May 02, 2004

I really really want to be upset about this

From time to time, I feel it necessary to complain about the lack of original ideas left in the entertainment industry. Everything is getting recycled to the point where I’m becoming very disillusioned by the whole business. Then, reality (well, my reality) sets in and I think well, it doesn’t matter I will change all that.

But for now, remake after remake is being made, or really really familiar plot lines seem to keep popping up. So it is good to just deal with it as best as I know how, which is why I have to acknowledge two new remakes in the works that will either passionately piss people off, or get everyone as excited as their former six year old self that used to be obsessed with these films.

The first one is by far one of my favorite childhood films. THE BAD NEWS BEARS is being remade, with a brilliant bit of casting I might add. Because as much as I disagree with remakes on the whole, if they get the APPROPRIATE actors for the part, the movie can again be a wonderful thing.

Now some may disagree but I think the person they have gotten to play the coach is excellent and will do a great job. Billy Bob Thornton will be taking over for the amazing Mr. Walter Matthau. And in terms of crankiness, bitternes, and overall nastiness, I think Billy Bob is perfect. After seeing the man in Bad Santa I have no doubts that this role will again be hilarious thanks to his brilliant talents. My initial anger at the idea of this remake was subdued by the news of the involvement of Billy Bob. So good luck to him…now it all comes down to the kids, cause quite honestly who is gonna replace Tatum O’Neal???

Okay now for the more distressing of the remakes.…well it will be a new movie…just an old idea…they are making another HERBIE film. Yes…you read that correctly, our main man Herbie is coming back to help silly adults fall in love and win car races. Apparently this time around good old Herbie finds himself smack dabb in the middle of a NASCAR race..will that work for me? i’m not quite sure yet.

Casting for the new Herbie film is still underway but they have already cast one of my personal favorite young actresses in the film. Lindsay Lohan, the queen of remakes, will be in the fim. And I have to say, considering the fact that I loved her in The Parent Trap remake - which i thought i would hate - and I loved her in the Freaky Friday remake - which I also thought I would hate - I’m thinking this may turn out to be an okay venture..but of course time will tell.

So I am currently torn between my passionate, all about new ideas and new films adult self, and my excited, silly, volkswagen, little league baseball loving six year old self. I want to call the executives at the studios and scream at them for not helping emerging young new writers, and I want to start lining up to buy my tickets to these movies all at the same time.…its just a nasty busines.

Posted by Adrienne at May 2, 2004 06:02 AM

i liked lindsay lohan in those two movies too, but i didn't like her as much in mean girls. probably because most of the time, she was mean. but whoo, she is a way better singer than hilary duff. who, dammit, i will still see in that cinderella remake with chad michael murray (look, he stars with both of them!)

they're remaking the last unicorn too as a live action film. but they've cast jonathan rhys-meyer as the wizard, so consequently i am torn between the excitement and the horror-just like you.

Posted by: michele on May 2, 2004 09:39 AM

yeah, i heard about the last unicorn...not quite sure how i feel about that remake yet.

and i will be going to see Ms. Lohan in Mean Girls very soon, I heard its reminiscent of Heathers but soooo not as good. i thought she was supposed to be the nice one in Mean Girls...

Posted by: Adrienne on May 2, 2004 11:07 AM

someone else mentioned heathers in connection to it, but yeah, it's not even really reminiscent. there's a direct parallel to something that happened once on felicity though.

do you not appreciate the fine, fine cheekbones of johnathan rhys-meyer? see gormanghast and bend it like beckham!

Posted by: michele on May 2, 2004 12:46 PM

Okay first I am horrified at the idea of a new Herbie film. Horrified!
2nd: Cheekbones! Score!
3rd: They also remade Stepford wives which I am so excited about because the original so freaked me out and with the new technology I think they can make it great. However if they change the ending I will curse them.
4th: If they ever remake superman I will scream in horror for weeks on end.
5th: I love the bad news bears but I think I can deal with the remake. I really dislike Billy Bob though so I don't know how I feel about this.
6th: none of the above will ever stop me from seeing any remake. I love to torture myself

Oh and mean girls reminded me of jawbreaker, not heathers. And I want that girl's hair.

Posted by: nuala on May 2, 2004 02:21 PM

hmmm...yes, jawbreakers. that is a much better movie analogy.

3: stepford wives, yes.
5: billy bob, yes. hate his guts.
7: she does have pretty hair.

prime numbers!

Posted by: michele on May 2, 2004 10:51 PM

I never considered myself to be a billy bob fan either. I've always disliked him. However, my opinion changed drastically when i saw him in Bad Santa. If you haven't seen it yet, please do. It really will change your opinion of him.

Posted by: clint on May 3, 2004 07:41 AM

I think the Herbie movie is going to be written/directed by the State/Reno 911 alums that did "Wet Hot American Summer".

Lindsay might be a better singer than Hilary, but I bet she's not as good as Hilary's identical brunette Italian twin.

Posted by: sean on May 3, 2004 09:05 AM

you know, sean, you're right. being brunette and italian assuredly made hilary's identical twin hotter, and therefore, a better singer.

suspicious, but delighted face, did you actually SEE that movie?

Posted by: michele on May 3, 2004 09:08 AM

I saw it with my sisters on the night before Easter this year. It was on TV. Although I missed the first twenty minutes, and I had never seen the Nickelodeon show, I was able to catch up with the plot eventually.

It was so good that I changed my signature quote to "Yesterday my life was duller/ Now everything is technicolor".

Hey, Ady, Mike B. and I are going to be in NYC this weekend. We should hang out, dude.

Posted by: sean on May 3, 2004 11:56 AM

i noticed in the recent baseball invite email that your signature said that. i wasn't sure whether to be delighted or horrified then either.

Posted by: michele on May 3, 2004 12:30 PM

Just to note, the Bad News Bears will be written by the same screenwriters as Bad Santa, which almost guarantees a quality film, especially with Billy Bob teaming up with them again.

Sean, give me a call when you guys are in town, I would love to see you!

Posted by: Adrienne on May 3, 2004 02:17 PM