Anna Faris has just landed the role that made Goldie Hawn a superstar! The house bunny will be called up to duty for New Line's remake of "Private Benjamin!"
In the 1980 film, Hawn played a spoiled woman who joins the army after her husband dies during sex on their wedding night. The film was nominated for three Oscars including Hawn for best actress, Eileen Brennan for best supporting actress, and best original screenplay for Nancy Meyers, Charles Shyer, and Harvey Miller.
The original was rated R and the rating gave the filmmakers enough leeway to create a thoroughly engrossing film. Given the current economic state of Hollywood, you wanna bet that the remake will be PG-13 for wider audience?
But according to The Hollywood Reporter, the remake "will set the story in contemporary times with modern wars as the backdrop. Insiders say the studio doesn’t want to poke fun at the men and women in the service or take political potshots, but rather focus on the empowerment elements and build on the fish-out-of-water comedy."
That's good to know, given the fact that Warner Bros. has been ransacking New Line's library for remake inspiration. First it was "National Lampoon's Vacation," then "Police Academy," and now, "Private Benjamin."
The studio is talking to Amy Talkington to write the script. She just finished writing another 1980s remake, "Valley Girl," and apparently, she knows how to put a strong female voice in her writing.
So going back to my headline question, is Anna Faris this generation's Goldie Hawn? Perhaps. Faris can act, she's a good comedienne, and gasp, she's blond, just like Hawn
For now, let's ogle at the old "Private Benjamin" trailer:
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The original “Clash of the Titans” released in 1981 had such a huge impact on me as a child that I immediately devoured everything pertaining to Greek mythology. Ray Harryhausen’s imaginative stop-motion animation may look archaic now, but back then, it opened a whole new world to children like me.
Yet for all its gods and monsters pomp and circumstance, the original “Clash of the Titans” starring Harry Hamlin as Perseus was loveably cheesy and campy. So I’ve always thought that the film would benefit from a remake. I was wrong. Read More...
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College students nationwide are invited by Disney/Pixar to see the first 65 minutes of "Toy Story 3!" It's called the "Special Cliffhanger Edition" reserved especially for our brilliant college students!
Go to Disney/Pixar's Facebook page to find out if your college is part of the event. Click here to find out! For those interested, you must bring your valid college ID for admission, and seating is limited so it's first come, first serve. The biggie? Do not bring any recording device!
To see some more videos and to find out more about the "Special Cliffhanger Edition," click here.
"Toy Story 3" opens nationwide on June 18 in 3-D, 2-D, and IMAX 3-D. Lee Unkrich directed the threequel featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Estelle Harris, John Morris, Laurie Metcalf, R. Lee Ermey, Jodi Benson, Ned Beatty, Michael Keaton, Timothy Dalton, Jeff Garlin, Bonnie Hunt, Whoopi Goldberg, Kristen Schaal and Blake Clark.
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But the big question -- are you interested to see another "Dark Crystal" movie? According to our friends at Slashfilm.com, the wait is almost over because a sequel is on the horizon.
Brian and Wendy Froud, the designers of the sets, props, and various puppet creatures of "The Dark Crystal" have confirmed that they are working on new designs for the sequel.
Slashfilm "interviewed (the couple) this weekend at a signing of their new fortune-telling card set, The Heart of Faerie Oracle, they revealed that the next Dark Crystal movie is very much still on, that they have done “some designs” for it, have been “talking to the director” and have “been involved with the script'."
To see the rest of the interview, click here.
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Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, the partnership that gave us "Batman Begins," "The Dark Knight," "Superman Returns," "The Hangover," and the remake of "Clash of the Titans" opening Friday want to add our favorite fire-breathing giant lizard "Godzilla" to their growing number of franchises.
The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Legendary has acquired the rights to develop and produce a new feature based on the iconic Toho Co. character. Warner Bros. will co-produce, co-finance and distribute through its deal with Legendary.
The last time "Godzilla" stomped onto the big-screen was the horrible 1998 film from Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin. In order to erase that film from our memories, Toho produced "Godzilla 2000" the following year to no avail.
So why did Legendary purchased the rights to "Godzilla?" Here's the company's chairman and CEO, Thomas Tull:
"Godzilla is one of the world's most powerful pop culture icons, and we at Legendary are thrilled to be able to create a modern epic based on this long-loved Toho franchise...Our plans are to produce the Godzilla that we, as fans, would want to see. We intend to do justice to those essential elements that have allowed this character to remain as pop culturally relevant for as long as it has."
In other words, we'll all pretend that the Emmerich-Devlin craptacular flick never happened. Right now, no word yet on who's starring, directing, or writing, but WB and Legendary want the new "Godzilla" to breathe box-office fire in 2012. Stay tuned...
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