"Asteroids" the Movie! 

Remember the Atari classic "Asteroids?" Well, Universal Pictures has won, yes won, the bidding to turn this vintage game into a big-screen project!

Apparently, Universal beat Fox and Sony.

Hhhmmm, lots of interest to make this 1979 game into a movie?

Scribe Matt Lopez ("Race to Witch Mountain," "Bedtime Stories") is attached to write the script.

I wonder what kind of narrative is Lopez going to come up with? Stay tuned.

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Watch "Public Enemies" Movie Review!  

Good not great, but "Public Enemies" is still worth your $10 bucks! Why?

Watch my movie review of "Public Enemies" by clicking right here.

(For my full written review, click here)

"Public Enemies"

Studio: Universal Pictures
Release: July 1, 2009
Director: Michael Mann
Writer: Ronan Bennett, Michael Mann, Ann Biderman, Mark St. Germain
Cast: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Giovanni Ribisi, Billy Crudup, Stephen Dorff, Rory Cochrane, Stephen Lang, David Wenham, Stephen Graham, Channing Tatum, Jason Clarke

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Watch "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" Movie Review! From Manny the Movie Guy to Manny the Mammoth Guy :)  

I enjoyed the third film in the "Ice Age" franchise. My expectations were low, and guess what? The movie won me over!

Take a look at my full review:

Director: Carlos Saldanha
Writer: Michael Berg
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Cast: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary

Release: July 1, 2009

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So Long Mister Karl Malden... 

The legendary Karl Malden, the Oscar-winning character actor died of natural causes at his home in Brentwood, Calif. He was 97.

He was an incredible character actor who excelled at playing Everyman roles in movies such as "On the Waterfront" and "A Streetcar Named Desire" where he won an Oscar for Best Supporting actor.

Malden also teamed-up with Michael Douglas in the popular TV show, "The Streets of San Francisco."

He lived a long, fruitful life, and certainly left an mark in Hollywood. (For an in-depth look at Malden's life, click here).

Here's a special look back at Malden's life and times:

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Oh No! Remake In-the-Works for "Let the Right One In!" 

I love "Let the Right One In." It's one of my favorite films of 2008! (Take a look at my Top 10 Best Films of 2008)

So, I felt a mix of contempt and desperation when I heard that the Swedish vampire drama is being remade! By the guy who gave us "Cloverfield!"

All together now...NOOOOOOOO!

But the LA Times is reporting, Matt Reeves of the "Cloverfield" fame is working on the remake.

Here's an excerpt from the LA Times article:

"I was just hooked," Reeves recalled recently. "I was so taken with the story and I had a very personal reaction. It reminded me a lot of my childhood, with the metaphor that the hard times of your pre-adolescent, early adolescent moment, that painful experience is a horror."

So here's what you need to know:

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

My only hope for this film is that Reeves maintains the tone and spirit of the original film. Let's not "Hollywood-ize" the remake with a Point A to Point B narrative. One of the greatest aspects of the Swedish film is its haunting narrative, all the way to the "crate-tapping" ending!

So, let's have Reeves say the last words:

"There's definitely people who have a real bull's-eye on the film," Reeves said, "and I can understand because of people's' love of the [original] film that there's this cynicism that I'll come in and trash it, when in fact I have nothing but respect for the film. I'm so drawn to it for personal and not mercenary reasons, my feeling about it is if I didn't feel a personal connection and feel it could be its own film, I wouldn't be doing it. I hope people give us a chance."


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