We’ve already been waiting for two years for the alleged Annie remake with music by Jay-Z. Now we’re thinking the movie was destined to take forever so it could feature a different leading lady. According to Variety, while Jay-Z is still penning the musical’s music, Will Smith is still producing and Easy A‘s Will Gluck is directing, Willow Smith is no longer involved. Which we think is kind of good news, since Quvenzhané Wallis is clearly the best choice to play the lead character in the new Annie!
Think about it: Quvenzhané is 9, while Willow is already…oh our God, Willow Smith is only 12?!?! The fact she isn’t even a teen yet and she’s given “Whip My Hair” to the world makes us look at our resume and weep. Okay, so while Willow is clearly still young enough to play the musical’s titular orphan, her musical tastes already seems a little mature for such kid’s fare. Did you hear her most recent song “Sugar And Spice”? Willow doesn’t seems like she wants to be dancing around with a dog and a bald guy. Quvenzhané, however, would bring the same intense, adorable energy to the remake as she did to Beasts of the Southern Wild. The only thing that could make an Annie remake better is if a Best Actress nominee starred in it, right? Right.
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Now that Argo‘s in the can, Ben Affleck is apparently struggling with his hoped-for remake of Steven King‘s The Stand. “Right now we’re having a very hard time,” Affleck told GQ. “But I like the idea — it’s like ‘The Lord of the Rings’ in America. And it’s about how we would reinvent ourselves as a society. If we started all over again, what would we do?” Someone ought to tell Ben that Rob Lowe and Laura San Giacomo already crushed The Stand in the 1994 miniseries, and that he should just move on to some other King properties ripe for the directing. Such as…
Is it a good thing or a bad thing when a remake looks almost identical to the original? On one hand, it could make for an interesting twist on an old classic. On the other hand, completely reinventing a great film can end in disaster. (Total Recall remake, we’re not even looking at you here because you do not deserve it.) Fortunately, it seems like the Carrie remake starring Chloe Moretz is leaning towards the former. “FirstLook!! #Carrie #WhatHappenedToCarrie #JulianneMoore,” Moretz tweeted excitedly earlier today, and from our horror-flick-trained peepers, these images have a feel very similar to the first Carrie, in the best way possible.
In fact, as far as we can tell the only difference between these photos and the original movie is the fact that Julianne Moore still looks as much like a hottie bombalottie in Crazy Religious Nut Mom mode as she does every other second of her life. Maybe even more so? So what do you think? Check out the original trailer for Brian De Palma’s Carrie after the jump. Does Chloe’s version look good so far, or just look like something of a repeat? Man, we hope Carrie’s mom still calls them “dirty pillows.” It would be a travesty if she didn’t!
Choo choo! The John Travolta train is rolling into the station! As you might remember, the train had been driven out of the station earlier this summer, conducted by a motley crew of enraged masseurs. The controversy swirling around Travolta has since died down, but we’d be lying if we didn’t admit it had left a bad taste in our mouth. Now that taste can be replaced with toxic slime! Oh wait…that’s still gross. Whatever, we’ll deal with the acrid burning as long as rumors about John Travolta allegedly joining the cast of the Toxic Avenger remake is true!
For anyone who is unfamiliar with the 1984 Troma Entertainment classic, IMDB’s description says it all: “The Toxic Avenger is born when mop boy Melvin Junko falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose.” According to The Grid, Travolta has signed on as an actor. “Action-comedy remake in the vein of THE MASK… he’s an environmental superhero…doesn’t want it to be campy…,” the site reveals about the film. We doubt Travolta will actually be playing the Avenger himself (every action movie needs a villain, after all), but wouldn’t that be an amazing step forward on our journey to loving John Travolta again? Especially if he also never, ever, ever gets another massage as long as he lives?
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We’ve already started to fangirl out about the upcoming Carrie remake staring Chloe Moretz. With all these new details emerging about the movie…might as well go all the way, right? Squee! “I start that June 1st,” Moretz told ComingSoon about shooting the film. “…It’s going to be very well done. I don’t want to jinx it…” Hey, as long as there are gallons of pig’s blood involved, consider our tickets Fandango’ed! If you guys aren’t quite so convinced yet, here are five reasons we’re pretty sure the new Carrie will be crowned queen:
1) Julianne Moore is in talks to be cast as Carrie’s spooky mom Margaret White: Can you imagine another actress who’d be better at shouting about dirty pillows? Neither can we.
2) It takes place today: “It’s set in modern times, so it’s a lot different,”Chloe told ComingSoon.” We wouldn’t be surprised if that means they’ll be focusing more on the bullying aspect of the novel…
3) It’s going to have that Black Swan steez: “It’s darker and much more psychological. More Black Swan,” Moretz explained. “You’re really looking into her mind and it really looks into the relationship of Margaret and Carrie.” Yup, the mother-daughter relationships are pretty similar between the two films. And pretty gross.
4) The director of the original Carrie Brian De Palma is besties with the director of the remake Kimberly Pierce. “De Palma’s movie is absolutely amazing,” Chloe told MTV at CinemaCon. “Kim is actually really good friends with De Palma, and they’re talking about the movie and they’re good friends, so we’re taking a lot of his notes.”
