Weekly Ketchup: Dirty Dancing Remake in the Works

Plus, sequels to Bridget Jones's Diary and The Smurfs.

The dog days of August continue for Hollywood, as this is another Weekly Ketchup where the Rotten Ideas outnumber the Fresh Developments. Included in the mix are two new adaptations of Stephen King novels, remakes of Cinderella and Dirty Dancing, sequels for Bridget Jones's Diary and The Smurfs, and new roles for Russell Crowe, Eddie Murphy and Bruce Willis.


This Week's Top Story

DIRTY DANCING REMAKE PROVES YOU CAN HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE TWICE

Lionsgate has announced plans to remake the 1987 musical hit Dirty Dancing. The remake will be directed by Kenny Ortega, whose credits include Newsies, the High School Musical trilogy and Michael Jackson: This is It. Before turning to directing, Kenny Ortega was also a choreographer, and one of the first movies he worked on actually was the original Dirty Dancing. There's no word yet as to who will be adapting the remake's screenplay. The Dirty Dancing remake will retain just about everything about the original film except the cast, as the premise is nearly exactly the same. Here's how Lionsgate put it in their press release: "Paying tribute to the emotional excitement of first love, the thrills and complexity of sexual awakening, the soul stirring power of dance, and the classic tale of teenage Baby's forbidden romance with Johnny Castle, the remake will incorporate classic songs from the 1960s, hits from the original film and brand new compositions." Of the 11 actors who comprised most of the original Dirty Dancing cast, five of them are now deceased, including Patrick Swayze, Jerry Orbach and Max Cantor (who played the sleazy Robbie Gould). That little bit of trivia either suggests a Dirty Dancing curse, or is just a reminder that 1987 was a long time ago and people age and die. There's no word yet who Lionsgate expects to cast as the new Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey or Jerry Orbach. And hey, look, this whole thing got written without a "nobody puts Baby in the corner" reference. Oh, wait...

Fresh Developments This Week

#1 THE DARK TOWER MAY BE STALLED, BUT HOLLYWOOD STILL LOVES STEPHEN KING: THE STAND AND 11/22/63

In the aftermath of Universal's abandoning Ron Howard's ambitious plans for Stephen King's The Dark Tower series, this week brought us two stories for other King adaptations. First, Warner Bros made a big move by tapping two of the creative forces behind the studio's Harry Potter series to adapt what is arguably Stephen King's magnum opus, <The Stand. David Yates directed the last four Harry Potter films, and Steve Kloves adapted every Harry Potter movie except Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Now, Yates and Kloves are in final negotiations to take on The Stand in what is expected to be a multi-film adaptation. So, there's less reason to worry that any of the massive novel's finer points necessarily will be missed. For those that don't know, The Stand is a 823-page epic (that got even better as the 1,152-page Complete & Uncut Edition) that starts off about a large cast of survivors of a plague that wipes out 99.4% of the world's population. Then, the survivors start receiving visions from two different people (Mother Abigail for good people, Randall Flagg for evil or flawed people), which ultimately brings the two sides into a war between Boulder, Colorado (good) and Las Vegas (evil). The Stand was also previously adapted as a 6-hour ABC mini-series in 1994 starring Rob Lowe, Gary Sinise and Molly Ringwald. The other Stephen King movie news story involves his upcoming time travel novel 11/22/63, about a man who uses a portal to 1958 to attempt to stop Lee Harvey Oswald from assassinating President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Academy Award winning director Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia) has attached himself to write and direct an adaptation of 11/22/63.


#2 JESSE EISENBERG HEARTS INTERNET MOVIES, OMG, LOL

Hot off the box office, critical and Oscar success for last year's The Social Network, Jesse Eisenberg is attached to star in another Internet drama. Sony Pictures and producer Scott Rudin (who also produced The Social Network) are developing an adaptation of The Terrorist Search Engine, based upon a 2010 New York Magazine profile. Jesse Eisenberg will play a young Internet expert named Evan Kohlmann nicknamed "the Doogie Howser of Terrorism" who worked with the FBI throughout the 2000s to help bring down Islamic Jihadists and potential terrorists. Screenwriter Oren Moverman (cowriter of Jesus' Son, I'm Not There) will adapt the article into a screenplay. Moverman, who also directed 2009's The Messenger, is writing with an eye towards possibly directing, but right now the deal is only for the screenplay.


