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Does Hollywood try to remake/sequelize/franchise-extend every single one of its successful movies? Sometimes it feels that way, but there’s a little more nuance to studio practices than that. If you’re looking for meaning in this summer’s blockbuster season – not always easy – you could call it Dr. JurassicMax or How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Reboot. Rebooting franchises isn’t as common, well-received, or lucrative as you might think. Today let’s look briefly at the history of the reboot – and how this summer changed it.
First, what technically counts as a reboot? One school would say that anytime the cast shuffles, it’s a reboot, meaning we’re now on the second reboot (and third iteration) of Spider-Man films. That’s pretty rare; far more often, duration between films is the deciding factor, and it just doesn’t feel right to slap »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
Lindsay Lohan is a bare-faced beauty! The actress took to Instagram over the weekend, where she showed off her adorable freckles while going makeup-free. In the candid snap, the 29-year-old "Mean Girls" alum poses in a blue lace bikini top with her hair loosely slicked-back in a bun. "Ciao! #lostintheseaofturkey," she posted with the pretty pic. Lohan also shared a second fun photo from her European getaway, showing off her svelte stature in a white monokini and matching shorts. "Killed it. #majorsituation @lavishalice," the "Freaky Friday" star captioned the candid snap. It definitely looks like the actress' time overseas has been doing her some good -- we've never seen the red-headed beauty look better! What do you think about Lindsay's makeup-free photo? Sound off below and check out the galleries above to see more stars' fresh faces and celeb beach bods! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Body switching movies usually are the domain of endearing or silly comedies like “Big,” or “Freaky Friday.” “The Change-Up” comes to mind as a recent version and it even starred Ryan Reynolds, who conveniently for this segue also stars in another upcoming body swap movie “Self/Less.” But it’s actually a very serious sci-fi thriller about the quest for immortality where, thanks to modern technology and science, a dying rich billionaire (played by Ben Kingsley), is able to transport his consciousness into a much younger man (Ryan Reynolds). But as sci-fi-ish cautionary tales are wont to do, playing God is not without its consequences, so the thrill of an old man, ported into the body of a younger man is brief. Here’s the official synopsis: In this provocative psychological science fiction thriller, an extremely wealthy man (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical »
- The Playlist
Amy Richau reviews the sixth episode of Halt and Catch Fire season 2…
There you are Joe. I knew it was just a matter of time.
Episode 6 of Halt and Catch Fire ’10Broad36′ is a crush of emotions and high stakes life choices. But what makes this episode so great is the small surprises that the makers of Halt and Catch Fire have been so successful at delivering this season.
As noted above it was just a matter of time before warm and fuzzy Joe was replaced by cold and calculating Joe. But warm and fuzzy Joe is the Joe that starts the episode as he leaves what appears to be one of many voicemails for Sara who has been gone from their apartment for a week. If Joe is faking his desire to see Sara again he is doing an awfully good job of it. Perhaps we will see more »
- Amy Richau
Ben Kingsley is getting a new body — Ryan Reynolds’ body, to be specific — in “Self/less,” a sci-fi thriller that opens in theaters this Friday. “Self/less” joins a long tradition of body-swapping and new body tales, from the 1882 novel “Vice Versa” that’s inspired four films adaptations to kids-turned-grown-ups movies like “Big” and “13 Going on 30.” Whenever a character’s consciousness gets transferred to a new body, the events that follow are usually an exercise in walking in another man’s shoes, and the moral of the story is often “my own life ain’t so bad after all.” But body-swapping movies have a few other lessons to teach us. Check out the gallery below for the lessons we learned from “Freaky Friday,” “17 Again” and other body switcheroo movies. »
- Emily Rome
The San Francisco-born Trainor moved in 1980 to Los Angeles, where she married director Robert Zemeckis and discovered her calling as an actress. She started a career in television and film, beginning with the role of Elaine in “Romancing the Stone” and Mrs. Walsh in “The Goonies.” She also appeared in all four “Lethal Weapon” movies, “Die Hard,” “Scrooged,” “Ghostbusters II,” “Back to the Future Part II,” “Forrest Gump,” the 2003 “Freaky Friday” and racked up scores of television appearances, including leading roles in “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose” and “Relativity.”
