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04.28.2009

You'll have to excuse me for never watching the cult classic DROP DEAD FRED as a child. I was too busy watching the collected works of Fellini and Bergman to care about petty North American movies. That's probably why I have never seen a film by Lucas, Spielberg, Scorsese or Kubrick either.

Finally though, I will get a chance to right my wrongs. Russell Brand is set to star in a remake of DROP DEAD FRED for Universal, in which he'll play the annoying imaginary friend that tormented Phoebe Cates in the original. Dennis McNicholas (LAND OF THE LOST) will pen the script, which will try and mimic the tone of BEETLEJUICE, by creating a universe built around the concept of imaginary friends. Something tells me this role may equal the best actor Oscar for Brand that everyone in the media has long been predicting.

Extra Tidbit: My girlfriend and Russell Brand might be long lost identical twins.
Source: THR

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10:35AM on 04/30/2009
I hate Brand so much. So....much. *plays with dagger in hand, contemplating*
I hate Brand so much. So....much. *plays with dagger in hand, contemplating*
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5:34AM on 04/30/2009

Snotface, WAKE! UP!

Your girlfriend must be ugly as shit Barna. And fuck this remake by the way.
Your girlfriend must be ugly as shit Barna. And fuck this remake by the way.
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8:58PM on 04/28/2009

Drat!!

I thought he was co-starring in that terrific new flick with Ben Affleck and Kevin Costner. What a disappointment.
I thought he was co-starring in that terrific new flick with Ben Affleck and Kevin Costner. What a disappointment.
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6:46PM on 04/28/2009
Man, i see literally NO reasons to remake this movie. Maybe I should watch it again to understand why it's time for a remake?! I doubt it, but it has been a long time since i've seen it.
Man, i see literally NO reasons to remake this movie. Maybe I should watch it again to understand why it's time for a remake?! I doubt it, but it has been a long time since i've seen it.
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5:49PM on 04/28/2009
wtf is drop dead fred and why is it so sacred?
wtf is drop dead fred and why is it so sacred?
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5:45PM on 04/28/2009
eh... they SHOULD remake Back to the Future!.... in in year 2015. Think about it. Marty lives in 2015, travels back to 1985 to set his parents up. Then in the sequel, he goes forward to 2045!!... of course Jayden Smith should play Marty. calling it.
eh... they SHOULD remake Back to the Future!.... in in year 2015. Think about it. Marty lives in 2015, travels back to 1985 to set his parents up. Then in the sequel, he goes forward to 2045!!... of course Jayden Smith should play Marty. calling it.
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2:55PM on 04/28/2009
worst news ever
worst news ever
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2:08PM on 04/28/2009
Meh, might work. The guy was hysterical in Sarah Marshall. And the original was pretty wicked decent. Kind of in the same category of terribly good movies that I can't not watch like Judge Dredd and Hackers. Ok, maybe not that bad...
Meh, might work. The guy was hysterical in Sarah Marshall. And the original was pretty wicked decent. Kind of in the same category of terribly good movies that I can't not watch like Judge Dredd and Hackers. Ok, maybe not that bad...
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1:46PM on 04/28/2009

Just what we need

Another shitty remake! I can't believe what actors get paid for these films. HoyleHaw is right - the first one wasn't that good to begin with.
Another shitty remake! I can't believe what actors get paid for these films. HoyleHaw is right - the first one wasn't that good to begin with.
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11:31AM on 04/28/2009

well

i loved the original when i was a kid still watch it sometimes when it comes on hbo or cinemax, i think it should be left alone, but if anyone can play drop dead fred i guess brand could do it. even though i think it should be left alone
i loved the original when i was a kid still watch it sometimes when it comes on hbo or cinemax, i think it should be left alone, but if anyone can play drop dead fred i guess brand could do it. even though i think it should be left alone
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11:29AM on 04/28/2009
While I don't think this thing needs a remake (the original wasn't that good to begin with), I am actually rather impressed they decided on Brand for the role. The guy is so polarizing in that "love 'em or hate 'em" kinda way, which was also pretty much the case in the original.

