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Monday
Oct172011

'Real Steel' Edges 'Footloose' for Top Spot at the Box Office

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The Hugh Jackman robot boxing flick Real Steel earned an estimated $16.3 million over the weekend to edge out the Footloose remake, which opened in the runner-up spot, with $16.1 million.

The horror prequel The Thing debuted in third place, collecting $8.7 million. The Steve Martin-Jack Black-Owen Wilson comedy The Big Year was a big flop, finishing in ninth place, with $3.3 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. Real Steel, $16.3 million.
2. Footloose, $16.1 million.
3. The Thing, $8.7 million.
4. The Ides of March, $7.5 million.
5. Dolphin Tale, $6.3 million.
6. Moneyball, $5.5 million.
7. 50/50, $4.3 million.
8. Courageous, $3.4 million.
9. The Big Year, $3.3 million.
10. The Lion King, $2.7 million.

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Saturday
Oct152011

Kevin Bacon Reflects on ‘Footloose’ Role and Body Double

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- With the new remake of 1984’s Footloose currently out in theaters, Kevin Bacon  recently dished about his  experiences starring in the original version, which went on to earn more than 10 times its reported $8 million budget.

People reports that while Bacon was proud of his role and of the film, he did admit that he regretted not performing some of the more complicated dance moves on set.

On the day of the movie's famous warehouse shoot, where some of the more complicated dance scenes were performed, Bacon admits, "I had a stunt double, a dance double and two gymnastics doubles."

When reflecting on his body double being used in place of him, he expressed his regret.

"Are you kidding? I was furious," Bacon said with a smile."It's like a starting pitcher getting taken out of a game.”

Upon the movie’s original release, the studio told Bacon to never mention that they used a double. "While I was in no position to do this, I told them, ‘You are out 
of your f---ing mind!'” Bacon said.


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Friday
Oct142011

'Footloose,' 'The Big Year,' 'The Thing' Open Friday

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide on Friday:

--  Footloose: In the remake of the 1984 film, newcomer Kenny Wormald fills Kevin Bacon's old role of Ren, who moves to a small town and rebels against a law that prohibits dancing.  Julianne Hough and Dennis Quaid also star.  Rated PG-13.  [Click here to read a review]

-- The Big Year: Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black play rivals in a contest to count more species of birds in North America than anyone else.  Rated PG.

-- The Thing: The prequel to the 1982 flick of the same name revives the vicious titular creature, which wreaks havoc on researchers on Antarctica.  Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton star.  Rated R.  [Click here to read a review]

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Thursday
Oct132011

Review: 'Footloose'

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Like every other time Hollywood has deemed it necessary to remake a classic, it’s a perfectly natural reaction to bang your head against a wall as you cry “why?”  Then we take a deep breath and once more accept the ironic lack of creativity coming from a town that became famous for its creativity.

There’s little reason not to feel the same about a remake of Footloose, until the words “directed by Craig Brewer” appear on the screen.  The man who gave us Hustle and Flow and Black Snake Moan is remaking Footloose?

Okay…we’re paying attention.

A major difference between this Footloose and the 1984 original is the opening. The entire town and the Reverend Moore -- John Lithgow’s former character, here played by Dennis Quaid -- win our empathy straightaway when five teenagers are killed in a car accident following a party, one that involved lots of dancing and alcohol. One of the teens is the Rev. Moore’s son, who’s the older brother of Ariel, played by former Dancing with the Stars pro Julianne Hough.  In beginning this way, Brewer’s script completely neuters the religious zealotry of the original, instead focusing on loss as the motivating factor behind the ban on dancing.

Three years after the accident, Ren arrives, the role played by Kevin Bacon 27 years ago, here played by newcomer Kenny Wormald.  Ren moves from his native Boston to the Southern town of Bomont to live with his aunt and uncle following the death of his mother following her lengthy battle with leukemia.  After resurrecting his uncle’s old Volkswagen Beetle and wiring his iPod into the speakers, he’s immediately pulled over for playing his music too loud. His rebellious nature also attracts the attention of Ariel, who has now become quite the wild child herself. The problem for Ren is Ariel’s boyfriend, Chuck, the town bully.  If you’ve seen the original you know the rest: Ren battles the bully and the town -- the former for Ariel’s affections, the latter for the right to stage a dance.

The strength of this Footloose is it feels organic and authentic -- most of the time.  Inevitably, in a remake of a classic movie filled with cheesy moments, you’re going to get the forced homage to those cheesy moments.  That’s OK, though, because the remake exudes infectious charm.  You can feel director Craig Brewer’s passion for the project, through both his direction and his casting. Wormald and Hough aren’t quite ready for the Oscars yet but they’re pitch perfect for what they’re asked to do here.  However, it’s the supporting players that really help keep the film grounded, particularly Quaid, Miles Teller as Ren’s new pal Willard (Chris Penn in the original) and Ray McKinnon as Uncle Wes. 

Three-and-a-half out of five stars.

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