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Footloose Loses Chace Crawford, Gains a Director

Craig BrewerAlthough it feels like we’ve been talking about the planned remake for forever, the production has had trouble getting off the ground. This week, Paramount’s update even took one step forward and another step back.

Five months after director Kenny Ortega walked away from the project, a new director has been tapped. Craig Brewer, the writer/director behind Hustle & Flow, will now be in charge of bringing the story back to life. The movie, which will remain close in plot and tone to the 1984 original, will also be rewritten by Brewer. (Ortega reportedly wanted the film to be more of a musical than a drama.)

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Remake News: Fantastic Voyage, Harvey and More

Fantastic Voyage: James Cameron will serve as producer, not director, in the remake of Fantastic Voyage, a 1960s science fiction film. The story, about a group of colleagues who miniaturize themselves and their submarine to save a dying scientist from the inside, will incorporate technology used on Avatar. Shane Salerno (Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem) will handle the script.

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Box Office Breakdown: A Bloody Good Debut for New Moon

New Moon

After months of endless promotion, finally opened this weekend to monster-sized numbers. But how exactly did the film compare to the other theatrical giants?

  1. Despite earning over $142 million since midnight Thursday, the adaptation’s debut still falls behind The Dark Knight ($158.4) and Spider-Man 3 ($151.1 million).
  2. The sequel did, though, beat Knight for the best first day open ($72.7 compared to $67.2 million).
  3. It had the largest midnight opening ($26.3 million) to date. (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince grossed $22.2 million.)
  4. Moon also topped Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire‘s 2005 November debut ($102.7 million).

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Box Office Breakdown: Christmas Carol Wins, Precious Soars

Disney's A Christmas Carol

We’re still weeks away from Thanksgiving, but theatergoers already have Christmas on their minds.

, the umpteenth version of the Charles Dickens tale, brought the story back to life with a visual rendition. Robert Zemeckis’ latest holiday creation earned over $30 million, surpassing Polar Express’ open by $7 million. Although the Jim Carrey film didn’t come close to its reported $180 million budget, Carol still has weeks to go before Avatar takes over 3D screens.

Meanwhile, a film with no bells or whistles made an impact just outside the Top 10. , Sundance’s Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize winner, broke a record while in limited release. The 12th place entry averaged a whopping $104,025 this weekend over only 18 theaters. That’s the largest per screen average for any film opening in more than 10 locations.

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Box Office Breakdown: That Was It for Paranormal Activity

Michael Jackson's This Is It

Based on the numbers from the past week, it looks like This Is It should remain in theaters longer than two weeks. Oh wait - it will.

Since opening late Tuesday night, the concert film has generated a total of $34.4 million domestically - $23.2 million just over the weekend - and approximately $101 worldwide. Although Michael Jackson technically didn’t beat the opener for Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour (that entry earned more over 5 days), had the best international debut ever for any concert film.

Sony’s win meant a short victory for . After a steady climb, and only 1 week at the top, the horror film slipped down to second place. Of course, the word-of-mouth hit has nothing to complain about. Not only has the movie grossed $84.6 million to date, it also had the best per screen average of any Top 10 charter.

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Footloose Looking for New Director

Kenny OrtegaThe remake has temporarily been grounded.

Although Paramount’s had already lined up a new Ren McCormick () and Ariel Moore (Julianne Hough) for its planned update, the studio is now without a director.

Up until last week, Kenny Ortega (High School Musical, This Is It) was the man helming the project. Unfortunately, creative and budget differences lead to his exit. According to reports, Ortega wanted $30 million for a musical extravaganza while Paramount was looking at $25 million for something a bit edgier.

A statement from Ortega’s reps, though, claims his recent project was to blame for his departure. “Coming off the extraordinary project, , director Kenny Ortega has decided it is premature for him to commit to his next film and will not be moving forward with Footloose as previously reported.”

It’s believed Paramount will still try to keep to its March production start date.

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In Theaters This Weekend: October 30, 2009

Michael Jackson's This Is It

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Michael Jackson’s This Is It (PG): starring Michael Jackson (directed by Kenny Ortega)  **in theaters now**
  • Aladin* (NR): starring Ritesh Deshmukh, Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt (directed by Sujoy Ghosh)
  • The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day* (R): starring Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly (directed by Troy Duffy)
  • The Fall* (NR): starring Benny Ciaramello, Scott Kinworthy, Erica Shaffer (directed by John Krueger)

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New Footage from Michael Jackson Documentary

If you watched the recent Video Music Awards, chances are you saw the trailer for the upcoming Michael Jackson documentary.

Now we’re getting a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the singer working through his “Human Nature” routine with film/tour director Kenny Ortega. Although we don’t see a lot of dancing in this particular clip, it’s evident Jackson’s voice was still in fine form.

This Is It hits the stage on October 28.

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Julianne Hough About to Go Footloose

Julianne Hough‘s tackled both the dancing world and country music, now she’s moving on to the next phase: acting.

Provided she has room in her busy schedule, Julianne will be the Chace Crawford’s leading lady in the remake of . Dancing with the Stars’ two-time winner will be taking on the Ariel Moore role originated by Lori Singer.

Hough’s selection came after several other young stars - including Hayden Panettiere and Miley Cyrus - were rumored for the part. Although this wouldn’t be the 20-year-old’s first appearance on the big screen, this would be her first major role.

Director Kenny Ortega (High School Musical) told E! Online that he has much love for Julianne. “I adore her. I’m a big fan of hers. Not only how beautiful but how deep her talent goes.”

Production is set to begin in March.

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In Theaters This Weekend: October 24, 2008


Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend:

  • High School Musical 3 (G): starring Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale (directed by Kenny Ortega)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas in 3-D (PG): starring Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara, William Hickey (directed by Henry Selick)
  • Pride and Glory (R): starring Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight (directed by Gavin O’Connor)
  • Saw V (R): starring Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Scott Patterson (directed by David Hackl)

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