100 Words or Less: January 7, 2010

. Spider-Man 4 is being postponed indefinitely, while a battle rages over plot details.  Director Sam Raimi wants it one way and Sony wants it to suck. 

. It’s official: Sean Penn will play “Larry” in a new 3 Stooges movie.  It’ll be his first comedy role since… uh…

Ben Stiller and Tom Cruise together again!  This time, bringing to life The Hardy Boys.  er… Hardy Men.  Crap.  Now the only thing from my childhood that hasn’t been raped or plundered by Hollywood is my kid brother’s Sock Monkey.  Hands off Binkey, A**holes!

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100 Words or Less: January 4, 2010

. Kate Gosselin may star in her own Bachelorette-style dating show.  Interesting idea, but “Who Wants To Marry the Hateful, Overbearing Nag With Eight Kids From a Previous Failed Marriage” really seems like an unwieldy title.

. Holiday Weekend returns put “Avatar” in the top box office spot with $68.3 million (over a billion worldwide).  “Sherlock Holmes” squeaked past “Alvin and the Chipmunks” for second with $38.4, while the rodent comedy did $36.6 million over the weekend.

100 Words or Less: Dec 31, 2009

. Mr. T will not be making a cameo in the upcoming A-Team movie.   He says it “wouldn’t be right” to not have a starring role.  Just slip something in his milk; he’ll be fine.

. 11 million viewers tuned in to see “Two and a Half Men” Monday night, making it the evening’s highest-rated show.  Of course, we were disappointed when Charlie Sheen failed to pull a knife on Jon Cryer.

Last Comic Standing is coming back

. Rush Limbaugh is resting comfortably in the hospital after reporting chest pains.  If he has to give up cigars, he’s gonna be really cranky.

100 Words or Less: Dec. 30, 2009

. Rumors abound that there may be a Tiger Woods movie in the works.  I knew it was coming: news of scandal in the Woods home had Hollywood drooling like Tiger at a Hooters.  This proposed epic would star Cuba Gooding, Jr as the golfer and Mary-Kate Olsen as his 9-iron.

. Zelda Rubinstein, the diminuative “Poltergeist” psychic with the creepy voice, was taken off  life support  after her lungs and kidneys failed.  Go rent “Poltergeist” or watch “Scariest Places On Earth” in her honor.  You know you want to.

Sit down. We need to talk.

There is an episode of How I Met Your Mother where the gang starts having interventions for each other.  They have interventions for Marshall’s silly Suess hat, Lilly’s terrible Cockney accent, Robin’s excessive spray on tanning, and Barney’s pyrotechnic magic tricks.  Finally, they have an intervention on interventions. (“We’re having too many interventions”, Ted intones.) Continue reading

The Decade’s Top 10 WTF!? Remake Moments

Nothing says “Hey, we’re running out of ideas” like Hollywood’s run of remakes.  In the past decade, Hollywood honchos have been guilty of serial plagiarism that would make Richard Ridyard blush.  And I’m not even talking about the theft of foreign movies like “Taxi,” “Quarantine,” “Vanilla Sky” or the onslaught of Americanized J-horror.  These are just remakes of movies that, frankly, needed to be left alone but, inexplicably, weren’t.  In no particular order:

Day of the Dead – While the “Dawn” remake was actually pretty awesome (among my favorites, actually), “Day” just sucked.  Hard.  In the remake mythology, evidently dying not only turns you into a flesh-eating zombie, but also turns you into freakin’ Spider Man, giving you the superhuman ability to jump twice your own height and climb walls.  Yeah.

Planet of the Apes – I like Tim Burton.  But honestly, I just don’t buy Marky Mark as an astronaut.  Or as… pretty much anything.  He can’t act, unless by “acting,” you mean, “talks woodenly and stares severely into the camera.”  There.  I said it.

Carrie – Remember when they did a TV movie (or was it a miniseries) of Stephen King’s “The Shining,” starring the slacker brother from “Wings” as Jack Nicholson?  Yeah.  Technically speaking, probably closer to the original novel.  But going made-for-TV was just a crappy idea.

Journey To The Center Of The Earth – follows an interesting formula: take an interesting idea, beef it up with quadrillion-dollar special effects, add Brendan Fraser.  This thing smelled strongly of suck before the cameras even rolled.

Willard – The 1971 original made Michael Jackson seem creepy even before the plastic surgery and questionable sleeping arrangements.  The new one had the dad from “Back To The Future.” 

The Fog – I was really looking forward to this one.  Then they added the whiny chick from “Lost,” removed everything that was remotely scary and turned it pretty much into “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” but without the Scooby Doo ending.  It made me sad.

Rollerball – Remaking a movie about an ultra-violent sport as society moves closer to crossing the line between entertainment and sadism?  Good idea.  Replacing James Caan with … pretty much any of the douches from “American Pie?”  Somebody deserves to be smacked.  And then tossed in a pit and beaten to death with whiffle bats while America watches.

Karate Kid – Will Smith’s kid as Daniel-san and Jackie Chan as Miyagi.  Okay, Chan might actually work.  But still… this and “My Cousin Vinnie” are pretty much Ralph Macchio’s only legacy.  Why take that away?

Footloose – Really?  I mean… really?

Red Dawn – Damn you, Hollywood.  Leave my Cold War, pro-American, awesome-infused propoganda alone.  

These last represent a stream of ’80s remakes that is getting so bad, I remember distinctly being grateful that John Hughes was still alive to keep Hollywood’s grubby hands off his stuff.  

Then John Hughes died. 

We’re screwed. 

Look for “Pretty in Pink” with that goofy kid from “Zombieland” as “Ducky.”  Just wait.

Best movies of the DECADE!

Welcome, new readers!  Okay, here’s the deal.  I want to do a list of the BEST, must-watch movies of the decade: 2000-2009.  Trouble is, A, I’m lazy and, B, I have a short attention span. 

SO – help us out.  What are your TEN favorite movies of this decade?  We’ll take the movies with the most votes and put together a top ten best list on December 31.

UPDATE:  Okay, ten is probably too many to ask for.  Instead, just let us know your FAVORITE movie of the decade.  If you have more than one, list ’em all.  We’ll sort ’em out.