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10 Differences Between the ‘Carrie’ Remake & Original 1976 Movie

Carrie-Differences-Remake-OriginalCarrie may have taken her telekinetic wrath from the 1970s to modern day, but beyond that, Kimberly Peirce’s Carrie falls right in line with the Brian De Palma original. However, even though the films hit all the same beats, share character names, and even some dialogue, the 2013 version isn’t a total copy and paste job. The structure stays the same, but by using a little modernization, additional character details and new scenes here and there, Peirce essentially recreates the same experience while trying to make it her own (read our Carrie remake review).

Whether or not that remake technique works for you, if you’re a fan of the original, it certainly makes pinpointing those differences an entertaining game. Check out all the changes we caught in the new Carrie and let us know which ones you spotted, too.

It goes without saying that the following post contains SPOILERS for Carrie and the 2013 Carrie remake.

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Screen Rant’s 10 Most Anticipated Horror Movies of 2013

Horror-Movie-Preivew-2013Ready for a year of straight slasher flicks, horror anthologies, paranormal entities, home invasions, and more? 2013 is due to cover just about every corner of the horror genre – including remakes, adaptations, and even a few original ideas, too.

There’s dozens of prospective nightmare-inducing productions on the way (or already in theaters), but we’ve narrowed it down to the 10 that pack the most promising source material, stellar teams of talent, innovative core concepts and/or the potential for unprecedented carnage.

Check out our 10 Most Anticipated Horror Movies of 2013.

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Interview: The Descendants’ Shailene Woodley

With ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager heading towards a fifth season, it’s safe to say that the show’s star, Shailene Woodley, has made quite the name for herself. However, as much success as the actress has found in the television industry, she admits, “Features is where my heart is.” Well, turns out her heart is leading her in the right direction because not only is her first big screen effort an Alexander Payne film starring George Clooney, but Woodley is downright fantastic in it.

She plays Alexandra King, Matt King’s (Clooney) eldest daughter. While she’s away at school, her mother gets into a terrible jet skiing accident that leaves her in a coma. Complicating matters further, it turns out Alexandra didn’t leave home on the best terms. She caught her mother cheating and now, considering the state of affairs, she figures it’s time to tell her father the truth after which she, her younger sister Scottie (Amara Miller) and her boyfriend Sid (Nick Krause) join Matt on a hunt for his wife’s lover.

While promoting The Descendants at the New York Film Festival, Woodley took the time to sit down and talk about the degree of passion she had for the project, her experience shooting in Hawaii and learning about the culture, working with Payne and Clooney and much more. Check it all out for yourself in the video interview below and keep an eye out for The Descendants, which is due out in theaters on November 16th.

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Interview: The Descendants’ Judy Greer

It’s most certainly not a surprise to see Judy Greer in yet another movie, as the actress tends to keep particularly busy, but Alexander Payne’s The Descendants? As my fondest memories of Greer include here iconic comedic performances in films like Jawbreaker and 13 Going on 30 as well as her TV show Miss Guided, which left us far too soon, seeing her pull the reigns on what comes so naturally to her and amp up the drama wasn’t just a nice surprise, but a notably successful effort, too.

The Descendants stars George Clooney as Matt King, a Hawaii resident who’s shocked to discover that his beloved wife is in a coma after a terrible jet skiing incident. To complicate matters further, Matt also learns that his wife was cheating on him with Matthew Lillard’s character, Brian Speer. Turns out the romance was adulterous on both sides and Brian had been cheating on his wife, Judy Greer’s Julie Speer.

While The Descendants definitely belongs to Clooney as well as Shailene Woodley who plays his eldest daughter, when Greer’s character turns up, you feel it. In honor of The Descendants’ November 16th release, Greer sat down to talk about the entire filmmaking process from the honor of being cast in an Alexander Payne film to switching gears and getting dramatic as well as her hopes to continue working within the genre in the future.

As this interview was done in conjunction with the film’s run in the New York Film Festival, it was recorded roughly a month ago and, as you’ll hear during the tail end of this video, at the time, Greer had high hopes a new TV project of hers would get the go ahead, and, according to Deadline, it looks as though she got her wish!

