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Gremlins Reboot/Remake “moving quickly”? LEAVE MY CHILDHOOD ALONE!!!

Alright alright……
I get it from your panicked texts and emails you want to know more about the bit on the Goonies remake that namedropped Gremlins on Ain’t It Cool News.

Here’s the Quote (full story here)

One film from that period that I still adore, however, is GREMLINS, and I’m told a remake of Joe Dante’s film is also moving quickly at WB. Good times.

So there you have it, Jeremy is told that a Gremlins remake is “moving quickly at WB.”  This is about as unverifiable as it gets folks. 
So yet again we will chalk this up to Rumors and Speculation until more details from some people actually involved in the project come out and say something of any substance beyond “Gremlins is a movie and is someday being remade.”

Now time to rant! 
LEAVE MY CHILDHOOD ALONE!
As we all grow older and theoretically wiser, we see some horrid entertainment choices being made by the film industry at worst, and other moves that are questionable at best. Unnecessary sequels, spin-offs, and remakes are at the top of the list of the passionate moviegoers gripe list.
One common cry heard when a 30 year old movie is rumored or announced to be redone is “LEAVE MY CHILDHOOD ALONE!” as if the creation of a new version (or “batch”) of their childhood favorite film will somehow demolish all the awesomeness that the original brought to the table.
But it doesn’t.

We can always revisit our favorite movies and TV shows on a million different forms of media which are all completely unaffected by anything that happens. 

What I am saying is no one can ruin your childhood memories but you. 

It is quite simple; if you don’t like a product that comes out, say a new Gremlins film, just ignore it. Turn it off and watch the original masterpiece from 1984. It will always be there. 

I get that we all want a new film to be as awesome as the first movie but we have to accept that anything to come out now probably won’t be as groundbreaking, but why don’t we let a remake stand on its own, and see what happens? 

Maybe it is easier to complain and wag our fingers and be able to say “SEE! I SAID IT WOULD SUCK.” rather than give something new a chance. 

Patrick Seymour’s ‘Gremlins’.

JP Cupertino:

Check out this blog entry on some stunningly detailed Gremlins fan art works.

Originally posted on DJ Storm's Blog:

df4c50ee40b2d7af3e4b2b8414e9e382There haven’t been many cult classics that have disturbed youth and humored 80′s adults since Joe Dante’s ‘Gremlins’.  The odd tale of a little creature who lives a life by very specific rules has become a small staple in American culture since 1984.  30 years later in 2014, digital artist Patrick Seymour has used his skills to re-invent the protagonist and antagonist of the film.  Check out his visualizations of Gizmo and Stripe below.

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{Gremlins Movie News} Zach Galligan films 80-minute interview for “Definitive ” 30th Anniversary Edition

Well this is pretty big news, and I am happily able to post about it now that the cat is out of the bag!
Gremlins (1984) is getting a 30th Anniversary edition Blu-Ray this year!!

Gremlins Star Zach Galligan himself has been keeping the fans up-to-date on twitter and Facebook, and posting some fantastic looking photos of himself looking quite dapper at ILM.
Can’t wait to see the interview and this definitive release!

Could this pave the way for Gremlins 3? Keep following Gremlins online and Zach Galligan himself for more updates  and other happenings in his life. He can be found on twitter as @zwgman (https://twitter.com/zwgman)

I will be posting more info as it becomes available. (Please note I have removed comments and user names from these photos so personal information is not shared. )

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The Unsung Heroes of Hollywood: Dick Miller

JP Cupertino:

This is a wonderful tribute full of details on the man behind everyone’s favorite “W W EYE EYE” veteran, Mr. Futterman, who should be better known as Dick Miller.

I loved him in Little Shop Of Horrors (also featuring the incomparable Mrs. Futterman, Jackie Joseph) and A Bucket Of Blood, not to mention his many other roles that seem to exist solely for Dick Miller. Of course that might be because when it comes to Joe Dante films, roles do exist solely for Dick.

As I said on Pinterest:
I love bad movies, but no matter how bad a movie is, it is always elevated by Dick Miller, even when electrocuted in Chopping Mall. From A Bucket Of Blood to Terminator to Gremlins (and almost everything Joe Dante) his performances always are exactly what that moment in the film needs. He has always been on a short list of actors I’ve wanted shake their hands and say simply “Thank you”. Sadly I doubt I will ever get the chance, so here is a great tribute to you Mr. Miller!

