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'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark' teaser trailer: Hands off Katie Holmes' BMW, and that child!

After the break, watch the teaser trailer for Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Guillermo del Toro’s remake of the 1973 made-for-TV original. Katie Holmes plays a variation of Kim Darby’s character, a neurotic homemaker intent on decorating a spooky Victorian house. Instead of “a housewife,” Katie is “the girlfriend.” And hey! It’s Guy Pearce! Definitely watch this at your desk while staring blankly at a black screen for the first 30 or so seconds because it’s important to thoroughly creep your coworkers out. READ FULL STORY

Grace Park takes a man-made role on 'Hawaii Five-0'

hawaii-five-0-grace-parkImage Credit: Mario Perez/CBSYou know you’ve broken into the boys’ club when you can’t seem to stop taking roles originally played by guys. Grace Park first gained attention while playing Lieut. Sharon “Boomer” Valerii in Sci Fi’s remake of Battlestar Galactica. (Boomer from the 1978 series was portrayed by Herbert Jefferson Jr.) And now Park will be pulling the sex swap all over again this fall, as Det. Kono Kalakaua in CBS’ reboot of Hawaii Five-0. (Kono was played by the burly actor Zulu in the 1968 original.)

Park attributes all the gender bending not to her special brand of gravitas, but to Hollywood’s zeal for remakes and the need to inject them with modern sensibilities. “Back in the day, we used to have much more male-centric shows,” she says. “You still have male-heavy shows, but having a woman in there adds a new dimension.” That said, she sees plenty of ways to exploit this trend: “My next goal is to do J.R. from Dallas. Then maybe Larry from Three’s Company.” Note to network executives: Please make this happen.

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'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' author will write a 'Dark Shadows' remake for Johnny Depp and Tim Burton

In news guaranteed to satisfy a unique coalition of vampire obsessives, soap opera devotees, and Jane Austen lovers, Warner Bros. has put the long-discussed remake of Dark Shadows on the fast track with the hiring of a new screenwriter. According to Variety, Seth Grahame-Smith, the author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, will work on a new adaptation of the 1966-1971 supernatural soap. Tim Burton will direct Johnny Depp for the millionth eighth time.

I haven’t watched very much of Dark Shadows, but from what little I remember about tuning into reruns of the show on the network formally known as the Sci-Fi Channel, the vampire melodrama was played pretty straight. Between Burton, Depp, and Grahame-Smith, you have to figure that the movie version will lean in a slightly more absurdist direction. Just imagine what sort of exciting new accent Depp will invent to play lead vamp Barnabas Collins!

Are you excited about this news, PopWatchers? Is this one vampire film too many, or do you think that this creative team will inject a little life into the genre?

'Hawaii Five-0' extended preview waits 69 seconds to show Alex O'Loughlin shirtless, but who's counting!

CBS has released an extended preview of its new fall drama Hawaii Five-0 starring Alex O’Loughlin as Lt. Commander Steve McGarrett, Scott Caan as Det. Danny “Danno” Williams, Daniel Dae Kim as Chin Ho Kelly, Grace Park as Kono Kalakaua, and Jean Smart as the governor of Hawaii, who gives the task force they form full immunity and means. The trailer definitely sells the show’s strong points — the chemistry between O’Loughlin and Caan, the location that will allow O’Loughlin to occasionally change his shirt in public (I recommend producers read my 2009 open letter to showrunners of procedurals starring actors we’d like to see shirtless for inspiration), and the potential for guest stars (James Marsters is the pilot’s Big Bad). What do you think? I’ve always said Monday at 10 p.m. is the right time for a fun hour-long show that doesn’t try to be anything more than entertainment. We’re bummed to be back at work and want one more night of escapism before the week swallows us whole. My DVR will be very happy recording this and ABC’s Castle. Watch the preview below. READ FULL STORY

Andy Serkis will monkey around in 'Rise of the Apes'

Andy-SerkisImage Credit: Jason Kempin/Getty ImagesNearly a decade after Tim Burton brought the sci-fi classic to the big screen (the stomach-churning twist at the end was the realization that you actually spent money to see it), the latest entry in the Planet of the Apes saga actually seems to be shaping up pretty well. Andy Serkis, whose simian credits include playing Peter Jackson’s King Kong, has joined the prequel project, titled Rise of the Apes. He’ll play the chimp who leads the titular uprising, and I for one couldn’t be happier that he’s got his paws on this damn, dirty role.

Hopefully his motion-capture emoting will help make sure this entry in the series isn’t as bad as the last one, but no production news for this film will truly appease until they announce that they’re doing it as a musical. I’ve been waiting for years to see the bigscreen adaptation of Stop the Planet of the Apes, I Want to Get Off! What say you, PopWatchers? Excited to see the man who brought Gollum to life (along with 843,003 animators) in Rise of the Apes? Tell us what you think below, or take this opportunity to correct me on the fact that a chimpanzee isn’t actually a monkey. It’s up to you!

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New 'Predators' images: Beauty (Adrien Brody's body) and the beasts

PredatorsImage Credit: Rico TorresTons of new images from next month’s Predators have hit the Web. I suppose I should be talking about how badass the Predators look, but my eye was drawn to Adrien Brody, who clearly packed on major muscle for the role. Perhaps Fox should be showcasing that fact in all trailers — not just for the ladies, but for anyone who still likes to talk about the actors’ physiques in the 1987 original. I just went to Hulu to get the clip from the “Mac and Dennis Break Up” episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia in which Dennis refuses to watch Predator again because Mac always launches into a conversation about body mass, and surprise!, the ad that played before it was Predators. Fate gets it. Watch that clip below, take a look at the photos, and tell us if Predators, produced by Robert Rodriguez and directed by Nimród Antal, now looks like it will do John McTiernan’s masterpiece, which made our list of the 25 greatest action films ever, justice. READ FULL STORY

'Karate Kid' sequel in the works: We've got the plot all worked out!