#3 DISNEY INVITES TOP HOLLYWOOD TALENT TO THE CINDERELLA BALL

Hollywood is in the midst of a love affair with live action remakes of classic fairy tales. Walt Disney Pictures led the way with Alice in Wonderland (even though, yes, technically, the Lewis Carroll adaptation wasn't a "fairy tale"). Disney is now in talks with director Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go, One Hour Photo) for a new live action version of Cinderella, which is indeed actually a classic folk/fairy tale, as well as the basis for Disney's classic 1950 animated film. The script by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada, Morning Glory) is described as re-imagining the story so that it's now about how "the prince is set for a politically arranged marriage, until the evil plan is threatened when the prince meets Cinderella." Director Mark Romanek hasn't yet had a box office hit, but both of his previous movies were beloved by critics, and a high profile Cinderella remake could be what Romanek needs to emerge as a "name" director.


#4 BROKEN CITY PRESENTS TO YOU THE HONORABLE MAYOR RUSSELL CROWE

Russell Crowe has signed to star in the $60 million independent film noir drama Broken City, which will also costar Mark Wahlberg. This is a return to the genre for Crowe, who also starred in 1997's L.A. Confidential, which was also a neo film noir cop drama, and helped launch Crowe's Hollywood career (Gladiator three years later also helped). Broken City will be the first solo film for director Allen Hughes, after a string of movies with his brother Albert (who was the one recently attached to direct Akira) that included The Book of Eli, Menace II Society and Dead Presidents. The script by newcomer Brian Tucker is about a cop-turned-private investigator (Wahlberg) who is hired by a mayor (Russell Crowe) to investigate whether his wife is having an affair, which is complicated when the wife's lover turns up dead. Filming of Broken City starts in November, possibly in New York City, where the film is set. Mark Wahlberg is also in talks with Universal Pictures to star in 2 Guns, an adaptation of a BOOM! Studios graphic novel by Steven Grant (best known for his 1980s run on Punisher). Blake Masters, who worked on the writing staff of Law & Order: Los Angeles is adapting the script which is about a DEA agent and an undercover naval intelligence officer who investigate each other while both are stealing mob money (which sort of sounds like The Departed with agents instead of cops). At one time, 2 Guns was one of frequent Wahlberg collaborator David O. Russell's many projects, and would have starred Vince Vaughn, but both Russell and Vaughn are now off the project.

Rotten Ideas of the Week

#6 BAREFOOT BANDIT: CRIME DOES (ALMOST) PAY?

Colton Harris-Moore, a criminal responsible for dozens of thefts and burglaries and given the nickname "the Barefoot Bandit," has signed a movie rights deal with 20th Century Fox worth $1.3 million. The deal covers his life rights, and is just shy of the $1.4 million that Harris-Moore owes as restitution to the victims of his two year crime spree in 2009 and 2010. Harris-Moore specialized in stealing vehicles like airplanes, speedboats and automobiles in the Pacific Northwest area. The script, which is likely to have a title like Barefoot Bandit, is being adapted by screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk), who also has the J. Edgar Hoover biopic coming this fall, and recently signed to adapt the Jon Krakauer book Under the Banner of Heaven. This is one of the week's Rotten Ideas for the message it sends other criminals: become notorious enough, and you can land a massive seven figure check from a major Hollywood studio.


#5 BRUCE WILLIS IN TALKS TO PLAY THE ORIGINAL G.I. JOE IN THE NOT ORIGINAL SEQUEL

Although very few actors from the original G.I. Joe are returning for the sequel G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation, other actors continue to sign on for the sequel. Bruce Willis is the latest to do so, as the veteran action movie star is now in talks with Paramount to play General Joe Colton, the original Joe who gave the fighting force its codename. The character of Joe Colton was added by Hasbro in the 1980s to the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero line of action figures as a nod to the original 12 inch toys from the 1960s and 1970s that were more central to one character, rather than a massive collection of dozens of characters. If he signs, Bruce Willis will be joining a cast that already includes recent additions Dwayne Johnson, Joseph Mazzello, Adrianne Palicki, RZA, Ray Stevenson, D.J. Cotrona and Elodie Yung, as well as Channing Tatum, Ray Park and Lee Byung-hun from the first movie. Jon M. Chu (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D) starts directing G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation later this month in New Orleans from a screenplay from Zombieland cowriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.


