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Oddly enough, the body-swapping genre has been one of the most consistent in Hollywood. This somewhat campy story tradition focuses on two characters, often a parent and child but occasionally friends, swapping bodies unexpected, leading a comedy of errors to ensue. It may be hard to believe that this entire genre began with an 1800s novel titled Vice Versa. People might also not connect the countless Freaky Friday remakes with an actual children’s book by Mary Rodgers. This genre may be slowly dying as people’s interest in magic requires teenage wizards or shiny vampires. However, there have quite a number of films that have played to, played with, or played against this popular trope.
Here’s some of the most famous, and forgettable, Body Switching Movies:
Freaky Friday (1976)
Fans of Oscar winner Jodie Foster will remember her as a tomboy in this classic Disney movie. Based on the popular kid's book, Foster’s character swaps places with her housewife mother (Barbara Harris) after the two simultaneously wish to switch places (Boom! It happens just like that). This was before the days of assigning rules or logic to magic. That may be why it’s only the one Freaky Friday and not a franchise. Prepare yourself for the inevitable Thowback Thursday movie.
Like Father Like Son (1987)
Dudley Moore is best known for his role as Arthur. However, he and the now controversial Kirk Cameron starred in this body swap comedy. The two ingest a bizarre South American potion and switch bodies. This film was released in theaters but has a distinct made-for-TV feel. It’s also a lot darker and less fun than you’d expect from the genre. It’s one of the few non-Hallmark channel acting roles of Cameron… though that isn’t saying much.
Vice Versa (1988)
This film doesn’t credit the classic Victorian story but is a modern retelling of the father/son body swap novel. Fred Savage switches places with his uptight father (Judge Reinhold) after the two conveniently yell they wish to swap places while holding a Buddhist statue. Savage is great as at playing the outspoken adult despite his diminutive stature. Reinhold was also pretty childlike in his role in Beverly Hills Cop, so this isn’t much of a stretch. There are also great appearances by Swoosie Kurtz and Jane Kaczmarek.
18 Again! (1988)
George Burns stars with Charlie Schlatter in this comedy that is a little twisted. 81-year-old Burns switches places with his 18-year-old grandson, putting his life at risk, and allowing Schlatter to do a convincing old-timey accent. Don't confuse it with Zac Efron's film 17 Again... although that's its own kind of body swapping film.
Prelude to a Kiss (1992)
People may forget this Alec Baldwin/Meg Ryan romantic drama. Based on a play of the same name, Ryan goes against type as a misanthropic eccentric who falls in love with Baldwin’s lonely conservative. It channels Dharma & Greg until the film makes a sharp turn. At the couple’s wedding, Ryan gets a kiss from an old man and becomes a different person. You guessed it: they switch bodies. The film then goes on an existential journey about life, love, and youth. Despite being a little depressing, it had surprisingly great performances by Baldwin and Ryan.
Freaky Friday (1995)
In this remake, Shelley Long and Gaby Hoffmann play the mother daughter duo that switch bodies because of matching magical necklaces. In the book and original movie, the mother is a married homemaker, but in this film Long plays a divorced workaholic.
Wish Upon a Star (1996)
Disney also released this other Freaky Friday-themed kid’s movie. A young Katherine Heigl plays a high maintenance pretty girl (sound familiar?) whose younger sister, played by Danielle Harris of the Halloween franchise, wishes on a star to see what the former's life is like. The two learn, through really high-stakes magical roleplay, to appreciate how tough one another has it. It’s a halfway decent movie but pales in comparison to the two other Disney bodyswap films.
This film takes a darkly, starkly real take on body swapping. FBI Agent John Travolta literally has his face taken off and attached to the head of his mortal enemy, played by Nicolas Cage. Despite the implausibility of face swapping and the fact that no one points out the vast differences in their bodies, this action movie is amazing. There’s a ton of suspense, a lot of campy fun, and some prime crazy Nic Cage.
Virtual Sexuality (1999)
This British romantic comedy really plays with the genre. A persnickety virgin goes into a machine and designs the man of her dreams. The problem, after an explosion, she wakes up in his body. Talk about loving yourself. This film is fun and focuses on the interesting dating differences between men and women, so the “magic” of body switches doesn’t get too distracting.
The Hot Chick (2002)
If Mean Girls never happened this, might be the role that Rachel McAdams would have been remembered for. She plays a Regina George type who, via a magic earring, swaps places with a thief played by Rob Schneider. Let's just say that Schneider has definitely made worse. It also features Anna Farris and Tia and Tamera Mowry.
Freaky Friday (2003)
This film established Lindsay Lohan as a teen icon. The Parent Trap was a great remake, but this new edgier, raspier Lohan is the girl who went on to rule the early 2000s. It also was Jamie Lee Curtis’ unofficial Activia audition. The actresses play the same feuding mom and daughter that swap bodies after opening up magic fortune cookies. If you haven’t seen this classic, check it out to remember when Lohan became a star.
It’s a Boy Girl Thing (2006)
This forgettable film is on Hulu if you doubt it ever existed. Kevin Zegers, best known for the recent Mortal Instruments movie, and Samaire Armstrong, who is on Resurrection, swap bodies and genders in this incarnation. This film blends the body-swap with the popular gender-bender genre. This means a ton of going into the wrong bathroom jokes.
The Change-Up (2011)
Just a few years ago, when Ryan Reynolds was everywhere, this film was a pit stop on his journey out of the limelight. He plays a wild bachelor who switches places with his married best friend (Justin Bateman). The film feels like lesser Happy Madison rather than a great comedy, despite the talented men at the head of the cast.
Fans of The Best Man Holiday may have waited almost 15 years for it to arrive, but another installment in the series will hit theaters much sooner. A sequel to the holiday rom-com is already in development after the film had a massively successful opening weekend, where it made $30.6 million, just a few million shy of beating out Thor 2 for the top spot. Deadline reports that the film's writer, director, and producer Malcom D. Lee is now in talks with Universal to develop a third film, which star Morris Chestnut seemed to confirm in a recent interview. According to Chestnut, the film's box office success gave the studio the confidence they needed to make another film, and Lee has already started coming up with storylines for the next installment.
In addition to earning huge box office returns, the film also got very positive reviews, which is not only satisfying for fans of the original film, but will also likely help the The Best Man Holiday attract a new audience. According to critics, the large gap between films has also helps movie-goers who haven't seen the original film to follow the story and engage with the characters just as well as those who have. The positive buzz surrounding the film was likely another significant factor in Universal's decision to greenlight a follow-up.
The movie's ensemble, which includes Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Terrence Howard, Melissa De Sousa and Harold Perrineau, are not contracted for a third movie, and since they all reportedly took a significant pay cut for The Best Man Holiday, it seems very likely that the stars can expect a raise this time around. Everyone seems to be willing to return for another film, although given the controversy that Howard stirred up over his salary negotiations for Iron Man 2, there's a chance that there could be a few conflicts when it comes time for the cast to sign on for the next movie.
The Best Man Holiday is currently playing in theaters.
According to Variety, Owen Wilson will be coming to TV with a period drama titled Wonder World. The series will be set in the early 1980s, following a group of FBI agents who attempt a bust on the Mob-controlled pornography industry. Wonder World is just the latest of Starz's coming onslaught of original programming, along with a Michael Bay pirate series and a drama from 50 Cent. The project will be written and produced by former Law and Order writers Rene Balcer and Fred Lerner, along with Regina Lee and Wilson. The series will center on two of the agents as they go undercover to bust the waning Mob from the inside. Inspired by a real-life case, the show will dive into the seedier aspects of the era.
As we all know from the back half of Boogie Nights, the '80s is when the porn industry stopped being all fun and games, and really got dark. This is surprisingly heavy subject matter for Wilson, who usually tends towards quirky indies like those he writes and produces with Wes Anderson, or outright comedies. But Starz is known not only for taking on strong subject matter, but showing in uncompromising detail, be that lurid sex or graphic violence. And judging from the premise, this series is sure to have both.
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Actress Rachel Mcadams is forced to dress up on Halloween in order to prevent fans from recognising her when she dishes out candy at her home. The Notebook star has avoided the Hollywood scene in Los Angeles and opts for a simple life in her hometown of Toronto, Canada.
However, McAdams reveals that when it comes to Halloween, costumes are vital - because she once made the mistake of answering her door to a group of unsuspecting Mean Girls fans.
She tells Ellen DeGeneres, "I have to dress for Halloween now. I didn't think about that before. I was giving out candy one year and some teenage girls came to the door and they were like, "Are you Regina George from Mean Girls?" And I was like, "No... That's so weird that you're saying that."
"So I tried to find whatever I had in my closet. I came up with a ski bunny (costume). I put on my snowsuit, a hat and sunglasses."
Veteran actress Diahann Carroll was toasted by her peers Angela Bassett and Regina King on Saturday (19Oct13) as she was feted for her career success at a special dinner in Los Angeles. The Dynasty star, 78, was the guest of honour at the House of Flowers event, which was held at TV producer Tracey Edmonds' home and was aimed at celebrating female empowerment in the African-American community and helping to "open doors for future accomplishments".
Speaking at the bash, Carroll said, "I really appreciate knowing that you've heard my name and remember it. I don't even know if I would have been allowed to drive down this street back in the '50s. Being here has given me new passion."
Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first black president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was also honoured at the dinner, where guests included model Beverly Johnson and actress Anika Noni Rose.
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On the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 11, Prince Harry took part in a trade for the BGC Partners Charity Day at Canary Wharf in London — an event in memory of those who died during the attacks on the World Trade Center 12 years ago. Harry, realizing the gravitas associated with such an event, made the above face.
Way to go, Harry.
Now that we know that Harry is capable of finding the most appropriate, tactful reaction to any significant phone call that may come his way, we thought we'd test him out with the most heart-wrenching telephonic moments from pop culture — in GIFs, of course.
When Rick Grimes discovered he was talking to his dead wife, Harry was all:Via
As Sam Baldwin sought solace following a broken heart, Harry just:Via
It was the last night of Casey Becker's life and Harry was just like:Via
Harry definitely knows who A is...Via
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When Captain Kirk gets really, really, angry, Harry is all: Via
Harry ain't Jesse, Mr. White!Via
Colin Farrell is hostage in a phone booth, waxing poetic on the perils of trust, and Harry just:Via
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Feist and Joseph Arthur have completed the line-up for Peter Gabriel's long-awaited Scratch My Back follow-up after Radiohead and David Bowie backed out of the project. The And I'll Scratch Yours album was to feature covers of Gabriel's songs recorded by the artists he paid tribute to on Scratch My Back.
The finally-completed end result features tracks like I Don't Remember, Shock The Monkey and Games Without Frontiers covered by David Byrne, Arthur and Arcade Fire, respectively.
Also taking part in the project: Brian Eno, Lou Reed, Bon Iver, the Magnetic Fields, Regina Spektor, Stephin Merritt, Elbow and Randy Newman.
The highlight of the new album will be Paul Simon's stirring rendition of Gabriel's human rights anthem Biko.
A frequent formula in most action-packed movies features the triumphant hero and an oh-so sneaky villain. We all know that good always defeats evil, but what happens when the bad guy has a change of heart?
Despicable Me’s Gru is the perfect example of a villain ditching his diabolical ways and opting for a new life filled with friendship and love. Aww, now isn’t that nice?! To celebrate Gru’s quest to stay sweet in the box-office hit Despicable Me 2, we’ve rounded up the top ten movie villains who realize that being good is totally badass.
1. Gru, Despicable Me
During his successful mission of snatching up the moon, Gru came to love his three adopted daughters and realized that he wanted to change his wicked ways and live a happy life with his new family.
2. T-800, Terminator 2
Having spent the entire first movie attempting to murder Sarah Connor, movie-goers witnessed a change of heart when the new T-800 Model Terminator had been re-designed to protect her son John.
3. Severus Snape, Harry Potter
It’s still hard to believe but our least favorite potions professor was actually a sweetheart all along! At every opportunity, Snape tried to protect Harry from Voldemort, he was just pretending to make his life a living hell. That’s so sweet of him!
4. Copper, The Fox and the Hound
Sure, Copper and Todd grew up as the best of friends, but when Copper grew up he was trained that hound dogs and foxes could never be friends. Luckily, Copper learned the error of his ways and protected his childhood pal just in time.
5. Ralph, Wreck-it-Ralph
Ralph realized that he didn’t want to just be the bad guy all the time — he even went to a support group for it. So in his quest for goodness, Ralph did the unthinkable: he left his game! By the end of the movie he realized that it’s alright to just be himself.
6. Diego, Ice Age
Sure, Diego started out as a villainous saber-tooth tiger hell-bent on back-stabbing his new friends, but by the end of the movie he ends up saving everyone. He even fights off his old evil pack in order to do so — what a hero!
7. The Beast, Beauty and the Beast
Having been turned into a Beast after years of selfishness, the prince is only returned to his handsome self after falling for and protecting his beloved Belle. A fantastic u-turn for the man harshly labeled a “beast” for most of his life.
8. The Grinch, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
All the Who’s down in Whoville, were not upset when the Grinch stole all their Christmas presents, food and decorations. And by the end of the movie, their singing and selflessness made his small heart grow three sizes that day.
9. Stitch, Lilo and Stitch
Experiment 626, or more commonly known as Stich, was designed to be unstoppable. He is fire-proof, bullet-proof, and can think faster than super computer. He can see in the dark, and lift objects three thousand times his size. His only instinct is to destroy everything he touches. Luckily the love of having a family changed him and he became even more adorable than he looks.
10. Regina George, Mean Girls
Don't be fooled, Regina George may seem like your typical selfish, back-stabbing slut faced ho-bag, but in reality, she's so much more than that. After being hit with a bus, Regina George decided to channel all of her negative energy into sports instead of calling people “fugly whores” and hooking up with Shane Oman in the projection room above the auditorium. We’re proud of your progress Regina!
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Norah Jones, Jakob Dylan and Perry Farrell were among the stars who paid tribute to the Rolling Stones in New York on Wednesday night (22May13). The trio joined the likes of the Black Keys' Patrick Carney, Har Mar Superstar, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Regina Spektor at the Bowery Ballroom for the annual Stones Fest.
The tribute show, which was full of Stones classics, took place just one day after the real thing wrapped up its California dates on the current 50 & Counting anniversary tour, which began at the beginning of the month (May13).
Highlights of Stones Fest 2013 included Har Mar Superstar's rendition of Satisfaction with Carney on drums, Jones and Dylan's duet on Loving Cup and Spektor's cover of Jumpin' Jack Flash.
A second Stones Fest concert is scheduled for 30 May (13) at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.
The '90s were famous for romantic comedies that focused on appealing to female sensitivies. But in 1999, Malcolm D. Lee came out with a more male-driven comedy: The Best Man. Now, nearly 14 years later, the sequel to this film — The Best Man Holiday — is headed to a theater near you.
The 1999 movie followed the story of Harper Stewart (Taye Diggs) as he was about to release an autobiographical novel. Along the way, he explored his commitment fears and acted as the best man in his friend Lance's wedding. Now, Harper reunites with all of his friends. Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Regina Hall, Sanaa Lathan, Melissa De Sousa, and Harold Perrineau are all back for the sequel.
The Best Man Holiday drops in theaters on Nov. 15.
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