Oh No! Hollywood's Going to Remake "The Orphanage!" I hope it's good, I hope it's good, I hope it's good 

"The Orphanage" or "El Orfanato" is getting a Hollywood makeover!

The 2008 Spanish film is one of the best ghost-themed movies in recent years and I truly admired director Juan Antonio Bayona's work. The great Guillermo del Toro produced the film.

Now, New Line, the home of "Friday the 13th" remake, wants to redo the movie and it's going to be directed by actor-producer-director Larry Fessenden. But before you say boo, hold on...

del Toro co-wrote the script with Fessenden and he's also going to produce the film with Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson. So that's a good sign.

The film tells the tale of Laura (the wonderful Belen Rueda) who returns to the orphanage where she grew up. Her son claims to be seeing an invisible friend who happens to be Belen's own invisible BFF in the past. When the son starts missing, Belen's problems start accumulating. Wait for the great twist in the end.

This remake project surely has a silver lining because of del Toro's involvement. At least they're not picking a commercial or music video director to helm the project. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it signals that New Line wants more content and less flash.

Also, Fessenden came from the horror circuit, and is known for his low-budget horror flicks like "Wendigo."

The Hollywood Reporter is saying:

del Toro saw in him (Fessender) a filmmaker who understood the conventions of the horror genre and could execute a movie that would be as scary and disturbing as the original but in an American context.

I agree, but I'm holding judgment until I see the remake.

Oh, by the way, the remake is still in search of a lead actress.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Wants Gothic "Little Red Riding Hood" 

A Gothic reimagining of "Little Red Riding Hood" is in the works, thanks to Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way production. David Leslie Johnson, the guy who wrote "Orphan," is set to write the screenplay.

The story of "Little Red Riding Hood" is gothic already -- big bad wolf eating kids -- but through the years, it's been sanitized. So I suspect that DiCaprio and company will go back old-school from when the story was first popularized.

The story by Charles Perrault, the author of the first published version, has Red Riding Hood being eaten by the wolf, and has no happy ending.

Don't look for DiCaprio donning a red riding hood anytime soon though, or a Big Bad Wolf costume for that matter. The actor is not going to be in the film, he's just producing the gothic version.

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Jason Segel Teams Up with Jonah Hill, Jason Schwartzman for Adventure Comedy 

Jason Segel made us appreciate the magic of puppets in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," now he wants to take us to a grand adventure.

Segel is teaming up with Jonah Hill and Jason Schwartzman for "The Adventurer's Handbook." "Hot Rod" director, Akiva Schaffer, is set to helm for Universal.

Hill co-wrote the script along with Matt Spicer and Max Winkler. The story? The Hollywood Reporter is saying:

Four childhood friends who are bored with the monotony of their lives embark on a global adventure inspired by the stories of explorers detailed in Mick Conefrey's book "The Adventurer's Handbook: Life Lessons From History's Great Explorers."

Segel, Hill, and Schwartzman, in essence, are all going to play losers. Segel is a talented musician who's an alcoholic and ends up being a backup piano player; Hill stars as an engineer estranged from his family; Schwartzman is a three-time Grammy winner but is spoiled rotten!

These lovable losers will test their mettle when production begins early 2010.

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Bon Appétit! "Julie and Julia" Movie Review, Plus See Recipes Inspired by the Film! From Herb-Roasted Chicken to Butter Poached Maine Lobster! YUM! 

Ah summer. It’s a time for big blockbuster movies and Meryl Streep. The greatest living American actress must contend with a new title – box-office queen. Streep scored in summer of 2006 with “The Devil Wears Prada” and then in 2008 with “Mamma Mia!” Now, she’s getting ready for a three-peat with her meaty performance in “Julie and Julia.”

Streep stars as Julia Child, the woman who forever changed the way America cooks and eats. But before she became a household name, Child was an American housewife living in Paris in 1948. “Julie and Julia” captures Child’s rise to culinary fame from her humble beginnings as a student at the famous Cordon Bleu cooking school to her game-changing cooking show, “The French Chef.” Read More...

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We Told You So! Paramount Denies Critics Sneak Peek of "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" 

Last week, while I was trying to mend my wounded heart, I posted that Paramount told me "G.I. Joe's" a no go for critics! So, yeah, that hurt me a bit. Being a fan of the cartoon, not the dolls :happy

Read what I said about that here.

Now, it's all over the blogosphere and the inter-web!

And I wonder why Paramount won't show it! From what I've heard, "G.I. Joe" is not that bad -- definitely a film made for fanboy. So was "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," and I actually enjoyed that film!

But here's what the Associated Press is saying about the critics being dissed!

And this one's from Variety.

Oh well, I guess I just have to review "Julie and Julia" this weekend. Time to cook!

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