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A brilliant idea for a new 'Home Alone' movie that needs to get made right now
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When most people think of the "Home Alone" franchise, they remember the original 1990 blockbuster starring Macaulay Culkin that plays on TV throughout the holiday season. Most people will also have a vague recollection of its 1992 sequel, "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York," that's best known these days for having a Donald Trump cameo.

However, there are actually five films in the "Home Alone" franchise. Nineteen-ninety-seven's Culkin-free "Home Alone 3" was a flop about an eight-year-old prodigy who defends his home from a band of criminals who work for a North Korean terrorist organization.

The next two films, "Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House," (2002) and "Home Alone: The Holiday Heist" (2012) were made-for-TV movies.


Now, the franchise is being rebooted for a movie that will air on Disney+. The untitled "Home Alone" film will star "Jojo Rabbit" actor Archie Yates as a precocious child protecting his house against a couple looking to retrieve a family heirloom.

Rumor has it that Culkin got paid $3 million to play Kevin McCallister for a cameo in the film.

Culkin recently reprised the role for a Google Assistant commercial that went viral in 2018.

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If actor Kevin Zak has his way, the next "Home Alone" film won't be a reboot starring a new Kevin McCallister imposter, but Culkin himself playing the role, this time as a married man.

(Note: Zak pitches this as "Home Alone 3" which is further evidence that few people have any idea that there were more than two films in the franchise.)

In Zak's film, the tables are turned and Kevin has to navigate a church filled with homemade booby traps designed by the original Wet Bandits played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. Pesci and Stern are a little long in the tooth to be getting beat up by McCallister, but Zak has figured out an entertaining way to make it work.

Take it away Kevin.

For those who aren't in the know, Dan Levy is the son of character actor Eugene Levy and best known for playing David Rose on "Schitt's Creek."





Zak's idea for the third Culkin-led "Home Alone" is pretty brilliant because it overcomes the fact that seeing the bandits get beat up again in a booby-trapped house would be terribly boring a sixth time around.

It's also smart because it turns the tables, making McCallister the one that has to make his way through the traps. Adding his husband into the mix is great because the audience can laugh at him being cartoonishly injured by the traps set by the bandits.

Plus, given the age of the bandits, it'd be pretty cruel to watch them get whacked in the face or fall down a staircase.

Most people on Twitter are on board with the movie, but more than a few thought the big orgy reveal was a little gratuitous.

The only problem with the pitch is that if Culkin received $3 million for a cameo in the Disney reboot, how much would he charge to play the lead?


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Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

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The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.