5) Chloe is going to make Carrie’s prom dress…herself…out of curtains: “One of my ideas for the character was to actually go and make my own dress, and I’m actually using my friend’s old drapes and making my own dress,” Moretz revealed to MTV. “And I’m going to sew it and everything, and I’m actually going to go out and wear it for a few weeks.” Wow, we are terrified at how excited we are for this movie. Just terrified.
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Time to bust out those dirty pillows, horror fans! According to Deadline, MGM and director Kim Peirce have offered the lead in their upcoming Carrie remake to Chloe Moretz. While other actresses like True Grit‘s Hailee Steinfeld and even Lindsay Lohan were mentioned in conjuncture with the part, Chloe is clearly the only reasonable choice when it comes to young women who could blow up prom with their minds. Maybe it’s the eyes? What makes Chloe the ideal candidate, you ask? Let us break it down for you while you plug it up! Plug it up! Plug it up!:
Age: Chloe is currently 15, and therefore intimately aware of how much it can suck to be in high school. Sissy Spacek was already 27 when she killed it (both literally and figuratively) in Brian De Palma‘s classic 1976 version of the 1974 Stephen King bestseller. Actress Angela Bettis was 29 when she starred in the 2002 Carrie TV remake and, really, how well did that go over? No, seriously, we would like to know. Has anyone seen it?
Everyone born after 1970 and before 1986 remembers Reese Witherspoon‘s excellent turn in the ’90s horror movie Fear. That roller coaster scene? We have never not been disappointed by a trip to Six Flags since. Nor have we ever full trusted Mark Wahlberg, who played the movie’s seductive villain. Just kidding, Mark; our mothers say hello! It was only a matter of time before we were treated to a Fear remake, and we’re glad to see Reese approve of its rumored star: Justin Bieber. “Great. That would be cool,” Reese exclaimed to MTV. “Would he be playing me or Mark Wahlberg?” Oh Reese. You are basically a human roller coaster…of delight!
Turns out, Witherspoon wasn’t poking fun at Justin’s dulcet tones or his soft, shapely locks. She was seriously asking. “Is it like a girl who harasses the family, like a stalker who can’t leave him alone? That would be good,” Witherspoon muses. “I mean girls get crazy about him.” Reese is totally right. If they switch the sexes, the movie could pretty much be shot as a documentary. Think of all the money the filmmakers could save! They could just rent Busch Gardens for the day, let a hundred girls loose on Justin aaaaaand that’s a wrap!
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In addition to a possible Snow White movie (which is, you know, in addition to two other Snow White movies), Disney is currently hoping to land director Mark Romanek for their upcoming Cinderella live-action film. Let’s see, we also have a dark, edgy Little Mermaid and an upcoming Beauty and Beast starring Emma Watson…come on, Aladdin! If we’re going to do this, let’s just do this all the way! Get Robin Williams to be Genie again; he can’t be that busy!
According to Deadline, the plot of the proposed Cinderlly flick sounds more star-crossed romance than dark or edgy, centering around “the re-imaging of the classic tale where the prince is set for a politically arranged marriage, until the evil plan is threatened when the prince meets Cinderella.” Hmmm, it doesn’t sound like this Cinderella will be wieling a glass machete while driving her missile-proof pumpkin carriage through her stepsister’s rooms, but you never know. Jaq and Gus always looked like they could have murder in their tiny, mouse hearts.
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Hollywood is crossing its fingers that you will want to see Disney’s Snow White remake, despite the fact that their film, The Order of the Seven, is the third movie currently in production that’s based on the classic fairy tale. As if Cinderella or Ariel couldn’t wield a sword! Please. Based on the “dark, edgy” description, the film sounds more similar to Kristen Stewart’s Snow White, complete with badass armor and weaponry, than to Lily Collins‘ more traditional princess. In fact, Seven reimagines the fable as a sweeping action epic set in China. What, so now we’re not going to get those half-dozen Mulan remakes we wanted? Pull it together, filmmakers!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney’s movie primarily revolves around the story of the dwarves, who in this version are “a 19th century-set disparate band of international warriors belonging to a centuries-old order who have lost their way. Their meeting with an Englishwoman being chased by an ancient evil is the catalyst for their redemption.” So e can all look forward to fewer baby deer scampering around, way more witches being hurled off of cliffs.
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Plug it up! Plug it up! Oh sorry, just getting jazzed up in case this Hailee Steinfeld Carrie rumor turns out to be true. While Stephen King has mentioned Lindsay Lohan as Carrie, CinemaBlend reports that Hailee is currently a top candidate in a role originated by Sissy Spacek in 1976, a role that happens to have snagged Spacek first Oscar nomination. Given that Steinfeld had to tangle with rattlesnakes, outlaws and nearly visible stench lines radiating off of Jeff Bridges in True Grit, what’s a little hog’s bloodÃ‚Â if it means other chance at sweet, sweet Oscar? At 14, Hailee is a little young to portray the doomed prom queen, but considering Steinfeld shoots Romeo and Juliet remake first, she’ll be around the right age to accurately convey the complete horrorscape that is most people’s high school experience. That super-awkward shower scene alone deserves a Lifetime Achievement award.