Da-da-da-da (Re! Make!)
Tim Burton's schedule has been fat with remakes lately, and the Dark Shadows update is still to come. Up after that: a stop-motion animated version of The Addams Family, which he says won't reprise the '60s TV series or the '90s movies, but will go back to the original source.
Verdict: The show and the movies didn't come anywhere near the dark weirdness of Charles Addams' original drawings -- "Addams Family Rap," anyone? -- and the Wikipedia page for "dark weirdness" is just a huge picture of Burton. But isn't it time for him to work on some original material? (Let me go out on a limb here: Johnny Depp as Gomez and Helena Bonham Carter as Morticia. Yawn.)
**Update: Or maybe not?**
Coco Heads to the Movies
After being shafted out of his desk at The Tonight Show Conan O'Brien set up plans for a 30-city live show, "The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour," primarily as a way to keep his staff employed until he can go back on TV in the fall. Now he's in talks to bring a film version to the big screen, like The Original Kings of Comedy with more masturbating bears.
Verdict: O'Brien got totally screwed, and I hope NBC ends up paying the price. Who knows if the format will translate, but with public sympathy on his side and hundreds of celebrity favors he can call in, this could be a sleeper hit.
Sandra Bullock's Other Gala Evening
The night before picking up her Best Actress Oscar for The Blind Side, Sandra Bullock stopped by the 30th Annual Razzie Awards to accept her Worst Actress Golden Raspberry for All About Steve, dragging a red wagon of DVD copies for the audience. She also accepted the award for Worst Screen Couple, but was beaten out for Worst Actress of the Decade by Paris Hilton, despite really giving it a shot with The Lake House, Premonition, Murder by Numbers, The Proposal, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, and Two Weeks Notice.
Verdict: In this industry people take themselves way too seriously, and it's great to see someone at the top laughing at her own bad movies. Also, she was in Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman in 1989. And it was awesome.
"Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Concept"
From 1958 to 1964, 77 Sunset Strip defined L.A. cool. Following a pair of detectives and the valet who parked their car, who somehow became a breakout sex symbol, the show juggled noir storylines, comic relief, and swinging '60s chic (their office was right next to Dino's, Dean Martin's night club). After years of kicking a remake around, Warner Bros. is finally going forward.
Verdict: I complain -- a lot -- about the lazy remakes that Hollywood throws money at these days. Why does this one seem different? First of all, the original show is all but forgotten, which means that even the studio will get that it can't just skate on nostalgia (how many people got that headline?). But most important, the idea is to leave it right back in the '60s as a period piece, focusing on the big changes of the era rather than updating it with an Autotuned theme song and Hummer limos. The Mad Men effect, maybe? With any luck, this will be the TV remake exception to the rule.