The only thing that makes me iffy is the idea it will try to mimic the tone of Beetlejuice. Not because it's my favorite film from the '80s, but because Fred was sort of a cuddlier version of Beetlegeuse anyway. Need
While I don't think this thing needs a remake (the original wasn't that good to begin with), I am actually rather impressed they decided on Brand for the role. The guy is so polarizing in that "love 'em or hate 'em" kinda way, which was also pretty much the case in the original.

The only thing that makes me iffy is the idea it will try to mimic the tone of Beetlejuice. Not because it's my favorite film from the '80s, but because Fred was sort of a cuddlier version of Beetlegeuse anyway. Need to do something different if anything at all.
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10:40AM on 04/28/2009
whaaaaa?
what a random choice, yeah he's british but he looks nothing like Rik Mayall. bah, no need for a remake.
whaaaaa?
what a random choice, yeah he's british but he looks nothing like Rik Mayall. bah, no need for a remake.
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9:54AM on 04/28/2009
Hollywood leave this movie alone. One of my favorite movies as a kid that I wish wasn't so hard to find so I could rewatch it.
Hollywood leave this movie alone. One of my favorite movies as a kid that I wish wasn't so hard to find so I could rewatch it.
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9:50AM on 04/28/2009

Why all the Brand hate?

His stand up is actually very funny IMO. Sure his movies are lacking but they are not meant to be as 'tedious' as Fellini or 'petty' as a Kubrick film. They just are put together to make certain people laugh.

If you know you won't like it, nobody is making you watch it.
His stand up is actually very funny IMO. Sure his movies are lacking but they are not meant to be as 'tedious' as Fellini or 'petty' as a Kubrick film. They just are put together to make certain people laugh.

If you know you won't like it, nobody is making you watch it.
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9:46AM on 04/28/2009
You say he's joking, I say Barna's nut. Read some of his other articles.

And, GioFace, are you seriously referencing my username in your insult? Man, I haven't seen this much grasping at straws since I fucked your mother in the hay barn.
You say he's joking, I say Barna's nut. Read some of his other articles.

And, GioFace, are you seriously referencing my username in your insult? Man, I haven't seen this much grasping at straws since I fucked your mother in the hay barn.
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8:54AM on 04/28/2009
chill out captain planet, im pretty sure he's joking man. and your like superman's gay cousin man, when did you get a say on this site?
chill out captain planet, im pretty sure he's joking man. and your like superman's gay cousin man, when did you get a say on this site?
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8:41AM on 04/28/2009
A crap comedian in a remake of a crap comedy. Sounds like sweets to the sweet to me.

@ Capt. Planet: Pssst, that was a joke!
A crap comedian in a remake of a crap comedy. Sounds like sweets to the sweet to me.

@ Capt. Planet: Pssst, that was a joke!
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7:48AM on 04/28/2009

Say, what?

Barma: "That's probably why I have never seen a film by Lucas, Spielberg, Scorsese or Kubrick either"

How the hell can you write for a film website, Barma? This is an extraordinary high level of film snobbery. Some of Fellini and Bergman's work is excruciatingly tedious.
Barma: "That's probably why I have never seen a film by Lucas, Spielberg, Scorsese or Kubrick either"

How the hell can you write for a film website, Barma? This is an extraordinary high level of film snobbery. Some of Fellini and Bergman's work is excruciatingly tedious.
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7:25AM on 04/28/2009
the original was a mess that wasted Rick Mayall's considerable comedic talent. Why anyone would want to appear in a remake of it is beyond me. Still, Russell Brand is hardly celebrated for his good judgment.
the original was a mess that wasted Rick Mayall's considerable comedic talent. Why anyone would want to appear in a remake of it is beyond me. Still, Russell Brand is hardly celebrated for his good judgment.
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5:13AM on 04/28/2009

Rik Mayall

without him what's the point? But Brand might be able to pull it off.
without him what's the point? But Brand might be able to pull it off.
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2:59AM on 04/28/2009
Too bad for him.

He should just start packing up his shit and leave dodge now. He's used up his 15 mins.

A 3rd year acting student commits suicide every time a dude like this gets work.
Too bad for him.

He should just start packing up his shit and leave dodge now. He's used up his 15 mins.

A 3rd year acting student commits suicide every time a dude like this gets work.
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2:30AM on 04/28/2009

no

a remake of Drop Dead Fred??? thats fucked up
a remake of Drop Dead Fred??? thats fucked up
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