If I were president, on Day One I would sign an executive order banning movie remakes. But I’m not, and they keep happening. So Buzzfeed asked their readers what movies SHOULD be remade, and why.
Here are some highlights:
- “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. . . to fix some of the changes they made from the original book, and to have a REAL Asian actor play Mr. Yunioshi, rather than MICKEY ROONEY in “yellowface”.
- “The People Under the Stairs”. . . Because it deals with issues that are still relevant: Race, class, and “how greed brings out the worst in people.”
- “Little Shop of Horrors”. . . Just so NEIL PATRICK HARRIS could play Seymour.
- “The Outsiders”. . . Because kids are still reading the book, but probably don’t even know who the actors in the movie are anymore.
- “The Breakfast Club”. . . So they could add discussions on race, gender, and LGBT issues.
(Are there any movies YOU think should be remade? Why? Or are you against remakes altogether? Discuss. And check out more possibilities at Buzzfeed.com.)
Tomorrow is the first day of December, but there’s a good chance you’ve already started watching Christmas movies, especially if you have kids. And no matter how many times you’ve seen them, you may not know everything.
“People” magazine has a list of “30 Surprising Facts About Your Favorite Christmas Movies,” and while some of them aren’t exactly shocking . . . there are some interesting ones. Here are 10 highlights:
1. Natalie Wood was eight when she filmed “Miracle on 34th Street”, and she thought her co-star Edmund Gwenn really WAS Santa Claus.
2. The supervising animator for “The Nightmare Before Christmas” says the movie was shot at 24 frames per second, meaning that technically the characters had to be posed 24 different times for each SECOND. And it took It took a whole weekto finish shooting each minute of the movie.
3. An episode of “MythBusters” proved that a person’s tongue CAN instantly get stuck to a freezing pole like in “A Christmas Story”.
4. Will Ferrell ate so much sugar while filming “Elf” that he had trouble sleeping. He said, quote, “I constantly stayed up. But anything for the movie, I’m there.”
5. Jim Carrey was originally supposed to star in “Elf”.
6. “The Santa Clause” joke involving ‘1-800-SPANK-ME’ caused massive problems for parents when kids discovered that it connected them to an actual phone sex hotline. Some people who dialed the number reportedly racked up hundreds of dollars in phone bills.
7. The Grinch was black-and-white in the original Dr. Seuss book . . . and it was the director of the 1966 animated movie who had the idea to make him green.
8. After the release of “Home Alone 2”, the Plaza Hotel in New York City was swamped with families wanting to recreate Kevin’s adventure in Suite 411, a.k.a. ‘Kevin’s Suite,’ for $1,100 a night. Donald Trump owned the Plaza back then, and as you probably know by now, he has a cameo in the movie.
9. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” creator Robert May considered the names ‘Reginald’ and ‘Rollo’ before settling on ‘Rudolph.’ He ultimately thought Reginald sounded too British and Rollo sounded too carefree.
10. Some of the Jean Shepherd stories that made up “A Christmas Story” were first published in “Playboy”. Of course, they weren’t R-rated. As you probably know, aside from the pictorials, “Playboy” has a long history of featuring short stories. In fact, that’s why most people say they read it. (???)
The director of “A Christmas Story”, Bob Clark, also directed the sex comedy “Porky’s” and the not-so-family-friendly movie “Black Christmas”, which is a classic horror movie from 1974. (Hit up People.com for the whole list.)
It’s okay if you’re not a huge fan of Halloween. Just don’t ruin it for the rest of us. According to a new survey, here are the top six ways people take the fun out of Halloween . . .
- Showing up to a costume party in regular clothes. You can get away with it if it’s a kids’ party. But if it’s a party for adults, either wear a costume or stay home.
- Not answering the door for trick-or-treaters. At least leave your porch light off, so they don’t waste their time.
- Refusing to let your kids eat ANY candy. And pretty much everyone thinks it’s lame to hand out non-candy items to OTHER kids, like little bags of popcorn or pencils.
- Refusing to carve a pumpkin. Or refusing to even buy them, because you think it’s a waste of money.
- Refusing to watch a scary movie. Even if you think they’re lame, this is the one time of year you need to get over it.
- Constantly talking about how much you hate Halloween. Again, it’s fine if it’s not your favorite holiday. Just try not to ruin it for everyone else.
Eating seaweed with chopsticks – that’s cultured
According to a new survey, 7 in 10 people think they’re “sophisticated”. And as for the top things that MAKE someone sophisticated . . . somehow watching football and drinking Busch Light didn’t make the list. Here are the top ten . . .
- Going to the theater.
- Recognizing paintings, and knowing who the artist is.
- Doing educational things when you go on vacation.
- Listening to classical music.
- Going to the ballet.
- Knowing how to pair wine with food.
- Watching the news.
- Watching documentaries.
- Knowing how to read music.
- Being interested in politics.
The rest of the top 40 included reading the newspaper . . . doing crosswords . . . reading a book before the movie comes out . . . watching “Antiques Roadshow” . . . having a library card . . . knowing how to use chopsticks . . . and knowing how to pronounce “quinoa”. (It’s KEEN-wah.)
1. “Minions“ (PG) Trailer 1, Trailer 2, Trailer 3
The minions from “Despicable Me” star in this prequel where three of them look for a new evil master after serving Dracula, Napoleon, an Egyptian pharaoh, and a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
It takes place 42 years before the first movie and features Sandra Bullock as the first female super-villain, Scarlet Overkill. The minions sign up to be her henchmen and she sends them on a mission to steal Queen Elizabeth’s crown.
If you’d like to impress your kids with your ability to keep your minions straight: Kevin is the tall one and the leader . . . Stuart is the one-eyed minion who’s always hungry . . . and Bob is the young insecure one who still carries a teddy bear.
It’s narrated by Geoffrey Rush, who plays Captain Barbosa in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies. Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, and Allison Janney are in it too. (You can listen to Sandra Bullock talk about playing the villain here.)
2. “Self/less“ (PG-13) Trailer
Ben Kingsley gets a second chance at youth when he transfers his consciousness into Ryan Reynolds’ body. But he realizes it wasn’t the ’empty vessel’ he was promised, when he starts to relive some of Ryan’s old memories.
Natalie Martinez from “Under the Dome” plays Ryan’s widow. And Matthew Goode is the bad guy, who tries to kill him when he complains about their arrangement.
3. “The Gallows“ (R) Trailer
Kathie Lee Gifford’s daughter, Cassidy Gifford, makes her acting debut in this found-footage horror movie about four kids who sneak onto the set of a play called “The Gallows” . . . which once killed a student because of a defective hangman’s noose.
(You can listen to her describe the plot of the movie in detail here. And here’s a pic of Cassidy with her co-star.)
There’s only one F-word in the movie, which Ms. Gifford blurted out on accident.
She says, quote, “I don’t curse a lot. And on the first night, it was dark and we were running up the stairs and I just tripped, and I hit my head on the stairs and just said it. Later I was doing sound mixing . . . and it was still in there and I was mortified. Because my family’s going to hear it, my uncle the pastor is going to see this.”