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09.25.2008

Occasionally I'll mention how much I miss Steve Martin -- not the charmless pod person from the past decade, but the genuinely funny guy from PLAINS TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES, L.A. STORY and DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS.

Someone is going to have to step in for him now on that last one -- a remake of Frank Oz's 1988 comedy (itself a remake) is in the works, attempting to somehow upgrade the dueling con artists of Martin and Michael Caine. The movie involves two con men with radically different styles, both trying to swindle the same rich lady, which becomes a competition between the two.

The remake will be written and directed by Steve Pink, which could prove a positive -- he co-wrote GROSSE POINTE BLANK and HIGH FIDELITY. But wait... he'll also be "updating the Internet-era context of the cons". Umm...

The new version comes from remake kings MGM, who've already assaulted us with a new PINK PANTHER (and another on the way) and have plans to do the same with ROBOCOP, RED DAWN and POLTERGEIST.

Extra Tidbit: John Lithgow played Caine's role in the Broadway version.
Source: THR

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12:18AM on 09/27/2008

G'day Mate

First of all, the 1988 version was freakin awesome. (my 2 year old did that thing at the dinner table once where he asks to go to the bathroom, and then goes right there. I was laughing for a week.)
Second of all, these are the kind of stories that deserve a remake. I'm tired of bullshit remakes that suck.
I am looking forward to this one though.
First of all, the 1988 version was freakin awesome. (my 2 year old did that thing at the dinner table once where he asks to go to the bathroom, and then goes right there. I was laughing for a week.)
Second of all, these are the kind of stories that deserve a remake. I'm tired of bullshit remakes that suck.
I am looking forward to this one though.
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5:54PM on 09/26/2008
I'm gonna go out on a limb here and probably lose some of you by saying that the '88 DRS is one of the greatest comedies ever made. Nothing offensive or gross about it, just character-driven perfection, and there is no way that they could capture that lightning in a bottle again. I don't need to tell you that I hate this idea, but am simply stating that YOU WILL NOT MAKE A BETTER MOVIE.
I'm gonna go out on a limb here and probably lose some of you by saying that the '88 DRS is one of the greatest comedies ever made. Nothing offensive or gross about it, just character-driven perfection, and there is no way that they could capture that lightning in a bottle again. I don't need to tell you that I hate this idea, but am simply stating that YOU WILL NOT MAKE A BETTER MOVIE.
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2:59PM on 09/26/2008
hooray for Hollywood.
hooray for Hollywood.
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2:32PM on 09/26/2008
Um! They should make a movie of the broadway version with John Lithgow and Norbert Leo Butz. We don't need a remake of a remake. Aka we don't need three of these, the first two of them are practically identical, make the third the musical!
Um! They should make a movie of the broadway version with John Lithgow and Norbert Leo Butz. We don't need a remake of a remake. Aka we don't need three of these, the first two of them are practically identical, make the third the musical!
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7:14AM on 09/26/2008
The Martin/Caine version is a gem. Go cannibalize other material that NEEDS to be remade.
The Martin/Caine version is a gem. Go cannibalize other material that NEEDS to be remade.
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6:21AM on 09/26/2008
How do I put this mildly...hmmm, how about...

F*CK NO!
How do I put this mildly...hmmm, how about...

F*CK NO!
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5:12AM on 09/26/2008
Steve Martin really lost his touch.

I'm so sick and tired of remakes. Some people aren't even aware of the originals, but of the remakes. so in the future are classic films going to be forgotten in replace of remakes? that's a frightening thought.

so help me god they better not remake Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
Steve Martin really lost his touch.

I'm so sick and tired of remakes. Some people aren't even aware of the originals, but of the remakes. so in the future are classic films going to be forgotten in replace of remakes? that's a frightening thought.

so help me god they better not remake Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
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4:16AM on 09/26/2008

Just to do a bit of devils advocate...

Steve Martin is getting older, and in the waning years of his life he has made a few mistakes. Queen Latifa and Pink Panther to be sure. But, ive read his books, heard is interviews and seen his appearances lately and he is still there, the old smart and funny guy who wrote LA Story is still around. For some reason he seems to think he needs to make some "family friendly" movies. Its a curse that alot of older actors have.