Originally posted on Hard Ticket to Home Video:

While we all adore and root for the stars and starlets of tinseltown, there is a treasure-trove of good men and women who have been integral to the success of all our favorite films. Bona fide, hard working and talented people who may never star in a film or see their name on a poster hanging in the local cineplex but will never escape our minds and imaginations when it comes to some good iconic and funny roles they play. This column is a tribute to the “Oh, That Guy” types, the common actor and the B-listers. They are the…

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Dick Miller

Dick MillerAge:85

Number of Film & TV Roles:174

Notable Roles:Gremlins; Gremlins 2: The New Batch; Piranha; A Bucket of Blood; Truck Turner; Big Bad Mama; Night Call Nurses; The Young Nurses; Candy Stripe Nurses; The Student Teachers; Summer School Teachers; Game Show Models; Rock…

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Musings on Gizmo, the Mogwai of nightmares?

ImageI was just re-reading Joe Dante’s Ask Me Anything that was featured last year on reddit, and something occurred to me. A constant theme in many of the behind-the-scenes footage and information has the cast, crew and creators of the film constantly badmouthing Gizmo.
At first I figured it was just a cute little in-joke taken too far, but now I think about it and it makes a bit of sense that these people really do legitimately dislike the minority Mogwai. 

Gizmo is abused in both movies in an extreme fashion. In Gremlins 1 he is constantly knocked over, thrown around, light shone in his eyes, even had darts thrown at him while trapped on a dartboard. Image
The crew publicly has said in the past that the various Gizmo puppets were so complex that it was a pain to work on and around. In the famous scene where Pete spills the water on Gizmo, Zach Galligan and Corey Feldman both have said how difficult it was to maneuver around the cables and hidden puppeteers. This seems to be a constant theme  not to mention how many times some scenes had to be shot due to yet another malfunctioning Gizmo puppet.

As most of us rabid fans know by now, Gizmo was supposed to change just like the rest of the Mogwai, and in fact even becomes Stripe himself in some drafts of the script. Due to the late decisions made on what actions Gizmo would be doing, the special effects team had to constantly figure out ways to make increasingly complex (and last minute) actions work on the screen. This led to even more malfunctioning puppets and exasperated crew. It seems Gizmo became the bane of the Gremlins cast and crew, so they punished the poor Mogwai at every opportunity on-screen. This theme continues to an extreme in Gremlins 2: The New Batch, where Mohawk finds even more creative ways to torture Gizmo than the first batch Gremlins could have even conceived. 

So more and more interviews and behind-the-scenes articles paint Gizmo as if he were real and a “diva” type star. Over twenty years have passed since the last Gremlins film, and the jokes are still made by those involved, but I think it is a bit deeper than we initially realized. Image
Picture this: You are involved in what has become a blockbuster movie, and everyone is in love with Gizmo. Not the cast, not the director, but the puppet that has made the last six months of your life pure hell. Everyone loves cute little Gizmo, and he is treated like a star and as if he were an actual entity. So the jokes begin as a way to deflect the questions in interviews, but they aren’t just jokes. What if they really despise the existence of that furball? Why wouldn’t they? Indiana Jones and Short Round have action figures, playsets and more. Star wars merchandise has the full cast in whatever way you could imagine on pretty much everything you can imagine. 
Meanwhile the majority of the merchandise for one of 1984′s biggest blockbusters is Gizmo, a hunk of fur with ears. 
There weren’t any Billy or Pete action figures. No “Futterman Plow Playset with real crushing action” to be found in your JC Penny Dream Book. Just tons and tons of Gizmos. Everywhere. Now there were a few items like the colorforms or books of the film that had the human cast, but by and large Gizmo was the star. You’d think the folks in charge of marketing would see the potential of pushing ugly green goopy monsters to young boys, and make hundreds of designs of gremlins, but no….we get at least four Gizmo designs to every Stripe item. 

Now imagine every time you look around at the movie you worked so hard on (in any capacity) and the majority of things staring back at you are memories of long nights trying to get a scene shot or a puppet to hold 3d glasses just right. 

I get the feeling as I read more and more humorous asides, that Gizmo was the cause of the Gremlins crew’s nightmares rather than the horrific Gremlins that caused so many of us to lose sleep as children. 

Of course Gizmo became a badass by the end of Gremlins 2 and saves the day against Mohawk, but you can tell how much joy the filmmakers took in torturing Gizmo, and how much they reveled in the Gremlin-Brand Chaos whenever possible. 
If you look at it, Gizmo isn’t even a focus  in as much of the film as the Gremlins are in the second movie, and the sequel benefits from this.

I compare it to a band that has been working so hard to make it big that suddenly gets a song on the radio that breaks out and gives them their moment in the sun. Naturally that song would be the one the band hated the most, like Warrant’s “Cherry Pie”, Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven” and Pete Townsend’s utter loathing for The Who’s “Pinball Wizard”. 

Gizmo seems to be the “Stairway To Heaven” for those involved with the Gremlins films, and they still take every opportunity to remind how much of a pain-in-the-butt the Mogwai was. 

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