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Examining Hollywood Remakes: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

18 hours ago | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Remakes have been a big part of the film industry ever since the silent era. As part of our ongoing series, Cinelinx looks at the remake of a beloved classic kid’s film to see how it compares to the original. This week, we look at Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) on its tenth anniversary.

 In the last article, we talked about how the choice of actors can improve a remake. Sometimes it’s not even a question of a good actor or a bad actor. It’s about the right actor, and the choices he/she makes in the role. In this week’s article, we focus on how the wrong actor can spoil a remake.

 Ronald Dahl’s 1964 children’s book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is the tale of a poor boy named Charlie who is one of several kids to win a golden »

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Looking Back on the Long Film History of Frankenstein

28 November 2015 6:26 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The Frankenstein Monster is arguably the greatest monster in all fiction. There have been a few genuinely excellent films made about him, but all too many of them are pretty bad. While the latest attempt in Victor Frankenstein falls flat, Cinelinx looks at the film history of Frankenstein to see which of them worked and which of them didn’t.

The Frankenstein Monster was the invention of 18 year old Mary Shelly (wife of poet Percy Shelly) who was vacationing in Switzerland with her husband, their close friend Lord Byron and John Polidori. Incessant rain left them housebound and reading ghost stories to each other. This led to a challenge from Byron, daring them all to create the scariest story ever told. Mary Shelly seemed outclassed by her literary companions until she heard legends of a crazy scientist named Conrad Dipple who performed illegal experiments using parts of dead bodies and electricity. »

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[Review] Victor Frankenstein

25 November 2015 11:09 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s taken a whole laboratory of mad scientists to conceive Victor Frankenstein, the latest exploitation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, but the resulting schizophrenic lump of stitched-together cinematic remains hardly deserves the moniker ‘alive.’ Not the first adaptation of the original to monkey with the rather esoteric source material—in truth, almost every version has staged a grand departure—Paul McGuigan’s take isn’t a failure for ditching the original text, but for lacking the gumption to take any of its intended diversions and extrapolate them into something lively, fresh or fearsome. If there’s any real juiciness in this carcass, it’s in the performances of James McAvoy, whose Victor is a preening, pompous charmer of a deranged scientist, and Daniel Radcliffe, who imbues his carnival hunchback-cum-brilliant physician and social climber with an introverted sensitivity that is one of the few sincere touches on display.

The special effects, »

- Nathan Bartlebaugh

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‘Victor Frankenstein’ barely gets off the slab

24 November 2015 10:08 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Victor Frankenstein

Written by Max Landis

Directed by Paul McGuigan

USA, 2015

There is no denying the preposterous energy of Victor Frankenstein. There’s also no denying that the latest iteration of Mary Shelley’s classic is pretty terrible. Telling Frankenstein’s story through Igor’s eyes is an interesting notion, but director Paul McGuigan gets lost somewhere between these two tortured souls. That same indecisiveness plagues the entire film, which can’t decide if it wants to be an action-comedy or a morose reflection of the dreary source material. The result is a monster that barely gets off the slab.

Right out of the gate, Victor Frankenstein can’t figure out what it is. A hunchback in a flea-bitten circus is kicked and beaten for the amusement of bored onlookers. He studies medical journals and hones his scientific knowledge because that’s what circus hunchbacks do in their spare time, »

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The Little Prince Trailer Is Pure Magic

24 November 2015 7:05 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Here’s a look at the first trailer for The Little Prince. The animated feature is from Mark Osborne, director of Kung Fu Panda, and features the voice cast of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Ricky Gervais, Bud Cort, Marion Cotillard, Benicio del Toro, James Franco, Paul Giamatti, with Mackenzie Foy and Albert Brooks.

This isn’t the first adaptation of the film. Director Stanley Donen helmed the 1974 musical version starring Richard Kiley as The Pilot, Steven Warner as The Little PrinceBob Fosse as The Snake and Gene Wilder as The Fox.

Based on “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the movie was an Official Selection in May at the Festival de Cannes 2015. Paramount Pictures released the film in France July 2015.

Read Variety’s review here.

The score is from Hans Zimmer, Camille and Richard Harvey.

The Little Prince opens in theaters March 18, 2016.