#4 THE SMURFS GET ANOTHER SMURFING MOVIE

The Smurfs was not the box office bomb that some people might have expected it to be. So, Sony Pictures has announced a release date of August 2, 2013 for a sequel to The Smurfs. There are no other details, such as director, screenwriter or premise, or whether most of the voice cast will return for the sequel. The Smurfs has only been in theaters for two weeks, but has already smurfed in $135 million worldwide. Normally, this writer tries to write a certain amount about each movie news item, but really, what else is there to say? The Smurfs was a critical failure with a "Rotten" 22% RT Tomatometer, but Sony Pictures is making a smurfing sequel anyway. Smurf!




#3 BRIDGET JONES 3 FINALLY GETS THE GREENLIGHT TO YET AGAIN STUMBLE AROUND AND MAKE BAD ROMANTIC CHOICES

It's now been ten years since Renee Zellweger first starred in Bridget Jones's Diary, and seven years since the badly reviewed Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason in 2004. Universal Pictures and Working Title Films have officially announced that a third Bridget Jones movie has finally been given the greenlight after years in development. Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant are all expected to reprise their roles. The Bridget Jones movies were based upon the novels by Helen Fielding, who is now working on a third novel, in conjunction with also working on the adaptation as the third movie. Colin Firth revealed to Entertainment Weekly that Bridget "makes the huge mistake of going back to Daniel Cleaver [Hugh Grant's character] for long enough to get pregnant. And I think he dumps her, and she?s left stranded, and guess who comes back to rescue her?" There's no word yet as to who will direct Bridget Jones 3, or what other screenwriters (if any) might help Helen Fielding adapt her novel.


#2 EDDIE MURPHY'S CGI ADDICTION CONTINUES WITH HONG KONG PHOOEY

The recent trailer for Tower Heist was nostalgic for many movie fans who had forgotten about that particular Eddie Murphy persona: the wise cracking star of movies like Trading Places, 48 Hrs and Beverly Hills Cop. Remember that guy? Instead, Eddie Murphy has spent most of the last 15 years starring in family comedies and doing voice work in the Shrek franchise. Well, Murphy's not done with CGI voice work just yet, as this week he signed with Warner Bros to star in the live action/CGI adaptation of Hong Kong Phooey. Scatman Crothers voiced the character in the original short-lived (just 16 episodes) 1974 ABC Saturday morning cartoon produced by Hanna-Barbera. Hong Kong Phooey was a dog who worked as a police station janitor who had the amazing abilities to walk on two feet, speak English and fight crime using martial arts. The criminals were usually impressed by Hong Kong Phooey's fighting abilities, rather than reacting the way most people would: "Holy ****, that dog can ****ing TALK !" Anyway, Hong Kong Phooey will be directed by Alex Zamm, who mostly specializes in direct-to-video sequels like Inspector Gadget 2, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 and Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts. David A. Goodman, who has directed several episodes each of Family Guy and Star Trek: Enterprise adapted the script.


#1 This Week's Ketchup matched last week's record of six Rotten Ideas, and the Top Story about the Dirty Dancing remake, which is also the week's Most Rotten Idea, matches that record. Hollywood is on a roll!

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Comments

Grounder At the Movies

TVB Robotnik

I think the reason why Eddie Murphy wants to star in the new Hong Kong Phooey movie is for money purposes. Shouldn't the H-B adaptations die out by now?

Aug 12 - 05:34 PM

Dean W.

Dean Wirth

There's always Atom Ant ...,and Squidly.

Aug 13 - 09:35 AM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

I'm done with Eddie Murphy, man! Remember when he was blowing all that smoke about doing another raw and hardcore Beverly Hills Cop?... No word yet, but here comes effing Honk Kong Phoooey! I'M DONE! LOL

Aug 14 - 02:36 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Grape Ape!!!!

Aug 14 - 10:21 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Rotten Idea of the Week is the Evan Kohlmann biopic. This "celebrity security expert" has no credibility, and it's questionable how much his theatrical testimonies have influenced juries. For anyone interesting in actual journalism should check this http://www.spinwatch.org/-articles-by-category-mainmenu-8/74-terror-spin/4850-evan-kohlmann-the-doogie-howser-of-terrorism

Aug 12 - 05:44 PM

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H. Guy

Josh Price

Stepping Razor, you have been on this site long enough to know you should read the whole article.

Aug 12 - 06:04 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

This is the first Weekly Ketchup in a long time where every news topic bums me the f*ck out.

