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Who Could Fill Myrna Loy's Shoes for Johnny Depp's "Thin Man" Remake?

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • October 21, 2010 2:32 AM
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I'm not entirely opposed to remakes. Historically there have been some great ones. And even though "The Thin Man" is one of my all-time favorite films (and franchises), I really don't see the harm in redoing it. The W.S. Van Dyke version is based on a book by Dashiell Hammett, whose work is associated with some of the best examples of worthwhile remakes and reworkings ("The Maltese Falcon" and the many films loosely based on "Red Harvest" and "The Glass Key" -- including "Yojimbo" and "Miller's Crossing" -- for instance). Plus, it's already spun-off some terrific to so-so sequels (the first, "After the Thin Man," is even better than the original, in my opinion), as well as radio and TV series and a stage musical.
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Ten 80s Movies That Need TV Series

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • May 6, 2009 8:58 AM
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Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar recently announced he’s working on an American TV series based on his Oscar-nominated film "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown." While it seems odd for Fox Television to be interested in adapting a 21-year-old foreign film to the small screen, the age of the source material is hardly surprising given the fact that both NBC and ABC are similarly working on new shows based the 1989 ensemble dramedy "Parenthood" and 1987’s "The Witches of the Eastwick," respectively, for the fall.

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