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Don’t let the terrorists win telly – we need to make Dad’s Isis | Marina Hyde

20 November 2015 10:08 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Chris Morris’s Four Lions stands alone in its bonkers brilliance. Those who care about culture should end this silent surrender and make some risky TV

I don’t want to come over all Monkey Tennis, if I may deploy what has become the cultural shorthand for doomed telly brainstorming after that Alan Partridge scene in which the presenter pitches increasingly desperate show formats to a BBC executive. But listen. Idea for a programme. Dad’s Isis – a comedy about the ageing British jihadists too old to travel overseas to the training camps. Set in Portsmouth and Cheltenham, where Gchq’s phone surveillance programme is now officially called Don’t Tell Him, Pike. No? Ok, John But Not Forgotten: a fish-out-of-water drama set in an alternative afterlife to the one “Jihadi John” was expecting. Gene Wilder plays God. Still no? All right: Real Housewives of Raqqa?

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- Marina Hyde

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The 10 Funniest Screenplays, According To Hollywood's Top Writers

12 November 2015 9:54 AM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Film buffs who have argued long into the night over the funniest screenplays in the history of cinema no longer need to quarrel. That.s because the helpful folks over at The Writers Guild Of America have compiled a list of the 10 funniest screenplays ever written. And, as you.d expect, the usual suspects feature prominently.  The East and West contingents of The Writers Guild Of America were able to put their differences aside to release their official list, which you can have a gander at below: 1. Annie Hall . 1977 . Written by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman 2. Some Like It Hot . 1959 . Written by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond 3. Groundhog Day . 1993 . Written by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis 4. Airplane! . 1980 . Written by James Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker 5. Tootsie . 1982 - Written by Larry Gelbart and Murray Schisgal 6. Young Frankenstein . 1974 . Written by Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks 7. Dr Strangelove or: How »

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Video: The "Willy Wonka" Kids Reunite

12 November 2015 9:28 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

It has been over forty years since the release of the Gene Wilder-led "Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory," a film which became a staple for a whole generation of filmgoers.

Now, a bunch of the film's surviving cast members reunited on "The Today Show" this morning to commemorate the 44th anniversary of the film. The group includes actors Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt), Rusty Goffe (an Oompa Loompa), Pairs Themmen (Mike Teevee), Michael Bollner (Augustus Gloope), Denise Nickerson (Violet Beauregarde) and Peter Ostrum (Charlie Bucket).

It seems many of the cast have remained friends over the years with their constant appearances at conventions helping them stick together. Themmen says: "We think of ourselves as part of a family. Maybe a bit of a dysfunctional family, but a family really."


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‘Annie Hall’ Named Funniest Screenplay by WGA Members

11 November 2015 9:46 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annie Hall” has been named the funniest screenplay in voting by the members of the Writers Guild of America.

The script by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman topped “Some Like it Hot,” “Groundhog Day,” “Airplane!” and “Tootsie,” which make up the rest of the top five. “Young Frankenstein,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “National Lampoon’s Animal House” rounded out the top 10.

The awards for the 101 funniest screenplays were announced at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood at the conclusion of two hours of panel discussions and clips, hosted by Rob Reiner. He noted that his “This Is Spinal Tap” script had finished at the No. 11 spot — a coincidence that recalled the “go to 11” amplifier joke in the film.

The “Annie Hall” screenplay won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1977. Allen had six other scripts on the list — “Sleeper,” “Bananas,” “Take the Money and Run, »

- Dave McNary

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Watch the 'Willy Wonka' Cast Reunite for 44th Anniversary

11 November 2015 3:06 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

When released in 1971, no one thought Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory would live on for eternity, remembered 44 years later as one of the all-time greatest family films ever made. But here we are, on the sweet tasting anniversary of this beloved classic, and it's more popular than ever. And the adventure, based on the works of Roald Dahl, continues to charm generation after generation. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory may look a tad dated with its practical painted sets and special effects that were of the era, but it has never lost its magic. And being an odd duck of a movie, it has decided to celebrate an odd duck anniversary. To look back on 44 years of candy-coated bliss, The Today Show gathered some of the original cast for a sit down chat. And this is one gang that's sure to rot out your teeth with their sugary smiles. »

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The Willy Wonka Cast Just Reunited, Watch The Video

11 November 2015 11:26 AM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It.s been over forty years since Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory arrived in cinemas and instantly charmed a generation of moviegoers. Despite looking a tad dated, the film still has a magical aura that means you can.t help but fall in love with it every time you re-watch it. So the sight of six members of the Willy Wonka cast reunited on The Today Show this morning will have brought smiles to the faces of millions. You can check out the gang together again below. Unfortunately, as you can see, a certain Gene Wilder wasn.t in attendance to help commemorate the 44th anniversary of Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory. That might have you thinking that the motely crew The Today Show assembled had very little to do with the Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory. But that couldn.t be further from the truth. That »

