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Weekend Box Office: Families Complete The Circle Of Life, Pack Theaters For Movie They Own On DVD

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 18, 2011 3:49 AM
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Right now, some jerk at Disney is finding a way to use the term “circle of life” to define how they can release “The Lion King” anytime, and it will always make money. A 3D re-issue of the film became the number one weekend attraction by a very wide margin with $29 million, a huge middle finger to those who claim audiences are looking for something “fresh” or “new.”

In Theaters: 'Drive' Looks To Zoom Past 'Straw Dogs' & 'I Don't Know How She Does It'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • September 16, 2011 7:36 AM
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Hello friends. Your mission, should you choose to accept it (WHICH YOU WILL CAUSE I SAID SO) is to go see "Drive" this weekend. There is no other movie playing in theaters. Nope, not one. There, this column is over. Done! "Drive" is all there is to see. Worth seeing anyway. And I would be remiss if I didn't champion truly original and excellent filmmaking in this column. Do not go see "Lion King 3D." We are not children (if you are a child, why are you reading this? Stop now). Don't you remember that talk we had back when "Green Whatever" came out? We don't watch movies for kids. Especially not ones we already saw 10 years ago. Ok, rant over. Let's get down and dirty.

Review: Rod Lurie Delivers 'Straw Dogs' For Dummies

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 15, 2011 4:10 AM
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Damned if you do, damned if you don’t: it’s probably a matter of time before every movie is remade, and as such, it was likely the appropriate moment for “Straw Dogs.” There’s no rhyme or reason to any of these remakes other than, "We have a catalog title, let’s just make sure it doesn’t go to waste rotting in our vaults." Ideally, each remake has its own deviation, a separate reason for existing. To Rod Lurie, who clearly has affection for the original movie, the task was simple: how to honor the spirit of the original film but make it an intellectually crippling affair, an ugly, irredeemable black hole of stupid contrivances, inconsistent characterizations, and melodramatic bullshit?

Two Shades Of Masculinity: Clips From 'Straw Dogs' & 'The Killer Elite'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2011 3:58 AM
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This September will find two very different men united by one common theme: kicking ass.

'The Raven' Teaser Poster Drips Blood; 'Straw Dogs' Characters Get Their Own One Sheets

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2011 2:35 AM
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Update: "The Raven" poster removed at the request of Relativity Media.

Poster For Rod Lurie's 'Straw Dogs' Remake Also Steals From The Original One Sheet

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 15, 2011 1:37 AM
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If you're going to remake a movie, might as well go all the way, right? At least that's the thinking behind Rod Lurie's upcoming take on Sam Peckinpah's controversial "Straw Dogs."

Trailer: Rod Lurie's Remake Of Sam Peckinpah's 'Straw Dogs' Throws White Trash Under The Bus

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 13, 2011 7:36 AM
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"They're practically licking my body outside," Kate Bosworth says to her husband James Marsden in Rod Lurie's controversial remake of Sam Peckinpah's "Straw Dogs." Controversial because "Straw Dogs," an incredibly haunting and challenging domestic drama and psychological thriller by Peckinpah, is (rightfully) considered a masterpiece. So many have asked, what's the point in remaking it? The original is an amazing examination at masculinity and male emasculation -- in that sense the latter point is almost a cautionary horror tale for men.

New Pics From Rod Lurie's Remake Of Sam Peckinpah's 'Straw Dogs'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 2, 2011 8:15 AM
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Here's a film we haven't heard about in a while...but will undoubtedly get tongues wagging. If you don't know Sam Peckinpah's "Straw Dogs," its reputation precedes it. The hard-to-watch film starred Dustin Hoffman as a mild-mannered man who is forced to violently reckon with his own masculinity after his wife is brutally raped and he must defend his home against the perpetrators. It's uneasy stuff that was lightning rod for controversy back in the day, and will likely stir up similar sentiment now. But regardless, director Rod Lurie ("The Contender," "Nothing But The Truth") has forged ahead with a remake and EW (print edition, not yet online) has some stills from the film.

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