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  •  "They're All Gonna Laugh At You" (13+ / 0-)

    Here's the teaser trailer for the latest remake of 'Carrie.' It's directed by Kimberly Peirce ('Boys Don't Cry') and stars Chloe Moretz as the title character and Julianne Moore as Carrie's mother Margaret White (originally played by Piper Laurie in the 1976 film).

    'Carrie' was the first published book by author Stephen King, and Brian De Palma's 1976 film received both financial success and high critical acclaim upon release (e.g. King even states that he likes the movie better than his book). For their performances in 'Carrie,' Sissy Spacek was nominated for Best Actress & Piper Laurie for best supporting actress, which was (and still is) highly unusual for Academy recognition of acting in a horror film.

    This remake is reported to be less of a remake of De Palma's film and more of an adaptation of the King book. The new angle added into the story is the use of found-footage elements and interviews to convey the book's framing, which comes at the tale from the perspective of trying to piece together what happened after the fact.

    The reaction so far has been divisive — Stephen King has questioned whether it is necessary, though Sissy Spacek doesn't seem to mind (and has indeed been rumored to have a cameo).
    •  carrie (11+ / 0-)

      is the last stephen king book and movie i saw.  back in the late 70's.  

      before that i read the short stories - had nightmares about the washing machine for months.  my grandma marie was not pleased with the uncle who lent me the book at age 11.  ;-)

      Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

      by jlms qkw on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 09:10:11 PM PDT

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    •  OT... (5+ / 0-)

      Have you started watching the current season of "Homeland" yet?

      Damian Lewis reportedly signed a deal that could keep him on the show for another 5 seasons after this one (sounds more like an option than a guarantee).

      •  I Started Watching It..... (5+ / 0-)

        ...And I got interrupted.

        However, I have a free day tomorrow. So I should be caught up & have some commentary ready tomorrow evening.

        In regards to Damian Lewis' contract extension, if I remember right, the producers of "24" (some of which also produce "Homeland") would also do these long contract extensions & announce 'em, but it was no guarantee the characters would even survive the season, let alone be around for the full term of the contract.

        Have you started watching this season of "The Thick of It" yet?

        The show has always been a bit of a dramedy, but the episode that aired over the weekend was arguably the darkest episode in the series (with the previous episode being pretty damn bleak itself). Everything is falling apart for almost every character, and a good argument can be made that Malcolm is now an out-&-out villain of the show.

        From a comment over at the A.V. Club:

        "I think that the writers are trying to suggest this series that viewing politics as a battle and everyone who disagrees with you as an enemy is ultimately toxic and leads to a system like this, which perpetuates mindless vitriol and ruthless soldiers like Malcolm who only care about these arbitrary teams instead of any actual policy."

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