Aug 12 - 05:54 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

C'mon... Broken City has potential.

Aug 12 - 09:09 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

Ok, somehow I missed this article. It sounds interesting, but I'm more excited for 2 Guns.

Aug 12 - 10:12 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

The reason why I'm not very excited for 2 Guns is cos it's based on a comic book which, imo, sucked.

Aug 12 - 10:26 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

Fair enough. I would be shocked if they use more than just the core idea for the movie. I'll probably see it since I love Wahlberg movies. Well, the ones where the bad guy isn't trees, that is.

Aug 12 - 11:29 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

lol I was halfway through typing "But what about The Happ-", and then I read the second part haha. Yeah, Marky Mark is very good at playing himself.

Aug 12 - 11:43 PM

Irukandji

Chris Skoufis

This is a horrendous week that's got way to many rotten developments. I Smurfing hate whoever green lit a Smurfs sequel. And a Dirty Dancing remake? WHAT THE F**K!?!? What's next? They actually DO go forward with the Back to the Future remake?!

Aug 12 - 06:02 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I think Spielberg has been smart about protecting his Amblin properties from reboots.

Aug 12 - 06:14 PM

H. Guy

Josh Price

Stepping Razor, you have been on this site long enough to know you should read the whole article.

Aug 12 - 06:04 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I think Spielberg has been smart about protecting his Amblin properties from reboots.

Aug 12 - 06:14 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

00 - Bad idea.
01 - I still don't think that King novels can be adapted. The only ones that work are those that are dramas, like Shawshank and Green Mile. Everything else, for me, anyway, sucked.
02 - I like Jesse (much more than Cera, anyway), and more often than not I enjoy his movies, so cool.
03 - Don't care than much about Disney.
04 - Hell yeah, Noir is awesome. Let's hope this movie will be good.
05 - Do. Not. Care.
06 - Well, man's gotta eat, right?
07 - Well, since it made a killing of idiots willing to pay money to see it, why not make a sequel? If the demand is there, it'd be stupid to not come up with the supply. Yay capitalism.
08 - Well, I have not watched the first two so whatevs.
09 - Yay, Murphy's career freefalling shenanigans continue!

Aug 12 - 06:37 PM

Irukandji

Chris Skoufis

This is 07 for me: Let's all buy Fire Arm Stocks!

Aug 12 - 06:41 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

lol I didn't know the IRA was a public corporation :D

Aug 12 - 06:42 PM

Irukandji

Chris Skoufis

Sure as hell is now. If they can make a Smurfs 2, Alvin and the Chipmunks 3, Hong Kong Phooey, and Yogi Bear 2, we need all the damn Fire Arm Stocks we can get our hands on!

Aug 12 - 06:57 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Unfortunately, there is no "If" about it. All the movies you mentioned are actually happening. But that's OK, I started watching anime again (ran out of movies lol), so I'm in pretty good spirits as of now.

Aug 12 - 10:09 PM

Irukandji

Chris Skoufis

I think I'll go back to watching MacGruber skits until this Hanna-Barbara movie craze blows over :)

Aug 13 - 06:02 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Ah, if only I was a fan of SNL... :)

Aug 13 - 02:46 PM

Irukandji

Chris Skoufis

I'm not a fan of SNL either. I just happen to see the movie trailer for MacGruber when it was coming out, and I checked the skits and was about to fall out of my seat from laughter :P

Aug 14 - 06:08 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I agree that it is really, really hard to get King right, but I do not think it is unadaptable. Maybe some of his more out there and imaginative horror stories would not translate to the big screen, but I think The Stand could be fantastic because it is not really horror story. It has elements of horror, but it also has elements of action, romance, mystery, and drama. That is one of the reasons I think it is a brilliant piece, because it is not really any one type of genre (except apocalyptic). I personally am really wishing Frank Darabont would get around to making his often talked about adaptation of The Long Walk. That is my favorite King story by far.

Aug 12 - 08:19 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Well yeah, The Stand may be an exception to this, although I still think the chances of us getting a GOOD Stand adaptation are pretty slim. Also, I'm super glad that Dark Tower fell through, that would have been a disaster - that series is absolutely un-adaptable.

