Lately, we’ve been noticing that no movie from your childhood (or your parents’ for that matter) is safe from being remade. “Annie” is being rebooted with Willow Smith in the lead role and new songs by Jay-Z. Warner Brothers is currently working on a remake of “The Bodyguard,” the Whitney Houston classic. Kate Winslet recently rocked period garb for a reimagining of “Mildred Pierce.” Oh, and did we mention that “Dirty Dancing” is getting the remake treatment, too? Sometimes, remakes are a great idea. Other times—and let’s be honest, usually—we wish filmmakers would leave good enough alone. So, we decided to steal a play from New York Magazine and make an Approval Matrix of all the movie remakes. After the jump, the details on these movies. In the comments, sound off on any movies you think we’ve wrongly categorized. And let us know where you’d place the remakes we didn’t include. Keep reading »
They say music soothes the savage beast, but it seems to us that the best musically-driven movie scenes do just the opposite: They get our toes tapping, our hands clapping and our rumps shaking. When executed the right way, scenes that heavily involve music — such as the ‘Tiny Dancer’ sing-along in Cameron Crowe’s ‘Almost Famous’ — can leave unforgettable impressions for decades to come.
Just how near and dear to cinephiles’ hearts are such scenes? Well, take it from us: They are very important. As we set about to determine our list of the 50 all-time best music scenes in film history, the arguments that erupted around the Moviefone office as we whittled down our list were more contentious than a Rabbit vs. Papa Doc rap battle. Keep reading »
“There was a horse on the third day of filming [when] we were shooting the scene where Jane and Rochester meet, and every time Michael [Fassbender] hopped on the horse it got a huge erection. And he’d get off and they’d run the poor thing around the block to try to make it go away, and he’d hop on it again and it would happen all over again, and they’d have to get him off and run it around.”
—”Jane Eyre” star Mia Wasikowska explains how her co-star Michael Fassbender had an amazing talent for unwittingly giving horses boners. All of the sudden, Charlotte Bronte sounds so cutting edge. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
“[Kristen] felt connected to [Robert] from the first moment. That electricity, or love at first sight, or whatever it is … [I told Robert] ‘You’ve got to realize that Kristen is 17 years old. She’s underage. You’ve got to focus, dude, or you’re going to be arrested.’ I made him swear on a stack of Bibles.”
—original “Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke talks about Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart‘s auditions for their iconic roles. They apparently met for the first time in Hardwicke’s kitchen and rehearsed a kissing scene on her bed. [People]
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“I never change the channel in my trailer. I just watch reruns of ‘House of Payne’ and ‘Two and a Half Men.’ … I like crazy people who don’t give a f***.”
—Robert Pattinson reveals in Vanity Fair that he is a big fan of “Two and a Half Men” and its star, Charlie Sheen. Wonder what he thinks of the events of this week? Perhaps Robert is bad-ass enough to handle the drug that is Charlie Sheen?
After the jump, Rob reveals the favorite actress he’s worked with thus far. Keep reading »
I remember going to see “The Bodyguard” in the theater in 1992. I was 12 at the time, and it was the first rated R movie that my parents deemed acceptable for me to see. I remember feeling terror the first time the psycho stalker’s handiwork was shown on screen. I remember my heart beating faster the first time Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner kissed. I remember feeling elated at the idea that these two people from such different backgrounds could fall for each other. And when Whitney sang, “I Will Always Love You”—let’s just say that the song got the repeat listening treatment.
Apparently, Warner Brothers wants to make this magic happen again. Yes, you guessed right. They are planning a remake of “The Bodyguard.” The story will be basically the same—a mega pop star with a stalker reluctantly decides to heed the advice of her bodyguard. Only, instead of a former Secret Service guy, this bodyguard will be an Iraq war veteran. And the stalker will be even more diabolical given the access to Twitter, Facebook, and blogs. But who will they cast in the lead roles? After the jump, some pairings we’d be super excited to see. Keep reading »
My, how far Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have come together in the past 13 years. They’ve gone from being 20-something bachelors doodling math equations on mirrors to both being stand-up citizens with wives and multiple children. So I kind of love that their next movie together is about … two friends who swap wives. “The Trade”—which Ben is writing with his younger brother Casey, and in which he will presumably star alongside Matt—tells the real-life story of two Yankees pitchers in the 1970s, Mike Kekich and Fritz Peterson, who decided to trade wives. Mrs. Peterson moved in with Kekich while Mrs. Kekich went to sharing a bed with Peterson. When word got out about the situation, a scandal erupted. Keep reading »
Step aside, Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. Baz Luhrman’s new onscreen version of “The Great Gatsby” keeps getting bigger and better. We were pretty pumped a few months ago when we heard that Leonardo DiCaprio would be taking on the role of everyone’s favorite social climber. Oh, and then we saw that adorable Carey Mulligan had been cast as his Daisy, with Tobey Maguire stripping off the spidey suit to play Nick Carraway. Now we hear that the film will be turning New South Wales into its East Egg. And the strangest news of all—the whole thing will be shot in 3D. It seems like a strange choice for the great American novel, but, then again, we loved Luhrman’s “Romeo + Juliet” and “Moulin Rouge” so much that we are willing to withhold judgment until the bright colors, big song and dance numbers, and outrageous costumes are swirling in front of us. Here’s hoping “Gatsby” can get the bad taste of “Australia” out of our mouths. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
Mila Kunis will get you, my pretty, and your little dog too. The “Black Swan” actress is apparently in talks to play Theodorah in “Oz, The Great and Powerful,” the prequel to the “Wizard of Oz” which will star James Franco and be directed by Sam Raimi of “Spiderman” fame. So why don’t you recognize the name ‘Theodorah’? Because she’s more commonly known by her title—the Wicked Witch of the West. The movie will be telling the story not only of how the Wizard ended up over the rainbow, but how Glinda and the Wicked Witches arrived at their posts, too. I am a total sucker for all things Oz, so yes, I am very excited for this movie. Emerald City, or bust. [NY Mag] Keep reading »
I’m not sure exactly how time is passing so quickly, but we are now only nine days away from the Oscars. To be clear—that’s one week and two days. As the big day creeps closer and closer, people seem to be feeling more confident that Natalie Portman will win Best Actress for her ballerina-gone-loco turn in “Black Swan.” Why? Well, because she won both the Golden Globe and the SAG awards for the role. Also, she’s pregnant and that often bodes well for Oscar contenders. Plus, as Newsweek so delicately put it in headline a few weeks ago: “Want to Win an Oscar? Play a Crazy Chick.”
Last week, we looked at a theory—that the Academy favors actors who take on real life roles—that could predict who will win for Best Actor this year. Today, let’s look at the off-their-rocker roles that have garnered Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress wins. Keep reading »