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John Barry: Remembering the Bond theme composer

john-barry-70sImage Credit: John Glanville/AP ImagesThe maestro behind one of the most memorable themes in movie history has been silenced. John Barry won five Academy Awards during his remarkable 50-year Hollywood career, but the legendary composer will always be best remembered for the catchy surf-rock theme that introduced the dashing, debonair exploits of British superspy James Bond. READ FULL STORY

SAG Awards 2011: Who are you rooting for?

James-Franco-Ty-Burrell_320.jpg Image Credit: C Flanigan/FilmMagic.com; Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images The Screen Actors Guild Awards are tonight, PopWatchers. But even with a slate of ultra-talented nominees like the ones we have before us (see the full list here), everyone has their favorites. In the movies category, I’m pulling for James Franco. (Sorry, Colin Firth, still love you!) As adventure seeker Aron Ralston in 127 Hours, Franco found himself alone on screen for much of the movie, and yet, it was just as compelling as an ensemble of impressive actors (See: The Kids Are All Right). And I need not go into detail about the gritty arm amputation scene, which was as gripping as it was utterly disgusting, in the best possible way. READ FULL STORY

Is Will Smith remaking the musical 'Annie' with daughter Willow?

Willow-Smith-AnnieImage Credit: James Coldrey/WireImage.com; Everett CollectionYou’ve gotta admit it — being Will Smith’s kid is a pretty sweet gig. Last year, the box-office heavyweight and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith produced an update of The Karate Kid as a star vehicle for their 12-year-old son Jaden. It worked. The film raked in more than $350 million worldwide. Now, Variety is reporting that the Smiths are talking to Sony about adapting the Broadway musical chestnut Annie for their 10-year-old daughter, Willow. READ FULL STORY

Jerry Lewis comedies being remade: Is an overdue revival afoot?

CinderfellaImage Credit: Mary Evans/Ronald Grant/Everett CollectionMy first reaction to this morning’s news that a trio of classic Jerry Lewis comedies is being remade was: Yesss! Then, after a while, my brain started downshifting to Oh Nooo! You see, I’m a huge Jerry Lewis freak. And no, I’m not French. If you’ve never seen Lewis’ manic and masterful string of comedies for Paramount in the ’60s, then you might have a hard time buying into my belief that the guy is a flat-out genius. READ FULL STORY

'Ghostbusters 3' raises the question: should the '80s be left alone?

Indiana-JonesImage Credit: Everett CollectionIf we’re to believe today’s big news, then Bill Murray may very well be sitting at home at this very moment in front of a fireplace with a cup of Swiss Miss and the script for Ghostbusters 3. That’s a pretty exciting thought…for about five minutes. Then the inevitable concerns arise — concerns like, is this really a good idea? Do we really want to check back in with Dr. Venkman, Dr. Stantz, and Egon after all these years? What if they’re…well, what if they’re not funny anymore? Wouldn’t it be better if we let certain cherished memories stay pure and untarnished?

Movie lovers of a certain age have had to grapple with these thorny questions a lot lately. I’m talking about folks like myself who spent way too much time in darkened multiplexes during the ’80s. Recently we’ve seen Indiana Jones dusted off and yanked out of a mothballed crate just so he could battle Boris and Natasha-style Russkies, piggyback on a motorcycle with Shia LaBeouf, and try to hunt down some preposterous crystal knickknack left behind by space aliens. Space aliens!! Come on!

We’ve seen splashy new incarnations of Reagan-era horror chestnuts like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and Piranha. They’ve been recast, rebooted, and, in the last case, even tarted up with 3-D. But did any of them improve on the original? Jerry O’Connell’s severed manhood aside, I’d argue no. And I’d take it a step further: They probably tainted my memories of the originals, at least a little. I know these movies aren’t really made for me — or for the folks who were at the scene of the crime the first time around. The new target demo is teens and twentysomethings who either aren’t familiar with the originals, or don’t consider them sacred texts. But Hollywood’s been defiling the vault for so long now that it’s time we finally cried “Uncle!” READ FULL STORY

Lindsay Lohan reportedly leaves rehab. What should she do next? And how many times can we ask this question?

Lindsay-LohanImage Credit: Amy Graves/WireImage.comHere at PW headquarters, we’ve written many, many times about a possible Lindsay Lohan comeback. (See: here, here, here, here, here, here. And that’s just in the last year alone.) And today, on the day that she’s reportedly left a less-than-drama-free stay at Betty Ford — what with that whole criminal battery investigation thing — we have the opportunity to do so once again. After all, the actress’ website recently underwent a makeover. Surely, it’s time she actually accomplished a successful image overhaul herself.