While studying broadcast journalism at San Diego State, she was discovered by a radio station manager and asked to be an on-air personality for Ksdo. She soon earned a position at Kcbs as station editor, »
- Carmel Dagan
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis shared some valuable industry advice with young visual effects artists at Friday’s open house held at the Exceptional Minds vocational school for young adults with autism in Sherman Oaks. “Just pretend you’re going for a job with, oh I know, Jim Cameron at his visual effects studio,” said Curtis referring to the movie industry icon, while reminding students – all on the autism spectrum — to aim high. Curtis, known for her best-selling children’s books and her roles in “Freaky Friday,” “True Lies,” and “A Fish Called Wanda,” also presented the “Ed Asner Award” to Victoria Alonso, »
- Itay Hod
Once upon a time there was a show called Once Upon a Time, and it delivered the most intense two-hour season 4 finale ever. We're talking surprise deaths, a new Dark One, and Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) as an evil queen. Keep reading to revisit the biggest moments of the episode, including Emma's (Jennifer Morrison) surprising declaration of love! The Villains Get Their Happy Ending Thanks to The Author (Patrick Fischler) re-writing everyone's happy ending, the villains and heroes in Storybrooke had a total Freaky Friday moment. Not [...] »
TV Rewind: Golf Channel’s roundup of Saturday’s notable quotes are here. Golf Channel Notable Quotes Live From The Players, Third Round (7-9 p.m. Et, first hour) from Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Tpc Sawgrass (Stadium Course) in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.On Saturday’s Third Round at The Players Championship and the bunched up leaderboardRich Lerner – We called yesterday, ‘Freaky Friday’ because there were so many bizarre shots. Today was ‘Slugfest Saturday.’”Lerner – “This leaderboard is jam packed like Grand Central Station during rush hour in New York.”Brandel Chamblee – “Usually by Saturday night you have some idea who might […] »
- April Neale
Long live the body-swapping movie! From mothers who swap bodies with their daughters (Freaky Friday) to married men who swap bodies with their hard-partying single friends (The Change-Up), audiences seem to have a thing for stories involving people who can literally live in the body of someone else, even if it's just for a brief time. Well... what if you could do that for real? Okay, maybe not really real, but virtually real. If you could put on a virtual reality headset and be transported into the body of another person, would you do it? That's just one of the concepts being explored at this year's Tribeca Film Festival in their Storyscapes section, a slate of projects designed to be interactive and cutting edge while continually pushing the creative...
- Erik Davis
Lindsay Lohan's single and loving it! The "Mean Girls" star appears in the new issue of Homme Style magazine, where she opens up about her dating life and reveals what makes her feel the sexiest. While the actress has dated a slew of Hollywood hotties, she says that she'd rather date someone out of the spotlight these days. "At this time, I’d probably have to say [I'd date] someone not in show business, maybe a business man, but I’m just enjoying being single and enjoying experiencing everything here," she tells the mag. While the 28-year-old also strips down to some risque lingerie in the accompanying photo shoot, Lindsay says being naked makes her feel the best. So what makes the red-headed beauty feel the sexiest? "Naked and wearing Chanel No.5!," she says. "But I do love lingerie. Lace is always the best, and I feel beautiful in a night slip. »
- tooFab Staff
London living has done Lindsay Lohan some good! The Mean Girls actress, who has had a successful run in London's West End starring in Speed-the-Plow, has seemingly adopted the U.K. city as her permanent home. In an interview with Homme Style magazine, Lohan reveals that the British city "feels like home" even though much of her family is stateside. "I miss [London] every time I have to leave for work and can't wait to get back." She adds, "I go back to NYC and La for family and work." But now that she has fully embraced Londontown and vice versa, does the Freaky Friday actress expect to find love? Maybe! She dished that right now she's focused on her work, but adds that she has had »
Jaden Smith cast in Pollyanna. We’ve known since last December that Disney was remaking its 1960 classic, Pollyanna, making it the latest in a long line of live-action Disney movies to be remade–some, like Freaky Friday and The Shaggy Dog, several times. So the initial reveal didn’t cause too much [...]
Continue reading: Pollyanna: 2015 Remake Will Star Jaden Smith »
- Thomas Fairfield
The process of growing up is a strange one indeed and people go from children to adults and then somehow revert back into a child when life becomes a bit difficult.
There are many adults out there who simply don’t have an excuse for the way that they behave and it’s driving you insane. You don’t understand why some people are incapable of growing up so they spend most of their lives being petty and miserable and making everyone else walk on eggshells around them; and they’re not even happy when you put a birthday cupcake in front of them.
