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    5 Not-So-Thinly Veiled Remakes

    Based on the trailer alone, the new road trip comedy "Due Date" has enough similarities to John Hughes' sentimental 1987 hit "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" to have had the majority of the blogosphere immediately calling out its apparent unoriginality. Some critics also mentioned the rehash of certain elements from director Todd Phillips' prior release, "The Hangover," but it's the classic Steve Martin and John Candy team-up that comes to mind most with this pairing of Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis as an odd couple forced to travel cross-country together, the fat guy annoying the skinny guy every step of the way. This time around, th...

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    Who Could Fill Myrna Loy's Shoes for Johnny Depp's "Thin Man" Remake?

    I'm not entirely opposed to remakes. Historically there have been some great ones. And even though "The Thin Man" is one of my all-time favorite films (and franchises), I really don't see the harm in redoing it. The W.S. Van Dyke version is based on a book by Dashiell Hammett, whose work is associated with some of the best examples of worthwhile remakes and reworkings ("The Maltese Falcon" and the many films loosely based on "Red Harvest" and "The Glass Key" -- including "Yojimbo" and "Miller's Crossing" -- for instance). Plus, it's already spun-off some terrific to so-so sequels (the first, "After the Thin Man," is even better than the origi...

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    Ten 80s Movies That Need TV Series

    Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar recently announced he’s working on an American TV series based on his Oscar-nominated film "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown." While it seems odd for Fox Television to be interested in adapting a 21-year-old foreign film to the small screen, the age of the sou...

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