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Cummings Pt.3: Gender-Bending from Joan of Arc to Comic Farce, Liberal Supporter of Political Refugees

9 November 2015 7:54 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Saint Joan': Constance Cummings as the George Bernard Shaw heroine. Constance Cummings on stage: From sex-change farce and Emma Bovary to Juliet and 'Saint Joan' (See previous post: “Constance Cummings: Frank Capra, Mae West and Columbia Lawsuit.”) In the mid-1930s, Constance Cummings landed the title roles in two of husband Benn W. Levy's stage adaptations: Levy and Hubert Griffith's Young Madame Conti (1936), starring Cummings as a demimondaine who falls in love with a villainous character. She ends up killing him – or does she? Adapted from Bruno Frank's German-language original, Young Madame Conti was presented on both sides of the Atlantic; on Broadway, it had a brief run in spring 1937 at the Music Box Theatre. Based on the Gustave Flaubert novel, the Theatre Guild-produced Madame Bovary (1937) was staged in late fall at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre. Referring to the London production of Young Madame Conti, The »

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Best Comedy Horror Films

28 October 2015 3:33 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Coming this Halloween is the new film Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse. Part comedy, part horror, director Christopher Landon’s latest movie has Scouts saving the world from the Undead. Landon says audiences will be “screaming and laughing their heads off. This movie is an amusement park ride.”

What’s better than the mashup of comedy and horror to get you shrieking in fear! Just like a Reese’s cup – peanut butter and chocolate – the two just go together. Making scary themes into funny romps, while doing it cleverly, is a hard act to pull off. The films that have done it well have become part of the zeitgeist with fans of both genres.

Before you catch Scouts vs Zombies, check out our list of the funniest horror films.


Tallahassee: My mama always told me someday I’d be good at something. Who’d a guessed that something’d be zombie-killing? »

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Original, Scandalous 'Gigi' Star Dead at 89

19 October 2015 4:08 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Danièle Delorme. Danièle Delorme: Actress who starred in original 'Gigi' dead at 89 Danièle Delorme, an actress in nearly 60 films and a producer on more than 20 titles in a career spanning more than seven decades, died on Oct. 17, '15. Delorme was 89. She was born Gabrielle Danièle Marguerite Andrée Girard in Levallois-Perret, in commune in the outskirts of Paris, on Oct. 9, 1926. Her father was painter and, later, Resistance worker André Girard. Delorme received training as a pianist, but eventually started landing film roles in the early '40s. Danièle Delorme movies Among Danièle Delorme's best-known films are the following: Jacqueline Audry's Gigi (1949), starring Delorme in the title role: a 16-year-old being trained by her aunt (veteran Gaby Morlay) to become a high-class sex worker. This original – unabashed, in-your-face politically incorrect – film version of Colette's story, directed by a woman no less, is usually hated by those who love MGM's glitzy, »

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St. Louis: Win Vouchers to Attend Retro Fright Nights at Wildwood!

6 October 2015 7:48 PM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

Local fiends! The B&B Theatres in Wildwood, Mo is hosting a program called Retro Fright Nights starting this Thursday, October 8th with Young Frankenstein. To celebrate these repertory screenings we have some vouchers to give away!!

Fill out the forms below for the respective screenings and we’ll notify you the Wednesday before the show to let you know if you won!

Young Frankenstein – October 8th at 4pm & 7pm


(1974) Respected medical lecturer Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) learns that he has inherited his infamous grandfather’s estate in Transylvania. Arriving at the castle, Dr. Frankenstein soon begins to recreate his grandfather’s experiments with the help of servants Igor (Marty Feldman), Inga (Teri Garr) and the fearsome Frau Blücher (Cloris Leachman). After he creates his own monster (Peter Boyle), new complications ensue with the arrival of the doctor’s fiancée, Elizabeth (Madeline Kahn).

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Win Tickets To Young Frankenstein At B&B Theatre’s October Retro Night

2 October 2015 7:30 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Before you see the new Victor Frankenstein movie this Thanksgiving, see the original 1974 classic – Young Frankenstein!

