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15 July 2014

Honoring our veterans every day

SaluteWarMovies300It should go without saying, but we don't need a holiday to salute our vets.

I was honored Monday afternoon to share what I consider great war movies with the residents of Edgemere Retirement Community in Dallas.

There were veterans and widows of veterans in the audience for my "Salute to the Great War Movies" presentation. It was just a Monday ... just a Monday to say thank you again to all those who have served their nation so bravely.

We covered 13 war movies from the silent World War I classic Wings to the Vietnam saga Apocalypse Now. One of the most popular, however, was Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan.

Oh no, not 'Dumbo,' too!

(Walt Disney Productions)

That noise you may be hearing today might just be Walt Disney spinning in his cremation urn.

According to an article published on the Hollywood Reporter website, Disney has a live-action Dumbo reboot in the works.

I'm not sure how you feel about that, but from this aisle seat it's almost as bad as saying there's a remake of Casablanca in the works with Channing Tatum taking over the Humphrey Bogart role of Rick and Kim Kardashian as teary-eyed Ilsa, played by Ingrid Bergman.

"This is the latest classic animated title that Disney is turning into a live-action movie, and it’s a strategy that has paid off: Maleficent, the most recent example, is a re-imagining of the 1959 movie Sleeping Beauty and has grossed more than $630 million worldwide since its May 30 release. The granddaddy of them all is the Johnny Depp version of Alice in Wonderland, which has earned more than $1 billion," the Hollywood Reporter article states.

No word yet when the live-action Dumbo will debut.  I'm thinking the timing may have something to do with finding a lovable baby elephant with giant floppy ears that can fly and -- here's the tough part -- cry on demand.