Samuel L. Jackson Now Part of Team 'Robocop'

Samuel L. Jackson/Photo © Helga Esteb/Shutterstock
Samuel L. Jackson/Photo © Helga Esteb/Shutterstock

With that "Total Recall" remake already in the can and a new "Robocop" (starring Samuel L. Jackson, no less, with Gary Oldman also starring and with José Padilha at the helm) already on its way, is it too early to begin requesting remakes of other Paul Verhoeven films? Wait, better question: Is it even possible to remake a film like "Showgirls"? A "Basic Instinct" remake, on the other hand, seems entirely too plausible.

Hype for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" will only escalate in the coming months, but if you want your updates straight from the eagle's mouth, you need to hang out at The Hobbit Blog, where a series of behind-the-scenes production videos are being posted. Here's the latest, in which you can see some of the astonishing locations they're filming at.

Poor James Marsden has been crowned "the most screwed-over man in movies" by Cracked, whose writers note that the actor's characters are chronically ditched -- if not outright destroyed -- by their love interests. From comic book movies to Nicholas Sparks adaptations, it seems he's the one you kiss (or marry) when the one you really want doesn't happen to be available.

This New Yorker article about the perils of translating Dostoevsky and Tolstoy contains a special anecdotal appearance by a young Meryl Streep, circa her Yale drama school days. This is why I should never have a time machine, I'd just end up going to the 1970s over and over to watch Christopher Durang plays.