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Review: The Descendants

There are two types of tearjerkers, the kind that merely tug on the typical heartstrings using formulaic tactics and the kind that earn the emotional reaction not by resorting to methods that guarantee watery eyes, rather by creating a situation that’s endearing simply because it feels real. The Descendants treats its tender subject matter with the utmost care and while the result may be a sadness that’s tough to shake, the film also offers a stirring degree of hope, leaving you with something The Descendants prides itself on from beginning to end, the power to see the best even in the worst of times.

To most, Hawaii is simply vacation bliss, somewhat along the lines of Disney World; it’s immune to real life problems. Well, that most certainly is not the case and The Descendants‘ opening scenes and Matt King’s (George Clooney) voiceover prove it. We meet Matt after his wife has a horrific jet ski accident that leaves her in a coma. Hopeful her condition will improve, Matt goes about his business as best he can which now includes taking care of their 10-year-old daughter, Scottie (Amara Miller). However, when his wife’s health takes a turn for the worse, Matt’s got to make some life changing decision both for himself and his daughters all while under the pressure of a King family situation, the responsibility of deciding what to do with a priceless piece of land handed down through their royal Hawaiian heritage.

In need of a confidant, Matt picks up his older daughter, Alexandra (Shailene Woodley), from school, but, even when she sheds a bit of her rebellious attitude, things continue to intensify, as she has no choice but to break some bad news; her mother was cheating on Matt. Now, while preparing for his wife’s departure, Matt takes on the task of hunting down her lover, taking Alexandra, Scottie and Alexandra’s surfer dude boyfriend, Sid (Nick Krause), along for the ride.

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9 Big-Screen Bad Girls You Love To Hate

Who doesn’t love a big-screen bad girl?

On October 7th, Juno Temple hits the big screen as Danielle in Dirty Girl, a sassy teen growing up in Oklahoma and a self-proclaimed whore. Living up to her bad reputation, Danielle convinces another school outcast Clarke (Jeremy Dozier) to steal his father’s car with which the two make a mad dash to Los Angeles so Clarke can escape the ridicule and she can find her father.

Most prefer to steer clear of firebrands like Danielle in real life, but on film they can be some of the most colorful people to spend time with. While Temple’s character isn’t nearly as ruthless and mean-spirited as some of these ladies, Dirty Girl is certainly an excellent excuse to look back at some awesome big-screen female baddies.

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Daring to Dream: Casting ‘The Hunger Games’ Movie

I’ve never been a big reader, but in the last few years picked up the hobby of reading books being adapted to film. Even after plowing through dozens, I still never understood the people who would willingly sit all day, flipping pages until they finished an entire book. You know, like the Harry Potter fans. I enjoyed reading, but never felt desperate to see what happens next in exchange for food, sleep or just time to zone out – until I picked up The Hunger Games.

Suzanne Collin‘s book is hands down, the most fantastic piece I’ve ever read. Not only did I read obsessively only stopping to get some work done, but I actually was compelled to read it again, a first for me, and then go on to do the same with the sequel, Catching Fire. You’ll be hooked from the very first page of the soon-to-be three-book series, when you meet the story’s hero, Katniss Everdeen. She lives in Panem, the country formed after the destruction of North America. It consists of the wealthy Capitol and 12 districts, the last of which Katniss calls home. Once every year, each district must select two residents, one boy and one girl both between the ages of 12 and 18, and send them to the Captiol to compete in the Hunger Games, a televised battle to the death.

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Review: Love Happens

LoveHappensPosterLet’s play a game; pretend I’m Jennifer Aniston’s agent. No more romantic comedies! Cue the cheers and applause. There’s a reason people keep turning out for her films, they like her. When you’ve got moviegoers pulling for you, they’ll stick with you no matter what. Why not take some chances and diversify your repertoire a bit? Between the trailer, the poster and the film’s title, it’s obvious that Love Happens finds Aniston nestled safe and sound in her usual lady-with-love-problems role. Aaron Eckhart in full Two-Face costume couldn’t even spice this one up.

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