"Mannequin" Remake! Yeah, Really? 


Once upon a time, before I developed critical appreciation for the cinema, I was enthralled by movies that feature mermaids ("Splash") and talking mannequins ("Mannequin").

While there's no report about a "Splash" remake, there's a big buzz going on that "Mannequin" will get a remake makeover!

Should I stand up and cheer now?

Why did I love "Mannequin" as a child? Could it be the delicious '80s soundtrack featuring the likes of Belinda Carlisle and Starship? The latter's "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" was even nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song! Yeah!

Could it be that star Kim Cattrall was lovely and charming as a walking and talking mannequin cursed by the gods? Could it be that Andrew McCarthy was part of the Brat Pack that I adored as a child?

Whatever the answer may be, the original "Mannequin" was like a museum piece for me, frozen in time, in the 80s where it belonged! So, I'm not really too jubilant about the remake report.

According to our friends at Moviehole.net, "the newly relaunched Gladden Entertainment are said to be in early development on the redo of the ‘window dresser goes gaga for loose doll' comedy."

Well, more than 20 years later, Cattrall is now Samantha in "Sex and The City," McCarthy, Carlisle, and Starship are nowhere to be found, and all I have is a fond memory of "Mannequin" when I first saw the film.

Because watching the movie now is not the same! How could I have loved the bland jokes? Or the cheesy setup?

But it was the 80s, and that's where the film should stay!

The big question? Who should play the super-flamboyant Hollywood as portrayed by Mesach Taylor in the original? Hhhmmmm, I should audition :wink

For now, let's relive the glory days of "Mannequin" and start humming "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by watching the original trailer below:



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Taylor Lautner to Star in "Northern Lights" to the Tune of $7.5 Million! 


First there were rumors that Tom Cruise was going to star in "Northern Lights." Well, according to EW.com, Cruise is out and Taylor Lautner (as if I have to include that he's Jacob in "The Twilight Saga") is in, and he's receiving a $7.5 million paycheck!

First, the official plot: “Set against the backdrop of extreme flying, Northern Lights follows four young pilots as they compete against the world’s best. A story of teamwork, sacrifice, loss, and victory, these young aviators push themselves to physical and emotional limits in the unforgiving world of performance aerobatics.”

Hhhhhmmmm, sorta like "Top Gun." Cruise was supposed to star as a "billionaire father" but now, the production company Skydance has confirmed that the actor is not attached.

The film will be directed by "Max Payne's" John Moore and will start production in Louisiana in April.

Skydance had no comment on Lautner's fat paycheck. What do you think? Is he deserving of the money?

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Weekend Movie Reviews -- "Leap Year," "Daybreakers," "Youth in Revolt" 


It's Amy Adams vs. Ethan Hawke vs. Michael Cera at the box-office! "Leap Year," "Daybreakers," and "Youth in Revolt" open this weekend, but I only have 1 pick of the week. Which one? Find out below.



Here's more info about the films from Yahoo:

"Leap Year"

Following an Irish tradition in which a man must say yes if proposed to on a leap day, a woman travels to Dublin to propose to her boyfriend.

Genres: Comedy and Romance
Running Time: 1 hr. 41 min.
Release Date: January 8th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for sensuality and language.
Distributors: Universal Pictures

Cast and Credits
Starring: Amy Adams, Matthew Goode, Adam Scott, John Lithgow, Noel O'Donovan
Directed by: Anand Tucker
Produced by: Su Armstrong, J.C. Spink, Gary Barber

"Daybreakers"

SYNOPSIS
With the world overrun by vampires, humanity is dying out and the blood supply is nearly depleted.

Drama, Science Fiction, Suspense/ Horror and Thriller

January 8th, 2010

R for strong bloody violence, language and brief nudity.

STARRING
Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Isabel Lucas, Claudia Karvan, Michael Dorman, Vince Colosimo and Sam Neill

DIRECTED BY
Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig

CAST
Ethan Hawke Edward Dalton
Willem Dafoe Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac
Sam Neill Charles Bromley
Isabel Lucas Alison Bromley
Claudia Karvan Audrey Bennett
Michael Dorman Frankie Dalton
Vince Colosimo Christopher Caruso

"Youth in Revolt"

The journal of Nick Twisp, an 18-year old high school student, who goes on a quest to lose his virginity after his parent's breakup.

