My Fun Interview with Writer-Director Craig Brewer of "Footloose!"  

Writer-director Craig Brewer, the guy who gave us the gritty dramas “Hustle & Flow” and “Black Snake Moan,” decided to gallant us with his remake of the 1984 dance-a-rama, “Footloose.” The big question, why?

I sat down with the director to get some answers. And it’s interesting to note that Brewer actually asked me if I was skeptical about the project. Who isn’t?

In this interview, we talked about:

*** Why remake an iconic film?
*** The lasting impact of the original
*** Can the story happen in today’s society?
*** The importance of an unknown actor playing the lead role of Ren
*** The movie is not a remake, it’s an homage to the original “Footloose”


Here's more info on "Footloose" from Yahoo:

Ren MacCormack is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where he experiences a heavy dose of culture shock. A few years prior, the community was rocked by a tragic accident that killed five teenagers after a night out and Bomont's local councilmen and the beloved Reverend Shaw Moore responded by implementing ordinances that prohibit loud music and dancing. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister's troubled daughter Ariel in the process.

Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release

Genres: Musical/Performing Arts and Remake

Running Time: 1 hr. 53 min.

Release Date: October 14th, 2011 (wide)

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some teen drug and alcohol use, sexual content, violence and language.

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Production Co.: MTV Films, Southern Cross the Dog, Unique Features, Dylan Sellers Productions, Spyglass Entertainment Holdings, LLC, Weston Pictures, Zadan/Meron Productions, Storyline Entertainment

Studios: Paramount Pictures

Filming Locations: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Tennessee, USA

Produced in: United States

Cast and Credits

Starring: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Andie MacDowell, Dennis Quaid, Miles Teller

Directed by: Craig Brewer

Produced by: Jonathan Glickman, Brad Weston, Dylan Sellers

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"Footloose" (2011) Movie Review! How Many Kisses Does the Remake Deserve? 

Once upon a time, residents in Elmore City, Oklahoma were not allowed to dance. That became the basis of the 1984 “Footloose” movie written by Dean Pitchford and directed by Herbert Ross.

Twenty seven years later, writer-director Craig Brewer (“Hustle & Flow,” “Black Snake Moan”) decided to take on the dubious task of remaking the iconic movie. Everyone doubted Brewer, including me. But I entered the theater a skeptic and walked out a believer. Read More...

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Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez Interview for "The Way!" 

Emilio Estevez directs his father, Martin Sheen, in the thought-provoking “The Way.” Sheen stars as a dad who travels overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the “El camino de Santiago” from France to Spain. Along the way, Sheen’s character encounters a colorful set of fellow-travelers.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** What attracted Estevez to write, direct, and star in “The Way?”
*** Sheen on being directed by his son, plus, what he thought when he found out that he will be starring in “The Way.”
*** The movie’s theme on journey versus destination


Here's more info on "The Way" from Yahoo:

Tom, an American doctor, comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son, killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son's desire to finish the journey. What Tom doesn't plan on is the profound impact the journey will have on him and his "California Bubble Life." Inexperienced as a trekker, Tom soon discovers that he will not be alone on this journey. On "The Way," Tom meets other pilgrims from around the world, each with their own issues and looking for greater meaning in their lives: a Dutchman, a Canadian and an Irish writer who is suffering from a bout of writer's block. From the unexpected and, oftentimes, amusing experiences along "The Way," this unlikely quartet of misfits creates an everlasting bond and Tom begins to learn what it means to be a citizen of the world again. Through Tom's unresolved relationship with his son, he discovers the difference between "the life we live and the life we choose."

Logline: After arriving in Spain to recover the body of his dead estranged son, a widower sets off on the "Camino de Santiago" pilgrimage to Galicia.

Genres: Drama and Action/Adventure

Running Time: 1 hr. 55 min.

Release Date: October 7th, 2011 (limited)

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some thematic elements, drug use and smoking.

Distributors: ARC Entertainment; Producers Distribution Group

Cast and Credits

Starring: Deborah Kara Unger, James Nesbitt, Emilio Estevez, Angela Molina, Eusebio Lazaro

Directed by: Emilio Estevez

Produced by: David Alexanian, Lisa Niedenthal, Emilio Estevez

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"Real Steel" Beats Everyone for the No. 1 Movie in America Title! 

The underdog boxing family drama, "Real Steel," was the undisputed champ at the weekend box-office! The winning film, starring Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo as a father-son underdog team, debuted at No. 1 with $27.3 million.

But wait there's more! The Disney-release also took in $22.1 million in 19 overseas markets for a worldwide total of $49.4 million!


"Real Steel" interview with Dakota Goyo
"Real Steel" world premiere
"Real Steel" movie review

Meanwhile, "The Ides of March," the political thriller written, directed, and starring George Clooney, opened at No. 2. Co-starring Ryan Gosling as a political aide who learns the dirty tricks of campaigning, "The Ides of March" sold $10.4 million worth of box-office tickets.

Previous weekend's box-office champ, "Dolphin Tale," fell by 37 percent to No. 3 with $9.2 million. That percentage is not that much for a family film, which proves that this dolphin will swim for quite a long time.

At No. 4 is "Moneyball" with $7.5 million. This Brad Pitt-starrer also has some box-office legs. Rounding out the Top 5 is the cancer bromantic dramedy starring Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt with $5.5 million.

Here's the estimated Top 10 list of box-office films for weekend of Oct. 7th:

1. "Real Steel," $27.3 million ($22.1 million international).
2. "The Ides of March," $10.4 million.
3. "Dolphin Tale," $9.2 million.
4. "Moneyball," $7.5 million.
5. "50/50," $5.5 million.
6. "Courageous," $4.6 million.
7. "The Lion King," $4.55 million ($7.3 million international).
8. "Dream House," $4.5 million.
9. "What's Your Number?", $3.1 million.
10. "Abduction," $2.9 million.

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Win Exclusive "REAL STEEL" Prizes from DreamWorks/Touchstone! 

This week on Manny’s Movie Weekend Giveaway, it’s all about “Real Steel!” Thanks to Touchstone Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures, you too can own fun memorabilia and collectibles from the movie!

One lucky winner will get:

REAL STEEL t-shirts
REAL STEEL tattoos
REAL STEEL mini-posters

How can you enter?

Simply go to, like my page, then like the post, and just like me, gosh darn it! :happy

You have the whole week to enter! We will draw the name of the lucky winner next weekend, Oct. 15th, and post the video drawing on our Facebook page.

And international friends, sorry, this one is just limited to U.S. residents only, okay?

But have fun, and watch “Real Steel!

Here's the video explaining it all:

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