Now, that being said, I agree that alot of his material in the
Steve Martin is getting older, and in the waning years of his life he has made a few mistakes. Queen Latifa and Pink Panther to be sure. But, ive read his books, heard is interviews and seen his appearances lately and he is still there, the old smart and funny guy who wrote LA Story is still around. For some reason he seems to think he needs to make some "family friendly" movies. Its a curse that alot of older actors have.

Now, that being said, I agree that alot of his material in the last few years has been abysmal. And we have lost a real genius with his aging. But dont count him out just yet.

Also, i whole heartedly agree with the sequel idea. If it HAS to be done, do a sequel.
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3:02AM on 09/26/2008

Fuck you MGM

Seriously.. and fuck you too Steve Martin. What a piece of shit he's become.. I almos t wanna vomit everytime I see that stupid silly mother fucker.

Honestly.. Cheaper by the Dozen 1, 2, Pink panther 1, 2, queen latifah movies.. fuck him.. what a sell out.

And do we really need a fucking Poltergiest remake???? ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!? That movie isn't even that old yet.. STOP IT. Just stop. Where is the god damn originality? it makes me want to go to hollywood right now and try to be a
Seriously.. and fuck you too Steve Martin. What a piece of shit he's become.. I almos t wanna vomit everytime I see that stupid silly mother fucker.

Honestly.. Cheaper by the Dozen 1, 2, Pink panther 1, 2, queen latifah movies.. fuck him.. what a sell out.

And do we really need a fucking Poltergiest remake???? ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!? That movie isn't even that old yet.. STOP IT. Just stop. Where is the god damn originality? it makes me want to go to hollywood right now and try to be a screen writer.
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2:34AM on 09/26/2008

NO REMAKE!

A sequel...maybe but no more remakes!!!

Screenwriters are starving for their scripts to be made and they keep rehashing old ideas. Makes no sense.
A sequel...maybe but no more remakes!!!

Screenwriters are starving for their scripts to be made and they keep rehashing old ideas. Makes no sense.
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1:53AM on 09/26/2008
I remember reading something Robert Englund said in regards to the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET re-make and him being replaced in his iconic role of Freddy Kruger. He said something like: "Well, I've already done it, what's to be angry about?" I don't remember the exact quote but it was something along those lines.

That's really how I feel about all re-makes. It's been done before, why do it again?

It's been said before and said again, Hollywood needs to stop "updating" flicks of the past.
I remember reading something Robert Englund said in regards to the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET re-make and him being replaced in his iconic role of Freddy Kruger. He said something like: "Well, I've already done it, what's to be angry about?" I don't remember the exact quote but it was something along those lines.

That's really how I feel about all re-makes. It's been done before, why do it again?

It's been said before and said again, Hollywood needs to stop "updating" flicks of the past. Is it really that hard to come up with something original? Sure, technically speaking, there's really no such thing as "original" anymore, but dammit, take something that's been done and do it differently or something! Stop making stuff that's already been done already!

Wishful thinking, I know.
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1:20AM on 09/26/2008

Karma is a Bitch

This is Steve Martin's payback for remaking The Pink Panther. Now someone is going to try and take one of his classics away from him.

AND this is kind of silly, since both Steve Martin and Michael Caine are both still relatively young enough to play the same characters. This should be a sequel, not a remake and it would make more money.
This is Steve Martin's payback for remaking The Pink Panther. Now someone is going to try and take one of his classics away from him.

AND this is kind of silly, since both Steve Martin and Michael Caine are both still relatively young enough to play the same characters. This should be a sequel, not a remake and it would make more money.
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11:04PM on 09/25/2008
Awesome movie. Awful idea to remake it.
Oh, and another suggestion for the tidbit: the 1988 film was actually a remake of the 1964 film Bedtime Story with Marlon Brando.
Awesome movie. Awful idea to remake it.
Oh, and another suggestion for the tidbit: the 1988 film was actually a remake of the 1964 film Bedtime Story with Marlon Brando.
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