"Ice Castles" Remake! Real-Life Figure Skater to Star! 

Remember the movie "Ice Castles?" The 1978 tearjerker starring Robbie Benson? The ballad by Melissa Manchester called "Looking Through the Eyes of Love" was even nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song.

The story? A young girl's dream of becoming a world-class figure skater is dashed after a tragic accident. But after much drama, crying, and spinning around, redemption occurs, the end.

Donald Wrye, the director of the original, is working on the remake. Figure skater Taylor Firth will headline the new film. Rob Mayes, Henry Czerny and figure skater Molly Oberstar will co-star. Michelle Kwan will appear in a cameo.

The film is being shot right now at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

If you want some good-old nostalgic piece, take a look at the video below featuring Manchester's soaring ballad, and FYI, I used to sing this song when I was a child :happy

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Martin Scorsese to be Honored by the Motion Picture Association of America 

The great Martin Scorsese will be honored by the MPAA with the Jack Valenti Humanitarian Award! The award is given to industry folks "whose work exemplifies a dedication to humanity and community."

Clint Eastwood was the first to receive the Jack Valenti Humanitarian Award in 2007.

Why is Scorsese being bestowed the honor? MPAA chairman and CEO Dan Glickman says, the director "for decades has exemplified an extraordinary sense of community both on and off screen."

The award will be given in Washington on April 21 during MPAA's "The Business of Show Business" symposium.

Congratulations Mister Scorsese!

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"Fast & Furious" Wins Box-Office Race! Go Vin Diesel! Go Paul Walker! 

"Fast & Furious" opened huge! $72.5 million huge! Better than last weekend's $59.3 million debut of "Monsters vs. Aliens." The Vin Diesel-Paul Walker testosterone adventure has the biggest opening of the year, so far.

It wasn't my pick of the week, and actually, it wasn't the best of the series, but apparently movie buffs miss their Diesel and Walker, so more power to you! My pick of the week was "Superbad's" Greg Mottola's "Adventureland" starring "Twilight's" Kristen Stewart. That film only made $6 million, but not bad for a small budget picture.

Meanwhile, the DreamWorks Animations flick slipped to No. 2 with $33.5 million, BUT, "Monsters vs. Aliens'" 10-day total is now up to $105.7 million.

Oh, by the way, "Fast & Furious" by Universal also sped past the previous No. 1 film opening in the month of April. The action flick left "Anger Management" in the dust which opened at $42.2.

"The Haunting in Connecticut" slipped to No. 3 with $9.6 million. But the interesting story at the box-office this weekend is the entry of "Sunshine Cleaning." The small film starring Emily Blunt and Amy Adams sold $1.9 million in ticket sales! So thanks for patronizing lovely, indie flicks!

Here's the Top 10 Box-Office films for weekend of April 3rd:

1. "Fast & Furious," $72.5 million.
2. "Monsters vs. Aliens," $33.5 million.
3. "The Haunting in Connecticut," $9.6 million.
4. "Knowing," $8.1 million.
5. "I Love You, Man," $7.9 million.
6. "Adventureland," $6 million.
7. "Duplicity," $4.3 million.
8. "Race to Witch Mountain," $3.4 million.
9. "12 Rounds," $2.3 million.
10. "Sunshine Cleaning," $1.9 million.

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"Fame" 2009 Official Movie Trailer 

Here you go! The official movie trailer for 2009's "Fame!" More dancing and singing students, only this time, they got heart, they got rhythm, they got soul!

Visit the official film site here.

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Zac Efron Reveals Why He's Not Starring in "Footloose" Remake PLUS What I Think About His Upcoming Film "17 Again" 

Zac Efron says he dropped out of "Footloose" because of the "unknown." Meaning, the "High School Musical" star wants to take his career into unknown territories to prove his mettle as an actor.

Good for him! He wants to show to the world he's just not a singing and dancing matinee idol.

The 21-year old actor was set to take on the role that made Kevin Bacon a household name, then surprised everyone by dropping out.

At first, it was being blamed for script revisions, but now we know why. Efron reveals to Entertainment Weekly, "I'm sure Footloose would have been a huge challenge, but the actors that I love and the actors that work really hard in this industry are always shaking things up, trying new genres, acquiring new skill sets. That's what's always going to appeal to me: the unknown."

So does that mean that his upcoming film "17 Again" will be one of the last accessible movies that Efron will star in?

I will interview Efron so maybe I'll ask him the question. :happy

Speaking of "17 Again," I just got back from the screening, and let me tell ya, sure, there are hints of "Big" and "Back to the Future," but I laughed out loud and the chemistry of the actors are commendable!

And yes folks, Efron can act, and can go from comedy to drama without missing a beat! Watch this film when it comes out April 17.

I'll post my review and interviews with the cast of "17 Again" soon, promise!

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