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    ‘Annie’: It’s the hard knock life for a remake

    There were two distinct reactions coming from the news releases about the Annie remake. There was a collective groan from the cynics who like to complain about how Hollywood has no fresh ideas, and there was also a lot of excitement from social justice communities about a black Annie. Which side won out with the final product? That really depends on how charming you find Quvenzhané Wallis as the title character – as for me, I was sold and think it’s one of the best musicals of the past ten years. More

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    Red band teaser for Rupert Wyatt’s ‘The Gambler’ remake, starring Mark Wahlberg

    Director Rupert Wyatt’s long-awaited follow-up to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes is The Gambler, written by William Monahan (The Departed) and based on the 1974 James Toback-scripted film of the same name. Taking on the original’s James Caan part is Mark Wahlberg, playing a literature professor who runs afoul of gangsters thanks […] More

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    ‘Cabin Fever’ remake using script of the 2002 original

    This could either be a very interesting experiment or it could go horribly wrong. Eli Roth joins the remake of his 2002 directorial debut, Cabin Fever, as executive producer, Variety reports. Cameras start rolling this weekend and this time around the film with be directed by Travis Zariwny, who has a feature in post-production called Intruder […] More

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    Fantastic Fest 2014: ‘The Town That Dreaded Sundown’ is a dreadfully uninspired slasher film

    The Cabin in the Woods was the final frontier for slasher films… or at least it should have been. Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon’s 2011 horror-comedy took all of the subgenre’s tropes and turned them on their head. It acknowledged every character stereotype and rejected each one. The slasher film received a complete deconstruction, and now it may be best to simply pack it away. Sadly, The Town That Dreaded Sundown heralds an uninspired return to form. It just may be the blandest movie to feature violent homicide and ruthless killers. More

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    Unfortunate ‘Tremors’ reboot on the horizon

    Deep under the surface of Hollywood ideas, treatments and discarded scripts roams something hideous, gliding blindly and occasionally breaking the surface whenever enough buzz about it is at a certain pitch. It never takes much noise, just the aloud musings of one executive as he ponders, “Reboot?” Not long ago, the franchise reboot replaced the […] More

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    ‘We Are What We Are’ falters in the ending, but is an otherwise solid and grim backwoods thriller

    Too few modern horror films take their cue from the power of suggestion. The less you show, the more terrifying your story can be. Some of the all-time greats of the genre, from The Haunting to The Shining, either show nothing scary or deliberately supernatural at all, or bide their time, allowing strange noises in the distance or unexpected shadows to do the heavy lifting. More

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    ‘Poltergeist’ remake in the works

    They’re back!!! Sam Raimi and Gil Kenan are remaking the horror classic Poltergeist, and not even Hollywood rumors about a deadly curse are enough to stop them. What makes the original 1982 version so terrifying? Let’s recap. An average everyday family, living in a run-of-the-mill suburban house, begin to notice some strange things are happening in […] More

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    First Poster for Spike Lee’s Oldboy

    The first poster for Spike Lee’s adaptation of Oldboy remake has arrived as FilmDistrict have released the CinemaCon teaser poster. The minimalist poster is dominated by a series of bloody tally marks which I assume are meant to represent the protagonist’s time in prison. Oldboy is the second instalment of South Korean director Park Chan-wook’s fantastic trilogy The Vengeance […] More

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    ‘Headhunters’ not only merits a remake, it’s all but inevitable.

    Headhunters  Directed by Morten Tyldum Written by Lars Gudmestad, Jo Nesbø, and Ulf Ryberg Norway, 2011 While American politicians abjectly deride the Scandinavians for being ‘pinko commies’, Hollywood has been taking notice of their considerable cinematic talent, finding every opportunity to import some of their best films for American remakes. David Fincher’s The Girl with […] More

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    2011: A Year of Uprooting and Rebooting Eras

    Remakes, “re-adaptations”, and “re-imaginings” have been a frequent occurrence in cinema throughout much of its history, alongside the franchise “reboot” concept that has become particularly commonplace in the last decade. 2011, however, saw a rather curious trend of remakes of films and TV shows, either formerly original concepts or previous adaptations themselves, where the original’s […] More

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