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Would would Mr. T do? Cast UFC's Quinton Jackson in A-Team remake

No sense having a Bad Attitude about the A-Team remake. Filming has officially begun in Canada -- even though the casting decisions are still trickling in.

Blackfilm.com (http://www.blackfilm.com/20090903/features/ateamnews.shtml) has the latest scoop, reporting that UFC fighter (http://www.fightline.com/fighters/quinton_jackson.shtml) Quinton Ramone Jackson is now on board for the role of Sgt. Bosco 'B.A.' Baracus, originally made infamous by Mr. T.

The website also says the lead role of Capt. H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock (originally played by Dwight Schultz) has been offered to District 9 star Sharlto Copley.

Already on board are Liam Neeson as Col. John 'Hannibal' Smith (George Peppard's old job) and Bradley Cooper as Lt. Templeton 'Faceman' Peck (Dirk Benedict).

Posted by Steve Spears at 04:14:36 PM on September 10, 2009

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We're all Otto love for the 'Repo Man' sequel

It's been 25 long years since Emilio Estevez's menacing take on would-be repo-man Otto dazzled ... umm dozens maybe? ... in midnight movie showings across the country.

And while the movie Repo Man may not have been a cash cow at the box office, it does enjoy a continued cult status that apparently its brand-new sequel -- Repo Chick -- couldn't even possibly hope for.

The reviews of director Alex Cox's movie are starting to leak out, and the word isn't good.

"Repo Chick could be likened to what you would get if Michael Moore directed an episode of Nick Jr.kiddie series Lazy Town," writes Variety's Leslie Felperin (http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117940989.html?categoryid=3716&cs=1&nid=2562). "In other words, it's fun but all over the map, an oddity that will prove an acquired taste for some, but way too annoying for others."

The movie premiered this week in Venice ("Welcome to Italy" ... obligatory Stripes quote.) and revolves around "a spoiled heiress goes into the repossession biz and stumbles onto anti-golf vegan terrorists," Variety says. IFC.com (http://www.ifc.com/blogs/indie-eye/2009/09/hugo-chavezs-repo-man-sequel.php) has more plot details, if you want them.

Of course, Twitter fans have their opinion too: "Don't ever see Repo Chick unless you like model trains, valley girls, and bad green screen," writes @KyleWhite (http://twitter.com/kylewhite/statuses/3865022523).

But nobody answers the important questions. Where there be glowing cars? A killer punk rock soundtrack? Plates of shrimp? I'm just not feelin' 7-Up about it.

Posted by Steve Spears at 11:51:16 AM on September 10, 2009

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'Glee' cast pushes it ... pushes it REAL good

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icsCVAZZXPM

First, Glee captures the true essence of Journey's Don't Stop Believing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUZwdbeS2mM) in Fox's amazing pilot episode. And then Wednesday night, they again capture the pure ... umm, bawdiness? ... of Salt-n-Pepa's 1987 hit Push It. (Here's another less grainy look: http://www.viddler.com/explore/gleefan/videos/1/.)

What's next? Channeling Dee Snider on We're Not Gonna Take It? Maybe a little awkward white-boy dancing(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywQxR9H0xYc&feature=related) on Let's Hear It For the Boy? I'm not changing the channel anytime soon.

Entertainment Weekly, on the other hand, thought Glee maybe "pushed" it a bit too far (http://popwatch.ew.com/2009/09/10/glee-recap-did-the-club-push-it-too-far/). "I was kinda shocked by how raunchy it was for network television," EW blogger Tim Stack wrote. "There were definitely some heads bobbinÕ up and down and butt slappinÕ. It was all in the name of comedy, though, so maybe the FCC doesnÕt care so much."

I didn't think that was the worst offense. There was a line about being the "biggest c--k on the walk" that really caught me off guard. How did that get past the censor?

Still can we just ignore that and applaud the continued infatuation with '80s music? I'm still waiting for the promised "All Billy Joel (http://blogs.tampabay.com/80s/2009/06/glee-may-release-more-80s-covers-before-season-begins-including-queens-somebody-to-love.html)" episode. A chorus version of Pressure (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGksmlTWCFE&feature=fvst) could be really fun.

Posted by Steve Spears at 09:31:24 AM on September 10, 2009

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