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Rick Moranis signs on to his first live action film in 23 years, he’ll return to the “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” film series…

This is the best news ever! It’s been 23 years since Rick Moranis hasn’t done a major role in a live action film ’cause he retired from Hollywood in 1997 to raise his kids. He also believed that he didn’t need to work much anymore ’cause he made so much money from his past films especially the first two “Honey I Shrunk the Kids/I Blew Up the Kid” which both of those films did well in the box office.

Rick is officially set to reprise his role as Wayne Szalinski in the 5th installment to the “Honey I Shrunk” series but this one will be considered a reboot and it will be simply titled, “Shrunk”. There were 4 Shrunk movies in the past and Rick starred in all 4 of them and he’s about to make a big return to the series. This is great news really and this is a perfect comeback film for Rick too. He hasn’t played the Wayne Szalinski character in many years but I’m sure he still got it.

Rick Moranis Closes Deal To Return To ‘Honey, I Shrunk The Kids’ Franchise With ‘Shrunk’ At Disney

Why did Rick finally agree to come back to Hollywood after all these years??? Well, I’m sure his kids are full grown adults by now and they are probably out there living on their own so Rick no longer needs to take care of them. Rick has time to get back into Hollywood. I’m sure he also feels that his Shrunk reboot can’t be made without him and I’m sure they made him an offer he can’t refuse.

This Shrunk reboot is gonna be a major big screen release, it won’t be a direct to video movie like the last one was.

I’m glad Rick is finally coming back ’cause he is a talented man. He’s been in so many good movies: “Ghostbusters 1 and 2”, “Spaceballs”, “Parenthood”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, “My Blue Heaven”, etc.

He may not be returning for Ghostbusters but the Shrunk movie is a good choice.

Now lets hope Macaulay Culkin finally comes out of retirement soon…. you hear that Macaulay???


Film Review: The Wolfman

Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins

Directed by: Joe Johnston

Today on a day off of work, I decided to go to the mall, to check out the new “Wolfman” movie and to do some shopping. Yes, I did pick up the new “Bioshock 2” video game and a few other little things.

Here is my review:

Plot/synopsis: This film is a remake of the 1941 famous horror film, “The Wolf Man” which the original was directed by George Waggner and starred, Claude Raines as Sir John Talbot and Lon Chaney as the Lawrence Talbot/the Wolf Man. The remake stars Benicio Del Torro as Lawrence Talbot/the Wolfman and Anthony Hopkins plays Sir John Talbot. The remake pretty much has the same plot as the original. It is where Lawrence Talbot (Del Toro) returns home to visit his father after a terrible family tragedy. Lawrence is bitten by something which he ends up turning into a werewolf himself. The only difference is that the original doesn’t go for the search of Talbot’s brother like the remake did.

This film is getting mixed opinions with critics online. It’s another one of those films that you either love or hate. Me? I liked it quite a lot!!! While the story and plot is a little different from the original, the film did stay true to the 1941 version! In my opinion, the remake is very much like an action movie more than horror. Benicio Del Toro is an actor who don’t play leading roles much. He mostly played supporting roles throughout his career. I believe this is Benicio’s first big leading role in a mainstream film. So people should respect this movie for that. I thought Benicio did a fine job. Anthony Hopkins is always an amazing actor as usual as he did a fine job in this movie too. It was brilliant seeing Benicio and Anthony together.

It’s very much like the original ’cause the movie is dark. It does borrow some scenes from the original, but the reason this version is a little different ’cause I believe Joe Johnston just wanted his vision. Remakes don’t have to be exactly the same. Rob Zombie made the “Halloween” series totallly different from the originals and he greatily succeeded. So don’t get mad at Joe for making, “The Wolf Man” a little different. In the remake you still get to see the Wolf Man running around in dark fog and seeing gypsies like the original, and yes, you get to see the Wolfman falling in love with a woman like the original. Most of the movie stayed true to the original except they changed the ending a little bit.

What makes it better that the great Danny Elfman scored the movie which the score is awesome. Plus, the sounds effects of the movie were pretty loud and insane. It’s not a bad movie that people are making it out to be. Benicio was so cool in this and I hope he stars in more horror flicks ’cause he’s good at it!

Score for “The Wolf Man” remake = *** (3 stars as in “excellent”)


Report: Joe Johnston speaks on “Captain America” live action movie…

“Wolfman” director, Joe Johnston speaks about his upcoming “Captain America” movie with Marvel films. Johnston says he wants to cast a completely unknown actor to play Captain America, the hero. However, Johnston wants more well known actors to play the other characters. Johnston confirms that Red Skull could be the main villain of the film. Red Skull, is the Nazi villain that has the red face. Johnston says this movie will be totally different than the other Marvel superhero films.


Wonder what Johnston means when he says this film will be different than other Marvel films? Will it not be a CGI fest full of popcorn action effects like all the others? Since Captain America will be played by an actor we’ve never heard of before, he’ll probably get a well known star for Red Skull.

Who should be Red Skull? My pick would be either Christian Bale or Jackie Earl Haley.


Report: Joe Johnston to bring “Captain America” to the big screen…

The new live action movie to the Marvel superhero Captain America has finally recruited a director! Film maker Joe Johnston has inked a deal to helm “First Avenger: Captain America” with Marvel. Joe Johnston’s earlier film work he directed were films such as “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids”, “The Rocketeer”, “Jumanji” and he is currently filming “The Wolf Man” remake that stars Benicio Del Torro and Anthony Hopkins. Joe Johnston is more than just a film maker. This man does everything! He has done visual effects for the original Star Wars trilogy, and also done visual effects for “Raiders of the Lost Ark” as well.

There are no writers yet, but Marvel already has an idea for a plot for this new “Captain America” film. This film will take place during World War II and will be the beggining of “The Avengers”. Marvel scheduled to release this film May 6, 2011.

The Hollywood Reporter reports:


Great choice for a director! He’ll make a good Captain America film. Hope they pick the right actor for the hero too.