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Tomb Raider, And Other Top Movie Remakes

This weekend Tomb Raider opens, which is a remake of the 2001 and 2003 films starring Angelina Jolie. Of course those films themselves were based on a popular video game series that has seen its story line change and evolve ever since it first appeared in 1996. As you are more than likely aware, remakes are a common thing in Hollywood, and they don’t always work. They are always being compared to the original, and in a lot of cases the original is better. Here are some of the top remakes though that stand out for being better than the original. 

Ocean’s Eleven: Sure the 1960 original had Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., but the 2001 version had George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts. Plus, the remake was more stylish. The basic story of robbing casinos is still the same, and of course the character name of Danny Ocean, but other than that the two films are pretty different from one another. 

Scarface: Admit it, you didn’t know Scarface was a remake. When you hear the movie title you automatically think of the quote”Say hello to my little friend,” and think of Al Pacino playing a greedy Cuban who takes over a drug cartel. The original though was released in 1932, and while it is critically acclaimed, it doesn’t have the punch of the remake.

Casino Royale: This one should almost not count, since the original Casino Royale was played as a spoof of the James Bond series. While the movie was sort of based on the novel by Ian Fleming, which happened to be the first James Bond novel, it really goes off the rails quickly. The 2006 remake however is considered to be one of the best James Bond movies of all times. 

True Grit: John Wayne may have won an Oscar for the 1969 original film, but it looks dated and lacks, well grit. In 2010 a lot of people wondered why they would remake a film that a lot of people loved, but after receiving 10 Oscar nominations those doubts disappeared. 

The Maltese Falcon: As long as their have been movies, Hollywood has been remaking them. Even this 1941 classic film starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor was a remake. The original came out ten years earlier, and although it was still a good film, it was missing Humphrey Bogart who quite simply was born to play the role of private detective Sam Spade. 

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True Blood The Musical On Its Way

True Blood ran for 81 episodes from 2008 to 2014, and at the time was one of the most popular shows on TV. The HBO series was based on the novels by Charlaine Harris and followed the story of Sookie Stackhouse and the residents of Bon Temps, Louisiana. The series was right in the middle of the vampire craze of the mid-2000s, and still has a strong following today. Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the series, and at the Vulture Festival in Los Angeles where they screened the pilot episode for fans, the creator of the series Alan Ball discussed plans for a special musical production of the series.

Ball told the crowd that he had heard composer Nathan Barr’s musical that is in development was “pretty good”. He went on to say that  “It tells the story of vampires coming out of the closet. Ultimately it really departs from the book, because people aren’t ready, and they’re too bigoted and they end up going back in to the closet.” Fans shouldn’t be getting their hopes up that the musical will be coming anytime soon though, as it was originally announced in 2014 and is still being workshopped. Ball himself didn’t say if he is involved in the project at all either, but by the way he was describing the project it doesn’t feel like he is. 

Whether or not the True Blood musical finally hits the stage is unknown at this point, but we’ll be keeping our eyes open for it.

 

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Ariana Grande Gets Her First Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 Single With “thank u, next”

Ariana Grande has been in the news a lot lately thanks to her highly public split from Pete Davidson, and shortly after the split she released a new single called “thank u, next”. The song was meant as an ode to how her past relationships (to Davidson, Big Sean, Ricky Alvarez, and the late Mac Miller), affected her personal growth. The song quickly became a huge hit, and now it’s made its debut on the Billboard Hot 100 in the number one spot.

The 25 year old Grande has been releasing music for seven years now, and even though she’s had a very successful career so far, she never had a number one song on the American Billboard Hot 100 before. Once the new broke yesterday, Grande took to Twitter stating “yeeeeeee baby’s first number one”.  

The single is meant to be the lead single from Grande’s upcoming fifth studio album, which is also named “thank u, next”. Billboard stated that the single was only the 32nd in the chart’s 60-year history to debut at number one, and the first such single by a female artist in three years. The last was Adele’s “Hello” in 2015. Grande is also the first solo female to top the chart since Cardi B did it in October of last year. The single also broke Spotify’s single-day record for the most streams for a song by a female artist with almost 10 million listens in a 24-hour period. 

Grande’s fifth album hasn’t been given a release date as of yet, but is expected sometime soon.

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Gerard Butler Posts Videos Of Home Destroyed By California Wildfires To Instragram

Gerard Butler may play a lot of tough guys and action heroes in film, but on Sunday when he posted videos of himself touring the destroyed remains of his home in California, you can’t help but see the softer side of him.

As Butler walked the remains of his property in the video posted to his Instagram story, he was close to tears. In one video the 300 star said  “Welcome to my home in Malibu” as he toured the charred remains. The videos showed how devastated he was by the California wildfire, and he took the time to salute the bravery of the firefighters battling the blaze. He wrote “Returned to my house in Malibu after evacuating. Heartbreaking time across California. Inspired as ever by the courage, spirit and sacrifice of firefighters. Thank you @LosAngelesFireDepartment.” He also added a link to donate money to those affected by the Woolsey fire that started last Thursday.

Butler wasn’t the only celebrity affected by the fire either. Kelsey Grammer’s ex-wife Camille lost her home, as did singer Robin Thicke. Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian were evacuated from the fire struck region, as was Lady Gaga. Caitlyn Jenner was luckier than her stepdaughters though,because her place was damaged, but not destroyed. Charlie Sheen was also desperate to locate his parents earlier this weekend when he couldn’t get a hold of them, but Martin Sheen eventually responded to let everyone know he was alright. Neil Young and Miley Cyrus also lost their homes.

Over 250,000 people have been evacuated because of the blaze, that has destroyed over 83,000 acres and 180 homes already and has a long way to go before being contained. 

Photo: Gerard Butler Instagram

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