HUSTLE & FLOW Director Craig Brewer in Talks to Helm THE IDOLMAKER Remake for Producer Justin Timberlake

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MGM’s The Idolmaker remake has a new director.  Though Ryan Gosling was initially attached to star in and direct a new iteration of Taylor Hackford’s 1980 musical drama, he subsequently left the project.  Now Variety reports that Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer is in talks to take the helm as Justin Timberlake has closed a deal to produce.  The original film starred Ray Sharkey and told the story of a songwriter/manager searching for “the next big thing.”  The pic was based on the life of concert promoter and manager Bob Marcucci, but it’s unknown if this new iteration will still take cues from Marcucci’s life or if it will explore new territory.

Brewer certainly has experience with music-themed projects, as he wrote and directed 2005’s Hustle & Flow and the 2011 Footloose remake.  Since he has a tendency to also write the films that he directs, one imagines he’ll have a hand in the screenplay for The Idolmaker.  Watch the trailer for the original film after the jump.

FOOTLOOSE Director Craig Brewer to Helm GANGSTER PRINCESS OF BEVERLY HILLS

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Director Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) is lining up his next project.  Brewer last helmed the surprisingly entertaining 2011 remake of Footloose, and now Deadline reports that he’s set to write and direct the drama Gangster Princess of Beverly Hills.  The pic is based on a Rolling Stone article by Sabrina Rubin Erdley about Lisette Lee, a drug mule who portrayed herself to be an heiress to the Samsung fortune as well as an actress, singer, and model.  Lee was caught trafficking 500 pounds of pot into Ohio and was sentenced to six years in prison.  Brewer will pen the script and direct for Paramount, with Erwin Stoff set to produce.

The filmmaker had planned on helming Tarzan for Warner Bros. before Harry Potter director David Yates stepped in and took the gig instead.  In addition to Gangster Princess of Beverly Hills, Brewer is also set to direct the Fox pilot Boomerang, starring Felicity Huffman and Anthony LaPaglia.

New Trailer for Katy Perry’s Concert Tour and Documentary Film KATY PERRY: PART OF ME 3D

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We previously reported that mega pop star Katy Perry would be doing a 3D feature film that was equal parts concert footage and documentary. Now the first trailer has dropped for the movie, titled Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D. It’s as colorful and as emotive as fans of the superstar and her music would expect it to be, but it also highlights Perry’s work ethic and personal struggles, which I found to be a rather mature and enticing angle. Then she shot whipped cream out of her boobs.  But it can’t be all sugar and no substance since Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer has recently signed on as an executive producer. Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D opens in theaters on July 5th. Hit the jump to check out the trailer and find out how you can be a part of the movie itself.

FOOTLOOSE Blu-ray Review

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The original Footloose is a charming relic from the 1980’s. Not a great film, it has the premise that there is a town where dancing is outlawed (based on a slightly true story). It’s a narrative hook that wouldn’t be out of place in a Mickey Rooney film, but is a good (safe) way to give teen rebels a cause. Craig Brewer – director of Hustle and Flow and Black Snake Moan – was chosen to direct the remake, and it’s a pleasant surprise to find out that he loved the original. So much so that his remake takes much from the original and updates it only slightly. As such it’s a fairly straight ahead remake; there aren’t too many narrative changes, but his work adds modest improvements across the board. Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough and Dennis Quaid star in the film, and our review of Footloose on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

TOP 5: THE AVENGERS Trailer, PHANTOM MENACE 3D Poster, MAN OF STEEL and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Set Photos, THE THING, FOOTLOOSE

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I’m writing you this afternoon less than an hour removed from my first trip to the little slice of Americana that is a Bass Pro Shop. For those unfamiliar with the chain, imagine a store with Wal-Mart-esque square footage that devotes itself entirely to all things outdoor. While I’ll admit to being a little out of my element (okay, way out of my element), even an outdoor novice like myself can relish the opportunity to have their picture taken with a taxidermic grizzly bear. For those of you waiting for me to somehow make a connection between my Bass Pro experience and this week’s “Top 5″, this ellipsis is about as close as you’re going to get…

…In this week’s installment you’ll find the much-anticipated first trailer from writer/director Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, the first poster for Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 3D, some new set photos from Man of Steel and The Dark Knight Rises, and interviews for both The Thing and Craig Brewer’s Footloose. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.

