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    Mary-Louise Parker Takes Role Jodie Foster Was Looking At In 'R.I.P.D.'

    While we think the world of Jodie Foster, she always seemed to be a weird potential castmate of "R.I.P.D." but with Variety now reporting that Mary-Louise Parker will take the role instead, things make a lot more sense.

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  • Spout
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    "Fright Night" is Another Great Defense for How Remakes Can Work

    One of the more annoying misconceptions about Hollywood today is that it's wrong to be remaking anything, let alone everything. As if there are no great remakes -- for instance, I finally saw John Carpenter's "The Thing" last night, and while I've still not seen Hawks and Nyby's original I can still recognize the 1982 version is excellent in its own right, if not better. Add that old defense to the new one: Craig Gillespie's "Fright Night" redo is actually an enormous improvement on Tom Holland's so-so 1985 film of the same name. Everything I complained about with the original has been fixed in the new movie, which was scripted by Marti Noxon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," the TV series). The relationship between newly popular protagonist Charley (Anton Yelchin) and his spastic former best friend, 'Evil' Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) is fleshed out in a nice "Heathers"/"Can't Buy Me Love" back story kind of way. Charley's mother (Toni Collette) is never forgotten, and in fact she's quite bad ass in this one. Best of all, the uninventive updates on Bram Stoker's "Dracula" are abandoned. Jerry the Vampire (Colin Farrell) doesn't have a long lost love who resembled Charley's girlfriend, Amy (Imogen Poots). I think at one point someone might even allude to the Stoker with knowing dismissal that this isn't that.

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    In Theaters: 'Conan' Battles 'Fright Night,' 'Spy Kids 4' & 'One Day' At The Box Office

    Hi kids! Didya miss me? I have to first apologize for slandering "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," that movie was great! More cartoon faces of apes played by Andy Serkis please! Who was your favorite ape? Mine was Maurice the orangutan. Okay, so there's a ton of crazy stuff opening this weekend so let's get right to it! "Conan!" "Fright Night!" "One Day!" "Spy Kids 4" in Smell-o-vision (I'm glad 'Apes' wasn't in smell-o-vision, nah mean?)!

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    So, 'Rambo: The Last Stand' Might Happen

    "It's pretty well done; I'm about 99% sure there won't be any more. I'm very happy with the last Burmese episode, and another film might be misinterpreted as an unnecessary and mercenary gesture. I don't want that to happen," Sylvester Stallone told Empire last spring, but that was before the mega success of "The Expendables." With that film proving there was an audience who wanted to see the 65 year old blow stuff up, it seems that Sly has changed his mind about playing John Rambo one more time.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Ridley Scott Revisiting Blade Runner, Yes; Tony Scott Remaking Sam Peckinpah's Wild Bunch, No!

    It's one thing for Ridley Scott to revisit Blade Runner from the ground up--he hasn't even started a script yet. Even if Scott didn't write the original Philip K. Dick story or the brilliant script by David Peoples (who also wrote Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven), his vision is all over that movie. I can't wait to see what he does with it.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Flashback - "Say it Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud" By James Brown

    Sometimes you just have to remind yourself...

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    Watch: Nic Cage Pees Fire In 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' Trailer

    Well, Ghost Rider is back and "Crank" directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor have answered the age old question: what happens when Johnny Blaze has to take a piss when he's on fire?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Three Sneak Peeks at The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    Even Daniel Craig has to search for cell phone reception by holding his mobile in the air. These first look photos from David Fincher's adaptation of Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo also reveal Rooney Mara's pierced, shorn, dark look as Lisbeth Salander. The movie also stars Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard, Steven Berkoff, and Robin Wright. Columbia Pictures will open the film in theaters on December 21.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Indie Doc Double-Header: Battle for Brooklyn, Darwin Show Two Sides of America

    They say you can’t fight City Hall, but you wouldn’t know it watching Battle for Brooklyn (trailer here). There’s so much sparring in Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky’s new documentary about New York’s Atlantic Yards project that you’ll think you’ve stumbled into a screening of The Fighter . The opposing sides — the project developer, Forest City Ratner, and a grassroots organization that wants to sink said project, Develop Don’t Destroy — canvas, rally, plot, meet, speak, and, yes, battle over what city councilwoman Letitia James calls “the soul of Brooklyn.” It’s a credit to the filmmakers that Battle for Brooklyn convinces you they’re fighting for even more than that.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Conan The Barbarian—movie review

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the movies, they’re resurrecting concepts and entire films from the 1980s like Footloose (so help me) and Conan the Barbarian, based on Robert E. Howard’s pulp magazine hero. Beefy Jason Momoa steps into Arnold Schwarzenegger’s sandals to star in the new screen adaptation, which (for once) makes vivid and entertaining use of 3-D.

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