My casting dreams came true this week when Chace Crawford was announced as Zac Efron's replacement in that completely necessary remake of Footloose we're getting. Since this is irrefutable proof that I am psychic, I thought I'd toss out some other random '80s movies the Gossip Girl kids will most definitely be remaking in the near future. Because why let the rest of the decade's pop culture go by unbastardized, you know? Oh, and remember -- the theme is '80s movies. Say Blair should remake Breakfast at Tiffany's in the comments and you will be ridiculed. Alright, let's go, people! It's fan fiction time!
Marvel Studios is getting ready to move on their Captain America movie, but first they need to figure out who'll play Steve Rogers, the 98-pound weakling who gets injected with a super-soldier serum that turns him into an American hero during World War II. A list of young American actors who will be screen-tested for the role has been leaked, and it's an interesting mix of square-jawed heartthrobs, teen-playing pretty-boys and Jim Halpert. Two other actors, Jensen Ackles (Supernatural) and Garret Hedlund (Friday Night Lights film), have been removed from consideration due to scheduling conflicts, but these remaining seven all have the potential to be punching Nazis by fall. Or do they? We broke down the pros and cons of having each of them play the First Avenger.
If you like your comic books with a little primetime soapy action that the Parents Television Council disapproves of, prepare to get excited: Josh Schwartz, the creator and executive producer of Gossip Girl, Chuck and The OC has just been tapped to write the next film in the X-Men franchise, X-Men: First Class. Though 20th Century Fox is keeping mum on details of the project, word has it that the film will focus on the students of Xavier's Institute for Higher Learning and could bring back some prominent characters from some of the previous X-Men films, like Rogue, Iceman, Angel and some not-so-prominent blink-and-you'd-miss-them characters like Colossus, Jubilee and Shadowcat.
If I were a film director, I would be sticking references to other films into my movies all over the place. They would be films I admired, mostly, which means that somewhere, sometime, I would probably put in a reference to Donnie Darko, a personal favorite. Now, imagine that somebody made a movie that was entirely Donnie Darko references. Would it be a sequel to Donnie Darko? A tribute? A fan fiction? Considering that S. Darko stars Daveigh Chase as the grown-up version of her D. Darko character, Samantha from Sparkle Motion, the movie is obviously trying to be a sequel, but the only thing that separates this from fan fiction is that somebody gave the director Briana Evigan, Ed Westwick and a lot of money and let him make it into a movie.
Some movies are destined to work better than they should because of their cast. Take, for example, the first Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: No one thought it would be a movie that adults and teens/tweens would love, but it inexplicably was. Only not quite inexplicably, because the reasons were plenty: great script, great story, and, mostly, that amazing cast.
Obviously, no one needs a remake of Footloose. But since Hollywood hates us all and insists on going ahead with this flushing-cash-down-the-toilet project, the least they could do is keep their casting appropriate. That was the case up until yesterday, when it was announced that Zac Efron apparently figured out what a bad idea a Footloose remake is, for both his career and for the world, and dropped the hell out of it. So who's going to replace him as Kevin Bacon 2.0? Here are some people.