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July 9, 2010 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
With "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" topping $200 million at the domestic box office, you'd think it would be easy to roll out a movie about a young vampire in love. But "Let Me In," the English-language remake of the cult hit "Let the Right One In," is finding itself in a situation more fraught than Count Dracula at an afternoon blood drive. Tomas Alfredson's Swedish-language original, based on a script and novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, told the story of a pre-teen loner named Oskar and his tender friendship with the oddball, sexually ambiguous Eli, who is revealed to be a vampire.
March 25, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
ORLANDO, Fla. - The last time the Houston Texans had the first pick in the NFL draft, in 2006, they threw a curveball. They passed on running back Reggie Bush, widely expected to be the first player selected, and took defensive end Mario Williams. Fast-forward eight years and the Texans, who once again own the top pick, are again a mystery. With six weeks to go before the draft, Houston is keeping its options wide open. "I don't think it'll come to me in a dream," first-year Texans Coach Bill O'Brien said Tuesday during a breakfast with reporters at the NFL's annual meetings.
February 12, 1995
Say, we're watching a remake of the Civil War, with Newt Gingrich as Jefferson Davis. States vs. Feds and Bull Run. Bring the Jubilee! WILLARD OLNEY Hesperia
February 23, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
If a product doesn't sell, try repackaging and renaming. That's a proven strategy, whatever you're peddling. Good timing also helps. Thus, when the governor's California Water Action Plan sits on a shelf unnoticed for a while - and outside it is very dry - reshape and rewrap the contents as Emergency Drought Legislation. Bingo. There's a buying frenzy. Gov. Jerry Brown and his administration spent months, behind the scenes, crafting his Water Action Plan. On Jan. 10, he devoted significant space in his annual budget proposal to the $619-million plan.
April 3, 2004
I am largely in agreement with Stephen Farber's piece about movie remakes ("Remake Rule No. 1: Don't," March 31). However, he didn't even mention my candidate for the worst remake ever: Kevin Costner's "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves." Carolyn Bixby Seal Beach
April 5, 2010 | By Geoff Boucher
As decisions go, it was the same kind that faced the 1970s souls who had to pick just the right warlock-and-serpent mural for their customized van. Should the Pegasus be white or black? Maybe glowing red eyes too? And what if -- instead of noble feathers -- the mighty steed of myth came with a killer pair of bat wings? That was one of the choices French filmmaker Louis Leterrier wrestled with last summer on the set of "Clash of the Titans," the Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures adventure that just pulled in $105.
June 14, 1987
Pat H. Broeske mentions that someone is, incredibly enough, considering a remake of "The Tingler" and says something about the original William Castle production (Outtakes, June 7). Someday, when I have plenty of time and money and everything else that would allow me to pursue a silly project, I will make a list of common-held false beliefs about Hollywood. Such as Fatty Arbuckle was guilty, John Gilbert's career collapsed because of his voice, 1950s 3-D movies required red-and-green glasses for viewing and "The Tingler" used electric shocks to tickle the fundaments of viewers.
December 4, 1988
Where has creativity gone?! Seems most of what we see these days is either a remake or "based on a true story." Bev Davis, Anaheim
July 22, 1990
In your June 24 Movies of the Week column, Kevin Thomas wrote "While the 1934 version of 'The Man Who Knew Too Much' is entertaining in its own right, it is of most interest in revealing how Hitchcock improved upon himself in the 1956 remake." As author of the film's story with my name on both the original and the remake, I have to differ with Thomas. In spite of color and heavy expenditure, I found the remake to be a muddled mishmash of what had once been a good film. Star-studded though it was, it came out as just a pathetic shadow of the original.
February 9, 1997
Strictly speaking, Disney's "That Darn Cat" remake is actually only D.C.'s second outing under that name (Film Clips, by Robert Stevens, Feb. 2). In the source novel, "Undercover Cat," D.C. stood for "Damn Cat"--a fact that came quite as a delightful shock to grade-schoolers like myself who picked up the movie tie-in paperback back in 1965. All things considered, it's a wonder that Disney didn't rename the character F.C. for the current remake. DEWEY L. WEBB Phoenix
February 13, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
The question to be asked of "About Last Night," the so-called reimagining of the 1986 screen adaptation of David Mamet's caustic one-act dating comedy "Sexual Perversity in Chicago," is not: "Is it better than the first film?" because it's a draw, at best. Rather, the question is: "Is there any pressing need for it?" There isn't. Nonetheless, the apparently marketable title is back - minus its original closing ellipsis - and the action has been moved from Chi-Town to Los Angeles with four appealing, talented African American actors in the lead roles originally played by Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Jim Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins.
