Zac Efron to Keep Sunday Shoes on, Tied
Efron was supposed to star in Paramount's remake of the 1984 Kevin Bacon vehicle Footloose, about a town where the kids aren't allowed to dance. But Entertainment Weekly reports that after a year and a half as their big-name star, he's dropped out.
Verdict: Smart call, Zac. Going musicals-only at age 21 doesn't seem like a good route to a long-term career. (Bonus: there's a rumor that without Efron's star power, the whole thing may get scrapped.)
The Three Stooges Movie Lines up Two Oscar Winners and Jim Carrey
Sean Penn has signed up to play Larry, Jim Carrey is close to a deal to play Curly (plus 40 pounds), and MGM is pushing for Benicio del Toro as Moe. And it's not a biopic, which is the only way a lot of people thought this might somehow escape awfulness -- it's a straight Farrelly brothers comedy based on the Stooges characters, not the actors who played them.
Verdict: This whole concept reeks of superfans with too much power, and I'm going to be truly shocked if it works. Anyway, I'd much rather watch these Stooges in action.
Working title: American Pie 4. Ba-zing!
Verdict: I'm all for Hollywood comebacks. John Travolta, Mickey Rourke, people who've been on the down side of the business bring something a little different to a role than lifelong alpha dogs. But I can't think of a single thing Reid could do that would make me want to watch her ever again.
Tom Hanks to Star in a Different Kind of Toy Story
Last "Verdict" it was the Stretch Armstrong movie, this time it's Major Matt Mason, with two-time Oscar winner Hanks. For those of you under 60, Mason was part of a short-lived Mattel toy line that capitalized on the space race spirit of the '60s, and was canceled by the '70s -- basically G.I. Joe in space, without the longevity. This is happening so often I'm running out of jokes. Uh, Wagon: The Motion Picture, starring Shia LaBeouf and Minnie Driver? I've got nothing.
Verdict: For better or worse, summer blockbusters based on toys are fueled by the all-important youth market. And we all know how the kids love playing with their grandparents' old dolls! Oh wait. Still, Tom Hanks is one of the most reliable guys in the movies. If anyone can pull it off, it's him.