You'll see some familiar movie titles coming back to theaters this week. A remake of "Footloose," the 1984 Kevin Bacon classic, dances its way on to the big screen. Kenny Wormald has Bacon's role, with "Dancing With the Stars" alum Julianne Hough as his girlfriend, and Dennis Quaid in the John Lithgow role as the local minister who doesn't want the kids dancing. But they'll hit the ceiling, or else they'll tear up this town — well, you know the rest. (Opens Oct. 14.)
Horror fans want it known: The new movie called "The Thing" is not in fact a remake of the 1982 John Carpenter movie, which itself was a remake of a 1951 movie. This new "Thing" is a prequel to Carpenter's version, featuring scientists who find a creature buried in the Antarctic ice and decide to thaw him out. What could go wrong? This is the first kick-off of the Halloween film season, and it should be a good one. (Opens Oct. 14.)Video: Watch 'The Thing' trailer (on this page)
Have you missed seeing Tim Allen on television? The "Home Improvement" star is back in a new sitcom called "Last Man Standing." He plays a sporting-goods store marketing director who's the only man in his family, reportedly not too thrilled about living in a woman's world. (Premieres Oct. 11, 8 p.m., ABC.)
The zombies are back! "The Walking Dead" returns, continuing to follow its survivors through the aftermath of an undead apocalypse. The second season reportedly shows the survivors heading off from Atlanta to the countryside. Because I'm sure a long journey through zombieland will be calm and peaceful. (Season two premiere Oct. 16, 9 p.m., AMC.)
Who hasn't had a bad boss? In "Horrible Bosses," three desperate employees with uber-creepy managers (including a sexually aggressive Jennifer Aniston) devise a plan to get rid of the bosses in question. Critics called it uneven but enjoyed the cast's performances, although some men questioned whether having Aniston coming on to you would really be that bad. (On DVD Oct. 11)
If you are the kind of person who would like to have the entire series of "JEM and the Holograms" on DVD, this is your week. Also, come over and sit next to me. The truly outrageous 1980s cartoon comes out this week in an 11-DVD set. Showtime, Synergy! (Out on DVD Oct. 11.)
Gael Fashingbauer Cooper is TODAY.com's movies editor.
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