FOOTLOOSE Review

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I understand the allure of musicals, but the general idea behind a film with dancing as its selling point has always left me on the outside. You see, I can’t dance. At all. I can’t sing either, but singing isn’t nearly as popular as getting out on a dance floor and shaking it to some music. Yet that hasn’t stopped me from enjoying the remake of the 1984 classic Footloose. While a lot of the themes and ideas may feel fit for the current MTV generation (do they even listen to music on that channel anymore?), Craig Brewer’s version is a rocking good time that will have you tapping your toes and nodding your head. Although the plot may not win any awards, it never treads down the path of utter ineptitude as much as it might in lesser hands. The premise was always hard to swallow, yet it is pulled off with a wink, a smile, and some actual sincerity. Hit the jump for my full review.

Director Craig Brewer Talks FOOTLOOSE and TARZAN

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Director/co-writer Craig Brewer decided to take on the remake of the classic ‘80s film Footloose because the original had such an impact on his own life. The story itself has a timelessness that still makes it relevant and significant for today’s audiences and, with his distinct aesthetic and vision, this new version has the realism, grit and passion found in all of Brewer’s work.

At the film’s press day, Brewer talked about what it was that grabbed him, when he first saw the film at 13, how he ended up sharing screenwriting credit with the original film’s writer Dean Pitchford, what made Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough his perfect lead actors, and holding the “angry dance” sequence for the last three days of shooting, in case any injuries occurred. He also talked about his desire to keep his Tarzan film grounded in the period of the original books. Check out what he had to say after the jump:

4 Clips from Craig Brewer’s FOOTLOOSE

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Paramount has sent over four clips from the remake of Footloose.  Kenny Wormald stars as the city kid who moves to conservative Midwestern town and once there, he ends up leading the repressed teenagers into a rebellion against the town fathers, who have outlawed rock & roll and dancing.  Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Ray McKinnon, and Andie MacDowell also star.  Craig Brewer (Black Snake Moan) directed the remake.

I got to see the film before doing an interview with Brewer and I stand by what I said then: “I’m going to tell you something you might not believe, but I swear it’s the truth: the remake of Footloose is actually pretty great.  Brewer has taken the original story, made a few changes, added his unique style, and the end result is something that audiences are going to love.”  Watch the clips after the jump and look for our interviews with the cast next week.  Footloose opens October 14.

New Trailer for FOOTLOOSE

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Paramount has released a new trailer for the remake of the 1984 Kevin Bacon movie Footloose.  Kenny Wormald stars as a city kid who moves to conservative Midwestern town: “Once there, he ends up leading the repressed teenagers into a rebellion against the town fathers, who have outlawed rock & roll and dancing.”  Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Ray McKinnon, and Andie MacDowell also star.  Craig Brewer (Black Snake Moan) directed the remake.

I got to see the film a few weeks ago and as I said in the intro to my recent interview with Brewer, “I’m going to tell you something you might not believe, but I swear it’s the truth: the remake of Footloose is actually pretty great.  Brewer has taken the original story, made a few changes, added his unique style, and the end result is something that audiences are going to love.”  Watch the new trailer after the jump.  Footloose opens October 14.

Exclusive: Director Craig Brewer Talks FOOTLOOSE, TARZAN and MOTHER TRUCKER

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I’m going to tell you something you might not believe, but I swear it’s the truth: the remake of Footloose is actually pretty great.  Director Craig Brewer (Black Snake Moan, Hustle & Flow) has taken the original story, made a few changes, added his unique style, and the end result is something that audiences are going to love.  While I wish I could go into more detail about what works and what I thought, I’m under embargo, so for now you’ll just have to trust me.  For a taste of the film, here’s the trailer.

