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Jay Chou, left, and Seth Rogen star in Columbia Pictures' action film, "The Green Hornet." (Jaimie Trueblood/Courtesy Columbia Pictures/MCT)

Alyssa Lopez, Staff Writer

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Going all the way back from the 60’s to the 80’s, you’d be surprised how many songs and movies are heard and seen today but with a modern twist. Artist and directors find inspiration from past achievements and carry that out in their new productions. Nowadays we see a lot of movies and hear songs that have been remade from past hits.

Many artists have done a remake of a song at least once in their careers. Whether it’s singing the whole song but just making it more modern or using the music of the song. For example, Micheal Jackson and Lionel Richie 1985 song of “We Are The World” was recently remade last year with stars that ranged from Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, and Eminem to support the tragedy in Haiti. Snow Patrol came out with a song named “Run” in 2004 which was later remade by Leona Lewis in 2007. The Black Eye Peas remade “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” but with a more up beat and futuristic sound which was originally the finale song from the movie Dirty Dancing sang by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes in 1987. Another way artists have covered a song is like Prince Royce, who had his debut song by a remake of the 1987 hit “Stand By Me” from Ben E. King. Only difference is that Royce mixed it up by adding some Latin flavor. With each change of a beat, the music industry is not alone when it comes to remakes.

Remakes are also very common in movies.  Some of the biggest movies have been remakes of movies from the 60s and 80s. Fantastic Four, Batman, and Superman are some of the action figure movies that have been revolutionized. Other recent examples have been The Green Hornet which was a TV series in the late 1960s and now the movie came out in 2011 and has received three stars. A great example of a remake is Transformers. In the 1980s the cartoon series of Transformers was a big hit and sometimes remakes don’t make it as big as the original, but in 2007 when the first Transformers movie came out it sky rocketed in the charts receiving 7.3 stars out of 10, according to   And now with the awaiting third movie, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, it has expectations to do as well as the first two. Nostalgic classics such as these get a new  look for a new audience.

In a way remakes do the original a favor in letting the original relive its past glories. People not from the original’s era are able to experience the greatness it have displayed years earlier. The catch is just that it has revamped with a new era feel.

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