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The new "Footloose" stars are now only one step removed from Kevin Bacon, star of the 1984 classic.
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updated 10/9/2011 12:46:34 PM ET 2011-10-09T16:46:34

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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.)

Video: Watch the 'Footloose' trailer (on this page)

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.)

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TV
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.)

DVD
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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  1. 'Real Steel'

    Stars: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly and Kevin Durand

    Director: Shawn Levy

    Scheduled release date: Oct. 7

    Is "Real Steel" really "Rock Em Sock Em Robots: The Movie"? Looks like it. Hugh Jackman plays a small-time boxing promoter whose job goes kaput when enormous robots take over the sport. He and his young son find a scrapped robot in a junkyard and rebuild it in hopes of winning the championship. (DreamWorks Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. 'The Ides of March'

    Stars: George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Director: George Clooney

    Scheduled release date: Oct. 7

    George Clooney for president! He both stars in and directs "The Ides of March," with Ryan Gosling playing his naive spokesman who discovers the dirty side of politics. (Is there a clean side?) (Columbia Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. 'Wanderlust'

    Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd and Malin Akerman

    Director: David Wain

    Scheduled release date: Oct. 7

    In "Wanderlust," Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd play a New York couple who must simplify their lives and move to a small town. (Universal Studios) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. 'The Thing'

    Stars: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton and Ulrich Thomsen

    Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

    Scheduled release date: Oct. 14

    The 2011 version of "The Thing" is set up as a prequel to the 1982 John Carpenter horror flick. Mary Elizabeth Winstead heads to Antarctica to help a scientific team who've discovered a seemingly dead alien in the ice. Hey, let's thaw him out! What could happen? (Universal Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. 'Footloose'

    Stars: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough and Dennis Quaid

    Director: Craig Brewer.

    Scheduled release date: Oct. 14

    Remakes abound this fall, and one of the most talked about is "Footloose," which made Kevin Bacon a star in 1984. Now Kenny Wormald takes on the role of Ren, a city boy who moves to a town where dancing is banned. "Dancing With the Stars" alum Julianne Hough plays the girl he loves, who also is the daughter of the reverend who keeps the kids from dancing. (Paramount Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. 'The Skin I Live In'

    Stars: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya and Jan Cornet

    Director: Pedro Almodóvar

    Scheduled release date: Oct. 14

    There's lots of buzz about the Spanish thriller "The Skin I Live In," which reunites acclaimed director Pedro Almodovar and star Antonio Banderas. Banderas plays a brilliant but warped plastic surgeon seeking to make skin that cannot burn. It only gets weirder from there. (Sony Pictures Classics) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. 'The Big Year'

    Stars: Owen Wilson, Jack Black and Steve Martin

    Director: David Frankel

    Scheduled release date: Oct. 14

    A movie about birdwatching? "The Big Year" is going to have to work on convincing audiences that's a topic that will fly. Casting Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson was a good start -- the three actors play pals who try to outdo each other in the bird-spotting realm. (20th Century Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. 'Paranormal Activity 3'

    Stars: Not yet released

    Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman

    Scheduled release date: Oct. 21

    Yes, a third one. "Paranormal Activity 3" goes back to the childhoods of Katie and Kristi, the sisters who found their lives cursed by a creepy demon. But has this found-footage series worn out its welcome? Happy Halloween! (Paramount Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. 'The Three Musketeers'

    Stars: Logan Lerman, Matthew Macfadyen, Luke Evans and Ray Stevenson

    Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

    Scheduled release date: Oct. 21

    Hollywood loves the Alexandre Dumas story of "The Three Musketeers." This version's in 3-D. No, really. Logan Lerman plays fourth musketeer D'Artagnan, with Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson and Luke Evans as the three main men. (Constantin Film Produktion GmbH) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. 'Red State'

    Stars: Michael Parks, Melissa Leo and John Goodman

    Director: Kevin Smith

    Scheduled release date: Oct. 21

    "Red State" is the independent politically themed horror film from "Clerks" director Kevin Smith. It features characters and a plot loosely based on Fred Phelps and his hatred of homosexuals. (Lionsgate) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. 'Margin Call'

    Stars: Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci and Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore

    Director: J.C. Chandor

    Scheduled release date: Oct. 21

    A thriller at an investment bank? "Margin Call" covers 24 hours at such a bank in the midst of our financial crisis, and has been described as "Gordon Gekko meets Jack Bauer." (Roadside Attractions) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. 'In Time'

    Stars: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried and Cillian Murphy

    Director: Andrew Niccol

    Scheduled release date: Oct. 28

    Justin Timberlake breaks out as an action star in "In Time," a sci-fi thriller where people must wear on their arm a clock counting down the amount of time they have left. The rich can buy more time and live forever, while the rest must battle it out to continue to exist. (20th Century Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. 'The Rum Diary'

    Stars: Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and Aaron Eckhart

    Director: Bruce Robinson

    Scheduled release date: Oct. 28

    "The Rum Diary" is based on Hunter S. Thompson's novel, and stars Johnny Depp as a journalist who travels to Puerto Rico in the 1950s for many rum-soaked adventures. (FilmDistrict) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. 'Anonymous'

    Stars: Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave and David Thewlis

    Director: Roland Emmerich

    Scheduled release date: Oct. 28

    Did William Shakespeare really write his plays? "Anonymous" puts forth the theory that the works were instead written by Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford, who's also the lover of Queen Elizabeth. The play's the thing. (Columbia Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. 'Blackthorn'

    Stars: Sam Shepard, Eduardo Noriega, Daniel Aguirre and Luis Bredow

    Director: Mateo Gil

    Scheduled release date: Oct. 28

    Butch Cassidy, is that you? In "Blackthorn," the notorious criminal is still alive in Bolivia, and he embarks on one last adventure before trying to get home to the U.S. Sam Shepard plays Cassidy. (Magnet Releasing) Back to slideshow navigation
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