This weekend, it's going to be a box office bonanza! Besides the 3-D re-release of "Toy Story 1 & 2," (two movies for the price of one!), there are 5 major films opening.
We have Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story" (be on the lookout for my interview with Moore and review of the film, it's coming soon), there's also "A Serious Man" from the Coen brothers (in limited release from Focus Features), "The Invention of Lying," "Zombieland," and "Whip It."
For now, watch my reviews of "Whip It" from first-time director Drew Barrymore and starring "Juno's" Ellen Page, and "Zombieland" starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin.
As always, have fun!
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Last July, I told you that I was brokenhearted because one of my fave films from 2008 is being remade! Yes, "Let the Right One In" was being given that good, old Hollywood touch! (Take a look at my Top 10 Best Films of 2008)
And, "Cloverfield" director Matt Reeves is going to helm! I don't know about you, but the quiet tone of the original Swedish film is very different from the loud bang of "Cloverfield."
But, I'm giving Reeves, Hammer Films, and Overture the benefit of the doubt. They may surprise us! (Read my original article on the remake right here)
Before we talk about the cast (and it's a good sign, because the cast looks good), here's what you need to know about the remake:
1) Reeves is writing and directing the remake based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist
2) It's now going to be called "Let Me In"
3) The setting will be in Colorado during the Reagan administration (yes, Colorado to capture the chilly mood of the original film)
4) The remake comes out in Fall of 2010
Now, the cast. Chloe Moretz will play the role that actress Lina Leandersson played in the original. Moretz will be Eli (they may change the name to make her sound more American, don't you think?), the vampire girl. And Kodi Smit-McPhee will play Kåre Hedebrant's Oskar, the boy who falls in love with Eli.
Meanwhile, Richard Jenkins (Oscar nominee for "The Visitor") will play the father figure/guardian of the girl. In the original film, he's portrayed as a tragic character.
I truly love this coming of age vampire tale, so I hope Reeves and company don't mess it up royally or I'll be very upset!
"Let Me In" is set to begin production this fall and set for release fall of 2010.
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Summer of 2011 is shaping up to be one of the biggest blockbuster seasons ever!
Paramount picked July 1, 2011 to roll out "Transformers 3." Director Michael Bay is set to return, as well as Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox.
On his website, Bay announced that he's begun meetings with ILM and Hasbro, and writer Ehren Kruger.
But giant robots must fight with super heroes and a certain panda who loves kung fu for world domination!
In May of 2011, "Spider-Man 4" will swing into action, and "Thor" flies into theaters that month as well. Oh, and "The Hangover 2" will open in May too!
In June, "The Green Lantern" will be launched and the sequel to "Kung Fu Panda" will kick its way to theaters. And in July, along with "Transformers 3," the second part of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" will spread its magic as well.
But wait, there's more! Also out in July of 2011 are "The First Avenger: Captain America," "Battleship" and "The Smurfs."
"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" is also set to sail that summer. Whew! It's gonna be a big summer season, I told 'ya.
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I don't know about you, but I think John Williams is a god and he makes memorable music to fit any film he's working on. And the music he created for "Star Wars" was one of the excellent examples of the composer's brilliance.
Now, in a performance installation piece of some sorts, "Star Wars" fans are in for a treat! You'll see and hear the sights and sounds of the Luke Skywalker-Darth Vader soap opera -- amplified music and instrumentation, lasers, flames, smokes, and a giant high-definition LED screen will show clips from all SIX movies, yes, even the not so good ones
The nearly two-hour show will present the George Lucas creation in a rough chronological order but will also be grouped in different musical themes -- romance, drama, evil!
The elaborate production requires 12 semi truck to transport the show from one city to the next. After a two-performance tryout in London in April, "Star Wars: In Concert" arrives at Anaheim's Honda Center tonight and tomorrow. Then, it will travel to downtown L.A.'s Nokia Theatre on Oct. 7th and 8th.
Besides music and lavish production numbers, you'll also see:
* Full costumes for Jedi Masters Kit Fisto and Plo Koon will be on display.
* For the first time ever, pages from John Williams' original hand-written sheet music for Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace will be exhibited for the public.
* Also on display will be various never-before-seen props from the films, including blasters and helmets from Coruscant, Tatooine and other iconic Star Wars locations.
For more information, visit the "Star Wars: In Concert" official site right here.
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Back in August, we told you about the upcoming "Red Dawn" remake. Well, it's being shot right now in Pontiac, Michigan, and you can check new production pictures, as well as a daily production blog.
Check out more photos right here, and check the site right here.
Here's more info about the "Red Dawn" remake:
Remember the 1984 film "Red Dawn" starring Patrick Swayze? The film tells the story of Colorado teenagers who band together to defend their town, and eventually their country, from invading Soviet troops.
It is the dawn of World War III.
Well, the dawn of the remake is upon us. Right now, actors Chris Hemsworth (Captain Kirk's daddy in "Star Trek" and the-man-who-would-be-Thor), Josh Peck ("Drillbit Taylor," "The Wackness"), and Adrianne Palicki ("Supernatural") are set to star.
Joining them are Josh Hutcherson ("Journey to the Center of the Earth," "Bridge to Terabithia"), Isabel Lucas ("Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"), Connor Cruise (the 14-year-old son of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, and he played the young Will Smith in "Seven Pounds"), and Edwin Hodge ("Heroes," "Bones").
The plot remains the same except this time, Chinese soldiers join the Russians in invading America!
Hemsworth will channel Swayze as Jed, Peck will play the Charlie Sheen character Matt, and Palicki will play the Jennifer Grey character Toni.
Hutcherson will play Robert originated by C. Thomas Howell, Lucas will play Erica originated by Lea Thompson, Cruise will play Daryl originated by Darren Dalton, and Hodge will play Danny originated by Brad Savage.
The young cast will go to boot camp in an undisclosed location.
Actor-stunt coordinator-assistant director Dan Bradley is set to direct from a screenplay by Jeremy Passmore and Carl Ellsworth based on the script by the original writer-director John Milius.
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