Say It Isn't So -- A "Casablanca" Sequel? 


We all love "Casablanca!" It's one of those classic movies that has become a part of our longstanding American pop culture. We all know the lines from the film ("Play it once, Sam"), the immortal song "As Time Goes By," and the undying love between Rick (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman).

But apparently, WB is mulling a sequel to the classic. This was not the first time the studio wanted a sequel to "Casablanca." According to IndieWire, after winning Best Picture in 1943, WB wanted to create "Brazzaville" as a sequel with Rick as a secret police agent. But it never got past the treatment phase. When that failed, Rick reappeared on the TV series "Warner Bros. Presents" with Charles McGraw in the role. There was also "Passage to Marseilles" which put together Bogart, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Claude Rains but the impact was not as powerful as "Casablanca."

And so now, we have a sequel, that's being called "Return to Casbalanca" written by the original scribe, Howard Koch, in the 1980s. The plot? Here it is from our friends at indiewire:

After leaving Casablanca for America, Ilsa learned she was pregnant. She gave birth to a boy who grew up in America. The real father of the boy, it turns out, was not Laszlo but Rick.

He was conceived the night Ilsa came to Rick’s place to plead for the Letters of Transit . . . The secret was not kept from Laszlo, but being the kind of man he was and owing so much to Rick, he adopted the child and treated him as his own son.

The boy was named Richard, and he grew up to be a handsome, tough-tender young man reminiscent of his father. He had been told the truth about his origin and has a deep desire to find his real father, or at least more about him, since Rick’s heroic at actions in Casablanca have become legendary.’

Richard finds himself very much a stranger in the Arab world, a world now under Arab rule since the expulsion of the Germans and Vichy French who occupied Casablanca during the war.

....now, in 1961, a citizens movement led by an Arab woman who calls herself Joan is leading “guerrilla warfare’’ to track down “Nazi-led outlaws.’’ Richard eventually discovers his father’s fate.


So now, Cass Warner, granddaughter and grand-niece of the founding fathers of WB, is repping the sequel, and she pretty much said that WB is not that interested unless the sequel has a big-name director and big-name star to go along with it.

I say, unless there's a great story to be told, leave "Casablanca" alone! What's next? A sequel to "Citizen Kane?"

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"Wreck-It-Ralph" Box-Office Hero 


"Wreck-It-Ralph" became the box-office hero and triumphed over Superstorm Sandy.

The Walt Disney Pictures' flick debuted strongly with $49.1 million, claiming the No. 1 spot! Featuring the voices of John C. Reilly and Jane Lynch, the 3-D animated family film provided enough distraction from Superstorm Sandy. ("Wreck-It-Ralph" movie review)

At No. 2 was Robert Zemeckis' "Flight" featuring a strong performance from Denzel Washington. The drama about an excellent pilot battling alcohol and drug abuse soared to a $25 million debut. ("Flight" movie review)

Previous weekend's box-office champ, Ben Affleck's "Argo," fell to No. 3 with $10.2 million. The surefire Oscar contender has sold a total of $75.9 million worth of tickets since it opened four weeks ago.

Another box-office newcomer, "The Man with the Iron Fists," opened with a debut of $8.2 million. Directed by RZA from the hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, "The Man with the Iron Fists" debuted at No. 4.

Overseas, the fantastic James Bond movie "Skyfall" continued to annihilate box-office competition. The Sam Mendes-directed flick sold $156 million worth of box-office tickets for a cumulative international total of $287 million, and it hasn't even reached the U.S. shores yet! "Skyfall" is set to make its debut this Friday.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office films for weekend of Nov. 2nd:

1. "Wreck-It Ralph," $49.1 million.

2. "Flight," $25 million.


3. "Argo," $10.2 million.

4. "The Man With the Iron Fists," $10.2 million.

5. "Taken 2," $6 million.

6. "Cloud Atlas," $5.3 million.

7. "Hotel Transylvania," $4.5 million.

8. "Paranormal Activity 4," $4.3 million.

9. "Here Comes the Boom," $3.6 million.

10. "Silent Hill: Revelation," $3.3 million.

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21 Animated Films Fight for Oscar Glory! 


The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced that twenty-one animated features have been submitted for Oscar consideration. And because there are more than 16 movies submitted, five films may be nominated. We'll find out when the nominees are announced January 10th.

And the twenty-one animated flicks vying for Oscar glory are:

Adventures in Zambezia
Brave
Delhi Safari
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
Frankenweenie
From Up on Poppy Hill
Hey Krishna
Hotel Transylvania
Ice Age Continental Drift
A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
The Mystical Laws
The Painting
ParaNorman
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
The Rabbi's Cat
Rise of the Guardians
Secret of the Wings
Walter & Tandoori's Christmas
Wreck-It Ralph
Zarafa

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“Wreck-It-Ralph” and “Flight” Movie Reviews 
Two big films are opening this weekend, we have “Wreck-It-Ralph” for the whole family and “Flight” for drama lovers. In “Wreck-It-Ralph,” John C. Reilly voices Ralph, a videogame villain who aspires to be a hero. In his journey, he discovers that being a hero means finding himself.

In “Flight,” Denzel Washington returns with an Oscar caliber performance as Whip Whitaker, an excellent pilot with drugs and alcohol dependency issues. When he saves a flight from crashing, he is initially called a hero, until further investigation reveals something far more catastrophic. Robert Zemeckis returns to directing a live-action feature after 12 years! That’s one great cause for celebration.

So which one is my pick of the week? Let’s take a look:



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Katie Speaks Again! My Fun Interview with Katie Featherston for “Paranormal Activity 4," She Teases Us with "Paranormal Activity 5" 


Happy Halloween!

Katie Featherston is now officially a horror icon in the vein of Freddy Krueger or Jason Vorhees. She was the main actress in the first “Paranormal Activity” and since then, she pops in once in a while to give a lending hand to the sequels.

Featherston is back to wreak havoc in “Paranormal Activity 4” from directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. The fourth one may have a “been there done that” mentality, but at least, Featherston is on the screen once again.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** When she first heard that she’s going to be a part of the fourth film, what did she think?

*** Does she still find “Paranormal Activity” scary?

*** How did she keep the closely-guarded plot a secret from her family and friends?

*** How was it making “Paranormal Activity 4” and working with directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman?

*** By the fourth film, I’m sure fans come up to her and share with her their own paranormal activities

*** Now that she’s a certified horror icon, is she going to dress up as Katie for Halloween?

*** Give us a little hint on what’s to come in “Paranormal Activity 5?”



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