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Spout About: "The Smurfs" is a Remake; "Back to the Future" Alternate Ending; "Bridesmaids" Outtakes

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • May 26, 2011 3:18 AM
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Spout About is a daily look at what people are discussing related to the films currently in theaters and the classics we're still talking about. Have another topic worth addressing? Let us know.
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"Brotherhood" is an Intense Snowball Thriller That Improves on an Earlier Short Film

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • May 24, 2011 4:56 AM
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Adapting short films into features is nothing new, but lately it's seeming more and more common for a short to be produced intentionally as a kind of practice run for a later long-form version. Filmmaker Will Canon may not have completely planned for his award-winning NYU film, "Roslyn," to serve as the opening to an extended story, but he does admit to originally having had more ideas he couldn't fit into only eight minutes. So, after making a few more shorts over the last decade, he delivered "Brotherhood," which is not only nearly ten times longer; it's also ten times better.

TrendSpouting: Suggestions for Scorsese and Lars von Trier's "Five Obstructions" Redo

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • May 13, 2011 8:39 AM
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At Cannes late last night (or early this morning? the time difference confuses me) an official announcement was made that Lars von Trier would make another "The Five Obstructions" documentary, this time with Martin Scorsese. We all heard something like this before, little more than a year ago, when it was rumored-then-denied that the two filmmakers would unite for a "Taxi Driver" redo. I responded at the time (elsewhere) with a list of other suggested -- yet unlikely -- directorial collaborations (also see Film School Rejects' excellent year-old list of 10 Films (and Directors) That Lars Von Trier Should Obstruct). I named the original "Five Obstructions" one of the best docs of the 2000s (specifically it's labeled "the best participatory/first-person doc"), so I'm definitely looking forward to a remake/sequel.

5 Silly Moments in the History of Dinosaurs and Aliens United on Screen

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • May 10, 2011 10:08 AM
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Barry Sonnenfeld's newly announced project "Dominion: Dinosaurs Versus Aliens" sounds like a Topps trading card mash-up, or the ultimate Steven Spielberg movie. Or, it's just the latest in a title-as-pitch kind of production mentality that's so far given us "Snakes on a Plane," "Dragon Wars," "Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus," and numerous silly SyFy Films and The Asylum knock-off releases. But this time it's not technically a B-movie. And though the trend is already reaching the majors big time this summer with "Cowboys & Aliens" and somewhat "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," people seem stunned by this news. Not surprised, I guess, but still kind of dumbfounded.

Spout About: How to Do "Twins 2"; "Avengers" is a Ponzi Scheme; Real Mothers Adapted for Film

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • May 6, 2011 3:30 AM
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While I don't think it anything but a bad rumor, I am quite curious about the "Twins 2" buzz circulating around the blogosphere (originating at Hollywood Insider). It really is an awful idea and would likely just end up either a "Grumpy Old Twins" or "Twins Too" concept, the latter involving a new generation of separated siblings. Yet I see some potential for an interesting sequel that's possibly smarter and funnier than the original if done right. Let's not forget the first film had that terrible action subplot with the stolen fuel injector thingy MacGuffin. So you can't get much worse.

Spout About: "Pompei"; Bin Laden Movie Associations Continued; "Fast Five" Trumps "The Avengers"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • May 3, 2011 4:04 AM
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Before I get into more of the Osama bin Laden movie stuff, I thought I'd open today's discussion roundup with the news about Paul W.S. Anderson's next movie, an "adventure" blockbuster about the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and destruction of Pompei (titled "Pompei"). While it has been quite a few years since that disaster took place (back in the summer of 79 -- as in just plain 79 CE), it's still always kind off weird when true catastrophes like this are exploited for popcorn fare (see the Titanic list I posted recently). That's not what I find especially curious this time, however. I'm more thinking about how this week this kind of disaster movie is about the only type acceptable for announcement. We've recently seen a lot of twisters and earthquakes and tsunamis, so ideas around those types of tragedy are all too sensitive at the moment. As is large-scale terrorist attacks, I believe, given that now we're all led to fear a revenge for the revenge for the revenge of the (etc.) that just took place. Still, it has been a pretty big year so far in terms of disaster, enough that the disaster movie genre in general seems gutsy.

Spout About: "Captain America 2" and Fish-Out-of-Water Heroes; How We All Live in "The Truman Show"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • April 27, 2011 4:15 AM
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I don't usually pay much attention to stuff like this, but circulation of an MTV interview with Chris Evans on the plot of "Captain America 2" makes me feel like a stranger in a strange land. One where people aren't aware that a large percentage of movies, particularly those based upon the myth of the hero, are fish-out-of-water stories. But the big news here is apparently that the sequel to "Captain America: The First Avenger" will involve the superhero traveling through time into the present, where he will deal with being out of place. Sounds like "Just Visiting" and a thousand other films. Hopefully he won't mistake cars for dragons, wander a shopping mall in great wonderment or drop his shield and have to use an iPad in its place. By the way, how is there no montage anywhere online that pieces together memorable fish-out-of-water movie moments such as Madison eating lobster in "Splash," Mick curiously studying the bidet in "Crocodile Dundee" and E.T. raiding the fridge (and getting drunk) in "E.T.," among countless others.

"Scream 4" Shows Us What Great Satire Should Look Like

  • By Daniel Walber
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  • April 15, 2011 8:06 AM
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Towards the end of my Originals post about the “Scream” trilogy, I voiced a few hopes about what I wanted the new installment to be like. Not only did I think “Scream 4” needed to maintain the comic timing and well-structured scares of the first films, but it also had to do something entirely new, and break from the often soapy narrative progress of the earlier three movies. So when I went to go see it last night, I was more than a little surprised. “Scream 4” is exactly what I wanted it to be, for the first hour or so; then it starts twisting in on itself so quickly and effectively that by the end it had entirely one-upped my hopes for the sequel/remake and left me breathless.

100 Years of Terrible "Titanic" Exploitations in Film, TV and Slides

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • April 15, 2011 7:06 AM
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99 years ago today, the Titanic sunk after striking an iceberg the night before. It was a terrible tragedy that took the lives of 1,517 people. But you wouldn't know its seriousness from the century of bad portrayals, jokes and exploitations of the incident, including the awful idea for a 3D re-release of James Cameron's "Titanic," which is set to open exactly one year from now for the centennial (celebration?). I'm curious what the worst sort of capitalization of the catastrophe was, though, and if Cameron is simply following an acceptable line of action. The following are some of the examples, mainly cinematic, that I might find a tad disrespectful if I were one of the victims of one of the worst disasters in history.

Bradley Cooper Deemed Not Goth Enough for "The Crow"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • April 13, 2011 6:38 AM
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A funny thing about the goth subculture is that guys always love when a hot, popular girl turns to the dark side. But nobody ever seems to want or expect the jock or preppy boy to start wearing fishnets and makeup and all-black wardrobes. That's why the kids would be very excited if there was a female equivalent of "The Crow" and they heard Scarlett Johansson or Olivia Munn was playing her (actually Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander might be that equivalent, though she's less of a pin-up type). But Bradley Cooper potentially cast as Eric Draven in the actual "Crow" reboot? Well that's almost enough for the goth kids to protest (but they'll obviously just sulk harder instead). I can joke, by the way, because I had a t-shirt with this image on it throughout high school.

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