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The Avengers Initiative
Wired the physics of the Hulk's jump
Monkey See suggests some other team-up films that should follow The Avengers. Love the ending. Hee!
Guardian have you heard this ridiculously whiny Samuel L Jackson story? He's incensed that AO Scott gave The Avengers a thumbs down. I like AO Scott. The New York Times critic was at my screening and patiently waited in line. NY 1's Neil Rosen thought himself way too important to wait and just walked to the front. How do you like them apples? 
Scanners Jim Emerson sounds off on this same controversy (the Jackson vs Scott thing not Rosen's apples!) 

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Empire Joseph Gordon-Levitt may headline a remake of Little Shop of Horrors (1986). Uh, good luck finding another Ellen Greene.
Coming Soon Sharlto Copley (District 9) is lining up a lot of movies. He next stars in Old Grave then Old Boy (the two films are not related) and now maybe Maleficent with Angelina Jolie
Details The Friday Night Lights movie is on! Squeeeeeeee
Cinema Blend Kellan Lutz will play a motion capture animated Tarzan in another adventure for the vine swinging ape man
The Wrap in the most important news of the century Demi Moore changes her twitter handle. She's no longers Mrs Kutcher 
Towleroad Anna Paquin "being bisexual is actually a thing"
Next Movie summer blockbusters reimagined as indies via their posters 

California readers take note: There's a three benefit celebrity-hosted performance of The Last Five Years in Hollywood this weekend. It's easily one of the five best original musicals to emerge in the last 10 years and you can buy tickets here. I can't imagine how it will quite work in terms of cumulative emotion with a rotating cast -- it's a two person musical in which the lovers tell their story forwards (the man) and backwards (the woman) simultaneously but it so transcends its gimmick. If you've never seen it, go. If you're not near Hollywood, give the CD a chance if you love musicals. 

I use to want to see it made into a movie but it's probably better left untouched since it's so very much a stage piece.

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Reader Comments (12)

I agree that finding another Ellen Greene will be difficult (if not impossible) but the changed ending of the original movie left such a bad taste in my mouth that I've never been able to bring myself to watch it a second time

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

JGL is too handsome to play Seymour. What, they're going to put him in the Rachel Leigh Cook nerd glasses and pretend he's not a hot piece of ass? The whole thing is going to be sunshiny Glee-ified nonsense.

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoark

Alright, I think you're WAY overstating the case when you say Samuel L. Jackson is INCENSED about the New York Times review. He sent out ONE TWEET yesterday that he probably didn't even put a lot of thought into, and the film blogosphere spent an entire day complaining about it.

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRJ


May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRJ


The original ending makes the entire experience of watching the movie a waste. Depressing never works for a musical ever—Dancing in the Dark included. Björk being executed under any circumstance is unacceptable.

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

Didn't they already make a Friday Night Lights movie before the series?

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSquasher88

But there's already a very good Friday Night Lights movie WITH Connie Briton (although she barely speaks in the film). Moreover, I thought the TV series was based on the 2004 movie. What will this new movie be about? A remake? I'm so confused.

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBVR

The original ending of LIttle Shop wasn't depressing really. I mean it's not like it's realistic. So the plant eats everyone and takes over the world. I actually think that's a FUNNY ending, not a depressing one. But anyway, it hardly seems like a movie musical that requires a remake when there are SO many other great musicals that have never been made into a movie. And I think Anne could fill out Ellen's dresses nicely, but she can't be in everything, right?

Oh, and Sherie Rene Scott on the CD of Last Five Years is amazing and wonderful. She's terrific.

Nobody sings "Suddenly Seymour" like Ellen Greene.

May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSquasher88

aint that the truth. but nobody sings anything like Ellen Greene. What a distinctive hooky voice.

May 4, 2012 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

^ Exactly. I cannot believe they're even gonna bother remaking it. Even with the altered ending, the Frank Oz film is still pretty flawless in many ways: casting, singing, acting, art direction, adaptation from stage to screen, etc.

May 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark The First

mark -- agreed. special movie. Even Rick Moranis is good :)

May 5, 2012 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R
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