Rad—> Ain’t It Cool has images from Eli Roth‘s near mythical follow-up to his low-budget horror success "Cabin Fever," "Hostel." Roth may be a promising filmmaker, but right now his major skill seems to be having fabulous friends, as one can gather with a quick glance at his IMDB "special thanks" credits. Interestingly, his next projects are listed as a "Bad Seed" remake and "The Box," which was written by "Donnie Darko"‘s Richard Kelly. Anyway, "Hostel" looks to be at least as disgusting as the leg shaving scene in "Cabin Fever," with the special bonus of a cameo by Takashi Miike, whose work Roth apparently became obsessed with. "Hostel" is being released by Screen Gems, so it will probably see few theaters.
Via Empire, in what may be the oddest collision of cinematic worlds since Roger Moore nailed Grace Jones in "A View to a Kill" (we side with the reader who pointed this moment out to David Edelstein at Slate — that was a way weirder visual disconnect than Samuel L. Jackson and Yoda), Sylvester Stallone is apparently set to direct an Edgar Allen Poe biopic based on a script he wrote himself.
In the Independent, a lengthy bit on the cinematic history of Lassie, including the story’s British origins, and the current UK production based on these Lassie roots (dog sold to buy food for poor family, finds its way back to said family over thousands of miles, eaten by family, now hungry again…yes, we added that last part ourselves).
From ComingSoon, Christian "Batman" Bale and Steve Zahn will star in Werner Herzog‘s next film, "Rescue Dawn." And via E! Online, Topher Grace joins "Spider-Man 3" in some mysterious, yet-unnamed, possibly villainous role.
+ Eli Roth has blood & TaTa’s & Miike & Vomit in HOSTEL! (AICN)
+ Sly Stallone Is Back Back Back! (Empire)
+ Withnail’s Robinson To Direct The Rum Diaries (Empire)
+ The true tale of Lassie (Independent)
+ Bale and Zahn to Rescue Dawn (ComingSoon)
+ That ’70s "Spider-Man"! (E! Online)