Kevin Bacon Reprises His Roles from FOOTLOOSE, A FEW GOOD MEN, APOLLO 13, and More in UK Commercials

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You’ve heard of “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon”, but what if all six degrees are Kevin Bacon?  That’s kind of what happens in a series of UK commercials making the rounds today that see Bacon reprising famous roles from his career, including A Few Good Men, Footloose, Apollo 13, and even Friday the 13th.  It’s a fun idea as we see all of the different Bacons interacting with each other, and it comes on the heels of another actor reprising a beloved role as we saw Rufio return for a Hook video just yesterday.

Watch the Kevin Bacon commercials after the jump, and sound off in the comments with your personal favorite Bacon.  Remember, A Few Good Men Bacon does not dance.

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.

39 Songs Contend for Best Original Song Oscar; Nominees Include THE MUPPETS and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

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The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced today that 39 eligible songs will contend for the Best Original Song Oscar this year. Important to note is that a relatively recent rule change states that songs must be judged in the capacity that they appear in each film. In early January the voting body will get together and watch clips from each eligible movie in which the 39 songs are featured, after which they will determine the nominees. The list of eligible songs include three tracks from The Muppets, Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi’s song “Gathering Stories” (which director Cameron Crowe co-wrote) from We Bought a Zoo, and composer/songwriter/eight-time Oscar-winner Alan Menken’s “Star Spangled Man” from Captain America: The First Avenger. I’m partial to Jonsi’s work or “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets, but we’ll see how the Academy’s taste stacks up towards the end of January.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of eligible songs. The 84th Academy Award nominations will be announced on January 24th.

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S and FOOTLOOSE Blu-ray Reviews

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Footloose share one thing in common: iconic imagery of their leads. Who can forget Audrey Hepburn in the black dress with her obscenely long cigarette holder, and who can forget Kevin Bacon getting so frustrated he heads to a factory to dance out his frustrations?  Cinema has that power, to crystalize a moment, to create a look that comes to represent a time and a place. Our reviews of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Footloose on Blu-ray follow after the jump.

Weekend Box Office – PUSS IN BOOTS Snatches First Place from TOWER HEIST with $33 Million

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And the bad news for new releases just keeps coming. Despite placing first on Friday, the Universal comedy Tower Heist could not pull off a weekend win. The all-star ensemble took in just $25.1 million from 3,367 locations or ten million less than it was expected to command. The culprit? Looks like audiences who kept Puss In Boots at the low end of its own projections last weekend came out in force for round two: giving the Dreamworks Animation release an impressive 97% hold and a second week at number one.

Title Weekend Total
1 Puss In Boots $33,000,000 $75.5
2 Tower Heist $25,100,000 $25.1
3 Harold and Kumar 3D $13,100,000 $13.1
4 Paranormal Activity 3 $8,525,000 $95.3
5 In Time $7,700,000 $24.2
6 Footloose $4,550,000 $48.8
7 Real Steel $3,407,000 $78.7
8 The Rum Diary $2,987,000 $10.4
9 Ides of March $2,000,000 $36.8
10 Moneyball $1,900,000 $70.3

Weekend Box Office: PUSS IN BOOTS Tops with $34 Million in Record Halloween Weekend

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Dreamworks Animation’s Puss in Boots was poised to have a killer weekend, but Snowtober had other plans. The 3D Shrek spinoff still claimed the top spot with $34 million, but a freak snowstorm in the Northeast and Halloween weekend led to this weekend being fairly soft overall. Despite all the snow, Puss still managed to earn the record for Halloween weekend, narrowly beating out 2006’s Saw III which took in $33.6 million. The sci-fi actioner In Time opened to an as expected $12 million, while the weekend’s other wide release The Rum Diary made a mere $5 million. Hit the jump for more. [Update: The post has been updated with analysis on the full top ten.]

  Title Weekend Total
1 Puss in Boots $34,000,000 $34,000,000
2 Paranormal Activity 3 $18,500,000 $81,300,000
3 In Time $12,000,000 $12,000,000
4 Footloose $5,400,000 $38,400,000
5 The Rum Diary $5,000,000 $5,000,000
6 Real Steel $4,700,000 $73,900,000
7 The Three Musketeers $3,500,000 $14,800,000
8 The Ides of March $2,700,000 $33,500,000
9 Moneyball $2,400,000 $67,400,000
10 Courageous $1,800,000 $27,600,000