Aug 12 - 09:07 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I am not convinced this version of The Stand will be turn out good, either. Yates is not exactly the guy I see making a grim story of almost all of the world being brutally wiped out. I'd put somebody like Fincher or Aronofsky in the director's chair if I had my way about it, although there may be a little too much hope at the end for Aronofsky's taste! Now that I think about it, Alfonso Cuaron would be perfect for it. He can do dark and gritty, but he has a real feel for emotions and character that would suit it wonderfully. And I agree about The Dark Tower; it was an ambitious plan that I was curious about and was interested to see if it would actually unfold, but I was not holding my breath for it to turn out as a masterpiece at all.

Aug 13 - 01:08 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Cuaron would be the perfect choice for something like Stand, which is exactly why he'll never get the gig. At least with Yates at the helm, they'll let him do whatever the hell he wants over at WB after the last 4 HP movies pulled in like $2 Billion, maybe it won't be awful. As for Dark Tower - most of the series's appeal comes from he way the books are written. If you adapt that into a movie you'll lose the language and be left with images, I don't think that will work.

Aug 13 - 02:44 PM

Alan Smithee

Alan Smithee

That's not true at all. I know Hollywood is not too fond of narration, but Sam Elliot could totally pull it off. Do ya kennit, dude?

Aug 13 - 11:06 PM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

Lol this is probably the shortest message you've put on a Weekly Ketchup. I can't blame you though, it's pretty easy to see that the majority of the things said on here were bad so all you had to say was that you hated them. :P

Aug 12 - 09:33 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Yeah, this was, by far, the least interesting Ketchup I've ever seen. Not to knock the actual article or anything, the news is just very blah this week.

Aug 12 - 10:04 PM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

Agreed. The only remotely good news is Broken City, I guess. :P

Aug 13 - 11:34 PM

Alan Smithee

Alan Smithee

As someone who grew up on horror flicks, I can safely say that The Shining is far and away the greatest horror film of all time. And have you seen a horror movie since the 90s? I'll take 1408 or The Mist over practically anything in the genre recently.

Aug 13 - 01:06 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

1408's a piece of shit and The Mist is only decent for the last 5 minutes. There have been many good horror movies to come out recently: Drag Me to Hell, Midnight Meat Train, Splinter, Trick'R'Treat, Let the Right One In, Carriers, Thirst, REC, Martyrs, Stake Land, Brain Dead (not to be confused with Peter Jackson's Brain Dead aka Dead Alive in the US), Monsters, Splice, Cold Fish, Insidious (which was ok, I still liked it better than Mist and 1408). Anyway, that's just off the top of my head.

Aug 13 - 02:40 PM

Alan Smithee

Alan Smithee

Splinter, Trick'R'Treat, Carriers, REC, Midnight Meat Train, Brain Dead (2007), Monsters, Splice, etc? Speaking of pieces of shit ... Plus I wouldn't be caught dead watching another James Wan flick such as Insidious. I'm especially not down with Rob Zombie, torture pЯon, mockumentaries, or the most current Japanese horror trend. Drag Me to Hell and Let the Right One In (as well as Let Me In) were decent. If you ask me the only other recent horror movie worth mentioning is Session 9, despite the cliche twist and if only for it's extremely unsettling closing line.

Aug 13 - 04:10 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Well, then we certainly have differing tastes. I think the Saw series is one of the worst franchises in the history of film, so I completely understand your reservations concerning Wan, but he has come into his own in his last film. Insidious may surprise you - it kinda falls apart in the last 20 minutes or so, but the ride up until then is thoroughly enjoyable.

Aug 13 - 05:12 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

And come on, how could you not like Trick'r'Treat? A more giddy and well done throwback to 80's horror-comedy I haven't seen.

Aug 13 - 05:13 PM

Alan Smithee

Alan Smithee

While I appreciate the attempt at a throwback, it still doesn't hold a candle up to the glory days of horror. Same goes for House of the Devil. Del Toro and the prospect of Stephen King adaptions seem to be the only hope I have left in the genre. Sadly Universal pulling the plug on the adaption of Lovecraft's Mountains of Madness was just one more nail in the coffin.

Aug 13 - 06:34 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

1408 was just okay for me. I found the Descent very scary, and Drag Me To Hell was great, though not for everyone.

Aug 15 - 10:15 PM

Kurt K.

Kurt Keefner

Here are a few other decent titles to look for: The Descent, High Tension, Cabin Fever, 28 Days Later (if you want to consider that horror), Primal, and A Tale of Two Sisters.