Attending school is a stage in your life that you need to experience in order to learn and grow. Unfortunately for some, they can’t see to evolve past this adolescent stage and are stuck being an insufferable teen for the rest of their lives and these people are breeding. »
- Sara Weir
It's a real barebones week if you're not attending the SXSW Film Festival, which will screen movies around town until Saturday, March 20. Slackerwood will, of course, be featuring daily coverage and reviews. Some area theaters (including the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, Violet Crown Cinema and The Marchesa) will be closed for regular business while they screen features for festivalgoers. In the case of the Alamo Slaugher Lane and South Lamar, they will still be screening some regular films, but also have a few screens at each location that are devoted entirely to the festival for the first few days. If you're planning to head over to catch a movie that isn't part of the fest, give yourself some extra time for parking and getting yourself through the crowds.
Specialty screenings are not expansive over the next week, but a few Alamo locations are serving up Kid's Club movies in the mornings »
- Matt Shiverdecker
"Cinderella" hits theaters this Friday, so in honor of Disney's latest, this week's #Tbt is a look back at some star-studded premieres from the past six decades. From "Sleeping Beauty" to "Freaky Friday," we've rounded up some Disney red carpet throwback moments you won't want to miss. Look out for choice photos of 98 Degrees at the height of their fame, teenaged Anne Hathaway, and a very young Kendall Jenner...
- Alana Altmann
After a bombardment of terrible sequels and remakes, the horror movie genre is undergoing something of a renaissance of late with the excellent Babadook and this week's It Follows leading the charge.
Both films are driven by strong performances from up-and-coming female stars (Essie Davis and Maika Monroe), which brings to mind a classic horror movie trope: the Final Girl. Most prevalent in slasher films, the Final Girl is the last character standing who confronts a killer/ghost/demon and lives to tell the tale.
Digital Spy looks back at 7 of our favourite horror movie Final Girls, why they're iconic and what they're up to now...
Many horror fans thought Drew Barrymore would end up being Scream's Final Girl when they first watched Wes Craven's 1996 horror, but the director offed her in the opening moments leaving Neve Campbell's Sidney Prescott to face down Ghostface. »
Netflix is doing the friendly thing of letting us know what movies and TV shows it's taking off of its streaming service, but the bad news is, you only have a matter of days to watch some of these! Leaving the service are a lot of great '90s flicks like Cool Runnings, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, and Se7en, so get to watching. There are a few that won't be removed until later in the month, so take a look at the list and see what you need to watch first, then get excited for the new stuff coming in March! Movies 3 Ninjas: Kick Back Air Bud Anaconda Arachnophobia Brokedown Palace Cheech & Chong's Nice Dreams Cool Runnings Emma Evita Fireproof Freaky Friday Fright Night Girlfight Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Jackass: Number Two Lords of Dogtown Old Yeller Ordinary People Out of Time Pretty in Pink »
Having come to the conclusion that it's genuinely useful to tell its users what movies will soon be expiring from its service, Netflix now releases a list of the films that will disappear from its coffers (some, presumably, only for a short time) at the end of every month. Here is a list of what will expire on March 1, and in the weeks after. It includes nearly all of your favorite '90s comedies and a whole lot of Cartoon Network shows. Start watching! We will update the list closer to the end of the month with additional titles. (And here's a list of what will be available to stream on Netflix starting March 1.) March 1 3 Ninjas: Kick Back Air Bud Anaconda Arachnophobia Brokedown Palace Cheech & Chong's Nice Dreams Cool Runnings Emma Evita Fireproof Freaky Friday (2003) Fright Night (1985) Girlfight Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Jackass: Number Two Lords of »
- Vulture Editors
What's leaving Netflix in March? Well, the streaming service is expiring a slew of movies and TV shows, with a big chunk of the departing titles belonging to the Cartoon Network -- you'll see those say bye-bye at the end of the month. From what we can tell, that's about it in terms of TV exiting Watch Instantly.
As for movies, the clock is ticking for favorites "Dumb and Dumber," "Fright Night," Desperado," "Seven," "Pretty in Pink," "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion," and "The Muppet Movie," which will all be pulled in the monthly purge.
Here's the complete list of titles that will vanish from your streaming list (pending any sort of meddling time-travelers). And, just so you're not left empty-handed, here's a list of what's new on Netflix in March 2015.
Leaving March 1
"3 Ninjas: Kick Back" (1994)
"Air Bud" (1997)
"Brokedown Palace" (1999)
- Tim Hayne
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