February 8, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
Dinner and a movie. Yes, I realize it represents a profound failure of imagination, but this was the date I had proposed to my wife for Valentine's Day next week. But sometimes life's obligations (not to mention two kids) limit your options for an evening out, so you flail around, punt and resort to an old standby. It still beats takeout and loading the dishwasher, right? Maybe not. A cursory glance at the theater listings reveals a slate of movies not exactly geared toward anyone whose age or IQ exceeds 30. "That Awkward Moment"?
January 26, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Fifty years ago, Republicans across America fought a titanic civil war for ideological supremacy. The decisive battleground was California. Conservatives won, and the party turned rightward. It has veered in that direction ever since, especially in California, where Republicans have been battered bucking the natural blue tide. There have been a few exceptions, most notably when the party followed the centrist Arnold Schwarzenegger. But GOP activists never really accepted him. Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater's stunning victory over New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller in the 1964 California presidential primary was an earthquake that dramatically altered the state's political landscape.
January 14, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Comedic actor Jack Black and his Electric Dynamite production company have acquired the rights to remake "Wizard's Way," a low-budget British movie about two nerds obsessed with an aging online fantasy video game. Black will also serve as an executive producer on the original "Wizard's Way," which is written and directed by Joe Stretch, Socrates Adams and Chris Killen and makes its North American premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, this weekend. In many ways, "Wizard's Way" calls to mind the 2007 documentary "The King of Kong.
January 9, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Surf's up for action star Gerard Butler, who is poised to star in a remake of the 1991 thriller "Point Break," which memorably featured Keanu Reeves as an FBI agent infiltrating a gang of bank-robbing surfer dudes led by Patrick Swayze's laid-back Bodhi. According to the Hollywood Reporter , Butler is in final negotiations to play the nirvana-seeking criminal Swayze made popular in a new remake from Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. The movie will feature some surfing but will also be set in the broader world of international extreme sports.
December 12, 2013 | By Douglas Wolk
There are certain things art-comics creators are generally expected to do: Find a tone and stick to it, concentrate their efforts on one major work every few years, stay away from the trappings of genre fiction unless they're putting them in ironic quotation marks. Gilbert Hernandez, blessedly, has no interest in those sorts of expectations. In the early '80s, when he and his brothers were Southern California punks, they launched the long-running comic book "Love and Rockets" - a series that initially seemed extraordinary for not being genre fiction at least as much as it did for the startling originality of Los Bros Hernandez's visual and narrative styles.
March 4, 2008
Gone in 60 Seconds: A Business article Saturday about litigation involving the 2000 movie "Gone in 60 Seconds" referred to the film as a sequel to the 1974 movie of the same name. The 2000 movie was a remake.
January 10, 1994
I'm writing in regard to the Joe Baltake Counterpunch, "There's Nothing Wrong With '62 'Gypsy' " (Dec. 27). At last, the voice of reason! When I heard that my favorite musical, "Gypsy," was being remade for television, I was very excited--initially. For the next few weeks, I was bombarded by articles about this remake that seemed more intent on tearing down the 1962 Rosalind Russell film than shedding any light on the new show. By the time the show aired, I found myself watching the remake in a very defensive mood.
December 10, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"Rosemary's Baby," the classic novel and film about a woman carrying the Devil's baby, is getting a modern updating and a change of scenery. On Tuesday, NBC announced it was green-lighting a four-hour miniseries based on Ira Levin's novel, which also served as the basis for Roman Polanski's 1968 film starring Mia Farrow. The new miniseries will take place in Paris, with a young married couple moving into an apartment with a creepy history. Pretty soon, the wife is pregnant, her husband and the neighbors are acting funny and there's a growing suspicion that when the baby arrives, it'll have cloven hooves and a pair of horns.
November 29, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Maybe Spike Lee should have kept "Oldboy" in captivity.  The outspoken director's remake of the decade-old Korean movie of the same name was released in fewer than 600 theaters this weekend, posting about $400,000 in ticket sales Wednesday and Thursday combined. That puts the movie on pace to generate less than $2 million through the Thanksgiving weekend, probably making it one of the biggest flops of the year.  A $2-million total would give the FilmDistrict movie a per-theater average of between $3,000 and $4,000, putting it in similar territory to Universal's recent bomb "R.I.P.D.
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