In what might be the biggest “Well, duh” of the week, as Hollywood Insider’s Nicole Sperling reports, Columbia Pictures is planning a sequel to The Kung Fu Karate Kid, seeing as the Will and Jada Smith-produced, Jaden Smith-starring remake to the 1984 original kicked such serious butt at the box office last weekend. They don’t have a script or story yet, but that’s where I come in. I’ve got the plot all worked out.

Since the current movie takes place in China (therefore borrowing the whole underdog-fish-out-of-water story line from the original Karate Kid II), the sequel should find Dre, his mama, and Mr. Han headin’ back to the States. Specifically, they will drop anchor in California (tax rebates, every actor lives there, great crews — it’s a win-win!), where Dre would befriend a pack of karate-choppin’ kids who hang out at a zen joint in the Valley called the Mr. Miyagi Karate Academy, run by none other than Daniel LaRusso and his high school sweetheart (now wife), Ali Mills. Every once in a while, a buff chick called Julie Pierce wanders in to visit the place named after her beloved late sensei, though since she won two Oscars retired from the sport to open a boxing studio, she doesn’t do much martial arting anymore. Dre and Mr. Han will try to convince Daniel-san to transform the Academy into a pan-martial arts center incorporating both karate and kung fu. Because Mr. Miyagi, bless his generous heart, would have wanted it that way, they say, even though they never met him, but whatevs. READ FULL STORY

Colin Farrell and Toni Collette cast in 'Fright Night' remake. Fang-tastic or Sucks?

fright-nightImage Credit: Chris Hatcher/PR Photos; Bob Charlotte/PR PhotosThe ’80s have somehow gone from the decade everyone pretended to forget to the decade everyone’s pretending to remember. Whereas previously, those ten years of pop culture were derided as a wasteland of legwarmers, pastel alligator shirts, and big hair, now big-budget reincarnations of Clash of the Titans, The Karate Kid, and Tron are being marketed to teenagers who were nine years away from being a gleam in their daddy’s eye when the originals came out.

Another to add onto the growing list is the upcoming remake of the super-fun 1985 vampire flick Fright Night, which just got huge casting news in the form of Colin Farrell and Toni Collette. The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog reports that Farrell has signed on to play the bloodsucker-next-door originally portrayed with suave menace by Chris Sarandon, and Collette will play the already-cast Anton Yelchin’s single mom.

Honestly, I think I really like both of these casting choices. Collette, if her maternal roles in The United States of Tara and The Sixth Sense indicate anything, will probably bring an added depth and sympathy to the mother seduced by the vampire’s charms that was somewhat absent in the original. And Farrell, who recently has been off finding himself in more introverted roles in smaller movies like In Bruges and Ondine, will finally get to chew some scenery and use his considerable Celtic charisma for the purposes of evil.

Are you excited about these Fright-ful developments? Those of you who love the original, do you find your nostalgia for it enhancing or detracting from your excitement for a remake? And finally, where is Chris Sarandon and why hasn’t someone given him an awesome villainous comeback role yet?

Hollywood's '80s Remake Fever: What movie actually deserves a do-over?

Variety has published an extended rundown of Hollywood’s current slate of remakes. In a nutshell: it’s Attack of the ’80s, Part Two. Comedies like Private Benjamin and Short Circuit, horror flicks like Fright Night and Poltergeist, action movies like Conan the Barbarian and Robocop, corporate satires like Wall Street and Robocop… they’re all returning to a theater near you. Sorry, fans of quaint ideals like “originality” and “not beating a dead horse”: like reality TV and auto-tune, remakes are the fad that became the status quo.

So why fight it? The problem isn’t remakes, per se – it’s that all the wrong movies are getting remade. Friends, I think it’s time we help out our friends in Hollywood, and tell them which movies actually deserve a remake.

The key is to take a movie built on a delicious idea that couldn’t quite deliver on its premise; a film that’s fondly remembered, but actually awful. With that in mind, I’d like to propose a remake of a film so deeply and adorably weird that it could only be a bizarro-failure the first time around: READ FULL STORY

Chace Crawford out of 'Footloose': Who should replace him?

footlooseImage Credit: Jamie McCarthy/WireImage.com; Anna Webber/WireImage.comTurns out Chace Crawford, like Zac Efron before him, will not be cutting Footloose after all. As EW reported yesterday, the Gossip Girl cutie has a scheduling conflict with the increasingly troubled remake, which is set to start shooting this summer — the same time he is set to be in production on his CW show. Julianne Hough is still set as the female lead, but the script has been rewritten by Hustle & Flow‘s Craig Brewer and is director-less after This Is It‘s Kenny Ortega dropped out. All of that said, the show must go on, and those wildly unrealistic gymnastic-dance sequences in warehouses aren’t going to do themselves. This thing needs a Kevin Bacon.

The studio behind the movie, Paramount, is looking to fill the role with an unknown, even considering a nationwide cast call. But we’ll ignore that for the moment and think up some at-least-a-little-knowns we’d like to see in Ren McCormick’s shoes. Maybe Glee‘s Cory Monteith could save this poor town from lack of dancing? A lesser-known Gossip Girl player like soon-to-be Captain America co-star Sebastian Stan, who started his career singing, dancing, and acting at summer camp? Or maybe Zac Efron will reconsider now that he’s put some distance between this and High School Musical?

What do you think, PopWatchers?

Also: Nicole Sperling: Chace Crawford out of ‘Footloose'; unknown may replace him

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