As the world mourns the loss of Undercovers on television (not really, nobody's mourning), others are getting ready to celebrate new undercover antics on the big screen. No, it's not the long-awaited sequel to 2002's Undercover Brother, although that would admittedly be awesome. No, it's the newest Miley Cyrus movie, So Undercover, in which she plays a "tough, street-smart private eye" who infiltrates a college sorority. First of all, OMG. Second of all, let's just break down why this is so fantastic.
They're herrrrrre!And they're being remaaaaaaaade!!! The Poltergeist remake has found two screenwriters willing to build their story on ancient (circa. 1982) screenplay burial ground. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White will be taking the Freelings through their latest encounter with ghosts who pull little girls into the TV. The original is a classic that still scares me (I hate clowns...) and I'm disgusted that this is even being considered. Especially since, according to an episode of True Hollywood Story, the Poltergeist series is cursed. Since I can't stop them from making it, I can at least hope CNN's kidnap-happy Nancy Grace has a cameo.
Today, the news broke that Disney has bought Marvel Entertainment, lock stock and barrel, for $4 billion. That includes Marvel Comics, with over 5,000 characters, and Marvel Studios, with the successful Iron Man and Hulk film franchises, plus the upcoming Thor, Captain America and The Avengers. It seems like it's a win-win scenario -- Disney gets a boys' brand to bookend the Disney Princesses, and Marvel gets some global multimedia clout -- but what does this really mean for our beloved Marvel superheroes? As fans, these are just a few things we're worried and/or excited about.
You're probably as tired of me telling you about remakes as I am telling you about remakes. Like Will Rogers once said, "I don't make the news, I just report it." Variety reports that Hollywood's latest trip to the remake well is Alan Parker's 1987 Gothic gumbo Angel Heart. 21 producer Michael DeLuca will produce. Folks may remember this is the film that got Lisa Bonet rechristened "Lisa Bonaked" before she was practically booted off The Cosby Show. The Cos apparently didn't want to have the nude co-star of a sex-filled, R-rated movie on his family-oriented show, a small bit of hypocrisy that bit Bill on the Pudding Pop when he got busted doing "filth-flarn-flarn-filth" with a woman who wasn't his wife.
Because parents haven't spent quite enough money taking their daughters to see the sold-out concerts, or getting them the latest glittery T-shirts and posters, next year will bring them a brand spanking new Hannah Montana movie.
If you've been living under a rock with no Disney Channel, no children, and no retail outlet of any kind, then you may not have heard of Hannah Montana. This is probably a total of two people on the planet. Every kid I see walking home from school seems to have Hannah on a backpack, book cover, or purse. The girl is everywhere you look. In her next movie, she's even going to be at home. Miley Ray Cyrus, who plays the character, has said her next big-screen venture will feature Miley Stewart going back to Tennessee. More specifically, she'll be in Nashville.
"Wait," you may be saying from under your rock. "What does Nashville have to do with Montana, and is she Miley Cyrus or Miley Stewart or Martha Stewart?"
Let me explain: Miley Cyrus plays Miley Stewart plays Hannah Montana. (Maybe the girl picked a rhyming name as a memory trick to help keep things straight.) Miley Stewart moved from Tennessee to Malibu in order to pursue her secret dream of being a pop star in the form of Hannah Montana. It's this whole secret identity thing. Like Superman and Clark Kent, only with a blond wig and pink lipgloss, and with even more power to melt parents' wallets. The new film, says Cyrus, will feature more of her "normal girl" Stewart role than her pop star alter ego, although I would bet good money that Hannah will still be a big marketing point.
So start saving up now--both money and vacation days. The kids are going to want to be first in line for each of the ten times they see the movie.
Forbes has come out with its list of "Hollywood's Top-Paid Tweens", and most of the stars who made it are no longer pre-teens themselves. But, as Forbes notes, "the bulk of their work still caters to that advertiser-beloved tween set." Tied for the top spot with a mind-blowing $25 million each are Hannah Montana's fifteen-year-old Miley Cyrus and Harry Potter's nineteen-year-old Daniel Radcliffe.
Disney good girl hyphenate Miley Cyrus has kept bloggers busy lately, first with her racy (although, let's be honest: typically teenage) MySpace photos, then pictures of her baring her midriff while snuggling up to a boy (also a pretty typical teenage move).
But she finally figures she should issue an apology to fans (a rare move from an entertainer) after appearing "topless" in Vanity Fair, in photographs by Annie Leibovitz. Miley said: "I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be 'artistic' and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed."