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Hollywood's Highs And Lows: July 14, 2010

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Jul 14, 2010 | 12:02pm EDT

Welcome to Hollywood's Highs And Lows, where we bring you the high points and low blows of the entertainment world.

Today's Highs

May the 4/5/6 Be With You

You know, I take the 6 train every day to and from work, and I’ve never gotten to see a Star Wars reenactment. Not even of one of the prequels! If, like me, you missed the action on the train, check out this video for a glimpse into how nerds with too much time on their hands keep busy.

ALTStairway To Heaven/Elevator To Hell

M Night Shyamalan, must you raise my hopes to dash them on the sad rocks of crappy dialogue once again? I feel like a glutton for punishment, but no matter how many times Shyamalan pushes me down the metaphorical movie flight of stairs, I just keep getting back up and telling people that I tripped. Devil, a new horror film produced by Shyamalan, released its first trailer today, and I’m looking forward to it. I’m a sucker for an old fashioned Twilight Zone premise, and 4 people stuck in an elevator with the devil seems like a perfect opportunity for pared-down, simple, psychological horror. There’s even some reason to be optimistic since Shyamalan isn’t writing or directing, the actual filmmaking is in the hands of the Dowdle brothers, who’ve made some decent horror films in the past. Curse you, Shyamalan, for toying with my emotions so.

PS. The devil’s definitely going to be the old lady. The devil is always either the old lady or the little kid.

Today's Lows

ALTWe are defenders of the night, we are Gargoyles!

Disney is pitching a new film about gargoyles, and yet somehow it’s not an adaptation of Gargoyles, their much-beloved early 90’s cartoon. It seems a bit silly to ignore their standing franchise, it’s sort of like Marvel making a movie about a superhero with arachnid-based powers and calling him Man-Spider. On the other hand, if Disney were to announce that it was making a Gargoyles film, there would inevitably be a lot of complaining about Hollywood’s need to remake everything that isn’t nailed down. Disney’s stuck in a tough publicity situation, either they make a film that ruins the original series, or ignores it in favor for something worse. The only way out of it for them is to make a good Gargoyles film, or turn an original idea into a film. Which seem astronomically unlikely.

Source: THR

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