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Will Smith In Talks For Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’; Tom Hanks Offered Villain Role
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Disney's Dumbo

It’s being reported that Will Smith has entered into talks to star in Dumbo, one of Disney’s many live-action remakes of their classic animated features, which is set to be directed by Tim Burton.

It’s stressed that these talks are in the early stages, and a done deal is far from happening. But if ink does meet paper, Smith joining the adaptation could impact another big project, Bad Boys 3.

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Live-Action ‘Dumbo’ To Be Directed By Tim Burton For Disney
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Disney's Dumbo

Yet another of Walt Disney’s classic animated movies is set to be turned into a live-action feature, and Tim Burton has been brought in to make it.

It’s being reported that Burton, who made the live-action version of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland that starred Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska and went on to score over $1 billion worldwide at the box office, is set to return to the Mouse House for a live action adaptation of the 1941 animated hit Dumbo.

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Disney Developing Live-Action ‘Dumbo’ Remake With ‘Transformers’ Writer
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Sad Dumbo

Disney has chosen the next of their hand-drawn animated movies to remake as a live-action feature.

Joining the likes of Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, and upcoming titles Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and Beauty and the Beast, Disney is now developing a live-action take on the 1941 classic Dumbo.

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Movie Review: Transformers: Age Of Extinction
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Transformers: Age of Extinction Movie Review

Transformers: Age of Extinction
Director: Michael Bay
Screenwriters: Ehren Kruger
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammar, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Titus Welliver, T.J. Miller, Li Bingbing
Paramount Pictures
Rated PG-13 | 165 Minutes
Release Date: June 27, 2014

In Transformers: Age of Extinction, the Transformers are America’s most wanted. After the Fall of Chicago, CIA operative Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammar) assembles Cemetery Wind, a strike team tasked with exterminating the remaining Autobots and Decepticons. His secret weapon is Lockdown, an intergalactic mercenary on a mission to capture Optimus Prime.

In rural Texas, struggling robotics inventor Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) and his partner Lucas (T.J. Miller) purchase an old semi-truck in hopes of stripping it down for parts. Turns out the ol’ rust bucket is Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen), leader of the Autobots and the U.S. government’s public enemy number one.

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Out With The New Flesh, In With The Lame: Why A ‘Videodrome’ Remake Is A Lousy Idea
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Videodrome

James Woods isn’t taking the Videodrome remake news very well.

David Cronenberg‘s Videodrome, a mind-melting fresco of trenchant social commentary and nightmarish body horror, is a unique beast among the science-fiction and horror features of the 1980’s. It was the lauded Canadian filmmaker’s first studio film and also his first bonafide masterpiece. It featured amazingly gooey and horrific visual effects created by a talented team spearheaded by the one and only Rick Baker, daring performances from James Woods and Blondie lead singer Deborah Harry, and astute and chilling direction from Cronenberg – who also authored the provocative screenplay. In fact, Videodrome is the singular creation of an visionary storyteller finally hiding his stride as a director after spending years making multi-layered genre films like Rabid, Shivers (a.k.a. They Came from Within), and The Brood for indie producers and studios in his homeland.

Given almost total creative control from Universal Pictures, Cronenberg made a film that took the fascinating ideas he had been developing in his previous features and fused it with a challenging critique of modern technology and new media. The result was a motion picture experience the likes of which had never been seen before and would never be seen again, not even in the director’s later works. No less an authority than the late celebrated artistic genius Andy Warhol hailed Videodrome as “A Clockwork Orange of the 1980s”. But Videodrome opened in theaters to repulsed audience reaction and the sharpened knives of the nation’s top film critics. The version that played in the United States wasn’t even Cronenberg’s preferred cut; Universal compelled the director to pare down his movie’s sexual and violent content in order for it to secure an R rating from the MPAA. His full director’s cut would not been seen until it was finally released on home video more than a decade later.

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‘Videodrome’ Remake To Be Helmed By Commercial Director Adam Berg
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Videodrome

Many classic films have been the subject of a reboot or a remake, and often times the reaction to the news of one is less than positive. Take the remake of David Cronenberg’s Videodrome for example. Not only is it an unnecessary remake, but it’s being scripted by Ehren Kruger, the screenplay writer for the last two Transformers movies. Just by knowing who is attached to write the script for the remake alone tells you that it will almost certainly be not anywhere near the same level as the Cronenberg original.

Adam Berg joins a long line of commercial directors making the leap into feature films by making his directorial debut with the Videodrome remake. Deadline reports that it was one of Berg’s commercials that inspired Universal to make him their top choice.

Judge for yourself and see if he is worthy of directing the remake by watching the commercial below.

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