menus Please and Laundry Night,
Alex was a jury member for the features category. The other jury members were Laura Bickford (the Oscar nominated producer of Traffic) and Tim Kirkland (who directed Loggerheads which film premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Feature).
February 11, 2006
Switchable & Stickable Bill
Swicherz are interchangeable 3-D stickers which you can stick anywhere. Wanna decorate your snowboard, skateboard or surfboard with Bill S. Preston, Esquire, Ted "Theodore" Logan or Rufus? Here's your chance to win some swicherz for free. There's a contest up on the Bill & Ted website. You can enter the contest by clicking here. Winners will be chosen at random on February 25, 2006.
January 27, 2006
Tabla Beat Science: Talamanam Sound Clash (2003)
a review I picked up at monsters at play.com :
Gregory S. Burkart
Visuals notwithstanding, the sound’s the thing on a disc like this, and it definitely does not disappoint. Dolby and DTS 5.1 options are available, and dag momma, this shit will rock your system but good. The band has opted for a bass-heavy jazz-style mix in the forefront, apropos for a gig at the Filmore (yer damn skippy), but Shibabaw’s ethereal vocals are mixed out wide, hovering at the rear to create a kind of lush envelope. Each tabla hit is crisp and neat, and Disk’s frenetic scratching has a silky quality that’s unlike any turntable work I’ve ever heard.
Extras include an MX multi-angle feature that, instead of being accessible from your normal multi-angle settings, is encoded into a separate play mode. Selecting a small inset of the alternate angle will allow you to switch when desired. Nothing fancy, but it does allow some different edit variations. Bonus tracks include a cool beat-club reading to music, a far-out kaleidoscope rendering of one of Khan’s performances, and a brief interview featurette in which a few members explain the band’s origins and mission. DVD-ROM extras feature some exclusive remixes and web links. Surreal artwork swirls through the animated menus – and it’s more than a little creepy.
Like I said up-top, don’t be dissuaded by the “World” tag, because this is not the usual boring tribal-chants-meet-drums-and-bass crap repeated ad nauseam by less-than-enlightened labels. This is the real shit. The ancient melodies and rhythms executed by Hussain are not tacked onto a cold, lifeless electronic frame, but are elevated by a warm, organic and very human methodology that retains the comfort of the old ways while celebrating the energy of the new.
More Freaked on DVD news
Fangoria magazine just posted the following newsflash :
Anchor Bay Entertainment gave Fango the exclusive scoop on the final details of its FREAKED two-DVD special edition (now set to street July 12), along with the dual-layer cover art. Alex Winter and Tom Stern’s outrageous monster comedy will be presented in 1.85:1, 16x9-enhanced widescreen (Fango got an advance peek at the transfer, which looks great), with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround audio.
The first disc will contain the following extras:
• Audio commentary by Winter and Stern
The second disc will
The set will also come with a "freekish" booklet
containing liner notes and photos.
With special thanks to Alex Brunelle
Bill & Ted's Excellent Collection
DVD box set scheduled to be released on July 12
This box set is now listed on the MGM/UA website as a coming release.
Click here to read more
MGM Home Entertainment has announced the Bill & Ted Collection which includes both Bill and Ted's movies, plus a radically cool bonus disc. The set will be available to own from the 12th July this year, and should retail at around $39.96. The bonus disc will include:
airguitar for this one !
The Idiot Box
June 14 we can all finally
watch and enjoy Freaked on
Damn these eyes
February 25, 2005
tale gets Winter touch
With this wintry cold outside here at the moment, it is nice to be able to bring you some warm news:
Napster will be made into a movie for MTV Films, rather than a TV movie for MTV cable.
Dark Horizons reported this week:
and MTV Films have hired Alex Winter to pen "Napster :
MTV originally developed the project about the Napster founder as a TV movie in 2002 but decided only last year to take the story to the bigscreen. In 1999 Fanning created Napster in his dorm room at Northeastern University in Boston as a way for collegians to swap music files on the Internet.
He dropped out of school to launch Napster as an online business, prompting lawsuits from the Recording Industry Assn. of America. Fanning's company filed for bankruptcy in 2002. He recently launched Snocap in hopes of making peer-to-peer networks legitimate.
has recently joined forces with a new production company.
You can now watch some of his directorial works at:
Anchor Bay Entertainment has announced that, as part of its recent deal with Fox for that studio to distribute its product, it will be bringing a number of Fox pictures to DVD. A number of genre titles are among the group, most notably the great creature comedy Freaked. In an interview with Fangoria Magazine Anchor Bay's Micheal Felsher states: “We’ve already spoken with Alex Winter, and he definitely will be involved, we’re going to make this a big special edition. It should be out in early summer of 2005, and will have audio commentary, interviews, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes footage - whatever’s available. We have every intention of using the version with the extra scenes (not seen in Fox’s domestic theatrical and VHS/laserdisc cut), which just came out in England.”
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Kimmel Live is ABC Television’s
daily late night talk show.