But what will work for her? She tried making fun of her troubles via this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. That, however, only succeeded in making many critics, and fans, sad pandas. She boasted a role in this year’s cultish Robert Rodriguez flick, Machete. Unfortunately, her character’s affection for weaponry only seemed to remind folks of this. She tried jumping on board Inferno, a steamy biopic about Linda Lovelace that seemed destined for awards chatter (whether said chatter would surround an Oscar or Razzie, of course, would have remained to be seen). But after violating her probation, checking into jail for a short-lived stint, failing a drug test, and getting sent to rehab, the film’s director bailed on Lohan, replacing her with Malin Akerman.

Looking at her 2010, it’s hard to imagine how Lohan can win, regardless of what she chooses to do post-rehab. And frankly, after speculating for months about what she can do with her career once she pulls herself together, I’ve run out of ideas. So I’m going to turn it over to you, PopWatchers. How should Lohan spend her 2011? Vote in our poll below. Wah. READ FULL STORY

'Empire Strikes Back' director Irvin Kershner: An appreciation

Irvin-Kershner-empire-strikes-backImage Credit: © & TM Lucasfilm, LtdGeorge Lucas will always be known as the genius behind Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader. But it was Irvin Kershner, a professorial and genteel man of the old school, who directed the film most Star Wars aficionados consider the greatest chapter in the saga, 1980′s The Empire Strikes Back. It was to Kershner’s credit that he never jockeyed for the limelight or clawed for the credit. He was a quiet craftsman who believed in letting the images he put on screen speak for him. The news that Kershner passed away earlier today leaves a giant black hole in a galaxy far far away and in the hearts of fans in this one.

Kershner was a graduate of USC film school and years later he taught a young, like-minded student named George Lucas. But before that fateful classroom encounter, Kershner would earn his stripes producing documentaries for the U.S. Information Service in the Middle East in the early ’50s. READ FULL STORY

The new 'Tron' trailer is up: cool or creepy?

A new trailer for TRON: Legacy has surfaced and I have to say it looks pretty damn cool. For the most part, anyway. I was a little skeptical about the idea of rebooting a franchise that tanked so epically the first time around, but after seeing all the gee-whiz glow-in-the-dark f/x and hints at a plausible father-son story, I think I might be won over. The big-budget Disney flick doesn’t open until Dec. 17, but the new trailer should be enough to satisfy the nerd-herd for the next month or so — thanks especially to the film’s Star Wars-y action scenes and ominous lines like: “The Grid: a place of infinite possibility.” Give the clip a ride after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Randy Quaid tells 'Early Show' that 'star whackers' are out to get him

The Randy and Evi Quaid saga just gets weirder and weirder. And the Oscar-nominated-actor-turned-fugitive-turned-conspiracy theorist isn’t exactly helping his case. In an interview with CBS’ Early Show this morning, Quaid, who has been on the run from authorities on felony trespassing and vandalism charges along with his wife Evi, said that he was being targeted by “star whackers.”

The Quaids say they are convinced that unnamed nefarious people are singling out celebrities to either steal their fortunes or kill them. They claim that David Carradine, who was found hanged in a Bangkok hotel room, and Heath Ledger, who died of an accidental drug overdose, were victims of the same conspiracy. Quaid has called this cabal: “star whackers.” The couple says they are currently seeking asylum and protection in Canada. Check out the entire interview below. READ FULL STORY

'Saw 3D' director Kevin Greutert on making Jigsaw's final movie (and NOT making 'Paranormal Activity 2')

saw-3d-directorImage Credit: Brooke PalmerKevin Greutert edited the first five Saw movies and directed the most recent pair—last year’s Saw VI and Saw 3D, which opens Friday. So it isn’t a huge surprise to discover that the horror franchise, in which victims must try to escape torture-traps set by Tobin Bell’s character Jigsaw, has infiltrated his subconscious. “I do have Saw dreams,” says the filmmaker. “I can’t even escape it in my sleep.”

Nor has he been able to escape it in real-life, despite his best efforts to do so. Following the huge success of last fall’s Paranormal Activity, Greutert and TV writer Michael Perry (The Dead Zone, Millennium) were approached to oversee the second film in the PA franchise, despite the original movie taking a big bite from the box office of Greutert’s Saw VI. “When I was approached by the Paranormal guys, I was thrilled,” says Greutert. “We had quite a few meetings and did a lot of pitching with them. And of course Michael stayed on.” Greutert did not. In January, the producers of the Saw movies exercised an option in the director’s contract, which allowed them to extract Greutert from Paranormal 2 and deposit the director on the Toronto set of Saw 3D, shortly before the film was due to start principal photography. Greutert reportedly responded by blogging that “lawyers are sending me to Canada.” “I don’t remember that!” Greutert protests, with mock innocence. “Starting with the release of Saw VI, and the disappointing box-office performance, it’s been a dark time for me, no question. But honestly, this subject, while it’s fascinating, I should probably not say more on it.”

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