Mel Brooks’ monstrously crazy tribute to Mary Shelley’s classic pokes hilarious fun at just about every Frankenstein movie ever made. Summoned by a will to his late grandfather’s castle in Transylvania, young Dr. Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) soon discovers the scientist’s step-by-step manual explaining how to bring a corpse to life. Assisted by the hunchback Igor (Marty Feldman) and the curvaceous Ings (Teri Garr), he creates a monster (Peter Boyle) who only wants to be loved.

Young Frankenstein will be playing for one night only this Thursday, October 8th at the B&B Wildwood 10!  Retro Night showtimes are at 4pm and 7pm and tickets are only $5.

Get yours today at

Wamg is giving away free pass vouchers for the show.

Answer the following:

Which Irving Berlin song is sung by Dr. »

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Is Doris Day Coming Out of Retirement for Clint Eastwood?

22 September 2015 1:04 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Classic movie fans were estatic when they heard director Steven Spielberg was trying to bring Gene Wilder out of retirement for an unnamed project expected to be Ready Player One. Now, another equally surprising due is rumored to be collaborating, as iconic actor and director Clint Eastwood attempts to woo Doris Day back to the big screen. Though, at this time, this news has not been confirmed by anyone directly associated with either party.

Doris Day, who is 91-years-old, retired from acting 47 years ago. The Calamity Jane star is reportedly in talks with Clint Eastwood. The two are neighbors in Carmel Valley California. It is believed that the director delivered the golden age actress a script on a recent visit. She is said to be quite delighted with the proposition.

The role that Clint Eastwood wants Doris Day to use in making her comeback has not yet been revealed. It »

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Johnny Depp’s 10 Wildest Big-Screen Looks

18 September 2015 10:52 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

From a blond-wigged, red-lipped transgender woman in “Before Night Falls” to the maniacal Mad Hatter in “Alice in Wonderland,” Johnny Depp’s on-screen looks have been as diverse as his film roles. The trend continues with his latest movie, “Black Mass,” in which his character of notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger marks yet another physical departure for the chameleonic actor (who actually voiced a chameleon in the animated pic “Rango”).

Here are the many faces of Johnny Depp:

Edward Scissorhands

Depp’s role as the titular character in his very first collaboration with director Tim Burton sparked his flurry of bizarre physical transformations. Hot off the heels of his hit TV series “21 Jump Street,” “Edward Scissorhands” proved that Depp was more than just a teen heartthrob. Aside from scissors for hands, the iconic character also has a scarred face as pale as snow and an unruly nest of jet »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Ready Player One casting shortlist revealed

1 September 2015 10:42 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Elle Fanning, Lola Kirke and Olivia Cooke lead the shortlist for Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One cast...

As was revealed earlier this year, Steven Spielberg is set to direct the movie adaptation of Ernest Cline's ultra-nerdy book, Ready Player One. If you've not had the pleasure of the book, and it's well worth seeking out, it's a future sci-fi tale, where knowledge of 80s videogames comes in really rather useful. We'll spoil things if we tell you much more than that.

Of the main roles needing to be cast in the film, we've not yet heard word of who's in the running to play Wade Watts. But The Wrap has the casting shortlist for the part of Art3mis. Five names are said to be on it, although only three have been uncovered so far.

Those three? Maleficent's Elle Fanning, Gone Girl's Lola Kirke, and Me And Earl And The Dying Girl »

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Bud Yorkin, ‘Jeffersons’ and ‘All in the Family’ Director-Producer, Dies at 89

18 August 2015 6:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bud Yorkin, director of influential 1970s TV shows including “All In The Family,” “Maude,” “The Jeffersons,” “Sanford and Sons” and “Diff’rent Strokes,” died Aug. 18 of natural causes at his home in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles. He was 89.

Yorkin played a pivotal role in developing some of the most popular series of the 1970s in partnership with Norman Lear at Tandem Productions. He was nominated for three Emmys and worked on TV series that won 25 Emmys and 10 Golden Globes. His feature film directing credits included “Love Hurts,” “Twice In A Lifetime,” “Arthur 2: On The Rocks,” “The Thief Who Came To Dinner” and “Inspector Clouseau.”

After working in the 1950s on numerous award-winning variety shows, he teamed with writer Lear in 1959 to form Tandem Productions, and made his film directing debut with “Come Blow Your Horn” starring Frank Sinatra. Yorkin had previously worked with Lear on such »

- Pat Saperstein

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