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Adaptation and Teen
Running Time: 1 hr. 30 min.
Release Date: January 8th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, language and drug use.
Distributors: The Weinstein Company

Cast and Credits
Starring: Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Jean Smart, Zach Galifianakis, Erik Knudsen
Directed by: Miguel Arteta
Produced by: David Permut, Miranda Freiberg, Steve Longi

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"Avatar" Takes No. 2 Spot for Global Domination...Well, Worldwide Box-Office! 


In just three weeks, James Cameron's "Avatar" starring Sam Worthington has become the No. 2 top grossing film of all time at the worldwide box-office! So far, the film has made $1.14 billion, a shy away from the No. 1 film, Cameron's "Titanic."

Variety tells us that "'Avatar's' domestic cume was $374.4 million through Wednesday; foreign haul, $760.9 million. That bests the $1.1 billion scored by 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.'"

The other films that have topped $1 billion besides "Titanic" and "Avatar" are "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" at $1.13 billion, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" at $1.06 billion, and "The Dark Knight" at just over $1 billion.

Right now, Cameron must be truly feeling he's the king of the world.

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Directors Guild of America (DGA) Reveals Nominees! 


Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker"), James Cameron ("Avatar"), Lee Daniels ("Precious"), Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air"), and Quentin Tarantino ("Inglourious Basterds") will duke it out for the much coveted DGA Awards trophy.

Here are some fun facts:

*** Daniels is the first African-American to be nominated
*** Bigelow is the 7th female to be nominated
*** Cameron won the DGA trophy for 1997's "Titanic"
*** Tarantino was nominated in 1994 for "Pulp Fiction"
*** This is the first for Bigelow, Daniels, and Reitman

The winner has a strong chance to wear the Oscar crown as well! I have a sneaky feeling that Bigelow will win! But we all have to wait Jan. 30th to find out the winner of the 62nd annual DGA awards.

Here's the full list of nominees:

KATHRYN BIGELOW

"The Hurt Locker"

(Summit Entertainment)

Ms. Bigelow's Directorial Team:

• Unit Production Manager: Tony Mark

• First Assistant Director: David Ticotin

• First Assistant Director (Canadian Unit): Lee Cleary

JAMES CAMERON

"Avatar"

(Twentieth Century Fox)

Mr. Cameron's Directorial Team:

• Unit Production Manager: Colin Wilson

• First Assistant Director: Josh McLaglen

• Second Assistant Director/Additional Unit First Assistant Director: Maria Battle Campbell

LEE DANIELS

"Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"

(Lionsgate)

Mr. Daniels' Directorial Team:

• Unit Production Manager: Tony Hernandez

• First Assistant Director: Chip Signore

• Second Assistant Director: Tracey Hinds

• Second Second Assistant Director: Michael "Boogie" Pinckney

• Additional Unit Production Manager: Patrick D. Gibbons

• Additional First Assistant Director: Tom Fatone

• Additional Second Assistant Directors: Kim Thompson, Mirashyam Blakeslee

• Location Manager: Gregory Routt

JASON REITMAN

"Up In The Air"

(Paramount Pictures)

Mr. Reitman's Directorial Team:

• Unit Production Manager: Michael Beugg

• First Assistant Director: Jason Blumenfeld

• Second Assistant Director: Sonia Bhalla

• Assistant Unit Production Manager: Samson Mucke

• Second Second Assistant Director: Joseph Payton

• Additional Second Assistant Director: Heather L. Hogan

QUENTIN TARANTINO

"Inglourious Basterds"

(The Weinstein Company and Universal Pictures)

Mr. Tarantino's Directorial Team:

• Unit Production Manager: Gregor Wilson

• Unit Production Manager (Germany): Michael Scheel

• First Assistant Director: Carlos Fidel

• Second Assistant Director: Miguel Angelo Pate

• Second Second Assistant Directors: Jill Moriarty, Tanja Däberitz

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