Posts Tagged ‘alan parker

24
Apr
09

Remake Radar: Fame

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Welcome to Remake Radar, where we take on Hollywood’s penchant for remaking films for better or worse (which is most of the time). This month’s movie:

 

“Fame” (1980)

 

Stars:Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Lee, Curreri, Debbie Allen, Richard Belzer, Michael DeLorenzo, and Meg Tilly.

 

Director: Alan Parker

 

Story: Four students at the New York City High School for the Performing Arts are followed from audition to graduation.

 

What can I say about the original? It won Academy Awards for Best Score and Best Song (“Fame”). It was the sixth film by Alan Parker who preceded it with “Bugsy Malone,” and “Midnight Express,” and followed it with “Pink Floyd: The Wall,” “Angel Heart,” and “Mississippi Burning,” among others. Finally, it gave a career to Debbie Allen.

 

Why is that last bit important? After winning some Oscars it became bound for TV where it was remade into a TV series in 1982 that ran for six seasons; Debbie Allen played Lydia Gant. In 2003 Debbie Allen started her own version of “Fame,” making it a talent show. Finally, Debbie shows up once again in this year’s remake as Principal Simms.

 

What do we know now?: Just short a few cast members of a “Cheers” or “Frasier” reunion, Kelsey Grammer AND Bebe Neuwirth are in this one, along with Charles S. Dutton, Kay Panabaker and every other guy or girl who can sing, dance, or act. It’s set for release on September 25, 2009.

 

Original Trailer:

 

 

 

TV show intro:

 

 

 

Remake trailer:

 

 

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04
Nov
08

Remake Radar: Angel Heart (1987)

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Welcome to the post-October edition of Remake Radar, where we tackle Hollywood’s penchant for remaking previous films (for better or worse). This edition’s remake: Angel Heart.

 

“Angel Heart” (1987)

 

Stars Mickey Rourke, Robert DeNiro, Lisa Bonet, and Charlotte Rampling.

 

Director: Alan Parker

 

Story: Harry Angel (Rourke) is a private detective hired by Louis Cyphere (DeNiro) to find a man named Johnny Favourite. As he winds through the back alleys and bayous looking for Johnny, he not only finds an Epiphany (Bonet) but he has one, realizing who Johnny Favourite really is.

 

What do we know now?: It’s being remade! (or else I wouldn’t have listed it, would I?) Producer Michael de Luca has purchased the rights to the original movie as well as the book “Fallen Angel” (which it was based upon). Why redo it? I couldn’t even venture…