Aug 13 - 08:22 PM

Alan Smithee

Alan Smithee

To put it politely, I'm a not fan of any of those besides 28 Days (which is easily the best zombie movie evaar imo). Eli Roth can kiss my @$$ and I especially have a bone to pick with High Tension. *Painfully obvious spoiler alert: After Psycho, your entire movie can't ride on the whole multiple personality twist. High Tension, Identity, Secret Window, Hide and Seek, The Machinist, Shutter Island, & Session 9, I'm looking directly at you.

Aug 13 - 09:40 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Descent, 28 Days and Two Sisters are all great films. I'm not very fond of the others you mentioned, though.

Aug 13 - 09:53 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

09 - Yay, Murphy's career freefalling shenanigans continue!

And yet, he is quietly raking in millions doing voice acting parts, when alot of his former contemporaries are nowhere to be found. Not defending Murphy, but I don't think anything is wrong with his career - financially anyways.

Aug 14 - 06:51 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

While that may very well be true, this is not the Murphy I grew up with. It saddens me when I look at what he has done vs. what he's doing now.

Aug 14 - 09:47 AM

Myron

Myron Kinsey

Wow I'm actually kinda of depressed for the future of films right about now...

Aug 12 - 06:40 PM

Irukandji

Chris Skoufis

This is 07 for me: Let's all buy Fire Arm Stocks!

Aug 12 - 06:41 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

lol I didn't know the IRA was a public corporation :D

Aug 12 - 06:42 PM

Irukandji

Chris Skoufis

Sure as hell is now. If they can make a Smurfs 2, Alvin and the Chipmunks 3, Hong Kong Phooey, and Yogi Bear 2, we need all the damn Fire Arm Stocks we can get our hands on!

Aug 12 - 06:57 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Unfortunately, there is no "If" about it. All the movies you mentioned are actually happening. But that's OK, I started watching anime again (ran out of movies lol), so I'm in pretty good spirits as of now.

Aug 12 - 10:09 PM

Irukandji

Chris Skoufis

I think I'll go back to watching MacGruber skits until this Hanna-Barbara movie craze blows over :)

Aug 13 - 06:02 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Ah, if only I was a fan of SNL... :)

Aug 13 - 02:46 PM

Irukandji

Chris Skoufis

I'm not a fan of SNL either. I just happen to see the movie trailer for MacGruber when it was coming out, and I checked the skits and was about to fall out of my seat from laughter :P

Aug 14 - 06:08 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

lol I didn't know the IRA was a public corporation :D

Aug 12 - 06:42 PM

Irukandji

Chris Skoufis

Sure as hell is now. If they can make a Smurfs 2, Alvin and the Chipmunks 3, Hong Kong Phooey, and Yogi Bear 2, we need all the damn Fire Arm Stocks we can get our hands on!

Aug 12 - 06:57 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Unfortunately, there is no "If" about it. All the movies you mentioned are actually happening. But that's OK, I started watching anime again (ran out of movies lol), so I'm in pretty good spirits as of now.

Aug 12 - 10:09 PM

Irukandji

Chris Skoufis

I think I'll go back to watching MacGruber skits until this Hanna-Barbara movie craze blows over :)

Aug 13 - 06:02 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Ah, if only I was a fan of SNL... :)

Aug 13 - 02:46 PM

Irukandji

Chris Skoufis

I'm not a fan of SNL either. I just happen to see the movie trailer for MacGruber when it was coming out, and I checked the skits and was about to fall out of my seat from laughter :P

Aug 14 - 06:08 AM

Irukandji

Chris Skoufis

Sure as hell is now. If they can make a Smurfs 2, Alvin and the Chipmunks 3, Hong Kong Phooey, and Yogi Bear 2, we need all the damn Fire Arm Stocks we can get our hands on!

Aug 12 - 06:57 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

The news about King's books is great. Not too sure about his new book being good, but Demme is on the adaptatoin, and he has made some damn fine movies. The Stand is one of the great pieces of pop fiction from the last fifty years, it could be incredible if done right. The casting will be absolutely crucial to the movie; the mini-series from the '90s was a major let down in some parts because of the miscasting, I hope they do not make the same mistake here.

The rest of this week's news either does not really interest me, or it is incredibly rotten. The Dirty Dancing remake is just dumb, and the press release for it was laughable because they described it like it was some deep, life changing movie, but it is a classic because of the cheese factor, not because it was high art.

Aug 12 - 08:13 PM

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