August 9, 1995 |
Fairy tales can come true--or at least true to life. Over the next couple of years, audiences will be treated to at least four live-action versions of cherished animated movies: "101 Dalmatians," "Pinocchio," "Peter Pan" and "Snow White," starring the likes of Glenn Close, Martin Landau and Sigourney Weaver. And a warning to parents: Even though the animated movies are Disney classics, the new versions aren't all from Disney and won't all be G-rated.
December 23, 2004 |
The old saw about undistinguished books making the best movie adaptations might easily be applied to the current vogue for remaking pictures as well. Though perhaps it is better to say "less well-known," such as the case with 1965's "The Flight of the Phoenix," a film that few would label a mint-condition classic but is nevertheless a solid and engaging drama about a group of plane crash survivors struggling to survive in the desert.
April 24, 2003 |
Filming has started in Germany's historic Babelsberg studios outside Berlin on a new version of Jules Verne's "Around the World in 80 Days." The movie, starring Jim Broadbent, Jackie Chan and Kathy Bates, is being directed by Frank Coraci ("The Waterboy"). It's the first large-scale Hollywood production to be shot at the studio, and with costs running around $100 million, it's estimated to be one of the most expensive films ever made in Germany.
December 1, 2001 |
Sports radio remains pretty much without peer in the media world's overflowing yahoo department, an arena where the importance of loudly having an opinion far exceeds possessing actual knowledge. Still, it was hard not to nod along a few weeks ago listening as two of Fox Sports' resident Neanderthals voiced outrage over ABC's plans to remake "Brian's Song."
October 29, 1998 |
Like Dr. Frankenstein toiling over his creation, Universal Studios is working to bring new life to its classic horror movies. It is planning new movie versions of "The Mummy" and "Frankenstein" over the next two years, to be backed by merchandise ranging from action figures to housewares. The challenge for Universal is in convincing consumers that there's a difference between Universal's monsters and the lineup of Frankensteins, Draculas and other ghouls that make an appearance every Halloween.
May 27, 2004 |
This year, Paramount unveils remakes of two classic expressions of paranoid dread within about six weeks of each other. Originals of "The Manchurian Candidate" and "The Stepford Wives," released 13 years apart, were as jittery and unsettling as any two American movies ever made. With this summer promising to be as jittery and unsettling as any in recent memory, the timing makes perfect sense.
May 8, 2005 |
In order to enjoy a movie like, say, "Charlie's Angels" or "Starsky & Hutch" as nature and Hollywood intended, a viewer needs to be both simultaneously steeped in and ironically removed from trash and celebrity culture. That is, he or she must be able to appreciate that Snoop Dogg is Huggy and not mind that Huggy is Snoop Dogg all at the same time. (This isn't nearly as hard as it sounds.
August 7, 2001 |
When "Planet of the Apes" opened--and I'm talking about the 1968 original, not Tim Burton's ham-fisted, self-absorbed remake--I remember dashing to the theater, so anxious was I to see this movie that promised a whole planet full of non-human talking primates. And when the movie was over, I remember thinking it was about the coolest thing I'd ever seen. Three decades later, I decided the time was right to reacquaint myself with that sci-fi classic.
August 22, 2007 |
To a screenwriter, time can feel like either a bullet train speeding toward deadlines or a long ride through a barren expanse of desert. When the western remake "3:10 to Yuma" chugs into theaters in two weeks, its screenplay credits will include a name -- Halsted Welles -- that has spent half a century riding its crooked rails.
November 11, 2001 |
Cameron Crowe makes no bones about it: His next movie, "Vanilla Sky," is a remake of a 1997 Spanish-import hit "Abre los ojos" ("Open Your Eyes"). "A lot of people will remake a film and then scurry to find a way to sound like they didn't," said Crowe, who is putting the finishing touches on the Dec. 14 release from Paramount Pictures. "I say, let's honor this film in remaking it, but by using new elements, with the idea that you could watch both and have fun with the larger questions."