Anyhow, yesterday I got on the phone with Brewer to talk about the remake.  We discussed how relieved he is that the buzz is great, what Footloose means to him, how the teenagers in the movie are portrayed as real kids, the soundtrack, was Kevin Bacon ever going to cameo, what’s up with Tarzan and Mother Trucker, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to check it out.

First Trailer and Poster for FOOTLOOSE Remake

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The first trailer and poster for director Craig Brewer’s (Black Snake Moan) Footloose remake are now available online. Featuring some nifty dance moves and a “Debbie Downer” turn from Dennis Quaid, the film looks to have plenty of style and hopefully enough substance to pacify moviegoers looking for more than a rurally set Step Up. Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, and Andie MacDowell star alongside Quaid in the pic which aims to update Kevin Bacon’s 1984 original about a city boy who moves to a small town where dancing (which is apparently his number one skill) is outlawed.

Check out the trailer and poster after the jump. Footloose hits theaters on October 14th.

New Image from FOOTLOOSE Remake; Trailer Debuts June 21st

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News is moving slowly today so you know what that means: a lone new image from director Craig Brewer’s (Black Snake Moan) Footloose remake gets its own story. Starring Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Ray McKinnon, and Andie MacDowell, the film will retell the story of a city boy (Wormald) who brings sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll (but mostly just dancing, really) to a conservative small town. The film hits theaters later this year on October 14th and its first trailer is set to debut next Tuesday, June 21st. Hit the jump to check out the new image. Click here for all of our previous Footloose coverage.

Exclusive: Director Craig Brewer Talks FOOTLOOSE, TARZAN, MOTHER TRUCKER and Gives us a Brief Synopsis of HUSTLE & FLOW 2

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While covering the red carpet for the 2011 MTV Movie Awards, we were able to get a few minutes with Craig Brewer to discuss his upcoming remake of the 1984 Kevin Bacon dance flick, Footloose. While a remake of a gimmicky teen movie isn’t something that Collider would normally be excited for, Footloose stands a better than average chance of standing out thanks to the ample talents of Brewer, who has made a name for himself by crafting films that transcend their tawdry premises with detailed character work and stellar cinematography.

During the interview we discussed what attracted Brewer to the project, the shift from musical numbers to dance numbers, the racial politics of his upcoming Tarzan reboot, the future of his other projects including Mother Trucker and Hustle & Flow 2, and much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Craig Brewer to Adapt TARZAN for a Potential Trilogy

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Filmmaker Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) will direct a new Tarzan film as part of a potential trilogy for Warner Bros.  At the beginning of the year, we told you that Warner Bros. was rebooting or remaking some of its high-profile properties and Tarzan was on that list.  And they have a solid director in Brewer although I’d much rather see him make Mother Trucker (which is about a man who escapes from prison, hijacks an 18-wheeler, and races across the South to see his dying mother) as his follow up to the upcoming remake of Footloose.

Warner Bros. also has screenwriter Adam Cozad (Archangel) working on a separate script for Tarzan, but it remains to be seen which film they’ll move into production.  Deadline reports that this is a passion project for Brewer, and I’ll be interested to see how he plans to interpret a character who has been adapted into countless formats since he was first introduced in Edgar Rice Burrough’s 1914 novel Tarzan of hte Apes.

New Images from FOOTLOOSE Remake; Director Craig Brewer Speaks About the Film

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Some new images from Craig Brewer’s (Hustle & Flow) upcoming remake of Footloose have appeared online.  The original film told the story of a city kid who loves dancing that ends living in a place where dancing and rock & roll have been outlawed.  It looks like not much has changed in the remake after looking at these pictures, but I am still looking forward to seeing what Craig Brewer brings to the table with this one.  The film stars Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Ray McKinnon, and Andie MacDowell.  Hit the jump to take a look at the pictures and to read about how Brewer’s film will be different from the 80s classic.

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