You know who's not so jazzed about Tim Burton's upcoming "Beetlejuice" sequel? Winona Ryder, that's who. At a "Frankenweenie" press event the longtime Burton muse sounded less than enthusiastic about revisiting the film that put her on the map. Can you blame her? I can't imagine that standing in front of a greenscreen for three weeks is going to live up to those wonderfully formative times in the director's heyday.
Did you know that the titular character in Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was inspired by a man that Twain befriended while roaming around out West? The real Tom Sawyer was a native Brooklynite and former fire fighter, who bonded with the author over their shared background working on steamboats. Apparently this was well known back in the day -- the credit was even included in Sawyer's obituary in 1906.
Don't be fooled: The upcoming comedy "Vamps" (trailer below) has nothing to do with the (surprisingly watchable) 1986 B-movie "Vamp," which featured Grace Jones as its main villain. From the trailer, it seems we're looking at something more like "Twilight" meets "Clueless," even down to the casting of Alicia Silverstone (who, ironically, is a vegan in real life).
One of the consequences of Broadway being taken over by cheesy blockbuster adaptations like "Bring It On!" and "Ghost" is that there's no room for more experimental attempts, like the stage version of "Princess Mononoke" that's going up in London, which incidentally has sold out nearly a year in advance. So, even if you were willing to cross an ocean, you still couldn't get tickets. Maybe it will end up in New York eventually, once we've run out of American '90s comedies to adapt.