Friday Box Office – PUSS IN BOOTS Dominates with $9.6 Million

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No surprises here, Dreamworks Puss in Boots took the top spot at Friday’s box office with an estimated $9.6 million from 3,952 locations.  The spinoff to Shrek – the most profitable animated franchise of all time – is poised to take in $35 million by Sunday: enough to give the 3D title the new Halloween-weekend record.  That means that, after breaking its own records last weekend, the holiday’s only scary movie, Paranormal Activity 3, will fall to second place.  Sci-fi newcomer In Time took third on Friday with an estimated $4.3 million and is expected to top out in the low teens for the weekend.  Meanwhile, The Rum Diary debuted in what looks like fourth place with $1.8 million from 2,272 locations.  The film had to share that estimate with Footloose, but is expected to come in slightly higher by Sunday with a weekend total of $7 million.  Details and analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 Puss in Boots $9,600,000 $9.6
2 Paranormal Activity 3 $6,500,000 $69.2
3 In Time $4,300,000 $4.3
4 The Rum Diary $1,800,000 $1.8
5 Footloose $1,800,000 $34.8

Weekend Box Office – REAL STEEL Takes Top Spot Again with $16.3 Million; FOOTLOOSE a Close Second with $16.1 Million

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In a photo-finish that could very well end up too close to call, it looks like Shawn Levy’s sci-fi pic Real Steel has topped the box office for the second weekend in a row, just edging out the Footloose remake. Estimates have Real Steel with $16.3 million for the weekend, with Footloose finishing with a respectable $16.1 million. The neck-and-neck race may come down to Sunday totals, with the family-heavy day giving a slight edge to the all-ages Real Steel. Hit the jump for more details.

Title Weekend Total
1 Real Steel $16,300,000 $51,744,000
2 Footloose $16,100,000 $16,100,000
3 The Thing $8,700,000 $8,700,000
4 The Ides of March $7,500,000 $22,154,000
5 Dolphin Tale $6,345,000 $58,672,000
6 Moneyball $5,500,000 $57,712,000
7 50/50 $4,315,000 $24,344,000
8 Courageous $3,400,000 $21,378,000
9 The Big Year $3,325,000 $3,325,000
10 The Lion King 3D $2,708,000 $90,452,000

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.

Friday Box Office – FOOTLOOSE on Top with $5.6 Million

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Footloose opened at the top of the charts this Friday with $5.6 million, but the remake will have to keep dancing its heart out to fend off last week’s champion Real Steel.  Both movies should land in the $15-18 million range for the weekend.  The revival of fellow beloved 80s property The Thing debuted in third place with a weaker $3.2 million.  Still better than this week’s other wide release, The Big Year, which earned just $1.15 million this Friday despite a trio of high profile leads in Steve Martin, Owen Wilson, and Jack Black.  Check back tomorrow for the weekend totals.

Title Friday Total
1 Footloose $5,565,000 $5.6
2 Real Steel $4,517,000 $40.0
3 The Thing $3,200,000 $3.2
4 The Ides of March $2,250,000 $16.9
5 Moneyball $1,715,000 $53.9
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Kenny Wormald Interview FOOTLOOSE

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As soon as acting newcomer Kenny Wormald heard that they were looking for an unknown for the lead role of Ren MacCormack in co-writer/director Craig Brewer’s take on the 1984 classic Footloose, he did everything he could to insure that he would get an audition and fought as hard as he could, before finally being the lucky guy to land the role. And, by casting beyond established actors, audiences will really identify with the characters and get lost in the updated, yet totally true-to-the-original, story.

At the film’s press day, Kenny Wormald sat down with Collider for this exclusive interview to talk about getting bitten by the acting bug, being put on hold for the role while they tested another already-established actor, how he found out he’d get to play the character while he was golfing so he threw his clubs and ran around like a madman, that he and co-star Julianne Hough had each other’s backs during filming, and what an incredible time he had shooting the “angry dance” sequence. He also talked about his next film, the thriller Someone in the Dark, which is his role without any dancing. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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.

Julianne Hough Talks FOOTLOOSE, ROCK OF AGES and LAMB OF GOD

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After conquering the ballroom on Dancing with the Stars and soaring to the top of the country music charts with her singing, of course Julianne Hough would also want to try her hand at acting on the big screen. And, what better way for her to do so then as the female lead in director Craig Brewer’s take on the 1984 classic Footloose. As Ariel, the rebellious preacher’s daughter, Hough got to utilize her known talent as a dancer, while drawing from her own experiences growing up in a religious family where she had to fight for attention among her brothers and sisters. What results is a performance that not only can she be proud of, but that will also establish her as a true triple threat.

At the film’s press day, Julianne Hough sat down with Collider for this exclusive interview about the challenge of starting from scratch with her acting career, her desire to fight for the role because it was something she wanted to show people that she could do, how much she really identified with Ariel, the instant chemistry that she had with her co-star Kenny Wormald, and how important dancing is, in her own life. She also talked about how incredible the experience of making Rock of Ages was, how excited she is to work with Diablo Cody for Lamb of God, and how she plans to start a production company with her brother, Derek Hough. Check out what she had to say after the jump:

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.

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