The show has a diverse line-up of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians, human interest subjects and dangerously crazy people, together with comedy bits and a house band. Jimmy Kimmel has been on the American cable “Comedy Central” channel for several years, on shows like “Win Ben Stein’s Money” and as a co-host with Adam Carolla on “The Man Show”. Jimmy Kimmel Live premiered on Superbowl Sunday in 2003, and airs on weekdays from 12:05/11:05.
“Okay now, that’s interesting info. But what does this have to do with Alex?” I hear you ask. Here comes the clue: he directs the comedy sketches for this show from time to time. The parody of Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ" is one of the sketches he recently directed for the Kimmel show.
Saillant detail is that filmschool buddy Tom Stern, is also part of the cast and crew of Jimmy Kimmel Live. In 2003 Stern and Kimmel already produced a tv-series together titled “Gerhard Reinke’s Wanderlust” a travel show parody.
Alex in action for the Jimmy Kimmel show
Photos taken by Dave Currence in Hollywood
on August 12, 2004. Many thanks Dave!
home video has announced a two-disc special edition of The Lost Boys, due
on August 10, 2004
The DVD will get a new transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, plus the following bonus materials:
Crossroads acquires Acts Of Charity script for Winter to direct
Goodridge in Las Vegas
New York-based commercials, music video and movie producer Crossroads Films has optioned rights to the screenplay Acts Of Charity by UK screenwriter Chips Hardy and Alex Winter the London-based film-maker who is also attached to direct the film.
Alan Rickman is attached to play the role of British ex-pat journalist in the film which follows the trials and tribulations of a young corporate executive sent on a hopeless humanitarian mission deep into the jungles of a struggling African nation.
Crossroads, which has a first-look deal with MGM/United Artists, describe the film as in the darkly comic spirit of Catch 22, MASH and Three Kings.
Crossroads principals Dan Lindau and Cami Taylor will co-produce the film with Paul Miller (Lone Star, Prozac Nation). The project was brought into the company by East coast head of development David Title.
Winter, most famous for playing Bill in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and its sequel, first directed Fever starring Henry Thomas which world premiered in Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 1999 and is currently writing and directing the Napster story for MTV Original Pictures.
The Acts Of Charity deal was negotiated for Crossroads by Joe Dapello at Schreck, Rose & Dapello. Winter is represented by The Gersh Agency, Chris Ridenhour at Evolution and Sloss Law Office. Hardy is represented by Linda Siefert.
"Chips and I have traveled the world researching this movie," said Winter in a statement. "It's great to finally land at such a smart and passionate home as Crossroads."
The movie tells the tale of a young corporate executive sent on a humanitarian mission in the African jungle, where he meets up with a cynical British journalist, played by Alan Rickman (Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility, Robin Hood), who educates the youngster on work in the jungle.
Read the Screen International article and get ready to go see a good movie !
Related articles that appeared on the internet
January 4, 2004
A one way ticket
to Santa Flan ?
Freaked on DVD that is what we want !
Over the years fans have been craving to see Freaked on DVD together with extra features and comment by the directors. Now you can help to make this possible. Tom Stern and Alex Winter have put up a petition to Fox to try and officially put out Freaked on DVD. If you're a fan of biting satire like me, and have a taste for the discerning humor of Tom and Alex please click the link and sign the petition. This film really deserves a DVD release.
|The A&E Biography about Keanu Reeves aired on November 16, 2003. What it treat if was for us Alex Winter fans, that he appeared quite a few times on the show to comment on his friend Keanu's life and the Bill and Ted phenomenon. To all the lucky devils from the US amongst us: it's likely that A&E will air Keanu's Biography again, so to catch the show please check the Biography site by clicking here.|
The most excellent Bill & Ted connection on the web goes official
|I'm proud to bring you the good news that as of now, http://www.billandted.org is the official place to be for everyone who has a warm place in their heart for (of course!) Bill & Ted, their evil robot versions, Elizabeth & Joanna, Rufus, The Grim Reaper, Missy, Chuck Denomolos, the Frood dude, Noah's wife, Abraham Lincoln, the short dead dude from France with a thing for waterslides, Billy the Kid, Beethoven, Ghengis Khan, Socrates, Station and everyone else I forgot to mention. From the land of Eddie Van Halen I'd like to congratulate webmaster and good friend Linda Kay with her new official status and give her my compliments on doing a most outstanding job on her site!|
Dude To Man
|In an interview with People's magazine Alex confims that he's planning to direct a screenplay for MTV about Napster icon Shawn Fanning. Now my curiosity really is arosed and expectations are high. More webresearch learns that 21year old Fanning even gets to play himself in the movie.|
MTV to make NAPSTER - The Movie
|The first article on a possible scriptwriting for MTV about Napster founder Shawn Fanning appears on the internet: Alex Winter of "Bill and Ted" fame may dramatise the story of Napster's rise and fall for TV. Quote: "Filmmaker Alex Winter, who played Bill in the Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" movies, is scheduled to write and possibly direct, the project."|
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